[Ontbirds] Rondeau - Blue Grosbeak

Steve LaForest s.m.laforest at gmail.com
Sun May 9 12:03:39 EDT 2010

Hello Ontbirders.

The Blue Grosbeak incursion into south-western Ontario continues!
Yesterday, May 8, a first year male was seen and well-photographed in
Rondeau at campsite #67.  The bird was seen at about 5:30 pm.  I will
post any updates just as soon as I have news.

After you enter the park, drive about 1 km, the turn left on Rondeau
Avenue.  Drive to the first road on your right, Harrison Trail, and
park on the roadside in this vicinity.  Just before / west of
Harrison, there is a small path that leads north into the campground.
Walk past sites #63, 64, 65 and 66 to site #67.  Please be careful to
stay off occupied campsites and not to disturb the campers in the

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.

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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