In a nutshell Lake Erie, for example, is about 15 cm higher than it was a month ago, and is only about 15 cm below the all time record high for the month of May, which was set in 1986. It currently is about 132 cm higher than the average lake level since water levels were recorded. The greater than normal precipitation and cooler than average temperatures are at least part of the reason. So it is no surprise that when there are strong sustained winds from the east or southeast, places like Rondeau and Erieau get battered. For those with waterfront property, the good news is that the forecast is for the water levels to start to go down.
We will see.
On one of those windy times, I stopped by Erieau. It was kind of wild. I don't recall seeing it quite like this before in the spring. Some years, there is virtually no water at this base. You can see the post with the rescue pole, which is normally about 50 metres or so from the lake, but at this point it is in the lake.
While I was photographing I noticed a shorebird taking refuge in the lee of the base of the pier. It was a single Whimbrel. Since I had on a wide-angle lens, this is all I got. If you look close in the centre, you should see it.
Spotted Sandpipers always seem to survive and will be nesting soon, if they haven't started already.
Away from the shoreline, however, it is business as usual, although the roar of the wind and waves on such days can be heard from any point in the park.
Baltimore Orioles are abundant.
|male flowers of American Beech|
|Female flowers of American Beech|
On those days when it was actually warm and sunny, winged critters besides birds can be seen.