[Ontbirds] Buff-breasted Sandpipers near Witby Harbour

Wayne Renaud waynerenaud1951 at aol.com
Thu Aug 23 15:06:39 EDT 2012

This morning, following up on the alert post by Dave Worthington, I  
arrived at the site at 11:00 am and after a short search found the two  
Buff-breasts feeding east of the bridge on a sparsely-vegetated area  
of the flood plane with Killdeer and Canada Geese.  They were watched  
for duration of an hour by myself and several other local birders  
including Doug Lockrey and Alan Woods.  We all have scopes and were  
able to see the standard field marks of pale buff face, neck and  
breast with fine spots, yellow legs and think bill.  They were a  
distance estimated to be about 200 to 300 meters but with front  
lighting.  At 12:20 pm they flushed with a half dozen Killer, flew sw  
over Brock Road and landed in a cultivated area when a new subdivision  
is going, still visible from the bidge. This areas is surrounded by a  
high fence and I was able to find the birds after they landed.   I  
left the area at 1:15 pm.  The habitat there is really perfect for  
migrant shorebirds but we did not locate the Bairds Sandpiper but  
recorded Spotted Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs.

Directions: take the 401 to Whitby and the Brock Road exist and go  
south; the bridge is about 4 blocks south of the #401.  The road there  
is quite wide and most birders were parking there but parking areas  
are available at the harbour just south of the bridge and a block  
north of the bridge.

Wayne Renaud (289-828-0043)

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