Wednesday, May 21, 2014

DAY 2: TORONTO ORNITHOLOGICAL CLUB WHIMBREL WATCH RESULTS FOR SAM SMITH PARK



Wayne Renaud reported yesterday  .....


"Today the watch lasted 9 hours form 5:30 am to 2:30 pm when the rain started.   One flock of 45 Whimbrels was seen at 2:15 pm just the rain was starting: they flew in low from sse, circled the point then landed somewhere down along the sw end of the peninsula.  There was no one there hiking or walking their dogs so they rested for a little while.
Also seen were two peep sandpipers; one small flock 6 Dunlin; one mixed flock of 24 Dunlin and 5 White-rumped Sandpiper.
Yesterday, four Whimbrels were counted in 11.5 hours of observation.  
Also recorded was a flock of 4 Ruddy Tunestone and two Lesser Yellowlegs.  The watch continues until 30 May.  

The Whimbrel has the narrowest window of spring migration than any other North American shorebird, with over 60% passing from 24 to 26 May in most years."

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Fell free to visit the observers at the tip of the eastern peninsula to take part or for more information.

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