[Ontbirds] Rondeau - Western Tanager update

Steve LaForest s.m.laforest at gmail.com
Thu May 19 20:23:02 EDT 2011

Good evening Ontbirders,

The male WESTERN TANAGER at Rondeau was first seen this afternoon from 2:40
to 3:00 pm.  To the best of my knowledge, the bird wasn't relocated until
about 4:30 pm, and was then viewed more or less continuously until 6:20 pm.
I don't know whether anyone else looked again after that time.  Recent rains
have flooded this small portion of the trail, and you might need rubber
boots if you want to access this immediate area.  You may well not need
rubber boots - but if someone on the other side of the flooded portion of
trail starts jumping up and down yelling OMG .. CMF, you may have to choose
between dry shoes and massive disappointment!

The bird has been cooperatively flying back and forth in a scrubby area with
scattered large pines and oaks.  It often perches in the open and has
offered 'crippling' views at full power in the scope / viewfinder.  As far
as I know, everyone who visited got a good look.  The site is immediately
south of the south end of the parking lot at South Point Trail.  This spot
is where the trail leaves the parking lot.  Occasionally, the bird moves a
bit farther west, and is better seen from the portion of the paved trail
beyond the flooded patch, just around the corner to the left.  So far,
observers have been able to get good looks without having to leave the
parking lot area.  A number of photographers have obtained good images.  We
would appreciate any images that photographers are willing to share with us.

You can easily bypass the 'water hazard' by detouring around via the north
exit to the parking lot, and circling back to the paved trail.  All of the
sightings so far have been within a very limited radius.  Note that there
are 2 parking lots for South Point Trail.  The bird was seen near the
southern parking lot, NOT the one to the west of the Visitor Centre on
Gardiner Avenue.

Exit Hwy 401 at Exit #101, Kent Bridge Road (Chatham Kent Road 15), and
follow it south 16 km to Rondeau Road, turn right and drive a short distance
into the park.
>From the park gate, continue south on the main road (Rondeau Road) to where
it curves left and becomes Gardiner Avenue.  Continue along a short distance
to the Visitor Centre.  The Centre (open 7:00 am to 5:00 pm) will have
updates on the Western Tanager and other bird sightings.  From the Visitor
Centre parking lot, continue east on Gardiner Avenue 50 m to Lakeshore Road,
turn right (south) and proceed to the South Point Trail parking lot.

Best of luck!!

Steve LaForest
Friends of Rondeau Bird Guide
s.m.laforest at gmail.com

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