Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rondeau, Oct. 24-26 2014

I would say we had our Indian Summer weekend at Rondeau this year. The weather was amazingly warm and the sun was shining bright. The winds were a little strong so if you were not sheltered from them it was a tad cooler but still wonderful to feel the warmth of the sun. I was hoping to see some blue herons as Rondeau is usually a good spot to get photos of them but they we hiding or have left for the south and warmer temperatures. We enjoyed Friday evening by the glow of the fire. It was warm at times as the air was quite warm that evening. Saturday we spent the morning at camp enjoying all the birds that were flying in and out. There was a red-bellied woodpecker in the woods by our site most of the weekend but it was being shy so I didn't get a good photo of it. We hiked the Red Oak Trail and Duncan spotted a few garter snakes along the way. I guess they were enjoying the warm weather as we all were. We walked on the beach and enjoyed the sounds of the rolling waves as they crashed along the shore. After supper we had three deer come out of the woods at our campsite so I was able to get a few pictures and we enjoyed watching them as they had an evening snack. We then went to the visitors centre for an owl program and went out to try and hear or find them. Rondeau's two owls are the Eastern Screech Owl and the Great Horned Owl. Unfortunately it was too windy and we were not able to hear any call back to us. We did learn some interesting things about them and there habits so it was well worth it to attend. On the way back to camp we saw a few deer along the roads. We enjoyed the rest of the evening by the fire and I used my birding app to try and get some owls to reply to me but was not successful. Sunday we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and I hiked the Tulip Trail before we headed home. I think this will be the last really warm weekend of the fall as they are now calling for the possibility of some snow for this weekend. We are going to take our chances and head to MacGregor for this weekend. I have always wanted to do some winter camping but not this weekend, so please keep the snow to just flakes or at least melt during the day!!

Duncan driving through the park.

This blue jay dropped his acorn for a peanut

A pair of blue jays from both angles

My first photo of a Hermit Thrush

A downy woodpecker that was a frequent visitor

The hairy woodpeckers beak is much longer

Fungus that blends with the fall colours

Male downy woodpecker that landed beside me

Part of a tire on the beach

Dragonflies were out enjoying the sun

Yellow-rumped warbler with a berry in its beak

There are many oak trees and lots of acorns

Looking for nuts to eat

The first deer to come out of the woods

Checking us out as we sit at our site

This is the other two that appeared from the woods

A Greater-Yellowleg at the marsh area
Milkweed along the shore at the marsh

Pretty colours in the sunlight

Shadows on a fallen maple leaf

The fall colours were gorgeous in the park

The sunset on our drive home

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