[Ontbirds] RE: European goldfinch: Rondeau Bird Report - Sunday May 20, 2007

Peter Meisenheimer peter.meisenheimer at sympatico.ca
Mon May 21 12:05:42 EDT 2007

European goldfinches are seen with some regularity in the vicinity. I have a
jpg of a bird that a resident of Ridgetown asked me to ID a couple of
winters back.  She tells me that the species shows up occasionally but
regularly in the area. This was confirmed by one of her neighbours.  There
is an aviary/roadside zoo down the road on Hwy.3 that is probably the

Peter Meisenheimer
33 Arthur St. N.
Guelph, Ontario
N1E 4T7
1-519-836-3569 (home)
peter.meisenheimer at sympatico.ca

-----Original Message-----
From: ontbirds-bounces at hwcn.org [mailto:ontbirds-bounces at hwcn.org] On Behalf
Of Steve LaForest
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2007 1:05 PM
To: ontbirds at hwcn.org
Subject: [Ontbirds]Rondeau Bird Report - Sunday May 20, 2007

Rondeau Bird Report - Sunday May 20, 2007

We just received a report that 2 American White Pelicans were seen yesterday

over the South Point Trail parking lot.  The birds were also observed and 
photographed today soaring over the same site at 11:15 am.  They flew out 
over the lake, then circled back again.  A juvenile Peregrine Falcon was 
seen at Spicebush Trail eating a kill.

Songbirds seen today include Acadian Flycatcher, Tufted Titmouse, Summer 
Tanager, and European Goldfinch.  The Acadian Flycatcher, 2 Tufted Titmice 
(possibly nesting), and 2 Summer Tanagers (both first year males) were all 
found on Tulip Tree Trail.  A third first year male Summer Tanager was 
discovered on South Point Trail.  The European Goldfinch was seen by an 
experienced observer on the South Point Trail near the Anne McArthur bench.

Documentation for this sighting will be forwarded to the Ontario Bird 
Records Committee.

A Kirtland's Warbler was reported today on Harrison Trail about one third of

the way down from the Visitor Centre parking lot to the South point parking 
lot.  The bird was not singing, but the observer was familiar with this 
species, and had seen them previously in Michigan.

I will lead a guided bird hike twice daily May 5 - 21 (fee $5), as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am & 1 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday 
7:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Friday 7:30 am
All of the 7:30 am and 1 pm hikes listed above meet at the Visitor Centre.
The 7 p.m. hikes meet at the entrance to the Marsh Trail.
A second hike on Friday at 1 p.m. will meet at the Blenheim Sewage Lagoons.
The Friends of Rondeau will provide a birders' brunch for a small donation
  (coffee, tea, bagels, soups & treats) daily from 7 - 11 a.m.

Directions: from Highway 401, take exit 101 and drive South 16 km on Chatham

Kent Road 15, then turn right on Chatham Kent Road and 17 travel 1.1 km to 
the park.  The Bird Sightings Book, Bird Sightings Board and other relevant 
information are located at the Visitor Centre (open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 
May 5 - 21).  To reach the Centre from the park gate, travel 6 km South on 
Rondeau Road to Gardiner Ave. and follow it around the bend to the left to 
the parking lot.

Steve LaForest
Friends of Rondeau Bird Guide
c/o Rondeau Visitor Centre (519) 674-1768

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