[Ontbirds] shorebirds at Aylmer lagoons and WMA
damartin at xplornet.com
Mon Sep 7 12:26:43 EDT 2009
Conditions have improved vastly at the Aylmer lagoons in central Elgin
County the last 10 days. Both the second and third ponds have good
water's-edge habitat for shorebirds. This morning there were 200+
individuals of 9 species, mostly Killdeer and Lesser Yellowlegs. The
highlight was 7 Stilt Sandpipers and a single American Golden-Plover.
High water at Aylmer Wildlife Management Area has made for poor
shorebird habitat going back to spring. On most days, a visitor is lucky
to see a Killdeer. However, today and tight flock of 30 Lesser
Yellowlegs landed just as we were leaving. A unbanded Great Egret has
been present for a few days.
Drive south from Hwy 401 on Elgin Rd / Imperial Rd / Hwy 73 to Glencolin
Line. Turn right / west and drive to Rogers Road. Turn left / south on
Rogers and drive south about 1 km to the sewage ponds on your right. The
lagoons are posted No Trespassing so enter at your own risk.
Located northeast of Aylmer behind the Ontario Police College. From Hwy
401 drive south on Elgin / Imperial Rd / Hwy 73 to College Line. Turn
left /east on College Line. Turn right / south on Hacienda Line. Turn
left / east into the WMA at the south end of the Police College and
drive to the viewing stands.
Dave Martin & Linda Wladarski
Harrietsville, Elgin County
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