Saturday, May 7, 2011

Prothonotary Warbler!


Just a brief posting today. I got up very early today and headed out to Point Pelee with high hopes. It was a little bit of a let-down! I did not see many birds today... well I did, but not as much as one would expect on May 7th. Let's just say that I didn't walk into the visitor center with my 100 species list demanding my 100 species pin! :^)

One nice highlight for today was the Prothonotary Warbler on Woodland Nature Trail. A well known birder, Mr. Pike kindly pointed it out to me at about 10 AM. This golden bird was only 6 meters from me, but was behind a vast network of branches.This bird is endangered in Canada, (SW ontario is on the northern fringe of its range) due to loss of habitat. (Read ROM article)

Some notable birds seen today:
Red Headed Woodpecker
Warbling Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Baltimore Oriole
Red Breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Red bellied Woodpecker
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut Sided Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher
Least Flycatcher
Sandhill Crane (noisy fly-over)

Eastern Fox Snake near the Delaurier Homestead path

Earlier this week:
Ojibway Park provided some regulars for the week on earlier walks:
*Eastern Bluebirds
*Palm Warblers
 I guess the new Ojibway Nature Center is open. This is great news! A quick walk today netted few birds. I guess the skulking Rose breasted Grosbeak was a highlight.

I actually left Point Pelee at noon-ish... I just wasn't feel'in it today.

Good birding,


  1. Wow, EXCELLENT shot of the Prothonotary! We found it by ourselves just before it was pointed out to us. Wish we'd been there for the noisy Sandhill Crane! We didn't get any vireos but the Warbling. Rats. We are both too exhausted now to go back tomorrow. And I don't think elves are going to come in the night to do all my laundry.

  2. You know when you see a Yellow warbler, you think "Wow what a pretty little yellow bird." And then you get a look at the Prothonotary and it's like WOW! How yellow can you get?!
    I got wonderful views of it today and there was also a Golden-winged Warbler hanging out in the same area. I'd never seen one before and was taken by how crisp its markings were.
    I also saw a Blue-headed Vireo which was also a first for me. (I'm new so everything is thrilling!) Northern Parula, Orchard Oriole and Cape May were also present ... in one spot! So cool.
    I met a couple from BC and the man was lucky enough to spot the Kirtland's yesterday. Lucky guy. I'd love to be able to spot that fella.

    Your photos, as always, are wonderful! Happy Birding!

  3. What a beauty the prothonotary is. Geez, I had to triple check that I spelled that right!

    The chestnut is a lovely as well; I have only ever seen it in fall...a little less impressive then, and certainly not "chestnut" at all!

  4. Wicked find. Nice photos, too. The 7D is agreeing with you!



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