[Ontbirds] Pelee Island May 8th

peleeisland museum pimuseum at hotmail.com
Sun May 8 21:30:44 EDT 2011

Hey Birders,
Another beautiful day, with some interesting sightings. I've listed some of the highlights below.
Prothonotary Warbler - 2 males, both singing at Fish Point - 1 is a definite after second-year and the other is likely a young/second-year male (I thought it was a female at first, but started to sing shortly afterwards) - no sign of any females to my knowledge
White-eyed Vireo - 1 bird on the south shore
Yellow-throated Vireo - 1 bird at Fish Point and another Sheridan's Point
Northern Mockingbird - 1 bird at Fish Point and another near the Winery
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2 first-years at Fish Point and 1 third-year at the Scudder Dock
A few 'firsts of the year' were seen on the island today, including; Ruddy Turnstone and Willow Flycatcher. 
Late migrants seemed to be fairly dominant throughout the island, with sightings of the following; Dark-eyed Junco (1), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1), Brown Creeper (1), Pine Warbler (1), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (40+), Yellow-rumped Warbler (40+), Palm Warbler (50) and White-throated Sparrow (60+).
Number of species seen on the island since April 25th: 201
Good Birding!
Ken Burrell
Pelee Island Heritage Centre West Dock, Pelee Island, Ontario, N0R 1M0 (519) 724-2291 "pimuseum" <pimuseum at hotmail.com> 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. 
Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO) continues its daily banding and censusoperation. Visitors are welcome. For more information about PIBO please visit: www.pibo.ca or call 519-724-2829. 
Pelee Island can be reached by ferry leaving Leamington several times daily. For times and reservations, call 1-800-661-2220. 
The Ninth Annual Pelee Island Bird Race will take place from noon Friday, May 6, to noon, Saturday, May 7. The Springsong Celebration continues Saturday evening with a 'Talk and Dinner'. 
The Bird Race is 'All-Green,' i.e. bicycle or pedestrian travel. All teams welcome! Contact the Heritage Centre for details.

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