Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Post: Rondeau-Blenheim-Ridgetown

Down at Rondeau Park this morning, it was birds a-plenty!  I met up with Jim Burk and we spent almost 3h on south point trail.  As one would expect, most numerous were Yellow-rumped Warblers and kinglets.  We had six species of warblers in total, one vireo, and all the usual sparrows including an American Tree Sparrow.

One of many Ruby-crowned Kinglets

There were several western Palm Warblers and none of the hypochrysea subspecies which would have been nice to see.

At least two Tennessee Warblers were found, several Nashvilles and about ten Orange-crowned.

Eastern Phoebes were numerous, but no other flycatchers much to our dismay.

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was still hanging out on south point.

Pine Siskins have been increasing in numbers, with several flocks around today.  Purple Finches were plentiful as well.

The lake was somewhat active with lots of Bonaparte's Gulls and Horned Grebes and many flocks of scaup and Red-breasted Mergansers.

After covering the park, I went over to Erieau and noted several thousand ducks on Rondeau Bay. One can only wonder what is out there!

On to Blenheim Lagoons, there were several shorebirds in the sprinklers.  Nothing new from last week species-wise, but the Long-billed Dowitcher was still present along with the Wilson's Snipe, a left-over Stilt Sandpiper and a few Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Both yellowlegs, Dunlin and a Pec were among the group.

Several pipits were there and this photo turned out rather well!

Pipit on a Pipe

I decided to check Ridgetown Lagoons as well.  As always, lots of geese there and I did pick out three of the Cackling variety.  Could have been others there as well, but some were hidden by weeds.
Six Tree Swallows were working the airspace of one pond.

Another weekend has come and gone quickly, so on to another week....

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