Monday 9 October 2017

Nemesis No More: American Avocet

This morning I chased one of my nemesis birds. An American Avocet, which is rare to Ontario, was spotted in Blenheim over two weeks ago. I have dipped on avocets on many occasions, one of the most recent being back in April when I missed them at Hillman (but I did end up seeing Willet and Black-necked Stilt, so not all was lost.)

The bird was hanging out in the Blenheim Landfill, and it was very easy to find. In fact, the first bird I laid my eyes on was the avocet!

We watched the bird feeding for about 25 minutes, and at one point it flew a short distance.

Also present were a few Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.

After the landfill, we made a quick stop in Erieau. I had a feeling that I could possibly turn up something decent.

There were plenty of gulls, but when I was scoped them out the only "good" thing I could find were a few FOY (!) Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

I turned my attention to the lake, and soon found Great Black-backed Gulls, Bonaparte's Gull, and a Common Tern.

Ring-billed Gull

I was losing hope when WAAAAAY off into the distance I spotted a Little Gull flying with some Bonaparte's Gulls. They have been scarce this year, and this bird was actually my first of 2017!

The only shorebirds I could find were Sanderling, Dunlin, and Killdeer. The first two were very photogenic.




The fish die off often attracts Turkey Vultures. Usually I see carp, so this Northern Pike was a bit of a surprise!

It was a short outing, but I accomplished what I set out to do. I can't wait to get back to the Rondeau area!


  1. Now you will probably see lots of Avocets!
    Birds were plentiful at Rondeau this morning.

    1. I hope I will see lots...they are stunning birds!

      I saw your eBird report. Looks like you found some great stuff!

  2. Glad you had a successful outing in the greater Rondeau area!