[Ontbirds] Point Pelee Migration Report - May 6, 2010
Sarah.Rupert at pc.gc.ca
Sarah.Rupert at pc.gc.ca
Thu May 6 12:47:25 EDT 2010
Friends of Point Pelee provide guided birding hikes throughout the Festival
of Birds at Point Pelee National Park of Canada. Proceeds from hikes
support the Friends of Point Pelee and Point Pelee National Park. This
submitted report is a service of the FoPP Hike Leaders.
Point Pelee National Park Migration Update for May 6, 2010:
Clear skies and relatively brisk winds from the west greeted birders this
morning. A small “reverse migration” was noted was noted with many birds
flying sideways off the tip. Included were several RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS,
ORIOLES, and other small songbirds.
Nearby a male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER put on quite a show foraging along the
beach on the east side. Also noted there were several other species of
warbler including YELLOW-RUMPED, PALM, and other common species.
The Tip itself produced a spectacular display of COMMON TERNS and
BONAPARTE’S GULLS early in the morning, with hundreds of each off the tip.
Also noted within this large group were A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a
LITTLE GULL, and several BLACK TERNS.
Many migrants remain (from the surge noted yesterday) within the Park but
they are more widely scattered resulting in the birding being more slow and
A bit north of the tip, but just south of the old Sparrow Field, several
WHITE-EYED VIREOS were reported. As well, CAPE MAY, NORTHERN PARULA,
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, and a CANADA WARBLER were found. Also in the same area
along the beach, an early GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was located.
Not too many reports have come in yet from other areas in the Park, but at
the south end of the Woodland Nature Trail, there was a HOODED WARLBER.
Along the west beach trail, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was discovered.
Tilden Woods had a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and several NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, as
well as about a dozen other warbler species.
Also reported yesterday from the Park was WORM-EATING WARBLER from Blue
Heron, found about 5 pm. Just north a BLACKPOLL WARBLER also showed.
Outside the Park along the E concession, just outside the Park, behind the
horse paddock, just east of the Park, multiple species of shorebirds still
are congregating, including both YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, a SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHER, and a single PECTORAL SANDPIPER.
Nothing reported yet from Hillman Marsh.
Hike Leaders Pete, Karl, Todd, Justin, Marianne, John and Jeremy
FESTIVAL OF BIRDS MAY 1 THROUGH MAY 16, 2010
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