Whimbrel with background
of CN Tower (world's tallest structure) in downtown Toronto, Ontario.
Tower is about 11 km (7 mi) away. Photo taken from Colonel Sam Smith
Park on northwest shore of Lake Ontario. Over 2000 Whimbrel migrated
through here between 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 23 May
2007. There also was large movement of Whimbrel here yesterday and we
are planning to check for them early Thursday morning.
The Whimbrel went through
in flocks of 35 to 160 individuals. They were very vocal, trilling
constantly. They circled with most flying east possibly to rest for
the day on the Leslie Street Spit, a large peninsula jutting into Lake
Ontario at the east side of Toronto. About 1/3 may have continued
northward heading for the coasts of James and Hudson Bays. There are
very few spring sightings of Whimbrel in Ontario away from Great Lakes
and the province's northern coast.