First stop on arriving in the area was to check out the Bird Studies Canada headquarters property, not far from the park itself.
I took a quick look around inside the building. This was the closest that I got to tundra swans today.
The trail leading up to the waterfront viewing area was fairly quiet. A few small birds, mostly juncos were fluttering around.
It looked quite quiet at the lake when I first arrived.
American coots were out in full force. I estimated at least 275 but that number could easily have been 300 or more together in one large group of birds.
Several bufflehead and redhead were also seen. There was another large raft of ducks even further out which I could not see well enough to identify even through the scope.
From there it was on to Long Point Provincial Park. The park is technically closed but public access is still allowed.
Juncos and american tree sparrows were actively moving through the brush and along the edge of the road.
I also spotted this guy. Not sure if it is unusual to see them around this time of year or not.
It moved into the defensive stance when I nudged it.
Sandhill cranes could be heard in the distance as we headed out of the park. As we left I noticed a butterfly fluttering by, a monarch. This is the latest that I have seen one. It must have been late hatching and it seems unlikely that it will make it to Mexico.
We decided to make a final stop in the town of Port Dover before heading for home.
I spotted three winter plumage horned grebes swimming in the harbor as well as a group of relatively tame mallards and black ducks along with a single bufflehead.
Cormorants and ring-billed gulls were quite numerous. I scanned the gulls in hopes of maybe a Franklins. Franklin's gulls seem to have invaded southern Ontario in large numbers over the last few days, but I couldn't find one.
It was rather dissapointing when I got home and realized that I must have left my field guide sitting on the bench along the harbor in Port Dover. If any of my readers are from that area and find a battered field guide on one of the benches, you know who it probably belongs to. It isn't too hard to order a new one, but I kept some notes in there that I will have to recreate by looking through old eBird lists.
Otherwise it was a great birding day and definitely an area worth a visit if you end up down that way.