Following a fun morning workshop at Oak Lake Community School yesterday (May 9th), I (Tim), took a quick drive south through the Oak Lake and Plum Lakes IBA. There were plenty of waterfowl in the wetlands north and east of the Oak Lake Resort, including a few Tundra Swan. Shorebird numbers were few. In my view, the water levels were a bit too high, and the area of exposed wet mud too low for these birds. I did check out some of our shorebird monitoring route, and found around 30 American Avocets, a Solitary Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope and plenty of yellowlegs.
Here are the counts from quick outing.
|American White Pelican||6|
|Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)||6|
Heading back towards Winnipeg on Highway 2, I came across several thousand geese at the bend in the highway east of Deleau. In total, I estimated at least 6,000 geese, primarily Snows. in among the Snows were some smaller white morph Ross’s and Greater White-fronted (I had down around 100 of this species). There were also Cakling Geese mixed in with the Canada’s
So a great chance to see all five typical Manitoba spring migrating geese if you are in the area. There were also a few more shorebirds, including Willet and Marbled Godwit in this spot.
This corner is currently just outside the IBA boundary. On yesterdays evidence, the boundary might need a rethink!