Greater White-fronted Geese at Garden Hill; Purple Sandpipers at Cobourg

Margaret Bain mjcbain at
Sun Dec 1 23:12:02 EST 2002

The coldest December 1 for a long time!
The two Greater White-fronted Geese were still at Garden Hill Pond, north of
Port Hope, today but I could not find any Snow Geese.
Cobourg harbour today had Double-crested Cormorant, Green-winged Teal,
Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Coot as well as many "winter" waterfowl.
The beach off D'Arcy Street in Cobourg had 3 Purple Sandpipers, several
Boneys, Glaucous Gull, Northern Flicker.
Lucas Point Park, east of D'Arcy, had 5 Horned Grebes.

To reach the Garden Hill pond exit Hwy.401 at Port Hope/Welcome, Exit 461,
and go north first on Hwy.2, then on County Road 10 to Garden Hill, about 10
km. At Ganaraska Road turn left (west) through Garden Hill for 1 km to Mill
Street. Turn north on Mill Street a short distance to a small parking lot on
the left overlooking the pond. If you cannot find the geese here, go back
south on Mill Street one concession to a smaller pond on Concession 7 which
they also visit.

Cobourg harbour is accessed from Division Street, exit 474 from Hwy.401 - go
directly south to the harbour.
D'Arcy Street is 1km east of Division Street along King Street (Hwy.2) -
turn south at the first traffic lights east of Division/King. The sandpipers
favour the rocks along the beach about 200m east of D'Arcy Street.
Lucas Point Park is 2km east of D'Arcy Street continuing along Hwy.2, past
the next traffic lights, turning south on Willmott Street. The street curves
east along the waterfront with a small parking lot on the lake side after
about 200m - a good lake-watching spot.

Margaret Bain
mjcbain at

"Margaret Bain" <mjcbain at>

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