Bird Notes- Spring Migration Has Started

One of the first warblers to return each spring to Lambton County is the Yellow-Rumped Warbler. I saw my first one this year on April the 12th. The first warbler sighting causes many things. The first being calls and texts to my birding friends. The second thing that happens is a daily, and sometimes hourly check of the weather to see when I can go out next. It's the most exciting time of year! Since the 12th, plenty more migrating birds have been spotted by the many local birders. Gold-crowned and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets have started to arrive. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are…
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Down River Ducks Feb 4, 2018

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.    
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Young Naturalist Owl Prowl

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.    
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Bird Notes

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…
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Bird Notes – Harlequin Duck

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.  
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Christmas Bird Counts… Are you ready to take the next step?

Christmas Bird Counts… Are you ready to take the next step?

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. http://www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc/ 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.…
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Birds of Note- Purple Sandpiper

Birds of Note- Purple Sandpiper

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…
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Birds of Note – Ross’s Goose

Birds of Note – Ross’s Goose

[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. Bino's- check Camera- check Spotting Scope- check Phone- check And away I go..... 2 adults and 5 juveniles!  
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