This is my second and summary report for the period 6 to 14 August 2017 from
Longridge Point (51.798942N, 080.69204W) on the southwest coast of James Bay
in Ontario about 910 km (565 mi) north of Toronto. This report pertains only
to Longridge. The vast tidal mudflats make James Bay one of the most
important shorebird stopover sites in North America.
LINK to 6 pages of photos and videos
SHOREBIRDS: We recorded 26 species of shorebirds from 30 July to 14 August.
Notable counts since last report:
Black-bellied Plover: 112 adults on 8 August
Semipalmated Plover: 132 on 12th
Stilt Sandpiper new: 1 juvenile on 12 August and 4 on 13th
Buff-breasted Sandpiper new: 1 on 6th and 8th (adult)
White-rumped Sandpiper high count: 7892 on 8th
Semipalmated Sandpiper: 5299 on 12 August
Hudsonian Godwit: 304 on 12th
American Bittern: 1 on 10 August
Little Gull: 1 on 8th and 2 on 10th
Caspian Tern: 1 adult on 12th
Arctic Tern: 1 adult on 10 and 11th
Great Horned Owl: 1 on 7, 8, 10 and 11th
Common Nighthawk: 1 on 12th
Olive-sided Flycatcher: 1 on 13th
LONGRIDGE CREW: 6 crew members were Anne Blondin (ON), Mark Dorriesfield
(ON), Dan Froehlich (WA State), Jean Iron (ON), Nicole Richardson (ON), Kiah
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Surveys are under the direction of Christian Friis of the
Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada) with
partners Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Trent
University, and Bird Studies Canada in conjunction with a larger
conservation initiative involving James Bay First Nations and Nature Canada.
We look forward to James Bay receiving recognition as a Western Hemisphere
Shorebird Reserve Network.
Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway