After many weeks of closely observing busy nest trees, the young shrike fledglings are now on the move and the nest trees are quiet once again. All four pairs in the Napanee Plain in Ontario have successfully fledged young and all the adults are still very busy keeping their noisy fledglings happy! Predator cameras that had been setup to monitor nests earlier in the season have been taken down, and I am delighted to say they had nothing of note to record.
The Napanee Plain is my main area of activity, but there are areas further afield that I have had the chance to search for shrike. One of these is the wonderful Grey Bruce Peninsula. After a long drive up I spent two nights at the Cabot Head Bird Observatory from where I ranged out on the search for shrike. There had been some shrike sightings reported earlier in the season and these were the first places I visited. Luckily enough I managed to re-sight a single shrike at one of these locations. Dense fog drifted in the following day, making the whole area look like the set for a spooky movie! However the fog lifted enough to allow the surveying to continue.
Back on the topic of fledglings, and we now have a group of captive-bred birds in Napanee to give our attention to along with the nearby wild ones. Over the last week we have been preparing the pre-release enclosures, making sure to provide every comfort possible for our fledgling residents. These birds will stay in the enclosures for two weeks where they will learn all they need to know to make it on their own, and hopefully return back to Ontario in coming years!