Started at Rondeau park this morning. There were not a lot of birds to look at under cloudy skies. One could not look at them anyway since swatting mosquitoes took precedence! I do not recall mosquitoes so thick there. Even with repellent on, it was a challenge.
I walked out south beach anyway for the exercise I guess. Nothing was moving on the lake and little was out there. A few warblers here and there and many Northern Waterthrushes. As I mentioned before, the waterthrushes seem to be very numerous this year.
I looked at the bird islands, but of course a scope would have helped.
Just before I left the park, I took a walk along Harrison south of maintenance and found a large flock of warblers. Lots of species there, including Blue-winged and Wilson's.
I then headed to Blenheim Lagoons and found another birder just arriving. It was none other than Josh Vandermeulen, so we took a look a around. Nothing new there. Josh had just been to Ridgetown where nothing new was seen either. Two Red-necked Phalaropes have been hanging out there (I saw them Thursday eve).
On to Erieau I walked the R/R track trail and farther along I found a pocket of warblers. You guessed it, several more Northern Waterthrushes.
I also had a brief look at a Brewster's Warbler. Could not get a photo though.
With lots of time left in the day, I headed over towards Point Pelee. After a quick lunch in Wheatley, I looked at the harbour then over to the park. I stopped at Blue Heron where I saw some familiar cars.
Earlier in the day, Kory Renaud had spotted a Prothonotary Warbler behind the washrooms. Josh, Jeremy and Dwayne were there looking at numerous warblers. Quite a few species were around, maybe up to 15.
While sitting around the picnic table, I watched birds go by and spotted the Prothonotary again. We all got on it--a first fall record for some!
A nice walk around De Laurier trail ended the afternoon. A few warblers were there as well.
Least Skipper along De Laurier
A pretty good day where I ended up with 20 species warblers.