Angler Line was our first destination, hoping for the Yellow-headed Blackbirds to put in an appearance. A bonus would be an American White Pelican, which had been reported a few days earlier as well.
The wetland along Angler Line looked as appealing as ever, so we watched and waited. A couple of other fellows had been there earlier with the same ideas in mind.
Pied-billed Grebes were making themselves heard loud and clear.
Several Great Egrets passed by.
|Yellow-headed Blackbird from a previous year|
We went to the Mitchell's Bay North Shore Nature Trail next. There was a smattering of ducks out on the lake, including several hundred Ruddy Ducks, a few Gadwall and lots of scaup. An Osprey flew through, hovering and hunting for a fish.
|Caspian Terns (l) and Forster's Terns (r) share a log|
No pelican was seen from this vantage point, either.
Since we were relatively close by, we swung around by the Bear Creek Unit of St. Clair NWA. Surprisingly, there wasn't a lot of bird life there; the brisk NE winds were keeping the smaller birds under cover. But we did see several families of recently hatched goslings. Most appeared to be less than a week old. I'm sure with the density of them in some of these marshes, some will end up as food for a Snapping Turtle, which in recent years has been declared a Species At Risk ranked as Special Concern due to their decline.
A Northern Harrier flew by.
A few Midland Painted Turtles were out basking in the bright sun.
In the mpales and willows, the latter of which were just beginning to flower, there were insects that attracted a few warblers. We saw several Yellow-rumped Warblers
White-throated Sparrows have recently arrived in southern Ontario in good numbers.....