An enthusiastic birder and member of Lambton Wildlife, the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) and Ontario Nature, Anne learned to love nature from her father. Walking, gardening and birding have been a part of Anne’s life since she was a child. Wanting to meet other local birders in the area, she joined LWI back in 2007. Anne is a member of the LWI board for
Well, the weather outside was frightful, and most people decided to stay home and stay safe. But a few of us showed up anyway and had a nice morning, in spite of the weather!
We drove along the river, stopping at a few spots to look for waterfowl. We travelled as far as Sombra and then wisely called it a day.
We managed to see 20 bald eagles and 11 kinds of ducks; Redheads, Canvasbacks, Buffleheads, Long-tails, Common Goldeneyes, Common Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers, Scaups and a scoter. We even saw one Ring-necked Duck.
Who says you have to go out after dark to see owls? Not Mike Kent our Young Naturalists Leader/Instructor!
On October 24, 2018. Ten Young Nats and guardians arrived at Perch Creek Management Area on Churchill Road, hoping to learn about, and maybe see, some owls. They were not disappointed.
We saw both a Northern Saw-whet Owl, at Perch Creek, and a Snowy Owl on Lasalle Road. Very exciting for the Young Nats and adults alike.
Greater White-fronted Geese.
On January 27th of this year, a number of Greater White-fronted Geese were seen in Lambton County. I read on email dated Jan 25th from Linda that 2 Greater White-fronted Geese had been seen at the south pond at Blackwell Trails! I forwarded that email to other birders on the 26th evening. By the morning, Deryl N was on the hunt and had re-found the geese. By the time I arrived, they had flown. We found them and then lost them again (we were up to 6) at the Sunset Golf.
Shortly after 34 had been ID’d by Quinten Wiegersma in a flyover at Wawanosh Wetlands.
These birds were spotted again at Blackwell Trails south pond by Blake M.
Wow what an exciting day! A group managed to see them and great photos were obtained. Genny Houghton has let us her picture.
Greater White-fronted Geese breed in Alaska, Northern Ontario and Greenland. They are a rare sighting in Southwestern Ontario.
Here in Lambton County we are off to a great winter birding season! On November 22nd we were treated to a Harlequin Duck sighting! The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was out in the lake in the company of 2 goldeneye ducks and in front of about 600-800 redhead ducks. We know it was around the following day too, from e-bird reports.
The Harlequin Duck is uncommon in Lambton County, spending most of its time on the west and east coasts. Just about every year, one or two will be seen in Lambton County.
So what is a Christmas Bird Count and how do you get involved?
First, the CBC or Christmas Bird Count (not the Canadian Broadcasting Company) is an annual event held…well around Christmas.
Lets just go to the Bird Studies Canada web site where they can tell us all about it.
LWI members have been involved in counts for years. There is a count in and around the Pinery, the Kettle Point Count that LWI birders often attend. There is a also a US count, the Port Huron Count, which covers part of Sarnia through to Mooretown along the river. This count was originally set up between the Bluewater Audubon (Port Huron) and Lambton Wildlife Incorporated. Counts are done all over the province; the Wallaceburg Count is just around the corner. As a matter of fact there are 8 counts within 100km of Sarnia!
So what’s it like? Fun! Educational! …Cold!
Usually you sign up by email with the coordinator. If you know any other birders, ask them to come with you and send in your names. If you are hoping to go with more experienced people, just ask the coordinator if they can add you into an established group. The number of people going varies greatly.
Usually you meet at a common spot – like the Visitor Center at the Pinery. The areas are divided up and off you go to count all the birds you see and hear in your assigned area. Each Count area does it differently. Sometimes you may meet for lunch, other times mid afternoon for a supper. This is when all the sightings are discussed and the tally sheets are handed in for the coordinator to do their magic and turn it into the official report. This yearly report of birds in a fixed area is a great way to take part in citizen science. It’s a fantastic way to meet other birders, and I always learn something new!
Come on and join us this year- you’ll be glad you did!
Dec 17, 2017 Port Huron ( Port Huron/Sarnia) contact Janet Fox email@example.com
Dec 27, 2017 Wallaceburg CBC contact Steve Charbonneau firstname.lastname@example.org
First comes the text…purple sandpiper Kettle Point…then the draw in of breath… “can I do this?” I have a full day of housecleaning, laundry, grocery shopping….. But it’s a PURPLE SANDPIPER! I’ve only ever seen two before, in 10 years of birding…and they were both in Niagara Falls! And I’m off work today!!! What are the chances it will be here on my next day off? Purple Sandpiper… not going to chance it! I look at my husband “off you go” he says “find your bird”. Text to Deryl in the car…’15 minutes’.
And yes it was worth it!
Thanks to LWI members Deryl Nethercott who sent the text and George MacDermid who let me stand in his back/front yard to see it!
[eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Lambton County <daily>
[eBird Alert] Lambton County Rare Bird Alert <daily>
It starts so innocently. An e bird alert…but wait- Ross’s Geese..in Sarnia….
A report from the day before greets me on my email the next morning. Ross’s geese, not just one, but geese reported at Hiawatha Horse Park! Just around the Corner. I haven’t seen a Ross’s Goose for 2 years.
Spotting Scope- check
And away I go…..
2 adults and 5 juveniles!