Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 10, 2010 Birding Churchill

Another fun day birding Churchill with lots of shorebirds, waterfowl, and gulls. The activity level at the mouth of the Churchill River was quieter today with more open water. Along Goose Creek and Hydro Road flocks of shorebirds were feeding both on the road and along the mudflats. Most were Baird's, Stilt, White-rumped, and Semipalmated Sandpiper. At the Weir we observed 2 Trumpeter Swan, 1 female Hooded Merganser and 3 Bufflehead. There were still 16 Sabine's Gull and 2 Little Gull feeding with Bonaparte's Gull in the area. More hawks with 3 Northern Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Bald Eagle and an adult Red-tailed Hawk all along G.C. and Hydro Road. Observed 1 Hoary Redpoll in the parking lot at the Seaport Hotel and an adult Thayer's Gull at the Granary Ponds. Another flock of 12 Sabine's Gull were sitting along the shoreline off the Gravel Point.

Good birding, Bruce Di Labio

A flock of 12 Sabine's Gulls flying along the Churchill River towards Hudson Bay was almost a regular sight during our tour.

The Sandhill Crane can be found feeding in the open area behind the Old Churchill Dump site.

The Ruddy Turnstone was seen regularly along the railway tracks near the Grain Elevator.

A Horned Lark feeding near the Grain Elevators.

The Bonaparte's Gull is a regular breeder at Churchill.

The Blackpoll Warbler is one of a small number of warblers that breed in the Churchill area.

The Pacific Loon nest on small inland lakes.

An Arctic Hare on the move near Cape Merry.

Shorebird migration was at its peak on our arrival.

Female Lapland Longspur.

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