[Ontbirds]No .. Curlew Sandpiper at Rockpoint

Craig McLauchlan csam at sympatico.ca
Tue Aug 17 16:57:37 EDT 2004

I spent from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm looking for the Curlew Sandpiper at
Rockpoint with no luck ! once again a one day wonder like the others I
have gone looking for in Ont. But a nice day to walk the park  

Craig McLauchlan  

-----Original Message-----
From: ontbirds-bounces at hwcn.org [mailto:ontbirds-bounces at hwcn.org] On
Behalf Of Thomas
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 2:36 AM
To: ontbirds
Subject: [Ontbirds]Curlew Sandpiper at Rockpoint

          Sorry for the late posting, but today August16th at around
Dave Sked and I were birding the shoreline at Rockpoint P.P. and while
were trying to get a better look at a single Dunlin, a  group of small
Sandpipers suddenly arrived and landed in front of us. Among this small
mixed flock of Semi-palmated and Least Sandpipers was a Curlew Sandpiper
full Breeding Plumage. When I first saw this big ball of orange with the
naked eye, I didn't know what to make of it (I have never seen a C.
Sandpiper outside of a field guide) so I rushed back to my scope trying
rifle through my Petersons field guide at the same time, and there it
Curlew Sandpiper.....unmistakable. The C.Sandpiper was seen at the
end of Rockpoint Beach and east of the wooden lookout tower. The bird
still there when we left the area at about 5:30 p.m.
         To get to Rockpoint..........Take regional rd.3 east of
go through Stromness, and turn right (west) on Rymer rd. then turn left
Downey rd. and then right on Niece rd. where you will find the Park
entrance. There is a fee to enter the Park.
        Good luck...........Tom Thomas.

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