My territory included the St. Clair River from just north of Walpole to the closed down Lambton Generating Station. I have a bit of inland territory as well, but the emphasis is on the river.
Lake freighters were plying the river, going both upstream and down.
I ended up with 12 species of waterfowl (although the overall count had a few more). None were what you would call plentiful or abundant, but all it takes is one to add that species to the list, and in some cases it was only one that was seen.
Some even lent themselves for decent photo opportunities. A male Redhead was tucked in close to shore.
|Outlet of McKeough Floodway|
I went to the other side and managed to get some even closer photos.
Another Snowy spent the entire day on top of this pole. Even at dusk, it was still there. A closer look at this bird showed a small spot of red on its belly feathers.....hopefully it was just a bit of blood from its most recent meal of mouse!
Checking the river a bit later in the day can be worthwhile, so I spent some time watching to see if anything new showed up flying up or downstream. But not this day.
I usually end up at the McKeough Floodway a bit inland, towards the end of the day. There is a lot of shrubby and grassy area all along the floodway, which can be good for mice, and therefore good for raptors.
I ended up with 42 species for the day, a little lower than sometimes due to the absence of some species of waterfowl. The 27 participants overall, however, totalled 81 species.....quite a decent result.