[Ontbirds] Interesting birds at Burlington Ships Canal

Harold Stiver hstiver at gmail.com
Fri Jan 30 16:52:30 EST 2009


Depending on wind, wave and ice conditions, the Burlington Ships Canal,
often allows killer close up views of interesting winter
species. When conditions are right, the canal can be filled with waterfowl.

Some of interest are:

Large numbers of LONG-TAILED DUCK in a wide variety of plumages.This species
always seems to be changing its plumage and with male and female, young and
adult, offers a wide variety to look at.

GREATER SCAUP: They are often to be seen trailing the above species to grab
whatever they bring up. The Cornell Website mentions that older females can
take on plumage details of males and there are a few to be seen ("Male"
plumaged females<http://ontfin.com/Word/male-plumage-in-older-female-greater-scaup/>
).

RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS: Large numbers of all ages and sexes including a few
juveniles starting to acquire adult male plumage, still lacking the crest on
the head and the red breast.

COMMON MERGANSER: Small numbers sometimes present

COMMON GOLDENEYE: Fair numbers including some young. Sibley mentions that
young birds may be mistaken for Barrow's Godeneye, and in poor light and a
bit of wishful thing it might be so (Young Common
Goldeneye<http://ontfin.com/Word/barrows-goldeneye-nope/>
)

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER: Fairly good number, along with the occasional SURF
SCOTERS.

REDHEADS are sometimes present in good numbers (and sometimes entirely
absent)

Also found are MUTE SWAN, TRUMPETER SWAN, CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, BLACK DUCK,
and BUFFLEHEAD.

There are also a couple of PEREGRINES still hanging around the lift bridge.

Directions:
>From the Hamilton end of the QEW Niagara, take Eastwood Drive exit and
continue until you go over the lift bridge. Just past the
bridge, take a driveway on the right which leads you to a small parking
under the bridge.

-- 
Harold Stiver
Paris, Canada
hstiver at gmail.com
Winter Duck-Feeding Frenzy
Video<http://ontfin.com/Word/winter-ducks-feeding-frenzy-video/>



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