For a change in scenery, I went down to Point Pelee today. I had not been there in some time for various reasons, so I was due. It was a calm day, but drizzly and dreary, just like many weekend days!
I started with a Tip Watch, and had the whole place to myself. There was no wind, but there was a fair bit of activity and visibility was good.
Several loons were in view, all swimming. They were not flying today.
At least five Red-throated Loons were swimming well off the SW side of the Tip. Yet again, I could not find a Pacific Loon. I studied all the loons well for the two hours I was there, but certainly no Pacific Loon was around.
A good number of Horned Grebes were around numbering close to fifty.
Lots of ducks were moving, and of course the most common was Red-breasted Merganser.
Early on, this little buteo perched at the Tip.
I later walked up to Sparrow Field along the beach. There was a nice raft of about 65 scoters on the lake. Most seemed to be Surf, but there was a good number of White-winged and a few Black.
Next walk was Shuster Trail. There was not too much of note there.
De Laurier had some birds including several White-throated Sparrows. An Eastern Phoebe was singing at the back. Two Sandhill Cranes flew over.
Here is a link to my eBird list for Point Pelee:
On the way out, I noticed the Cattle Egret along Concession E. It was a bit distant for any good photo.
I walked a bit of Hillman Marsh. A pure flock of 9 Eastern Meadowlarks was interesting at the shorebird cell.
I found a Marsh Wren in a spot that I often find them in the early winter.
There were lots of ducks at Hillman, but I did not get the scope out. Many were Gadwall.
Nearer home, Tundra Swans were obviously on the move. There were a few thousand out in the fields near St. Clair NWA.
The sun will be out again tomorrow....