Monday, December 8, 2014

Niagara December 6th

On Saturday, my Dad, Mike and I lead our (13th???) annual KW Field Naturalist outing to Niagara. The river proved to be fairly slow, however, the highlight(?) was finally catching up to this bastard.

Anywho, we started our day at CCIW in Burlington, where saw some good stuff:
1 Red-throated Loon
2 C. Loons

Next stop was the Tollgate Ponds, where highlights included:
Horned and Red-necked Grebes
2 Snowy Owls

We checked all the 'regular' spots along the river, but highlights, asides from the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, included stops at Queenston. Here our highlights were:
missing the Black Vultures by 5 minutes (don't you just love being informed "the bird was RIGHT here"? I sure as hell don't...)
2 Turkey Vultures
1 C. Loon

Adam Beck was pretty decent, with highlights as:
6 Iceland Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull

The Upper Falls was where everything was:
1 Purple Sandpiper (we had some decent looks considering the species)
1 Thayer's Gull (3rd basic)
3 Iceland Gulls
6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
3 Glaucous

We ended up also seeing an adult Lesser X Herring hybrid, so in total we saw 8 species of gulls + 1 hybrid...

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