Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blenheim Shorebirds and Rondeau Migrants

An early morning visit to Blenheim Lagoons revealed some good views of the shorebirds present.  The lagoons still remain quite attractive to many shorebirds.
Lesser Yellowlegs were quite abundant again today.

Highlight was a trio of Wilson's Phalaropes.  This species had remained conspicuously absent until now.  They were a long-overdue FOY.

They remained in the corner of the middle pond most of the time.

There were at least ten Short-billed Dowitchers, a Stilt Sandpiper and several Solitary Sandpipers.  Least Sandpipers were quite numerous, but Semipalmated Sandpipers were not near as plentiful as last week.  I did find one White-rumped among the bunch.

More ducks have come in, including at least 5 Redhead.  That summering male Ring-necked was still present as usual.

This time of year, Bobolinks are flocked up and on the move.  A few were around today.

My next stop was Rondeau Park.  It was active with birds, more-so than last weekend.  Still lots of Yellow Warblers around.  I did find a Tennessee Warbler mixed in which is certainly expected. Tennessee can be seen as early as late June as a fall migrant.
A single Scarlet Tanager made an appearance at one point, already in winter garb.

The lake was active for a change with many Common Terns and Bonaparte's Gulls.  I was hoping to see something rare from the south such as a frigatebird, but Wood Stork did not enter my mind!
It should have since it was the same time of year back in 2001 that we saw the three on Pelee Island. Obviously it is a good time to expect them!
Perhaps the Pelee bird will stick around for tomorrow for many to see.

Cylindrical Blazing Star


  1. I'll be trying for the Wood Stork tomorrow. Hopefully it sticks around for us!