The Great Kiskadee at Rondeau continues. Certainly the cold, windy and sometimes rainy weather seems not to have affected the bird much, although it remained in its overnight roost a bit longer on the worst of those days. But it emerged and eventually became fairly active. The light wasn't always the best for good looks or good photos. So with the prospect of improved weather on Tuesday Sept 11, I returned to the park hoping for a cooperative bird in a satisfactory setting.
The bird seemed to be a little more adventurous in exploring its first known Canadian residence. Was this a Texas bird, which had vowed to leave the country when the current president took office? But I digress.
It did show up in a few places a bit farther away from where it had spent most of its time the previous few days. For a time after it first emerged from its over night roost, it was seen well a bit north of its usual area, and then moved out of sight. For those of us waiting along the Marsh Trail hoping for a repeat of action observed by some the day before, as time went on we got concerned that it had found a better spot to hang out where it wouldn't have to put up with the paparazzi. While waiting (im?)patiently, we were able to observe a smattering of warblers, finches and raptors including Bald Eagle, Osprey, Broad-winged Hawk, etc. A Green Heron skulked quietly at the far side of the slough, picking off frogs and/or tadpoles. We were hoping it didn't clean things out entirely, as the Kiskadee was feeding on such fare in the general area from time to time, and presented good looks to those waiting for it.
Needless to say there was an intense chorus of camera shutters being heard, but it didn't seem to bother the Kiskadee.