[Ontbirds]Northern Ontario Birding

Bruce Di Labio bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Sun Sep 17 16:15:28 EDT 2006

Hi Everyone
    Just back from a week long birding trip to Northern Ontario. Most days 
were sunny and warm with light winds out of the south. We were hoping for 
some major fronts to bring in something more unusual. Luckily, on Friday, 
September 15th, winds shifted from the north and birding was great 
especially on Shipsands Island located at the mouth of the Moose River and 
James Bay. We spent the day birding the north end of the island. We arrived 
on an incoming tide and watched 1000's of shorebirds mainly Dunlin (5000), 
Sanderling(3060), Pectoral Sandpiper (1760) and Black-bellied Plover (620) 
as they fed and rested on the mudflats. Other shorebirds included American 
Golden Plover (250), Baird's Sandpiper (4), Hudsonian Godwit (38) and only 3 
Semipalmated Sandpiper. The morning was filled with excitement as 2 
Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 8 Northern Harrier, 3 Bald Eagle and 1 Short-eared Owl 
created havoc among the shorebirds, American Pipit, Horned Lark and Savannah 
Sparrow. Other birds of note included, Bonaparte's Gull (500+), Black Tern 
(1), Great Black-backed Gull (2), Common Redpoll (12), White-winged 
Crossbill (3), Lapland Longspur (100+), Horned Lark (300+),American Pipit 
(175+) and Red-tailed Hawk (1). As we stood for hours watching all of this 
activity, it was hard to believe that we were in Ontario and watching the 
tide going out! We also had 1 Beluga Whale surface near the freighter canoe 
as we returned to Moosonee!
The Moosonee Sewage Lagoon, new since 2000?, had 23 Redhead and 1 American 
Coot on Sept. 13th. White-winged Crossbills were widespread, from Cochrane 
to Hearst and from Smooth Rock Falls to Fraserdale. Small numbers of 
White-winged Crossbill were observed both at Moosonee and Moose Factory and 
1 Pine Grosbeak was found at Moosonee, while Pine Siskins were only observed 
in the Kapuskasing.
 We birded most of the sewage lagoons along Hwy.11 but nothing to 
interesting was noted but both Hearst and New Liskeard had Ruddy Ducks (6) & 
(3) and the overall  highest concentration of ducks. At Fraserdale, one Le 
Conte's Sparrow was observed on Sept. 11th, while one Nelson's Sharp-tailed 
Sparrow was observed on the first trip to Shipsands Island on Sept. 12th.

                                                        good birding

Bruce Di Labio
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