> From: "Jean Iron" <[log in to unmask]> > Date: July 23, 2010 5:39:13 PM EDT > To: <[log in to unmask]> > Subject: [Ontbirds] James Bay Shorebirds, Ontario #2 > > This is Jean Iron's second report on 23 July 2010 by satellite phone for > the period 18-22 July from Longridge Point on the south coast of James > Bay. The Royal Ontario Museum study of Red Knots and shorebirds is a > cooperative effort with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources > (OMNR), Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and Trent University. > > SHOREBIRD OBSERVATIONS > The past several days have been mainly sunny with daytime high > temperatures below average with cool nights. High tides have been weak > so shorebirds were less concentrated for counting. Usually only high > count day numbers for each species are listed below in checklist order. > > Black-bellied Plover: 2 adults on 20-21 July. > > Semipalmated Plover: 26 probable adults in flight on 22 July. > > Killdeer: 10 on 21 July. Late nest with 4 eggs hatched on 22 July. > > Greater Yellowlegs: 137 mostly adults on 19 July. > > Lesser Yellowlegs: 480 (1/3 juveniles) on 18 July. > > Whimbrel: 78 adults on 20 July. > > Hudsonian Godwit: 222 molting adults on 19 July. Adult Hudsonian Godwits > molt body feathers before migrating from James Bay usually going nonstop > to South America in late August and early September. > > Marbled Godwit: None seen. > > Ruddy Turnstone: 102 on 22 July appeared to be mostly females in worn > alternate plumage. > > RED KNOT: Highest count to date of 638 molting adults on 20 July is half > the number for same period in 2009. 69 flagged individuals observed > include birds banded in the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. > The above include 7 birds marked before 2005. One with a data logger > from Delaware Bay (USA) observed on 20-21 July. After breeding in the > Canadian Arctic, rufa Red Knots migrate to stopover areas such as > southern James Bay, where they fatten for the long flight to South > America. Another rufa population winters in Florida. Florida knots are > rare in James Bay. Longridge was chosen as the ROM's survey site because > high numbers were recorded there in the past. A one-day estimate of 5000 > at Longridge was made in the late 1970s before the decline. > > Sanderling: 22 fading and molting adults on 18 July. > > Semipalmated Sandpiper: 1095 adults (no juveniles) on 22 July. > > Least Sandpiper: first juvenile on 17 July. 80 (1/2 juveniles) on 20 > July. > > White-rumped Sandpiper: 109 molting adults on 22 July. > > Pectoral Sandpiper: 540 adults (not molting) on 20 July. > > Dunlin: 11 worn adults not yet in active molt on 22 July. > > Stilt Sandpiper: 2 molting adults on 21-22 July. > > Short-billed Dowitcher: 6 adults (not molting) on 19 July comprised 2 > nominate subspecies griseus and 4 hendersoni. 8 on 21 July were mostly > hendersoni. 1 nominate griseus on 22 July. > > Wilson's Snipe: 4 still winnowing on 19 July. > > WILSON'S PHALAROPE: One juvenile on 21 July found by Mark Peck and Lisa > Pollock. It likely hatched locally because this phalarope breeds > sparingly in the prairie-like marshes of James Bay. > > OTHER SIGHTINGS > Birds: American White Pelican seen daily with high of 57 on 20 July. > Sandhill Crane. Yellow Rail numbers are much lower than last summer > possibly linked to drier marshes this year. Some Yellow Rails may have > short-stopped to breed in the areas such as southern Manitoba, which is > very wet this summer with many reports of singing Yellow Rails. > Short-eared Owl, pair with two young. Gray Jay, pair with a blackish > juvenile. Swainson's Thrush singing. Orange-crowned Warbler singing. Le > Conte's Sparrow nest with eggs on 22 July. Nelson's Sparrow nest with > eggs on 19 July. Small numbers of White-winged Crossbills and Common > Redpolls seen most days. > > Mammals: A dead Beluga, 3 metres in length, washed up on shore. Crew > hopes the carcass will attract scavengers such as Red Fox, Gray Wolf and > Lynx whose tracks have been seen during surveys. Two Black Bears seen on > 19 July. A Caribou on 19 July. A Short-tailed Weasel (Mustela erminea) > is around camp. > > Butterflies: Two additions since last report: Skipper sp. (genus > Polites) and Northern Crescent. > > Map link below of southern James Bay. Yellow pointer shows location of > Longridge Point. Ontario borders the west coast of James Bay and Quebec > borders the east coast. Provincial boundaries extend to the low water > mark on James Bay. Offshore islands extending to the low water mark are > part of Nunavut Territory. The waters and seabed of James Bay are > internal parts of Canada under exclusive federal jurisdiction and not > part of Ontario, Quebec or Nunavut. > www.jeaniron.ca/2009/James-Bay-2009-REKN.jpg > > Jean will call again in 4-6 days and I'll post her third report. > > Ron Pittaway > Minden, Ontario > > _______________________________________________ > ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists - the provincial birding organization. > Send bird reports to ONTBIRDS mailing list [log in to unmask] > For information about ONTBIRDS visit http://www.ofo.ca/ > > Eve Ticknor Coordinator OFNC Falcon Watch 38-9 Gillespie Cres Ottawa, Ontario K1V 9T5 613-859-9545, 613-737-7551 Box 122, 35 Elm St Essex, NY 12936 "All nature is but art, unknown to thee"