[Ontbirds] Laughing Gull, Franklin's Gull, Kittiwake etc. Rondeau Park

Blake A. Mann boatmann at kent.net
Sun Oct 16 15:00:54 EDT 2016

More details on the Rondeau birds:

This morning there was an excellent movement of waterbirds along the east 
side of Rondeau Park.  Included was a large movement of Common Loons (over 

I arrived at Dog Beach just after 07:30 and caught sight of a juv 
Black-legged Kittiwake heading south.
It was not seen again.

A while later after Steve Charbonneau and Keith Burk arrived, a second-cycle 
Laughing Gull was seen heading south.  It soon came back and we saw it about 
3 more times.  It briefly landed on the beach towards the visitor centre. 
We did not find it again but could still be in the area.

Later in the morning, Steve came across a first-cycle Franklin's Gull at the 
north end of the park off beach access 6 and 7.  Several birders got on the 
bird.  Photos were taken in flight.  It was hanging around for some time.

Over at Erieau, a male Eurasian Wigeon has been hanging out behind the fire 
hall for a few days.  There is a public viewing area behind the fire hall 
with a nice deck to set up scopes.  Scope is required as it is often 
There is also a vegetation mat on the Bay seen from there which shorebirds 
will congregate.  Some Dunlin and a Lesser Yellowlegs were there today. 
Also 20 Caspian Terns were resting on the mat.

Dog Beach is near the south end of Lakeshore Road in Rondeau Provincial 
Park.  The park is to the right of the end of C-K Rd. 15 (Kent Bridge Road).

The Fire Hall at Erieau is on the north side of the main road in the village 
along the one-way section of road heading west.  Erieau is at the end of C-K 
Rd. 12 SW of Blenheim.


Blake A. Mann
Wallaceburg, Chatham-Kent
Blog: www.burgbirder.blogspot.ca 

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