We actually had some nice weather this morning. Still too cold, but the skies were clear as I headed to Point Pelee. Not much has changed; the snow has not melted and there was even more ice than two and three weeks ago! Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere though....a sign of early spring.
First decent bird was a Snowy Owl atop a tree along Wheatley Road near Hornick Road. I suspect it is the same one that I saw back in December south of the big curve since they tend to stay in one area.
The red morph screech owl was showing off again as I drove through the park. It was not poking out when I went out!
I went for a walk at the Tip area but no open water was visible. The same wintering birds were around such as Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and Purple Finch.
A walk along Shuster Trail revealed some of the same birds such as Hermit Thrush.
I checked around Hillman Marsh and very few geese were present. Some were out on the lake as seen from NE Hillman. I managed to pick out a Greater White-fronted Goose. No doubt it was one of the ones Jeremy Hatt saw yesterday. No Red-necked Grebes were to be found.....
I scoped from Wheatley as well and still no Red-necked Grebes. Dean Ware was looking as well trying to get one for his yard list!
I drove along the lake to Erieau Road and home. Not much to see.
It needs to warm up and melt all this snow and ice!!