[Ontbirds] Pacific Loons, Short-eared Owl, Little Gull, Common Loons - Minet's Point Park, Barrie

Jeremy Bensette jeremy_bensette at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 6 19:24:01 EDT 2017

Hi folks, 

I know it's been posted already yesterday and today, but might as well up the ante a bit with sightings in the last couple of hours. 

In a single right to left sweep counting loons one-by-one as distant as possible, we counted exactly 1776 Common Loons and 3 Pacific Loons (all spaced at least a kilometre apart, no loons noted flying, all in more or less breeding plumage). In the process of loon-viewing I spotted a migrant Short-eared Owl being harassed by gulls, as well as the adult Little Gull already mentioned earlier. 

Needless to say, this was a pretty great highlight birding stop, even in a pretty big year! It would certainly be a worthwhile stop for anyone in the area. 

Minet's Point Park is at the south edge of Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie, Simcoe County. 

Gps coordinates for Minet's Point Park: 
44.37617, -79.66743

Good birding!

Jere, Tim et al

Jeremy Bensette - Leamington, ON
I'm doing an Ontario Big Year in 2017!
This (these) Pacific Loon(s) makes 332!
Again, thanks so much for the support.

> On Oct 5, 2017, at 1:22 PM, Frank Pinilla (gmail) via ONTBIRDS <birdalert at ontbirds.ca> wrote:
> Ontbirders, they're back! A little earlier than the last few years, I think!
> Beautiful adult bird with shining silver-grey crown and hindneck, black throat, black back/wings and white speckling on wings. Bill held horizontal (not above as in Red-throated). Seen straight out (directly north) from Minet's Point Park in Barrie.  Scope is required as the birds are well out on the bay and wind is howling, just picked up while I was here. 
> Also here, at least one adult Little Gull, over 1,000 Bonaparte's and I counted over 300 Common Loon.
> Good birding,
> Frank Pinilla
> Richmond Hill, ON (work in Barrie)
> Directions:
> Exit Hwy 400 at Essa Road in Barrie, head east toward lake, turn right in Tiffin which curves right and becomes Lakeshore Rd. Turn left after a couple of km's at Minet's Point Road, park is at lake off this road. 
> Sent from my iPhone
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