Weather was quite pleasant with a northerly breeze today as I walked through Ipperwash Dunes and Swales.
Several Pine Warblers were seen or heard, as they are common in the area.
Best warbler was a Magnolia, which occasionally breeds in the area.
Along Beach trail, there was a lot of Butterfly Weed, but nothing on it. Once again, butterflies were scarce. There were a few including this Delaware Skipper.
I took a tour around Kettle Point before leaving the area. Water level is very high, and there is no point! I recall when we used to be able to walk quite a ways out.
I went into Sarnia on the way back and checked out Logan's Pond. A waste of time! It is another very poor year for dragonflies in these parts.
Dow Wetlands was on the list next. Dickcissels were quite co-operative.
They seem to hang around where there are patches of teasel or thistle.
I came across another Dickcissel at the corner of Moore Line and Highway 40, as well as one at Lambton Generating Station which I discovered a few days ago.
After lunch (I recommend stopping at the burger stand in Courtright!), I headed back into the countryside.
I stopped at Moore WMA and went for a long walk. It is getting quite grown-in where I used to find lots of butterflies. The prairie plantings have not been maintained.
I did find a couple of Edwards' Hairstreaks.
The river level was finally way down so one can get across the crossing to check out the "back 40".
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A final stop at Reid CA did not reveal any Dukes' Skippers yet.
Highlight there was a family of Eastern Screech-Owls. I heard some noise in the back corner of the meadow area and caught a glimpse of several owls. I was not able to get any photos.
Sunday is the Rondeau butterfly count, so we will see what turns up! (Hopefully a Pipevine Swallowtail or two).