It was a little quiet in the park and then the rains came. I made it back just in time and contemplated my options. 1) Have a nap, 2) Get soaked and walk around in the park, and 3) Check for grounded shorebirds. I did the latter, and despite some extensive searching in the fields/shorelines/Hillman Marsh, I couldn't turn anything up that was too interesting. Warbling Vireo at Hillman as well as White-crowned Sparrows were new birds for the year.
I went back in the park and had fun watching some sparrows (2 late American Tree Sparrows were the highlight). Soon after I received a text from Sarah that Dan Salisbury had found a Le Conte's Sparrow near Sanctuary. I met up with Dan, and after about 20 minutes of waiting unsuccessfully, I decided to walk up the beach a bit. It didn't take long until I flushed a streaky sparrow with an orange rump from the grasses! I got a few glimpses of it skulking around, confirming my suspicions that it was a Le Conte's. This was a lifer! They weren't the greatest looks but I'm sure I'll get better ones at Rainy River this summer. Dan and I spent a bit of time birding in the area, and I picked up my first Baltimore Oriole and Orange-crowned Warbler of the year. Later that afternoon I heard and saw a male Orchard Oriole at the visitor centre, yet another year bird. This brings me up to 231 after the end of April.
|Orange-crowned Warbler - April 30, 2012|
I thought I would take the time to post a few more photos from the last few days, now that I have the time/internet access at Rick's place. :)
|Yellow-rumped Warbler - April 28, 2012|
I kinda like this shot of a Blue-headed Vireo.
|Blue-headed Vireo - April 28, 2012|
|Great Horned Owl - April 27, 2012|
|2nd Point Pelee record of Common Raven since 1970 - April 27, 2012|
Really tired - time for bed. These 5 AM mornings are starting to catch up with me...