[Ontbirds] Upland and Spotted Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs etc.

Maris Apse apsemaris at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 18 23:02:36 EDT 2004

  Hi all!
          After this thunderstormy morning, Penny, Emi and I went for a 
great brunch and then 'kitchen counter shopping' at IKEA in Burlington.  
About 3p.m. it was clearing nicely, so we decided to take a little drive in 
the country - not really birding(I had even left my bins and scope in the 
Volvo). It was still very foggy near the lake, but eventually we ended up on 
10th.Concession Rd. heading towards Ridge Road. Just north of the RR tracks 
we had 2 Upland Sandpipers - Penny even got 2 pictures of 1 on a fencepost, 
about 10ft from the window.
        As Ridge Road was very foggy, we headed south on Bowslaugh,  and 
then over to the 11th.Concession, where we had 2 Wilson's Snipe again just 
north of the tracks. Still running into fog patches we headed for Lake Erie, 
but did not find much of interest - lots of Bonaparte's Gulls and 1 Horned 
Grebe - but no shorebirds other than Killdeer.
        We drove along the lake west to Selkirk Road and then headed home on 
Hwy.#6. After a pitstop at Hagersville Tim Horton's, I spotted a Spotted 
Sandpiper just south of Willowgrove and Emi found a Northern Rough-winged 
Swallow at the bridge.  Carrying on towards Caledonia, in the wet area just 
before the curve we saw a Lesser Yellowlegs - 3 first of year shorebirds and 
a swallow - not bad for not even trying too hard.
         If anyone needs more directions please e-mail me directly. I have 
to get back to the second overtime period - the Leafs need me!!

Maris Apse - OFO SALES
511 Chamberlain Lane
Oakville ON L6J 6A2

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