Saturday, November 26, 2011

November 23 & 24, 2011 Lake Dore birding

Hi Everyone
On November 23rd and 24th I had an opportunity to check out Lake Dore near Eganville in Renfrew County during the last hour of light. On November 23rdthere was lots of activity, 2500+ gulls roosting on the lake, mainly Herring and Ring-billed but also counted 54 Bonaparte's, 3 Iceland, 1 Glaucous and 1 Great Black-backed Gull. Other water birds included 27 Common Loon, 1 Red-throated Loon, 14 Red-necked Grebe, 37 Horned Grebe, 9 Long-tailed Duck., and 200+ Common Goldeneye.
The following day after birding Algonquin Park stopped at Lake Dore enroute to Kingston. This time the birding was done from the Bierdman Park side of the lake instead of Point Church Road. The results were similar but there were a few changes in numbers. I counted 230+ Bonaparte's Gull feeding and resting along with 220+ Hooded Merganser. Most of the activity was near the mouth of Biederman Creek. As the gulls came into roost for the evening aside from the 2000+ mainly Herring and Ring-billed there was 1 Glaucous Gull. The grebe numbers were good with 54 Horned and 12 Red-necked along with 16 Common Loon. I'm sure there are more birds on this lake and with regular coverage some "goodies" will be found.

Good Birding, Bruce

Lake Dore is located off Hwy 41 near Eganville/Golden Lake.

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