Saturday, May 16, 2015
May 16 Report: Rondeau Park
I arrived at Rondeau Park just before 6 a.m. Lots of birds were already singing and it turned out to be a decent day for seeing birds. A good variety of warblers was present and more flycatchers were in.
Harrison Trail was decent at the north end again. A number of birders were once again looking for that Kirtland's Warbler. It was seen again last evening by a couple of people. It is the same bird found last Monday at the very same location and it is interesting it popped up again several days later. It does not have to go far off the trail to remain unseen! A photo was posted on Facebook.
At least three Hooded Warblers were along Harrison Trail singing away.
An almost out-of-season American Tree Sparrow was found at the washout barrier on south point trail. I went back in the afternoon to south point and found it. It had a bad left leg, so perhaps that is why it is still around.
Warblers were still plentiful along south point in the afternoon especially in the pines at Anne's bench. I spent quite a bit of time there and developed 'warbler-neck'!
Wilson's were plentiful today and more Mourning were in. Lighting was horrible this morning!
Scarlet Tanagers were numerous and I found this one on and close to the ground along Harrison Trail.
Least Flycatchers are out in full force, a few Willow are present, but I have yet to come across and Alder. A couple of Yellow-bellied were singing this morning. Most are yet to come as well as Olive-sided.
Blenheim Lagoons did not reveal anything of note this afternoon. At least one Wilson's Phalarope male still present.
This evening I checked out Stewart Wetland and a few different shorebirds were present. It was nice to see 9 Short-billed Dowitchers.
This morning I went to check the usual spot for Showy Orchis and sure enough a couple of plants were showing. Seems to be an annual thing to check for them!