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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 27, 2017 Wallaceburg CBC contact Steve Charbonneau email@example.com
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!
While people in Sarnia were taking cover from a deluge, Young Nats were enjoying the balmy weather and NO rain at the Moore Habitat Management Area.
Mike Kent went over the safety rules first and talked to us about ticks, how to protect ourselves and how to remove them if we found one. He also went over the importance of tick checks during and after our walk.
Mike also told us about the free Ontario Nature phone App The Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas App available on both Google Play and iTunes. It also lets you report sightings, like the Blue-Spotted Salamander we saw!
We also saw a HUGE wolf spider
Ebony jewelwing damselfly
One of the Young Nats even let Mike put one on her nose before it flew away!
Another lucky boy got to learn how to safely hold one.
We also saw centipedes, millipedes, potato bugs, lightning bugs, clubtail dragonfly and even a small crayfish.
What a fun day…can’t wait to see what we are doing next!
Hint…. July 8th– What’s all the Buzz About?
Stephanie Blair and Pete Chapman have accepted the challenge and are seen here in their LWI hats in front of Moore Landfill on Ladysmith Line. Why you may ask? Well in addition to a lovely nature walk they saw 3, yes 3 Dickcissels!
So, show us where your shirt, your hat, your LWI Pride! Show us your pictures.
Where did LWI take you today?