Mass exodus of waterbirds out of James Bay

Good morning,

 

Some exciting weather events lately!

 

A winter storm is hitting James Bay at present. As you’re reading this, it will be snowing in Fort Albany. The system will be pushing east, hurried along by an Arctic front. I’d watch for a loon flight on Sunday morning, along with late-season shorebirds, Brant, goldeneye, scaup, scoters, etc. The very tail end of today’s birding could be quite interesting, just after the thunderstorms are through. I wonder to myself if an early Purple Sandpiper is possible on Sunday morning. Checking the river at Andrew Haydon Park, Britannia Pier and Britannia Filtration Plant (Deschenes Rapids) might turn up some goodies. You can be sure that other crazy birders are on to this weather system and will be checking the river carefully. Speaking of crazy birders, I might quietly slip out of bed on Sunday morning and head on out and chase the bird dragon for a few hours! Watch for interesting and exciting eBird reports throughout the day today and tomorrow. Refresh this page every now and then; this is the Ottawa eBird Rare Bird Alert: https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35661

 

An additional reminder is to think “southerners” today, if you’re out. The current system is hailing from the SW, extending uninterrupted (by precip, for example) from Kentucky. Wayward swallows (something like a Northern Rough-winged, for example), Forster’s Tern…..who knows what; keep an open mind and bird each bird carefully 🙂

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend,

Jon