[Ontbirds]Shorebirds - Port Perry Lagoons

Jean Iron jeaniron at sympatico.ca
Sat Aug 18 18:39:32 EDT 2007

Today we birded the Port Perry Sewage Lagoons with Kevin McLaughlin 
of Hamilton. Shorebirding was excellent. The two westernmost lagoons 
have lots of mudflats and shallow pools. We saw 13 species of shorebirds.


Red-necked Phalarope: one bright juvenile (our first of the year) 
swimming in second lagoon, often close to Bonaparte's Gulls and ducks.

Baird's Sandpiper: one juvenile. This individual was a grey extreme 
with very little buff colour. Our first juvenile was at Rock Point 
Provincial Park on 11 August.

White-rumped Sandpiper: one molting adult. First juveniles expected 
in mid-September.

Pectoral Sandpiper: six adults and two juveniles (our first juveniles 
of the year).

Short-billed Dowitcher: one juvenile. Juvenile Long-billed not 
expected until after mid-September.

Least Sandpiper: common, all juveniles except for two adults.

Semipalmated Sandpiper: one adult and five juveniles.

Solitary Sandpiper: five including one fresh spangled juvenile. Our 
first juvenile of the year was on the OFO trip on 11 August.

Lesser Yellowlegs: common, all juveniles except for a few molting adults.

Greater Yellowlegs: two adults and two juveniles (our first juveniles 
the year).

Spotted Sandpiper: several juveniles.

Semipalmated Plover: several adult and two juveniles (our first 
juvenile of the year).

Killdeer: common, both adults and juveniles.


Bonaparte's Gull: +/- 700 mostly molting adults. We estimated about 
10% were juveniles (this plumage is not illustrated in most field 
guides) suggesting a good breeding season.

Black Tern: one molting adult (still quite black overall) feeding two 
begging juveniles.

Bufflehead: two female-like individuals that appeared to be juveniles.

Hooded Mergansers: two female-like individuals that may have been 
juveniles (not seen close enough to be certain).

Northern Shoveler: one female with two small young.

Ruddy Duck: one female.

Directions adapted from Geoff Carpentier's posts: Permit needed to 
enter lagoons. Cost $5.00 at Durham Region Transfer Site located at 
1623 Reach Street, Port Perry, open 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. Directions to transfer station: travel north on Hwy 12 past Port 
Perry (Hwy 7A) to next traffic lights (Durham  Road 8 = Reach Street) 
and travel east to #1623 on north side of  road. Directions to 
lagoons: located one road north of the transfer site east off Hwy 12 
on dirt road Scugog Line 8. Both roads are numbered "8", but they are 
two different roads. The lagoon road isn't paved.

Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway
Toronto ON
jeaniron at sympatico.ca

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