Again, it was rather quiet for birds, but better than the last visit. On the way in, I saw the two Sandhill Cranes resting on the ice of Sanctuary Pond.
I checked out the Tip area, finding very little. A couple FOY Horned Grebes were swimming near the Tip.
The Tip has no sand and the water is actually quite deep so it will take a certain storm to build up again.
I checked out Shuster Trail, Tilden's Woods and Cactus Trail, but there is nothing to mention!
Four Brown Creepers were together in Tilden's-perhaps the same four I had there earlier in the winter.
Earlier on the way in along Road 19 I noticed two pairs of Ring-necked Pheasants in a familiar location. They seem to be getting more difficult to find anymore. It was dark and dismal first thing in the morning!
The south part of Hillman Marsh had quite a bit of waterfowl, but there was heavy wet snow falling at the time I was there.
Wheatley Harbour had a single Horned Grebe and some gulls, including one whole Bonaparte's Gull. One has to wonder where they are yet this year!
I stopped for a walk at St. Clair NWA which was fairly good for waterfowl.
At the parking lot, 20 Cedar Waxwings provided some entertainment.
Along the trail were 4 Sandhill Cranes.
They quickly disappeared. In fact, I did not see them take off! While on the tower, I saw some Sandhill Cranes and other waterfowl land in the field along Balmoral Line. That was my next stop.
There were hundreds of Tundra Swans and some geese. Also, 9 Sandhill Cranes were dancing the field.
ON my way home, I went up Heron Line and came across a couple more Sandhill Cranes. These were in the field that held all that waterfowl in January.
Around the Mallard/Marsh/Winter Lines area, I noted 4 Snowy Owls as I drove by. So, they are still lingering.
Today, Sunday I went down to Rondeau and Erieau where it was extremely quiet. I should have stayed home! However, there were thousands of ducks to sort through on the Bay. Nothing new though.