After leaving Pelee Provincial Park on Friday May 1st, we headed past the location where the Eurasian-collared doves are commonly seen. Last year I was lucky enough to spot the doves and they were present on the power lines this year again. It sounds like they are maybe nesting in the area.
|Eurasian Collared Dove- Leamington Ontario|
On Saturday May 2nd, we left the Pelee area and headed for Holiday Beach Conservation area. It was here that I picked up a couple snowy egrets last year and a tricoloured heron had been seen there the week before, so I was hopeful for a good day of birding. We got there early and were one of the only ones there at first. I started scanning the water and decided to head up the hawk tower for a better view over the marsh. Several species of ducks and a handful of pied-billed grebes were out on the water.
A large number of mute swans were also present.
Mute Swan- Holiday Beach
It was also a thrill to see a healthy population of purple martins.
|Purple martins, one of my favorite shots of birds in flight.|
I met a very co-operative tree swallow.
We headed down a nearby trail where I got my first glimpse of a swamp sparrow. Further down, the trail turns into a boardwalk that heads through the marsh. As I passed a clump of marsh grass, a sora suddenly scurried out. The picture below is far from good, but I was satisfied considering how shy soras generally are.
|Can you spot the sora?|
I picked up 27 species here and posted them to ebird.
I didn't see the tricoloured heron, but was still satisfied.
We left Holiday Beach and headed on to Rondeau Provincial Park, the last stop of the trip. I have learned a lot about Rondeau from other bloggers, but had never had a chance to visit it myself. First stop was the visitor's centre where I had a great birding conversation with a member of the Friends of Rondeau as we watched the feeders. The first trail I went on was the tuliptree trail. It was here where an american woodcock flushed up, a species I had been trying to see for a long time.
|We were just a bit too early to see the prothonotary warblers that nest here.|
|There were plenty of chipmunks along the trail.|
Then we moved on to a trail that headed down towards the beach. On the way down the trail, a couple birders pointed me to a pair of blue-grey gnatcatchers, another life species. As we approached the water, it became obvious how serious the erosion is at the park. Some parts of the trail had to be re-routed.
The water was relatively quiet for bird life, but it was still a great spot to stop and look around.
Back home, I spent the other day at the Mitchell Sewage Lagoons. The water level in the cells is ideal for shorebirds and I picked up a new species, dunlin. An out of season tundra swan and 3 out of season lesser scaup were present along with the usual species.
If you're still reading at this point, thanks for putting up with a long post. It was a great trip with 11 new life species.
Enjoy the spring weather.
|White trilliums- home farm|