Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 13,2015 Churchill birding

Hi Everyone 

Between strong winds out of the east and afternoon rain it was a tough day of birding. Not much change in the local bird life, but a few new species for the trip list: Solitary Sandpiper and Thayer's Gull. The Granary Ponds continue to attract many water birds including Red-necked Phalarope, Hudsonian Godwit, Arctic Tern, and hundreds of puddle ducks and Canada Geese. Along Goose Creek Road and Hydro Road there were two pairs of Hooded Merganser, and a pair of Bufflehead. We did not see any Tree Swallows around town yesterday, where we had seen up to about a half dozen earlier in the week.  They appear to have disappeared (retreated back south?) in the cold and windy conditions.  The only swallows we saw yesterday were 12 feeding at the Weir. Bird song remains limited except for White-crowned Sparrows, American Robins, Northern Waterthrushes and Yellow Warblers. 

Good birding,


The Harbour Seals are a common sight along the Churchill River and Hudson Bay.

Common Eiders along the Churchill River. 

The Common Crane continues to play hide and seek near the Grain Elevator ponds. 

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