Monday 14 May 2012

Birding at Point Pelee, Canada, last full day

Today was our last full day at this very special National Park.  Migration is my favourite aspect of birding and this place is perfect for it.  My wife and I have spent ten days here, often up to twelve hours a day in the field.  Totally exhausted, but well worth the effort.  The people are friendly and polite and the Canadian culture is very different to ours.  The birding of course is second to none and I would have no hesitations in recommending this place.  At the time of writing, I haven't completed a full list but it must be in the 200's.  My main aim was to see North American leaf warblers and with one more today (Golden-winged Warbler) our total is now 27.

Below are some of the images taken today in the park:

Tree Swallow - common species

Black-billed Cuckoo - scarce passage migrant - three seen today

Blackpoll Warbler - only three seen all trip, two today.

Fem Cape May Warbler

Ad male Bay-breasted Warbler - four yesterday and two today were the only sightings.

Ad male Common Yellowthroat - very common.

Black Tern, 22 seen today. The two birds above were pair-bonding with gifts.


  1. 27warblers outstanding effort Steve,enjoyed your coverage,loved seeing your amazing captures.
    Superb photography.

  2. Lovely series of photos Steve. You'll be hooked now, as I am! I reckon that's a fem Cape May, probably 1st summer.

  3. As the John, Sue and Andy commented, a brilliant series of post, it must have been fantastic. I have thoroughly enjoyed them all Steve.

    1. Thanks for the comments. John, agreed, 27 from just two locations was beyond my expectations. And all of them appearing in what locals called a poor migration!. Thanks Andy for the ID comment. I went with fem Cape May originally but had second thoughts. The black legs and yellow rump rule out Blackpoll. Definitly hooked. There is something about North American birds. Sam, thanks for the comments. See you soon. Steve