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20 Aug YOW big day bird checklist [Luke Berg via ONTBIRDS ]
20 Aug Red-necked Phalarope at Townsends Sewage Lagoon [Brett Fried via ONTBIRDS ]
20 Aug Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Col. Samuel Smith Park, Toronto - Present today Aug. 20, 2014 [Garth Riley via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Aug James Bay Shorebirds - Little Piskwamish Report #3 [Jean Iron via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Aug Long Point--Plegadis ibis [Jody Allair via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Aug Snowy Egret - Holiday Beach Conservation Area [Kory Renaud via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Aug Iroquois Shoreline Raptor Watch [Mike Williamson via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Aug Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Col. Samuel Smith Park, Toronto [Mark Field via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Aug Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Col. Sam [Joyce Collier-Brown via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Aug OFO Shorebird trip to Rock Point August 17 [jeblack--- via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Aug Yellow Crowned Night Heron at Sam Smith Park [Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Aug Red-necked Phalarope at Brighton Sewage Lagoon/Red Knot at Presqu'ile [William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Aug Interesting Night-Heron, Etobicoke [David Pryor via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Aug Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 15th, 2014 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Aug Kingston Area Birds: 9th - 15th August 2014 ["Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" ]
15 Aug NE shore L.Erie-L-t.Duck,13 shorebird species [Marcie Jacklin via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Aug Ottawa/Gatineau - August 14, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Aug Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 14, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Aug juvenile dowitcher and leucistic swallow at Nonquon lagoons [Eric Davis via ONTBIRDS ]
13 Aug Shorebirds Brighton Constructed wetland [William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS ]
13 Aug WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER - WEST PERTH WETLANDS [Liz Jeffery via ONTBIRDS ]
12 Aug Carden Alvar - Aug 12 [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
11 Aug Chukars found again at Oak Ridges today [Wayne Renaud via ONTBIRDS ]
11 Aug Toronto Islands - Olive-sided Flycatcher [Norm Murr via ONTBIRDS ]
11 Aug James Bay Shorebirds - Little Piskwamish Report #2 [Jean Iron via ONTBIRDS ]
11 Aug Piping Plovers--Port Elgin [Jean Hampson via ONTBIRDS ]
10 Aug OFO Durham Marshes Trip - August 10 [John Stirrat via ONTBIRDS ]
10 Aug Perth Wetlands - Mitchell - Wilson's Phalarope and Snipes, Stilt, Plovers [Ellen Horak via ONTBIRDS ]
10 Aug Scugog birds [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
9 Aug 2 Wilson's Phalarope - West Perth Wetlands [Liz Jeffery via ONTBIRDS ]
9 Aug Re: Monday Group [Roy John via ONTBIRDS ]
8 Aug Kingston Area Birds: 2nd - 8th August 2014 ["Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" ]
8 Aug Chimney Swifts Friday August 8th. [Mike Williamson via ONTBIRDS ]
08 Aug short billed dowitchers, West Perth wetlands [Don Campbell via ONTBIRDS ]
7 Aug Ottawa/Gatineau - Aug 7, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
7 Aug red-neck phalaropes in Alfred Lagoons [Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS ]
7 Aug Re: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 7, 2014. [Donald Davis via ONTBIRDS ]
7 Aug Oak Ridges Chukars Clarification [Karl Heide via ONTBIRDS ]
7 Aug 3 WILSON'S PHALAROPE / 2 STILTS now at West Perth Wetlands [Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS ]
7 Aug Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 7, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
7 Aug Durham Festival of Birds – September 21, 2014 [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
6 Aug Wilson's Phalarope, Stilt Sandpiper - West Perth Wetlands [Steve Thorpe via ONTBIRDS ]
5 Aug Oak Ridges Chukars [Karl Heide via ONTBIRDS ]
4 Aug James Bay Shorebirds - Little Piskwamish Report #1 [Jean Iron via ONTBIRDS ]
3 Aug Port Elgin Piping Plovers [Stewart Nutt via ONTBIRDS ]
1 Aug Looking for reports of Mute Swans and Trumpeter Swans ["Campbell,Barbara \[NCR\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
1 Aug Wilson's Phalarope Great Egrets Townsend Lagoons [Ellen Horak via ONTBIRDS ]
1 Aug Kingston Area Birds: 19th July - 1st August 2014 ["Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" ]
1 Aug James Bay Shorebirds - Longridge Point [Adam Timpf via ONTBIRDS ]
1 Aug Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding report - Friday, August 1st, 2014 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS ]
31 Jul Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 31, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
31 Jul Ottawa/Gatineau - July 31, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
30 Jul Returning Species.. Bonaparte Gulls and Caspian Terns ["Bruce F. Aikins via ONTBIRDS" ]
30 Jul Great Egrets roosting at Luther marsh ["Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
27 Jul Franklin's Gull continues at Bronte Harbour, Oakville. [Wayne via ONTBIRDS ]
27 Jul Franklin's Gull in Bronte (Oakville) [Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Lots of Sandhill Cranes, Ferndale Flats [Rob Porter via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Franklins Gull continues at Bronte Harbour [Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Franklin's Gull, Bronte Harbour [cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Laughing Gull remains at Bronte Harbour [cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Laughing Gull at Bronte Harbour [Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS ]
25 Jul Great Egrets - Please report wing-tagged birds ["Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
25 Jul Juvenile Common Raven - Toronto ["Phil L. via ONTBIRDS" ]
24 Jul Great Horned Owl Canatara Park [steve read via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Jul Gulls and terns at Port Burwell [Dave Martin via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Jul Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 24, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Jul Ottawa/Gatineau - July 24, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Jul Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, July 19th, 2014 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Jul Scugog Twp. sightings [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Jul Bronte Red-necked Grebe Update [Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Jul SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - West Perth Wetlands [Liz Jeffery via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Jul Kingston Area Birds: 12-18 July 2014 ["Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" ]
17 Jul Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 17, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Jul Ottawa/Gatineau - July 17, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Jul Nonquon Lagoons - July 16 [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Jul Winchester Lagoons correction [Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS ]

Subject: YOW big day bird checklist
From: Luke Berg via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:46:33 -0400
Hi,
Could you please share the ebird checklist from our big day with me?
Thanks,
Luke

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope at Townsends Sewage Lagoon
From: Brett Fried via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:46:57 -0400
A small group of us just saw a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope swimming around in 
the NE cell at Townsends. 


Quite a few shorebirds around, not much else of note though.

Cheers,

Brett Fried
Guelph, ON

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Col. Samuel Smith Park, Toronto - Present today Aug. 20, 2014
From: Garth Riley via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:56 -0700
For those of you who are still hoping to see this bird. It was present today 
from at least 1:30 - 2:20 PM. It was roosting and preening on a large branch, 
on the north-east portion of the island in the large pond (with the viewing 
platform). The bird was best seen from the gravel path which runs north and 
south on the east side of the pond. Enter a partial clearing (the most northern 
access point) and look west. I have seen it here previously so it appears to be 
one of its preferred roosting areas.  


Directions: Head south on Kipling Avenue from the Gardiner Expressway until you 
reach the parking lot at the south end of Kipling. Walk east past the entrance 
to the viewing platform and keep left until you are heading north. The bird was 
seen from the third clearing on your left while walking north. This clearing is 
somewhat obscured by trees but is readily accessible. 



Good luck, 
 
Garth Riley
Etobicoke, Ontario
rileygv AT yahoo.com
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Subject: James Bay Shorebirds - Little Piskwamish Report #3
From: Jean Iron via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:27:57 -0400
This is the third report for the two day period 11 -12 August 2014 from
Little Piskwamish Point on the southwestern coast of James Bay in Ontario.
Be sure to see photos and videos in link below. Surveys are conducted under
the direction of Christian Friis of the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and
Mark Peck of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and their partners: the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada and
Moose Cree First Nation. The Little Piskwamish crew comprised Mark Peck
(crew leader), James Kennerley, Brendan Kelly, Jean Iron, Eleanor Zurbrigg,
Doug McRae, Lisa Pollock, Hellen Fu, and Darrell Isaac and Jeffrey Isaac
from Moose Cree First Nation. Two other crews were based at North Point and
Longridge Point. They may file reports. 

LINK TO PHOTOS AND VIDEOS - 5 PAGES
http://www.jeaniron.ca/2014/JB14/p1.htm

HIGH COUNTS: An estimated 46,256 shorebirds were observed on Aug 11 and
30,875 shorebirds on Aug 12. These high counts resulted from strong north
winds combined with high tides after the full moon on Sunday August 10. We
were in awe as many thousands of shorebirds wheeled around at high tide.
Given these numbers at one location, there must be several million
southbound shorebirds using James Bay. 

SHOREBIRD OBSERVATIONS: Highest maximum counts and dates for each species
are reported below. Reports pertain to Little Piskwamish. 

Black-bellied Plover: 150 adults on Aug 11.

American Golden-Plover: 4 adults on Aug 11.

Semipalmated Plover: 140 on Aug. One third were flying high and migrating
south. Some juveniles noted.

Killdeer: 12 adults and 4 juveniles on Aug 11.

Solitary Sandpiper: 1 juvenile on Aug 12.

Greater Yellowlegs: 380 adults and juveniles on Aug 11.

Lesser Yellowlegs: 325 on Aug 11. All juveniles.

Whimbrel: 3 on Aug 11.

Hudsonian Godwit: 299 molting adults plus first juvenile on Aug 11. 

Marbled Godwit: 2 juveniles on Aug 11. Adults have departed.

Ruddy Turnstone: 101 on Aug 11.

RED KNOT: 2000 on Aug 11 and 2000 again on Aug 12 including 12 juveniles on
both days. Juvenile numbers should increase over the next few weeks and
adults will depart soon. Total flag re-sightings were about 1600 for the
period July 15 to Aug 12. Because many individual flagged knots were seen
more than once, the total number of flags represents over 350 individuals.
Mark Peck (ROM) estimates that at least 5000 adult knots are/were using
Little Piskwamish this summer making it one of the most important southbound
sites for the endangered rufa subspecies in North America.

Sanderling: 1 molting adult on Aug 12.

Semipalmated Sandpiper: 11,000 on Aug 11 and 7800 on Aug 12. Juvenile
numbers increasing to about 10%. 

Least Sandpiper: 250 on Aug 11. All juveniles.

White-rumped Sandpiper: Conservative estimates of 30,000 adults on Aug 11
and 19,000 on Aug 12.

Pectoral Sandpiper: 300 on Aug 11. First juvenile on Aug 11.

Dunlin: 1200 molting adults on Aug 11 and 1000 on Aug 12. Numbers are
building.

Short-billed Sandpiper: 5 juveniles on Aug 11.

Wilson's Snipe: 80 gathering in a coastal marsh on Aug 11. 

Red-necked Phalarope: 1 juvenile on Aug 12.

VIDEO LINKS TO SHOREBIRDS
1. Red Knot Surveys http://youtu.be/x6TP3tAgiKM 

2. Red Knots Feeding http://youtu.be/WbY737Rytwg 

3. Juvenile Red Knot http://youtu.be/A2YpLGoZq_s 

4. Hudsonian Godwit http://youtu.be/YhqqRm4orHU 

5. Juvenile Wilson's Phalarope
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htCKQoxXpBg 

6. Comparison of juvenile Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
http://youtu.be/hDM_5Sr0Hd8 

7. Peeps: http://youtu.be/kEAZz3fS9tg

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The Western James Bay Shorebird Survey is a cooperative
effort of the Canadian Wildlife Service, Royal Ontario Museum , Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada in
cooperation with the Moose Cree First Nation. Survey camps are rented from
the Moose Cree First Nation. The OMNR provides accommodations in the
staffhouse while crews are in Moosonee. Thanks to Rod Brook, Sarah Hagey and
Kim Bennett of OMNR for logistical support. This project would not be
possible without the many long days of dedicated volunteer effort. Jean
thanks an anonymous donor for financial assistance to the program.

SHOREBIRD CONSERVATION: It is our hope that these surveys and public support
will contribute to James Bay (or parts thereof) being designated a Western
Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve of Hemispheric Importance. James Bay greatly
exceeds the minimum criteria for this designation.  

Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway
Toronto, Ontario


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Subject: Long Point--Plegadis ibis
From: Jody Allair via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:07:28 -0400
Today at 11:25 am two Plegadis ibis flew east over the Bird Studies Canada
HQ parking lot. The birds were first spotted flying by the office windows
by Myles Falconer. They appeared to go down somewhere in the vicinity of
Lion's Park at the Port Rowan marina. Subsequent searching did not turn up
the birds.

Interestingly a small group of 3 Plegadis ibis flew west over the Old Cut
Research Station at 7:30 am this morning.

Good birding!

Jody Allair

Directions: The Bird Studies Canada HQ is at 115 Front Road, Port Rowan
just east of HWY 59.
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Subject: Snowy Egret - Holiday Beach Conservation Area
From: Kory Renaud via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:45:43 -0400
The Snowy Egret that was reported earlier today on WEPBirds is
currently showing well at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. It is
feeding in the small shallow pond next to the Hawk Tower (south side
of the tower).


Good Birding!

Kory Renaud




Directions:

Holiday Beach Conservation area is located on county rd 50 in the Town
of Amherstburg in Essex County.   This is an Essex Region Conservation
Authority property and an entrance fee applies. Visit erca.org for
details.

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Subject: Iroquois Shoreline Raptor Watch
From: Mike Williamson via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:48:05 -0400
Hello to All

 

ISRW will start up its 15th. season Saturday August 30th. 2014. Hope some
can find the time to join us during the migration, all eyes are welcome!

Cheers

Mike Williamson 

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Col. Samuel Smith Park, Toronto
From: Mark Field via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:55:09 -0400
Hello,

The juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was present and out in the open along 
the shore of the pond from 3-3:45 p.m. today. Also present was a nearby 
juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron for convenient comparison. They were in view 
from the lake shore trail and the viewing platform. 


Directions: Head south on Kipling Avenue from the Gardiner Expressway until you 
reach the parking lot at the south end of Kipling. Walk east on the pea gravel 
trail to the viewing platform. 


Cheers,

Mark Field
Toronto, Ontario
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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Col. Sam
From: Joyce Collier-Brown via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:24:36 -0400
From approx. 7:30 to 8:00 I observed the juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron in 
Col. Sam Smith Park, Etobicoke. The bird was perched in plain view, in a patch 
of sunlight, on the east side of the island in the small pond. 


The adult Black-crowned Night Heron and a perching Great Blue Heron were barely 
visible through the leaves, looking south from the picnic shelter. I could not 
locate the juv. Black-crowned. 


Directions totally stolen from Len Manning: Qew to Kipling then go south to the 
park and park in south east lot. Walk 

east to small pond and its on north end.

Joyce Collier-Brown,
North York, ON
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Subject: OFO Shorebird trip to Rock Point August 17
From: jeblack--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:28:01 -0400
40 enthusiastic participants  showed up for the outing.  There were only 
18 individual shorebirds at Rock Point, the lowest number for this trip 
over the years.  The good news was that there were  two juvenile Baird's 
Sandpipers at which we all had excellent looks in great light 
conditions. There were also almost no shoreline or shorebirds at the 
Mosaic Esterhazy lagoons which was fortunate because this year we did 
not have permission to walk into the property.
We spent a lot of time on Feeder Canal Road. Here we had at least 5 
Green Herons, 20 Great Egrets, Solitary Sandpiper ( heard) and a good 
number of yellowlegs.  Many of the participants  seemed as interested in 
the turtles as the birds. We had a northern map turtle, a Blanding's 
turtle, painted turtles and a snapping turtle. We searched all the sod 
farms for for plover. It was only at our last stop on Poth Road that we 
had a group of about 60 Black-bellied Plovers fly in as we got there at 
about 12:30.  No Buff-breasted Sandpipers or American Golden Plovers in 
the fields. Perhaps just a few week early for their return.

At Rock Point: 7 shorebird species
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Baird's Sandpiper  2
Lesser yellowlegs  2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Least Sandpiper  5
Semipalmated Plover  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Killdeer  1
Also viewed
Long-tailed Duck (1) sitting on the lake and a Black Tern (1) flying 
over the lake.
Red-eyed Vireo
American Goldfinch
Yellow Warbler
Baltimore Oriole
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Song Sparrow
Mourning Dove
Common Tern
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal
Red-tailed Hawk

Fowler's Toad observed on the beach by some.

At the Mozaic Esterhazy Lagoons:
Green Heron and Wilson's Snipe were heard.
Great Blue Heron (3)
Wood Duck (1) and Great Egret (1)
Caspian Tern (2)

Futher down the road at the canal and small ponds
Great Blue Heron (3)
Green Heron (5)
Great Egret (20)
Solitary Sandpiper (1)
Greater Yellowlegs (3)
Lesser Yellowlegs (2)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
Marsh Wren (1)
Wood Duck (5)
Blue-winged Teal (3)
Swallow Species observed during the outing:
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Purple Martin

Additional species observed in this area:
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Belted Kingfisher
Common Grackle
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing

4 turtle species observed in the ponds and canal on Feeder Canal Road.
Painted Turtle
Map Turtle
Blanding's Turtle
Snapping Turtle

On the way to Poth Road, the group observed Horned Larks.
At Poth Road,
Black-bellied Plover (60)
Killdeer (30)
American Kestrel (2)
Cooper's Hawk (1)
American Crow (14)

John Black and Dan Salisbury with the help of  Luc Fazio, Marcie Jacklin 
and Kevin McLaughlin (Species list compiled by Bob Highcock)
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Subject: Yellow Crowned Night Heron at Sam Smith Park
From: Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:41:07 -0400
The most interesting thing about the bird is that it is a yellow crowned
night heron. Currently giving nice views where David posted earlier.

Qew to Kipling then go south to the park and park in south east lot. Walk
east to small pond and its on north end.

289 456 6502

Len Manning et al.



Len Manning
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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope at Brighton Sewage Lagoon/Red Knot at Presqu'ile
From: William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:44:34 -0400
Hello folks: Ian Shanahan,Maureen Riggs and Bill Gilmour had the following 
birds. 


Two "red" birds that aren't red this time of year were the highlights of a 
14-shorebird species day between Presqu'ile Provincial Park, the Brighton 
Constructed Wetland and the Brighton Sewage Lagoon. 


Strong winds in the past few days have suddenly delivered a wide swath of 
excellent algae flats on the north side of Owen Point. Furthermore, Park 
maintenance staff have done a fabulous job of preparing the various lookouts on 
the Owen Point Trail so that visibility is excellent at all points. 


Below is a run-down of today's shorebirds: 

*Semipalmated Plover- 12-15 north from Owen Point on the Natural Beach 
*Black-bellied Plover- at least 4 on the east (near) tip of Gull Island off 
Owen Point 

*Killdeer- 2-3 at the Brighton Constructed Wetland (BCW)
*Spotted Sandpiper- 1 on the east tip of Gull Island; 2 at the BCW
*Solitary Sandpiper- c. 10 at the BCW
*Least Sandpiper- 6-7 (juv) at Owen Point; 3-4 at the BCW
*Semipalmated Sandpiper- 110-120 at Owen Point; 1-2 at the BCW
*Baird's Sandpiper- 2 bright juveniles at Owen Point
*Sanderling- 2 adults (1 still quite colourful) at Owen Point
*Ruddy Turnstone- 4 juvs and 1 adult on the east tip of Gull Island
*Red Knot- 1 juv on the east tip of Gull Island
*Lesser Yellowlegs- c. 35 visible at the BCW
*Wilson's Snipe- 1 visible at the BCW
*Red-necked Phalarope- 1 fresh juv at the Brighton Sewage Lagoon. By viewing 
from the small pseudo parking area at the SE corner of the lagoon, look towards 
the SW corner. The bird was often behind a boom, so some patience may be needed 
before the bird shows itself. 


Other Notes:

*A scope is required for viewing the birds on Gull Island. There also is some 
heat haze to contend with. 

*The shorebirds at Owen Point are skittish, but can usually be seen at 
extremely close range. 

*An adult White-rumped Sandpiper was at Owen Point yesterday.
*Good warbler movement was reported at the Presqu'ile Lighthouse this morning.

Directions:

*Presqu'ile P.P. is well signed south of Highway 401 exit 509 
(Brighton/Campbellford). 

*The Brighton Constructed Wetland is accessed off the same 401 exit. Drive 
south on Highway 30. In town, this will become Young Street and then Prince 
Edward Street south of the railway tracks. Just outside of town, the road bends 
east and becomes County Road 64. At the bend is the lookout station and small 
parking area for the BCW. A pass ($5.00) is needed to access this site. 

*The Brighton Sewage Lagoon is the first left on County Road 64 just past the 
BCW. Visitors cannot go beyond the gate. 


The south bound party is underway.

Good birding!

Bill Gilmour, Maureen Riggs and Ian Shanahan  


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Subject: Interesting Night-Heron, Etobicoke
From: David Pryor via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:21:46 -0400
At Colonel Sam Smith Park this morning, I relocated the interesting Night-Heron 
found by Stephen Smith yesterday and reported to eBird as a juvenile 
Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron. Stephen posted a photo he took of the bird to 
eBird. 


The interesting Night-Heron I relocated was roosting in a tree along with an 
adult and juvenile Black-Crowned Night-Heron, low to the water, on the north 
side of the island in the marshy cattail overflow pond located about 50 yards 
due east of the southernmost parking lot. 


In comparison to the other juvenile bird (which was clearly a Black-Crowned 
Night-Heron), the interesting bird had grayish rather than brown upperparts, 
had much more finely spotted wings, and seemed to me to be longer-necked and 
legged, as well as showing a blunter, thicker bill. This bird's call was also 
relatively high-pitched, almost like a scream. 


The bird's upper mandible was largely blackish while the lower mandible, other 
than the tip, appeared somewhat pale (rather than cometely dark as is largely 
the case with Yellow-Crowned Night-Herons). Overall though, the bill on the 
interesting bird did not show any yellow like the bill of the nearby juvenile 
Black-Crowned. 


An interesting bird, regardless of what it turns out to be. 

Colonel Sam Smith Park is located immediately due south of the intersection of 
Kipling Ave and Lakeshore Blvd in Etobicoke. 


David Pryor



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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 15th, 2014
From: Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:39:31 -0400
PIPING PLOVER
LAUGHING GULL
SNOWY OWL

Long-tailed Duck
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Osprey
Broad-winged Hawk
Merlin
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Black Tern
Common Nighthawk
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Waterthrush
Yellow Warbler
Bobolink
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch

The tide has turned here in the Hamilton Study Area with a definite start in
migration and a few waifs that have shown up in the area to make it
interesting.  On Tuesday, a PIPING PLOVER showed up at the Windermere Basin.
Although seen at a great distance, the bird stuck around more or less in the
same place with a few Semipalmated Plovers throughout the day.  It was
reported the next day briefly but has not been seen since.  On the same day,
Tuesday,  a LAUGHING GULL was photographed seen briefly at Bronte Harbour.
Unfortunately the bird was flushed and not seen again.  There was a report
of this bird earlier in the day off Van Wagner's beach. Lastly a surprise
for the week from the north was a SNOWY OWL found at Eastport Drive last
Saturday.  The bird was seen today off Eastport Drive at building across
from the RV Sales Centre at Pier 25. 
 
Shorebirds are continuing to move through this week.  Local hotspots include
North Island viewed off of Eastport where Semipalmated, Least, White-rumped
and Pectoral Sandpiper have been seen.  At Tollgate Ponds, Greater and
Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper and Sanderling were seen.  At Windermere
Basin, the landscape is always changing.  As with all of these spots, a
scope is almost mandatory but continuous scans of the habitat out here
drummed up Black-bellied (2) and Semipalmated Plover (4), Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated, Least and Pectoral Sandpiper,
Short-billed Dowitcher, American Coots and up to three Great Egrets along
with a growing number of Great Blue Herons.  At Confederation Park a
Sanderling scurried along the beach.

Passerine migration has started in earnest this week.  A highlight for me
was a tally of 77 Baltimore Orioles at Woodland Cemetery last Sunday.  The
birds were encouraged to move by our spishing and were counted moving in one
direction over the point.  These were all young/female type birds, there
were no males amongst them.  A couple of Bobolinks were also heard going
over.

In the odds and sods this week, a Long-tailed Duck was seen at the Beach
Canal last weekend.  Up to a dozen Black-crowned Night Herons lined the
border of Tollgate Ponds in the week.  This is a good time to look for a
Yellow-crowned Night Heron which may sneak into the pack.  A number of
Ospreys were seen cruising along the bay near Woodland Cemetery with up to 6
being seen here last night.  At Carroll's Point 25 Great Egrets were noted
here last night.  Common Nighthawks were noted here, at the high level
bridge and over Brantford this week a sign that these birds are now moving
south. A juvenile Broad-winged Hawk was seen over Carlisle in the week
perhaps young of a breeding situation here as adults were noted earlier in
the summer. Merlins have successfully bred in Brantford again.  For the 5th
consecutive year Merlins have been seen in this area of Brantford (Carolina
Park/Henderson Survey).  An Upland Sandpiper was seen and heard calling in
the field near Grass Lake in Glen Morris last weekend.  These are early
migrants moving through the area.  Two were heard over Brantford at night
the week before.  A huge gathering of gulls on the Hamilton Bay produced a
couple of Bonaparte's Gulls here.  In the past week Bonaparte's were also
seen from Fifty Point.  An immature Black Tern was photographed over the
Dundas Hydro Pond on Wednesday. A nicely marked Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
was seen at Shoreacres in Burlington yesterday.  Flood damage is significant
here and the trail access is limited.  A Least Flycatcher along with several
Eastern Kingbirds and Yellow Warblers were seen at Confederation Park today.
A keen observer in south Oakville noted a good migration of Purple Martin,
Tree and Barn Swallows yesterday with one Cliff Swallow making an
appearance.  Swallows are gathering in great numbers now, ready to be on the
move with these fronts.  A Northern Waterthrush was seen at Fifty Point
Conservation Area last Saturday, this species being one of our earlier
migrants. Finally a young Purple Finch came into a feeder on Centre Road
north of Waterdown, a possible breeding scenario here.

Beach season is almost here.  Please note that this reporter holds a
disclaimer for guaranteeing the specialties that occur at VanWagners Beach
but I have been asked by some to give a heads up as to when these conditions
may occur.  We are approaching the time when Long-tailed Jaegers start
showing up in the area.  Sabine's Gulls are generally early September.  The
Weather Network and Environment Canada are good resources for posting the
winds which will be occurring.  Generally the best conditions are East and
Northeast winds following a front.  Anything with a James Bay Low is even
better.  If monitoring the Weather Network, please choose conditions at
Burlington as Hamilton is the Hamilton Airport station.  Environment
Canada's website is the best here for Burlington as the winds are gauged at
the lift bridge.  

Early in the week next week, east winds are predicted for the west end of
the lake.

That's the news for the week, please keep your sightings coming as this is
getting to be an exciting time of year here in the Hamilton Study Area!!!!

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC  



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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 9th - 15th August 2014
From: "Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:25:28 -0400
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Not much change over the week with shorebirds providing most of the
highlights that include; TRUMPETER SWAN, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

The 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen at Lemoine Point CA and
were noted there on 11th and 13th. On Hwy 38, just north of the 401 on the
Ducks Unlimited wetland, an unseasonable TRUMPETER SWAN was noted on 14th. 

 

Amherst Island

A KFN Field Trip to the Martin Edwards Reserve on 10th produced the first
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER of the season as well as small numbers of the
expected peeps and yellowlegs. It was noted, however, that the WILSON'S
PHALAROPES have now departed. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, AMERICAN BITTERN
and GREEN HERON were also seen. Please note that you must be a member of the
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the
Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Prince Edward County

Just outside the area, a Bio Blitz held at Ostrander Point over 9-10th
produced good numbers of EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, at least 3 BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOOS, CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW and ALDER FLYCATCHER amongst others. At
Prince Edward Point, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and COMMON NIGHTHAWK were noted
over the same weekend.

 

Other Sightings

South-east of Napanee, along Wilton Creek, shorebird numbers seem to
fluctuate daily but SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY
SANDPIPER, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER, KILLDEER, SPOTTED
SANDPIPER and WILSON'S SNIPE can all still be found. Elsewhere, a NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD was reported on 4th near Westport, and just north of the city,
near Elginburg, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and GREEN HERON and BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO continue to be seen regularly. Across the border near Cape Vincent
(just 4 km from Wolfe Island), a good number and variety of shorebirds were
seen on 13th including 8 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 20 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 10
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and singles of SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and PECTORAL
SANDPIPER.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdread/

 

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Subject: NE shore L.Erie-L-t.Duck,13 shorebird species
From: Marcie Jacklin via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:16:59 +0000
Hi folks

Forwarding this on behalf of Bill Watson.

Marcie Jacklin
Fort Erie

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From: geneseebirds-l-bounces AT geneseo.edu [geneseebirds-l-bounces AT geneseo.edu] 
on behalf of Bird observations from western New York 
[geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu] 

Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 10:25 PM
To: geneseebird.; DSuggs
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] NE shore L.Erie-L-t.Duck,13 shorebird species

August 6 - At Rock Point P.P. there were 130 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 11 
Semipalmated Plovers, RUDDY TURNSTONE, 4 Least Sandpipers, LONG-TAILED DUCK, 
Common Merganser, Carolina Wren,Northern Mockingbird, and a Great Egret. 


Dunnville
Mosaic Ponds - 4 Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, Hooded Mergansers 2, 
Least Sandpiper 11, Semipalmated Sandpiper 12, and a Solitary Sandpiper. 

Poth Road  -  139 Killdeer and 18 BACK-BELLIED PLOVERS
Grabiels Point - a SANDPIPER with 46 Semipalmated Sandpiper and 10 Least 
Sandpipers 


Port Colburn  -  7 Pectoral Sandpipers and 3 Black-cr. Night-Herons

August 5  -  Motor Island 40 Great Egrets    Strawberry Island im. Bald Eagle
Tonawanda  2 Osprey nestlings on nest

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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - August 14, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:05:00 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to August 14, 2014

A photograph of three terns taken at Ottawa Beach (east of Andrew Haydon 
Park) on the 5th were later determined to be an adult FORSTER'S TERN with two 
adult COMMON TERNS.  


There was a report on the 12th of a possible adult ROYAL TERN seen at Baie Noir 
west of Plaisance Quebec on the 9th.  


The number and variety of shorebirds has increased as a result of the cold 
front which is moving through our area this week. The mud flats at the Shirleys 
Bay dyke and the shallow rain water in the west lagoon at St. Albert are now 
very active. The number of juvenile shorebirds birds is increasing and 
phalarope seem to be moving through our area.  


The mud flats west of the Shirleys Bay dyke continue to provide excellent 
shorebird birding. The numbers of LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST 
SANDPIPERS have been increasing with smaller but increasing numbers of 
SEMIPALMATED, SOLITARY and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS. Also 
present were SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (since the 11th), BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (3) 
were found on the 12th and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (2 on the 13th and 14th) and 
WILSON'S PHALAROPE (1 on the 13th). Along the marsh line one each SORA and 
VIRGINIA RAIL with COMMON GALLINULE (up to 7) have been seen. On the mudflats 
or pond there has been GREEN and BLUE-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, HOODED 
MERGANSER, GREAT BLUE and GREEN HERON and GREAT EGRET (up to 15). Over the 
marsh and pond have been OSPREY, BALD EAGLE (1 ad and 1 juv), MERLIN and 
COMMON, BLACK (1) and CASPIAN TERNS. 


The western most cell (take Finch Cambridge Boundry Rd east from hwy 12) at the 
St. Albert lagoons which is often dry now contains shallow rain water and is 
extremely active. Today there were over 400 shorebirds, mostly LEAST SANDPIPER 
(200), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (150) and KILLDEER (20) with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (7), 
PECTORAL (5) and WHITE-RUMPED (2) SANDPIPER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS (1). 


There were RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (2) at the Embrun lagoon today and one at 
Britannia Point yesterday. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE were found at the Russell 
lagoon and at Andrew Haydon Park on the 10th. 


Interesting sightings: PHILADELPHIA VIREO and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (3) on the 
9th along the Shirleys Bay dyke, along the Britannia Conservation Area ridge 8 
warbler species and PHILADELPHIA VIREO on the 9th and on the 10th BAY-BREASTED 
and CANADA WARBLER, SEDGE WREN continue to be heard east of the Nortel Marsh. 
   


Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, the 
OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports OWL sightings on the internet. We will 
continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sightings AT ofnc.ca for the local 
records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations.
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 14, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:09:52 -0400
A few more fall migrants have arrived at Presqu'ile Provincial Park.  
Most land birds have gone silent, which makes it more difficult to find 
them, but the numbers of water birds have increased dramatically with 
the addition of this year's young.  The last copy of /For the Birds - 
Recollections and Rambles///has been sold, but a copy may be found in 
the Brighton Public Library. The author wishes to thank all those who 
bought a copy and thus supported the environmental fund of The Friends 
of Presqu'ile.

A BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a species that has not been in the Park for many 
weeks, landed in the marsh.  A male SCAUP was with a flock of REDHEADS 
in Popham Bay.  Again this week, a LEAST BITTERN was seen. Just outside 
the Park gate a GREAT EGRET was seen, the first in almost a month.  A 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen on three different days and a MERLIN on one day.

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were on the beach on two consecutive days.  On one 
of those days there were also three SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and six 
KILLDEER, the most of that species since the spring.  Other shorebirds 
included 13 SANDERLINGS, a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and a LEAST 
SANDPIPER.  Formerly common in the marsh, BLACK TERNS have been rare at 
Presqu'ile for several decades, but one was flying around the marsh on 
Tuesday.

Single BARRED OWLS were encountered on three different days.  The first 
two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS migrated overhead on August 8.  There was also a 
migrant CHIMNEY SWIFT on that day and on August 12. RED-BELLIED 
WOODPECKERS are regular at 83 Bayshore Road.  The presence of a 
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER on August 13 suggests that OLIVE-SIDED 
FLYCATCHERS might also be in the Park, since they pass through at about 
the same time.  A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER appeared on three consecutive 
days.  Among the warblers seen this week that were probably migrants 
were a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, two MOURNING 
WARBLERS, and a CAPE MAY WARBLER.  Two EASTERN TOWHEES were seen 
yesterday, and a PURPLE FINCH on Sunday.
To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted
at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting 
birds there.
Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings
board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA.

-- 
Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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Subject: juvenile dowitcher and leucistic swallow at Nonquon lagoons
From: Eric Davis via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:05:28 -0400
Today we braved the elements to see what was up at the Nonquon sewage
lagoons, just north of Port Perry.  We were less than 15 feet away from a
juvenile short-billed dowitcher on the west edge of the westernmost cell
before the hill.  Along with this bird were yellowlegs (both) and some
peeps.

In the third cell there was a leucistic tree swallow flying with all the
other swallows.  The colouration of this bird was quite beautiful and it
stood out from all the rest of the swallows.

Nonquon lagoons are located on concession road 8, just west of Simcoe
Street, north of Port Perry Ontario.  A permit is needed.

Eric Davis
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Subject: Shorebirds Brighton Constructed wetland
From: William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:50:16 -0400
Greetings Ontbirders

Hugh Reid and I spent just over an hour at the Brighton Constructed Wetland 
today. We had a total of 10 shorebird species. 1 Semipalmated Plover, 5 
Killdeer, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 11 Solitary Sandpipers, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 
75+ Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Stilt Sandpiper, 16 Least Sandpipers, 3 Semipalmated 
Sandpipers and 1 Wilson's Snipe. 


The water levels look really good with lots of habitat for shorebirds! You can 
go to the Municipality of Brighton Website to get the information on how to 
pick up a permit to enter the wetland. 


Bill
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Subject: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER - WEST PERTH WETLANDS
From: Liz Jeffery via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:53:11 +0000
Wed 13/8. I initially found this bird yesterday, in the fenced cell. This 
morning, we had good, close-range views. The bird is transitioning into 
non-breeding plumage and was associating with Semi-palmated Sandpipers. Also 
present were 3 Semi-palmated Plover, 2 STILT SANDPIPER, in worn breeding 
plumage and 1 Solitary Sandpiper, for a total of 10 species of shorebird. The 
fenced cell is in the best shape so far this year, having been drawn down, 
exposing lots of mud. DIRECTIONS:- from the East, follow Hwy 8 through 
Stratford, to the first traffic lights in Mitchell. Turn LEFT onto Wellington 
Street and follow it to Frank Street. Continue on the gravel road, past the 
Ball Diamond, to the parking lot. From the West, follow Hwy 8 into Mitchell. At 
the bottom of the hill, turn RIGHT onto Hwy 23 South. Turn LEFT onto Frank 
Street (the last street on the left), over the bridge and up the hill. Turn 
RIGHT onto the gravel road at the Ball Diamond and follow it to the parking 
lot. From the South, follow Hwy 23 to Mitchell. Just past the blue "Mitchell" 
sign, turn RIGHT onto Frank Street (at the 50 km/h sign) and proceed over the 
bridge to the Ball Diamond. Turn RIGHT onto the gravel road to the parking lot. 
Cell 2 is beside the parking lot, Cell 3 is east of the fenced cell and Cell 5 
is the large cell to the south-east. NO PERMITS REQUIRED. Eric Jeffery, St. 
Marys 

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Subject: Carden Alvar - Aug 12
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:56:52 -0400
I was showing a visiting British birder around southern Ontario this week and 
have had some nice successes. Nonquon continues to be good with hundreds of 
Bonies and several Black Terns still. The Osprey have fledged so up to 5 birds 
are visible there. Lots of sandpipers – nothing uncommon. 


Yesterday at Oshawa Second Marsh, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was the highlight 
and Sunday an Olive-sided Flycatcher was at my house. 


Today at Carden, we did well - one Loggerhead Shrike (Cameron Ranch) , 3 Sedge 
Wrens still calling (not singing) (Sedge Wren Marsh), 5 Merlins, 8+ Kestrels, 
Northern Harrier, 11 Sandhill Cranes (Cameron Ranch), lots of bluebirds, 
meadowlarks and various sparrows. Barn Swallows had a good year it seems but 
two Cliff Swallows were the only ones seen. 


Geoffrey Carpentier
www.avocetnatureservices.com
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Subject: Chukars found again at Oak Ridges today
From: Wayne Renaud via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:24:30 -0400
Today between 9:30 and 10:47 am Tim McCarthy and I searched the area  
where three Chukars had been reported on Ont birds by Karle Heide on 5  
August.  We parked and followed the gravel trail a short distance to  
where they were previously seen, but we could not located the birds,  
so continue to walk the path to the recently-constructed storm water  
pond at the end of the gravel trail (about 300 meters further  
northwest).  We found two birds feeding together on the slope among  
some recently planted shrubs.  They did not react to our presence but  
we kept behind the 'top of slope' fence and about a 70 -foot distance  
in an effort to not to startle or flush the birds.  By the time we  
left at 10:47 am  they had a moved about 20 to 30 more feet up the  
slope under some evergreen trees.  Three photos have been posted on  
e.bird and four on Flickr photo.  They are slow moving and at times  
not that easy to see in the shade of the shrubs or trees .... so be  
patient, if you go there looking for these beautiful birds.

Directions:
The new sub-division is on ne corner of Bayview and Bayview Park Lake  
(this is just east of Wilcox Lake if you know the area).  The pond is  
very close to Bayview but it is best of park just north of  
intersection of Denarius Drive and Dariole Drive.  This a very small  
sub-division (not yet shown on Google Earth) but you cannot possibly  
get lost.  None of the townhouses are finished or occupied and you can  
easily park on the gravel street side 200+ feet from the pond and walk  
in on the gravel trail which abuts the subdivision.  Good luck.

Wayne Renaud (289-828-0043 or waynerenaud1951 AT aol.com)

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Subject: Toronto Islands - Olive-sided Flycatcher
From: Norm Murr via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:02:38 -0400
Today Margaret Liubavicius and I birded Ward’s and Algonquin Islands and 
though we only found 2 migrants the highlight was a first of season adult 
Olive-sided Flycatcher. We watched it for about 10 minutes and at all times the 
white rump patches were quite apparent. 


The other migrant was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Hopefully this is just the tip if the iceberg so to speak. 

There were also lots of the regular breeding birds there and it looks like it 
was a good nesting season for Northern Flickers and Eastern Kingbirds with 
approx. 75% of the birds seen being first year birds. 


Though I don’t do Butterflies Margaret does and we found and she I.D a Tawny 
Emperor and a Harvester. We also saw as well as the more common Butterflies 2 
Giant Swallowtails, Tiger Swallowtail and a mint condition Black Swallowtail. 



DIRECTIONS TO THE TORONTO ISLAND FERRY DOCKS
TORONTO ISLANDS - SUMMER SCHEDULE
Note:- Fare :- Adults $7.00   -   Seniors / Students $4.50

If you are on the subway southbound get off at the TTC’s Union Subway 
Station, walk south on Bay Street (on the east side of the station) for about 1 
km to the ferry docks at the foot of Bay Street at Queen’s Quay and you are 
there. The entrance to the ferry docks (well signed) is on the west side of the 
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. 


To get to the Toronto Islands from the TTC’s Union Subway Station on the TTC 
you may transfer to the #6 or the #6A Bay St. TTC bus on Bay Street just 
outside of the east entrance to the GO Station. They both go down Bay Street to 
Queen’s Quay. Go passengers arriving by train or bus must pay a fare to use 
the TTC bus. 


For those who choose to head down to the docks on Sunday before the Subway 
opens at 9 a.m. you can catch the #97B Yonge St. Blue Night bus (Steeles Ave. 
To Queens Quay). This bus will let you off right across the street on Bay St. 
only steps from the ferry docks entrance. 


For ferry schedules - check - 
http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm 


You may also want to visit the TTC web page http://www.ttc.ca/ for trip 
planning assistance. 


If in an auto on the Gardener Expressway or on Lakeshore Blvd, then exit at Bay 
Street and drive south to Queen’s Quay, there are very few parking lots 
nearby (all for a fee). One of these parking lots is located just a block north 
on of the ferry docks on Bay St. 

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NOTE :- If you want to learn more about birding on the Toronto Islands you can 
access my Toronto Islands Birding And Site Guide on the OFO web site at:- 

http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.torontoislands

You may also want to check out Ron Pittaway’s excellent “Spring Warbler 
Migration Guide” which is also on the OFO web site. You can find it by 
clicking on the following:- 
http://www.ofo.ca/webapp/site/page/view/articles.springwarblers 


Norm Murr
Richmond Hill
Ontario, Canada
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Subject: James Bay Shorebirds - Little Piskwamish Report #2
From: Jean Iron via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:14:48 -0400
This is Jean Iron's second report for the period 4 - 10 August 2014 from
Little Piskwamish Point on the southwestern coast of James Bay in Ontario.
See map link #2 below. Surveys are conducted under the direction of
Christian Friis of the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and Mark Peck of the
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and their partners the Ontario Ministry of
Natural Resources (OMNR), Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada and Moose Cree
First Nation. The Little Piskwamish crew comprises Mark Peck (crew leader),
James Kennerley from UK, Brendan Kelly from NL, Jean Iron, Eleanor Zurbrigg,
Doug McRae, Lisa Pollock and Hellen Fu. Darrell Isaac and Jeffrey Isaac from
Moose Factory First Nation arrived on August 4 to assist with the survey.
Two other crews are based at North Point and Longridge Point.

JAMES BAY: Ontario's coastline of James Bay measures about 560 kilometres or
350 miles. The west coast is extremely flat and intersected by several large
rivers and many streams. The southern coast is characterized by long narrow
promontories, wide tidal flats, shoals, sandy bays, extensive brackish
marshes and pools. It's a shorebird paradise of great conservation concern.

SHOREBIRD MIGRATION CHRONOLOGY: Most (not all) southbound shorebirds migrate
in three waves: adult females first, adult males second, juveniles last.

SHOREBIRD OBSERVATIONS: The maximum counts and dates for each species are
reported below. Reports pertain to Little Piskwamish at Lat 51.655515 N, Lon
-80.57167 W.

THREE HIGHEST TOTAL DAILY COUNTS: 18635 shorebirds on July 31, 15530 on Aug
3 and 13812 on Aug 4.

Black-bellied Plover: 57 molting adults on Aug 6.

Semipalmated Plover: 60 adults on Aug 6, 1 juvenile on 9th.

Killdeer: 4 adults and 3 juveniles on Aug 6.

Spotted Sandpiper: first juvenile on Aug 5 and 2 juveniles on 8th.

Solitary Sandpiper: 4 adults on Aug 4 and 2 juveniles on 5th.

Greater Yellowlegs: 270 on Aug 6, 75% juveniles on 9th. Unlike most
shorebirds, some Greaters undergo both body and wing molt at James Bay
before continuing migration.

Lesser Yellowlegs: 137 on Aug 6. Almost all now are juveniles.

Whimbrel: 9 on Aug 3.

Hudsonian Godwit: 167 molting adults on Aug 4. One red flag OEM from Chile
on Aug 5. Another with red flag JK from Chile on Aug 9. Most adult Hudsonian
Godwits molt body feathers while at James Bay before departing in late Aug
and early Sept with most going nonstop to South America.

Marbled Godwit: 1 juvenile on Aug 7 and 2 juveniles on 8th. The estimated
disjunct James Bay population is 2000 birds. Most adults depart in late
July. The wintering grounds of James Bay birds were unknown until recently.
Birds fitted with satellite transmitters on Akimiski Island in 2007 and 2008
went southwest to winter along the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in
Mexico. Previously it was thought that James Bay godwits wintered on the
south Atlantic Coast of the United States, which is much closer to James
Bay.

Ruddy Turnstone: 23 on Aug 6.

RED KNOT: Highest daily count was 1670 adults on Aug 6. First 3 juvenile
knots on Aug 8. Flag re-sightings are currently about 1400 so Mark Peck is
very happy. Knot numbers this year are similar to most previous summers.
Mark estimates that about 5000 adult knots are using Little Piskwamish this
summer making it one of the most important southbound sites for the
endangered rufa subspecies in North America. One knot with a white flag ALH
was banded on the Mingan Archipelago on the north shore of the Gulf of St.
Lawrence in Quebec. Mingan is the other major southbound staging area for
knots in Eastern Canada, but there is virtually no mixing of birds between
there and James Bay. The knots are fat and in excellent condition. They will
soon fly nonstop to South America. Knots that fail to gain adequate weight
suffer reduced survival.

Sanderling: 4 molting adults on Aug 4.

Semipalmated Sandpiper: 7000 on Aug 4. Very few juveniles to date but
increasing. Both adults and juveniles are being fitted with nano-tags. This
peep has declined very significantly in recent years. See SHOREBIRD
CONSERVATION NOTE below.

Least Sandpiper: 170 on 7th. Almost all were juveniles. The switchover from
adults to juveniles was rapid.

White-rumped Sandpiper: 5900 molting and fattening adults on Aug 6.

Pectoral Sandpiper: 100 on Aug 8.

Dunlin: Dunlin 800 adults on Aug 8. Thousands of Dunlins (subspecies
hudsonia) stage in James Bay. Adults undergo a complete (wings/tail/body)
prebasic molt and juveniles undergo a partial (body) preformative molt
before both age classes resume migration about mid-September and later. This
is the reason that North American Dunlins are very rare south of the
subarctic until much later than most other shorebirds.

Stilt Sandpiper: 1 juvenile on 9 Aug.

Short-billed Sandpiper: 1 juvenile 9 Aug.

Wilson's Phalarope: 1 juvenile on Aug 6 and 9th. Small numbers breed in the
vast prairie-like marshes of James Bay.

Red-necked Phalarope: 4 juveniles on Aug 7.

OTHER BIRDS: Canada Goose, 460 flying over on Aug 5. American Wigeon, 5 on
Aug 4. American Black Duck, 98 on Aug 6. Mallard, 82 on Aug 8. Northern
Pintail, 105 on Aug 7. Green-winged Teal, 56 on Aug 6. Ring-necked Duck, 1
on Aug 6. Scaup species, 6 on Aug 1. Common Goldeneye, 18 on Aug 6. Hooded
Merganser, 5 on Aug 9. Common Merganser, 2 on Aug 4. Red-breasted Merganser,
1 on Aug 7. Black Scoter, large raft of 4000 mostly molting males on Aug 5.
Common Loon, 6 on Aug 6. Pied-billed Grebe, 1 juvenile on Aug 6. American
White Pelican, 16 on Aug 4. American Bittern, 2 on Aug 6. Great Blue Heron,
1 juvenile. Osprey, 4 on Aug 6. Bald Eagle, a few adults and immatures in
area. Northern Goshawk, 2 adults on Aug 5. Merlin, 3 on Aug 6. Yellow Rail,
3 on Aug 8. Sora, 2 on Aug 5. Sandhill Crane, 28 on Aug 7. Bonaparte's Gull,
631 mostly molting adults, juveniles increasing. Little Gull, 2 molting
adults on Aug 10, 1 molting to second winter plumage on Aug 7 and 8. Great
Horned Owl, 1 heard on Aug 7 and 8th. Long-eared Owl, 1 heard on Aug 5 and
6th. Common Raven, 22 on Aug 5. American Crow, 5 on Aug 6. Black-capped
Chickadee, 4 on Aug 3. Boreal Chickadee, 3 on Aug 8. Horned Lark, 1 on Aug 7
and 8th. Tree Swallow, 66 on Aug 4. Alder Flycatcher, 8 on Aug 4. Nashville
Warbler, 1 on Aug 4. Tennessee Warbler, 3 on Aug 4. Yellow-rumped Warbler,
80 on Aug 6. Palm Warbler, 1 on Aug 4. American Redstart, 1 on Aug 9. Common
Yellowthroat, 4 on Aug 3. Wilson's Warbler, 4 on Aug 6. Northern
Waterthrush, 7 on Aug 4. Yellow Warbler, 12 on Aug 4. Savannah Sparrow, 65
on Aug 7. Le Conte's, 3 on Aug 4 - 7th. Nelson's Sparrow (daily) with 4 on
Aug 8. Fox Sparrow, 1 on Aug 4. Song Sparrow, 40 on Aug 6. Lincoln's
Sparrow, 10 on Aug 4. Swamp Sparrow, 13 on Aug 6. Dark-eyed Junco, 2 on Aug
9. Red-winged Blackbird, 200 on Aug 8. Rusty Blackbird, 1 on Aug 6.
White-winged Crossbill, 145 on Aug 1, 105 on Aug 4, 80 on 8th. Common
Redpoll, 3 juveniles on Aug 6. Pine Siskin, 2 on Aug 5.

SHOREBIRD CONSERVATION NOTE: I've copied the following email from Ken
Abraham (emeritus OMNR Research Scientist) with his permission. "See the
article linked below on tracking Semipalmated Sandpipers with geolocators.
Note that the bird highlighted in the article spent a month (21 July to 22
August 2013) in James Bay on its southern migration and a week (2 June to 10
June 2014) in James Bay on its spring migration. The other significant (and
remarkable, almost unbelievable) finding is that it flew non-stop for 6 days
from James Bay to Brazil (i.e., it did not go to the Bay of Fundy) which
underlines even more the importance of the James Bay coastline for feeding
and energy acquisition. It's not often we get this kind of information on
the conservation importance of a site before there is an imminent threat of
its loss due to some development. We should make the most of this
information in our quest to get the area designated as a protected area."
See link. 
#1. http://bit.ly/1urNasi

Map of survey locations. 
#2. http://www.jeaniron.ca/2014/JB14/map.htm

Population Estimates of North American Shorebirds 2012. 
#3. http://www.jeaniron.ca/2013/ShorebirdPop2012.pdf

Southbound Shorebirds: Some basic facts. 
#4. http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.southboundshorebirds

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The Western James Bay Shorebird Survey is a cooperative
effort of the Canadian Wildlife Service, Royal Ontario Museum , Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada and
Moose Cree First Nation. Survey camps are rented from the Moose Cree First
Nation. The OMNR provides accommodations in the staffhouse while crews are
in Moosonee. Thanks to Rod Brook, Sarah Hagey and Kim Bennett of OMNR for
logistical support. This project would not be possible without the many long
days of dedicated volunteer effort. Jean thanks an anonymous donor for
financial assistance to the program.

NOTE: This is Jean's sixth consecutive year surveying southbound shorebirds
on James Bay. Little Piskwamish is a new location for her. The crew will be
coming out on Wednesday August 13 (weather permitting for chopper) except
for Lisa Pollock who's staying with next crew and Doug McRae who's going to
North Point with a new crew there. The crew hopes to get out early enough to
take the train on Wednesday from Moosonee to Cochrane. Then the 8 hour drive
home on Thursday. Jean will post a third report with a link to survey photos
on her website within 10 days.

Ron Pittaway
Toronto, Ontario


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Subject: Piping Plovers--Port Elgin
From: Jean Hampson via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:25:51 -0400
Hi All,

Jean and I observed the Piping Plovers (2) at Gobles Grove Beach earlier this 
morning. The 2 plovers were seen approximately 100 metres south of the parking 
area along the shoreline. Thanks to the local for pointing us in the right 
direction. 

Plovers were observed at 9:30 am and at 10:00 they took flight for a short time 
before returning to the shore 100 metres further south. 

Great views! 

Directions: From Highway 21 in Port Elgin head west towards Lake Huron on 
Regional Road 25. At the beach parking area park your vehicle and walk south 
along the beach. 


Cheers,

Bob Highcock and Jean Hampson
St. Catharines, ON


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Subject: OFO Durham Marshes Trip - August 10
From: John Stirrat via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:17:02 -0400
Another great weather day greeted 27 of us today at Lynde Shores CA. 

Although the fall migration hasn't yet started in earnest, we still managed
61 species seen or heard by most.

 

We had a few songbirds - Yellow Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo plus a few flycatchers - Eastern
Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, and Willow Flycatcher plus a few Traill's.

 

Cranberry Marsh was productive. Wood Ducks, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal,
Common Gallinule, Barn Swallow, Chimney Swift, Caspian and Common Tern,
Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron and
Marsh Wren but the only shorebirds were Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer and
Spotted Sandpiper. 

 

We did have some raptors - Osprey, Northern Harrier, and Red-tailed Hawk -
probably all locals.

 

There were also a few butterflies seen - eight species including 11
Monarchs.

 

 

John Stirrat and Rayfield Pye 

 

 



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Subject: Perth Wetlands - Mitchell - Wilson's Phalarope and Snipes, Stilt, Plovers
From: Ellen Horak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:42:28 -0700
Well worth the drive!  What a lovely spot! Great views of lots of shore birds 
between 4-7p.m. - they are behind a 5'chain-link fence making photos difficult 
but scope views were fantastic for us newbies to easily identify birds. Similar 
to the report from this morning: 2 Wilson's Phalarope, 2 Solitary 
Sandpipers,1-2 Stilt Sandpipers (a lifer for us), a few Semi-palmated Plovers, 
1 Black-bellied Plover, 4 Wilson's Snipes, 4 Spotted Sandpipers,a number of 
Pectoral Sandpipers and many Yellowlegs, Least, Semi-palmated Sandpiper,1 Great 
Egret(no tags).   



DIRECTIONS - from the East, follow Hwy8 through Stratford, to the first traffic 
lights in Mitchell. Turn LEFT onto Wellington Street and follow it to Frank 
Street. Continue on the gravel road, past the Ball Diamond, to the parking lot. 
From the West, follow Hwy 8 into Mitchell. At the bottom of the hill, turn 
RIGHT onto Hwy 23 South. Turn LEFT onto Frank Street (the last street on the 
left), over the bridge and up the hill. Turn RIGHT onto the gravel road at the 
Ball Diamond and follow it to the parking lot. From the South, follow Hwy 23 to 
Mitchell. Just past the blue "Mitchell" sign, turn RIGHT onto Frank Street (at 
the 50 km/h sign) and proceed over the bridge to the Ball Diamond. Turn RIGHT 
onto the gravel road to the parking lot. Cell 2 is beside the parking lot, Cell 
3 is east of the fenced cell and Cell 5 is the large Cell to the south-east. NO 
PERMITS REQUIRED. 


 
ellen
www.thesustainabilityadventure.blogspot.com
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Subject: Scugog birds
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:30:32 -0400
The birds are on the move up here in the hinterland ...

On Friday evening, the first 3 Common Nighthawks came through southbound and 
this morning Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird and Bobolink were 
moving south. Broad-winged Hawk family is very vocal and visible now and 
preparing to move on it seems. 


nearest intersection Reach and Lakeridge, Scugog Twp.

Geoffrey Carpentier
www.avocetnatureservices.com
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Subject: 2 Wilson's Phalarope - West Perth Wetlands
From: Liz Jeffery via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 19:23:01 +0000
Sat 9/8 Both the adult Male and Juvenile Wilson's Phalarope were feeding in the 
fenced Cell at 11.30am this morning. They were not visible at 6.30am, when I 
arrived. They were observed from the south side, when they were feeding close 
to the primary viewing area (next to Cell 2). Of the 13 species of Shorebird 
present, others of note were 1 Stilt Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpiper, 3 
Wilson's Snipe, 3 Semi-palmated Plover and a single Black-bellied Plover. There 
was also a small flock of 5 Bobolink, in the south-east corner of the fenced 
cell. DIRECTIONS - from the East, follow Hwy8 through Stratford, to the first 
traffic lights in Mitchell. Turn LEFT onto Wellington Street and follow it to 
Frank Street. Continue on the gravel road, past the Ball Diamond, to the 
parking lot. From the West, follow Hwy 8 into Mitchell. At the bottom of the 
hill, turn RIGHT onto Hwy 23 South. Turn LEFT onto Frank Street (the last 
street on the left), over the bridge and up the hill. Turn RIGHT onto the 
gravel road at the Ball Diamond and follow it to the parking lot. From the 
South, follow Hwy 23 to Mitchell. Just past the blue "Mitchell" sign, turn 
RIGHT onto Frank Street (at the 50 km/h sign) and proceed over the bridge to 
the Ball Diamond. Turn RIGHT onto the gravel road to the parking lot. Cell 2 is 
beside the parking lot, Cell 3 is east of the fenced cell and Cell 5 is the 
large Cell to the south-east. NO PERMITS REQUIRED. The fenced cell is getting 
better every day, shallower water and more mud appearing. Eric Jeffery, St. 
Marys 

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Subject: Re: Monday Group
From: Roy John via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:03:44 -0400
Folks

Based on Fred's report we have delayed our PIPP trip again.  We are aiming 
for 18 August, based on weather and Fred's 15 Aug. report.

Cheers

Roy 


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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 2nd - 8th August 2014
From: "Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 19:09:58 -0400
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Other than increasing numbers and diversity of shorebirds, it has again been
a rather quiet couple of weeks here in the Kingston region. Highlights
include; COMMON GOLDENEYE, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, PECTORAL
SANDPIPER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PEREGRINE FALCON, CAROLINA WREN, and PINE
SISKIN.

 

City of Kingston

One of the 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS seen last week at Lemoine Point CA was
seen again on 4th but none have been seen since. Surprisingly, 2 HERMIT
THRUSHES were seen at the site on 7th. One of the city's resident PEREGRINE
FALCONS provided spectacular viewing at FORT HENRY on 6th when COMMON TERN
was also noted. A number of CAROLINA WRENS have been seen or heard over the
last week, including 1 on Beverly Street on 3rd, 1 at Collin's Creek on 4th
and another at Faircrest Blvd on 5th. Also seen at Collin's Creek on 4th
were 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, 9 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, WOOD THRUSH, SCARLET
TANAGER and a couple of INDIGO BUNTINGS. Four COMMON GOLDENEYE were on
Cataraqui Bay on 3rd and 4th (at least) but none appeared to be young of the
year. 

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

The lagoons remain too high for shorebirds but 140 BONAPARTE'S GULL, singles
of LEAST SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and both YELLOWLEGS were seen there
today (8th). Please note that you must be a member of KFN or otherwise
obtain permission from the municipality to access the lagoons.

 

Wolfe Island

With very few records this year, the 2 VESPER SPARROWS seen on the central
roads on 3rd are significant for the area.

 

Other Sightings

South-east of Napanee, along Wilton Creek (also known as Gray's Wetland),
shorebird numbers remain fairly stable with highlights being PECTORAL
SANDPIPER (1 on 5th) and the first SEMIPALMATED PLOVER on 6th. Other
shorebirds include SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LESSER and
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER, KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and
WILSON'S SNIPE. On Mud Lake Road, near Odessa, a surprising find was 2 PINE
SISKINS seen on 2nd. Just north of the city, near Elginburg, RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER and GREEN HERON continue to be regularly seen.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

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Subject: Chimney Swifts Friday August 8th.
From: Mike Williamson via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:47:40 -0400
Hello
There were at least 17 Chimney Swifts hawking over Baycrest Hospital.

Directions: The Hospital is south of the 401 & the address is 3650 Bathurst
St. NorthYork

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Subject: short billed dowitchers, West Perth wetlands
From: Don Campbell via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:40:56 -0400
This morning, my wife and I went to the West Perth Wetlands to see the Wilson's 
phalaropes, and saw two in the fenced pond. As well there were three short 
billed dowitchers in the first pond as you go up from the parking area. They 
remained there all morning but at about noon, flew up into the fenced pond. 
Others present as mentioned by Dave Brown yesterday 

Don Campbell

Directions to West Perth Wetlands:

>From the East (Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, GTA) - take Hwy 8 through

Stratford heading west to first lights in Mitchell (Wellington St) and
turn left (south) and continue till you hit the "T" intersection at the

ball diamond.  Lagoon cells are straight back behind the ball diamond

and soccer fields and the sewage treatment plant.  You can go straight ahead

on the gravel and park next to the berm.


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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - Aug 7, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:19:38 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to August 7, 2014

Shorebirds continue to move through the area with reports from the eastern 
lagoons, the Shirleys Bay dyke, Petrie Island at the causeway, the mud flats at 
Andrew Haydon Park west and on the Carp flood plain south of Carp. There are 
some mud flats at Ottawa Beach east of Andrew Haydon Park but there have not 
yet been any shorebirds reported at that location. A few shorebirds have been 
reported on the the rocks in the Ottawa River Deschenes rapids and at Parc 
Brebeuf.  


There have been reports of numbers of LEAST SANDPIPERS (up to 50) and LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS (one flock of 105 at St, Albert on the 1st) and smaller numbers of 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED, SOLITARY and PECTORAL (usually a few but 15 
at St. Albert on the 1st) SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS (there were 15 at 
St Albert on the 3rd). There appears to be a movement of WHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPERS with 3 at St. Albert and 2 at Embrun today. There were 2 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (juv) on the west most cell 
at the St. Albert lagoons on the 3rd. 


COMMON (up to 21) and CASPIAN (up to 4) TERNS, GREAT EGRET (up to 14) and a few 
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS are being seen along the Ottawa River.    


Along with the expected warblers a few CAPE MAY and TENNESSEE WARBLERS were 
reported this week and a single BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was found in the 
woodlot east of the Rockcliffe airport today.  


Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, the 
OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports OWL sightings on the internet. We will 
continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sightings AT ofnc.ca for the local 
records. 


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Subject: red-neck phalaropes in Alfred Lagoons
From: Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:58:41 -0400
Two red-neck phalaropes were spotted by Brian Morin, Dave Kaddie and myself 
swimming in the eastern cell at the Alfred Lagoons this evening at 6PM. These 
were adults in winter plumage. To get to the Lagoons go east from Alfred on 
Peat Moss Rd. The Lagoons are about one kilometer south on the left side. Bob 
Scranton 

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Subject: Re: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 7, 2014.
From: Donald Davis via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 17:17:39 -0700
Three turkey vultures soared east to west over the park road about 10:30 last 
Saturday near the Beach #3 entrance. 


 
 
Don Davis
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


On Thursday, August 7, 2014 3:52 PM, Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS 
 wrote: 

 


The fall bird migration is slow to get under way at Presqu’ile Provincial 
Park.  Most of the birds being seen these days are local residents that have 
dispersed from their somewhat restricted breeding territories and are showing 
up in unusual parts of the Park.  It is perhaps too much to expect that the 
Rufous Hummingbird that was at Presqu’ile two years ago this month, or 
something equally rare might show up again. 


AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and REDHEADS are the only uncommon waterfowl seen in the 
past week.  COMMON LOONS have been a regular sight in Presqu’ile Bay all 
summer and can often be heard calling.  A LEAST BITTERN was flushed in the 
marsh, and single GREAT BLUE HERONS were also there.  A GREEN HERON flew over 
this morning.  The OSPREYS that nested at Salt Point are still in the 
neighbourhood.  Migrant shorebirds have been disappointingly slow to show up, 
with only SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and LEAST SANDPIPER having been seen.  Excellent 
views of many CASPIAN TERNS can be had these days.  A BARRED OWL was found on 
the weekend. 


RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were at 83 Bayshore Road on at least two recent days.  
What may have been a MERLIN was seen near where the species nested a few years 
ago.  CEDAR WAXWINGS have been ubiquitous all week.  A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 
was heard singing one evening.  ORCHARD ORIOLES continue to feed at 83 
Bayshore Road. 


To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. 
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid 
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings
board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park 
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be 
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA.


Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park
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Subject: Oak Ridges Chukars Clarification
From: Karl Heide via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:20:11 -0700
My apologies to those of you not familiar with the area.  Oak Ridges is in/near 
Richmond Hill, which is a northern suburb of Toronto.   

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Subject: 3 WILSON'S PHALAROPE / 2 STILTS now at West Perth Wetlands
From: Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:03:00 -0400
Hi folks,

Just got back from checking out the wetlands this afternoon....and found 
there’s now 3 WILSON’S PHALAROPES actively feeding in the fenced in cell. 

All 3 are in different plumages and were roughly together in the right (south) 
end of this cell....best seen from the last observation cut-out along the fence 
before you get to the pumping station enclosure. 


There were also 2 nice STILT SANDPIPERS in this same cell....one which was 
still exhibiting some of the heavily barred alternate plumage and providing 
great looks and the other appeared to be a worn adult in pre-basic molt. 


I also had what looked to be a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (possible juv.) snoozing 
on one leg with it’s head tucked around....but based on the wing projection 
and chestnut patterning on the scaps I’d say it was a white-rumped. 


Lots of other shorebirds including Lesser Yellowlegs (lots), Greater Yellowlegs 
(2), SP Sandpipers (5), Least Sandpipers (small flock of 5 arriving while I was 
there and others scattered along the fringes of the water), Solitary Sandpipers 
(2), Pectoral (lots with at least a couple of early juvies), Killdeer (lots). 


Water levels are pretty good right now...and if we could get a few days with no 
rain it will improve the levels nicely. 


Good birding!

Dave

Directions to West Perth Wetlands:

>From the East (Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, GTA) - take Hwy 8 thru

Stratford heading west to first lights in Mitchell (Wellington St) and
turn left (south) and continue till you hit the "T" intersection at the

ball diamond.  Lagoon cells are straight back behind the ball diamond

and soccer fields and the sewage treatment plant.  You can go straight ahead

on the gravel and park next to the berm.



>From the London area....take Hwy 23 into Mitchell from the south and

just after you pass the "Welcome to Mitchell" sign...watch for Frank

St...go right on Frank St and head down over the bridge till you get to

the ball diamond (will be on your right).  Again...the cells are behind

the ball diamond and soccer fields. You can go straight ahead

on the gravel and park next to the berm.



>From Southampton area....take Hwy 21, to Goderich and then Hwy 8 to

Clinton and down to Mitchell, turn south on Hwy 23 to Frank St. and turn

left on Frank St. and head over the bridge to the ball diamonds (which

will be on your right). You can go straight ahead on the gravel and park

next to the berm. 



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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 7, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:51:26 -0400
The fall bird migration is slow to get under way at Presqu’ile Provincial 
Park. Most of the birds being seen these days are local residents that have 
dispersed from their somewhat restricted breeding territories and are showing 
up in unusual parts of the Park. It is perhaps too much to expect that the 
Rufous Hummingbird that was at Presqu’ile two years ago this month, or 
something equally rare might show up again. 


AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and REDHEADS are the only uncommon waterfowl seen in the 
past week. COMMON LOONS have been a regular sight in Presqu’ile Bay all 
summer and can often be heard calling. A LEAST BITTERN was flushed in the 
marsh, and single GREAT BLUE HERONS were also there. A GREEN HERON flew over 
this morning. The OSPREYS that nested at Salt Point are still in the 
neighbourhood. Migrant shorebirds have been disappointingly slow to show up, 
with only SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and LEAST SANDPIPER having been seen. Excellent 
views of many CASPIAN TERNS can be had these days. A BARRED OWL was found on 
the weekend. 


RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were at 83 Bayshore Road on at least two recent days. 
What may have been a MERLIN was seen near where the species nested a few years 
ago. CEDAR WAXWINGS have been ubiquitous all week. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was 
heard singing one evening. ORCHARD ORIOLES continue to feed at 83 Bayshore 
Road. 


To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. 
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid 
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings
board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park 
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be 
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA.


Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park
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Subject: Durham Festival of Birds – September 21, 2014
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:15:10 -0400
Posted with permission

Durham Festival of Birds – September 21, 2014
 
Registrations are now being accepted for the September Durham Festival of 
Birds, an event sponsored by Durham’s 3 nature clubs – Pickering 
Naturalists, Durham Region Field Naturalists and North Durham Nature. 


The event will be held at Port Whitby Marina starting at 9:00 am. Participants 
can enjoy workshops (bird ID, how to use your binoculars and other more). 


The festival has two major components - one for novices and one for competitive 
birders. 

 
For the novice birder, we have Wings over Whitby – a scavenger hunt-type 
event (and no we don’t actually catch any birds) is being organized along a 
route covering several locations along the Durham waterfront. This is designed 
to teach beginners about local birds and where to find them. The cost is 
$5.00/participant or $10/team for the Wings over Whitby. Each team can have up 
to 6 members. 

 
For the more competitive birder, Durham Skies Big Day, a 24 hour Big Day will 
be held, starting at 4 p.m. on the 20th and finishing at 4 pm on the 21st. The 
Durham Skies Big Day team event is limited to no more than 4 birders per team. 
Registration for this event costs $80.00/team. 


Later in the afternoon of the 21st, there will be prizes and lots of goodies 
back at the marina. You’ll also enjoy a light snack as you share your 
findings with other birders. 


Don’t delay, register now. 
http://www.durhamskies.com/DurhamFestivalofBirds.html 


Come out and have a day filled with fun and excitement. You may contact me 
personally if you have any other questions. 

 

Geoffrey Carpentier
www.avocetnatureservices.com
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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope, Stilt Sandpiper - West Perth Wetlands
From: Steve Thorpe via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:43:30 +0000
The Bruce Birding Club and a few Stratford Field Naturalists birded the 
wetlands this morning. A total of 10 shorebird species were seen. Two Wilson`s 
Phalarope (likely a worn adult and a juvenile) as well as a Stilt Sandpiper 
were well seen in the fenced cell. Other shorebirds seen were Greater 
Yellowlegs (1), Lesser Yellowlegs (30+), Pectoral Sandpiper (10+), Semipalmated 
Sandpiper (5+), Least Sandpiper (2+), Solitary Sandpiper (1+), Spotted 
Sandpiper (3+), and Wilson`s Snipe (4) . In the first cell we had great looks 
at 3 Sora , 2 Green Heron, and a Great Egret. 

 
Conditions were good for shorebirds and may get better as the drier weather 
should produce more beach area in the fenced cell. 

 
West Perth Wetlands are on the south side of Mitchell, which is 20 km NW of 
Stratford. From Ontario St (Hwy 8) travel south on Wellington St to Frank St. 
Cross over onto the gravel and follow it to the parking lot . No permits, no 
hassle, just good birding. 

 
Steve Thorpe
Stratford
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Oak Ridges Chukars
From: Karl Heide via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 20:16:38 -0700
3 Chukars were along the path behind the construction zone at Bayview and 
Bethesda this afternoon, around 1 PM.  2 were seen repeatedly at the first 90 
degree bend in the path from the south, and a third was flushed from beside the 
path further north and flew east into thick cover.  There were three observers 
and a multitude of photos taken available on request.  First two birds were 
seen from a distance of 2 meters and made no attempt to fly.  From Bayview, 
turn east onto the "unassumed road" across from Bayview Park lane and drive 
through the new development to where the road bends north.  Walk onto the 
gravel path and go north to the first 90 degree turn where 2 of the birds were 
in the plants between the path and the sediment fencing on the left (west) 
side.  Good birding, 


Karl
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Subject: James Bay Shorebirds - Little Piskwamish Report #1
From: Jean Iron via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:30:56 -0400
This is Jean Iron's first report for the period 30 July to 3 August 2014
from Little Piskwamish Point on the southwestern coast of James Bay in
Ontario. See map location in link #1 below. James Bay reaches deep into
central Canada to latitude 51 N and is one of the most important and
pristine staging areas for shorebirds in North America. Surveys are
conducted under the direction of Christian Friis of the Canadian Wildlife
Service (CWS) and Mark Peck of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and their
partners the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), Bird Studies
Canada and Moose Cree First Nation. The Little Piskwamish crew comprises
Mark Peck (crew leader), James Kennerley from the United Kingdom, Brendan
Kelly from Newfoundland and Labrador, Jean Iron, Eleanor Zurbrigg, Doug
McRae, Lisa Pollock and Hellen Fu. Two other survey crews are based at North
Point and Longridge Point.

SHOREBIRD OBSERVATIONS: 18 species to date. The maximum counts and dates for
each species are reported below. Counts are done around high tide when
shorebirds are concentrated and resting. Reports pertain to Little
Piskwamish (Lat 51.655515 N, Lon -80.57167 W) except where indicated. This
is wet summer with below average temperatures.

Black-bellied Plover: 27 adults on Aug 1. 

Semipalmated Plover: 90 adults and first juvenile on Aug 1.

Solitary Sandpiper: 1 on July 30.

Greater Yellowlegs: 191, some juveniles.

Lesser Yellowlegs: 175 on July 31.

Whimbrel: 20 adults on July 31.

Hudsonian Godwit: 299 molting adults on Aug 1.

Ruddy Turnstone: 29 adults on July 31.

RED KNOT (endangered subspecies rufa): 1050 adults on July 31, 881 on Aug 1
with about 47 flags read on Aug 1, 525 (13 new flags) on Aug 2, 900 on Aug3.
Total flags about 663 since July 15 from Argentina, Chile, most from
Delaware Bay USA, Quebec 1. One knot has been almost 3 weeks illustrating
the importance of James Bay. Knots are fattening and undergoing variable
amounts of body molt before most make the long flight to South America.    

Sanderling: 8 molting and fading adults on Aug 1.

Semipalmated Sandpiper: 9000 on Aug 1, first juvenile July 31. One yellow
flag from Suriname XLN.

Least Sandpiper: 45 on July 31, 70 (+50% juveniles) on Aug 2.

White-rumped Sandpiper: 10,000 molting adults on July 31. James Bay is one
the most important fall staging areas for this sandpiper in North America.
After fattening most overfly southern Canada and the U.S. going to South
America.

Pectoral Sandpiper: 194 adults on Aug 1.

Dunlin: 634 adults on July 31.

Short-billed Sandpiper: 3 adults and 1 juvenile on July 31.

Wilson's Snipe: 3 on Aug 1.

Red-necked Phalarope: 1 adult on Aug 3.

SHOREBIRD TRACKING: A system of nano-tagging (begun last summer on James
Bay) and Motus tracking towers and has been set up to track shorebirds such
as Semipalmated Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Dunlin, Hudsonian Godwit
and Red Knot. Nano-tags are tiny and their signals can be received within a
20 km radius of a tower. Tags are placed on when the shorebird is banded and
each tag has a different frequency. Several towers were set up this summer
along southern James Bay. Other towers are located along Lake Ontario and
Lake Erie, St. Lawrence River and Maritime Provinces including Bay of Fundy
and the East Coast of the United States. Towers are 4-5 metres high and
record time and GPS. See photo of a Motus tower taken by Tim Lucas at
Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. 
http://www.jeaniron.ca/2014/JB14/tower.jpg

OTHER BIRD SIGHTINGS: 12 Northern Red-tailed Hawks (breeding subspecies
abieticola) were seen July 29 from the train between Cochrane and Moosonee.
Mute Swan on July 31. American White Pelican, 6 on Aug 1. American Bittern,
1 on 2 Aug. Sandhill Cranes, 10 on 2 Aug. Yellow Rail, 3 on ticking Aug 1.
Sora, 1 on 1 Aug.  Bonaparte's Gull, 37 including 1 juvenile on Aug 2.
Common Tern, 8 on Aug 2. Great Horned Owl (breeding subspecies
scalariventris) hooting on July 30n and 31. Gray Jay 5, (2 adults and 3
juveniles - probably a family group) on July 30. Boreal Chickadee, 3 on Aug
1. Swainson's Thrush, 1 juvenile daily. Singing Nelson's Sparrow (subspecies
alter), 7 on Aug 1. Le Conte's Sparrows, 1 on Aug 1. White-winged Crossbill,
145 on Aug 1. Common Redpoll, 10 on July 30. Pine Siskin, 2 on July 31. 

OTHER LOCATIONS: Black Guillemot, 3 at Longridge on Aug 2. Gray Catbird, 1
at North Point on July 30. See map link #1 below.

BEARS: Two Black Bears near camp. Polar Bears normally do not occur south of
Akimiski Island where a sizable population spends the summer. See map link
#1 below.

MORE INFORMATION in 3 links below:
1. Map showing location of Little Piskwamish Point 
http://www.jeaniron.ca/2014/JB14/map.htm

2. Population Estimates of North American Shorebirds 2012 
http://www.shorebirdplan.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ShorePopulationAndre
sEtAl2012.pdf

2. Ontario Shorebird Conservation Plan 
http://www.jeaniron.ca/Shorebirds/OSCPlan.pdf

WESTERN HEMISPHERE SHOREBIRD REVERVE: The hope is that James Bay (or part
of) will be designated a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve of Hemispheric
Importance. "These sites act as staging, nesting or breeding grounds for at
least 500,000 shorebirds annually, or at least 30% of the biogeographic
population of any species." James Bay much exceeds the minimum criteria for
a "Hemispheric Importance" designation.
 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The Western James Bay Shorebird Survey is a cooperative
effort of the Canadian Wildlife Service, Royal Ontario Museum , Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), Bird Studies Canada and Moose Cree
First Nation. Survey camps are rented from the Moose Cree First Nation. The
OMNR provides accommodations in the staffhouse while crews are in Moosonee.
Thanks to Rod Brook, Sarah Hagey and Kim Bennett of OMNR for logistical
support. This project would not be possible without the many hours of
dedicated volunteer effort. Jean thanks an anonymous donor for financial
assistance.

NOTE: Jean celebrated her birthday on August 1. I thought readers would
enjoy her message to me by DeLorme inReach two-way satellite communicator
with GPS. "Wonderful birthday wiener boil and creek tea on mudflats at dusk
prebanding. Double rainbow. Lovely birthday cake tonight. Chocolate with
little sugar eggs on top and a citronella candle in middle". 

Next report in 5-7 days.

Ron Pittaway
Toronto, Ontario


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Subject: Port Elgin Piping Plovers
From: Stewart Nutt via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:13:07 -0400
The adults and chicks have left the beach area. the Female left a couple of
weeks ago and the male has not been seen for a few days. The four chicks
have moved to Gobles Grove just south of Port Elgin and are foraging along
the shoreline. All four chicks are doing.  well. Three are banded one is
not.
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Subject: Looking for reports of Mute Swans and Trumpeter Swans
From: "Campbell,Barbara \[NCR\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:21:04 -0400
Hi Ontbirders!

 

The Canadian Wildlife Service and partners will be collecting data for
the international, coordinated Midsummer Mute Swan Survey in 2014. Data
collected will be used to assess swan abundance, productivity and
distribution throughout Ontario and elsewhere in eastern North America.
To get a more complete count, we are seeking assistance from anyone
interested in reporting observations of Mute Swans, as well as Trumpeter
Swans, during the month of August. Aerial surveys will be flown along
the shorelines and associated marsh complexes of the St. Lawrence River,
Lake Ontario, Niagara River, Lake Erie, Detroit River, Lake St. Clair,
St. Clair River and southern Lake Huron / Georgian Bay, so ground
observations from inland locations would be most beneficial for
increasing the effectiveness of the survey.   

Please record swan locations (site names, GPS coordinates, etc) and let
us know how many adults, cygnets and broods of each species you have
observed at each locale.  Please contact Barb Campbell at
Barbara.Campbell AT ec.gc.ca     for more
details.

Thank you for your assistance with the 2014 swan survey!




 

 

Barb Campbell

 

Canadian Wildlife Service

335 River Road, Ottawa, ON

K1A 0H3

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope Great Egrets Townsend Lagoons
From: Ellen Horak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:10:08 -0700
One Wilson's Phalarope was seen this afternoon by Len Manning and Lisa Tesky 
and again around 7:50 this evening by Jerry and I in Cell#1.  Pictures taken. 
 3 Great Egrets were in Cell#3 - flew before we had a chance to see if they 
were tagged - but were likely going to roost there.  Many other shorebirds 
present. 


Townsend Sewage Lagoons are on Concession 14 just west of Haldimand road 74 - 
there is a gate across a gravel drive with a small parking area on the opposite 
side of the road.  The gates are locked but you can walk around the gate to 
access the area.  I think you are only supposed to access them on weekends - we 
went today at 6. 

 

ellen
www.thesustainabilityadventure.blogspot.com
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 19th July - 1st August 2014
From: "Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:15:27 -0400
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Other than increasing numbers and diversity of shorebirds, it has again been
a rather quiet couple of weeks here in the Kingston region. Highlights
include; good numbers of SOLITARY SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER,
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PEREGRINE FALCON, CAROLINA
WREN, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

 

City of Kingston

Perhaps the most exciting record this week was of RED-HEADED WOODPECKER seen
at Lemoine Point on several dates since 29th July. As well as 2 adult birds,
a young individual was also seen on 31st, perhaps an indication of breeding
success. Never common within the city limits, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS
have been noted on a couple of occasions in the last week, at Marshlands CA
(25th) and Old Front Road (31st). A CAROLINA WREN was seen just east of the
city on Faircrest Blvd on 25th.

 

Amherst Island

A KFN field trip to Martin Edwards Reserve last weekend (Sat 26th) added the
first PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (2) of the season to the growing list of
shorebirds in the area but numbers, in general, were low. Also seen that day
were 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 3 WILSON'S PHALAROPES as well as LEAST
SANDPIPER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Please note that you must be a member of
the Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access
the Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

The lagoons are still rather too high for shorebird activity but 80
BONAPARTE'S GULL, a single WILSON'S PHALAROPE and a MERLIN were noted here
on 31st. Please that that you must be a member of KFN or otherwise obtain
permission from the municipality to access the lagoons.

 

Wolfe Island

CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW was again seen on the island, at what is now confirmed
as a previously unknown breeding location on Baseline. Two ORCHARD ORIOLES
were seen on 30th when good numbers of TREE SWALLOWS were noted beginning to
form roosts.

 

Other Sightings

South-east of Napanee, along Wilton Creek (also known as Gray's Wetland),
shorebirds continue to increase with highlights being PECTORAL SANDPIPER (1
on 31st) and as many as 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS (several dates). A total
of 14 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were seen along a relatively short stretch of the
creek on 26th with good numbers of LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST
SANDPIPER, KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and WILSON'S SNIPE. Over the last
week, the odd SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER has also been seen there. North of
Kingston, near Bedford Mills, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was a nice surprise
for a local birder out in his garden. Also north of Kingston, on Washburn
Road, a juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON was added to another birder's yard list on
29th. Whether this is confirmation of breeding success for the Kingston pair
is unknown.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdread/

 

eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species
 

 

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Subject: James Bay Shorebirds - Longridge Point
From: Adam Timpf via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 17:24:24 -0400
Having returned from the first 2 weeks of shorebird surveys at Longridge Point 
on the James Bay coast, I thought it would be of interest to post some of our 
shorebird observations from July 15 to July 29. Jean Iron has a great map and 
photos of the location here: http://www.jeaniron.ca/2012/jamesbay/map.htm 


Surveys are a partnership of the ROM, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources 
(OMNR), Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and Moose Cree First Nation. The 
Longridge crew for this period consisted of Ross Wood, Dayna LeClair, Amie 
McDonald, Bill Thompson, Ryan Burrell, Lizzie Grayshon, and Adam Timpf. 


SHOREBIRD OBSERVATIONS: 23 species to date. The high count day is listed for 
each species. Shorebirds banded and/or tagged with radio transmitters included 
Semipalmated Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers, Sanderling, and Red Knot. 
Sightings refer to Longridge Point only. 


Black-bellied Plover: 7 on July 25th

Semipalmated Plover: 38 on July 29th

Killdeer: 27 on July 18th and 21st, including local juveniles

Solitary Sandpiper: 5 on July 23rd, including 2 local juveniles

Greater Yellowlegs: 87 on July 27th

Lesser Yellowlegs: 275 on July 23rd, 10-15% juveniles by the end of the survey 
period 


Whimbrel: 26 on July 20th

Hudsonian Godwit: 354 on July 29th.

Marbled Godwit: 1 on July 19th and July 27th.

Ruddy Turnstone: 271 on July 25th

Red Knot: 1140 on July 25th. One banded on July 27th. Many Knots carry leg 
flags which allow researchers and birders to re-sight individuals during 
migration. This data helps determine the migration routes and staging areas of 
different populations. 


Sanderling: 135 on July 23rd.

Semipalmated Sandpiper: 1500 on July 21st and 29th

Western Sandpiper: 1 on July 23rd. If accepted, this would be a first record 
for james Bay. 


Least Sandpiper: 24 on July 21st. ~1/3 Juveniles near the end of the period

White-rumped Sandpiper:3500 on July 29th

Pectoral Sandpiper: 182 on July 25th

Dunlin: 70 on July 29th

Stilt Sandpiper: 2 on July 19th, 1 on July 21st

Buff-breasted Sandpiper: 2 on July 24th

Short-billed Dowitcher: 2 on July 29th, 1 on July 23rd

Wilson’s Snipe: 8 on July 23rd

Wilson's Phalarope: 1 seen on July 16th, 24th, 25th, and 27th


MAMMALS: Black Bears, Woodchuck, Red Squirrel, Gray Wolf, River Otter, 
Porcupine, Woodland Caribou, Moose, Striped Skunk, Seal sp. (gray?), Jumping 
Mouse sp., Vole sp. 


HERPTILES: American Toad (brightly coloured Hudson Bay variety), Wood Frog

BUTTERFLIES: Azure sp., Common Ringlet, Northern Crescent, White Admiral, 
Viceroy, Monarch 


ODONATES: Lake Darner, Sedge Darner, Variable Darner (subspecies interrupted), 
Zigzag Darner, Canada Darner, Four-spotted Skimmer, Cherry-faced Meadowhawk, 
Black Meadowhawk, Lake Emerald, Forcipate Emerald, Northern Spreadwing, Emerald 
Spreadwing. 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The Cree First Nations gratefully rent their hunt camps
for the surveys. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) provides
helicopter transport, and staff house accommodation while crews are in
Moosonee, along with logistical support.

Adam Timpf
Walsingham, Ontario
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding report - Friday, August 1st, 2014
From: Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:39:37 -0400

FRANKLIN'S GULL

Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Red-necked Grebe
Great Egret
Green Heron
Bald Eagle
Virginia Rail
Sora
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Black Tern
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Common Raven
Pine Siskin


It's been another quiet couple of weeks on the home front with a couple of
surprises that makes things interesting and encourages birders to get out
there and keep looking.  Last weekend a FRANKLIN'S GULL spent the weekend
loafing down at Bronte Harbour giving birders and photographers something to
talk about!  Another good record for this time of year although not a rarity
was the presence of two Pine Siskins (one well photographed at a feeder) on
Deer Run Court near Brantford.  An unusual sighting given time of year and
the fact that there was no invasion of this species the previous winter.

There are two main shorebirding spots in the Hamilton Study Area and
slightly outside that are worth keeping an eye on.  Windermere Basin has
been somewhat active over the past couple of weeks.  The return of a Black
Tern brings speculation that this is a bird that is spending time nearby and
occasionally drifting into the basin.  Other birds seen there over the past
two weeks include Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Great
Egret, American Coot (up to 3), Semipalmated Plover, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Sanderling (briefly last Monday), Semipalmated Sandpiper and
Ruddy Turnstone.  At the Townsend Sewage Lagoons, Semipalmated Plover,
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Semipalmated, Least, Pectoral and
Stilt Sandpiper and Wilson's Phalarope have all been noted.  A Green Heron
was photographed there yesterday.  Local stormwater ponds and beach fronts
should also be checked.  Oak Park Lagoons was in the process of being
drained and a Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpiper were birds seen here.
This locale is just south and east of the Supercentre at Trafalgar road &
Dundas. Bounded by Hays Blvd, 6th Line, Glen Ashton, Central Park Dr. and
Georgian Dr..  A Least and Semipalmated Sandpiper were seen on the beach at
Bayfront Park and in a stormwater pond just north of Rymal Road and just
west of Glover Road, a Solitary Sandpiper made a stop.

In the odds and sods, the Red-necked Grebe family is growing and venturing
further afield. Sandhill Cranes are still being seen with young at Grass
Lake, A Bald Eagle flew over the Burlington Lakeshore last Monday looking as
if it were on the move south.  Young Virginia Rails and Sora were seen and
photographed at Safari Wetlands up on Safari Road west of Kirkwall.  A late
night Upland Sandpiper was heard over a home in Dundas a couple of nights
ago.  Uplands are early migrants and most just seem to disappear without
notice.  A family of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were coming into a feeder on
Plains Road.  Feeders should be stocked this time of year, you never know
what other species might accidentally show up. Finally, a family group of
Common Ravens were soaring over Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle last week.

The next few reports will look somewhat different than this one.  Please
report your sightings so that people will be informed when birds are
starting to move.

Have a great long weekend.
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC


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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 31, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:56:42 -0400
At Presqu’ile Provincial Park, July has lived up to its reputation as the 
slowest month of the year for finding exciting birds. Even mid-winter, while 
having a much lower number and variety of birds, often has more genuine 
surprises for those who are willing to brave the elements. The only refreshing 
aspect of the last week of July is that a few southbound migrants have begun to 
appear. 


An AMERICAN BLACK DUCK was at Gull Island on Monday, and a RED-BREASTED 
MERGANSER on Sunday, both species that have not been much in evidence this 
summer. Two GREEN HERONS were seen on two different days. A TURKEY VULTURE and 
an OSPREY were both perched on the beach (on different days). Shorebird numbers 
have not yet built up, the only migrant species being SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and LEAST SANDPIPER, all in small numbers. Among gulls, 
there was a BONAPARTE’S GULL with a mostly black head and an immature GREAT 
BLACK-BACKED GULL. 


A flock of about 15 ROCK PIGEONS flew past the lighthouse yesterday. Two 
PILEATED WOODPECKERS were at the beach 2 parking lot this morning. PURPLE 
MARTINS have been replaced by BARN SWALLOWS as the most abundant swallow 
species in the Park this week. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was seen and heard 
this morning, likely a newly returned migrant. More warbler species will be 
arriving shortly. Both male and female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK have been at the 
lighthouse. 


To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. 
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid 
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings
board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park 
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be 
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA.


Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park
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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - July 31, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:21:05 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to July 31, 2014

Shorebirds, most notably a very early adult BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at the Casselman 
lagoons on the 27th, have been found this week at the limited shorebird habitat 
in the Ottawa/Gatineau area.  


The Embrun, St. Albert, Casselman and Winchester lagoons had numbers of LEAST, 
SEMIPALMATED and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and KILLDEER. There were also occasional PECTORAL, SOLITARY 
and STILT SANDPIPERS and WILSON'S SNIPE. There was one WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER 
at the St. Albert lagoon on the 29th. Numbers of TREE, BANK, a few BARN, and a 
very few CLIFF and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were found at those lagoons. 


There is no shorebird habitat at the Shirleys Bay dyke (a few SPOTTED 
SANDPIPERS on the rocks) and although there is some shorebird habitat along the 
Ottawa River at Andrew Haydon Park and Ottawa Beach (east of Andrew Haydon) 
there were no shorebirds reported there this week. There were SPOTTED, LEAST 
and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS at Parc Brebeuf and shorebirds are possible on the 
rocks in the Deschenes Rapids or on inland storm management ponds. 


GREAT EGRET, COMMON TERN, BALD EAGLE, OSPREY, a few HOODED MERGANSER, BLACK 
TERN (at Petrie Island), BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, CASPIAN TERN (2) and 
BONAPARTE'S GULL (1) were seen along the Ottawa River. 


A CAPE MAY WARBLER was found at Shirleys Bay on the 29th and a TENNESSEE 
WARBLER was found in the tree line along Ottawa Beach on the 31st.   


Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, the 
OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports OWL sightings on the internet. We will 
continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sightings AT ofnc.ca for the local 
records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Returning Species.. Bonaparte Gulls and Caspian Terns
From: "Bruce F. Aikins via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:49:00 -0400
Today, for the first time since Spring migration, I saw Bonaparte Gulls
(including a "this year hatchling") and Caspian Terns along the shorelines
of Lake Scugog off Scugog Point.

401 east or west to Durham 57... follow north to Scugog Point Road...
proceed to lake.

Good  birding !!!!  Bruce
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Subject: Great Egrets roosting at Luther marsh
From: "Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:25:59 -0400
Hi Ontbirders,

Great Egrets are once again roosting this summer at Luther Marsh but
they have changed their roosting location. For the last 6 years, they
have roosted in the South Monticello Pond on the NE corner of the Luther
Marsh area. When that area was checked last week there were no egrets
roosting there but, during the day,  there were egrets in the area....so
where did they roost? They were found in an area known as "the
Sanctuary", about 300-400m out from the West Boat Ramp, an area not
generally open to the public; Tony Zammit, Grand River CA, posted that
on eBird last week. Tonight, Tony, Dan MacNeal and I were at the West
Boat Ramp from about 7:30 to 9:00 and tallied 20 egrets coming into the
roost there. This was about half of what Tony and Dan reported last
week....so where have the others gone ?  We're still looking.   If
anyone would like to join our group and help with this monitoring,
please contact Tony (tzammit AT grandriver.ca).

 

Other birds that were visible from the West Boat Ramp included about 26
Sandhill Cranes, 7 Common Loons in a flock and 3-4 Osprey.

 

I'd like to remind Ontbirders who have assisted with egret roost counts
in the past to head out soon and see if your roosts are active yet.
Large roosts are usually active by late June and smaller ones by late
July. This year, with the late spring, things seem to be behind a
little. Please send your information to me privately or post it.

 

Directions: To reach the main access area of Luther Marsh, go west from
Orangeville on Hwy 109 towards Arthur. Go right (north) on Hwy 25,
through Grand Valley and continue for 3-4 km, turn left at the sign for
Luther marsh, follow that road until you must turn right (Sideroad
21-22), follow that road for a couple of km to the Main Entrance (on
your left) to Luther Marsh....it is well marked and has a kiosk. Email
Tony if you'd like to help.

 

Cheers,

 

Chip Weseloh

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Subject: Franklin's Gull continues at Bronte Harbour, Oakville.
From: Wayne via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:05:37 -0400 (EDT)
Yesterday I got great views of the bird with a lot of birders including Mark 
Field while it preened, stretched, slept, took a short flight from 2:15 to 3:45 
pm. Today it was sitting at ne end of concrete break water where it was 
yesterday from at least 3:00 pm when I arrived until 4:30 when it took flight 
and started circling over the bay just south of the pier where I lost sight of 
it behind some the large willows. As other have pointed out, one side of face 
appears to be injured but the birds seem have no problems flying around. 



Directions: south of Lakeshore Boulevard off Bronte Road.


Wayne Renaud
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Subject: Franklin's Gull in Bronte (Oakville)
From: Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:09:10 -0400
As of 8:30 this morning the Franklin’s Gull had just flown off Bronte Beach 
to the west. Early in the morning the bird was on the west Bronte pier where I 
found it yesterday. The arrival of fishermen displaced all the birds. The gull 
was found again on Bronte Beach just west the mouth of Bronte Creek. The light 
was much better early this morning than yesterday...that`s my excuse and I am 
sticking to it. 


The entire family of Red-necked Grebes (four young & two adults) were present 
at their nest site. Yesterday when I checked there was only a lone youngster. 


Directions to Bronte Beach: Exit QEW at Bronte Road (Oakville), go south to 
Lakeshore Road and turn right. Immediately after crossing Bronte Creek turn 
left on West River then turn left toward the boat launch. The beach is nearby. 


Directions to the Red-necked Grebe site: Take Bronte Road to its end then turn 
left on Ontario Street. It is just east of the restaurant. 


Gavin Edmondstone
Bronte
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I will add some new gull photo later today.
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Subject: Lots of Sandhill Cranes, Ferndale Flats
From: Rob Porter via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:39:01 -0400
Greetings birders

For the past couple days we've been seeing a flock of Sandhill Cranes grazing 
in a field north of Bruce Cty Road 9 between Ferndale and Lion's Head, west of 
Concession 4. Today they were split into one large group and two smaller one, 
but minimum count overall was 25 individuals. 


Ferndale is on Highway 6 on the Bruce Peninsula, about 25 minutes north of 
Wiarton. 



Good birding,
Rob

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Subject: Franklins Gull continues at Bronte Harbour
From: Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:03:18 -0400
I thhnk its worth noting that at times the bird flies to the inner harbour.
Dan Macneal called to advise the bird was sitting on the blue roofed
building in the inner harbour, but only visible from the west side of that
building.

Then the bird flew to the pier where it was previously reported, sat for
ten minutes, and got up for some lengthy circle flights.

So don't give up if you can't find it initially is the the point I am
making.

Qew to Bronte road and south to the lake. Park at end of Bronte road and
walk west to the creek mouth.

Len Manning
Joanne Redwood
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Subject: Franklin's Gull, Bronte Harbour
From: cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:56:34 -0400
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Subject: Laughing Gull remains at Bronte Harbour
From: cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:22:24 -0400
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Subject: Laughing Gull at Bronte Harbour
From: Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:13:23 -0400
This morning I saw a Laughing Gull on the west pier of Bronte Harbour. I have 
posted long-range photo on Flickr: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavin_edmondstone/
The bird beside the gull is a Common Tern. There are two other Laughing gull 
photos but they are from a recent trip to Texas. 


Directions: Exit the QEW at Bronte Road (Oakville) and go south to the lake. 
Park near the end of the road (between Marine Drive and Ontario Street) and 
walk to the creek. The bird was last seen on the pier on the west side of the 
creek so you are looking across the mouth of Bronte Creek. Fishermen go out on 
the west pier so the birds there do get disturbed. 


Gavin Edmondstone
Bronte
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Subject: Great Egrets - Please report wing-tagged birds
From: "Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:32:22 -0400
Hello Ontbirders,

> 

> During June of this summer, staff and volunteers with the Canadian
Wildlife Service

wing-tagged approximately 154 > flightless Great Egrets on Nottawasaga
Island, near 

Collingwood at the > south end of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

> 

> This year, the birds were tagged with blue wing-tags but we have noted


> adult egrets with orange or green wing-tags from previous years. All 

> wing-tags carry three characters: number-number-letter, e.g. 27H, 98K 

> etc.  If you see a wing-tagged egret, please note the colour of the 

> tag, the characters on the tag and the date and location of the
sighting.

> Please email the information to me, with your name, at the above 

> address. I will reply to all reports.

> 

> Many thanks,

> 

> Chip Weseloh

> 

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Subject: Juvenile Common Raven - Toronto
From: "Phil L. via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:18:32 -0400
This morning at around 7:30 a.m. an adult raven was seen feeding a juvenile in 
Dorset Park in Scarborough. As I got closer to get better photos, the adult 
croaked at me with all the madness in the world before the pair took off to the 
north. Photos taken. 


Dorset Park is southwest of Kennedy and Ellesmere. 

Phil L. 
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Subject: Great Horned Owl Canatara Park
From: steve read via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:15:03 -0400
July 24 at 8:30 pm .Corner of Christina St and Cathcart Blvd. In the bush lot 
about 50 feet up the trail .a large group of crows were making a big racket .a 
Great Horned Owl was perched half way up the tree .watched for several minutes 
until it flew off with the crows in pursuit .Steve ReadSarnia 
ontariosread328 AT hotmail.com 

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Subject: Gulls and terns at Port Burwell
From: Dave Martin via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:47:14 -0400
Just so you know, the annual gathering of the clans [i.e. post-breeding 
gulls and terns] on Port Burwell beaches is well underway.

This morning we counted at least 600 Common Terns and 250 Bonaparte's 
Gulls on the east side of the harbor at the Town Beach and on the 
beaches at Port Burwell PP.  There was a good ratio of hatching year 
Common Terns. On the town beach 75 of the 400 Common Terns were HY 
birds. We couldn't count at the PP as dogs chased them off just after we 
arrived. We saw no hatching year birds among the Bonaparte's Gulls and 
only a couple of hatching year birds among the 450 or so Ring-billed Gulls.

Other highlights were an adult Black Tern, a hatching year Forster's 
Tern, an adult Caspian Tern and a 2nd year Great Black-backed Gull. Two 
2 Semipalmated Plovers were on the Town Beach.

Although a few Little Gulls have been reported in the Pelee and Rondeau 
areas, we saw none today at the Burwell beaches. From August through 
early summer it's not unusual to get 10 to 15 individuals and our record 
is in the mid 20s.

Port Burwell is south of Tillsonburg at the terminus of Hwy 19, aka 
Plank Line.

Dave Martin and Linda Wladarski
Harrietsville, ON
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 24, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:26:17 -0400
Things have been picking up a little at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, now that 
the first stirrings of definite fall bird migration are taking place. 


MUTE SWANS appear to have, unfortunately, had a good breeding season, with 
about 130 spotted today. Two GREEN-WINGED TEAL were on the beach today, and 
five REDHEADS in Popham Bay on Tuesday. COMMON MERGANSERS were seen at the calf 
pasture on July 18 (two) and in Popham Bay today (five). One observer saw two 
RUFFED GROUSE on July 18. Ten years ago, an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN stayed at 
Presqu’ile for two days, July 25-26. Twice this week, a LEAST BITTERN was 
flushed from the same area, near the southernmost viewing tower in the marsh, 
where one was observed on two previous occasions this month and where the 
species is believed to have bred in previous years. For the first time since 
early spring, no GREAT EGRETS were reported this week. Including two this past 
week, here have been repeated sightings of a GREEN HERON in the vicinity of the 
woodpile marsh and the south end of the large marsh. A BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERON was perched on Sebastopol Island this morning. A young OSPREY on 
the Salt Point lighthouse appears to be fully grown and might be fledging soon. 
An immature BALD EAGLE flew over on July 21. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen 
chasing NORTHERN FLICKERS. A COMMON GALLINULE was in the marsh on Monday. 
Shorebirds put on a teasing show on Sunday, with the following species observed 
on the beach: 4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 4 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 1 LEAST 
SANDPIPER, 1 BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS (which were still 
there on Monday and Tuesday but not today). 


One observer saw three BARRED OWLS together early yesterday morning and 
photographed two of them. At least one RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER continues to 
appear at 83 Bayshore Road. Among the passerines that rode the cold front 
yesterday and showed up at the lighthouse today was a flycatcher of the 
EMPIDONAX genus. Some of the PURPLE MARTINS at the end of Bayshore Road have 
begun to disperse: where there were forty two days ago there are only half as 
many today. For the second time in less than a week, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER 
and a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were at the lighthouse. A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER 
showed up there today. An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen yesterday. Two ROSE-BREASTED 
GROSBEAKS have re-appeared at the lighthouse. ORCHARD ORIOLES have been seen at 
the calf pasture and at 83 Bayshore Road. A male PURPLE FINCH was near the 
lighthouse on Tuesday. 


To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. 
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid 
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings
board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park 
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be 
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA.


Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park
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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - July 24, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:52:41 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to July 24, 2014

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen from the 17th through the 21st along the 
shore, and soaring above and inland of, the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River 
near the south end of Ch. Parker which runs south from Hwy 148 between Eardley 
and Luskville. The bird was last seen the morning of the 21st from the beach 
access at 708 Bayview Dr in Constance Bay as it soared out of sight to the west 
over the Quebec side of the Ottawa River shore. 


Shorebird reports this week: 
- on a flooded field on the west side of Greenbank Rd about 300 m north of 
Barnsdale Rd on the 18th there were LEAST (20+), SOLITARY (4+) SPOTTED (2) and 
SEMIPALMATED (2) SANDPIPERS with LESSER (6+) and GREATER (2) YELLOWLEGS 

- at the EMBRUN lagoons (now under construction, not recommended during the 
week) on the 20th there were STILT (5 ad and 1 juv), Spotted, LEAST and 
SEMIPALMATED (2) SANDPIPERS with GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SEMIPALMATED 
PLOVER (2) 

- at the Winchester lagoons on the 20th there were LEAST (40), SPOTTED (10), 
SOLITARY (3), SEMIPALMATED (2) SANDPIPERS with LESSER YELLOWLEGS (20) with 
KILDEER (20) and WILSON'S SNIPE (2) 

- at the CASSELMAN lagoon on the 21st there were LEAST, SPOTTED, SOLITARY and 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS with LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER 

- at the City Park Dr storm sewer ponds south of Ogilvie Rd there was a 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER on the 24th 


There has been a good selection of breeding and a few migrating birds at Petrie 
Island this week with species such as VIRGINA RAIL (3 ad 4 juv), SORA (2 ad 3 
juv), WILSON'S SNIPE (1), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (2), SOLITARY SANDPIPER (1), BLACK 
TERN (4), MARSH (7) and HOUSE (1) WREN.  

  
Interesting sightings:
- the male EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Ottawa River mouth of the Rideau 
Canal 

- TENNESSEE WARBLER (2) on the Britannia Conservation Area ridge on the 18th
- PHILADELPHIA VIREO on the Shirleys Bay dyke on the 18th (only shorbird so far 
at that location are SPOTTED SANDPIPER) 

- CASPIAN TERN at the north end of Champlain St in Orleans on the 18th
- BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO on Dobson Lane
- SANDHILL CRANE (2) east of Almonte on Hwy 49 on the 19th
- LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (3rd year) on the rocks in the Ottawa River 
Deschenes Rapids on the 20th 


Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, the 
OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports OWL sightings on the internet. We will 
continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sightings AT ofnc.ca for the local 
records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, July 19th, 2014
From: Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:21:37 -0400
Trumpeter Swan
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Great Egret
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Bobolink


It's another quiet week in the Hamilton Study Area.  The most unusual
sighting was that of a Northern Bobwhite which showed nicely and sang loudly
for a few days.  As much as saying this was a migrant from Walpole Island
would be ideal, this bird is almost certainly an escapee.

The crux of the action remains with the ever changing landscape of
shorebirds at Windermere Basin and very close to the HSA at Townsend Sewage
Lagoons.  This week at Windermere Basin shorebirds included Semipalmated
Plover, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated, Least, Stilt Sandpiper
(3 today) and Short-billed Dowitcher.  Great Egret and Bonaparte's Gull were
also birds seen here in the week. Down at Townsend Sewage Lagoons which is
slightly out of the HSA conditions are ripe in the first cell where today
over 200 birds were present including Killdeer, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Semipalmated, Least, Pectoral and Stilt Sandpiper and at least
20 Short-billed Dowitchers.  Ducks here include Northern Pintail,
Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead and Ruddy Duck.  This will be a good
place to check going forward!

In the odds and sods this week an unfortunate story if of the demise of one
of the adult nesting Trumpeter Swans at the Clappisons Corners Wetland in
Waterdown.  One adult and two chicks remain, cause of death is unknown at
this time.  Four Lesser Scaup were seen in Tollgate Ponds late week.  A
White-winged Scoter was photographed near the Burlington Pier today.  Hooded
Merganser was seen near LaSalle earlier in the week.  An unusual date record
of a Red-breasted Merganser was seen at Fifty Road in Grimsby.  Down at
Bronte Harbour, four of the chicks from the nest at the Outer Harbour were
photographed yesterday.  Other nests in the area do not appear to be as
successful. The Bald Eagle family has been seen near Wilkes Dam, the young
have fledged successfully here. Sandhill Cranes, one adult and one chick
were seen at Grass Lake near Glen Morris this week.  Listers on the hunt for
Cuckoos were able to locate both species at the Fletcher Creek Reserve in
north Flamborough this week.  Yellow-billed Cuckoo was also found near
Kraemer Road on the Rail Trail near Brantford and at Courtcliffe Park in
Carlisle.  A number of Wood Thrush (up to 5) were heard at a property near
Rock Chapel, their calls a welcome sound to hear on an evening walk.
Finally today a neat sighting for this birder was over a dozen Bobolinks
gathered at the side of the Road at 10th Road East north of the railway
tracks.  There were many moulting males in the group.  Numbers could have
been closer to two dozen with many hiding in the grass at close range.

That's the news for this week.  Thanks to those who sent in their sightings.

Have a great week.
Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: Scugog Twp. sightings
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:22:37 -0400
While the migration for some species has begun (e.g. shorebirds), there is 
another phenomenon that is happening at the same time that can be a bit 
confusing as it overlaps migratory patterns and that is post-breeding 
dispersal. At this time of year, most birds have finished nesting and the young 
are out and about. Many species stay within their home breeding area, but 
others disperse widely in search of food. Often family groups travel together 
as the food on the old territory may be depleted. 


In the last two days up here in the hinterland, I’ve noted Brown Creeper, 
Eastern Wood-Pewee, Common Yellowthroat, Bank Swallows, Black-thr. Green 
Warbler and House Finch in the yard. All of these have been absent for weeks .. 
migration can’t be far off. 


Lakeridge and Reach is nearest intersection, west of Port Perry

Geoffrey Carpentier
www.avocetnatureservices.com
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Subject: Bronte Red-necked Grebe Update
From: Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:20:32 -0400
This may be my season wrap up for this nesting season. Yesterday afternoon we 
saw all four of the chicks at the Outer Harbour nest. All were in the water 
and, nest tire is not occupied and no eggs are visible. A photo of the four 
taken yesterday is on my Flickr site: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavin_edmondstone/

This morning only one chick was present at the nest site with both parents in 
attendance. One juvenile grebe was seen elsewhere in the Outer Harbour. I 
walked the available perimeter of the Outer Harbour twice and did not see the 
other two but there are many areas not visible. 


There were other nests in the area of Bronte Creek upstream of Lakeshore Road. 

One was washed out by heavy rain. Birds that I presume to be the same pair 
nested again but that nest, with two eggs, appears to be abandoned. 


Another nest by a different pair was on the edge of the pond. At one time there 
were two chicks then one disappeared along with a parent. Then the remaining 
parent and remaining chick disappeared. If anyone has any information on these 
birds I would be interested in it. 


Directions to the Outer Harbour nest site: Exit the QEW at Bronte Road 
(Oakville) and go south to the lake. When Bronte Road ends at the lake turn 
left onto Ontario Street (your only option). Park just east of the 
restaurant/banquet hall. 


Gavin Edmondstone
Bronte
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Subject: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - West Perth Wetlands
From: Liz Jeffery via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:44:03 +0000
Friday 18/7. Still lots of water in the fenced cell, but even the small 
sandpipers were able to find suitable feeding areas. The dowitcher is a 
breeding-plumaged bird, still in bright colour. Other shorebirds present this 
morning were 32 Killdeer, 48 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 3 Spotted 
Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpiper, 29 Least Sandpiper and 5 Semi-palmated 
Sandpiper. Also observed was 1 SORA, in Cell 3. DIRECTIONS:- from the East, 
follow Hwy 8 through Stratford, to the first traffic lights in Mitchell. Turn 
LEFT onto Wellington Street and follow it to Frank Street. Continue on the 
gravel road, past the Ball Diamond, to the parking lot. From the West, follow 
Hwy 8 into Mitchell. At the bottom of the hill, turn RIGHT onto Hwy 23 South. 
Turn LEFT onto Frank Street (last street on the left), over the bridge and up 
the hill. Turn RIGHT onto the gravel road at the Ball Diamond and follow it to 
the parking lot. From the South, follow Hwy 23 to Mitchell. Just past the blue 
"Mitchell" sign, turn Right onto Frank Street (at the 50 km/h sign) and proceed 
over the bridge to the Ball Diamond. Turn RIGHT onto the gravel road to the 
parking lot. Cell 2 is beside the parking lot, Cell 3 is east of the fenced 
cell and Cell 5 is the large cell to the south-east. There are no permits 
required and no restrictions on when you go. All the shorebirds are currently 
in the fenced cell. Eric Jeffery, St. Marys. 

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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 12-18 July 2014
From: "Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:52:19 -0400
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Shorebird passage continues to pick up, though the Lark Bunting on Amherst
Island appears to have finally departed. Highlights of this rather quiet
week include; SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and SOLITARY SANDPIPER.

 

Amherst Island

The number of shorebirds at the Martin Edwards Reserve is beginning to pick
up, though diversity remains limited. On 13th, LEAST SANDPIPER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS were noted along with the usual WILSON'S PHALAROPE. Also seen
were 8 AMERICAN WIGEON and several GREEN-WINGED TEAL. The breeding of COMMON
MERGANSER was also confirmed. Please note that you must be a member of the
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the
Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Wolfe Island

As elsewhere, evidence of post-breeding dispersal is being noted on Wolfe
Island. On 14th, over 100 each of BARN SWALLOW and TREE SWALLOW were seen
perched on wires. Also seen the same day were HORNED LARK, CLAY-COLOURED
SPARROW and COMMON TERN (not so common in these parts).

 

Other Sightings

South-east of Napanee, along Wilton Creek (also known as Gray's Wetland),
numbers of shorebirds have picked up further with as many as 6 SOLITARY
SANDPIPERS seen on 13th. Also seen the same day were 5 returning adult
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. With good numbers of LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
LEAST SANDPIPER, KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and WILSON's SNIPE, this area
is definitely worth a look. GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS continue to perform well in
the immediate vicinity.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
 

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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 17, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:18:42 -0400
The most interesting day of the week at Presqu’ile Provincial Park was on 
Monday, when several unusual ducks were spotted and a pocket of small birds had 
gathered at the lighthouse, where signs of migration often take place. 


GADWALLS are regularly seen along the north shore of Gull Island, but an 
estimated 15 individuals, more than usual, were there on Monday. With them were 
two AMERICAN WIGEONS, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL was there today. Further out in 
Popham Bay on Monday were three REDHEADS and a group of four WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS, which are seldom seen at Presqu’ile In summer. Six LONG-TAILED DUCKS 
off the lighthouse and a COMMON MERGANSER near Gull Island on the same day 
completed a day that was noteworthy for diving ducks. On Tuesday, a LEAST 
BITTERN was in the marsh and a GREEN HERON was perched above the bird sightings 
board, waiting to be added to the list of sightings. The only GREAT EGRET 
sighting was of a bird flying across Presqu’ile Bay. A small group of LEAST 
SANDPIPERS has been on the “natural beach” north of Owen Point, about six 
today. Four “largish” shorebirds that flew by in the rain on Tuesday could 
not be identified to species. Other shorebirds should soon be gracing the 
Presqu’ile beaches. Four AMERICAN WOODCOCKS behind the Park office were 
likely a family group. Two BONAPARTE’S GULLS were on the beach yesterday. 


A pair of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS was at 83 Bayshore Road. The PURPLE MARTIN 
colony near the lighthouse has swollen to over 40 birds. While none of the 
birds that had gathered near the lighthouse on Monday were definitely newly 
arrived migrants, the presence of several where they had not been all summer 
suggests the beginning of dispersal, if not actual migration. Among others in 
that group were WARBLING VIREO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 
and AMERICAN REDSTART. Up to half a dozen ORCHARD ORIOLES have been visiting 
the feeders at 83 Bayshore Road, and a pair of PURPLE FINCHES was there on one 
day. 


To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. 
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid 
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings
board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park 
and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be 
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA.



Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park
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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - July 17, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:06:02 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to July 17, 2014

Continuing reports of local breeding birds and early returning shorebirds at 
the Winchester lagoons this past week. 


The Winchester lagoons continue to be active with LEAST and SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (3 on the 15th), SNOW GOOSE (1) and 
RUDDY DUCK (1). Although I received no reports this week the Casselman Lagoons 
should continue to have shorebirds at this time of year. 


The marsh and pond west of the Shirleys Bay dyke are active with the expected 
species but there is virtually no shorebird habitat. The only shorebird 
reported there this past week has been SPOTTED SANDPIPER on the rocky shore. 


A LEAST BITTERN was seen from the boardwalk just south of Park Martin-Larouche 
in Gatineau on the Ottawa River near Blvd Lorrain on the 12th. 


A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen and heard along Dobson Line south east of 
Richmond on the 15th. 


Interesting sightings:
- GREEN HERON (5) at Mud Lake in the Britannia Conservation Area (BCA)
- the male EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Ottawa River mouth of the Rideau 
Canal 

- RED-HEADED WOODPECKER near the open fields on Constance Bay Rd on the 11th
- BONAPARTE'S GULL (1) at the Moodie Dr pond south of Trail Rd on the 11th
- NORTHERN PARULA (1) heard on Dolman Ridge Rd about 500 m east of the Dewberry 
Trail entrance on the 14th 


Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, the 
OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports OWL sightings on the internet. We will 
continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sightings AT ofnc.ca for the local 
records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Nonquon Lagoons - July 16
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:24:51 -0400
The habitat is getting better everyday and the birds are here in good numbers 
.... 


Highlights amongst my 47 species today:

large numbers of Midland Painted Turtle and Green Frogs 

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)  5
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  10
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  41
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  11
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  4
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  46
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  28
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)  1
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)  3
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)  13
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  55
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  3

View complete checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19118244 


Permits must be purchased in advance of entering the lagoons. They cost 
$10.00 annually.

The permits may be purchased at the Durham Region Transfer Site located at 
1623 Reach Rd, Port Perry during the following business hours .... Tuesday, 
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from 
8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  To get to the transfer station, travel north on Hwy 12 
past Port Perry [Hwy 7A] to the next traffic lights [Regional Road 8 Reach 
Rd.] and travel east to #1623 on the north side of the road.

The lagoons are located one road north of the transfer site on Concession 
Rd. 8 [don't get confused as, despite the fact that these roads are both 
numbered "8", they are two different roads - one is a regional paved road, 
the other a dirt concession road.]. Access to the lagoons is from the east 
end of Conc. 8 only as the bridge is out west of the lagoons.


Geoffrey Carpentier
www.avocetnatureservices.com
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Subject: Winchester Lagoons correction
From: Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:46:50 -0400
Hi Birders, my e-mail report was from the Winchester Lagoons; I mistakenly 
mentioned Williamsburg in the body of the message. Bob 

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