Redhead Ducks & others, Sarnia
boatmann at kent.net
Sun Feb 17 13:15:26 EST 2002
Today I checked out the St. Clair River and Sarnia area for "waterbirds".
Most of the ducks in the river are still at Fawn Island. There, south of
Sombra, are about 200 Redhead, 40 Canvasback, 50 Ring-necked, 20 Lesser
Scaup, 60 Bufflehead, and 10 Common Mergansers. There are a few more
Redhead at Sombra Ferry dock with about 25 Mallard. In Sombra Bay, another
40 Bufflehead. Off Terra Ind. north of Sombra was 1 male Gadwall with
In Sarnia Bay are a few interesting sightings. 1 Green-winged Teal (male),
1 Am. Coot, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Lesser Scaup, about 25 Redhead, Mallards
(1 white) and Blacks, Goldeneye and Common Merg., 1 Common Shelduck, and 1
Graylag Goose with Canada Geese. Gulls there included about 300 Herring, 3
Glaucous (1 imm.), Great Black-backed and Ring-billed. On the USA side near
the bridge, hundreds of Mallards have been spending the winter, several of
which are the pure white variety.
Off Point Edward and Canatara Park are thousands of ducks, most of which are
Redhead. (Didn't even see a Canvasback there) Hard to count because of the
rough water, but about 4000 Redhead, 800 Greater Scaup, 2 Red-breasted
Mergansers, and numerous Common Mergansers. One 2nd winter Bald Eagle was
circling overhead there.
Directions to Point Edward lighthouse: Find Front St. in Sarnia (along
river in downtown) and follow it to its very north end,1.2 km from 402
overpass. Turn left onto Victoria Ave. and travel 1.1 km to Fort St.
(right, north side). Go to end of street and you will see parking lot.
Blake A. Mann,
email: boatmann at kent.net
"Blake Mann" <boatmann at kent.net>
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