[Ontbirds] Oshawa Second Marsh report, for the APRIL 17 - APRIL 22 2004

Tyler Hoar thoar at rogers.com
Thu Apr 22 23:39:15 EDT 2004


Oshawa Second Marsh and vicinity birding report, for the APRIL 17 - APRIL
22, 2004 period

This morning an EARED GREBE was seen foraging close to shore in Lake Ontario
just west of the
Second Marsh. . Small numbers of COMMON LOONS, HORNED GREBES, WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS and larger numbers of COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, and LONG-TAILED
DUCK can also be seen in Lake Ontario.  COMMON LOON numbers are rising in
the area with several dozen seen flying northward each morning.

Currently there are approximately 900 waterfowl consisting of 17 species
using the Second Marsh.
The most common species is the GREEN-WINGED TEAL with 403 individuals
present today. For the last week there has been a partial albino
GREEN-WINGED TEAL present as well. This bird has normal plumage except for a
white head that only has a few small flecks of colour. Other common
waterfowl species reported in the Marsh this week include:  CANADA GEESE,
MALLARD, GADWALL, LESSER SCAUP  and NORTHERN SHOVELER. Small numbers of
RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, WOOD DUCK and BLACK DUCK are also still
being reported. Today, there were 5 RUDDY DUCKS present in McLaughlin Bay.

2 GREAT EGRETS  were reported in the Second Marsh on the 19th. One was still
present in the NW corner today.

LITTLE and BONAPARTE'S GULL numbers continue to grow. 22 LITTLE GULLS and
1053 BONAPARTE'S  GULLS were observed on the 21st. This morning there were
21 LITTLE GULLS and 1069 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Additional species being seen
include: immature GLAUCOUS, ICELAND and THAYER'S  on the 21st. Small numbers
of CASPIAN and COMMON TERNS were observed feeding in the Second Marsh on the
21st and 22nd.

A SORA and several VIRGINIA RAILS  were heard calling in the Second Marsh
this morning.

Shorebird numbers and diversity are both rising. Today there were 15 GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 5 DUNLIN, 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 4 LEAST
SANDPIPERS, and 3 KILLDEER present. SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were reported on the
20th and
21st.

A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS  harassed to Bonaparte's gull on the morning of
the 17th. One bird was seen the next day as well. An Osprey was reported on
the 17th. AMERICAN KESTRELS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, COOPER'S
HAWK, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, and TURKEY VULTURES are being seen daily. Today
two Vultures were feeding on a Carp carcass on the beach just west of the
Second Marsh.

Newly arriving species this week include: BROWN THRASHER, ROUGH-WINGED
SWALLOW, YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, MARSH WREN, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, FIELD
SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. On April 20th 4 PURPLE FINCHES were
reported on the Dogwood trail in the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. A late
flock of 25 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen this morning.

Our thanks to contributors: Brian Brasier, Durham Rare Bird Line, Susan
Hall, Tyler Hoar, M Corkett Johnston, and Jay VanderGaast for their
sightings reports.

Please send sightings reports to the attention of Tyler Hoar, (e-mail) to
bb.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). 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.





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