[Ontbirds] Wildwood Lake shorebirds, July 11

JAMES HOLDSWORTH jmholdsworth at rogers.com
Wed Jul 11 18:58:01 EDT 2012

A visit to the south end of Wildwood Lake found the impoundment pond very low and conditions for shorebirds excellent. Although there wasn't anything unusual, numbers were good -- 75 Lesser Yellowlegs, 50 Least Sandpiper, 200 Killdeer, 10 Solitary Sandpiper, 3 Short-billed Dowitcher. As expected, all were worn / molting adults.
If conditions hold, numbers will build through the rest of the month [for adults], with juveniles showing after that. If you are in the area, it would probably be worth a look. Best viewing is from 31st Line, north from Harrington. Park just before the armco barrier on the east side of the road and walk a short distance to the pond. This angle puts you closer to the birds and with better light than the dyke farther north.
For those so inclined, the Swamp Milkweed along the pond edge was great for butterflies, with Mulberrywing, Black Dash and Broad-winged Skipper present.
To reach the lake, take CR 6 north from the 401 to CR 28. Go west through Harrington and take the 1st right [31st Line] north.

James Holdsworth, Biological Consulting Services
14 Marian St,
RR#1 Woodstock, On, N4S-7V6
226-228-0093 [cell]
jmholdsworth at rogers.com

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