[Ontbirds]Rondeau birds May 3-6
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friends at rondeauprovincialpark.ca
Sat May 7 14:41:16 EDT 2005
May 3, 2005
Bird migration has been halted by the cold front, north winds and the periodic
sleet and rain for the past three days. Despite that dismal picture, several
brave migrants have been trickling into the Rondeau Provincial Park Birding
On May 1st, during a short burst of morning sunlight, 1 water pipit flew
overhead towards the base of the point at Beach Access # 10, while more than
2000 double-crested cormorants herded the baitfish along the Lake Erie
shoreline. Bonaparte's gulls, great black-backed gulls and Forster's terns
could seen competing for the fishing frenzy.
A walk along the marsh walk to the new two-storey viewing tower produced a
singing Virginia rail, 1 fox sparrow and 1 vesper sparrow while the resident
bald eagle adult and the immature from last year can be seen patrolling the
shorelines of the bay and the lake.
The drive to Erieau later in the day was rewarded by a great egret seen in
McGeachy's Pond along with a nesting pair of mute swans.
On May 2nd, a visit to the Blenhheim Sewage Lagoons produced 15 ruddy ducks, 20
Bonaparte's gulls, 10 American wigeon and singing horned larks.
Today, May 3rd, another visit to McGeachy's Ponds near Erieau, produced over
400 American golden plover, 36 pectoral sandpiper and 50 dunlin. At the South
Point Trail in the park, a small flock of 15 black-bellied plover flew by
heading northwest. As for all three days during this reporting period, yellow-
rumped warbler, Nashville warbler and black and white warblers are being
reported each day trickling in. It is expected that as soon as the weather
breaks with good warm southerly flows, many more species will be found
throughout the Rondeau Provincial Park birding area.
May 6, 2005
Migration has continued slowly. Finding birds was taking a lot of effort until
this morning. But on Wednesday May 4th, a walk along the Marsh Trail produced a
King Rail calling and ten minutes later it made a 2 minute appearance for one
lucky birder. A little further along the trail 2 marsh wrens were heard and
seen displaying, one common yellowthroat, 1 great egret, 5 American bittern, 2
Virginia rail, and 5 sora were tallied.
The next day, May 5th, a small migration began with the first common terns
reported at South Point Trail. One wood thrush, 1 palm warbler, were seen and
heard at South point Trail. At the Visitor's Centre, 3 male rose-breasted
grosbeaks were seen., while 1 Lincoln's sparrow was reported on the Tulip Tree
Today,, May 6th, with warmer weather moving in, came a larger migration that
most birders have been waiting for. Many of the early migrants mentioned
previously moved in large numbers with several new species. The orioles have
arrived with several Baltimore orioles seen and heard throughout the park and 1
orchard oriole was seen and heard singing his lively song at the south end of
the campground. The first empidonax flycatchers arrive today with one least
flycatcher singing along the South Point Trail. Four sandhill cranes were heard
then seen during the guided bird hike along the Marsh Trail with 1 Virginia
rail heard and many soras heard.
Hundreds of swallows were reported seen migrating at first light this morning
travelling north along the Rondeau Bay shore. Most were bank swallows.
With the good migration observed today, it appears as if it will certainly pick
up for the weekend with the weather forecasting a southerly flow. Birding in
Rondeau should be excellent.
Bird Hike Leader
Friends of Rondeau
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