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19 Aug: @ 08:30:00 
Willet directions [James Holdsworth via ONTBIRDS]
19 Aug: @ 08:06:55 
Willet port franks beach [James Holdsworth via ONTBIRDS]
18 Aug: @ 20:21:41 
Willet at Presqu’ile continues [B. Naday via ONTBIRDS]
18 Aug: @ 17:20:46 
Common Night Hawk Frankford Aug 18th [Michael Williamson via ONTBIRDS]
17 Aug: @ 11:39:35 
Marbled Godwit [rwaldhuber10 via ONTBIRDS]
16 Aug: @ 15:30:52 
Re: Marbled Godwit - Dufferin Islands [Richard Poort via ONTBIRDS]
16 Aug: @ 12:26:34 
Marbled Godwit [Ed McAskill via ONTBIRDS]
16 Aug: @ 10:59:56 
Re: Marbled Godwit - Niagara Falls - YES [Andrew Mactavish via ONTBIRDS]
16 Aug: @ 09:12:02 
Presqu’ile Shorebirds [William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS]
16 Aug: @ 07:10:37 
Wilsons Phalarope [Ed McAskill via ONTBIRDS]
15 Aug: @ 21:33:51 
Presqu'ile Birding Report [William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS]
15 Aug: @ 16:47:12 
Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to August 15, 2019 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
15 Aug: @ 06:14:07 
Re: Marbled Godwit - Niagara Falls [Marcie Jacklin via ONTBIRDS]
14 Aug: @ 16:28:43 
TWO Wilson's Phalarope at Holland Landing [Eric Baldo via ONTBIRDS]
14 Aug: @ 16:24:37 
Marbled Godwit - Niagara Falls [Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS]
13 Aug: @ 21:17:11 
Common Ringed Plover - Algonquin Park Interior (Canoe Access Only) [Lev Frid via ONTBIRDS]
12 Aug: @ 21:38:33 
Windermere Basin - American Avocet [Simon Jeeves via ONTBIRDS]
12 Aug: @ 14:02:57 
Broad Winged Hawk Frankford Aug 12th [Michael Williamson via ONTBIRDS]
11 Aug: @ 13:56:37 
Shorebirds at West Perth Wetlands [Dave Brown via ONTBIRDS]
11 Aug: @ 07:21:59 
American Avocet [Mike Norton via ONTBIRDS]
10 Aug: @ 12:57:26 
Marbled Godwit - Tommy Thompson Park Toronto [Gavin Platt via ONTBIRDS]
09 Aug: @ 19:42:48 
Red-necked Phalarope still at Ashbridges Bay Today. Here is video: https://youtu.be/fZQ7fp32wcA [Fazio Luke via ONTBIRDS]
09 Aug: @ 10:33:16 
Upland Sandpipers (12) New Tecumseth [Garth Riley via ONTBIRDS]
09 Aug: @ 10:06:25 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Leamington Marina [Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS]
09 Aug: @ 09:09:36 
Presqu'ile Birding Report [William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS]
09 Aug: @ 07:41:43 
Re: Great Egrets with red and white leg bands [Brian Morin via ONTBIRDS]
08 Aug: @ 20:41:08 
Great Egrets with red and white leg bands [Weseloh, Chip (EC) via ONTBIRDS]
08 Aug: @ 14:58:47 
Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to August 8, 2019 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
08 Aug: @ 13:21:31 
Red-necked Phalarope at Toronto’s Ashbridges/Woodbine Beach [THERESA DOBKO via ONTBIRDS]
08 Aug: @ 05:55:15 
Re: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Leamington Marina [Mark Nenadov via ONTBIRDS]
07 Aug: @ 15:34:55 
James Bay shorebird project 2019 season summaries, 12-29 July [Friis, Christian (EC) via ONTBIRDS]
07 Aug: @ 14:05:35 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Leamington Marina [Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS]
06 Aug: @ 09:03:50 
American Avocet, Hespeler mill pond on the speed river in cambridge - Aug 6 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS]
05 Aug: @ 19:14:46 
Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Monday, August 5th, 2019 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS]
05 Aug: @ 15:31:32 
Wildwood Shorebirds, Aug 4 [JAMES HOLDSWORTH via ONTBIRDS]
05 Aug: @ 12:04:21 
OFO Durham Region Outing Aug 4 [John Stirrat via ONTBIRDS]
05 Aug: @ 10:00:04 
American Avocet, Hespeler mill pond on the speed river in cambridge [Cheryl via ONTBIRDS]
04 Aug: @ 12:59:41 
wilsons phalarope [Martin Belman via ONTBIRDS]
04 Aug: @ 10:25:53 
High Park Hawk Watch [Tim McCarthy via ONTBIRDS]
01 Aug: @ 21:14:19 
Presqu'ile Bird Report [William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS]
01 Aug: @ 17:00:57 
Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to August 1, 2019 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
31 Jul: @ 18:01:21 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Leamington Marina [Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS]
30 Jul: @ 15:49:50 
American Avocet, Forest Lagoons, July 30 [JAMES HOLDSWORTH via ONTBIRDS]
29 Jul: @ 21:20:59 
American Avocet-Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines [Jean & Bob Hampson & Highcock via ONTBIRDS]
28 Jul: @ 20:19:07 
Three (3) Common Nighthawks - Toronto [TT via ONTBIRDS]
28 Jul: @ 09:33:27 
Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Mersea Road 21, south of Wheatley [Cheryl via ONTBIRDS]
25 Jul: @ 20:41:43 
Presqu'ile Birding Report [William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS]
25 Jul: @ 18:52:07 
Ottawa/ gatineau: recent sightings to July 25, 2019 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
25 Jul: @ 12:18:38 
One Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Leamington Marina now [Steve Pike via ONTBIRDS]
23 Jul: @ 10:31:29 
Northern Cardinal at Queen Elizabeth Park, Cochrane [Bill Lamond via ONTBIRDS]





Subject: Willet directions
Date: Mon Aug 19 2019 8:30 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Sorry that sent without directions - from Highway 21 Take dolway drive to Rayburn to the beach.


It's a tiny beach and rapidly filling up with bathers so the bird will not stay long.

James h

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Subject: Willet port franks beach
Date: Mon Aug 19 2019 8:06 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
There is currently a juvenile Willet on the port franks beach.



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Subject: Willet at Presqu’ile continues
Date: Sun Aug 18 2019 20:21 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
A Willet found on Saturday was seen multiple times on Sunday. I saw it last at the pond at the Beach 3/4 area. However, I heard it was last seen in the Beach 2 area moving towards Beach 1.

Baxter Naday
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Subject: Common Night Hawk Frankford Aug 18th
Date: Sun Aug 18 2019 17:20 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello Birders,

I just had a Common Night Hawk fly over our home in Frankford just north of
Trenton Ontario. Time 6:15 DST.

Cheers and Good birding
Mike Williamson
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Subject: Marbled Godwit
Date: Sat Aug 17 2019 11:39 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Still being very cooperative at DufferinIsland.North side of park.Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
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Subject: Marbled Godwit - Dufferin Islands
Date: Fri Aug 16 2019 15:30 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Bird continues at Dufferin Islands.

Rich

On Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 1:26 p.m. Ed McAskill via ONTBIRDS, <
birdalert@ontbirds.ca> wrote:

> Still present at Dufferin Islands follow previous directions
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Subject: Marbled Godwit
Date: Fri Aug 16 2019 12:26 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Still present at Dufferin Islands follow previous directions
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Subject: Marbled Godwit - Niagara Falls - YES
Date: Fri Aug 16 2019 10:59 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
As of 11:55am, Marbled Godwit is at midway point of Dufferin Island loop,
on small islands. Often flushed by dog walkers to another island.

See Josh's post for directions.

Andrew

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019, 5:24 PM Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS, <
birdalert@ontbirds.ca> wrote:

> For some reason this hasnt been posted on Ontbirds yet, but there is a
> Marbled Godwit at Dufferin Islands in Niagara Falls. It is currently along
> the north side of the Dufferin Islands area, on the north side of the water
> and about 30 m west of the Niagara Parkway. It is heavily feeding at the
> moment, paying no heed to pedestrians, Canada Geese and Ring-billed Gulls.
> I believe this constitutes the first record of this species for Niagara
> Region, a long-overdue species! It was photographed yesterday by Lisa
> Prieur Bacon and posted to the Facebook group Ontario Birds this morning,
> at which point its identity was confirmed.
>
> Take the QEW to Niagara and exit at McLeod Road. Take McLeod Road east
> towards the Niagara River and turn left onto the Niagara Parkway. Follow
> this and Dufferin Islands will be on your left after a few km. There is
> lots of free parking here along the south and west sides of Dufferin
> Islands.
>
> Good birding,
> Josh Vandermeulen
> joshvandermeulen.blogspot.com
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Presqu’ile Shorebirds
Date: Fri Aug 16 2019 9:12 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Greetings Ontbirders

It was pointed out to me I forgot to mention were the Whimbrel were in the report and I apologize for that!

The 2 Whimbrel were on photographed on Beach 2 Aug 14th.

Bill

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Subject: Wilsons Phalarope
Date: Fri Aug 16 2019 7:10 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
2 birds are here at the first cell of the Holland Landing Sewage LagoonsThe lagoons are at the end Cedar Street. 404 north to Queensville Side Road. West to Yonge St. South on Yonge. East on Cedar Street to the gate.
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report
Date: Thu Aug 15 2019 21:33 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presquile Birding Report Aug 9th to Aug 15th

HIGHLIGHTS

WHIMBREL
BLACK TERN
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER

At this time of the year shorebirds are the focus of most birders visiting the Park and this week it didnt disappoint producing 16 species of shorebirds! Birders are still best to head to Beach 2 and explore the beach starting from here. A Park employee kindly reported the state of trail leading to Owen Pt. Most of trail is dry as is lookout#1, lookout 2 and 3 under water. As you get to the point the trail lookouts 4 and 5 are covered in gravel but there is an opening as you get out to the point giving you the best view of Gull Island otherwise there is no view yet at any of the lookouts. There is no shorebird habitat at Owen Pt and this is likely to continue for a while yet. For those birders who like to head to Gull Island in the fall, it is going to be a challenge unless water levels really drop in the next month!

Duck species and numbers remain relatively low with WOOD DUCK, MALLARD, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a summering LONG-TAILED DUCK that appeared to be doing poorly most likely due to botulism. A couple of HOODED MERGANSERS round out the ducks.

After a long absence the first 3 WILD TURKEYS were seen on August 13th.

A total of 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS have been reported this week in the Park.This is one shorebird that seems to prefer to forage around Beach 1. A flock of 30 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS have been constant all week. KILLDEER round out the plovers seen this week.

The first 2 SANDERLINGS showed up on Aug 11th and are still being reported. 2 BAIRDS SANDPIPERS were reported on the 13th and havent been seen since. High count of 1OO LEAST SANDPIPERS on the 13th have dwindled to half that today. 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 1 PECTORAL, 55 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, a high of 6 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS on the 13th and not seen since. 2 WILSONS SNIPE, 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER. 5 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a high of 18 LESSER YELLOWLEGS.

A local naturalist was out fishing in the marsh on Aug 11th and had a BLACK TERN fly past her canoe. Although this is most likely a migrant the possibility of this tern breeding here needs to be considered.

There was an uptick of songbirds moving on August 11th. One lucky resident had 6 species of warblers moving through the yard. BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE, AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACKBURNIAN, numerous YELLOW WARBLERS and a CANADA WARBLER. Other then the BLUE-WINGED WARBLER which nest not far from the Park all these warblers breed in the Park and are likely moving off breeding areas.

ORCHARD ORIOLE was last reported on August 11th and although there will be a few stragglers most ORCHARD ORIOLES have probably migrated out! We have yet to see any sign of new songbirds moving into the area as of yet.

THANK YOU to all the observers who have forward me or Ebirded their list of bird sightings this week!

Directions: Presquile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presquiles two offshore islands Gull and High Bluff support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).






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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to August 15, 2019
Date: Thu Aug 15 2019 16:47 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

August 15, 2019

It was yet another fairly quiet week in the region, with no major
highlights. A few firsts of the fall did indicate that migration was in
progress.

Temperatures continued to be seasonal, with scattered showers on a regular
basis but no great accumulation, and no weather system big enough to bring
birds down.

SHOREBIRD habitat continues to be excellent at Shirleys Bay and elsewhere
on the Ottawa River through to Petrie Island. The levels are low enough to
get some exposure on the Quebec side as well. Unfortunately, the flats and
shore are hosting mostly only modest numbers of common species. Still,
these areas warrant checking regularly because things can change rapidly.
For example, Shirleys Bay did perk up a bit on the 15th, as noted below.
A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE continued at the Richmond CA until the 10th.
Regionally, 15 Species of SHOREBIRDS were seen this week, but many were
only seen briefly.

Here is what was seen in some of the areas on the 13th:

1. Shirleys Bay had 85 birds of 6 species, including a BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER. On the 15th there were 120 birds of 9 species including 5
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 3 BAIRDS SANDPIPERS.

2. Almonte had 15 birds of 6 species, all common.

3. Petrie Island had 34 birds of 7 species, all common.

4. Andrew Haydon Park had 6 birds of 4 species, including a
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. A STILT SANDPIPER was there on the 12th.

Up to 3 LEAST BITTERNS continue at Constance Creek at Thomas Dolan as late
as the 15th.

SONGBIRD migration continues to be minimal, somewhat surprising given the
season. Britannia could only come up with 6 species of WARBLER on the 12th,
while most areas are just seeing the residents. An all-day search of Rideau
River PP did produce 12 species of WARBLER, so clearly at least some birds
are coming through.

There was a CAROLINA WREN at Britannia on the 12th. Also of interest was a
DARK-EYED JUNCO at Shirleys Bay on the 11th, which is early this far south
(they nest in the northern part of the region).

A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER in the Carp Hills near Dunrobin on the 11th was
likely the local nester.

A few other migrants included a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at the Deschenes
Rapids on the 10th (also with 7 species of WARBLER), and Jack Pine Trail
had an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER on the 13th.

*Reminder regarding access to the Shirleys Bay Causeway:*

DND has advised extra caution as the causeway is in rough shape. They have
also requested that if any garbage can be removed it would be appreciated.



To access this site, you must be on the access list, and you must call
Range Control (613-991-5740) for permission, state that you are an OFNC
member and give your name. Finally, you must call again when you have left
the area. DND would also like to be informed if you see anyone on the
property who should not be there, such as boats in the bay or people
fishing on the causeway. They are trespassing and DND will deal with the
situation.



The OFNC has provided DND with a list of OFNC members who HAVE SPECIFICALLY
REQUESTED access. DND will check, so make sure that your membership is up
to date and that you have requested that the OFNC put you on the access
list. This list has already been sent to DND this spring and will be
updated occasionally. To get on the next access list, please contact
membership@ofnc.ca.



Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.

Good birding.
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Subject: Marbled Godwit - Niagara Falls
Date: Thu Aug 15 2019 6:14 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello

There is a report of the Marbled Godwit at the same location this morning at 6:30 am

Marcie Jacklin

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On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 5:24 PM -0400, "Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS" > wrote:


For some reason this hasnt been posted on Ontbirds yet, but there is a Marbled Godwit at Dufferin Islands in Niagara Falls. It is currently along the north side of the Dufferin Islands area, on the north side of the water and about 30 m west of the Niagara Parkway. It is heavily feeding at the moment, paying no heed to pedestrians, Canada Geese and Ring-billed Gulls. I believe this constitutes the first record of this species for Niagara Region, a long-overdue species! It was photographed yesterday by Lisa Prieur Bacon and posted to the Facebook group Ontario Birds this morning, at which point its identity was confirmed.

Take the QEW to Niagara and exit at McLeod Road. Take McLeod Road east towards the Niagara River and turn left onto the Niagara Parkway. Follow this and Dufferin Islands will be on your left after a few km. There is lots of free parking here along the south and west sides of Dufferin Islands.

Good birding,
Josh Vandermeulen
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Subject: TWO Wilson's Phalarope at Holland Landing
Date: Wed Aug 14 2019 16:28 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
As of 17:30, I am currently looking at two individual juvenile Wilson's Phalarope at the Holland Landing Sewage Lagoons. Both are feeding at the base of the first lagoon.
Good birding everyone!

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Subject: Marbled Godwit - Niagara Falls
Date: Wed Aug 14 2019 16:24 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
For some reason this hasnt been posted on Ontbirds yet, but there is a Marbled Godwit at Dufferin Islands in Niagara Falls. It is currently along the north side of the Dufferin Islands area, on the north side of the water and about 30 m west of the Niagara Parkway. It is heavily feeding at the moment, paying no heed to pedestrians, Canada Geese and Ring-billed Gulls. I believe this constitutes the first record of this species for Niagara Region, a long-overdue species! It was photographed yesterday by Lisa Prieur Bacon and posted to the Facebook group Ontario Birds this morning, at which point its identity was confirmed.

Take the QEW to Niagara and exit at McLeod Road. Take McLeod Road east towards the Niagara River and turn left onto the Niagara Parkway. Follow this and Dufferin Islands will be on your left after a few km. There is lots of free parking here along the south and west sides of Dufferin Islands.

Good birding,
Josh Vandermeulen
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Subject: Common Ringed Plover - Algonquin Park Interior (Canoe Access Only)
Date: Tue Aug 13 2019 21:17 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello birders,

I found an adult Common Ringed Plover today at Radiant Lake in Algonquin
Park. It was subsequently viewed by Sarah Lamond, Dawn Sherman, Basil
Conlin, Lily, Anna and Hayden.

We were able to watch the bird at length for over an hour and obtained
several photographs, including many showing the diagnostic lack of webbing
on the outer toe from several angles. It was a very sharp individual and
was otherwise easy to pick out at a fair distance due to its thick
breastband and bright legs. See here for photos:
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

An incredible record which, if accepted, will be the second for Ontario (I
believe) and the first for Algonquin Park.

Directions:

Reaching Radiant Lake is an adventure. It is not for the faint of heart and
often takes over a day for a round trip.

DO NOT USE GPS or Google Maps to attempt to reach Radiant Lake. It will
take you on restricted access roads and you will encounter a gate (and
immense disappointment). The ONLY way to reach Radiant Lake is by canoe or
kayak from Cedar Lake, accessible from the Brent Campground. There are
campsites at Brent (large campground with amenities) and at Radiant
(interior campsites).

Take Highway 400 north, then Highway 11 to North Bay. Then take Highway 17
eastward to the Brent Road (signed). Launch your canoe or kayak at Cedar
Lake, going south, then east along the Petawawa River until the following
lake (Radiant). There is amazing shorebird habitat on the southeast end of
Radiant Lake, where the plover was. Many rarities have been claimed on this
legendary lake, visited by few birders. If you have time, be sure to bird
Odenback, a large opening at the southwest end of Radiant Lake that has
also held several rarities.

Cheers and good birding,

Lev Frid
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Subject: Windermere Basin - American Avocet
Date: Mon Aug 12 2019 21:38 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Previously reported American Avocet at far side of basin. Seen clearly by myself and Monica Grantham as of 5:05 PM, 12 August 2019.

Good birding,
Simon Jeeves

Directions to Windermere Basin:
Take highway 403 towards skyway bridge and take exit for Eastport Dr. Southbound along Eastport Dr towards Nikola Tesla Blvd. Right turn into Windermere Basin parking very soon after RV and camper van dealership.

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Subject: Broad Winged Hawk Frankford Aug 12th
Date: Mon Aug 12 2019 14:02 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello Birders

I had an adult BW circle over me at county rd 5 & 33 today at 1:35 Dat.
Probably a resident bird or one getting a head start on its SW journey.

Frankford is 12 km north of Trenton Ontario

Cheers Mike Williamson
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Subject: Shorebirds at West Perth Wetlands
Date: Sun Aug 11 2019 13:56 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hey folks,

Ive had a few people asking me about the current conditions at the West Perth Wetlands so I thought Id give everyone a quick status.

I was out there this morning and there are good numbers of shorebirds aroundand water levels are perfect in all cells except the fenced in cell which is currently full (because of current processing needs at the sewage treatment plant) although its worth checking the small edge of the fenced in cell as the Spotted Sandpipers especially can be found walking along and foraging.

Species I had today included:

Wilsons Snipe (2)
Killdeer (108)
Semipalmated Plover (2)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (4)
Least Sandpiper (18)
Lesser Yellowlegs (42)
Greater Yellowlegs (7)
Solitary Sandpiper (11)
Spotted Sandpiper (10)

Still seeing lots of good passerines around, herons and waterfowl (though mostly Mallards, Wood Ducks and Canada Geese.with a small group of Blue-winged Teal that showed up a couple of days ago)

Maybe see you out there. and good birding!

Dave

Directions to West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell):

>From the East (Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, GTA) - take Hwy 8 thru
Stratford heading west to first lights in Mitchell (Wellington St) and
turn left (south) and continue till you hit the "T" intersection at the
ball diamond. Wetland cells are straight back behind the ball diamond
and soccer fields and the sewage treatment plant.

>From the London area....take Hwy 23 into Mitchell from the south and
just after you pass the "Welcome to Mitchell" sign...watch for Frank
St...go right on Frank St and head down over the bridge till you get to
the ball diamond (will be on your right). Again...the cells are behind
the ball diamond and soccer fields.

>From Southampton area....take Hwy 21, to Goderich and then Hwy 8 to
Clinton and down to Mitchell, turn south on Hwy 23 to Frank St. and turn
left on Frank St. and head over the bridge to the ball diamonds (which
will be on your right). Walk down the side of the soccer fields to the
cells behind.

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Subject: American Avocet
Date: Sun Aug 11 2019 7:21 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Mourad Jabra has found an American Avocet at Windermere Basin in Hamilton.
It is currently feeding at the back left.

Windermere is on Eastport Drive in Hamilton.
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Subject: Marbled Godwit - Tommy Thompson Park Toronto
Date: Sat Aug 10 2019 12:57 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
There is a Marbled Godwit in cell 2 at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto. Found earlier today by Allison Zhang.

At the base of Leslie St in Toronto. Talk the main road out and follow the fork to the east. Bird is on the island in the middle.

Gavin Platt
Toronto, ON
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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope still at Ashbridges Bay Today. Here is video: https://youtu.be/fZQ7fp32wcA
Date: Fri Aug 9 2019 19:42 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
https://youtu.be/fZQ7fp32wcAHi folks: FYI the Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope was seen all day today at Ashbridges Bay Park in Toronto. Here is the Video of it...  https://youtu.be/fZQ7fp32wcA
Enjoy. For Toronto this is a locally rare bird.DirectionsFound by Lynn Pady, seen all day yesterday(Thursday) and today (Friday). On the flooded beach. Park at the Woodbine lot at Lakeshore Blvd East and Northern Dancer.Walk south toward the lake looking carefully in the water on the beach

Cheers

Luc Fazio
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Subject: Upland Sandpipers (12) New Tecumseth
Date: Fri Aug 9 2019 10:33 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Nancy and I are looking at 12 Upland Sandpipers on a sod farm at the south west corner of the 10th Side Rd. and the 12th Line. They are being seen south of th12 Line about 500 meters west of the 10th Side Rd.
This location is south east of Alliston south of highway 89.
Good birding,Garth

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Leamington Marina
Date: Fri Aug 9 2019 10:06 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hi there,

Asher Warkentin and Stan Lee report that the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is present at the Leamington Marina again today. It was not there yesterday. See my last post below for directions.


> On Aug 7, 2019, at 3:04 PM, Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS wrote:
>
> The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is at Leamington Marina again this afternoon, after being absent from either of its two regular locations (I am pretty sure) since Friday night. It is in its regular spot at the corner of the black metal fence near the boat launch ramp and playground with a group of Mallards. If you have not yet seen this great rarity and are interested I suggest getting here soon, because it has already been here an incredible length of time and will move on eventually.
>
> Leamington Marina is on Robson Rd directly across the street from the south end of Donald Ave. in Leamington, Essex County.
>
> Jeremy Bensette
> Leamington
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report
Date: Fri Aug 9 2019 9:09 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presquile Bird Report August 2nd to Aug 8th

HIGHLIGHTS

BROAD-WINGED HAWK
CANADA WARBLER

Shorebird numbers are increasing slowly with 10 species reported this week with numbers of individuals slowly building as well. The first juvenile LEAST SANDPIPERS and the first WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were reported. Lookouts and Owen Pt are still problematic for viewing from. Beach 3 remains the best location to view shorebirds from.

Duck species have been scarce with the best being a couple of BLUE-WINGED TEAL flying north up the beach.



There are a good number of ducks up on Gull Island but only viewing is from Beach 3 making it difficult to ID to species.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO can still be heard calling at times between the bend on Paxton and Atkins Lane.

A single BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was reported from Beach 3 on Aug 6th. SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS with a high of 22 birds and a few local KILLDEER round up the plovers seen this week. LEAST SANDPIPERS with a high count of 19 birds including the first juveniles were reported between Aug 6th too 8th. The first southbound WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was reported between Beach 2 and 3 on Aug 8th. 4 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 1 WILSONS SNIPE, 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a high of 12 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were also reported this week.

TURKEY VULTURES have been reported from scattered areas in small numbers in the Presquile area this week. An adult COOPERS HAWK was heard on Aug 7th near the entrance of the Marsh Boardwalk Trail with a possible fledgling calling nearby. The most interesting hawk of the week was a report of a BROAD-WING HAWK past a residential backyard. A very rare breeder for the Park makes this an interesting find! RED-TAILED HAWKS were reported from Huff Rd and the Brighton Sewage Lagoon area this week.

Presquile always good for woodpeckers had 6 of the 7 resident breeding species reported this week. RED-HEADED, RED-BELLIED, DOWNY, HAIRY, NORTHERN FLICKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER. Newcastle and Jobes Woods being the best places other than residential backyards to look for these birds.

Signs of southbound migration of swallows picked up this week with higher numbers of PURPLE MARTINS, TREE and BARN SWALLOWS gathering. Best places to view this are Salt Pt, Calf Pasture and the lookouts at the Marsh Lookout. Early evening is the best time to view this spectacle!

Other local breeding songbirds such as vireos and warblers are also moving around the Park away from nesting areas getting ready to start migration. An interesting find by a couple of birders was what is believed to be a family group of CANADA WARBERS near the junction of Paxton and Atkins Lane. CANADA WARBLERS have rarely been known to breed in the Park!

THANK YOU to all the observers who have forward me or Ebirded their list of bird sightings this week!

Directions: Presquile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presquiles two offshore islands Gull and High Bluff support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).

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Subject: Great Egrets with red and white leg bands
Date: Fri Aug 9 2019 7:41 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Good to know. I'll pass the information along to a few club members who are
out on a regular basis. Our roost on Richmond Drive was inactive last year
although a few dozen birds fed there regularly last year. This year the
area is heavily overgrown with cattails and there is no roost or feeding.
I've been told that on an island off Morrisburg egrets bred this summer so
some birds will be further west. Enjoy the rest of summer.


Brian

On Thu, Aug 8, 2019 at 9:41 PM Weseloh, Chip (EC) via ONTBIRDS <
birdalert@ontbirds.ca> wrote:

> >Hi Birders,
>
>
>
> > About a month ago, we banded approximately 100 young flightless Great
> Egrets at colonies in Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) and in eastern Lake
> Ontario. The young birds are probably now flying and dispersing throughout
> southern Ontario. They are banded with field readable red plastic leg bands
> with white characters. Each bird has two bands on the left leg, one above
> and one below the "knee" joint. The characters have the format of
> number-number-letter, e.g. 24T. If you see (or photograph) one of these
> birds, please send me the characters (or the photo) and the date and
> location of the sighting....and your name and contact details. I will then
> send you the banding details.
>
> >
>
> > Many Thanks,
>
> > Chip Weseloh
>
> > Canadian Wildlife Service (Emeritus)
>
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Subject: Great Egrets with red and white leg bands
Date: Thu Aug 8 2019 20:41 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
>Hi Birders,



> About a month ago, we banded approximately 100 young flightless Great Egrets at colonies in Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) and in eastern Lake Ontario. The young birds are probably now flying and dispersing throughout southern Ontario. They are banded with field readable red plastic leg bands with white characters. Each bird has two bands on the left leg, one above and one below the "knee" joint. The characters have the format of number-number-letter, e.g. 24T. If you see (or photograph) one of these birds, please send me the characters (or the photo) and the date and location of the sighting....and your name and contact details. I will then send you the banding details.

>

> Many Thanks,

> Chip Weseloh

> Canadian Wildlife Service (Emeritus)

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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to August 8, 2019
Date: Thu Aug 8 2019 14:58 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

August 8, 2019

It was another fairly quiet week in the region, with a few interesting
birds but no major highlights.

There was finally a bit of a change of the weather, with scattered
thundershowers starting the 6th. So far it has not made major alterations
to the bird population.

*We are looking for participants for the Ottawa Seedathon, to take place on
September 1st. Please see the end of the message for details. *

Again this week, SHOREBIRDS have been the main interest. The now extensive
mudflats of Shirleys Bay had about 150 SHOREBIRDS of 12 species on the 5th.
Most have been LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WILSONS SNIPE and KILLDEER, but there
was a BAIRDS SANDPIPER on the 4th, and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE on the 4-8th.
Richmond CA also had this species on the 5-8th, but little else. Petrie
Island had habitat, with 22 birds of 7 common species on the 8th. There was
plenty of habitat on the Ottawa River and elsewhere but very few birds. A
few birds were reported in places like Andrew Haydon Park, the Deschnes
Rapids, and Parc Brbeuf. A SANDERLING was seen in the Deschnes Rapids as
well as Parc Brbeuf. In Almonte, only a few common SHOREBIRDS were seen.

A few WATERBIRDS were of note, primarily at Shirleys Bay. Single
BUFFLEHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE and AMERICAN COOT were there,
probably the vanguards of the fall hordes.

Generally, there is little around that might be called migrants, aside from
a few that have likely migrated from not very far away, like TENNESSEE
WARBLER. Virtually all of the summer residents are still here, but not very
vocal.

A few notable sightings included:

1. A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO at the Reveler feeders near Cannamore on the
6th and another near Almonte on the same day.

2. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still at Constance Bay as of the 8th.

3. Up to 4 LEAST BITTERNS have been seen at Thomas Dolan and Constance
Creek, most recently on the 6th. One was seen on North Russell Road on the
4th, and one was at Baie McLaurin on the 2nd.

4. SEDGE WRENS continue on Torbolton Ridge Road as of the 3rd.

*Note Re: Ottawa Seedathon on September 1*

The 2019 Ottawa Seedathon will take place Sunday, September 1st. As in the
last few years, this will be a team effort where anyone can contribute.
Participation in the seedathon is a fun and worthwhile way to contribute to
bird records and to support the OFNC winter bird feeders.

There are two ways you can contribute:

1. *Bird anywhere within the 50K region anytime on September 1st, and
share the results with the Seedathon eBird account (Ottawa_seedathon).* It
doesnt matter where you go, how long you spend, or whether the area is
covered by other people. Try for a Big Day or bird your yard, your
neighborhood, or your favorite patch. However, if you are looking for
something different to do, why not go to some good but less frequently
birded area? For example, we receive few contributions from Quebec, and
some areas like Plaisance are excellent at this time of year. See reports
of previous seedathons at ofnc.ca Birds/Seedathon/historical Seedathon
results.

2. *Make a financial contribution.* OFNC is grateful to those who
have donated in previous years. All funds raised go specifically to pay for
bird seed for the many OFNC sponsored winter feeders. Maps of the OFNC
feeder locations are at ofnc.ca Birds/Where do I go. To make a donation,
go to http://ofnc.ca/membership-and-... and specify that the donation
is for the seedathon. The number of species found during the seedathon will
be reported. A donation of a lump sum, or an amount corresponding to the
number of species found will be appreciated.

*Reminder regarding access to the Shirleys Bay Causeway:*

DND has advised extra caution as the causeway is in rough shape. They have
also requested that if any garbage can be removed it would be appreciated.



To access this site, you must be on the access list, and you must call
Range Control (613-991-5740) for permission, state that you are an OFNC
member and give your name. Finally, you must call again when you have left
the area. DND would also like to be informed if you see anyone on the
property who should not be there, such as boats in the bay or people
fishing on the causeway. They are trespassing and DND will deal with the
situation.



The OFNC has provided DND with a list of OFNC members who HAVE SPECIFICALLY
REQUESTED access. DND will check, so make sure that your membership is up
to date and that you have requested that the OFNC put you on the access
list. This list has already been sent to DND this spring and will be
updated occasionally. To get on the next access list, please contact
membership@ofnc.ca.



Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.

Good birding.
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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope at Toronto’s Ashbridges/Woodbine Beach
Date: Thu Aug 8 2019 13:21 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Found by Lynn Pady.Seen by several others. On the flooded beach. Park at the Woodbine lot at Lakeshore Blvd East and Northern Dancer. Paid parking after 5. Walk south toward the lake looking carefully in the water on the beach
Theresa Dobko
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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Leamington Marina
Date: Thu Aug 8 2019 5:55 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
As far as I can tell, it isn't there now.

~Mark

On Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 3:05 PM Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS <
birdalert@ontbirds.ca> wrote:

> The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is at Leamington Marina again this
> afternoon, after being absent from either of its two regular locations (I
> am pretty sure) since Friday night. It is in its regular spot at the corner
> of the black metal fence near the boat launch ramp and playground with a
> group of Mallards. If you have not yet seen this great rarity and are
> interested I suggest getting here soon, because it has already been here an
> incredible length of time and will move on eventually.
>
> Leamington Marina is on Robson Rd directly across the street from the
> south end of Donald Ave. in Leamington, Essex County.
>
> Jeremy Bensette
> Leamington
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Subject: James Bay shorebird project 2019 season summaries, 12-29 July
Date: Wed Aug 7 2019 15:34 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Good day!

The James Bay shorebird project has been underway since 12 July. This season, we have two field camps operational: Longridge Point and Little Piskwamish Point. Early reports suggested that shorebird counts are lower than the previous two seasons during this period. However, numbers have picked up in the current period (30 July to 13 August). For example, 4,000 Red Knot were just recorded at Piskwamish on 6 August.

We've updated our website with the latest summary from our field crew for the period 12-29 July 2019. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for future updates, posted roughly every two weeks.

Good birding,
Christian


Christian Friis

Wildlife Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada
christian.friis@canada.ca / Tel: 416.739.4908 / Cel.: 416.574.7102

biologiste de la faune, Service canadien de la faune
Environnement et Changement Climatique Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
christian.friis@canada.ca / T. : 416.739.4908 / T. cell.: 416.574.7102

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Leamington Marina
Date: Wed Aug 7 2019 14:05 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is at Leamington Marina again this afternoon, after being absent from either of its two regular locations (I am pretty sure) since Friday night. It is in its regular spot at the corner of the black metal fence near the boat launch ramp and playground with a group of Mallards. If you have not yet seen this great rarity and are interested I suggest getting here soon, because it has already been here an incredible length of time and will move on eventually.

Leamington Marina is on Robson Rd directly across the street from the south end of Donald Ave. in Leamington, Essex County.

Jeremy Bensette
Leamington
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Subject: American Avocet, Hespeler mill pond on the speed river in cambridge - Aug 6
Date: Tue Aug 6 2019 9:03 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
According to ebird the American Avocet is present again this morning at
Hespeler Mill Pond.


Viewed from Ellacott Landing off Queen Street East in Hespeler Village.

Cheryl Edgecombe

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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Monday, August 5th, 2019
Date: Mon Aug 5 2019 19:14 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
AMERICAN AVOCET
FISH CROW

Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Long-tailed Duck
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Common Gallinule
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Baird's Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Merlin
Willow Flycatcher


It's still a little quiet out there in the Hamilton Study Area. This week a
couple of strong cold fronts should bring some movement of birds and late
summer and fall tend to be high season in these parts for specialties.

This week, at the top of the list, an AMERICAN AVOCET was found today at
Hespeler Mill Pond in the village of Hespeler, best seen from Ellacott
Landing off Queen Street. This is one of the best locations at present for
shorebirds with Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper,
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Spotted and Solitary Sandpiper,
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs all being seen today. Other non-shorebird
types here include Wood Duck (several families), a pair of Sandhill Cranes
earlier in the week, Common Tern, many Great Blue Herons and up to 16 Great
Egrets seen today.

FISH CROWS are still being seen along the Burlington/Oakville Shoreline,
three probable birds were seen at the end of the Suncor Pier on Saturday and
10 birds were seen at Bronte Harbour including young.

Closer to Hamilton both Windermere Basin and Tollgate Pond have shorebird
habitat. A Wilson's Phalarope was present up until July 29th. Other
shorebirds at these locations include, Semipalmated Plover, Ruddy Turnstone
(Tollgate), Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated
Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs. The week
before last, a Bairds Sandpiper was reported as a one day wonder from
Windermere Basin. The Common Terns have left Windermere Basin for the
most part. Green-winged Teal, Redhead and Ruddy Duck have all been seen at
the basin. In Tollgate Pond at the back berm a colony of Black-crowned
Night Herons totalled 20 on July 29th. Now is a good time to look for a
wayward Yellow-crowned Night Heron that we had three of in various locations
at this time last year. At Tollgate Pond, Blue-winged and Green-winged
Teal, Northern Pintail and Redhead were ducks noted here.

In the odds and sods, a rogue Long-tailed Duck was spotted at the Burlington
lift Bridge on July 22nd, likely a summering bird. On east winds, 9
Green-winged Teal, 1 Hooded Merganser, Common Terns and a first summer Great
Black-backed Gull were reported this week. Several families of Pied-billed
Grebe have been successful at Neibauer's Marsh west of Guelph. A Great Egret
was seen flying over the Valley Inn on July 31st. Grass Lake has always
been a good spot for Sandhill Cranes but they are starting to disperse. Two
were seen at Grass Lake today and a flock of sever were seen a couple of
days ago on Glen Morris Road west of Hwy 24. Three Green Herons were seen
over Grass Lake this morning. A Common Gallinule gave a few squawks this
morning at Grass Lake and a Least Bittern has been reported there although
not seen or heard this morning. Merlins have been reported in several
locations, Strathcona in Hamilton, Lorne Park in Brantford, Windermere
Basin. Merlins have established themselves as city nesters. A Willow
Flycatcher was a fall migrant seen at Woodland Cemetery on July 31st and an
unusual sighting for this time of year and location was of a Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker at the end of the boardwalk at LaSalle Park on July 30th.

Don't let your guard down, things are turning up province wide and these
next weather systems should start some passerine migration. Report your
sightings here!

Good birding
Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: Wildwood Shorebirds, Aug 4
Date: Mon Aug 5 2019 15:31 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hey,

Just a head's-up that conditions at the south end of Wildwood Lake, in the Ducks Unlimited impoundment pond, are excellent for shorebirds, with lots of open mudflats and good numbers of birds currently. Yesterday there were several hundred shorebirds present, although variety was pretty low - mostly Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer, with small numbers of Leasts, Solitaries, Semipal. Plover and a single adult Black-bellied Plover.

Lots of future potential.

Directions:From hwy 401 turn north on Oxford County Rd. # 6 towards Stratford. About halfway between Embro and Stratford, turn West onto Oxford Rd 28. You will then pass through the small community of Harrington. Just through the community turn right onto rd. 3. Travel exactly 1 km north. On the east side of the road there is a berm dividing the lake from a containment pond

Cheers,

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Subject: OFO Durham Region Outing Aug 4
Date: Mon Aug 5 2019 12:04 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Twenty of us met at Lynde Shores CA on a sunny holiday weekend Sunday morning. The weather was, perhaps, too good with no hoped for cold front that would start some southbound migration.

We drove to Halls Road to access Cranberry Marsh for a few hours before heading to Darlington PP to finish the outing.
Highlights as follows:
Cranberry Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Common Gallinule, Common Tern
Darlington Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Black-billed Cuckoo, Piping Plover, Least Sandpiper

We tallied 48 species (possibly undercounted because its hard to keep the list when you dont see or hear the bird yourself). The best birds (my opinion) were the family of Common Gallinules and the Piping Plovers.

John Stirrat and Rayfield Pye


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Subject: American Avocet, Hespeler mill pond on the speed river in cambridge
Date: Mon Aug 5 2019 10:00 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Just stepped out of the car and saw an American Avocet feeding not too far out. Viewed from Ellacott Landing off Queen Street East in Hespeler Village.

Cheryl Edgecombe/ Rob Dobos

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Subject: wilsons phalarope
Date: Sun Aug 4 2019 12:59 pm
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Wilson's Phalarope  G Lord Ross park in Downsview
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Subject: High Park Hawk Watch
Date: Sun Aug 4 2019 10:25 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Calling all birders! And non-birders too.
Sept. 1 is the first day of the High Park Hawk Watch. Its free, its fun and if you come to Hawk hill sometime between Sept. 1 and the end of November you will most likely see some pretty cool birds. The watch starts around 9.30 am and runs until late afternoon. Unless its raining there will always be a Raptor expert on the Hill. Located right next to the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot, if you're driving you may park there or just get off the subway at High Park station and walk south. Bring your binocs, a folding chair perhaps, and a lunch if you plan to stay. The restaurant has good food and a washroom.
See you there,
Tim
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Subject: Presqu'ile Bird Report
Date: Thu Aug 1 2019 21:14 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presquile Bird Report July 26th to Aug 1st 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

Southbound shorebird migration has slowed down a bit this week with 8 species reported this week. Although the beach is slowly drying up each week exposing more sandbars for resting and refuelling shorebirds all the lookouts and whats left of Owen Pt remain flooded. For those who bird Presquile to give you an idea of water levels Sebastopol Island is completely under water!

Only 5 species of ducks were seen this week with the best being a couple of HOODED MERGANSERS in the pond behind beach 3.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO has been heard calling on Paxton Rd the last couple of days between the Lighthouse and the Calf Pasture.

SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS 3, KILLDEER 3, LEAST SANDPIPER 4, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER with a high count of 15 birds on July 28th. WILSONS SNIPE 1, SPOTTED SANDPIPER 3, GREATER YELLOWLEGS 3 and a high count today of 17 LESSER YELLOWLEGS of which consisted of at least 11 juveniles. The majority of these shorebirds were seen from beach 3.

There were a total of 4 gulls and the usual 2 terns on the beach this week. An adult BONAPARTES was seen on Beach 2 and 2 immature birds flying by the Lighthouse today. The most surprising gull report of the week was of a juvenile LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL seen by a couple of birders on Beach 2.

A total of 5 Herons and Bitterns were reported this week. An AMERICAN BITTERN on Beach 3 and a LEAST BITTERN on the east side of the causeway just outside Park. GREAT BLUE HERONS have been seen feeding mostly with the shorebirds on beach 3. GREAT EGRETS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS can be seen most days coming and going from High Bluff Island.

TURKEY VULTURES, OSPREY with young on Salt Pt, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK seen soaring above shorebirds at Beach 3 today. BARRED OWL continues to be reported in the Newcastle Woods.

RED-HEADED AND RED-BELLIED with young can still be seen although much less often at residential feeders. The juvenile birds are now feeding themselves! A MERLIN was reported from the Calf Pasture on July 28th. The bottom parking lot at the Calf Pasture is still mostly flooded.

Many of the breeding passerines have family groups moving around the Park but no noticeable migration of birds either in or out of the Park. A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATHER at the Calf Pasture and one of the somewhat rare breeding sparrows a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was heard singing in the Fingers today.

For those visiting the Constructed Wetland and the Brighton Sewage Lagoon water levels are high and visibility poor for shorebird viewing. VIRGINIA RAILS, COMMON GALLINULES and MARSH WRENS can be heard while walking around Constructed Wetland.

THANK YOU to all the observers who have forward me or Ebirded their list of bird sightings this week!

Directions: Presquile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presquiles two offshore islands Gull and High Bluff support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).






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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to August 1, 2019
Date: Thu Aug 1 2019 17:00 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

August 1, 2019

It was another quiet week in the region, with no real highlights.

Likely it was quiet due to the extended stretch of warm to hot and mostly
dry weather, unsuitable both for migration and for migrants to drop in and
stay a while.

Concerning SHOREBIRDS, low water levels have meant considerable habitat at
along the river, particularly at Shirleys Bay, although mostly only the
common species have been present. A STILT SANDPIPER was there on the 27th.
During the week some habitat was visible on the Petrie Island Causeway:
there were 18 birds of 5 species on the 30th. Although little has been
seen, there would certainly be habitat on the Ottawa River west of
Britannia. The Almonte Lagoons had 10 birds of 3 species on the 31st.

Generally there is still good variety around but little unexpected. 140
plus species have been seen in the region, including 6 (species of)
SWALLOWS, 8 FLYCATCHERS, 9 SPARROWS and 18 WARBLERS.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at the Fletcher Wildlife garden on the 31st was
the only real surprise, likely a very early migrant. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS
were in Constance Bay as of the 31st, and SEDGE WRENS were on Torbolton
Ridge Road on the 31st.

*Reminder regarding access to the Shirleys Bay Causeway:*

DND has advised extra caution as the causeway is in rough shape. They have
also requested that if any garbage can be removed it would be appreciated.



To access this site, you must be on the access list, and you must call
Range Control (613-991-5740) for permission, state that you are an OFNC
member and give your name. Finally, you must call again when you have left
the area. DND would also like to be informed if you see anyone on the
property who should not be there, such as boats in the bay or people
fishing on the causeway. They are trespassing and DND will deal with the
situation.



The OFNC has provided DND with a list of OFNC members who HAVE SPECIFICALLY
REQUESTED access. DND will check, so make sure that your membership is up
to date and that you have requested that the OFNC put you on the access
list. This list has already been sent to DND this spring and will be
updated occasionally. To get on the next access list, please contact
membership@ofnc.ca.



Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.

Good birding.
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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Leamington Marina
Date: Wed Jul 31 2019 18:01 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is at Leamington Marina again for the first time since it was first found here. It is up close by the black fence near the playground, in the same location it was the other day when Victor Serrano found it here. Leamington Marina is on Robson Rd, a few hundred metres east of Erie St. in Leamington, Essex County.

I am quite sure it is the same bird as the one seen regularly north of Hillman Marsh lately, as the two times it was at the marina are two of the only dates that it was not seen north of Hillman Marsh since Dean Ware originally found it there.

Good birding!

Jeremy Bensette
Leamington



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Subject: American Avocet, Forest Lagoons, July 30
Date: Tue Jul 30 2019 15:49 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hey,

There is a gorgeous alternate American Avocet in the main cell of the Forest Lagoons, along with a great assortment of other shorebirds and marsh birds. This bird was found in the AM (finder?) but I didn't know of it so it was still a sweet surprise.

Other notables included 2 Short-billed Dowitcher, one adult Stilt Sandpiper, Common Gallinule with fledged young, Sora, Marsh Wren and two Upland Sandpiper fly-overs.

A very nice assemblage and, now that I'm living near Port Franks, conveniently close!

I accessed the lagoons off of Brush Road - Google Maps shows it as 7550 Brush Road.

Cheers,

James Holdsworth, Biological Consulting Services
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Subject: American Avocet-Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines
Date: Mon Jul 29 2019 21:20 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Good Evening All,

Posting for Phil Downey. At 8:21 PM this evening, Phil found an American Avocet at the end of the Port Dalhousie east pier.

Phil posted it to the Niagara Bird Alert on WhatsApp and Jean and I arrived moments later to view the American Avocet standing and wading at the tip of the east pier. We observed the bird with Phil for approximately 10 minutes before it disappeared from the view of our scope. It was last seen wading in the surf between the rocks at the end of the pier. The avocet may have moved to the right of the pier and is hidden behind the lighthouse and marina break wall.

Birders may want to attempt spotting the bird early tomorrow morning.

The Port Dalhousie east pier is located in the Port Dalhousie Pier Marina at the end of Lighthouse Rd in St. Catharines

Thanks for finding the American Avocet Phil! Great find!

Bob Highcock & Jean Hampson

St. Catharines, ON

Directions:

From the QEW, exit at Ontario St in St. Catharines and head north. At the intersection with Lakeport Rd, continue straight on Lakeshore Rd. Lighthouse Road is the first left after the intersection. Drive along Lighthouse Rd until you reach the parking lot. Parking is available near the Port Dalhousie Range Lighthouse. From the parking area, walk towards the west end of the marina. Water levels are high but the entire length of east pier can be viewed with binoculars and a spotting scope.

Exiting at Lake St on the QEW is an alternative. Head north on Lake Street until you reach the intersection with Lakeport Rd (keep to the left at the fork). Continue on Lakeport Rd until the intersection with Ontario Street. Turn right onto Lakeshore Rd then left onto Lighthouse Rd.

Best of luck if you attempt to view the American Avocet tomorrow.



Subject: Three (3) Common Nighthawks - Toronto
Date: Sun Jul 28 2019 20:19 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Tonight, July 28, 2019 at approx. 9:05 pm three (3) Common Nighthawks (CONI)
were observed over Bloor St. W. and Dovercourt Rd. in Toronto. Likely two
(2) adults (male and female) and one (1) juvenile from this year's
nesting/breeding.

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Mersea Road 21, south of Wheatley
Date: Sun Jul 28 2019 9:33 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
One Black-bellied Whistling Duck remains in the flooded area on Mersea Road 21 north of Mersea Road 2

Cheryl Edgecombe/Rob Dobos

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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report
Date: Thu Jul 25 2019 20:41 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presquile Bird Report July19th to 25th 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

RUDDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
JUV LESSER YELLOWLEGS
JUV RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

Southbound shorebird migration has begun in the Park! As the beaches start to dry up slowly numerous sandbars are being exposed leading to ideal habitat for the shorebirds to land on and feed! There is also a good supply of algae with lots of flies and other food for them to feed on. Almost all 12 species of shorebirds seen this week were between beach 2 and 3. At the moment Owen Pt and all lookouts are flooded and any birders wanting to check these areas out will need rubber boots and be willing to donate a fair amount of blood so good luck!

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER 1, KILLDEER 3, RUDDY TURNSTONE 1, STILT SANDPIPER 1, LEAST SANDPIPER 3, PECTORAL SANDPIPER 2, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER 8, WILSONS SNIPE 1, SPOTTED SANDPIPER 5, SOLITARY SANDPIPER 1, GREATER YELLOWLEGS 2 and LESSER YELLOWLEGS 6. Other than the 3 local breeders most of these sandpipers have arrived in the last few days. Of interest was the juvenile LESSER YELLOWLEGS as this seems a little early and all other migrants were adults!

Some good duck sightings this week were 11 LONG-TAILED DUCKS on July 24th out from beach 2 and a COMMON GOLDENEYE on July 19th. There was a SANDHILL CRANE sighting coming from the Park this week involving 2 birds on July 23rd and 4 birds seen exiting the Park flying northeast on July 16th and 17th. There are very few if any summer records for SANDHILL CRANES in the Park!

Amongst the many RING-BILLED and HERRING GULLS there were a few BONAPARTE GULLS around. Single birds around the lighthouse on the 21st and 24th and 3 birds on the beach on July 22nd.

There were 3 LEAST BITTERN sightings this week. Unfortunately one of the birds was dead from a car collision near the Birdhouse. Another sighting was near the causeway just outside the Park and a third bird was heard today while observing shorebirds today at beach 3. There was also a nice viewing from beach 3 of 8 GREAT BLUE HERONS involving a couple of family groups feeding on frogs.

A BALD EAGLE was observed flying over the fingers on July 24th and a BARRED OWL was heard hooting from the north end of the paved part of Newcastle trail were it meets Paxton.

For the third year in a row we can confirm that RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have successfully bred in the Park as a lucky resident had the pleasure of seeing 2 adults feeding 2 young at a backyard peanut feeder! Young RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were also being fed at the same feeder this week!

For those looking for CLIFF SWALLOWS check the wires near the dwellings on Huff Rd. BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHER numbers seemed to have plummeted in the Park making the sighting of a recently fledged bird on the beach 3 access rd a happy sighting! There are many family groups of passerines moving around the Park right now but as of yet no sightings of migrants making their way into the Park.

THANK YOU to all the observers who have forward me or Ebirded their list of bird sightings this week!

Directions: Presquile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presquiles two offshore islands Gull and High Bluff support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).



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Subject: Ottawa/ gatineau: recent sightings to July 25, 2019
Date: Thu Jul 25 2019 18:52 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at sightings@ofnc.ca

July 25, 2019

It was a quiet week in the region, with only a few signs of activity. Song
level is dropping off quite a bit, but a few SONGBIRDS are straying a bit
from their nesting territories.

The main interest is still SHOREBIRDS, although there have been few. The
STILT SANDPIPER at Shirleys Bay continued until the 20th. 2 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS were there on the 21st.

Water levels have dropped a bit and there is a small amount of habitat now
at Petrie Island, which is only promising as there are only a few birds
there. In fact, aside from Shirleys Bay, few SHOREBIRDS are anywhere
although the expanding river habitat is encouraging.

A few interesting sightings included:

SEDGE WRENS continue on Bowesville Road as of the 22nd.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were at Burnt Lands PP on the 24th, where there
are still numbers of CLAY-COLOURED and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Constance Bay on the 24th.

A BLACK TERN at Rideau River Provincial Park on the 19th.

*Reminder regarding access to the Shirleys Bay Causeway:*

DND has advised extra caution as the causeway is in rough shape. They have
also requested that if any garbage can be removed it would be appreciated.



To access this site, you must be on the access list, and you must call
Range Control (613-991-5740) for permission, state that you are an OFNC
member and give your name. Finally, you must call again when you have left
the area. DND would also like to be informed if you see anyone on the
property who should not be there, such as boats in the bay or people
fishing on the causeway. They are trespassing and DND will deal with the
situation.



The OFNC has provided DND with a list of OFNC members who HAVE SPECIFICALLY
REQUESTED access. DND will check, so make sure that your membership is up
to date and that you have requested that the OFNC put you on the access
list. This list has already been sent to DND this spring and will be
updated occasionally. To get on the next access list, please contact
membership@ofnc.ca.
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Subject: One Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Leamington Marina now
Date: Thu Jul 25 2019 12:18 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Mi amigo, Victor M Serrano has just turned up another Black-bellied
Whistling Duck which is likely the same bird Dean Ware found a few days ago
but had since went missing.

The bird is showing now at the Leamington Marina (where the boats are
docked, not the beach side) which is at the south end of Erie Street at the
south side of town at the lake.

Nice find Victor!
Steve
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Subject: Northern Cardinal at Queen Elizabeth Park, Cochrane
Date: Tue Jul 23 2019 10:31 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello,

Bob Curry, George Bryant and I were at Queen Elizabeth Park in Cochrane on 20 July when Bob heard a Northern Cardinal sing. George and I jumped out of the van and heard the cardinal sing again a few seconds later. The bird was in the backyard of a residence along 12th Ave and likely flew, unseen by us, a few seconds later as we never heard it again despite playing recordings of cardinal songs. Nonetheless, there was no mistaking the song of a Northern Cardinal.

We actually considered the possibility of a loud bird clock going off but it was a quarter after the hour so we dismissed this hypothesis.

The bird is very likely still in the area. This species has been observed in the Cochrane town area previously as there is an eBird record about 8km NE of town on 19 April 1991. And of course the species has been observed in Moosonee; a female from 3 Jan - 3 March 1992, and a male and female were observed together there on 15 August 2011!

Bill
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