Shorebird Index

First winter Purple Sandpiper in Toronto on 21 December 2016

 

2016

December

Purple Sandpiper in Toronto on 21 December 2016

 

October

UPDATE Black-tailed Godwit at Llanelli Wetlands in Wales returns to Ireland on 20 October 2016

 

September

Juvenile Ruddy Turnstone photos and video and more at Presqu'ile Provincial Park

 

Juvenile American Golden-Plover and Black-bellied Plover ID

 

Shorebirds at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 13 September 2016

 

Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at Hamilton on 4 September 2016

 

NEW Adult Black-headed Gull feeding two hungry juveniles at Llanelli Wetland Centre in Wales on 5 July 2016. Llanelli has the only Black-headed Gull breeding colony in South Wales.

 

August

Shorebirds at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 22 August 2016

 

Common Ringed Plover in Toronto on 20 August 2016

 

James Bay Shorebirds 2016 - 7 pages of photos & videos - 30 July to 13 August.

 

Common Ringed Plovers in Iceland from 2013 - 2016

 

July

James Bay Shorebird Research Project 2016 - map of shorebird camps

 

Black-tailed Godwits at Llanelli Wetlands in Wales on 5 July 2016

 

June

Many shorebirds on Iceland Circumnavigation cruise with Worldwide Quest

 

May

CBC Radio Windsor interview with me about Hillman Marsh and shorebirds

 

Long-billed Dowitcher Identification

 

Short-billed Dowitcher Variation

 

Point Pelee Area Spring Shorebirds - page 2 - includes Ruddy Turnstones and Dunlin

 

Point Pelee Area Shorebirds - page 1 - includes Black-necked Stilt, American Avocets and more

 

Where are the eyes on this Ruddy Turnstone? Includes video. Toronto on 25 May 2016

 

Dunlin resting on their migration through Toronto includes video. 24 May 2016

 

Whimbrel migrating through Toronto on 22 May 2016

 

Video: Whimbrel at Whimbrel Point and CN Tower in Toronto on 22 May 2016

 

Video: Ruddy Turnstones at Wheatley Harbour on 20 May 2016

 

Video: Short-billed Dowitchers near Point Pelee on 13 May 2016

 

Video: Short-billed Dowitcher feeding near Point Pelee on 13 May 2016

 

Video: Edangered Piping Plover at Seacliff Beach near Point Pelee on 3 May 2016 

 

Video: American Avocets at Hillman Marsh near Point Pelee on 3 May 2016

 

Video: Rare Black-necked Stilt at Hillman Marsh near Point Pelee on 1 May 2016

 

Point Pelee Area Shorebirds 2016 - provides important information regarding opportunities this spring to hone your shorebird identification skills. OFO News February 2016.

 

Greater Yellowlegs at Minesing Swamp. Front bird still molting into breeding plumage. 22 April 2016.

 

2015

September, October, November

Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin and more at the James Bay Shorebird Project Reunion "Purplepalooza" hosted by Doug McRae at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. 6 December 2015

 

Red Phalarope in first winter plumage at Bronte near Toronto on 21 November 2015 - photos and video

 

Peruvian Thick-knees at Pachacamac archaeological site south of Lima, Peru. 18 October 2015

 

Shorebirds at Blenheim Lagoons near Chatham and Rondeau on 30 September and 5 October.

 

August

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James Bay Shorebird Surveys at North Point - 6 pages - 31 July to 14 August 2014

 

 

 

See 2014 movements of nano-tagged White-rumped and Semipalmated Sandpipers here: Www.motus-wts.org - click on explore data - view tracks. One map for White-rumped Sandpipers and Semipalmated Sandpipers during their fall migration between James Bay stopover sites and the East Coast, and another for Red Knots moving from the East Coast to Hudson Bay coast and Nunavut during the spring migration and coming back during the fall migration. See also map of receiver tower locations: http://motus-wts.org/data/receivermap.jsp  Thanks to Stu Mackenzie for this info.

 
   

July

Southern James Bay Map of Shorebird Camps in summer 2015

 

Red-necked Phalarope showing lobed toes and webbing on Flatey Island, Iceland, 3 July 2015.

 

Semipalmated Sandpipers and Least Sandpiper at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto on 12 July 2015

 

Short-billed Dowitchers at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto, Ontario, on 12 July 2015

 

June

Upland Sandpipers on the Carden Alvar on 19 June 2015

   

Spotted Sandpiper - male - on old mullein stalk at Bluffers Park in Toronto on 18 June 2015

 
   

Piping Plovers Update on 16 June 2015 - page 3

 
   

Piping Plovers are nesting in Toronto. I volunteered on 7 and 10 June - page 2

 
   
   

May

 

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover and Dunlins in May - Toronto area

 
   

New shorebird identification sign at Hillman Marsh

 
   

Wilson's Plover on Toronto Islands on 27 May 2015

 
   

Piping Plovers on Toronto Islands on 27 May 2015 - page 1

 
   

1819 Whimbrels, including 1 banded, sighted at Whimbrel Point in Toronto, 24 May 2015

 
   

A fallout of Whimbrels at Colonel Sam Smith, Toronto, Ontario on 25 May 2015

 
   

Whimbrel and CN Tower in Toronto on 21 May 2015

 
   

Short-billed Dowitchers at Reesor Pond in Markham on 19 May 2015 - subspecies comparison

 
   

griseus subspecies of the Short-billed Dowitcher at Reesor Pond in Markham on 19 May 2015

 
   

Wilson's Phalarope at Reesor Pond in Markham on 19 May 2015

 
   

griseus subspecies of the Short-billed Dowitcher near Hillman Marsh on 7 May 2015

 
   

Willets at Wheatley and American Golden-Plovers at Mersea C near Point Pelee

 
   

NEW Shorebirds of Southern Ontario: a photographic guide by Jean Iron Available NOW

 

Northbound Shorebirds Workshops at Point Pelee National Park in May 2015

 

OFO Shorebird Viewing at Hillman Marsh: May 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 16

   

April

 

Baird's Sandpipers at Blenheim Lagoons on 30 April 2015

 
   

Two Dunlin at Blenheim Lagoons on 30 April 2015

 
 

Paul Nicholson's article in London Free Press about shorebirds at Hillman and Point Pelee April 2015

 

Individual variation in Dunlin

 

2014

November

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover in the Peruvian Andes on 2 November 2014

 

October

Five Stilt Sandpipers at Duffins Creek in Rotary Park, Ajax near Toronto on 7 October 2014

 

September

Juvenile Western Sandpiper and juvenile Red Knot at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 10 September 2014

 

Shorebirds at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario 23 August and 7 September

 

August

Adult and juvenile Semipalmated Plovers at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 23 August 2014

 

James Bay Shorebird Surveys at Little Piskwamish - 5 pages -30 July to 13 August 2014

 

Western James Bay Map of Camps in 2014. I was at Little Piskwamish

 

July

Shorebirds in Iceland, 1 to 11 July 2014

 

May

Whimbrels resting at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Toronto on 26 May 2014

 

Semipalmated Sandpipers and Dunlin at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Toronto on 23 May 2014

 

Subspecies hendersoni of the Short-billed Dowitcher at Reesor Pond in Markham near Toronto on 22 May 2014

 

Marbled Godwit at Hillman Marsh Shorebird Cell on 4 May 2014

 

Willet at the tip of Point Pelee on 2 May 2014

 

Marbled Godwit at Hillman Marsh Shorebird Cell on 1 May 2014

 

Northbound Shorebirds Workshops at Point Pelee National Park Visitor Centre

 

OFO Shorebird Viewing at Hillman Marsh, May 2, 5, 7, 10, 13 and 16, 2014

 

April

Wilson's Snipe on the Carden Alvar on 13 April 2014 - photo and video link

 

February

Spring Shorebirds at Hillman Marsh - come shorebirding at Hillman and Point Pelee. Article with photos in OFO News, February 2014

 

2013

Purple Sandpiper on the Toronto Christmas Bird Count on 15 December 2013

 

Purple Sandpiper in Toronto on 10 December 2013

 

Red Phalarope molting into first winter plumage at Niagara Falls, Ontario, 30 November 2013

 

Peruvian Thick-knee, a nocturnal shorebird at Paracas, Peru on 1 November 2013.

 

Marbled Godwit and Long-billed Dowitcher at Mitchell's Bay on Lake St. Clair, 30 September 2013

 

Solitary Sandpiper in worn breeding plumage on the Carden Alvar 14 August 2013

 

James Bay Shorebird Surveys at Hannah Bay - four pages  - 16 to 30 July 2013

 

Iceland`s Breeding Shorebirds - June-July 2013

 

Shorebirds and Climate Change - article about shorebird research on Hudson Bay, Ontario, in June 2013 OFO News

 

Whimbrel resting between storms at Col. Sam Smith Park Toronto, 29 May 2013

 

Whimbrel Migration Colonel Sam Smith Park in Toronto, page 2, on 27 May 2013

 

Whimbrel Migration at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Toronto, page 1, on 23 May

 

 Young Killdeer and American Robins at Point Pelee on 17 and 18 May 2013

 

Shorebirds at Hillman Marsh and Wheatley Harbour near Point Pelee in May 2013

 

Hillman Marsh Shorebird Cell near Point Pelee - new shorebird shelter - May 2013

 

Black-bellied Plovers at Hillman Marsh on 15 May 2013 - video

 

Short-billed Dowitchers at Hillman Marsh on 15 May 2013 - video

 

First summer Piping Plover at the Tip of Point Pelee on 12 May 2013

 

2012

James Bay, Longridge Point, Ontario, Red Knot and Shorebird Surveys - 5 pages of photos and videos - 30 July to 31 August 2012

 

Hudson Bay, Burntpoint Camp in Polar Bear Provincial Park, 22 June-18 July 2012

 

Variation in Dunlin in breeding plumage at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Toronto on 23 May 2012

 

White-rumped Whimbrel at Toronto Whimbrel Watch on 22 May 2012. Four photos by Dave Milsom.

 

Piping Plover at Reesor Pond in Markham, Ontario on 22 May 2012

 

Blenheim Lagoons, Hillman Long-billed Dowitchers, Point Pelee National Park, 4 & 5 May

 

Long-billed Dowitcher at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area near Bradford in Simcoe County, 21 April 2012

 

Hope, a Whimbrel carrying a satellite transmitter, returns to Virginia's Eastern Shore on 5 April 2012

 

Ontario Shorebird Conservation Plan

 

2011

Collared Plover on a sandbar in the Napo River in Ecuador on 21 November 2011

 

Hudsonian Godwits in juvenal plumage at Frenchman's Bay, Pickering, near Toronto on 5 October 2011

 

Shorebirds and shorebirders at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on the north shore of Lake Ontario east of Toronto on 4 October 2011

 

Red Knot and Shorebirds at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario on 22 September 2011

 

Second Whimbrel, Goshen, shot in Guadeloupe on 12 September 2011

 

News Advisory about Whimbrel Machi shot in Guadeloupe on 12 Septmeber 2011

 

James Bay Red Knot and Shorebird Surveys. 16 July to 14 August 2011. 8 pages of photos of Red Knots, shorebirds, other birds, butterflies, mammals & crew.

 

Bristle-thighed Curlew near Nome, Alaska on 3 July

 

Whimbrel migrating at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Toronto on 25 May 2011

 

Two Red-necked Phalaropes at Shoeless Joes in Leamington near Point Pelee on 20 May 11

 

Volunteering for Bird Conservation on James Bay - Article with photos in OFO News February 2011

 

 

2010

Juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher two photos at Hydro Marsh, Pickering, east of Toronto on 20 September 2010

 

Hamilton Shorebirds including unusual Semipalmated Sandpiper. 6 and 12 September 2010

 

More juvenile shorebirds at Frenchman's Bay Page 2 on 4 September 2010

 

Juvenile shorebirds at Frenchman's Bay, Pickering just east of Toronto on 31 August 2010

 

Variation in White-rumped Sandpipers at Longridge Point, James Bay, Ontario, in July and August 2010. Seven photos.

 

James Bay Red Knot and Shorebird Surveys 14 July-17 August 2010. 6 pages of Red Knots, shorebirds, birds, mammals & crew.

 

Variation in Long-billed Dowitchers at Blenheim Lagoons on 6 May 2010

 

Shorebirds at Blenheim Lagoons on 6 May 2010 including three Wilson`s Phalaropes

 

Long-billed Dowitcher at 10th Road East, Saltfleet, between Stoney Creek and Grimsby, Ontario on 24 April 2010

 

Southern Lapwing at Gamboa Resort, near Panama City on 13 March 2010. I really wanted a photo of Southern Lapwing.

 

Whimbrels Photo 1 on mudflats in Panama City on 16 March 2010. Whimbrel Photo 2

 

2009

Purple Sandpiper and Dunlin at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Ontario, three photos on 8 December 2009

 

Juvenal Long-billed Dowitcher with broken lower mandible, Presqu'ile, 13 Sept. It wasn't able to preen properly, see damaged scapulars in this photo

 

American Avocet molting into basic plumage at Pringle Creek in Whitby on 24 August 2009

 

Sanderling with lime green flag, adult molting into basic plumage, at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 24 August 2009. It was banded in on 31 May 2008 at 8:53:00 a.m.at Mispillion Harbor - Osprey Point, Delaware, United States.

 

Least Sandpiper in juvenal plumage, molting adult Sanderling, molting adult Semipalmated Sandpiper at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 5 August 2009

 

James Bay Shorebird and Red Knot Surveys Ontario, 16-29 July 2009

 

Western Sandpiper in first alternate plumage at Windermere Basin, Hamilton, 5 photos on 8 June 2009

 

Purple Sandpiper 1, photo 2, in alternate plumage at Cobourg Harbour on 29 May 2009

 

Banded Piping Plover 4 photos at Darlington Provincial Park on 27 and 28 May 2009

 

Whimbrel migration in Toronto on 24 May 2009. 1814 birds counted.

 

Hudsonian Godwit 1, photo 2, photo 3, male in alternate plumage, Whitby, 23 May 2009

 

Spring Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitcher Identification.

 

Long-billed Dowitcher at Hillman Marsh Shorebird Cell near Point Pelee on 17 May 2009

 

Western Willets photo 1 and photo 2 molting into alternate plumage at tip of Point Pelee, 10 May 2009

 

Hendersoni Short-billed Dowitcher at Hillman Shorebird Cell,10 May 2009

 

Long-billed Dowitcher at Hillman Shorebird Cell 9 May 2009

 

Male Ruff in breeding plumage at Britannia/8th Line, Milton, 5 May 2009

 

2008

American Avocet in first basic plumage at Duffins Creek, Ajax, Ontario, on 23 November 2008

 

Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Fort Erie, Ontario, on 5 October 2008

 

Molting adult male Hudsonian Godwit with deformed or broken bill near St. Catharines, Ontario, on 5 October 2008

 

Juvenile Red Knot at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 8 September 2008

 

Shorebirds and Polar Bears of Akimiski Island, James Bay, Nunavut, Canada Part 2 1-25 August 2008

 

Akimiski Island, James Bay, Nunavut, Canada Part 1  from 22 May to 11 June 2008

 

Two Male Ruffs (one black morph and one red morph) at Minesing Swamp on McKinnon Road near Angus on 6 May 2008

 

Long-billed Dowitcher at Minesing Swamp on McKinnon Road near Angus on 3 May 2008

 

Greater Yellowlegs in first alternate plumage at Minesing Swamp on McKinnon Road near Angus on 3 May 2008

 

Ruff and photo 2 on OFO Trip to Minesing Swamp on McKinnon Road near Angus on 27 April 2008

 

Spotted Sandpipers on Lake Simcoe north of Beaverton on 25 April 2008

 

2007

Juvenile Hudsonian Godwit1, photo2, photo3 at Darlington Ponds in Durham Region, east of Toronto, on 15 October 2007

 

Juvenile Stilt Sandpiper at mouth of Rouge River, Toronto, 16 September 2007

 

Gray morph juvenile Baird's Sandpiper 1, photo2 Nonquon Sewage Lagoons, Durham Region, 18 August 2007

 

Juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher, Waverly Beach, Fort Erie, on 11 August 2007

 

Mingan Archipelago In Quebec, Red Knot and shorebird surveys, 18 July to 6 August 2007

 

Three Whimbrels at Darlington Provincial Park east of Toronto on 28 May 2007

 

Whimbrel migration in Toronto on Lake Ontario on 23 May 2007

 

Variation in Short-billed Dowitchers at Hillman Shorebird Cell, May 2007

 

Point Pelee area shorebirds including Hillman Shorebird Cell and Wheatley Harbour, May 2007

 

Ruddy Turnstones molting into alternate plumage on San Blas Islands, Panama, on 25 March 2007

 

2006

 

Late Sanderling in first basic plumage at Reesor Ponds in Markham on 14 November 2006

 

American Avocet Photo 1, Photo 2, at Holland Landing, Ontario, sewage lagoons on 29 August 2006

 

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper in Pond Inlet, Nunavut on 22 August 2006

 

Juvenile Common Ringed Plover at Qaanaaq in western Greenland on 20 August 2006

 

Adult Purple Sandpiper and juvenile Purple Sandpiper in Svalbard in the Norwegian High Arctic on 1 August 2006

 

Red Knot in alternate plumage at Reesor Ponds in Markham on 21 June 2006

 

Akimiski Island in James Bay from 24 May to 9 June 2006.

 

Willets in alternate plumage at Wheatley Harbour on 8 May 2006

 

Dunlin in alternate plumage at Hillman Marsh shorebird compound on 8 May 2006

 

2005

 

Short-billed or Long-billed Dowitchers on 21 July 2005

 

Long-billed Dowitcher in early stages of first prebasic molt at Dundas Marsh in Hamilton on 8 October 2005.

 

Sanderling in its first prebasic molt at Van Wagners Beach in Hamilton on 8 October 2005.

 

Juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 27 August 2005.

 

James Bay Shorebirds from 1 - 9 August 2005, 2 pages:  James Bay Page 1,  James Bay Page 2.

 

Molting adult hendersoni Short-billed Dowitcher at Rock Point Provincial Park on the north shore of Lake Erie in Ontario on 28 July 2005.

 

Adult Baird's Sandpipers on 26 July 2005 at Reesor Ponds in Markham, Ontario.

 

Greater Yellowlegs in alternate plumage on 19 July 2005 at Reesor Ponds in Markham, Ontario.

 

Short-billed Dowitchers in worn alternate plumage on 17 July 2005 at Reesor Ponds in Markham, Ontario.

 

Stilt Sandpipers in worn alternate plumage on 17 July 2005 at Reesor Ponds in Markham, Ontario.

 

Short-billed Dowitcher in worn alternate plumage on 15 July 2005 at Schomberg, Ontario.

 

Lesser Yellowlegs in worn alternate plumage on 15 July at Schomberg, Ontario.

 

Short-billed Dowitcher apparently of the nominate subspecies griseus in probable first alternate (first breeding) plumage on 30 May 2005 at Sobeys Pond in Whitby. The amount of basic feathers and date suggest first alternate plumage.

 

Pectoral Sandpiper in alternate (breeding) plumage on 16 April 2005 at 10th Road near Beamer Conservation Area.

 

Dunlin 1  2  Two photos of same bird in worn basic (winter) plumage on 16 April 2005 at 10th Road near Beamer.

 

2004

 

Hudsonian Godwit at Winona Sewage Lagoons

 

Adult Long-billed Dowitcher 20 September 2004

 

2003

 

Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope beginning its molt into first basic (first winter) plumage at Harrow Sewage Lagoons, Ontario, 21 September 2003.

 

Juvenile Sanderling beginning its molt into first basic (winter) plumage at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 7 September 2003.

 

Juvenile Black-bellied Plover at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on 7 September 2003.

 

Juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Sobeys Pond in Whitby, Ontario, 6 September 2003.

 

Short-billed Dowitchers in Ontario in 2003 showing birds in fresh alternate, worn alternate and juvenal plumage.

 

American Avocet on the Leslie Street Spit (Tommy Thompson Park), Toronto, Ontario, on 31 August 2003.

 

Juvenile Western Sandpiper at Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario, 30 August 2003.

 

Juvenile Baird's Sandpiper at Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario, 23 August 2003

 

Adult Pectoral Sandpiper at Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario, 23 August 2003