[Ontbirds] Rondeau Migration Report - May 11

Steve LaForest s.m.laforest at gmail.com
Fri May 11 16:34:51 EDT 2012

Hello Ontbirders.

Rondeau has had reports of 25 species of warblers today.  The rarest
of these was a Yellow-throated, still visiting a site on Lakeshore
Road near the Visitor Centre.

Birders looking for the Yellow-throated are asked NOT to visit the
site before 8:00 am, are reminded to show proper respect for property
and privacy, and to park at the Visitor Centre NOT along the road.
Groups visiting the site should be of small size – NO large groups,
please.  The Yellow-throated has also visited the feeders at the
Visitor Centre.

Good warblers today included Golden-winged and Blue-winged, both on
South Point Trail.

Other warblers of interest included Orange-crowned, Blackpoll,
Northern Waterthrush,  Northern Parula, Wilson’s and Canada, all on
South Point Trail.  Blackburnians were in good numbers.  These and
many other songbirds must have moved in overnight on the south winds
blowing across Lake Erie.

Our best birding trail continues to be South Point.  The treetops were
abuzz with warblers and other songbirds this morning in a mini feeding
frenzy of activity.  There were 2 Yellow-throated Vireos along the
trail, as well as one on Lakeshore Road just south of Gardiner.  A
Bobolink at South Point was also a good bird for the park.

In the raptor department, an adult Golden Eagle flew over the Pony
Barn area at 10:30 am, headed east to west.

Thank you to everyone who has supplied Rondeau birding information for
this report.

Good birding


Our Bird Hikes and Birders' Breakfast start Friday May 4 and go
through to Victoria Day.  I will lead a guided hike twice daily from
May 4 to May 21, 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; as well as 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.

Bird hikes for absolute beginners will be led by Ric McArthur on
Saturdays at 10:00 am, meeting at the Visitor Centre.

The Friends of Rondeau will provide a Birders' Breakfast/Lunch for a
small donation (coffee, tea, bagels, soups and treats) daily from 7:00
am to 2:00 pm at the Visitor Centre.  The Centre will be open daily up
to May 21, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.  All proceeds from the Festival of
Flight go to support nature programs in the park.

The Big Birding Day Competition is 24 consecutive hours during the
weekend of May 11th - 12th.  For details on this bird-a-thon, contact
the Visitor Centre.

I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new birding
companions during my sixth spring season at Rondeau!

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

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, Bird Checklists and other
relevant information are to be found at the Visitor Centre.  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

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

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