[Ontbirds]Whimbrel count

Jim Sheppard tjssj at uniserve.com
Sun May 27 13:49:00 EDT 2007


A quick update on whimbrel numbers. I was in the CSSP on Sat, May 26th from
3.00 pm to 500 pm, and saw two small flocks of about 30 whimbrels each, for
a total of sixty. Not huge numbers, but nevertheless interesting. Also,
there was one Northern Mockingbird, amongst a lot of other more usual stuff.

    Jim Sheppard
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>    1. Marbled Godwit still at St.-Isidore Sewage Lagoon (PETER HALL)
>    2. Am White Pelicans still around (Slavik, Emily (MNR))
>    3. Huron Fringe Birding Report (mike pickup)
>    4. Toronto Islands - Mourning Warblers and Flycatchers (Norman Murr)
>    5. Summer Tanager, Amherst Island (Gregg Miller)
>    6. Ottawa/Gatineau 25May07... Glossy Ibis, Marbled Godwit,
>       Red-necked Phalarope, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Palm Warbler
>       (Gordon Pringle)
>    7. Acadian Flycatcher - High Park in Toronto (Jean Iron)
>    8. Flycatcher (Kurt Rostek)
>    9. nw shoreline of Lake Ontario: Whimbrel update & synopsis.
>       (Wayne Renaud)
>   10. Presqu'ile LBB Gull, Peregrine, small number of shorebirds
>       (Doug McRae)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 12:18:50 -0400 (EDT)
> From: PETER HALL <halljp at rogers.com>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]Marbled Godwit still at St.-Isidore Sewage Lagoon
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> Hi Ontbirders:
>
>   The Marbled Godwit was still showing well at the St. Isidore Sewage
Lagoon as of 10:30 am today. He was on the far shore of the cell on the
right as you enter the site. Also present were large numbers of
Semi-palmated Plovers and smaller numbers of other shorebirds, including
breeding plumage Black-bellied and American Golden Plovers.
>
>   Directions:
>   >From highway 417 take exit 51 and go north.  At St-Isidore turn left
> on
> Parent St. At second stop sign cross Cty Rd 3 and continue on Bourgon
> Rd.
> The lagoons are at the end of this road.
>
>   Good birding
>
>   Peter Hall
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 13:35:07 -0400
> From: "Slavik, Emily (MNR)" <emily.slavik at ontario.ca>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]Am White Pelicans still around
> To: <ontbirds at hwcn.org>
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> American White Pelicans are still being seen. Today they have been
> spotted flying around the north section of the park and out into the
> lake.
>
> Male Cerulean seen and heard today (1pm) on Tulip Tree Trail at post #6
> along with a pair of Prothonotary's on boardwalk E.
>
> Happy birding!
>
>
>
> Emily Slavik
> A/ Natural Heritage Education Specialist
>
> _________________________
>
> 18050 Rondeau Park Road
>
> RR#1 Morpeth, ON
>
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> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 3
> Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 13:58:18 -0400
> From: "mike pickup" <mpickup at bmts.com>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]Huron Fringe Birding Report
> To: "ontbirds" <ontbirds at hwcn.org>
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> Today is the first day of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. The cloudy
> rainy day did not dampen the enthusiasm of the participants as all were
> eager to get started on the many hikes that are available.
> On a hike around the Visitor Centre this morning, few warblers were
present.
> Birds seen were
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Blackburnian Warbler
> American Redstart
> Ovenbird
> Northern Waterthrush
> Scarlet Tanager (pair)
> White-throated Sparrow
> Chipping Sparrow
> Song Sparrow
> Great-crested Flycatcher
> Baltimore Oriole
> American Goldfinch
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
> Red-eyed Vireo
> Red-breasted Merganser
> Common Merganser
> Caspian Tern
> Common Tern
> Spotted Sandpiper
>
> Birds seen earlier in the week from Kincardine area
> Dunlin
> Greater Yellowlegs
> Spotted Sandpiper
> Scarlet Tanager
> Wilson's Warbler
> Canada Warbler
> Indigo Bunting
>
> and from MacGregor Park
> Alder Flycatcher
> Belted Kingfisher
> Red-breasted Nuthatch
> Magnolia Warbler
> Black-throated Green Warbler
>
> Yours in birding
> Mike Pickup
>
> Directions
> To reach MacGregor Point Provincial Park. From Hwy #21 south of Port
Elgin,
> turn west on 4th Conc. Saugeen and follow the signs to the Park.
> To reach the Kincardine Lagoons. From Hwy #21 south of Kincardine, turn
west
> on Saratoga Rd. and follow the dirt road to a parking area at the Rail
> Trail. The lagoons and trail are on the your right.
>
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> ++++
> The HURON FRINGE BIRDING FESTIVAL takes place every year at MacGregor
Point
> Provincial Park.
> This year the 10th Annual Festival takes place MAY 25 TO JUNE 3, 2007
There
> are over 80 events and over 40 top notch leaders. The migration corridor
> along the shore of Lake Huron known as "The Huron Fringe", extending from
> Kincardine to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula is the area we cover. Our
> birding hikes, presentations and workshops are lead by very competent
> birders and naturalists from all over Ontario and Michigan. All birders
and
> naturalists from the beginner to the more advanced will find something to
> pique their interests.
> Birds of Prey with Ross Snider, Sabrina and Scooter (flying Sqirrels) with
> Steve Patterson, the truth about Bats with Erin Fraser and Wonderful Wings
> with Chris Guglielmo a talk on migration are some of the evening events
that
> naturalists will find entertaining.
>
> To find out more about our program and down load a registration form,
visit
> the Friends of MacGregor Point web site.
>
> Spaces on our some of our events are still available. Sign up at the Park.
> http://www.friendsofmacgregor.org
> (Click on "Birding Festival" and then on "Events")
>
> for accommodation in Saugeen Shores visit
> http://www.sunsets.com
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 15:14:43 -0400
> From: "Norman Murr" <normurr at sympatico.ca>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]Toronto Islands - Mourning Warblers and Flycatchers
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> Good afternoon
>
>  This morning I thought I would try the Toronto Islands once more despite
the forecast. I moved right along hoping I wouldn't get caught in the
predicted showers, I didn't and hopefully get to a ferry dock before the
thunderstorms, I did. If I had of known that the showers wouldn't happen and
that the rain would hold off I would have walked a lot slower and tarried at
some spots.
>  I did stop and look long enough to find 12 warbler species including 5
Mourning, Canada, Blackpoll and Wilson's. I also came up with 7 Flycatcher
species including Yellow-bellied, Willow, Alder and my first Wood Pewees on
The Islands this year. All of the Flycatchers were calling so it was easy to
identify them for once. It was nice to hear the Pewees.
>  The surprise for the day was 2 Northern Mockingbirds. As far as I know
they do not breed on The Islands and with that in mind they are late
migrants, at least my latest down there.
>  Just before catching the ferry back to the city from Hanlans an adult
male Peregrine Falcon decided to harass all the birds feeding on or near the
Island Airfield.
>
> Directions:-
> TORONTO ISLANDS (Wards Island to Hanlans Point - without side trips is 5
km)
>
> To get to the Toronto Islands from Queen and Yonge Streets on the TTC. If
your on the subway southbound stay on it and get off at Union Station, walk
south about 1 km to the ferry docks at the foot of Bay Street at Queens Quay
and you are there. If in an auto on the Gardener Expressway or on Lakeshore
Blvd, then exit at Bay Street and drive south to Queens Quay, there are lots
of parking lots nearby (fee).
>
> There is a fee for using the island ferries ($6.00 adult / $3.50 for
seniors & students) and to find out the sailing times you can phone (416)
392-8193. There are washrooms on the islands as well as the city side at the
ferry docks and you can pick up a schedule at the docks or check on line.
>
> The 1st boat to Wards Island (my preferred starting point) is 6:35 am and
the 2nd is 7:00 am Monday to Friday.
>
> The 1st is at 6:35 am and the 2nd boat is at 7:15 am on Saturday, Sunday
and Holidays.
>
> The 1st boat to Hanlans Point is 8:00 am and the 2nd boat is at 8:30 am
Monday to Friday.
>
> The 1st is at 8:15 am and the 2nd boat is at 9:15 am on Saturday, Sunday
and Holidays.
>
> If arriving in early am you must obtain your ticket from a machine just
inside the gate so be sure to have $1.00 and $2.00 and/or 25 cent coins
before you arrive at the docks as there is no place to get change and the
machine does not make change. (There is a change machine (up to a $10 bill)
there if you want to chance it).
>
> There are coffee shops across from the ferry docks in the building on the
northwest corner and they are open early. food and beverages on The Islands
when open are very expensive i.e. soft drink around $2.50 ( now $3.00). If
you are birding from Wards the soft drink machine beside the fire station
sells juice, iced tea, etc. for $1.00.
>
> For a detailed ferry schedule check the following web site.
>
>
> http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/springschedule.htm
>
>
> Norm Murr
> Richmond Hill, ON
>
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> Subject: [Ontbirds]Pakenham: Red-headed Woodpeckers
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> Hi Everyone
> The Red-headed Woodpeckers near Pakenham are back near the corner of Shaw
> Road and 12th Conc. N. Pakenham Rd. They are at the south west corner of
the
> intersection in a wood lot . They have nested in this area since 2002.
The
> woodlot is private property and the woodpeckers are easily viewed from the
> road.
>
>                                             good birding
>                                                  Bruce
>
> Directions: From Ottawa take Highway 417 west towards Arnprior and exit at
#
> 169. Take Kinburn Side Road west to Pakenham. Turn right on CR 29 and
drive
> 8.0 km and then turn left on Shaw Road. Continue 1.3 km further on it to
the
> junction of Shaw Road and 12th Conc.N. Pakenham Rd.
>
>
> Bruce Di Labio
> 400 Donald B. Munro Drive
> P.O.Box 538
> Carp,Ontario,K0A 1L0
> (613)839-4395 Home (613)715-2571 Cell
>
> Di Labio Birding Website
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>
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> Message: 5
> Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 16:44:27 -0400
> From: "Gregg Miller" <greggmary at cogeco.ca>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]Summer Tanager, Amherst Island
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> Amherst Island this morning, 66 species including an adult male Summer
Tanager, Upland Sandpiper, Philadelphia Vireo.  Many Warbler species
including Blackburnian and Canada Warbler.  Lots of shore birds, Dunlin,
White Rumped Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope etc. See blog for pictures at
www.nightofthekingfisher.blogspot.com
>
> Amherst Island is reached by ferry ($8.00!)  from Milhaven.  All sightings
were left off the ferry.  Tanager was seen on clothesline at house with
beautiful stone wall on the north shore.From bouvier at magma.ca  Fri May 25
18:28:15 2007
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> From: "Jacques Bouvier" <bouvier at magma.ca>
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> Subject: [Ontbirds]NO Marbled Godwit at Alfred but YES a WILLET
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> Yesterday and today I did not see the Marbled Godwit at St-Isidore or
> Alfred.  Others have seen it at St-Isidore, so the bird is present but
> moving around.
>
> >From 5 pm until I left at 5:30 pm, I saw the WILLET from the viewing
tower;
> it was along the east shore of the east cell. Please do not go inside the
> lagoon gates unless you have your annual permit. Such action will
jeopardize
> the excellent relations that presently exist between the municipality and
> birders!
>
> A distant photo of the Willet can be seen here
> http://jacquesbouvier.blogspot.com ( ...or in just a few minutes...).
>
> DIRECTIONS:
> >From the town of Alfred go east on Highway 17, then turn
> south on Peat Moss Road and drive for 2 km. The lagoons are on your left
> (east side of road). The birds are best observed from the viewing tower.
>
> Access to the viewing tower is free and no permit is required.
>
> Entrance to the lagoons is prohibited unless in the possession of a valid
> ANNUAL PERMIT. The permit can be purchased on week days from the Alfred
town
> office just beside the fire station. Arrangements can also be made to
> receive the permit by fax by contacting Richard Villeneuve at (613)
> 679-2292.
>
> Jacques Bouvier
> CP/Box 184
> St-Isidore, ON K0C 2B0
> (613) 524-1154
> bouvier at magma.ca
> miroisont at gmail.com
> http://jacquesbouvier.blogspot.com
> http://www.jacquesbouvier.ca
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 6
> Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 20:56:48 -0400
> From: Gordon Pringle <parula at magma.ca>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]Ottawa/Gatineau 25May07... Glossy Ibis, Marbled
> Godwit, Red-necked Phalarope, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Palm Warbler
> To: ontbirds at hwcn.org
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> - RBA
>
> * Ontario
> * Ottawa/Gatineau
> * 25 May 2007
> * ONOT0705.25
>
> - Birds mentioned
>
> Snow Goose
> Brant
> Redhead
> White-winged Scoter
> Long-tailed Duck
> Ruddy Duck
> Red-necked Grebe
> GLOSSY IBIS
> Black-bellied Plover
> American Golden-Plover
> Solitary Sandpiper
> MARBLED GODWIT
> Pectoral Sandpiper
> Dunlin
> Wilson's Phalarope
> RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
> YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO
> Black-billed Cuckoo
> Red-headed Woodpecker
> Philadelphia Vireo
> Sedge Wren
> Gray-cheeked Thrush
> Swainson's Thrush
> Golden-winged Warbler
> PALM WARBLER
> Bay-breasted Warbler
> Blackpoll Warbler
> Mourning Warbler
> Wilson's Warbler
> Canada Warbler
> Eastern Towhee
> Lincoln's Sparrow
> Indigo Bunting
>
> - Transcript
>
> hotline: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
> date: 25 May 2007
> number: 613-860-9000
> for the status line : press 2
> for rare bird alerts: press 1
> to report a sighting: press #
> coverage: Ottawa/Gatineau (Can. Nat. Capital Reg.), E.Ont., W.Que.
> compiler & transcriber: Chris Lewis  hagenius at primus.ca
> internet: Gordon Pringle  parula at magma.ca
>
> THE OTTAWA FIELD-NATURALISTS' CLUB BIRD STATUS LINE @ 5:00 PM, FRIDAY MAY
25,
>   2007.
>
> This is Chris Lewis reporting.
>
> Another interesting week with lots of reports of bird activity, both
> in and outside of the
> Ottawa-Gatineau 50k circle.
>
> The St-Isidore and Alfred sewage lagoons (both "outside") were very
> productive.
> A MARBLED GODWIT found at St-Isidore on the 20th lingered until at least
the
> 25th; the same or another was discovered at Alfred on the 23rd as well.
Alfred
> also hosted a very late Snow Goose, other waterfowl here included 9
Redhead
> and over 75 Ruddy Ducks, and numerous shorebirds were present at both
sites,
> with both Black-bellied and American Golden Plover in breeding plumage
> being new arrivals at St-Isidore on the 25th.
>
> Within the 50k, a GLOSSY IBIS at the Casselman sewage lagoons may finally
be
> heading in the right direction. A bird discovered here on the 21st is
probably
> the same one that turned up farther south at the Winchester sewage lagoons
> on the 23rd and was last seen heading south again that afternoon.  Twelve
> species of shorebirds at Winchester on the 23rd included 5
> Black-bellied Plovers,
> 1 Solitary and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 6 Wilson's Phalaropes and 1
> RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.  Of our expected spring migrants, only Semipalmated
> Sandpipers have yet to be reported.
>
> The Ottawa River attracted several water birds on the 22nd.  200
White-winged
> Scoters and 8 Long-tailed Ducks were at Shirley's Bay, 26 White-winged
Scoters
> and 9 Red-necked Grebes were seen from the Britannia filtration plant, and
100
> Brant were at Constance Bay on the 24th.  Also, in the village of
Constance
> Bay, in the old burn area off Whistler St., 3 adult Red-headed Woodpeckers
> were observed here on the 23rd.  Another pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers
> has returned to the Pakenham area near Shaw Rd. and 12th Concession N as
> of the 25th.
>
> Visits to other "traditional" breeding areas produced several reports of
> Black-billed Cuckoo, Golden-winged Warbler and Eastern Towhee mainly in
the
> Carp hills along the Thomas Dolan Parkway.  A report of a YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO
> came from this area on the 21st.  A colony of Sedge Wrens is back near
#4104
> Torbolton Ridge Rd as of the 22nd.  Gatineau Park and the Lac Lablanche
area
> on the Quebec side were as usual good locations for Philadelphia Vireo and
> Mourning Warbler.  Two "yellow" PALM WARBLERS and a few Lincoln's Sparrows
are
> also back on territory in the Mer Bleue near the conservation area
boardwalk.
>
> Passerines in transit included Philadelphia Vireo and Indigo Bunting
> at Britannia,
> a Gray-cheeked Thrush along the Ottawa River Parkway near Tunney's Pasture
> on the 23rd and a large number of Swainson's Thrushes heard in flight in
the
> wee hours of the 24th.  A good selection of warblers continued to be noted
in
> Britannia and other locations during the week including Bay-breasted,
> Blackpoll, Wilson's and Canada.
>
> Thank you - Good Birding!
>
> - End transcript
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 7
> Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 07:39:12 -0400
> From: Jean Iron <jeaniron at sympatico.ca>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]Acadian Flycatcher - High Park in Toronto
> To: ontbirds at hwcn.org
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> Tom Flinn just called (7:25 a.m.) to report an Acadian Flycatcher in
> Toronto's High Park. It was actively singing its "pizza" song. It's
> half way along the east side of "upper duck pond" (one with brick
> wall) in the southeast part of the park. Hope I have this correct.
> High Park is on the west side of Toronto north of the Gardner
> Expressway, south of Bloor Street and west of Parkside. Please consult a
map.
>
> Ron Pittaway (for Tom)
> Toronto ON
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 8
> Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 08:06:39 -0400
> From: Kurt Rostek <lokart at sympatico.ca>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]Flycatcher
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> Great Crested Flycatcher in rosedale valley Toronto.
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 9
> Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 08:47:30 -0400
> From: Wayne Renaud <wayne at renaudwebber.com>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]nw shoreline of Lake Ontario: Whimbrel update &
> synopsis.
> To: <ontbirds at hwcn.org>
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>
> On a clearer and cooling morning, I made the morning trek to CSSP  in a
last
> ditch erfort to see if there were yet more Whimbrels passing through ...
it
> paid off with another 436 this morning between 5:30 and 5:56 [groups of 3
> and 7 on rocky rip-rap at 5:30; 350 + 45 passing a half km. offshore heading
> wnw over the lake at 5:35; 6 and 8 overhead from sw to ne at 5:40; 17 overhead
> from se to nw at 5:56].   I left the area at 7:00 a.m. at which time at least
8
> birders were still on the lookout for more birds.  David Hallett and I had
a
> flock of 40 Whimbrels flying north over Rattray Marsh at 6:00 pm yesterday
(25
> May).
>
> According to my notes and postings by others the total count of Whimbrels
> from Colonel Sam Smith Park,Etobicoke to Rattray Marsh, Mississauga from
14
> May when I saw my first flock to this morning stands at 7,082. The value
of
> this documented total and high day count on 23 May of over 3000 cannot be
> underplayed ... but much more work needs to be done to further document
the
> exact numbers passing.  Several others, among them Jean Iron and Richard
> Joos, and I strongly believe a more concerted effort should be organized
> next year to monitor the Whimbrel migration continuously from dawn to dusk
> from CSSP from 22 to 26 May.   If people can stand for hours and hours
over
> weeks and weeks at the hawk watches ... why can't they stand for 5 days
> watching for Whimbrels?
>
> As far as I know actual numbers like this have not been recorded in the
> Great Lakes basin and rarely even on the Pacific flyway (max.: Brawley,
> Imperial,CA,  3 My 1990  3000+  McCaskie (1990).  The exact size of the
> eastern arctic breeding population which migrates north from winter areas
in
> nw south american via coastal Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia then via
> the great lakes basin to breeding areas in nw Ontario and n Manitoba is
> still uncertain with the best estimates for the major staging area
Virginia.
> In 2001 surveys conducted by the Chincoteague Natural History Association
> estimated  40,000 along the Virginia coast (Chincoteague Natural History
> Association at http//www.assateague.org/plover/3-96 c.html at 9 November 2001).
> Only in the central flyway along coastal Texas have higher record day
counts
> ( Anuhac NWR   21 Ap 2005  5127 Lockwood et al 2005).
>
> >Directions:
> >Kipling runs directly into Colonel Sam Smith Park and adjacent Humber
College
> Lakeshore campus, located west of Islington and east of Brown's Line south
> of the Q.E.W.
> >
> >Wayne Renaud
> >905.274.7103 or 905.278.5813
> >wayne at renaudwebber.com
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 10
> Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 10:18:20 -0400
> From: Doug McRae <rdmcrae at sympatico.ca>
> Subject: [Ontbirds] Presqu'ile LBB Gull, Peregrine, small number of
> shorebirds
> To: "Ont \"birds\"" <ontbirds at hwcn.org>
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> 26 May 2007
>
> Greetings all,
>
> Diane Whitman and I checked a few spots at Presqu'ile this morning
> and found a first summer Lesser Black-backed Gull on the gravel
> island between Owen Pt. and Gull Island.  While watching we could see
> a huge disturbance going on in the gull nesting colony on Gull Is.
> and within a few minutes an adult tundrius Peregrine flew in from
> that direction being seriously chased by Caspian's.  However the
> disturbance kept on going and eventually a Coyote with a slightly
> deformed or injured jaw emerged from the veg. and sat on the cobble
> shore.  We saw it gulp down one Herring Gull chick, and there is an
> endless supply of Ring-bills there too.  Shorebirds were pretty
> limited (for this time of year) with 115 Dunlin, 8 Ruddy Turnstone,
> 18 Semi Sandpiper, 1 Semi Plover, 1 Spotted Sandpiper and 4 Killdeer
> - all of which were on Gull Is. or the gravel island off Owen Pt.  A
> Virginia Rail was calling from the Owen Pt. pond.  The small remnant
> ephemeral pond being used for feeding by shorebirds at the north end
> of the raked beach that I mentioned the other day has now been
> ditched and drained by MNR/ONtario Parks staff so there is now no
> shorebird pond habitat left on the main raked beach - the area that
> traditionally has been the principal staging and feeding area for
> northbound shorebirds.  As one local birder pointed out, "guess you
> shouldn't have mentioned it earlier".
>
> Also quite odd was a flock of 14 Black-bellied Plovers that just flew
> over my house in the north end of Brighton (@ 5 km inland from the
> lake shore), coming from the east and heading WNW.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Doug
>
>
> Doug McRae Nature Services
> P.O. Box 3010
> Brighton, Ontario
> Canada K0K 1H0
> 613-475-5014
> rdmcrae at sympatico.ca
>
> Directions:  Presqu'ile is located south of Brighton, on the north
> shore of Lake Ontario.  Take the Brighton exit from Hwy. 401 and go
> south into town then follow the signs to the park.  Owen Pt. is the
> southern end of the Presqu'ile beach.
>
>
>
>
>
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