Hamilton to Niagara Falls
boydm at uoguelph.ca
Sun Feb 10 01:44:02 EST 2002
Dear Fellow Birders
I started my late day of birding at LaSalle Marina today and ended up with some
nice species there, 1 female Surf Scoter, 1 Ring-necked Duck, Coots, Trumpeter
and Tundra Swans, 1 Redhead, and many Canvasbacks. Next stop was the CCIW
however the only good birds there were 3 female Hooded Mergansers. Windermere
Basin had a few nice birds with at least 4 Cormorants, and at least a few Ruddy
Ducks. After that I tried for the Eiders at Jordon Harbour however all that I
managed to find were White-winged and 1 Black Scoter, 1 female Hooded Merganser
and several Redheads. I then stopped by the Queenston Boat Ramp and turned up
at least 2 Little Gulls amongst the many Bonaparte's, I have a feeling that
there were a few more but was not able to get a accurate count. Adam Beck was
quite fruitful with 1 adult Thayer's Gull, 1 California Gull (sitting on the
rocks on the American side), 2 imm Iceland Gull, 1 adult Kumlien's Gull, and 1
adult Glacous Gull. The last stop was then at Dufferin Islands I had 1 adult
male Wood Duck, and on the breakwater in the river across from the islands I
managed to pull out 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls, with A LOT of Great
Black-backed Gulls. So in total I managed to get 10 species of gulls, and 20+
species of waterfowl.
LaSalle Marina - Exit the 403 at Waterdown Rd and follow this south to the very
CCIW - Exit the QEW at Eastport Drive and follow this to the first lights and
make a right then another immediate right onto a dirt road where you can park.
Windermere Basin - Exit 90 on the QEW and follow Eastport Rd west then turn
left onto South Gateway and they are on your left hand side.
Jordon Harbour - Exit 55 on the QEW and go north to the North Service Road and
proceed west to the Best Western Hotel which overlooks the harbour.
Queenston Boat Ramp - From the Niagara Parkway in Queenston, turn on Dumfries
St then follow down dirt road to the boat ramp.
Adam Beck - Follow the Niagara Parkway through the Adam Beck Power Plant and
park on the side of the road.
Dufferin Islands - Follow the Niagara Parkway just south of Niagara Falls, it
is on the right hand side and there is a sign in front.
Mike Boyd <boydm at uoguelph.ca>
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