Wednesday 20 April 2016

More Spring Arrivals - Essex County

Well, I was down in Essex County again for work a couple of days ago, and saw a few more "first of the year" bird species.  It was nice to see some shorebirds other than Killdeer for a change.  Hillman Marsh had lots of Dunlin, but no sign of the Black-bellied Plovers or Pectoral Sandpipers that were seen earlier in the week.

Dunlin - some of them were just starting to molt into breeding plumage, the black belly splotches were starting to appear
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler - gotta love that beak!
Warblers other than Yellow-rumped and Pine have been reported in the southwest of the province!  We are getting so close to the glorious peak of songbird migration, just a couple of more weeks!

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