[Ontbirds] Nonquon Lagoons - August 1, 2012

Geoff Carpentier geoff.carpentier at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 18:58:59 EDT 2012

Lots of shorebirds today at Nonquon lagoons. Pls remember that construction is ongoing at the site, so don't block the entranceway with your vehicle and certainly do not drive in even if the gate is open. Individual permits are always required.

Highlights today included:

Killdeer - 17
Semipalmated Plover - 1
Lesser Yellowlegs - 68
Greater Yellowlegs -1 
Least Sandpiper - 25
Solitary Sandpiper - 4
Spotted Sandpiper - 17
Pectoral Sandpiper - 16
Short-billed Dowicher - 1
Wilson's Snipe - 1 

Osprey - 3
Black Tern - 23
Bonaparte's Gull - 287 (3 juveniles)
Hooded Merganser - 4
Chimney Swift - 1
Marsh Wren - 3

Permits and Directions:

Permits must be purchased in advance of entering the lagoons. They cost 

The permits may be purchased at the Durham Region Transfer Site located at 
1623 Reach Rd, Port Perry during the following business hours .... Tuesday, 
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from 
8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  To get to the transfer station, travel north on Hwy 12
 past Port Perry [Hwy 7A] to the next traffic lights [Regional Road 8 = 
Reach Rd.] and travel east to #1623 on the north side of the road.

The lagoons are located one road north of the transfer site on Concession 
Rd. 8 [don't get confused as, despite the fact that these roads are both 
numbered "8", they are two different roads - one is a
regional paved road, the other a dirt concession road.]. Access to the 
lagoons is from the east end of Conc. 8 only as the bridge is out west of 
the lagoons.

Geoff Carpentier

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