[Ontbirds]Beeton Area - Buff-breasted Sandpipers and Golden Plovers

Norman Murr normurr at sympatico.ca
Wed Sep 10 16:39:17 EDT 2008

 This morning Ian Cannell and I among other places visited the sod farms northeast of Beeton.

 The first place we stopped was on 9th Line just west of Sideroad 15 and here we got lucky ( so to speak ). We found 2 Buff-breasted sandpipers, 2 Black-bellied Plovers, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers and 17 Killdeer. While we stood beside the road I heard the calls of several Golden Plovers and almost right away a flock of 72 came in low from behind us. So low I could hear the wing beats. As they passed over they split into 2 flocks. One flock went north towards 10th Line and the other one disappeared to the southwest. Not bad for a first stop.

 We checked several more sod farms on 9th and 10th Lines and only came up with 1 more Black-bellied Plover and some more Killdeer, a N. Harrier and a Broad-winged Hawk. Almost all of the other sod farms had one to several pieces of machinery working the sod so if going I suggest that an early arrival may be the best. We didn't get there until after 11am.


 Beeton is north of Bolton. Exit Hwy 400 at Exit 64 ( Bradford ) and drive west on Regional Rd 88 ( 7th Line ) through Bond Head to Sideroad 15. Turn right ( north ) here and drive up to 9th Line.

Norm Murr
Richmond Hill, ON

"Sils mordent, mords les"

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