RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, SHUSTER TRAIL
There just is not much to report this weekend. Winter weather refuses to leave. There is still lots of ice and snow, and it will not warm up!
On Friday I checked out Rondeau Park and area. Hardly a landbird was to be found there, but the Tundra Swans on Rondeau Bay were a sight to behold. There were upwards of 15,000. Quite a few ducks were there as well, but not as much as we usually see this time of year. The Pinery area has had practically no swans up until this weekend since they are holding back due to the cold weather.
I observed over 30 Wood Ducks along the shore off south point trail in the park. They must be waiting for the ice in the sloughs to melt!
Saturday I looked at the St. Clair River. Most of the ducks have dispersed to parts unknown because there just were not many to see. A number of White-wiinged Scoters were still at Point Edward.
On Sunday I ended up at Point Pelee. I met Steve Pike the Tip. We looked at ice more than anything! There were some neat formations along the shoreline.ICE NEAR POINT PELEE TIP
Along Shuster Trail, I noted the usual Hermit Thrushes and White-throated Sparrows. The Gray Catbird was still in the same spot feeding on Sumac berries. A Red-bellied Woodpecker stopped in also.
On the way out I noted about ten Yellow-rumped Warblers along the road north of White Pine.