[Ontbirds]Great Egrets in Waterloo

Mike McNulty mj.mcnulty at gmail.com
Mon Jul 24 10:13:25 EDT 2006

There are now two Great Egrets at Columbia Lake in Waterloo. One individual
is banded with a red plastic band above the left knee. No numbers were
visible. I contacted Chip Weseloh at the Canadian Wildlife Service, and he
suggested that the bird is one which was banded on Nottawasaga Island near

Columbia Lake is just North of the University of Waterloo, near the
intersection of Columbia and Westmount Streets. The Egrets were in the
marshy area in the north part of the lake. They were in amongst about ten
Great Blue Herons.

To get to Columbia Lake in Waterloo, take 401 to highway 8 and head North.
Then take the 85 North to University Avenue. Go East on University until you
get to Albert Street, then turn North (right) and proceed to Columbia. Turn
East (left) on Columbia and proceed to Hagey Blvd., then go left on Frank
Tompa Drive. There is a parking area at the end of the paved section near
Brubacher House, and a trail to the lake front. See the link for a map of
the local area.


Mike McNulty

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