[Ontbirds]Cranberry Marsh/Whitby waterfowl -June 5-6

Doug Lockrey lockrey33 at rogers.com
Sun Jun 6 15:20:39 EDT 2004

The revitalization of Cranberry Marsh in south Whitby has led to a marked
increase in the numbers of species of breeding waterfowl. The birders' best
times of day to witness these birds is early AM and around dusk. One can go
to any of 4 or more locales around the marshlands, the easiest one to access
being the north pathway leading off Hall's Rd.

Saturday & Sunday, June 5,6 highlights have been large numbers of Ruddy
Ducks, several Wood Ducks, Gadwalls, Mallards, Blue-winged Teal and
N.Shovelers, along with Mute Swans, Trumpeter Swan and, if you are there
there at the "right" time-- Green Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Am.
Coots with young, Moorhen, Sora, Virginia Rail. Some of the songbirds have
been Yellow Warbler, C.Yellowthroat, Willow Flycatcher. Raptors include
Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, N.Harrier, Am. Kestrel,
Turkey Vulture, and sometimes, Peregrine Falcon.

Over at the Whitby harbour bridge on Brock St.--southeast side, roosting in
the trees, very visible from the road, are as many
as 6 Black-crowned Night Herons.

>From the west along the 401, exit at Salem Rd., south down to
Bayly/Victoria, east through Lake Ridge, 1 block to Hall's Rd., south toward
the lake.

Doug Lockrey, Whitby

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