PEPtBO Fall Waterfowl Count of the South Shore IBA - November 12, 2020

Twelve volunteers fanned out across the PEC South Shore IBA on Nov 12 for PEPtBO’s annual fall waterfowl count. Observations were made at 13 viewing points from Point Petre to Prince Edward Point to South Bay for any birds swimming in or flying over the waters of the IBA.  While driving or walking the roads of the IBA, volunteers also listed any bird species they saw or heard.  This gave a one-day snapshot of bird activity in the South Shore IBA.

Conditions were good with cool, clear and calm weather.  The waters around Prince Edward Point, often filled with Scaup and Long-tailed Duck were quiet this year:  birds may still be arriving or be dispersed around the lake with recent warm conditions.  There were large flocks of Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye around Little Bluff and Charwell Point as well as smaller groups of Red-breasted and Common Merganser, White-winged Scoter and Horned Grebe.  A wide variety of other species were represented by just a few individuals: Common Loon, Hooded Merganser, Black Scoter and Tundra Swan. Ring-billed and Herring Gull, Double-crested Cormorant, Canada Geese and Mute Swan were also counted.

Observers had good views of 2 Bald Eagles, 2 Golden Eagles, Merlin, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk.  Common Ravens were seen by all groups throughout the IBA.  Along the roads and trails, many northern species were represented:  Dark-eyed Junco, Common Redpoll, Evening Grosbeak, American Tree Sparrow and a single Rusty Blackbird, Northern Shrike and Pine Grosbeak.  Some late migrants included Belted Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and a Phoebe.  Greater Yellowlegs were found in two locations and a flock of Snow Buntings was combing the gravel flats at Charwell Point.  Flocks of American Goldfinch and Black-capped Chickadee were actively feeding in many spots.

In total, 56 species were counted in addition to unidentified ducks and gulls.

Thanks to everyone for the extra driving required by distancing and thanks to Ian Barker for taking photos.

Volunteers:  Dale Smith, Ian Barker, Peter Fuller, Marie-Josee Remillard, Cheryl Anderson, Amy Bodman, Abby Leavens, Cecile Yarrow, Morris Yarrow, Pat Peterson, Nick Bartok, Jenny Newton

(Bald Eagle - photo: Ian Barker)