I had to go slightly to the side of the trail in the grasses and that is probably where I picked up some chiggers! This year I have managed to get very few though.
There was quite a good movement of gulls moving west on the lake. However, they were quite far out. Lots of Bonaparte's, but a scope would have been useful to pick out a Black-headed or Franklin's Gull.
A distant Common Loon was the first one I have seen since earlier in the summer.
|Wave action on the east side|
The Dog Beach spot near the south end of Lakeshore Road is always a good spot to check, especially on an easterly wind such as yesterday. However, by the time I got there, things were scarce. A number of gulls and terns were on the beach, plus a single Red-breasted Merganser.
Along the east side of the park, Cylindrical Blazing Star is blooming. It is quite abundant actually. There is a good patch at the Dog Beach parking lot.
The north end of the park seemed to be devoid of warblers and vireos, so I left and went over to Blenheim Lagoons. Shorebird watching has been mediocre there this summer with high water and usually dry sprinkler cells. Water level was even higher than a week ago! The sprinklers cells were dry save for a very small wet patch. I have never understood the operation of the lagoons, as they should be pumping more water into the sprinkler cells. Water is quite high in the ponds.
A single dowitcher came in later and was flying around searching for a spot to land and feed. I went back over to the sprinklers and found it.
It was a very windy day and butterflies were scarce at the lagoon and I was having difficulty getting good photos. I did see a couple of Common Buckeyes, and an American Lady.
At one point I caught sight of a Fiery Skipper. Never could get on it with the camera before the wind blew it away! So, some are around and likely more will show up soon.
A Bronze Copper was trying to get out of the wind.
Today was quite warm and I checked the flower gardens at Brander Park after work. Peck's Skipper were littering the place! Seems to be one of the better years for them.
Lots of Silver-spotted as usual.
Leaves on some trees are starting to turn already. I found a family of Warbling Vireos at Peers Wetland this evening.
Things are getting interesting, but I only wish I could come across some good birds! Maybe this coming weekend.
|cuckoo with a black bill|