[Ontbirds] 32 Little Gulls at Oshawa Second marsh

Tyler Hoar thoar at rogers.com
Thu Apr 23 09:25:59 EDT 2009

 Oshawa Second Marsh

Little Gulls numbers have been fluctuating between 10-20 birds for most of 
the week. This morning there were 32 birds present. Up to 23 birds could be 
observed at one time performing courtship display flights over the marsh.

Bonaparte's Gull numbers have been fluctuating around 500 birds daily for 
the whole week.

Waterfowl numbers have declined to less than 400 birds.  Teals and Ruddy 
Ducks (32 birds this morning) appear to be the only species increasing. 
Yesterday I watched the Marsh Bullies aka the resident Trumpeter Swans 
attack a nesting goose than proceed to destroy the nest and eggs. The naive 
geese had the audacity of nesting in the swan's territory (the northern 1/2 
of the marsh)

 Other species seen/heard  today include Wood Ducks, American Wigeon, 
Caspian Tern, Greater Black-backed Gull, Marsh Wren, 3 Virginia Rails, 
Common Moorhen, Pied-billed Grebes, 3 species of swallows, Fox Sparrows, 
Northern Mockingbird and a Carolina Wren


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
 the lot.

For a trail map of the Oshawa Second marsh area visit
 www.secondmarsh.com and check the link for a trail map of
 the area. 

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