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Brant and Avocet - turf wars

I went back to the Bracebridge Ponds late this afternoon to check on Brian Pfrimmer's (and Ed Poropat) report of an American Golden-Plover that had briefly touched down, but then flown away. I had hoped it might have returned, but no sign of it or anything else new.

But I did observe an interesting interaction between the Brant and the Avocet. The Avocet was feeding at the east side of cell 2, minding its own business. The Brant swam at a steady pace in a direct line towards it, and when it got quite close, it opened and closed its bill. I didn't hear any sound, but that action was enough to make the Avocet move away. The Brant then proceeded to walk onto the shore and briefly nibbled on some grass there. A short time later, the Brant made two swim-bys of the Avocet when it was feeding in the south-east corner. But this time the Brant let it be. Both birds were still there as of 4:15 p.m.

Here is a photo taken when they were still sorting things out.

Bracebridge Ponds map (north approx. at top, west at left):


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