There was some snow on the ground down Rondeau-way this morning. Nothing at home!
Some Hermit Thrushes have finally come in, and Fox Sparrows remain plentiful.
The sun eventually came out to help warm things up. With the weather forecast jumping all over the place every few hours, one did not know what to expect.
One fresh spring Yellow-rumped Warbler was on south point trail--first migrant of that species I have seen this spring.
The lake was not too active today, so nothing to report there.
Tulip Tree trail was rather quiet. This winter wren was checking out a boardwalk area.
Lots of Eastern Phoebes were scattered throughout the park.
After more than three hours in the park, I headed over to Erieau. There was some activity at the pier area, so I sat there for over an hour. The Harlequin Ducks were once again present beyond the rock pile.
After some time, I managed to spot the early Willet that Allen Woodliffe reported yesterday. It was working the beach on the Rondeau side. It was rather distant, but certainly stood out.
It is certainly many days early and perhaps a provincially record early arrival.
The marina was loaded with Horned Grebes and Red-breasted Mergansers among other ducks.
A male Long-tailed Duck was also present but I could not get a photo.
One of these days we will have some warm spring weather again. It seemed better in January!