In early September, we went to Whitewater Lake with Christian Artuso. Thank you Christian for taking us!
Whitewater lake is quite a distance away, over a three hour drive. Whitewater Lake is a pretty large lake, for very southern Manitoba. It has dried up several times, but now it is getting deeper, and floods far beyond the range of the actual lake. It floods fields and creates perfect habitat for shorebirding.
Here is Whitewater on google maps:
Some of the roads on the map are very flooded, and are not adequate for means of transportation by a vehicle that is not meant for off road. Some of the old farm roads just lead through a sea of shallow water.
We stopped at a flooded field, first. There were lots of shorebirds (at least for me, I haven't seen a lot of shorebirds), and a few new kinds. Least Sandpipers, Baird's Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Plover, American Avocets, and other types.
|Black-crowned Night Heron|
|American Avocet in flight|
|American Avocet flock|
|American Avocets and Long-billed Dowitchers|
|Eared Grebe (lifer)|
|Ruddy Duck (lifer)|
|Western Grebe (lifer)|
|immature Bald Eagle|
Great Egret was another bird we wanted to see. And we saw a few, very far away. Then, later, we found a few more, a bit closer, so we could make out something other than a tiny, tiny blotch of white.
|Great Egret (lifer)|
Thank you again Christian, for taking us to Whitewater Lake, and helping us with identification! It is really helpful!