Saturday, April 19, 2008

Rondeau April 19

Well, the weather turned out better than predicted. However, the usual east winds kicked in as they always do for weekends this time of year.
Quite a bit of searching around Rondeau Park today revealed few birds. They are certainly late this year. Yellow-rumped Warblers were sparsely scattered throughout the park. Other warblers included only two species. A couple of Pine Warblers were near the entrance of spicebush trail, and a Black-throated Green Warbler was on the trail. As well, the first Blue-headed Vireo was on spicebush trail. A pair of Eastern Phoebes were actively feeding around the entrance to the trail. They will likely nest there again this year.

A Purple Finch was singing near the maintenance compound.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets were quite numerous, and Eastern Towhees have appeared in greater force. More White-throated Sparrows were around.

I only saw one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker today, and Red-headed Woodpeckers have not yet arrived.
Surprisingly, no Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers have been detected.
Butterflies included several Mourning Cloaks, and a couple of Milbert's Tortoiseshells on marsh trail.
Several prescribed burns were conducted throughout the week.

Undoubtedly, there will be lots of things in the next week, so next weekend could be interesting if we have nice weather.

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