Thursday, September 17, 2015

Say('s) What?

Since it is a weekday, I was busy at work all day.  I got home and read messages about...what?....a Say's Phoebe near Blenheim?
After wolfing down some supper I made a beeline for Lagoon Road.  It takes me 45 minutes to get there from home on a good day, but traffic was heavy and of course I just happened to meet one of those CP (too long) trains at Grand and Prince Albert Roads.

I soon arrived on the scene and a bunch of familiar birders were looking for the bird.  They had seen it a few minutes previous, but after about ten minutes, the bird appeared in a tomato field that was being harvested.

This bird was certainly a long time coming for me and was on my mind recently!  I do not usually chase long distance birds, but this one was fairly close to home, so I had to try.
Eventually the bird came closer, but still a bit distant for decent photos.

It has been a while since I have had a life bird, so this was nice to get.  A lifer for many today it appears.  It is new for the Rondeau Birding Area checklist.

Lagoon Road has had some decent flycatchers.  Back in the fall of 2002, A Tropical Kingbird spent some time at the very south end!

I was originally thinking of going on an evening boat ride since the weather was so nice (it is a weekday afterall!).  Those plans were quashed obviously, but well worth it.

Walpole Island in the background last week


  1. Good to see that you made it down, Blake.

  2. Congrats on the lifer Blake! Great photos to boot. -Dwayne

    1. Thanks Dwayne. It was fun. Some LLB's were even present!