The sloughs are full!
Went down to Rondeau Park this morning for one last kick at the can for a while. Surprisingly, there were very few late migrants. I had only two "migrant" warblers--a Blackpoll and a Wilson's out Marsh Trail.
All the usual flycatchers were around including Alder plus even an Acadian on South Point Trail. The Acadian remained hidden, but it called several times. An Olive-sided Flycatcher was at the same spot as last week along Gardiner Ave.
I did a huge amount of walking, but I just like being outdoors and on the trail. Coming off South Point Trail, which is still quite flooded in spots, I heard a Clay-colored Sparrow. Well, that is what I thought. It would have been ticked as such if I had not looked at the bird. It was difficult to locate at the top of a tree, but it turned out to be a Chipping singing a Clay-colored song! I have seen hybrids before, but this certainly looked like a Chipping.
I went out onto the east beach in several spots as lots of Bonaparte's Gulls were moving. As well, lots of Canada Geese. One flock, although very distant had a single all-white goose bringing up the rear. I think it was a Canada, but due to distance I could not confirm.
Purple Martins were busy, as seen above.
Some more butterflies were out today--new ones for the year. Several Silver-spotted Skippers and Hobomok Skippers were along the edges. A single Little Wood Satyr was out Marsh Trail. Lots of Tiger and Spicebush Swallowtails flying about. At Blenheim Lagoons, several Common Sootywings were out. Yesterday I saw the first one of the year out at the workplace.