Maplewood: November 21st 2009

Last weekend I managed to get in a rather quick hour of birding during the early afternoon in the eastern section of Maplewood Conservation Area. The tide was coming in when I viewed the mudflats and so I was able to get some excellent views of the lone Greater Yellowlegs feeding in the shallows close to the viewing area. Interestingly; the bird paid no attention to an adult Bald Eagle that flew across the mudflats at one point, despite it being considered a prey species of Bald Eagles (Elphick et al 1998). The bird must have noticed that a predator was nearby as just about every gull present took flight while giving alarm calls. I must admit, however, that my observations of Greater Yellowlegs’ response to birds of prey is limited to just two other occasions but in both instances the birds took flight before setting down not far from their original location while giving alarm calls.

While looking south across the Second Narrows I watched three Common Loon diving and occasionally preening themselves. Several Pelagic Cormorants, a single Double-crested Cormorant, and a Harbour Seal were also feeding in the same area.

At this point it started to rain and within a few minutes it had turned into a bit of a downpour so I was forced to cut the day short; I still had an excellent time though.


Elphick, Chris S. and T. Lee Tibbitts. 1998. Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online:


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