Starting at the VC, I headed over to east beach and walked to the Tip. As I started walking down Shuster, I got a text about an American Avocet at Blenheim Lagoons. Oh well, I hope it stays I thought!
Just north of Sparrow Field three Common Loons were on the calm water. Two in non-breeding plumage.
Then I saw one Horned Grebe way out.
Lots of bonies were along the beach and at the Tip (~300) and other gulls. At the Tip, one gull caught my attention. Probably a Great Black-backed X Herring. A large gull with darker mantle and pinkish legs.
One Caspian Tern came in for a brief visit. A single Common Tern was also resting on the Tip.
Three Sanderlings were working the Tip.
I walked up the west side and heard and saw the first of three Yellow-bellied Flycatchers. Migrants!
Three Green Herons heading south were also of interest.
I next walked down Anders from De Laurier. Lots of Azures and Little Wood Satyrs there. A weird warbler song caught my attention. Could not recognize it but it was almost like a Townsend's Warbler. I never did see the bird, but eventually it sang a normal song. Black-throated Green Warbler. I searched and searched but never found the bird even though it was singing. In the process I spotted a female Blackpoll Warbler feeding silently at the top of a tree. Never would have seen that if I had not heard the other warbler.
Nothing of interest outside the park except a Muscovy type duck!
Next stop was Hillman shorebird cell where 13 Great Egrets were feeding. Shorebirds included some distant Dunlin and what I assumed to be Semipalmated Sandpipers. Some Gadwall were in the mix of Mallards.
Wanting to see the Avocet, I headed straight to Blenheim. It was in the sprinklers when I arrived, but I barely got a look and it flushed. Too many ducks around! It was very nervous, flying around, then setting into the pond for a swim.
It eventually headed back to the sprinklers, but just as it landed, the water came on! Off it went again! Still not a good look! Back for a swim in the pond. Finally it eventually went back to the sprinklers where I got good looks.
A very good bird for early June!
The day was not done so I headed into Rondeau. I visited the Acadians.
Next stop was tulip tree trail where I heard a Prothonotary Warbler.
Out marsh trail I heard a White-eyed Vireo in a usual location, so that was nice to know at least one is around this summer.