Sunday, 29 May 2016

One Last Dash for Trip Ticks...!

One final bash at finding some new birds didn’t start well down at the tip despite a change in the weather with much calmer conditions than we’ve had for many days. So we left after a short visit and drove up to the DeLaurier Trail which was also quiet before heading to the Route 33 wader pools as a Greater White-fronted Goose had been seen there and sure enough it was still present when we arrived. This is a late migrating bird and very scarce at this time of the year. There was also a pair of Solitary Sandpipers present as well.

Greater White-fronted Goose

From here we drove to Hillman Marsh and spent a pleasant hour checking out the wildfowl and waders. I’m not a fan of ducks generally but there was a nice assortment with Blue-winged and Green-winged Teals, American Black Duck, Greater Scaup, Redhead, Bufflehead and Canvasback all present. However the shorebirds provided the best excitement with a pair of smart Wilson’s Phalaropes on the far side looking rather sexy in the scope. 

Ruff - digiscoped by Lee Collins

Then a Ruff flew in and landed opposite the hide and caused a lot of excitement as it’s a real rarity here and proved to be our last trip tick, and also the rarest species we had seen on the tour! A Pectoral Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitchers, Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin and Grey Plovers completed the cast and so we left at 10.30am for a short drive to the motel to pack and get ready for the 3.5 hour drive back to Toronto for our flights back to the UK and end of a thoroughly enjoyable tour. 

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