[Ontbirds]Big Day - Durham, Presqu'ile and Carden

Geoff - Birds avocet at rogers.com
Wed May 23 12:01:42 EDT 2007

Terrie Smith, Tony Bigg, Peter Hogenbirk did our Big Day for the Baillie Birdathon yesterday [May 22] and tallied 164 species! Great day with several nice finds and lots of "easy misses" $&%^&)*)_*

Highlights included:

Red-throated Loon [1] and Long-tailed Duck at Presqu'ile 
Golden-eye and Sanderling at Second Marsh
Brant - 270 at Presqu'ile and one at Nonquon 
Shorebirds at Presqu'ile - Semi-palmated Plover [15], Least [10], Greater Yellowlegs [3], White-rumped [1]
Shorebirds at Nonquon - Semi-pal. Plover [20], Lesser Yellowlegs [10], Short-billed Dowitcher [2], White-rumped [3],     Semi-palmated Sandpiper [2], Dunlin [25], Least sandpiper [150] + 28 Black Terns

Shorebirds on Hall's Road - Semi-pal. Plover [5], Least Sandpiper [3], Dunlin [8]
Pipit at Presqu'ile 
Redstart and Gnatcatcher nest at Presqu'ile
Blue-winged Warbler [1] [Glenarm Bluebird Trail]
Birds at Carden - Loggerhead Shrike [2], Golden-winged Warbler [2], Green Heron, Sedge Wren [5], Alder Flycatcher [2], Upland sandpiper [7], Common Nighthawk [5+]
Whip-poor-will [20+], Barred Owl [3], Saw-whet [1] and Screech owl [1] - all in Durham except one Barred
Orchard Oriole at Presqu'ile and Oshawa
Willow Flycatcher, Lincoln's Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow and Palm Warbler at Oshawa

Geoff Carpentier
Ajax, Ontario

Nonquon: A permit must be obtained for each and every person wishing to enter. Permits cannot be shared nor can they be loaned. There are no "group entry" privileges. Please adhere rigidly to these requirements as the Region of Durham remains concerned about non-municipal staff utilizing the facility. Permits must be purchased in advance of entering the lagoons. They cost $5.00 as they did last year.

The permits may be purchased at the Durham Region Transfer Site located at 1623 Reach Rd, Port Perry during the following business hours .... Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  To get to the transfer station, travel north on Hwy 12 past Port Perry [Hwy 7A] to the next traffic lights [Regional Road 8 = Reach Rd.] and travel east to #1623 on the north side of the road.

The lagoons are located one road north of the transfer site east off Hwy 12 on Concession Rd. 8 [don't get confused as, despite the fact that these roads are both numbered "8", they are two different roads - one is a regional paved road, the other a dirt concession road.]

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