[Ontbirds]Point Pelee Migration Update - May 6, 2005

Janice.Sarkis at pc.gc.ca Janice.Sarkis at pc.gc.ca
Fri May 6 11:09:54 EDT 2005





Calm and clear conditions overnight ushered in a significant influx of
birds to the Park. Considerably more bird song could be heard first thing
this morning. Not only was it active at the Tip, but birds were being seen
flitting about throughout the entire Park. Most noticeable were the
White-throated Sparrows. Hundreds, if not thousands made landfall in the
Park. Also conspicuously present were White-crowned Sparrows. While only a
scattered few were reported yesterday, their buzzy song could be heard at
numerous locations. Also evident was a new wave of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS.
In addition, both species of ORIOLE and SCARLET TANAGER were being widely
reported. Warbler numbers and diversity also increased. BLACKBURNIAN,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, NASHVILLE, PALM, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were
scattered amongst numerous YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.

Also reported this morning were a few PURPLE FINCHES, YELLOW-THROATED
VIREO, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-EYED VIREO, all 5
species of regularly occurring WREN, MERLIN, LEAST FLYCATCHER, VEERY,and
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. At the Tip, both SURF and BLACK SCOTER continue to be
seen regularly in small numbers. Also present was a LONG-TAILED DUCK.

The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT has yet to be reported this morning.

Also reported yesterday from the Park were BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, EASTERN
KINGBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and OVENBIRD.

There is a chance of thundershowers overnight. If timed right, it could
help bring additional species and numbers to the Park tomorrow morning.

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

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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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