I then headed over to Blenheim which seemed to be the highlight of the day. The one weedless sprinkler cell was full of shorebirds!
I estimated somewhere in the neighbourhood of 200 bird packed into that cell. There were at least 13 species (plus 2 Red-necked Phalaropes in pond 1).
Took some time to sort through, but I did not find any rarities. Thought for sure a Western Sandpiper was hidden in the mass (or mess?). There was one Baird's, 7 Stilt, 5 Solitary, and about 10 Short-billed Dowitchers among the others. One Wilson's Phalarope was amongst them.
In pond 1 two Wilson's and two Red-necked Phalaropes were swimming around. They were reported yesterday too.
Wilson's Phalarope (mid)
After an early lunch, I decided to head over to Port Stanley lagoons. Habitat is good there in cells 1 & 2 for shorebirds. Here I found 13 species, including at least one Baird's and one Wilson's Phalarope. Some Solitary Sandpipers were in front of viewing stand #2 at cells 3 & 4.
A Solitary Sandpiper
A Great Egret and several Great Blue Herons were present also.
Since Fingal WMA was nearby, I stopped there as well and went for a walk. A Canada Warbler was along the forest edge with a pair of American Redstarts.
Spiked Blazing Star
A darner in the shadows
On the way home I stopped at Ridgetown lagoons. Not too many birds today! A few species of shorebirds, but I did not see the Wilson's Phalarope that Kory Renaud reported yesterday.
Seems Blenheim is the hotspot right now. Keep checking as we may not get in after Labour Day!