Sunday, July 24, 2016

Some Rondeau Birding and Sedge Skippers

I had nothing scheduled this weekend, so I decided to check out Rondeau.  Saturday, I first stopped at Blenheim Lagoons to check out shorebirds.  There was nothing new, but you never know until you check, and it is a good time for a Ruff!  I have seen several Ruffs in the past years, but it was not to be this day.
A couple of fresh Bronze Coppers were along the dike.

Nothing of note was at Rondeau Park, but it is getting time to see some migrant warblers from the north.  There were lots of Yellow Warblers but they will soon depart.

Red-eyed Vireo consuming katydid

Some common butterflies were seen including a few Eyed Browns.

A highlight was finding a small Fox Snake along the trail.

I was a bit late in seeing Oswego Tea in bloom this year!

After lunch Saturday I did a brief walk at Reid CA.  Some Dukes' and Broad-winged Skippers were flying, but I could only get the camera on a couple of Dukes'.  They were back in the shaded areas so quality is not good.

A fresh brood of Giant Swallowtails is now out.

Sunday, I headed back down to Rondeau Park. I wanted to do a long walk out marsh trail.   I had intentions of looking for sedge skippers, but was not brave enough to wade through the sedges (!).  One needs to get right in the sedges to see anything.
However, I did luck out and found one Mulberry Wing alongside the trail.

Dwayne's nemesis this year

Mulberry Wing are fairly common at Rondeau.  Brenda Kulon reported over 70 on the butterfly count a couple of weeks ago.

Eyed Browns are most common out marsh trail.

Common Terns were plentiful near Dog Beach.  There were very few Bonaparte's Gulls today.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sewage Lagoons to Sedge Skippers

On Sunday I decided to drive up to Mitchell to check out the West Perth Wetlands.  It is always worth a stop when in the area. Many swallows were swirling around, but shorebirds were the attraction.

I found lots of the expected species present, including a large number of Lesser Yellowlegs.

Solitary Sandpipers were numerous--I counted 10, but I am sure there were a few more.

There was nothing of note, but you never know until you check it out.  Best bird I have seen there in the past was a Marbled Godwit.

I was there just before 09:00, but it appeared that more birds came in by early afternoon according to Jarmo's report
I will be stopping in again August 4 when I head up to Muskoka.

Strathroy was basically on the way home, so I stopped in at the sewage lagoons.  The two large ponds are easily accessible to the public off Pike Road.  It can be a productive place with lots of variety. The one pond has some mud and several Least Sandpipers were present.
Again, you never know until you check it out.  A few years ago I stopped in and found an Avocet!

There are other birds around the perimeter of the lagoons.  There are some woods to the east.  As well, it is a good place for butterflies.
A couple of Wild Indigo Duskywings were present.

I also found several Milbert's Tortoiseshells.  They are common here with the abundance of nettles.

A stop at Reid CA was in order before I got home.  It was productive as Dukes' Skippers were finally on the wing!  I found them in two separate locations.

Broad-winged Skippers were also flying in the old oxbow.  However, I could not get any photos since they never settled down.