Sunday 14 October 2018

Guelph Lake Outing

I unfortunately have not had much time to enjoy birding or nature much this fall due to a very heavy work schedule combined with the sale and purchase of our house in Fergus (I am staying in Fergus).  However, I decided to head over to Guelph Lake this afternoon since I had heard that there were 4 Brant reported yesterday.  I scanned the shoreline for about 15 minutes with no luck.  After leaving and wandering around the trails for a bit, I returned to the parking lot and saw Elaine and Ethan Gosnell who tipped me off that the birds were back! I'm not sure where they were hiding, but I went back out to the beach and there they were in plain view.

I was on my way out when I came across a large mixed flock of sparrows and other passerines foraging along the roadway.  I stopped and had a great time enjoying the variety and abundance of songbirds present.  The highlight was probably the lone Orange-crowned Warbler I found.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Field Sparrow

Orange-crowned Warbler

The White-crowns seemed to enjoy foraging around my car.
A great day to be out enjoying the fall colours and some good birds too!