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Torrance Barrens Evensong

Last evening, an outing of Huntsville and Muskoka Field Nats. enjoyed the variety of barrens birdsong all within a few hundred metres of the Dark Sky parking lot. Kingbird, Swamp Sparrow, Brown Thrasher and Towhee all showed well. Pairs of Nighthawks coursed high overhead, booming and peenting, a real crowd pleaser. At ~9:30 p.m. several Whip-poor-wills began their chants. Normally we see their eyeshine as red, but an LED flashlight reflected silver. Trip highlights—en route we moved a huge female Blanding’s Turtle off Muskoka Road 13, returning we had to nudge a huge female Snapping Turtle off the same road.


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