Wednesday, August 3, 2011

More sewage.....lagoons

Brandon picked me up after work last night and we motored over to Mitchell and then Grand Bend, with the intent to check the sewage lagoons. With the thunderstorms moving in, there was the chance of it dropping some shorebirds down at the lagoons.

Our first stop was Mitchell. We only checked the closest lagoon to the road, as the rain looked fairly imminent. It looks like habitat is getting better as there's a definite shore emerging, so hopefully it'll start to get better in a few weeks.

We didn't have too much here;
30 Lesser Yellowlegs
10 Pectoral Sandpipers
5 Least Sandpipers
3 Semipalmated Sandpipers

Continuing on, we headed straight for Grand Bend. Getting there we were alittle disappointed. The last time we had been there, the lagoons had looked amazing for shorebirds, but they appear to be pumping water into the lagoons with the exception of the 3rd cell, which was where there was some action.

Our highlights here included;
1 Short-billed Dowitcher
5 Semipalmated Plover's
1 female Northern Pintail

And.....these guys
Wilson's Phalarope
2 very fresh juvenal Wilson's Phalaropes were present with the other shorebirds. This is just a record shot from a pretty far distance.

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