Wednesday, September 9, 2009

More Migrants on the way south. September 8, 2009

The birding continues to change day to day with new southbound migrants arriving. Yesterday, September 8th, on my birding course outing we started at Shirley's Bay. With the water levels continuing to drop there was more activity at the base of the dyke. At least 5 Solitary Sandpiper were feeding at the mouth of Watt's Creek, along with 2 Great Egret, 14 Great Blue Heron, and both Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal. A Dunlin flew over calling and there were a few land birds including a Dark-eyed Junco and Swainson's Thrush. Later during the morning we birded along the Jack Pine Trail off Moodie Drive and had a nice selection of birds including 3 Virginia rail, 2 Belted Kingfisher, 4 Solitary sandpiper, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and a Merlin. Unfortunately we didn't relocate the Long-billed Dowitcher near Terry Fox drive and Fernbank Road.

The Great Egret is a rare but regular fall visitor to eastern Ontario.

The Black and White Warbler is easy to recognize by its coloration and nuthatch like behavior.

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