Approaching the first cell directly next to the parking lot, we picked out several northern shovelers and a few killdeer.
Song sparrows have become much more numerous lately and I spotted many in the grass around the water. I didn't notice the buds coming out until after putting the photo on the computer.
The cells further on held numerous diving ducks including bufflehead, ring-necked ducks and lesser scaup.
It was surprising to see a pair of shorebirds swoop over the water, calling the distinctive notes of a yellowlegs. According to eBird, they are not to be expected quite yet. I tried to determine if they were greater or lesser, but they did not land and continued on their way leaving me without a photo or a positive identification.
Further on, I caught a flash of blue and instantly thought of tree swallow. I saw a few in Long Point last week, but none yet in Perth county. It landed and I could see it was not a swallow, but in fact an eastern bluebird. First of the year for me.
This time of year, a place like the West Perth wetlands is always changing as birds come and go. I hope to get back again sometime soon.