Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sunset At Rondeau and Other Things

With the warm weather, more birds are starting to come in.  Finally a few were at Port Lambton first thing this morning, since as of yesterday only a handful of the same birds from last week were still there.
This evening I ventured down to Erieau and Rondeau.  It was just nice to be out in the warm air. Nothing of note, but a Lincoln's Sparrow was along the R/R track trail among other things, and a White-eyed Vireo was along McGeachy.
Sandhill Crane at Sunset

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are now everywhere! (lol)

Marsh Trail at Rondeau is best when the sun sets, so I walked there.  Lots of Yellow Warblers among others.

Today word got out about a Swallow-tailed Kite SW of Chatham late yesterday.  A cell phone photo taken by an anonymous (so far) observer revealed a definite kite.  Probably migrating through, so it may be tough to find it again.

This past Sunday an adult Little Gull with a red ribbon was observed by many at Erieau.  It was certainly a curiosity!  Upon hearing about it I Googled[ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonxie88/8597644175/ ]the subject and up popped a link to a photo taken just over a month ago over in Pennsylvania along the lake. I suspect it is the same bird, not quite molted into alternate plumage!
Here is a photo courtesy of Genny Houghton of Sarnia.

I think maybe this bird somehow got caught up in something as nobody can offer a reasonable explanation for this ribbon.
Maybe the bird Steve and I saw early Sunday morning was the same one, but we did not notice the ribbon from our distance.

The sun setting over Rondeau Bay


  1. Very bizarre looking, that ribbon.

    Also, that Yellow Warbler photo is about the cutest I've seen.

  2. I am so happy that I found your blog. I am also set in Chatham-Kent and am currently attempting to visit all of the trails C-K has to offer. While on my walks I come many different types of birds which I will admit I do not know the names of many. Your beautiful pictures (with the names) are surely helpful and just so lovely to look at. Thank you!