[Ontbirds]Courtice Area Sod Farms and Oshawa Second Marsh report
thoar at rogers.com
Fri Sep 12 17:31:05 EDT 2008
Courtice area Sod farms at 4pm
There are two areas in NE Courtice with sod farms both only about 5-10
minutes north of the 401. From Highway 401 exit at Courtice Road (first
exit east of Oshawa). Take Courtice Road north to its end at Taunton Road.
Turn right(east) on Taunton road.
Sod Farm 1
The 2nd road east of Courtice rd. is Solina road, Turn south(right) off
Taunton. Approximately 700m south and starting on the top of a small rise is
the sod farm. It is on the east side of the road and consists of 3 fields.
The middle field is currently having sod removed and it had the majority of
the birds on it.
1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
2 Baird''s Sandpipers
7 Wilson's Snipe
11 American Golden Plover
7 Black-bellied Plover
Sod Farm 2
On Taunton Road approximately 2km east of Solina road (east of Holt road but
west of the village of Hampton) there is a large sod field on the south side
of the road. Pull well over on the shoulder since Taunton Road is a busy
1 American Golden Plover
Both areas had standing water on them this afternoon.
Oshawa Second Marsh/Darlington Provincial Park 2-3:30pm
12 species( 760+ birds) of waterfowl including:
112 Green-winged Teal
74 Blue-winged Teal
35 Northern Shovelers
60 Wood Ducks
38 American Wigeon
9 Northern Pintails
3 American Coots, 10 Common Moorhens and 1 Virginia Rail
Herons, 3 Great Egrets(sorry Chip, no bands),Black-crowned Night Herons and
Great Blue Herons
Shorebirds 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 5 Killdeer. There is some mud on a peninsula
straight west from the viewing platform and on two of the small tern islands
to the north of the platform.
2 Northern Mockingbirds
Raptors: 1 Merlin and 1 Cooper's Hawk.
Darlington Provincial Park
The beach has very little algae present. Thus the shorebirds this fall are
few and far between. This afternoon there was 1 flyby Sanderling and 1
West end of the Park towards the GM headquarters had 7 species of warblers
present foraging with the chickadees.
The McLaughlin Bay Barrier beach can be accessed from either Oshawa Second
marsh (west access point) or Darlington provincial park (east access point)
Oshawa Second Marsh
Exit from the 401 at the Harmony Rd. Exit(419) in Oshawa. Go south on
Farewell St. Colonel Sam Drive. Turn East onto Colonel Sam Drive and follow
to the parking lot at the GM Headquarters. Park in the west parking lot
close to the marsh. The east (GM) platform is visible from the NW corner of
To the Barrier Beach head south to the lake and then east along the
For a trail map of the Oshawa Second Marsh area visit
www.secondmarsh.com and check the link for a trail map of
Darlington Provincial Park
borders the east side Oshawa Second Marsh/McLaughlin Bay Nature Reserve.
To access the campground and park store area from the east.Take the Courtice
road exit from the 401 and follow the park signs. There is a small parking
lot at the gatehouse. Park here and walk the trail to the south. This will
take you into the campground area. The park store is just south of the main
office past the main gate.
For the Barrier Beach park at the beach parking lot and head west along the
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