|Invasive patch of Phramites in the dense Cattail Marsh of Point Pelee|
It funny how cyclical birding can be. Year after year, give or take a few days or weather patterns, you have this cyclical repetition in nature...So predictable, you can literally ask ... "Whats in season this week?" Its amazing though. Last year on the last weekend of September, I had an amazing day on the marsh boardwalk, and this past week...So quiet (1 GBH and 2 Wood ducks)!
I left the marsh boardwalk noticing (maybe for the first time) a large patch of invasive Phragmites in the marsh. I always seem to smile if I drive by a ditch or highway edge and see native cat-tails and conversely, I get bothered to see phragmites knowing how invasive it is. I was alarmed to see this patch of phragmites in the middle of the marsh. It would be cool if Point Pelee could burn off this small patch before it gets larger... I'm not a botanist/ecologist so maybe I need not worry about it.
Another highlight from Pelee was this Peregrine Falcon perched on some driftwood along East Tip beach near sparrow field. Raptors were everywhere overhead. My time at pelee this weekend was very short, and sadly, I didn't connect with too many of the rarities that had been seen.
|Baby Fox Snake|
Closer to home, I was looking at Checkered Skippers again near my work and amazingly a Cicada landed on me! Don't get me wrong, I'm not one to pick up bugs but I must say I was amused and took this self-portrait with this bug on my pants.
|Greater Angle-Wing Katydid|
Bonus Footage (baby fox snake on youtube--- This is not me :-) ):