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Winter birds the focus of this year’s final South Shore Stroll

Early morning light at Point Petre, photographed by Helene Trembley, is one of several images available in the SSJI greeting card packages now available.

The County’s South Shore Joint Initiative will host this year’s final South Shore Stroll Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 9 a.m. (Inclement weather date moves to Sunday, Dec. 5).

The stroll takes participants down Simpson Road to the lake, with a brief side trip to the Simpson Road Ducks Unlimited impoundment.

“We will look for winter birds – there should be Robins, Blue Jays and Juncos along with Chickadees in the bushes and trees. It is not unusual to also find Yellow-rumped Warblers and Golden and Ruby Crowned Kinglets at this time of year,” notes Cheryl Anderson, SSJI vice-president. “In the impoundment we may find some late shorebirds. At the lake we will be able to see wintering ducks – Longtails, Scaup and White-winged Scoters.”

Click here to register for the free-0f-charge stroll.

UPDATED: (SSJI volunteers will not be participating at Busy Hands as planned due to rising COVID-19 numbers) However, SSJI is offering made-in-the-County gifts for friends and family, including a special T-shirt featuring a sketch of the iconic South Shore; art cards with spectacular images of the South Shore by well-known local photographers and handmade solid wood bird houses made by SSJI director Dick Bird.

The shirts and card sets are  available online at 

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  1. CountyProud says:

    Thank you for your background information. New phenomenon or not, it is still worthy of reporting any sightings to the appropriate organizations in my opinion.

    Your educational walk to explore this beautiful area is a rich opportunity to share this information and raise awareness and encourage others to become concerned and involved.

    Here’s hoping you have great weather for the walk and lots of live birds to discover.

  2. Cheryl Anderson says:

    The ducks and gulls that are being found dead on the shore appear to be the result of ingesting mussels infected with Clostridium botulinum. It is an organism that thrives in an anaerobic environment similar to that found at the bottom of the lake caused by the build up of mussel shells. These die offs seem to happen from time to time throughout the great lakes. The first one I experienced was in Lake Erie approximately 20 years ago. Of course it is important to document the dead birds and fish; however, this is not a new phenomenon.

  3. CountyProud says:

    I think your decision to pull out of the in person event is prudent.

    During your walk, do you have plans to note and then report any dead shore birds that you may encounter. As I’m sure you are aware, The South Shore is experiencing such a crisis like some other Ontario locations.

  4. Cheryl Anderson says:

    Sorry everyone we have decided not to participate in Busy Hands. The rising COVID cases in the County influenced this decision. T shirts and cards may be ordered online until Dec 3 for delivery. Thanks everyone for your support.

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