Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pelee Visit September 28

I decided to check out Point Pelee today.  I did not expect very many birds, especially passerines, due to the recent 'nice' weather, but some other birds were in good numbers.

I stopped at De Laurier parking lot first thing and met up with Steve Pike.  This is a good spot to check first thing in the morning when birds are passing over.
It was obvious today was going to have a large movement of Blue Jays. I never really counted them over the course of the day, but perhaps well over 1000 went through.
While there, we noted a couple of Pine Siskins, American Pipits, an Indigo Bunting and various warblers passing over.

Soon it was time to head to the Tip.

The wind was very light out out of the NE, so one would not expect much movement at the Tip.  However, I was surprised at the number of Bonaparte's heading south off the west side.  It kept us busy for a while and at one point, an adult Little Gull shot by.
A few Common Terns were mixed in as well.

A couple of Green Frogs were taking in the action too.

Some dragonflies, including darners were at the Tip. The mosaic darners are difficult to ID unless you net them!  A couple we saw were likely Lance-tipped.
Saddlebags included Carolina and Black.  Perhaps a Red was around as well.

As well, a Twelve-spotted Skimmer or two were around.

After things died off, we headed north. At one point I spotted a White-eyed Vireo in a cedar.  Been a while since I have looked at one!  This was a young bird with the dark iris.

It never really came out for a good view, like most birds today.  They were wary of the numerous hawks around today.

We walked up the west beach trail, but hardly any butterflies were around today.  There is lots of Short's Aster this year brightening up the park.  It attracted lots of bees today if nothing else.

We continued walking around and ended up at the VC parking lot.  We saw lots of hawks along the way, and it was a good time to sit down and watch from the parking lot.
The 'afternoon shift' was already in progress!  It was actually a pretty good show of hawks for a while.

A mysterious birder from Hamilton arrived while we were there.  He will be spending the next week at Pelee.  We will await the reports.
Things look interesting weather-wise for Friday!

I checked out Tilbury Lagoons on the way home.  Hardly a bird to be seen except a flock of 15 Killdeer.  Lots of Killdeer around right now.
Some interesting wildlife was beside the lagoons.

It was a fairly fun day even though numbers of certain things were low.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rondeau & Area September 27

Rondeau Park was the destination first thing this morning.  As expected with this fine weather, not many birds were around.  However, there were things to look at here and there.
Today it was obvious kinglets have finally arrived in numbers.  Lots of Ruby-crowned were flitting about.  A few Golden-crowned were mixed in, the first for me this fall.

There not many warblers today, and certainly no large groups of passerines.  I came across this Northern Parula on south point trail.

Along the shoreline, this young Red-headed Woodpecker surveyed the situation atop a dead tree.  I saw this one, or another farther along.  You can see a hint of red coming in on the head.

Several Horned Grebes were on the lake, and I counted about 15 off south point area.

A late-ish Scarlet Tanager was at the compost area.

After almost 3 hours, I left the park and headed up to Blenheim Lagoons.  This time there were many birds to look at!  Lots of ducks and shorebirds.  All four sprinkler cells were just right.

There were around 100 shorebirds, a good number for this date.  Lots of Lesser Yellowlegs (at least 40) and Pectoral Sandpipers. There were Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, a Long-billed Dowitcher, a couple of Dunlin and pretty sure a White-rumped.  **Note:  bring in a scope!

Lots of ducks including a female Bufflehead, rather early for the date.

Walked the Erieau trails as well.  Not much there except a Gray-cheeked Thrush and some White-crowned Sparrows.

This late-ish Silver-spotted Skipper was still hanging on.

I decided to check Ridgetown, but presently it is only good for waterfowl.  Geese are always attracted in big numbers there, so worthwhile to check for uncommon species.  A single Snow Goose was among Canada's.

Not many insects today, but I thought this katydid on Big Bluestem was a neat photo op.