I took the photo above today in the new King City housing development, west of the railway tracks and south of the King Road. The bird is a southward-bound migrating Lesser Yellowlegs and it was stopping over at the new storm-water retention pond pictured below. King City is lucky that it is about to go through a period of time when bird life is going to boom because of the introduction of the dozens of storm-water retention ponds and the natural areas around them. It is happening at a time when almost almost 22% of the bird species common to Ontario are in decline for a variety of reasons. Given its proximity to migration routes over Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, plus its presence on the southward slope of the Oak Ridges Moraine, King City may become a bit of a bird-watching hotspot in the next few years.
Photos by BarrytheBirder
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