We took off from southern Ontario on July 28, spent the day driving to Cochrane, then stayed the night before boarding the train on July 29 to Moosonee. We started the trip out great with a singing Wilson's Warbler on Barb Charlton's yard in Flamborough of all place. Next up were Le Conte's Sparrows and Black-billed Cuckoos singing behind our hotel in Cochrane!
On July 30 some of the crew got up early to check the Moosonee Sewage Lagoons out - wasn't too much but here is the eBird checklist. Logistics didn't quite work out so I spent an extra night in Moosonee before being helicoptered to Chickney Point where I would be stationed. Ken, Jeanette Goulet (CWS) and I arrived at Chickney at about 9:30 AM where we exchanged places with Ron Ridout (BSC), Stu Mackenzie (BSC) and Don Sutherland (MNR). Our fourth and fearless leader was Christian Friis (CWS). We spent the next two weeks getting out to the coast for the daily flyby at high tide. Numbers of shorebirds were absolutely mental with our daily average somewhere around 60,000 and topping out at over 100,000 individuals!!
|View of the camp from the air, looking north. Note the sweeeet observation tower!|
|Common Redpolls were, well, common|
|Juvenile Northern Shrike visited us once at camp|
|An obliging Alder Flycatcher|
|Crazy storm rolling in|
|Ice for drinks!|
|The crew out on the flats|
|Amongst the amazing numbers of shorebirds were lots of Hudsonian Godwits. This is a flock of about 2500!|
|Part of the same flock of Hudsonian Godwits - let me know if you find the black-tailed...|
|Marbled Godwits had mostly left by the time we arrived|
|A typical view of the shorebirds at Chickney|
|An even more typical view...what's your count?|
|Rusty Tussock Moth caterpillar|
|We had bats at dusk on a few occasions...consensus is that they were probably Hoary Bats|
|Snow Goose numbers built from a few hundred to about 10,000 when we left|
|A banded female (note the brood patch) Snow Goose|
|Peregrine Falcons and Merlins were regularly hunting the flats|
|Nicely coloured "Hudson Bay" Toad|
|Dawn flyovers were common - this one is a quiz bird for you!|
|View from the helicopter towards the coast - the trail through the Meadow of Doom|
|Big Snow Goose flocks at Chickney Channel|
I'll post an update once the daily checklists are up on eBird, but I think we had a bit over 100 species in the two weeks we were there...