Antigonish Sewage Lagoons (ANT-B3a)

Location and Description

The Antigonish Sewage Lagoons are located on the east side of town near the Main Street bridge over the Rights River and the railroad tracks. There are two positions to observe from; one facing south in the parking area beyond the Antigonish Heritage Museum, the second is facing southeast from the parking lot of Webb's Super Store on Main Street. A scope is highly recommended as some birds may be too distant to comfortably view with binoculars alone. This site is most active in the fall, and especially winter, once the harbour begins to freeze, luring many gulls and waterfowl into the lagoons to feed.

Bird Species

The following species have been known to occur in the lagoon itself: Wood Duck, Mallard, American Black Duck, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Little Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Black-headed Gull, (Common) Mew Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull.

Contributed by Bruce Stevens

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