For me, the month of March in the Pelee area means ducks...and ducks...and DUCKS!! That being said I decided to go for a drive this morning in search of waterfowl.
I arrived at the tip to scan for ducks and gulls. Nothing fancy in the duck department with tons of Scaups, 3 Surf Scoters, Common Mergansers, and the odd Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser flying by. Gulls at the tip included Ring-billed, Herring, Great Black-backed and a single GLAUCOUS GULL.
After the tip, I drove north and scanned along the west beach across from the visitor centre parking lot. More Scaups, Mergansers and 8 Surf Scoters.
Other highlights in the park were 2 Bald Eagles.
Outside the park I checked out the water hole at D and County Road 19. No swans this time (except for a swan carcass) and only 2 Canada Geese. What was new this time from my previous post were Green-winged Teal.
I also checked out another reliable spot for ducks at a flooded field near the east end of concession 2. This spot had a couple of ducks that the other location did not being Northern Shoveler and a single Blue-winged Teal. I was hoping that with all the American Wigeon there would be a Eurasion, but no joy this time. The only out of place Wigeon was a male with a little more white in the face. I also heard a Hairy Woodpecker behind me and saw yet another Bald Eagle. It seems that every trip out to the park I have taken so far this year have included Bald Eagle sightings.
It seems like spring is finally in full swing! Robins are singing every morning, as are Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles ,and the Killdeer are really coming in now. I still have an odd feeling though that we may get one more blast of winter. Let's hope I am wrong!!