Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesPine Grosbeaks, Bohemian Waxwings, Red-bellied Woodpecker


The red-bellied woodpecker continues to make brief appearances at our feeder in Victoria Road. A second female pine grosbeak has recently joined the one that has been around all winter (no sign of any males, or any flock). Yesterday on the farm just west of Victoria Road village we saw a flock of at leat 50 waxwings. All the ones I could see clearly, at least 20, were Bohemians, identifiable by the very noticeable rusty red under surface of their tails.
Early sign of spring: very strong smell of skunk in the air Monday night. According to Drew Monkman in Nature's Year in the Kawarthas, this is one of the first "datable" events of the new year. Reason for optimism, as long as the dog doesn't meet him!

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