I started at Dog Beach in Rondeau Park for a lakewatch. There were not many gulls, but lots of ducks. All three scoters were represented today, scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, etc.
|woodcock making a beeline for the woods|
The only other shorebird today was a Dunlin that I saw before Steve arrived.
While there, we got word of a couple of Cattle Egrets near Shrewsbury, flying inland. Steve later went off to look for them, but they were not found again to my knowledge.
I continued on to south point trail where there were good pockets of birds. Most were Yellow-rumped and kinglets of course, but others were mixed in.
I had one very good spot with 2 Blackpoll Warblers, 3 Palm (one being of the hypochrysea type), a late Eastern Wood Peewee and other birds.
The "eastern" Palm co-operated quite nicely. It is the second one I have seen this fall at Rondeau.
As often is the case this time of year, Eastern Bluebirds flock up and one group of about 30 was on south point trail. I saw a few more later, including 3 at the old Dillon dump. There I also accumulated 3 Black-legged Ticks! (I hope that was all). October is the worst time of year for the critters at Rondeau, although this year they have not been too bad.
Behind maintenance, I found the robins. There were dozens plus just as many White-throated Sparrows.
On to Blenheim Lagoons....
The 3 Barn Swallows were still present diligently searching for food.
There were several hundred Ruddy Ducks, plus several other species including Blue-winged Teal (there were more than the 8 I reported on eBird, but who was counting?)
Also present was a "farm" duck which looked out of place.
In the sprinkler cells, shorebirds included 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Greater Yellowlegs, a Dunlin, a Least Sandpiper, a Pectoral Sandpiper and several Killdeer.
The lagoons were full of Bonaparte's Gulls, but as usual, nothing with them.