Sunday, August 14, 2011

August 13 Adventures

I made a big loop today starting at Tilbury Lagoons.  Nothing new there (again!).  There were about a dozen dowitchers present and three or four of those appeared to be Long-billed.  Only two Great Egret today, and those flew in after I arrived.  A female Northern Shoveler was different in the duck category.

I headed straight down to Point Pelee for butterflies. Yesterday Kevin McLaughlin and Bill Lamond had a Funereal Duskywing as well as Horace's. I managed to drum up two Horace's (worn) in the same general area as last week.  They always seem to be in the first 200-300m south of West Beach parking lot.  The only other butterfly of note was a fresh male Fiery Skipper.

I came across a huge Viceroy.  It was bigger than some Monarchs I have seen!

At least I found one of the Funereal Duskywings last year.  I thought that was pretty cool. (see sidebar photo).
Wandering Glider

No birds of note.  It has been very quiet for birds lately (or is it just me?).

At Hillman Creek there were several Great Egrets as usual.

Blenheim Lagoons was a bust (even for butterflies), but that was expected. No shorebird habitat.
I bypassed Erieau since there would be too many tourists in early afternoon as usual.

At Rondeau I did lots of walking. Just the usual butterflies and birds.
Tons of gulls (~3000) were on or off the east beach of south point, but of course nothing usual.  Some baby bonies were amongst them.

I stayed until dark as there was a Moth Night.

The slide show was interesting, but outside very few moths.  Not surprising as things are just plain slow right now!
Cylindrical Blazing Star at Rondeau


  1. Yes, I have also noticed that it's slow for birds just now. Maybe it's the calm before the storm!

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