It was a fine birding day! With the wind subsiding a bit and changing direction and the clear skies, birds were out and about. So were birders.
There were several options for birding today, but I chose to check out Rondeau Park. It was a good choice as there were lots of birds. No spectacular rarity, as usual (this is not Long Point!), but some good birds were seen.
I find autumn as the most exciting and interesting time of year for birding. There are so many options and possibilities.
Jim Burk and I looked at lots of birds on South Point Trail. Sparrows were abundant--just the usual types.
Warblers were few and far between. Only a handful of Yellow-rumped Warblers were still around. Other warbler types included singletons of Common Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned, and Nashville.
The most notable bird was a Warbling Vireo. Undoubtedly it was record late for the area by over two weeks. It was busily working the dogwood berries, so it did not come out for a good view. There is talk of it being a "Western" subspecies which makes even more sense after these brutal winds.
There were also several Blue-headed Vireos, and later I found a White-eyed over at McGeachy Pond in Erieau. Where is that Red-eyed Vireo we saw last week?
Several bluebirds were around but not that overdue Mountain Bluebird. Rondeau has never recorded such a species! Highly overdue, but there have not been many in Ontario in recent years.
An immature Red-headed Woodpecker was a good find, as its bretheren left weeks ago.
Cedar Waxwings were busily working the remaining dogwood berries, as were Hermit Thrushes. There a notably a large number of Hermit Thrushes around today.
A very young Cedar Waxwing?
Cedar Waxwing in early morning sun
What has become a dirt bird recently, some eight Cave Swallows were leisurely working their way south along the east beach of South Point Trail. There were a few (~55?) at Erieau early this morning, but later in the morning they were nowhere to be seen.
Rondeau Bay is loaded with ducks--tens of thousands. I am sure there is a Eurasian Wigeon out there amongst them, but try and get a good vantage point to scan them!
I made a quick stop at Blenheim Lagoons and came across a Wilson's Phalarope. So far it is record late, as the last one (which I found) was 21 October 2006.