[Ontbirds] Scugog Twp--Port Perry - Nonquon Sewage Lagoons, 11-Jul-2018

geoff.carpentier at gmail.com geoff.carpentier at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 14:08:29 EDT 2018


Hi All:

For the first time in a few years the habitat at the Nonquon lagoons is 
looking amazing. I have been fortunate to have gained the cooperation of 
staff at Durham Region to lower water levels so migrating shorebirds have a 
place to feed. And here they come - 5 species of shorebirds and over 50 
individuals! Best lagoons are the southern most one and the 2nd one counting 
from the east side.

Scugog Twp--Port Perry - Nonquon Sewage Lagoons, Durham, Ontario, CA
11-Jul-2018 7:14 AM - 8:24 AM
50 species

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)  7     Two adults and five Young
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  1     Adult male continuing bird
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  38     Several Broods noted all 
attended by females
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  1
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  3     breeding pair
Sora (Porzana carolina)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  7
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  2
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  44
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  1     Molting adult
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)  6
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  8

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47128965

Don't forget your permits

How to Obtain a Nonquon Sewage Lagoon Permit

Permits must be purchased in advance of entering the lagoons. Permits can be 
obtained in person or by mail from 605 Rossland Rd., Whitby, or in person at 
the Scugog Waste Transfer Station, 1623 Reach Street, Port Perry. Transfer 
Station is closed Sunday and Monday, but open the other days from 8 a.m. to 
4 p.m. The Whitby office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30- 4:30 p.m.

An electronic version of the Nonquon Sewage Lagoon Birder Permit is 
available in PDF format at 
https://www.durham.ca/en/regional-government/resources/Documents/Budget-and-Financial/2018-Birder-Permit---Updated-March-8-2018.pdf

Nonquon Sewage Lagoon Birder Permits are available for $10 per permit. 
Cheques will only be accepted at Regional Headquarters. Payment by cash only 
at the Scugog Waste Transfer Station. For mail in orders: Completed 
Applications should be forwarded to: Finance Department - Insurance & Risk 
Management, 605 Rossland Road E., Whitby, ON L1N 6A3.

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.

When you get to Concession 8 Road, go to the most easterly gate on the south 
side of the road (not the huge ones that lead to the sewage plant, but a 
double gate with a small locked gate immediately beside it opposite a small 
brown bungalow). This small gate has a combination lock on it. When you get 
your permit, it will have a five digit number written in the upper right or 
left hand corner - that is the combination to the gate.

Please remember to close the gate behind you if you go as it is not 
self-closing.

Geoff Carpentier
AVOCET NATURE SERVICES

Contact me at: 905-852-2011 or avocetnatureservices at gmail.com
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