[Ontbirds]Point Pelee Migration Update - May 5, 2005

Janice.Sarkis at pc.gc.ca Janice.Sarkis at pc.gc.ca
Thu May 5 10:59:45 EDT 2005

The flood gates have not opened up yet but there was a definite influx of
new migrants to the Park last night. Southerly winds, clear skies and
warming temperatures helped the following species to the Park, most of
which are being reported in singles or low numbers.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Scarlet Tanager
Warbling Vireo
Orchard  Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Grasshopper Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Great Crested Flycatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Marsh Wren
House Wren
Gray Catbird
Common Yellowthroat
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Eastern Meadowlark

In addition, other birds seen regularly include resident Carolina Wrens
(one carrying nesting material near the Tip Train Stop), displaying
Red-breasted Mergansers at the Tip, Red-bellied Woodpecker (also at the
Tip), Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Eastern Towhees along the west beach area,
and numerous White-throated Sparrows.

New migrants are expected daily over the next several days as the
temperatures continue to rise and insect activity increases.

Outside the Park, the NEOTROPIC CORMORANT has not been reported this
morning. It was seen as late as 3:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon from Wheatley
Harbour, but may have been present even later. As soon as it shows up
again, we will report it.

Good Birding,
Friends of Point Pelee
John Haselmayer, Karl Konze, Ross Mackintosh, Dave Martin, Pete Read and
Alan Wormington

Point Pelee National Park of Canada and the Friends of Point Pelee brings
you the Festival of Birds 2005, from April 30 - May 31.  The Friends of
Point Pelee offers daily birding hikes, including evening hikes from
Wednesday to Saturday to May 21.  Quest Nature Tours and Bushnell
Performance Optics sponsor County Bus Tours on May 7  & 14.  First Annual
Fundraising Dinner, Friday, May 13 with guest speaker, Chris Earley.  Visit
www.pc.gc.ca/pelee or email fopp at mnsi.net for more information.


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