|Erieau pier, Oct 2, 2015|
Birding was fun and productive for a few days especially between Sept 30 and Oct 2, at least in the sense that some less commonly seen species were around. There were several jaegers and at least a couple of Sabine's Gulls, my first for the Rondeau checklist area.
|Sabine's Gull imm|
A few shorebirds, including this Black-bellied Plover, were on the sheltered beach......
With the current brisk easterly winds these last couple of days and the reports of jaegers and even a shearwater emanating from postings by birders scouring the west end of Lake Ontario, local birders in southern Chatham-Kent were hoping for at least something out of the ordinary again at Erieau.
Certainly the weather conditions gave reason for optimism. Gulls normally well out on the lake were content to spend a lot of time loafing on the beach or passing by a little ways off shore.
|Rondeau east beach, Sept 29, 2016|
The waves over the Erieau pier were impressive by normal standards, but not as much as a year ago.
|Erieau pier, Sep 30, 2016|
|Erieau, Sep 30, 2016|
There have been large numbers of gulls in the Rondeau to Erieau area. Probably well over 6000 Ring-billed Gulls....by far the most numerous species. The other typical species were all present, including several Lesser Black-backed. But no Sabine's, not even a Little Gull. In fact of the smaller, hooded type gull, Bonaparte's was all there was, and even at that there were probably only 5-600, most of which were adults transitioning to their basic/winter finery.
There were sightings of other species, just to keep one interested. Caspian Terns are still around in small numbers.
Common Terns are as well, with several dozen flying by the Erieau lookout this morning, and heading east into the wind. Most were too far out to be photographed.
So it hasn't been the banner couple of days for early autumn birding that we were hoping for, but that is the fun of it......if it was too predictable, why go out and look? The weekend is here, so maybe with more eyes scanning the water, beaches and wherever, something a little rarer will be found! And maybe that will be the subject of my next post!