I first drove east on McCallum Line and came across a singing Dickcissel near Brigden Road. It was not totally surprising since they were at this location last year.
I then moved up to Stanley Line noting some birds along the way. Just west of Kimball Road, I came across another Dickcissel in a field that held them in 2017 as well.
I worked my way up to Sarnia and checked out the old Blackwell landfill where I discovered some Dickcissels a few weeks ago. There were at least three singing males still there.
It is a good spot for Eastern Meadowlarks as well.
One of these days I hope to come across a Western Meadowlark in the area. They used to be more regular in the "old" days!
Heading back south, I checked some other 2017 Dickcissel sites, but came up empty.
I stopped by Moore WMA hoping to get across the creek. However, with the ridiculous amount of rain we have had recently, the water level was much too high. I was hoping to look for Mocha Emerald.
I did come across the first Royal River Cruiser of the year.
Just after that, a Fawn Darner made an appearance. We do not see these too often around here.
It was getting late in the morning, so I decided to head to Reid CA before it got too hot.
Lots of hairstreaks and other butterflies were out. Most were Banded, but I came across four Oak Hairstreaks (based on my photos).
I have yet to see an Edwards' and Coral Hairstreak here.
I saw another Royal River Cruiser patrolling the trail here.
I checked for Dukes' Skippers, but they were not yet out.
I wanted to do more, but by high noon, I was nearing heat exhaustion!