Many days have been overcast, and with a bit of rain. But some early season migrants are persisting, as they normally would. There have been lots of Fox Sparrows in the last few days. I saw about 12 at one location along the South Point Trail, although most were reluctant to provide clear photo ops.
Song Sparrows also arrived in good numbers a short while ago. They were difficult to find over the winter this year.
Killdeer have been around for a few weeks. This one was taking shelter from the brisk, cold wind by hunkering down behind a large tree trunk.
|Female (l) and male (r) cowbirds|
A species that also depends on wooded wetlands, including the Rondeau swamp forest is the Wood Duck, which nests in tree cavities. Wood Ducks look a little out of place sitting high up in a tree. I noted this female checking out a large old tree trunk with potential cavities for a possible nesting site. Large old trees are very important to the nesting success of this beauty!
|Female Wood Duck|
|Male Wood Duck|
|Male flowers of Silver Maple|
|Female flowers of Silver Maple|
Some birds are on the move out of southern Ontario. Waterfowl were around in the tens of thousands just a few weeks ago, but lots of them have left for their breeding ground farther north or northwest. There are some lingering, and even Rondeau Bay has a few hundred or even a few thousand remaining as the birds wait for better weather to head off.
There are very few breeding records for Canvasback in southern Ontario.