The opportunity to see rare southern warm climate birds is abundant. Among the most common finds include the Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Wood Duck, Rock Pigeon and Mourning Dove. There are however, more rare sightings that make for a more memorable experience. Sometimes, you can spot a Greater White-fronted Goose or a Peregrine Falcon.
Birding Hot Spots
Rondeau Provincial Park's forested swamp are among the favoured spots with birders of all levels. Here, the park attracts the endangered Prothonotary Warbler that consistently breeds at the park. In any given year, more than 275 species are sighted at Rondeau. The
Friends of Rondeau is a very active association and can assist with many of your birding questions or about Rondeau in general. Further south, birders can view impressive numbers of waterfowl and wrens that prefer the inland marshes and shallow creeks at
Wheatley Provincial Park. Here, birders may also spot the uncommon Little Blue Heron or the Mississippi Kite.
Provincial Park Birding Events
Festival of Flight - Rondeau Provincial Park, annually in May
Norm Chesterfield Birding Day - Wheatley, annually in May
St. Clair National Wildlife offers up-close views and room to leisurely explore the tranquil surroundings. As many as 20,000 geese, ducks and swans blanket the 242-hectare wetlands near the small French community of Pain Court. The best views are from atop the observation tower or along the scenic trail.
Some 166 species annually on average can be found at the lagoons on "Lagoon Road" located on the north side of Talbot Trail. Parking is on the lagoon side of this dirt road. Permits, a lock box code are require and these along with directions can be obtained through the
Blenheim Municipal office, at 35 Talbot Street in Blenheim. For more information call 519-676-5405. You can also ask about birding here while at Rondeau.