[Ontbirds]FW: Magnificent Frigatebird at Port Elgin - Aug. 2, 2005
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From: David [mailto:warbler at sympatico.ca]
Sent: August 4, 2005 9:34 PM
To: 'ontbirds at hwcn.org'
Subject: Magnificent Frigatebird at Port Elgin - Aug. 2, 2005
My family and I observed a Magnificent Frigatebird (female) from the main
beach at Port Elgin, Ontario, on Tuesday August 2, 2005 at 10:50 am.
The children spotted it first and asked what that big bird was. I recognized
it quickly as a Frigatebird like the ones I had seen in Florida.
The wingspan was nearly double that of the ring-billed gulls flying nearby.
The wings were black and slender, while the body and head were also black.
The throat and a bit of the upper chest were quite white, suggesting a
female. The black tail was deeply forked and extended far out behind the
bird and fluttered in the air.
Our observation was done with unaided eyes; however the bird was only about
150 feet above us. The sighting lasted less than a minute as the Frigatebird
glided from straight overhead in a southerly direction following the shore
of Lake Huron. We were standing near the playground by the main beach
parking lot at the foot of Green St. in Port Elgin.
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