Sunday, December 27, 2015

December 27,2015 Smew at Ault Island near Upper Canada Village

Hi Everyone
While taking part on the Massena-Cornwall CBC this morning we spotted the Smew at 8:45a.m. off the west end of Ault Island from the foot bridge near the Guest house at Upper Canada Village. The Smew was with a small group of Common Mergansers. After watching it for a while the group fly east and disappeared around the west end of the island. It was relocated and observed flying west along the shoreline and landing off Chrysler Farm Monument in Upper Canada Village. A bout five minutes it flew east and disappeared around the southwest tip of Ault. During the latter part of the  afternoon it was observed off the south side of Ault Island. This bird does move around the general area and is usually with mergansers, either Hooded or Common. If you do locate the Smew please post to Ontbirds. Also, remember the OFO Birding code of ethics. 
Good luck, 

The Smew was present this morning off the west end Ault Island

During the day it was observed at a few locations along the St.Lawrence River between Upper Canada Village and Ault Island. 

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