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Checklist S45504458

 
Location
Rondeau Provincial Park (general location for observations within the park), Chatham-Kent County, Ontario, CA ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed May 09, 2018 7:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
6 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
20.0 kilometer(s)
Observers:
Allan Dennis List , Betty Michalowski List , Bree Tucker List , Derek Dunnett List , Ian Barrett List , Jon P. Ruddy , Karine Scott List , Lorraine Elworthy List , Sophie Roy List
Comments:
N/A
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.36
Species
97 species (+1 other taxa) total
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Roosting 20 ft off the ground at bridge G

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Observed at 9:40 AM at Beach lookout directly east of the VC. Immature (first summer) by the absence of the thin strong-white border contouring the base of the bill. It should be noted that I am not 100% on the precise age, however; so, 'immature' works. Notes as follows from memory without the aid of a field guide or photos. I was scanning the waterfront, with no species in particular in mind (open mind/no expectations, etc). First observed a Cormorant so dainty in build it immediately provided a strong gut response. It’s small size and lightly-built and delicate proportions drew my attention immediately, and I began to study the bird at high mag. It was providing a side profile view, showing the following: thin bill, dark head(!) with limited if any trace of orange at the distance (400-450 m possibly more) and light (somewhat backlit but could detect field marks and where pale areas were on birds etc), the loral area was dark. This impressed a darker-headed look, with far less orange areas visible at high mag as in equally distant DCCO. This in and of itself was already intriguing. Moving along, the bird was thin-necked and appeared small-bodied. The clincher was the presence of its tail resting on the water behind its rump; as for visual balance, it was essentially equally long to the length of its neck and head projecting out the front of its body, a look completely unique from my field experience with DCCO and book study of cormorants. My heart was thoroughly racing at that point as I knew NECO was in the bag. The bird was observed by two other observers (Sue Milks and Gary Milks) before essentially vanishing from view; a damn shame as it was all on its own on glass water, availing critical study. Though my confidence level as to the ID is high, I am open to this report not being accepted without photographic documentation/difficulty in identifying immatures (although, of which I have studied and was ready for). All features checked out wonderfully, and I appreciate the fact that its long tail happened to rest on the water behind it. Was a great ID challenge; one I won’t forget.

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Great looks at bridge 7. 0815 hrs

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Golden-winged/Blue-winged Warbler

Singing BWWA song

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Male and female

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Yes