Red Phalarope Makes Rare Appearance in Oakville, Ontario

Outside of the breeding season, Red Phalarope is wholly pelagic. Inland, even coastal sightings of this species are rare, and most occur during fall migration, which lasts into December (Dunne 2006). On November 21, a single Red Phalarope at Bronte Bluffs Park in Oakville, Ontario was reported originally by Chris Cheatle, so I headed out there to check it out. The Red Phalarope was very tame and stayed very close to shore during the time I spent there, providing excellent looks to all the birders and photographers present.

Delayed Surprise

As I arrived at LaSalle Park near the marina one recent morning, I noticed a Horned Grebe (HOGR) making its way towards the shore on the opposite side of the small bay from where I was standing. I quietly picked up my tripod with attached camera and lens, placed it over my right shoulder and made my way over to the other side of the bay closer to the HOGR.