Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Friday, 9 February 2018

Early February Finds

I'll get back to the series on Natural Areas of Chatham-Kent soon, but I want to get this more timely post made.

Birding in winter can be a challenge to find much diversity. Thank goodness for feeders! Recently I wandered around part of the former Dover Township west of Chatham to see what I could find. Some Snow Buntings were around, but not close enough. Some Horned Larks were a bit more willing to stay close enough to the road. They are early migrants, singing away already.
 This next photo shows the 'horns' a little better.
While driving slowly I noticed a canid off in the distance. It went through the end of the hedgerow, and stopped briefly due to something of interest off in the distance, and allowed me to get this photo.

The warm water outlet at the west end of Chatham had a few ducks, but of most interest was this female Belted Kingfisher.

A trip to Rondeau went well. Not surprisingly the greatest bird diversity was at the several feeders in the park. There were the usual things: Dark-eyed Juncos, Am Tree Sparrows, White-breasted Nuthatches, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers and such. Several Red-winged Blackbirds swooped in at one for a feed.

Downy Woodpecker

 I know....who bothers to photograph House Sparrows!

Away from the feeders there were a few things scattered about. I came across this White-throated Sparrow feeding along the side of the road.

This Hermit Thrush was the first of 2018 for me. It was hanging out in a brush pile at the pony barn.
Outside of the park I spent a fair bit of time driving back roads, hoping to come across a Northern Shrike, but it was not to be. On the way home one time, I checked for the ongoing Wilson's Snipe. It was there, but much farther back from the road, so only got a distant shot.


  1. Allen : After many tries--I finally got a perfect look at the
    Wilson,s Snipe on Stefina, just after lunch, yesterday.[ 8th]
    I think that was the same day as you. He flew in from somewhere,
    and landed about 2 car lengths from me in the ditch.
    Yeah--a 2018 tick!

    1. Hi Irene....that little rascal can be annoyingly difficult to find sometimes, but at other times it is quite easy. I think I see it less than 50% of the time I check.