After reading Kory's Blog this week, I somehow convinced my wife (and myself) to wake up early one day this weekend and visit Col. Sam Smith Park in Etobicoke. Kory had seen Western Grebes, Red necked Grebes, as well as a Harlequin Duck all three of which would be lifers for me. Another great birder, Ken Burrell had Little Gulls at Turkey Point, which was kinda on the way... A possible four life birds. Two extra birds I was hoping to see were Ruffed Grouse and Bohemian Waxwing (which was ontbirded in Etobicoke around the time I was leaving Etobicoke). I dipped on both of these later birds as well as the Harlequin Duck. I did see the Western & Red necked Grebes which were both lifers, as well a a few other goodies, in particular, Long-tailed Ducks (I've only seen Long-tailed ducks once along the Detroit River at great distance).
|Two lifers in the same photo? Awesome.|
Red necked Grebe
White winged Scoter
|Long-tailed Ducks.... Only my second time seeing them ...Rare in SW Ontario.|
|The smallest gull in the world has black on the bottom of its wings, and the biggest has black on top... Interesting eh?|
I birded Point Pelee last weekend but did not see much outside of the expected. A personal highlight was an Eastern Meadowlark. Meadowlarks are very rare and local in Essex. This is my first Eastern Meadowlark I've self found in migration. Going WAY back (March 20th, 2013), I had two Eurasian Wigeons (Thanks for the help Jeremy Bensette) on "Road E" just outside of the Point Pelee Park Gates.
|Eurasian Wigeon & American Wigeon|
Eurasian Wigeon - Point Pelee#325
Red necked Grebe #326
Western Grebe #327
Little Gull #328
How many Little Gulls did you see? I have not seen one yet this year!ReplyDelete
I think a Western Grebe will show up at Pelee in the next week or so....
Blake, I'm not a good counter, but a crude guess would be 300 Bonapartes & 10-15 Little Gulls? Probably not much different than KB's recent posting.ReplyDelete
Wow, congrats on all the lifers! Love that you got two in one shot, very nice!ReplyDelete
Congrats on the lifers! Sounds like it was well worth the drive!ReplyDelete
Glad you made it down to Norfolk for the Little Gulls!ReplyDelete
Glad you had such a rewarding trip Dwayne! Awesome shot with the two Grebes together!ReplyDelete
About the Long-tailed Ducks... there are quite a few around Burlington (Spencer Smith Park) and the channel by the Hamilton-Burlington lift bridge in the winter... are they less common by you?
Brian, LT Ducks are common around the Sarnia river, but rarely seen south of that point. Only once have I seen a long tailed duck on the Detroit River near Belle-Isle at great distance.ReplyDelete
Adam, Norfolk was beautiful. I will be back soon. Turkey Point was really nice.
Thanks for the comments to all.