Wednesday afternoon I just had to get out and enjoy some the beautiful autumn weather that has come to southwestern Ontario this week. I headed north and west of Strathroy, slowly driving down one back road after another. Eventually, I found myself north of Hungry Hollow, driving to the end of Elm Tree Road. There is a hiking trail here that winds around looking down upon the Ausauble River. The leaves provided a lot of colour.
There were quite a few birds around, some heading south, some just hanging around. It was good to see GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS seeking out insects in the trees and bushes. AMERICAN ROBINS were grouped together feasting on wild grapes. A HERMIT THRUSH and an EASTERN TOWHEE popped up for a quick few along the trail. Flocks of sparrows (FIELD, FOX, SONG and AMERICAN TREE) and DARK-EYED JUNCOS flew up out of the weeds and disappeared into a corn field. AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES accompanied the sparrows.
I didn’t think about butterflies at all until I saw a couple of CLOUDED SULPHURS. An EASTERN COMMA even put in an appearance. I guess I should not have been too surprised as we haven’t had a lot of frost yet this fall and yesterday was so sunny.
Back in Strathroy, I was surprised to see a single white-morph SNOW GOOSE amidst the 150 or so CANADA GEESE in Pincomb Larke in the Strathroy Conservation Area.
Gee, I had so much fun, I think I will go out do it again on Friday.