Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesRails, etc.

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Yesterday Ian Cannell and I spent a beautiful day birding the Carden Alvar area where we found 83 species of birds and here is a partial list of the birds found.

Common Loons overhead, D-C Cormorants overhead, American Bitterns ( Sedge Wren Marsh ), Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks, Green-winged and Blue Winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks,Lesser Scaup, TV's, Broad-winged Hawks, Bald and Golden Eagles ( The juvenile Golden Eagle was at Canal Lake being chased by an Osprey. The Eagle actually touched down on the water just like a Bald Eagle ) 11 Osprey, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkeys ( Wylie Rd ), Virginia Rails (within feet of us )( Prospect Rd ), 2 Yellow Rails ( we watched as one of them walked back and forth only 2 metres in front of us at the Sedge Wren Marsh and it also did a little flight showing off it's white wing patches), Sora ( Sedge Wren Marsh ), Common Moorhen, Sandhill Cranes ( Wylie Rd ), Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs ( Prospect and Eldon Stn Rds ), Solitary Sandpiper, ( Prospect Rd )Wilson's Snipes ( many ), several A. Woodcocks along Wylie Rd, Caspian Terns, 2 Whip-poor-Wills ( Sedge Wren Marsh ), B. Kingfishers, Y-B Sapsucker, Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers, E. Phoebes, E. Kingbird, Horned Lark, Ravens, E. Bluebirds, many Brown Thrashers, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville, Yellow, Black-and-white and Yellow-rumped Warblers, E. Towhees, Tree ( many ), Field, Vesper, Swamp, Savannah and White-throated Sparrows, Rusty Blackbirds, many E. Meadowlarks, and Baltimore Oriole ( Wylie Rd ).

We also found 3 Porcupines, Deer, Groundhog, many frogs, and Painted and Map Turtles.


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