Late this morning I hopped in the van and took off for Seed Road, a short distance north-west of town. Snowy Owls can often be found along this road in the winter. But today I did not find any. From Seed Road, I head west until I came to Sexton Drive. This road runs along the Middlesex/Lambton County line. I headed south along Sexton.
I was hoping to chance upon a Northern Shrike. That was my target bird for the dirve.But no such luck. In fact, birds were quite scarce. Aside from a few American Crows and a small flock of birds flying away off over a field (Horned Larks??), I didn’t see much until a spotted a Rough-legged Hawk sitting a bush alongside the road, just after I crossed the rail-road tracks. I followed the hawk with my binoculars as it crossed the road in front of me and then flew towards a wood lot off to my right. As I watched a Bald Eagle appeared in my field of vision. It was sitting in a tree and the Rough-legged Hawk flew by it fairly close. I jumped out of the van to get a better look at the eagle. As I stood watching it, a second eagle flew out from the wood lot, crossed the field and landed in a tree in another wood lot closer to the rail-road tracks. Then the eagle that I originally had seen flew over and joined it.Before long they both flew off and disappeared behind the trees.
It was quite an unexpected, but very welcome sight.