I walked the east side of south point trail to the washout. And it was washout bigtime!
With the weather nonsense a week ago, Rondeau has shrunk considerably again. As I rounded the corner, I knew something was missing. My pine tree was gone (not surprisingly)!
I looked closer and there was absolutely no sign of it. That shows the power of the waves and wind.
I walked further on the trail (or what is left of it) and .....
Another bench has succumbed. This bench was back quite a ways from the shoreline a couple years ago.
The erosion is revealing things from the past. This concrete foundation was something I did not know about.
I checked Dog Beach area and a few hundred gulls were to the northerly direction on the beach. I could not get decent looks, but I did pick out an immature Little Gull at one point.
Next stop was tulip tree trail. I was curious about the Prothonotary Warblers. They were successful this year and I saw three fledglings. Both parents were present as well.
After walking the TTT, I was out on Gardiner Ave when I heard a dove. Definitely the White-winged! I heard it several times to the south of the VC. I went to investigate and it was coming from along Lakeshore. I went to the spot, but by the time I got there, I did not hear it. I turned around and then heard it towards the cottages to the north of the VC. That was the last I heard it, and I never saw it. However, the song was very convincing. This bird was first reported by the McArthur's on May 25 (to 30th) then again June 24-25. Obviously it is still present!
I was a bit too early for many butterflies, but I did check the start of marsh trail on my way out. I saw about 12 Banded and a Hickory Hairstreak on the Common Milkweed.
Next stop was Blenheim lagoons. The depressing sight of a flyover Lesser Yellowlegs greeted me. Not much else there except a few ducks including 3 female Hooded Mergansers.
After lunch near home, I spent an hour at Reid CA. All kinds of Banded Hairstreaks and a few Edwards', but no others.
|very worn Banded!|
A Royal River Cruiser or two went by during my stay.
I checked out McKeough for a bit as well. A couple of Banded and a Striped were there in the milkweed.
Hardly a dragonfly to be seen there today!