[CT Birds] Fwd: [SHOREBIRDS] James Bay Report # 2

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From: Jean Iron <jeaniron at SYMPATICO.CA>
To: SHOREBIRDS at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Sent: Sun, Jul 19, 2009 12:36 pm
Subject: [SHOREBIRDS] James Bay Report # 2


Jean Iron called me on Saturday (18 July) evening by satellite phone?
from Longridge Point on southern James Bay. She is with a crew of six?
headed by Mark Peck of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) surveying?
migrating shorebirds, particularly Red Knots of the subspecies rufa,?
which is listed as endangered in Canada. Rufa has declined 70% during?
the last 15 years. Longridge was chosen as the ROM's survey site?
because significant numbers of Red Knots have been recorded there in?
the past. The extensive tidal flats and wide coastal marshes of?
southern James Bay provide abundant wetland habitats making it one of?
the most important shorebird staging areas in North America. Its?
importance has been compared to the upper Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick.?
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SHOREBIRDS: no migrant juvenile shorebirds recorded as of 18 July.?
Black-bellied Plover: 3 adults on 17 July and 2 on 18th.?
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Semipalmated Plover: 4 adults on 17 July.?
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Killdeer: 1 on 18 July.?
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Spotted Sandpiper: 1 on 17 July.?
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Solitary Sandpiper: 3 adults on 17 and 1 on 18th?
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Greater Yellowlegs: 222 adults on 17 and 118 on 18th.?
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Lesser Yellowlegs: 459 adults on 17 July and 306 on 18th.?
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Whimbrel: 15 adults on 17 July and 11 on 18th.?
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Hudsonian Godwit: 102 adults on 17 July and 104 on 18th.?
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Marbled Godwit: 1 adult on 17 July. An isolated population of about?
1500 Marbled Godwits breeds in James Bay in wide coastal marshes,?
which are very prairie-like.?
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Ruddy Turnstone: 10 adults on 17 July and 12 on 18th.?
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Red Knot: 200 adults of 17 July and 157 on 18th. Knots are in the?
beginning stages of prealternate molt. 25 colour marked knots were?
observed including birds banded in Delaware Bay, Florida, Argentina and Chile.?
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Sanderling: 15 adults on 17 July and 61 on 18th.?
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Semipalmated Sandpiper: 185 adults on 17 July and 207 on 18th.?
Numbers should increase soon.?
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Least Sandpiper: 111 adults on 17 July and 31 on 18th.?
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White-rumped Sandpiper: 1 molting adult on 17 July and 1 on 18th.?
Numbers should increase soon.?
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Pectoral Sandpiper: 6 adults on 17 July and 17 on 18th. This species?
does not molt during fall migration.?
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Dunlin: 1 adult on 17 July and 3 on 18th.?
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Curlew Sandpiper: An adult male found by Doug McRae. It is bright?
individual beginning prealternate molt.?
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Short-billed Dowitcher: 6 adults on 17 July and 3 on 18th. Most were?
of the nominate subspecies griseus, which nests mainly in northern?
Quebec, but some breed west to James Bay.?
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Wilson's Snipe: 4 on 17 July and 2 on 18th.?
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OTHER OBSERVATIONS?
Pacific Loon: 1 adult on 18 July found by Mark Peck.?
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Black Guillemot: 1 adult on 18 July found by Mark Peck.?
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Merlin: 2 around camp.?
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Yellow Rail: many "clicking" in coastal sedge marsh.?
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Gray Jay: 1 adult with 2 blackish juveniles in spruce forest south of?
camp. Juvenile Gray Jays differ so much from adults that they were?
once thought to be a separate species. Juveniles molt into adult-like?
plumage mainly in August.?
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Le Conte's Sparrow: fairly common. This sparrow also breeds at many?
inland areas across northern Ontario.?
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Nelson's Sparrow: common in extensive coastal grass/sedge wetlands.?
The breeding subspecies alterus is often called the James Bay?
Sparrow. It is the more frequent of the two subspecies (alterus and?
nominate nelsoni) seen in migration in southern Ontario.?
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White-winged Crossbill: 156, these birds are on the move looking for?
maturing cone crops and probably will nest in late summer in northern?
Ontario if they find abundant spruce crops.?
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Map link shows considerable ice in James and Hudson Bays.?
http://www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/ims_gif/DATA/cursnow_usa.gif?
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Reference: Wilson, N.C. and D. McRae. 1993. Seasonal and Geographical?
Distribution of Birds for Selected Sites in Ontario's Hudson Bay?
Lowland. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. 145 pages.?
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Jean will call again in a few days and I'll post an update.?
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Ron Pittaway?
Minden and Toronto?
Ontario, Canada?




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