Western Lake Ontario

Sat/Sun, November 17-18

Two full days of birding

What an amazing birding trip to the western end of Lake ON with EOB birding friends. Never have any of us seen so many ducks! What an amazing and worthwhile study of waterfowl. Picture the Crossley ID Guide to Waterfowl; that is the waterbird scene at the west end of Lake Ontario! Our timing couldn’t have been better, as well; the weather was absolutely ideal for duck study (overcast, mild and with next to no wind). We observed some highlight species of waterbirds, including Harlequin Duck, two King Eiders, a Common x Barrow’s Goldeneye hybrid, three Red-throated Loons and thousands upon thousands of scoters and Long-tailed Ducks. On the Passerine side of the highlights, we observed two late Northern Parulas, one Western Palm Warbler, two Winter Wrens, and two Northern Mockingbirds. Thanks to a tip from another birder, we spotted over 20 vultures roosting on a building along the Niagara. We carefully studied the vultures and were able to discern two species! 6 Black Vultures and 15 Turkey Vultures; the Black Vultures were a lifer for all three participants. We finished our day by watching Bonaparte’s Gulls fly past on their way to their Lake ON roost. 1800 Bonaparte’s flew by within the hour! Already I am missing this trip and already I am looking forward to next year 🙂

Photo: A bright gem on a dull November’s day! A Northern Parula at South Shell Park in Oakville, Ontario. 17 November 2018.

eBird Checklists


Cobourg Harbour: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49983473


Burlington — Burloak Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006128

Oakville — South Shell Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006129

Burlington — Port Nelson Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006130

Hamilton — Canada Centre for Inland Waters: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006131

Burlington — Ship Canal: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006132

Hamilton — Van Wagner’s Beach (Lakeland Centre): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006133

Hamilton — Van Wagner’s Beach (Hutch’s): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006127

Burlington — Burloak Drive: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006135

Oakville — South Shell Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006126

Oakville — Bronte Bluffs Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50006136


Stoney Creek — Grays Road at Lake Ontario: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042874

Stoney Creek — Green Road at Lake Ontario: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042873

Stoney Creek — Lewis Road at Lake Ontario: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042872

Niagara — Fifty Point CA: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042871

St. Catharines — Lakeside Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042870

Niagara-on-the-Lake: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042868

NOTL — Fort George Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042868

Niagara — Queenston Sand Docks: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042865

Niagara — Queenston Heights overlook: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042864

Niagara — Adam Beck (ON): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042863

NOTL — Fort George Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042862