James Bay Shorebird Surveys 2013 - Hannah Bay

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Greater Yellowlegs resting at high tide at East Point on Hannah Bay. High count was 437 molting adults on 22 July 2013.

 

Marbled Godwits fed daily along the tide line at Hannah Bay. The high count of 99 on 20 July 2013 and other observations suggest that Marbled Godwits breed in the vast marshes of Hannah Bay. Todd (1963) in the Birds of the Labrador Peninsula described Marbled Godwit habitat at Hannah Bay. He wrote "The level, wet meadows which the godwits haunted reminded me strikingly of the plains of Saskatchewan, where I had become familiar with this species in the season of 1932." This godwit was recently found breeding nearby in Quebec at Baie Cabbage Willows and Baie de Boatswain. The James Bay population was recently revised upwards from 1500 to 2000 birds based on observations from last summer. See Shorebird Population Estimates 2012 in link below. Climate warming may be having a positive effect on the breeding success of Marbled Godwits in James Bay.

Shorebird Population Estimates 2012

 

Juvenile Least Sandpiper on 29 July 2013. Note sandy mud covered with mossy-like algae and Mare's-Tail (Hippuris tetraphylla) in the background. This habitat is abundant in 100-200 metre wide bands all along the estuary shoreline, being a favourite feeding habitat of shorebirds.

 

Semipalmated Sandpipers were our most abundant shorebird. High count was 12,650 molting adults on 21 July. We saw no juveniles during our stay which ended the 30 July. Antonio Coral spotted two flagged Semipalmated Sandpipers. David Mizrahi of the New Jersey Audubon Society provided the following information "The flag yellow bird, MV2 on upper right leg, was banded on 7 April 2012 at our study site, Warappakreek, Commewijne District, Suriname (0559'28.59"N, 5454'48.97"W). The lime green flagged bird, 3P3 on upper right leg, was banded in Delaware Bay on 22 May 2013, at our Fortescue study site, Cumberland County, New Jersey (3913'24.58"N, 75 9'59.84"W)."

 

Semipalmated Plover feeding on muddy algae. High count of 118 adults on 26 July 1013.

 

White-rumped Sandpiper, molting adult. High count of 558 on 26 July 2013.

 

Pectoral Sandpiper - all were non-molting adults. High count of 489 on 22 July 2013.

 

Small flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers landing in Mare`s-Tail (Hippuris) to feed.

 

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