More Ruby-crowned Kinglets were in, and were almost equal in number to its Golden counterpart.
As we headed up Lakeshore Road, we kept an eye out for the resident White-winged Dove. We found it alongside the road opposite cottage #17168 where it was collecting sticks.
It took the sticks to the top of a stove chimney in a fruitless effort to make a nest to attract a mate.
It did this several times, and was doing it a few hours later when I went by. I assume the sticks were just sliding off the shiny chimney top!
It seems to like shiny surfaces.
A walk of TTT and SBT did not reveal a Louisiana Waterthrush, but it is likely still around in one of the sloughs. I guess it only appears on weekdays (non-holidays) !
We also walked a bit north of the VC along Harrison where a couple of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a Pine Warbler have been hanging out the last couple of days.
I only came across 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers in five hours in the park. There seems to be more farther north, just like last year! I came across about a dozen at Peers Wetland late Wednesday, the most I have seen yet this year.
I drove around quite a bit afterwards. One stop was the marsh trail at Erieau where there was very little. Highlight there was a flyover flock of Lapland Longspur.
Stefina Line produced a couple of Eastern Meadowlarks and a Wilson's Snipe--something that is possible in the dead of winter there!
Ridgetown lagoons produced nothing of note--just a lot of ducks and geese.
|Swallow with rough wings|
This evening was quite nice so I went for a walk at Stewart Wetland west of Wallaceburg. A Lesser Yellowlegs was still present and across the way (Walpole Island), an American Bittern was calling. It was a first-of-year for me.
Tomorrow will be quite balmy, but with the likelihood of rain. I would expect some migrants to come in.
|Easter Phoebe #34|