Posting for Jon Ruddy:
From: Jon Ruddy firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 05:53:42 -0400
Subject: Short-billed Gull in Cobden
Good morning, birders:
Yesterday afternoon, I had a juvenile Short-billed Gull at Muskrat Lake. It
was roosting with ring-bills on the municipal beach, located off of
Bonnechere Street. A few notes, for those who may try for the bird:
There are a few shoreline vantages on Muskrat Lake.
At the NW end of the lake, there is a view of the lake (boat launch) at
Cornerview and Faught.
There is another view of the lake, further to the SE, at MacFarlane Road
and Cobble Stone Lane.
Further to the SE, Cowley Street provides a view of a small bay and the
open water nearby.
The traditional vantage for birders is Cobden’s municipal beach/Muskrat
Lake boat launch, located off Bonnechere Street.
One final vantage, which provides a view of the length of the lake
(although limited, given its length) is found off Summerfield Drive, which
is off Foresters Falls Rd.
I had the bird at the municipal beach site at 4:35 p.m. When I found it, it
was roosting with RBGU’s. Maybe there’s a pattern in terms of the time of
day it chooses the beach site.
Washrooms: there are washrooms available at the nearby Tim Hortons/Shell
gas station, located within 300 meters of the municipal beach.
Good luck and good birding,