I started at Rondeau's Dog Beach for a brief lakewatch. Scaup were moving in big numbers today as over 1000 went by.
However I only saw 4 Red-breasted Mergansers there while they are usually the big number. (Later I saw ~800 off south point trail moving west).
A Red-throated Loon was swimming far off shore, likely the same bird as yesterday.
I then moved down to south point trail where one could hear for a long distance. There was not much to be seen on the way out, but on the way back I did have some birds to look through. The only warbler was a single Yellow-rumped--probably a bird that is attempting to winter at this point.
I found a "flock" of birds at one point that included the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. This bird is assumed to be the one that has been hanging around for several weeks.
Also in that flock were 3 Fox Sparrows, several Chickadees and kinglets (no ruby!).
After a brief check of the VC feeders, I moved up to the campground. It was quiet again today. I did come across a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the south end. I heard one at the north end, so perhaps there are a couple which is not unusual for this location in winter.
With the calm and clear day, I took advantage and scanned the ducks from the old pier area. There were lots to sort through. I was almost giving up on finding the Eurasian Wigeon when I found one in the distance.
Soon after I found another male Eurasian Wigeon a bit closer!
Perhaps one of these is the one that was at Erieau the past few weeks, as it was not located this weekend. No reason a third could be around though!
Mindful of yesterday's events at McGeachy Pond dike, I headed over there next. Not long after walking west, I caught sight of a yellow bird. What was it? It was very actively down in the tangles. I soon got a look and determined it was a male Wilson's Warbler!
It was very difficult to try and photograph as it was down in and very active. Earlier I had thoughts of finding the Palm Warbler that Garry Sadler photographed yesterday, but a Wilson's is just as good. (by the way, the Palm Warbler was a "Yellow" eastern type, much more rare in Ontario).
There was something with the Wilson's today that I never got a proper look at. It could very well have been the Palm.
Needless to say, the Wilson's Warbler is record late for the Rondeau birding area. Coincidentally I found a record late one at Rondeau Park last year 14 November 2015. It was record late by 15 days, so do the math!
I also finally got a look at the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that has been hanging around the dike.
Not record late for the area. Actually my latest is 7 December 2003 at the park.
What will show up at McGeachy pond next?