I arrived at the park under steady snow around 08:00 and went straight to the VC. I headed down Woodland Trail and was joined by Ian Woodfield. We arrived at the prescribed spot along Redbud Trail and it did not take long to see a flock of waxwings. I immediately picked out the Bohemian, but they did not stay long in the poor conditions.
It took another half hour before they showed up again, for Jim Burk, affording a better view, but not all that great!
I have seen Bohemians only a couple of times before in Point Pelee. They are most certainly pretty birds.
While there, a Hermit Thrush made an appearance along with a few Purple Finches, Black-capped chickadees, and a very vocal Carolina Wren.
We all then headed down to the Tip (or what is left of it) to see a few gulls and ducks. Water is high and with all the wind, there is little beach all along the east side. It was too crappy to check for a Northern Gannet, which has been just across the lake at Cleveland!
After parting ways, I checked out Shuster Trail and De Laurier for very few birds.
|Scene along Shuster Trail|
There were a couple of Yellow-rumped, a Swamp Sparrow, etc. plus a White-breasted Nuthatch (probably two) along the way.
My next stop was Hillman Marsh. Along the way I spotted a couple of Sandhill Cranes along Mersea Rd. 19.
At the shorebird cell I was delighted to see 8 Eastern Meadowlarks. They show up well in the snow!
I had several here a few weeks ago, so I wonder if they are the same birds.
I checked a usual spot for Marsh Wren, and sure enough, it was there! However, it wanted to hide.
A stop at Wheatley Harbour revealed lots of geese including 28 Snows.
Perhaps these came in yesterday with the movement of geese all over.
Time to slow down a bit (not really) for Christmas!