[Ontbirds]Pelee Island Birds, May 8, 2005

pimuseum pimuseum at mnsi.net
Sun May 8 15:40:39 EDT 2005

Migration slowed to a trickle today but a VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, and ORCHARD ORIOLE provided good views for some at Fish Point. Other were entertained by a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH gleaning insects off the walls of the ancient lighthouse like a Eurasian Wallcreeper. 

The Pelee Island Bird Observatory staff were pleased to find a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER caught in a net with a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD. 

Total of species observed in May: 145

Rob Tymstra
Ron Tiessen
Pelee Island Heritage Centre
West Dock, Pelee Island, Ontario, N0R 1M0
(519) 724-2291 "pimuseum" <pimuseum at mnsi.net>


There will be daily bird hikes on Pelee Island until May 20. Cost is
$5.00 which includes admission to Heritage Centre. Meet in front of the Centre at the foot of
West Dock every day at 7:30 a.m. Check into the Centre for details on best birding areas and
current rarities.

The Heritage Centre is open from 10 am - 5 pm daily. The foyer contains a 'sightings board' listing May bird sightings (open 24 hours). Lighthouse Point is on the NE corner of the island, Sheridan Point on the NW
corner, Mill Point on the SE corner, and Fish Point on the SW corner, due south of the West Dock.

The Fourth Annual Pelee Island Bird Race / Baillie Birdathon will take place from noon Friday, May 13, to noon, Saturday, May 14. The Springsong Celebration continues Saturday evening with a 'Talk and Dinner' featuring Jane Urquhart with an introduction by Margaret Atwood. Sunday, May 15, features a talk by Bill Lishman, 'Father Goose.' The 'Green' category of the Bird Race continues this year, allowing only human-powered or non-fossil fuel modes of transportation. 

Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO) continues its daily banding and census
operation. Visitors are welcome. For more information about PIBO please contact the Heritage Centre or check the website: www.peleeisland.org

Pelee Island can be reached by ferry leaving Leamington several times daily. For times and reservations, call 1-800-661-2220.

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