[Ontbirds] juv. Laughing Gull - Hillman Marsh / Marbled Godwit & Snowy Egret, Mitchell's Bay

Jarmo Jalava jjalava at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 4 21:26:39 EDT 2013

The Marbled Godwit and Snowy Egret continued today at Mitchell's Bay on the sandbar to the north, easily viewed with scope from the harbour parking lot.  Also present in the bay were large numbers of Pied-billed Grebe (nearly 100) and a huge, tight flock of American Coots (close to 1,000).  Mitchell's Bay is at the west end of Road 42 (Bay Line) in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
The juvenile Laughing Gull was also still present at Hillman Marsh this afternoon, spending time on the water and flotsam on both the north and south sides of the Mersea Road 2 bridge, just east of the main entrance or the conservation area (photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/100573532@N04/sets/72157636198426384).  Also feeding in the shallows on the north side of the bridge were at least 3 Long-billed Dowitchers, 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, and both species of yellowlegs.
Good birding,

Jarmo Jalava
Director, Ecosystem Recovery
Carolinian Canada Coalition 
"Greening the Future of Southwestern Ontario"
Grosvenor Lodge, by appointment
1017 Western Rd., London, ON N6G 1G5

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