James Bay Shorebird Project 2016

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Longridge Point from 30 July to 13 August 2016

Adult male Hudsonian Godwit at Longridge on James Bay, Ontario, Canada on 31 July 2016.


In summer 2016, the Canadian Wildlife Service, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF), Bird Studies Canada, Trent University, Nature Canada and the Moose Cree First Nation operated four shorebird research camps in Southern James Bay. They are: Longridge Point, Little Piskwamish Point, Little Piskwamish South and North Point. I was at Longridge from 30 July to 13 August 2016.


Longridge Point at High Tide

 Longridge Camp is on a ridge in the boreal forest about 5.7 km from the tip of Longridge. The Wrack is a black mass of kelp (seaweed) teeming with invertebrates, which attracted hundreds of shorebirds. West Bay is a large bay to the west of the ridge. Motus tower records nanotagged birds. We carried our water from the freshwater creek.


Our daily shorebird surveys included resighting endangered rufa Red Knot flags such as this green flag MMH from the United States. 10 August 2016


Video: Red Knots feeding at Longridge on James Bay


Juvenile Red Knots on 10 August 2016.


Juvenile Marbled Godwits on 3 August 2016. A small disjunct population breeds in the prairie-like coastal marshes and on Akimiski Island in Nunavut.


Juvenile Solitary Sandpiper on 7 August 2016.


Video of Solitary. Note the flies or invertebrates running about on the kelp (The Wrack)


Juvenile Least Sandpiper on 31 July 2016


Adult Ruddy Turnstone in worn breeding plumage and molting White-rumped Sandpiper on 11 August 2016.


Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper on 10 August 2016.


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