This is being posted on behalf of the author, Mark Milton.
Our returning migrants continued last week to be mainly associated with open water, but there is some evidence that songbirds will soon take centre stage. On the 11th, Serge Gendron was accompanying me to Hill's Lake to see if we could find the Double-crested Cormorant he had seen earlier. Although the Cormorant had disappeared, we discovered our first Yellow-rumped Warbler!
On the 13th, Serge found finally Lesser Scaup, predicted for the last two weeks, at the New Liskeard waterfront. The next day, Bruce Murphy spotted Bufflehead and Tree Swallows at Hilliardton Marsh, and Andrea Curran reported both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets from the same location. Vic Roach heard the characteristic call of the American Bittern from its usual hangout in Chamberlain township. On the 15th, Vic turned up Savannah Sparrow in Chamberlain, while Bruce spotted a Belted Kingfisher while on his way to the marsh. Serge found both Wilson's Snipe and Pied-billed Grebe at the marsh, as well as American Wigeon in Evanturel township. To round out the week, he discovered Redhead at the New Liskeard lagoons.
This week's predictions include only two ducks: Northern Shoveler and Blue-winged Teal, as well as our first Common Loon. To that, we hope to add Rusty Blackbird and Eastern Bluebird, as well as three species of sparrow: Swamp, Chipping, and White-throated. Please consider posting your sightings to eBird.ca or to timbirds.info. Good birding!