Thursday, May 6, 2010

Midweek Birding Expedition

I birded Point Pelee midweek this week and really hit a nice pocket of warblers on the Woodland nature trail between the three bridges. There I watched Black and white warblers at close range as they looked for bugs along the various trees. Northern Parula, Tennessee, Black Throated Green just very easily seen and photographed. I saw a Northern Waterthrush (that is my guess... Northern and Louisiana look so similar!) not once but twice!

Some interesting birds I saw and photographed include...
Summer Tanager (lifter)
Magnolia Warbler (lifer)
Northern Waterthrush (lifer)
Tennessee Warbler (lifer)
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher
White Eyed Vireo
Tree Swallow
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Grey Catbird
Great Blue Heron
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Blue Headed Vireo
American Redstart
Hermit Thrush or Veery
Rose Breasted Grosbeck
Northern Parula
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Summer Tanager
This photographer btw ( is who really peaked my interest in Birding photography. He has some incredible shots. For me, I have a pretty decent setup, but ... some guys have $15,000 lenses! I basically take all my shots hand-held, with no tripod, monopod or flash. Often, I`m zooming manually when there are many branches in the way.

This Saturday, I'm contemplating going to Rondeau instead of Point Pelee. Any suggestions? Some Ontbirds postings today had some people stating that Point Pelee takes a back seat to Rondeau.  I'm hoping to see Canada, Chestnut Sided, Blackburnian and Bay Breasted Warblers. Got to cut this posting short!

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps I will see you at Rondeau this weekend if you go there. I will be there both days.
    Nice selection of birds!



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