[Ontbirds]Presqu'ile shorebirds including banded turnstone

Doug McRae rdmcrae at sympatico.ca
Wed Aug 31 16:35:46 EDT 2005

Greetings all,

Further to Don Shanahan's posting, Bill Gilmour and I just got back  
(31 Aug 2005) from birding the Owen Pt to Beach 4 stretch of  
Presqu'ile and also had amazing numbers of adult White-rumps.  We  
figured there were about 640 waders of 14 spp. present.  They are

B-b Plover 21a,2j
Semi Plover 2a,80j
Killdeer 6u
G Yellowlegs 1j
L Yellowlegs 7j
R Turnstone 4a,6j
Sanderling 15a,61j
Semi Sandpiper 1a, 155j
Least Sandpiper 32j
White-r Sandpiper 152a
Baird's Sandpiper 12j
Pectoral Sandpiper 60a,21j
Stilt Sandpiper 1j
Buff-b Sandpiper 1j

The only time I have ever seen so many adult White-rumps away from an  
ocean coast was when we had a similar fall-out on Beach 1 after the  
last hurricane about 2 years ago.  This group of shorebirds seems  
quite different than the 150-200 that have been here for the past  
week or so.  One of the most interesting finds was a colour-banded  
adult Ruddy Turnstone that Bill picked out.  The combination is as  
follows:  Left Leg: green flag above joint, green band above red band  
below; Right Leg: metal band above joint, green band below.  Other  
birds of note were 2 Horned and one Red-necked Grebe off Beach 4, and  
finally Bill also spotted a second summer Herring Gull nail and eat a  
Least Sandpiper off the mudflats.  We got on it just as it had  
grabbed the Least so we don't know the status of the Least prior to  
the gulp - it may have been a sick (botulism) bird.


Doug McRae

Directions:  Presqu'ile is south of Brighton on the shore of Lake  
Ontario.  It is well signed from Hwy. 401 and 2.

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