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Indeed there was dense fog this morning, but at least the weather forecast was wrong again and it turned out to be a nice day after the fog quickly lifted!
I headed towards Essex County this weekend for a change. My first stop was Two Creeks CA at Wheatley, still in Chatham-Kent. It was a soggy walk as Black-capped Chickadees chattered throughout the woods.
There was not much at Wheatley Harbour, but it was still quite foggy, so I headed over to Hillman Marsh.
Some Red-winged Blackbirds flew over the shorebird cell as I walked the trail. I guess the highlight was a Marsh Wren chattering somewhere off trail unseen. It was about a year ago I also saw one in this locale.
By the time I ended my walk, the fog had lifted and revealed clear, sunny skies of which this Downy Woodpecker enjoyed.
I headed down Mersea Rd. 19 as I saw a flock of blackbirds that included Red-winged, Common Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds and starlings. There was also a Jeremy Hatt sighting! Jeremy was making some rounds checking out various places.
My next destination was Jack Miner's north of Kingsville, a spot I had not visited in quite some time. The place always seems a bit far for my weekend outings, but I thought today was a good day to check it out.
Some Greater White-fronted Geese have been there of late, and today was no exception. I saw seven right away.
The speckle-bellies kept together the whole time.
My first trip there was in 1971 when I was a fledgling!
Later, I headed north and had lunch at Comber. I also briefly stopped at the Agris place where a large blackbird flock has been seen off and on. There were a few blackbirds present, but I guess they were spread out over the area as not many were there.
A stop at Lighthouse Cove was disappointing. It was certainly a far cry from a few weeks ago! Gulls like ice, so with the crazy mild weather recently, they dispersed to parts unknown.
On the way back to Wallaceburg, I spotted a Snowy Owl between Mitchell's Bay and Grande Pointe.
Nothing new has been reported at Rondeau Park lately, so I will be checking out the St. Clair River on Sunday. The ducks have been showing well recently!