The Tip was carpeted with gulls upon arrival, but I could not get a look at all without flushing them. Four usual species present. This bleached (?) out Herring Gull stood out for a while.
A number of Bonaparte's present, but this one (almost) adult sort-of kept to itself this morning. Not common at this time of year, but is likely summering in the area.
Regarding insects, a good number of Red Admirals were flying....or at least resting, like this one at the Tip.
I walked back the west beach trail just after the sun finally came out. Little of note though. A female Red-breasted Merganser was on the beach with some Great Blue Herons. Actually up to eight Great Blues along the west side loafing around today.
I walked Woodland Trail as well, but the Prothontary was a no-show!
After a brief check around De Laurier, I headed to the south end of Northwest Beach. A number of dragonflies (mostly Blue Dashers) were flying as well as a couple of Eastern Amberwings. Here is a female.
After having lunch with Dean Ware at the "Red Bus", I headed over to Hillman Marsh. Although the shorebird cell is now dry, I walked around that area checking for butterflies. Bronze Copper was on my mind, and sure enough I saw few of them.
Great Egrets (total of 21) were having some kind of get-together at the easterly end of the shorebird cell. Managed to get some photos.
Last stop was at the Dickcissel location east of Wheatley. Here I met up with Dave Martin and Linda Wladarski who were checking out the birds. I thought maybe five males were singing in the field.
Appears to be the only place around for Dickcissels this summer.