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Lake Ontario Winter Birding

Posted Jan 11 2009 3:44pm
I have been birding in the Hamilton/Burlington area of Lake Ontario twice this month. Many ducks spend the winter here and Burlington Bay has thousands of resident waterfowl at this time of year. Most of them are far out from shore and are difficult to identify. This is the first time I have really wanted to use a scope. My binoculars are very good, but it is still hard to see the features of some birds in trees and in the water. I saw at least six hawks I could not identify. Peregrine Falcons are found here but I did not see them. My January bird list, which I started thanks to Larry, is now at 46 species. I know I have seen more, but if I don't identify them I will not count them. Here is a slide show which features at least 20 bird species. You can see the birds about as well as I can in the field. Identification is not always easy but I have added 6 birds to my life list this month. Believe me when I say it was cold out there on Friday!! I was in a little sun, a lot of cloud and periods of heavy snow flurries.

How many can you identify? You can follow this link to YouTube and view the pictures in a larger format.

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