Today I visited some of the areas close to home. First I went to the Strathroy Sewage Lagoons. I walked around the south pond. There were lots of birds to be found. Canada Geese, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Scaup, Ruddy Duck, lots of Lesser Yellowlegs, a Spotted Sandpiper, Northern Flicker, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, lots of Yellow Warbler, lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers, several Palm Warblers, a Black-and-White Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.
Then I headed over to the Strathroy Conservation Area. Some of the same birds were here. But I added Black-throated Green Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Red-bellied Woodpecker and a pair of Tufted Titmouse. This is the first time I have encountered Titmouse in the conservation area. The trails at the conservation area were easy to walk. No mud or wet areas.
Next I headed over to Clark Wright Conservation Area. Again, I saw many of the same birds here as at my first two stops. But I also saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk, Eastern Phoebe, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee and Field Sparrow.
Altogether I found 45 species close to home today. The weather was great and it was nice to re-visit areas that I had not seen since last year. The trees are beginning to leaf out. Everything is very green. I don’t think there has been a lot of rain in the area. The ponds I saw today seemed to be on the low side. But from what I have seen on the weather forecast, there is some rain coming next week.