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One of the first warblers to return each spring to Lambton County is the Yellow-Rumped Warbler. I saw my first one this year on April the 12th. The first warbler sighting causes many things. The first being calls and texts to my birding friends. The second thing that happens is a daily, and sometimes hourly check of the weather to see when I can go out next. It’s the most exciting time of year!

Yellow – Rumped Warbler

Since the 12th, plenty more migrating birds have been spotted by the many local birders. Gold-crowned and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets have started to arrive. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are being spied in the woods. Bluebirds checking out nesting boxes and Northern Flickers are probing the frosty ground.

Time to get out there and see what is coming next.

You never know what you will find. And don’t let the weather stop you. It’s not stopping the birds!

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Greater White-fronted Geese.

Greater White-fronted Geese. Photograph by Genny Houghton.

On January 27th of this year, a number of Greater White-fronted Geese were seen in Lambton County. I read on email dated Jan 25th from Linda that 2 Greater White-fronted Geese had been seen at the south pond at Blackwell Trails! I forwarded that email to other birders on the 26th evening. By the morning, Deryl N was on the hunt and had re-found the geese. By the time I arrived, they had flown. We found them and then lost them again (we were up to 6) at the Sunset Golf.

Shortly after 34 had been ID’d by Quinten Wiegersma in a flyover at Wawanosh Wetlands.

These birds were spotted again at Blackwell Trails south pond by Blake M.

Wow what an exciting day! A group managed to see them and great photos were obtained. Genny Houghton has let us her picture.

Greater White-fronted Geese breed in Alaska, Northern Ontario and Greenland. They are a rare sighting in Southwestern Ontario.