I received an email from ONTBIRDS about a sighting of a White-winged Dove at Rondeau Provincial Park this morning. So I put my Christmas Bird Count data entry on hold and headed down to the park. I tried for a White-winged Dove in Ontario once before. I searched carefully in the vicinity where it had been seen but dipped on it. That was a number of years ago. But this time, the bird was right where the email said it was. I am so pleased. I now have 322 ticks on my Checklist of Ontario Birds. White-winged Doves show up occasionally here and there in southern Ontario. But they mainly make their home in the far southern and south-western United States.
On the way to the park, I noticed an interesting bird sitting by the edge of the road. (This was Thames Road, just south of Hyndman Drive.). I quickly pulled over and snapped a couple of pictures before it flew off. It was a Wilson’s Snipe. A few over-winter in southern Ontario, but this is the first one that I have encountered in the winter.
It was quite the day.