A couple of hours at Erieau on mid-day Friday proved to be worthwhile. There were lots of waterbirds, in the main channel, off the south beach of Rondeau and in the marina slips. I was hoping for something a little more exotic, such as a Harlequin Duck playing in the surf around the rocks, and although there were lots of ducks there, I couldn't find a Harlequin. Lots of scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead and Am Black Ducks. But what caught my eye was a flock of shorebirds. Fortunately they landed on the western tip of the south beach, and it resulted in me counting 38 Dunlin and two Killdeer.
At Erieau proper, there was a good variety of waterbirds: a nice looking female Long-tailed Duck was swimming around. For some reason, it is not a common species towards the western end of Lake Erie.
Red-breasted Mergansers were scattered around, as were most of the other usual species. The male Redhead photo shows it passing through its autumn plumage with the brownish back and not yet into its normal winter plumage with the all grayish back. The Common Merganser is in its winter plumage as well, but in a couple of months it will be sporting a clean dark green head. The number of American Coot has dropped considerably from even 2-3 weeks ago.
Near the parking area between the tennis courts and the traffic circle were more pipits, and three Killdeer. A closer look shows the rain droplets on the bird's back.
In the campground, birds were scattered in a couple of small groups. One group had several Golden-crowned Kinglets, three Ruby-crowned Kinglets and 5 Black-capped Chickadees busily searching for food in a snowy, weedy patch.