Sunday, April 17, 2011
As this bizarre weather continues, I swept down to Rondeau Park. Not surprisingly there was not much to see and listening for things was hopeless in the wind. I think back to some past years when we have already had several species of warblers by this date. Every year is different, but this year is really different. I miss those warm, sunny, long walks when there are birds to see!
Just got word late this afternoon that Dale Wurker had a Blue-winged Warbler near the visitor centre on Friday. That one is record early by about four days. I had one April 21, 2002 on south point trail (SPT). I do remember that day too--cool and cloudy--very few birds.
This morning I met up with Jim Burk. He had a Blue-headed Vireo just ahead of me on SPT. We did a lot of walking with very few birds. A few Yellow-rumped Warblers were scattered here and there. Highlight was a Louisiana Waterthrush on Tulip Tree Trail with its distinctive chip note.
Brown Creepers were everywhere as well as Dark-eyed Juncos. Later on I found a large flock of juncos with a female "Oregon". It had a distinct hood so I believe it was good. There are so many intergrades you have to be careful.
Still no shorebirds other than Snipe, Woodcock and Killdeer.
Such a late year....
Purple Finches are still at the feeder, but they are out of luck as I ran out of sunflower seeds. I'm not going to buy any more at this point!
Out at Port Lambton late this afternoon, dozens of Bonaparte's Gulls were heading downriver. I always hope for Little Gulls, but have never seen one on the St. Clair River. I did see a couple back in 1991 at the Port Lambton lagoons though when the White-winged Tern was present.
A couple of Common Loons were floating dowriver as well.
We will see what this week bring. No doubt by next weekend there should be lots of birds (in the rain).