Sunday, August 1, 2010

August 1, 2010 Birding the Eastern Lagoons

Birded a number of the eastern sewage lagoons today August 1, 2010. Overall, there was only a small number of shorebirds mainly at Alfred and Casselman with 12 juv. Least Sandpiper and 3 juv. Lesser Yellowlegs( first for the fall). The Alfred Sewage lagoon had a good variety of ducks including 60+ Ruddy Ducks (3 family groups) 1 Redhead family with 7 downy young, numerous American Coot families, 1 Common Moorhen family and 1 juv. Bonaparte's Gull. At Embrun, 1 family of Ruddy Ducks was observed, 1 female with 5 downy young. and 2 adult Bonaparte's Gull were observed. Both Sora and Virginia Rails were heard calling at various lagoons. In the hay fields just south of Alfred 100+ Bobolinks were seen. If you require additional information, please email me privately. Good birding, Bruce and Ben

Directions: From the town of Alfred go east on Highway 17, then turn south on Peat Moss Road and drive for 2 km. The lagoons are on your left (east side of road). The birds are best observed from the viewing tower. Access to the viewing tower is free and no permit is needed. Entrance to the lagoons is prohibited unless in the possession of a valid ANNUAL PERMIT. The permit can be purchased on week days from the Alfred town office just beside the fire station. Arrangements can also be made to receive the permit by fax by contacting Richard Villeneuve at(613)679-2292.

Ruddy Duck brood at Alfred Lagoon.

Bobolink at Alfred Lagoon.

The Bobolink is often misidentified.

A rare breeder in the Ottawa 50 km radius, the Ruddy Duck was first confirmed as a breeder in 1986.

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