[Ontbirds]Eared Grebe @ Exeter Lagoons
rickthor at sympatico.ca
Sat Aug 6 14:38:21 EDT 2005
If you are on your way to Mitchell to check out the Phalaropes, you may
want to add in a side trip to Exeter lagoons to pick up an Eared Grebe,
that is just about out of breeding plumage. The last vestiges of yellow
face plumes are still visible and the head and neck profile are
distinctive. This is the second and possibly third year in a row that we
have been honoured with an Eared Grebe. There is little shorebird habitat
unfortunately, so get all your 'peeps' while in Mitchell. If in the area,
and you want to make a triple header of it, Grand Bend lagoons have been
fairly good for habitat and shorebirds lately. You can then finish off with
a nice refreshing dip in beautiful Lake Huron and enjoy one of the best
sunset locations in Ontario....
Enjoy your day, and good birding....
Exeter lagoons are west of Exeter (30 miles north of London on Highway #4).
Go west to the first concession (Airport Line) and turn left, south.
Proceed to the second gate on the left, park without blocking the gate and
walk in. Just a reminder that you are required to have and display on your
dashboard, a valid, free, yearly pass to the lagoons which can be obtained
at the municipal office in Exeter during business hours. Office is at the
corner of Main and Sanders, in the same building as the library. By the
way, the library has a pretty decent bird section, with even a Sibleys and
a Tavener's Birds of Canada....
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