Flocks of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were in the park. They are common, and the males are especially attractive. I remember when I was still in high school I saw one in the backyard and had no idea what it was. I had to look it up in a book!
Thursday was a fabulous day--the best yet for Rondeau at least. The rain hit at the right time before sunrise and birds dropped in. Many species had increased numbers. Flocks of Baltimore Orioles were on South Point Trail.
This Chestnut-sided Warbler was on the ground. Probably tired from migration:
I found a Clay-colored Sparrow on South point Trail first thing. I seem to be doing well with less common sparrows--Grasshopper, Le Conte's, Fox, Clay-colored....
This morning, Friday, was very foggy.
Sandhill Cranes seem more plentiful this year. We flushed up a pair on a side trail off South Point. If you think they are loud from a distance, just wait until they are right beside you!
At the VC feeders, Purple Finches and Pine Siskins among other birds were actively feeding. Yesterday, a Tree Sparrow and a Dark-eyed Junco were there along with a Clay-colored Sparrow.