|At Long Point Tip|
It is interesting to note that I just do not see bird numbers like I did in those days. Needless to say, many bird species have seriously declined in numbers.
After joining the local naturalist club late in 1986, I became crazy.....I mean, seriously interested in birds. I went out on all the outings.
I kept lists of the birds I saw, and never stopped! I now have a stack of notebooks which I find very interesting to go through.
It just so happens that my first birding trip to Rondeau in May 1987 was a fallout day of-sorts. There were all kinds of birds! Some decent ones too, including a Kentucky Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, etc. I never used a camera much in my earlier years unfortunately, so not too many bird photos were taken. But then, I did not have the proper equipment.
Lately, I have been putting up 'historical' lists on eBird just for something to do during this endless winter. I have come across some bird sightings that should have been written up for the OBRC, but I never did. I have a good memory and with the notes I probably could write something up.
One rather important sighting(s) was the pair of Blue Grosbeaks near Sleepy Hollow south of Cedar Springs. I think there is an OBRC report somewhere, but I have to find it.
I just so happens, that a pair of Blue Grosbeaks showed up at the end of Douglas Lane at the lakeshore. I do not remember who originally found them, but I went to see the pair a couple of times, one such time being June 3.
The pair showed up in May, and stayed for many weeks with the male still being seen in the first week of September. They were observed copulating and gathering nesting material, but that was as far as it went. Perhaps the nesting attempt failed.
I know Allen Woodliffe spent considerable time there observing, and it was he who last saw the male in September.
Interestingly, a male showed up at the same spot a year later and stayed to at least the end of July. I do not think a female was present that time. I recall stopping to see the male on June 1 after I came back from Pelee Island. I also have in my notes I stopped there on July 21 to see the male.
With these all these notes, I did not always write down exact numbers, but usually some of the more notable birds, or significant numbers, and so on. I also made a note who I birded with. Just looking at those notes, brings back good memories.