At the causeway outside Rondeau Park, I noticed quite a few ducks in the creek. Included was a pair of Blue-winged Teal (my first of year). Several have come in the last few days.
Within the park, I saw the first Eastern Phoebe of the day at the spicebush trail parking lot. However, it was lying on road, dead. I checked it out and the body was still warm, so whatever happened to it was very recent.
My first walk was along south point trail. Lots of Golden-crowned Kinglets were along the trail as expected at this date. The lake was fairly active and I spent some time watching. One good vantage point is the foundation of an old vault toilet that stands out prominently.
Along the lakeshore, I found several newly-arrived Eastern Phoebes working the shoreline. I counted at least eight, but there could have been ten as they moved around.
One of the resident Bald Eagles was having fun along the shoreline.
Later, I walked tulip tree trail just for the heck of it. Soon we will have a Louisiana Waterthrush somewhere along the sloughs.
|PAW's favourite TTT scene|
I met up with Steve Charbonneau, and we walked the campground. Nothing special was there but my FOY Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the north end. I missed one on south point earlier.
Over at Erieau, I tried for the Harlequin pair. After some time, I finally spotted them far out off Rondeau's south beach. I saw a couple of ducks with my bins that I thought were the Harlequins, but had to get out the scope to make sure.
Double-crested Cormorants are now showing up, and a single was off the pier today.
McGeachy Pond was full of ducks and a few Horned Grebes were out on the lake. One can only hope for a Red-necked or even a Western!
I saw three Snowy Owls today--one off Erieau Road and two down Lagoon Road.
Blenheim Lagoons was full of ducks--too many to try and count! Northern Shovelers were numerous with around 200 of them. Some teal were there as well.
I even checked Ridgetown Lagoons, but could not find the Greater White-fronted Geese. However, they showed up about an hour later.....apparently!
This evening, I went for a walk at Peers Wetland, Wallaceburg. It was fairly productive with several ducks, a Wilson's Snipe, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, 3 Eastern Phoebes, etc.