[Ontbirds] Point Pelee National Park Migration Report - Saturday April 25, 2009

Sarah Rupert tanager at sympatico.ca
Sat Apr 25 15:07:47 EDT 2009

Hello Birders!


It's been another great day here at the Point, there are hundreds of new migrants in the park today and some great highlights.


At the tip this morning, birders were treated to an easy to see Brewster's Warbler.  As well, there was a Grasshopper Sparrow seen along the West side of the point and then later found along the West Beach footpath, approx 300 m north fo the Tip shuttle loop.  Blue-headed vireos are numerous in the park and White-eyed vireos have been reported from several locations.


Red-headed Woodpecker was also noted at the Tip this morning, as well as Orchard and Baltimore Orioles.


A Northern Parula was found at the Cemetery and a Scarlet Tanager was noted along seasonal birding footpath north of Pioneer.  A Vesper Sparrow was found feeding on the newly seeded lawn in front of the washrooms at Pioneer as well.


This afternoon, there was a lot of bird activity along the road between White Pine and Black Willow Beach - the bike trail along this section has afforded great looks at many species - Pine Warblers are numerous in the area and easy to find.  A Henslow's Sparrow was just reported along the roadside (on the east side of the road, opposite the Black Willow beach entrance sign).  Birders are reminded that there is not parking along the roadside and it is recommended to park in Black Willow Beach and then walk - please be careful as there are blind curves in this part of the park and the beautiful weather has made it a very busy day indeed.


The Hooded Warbler spotted along the Woodland Nature Trail was found again this afternoon.


Outside the park, 15 American Avocets were spotted by Dean Ware at the Hillman Marsh shorebird cell.  There are many different species of duck present there as well, viewing is often best at the end of the day.


In all a great day here at the park - can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.


The Festival of Birds starts Saturday May 2 and runs until May 18.  Visit www.pc.gc.ca for more details.


Good birding everyone!


Sarah Rupert

Point Pelee National Park

Leamington ON

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