Observations from Don Johnston, March 12, 2007

With good weather (sunny, 5 C, very little wind), and a few hours to spare mid-day, I did a quick tour around the Spit yesterday (Mar 11). The Western Grebe identified on Saturday by the TFN group was still present offshore from the base of Pipit Point. There were probably a few thousand Ring-billed Gulls swirling around between peninsulas B and C getting ready to nest, and they could be heard from several hundred metres away. There were also a few Herring Gulls around, but I didn't see any white-winged gulls. Not having a lot of time, my search was not exhaustive and my counts were rough estimates in many cases, but other birds I observed were:

Canada Goose (100) - at Ashbridges Bay water treatment plant
Mute Swan (8)
American Wigeon (1)
American Black Duck (6)
Mallard (30)
Redhead (100)
Greater Scaup (100)
Long-tailed Duck (hundreds, many far offshore)
Bufflehead (10)
Common Goldeneye (25)
Hooded Merganser (2)
Common Merganser (25)
Red-throated Loon (2)
American Kestrel (1)
Long-eard Owl (2)
Norther Saw-whet Owl (1)
Northern Flicker (1)
Horned Lark (8)
Black-capped Chickadee (1)
Song Sparrow (5)
Northern Cardinal (1)

Don Johnston
TTPBRS Committee