[Ontbirds] Port Perry - April 21, 2004
geoffcarpentier at rogers.com
Wed Apr 21 15:09:54 EDT 2004
Today, Kim Lendvay and I decided to try a little atlassing and birding at
Port Perry and Nonquon sewage lagoons. Atlassing was a little slow, but the
lagoons were good.
Hundreds of ducks including Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall,
Mallard, Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, Bufflehead, and both
Scaup, were abundant. Joining them were several Bonaparte's Gulls, one
Caspian Tern, Rough-winged Swallow and Tree Swallows. One Lapland Longspur
flew over. Several Turkeys were found just north of there as well.
Shorebirds were limited but included 28 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser
Yellowlegs, one Spotted Sandpiper, and two Killdeer. This said, the habitat
in the 2nd and 3rd lagoons from the west is excellent and should produce
birds over the next few days and weeks.
To obtain a permit, you must go in person [no proxies] to the Port Perry
Waste Transfer Station, located at 1623 Reach Road, Port Perry. Go north of
town on Hwy 12, to Regional Rd 8 [= Reach Road] and turn right [east] to the
Transfer Station [on your left]. Stop at the gatehouse and you can buy your
permit [$5.00] from Tuesday to Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. only.
To reach the lagoons from here, back track to Hwy 12 and go north to the
next street Concession 8 [don't be confused by the similarity in the names -
it is a different road than Regional Road 8] and go east and follow it over
a bridge and past a chain link fence to the second gate. The lock box to
enter the lagoons is located at this gate.
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