[Ontbirds] Little Blue Heron Update, Wildwood Lake, Oxford, Aug 10
jmholdsworth at rogers.com
Fri Aug 10 16:15:51 EDT 2018
Since no one else has chimed in, thought I would just update this bird. It was / is being seen by many in the same general area as reported by Richard this morning - just south of the berm, sometimes quite close but occasionally far to the back [south] and out of sight. This is just the 3rd record ever for the county - thanks to Norm Holden for finding it and Richard Skevington for getting the word out.
While there I did see a pre-basic adult Stilt Sandpiper with 50 Lesser Yellowlegs, a few Pectorals, Leasts, Semipalmated Plover and Solitary Sandpipers. Habitat is excellent.
Directions:[from Richard's post] From hyw. 401 turn north on Oxford County Rd. # 6 towards Stratford. About halfway between Embro and Stratford, turn West onto Oxford Rd 28. You will then pass through the small community of Herrington. Just through the community turn right onto rd. 3.1 Travel exactly 1 kl north. On the east side of the road there is a berm dividing the lake from a containment pond. The Little Blue Heron is actively feeding in the containment pond along with Great Egrets, shorebirds and other waterfowl. A scope would come in handy as it is fairly distant at times.
James Holdsworth, Biological Consulting Services
226-228-1428, jmholdsworth at rogers.com
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