I started at Rondeau Park this morning. Once again there was dense fog and rather few birds. Seems to be a trend! One had to work hard again to find pockets of birds. Most warblers were directly above major sloughs. I did not add anything new there today.
With some time left in the day and a need to check on the boat at Port Lambton, I made a quick stop at my favourite hotspot, Brander Park. I walked to the NE corner beside the woodlot to look at the wet spot in the field. There is just a small opening in the treeline and I noticed 3 Dunlin, 3 Least Sandpipers and a Solitary Sandpiper. Usual stuff. I then pished a bit and in came a flock of about 15 yellow-rumped Warblers plus a Palm and a female Scarlet Tanager. It seemed a bit surprising to find that many Yellow-rumped because I think I only had about 6 in all of Rondeau this morning!
I took one last look at the shorebirds, but moved a little closer so I could see the whole wet area. Holy ****! An Ibis was just to my right! I took a good look to see that it had dark legs and a dark eye, dark facial skin, etc.
Unfortunately I did not take the camera out of the car, so I ran back to get it and return to take some record photos. I could only get so close without spooking the bird.
The only other Glossy Ibis here I know of is one that John Lamey had at the Lagoons just across the field quite a number of years ago.
As my workplace is only two minutes away from Brander Park, I check this place regularly throughout the year. It is a good migrant trap at times and an amazing number of birds stop here. I keep a list which includes the park and anything I can see from it plus the lagoons which are directly behind the woodlot. My best bird here was a Virginia's Warbler on May 14, 2003. The Glossy Ibis brings my list here to an even 200 species.
Some photos from Rondeau this foggy morning.