I got back to Guelph to start my third year on September 4th, and managed to get over to Hamilton 3 times in the following week before classes and work started piling up. This turned out to be a good decision on my part as I added 3 new birds to my Ontario list, being White-rumped Sandpiper, Parasitic Jaeger and Long-tailed Jaeger (in that order). I was hoping to score a phalarope as well to make one of the jaegers my 300th Ontario bird but that was not to be and I'm currently sitting at 299.
In addition to these I also managed to see a fair number and variety of shorebirds and catch up with Josh and Brett (from the California trip that was my last post!) whom I hadn't seen for a while. Among the 16 species, covering pretty much all the regulars, were Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope and the aforementioned White-rumped.
I've also managed to close in on some goals I've set recently that should be easy to achieve - being 250 species for the year in Ontario (currently at 248) and 400 for the year in the ABA (currently at 395). Still some easy ones to go!
I'll leave you for now with some (distant) shots. More to come in the near future.
Least and White-rumped Sandpipers with a Semipalmated Plover
Parasitic Jaegers, Van Wagner's Beach (Hamilton)