Oshawa Second Marsh and vicinity birding report, for the SEPTEMBER 12 - SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 period.

Tyler Hoar thoar at rogers.com
Fri Sep 26 16:34:44 EDT 2003


Oshawa Second Marsh and vicinity birding report, for the  SEPTEMBER 12 -
SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 period.

A lone RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in the Lake off the Second Marsh on the
25th.Within the Second Marsh a GREAT EGRET continues to be seen daily. GREEN
HERONS (1-2) and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS (5-10) are also being seen daily
in the Marsh, and a solitary AMERICAN BITTERN  was reported on the 14th and
17th.

Raptor sightings have been unusually low this fall. One MERLIN still
maintains a territory in the area between the nw corner of the Marsh and the
sewage treatment plant, much to the chagrin of the local Kestrels. 1 to 2
NORTHERN HARRIERS have also set up  foraging routes between Oshawa Harbour
and Darlington Provincial Park. An adult BALD EAGLE  was seen roosting in
the willows at the south end of the Second Marsh Thursday evening (25th)
Small numbers of migrating SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and AMERICAN KESTRELS  have
been
seen this week.

Waterfowl numbers continue to grow in the Second Marsh. Most species have
increased with the exception of BLUE-WINGED TEAL. Large numbers of MALLARD,
NORTHERN SHOVELER,
GADWALL, BLUE and  GREEN-WINGED TEAL can been seen daily. NORTHERN PINTAIL
(66 on the 17th), AMERICAN WIGEON ( 64 on the 23rd) and AMERICAN BLACK DUCK
(19 on the 24th) are also increasing. Also being seen in the 2nd Marsh are
REDHEAD(1 on the 24th), LESSER SCAUP (1-4 daily), and HOODED MERGANSER (1-3
daily).

HUDSONIAN GODWITS were reported on the 17th and the 25th. On the 17th, two
birds were foraging on the algae mat at the west end of the barrier beach
within the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. The next day these birds were
 replaced by 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. However by the 19th the extensive
algae mat was washed away. On the 25th there was one Godwit feeding on the
mudflat
in the Second Marsh. There were 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 7 SHORT-BILLED
 DOWITCHERS, 2 Dowitcher spp., and small numbers of PECTORAL and
SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS, both species of yellowlegs and some unidentified peeps foraging
in the
marsh also on the 25th.

The remnants of Hurricane Isabel brought no visible rarities. The best birds
being a flyby WHIMBREL on the evening of the 18th and 14 SANDERLINGS and a
DUNLIN on the barrier beach in Darlington Provincial Park on the 19th. 6
Sanderlings still remained at the Park on the 25th.


BLUEJAYS have been passing through heavily.  Between 9:25 and 10 am on the
20th, 1189 Bluejays were observed migrating westward. Another 700+ bird were
counted between 10:30 and 11:30 that same day. Other passerines recorded
during this period were SEDGE and MARSH WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,
YELLOW-RUMPED, PALM and CONNECTICUT  WARBLERS.  The resident NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD remains easily seen around the Dogwood Pond the McLaughlin Bay
Wildlife Reserve.

Our thanks to contributors: Brian Brasier, Durham Rare Bird Line, Susan
Hall, Tyler Hoar, Jim Richards, and Wioletta Walancik.

Please send sightings reports to the attention of Tyler Hoar, (e-mail)
ww.secondmarsh at rogers.com <mailto:ww.secondmarsh at rogers.com>  <
mailto:ww.secondmarsh at rogers.com <mailto:ww.secondmarsh at rogers.com> > no
later than Thursday morning each week.

For a trail map of Second Marsh visit www.secondmarsh.com
<http://www.secondmarsh.com>
< http://www.secondmarsh.com <http://www.secondmarsh.com> > There is a link
on that site that will take you to a trail map for McLaughlin Bay Wildlife
Reserve.

Directions: Exit from the 401 at the Harmony Rd. Exit (419) in Oshawa. Go
south on Farewell St. to Colonel Sam Drive. Go east on Colonel Sam Drive to
the parking lot at the GM Headquarters. Park in the west parking lot close
to the marsh. The east platform is located here. To see the Lake Ontario
waterbirds proceed along the path from the parking lot south to the
lakeshore.

"Tyler Hoar" <thoar at rogers.com>

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