Monday, August 22, 2011

More shorebirds....

Mike and I continued our jaunt onto Sunday as well. We decided to check some of the under-reported sewage lagoons north of Waterloo. First lagoon on our to do list was Harriston....

This lagoon doesn't have shorebirds but, since its such an easy lagoon to bird, there's not much point in not doing it. Only thing of interest here was a single Hooded Merganser.

Next stop was the Clifford sewage lagoons, just up the road. These lagoons are abit better for shorebirds, but not amazing. We had the same pure albino Red-tailed Hawk that I had a few weeks ago - it must be a resident bird, definitely interesting to see. Shorebirds here included;

26 Lesser Yellowlegs
10 Spotted Sandpipers
3 Least
2 Semipalmated Sandpipers
10 Killdeers
both species of Teal were also here

Moving on from Clifford, we tried going into the Listowel (aka car city....) but the lagoons are fenced off pretty good, so we couldn't check it out. We decided we might as well head'er over to Mitchell again, since the cold front could have brought some new stuff. The wing-tagged Great Egret was still present, as well as 9 Bonaparte's Gulls. Shorebirds here included;

1 American Golden-Plover
1 Black-bellied Plover
4 Greater Yellowlegs
75 Lesser Yellowlegs
4 Spotted
10 Semipalmated
10 Least
1 Baird's
10 Pectoral
1 Short-billed Dowitcher
1 Wilson's Snipe
American Golden-Plover (adult) - Mitchell August 21, 2011

Greater Yellowlegs - Mitchell August 21, 2011

After Mitchell, we headed to our last spot at the Milverton lagoons, sort of on our way back to Heidelberg. This was our first time checking this spot out. Water levels are pretty high, though duck numbers were good. Didn't have too much out of the ordinary, though shorebirds here included;

65 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Solitary Sandpiper
4 Spotted Sandpiper
4 Least's
1 Short-billed Dowitcher

Some good shorebirds should hopefully turn up in the next few weeks, hopefully something like a Hudsonian or Marbled Godwit. Ohio and Michigan seem to be getting there fill. Ontario's next

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