Friday, May 10, 2019

May 10th Birding at Point Pelee + Bonus Rondeau Birding May 9th

Wow - Point Pelee was pretty amazing today. I had about 90 species not counting the few shorebirds I was able to see at Hillman.

Some of the highlight birds for me today were:
  • Swallowtailed Kite that flew over my head about about 8:10am this morning near the Point Pelee Cemetery. 
  • East Beach gave stunning looks at Bay breasted, Cape May, Hooded, Blackburnian, Magnolia , Blackpoll and Yellow bellied Flycatcher. I had 4 Tanagers in the same tree at one point.
  • Kentucky Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Prairie , Canada, along with Phily Vireos dazzled. 
  • I walked 25,000 steps today at Pelee - over 18km's.

I was at Rondeau yesterday because I had a meeting to attend in Chatham. I went for an hour before my meeting and then a few hours in the afternoon after my meeting. It seemed a little slow at the park - and the weather was quite aweful but still - a few nice birds were seen. In particular - my FOS Lincoln's Sparrow, a Pileated Woodpecker and an Eastern Screech Owl. 

Rondeau List

Good Birding!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May 7th - Birding Malden Park and Ojibway Forest

I'm unable to take time off at this most beautiful time of year. I'm drooling with jealousy of my friends and birding brethren who are just out birding their hearts out for the week.

Stiff from a 50 hour work week - I go birding at 4pm after work here in Windsor - because a trip to point pelee from Windsor requires a 5 hour time envelope (one hour each way to drive).

Thus --- I have to settle for the Ojibway Complex in West Windsor. It can be surprisingly good at times. It never has the mega-rarities that Pelee typically delivers - but some of the seasonal expected birds can be quite easily seen.

Some highlights from today were:

Scarlet Tanager (Malden Park)
Yellow throated Vireo (Malden Park)

and at Ojibway - a few more warbler species plus a flock of PURPLE FINCHES eating Birch Catkins.

Believe it or not - I rarely see Purple Finches - and when I do its typically females. Today I had a flock of about 15 Finches with 1-2 Males mixed in.

Lets cut it short here. I have to conserve energy for work and... birding.

Good birding,

Monday, May 6, 2019

Pelee and Malden Park birding - May 5th and 6th

On Sunday May 5th, I continued birding at Pelee but it seemed to be much slower than the previous day. Still - some nice birds were seen. Some highlights were Prothonotary Warbler, Sandhill Cranes flying and calling overhead and some good looks at Blue winged Warbler.

A Dekay's Brownsnake was a nice thing to see along Anders Footpath.

I stopped at Malden Park this morning at about 6:30am before work and was amazed to see Green and Black Crowned Herons. A singing Parula and Indigo Buntings delighted. Lots of Warbling Vireos singing at Malden as usual at this time of year.

Good birding!


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