I did go to Rondeau anyway for a couple of short walks in between the heavy rain. The usual breeding birds were in place such as Prothonotary Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher. The only migrant I saw was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.
A Pine Warbler has been along Lakeshore Road, perhaps nesting. I have had them in late June in the park as well.
The only thing to do yesterday was sit at Erieau and watch. There was a fair bit of activity with a number of Bonaparte's Gulls.
Eventually, I spotted two immature Little Gulls come off Rondeau Bay.
I had three other single sightings of Little Gulls and one appeared to be slightly different than the first two.
Little Gulls were scarce earlier in May, but a few have finally shown up in our area.
I was hoping for a Laughing Gull or at least a Black-headed. Seems that a number of people saw the Black-headed Gull at Wheatley on the weekend.
Shorebirds were absent except for one flyby Ruddy Turnstone.
The waves were really building up with the NE wind.
|Rondeau taking another Beating!|
A couple of fish tugs were out in the storm and came in. It looked treacherous trying to steer those tugs in through the narrow rough channel. I would imagine they had to put the throttle right to the kitchen to maintain steerage! ( I did not get out of the car to take a proper photo!).
There was one large white immature gull at the point on the Bay for a while. I really could not get a handle on it, but probably a Glaucous.
Visiting Blenheim Lagoons was completely out of the question!
Looking for butterflies was not an option!