Sunday, January 6, 2013

Rondeau Area Today

Today I spent a little time at Rondeau and Erieau.  I had not been there since the CBC three weeks ago, so I decided to see what was around.
In the park, I just walked around the campground finding the usual things, except Yellow-rumped Warbler.  The only thing of note was a Common Grackle at the north end. Not many blackbirds are around this winter, so it had been a while since I last saw one.
I then worked my way over to Erieau where there was lots of activity.  Firstly, lots of gulls were around, especially Bonaparte's. Most were feeding in the channel.  Maybe 600 bonies, a good number for this date.



Other gulls were on the ice in the Bay.  A bit far, so I did not bother to scope them out.
In the marina, it was evident that many coots are once again attempting to winter.


A Double-crested Cormorant was in the marina as well as many ducks and Ring-billed Gulls.

While at the harbour, I noticed a flock of redpolls flying across the point.  As well, a Northern Harrier was cutting across weaving in amongst the gulls.

Several harriers were out and about today.  I saw this one having an early lunch.


North of Erieau, the young and confused Red-headed Woodpecker now favours pole number 4.
(photo taken through windshield)

While heading home on back roads, it was still evident that there are not many hawks around this winter.

1 comment:

Marianne Reid-Balkwill said...

Good stuff Blake! We missed you today at Pelee while our toes went numb at the Tip ;)