One evening recently I enjoyed meandering the dike trail at St. Clair NWA. There was only a light wind and excellent light. There were lots of American Coot......
Sandhill Cranes on the other hand, are typically much more visible, and even more frequently, audible. I heard at least 5 and one flew by, although at a distance.
Yesterday I was back at Rondeau. A Virginia Rail had been noted by several birders the day before right near the beginning of the Tuliptree Trail. It was an odd place for one to show up; it must have just arrived from farther south, and misjudged the habitat. No one saw it yesterday, so hopefully it moved over to the much more suitable marsh. I did see a few birders along the trail, all anxious for evidence of some early bird migrants. As it turned out, there were lots of the typical species, but nothing unexpected.
I was going to check out the South Point Trail, as the mix of open and forested habitats lends itself to a good variety of species, and a good spot to see my first Blue-gray Gnatcatcher of the season. But it was still at least partially underwater, so I headed over to the west side of the trail, which doesn't have the same habitat variety and doesn't get birded as much. However it is a nice walk through the centre of the park's extensive forest, and is wonderful for solitude and sometimes some excellent birding.
On this day, it was evident that things like Hermit Thrush had recently arrived in good numbers. I estimated a minimum of 35 along the trail.