Sunrise at Rondeau
I spent the whole day birding/butterflying today, starting at Rondeau and ending up at Pelee. There were not huge numbers of birds to be seen, but a decent number. Sparrows have really come in, as they were everywhere.
Warblers were mostly Yellow-rumped, not surprisingly, but others included Orange-crowned, Black-throated Blue (several), Blackpoll, Black-throated Green, Palm, Nashville and Magnolia.
Kinglets were everywhere as well, as they usually are this time of year.
Most of the time I looked at sparrows. All the common types were around. I had hoped for Le Conte's, but there were some I did not get a good look at. The (poor) photos below suggest a Le Conte's Sparrow. I have never seen this plumage of Le Conte's before, so I initially thought it was a HY Grasshopper Sparrow. The streaking certainly points towards Le Conte's. I saw it on the way down, then managed to find it again on the way north. Alan Wormington sent me a photo of an immature Le Conte's at De Laurier parking lot which appears to be identical to this sparrow!
Lots of sparrows were along West Beach Trail (south of West beach) to look at, but butterflies were interesting as well. I saw two Gray Hairstreaks. It is starting to get late for them there.
Gray Hairstreak on flag
I came across about ten Fiery Skippers, most being at the south end of the trail north of the Tram loop road.
There were several other butterflies, including a Spicebush Swallowtail which is also getting late.
Back at Blenheim Lagoons, I came across a late Common Ringlet.
Lots of accipiters were migrating today, plus Turkey Vultures.