Thursday, November 9, 2017

November Notes

Another week has almost gone by.  Weather was fairly nice all week until today when the wind picked up and the temperature dropped.
This time of year we tend have "November Gales" and things get interesting on the Great Lakes.  Ships take note of the winds and we remember the storms of the past.  Tomorrow is the 42 year anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, immortalized by Gordon Lightfoot's song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".
Many ships went down in the old days including the Carl D. Bradley on November 18, 1958.

Carl D. Bradley painting by Jim Clary

Rough Seas on the Carl D. Bradley

With the time change recently, there is more light in the mornings for me to look around.  However, I have not been lucky enough to see much of note. 
Roberta Stewart Wetland is a nice place to start the morning.  Often there is nice scenery looking over to Walpole Island.


I have taken several nice photos from that vantage point.

Sunset over Walpole Island

A few Sandhill Cranes are often seen as they head over from Michigan to feed in the fields west of Wallaceburg.  There have not been as many this year, as in the past though.
Ducks have been the main thing to look at recently.

With the recent reports of Cattle Egrets in the province, I am hoping to come across one.  In the past, I have found a Cattle Egret at Stewart on two separate occasions.

October 2010

At Peers Wetland, it is mainly just ducks we see now.  Land birds clear right out of there when the weather gets cold!

Hopefully this coming weekend will be interesting for birds.  Looks like I will start Saturday morning again at Rondeau with a lakewatch. Pacific Loon, here I come!

1 comment:

  1. Well, now that the Corn Crake is off the table, I guess I'll have to focus on Ontario birds this weekend! Good luck!