|Chestnut-sided Warbler - Photo by Chris Burke|
|Indigo Bunting - Photo by Chris Burke|
We then ventured around to another area of the woods to look for both Acadian Flycatchers (Some of the group heard one) and Cerulean Warbler, though we did not end up seeing any of these. A Pilated Woodpecker, Great Creasted Flycatcher and Scarlet Tanager were an awesome sight to have found. The most excitement from the day I think came when there was a sighting of a hooded warbler. I was lucky enough to see the female, although the male missed my view. The one thing I find difficult is knowing where to look when people are trying to describe the location of a bird. As others saw the male, I was darting my eyes trying to figure out which area of the bush pile, near which branches intersecting it was! Definitely a skill that I will need to work on!
The group broke up around noon with the OFO trip heading to Ridgetown and Blenheim Sewage Lagoons. Yes...that would be a water treatment plant, and for all those who I can already here saying "EW!". There's a lot of life at these places! While Ridgetown didn't have too much other than a bundle of swallows, Blenheim was just bustling with life.
We walked around to another pond and further in the grass field we spotted a single Bobolink amongst Red-winged blackbirds. Right behind this area was another section that looked like an artificial wetland to assist with the filtering of water. In here, I first saw a killdeer, but soon saw others. The group placed scopes onto a few shorebirds, only two species. There were about 2-3 Dunlin as well as about 5-6 semipalmated sandpipers. These were some of the cutest little thing I've ever seen. the dunlin was very easy to ID with the black spot on its chest, I tried to take a shot through the scope to put on here.
|Semipalmated sandpipers and Dunlins|
It was a wonderful day trip over all, and the best part to me, was meeting some of the people I did! It was really neat meeting some people who also write blogs! It's really cool to meet the people on the other side of the screen.
One of the people I met was Dwayne, who writes the Nerdy For Birdy Blog. It's interesting seeing all the places that there are to visit, and his photos are always steller!
The second was Paul Nicholson who is a freelance writer at the London Freepress. He as a Twitter account that can be followed for weekly bird updates found by his twittername: NicholsonNature. He posted a great article about this trip!
Another birder on the trip was Blake who writes the Burgbirder blog. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet and talk with him on this trip, but it was great to be around other birdbloggers! He has a wonderful site too, so be sure to check it out!
Thanks to all of you for a great Sunday and to my Dad for tagging along with me despite the mud!
|The Father and I!|