[Ontbirds]Black Terms north of Belleville Friday
cdmound at magma.ca
Fri Jun 4 22:52:30 EDT 2004
BLACK TERNS are nesting at the Frink Centre. Today, Friday, June 4 at 8:30 am and again when I returned at 10 am I saw a black tern feeding on the right hand side of the boardwalk just as you enter the wetlands and then head for a nesting area about 20 yards off the last viewing platform on the far side of the wetlands. Both times the tern hovered over the nesting area with wing a-flutter and a mewing sound before descending straight down. (Note - this is the area the Least Bitterns frequented last year.) Today, Friday, the boardwalk also provided close-up views of Blanding's turtles, a VIRGINIA RAIL crossing the boardwalk just in front of me and a PIED BILLED GREBE near the first turn in the boardwalk.
DIRECTIONS: North from 401 at Belleville on HWY 37 about 5 minutes to Thrasher Road (just after blue J R Frink Centre sign). East 2 kilometres to HR Frink Centre. Park on South side and take short Horsetail trail to WEB (Wetland Ecology Boardwalk). Follow boardwalk to far side, enter cedars, walk through cedars a few minutes to first turn left to viewing paltform. There is an "American Bittern" information board on the right-hand side of the viewing platform and for a "Wood Duck" on the left. The black tern was landing just out from the American Bittern noticeboard.
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