Tree and White-crowned Sparrows
There were some good spots around Blenheim such as the Thirteenth Concession Rd. south of Charing Cross. There is a pasture area and farm that hosts lots of birds. On Friday, Irene Woods reported 7 Eastern Meadowlarks and I saw at least six of them this morning. Nice to see that many in the dead of winter. There are also a couple on Stefina Line east of Blenheim.
White-crowned sunning itself
I checked out the compost pile on Gore Road and found a bonanza of birds. This attracts birds in the winter such as White-crowned Sparrows. There were over 50 there this morning plus other species including a Savannah. I had one here a year ago as well.
In the winter of 2008 a Harris's Sparrow hung out there. Who knows what else is lurking around.
A Savannah Sparrow is also along Erieau Road. Just out of curiosity (and a hunch), I went into Blenheim Sewage Lagoons and found two Savannah Sparrows there. It is not unusual it seems to find this species around Blenheim in winter.
On Stefina Line the no-show Woodcock and Snipe continued. Everyone else seems to see these guys, but me. As well, the invisible Northern Shrike lived up to its name. I did see a light morph and a dark morph Rough-legged hawk. Nice to see the extremes at the same time.
"light" Rough-legged Hawk
I drove back roads all the way home but did not see much. Still no redpolls......