Strictly for the Birds
We have had a repeat of the missing eagle that happened two winters ago for me. The latest was in Almonte, on Jan. 24, viewing on Spring Street from Larry Maynard’s home. Thirty seconds before I arrived, the eagle had flown. Larry had a grand picture of it, sitting in a tree across the Mississippi River, with white head and tail visible. A second occasion happened on Jan. 23, while driving home from a talk on species at risk, in Lanark. Returning via Rosetta Road, we missed spotting a golden eagle that Arie Piet had observed near the 6th Concession, Lanark-Highlands. I am still trying to see one. Earlier in January, Brian Brazeau had seen a bald eagle at noon, on the Old Perth Road, on the 15th. Other raptors are in the news as well. In Almonte, Carolyn Klickermann has had a Cooper’s hawk and a sharp-shinned hawk near
her home the last week of January. Common redpolls and house finches are coming to her feeders, too small for these hawks. Also in Almonte, Lynn Haskins had a merlin perched in a tree watching the feeders for a bird meal Jan. 22. Jan. 23, in Lanark-Highlands and the west edge of Ramsay Ward, another bald eagle was sighted by Gord Harrison. Gord wondered what they were eating. They have been seen scavenging from deer carcasses this winter, and they will take small mammals, fish, carrion, and traffickilled animals. Jan. 25, Cathy Gordon, of Mississippi Mills, called to report a northern goshawk feeding on a pigeon on their property. Many blue jays, 20 mourning doves, dark-eyed juncos and a white-breasted nuthatch are active at the feeders. In Carleton Place, four dark-eyed juncos are busy feeding at Hazel O’Higgins home. Please call Lynda: 613-256-5013, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, with bird reports.
SUNNY DAYS AT THE LEGION The Carleton Place Sunset Club, now in its 14th year of social activities, is pleased to make a donation of $500 to the Royal Canadian Legion, Carleton Place. Shown in the photo is Sunset Club second vice-president Grete Halsall, Legion president Iain Davidson accepting the donation, and Sunset Club first vice-president Russell Wark. The Sunset Club meets every Wednesday at the Legion for cards, games and socializing. Submitted photo
LYNDA C. BENNETT
February 10 2011 Canadian Gazette
Waiting for a glimpse of the elusive eagle
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