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Last week I managed to get away for 2 days and blitz the Rondeau and Pelee area for migrating warblers. I also hoped I might luck into an early Gray-cheeked Thrush, which to date has been my grail bird. I’ve never seen one of these thrushes that everyone tells me are quite easy to find.
This year Rondeau and Pelee did not disappoint, there were many birds at both locations, in fair numbers. I managed 20 species of warblers on this trip and many at eye level. I have been to Pelee at least 30 times and this was one of the more memorable. I did miss out on a few that were being seen but they had moved on by the time I got there.
Cerulean, Yellow-rumped, Cape May, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Ovenbird, Yellow-throated, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Palm, Pine, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Blue-winged, Black and White, Wilson’s, Nashville and Orange-crowned.
I missed out on Hooded, Worm-eating, Connecticut and Tennessee.
One of the highlights was a resting Whip-poor-will at eye level, lots of twigs in the way, but I did manage a decent image. Also seen was a beautiful male Summer Tanager. I looked for the Western Kingbird with no luck.
For many of the images below, I actually had to back up, the birds were so close. All the images were created using my new D800 and the new 80-400. All of them were handheld.