Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This Week: What's Around

Another week half gone!  Yesterday (Tuesday) looked like a good day to get up to Sarnia to watch Lake Huron.  As usual it was a weekday and I was unable to get there.  However, it was even better than Saturday from all accounts.

Line of Crazy Birders during Hurricane Sandy 2012

Multiple jaegers were seen throughout the day.  No reports of a Pomarine though!  Likely a kittiwake or two were out there.  Later in the day a Red Phalarope was reported as well.

Not this year!

This weekend we are back to warm SW winds, so likely a Tip watch at Pelee is in order!

Practically no time for birding during the week for those of who work all day, but I got out to Mitchell's Bay Monday evening for an hour.  It was dead calm, but heavily overcast.  There was little to see when I arrived, but a small flock of geese with one white goose was in the field.  I could tell from quite a distance that the white goose just did not fit the description of a Snow Goose.  Sure enough as I got close, it took flight and was obviously a domestic type.

As it was getting dark, flocks of geese kept coming from the NE.  I conservatively estimated 2500.  It was getting quite dark and difficult to see what was in those flocks.  I saw two Snow Geese anyway.

Massive flocks of ducks were out over the Bay as well.

Several Great Egrets are still around lurking in the marshy areas. While watching those, something got up just above the cattails and went back down.  I can only speculate on what it was......

The only warbler I had was an Orange-crowned, of which there are plenty around right now.

Fox Sparrows are showing up in numbers now.

Lots of Pine Siskins around and at the feeders.  Watch for redpolls!  Some are now being reported.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Post: Rondeau-Blenheim-Ridgetown

Down at Rondeau Park this morning, it was birds a-plenty!  I met up with Jim Burk and we spent almost 3h on south point trail.  As one would expect, most numerous were Yellow-rumped Warblers and kinglets.  We had six species of warblers in total, one vireo, and all the usual sparrows including an American Tree Sparrow.

One of many Ruby-crowned Kinglets

There were several western Palm Warblers and none of the hypochrysea subspecies which would have been nice to see.

At least two Tennessee Warblers were found, several Nashvilles and about ten Orange-crowned.

Eastern Phoebes were numerous, but no other flycatchers much to our dismay.

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was still hanging out on south point.

Pine Siskins have been increasing in numbers, with several flocks around today.  Purple Finches were plentiful as well.

The lake was somewhat active with lots of Bonaparte's Gulls and Horned Grebes and many flocks of scaup and Red-breasted Mergansers.

After covering the park, I went over to Erieau and noted several thousand ducks on Rondeau Bay. One can only wonder what is out there!

On to Blenheim Lagoons, there were several shorebirds in the sprinklers.  Nothing new from last week species-wise, but the Long-billed Dowitcher was still present along with the Wilson's Snipe, a left-over Stilt Sandpiper and a few Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Both yellowlegs, Dunlin and a Pec were among the group.

Several pipits were there and this photo turned out rather well!

Pipit on a Pipe

I decided to check Ridgetown Lagoons as well.  As always, lots of geese there and I did pick out three of the Cackling variety.  Could have been others there as well, but some were hidden by weeds.
Six Tree Swallows were working the airspace of one pond.

Another weekend has come and gone quickly, so on to another week....