[Ontbirds]Garganey in the bay at Thickson's - update

Dennis Barry dbarry at interlinks.net
Fri May 5 09:52:07 EDT 2006

8:30 a.m.
The male garganey that was in the bay at Thickson's in Whitby flew out into the lake to the southeast and disappeared from view.  Apparently, most of the dabbling ducks in the area are feeding on a hatch of midges, often well out into the lake.  This bird, when first seen, was feeding like a phalarope, spinning about picking something off the surface of the water right near shore.  After apparently resting on shore for a while, it swam along shore for a while and then flew about the bay in a wide circle, landing about 200 metres away where the white crescent on the side of the head was clearly visible.
    Several people are searching the shoreline to the east toward Second Marsh in an effort to relocate it.

Directions to Thickson's Woods

To get to Thickson's Woods, Exit from #401 to Thickson Rd. S.  Continue south about 1.5 kilometres to the Waterfront Trail, where you will see a large green sign on your left that says "Thickson's Woods Nature Reserve".  Park along the east side of Thickson Road and walk east along the Waterfront Trail about 200 metres to where a pathway enters the woods on your right. Trails lead through the woods with two extending to the roadway on the south side of the woods along the shore of Lake Ontario.

    The entrance to the meadow portion of the reserve is on the north side of the Waterfront Trail opposite the entrance to the woods.

Dennis Barry & Margaret Carney

338 Crystal Beach Blvd.

Whitby, Ontario L1N 9Z7


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