Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cliff and Harry

Last thursday I had some field work with Nathan up in the Harriston and Clifford area, about an hour north of Waterloo. It was a pretty fun and easy day, basically just 'geeking' and looking for birds, herps, odes and butterflies. Nothing too unusual or anything. Highlights though were going to the Harriston and Clifford sewage lagoons.

Harriston is pretty high and doesn't have any shorebird habitat but we did come across a group of 3 very distant Hooded Mergansers.

Afterwards we checked out the Clifford lagoons. It was alittle better there in terms of shorebirds and habitat. If water levels drop, there could be some decent habitat. We had the following:
20 Lesser Yellowlegs
10 Spotted Sandpipers
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
3 Least Sandpipers
2 Green-winged Teals
and most bizarre of all, a completely pure albino Red-tailed Hawk....I wish I could've gotten a picture of it, but it was too far away and then took off. Pretty cool, something I've never seen!


  1. Whats with all the albino birds lately?? Got an albino starling today at Blenheim.

  2. Ya pretty bizarre eh. Wanna go up to Moosonee during labour day weekend?