I spent quite a bit of time watching the lake off south point trail. Unfortunately most of the gulls were rather far out, and even if I had a scope it would be difficult to discern anything of note.
Bonaparte's Gulls dominated the scene, some coming in rather close. I had hopes of a Sabine's Gull since I still need it for Rondeau! There are only three records for the entire circle that I am aware (one at Erie Beach, one off the park's Dog Beach, and one at Blenheim Lagoons).
Still not a single duck was seen by me this weekend at the park.
Among the many warblers, Swainson's Thrushes and Red-eyed Vireos certainly dominated the scene. I ended up with 17 species of warblers, including a nice Golden-winged on south point trail. Bay-breasted and Blackpoll were plentiful, as were redstarts and Magnolia.
I skipped the VC area and went up to maintenance and Harrison Trail. Just out of the car, a Philadelphia Vireo was working the dogwoods.
After getting a sandwich at the store, I decided one more walk was in order. I picked Black Oak trail which is lesser known for birding. I have had some good days there in the past. A few warblers were on the trail, including a Blue-winged. The birds were quite active on this day, so I never got any photos of them.
Since lots of shorebirds are on the move, I headed over to Blenheim Lagoons. It was a different mix of birds than the previous day. In the sprinkler system, a number of American Golden Plover were in. I counted eleven.
Other birds included four Wilson's Snipe with their prominent long bills.
Also present was a single Baird's and three Stilt Sandpipers.
Of course, some of the other usuals were present, but still no Buff-breasted which I was hoping for.
Today, some Sandhill Cranes were near home with three on Langstaff Line late this afternoon. I had not seen any there for almost two weeks.
Two flew over Port Lambton early this morning from Michigan while I was taking a brief look at the river.
Perhaps later this week with the cooler weather, we will see a new mix of birds.