Sunday, October 24, 2010

Birding in the Rondeau Area

Today I birded with Jim Burk in the Rondeau area. The short of it is that it was disappointingly quiet!  The weather is too nice!
I arrived at Rondeau a bit too early so I tried for a couple of Screech Owls along Rondeau Road. One came in easily.
Hermit Thrushes were plentiful along the roadway as they sometimes are just before sunrise.  One had to dodge them with the car.  I tried a photo in the dark...

Hermit in the dark

We started on south point trail.  At one area there were lots of birds including kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Robins, Bluebirds, etc. It was fun to try and sort through them, but nothing unusual showed up.  A lone Red-eyed Vireo was the standout.
Several Purple Finches were around today, but no Pine Siskins.
Many sparrows to sort though as well.
We later checked out Ridgetown Lagoons and found numerous of Canada Geese and Dunlin.  The only other shorebird was a White-rumped Sandpiper.
Erieau marsh trail had lots of sparrows including Fox.  A Sora called from the marsh.
Thousands of ducks are on Rondeau Bay if one wanted to spend time scoping them.

Bullfrong at McGeachy

Chickadees were moving at breakneck speed along the lake.  On McGeachy Pond dike they looked like arrows coming at you.  One wonders why these chickadees are in such a hurry to get out of Ontario!
One of these days we will get a Boreal.
Blenheim Lagoons now have high water, so no shorebirds.  Lots of ducks including a large number of Bufflehead were in.
Several Buckeye butterflies were there.

On the way home I decided to see if the Cattle Egrets were still present near Pinehurst.  They were, but a third individual had joined them!  The cows were "coming home" when I got there.  The last one jumped as the third Cattle Egret flew in.  Chatham-Kent is doing well with Cattle Egrets this year.


  1. Blake, fantastic photo of the Cattle Egret. I did not really think Black Capped Chickadees migrated because I saw them often all last winter. I will be listening for the Chickadee with the Scottish accnent as you suggested!

  2. Cattle Egrets!!! It's all Lapand Longspurs, Snow Buntings, Three-toed Woodpeckers and winter finches here, this week. What a province!