Monday, October 10, 2016

Thanksgiving Birding + Long Point Video Documentary

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This past Saturday Sept 8th 10th, I had attempted to go birding at Pelee - my intention was to get up early and perhaps do a tipwatch for a few hours. But - I slept in --- big time. I did make it into the park for a slothy 11am arrival -- I think even the gate attendant looked at me with pity as I drove in.

I divided my small ration of birding time into three parts: 1- A walk around Delaurier Trail, 2- A walk at Hillman Shorebird cell, and a quick stop at the Comber flooded fields.

Delaurier was a nice walk- as always. I honestly had one bird that I was hoping to run into - a Blue headed Vireo.  It seemed that every tree around Delaurier had a few warblers in it - but as far as I could tell, it was almost a monoculture of Yellow rumped Warblers!

Hillman had a really nice flooded field (different from other years - if I'm not mistaken). Having no scope, my observations included: Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin & Pectoral Sandpipers.

Comber - Kory R had reported a Hudsonian Godwit at the Comber Flooded Fields. Kit Rick and myself quickly went to find this bird. Kit had obtained permission to access the fields from the Canning Company - so we went out to see this awesome shorebird. We kept  a safe distance in an effort to not flush the bird. I was reminiscing recently about the time I was at Comber and had a "flock" of about 20 Hudsonian Godwits land right near me. It might have been one of the top ten birding moments of my birding efforts thus far.

About five years ago, I had seen a flock of about 20 Hudsonian Godwits --- an amazing birding moment!

As promised in the title of this blog posting, I wanted to share a great 1-hour video documentary about Long Point with readers. A friend of mine texted me on Sunday that there was a documentary about Long Point. I did not get the text until today, but I was luckily able to find it online. This should be mandatory viewing for any aspiring naturalist, and most people reading this blog will know much of the content in the video.

Good Birding!

Obligatory Back Yard Birding Reference

1 comment:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!
    It was a good weekend for birding starting on Saturday, October "8"!



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