On May 12th, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Center celebrated International Migratory Bird Day. Tim Poole and Lynnea Parker helped lead a morning bird walk with Paula Grieef from Oak Hammock Marsh and Dr. Christian Artuso from Bird Studies Canada.
In total, 40 members of the public attended this successful event. 39 different species were observed, including 8 species of waterfowl and 8 species of shorebird. We had several birding scopes set up during this event to provide participants with close-up views of the various species. One of the more noteworthy shorebirds seen was the Least Sandpiper. 24 of these little peeps were spotted running up and down the muddy flats at the front pond to the Interpretive Centre and other locations around the marsh (photo below).
13 Wilson’s Phalarope (photo below) were seen swimming in circles, a behaviour which is unique to the Phalarope family. Phalaropes swim in tight circles in order to stir the water and snatch aquatic bugs which ascend to the surface.
Marbled Godwits provided the biggest show of the morning, getting up to, what can only be described as ‘a bit of springtime business’.
Thank you to Oak Hammock Marsh for hosting, and for the large numbers of people who came to make this a successful morning out.
Complete list of species seen during the morning bird walk: