Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 12, 2010 Great day birding at Point Pelee

What a difference a day makes! It was an exciting day, lots of birds, and particularly warblers! At least 25 species and good to great views as they fed at tree top or eye level. The cool temperature kept a number of species very low and we all enjoyed ourselves after yesterdays rain out. The area between the tram loop and tip was full of birds and birders. The big excitement for the morning was a Least bittern sitting in a tree off one of tip trails. Due to the difficulty in seeing it a few scopes were used and after a short time the crowd of birders grew, some getting the bittern for a lifer and others a year bird! Lots of fun. Tildens woods continued to produce many species of warblers including Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Cerulean, Kentucky and many of the regular migrants. At least 3 Summer Tanagers were found bringing the Spring total at Pelee between 5-7 individuals. Tomorrow maybe a repeat of Tuesdays rainy weather but anything is possible!

Eye level view of a Philadelphia Vireo.

A female Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeding along the trail.

Tilden's Woods was a great place for birds and birders.

Where is it?

Both Golden-winged and Blue-winged warblers attracted a lot of attention.

A male Summer Tanager was another highlight of Tilden's Woods.

Usually easier to hear than see this Veery was right in the open for many to view.

A male Black-throated Green Warbler along the West Beach trail.

The ever changing tip at Pelee was very short today.

Once the word got out birders flocked to see the Least Bittern.

A Least Bittern was the main attraction as it quietly rested in a tree near the tip.

Birders were everywhere along the tip trails.

With the number of birders around it was hard for anything to sneak by!

There was a good fallout of flycatchers including Least, Willow, and a few Acadian. With only a few calling identification was sometimes a challenge.

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