Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rondeau & Area September 27

Rondeau Park was the destination first thing this morning.  As expected with this fine weather, not many birds were around.  However, there were things to look at here and there.
Today it was obvious kinglets have finally arrived in numbers.  Lots of Ruby-crowned were flitting about.  A few Golden-crowned were mixed in, the first for me this fall.

There not many warblers today, and certainly no large groups of passerines.  I came across this Northern Parula on south point trail.

Along the shoreline, this young Red-headed Woodpecker surveyed the situation atop a dead tree.  I saw this one, or another farther along.  You can see a hint of red coming in on the head.

Several Horned Grebes were on the lake, and I counted about 15 off south point area.

A late-ish Scarlet Tanager was at the compost area.

After almost 3 hours, I left the park and headed up to Blenheim Lagoons.  This time there were many birds to look at!  Lots of ducks and shorebirds.  All four sprinkler cells were just right.

There were around 100 shorebirds, a good number for this date.  Lots of Lesser Yellowlegs (at least 40) and Pectoral Sandpipers. There were Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, a Long-billed Dowitcher, a couple of Dunlin and pretty sure a White-rumped.  **Note:  bring in a scope!

Lots of ducks including a female Bufflehead, rather early for the date.

Walked the Erieau trails as well.  Not much there except a Gray-cheeked Thrush and some White-crowned Sparrows.

This late-ish Silver-spotted Skipper was still hanging on.

I decided to check Ridgetown, but presently it is only good for waterfowl.  Geese are always attracted in big numbers there, so worthwhile to check for uncommon species.  A single Snow Goose was among Canada's.

Not many insects today, but I thought this katydid on Big Bluestem was a neat photo op.

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