Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sparrow Field behind the Airport

May 28, 2015

We had just returned from the Huron Fringe Birding Festival, and were looking forward to Gord Belyea's OFNC sparrow walk behind the airport.  Then, horrors!  All birding in that area has been cancelled due to trespassers (presumably dirt bikers) ruining it for all of us.  Transport Canada has put up big new signs to keep us out.

We decided to investigate for ourselves.  We found the new signs on the east side of Bowesville Rd, but there were none across the road on the west side.  We drove to the High Road end, and there were no new signs there either.  We birded from the road for a bit seeing Bobolinks and an Eastern Bluebird, as well as several Tree Sparrows in the nest boxes.

We then drove back over to Leitrim Road and parked at the lot for the bike trail.  This trail bisects the area and is legal to walk on to get into the heart of the sparrow fields.  There is even an newly-constructed overlook.  We heard Field Sparrows, but the rain chased us out before we saw too much besides a Common Yellowthroat.  But there certainly is potential.

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