Friday Morning at Rondeau Provincial Park

I left early for Rondeau Provincial Park Friday morning.  Weather was great.  Not many birders in the park.  The birds were there, however.  Canada Geese, Turkey Vultures and American Crows were seen flying over the park, as well as Double-crested Cormorants.  First things first, however, had to check the feeders at the Visitor Centre.  American Goldfinch, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Baltimore Orioles, White-crowned Sparrows, Chipping Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a single Tufted Titmouse were at the feeders. 

Walked back to the end of the South Point Trail.  Lots of Yellow Warblers, House Wrens, Catbirds, Warbling Vireos, a few Chestnut-sided Warblers, a Downy Woodpecker and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher made the walk interesting.  There were also a couple of Garter Snakes basking in the warmth of the pathway.

The next walk was around the maintenance building area.  There were alot more Yellow Warblers and House Wrens there.  One of the neatest sights of the day was a Common Nighthawk resting on a branch, providing excellent views.  Common Yellowthroats, Chestnut-side, Black-and-White and Mourning Warblers all put in an appearance.

The Pony Barn is just down the road from the maintenance building, so off I went.  First bird seen in this area was an Indigo Bunting, followed quickly by an American Redstart and a Magnaolia Warbler.

Leaving the park, there was a Red-headed Woodpecker foraging on the ground.  What a beautiful sight.

It was a great morning.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Lynn Sanders on May 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Red Headed woodpecker – on the ground- what a beautiful sight. Haven’t seen that in 20 years! We did see a palm warbler in the edge habitat of our back field on Fri. evening. My first.


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