[Ontbirds] Shorebirding at Tilbury and Blenheim

Josh Vandermeulen josh_v_17 at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 2 00:48:53 EDT 2010

Shorebirding conditions are still excellent in Lagoon 1 at Blenheim and the small shorebird pond at Tilbury. It is only a matter of time before something excellent drops in.

At Blenheim today the highlights included:
-1 hendersoni Short-billed Dowitcher (worn alt. plumage)
-2 Stilt Sandpipers (molting)
-at least 5 juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs
-the first juvenile Least Sandpipers

In total there were 12 species of shorebird present at Blenheim.

Much of the habitat at Tilbury is no longer present as the water levels in the main lagoon have risen substantially over the past few weeks. However, there were a small handful of shorebirds in the smaller pond to the north of the gravel road/path.

-5 adult hendersoni Short-billed Dowitchers (worn alt. plumage)
-1 adult Stilt Sandpiper (molting)
-1 juvenile Least Sandpiper
-1 adult Baird's Sandpiper (molting)
-5 adult Semipalmated Sandpiper (molting)
-2 adult Semipalmated Plover (alt. plumage)

In total there were 10 species of shorebird present at Tilbury. Also present was the Trumpeter Swan which has been hanging around for the past 2 weeks as well as good numbers of Great Egrets (they took off in the early evening to roost somewhere to the north - perhaps St. Clair NWA?).

Good birding,
Josh Vandermeulen

The Blenheim Sewage Lagoons are located just west of Blenheim. Permits are available from the municipal office in the town of Blenheim.  From the 401, take exit 90 Communication Road south to Blenheim. Turn right at the intersection with HWY 3 Talbot Street. Turn right onto Lagoon Road (there is a carwash on the corner). The Lagoons will be on your right after 1 km.

The Tilbury Lagoons are located northwest of the town of Tilbury, on the north side of the 401. Take exit 56 HWY 42 and head west. Immediately turn right onto Richardson Side Road. The road will end at a T intersection with Concession Road 3. Turn right and the entrance to the lagoons will be on your right after 1.5 km.

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