Monday, June 15, 2009

Britannia Conservation Area - Late Spring Migrants with Tony Beck

Thursday May 28, 7:30 am

Today there was a visiting birder, Dan, as well as Russell, Heather and me plus Tony.

When we arrived, Tony already had an adult Black-Crowned Night-heron in the scope.

We checked the bottom of the ridge area by the river, hoping to see a Blackpoll Warbler. We did not, but had a Yellow Warbler and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. A Purple Martin and a Common Loon did a fly past.

Moving up onto the ridge, we saw a young male American Redstart and some Cedar Waxwings and American Goldfinches. A pair of Baltimore Orioles put in an appearance, as did an adult Coopers Hawk.

We were alerted that a rare gull was at the point, so we quickly headed down there. Tony got it in the scope and we all had good view s of a Little Gull, as well as several Bonaparte Gulls.

We decide to have a look for shorebirds, so headed off to the March Valley Road ponds. At the corner of Klondike, we saw a pair of Blue-winged Teal together with several Semi-palmated Plovers, Least Sandpipers and a Dunlin.
Then we were off to Fernbank Road for more shorebirds. On the small north-side pond, there was a Spotted Sandpiper more Semi-palmated Plovers, a Killdeer, and some Semi-palmated Sandpipers.
On the way back, we checked Burnside pit, where we found Bank Swallows, Barn Swallows, Purple Martin and a Pied-billed Grebe. On returning to the cars at Mud Lake, we saw lots of Chimney Swifts and a female Red-winged Blackbird.

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