It took a while, but I finally found the annual bird quite some distance out. Here are a couple of highly cropped photos.
There was a good variety of ducks to sort through, but I only saw one of the two Eurasian Wigeons of today.
No doubt these are likely the same returning birds each spring and fall.
I walked through the campground, but saw few birds. It was just too windy!
I checked the lake off the VC and added Glaucous Gull and Long-tailed Duck to the day's list.
The day was young, so I headed over to Erieau and walked the rail trail. It actually was not too bad for wind, but no Orange-crowned Warbler made an appearance.
At the pier area, I saw the two male Harlequin Ducks bouncing in the waves. The one has hung around since sometime in November! Probably some sort of local record.
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I checked out McGeachy Pond as well, but still no warbler (lol)! There were a couple of open spots that held some Mallard, American Wigeon and Gadwall.
Looks like there is some phragmites control taking place there.
Heading up Erieau Road, a very nice Red-shouldered Hawk passed in front of me south of Old Street.
Further up near the landfill, a roaming flock of Lapland Longspurs flew by. I estimated around 85, but not sure if it was a pure flock. Perhaps a Smith's was in there!