Thursday, May 7, 2009

Point Pelee Update: May 6, 2009

May 6, 2009

At Pelee the bird activity and variety was up today. For the third day in a row, we caught the 6:00 am tram to the tip and we were rewarded with a Willet this morning. The bird was very cooperative and was viewed by many.

There was a significant movement of birds overnight, which resulted in a number of new arrivals for the tour. Highlights included 1 Prairie Warbler, 6 Blue-winged Warbler, 3 Golden-winged Warbler, 1 American Redstart, and numerous Magnolia Warblers. Ovenbirds were easily seen, and other birds of note included Veery, Lincoln Sparrow, and Chimney Swift. White-crowned Sparrows, which were almost absent yesterday, were seen and heard singing throughout the park today.

The vegetation at the north-end of the park is now beginning to come out, while at the tip the vegetation has yet to emerge. With winds out of the south-west and rain in the forecast, everyone is hoping for a fall out. Tomorrow could prove to be a very interesting day.

Good birding,

Note from the Webmaster: I'm in Vancouver this week so will add photos to this post when I return to Ottawa on the weekend. Stay tuned! Thanks for your patience! ~ Frances

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