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Trip to Rondeau Provincial Park – along the shore of Lake Erie

08 May

Every spring, I make several forays into Rondeau Provincial Park.  It is only an hours drive from home (with a little excessive speed, that is).  I have been there twice, recently.

The pictures shown here were all taken in the park.

Eastern Towhee - female
Eastern Towhee – female

It was a beautiful day.  Couldn’t ask for better birding weather. 

Red-winged Blackbird

We walked the Tulip Tree Trail, after first checking out the visitor centre.  Next, we walked South Point Trail.  Following that, we drove over to the Pony Barn and walked around the pond.  Lastly, we walked the trail in behind the  maintenance building.

Red-headed Woodpecker

Birds were everywhere.   We found good birds on each of the trails we walked.  Also of note, were the numerous snakes and butterflies. 

This Garter Snake was found curled up on the branches of a Red-Osier Dogwood bush along side South Point Trail.

It was great to see so many species of birds returning for the breeding season.  Ovenbirds were plentiful.

Ovenbird

As were Black-and-White Warblers.

Black-and-White Warbler

OFFICIAL BIRD LIST FOR THE DAY – 63 Species

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Wild Turkey
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Killdeer
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Rock Pidgeon
  • Morning Dove
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (quite a few seen around the visitor centre)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird (quite a few)
  • Warbling Vireo (several)
  • Red-eyed Vireo (a couple)
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Horned Lark
  • Purple Martin
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-capped Chickadee (just one – at the visitor centre)
  • House Wren (numerous)
  • Veery (several – very good looks)
  • Wood Thrush (heard only)
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird (numerous)
  • Brown Thrasher (several)
  • European Starling
  • Tennessee Warbler (a couple)
  • Nashville Warbler (a couple)
  • Yellow Warbler (numerous)
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (several)
  • Magnolia Warbler (several)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (a few)
  • Black-throated Green Warbler (several)
  • Black-and-White Warbler (numerous)
  • Ovenbird (numerous)
  • Louisianna Waterthrush (one)
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow (numerous)
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Roes-breasted Grosbeak
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole (numerous)
  • House Finch
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow
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1 Comment

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Trip to Rondeau Provincial Park – along the shore of Lake Erie

  1. Ruth

    May 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Fabulous pictures!

     
 
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