The Brant migration has been in full swing this week. One hundred flew over Amherstview last Sunday, two flocks were near Bath and over 200 were on Amherst on Wednesday and a mere 5 remained on Amherst yesterday. Great Egrets have been regular on Amherst all week as have Black-crowned Night-Herons. Great Egrets have also been seen in Bell's Swamp out Division Street and in Collin's Bay. Sandhill Cranes were reported from both Crosby and Elginburg on Wednesday.
Small bird migration is on the wane but 2 Blue-winged Warblers on Amherst on Wednesday were noteworthy. The Prairie Warbler on the Canoe Lake Road could not be refound yesterday. On Monday the Chimney Swift roosts on Westdale Avenue and at Queen's were checked and had 60 and 40 birds respectively.
Shorebird numbers and variety have improved significantly. The KFN property on Amherst had 3 Red Knots, 4 Ruddy Turnstones, 3 Upland Sandpipers and 5 Short-billed Dowitchers on Wednesday and yesterday the knots had moved on but 2 Black-bellied and 2 Semipalmated Plovers, a White-rumped, 150 Semipalmated and 5 Least Sandpipers, and 1000 Dunlin were added to the tally. A Wilson's Phalarope at the Camden Lake Wildlife Area last Saturday was certainly unexpected.
Unusual sightings included a late Rough-legged Hawk on Amherst on Wednesday, a Snow Goose near Perth Road Village and a Great Cormorant on the Amherst Ferry crossing last Saturday.
More on the Snow Goose from Rose-Marie:
I first noticed the goose on our lakeshore by our boats here on our property north of Perth Road Village after supper when I was wandering around with the camera hoping for some sunset clouds over the lake. It allowed me to approach within about 50 feet before stepping into the water and swimming along the shore. Having only a short lens and light conditions being very poor before sunset, I only got some poor shots, just good enough for identification. The goose was there again the next morning, and I got much better photos of it. As seen in the shot below the right wing is hanging down a little bit, our concern was that it was injured. Sometimes the best thing to do in these cases is just leave it alone and keep an eye on it. The goose seemed otherwise strong and healthy, was eating and swimming, and now and then stretched and flapped the wings vigorously. We figured it just needed a little quiet rest to recouperate from whatever was ailing it and keeping it from its journey north. It hung around for a couple of days, seemed content, and then on Thursday it had disappeared. Hopefully it has gone on about the normal business of being a wild goose.
Photo: Rose-Marie Burke