[Ontbirds] OFO Trip Rock Point Provincial Park and Eastern Lake Erie Shore, August 7, 2011:

John Black jblack3 at brocku.ca
Tue Aug 9 08:18:47 EDT 2011

30 birders spent a rewarding morning exploring the Rock Point Provincial 
Park shoreline and the Mosaic Esterhazy Lagoons on Sunday August 7. A 
total of 63 bird species were seen on the morning portion of the trip.

Normally we see Golden Plovers and one or two Buff-breasted Sandpipers 
at the sod farms in the area. A search of the sod farms at 0645 hours 
indicated that no Golden Plovers were present. As a result, after lunch 
in Stromness, the trip continued to Smithville with only a quick drive 
through the sod farms. Unfortunately, only Killdeer were seen on the sod 
farms and no shorebirds were seem at the Smithville Sewage Lagoons 
(Water levels too high!).

Shorebirds observed were:
Semipalmated Plover 10
Killdeer 10
Spotted Sandpiper 8
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Sanderling 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 40
Least Sandpiper 5
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 1

Other birds of interest were:
Wild Turkey 2
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 5

Special thanks to George Madsen for access to the Mosaic Esterhazy 
Lagoons.Special thanks to Jim Heslop and Kevin McLaughlin for help in 
leading the trip.

John Black and Dan Salisbury

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