Point Pelee 2016

I had planned to go down to Point Pelee later in May but other commitments forced me to go the first week of May instead of the second.

Thursday I left after my golf game and went via the Perth Road, through Chaffey’s Locks and spent a nice leisurely day birding, not many small birds but a few very obliging Broad-winged Hawks along the way.

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An American Bittern was watching the traffic go by, catching them in the open is something that doesn’t happen very often.

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A few other new arrivals that I saw while on the road.

Eastern Towhee

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Bobolink

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Eastern Kingbird

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Turkey Vulture

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On Opinicon Road, I came across Ruffed Grouse feeding on buds….

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Friday May 6th was very slow and I had to work very hard to see 6 species of warbler but the NE wind didn’t help very much.

Highlight of the day, was seeing my first Prairie Warbler in Canada.  A warbler flew into the tip and I looked at it thinking Yellow Warbler but when I got my binoculars on the bird, I realized it was a Prairie Warbler.

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Blackburnian Warblers were also being seen in numbers, but I could never find one that co-operated.   They were always on the move.

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Orchard Oriole

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Horned Grebe

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White-throated Sparrow

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Saturday the winds changed and most people thought it would bring the birds in, but number were still low but a few more species arrived during the night.

Baltimore Oriole

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Chestnut-sided Warbler

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Warbling Vireo

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Tree Swallow

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Black and White Warbler

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White-eyed Vireo

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Red-phased Screech Owl was relocated

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Blue-headed Vireo

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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American Robins were the most numerous bird.

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The best bird Saturday was a lovely Hooded Warbler that Tom Hanrahan and I found after we returned from seeing the White-winged Dove at Rondeau.  I had seen many of these birds in Texas and Florida but this was the first time seeing one in Canada.  The photo below was taken in Texas.

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A few birds seen at Rondeau Provincial Park.

Catbird

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American Goldfinch

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Blue Headed Vireo

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Least Flycatcher?

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Just before finding the Hooded Warbler we came across the noisy House Wren.

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Hooded Warbler from Point Pelee, one of my favourites.

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Sunday was the best day I’ve had at Point Pelee I’ve ever had.  From 7am to 7pm, there was a non stop flow of birds through the park.

Highlight of the day was two Kirtland’s, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Morning Kirlands….

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There seemed to be so many new birds and they were everywhere.

Black-bellied Plover’s

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Lincoln’s Sparrow

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow

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A Frisky Gobbler

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White-crowned Sparrow

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Blue-winged Warbler

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Red-headed Woodpecker

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Veery

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Common Yellowthroat

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More Blue-headed Vireo’s

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Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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Magnolia Warbler

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Cape May Warbler

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In the late afternoon a Male Kirtland’s Warbler was found at the northernmost part of the park feeding along the shoreline.  We hurried to the spot and the bird walked right out to us.  A bird that until today I’d only seen once….within 2 feet of me.

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Mmmmm, a tasty snack for the road

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Kirtlands

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After a great day, Henrik, Rick, Richard, Tom and I had a nice feed at Freddie’s and talked about what a great day this had been in the park.   It’s days like this that keep us coming back.

On checking my email, I saw a report that a Ruff had been seen that evening at the Brighton Reconstructed Wetlands.  This was a bird I had need for my ABA list and had tried for it many times without success.

I told the guys that I would not be staying the next day and left for Brighton.

Ciao for now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Point Pelee 2016

  1. Dan Brown says:

    Killer stuff!

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