Yesterday I went to Erieau to see what was new. The birds were fairly typical, but I noticed this.
One of the birdy things I noticed while near the waterfront and pier area were several flocks of Rusty Blackbirds, feeding on the grassy areas, or on the pier, or just about anywhere else. The warm temperature of the day caused a lot of gnats to be around, and Rusties were busily feeding on them wherever they could find them. One Rusty was especially interested in this old building...
As usual, there were thousands of waterfowl out on Rondeau Bay. There had to be at least 1000 American Coot, and probably ten thousand ducks of various species. American Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Redhead and the like were the most numerous. The light was good for checking them out with a 'scope. I was hoping for a Eurasian Wigeon, almost a guarantee to be somewhere on the bay at this time of year.
There were others out looking through the ducks and shorebirds in the area.
There were a few butterflies, including sulphurs, Monarchs and this Common Buckeye.
Some Painted Turtles were getting in some late season sun in the various ponds.
But given that it is largely in an agricultural landscape, except for the decommissioned railroad slightly to the north, it may attract birds looking for something more natural than corn or soybeans. I will definitely be checking it out from time to time. Maybe a spot to attract a vagrant flycatcher???