[Ontbirds]Pelee Island Migration, May 4, 2006

pimuseum pimuseum at mnsi.net
Thu May 4 13:46:55 EDT 2006

This morning's highlight was a reverse migration off Fish Point. At 8:15 am, it was estimated that about 20-30 birds per minute (bpm) were flying south, peaking at 50 bpm at 8:30 am, then tapering off until very few birds were flying by 10:00 am. Most common reverse migrants were RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, AMERICAN PIPITS, EUROPEAN STARLINGS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, YELLOW-RUMPED, NASHVILLE, and YELLOW WARBLERS. Also flying south were a CHIMNEY SWIFT, a few RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, WILSON'S, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and PARULA WARBLERS, and several BLUE JAYS.

Yesterday afternoon, there was a NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW at Fish Point.

Total of species observed in May: 119

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 Fifth Annual Pelee Island Bird Race / Baillie Birdathon will take place from noon Friday, May 12, to noon, Saturday, May 13. Special guest birder is PETER MATTHIESSEN. The Springsong Celebration continues Saturday evening with a 'Talk and Dinner' featuring ALICE MUNRO with an introduction by Margaret Atwood. The Bird Race will be all 'Green' this year, i.e. bicycle or pedestrian travel, with a public tram making regular circuits of the island (provided by Pelee Island Winery). All teams welcome! Contact the Heritage Centre for details.

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.pibo.ca

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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