Wing-tagged Egret 10E at Hillman
Even though my birding travails as of late have been basically fruitless, I couldn't help but stop by Hillman Marsh this morning. When I arrived, I walked over to the bridge over Hillman Creek, and I quickly noticed a wing-tagged Egret! I was going to add a caption.. "don't label me" (to the photo above)... but when I add captions lately, it prevents the reader from seeing the larger version of the photo. Some Yellowlegs and some peeps were around Hillman this morning, but nothing overly exciting.
I then proceeded to Point Pelee and headed straight to the visitor center. I had read on the Point Pelee Twitter page that there were many Kinglets and Vireos lately. I was hoping the sightings book would hint at where to find them. But the sightings book listed exclusive raptors over the last few days. I figured I would go to the tip of the park. There seemed to be very birds on my last two PPNP trips. Are the raptors scaring them away or am I just missing them???
The tip of Point Pelee was very sparse this morning when I went, and I saw very little with the exception of one small pocket of passerines along the east beach about 20m south of the 42 parallel path.
Yellow Rumped in great light and razor sharp focus... Click for larger view...
In a fleeting 2 minutes I saw:
Red Breasted Nuthatch
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Above them were
Red Tailed Hawks
Sharp Shinned Hawks
I ran into Rick from Leamington as I was leaving the park and we quickly checked out Delaurier for some Golden Crowned Kinglets that he had seen earlier. Rick has taken some incredible photos and video footage since I've seen him last. I would like to publish some of his video or at least link to them if he puts them online.
Merlin or Peregrine Falcon? My field guide isn't helping on this one.
Bonus: Last night after work, I saw this Solitary Sandpiper at Ojibway Park. ... But not much else!