January 9 – My first spring migrants?

Today was a blustery day along Lake Erie. I headed down to Long Point to see if there were any new ducks around. To the north of the marshes there were some small flocks of waterfowl feeding in the fields. There were a few Tundra Swans, a lot of Canada Geese and Mallards, with smaller numbers of American Black Ducks mixed in. There are also still impressive numbers of Sandhill Cranes wintering in the area.

While I was watching the cranes I noticed a small flock of ducks flying overhead. They turned out to be 11 NORTHERN PINTAIL (9 males, 2 females).  I haven’t seen any numbers of this species for quite a while, so they may be early spring migrants. The winds we were experiencing today had a southerly component to them, and it is really supposed to warm up over the next few days, so you never know! It will be interesting to see if more are reported elsewhere in the province.

After Long Point I spent some time birding in Haldimand County. I didn’t see any new species, but I did have 3 Northern Mockingbirds and 1 Great Blue Heron which I will post pictures of another time.

The weather is supposed to calm down tomorrow, so I am hoping to get out and find a few more year birds on Lake Ontario and the surrounding area.



About canadabigyear2013

I'm a lifelong birder and naturalist who is undertaking a Canada Big Year in 2013.
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