[Ontbirds] shorebirds at Aylmer lagoons and WMA

Dave Martin 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.


Aylmer lagoons
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.

Aylmer WMA
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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