Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ontario Beach Park • November 23

Ontario Beach and Charlotte Pier, Monroe, US-NY
Nov 23, 2011 12:10 PM - 12:36 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.1 mile(s)
Comments:     It was a cloudy and 38F noontime walk in Ontario Beach Park today. The water was incredibly rough with waves continuously crashing over Charlotte Pier. So, I walked the boardwalk along the lake instead. The violent weather conditions seemed to have left the area devoid of birds. At the western end of the boardwalk, I spotted a small pocket of gulls at the water's edge just inside the adjacent private property. Moving onto the beach at the park's edge, I saw there were seven Great Black-backed Gulls: five adults and two juveniles. There were also nine Herring Gulls with two of these being juveniles. The Ring-billed Gulls were at similar numbers with eight being spotted in this group. I don't believe I've even seen so many Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls in such a small area, especially without an attendant horde of Ring-bills. I also scanned the entire park area and did not find the Snowy Owl reported yesterday.

Waves on Lake Ontario. Charlotte Pier is on the right.

Charlotte Pier

Great Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls

Great Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls

5 species

Mallard  27
Ring-billed Gull  9
Herring Gull  9
Great Black-backed Gull  7
Rock Pigeon  6

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