Sunday, September 8, 2013

September 6, 2013 Birding Lake Dore Renfrew County

Spent the morning birding Lake Dore and Muskrat Lake areas in Renfrew County. Overall quiet but some interesting numbers of birds compared to the Ottawa-Gatineau district. On Lake Dore I counted 120+ Bonaparte's Gulls mainly adults along with 7 Red-necked Grebe and 40+ Common Loons.  There were also 100+ Ring-billed Gull and 35+ Herring Gull. On Muskrat Lake I observed a few Common Loons, 10+ Bonaparte's Gulls and 30+ Ring-billed Gull.
Both lakes can be productive for water birds, especially Lake Dore. Since the mid 1980's there have been numerous rarities on the lake during the fall including Ivory Gull, Razorbill, Sabine's Gull, Little Gull, Parasitic Jaeger and King Eider. Also,during June both Pomarine Jaeger and Red Phalarope have been found on the lake. These are amazing  inland records! Muskrat Lake is located off Highway 17 at Cobden and Lake Dore is located  of Lake Dore Road near Eganville.

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