[Ontbirds]Rondeau - Pelican and Warblers

Steve LaForest stevelaforest at hotmail.com
Sat May 10 23:49:45 EDT 2008

Rondeau Bird Report – Saturday May 10, 2008 - evening

Good evening.

Our warbler tally for the day was 23 species, including Worm-eating, Yellow-breasted Chat, Cerulean, Prothonotary (2 sites) and Blue-winged (3 sites).  The best trails were Tulip Tree Trail, Spicebush, Pony Barn and Bennett Road. 

Other passerines of interest included Summer Tanager, Orchard Oriole (2 sites), Yellow-throated Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Acadian Flycatcher and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

The American White Pelican was seen again flying over the South Point Trail.  Late migrants like Black-billed Cuckoo are also starting to show up.

On Tulip Tree Trail, several observers saw a Northern Flicker and a Red-headed Woodpecker nesting in the same tree.  Apparently, the Northern Flicker was in the same hole that a Red-headed had used last year.  At one point, both bird emerged at once and collided.  A fortunate photographer captured the moment.

Happy trails to you!

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

I will lead a guided bird hike twice daily May 3 to 19 (fee $5), as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am & 1 pm; Tuesday & Thursday 7:30 am & 7 pm; Friday 7:30 am.  All of the 7:30 am and 1 pm hikes listed above will meet at the Visitor Centre.  The 7 pm hikes will meet at the entrance to the Marsh Trail.  A second hike on Friday at 1 pm 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 am.

Directions: To reach Rondeau PP, take exit 101 from Highway 401 and drive South 16 km on Chatham Kent Road 15. Follow the signs to the park. The Bird Sightings Book, Bird Sightings Board and other relevant information are located at the Visitor Centre (open 7 am to 5 p m from May 3 - 19).  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 parking lot.

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