Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesCarden Alvar

Good morning Carden Nature People

Last evening Fri., May 5/06 I went to The Carden Alvar area and found (heard) a Yellow Rail at the Sedge Wren Marsh on Wylie Road. It was at the north end of the marsh on the west side and not too far in. Again it was very quiet there but we did hear Ruffed Grouse and a couple of Swamp Sparrows only along with an A. Bittern and 3 Common Snipe. Along Wylie road it was also quiet (compared to last Sat. morning) but we did see the Male ? Loggerhead Shrike fighting off 2 Blue Jays at it's nest sight. We also saw Brown Thrashers, E. Towhee, House Wrens, E. Meadowlarks and E. Bluebirds.

In the Marshes on Prospect Rd we heard and saw 6 Virginia Rails, 1 Sora, 1 Moorhen, 1 Common Raven carrying food, 3 Wilson's Snipe, N. Harrier, Belted Kingfishers and both Teal.

We did not see or hear any Marsh or Sedge Wrens at the two locations.

I suggest you visit the area in the early morning on a warmer day and I can guarantee that the bird song will be terrific and soon the Bobolinks, Orioles, and Vireos will add to the concert and at the Sedge Wren Marsh and Prospect Rd marshes the Wrens will soon be there to join in and if you listen real close the Grasshopper Sparrows will try to be heard. Vesper, Savannah, Song, and Filed Sparrows were already there last Sat.

Norm Murr
Richmond Hill, ON


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