Maps and Monitoring Forms for Manitoba IBA’s

This is (hopefully) the final blogpost of the day, following a (relative) flurry of activity this afternoon. We are now beginning to upload monitoring forms and maps for each IBA onto this website. Monitoring forms for the more commonly visited and easier accessed IBA’s are now available on the website plus maps for 2 IBA’s (Oak Hammock Marsh and Proven Lake). More will be following. In the meantime if you would like a monitoring form, or more likely, a map for a site which is currently unavailable, please contact Tim Poole at iba@naturemanitoba.ca or (204) 943-9029.

The maps and monitoring forms are available under the ‘Volunteer’ tab or at https://importantbirdareasmb.ca/volunteer/maps-and-monitoring-forms/.

2014 Caretaker report

We are delighted to publish our 2014 Program Report on the website. This highlights the fantastic achievements of our Caretakers. I would say 3 Caretakers but since the start of 2015 we have gained a few more! Here is a snippet of some of the achievements from 2014 but to really get a feeling take a look at the report MB IBA 2014 Caretaker and Program report.


MB009 – NETLEY-LIBAU MARSH – Charlie McPherson

  • Spent almost 1000 hours time contributing to IBA-related activities
  • 40 hours spent building and installing bird boxes within the IBA.
  • Time spent advocating marsh improvement with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.
  • Attended a workshop at the University of Winnipeg on Netley-Libau Marsh with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation. Delivered presentations at preliminary meeting at the Manitoba Hydro Building in Winnipeg and the 2nd and 3rd meetings
  • Delivered a presentation on the IBA Program at Oak Hammock Marsh.
  • Delivered a presentation to the Selkirk Birdwatchers Club.
  • Meeting with the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews to discuss mitigation for the marsh
  • 4 monitoring trips in 2014 includingGoldeye Lake and Folster’s Lake highlights included:
    • 100 Western Grebes, including young
    • Forster’s Tern colony
    • 4 pairs of Bald Eagle
    • 26 Red-necked grebe

MB038 – NORTH, WEST AND EAST SHOAL LAKES, Donna Martin

  • 3 checklists submitted to eBird.
  • In September, Donna participated in World Shorebird Day, counting shorebirds and other species in the IBA.
  • Secured a donation from Rona of two pressure treated posts and hardware to erect 2 signs on the north side of the IBA.
  • Received a Lumber donation from Starr Building for North West and East Shoal Lake IBA worth approximately $400 to build some bird houses. Thanks to Sandra Cote for helping Donna Secure this donation.
  • Created a Facebook page for the North West and East Shoal Lake IBA linking to the Manitoba IBA website. See here.
  • Created a brochure for the IBA. Currently on hold.
  • Wrote a blogpost for the Manitoba IBA website on the Least Bittern in the North Shoal Lake (Least Bittern).
  • The main birding highlights included:
    • Herring and Ring-billed Gulls are thought to breed in the IBA but again, no colonies have been found yet.
    • Evidence of breeding Willet.
    • Red-necked Grebe bred successfully.
    • 2 adult Least Bitterns were observed in the summer. Following this, 5 juveniles were counted in the fall.
    • Black-crowned Night Heron are present, although there is currently no evidence of breeding.
    • American White Pelican present in low numbers throughout the summer and higher numbers in the fall. There may be a breeding colony.

MB091 – RIVERTON SANDY BAR, Joanne Smith

  • IBA signs and ‘Caution ground-nesting bird’ signs placed in parking area.
  • Placed information box with the IBA brochure in the parking area.
  • Delivered a presentation on the IBA alongside a presentation delivered by a representative of the East Interlake Conservation District. Audience of 25.
  • Set up Facebook page for Riverton Sandy Bar.
  • Regular visit to Riverton Sandy Bar, even in the depths of winter! Piping Plover have bred here in the past but not in 2014. Bird highlights included:
    • Red Knot, a trigger species on October 10.
    • 130 American White Pelican in early June.
    • 300 Ring-billed Gulls in late May.
    • 1500 Franklin’s Gulls in July
    • Shorebirds noted included Least Sandpiper, Killdeer, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Black-bellied Plover, American Golden Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper and Baird’s Sandpiper.
    • 48 Western Grebe in early June.
    • 1000 Snow Goose and 1000 Canada Goose during fall migration

Richard Cain produced a logo for the Manitoba IBA Program. The image of the American White Pelican was selected to represent our program. Manitoba is the most important place in North America for this species, being home to one-third of the global breeding population.IBA Pelican Logo Hi Res

Netley-Libau Marsh (MB009): An Infestation of Bald Eagles

Charlie McPherson offers the latest tales of eagles, pelicans, leaky boats and cans of mushroom soup from Netley-Libau Marsh.

Adult Bald Eagle at Netley-Liba Marsh. Copyright Charlie McPherson

Adult Bald Eagle at Netley-Libau Marsh. Copyright Charlie McPherson

Can you believe it?  I backed the boat in at the end of Warner Road this morning and forgot to put the drain plug in again, and Marg wasn’t there this time to let Homer know before he got it off the trailer.

It would have been too hard to reload and drain it from the trailer,  what with the wind blowing the boat off it’s reloading line and Lake Winnipeg’s waves lifting it up and laying it on top of submerged rocks and all (how nice,) so I plugged the thing and started bailing  and dropped the partly filled bailing can into the water and it floated just right/upright off towards Gimli. So I chug-a-lug as much water as I can out of the 4 litre milk jug knowing I’ll be out on the lake for quite some time, then cut the bottom off the jug and used it as  bailing can.

Marg and I boated the beach ridge last week doing the Netley-Libau Marsh (NLM) spring counts for Canada’s Important Bird Area (IBA) Program and counted 39 Bald Eagles. That was according to the IBA Protocol (no double counts.)  I was wanting to redo that count today just to make sure that we hadn’t double counted any. We hadn’t. In fact, more had arrived.

Today’s tally:  Warner Rd. at the NW corner of the IBA to Patricia Beach at the NE corner of the IBA – 25 km., plus up the Main Channel (south) to the center of the marsh and down the East Channel (north) back to the lake – 12 km.

Bald Eagle: 86 (WHOA!)
Nest Occupied: 5
Adults: 24
Juveniles: 62

028  Juvenile Bald Eagle - Netly-Libau Marsh

Juvenile Bald Eagle at Netley-Libau Marsh. Copyright Charlie McPherson

Other Species not in last week’s spring migration count: 

Tundra Swan: 20  

A 360 degree canvas of clean grey on clean grey was my treat for today, with additional  grey on grey added to yet even more grey on grey for fun.  Mixing beautiful greys and keeping them fresh and clean must be the Magic Painter’s specialty. I couldn’t find any errors. And then, to pull it all off,  a canvas within a canvas: a brilliant white sun poked it’s head out from amongst the grey to cast a sprawling, dazzling white net across the water to catch a flock of 20 White Pelicans struggling to break free in flight – the best white on white I’ve ever seen – crystals of backlit white water splashes marking their runways.   And off in the distance for an anchor, a pair of adult Bald Eagle sporting  all black coats and  sensitively painted all white diamonds for top hats and all white silk  for coat-tails.

GAWD! Was it ever cold on the lake: SE wind @ about 10+ and rising (not the best wind for lake travel – but doable,)  temps supposed to go to 10 C (ha, ha): long johns, lined pants, light down-lined coat under full cover skidoo suit; wool socks, leather wool-lined mitts (not gloves); cold left over white rice and black beans in a grey, mushroom soup gravy which, after bouncing around in the washtub waves and lifting the lid, I see a 5″x8″ of what I had seen all around me. Some crazy Lake Genie held back a few mushrooms for clean and fresh  grey clouds in a tint of grey soup for the  sky over a tone of grey soup for the lake,  spoonful’s of clean and fresh white rice for the net, tones of white rice mixed in just a touch of gravy for backlit pelicans and sparkles of white splashes for their runways; a few beans and a few grains of rice for the eagles, and a hodge/podge of mixed beans and gravy for the beach ridge. And to pull all that off, a few of the beans scattered about for the black backs of diving Western Grebes.

86 Bald Eagles! Who’d a thunk it! And that’s not counting the ones in the south end of the marsh. There’s always a few hanging around down there.

The Day of the Storm

Charlie McPherson, IBA Caretaker for Netley-Libau Marsh reminises about an especially memorable birding outing in 2012….

‘Tess, you’ll still need to dress warm and bring a change of clothing and rain gear and such.  You can run into soakers and sudden drops in temps. out there in June, even July’.

When I first met Ray he asked if I’d take him into the Netley-Libau Marsh (warm, sunny day – July 29, 2012) so I included him in on the counts I was having to do for Canada’s Important Bird Area program. We ended up counting birds all day from the Netley side of the marsh, along some of the beach ridge, and through the maze of marsh channels in the north end to the Libau side of the marsh when, around about 5:00 pm, I noticed a storm brewing in the west and I didn’t like the look of it – had never seen anything like it.   We were oh, I’d say, 20 km. from the truck. I advised him to pack up his birding gear and slap on his rain gear because we were going get it, and GET IT we did.

Like when my boys (8 and 10) asked me, years ago, to take them fishing one evening. I was too tired to go through the song and dance of loading and unloading the canoe and they were still too young to be of any help, really, especially paddling it, so I took them to the beach ridge and we fished from shore. Good thing too! The wind was very mild out of the south but it started shifting west, then turned into a violent tornado  with sweeping arms trying to suck us into it’s ugly, saliva dripping mouth.  We were getting sand blasted  and the boys started crying and  I hardly had but a few seconds to  grab them up and throw them into a stand of cane willows in a bit of swale along the lakeside of the ridge  and lay over top of them while THE MONSTER did its thing. It touched down at Gimli ten miles north but it sure would have blown us to ‘who knows where’ had we been in the canoe.

Because the wind was slight out of the south when we first started fishing, the water along the shoreline lay smooth and calm. By the time ‘The Thing’ did its thing in swinging west, gaining momentum,  then letting us have a taste of its rage from the north west, the quiet, smooth, ever so pleasant waters to fish in turned to a steamy, boiling pot of violence. As I lay there squint/peeking out over the lake, I wasn’t sure if the airborne gulls were fleeing for their lives or just dancing around in the wind having fun. I wasn’t having any, although I was kinda enthralled by the awesome wonder of it all. Had the torn touched down where we were, it might have torn us apart, or we might have been seen dancing around in the wind ourselves and, who knows, touching down in the middle of the lake or wherever it decided to spit us out.  Moral of the story? I had been eating lots of garlic with my bacon and eggs in the morning and storms like this don’t like garlic so eat lots of garlic and they’ll look for some other victims to gobble up – hee, hee!

Our back yard during the storm - July 29, 2012

Windswept cattails during the storm

So Ray and I  dawn our  full body rain gear and start beating’er back west across the marsh through it’s maize of channels to the Hughes Channel and it’s ‘tempt me into risking a 1/2 mile shot from it’s mouth, west to the Salamonia Channel via Lake Winnipeg’ for just an itsy, bitsie, teenie, weenie, speedy cruise along the shoreline where, once at the Sal.,  it’s an easy walk west along  the beach ridge to the truck,  the wind on the lake still being slight from the east so it’s, ‘not all that bad’ yet. But you can’t trust L. Wpg. when a storm is brewing. We weren’t but a couple hundred yards from the lake where Fran and I had those ’35 in one hour’ Sharp-shinned Hawks crashing our picnic the other day when a squall of wind turned dirty and came barreling up the channel stopping us dead in the water.  “Don’t you dare!” in other words. I pulled into the weeds along the bank and said, “The wind isn’t going to let us out Ray! We’ll have to go back south to the Passwa Cross Channel, then to the Sal., then to the beach ridge to the truck.” He said, “You know the marsh. It’s your call!”

So we boot it south up the Hughes, west and north  along the Passwa,  and attempt to cross Hughes Lake (a small,  shallow inner marsh lake) north west to the Sal. and the BIG STORM  hit with a soaking, violent vengeance.  We were no more than 100 ft. into  Hughes Lake and, had we had arms of elastic, we could have stretched’em  out  and touched the banks of  Sal. and pulled ourselves ashore –  we were that close –  about 1/2 km.! But we had to turn’er back. I sped the boat south up the Passwa about 100 yds. and rammed’er into a big, tall stand of cattails on the Passwa’s east bank.

There’s shelter in a big block of  cattails. I learned that as a young teen while hunting with my dad. I’d be standing  on the seat of the boat looking out over the tops of the cattails scanning the sky for ducks and getting about as cold as an improperly dressed  teen can get  in a  late October wind and would have to  tuck down out of the wind to warm up; doable, sorta, but  best if there a bit of  sun to beat  down on ya. Later in life, as a courtesy to my young, pre-teen/pre-hunting boys who’d be along for the ride whenever I went out for a hunt,  I built a box to keep them dry and off  the dog shaking/dog dripping wet floor of the boat and stuffed it with blankies and extra socks and mitts and scarves and hats and changes of clothes and hot soup and wagon wheels.  Wagon wheels:  1/2″ x 4″ round, chocolate coated wafery thingys –  kinda like a Kit Kat, only better (marsh mellowy, not crunchy,)  and  kinda common way back then.

As I’m yelling for Ray to pull’er up into the cattails, the wind sucks the  boat length/boat width piece of vapor barrier up and sends’er sailing 60 yards into the cattails.  I use that piece of tarp to keep wind spray from soaking me and my birding gear when tooling it into even slight winds over even tiny marsh lake/marsh channel wind driven waves, let alone even tiny L. Winnipeg wind driven waves. So I drop everything and disappear through the 8′ cattails –  torrential, drenching rain pounding me into the yucky, mucky marsh pavement –  chasing this piece of plastic hoping the wind won’t suck it up and send’er flying again.  Thankfully, I got it, and ran back and called for Ray to grab our comfy lawn/boat birding chairs. We tucked the plastic under the back legs and pulled the sheet over top of us and ‘iglood out the storm’ nice and safe down low below the howling wind and nice and safe from the deluge of rain. Did it ever come down, pelting at us for a good 35 minutes.

IBA Birders huddle under vapor barrier 'igloo' during Netly-Libau marsh's   vicious, July 2012 storm.

So we sat in comfort yacking above the roar of the rain getting to know each other. It was here in the Igloo that I told the Inuit about the Pembina Valley Hawk watches where he could get one of the Lifer’s he was lusting after – a Golden Eagle. Come spring the following year, we drove to the Valley and the first raptor on his first step out of the vehicle was a Golden Eagle. Imagine that! We had to bail the boat once the storm let up but floating around in the back was the water proof plastic tub where I keep my rusty camp stove and coffee pot,  and my  coffee making supplies. Best coffee I had in a long time, although it was iffy trying to coax the matches that I keep in my wallet to light. You want Boat Coffee Tess? Then it’s Boat Coffee you get. But don’t worry about the rust. The coffee grinds are the same color and you won’t even know it’s there. Ray brings his own, all new shiny camp gear now but I still do rustic.  It’s the Cancer in me. I’m a June baby. And besides, evening light on ‘rusty’ makes for better photos. So we survived, got out, got to the truck and found our way home. I picked a shivering wet Robin squab off the ridge when we got to the truck, cupped it in my hands and blew warm, yummy garlic breath on it for about half an hour to revive it, fed it dog food and hard boiled eggs (the right protein mix for birdies) for a couple of days, found a pair of adoptive parent Robins with kids the same age a couple of blocks over, got them to sign the paper work and let them take it from there. Robins will adopt. The highlight of our counting was when we came across the Forster’s Tern Colony between Pruden Bay and Parisian Lake (both inner marsh bodies of water) and scattered numbers of juvenile Franklin Gulls.

The western sky clears over Cochrane Lake after the July 2012 storm

The western sky clears over Cochrane Lake after the July 2012 storm

Moral of the story? Don’t go birding with Charlie on a day in July no matter how tempting the  yellowy, slanty/streaky evening light texturing and  warmly washing White Pelicans and coffee pots can be.  If you do fall into temptation, bring the extra clothing that he’s been tellin’ya to bring. And eat lots of garlic.  Ray skipped breakfast that day and look what happened to him. I didn’t, and the storm only ‘touched us.’ He can thank me for that, and for saving his life.

Our Journey

Another day out at Netley-Libau Marsh (MB009)

Charlie McPherson, IBA Caretaker for Netley-Libau Marsh shares another exciting day of migrating bird activity on the marsh
Fran (my wife) and I birded, by boat, 22 km. of Lake Winnipeg’s lakeshore last Tuesday, May 5, doing the  counts for the Netley-Libau Marsh (NLM) Important Bird Area (IBA) program. The NLM IBA boundary includes the 25 km. lakeshore and reaches 1 km. into the lake. It  extends all the way from Warner Rd. on the Netley side of the marsh to the west shore of Beaconia Lake at Patricia Beach on the Libau side of the marsh.
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While backing the boat and trailer into the water, Fran cries out, “Charlie, there’s a hole in the boat! It’s filling with water!” (Forgot to put the drain plug in. Hee?)  So after reloading, draining, re launching and another stiff, south wind drift towards Montreal Island in the north (the same kind Erin  and I had  on Saturday,) the thing started and we were on our way – I told her it was the choke’s fault.The lakeshore is a strewn mess of fallen and falling trees – eroded by years of Lake Winnipeg watershed inflows and wind tides plus the holding back of some of that water within Lake Winnipeg Regulation (711′ – 715′ above sea level.)   It’s not a pretty picture!

NL’s channel mouths  and the mouths of Pruden Bay and the Brokenhead River are where most of the birding activity is although the bays along the lakeshore and the beach ridge, itself, hold small  scatterings of water birds, gulls, eagles, herons, ravens, and crows, and such.

Although some of the birds are still in migration  and some are still to come, some aren’t and will remain here to breed – Western Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Coot, Forster’s Tern and Franklin Gull etc. Several hundred (each) Pelican and Cormorant (non breeders) will make NL their summer home too, as will several species of duck: Mallard, Wood Duck,  Teal, Shovelor, Redhead….

We concentrated our counts on the lakeside  but took a ‘churn us to butter’ spin bumping over the waves up the wind assaulted East Channel to the center of the marsh  on the way back. The interior marsh lakes and channels are flooded, having but the occasional duck here and there, the occasional Great-blue Heron, a few Bald Eagle, an occasional Raven and a few Red-winged Blackbird at this time of year.  Yellow Warbler and Song Sparrow are the most common song birds making  the treed channel shorelines that can reach a km. into the marsh their home; Red-wing Blackbird, Common Yellow-throat and Marsh Wren are the most common in the un treed portions of the marsh.

It’s an all grey, drizzly kind of day today, May 7,  and as I sit here typing on Chalet Beach Rd. at the NW corner of the NLM with the heater on next to what used to be Moore’s Creek, I’m  looking out over a 1-2  km. ring of cattails (that the  drought of 2003 brought back)  into what is now the gigantic, 60+ sq. km. Netley Lake. On a clear day, I can see the Netley Cut approx. 10 km. to the south, south east. Prior to the drought of 2003 there were no cattails here, drowned out by preceding  flood years. There’s a few Red-winged Blackbirds establishing territories, a pair of Mallard cupping in for a landing, another 4 laying on the road eating yummy gravel and taking showers, and a Canada Goose sitting on a nest in an open area of winter flattened cattails about 1/2 km. out. She ‘cloud tans’ after showering and there’s a goofy Sora Rail laughing it’s hyena  laugh just in back of me. On a good day, one might be able to see a few other bird species, but only a few. As I’ve said, the NLM is an en

Netley Lake Now
Two bird species in migration on Tuesday were Northern Harrier and Sharp-shinned Hawk. After scooting across the lake from Warner Rd. in the NW to the Brokenhead River in the NE, Fran and I  travelled upstream (south) on the Brokenhead to the channel feeding and draining Folster’s Lake. There’s usually some evidence of breeding birds in and around this lake – moreso than any of the other inner marsh lakes. You can see the casino on Hwy. 59 from this lake. The casino ended up with the controversial palm trees that Winnipeg Beach had ordered a few years ago.
 Channel Mouths
Folster’s lake was bird less and too shallow to enter with the motor down and it was too windy to row into so after  bumping over a school of  Carp (thump, thunk, thump) we turned  around and headed back north to Lake Wpg. and across the lake west along the beach ridge to Pruden Bay where the Western Grebes like to feed, up the East Channel (south into the marsh) which the army that Canada sent to take out Louis Riel paddled up) to the Cross Channel, west across to the Main (the shipping channel,)  up the Main (south) to the Hughes at the center of the marsh – about 5 km. from the beach ridge – (the channel fur traders coming from the west would use, the channel with the ever so successful breeding pair of Bald Eagle – 7 years in a row now that I am aware of) and down the Hughes (north) past BW’s future Demo Channel (BW is planning to use this channel as a test site for phosphorous uptake – a part of the Tomorrow Now Green Plan to save the lake from nutrient overloading) to its mouth where we stopped for lunch and got in on a most marvelous migration of Sharp-shinned Hawks. We caught a few  of them drifting over the beach ridge on their way west to Warner Rd. earlier in the day and now again a bunch (35 in 1 hr.)  over the ridge (about 100 yds. wide here)  at the mouth of the Hughes and, once clearing the trees, some bombing down over the Hughes to within just meters of us.
The Mouth of the Hughes Channel 25 km shoreline
The Hughes was a tint of grey in Tuesday’s afternoon light draining into and sprawling out over L. Wpg. into a broad, broad tone of grey all the way across the lake reaching the distant northern horizon as a very dark shade of grey with a touch of cobalt blue to ‘hold it down.’ Climbing out of the shade, the sky on the horizon was a light tint of cerulean blue advancing overhead to deep, deep cerulean behind  NW to SE strings of plain, thin white clouds – nothing dazzling to write home about really, kinda plain, actually. But then there were those hawks.
TUESDAY’S BIRDS AS WE CAME ACROSS THEM:
9:00 am – travelling Warner Rd. to the mouth of the Salamonia Channel – 4.5 km.
Crow: 5
Mallard: 8
Bufflehead: 6
Lesser-yellowleg: 5
Canada Goose: 2
Gulls: 16
Western Grebe: 26
Forster’s Tern: 11
Franklin Gull: 4
Belted Kingfisher: 1
Ring-necked Duck: 32
Lesser Scaup: 2
9:20 am. Mouth of the Salamonia Channel: 
Pelican: 10
Bald Eagle: 3
Cormorant: 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 8 (as singles flying west to Warner Rd.)
Raven: 1
Blackbird species: 11
Common Loon: 2 (flying west)
Great-blue Heron: 1
Ducks: 9 (in flight, too far out to id)
Western Grebe: 8
Mallard: 2
9:40 am: Mouth of the Hughes Channel – 1 km. east of the Sal.
Greater  Yellow-leg: 18 (two small flocks in migration – 7/11)
Western Grebe: 4
Forster’s Tern: 2
Bald Eagle: 1 (nest occupied)
Ring-necked Duck: 3
Pelican: 8
9:40 am: Between the Hughes and the Main Channels – 4 km.
Gull sp: 6
Bald Eagle: 11 (10 Juv. 2 Adult, 1 nest occupied)
Forster’s Tern: 4
Just Ducks: 6
Western Grebe: 12
Canada Goose: 1
Shorebird: 14 (in migration, too far out to id)
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 7 (over beach ridge going west)
Pelican: 12
Lesser Scaup: 5
Crow: 2
Northern Harrier: 1
Great-blue Heron: 9
10:10 am:  from Navigational Piers (about 1/3 km into L. Wpg:) out front of the Main Channel:  (these piers used to be a part of the beach ridge)
Bald Eagle: 1 (J) (all eagles to this point are not repeat counts)
Pelican: 7
Gull sp: 26
D-b Cormorant: 17
Great-blue Heron: 2
Harrier: 1
Forster’s Tern: 3
Common Merganser: 1
10:45 am: Entering the Main Channel – 1/2 km.
Shorebird Sp: 5
Cormorant: 26
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 3
Western Grebe: 4
Gull: 1
Common Loon: 1
Raven: 5 (used nest on nav. tower)
Mallard: 5
11:00 am – Leaving Main Channel over submerged sand bridges to IBA boundary 1 km. into L. Wpg – slow going – motor bumping bottom;  east in deeper water along IBA boundary to mouth of Folster’s Creek – 8 km., very windy/wavey that far out – S)    
Pelican 2/Gulls Sp: 3 (feeding on a floating fish 1/2 km. out)
Great-blue Heron (fly over)
Lesser Yellow-leg: 2 (fly over)
Mallard: 1 (swimming 1 km. out)
Just Ducks: 25 ( swimming 1/2 km. out)
11:50 am. Mouth of Folster’s Creek and Folster’s Creek to the Brokenhead River – 3 km:
Bald Eagle: 3 (J)
Gull Sp: 20
Franklin Gull: 8
Forster’s Tern: 16
Pelican: 2
Cormorant: 8
Red-breasted Merganser: 2 (fly over)
Magpie: 2
Raven: 2
12:05 am. Mouth of Brokenhead River south to first cottage upstream – 3 km.
Raven: 4
Beaver Lodges along banks: 3
Gull Sp: 3
Canada Goose: 2
Great-blue Heron: 2
Mallard: 11
Bald Eagle: 3
Green-winged Teal: 3
Lesser Yellow-leg: 1
Forster’s Tern: 4
12:13 am. Brokenhead River west up channel to Folster’s Lake – 1.5 km.
Beaver Lodge: 1 (winter drawdowns of L. Wpg. for power production  – 1 ft. on average – exposes lodge entrances and freezes beaver (and muskrat too) out.
Forster’s Tern: 1
Gull Sp: 1
Coot: 2
Mallard: 4
Shorebird Sp: 5
Carp: (School of) at east entrance to Folster’s Lake – lake too shallow to motor, wind to0 strong to row – no birds on lake.
Back north to Lake Winnipeg, back west to mouth of Folster’s Creek (no double counts.)
12:40 pm. From Folster’s Creek west to Pruden Bay along the lakeshore 100 – 200 yards out – 6 km. – not 1 km. out as in when travelling east along IBA boundary.
Ring-necked Duck: 3
Bald Eagle: 16  (2 adults – one on nest, 14 Juv.)  Just a bit to the east of the east edge of Pruden Bay and directly north of Straight Channel as it enters Pruden Bay (3.5 km. to the south)  is the center of the lakeshore.  The 16 Bald Eagles counted from Folster’s Creek to Pruden Bay on the east side of the lakeshore are not the 16 Bald Eagles counted from Warner Rd. to the Main Channel on the west side of the lakeshore.
Raven: 7
Shorebirds: 5
Lesser-yellowleg: 1
1:05 pm. Mouth of Pruden Bay –  1km:
Western Grebe: 104 (feeding)
Shorebirds: 7
Red-breasted Merganser: 2
Gull: 1
1:15 pm. Mouth of East Channel upstream (south) to Cross Channel – 2.5 km.
Mallard: 5
Gull: 1
Western Grebe: 3
Cuckoos: 2 (churned to butter – you should see Fran’s documentation scribbles)
1:20 pm. Cross Channel west to Main Channel – not quite 1 km:  
Raven: 1
Green-winged Teal: 15
Great-blue Heron: 2
Bald Eagle: 1
1:25 pm. From Cross Channel upstream (south) on Main Channel to center of the marsh (5 km from L. Wpg.) to Bald Eagle nest down stream (north) on the Hughes Channel (approx. 3 km:)
Mallard:  4
Gull Sp: 1
Raven: 1 (on nest, west side of Main at center of marsh)
Bald Eagle: 1 (adult on nest on west side of Hughes)
Magpie nest: 1
1:30 pm. Downstream on the Hughes going north to it’s mouth – approx. 4.5 km:
Gull Sp: 6
Wood Duck: 2
Mallard: 7
Shovellor: 2
Ring-necked Duck: 6
Cormorant: 1
Blue-winged Teal: 2
Western Grebe: 13
Coot: 3
Beaver Lodge: 1
Red-winged Blackbird: 22 (flock)
1:50 pm. Mouth of Hughes (west bank – picnic.)
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 35
Palm Warbler: 1
Tree Swallow: 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1
N. Harrier: 7
Red-tailed Hawk: 1
Dragonflies: 3
Mallard: 3
Forster’s Tern: 4
Killdeer: 1
Blue-winged Teal: 1
Greater-yellowleg: 1
Shovellor: 1
3:55 pm. Hughes Channel west to Warner Rd. –  5 km.
Lesser Scaup: 53
Gull Sp: 84 (does not include the 16 we counted on our way out earlier in the day.)