The next day, I met up with Steve Charbonneau and Blake Mann at Rondeau. They typically start at daybreak, or slightly earlier, at the Dog Beach to scan the waterbird movement moving by. I didn't arrive until about 8. They had seen numerous waterfowl, and a steady stream of Bonaparte's Gulls already. While I was there, another mixed flock of gulls appeared, and headed over the forest en route westward towards Rondeau Bay. Included with this group were 5 FRGU which were easily seen through the scope.
We next headed for the South Point Trail, expecting that the sun was high enough to warm up the forest edge. There, the dogwood berries were still plentiful enough to keep such berry-eating birds satisfied. Surprisingly it was quieter than we expected on our way towards the south end. We did catch up to a Gray Catbird a bit north of the wash out area. I had one along the northern part of this trail a few days ago. A few often stick around late in the season, and sometimes are found on the Christmas Bird Count.
We went up to the campground, which has lots of Red Cedars and some shrubbery with berries, and is always an enticement to birds at this time of year. Cedar Waxwings were plentiful.
A bit later I went to the north end of the park, stopping at the beach at the traffic circle to see what was there in the quieter water. Not much, as it turned out, other than several hundred Canada Geese which are often found here as it is not an area that is hunted.
I'm not sure what the future is for this bench. It might serve as a perch for birds, but that is about all.
I took a short walk along the north end of Harrison Trail, since berry-laden vines (Virginia Creeper, Carrion-flower, Poison Ivy and Wild Grape) are here in abundance. However most berries have been picked clean, so there were very few birds. I was amused to see the following. I'm not sure what it says about some people's ability to read or understand.......