[Ontbirds] Greater White-fronted Goose AND Ross's Goose (and more) - West Perth Wetlands

2018-04-03 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS
Hey folks, Was out yesterday to the wetlands (sorry for the late post but my first submission yesterday failed apparently) and had some great birds including: Greater White-Fronted Goose - most likely the same bird as observed on Friday Ross’s Goose - spotted swimming not far from the

[Ontbirds] West Perth Wetlands - GREAT WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (and more)

2018-03-30 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS
Hey folks, The water levels at the West Perth Wetlands are near perfect and there were plenty of waterfowl to be found this evening. The highlight was a lone GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in the NE cell (right behind the processing plant). It was swimming around with a large number of Canada

[Ontbirds] FOUND - SPOTTING SCOPE (West Perth Wetlands - Mitchell)

2017-08-31 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS
Hey folks, Just a heads up... A scope was found at the West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell) sometime it sounds like last weekend and turned in to the Municipal office apparently. They then contacted me hoping I might know who it belonged to but I wasn’t able to help. SoIf you’ve been trying to

[Ontbirds] GLOSSY IBIS (West Perth Wetlands - Mitchell)

2017-08-29 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS
Hey Folks, The Glossy Ibis (and yes I have to agree with Jeremy that it’s a Glossy based on the blue skin around the eye) was still actively foraging when i was back out there at 5:40 this evening. It was right out in the open in the main shorebird cell right behind (south) of the parking

[Ontbirds] West Perth Wetlands Update (Mitchell)

2017-08-27 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS
Hey Folks, Went for quick walk at the wetlands last evening and again this morning and had the following species: Water levels in the shorebird cell right behind the parking area are near perfect for all sizes of shorebirds and there are lots of shorebirds in this cell. The main fenced in

[Ontbirds] Shorebird Update - West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell)

2017-08-14 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS
Hey Folks, Managed to get out for a quick jaunt at the wetlands this morning and had some good birds... including at one point 5 species in the same scope view Short-billed Dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper (2), Killdeer and Lesser Yellowlegs... VERY nice: - Water levels in

[Ontbirds] Shorebird Update - West Perth Wetlands (SB Dowitcher and BB Plovers)

2017-08-08 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS
Hey Folks, As expected the variety of shorebirds has picked up and the following species were observed by myself and others with a small group from Waterloo with David Gascoigne: - 2 Short-billed Dowitcher - 4 Black Bellied Plover - 4 Wilson’s Snipe - 70+ Killdeer - 120+

[Ontbirds] West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell) - Shorebird Update

2017-08-03 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS
Hey Folks, Just a quick note to provide those interested with an update on the status of shorebirds at the West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell). - Water levels in the shorebird cell right behind the parking area a vey good right now and there are many good shorebirds in this cell. However, there is

[Ontbirds] RN Phalarope / Bairds / A. Bittern Mitchell (WPW)

2016-08-31 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown
Hi folks, Was out at the wetlands later yesterday afternoon and just finally getting the chance to post... Right in the cell behind the parking area I had (finally) a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE actively feeding in amongst the other shorebirds. Great little bird constantly on the move and the first

[Ontbirds] BAIRD'S and SB DOWITCHER - Mitchell West Perth Wet; ands

2016-08-14 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown
Hi All, A quick note on the status of the West Perth Wetlands in Mitchell. The west end of the shorebird cell (right behind the parking lot) continues to hold a few inches in depth of water and some great shorebird habitat. The rest of the cell has some standing water from the heavy rains the

[Ontbirds] Shorebird numbers climbing at West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell)

2016-07-28 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown
Hi folks, Just a quick update on the state of the wetland cells at Mitchell. The shorebird cell behind the parking lot is now almost completely dried up with just some water at the west end nearest the bushlot and almost completely covered by an algae pad. The cell behind the plant is great

[Ontbirds] Shorebirds arriving at West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell)

2016-07-16 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown
Hi folks, Good old Mother Nature delivered on a couple of inches of rain here in Mitchell over the past few days and the wetland cells are at the best levels I’ve seen in many years. The shorebird cell behind the parking lot is near perfect for water levels though there is quite a bit of

[Ontbirds] SB DOWITCHER - West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell)

2016-07-06 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown
Hi folks, I went out to check on the wetlands late yesterday afternoon and there’s good news and bad news. The GOOD news is that the water level in the main shorebird cell behind the parking area is nearly perfect and there are a good number of shorebirds that have arrived over the past week.

[Ontbirds] Gyr right now Elarton Rd (Warwick area)

2016-03-19 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown
Hey folks, Posting for Tom Bolohan Gyr being seen right now at Warwick. Eating on a gull just off Elarton Rd West of house # 6744 (North of Brickyard Line). Good birding! Dave ___ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field

[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff Sept 12th - ADDENDUM - Non-Raptor report

2015-09-12 Thread Dave & Tracey Brown
Hey folks, I had already submitted the Hawk Cliff report and didn’t realize I’d received a non-raptor report for today in my email. Thanks to Mary C for this report. Blackpoll, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia and Black-throated Green Warblers; Swainson's Thrush (several ), Red-eyed

[Ontbirds] Shorebirds and Others at West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell)

2015-08-28 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi folks, I was out checking the wetlands this afternoonand found that the number of shorebirds continues to grow with almost ALL feeding in the cell right at the parking area. This cell continues to be excellent for shorebirds and other waders. Note that the fenced cell is still bone

[Ontbirds] Birds at West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell)

2015-08-09 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi folks, I went out to check on the wetlands this afternoon and there’s good news and bad news. The GOOD news is that the water level in the main shorebird cell behind the parking area is nearly perfect and there are a good number of shorebirds that have arrived over the past week. Lesser

[Ontbirds] West Perth Wetlands - Waterfowl and Shorebirds

2014-10-17 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi folks, I wanted to provide a quick update on the West Perth Wetlands here in Mitchell as we progress into Fall. Water levels in the fenced cell are back down (finally) and are good for any late shorebirds and many waterfowl. The other cells are great for waterfowl with the one right behind

[Ontbirds] 3 WILSON'S PHALAROPE / 2 STILTS now at West Perth Wetlands

2014-08-07 Thread Dave Tracey Brown via ONTBIRDS
Hi folks, Just got back from checking out the wetlands this afternoonand found there’s now 3 WILSON’S PHALAROPES actively feeding in the fenced in cell. All 3 are in different plumages and were roughly together in the right (south) end of this cellbest seen from the last observation

[Ontbirds] WILSON'S PHALAROPE / SB DOWITCHERS - West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell)

2013-05-15 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi folks, I managed to get out to the West Perth Wetlands this evening here in Mitchell...and found several shorebird species were foraging in the main shorebird cell. Thanks to Jarmo J. for pointing out a WILSON’S PHALAROPE when I first arrived. (looked to be a male...though late evening

[Ontbirds] HUDSONIAN GODWITS - West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell)

2012-08-28 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi folks, I wanted to pass along a quick note on behalf of Eric and Liz Jeffery...they were birding at the West Perth Wetlands this evening...and they had 11 HUDSONIAN GODWITS. All of these birds were well advanced into basic plumage.The godwits were found in the fenced in cell by the sewage

[Ontbirds] West Perth Wetlands - Godwits and Stilts and lots more

2012-08-28 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, I managed to stop by the wetlands after arriving home from the hawkwatch tonight and the 2 Hudsonian Godwits were still present as of 7:30 p.m.and the last I saw them they were preening and seem to be ready to hunker down for the night. I was concerned they might have been scared

[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff Recap - Oct 8-12 - First GOLDEN EAGLES for 2010 season

2010-10-13 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, Afraid I've been away for the past several days...so I haven't been able to post counts from the Hawk Cliff hawkwatch. However, I managed to get a quick recap of the past 5 days from our official counter and I present that here for those who are interested. Oct 8th - Friday -

[Ontbirds] Correction for Golden Eagles at Hawk Cliff 27/09/2010

2010-09-28 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Thanks to everyone that let me know about my miskey of 15 Golden Eagles for Monday's count at Hawk Cliff. :)They were of course supposed to be 15 American Kestrels. The Goldens will be coming soon enough (we usually see our first few by the 2nd week of Oct)...but first we need to get

[Ontbirds] Fourth big Broadwing flight day - Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch

2010-09-20 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, This weekend was the 2nd of our Hawk Cliff Open House events. Saturday started off promising but the cloud cover rolled in and gave us about an hour of rain. Eventually the rain let up but the days flight was definitely impacted and the total count for Saturday was 453..mostly

[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch - 2010-09-14 - Excellent Broadwing Flight

2010-09-15 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, Today started off slowly but by the 3th hour the Broadwings started to move through and in decent hourly numbers The total birds for the day was 24,520...a great count but not a total surprise given the nearly perfect weather comditions! The best hour was from 11-12 with 12,485

[Ontbirds] Another BIG Broadwing day at Hawk Cliff

2010-09-15 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, Well...today was an almost instant replay of yesterdayonly better! It again started slowly but by 8:00 a.m. the Broadwings started to take flight...and they just kept coming. The total birds for the day was 40,618a really excellent count with the bulk being Broadwings

[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff - Open House Weekend 1 and Monday

2010-09-13 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, This past weekend we held the first of our open houses at Hawk Cliff. The weather didn't exactly cooperate especially on Sunday as it kept threatening rain. Despite the weather, there were still lots of visitors and some good birds. There were some really good live bird talks with

[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch - Broadwings on the move

2010-09-10 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, A quick update from the Cliff today since the flight was again very good for early September. Total birds tallied for the day 837 Today the bulk were Sharpies (362) with a good count of Kestrels (178) and our first hint of the Broadwing flight (191), An excellent flight of Osprey

[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch - Another season starts...

2010-09-09 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi Folks, The Hawk Cliff hawkwatch is up and running for another season and I wanted to get at some sort of report out to everyone. Some of our volunteers have actually been doing counts since late August (I'm still playing catch up on entering the data for the days covered so far). They've

[Ontbirds] Glossy Ibis - Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area

2010-08-29 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, Just a quick followup for those who might want to go looking for this IBIS originally discovered by Norm Holden. My wife and I along with Matt Oswald from Stratford headed up to the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area yesterday afternoon (Staurday) to look for the ibis We spotted it

[Ontbirds] Ibis Species at Hullett Wildlife Area (NW of Seaforth)

2010-08-26 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Posted on behalf of Norm Holden Norm observed an IBIS at the Hullett Wildlife Area this afternoon. The bird was feeding several hundred yds away. He notes that it was an adult but from that distance he couldn't tell for certain if it was Glossy or White-faced. He left the Hullett

[Ontbirds] Godwits, Red-necked Phalarope at Mitchell Wetlands

2010-08-22 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, Just got home from a wedding (been away for 4 days) and managed to sneak out to the wetlands here in Mitchell just before it got too dark.. Initially, I couldn't find the godwits but did see a couple of nice Baird's Sandpipers and a Red-necked Phalarope (different I think than the one

[Ontbirds] Both Godwits / Red-necked Phalarope / Bairds Sandpipers (Mitchell Wetlands)

2010-08-18 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, Lots of folks out today to check out the godwits here in Mitchell. Both birds were still present right where they were yesterday. Other good birds this morning including: - Red-necked Phalarope(1) - American Golden Plover (3) - Black Bellied Plover (2) - Stilt Sandpiper (1) - Baird's

[Ontbirds] Hudsonian AND Marbled Godwit (Mitchell Wetlands)

2010-08-17 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, Several folks (including a gang from the KW Field Naturalists and a few from the Stratford Field Naturalists) were out this morning to check out the HUDSONIAN GODWIT and were pleasantly surprised to find a MARBLED GODWIT feeding beside it. Both godwits were still present in the cell

[Ontbirds] HUDSONIAN GODWIT - Mtichell Wetlands

2010-08-16 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi All, Just wanted to get a quick note out about a lone Hudsonian Godwit that arrived today at the Mitchell constructed wetlands. The bird is quite faded in plumage. It was originally observed by Eric Jeffery from St. Marys who happened to spot it just around 10:30 a.m. There are lots of

[Ontbirds] Shorebirds arrving at Mitchell (West Perth) Wetlands - SB DOWITCHERS, STILT SP, SOLITARY SP

2010-07-11 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hey Folks, I took a stroll out to the Mitchell (West Perth) Wetlands. this afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to see well in excess of 200 shorebirds of several different species. The majority of the shorebirds are easily visible in the first cell as you walk up to the top of the berm

[Ontbirds] CATTLE EGRET - WILSON'S PHALAROPE Blenhem Sewage Lagoons

2010-04-11 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Posted on behalf of Mark Cunningham and Jason McGuire as of 4:30 pm today (Sunday). Mark and Jason had a Cattle Egret that flew up out of the Irrigation Cell B...circled and then dropped back into the same cell. Mark managed to get some photos of the bird. They also reported the Wilson's

[Ontbirds] Am. Avocets - West Perth Wetlands (Mitchell) - Still there today....

2009-10-27 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hey Folks, The small flock of 6 American Avocets (originally spotted by Steve Thorpe yesterday) were still present this morning at the Mitchell (West Perth) Wetlandseasily visible in the first cell behind the small parking lot and entrance garden. They were still there as of 12:00 noon

[Ontbirds] Hawk Cliff ...great flight today Oct 14th 2009

2009-10-14 Thread Dave Tracey Brown
Hi Folks, Just got home after a meeting in London...following a busy day at the Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch and didn't get time yet to enter the numbers for today. So...here's a quick summary for those who are interested The winds were NE and moderate building to strong. These winds almost always