[Ontbirds] SW Mississauga & SE Oakville lakeshores: three species of wren, etc.
wayne at renaudwebber.com
Tue Nov 30 17:12:43 EST 2004
This afternoon I spent four hours birding three areas of the waterfront from
Arkendo Park/Joshua Creek in sw Oakville to Rattray Marsh sw of Clarkson,
Mississauga. Highlights included Harlequin Duck (adult male in winter
plumage with a large flock of Redheads), Carolina and Winter Wrens (one
each) and Red-throated Loon (1) off or in Arkendo Park; Northern Shrike (1),
Purple Finch (2) and Wilson's Snipe near Lakeside Park just sw of the St.
Lawrence Cement Plant on Lakeshore; and Winter and Marsh Wrens (one each)
along the lower Rattray Marsh boardwalk. The snipe was flushed from the
unnamed creek that flows along west side of Lakeside Park; it was feeding
under dense dogwood about 50 meters from where the creek passes under
lakeshore. I also saw a Peregrine Falcons harassing Rock Pigeons over the
Petro-Canada process plant adjacent to 'leash-free' Lakeside Park. Remember
these locations with when you push yourself off the starting block for your
winter bird list!
All these locations are located relative close together along a 10-km strip
of lakefront and all can accessed off Lakeshore between just west of Winston
Churchill boulevard (Arkendo Park off Arkendo St.), Lakeside Park of
Lakeshore about 600 meters west of Winstone Churchill Boulevard, and Rattray
Marsh (the closest parking access to the marsh, exit south at Bexhill off
Lakeshore about 1 km west Erin Mills Parkway, drive south to the end, park,
walk down the hill and you're there).
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