Rondeau Bird Report -- April 24, 2003 (Thursday)

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Thu Apr 24 14:59:12 EDT 2003


Report for April 24, 2003 (Thursday):

This morning's frost was a clear indicator that any new migration was minimal.  
This morning's 2-mile hike, for example, failed to see a single warbler (!) 
although one got away unidentified.  However, the arrival of warmer weather 
this weekend should spark some significant migration (including warblers).

Significant recent sightings:

Worm-eating Warbler (1) over the weekend on Tulip Tree Trail

Sandhill Crane (5) on April 24 -- over Marsh Trail.

Throughout the park there are numbers of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, 
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee, etc., and lesser numbers of Brown 
Thrasher, Blue-headed Vireo, Pine Warbler, etc.  Shorebirds in the area include 
Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs.

Alan Wormington,
Friends of Rondeau

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RONDEAU BIRDING EVENTS:

DAILY BIRDING HIKES WITH AN EXPERT (free):

April 19-20, 24-27 inclusive, and 30
May 1 to 19 inclusive, and 23-26 inclusive

Each day there is a morning hike at 7:30 a.m. -- meet at the Visitor Centre.

Each day there is also an afternoon OR evening hike, as follows:

Mondays:  1:00 p.m. in the Park - meet at the Visitor Centre
Tuesdays:  1:00 p.m. at the Blenheim Sewage Ponds - map available at the V.C.
Wednesdays:  7:00 p.m. on Marsh Trail -- meet at parking lot
(Note:  May 7 and 14 hikes are in Ridgetown, and will start at 6:00 p.m. -- 
meet at the Native Trail, Scane Road just south of Golf Course Line)
Thursdays:  1:00 p.m. in the Park -- meet at the Visitor Centre
Fridays:  7:00 p.m. on Marsh Trail -- meet at parking lot
Saturdays:  1:00 p.m. in the Park -- meet at the Visitor Centre
Sundays:  1:00 p.m. in the Park -- meet at the Visitor Centre

Group size limited -- sign up at the Visitor Centre

Additional Events:

BIRDERS BREAKFAST:
May 1-20 inclusive -- 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Visitor Centre

FIRST ANNUAL RONDEAU BIG-DAY BIRDING:
May 9-10 -- Noon to Noon (24 hours), winners receive the Rondeau Cup: Register 
at the Visitor Centre

"AN EVENING IN THE PARK" with Ethan Meleg
May 10 -- 6:30 p.m.  "Confessions of a Crazed Bird Photographer" -- includes 
guest speaker, horsd'ourves dinner, wine social, silent auction, bucket raffle 
and presentation of the Rondeau Cup.  Tickets ($25) are limited -- phone 674-
1768 or e-mail friends at rondeauprovincialpark.ca

WADERS TO WARBLERS
May 11 -- 2:00 p.m. at the Visitor Centre; join Scott Fairbairn and John Reaume 
to hear about their adventures with bird photography.

"WHY DO BIRDS SING"
May 15 -- at the Visitor Centre; John Neville entertains you with his audio 
presentation on birds and why they sing.

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