Sand in your Eyes!
(Rondeau south beach)
The brutal winds of this week continued today.
The biggest Cave Swallow invasion ever to hit Ontario tallied more birds today. Erieau in south Chatham-Kent seems to be a reliable spot to see them this time of year, so that is where I started this morning.
Seven birds in this photo!
I arrived too early again, so I waited. I saw the first ones on the Bay near the Government Dock. Soon others appeared and I was up to about 15. The flock moved over to the gravel/sand piles so Jim Burk and I went over there amongst them. We tried to get some photos, and some turned out reasonably well. We estimated up to 30. Later reports put the total at 40+ in the Erieau area.
After my fill of Cave Swallows, I headed over to Rondeau Park. The SW wind was very strong everywhere.
The most abundant bird on south point trail seemed to be Cedar Waxwings. No Bohemians. There are only two or three Bohemian records for the park ever.
Chickadees were abundant, of course.
East of the park, south of Morpeth, lots of ducks were on the lake. A good number of scoters, especially Surf, were out there. Several flocks of Dunlin were heading west.
Heading back to CK Rd. 15, I saw two Cave Swallows over the road.
At Keith McLean's field, geese were feeding in the corn field. The only thing different were three Snow Geese and three Tundra Swans. Those are the first Tundras I have seen this fall.
Also at Erieau this morning was an immature Black-crowned Night-heron.
It was slim pickings the rest of the way home.....