[Ontbirds] Rondeau Report - Blue Grosbeak

Steve LaForest s.m.laforest at gmail.com
Fri May 7 14:07:50 EDT 2010

Hello Ontbirders.

The Rondeau Provincial Park spring birding program will run from
Saturday May 1 through to Victoria Day.  There will be daily Bird
Hikes and a Birders' Breakfast.

We have just received a report that a BLUE GROSBEAK was seen in the
park yesterday evening at 7:15 pm.  While the sighting is not yet
verified, the observers are experienced and are familiar with this
species from Mexico.  The rare bird report excludes similar species.
The bird was seen on the gravel beside the pile of logs at Pony Barn.
We have not yet received any additional records and have no indication
that photographs were taken.  Updates will be posted as soon as we
have more information.

DIRECTIONS:  After entering the park, drive about 1 km to Rondeau
Avenue, turn left and go a few hundred metres to Harrison Trail, turn
right and go less than 1 km to the Pony Barn parking lot.  If the lot
is full, please park on the RIGHT SIDE ONLY of the road before you
reach the parking lot.


The Bird Hike schedule has been changed slightly from last year.  I
will lead a guided hike twice daily from Saturday May 1 to Monday May
24, inclusive (fee $5), as follows:

Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday at 7:30 am and 1:00 pm
Tuesday and Friday at 7:30 am and 7:00 pm;
Wednesday at 7:30 am.

All of the 7:30 am and 1:00 pm hikes listed above will meet at the
Visitor Centre.  The 7:00 pm hikes will meet at the entrance to the
Marsh Trail.
A second hike on Wednesday at 1:00 pm will meet at the Blenheim Sewage
Lagoons. New for this year, permits for the Sewage Lagoons will be
available from the Rondeau Visitor Centre

The Friends of Rondeau will provide a Birders' Breakfast for a small
donation (coffee, tea, bagels, soups and treats) daily from 7:00 am to
2:00 pm at the Visitor Centre.

There will also be a special new program on Saturday May 15, at 7:00 pm.
This evening presentation will focus on spring migration at Rondeau.
Tickets are available from the Visitor Centre.  Please note that there
will be no bird hike at 1:00 pm on this day - Saturday May 15.

The birding competition is 24 consecutive hours during the weekend of
May 7th-9th.  For details on this bird-a-thon, contact the Visitor

More information on the park's nature programs and the Friends of
Rondeau is available at the Friends' website:

Directions for park:
Take exit 101 from Highway 401 and drive South 16 km on Chatham Kent
Road 15.  Turn right and follow the signs to the park.  The Bird
Sightings Book, Bird Sightings Board and other relevant information
are located at the Visitor Centre (open 7:00 am to 5:00 pm from May 1
- 24.  To reach the Visitor Centre from the park Gate, travel 6 km
South on Rondeau Road to Gardiner Ave., then follow it around the bend
to the parking lot.

Directions for Sewage Lagoons (courtesy of Irene Woods):
Blenheim is on #3 H [Talbot Rd]. in Chatham-Kent.
Take # 3 H West out of Blenheim, about 1 km.
You will see a car wash at the corner of Lagoon Rd.,
turn right [ North]. Go about 1/2 km. and you will see a small
locked gate [ see below]. Enter at this gate only.

Please park on the lagoon side of the road--only.  Permit required
(available from Rondeau Visitor Centre, etc.)

Good birding!

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

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