I stayed home and birded locally on Thursday, and while out at Tommy Thompson Park Wet woods, taking another look at the White-eyed Vireo, I got an RBA Buffalo bird report that the Ruff had been re-found around 10 miles from the original location, in a pond in the town of Shelby. I made plans to head out the next morning and was making good time when the good folks at Homeland Security decided that something must be fishy when a lone man wants to cross into US territory just to photograph a bird.
Was I going to sell the photos? How did I manage to get a day off? How long would I be staying in the "Land of the Free?" Crazy questions and I don't think I answered a single one to the boarder guard's satisfaction. I had to pull up and go inside and be reexamined. After about a 20 minute wait I answered all the same questions to the supervisor in charge of obsessive birders and luckily, he "likes the birds too," and after he searched my car, I was free to go.
45 minutes later I pulled up to the pond, behind a man who was just putting his scope in the car. He had seen the Ruff not 5 minutes ago and I pulled out my scope and quickly found it and had ABA Life Bird number 603, my sixth lifer of the year.
Yesterday Sue and I went to Oshawa Second Marsh for the annual Little Gull Bird Viewing Extravaganza, and enjoyed Little Gulls and Bonapart's Gulls, Brown Thrashers and a House Wren. Afterwards we went to Thickson Woods where we saw a Saw-Whet Owl, baby Great Horned Owl, Blue-headed Vireo and Black-throated Green Warbler. After lunch I took Sue to Ashbridges Bay for the Eared Grebe and the Wet Woods at Tommy Thompson Park to find the White-eyed Vireo, but we no had luck in either location. Still it was a great day out and we both added lots of birds to our year list.