On south point trail, a few Yellow-rumped Warblers were scattered about and at the Anne McArthur bench, three Pine Warblers were working some Pine trees. The only Blue-gray Gnatcatcher of the day was also here.
|Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on TTT|
Along the lake, it was evident that a good loon migration was happening. Common Loons were continually going by.
We also caught sight of a Glaucous Gull heading east, but it was very far out.
|Fruitless Photo Attempt!|
The trail continues to get shorter as more erosion has occurred since last week! By next year, the Woodliffe bench on spicebush may have to be re-located.
The White-eyed Vireo of yesterday was nowhere to be found.
Tulip Tree Trail was dead (except for a heard-only Blue-headed Vireo), as was Spicebush Trail. It is certainly looking like one of the slowest springs in recent years. One day soon there will be a big influx!
After a check of Harrison Trail near maintenance (a Blue-winged Warbler was there yesterday), we decided to head over to marsh trail since it would be somewhat out of the wind.
There were a few Yellow-rumped Warblers, but the first Yellow Warbler of the year made an appearance.
Soon we will be tired of them!
We walked well past the tower and noted hundreds of ducks still on the Bay. Most were scaup, but others mixed in.
On the way back, we spotted an early Orange-crowned Warbler, but tagging along with it was a Yellow Warbler. Likely the same Yellow we saw earlier.
Record early Orange-crowned for Rondeau is April 13, 2001 during that 'early' year. (Steve and I had that one as well).
The only Fox Sparrow of the day was at the same location.
We parted ways and I decided to check out the ever-windy Blenheim Lagoons. A Horned Grebe was on one pond, but alas, no Eared yet. In the back pond, a lone Tundra Swan was swimming around.
A single Pectoral Sandpiper was on the grass near the back.
To get out of the wind, I walked down in the ditch around pond 3, and on the north side I was startled by flushing up a Short-eared Owl.
Certainly one of the later ones I have seen.
In the sprinkler cells, some nervous Dunlin (100+) were swirling around, and the only other shorebird was a Spotted Sandpiper.
With lots of time left in the day, I decided to take a chance over at Hillman Marsh. Lots of Dunlin there and about ten Greater Yellowlegs plus one Lesser among the ducks. Beats sitting around the house anyway!
|Windsor Birder at Hillman|