[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile-Shorebirds today

dave milsom milsomdave at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 18 17:32:21 EDT 2012

This afternoon near Presqu'ile, a probable Hudsonian Godwit was feeding at the back of Presqu'ile Bay in the village of Gosport. With it were 4 Greater, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, and large numbers of Dunlin and Pectoral Sandpipers.The Godwit was some distance away but looked like an adult Hudsonian in non-breeding plumage, except that it appeared to have 3 or 4 black bars in the tail feathers, which would make it a Bar-tailed Godwit. It also did not look as tall as most "HudGods" I have previously seen. I have some long-range digiscoped photos to peruse.Off Gull Island in Presqu'ile Provincial Park this a.m. were 1 Baird's Sandpiper, 3 White-rumped Sandpipers, a few Dunlin, 2 flocks of Sanderling, many American Pipits, Horned Larks and 3 Lapland Longspurs. Directions : From # 401, go south to Brighton on # 30, which becomes George St. At traffic lights in town, go straight through ( do not turn right towards Presqu'ile Prov. Pk.). When you reach the Brighton Constructed Wetlad, turn right onto Harbour St. Then turn left onto Baldwin which goes into Gosport.One street before the Marina, turn left onto Price St. Near the end is the Presqu'ile Yacht Club. Park there and check the bay to your left.For Presqu'ile Prov. Pk., follow signs after turning right at traffic lights in Brighton. ***Be aware that birders cannot go on Gull Island on Friday or Saturday due to duck hunting. You needed rubber boots today to access Gull Isl. For birding tours see www.florafaunafieldtours.com Dave Milsom milsomdave at hotmail.com  		 	   		  

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