Sunday 13 May 2012

Birding at Point Pelee

Today has been the quietest day of the two week trip.  Last night was a clear night and there has been a massive clearout of numbers of passage migrants.  Birding has been quite hard work with another eleven hour effort.  That said, I still managed three lifers and one good personal find in our second Orange-crowned Warbler, on the Tilden Woods trail.  Cerulean Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler and Swamp Sparrow were all new today.  The warbler total is now an impressive 26 species.

This might seem incredulous, but to the local birders, this was a quiet day:  4 Bay-breasted Warblers, 2 Parula's, 5 American Redstarts, 3 Black & White Warblers, male Cerulean Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Canada Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, numerous Yellowthroats, 6 Swainson's Thrush, 2 Veery's, 2 Scarlet Tanagers (males of course), 2 Indigo Buntings, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-headed Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird plus many other "commoner" species too lengthy to mention!

Below are some images taken over the last couple days:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird nectaring from a feeder

Swamp Sparrow

Ad male Common Yellowthroat

First summer male Indigo Bunting

Ad female American Redstart

Cedar Waxwing, one of a flock of ten.

Catbird, fairly common in the park.

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant,just,brilliant Steve.
    Top notch Mate.