[Ontbirds] Point Pelee Migration Report May 16, 2011
Friends of Point Pelee
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Mon May 16 11:53:11 EDT 2011
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 Friends of Point Pelee Hike Leaders.
Point Pelee National Park Migration Update for: MAY 16, 2011
Rain persisted today with north winds, but there appears to have been some
movement overnight, and birders continued to observe many species at various
locations. Many treetop species were forced to forage at eye or ground
level, affording excellent viewing opportunities. A total of 24 warbler
species have been noted so far today.
Birding at the Tip area proved fruitful for those braving the rain and
winds. Birders watched as various passerines flew in over the lake from
Pelee Island and elsewhere, including warblers coming in right over the
water! A DICKCISSEL was seen just north of the Tip footpath. In the woods at
the tip, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER (5+), YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (2), and
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (2+). A first basic LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen
on the tip beach along with more common species.
The Woodland Trail proved productive for warblers, with at least 16 species
seen by 10AM, including ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKPOLL
WARBLER and MOURNING WARBLER. Birders reported additional species at
Tilden’s Wood, including single females of HOODED WARBLER and GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER. Tilden’s also produced an Acadian Flycatcher, among other
low-foraging flycatchers today, and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH in numbers.
Other birds of note from various locations include: a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
seen at the entrance bench to the Sparrow Field; a male SUMMER TANAGER at
the West Beach Shelter; a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the Northwest Beach (South
parking area); and a CERULEAN WARBLER was observed at the South end of
Northwest Beach parking lot.
Outside the Park: A 2nd basic THAYER’S GULL was reported from Wheatley
Harbour, and a 1st basic GLAUCOUS GULL was reported from along Mersea Rd. D.
Hike Leaders: Pete, Karl, Todd, JUSTIN, Marianne, John, Ellen, Alvan and
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