Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesBonaparte's Gulls and others at Mitchell Lake


The Trent-Severn has begun drawing down the water levels in the system, giving birds some nice spots to stand around on. Among the Canada Geese and Ring-billed Gulls to be seen from the causeway (Hartley Road, running south from 48) were at least two Bonaparte's Gulls. Sunday afternoon they often flew up, hovered, plunked down to pick up food, then circled -- very pretty, tern-live but with squared tails. They are in winter plumage, so no black head, just a black spot behind the eye. Thanks to the women (sorry I didn't get their names) who stopped to nail the ID.
There are a couple of small water birds just south of 48 at the west end of the lake; they look like possible Piedbilled Grebes but were too distant to tell.

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