Pelee Birding Report - May 3 2002

Lea Martell friendsofpp at juno.com
Fri May 3 11:29:19 EDT 2002


Good morning birders!

Strong northwest winds this morning forced the birds and birdwatchers to
more sheleterd areas in the Park. Those who braved the cold conditions at
the tip were rewarded with a 1st winter GLAUCOUS GULL and AMERICAN PIPIT.
The rest of us headed back to the east side of the Woodland Nature Trail
(W.N.T.) or Tilden's Woods. Although some of the recent noteworthy
species continue to be seen, such as the PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, there was
more of a wintery feel out there. From Tilden's came a report of a
LONG-EARED OWL and WINTER WREN. Along the W.N.T. were at least a handful
of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, PURPLE FINCH, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and many
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. 

The wave of birds that arrived yesterday appear to have moved on further
north. Although the most numerous warbler remains the YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, their numbers are significantly reduced. Similarly, the influx
of PALM WARBLERS have also largely disappeared. Overall, numbers and
diversity of all warblers has dropped considerably. Less than half of the
warbler species reported yesterday have been seen today. Notably absent
(at least so far) is the LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and HOODED WARBLER.

Still, many birds are putting on a show for the visitors, WHITE-EYED
VIREO, ORCHARD ORIOLE, BROWN THRASHER EASTERN TOWHEE, and SOLITARY
SANDPIPER, to name a few.

There have been no reports of either the AMERICAN AVOCETS (Seacliff
Beach, Leamington) or the WILLETS (Pelee days Inn) that were seen
yesterday.

Good birding,

P.S. Yesterday's date should have read May 2 2002 NOT May 3 2002!

John Haselmayer, Karl Konze, Dave Martin, Pete Read, Phil Roberts & Alan
Wormington
Staff, Friends of Point Pelee National Park
http://www.wincom.net/~fopp/
fopp at wincom.net
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Point Pelee Festival of Birds 2002 April 27 - May 27

- Birding Hikes (4 daily!)
- Hot Spot County Bus Tours (May 4, 5, 11, 12)
- Daily 1 pm workshops in the Visitor Centre
- Bushnell Sports Optics Clinic  (May 4, 5, 11, 12)
- "Keep the Songs Alive" Sweepstakes featuring 3 Grand Prize Packages
totaling more than $20, 000

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