[Ontbirds] Point Pelee N.P. Migration Report - May 6, 2014

Festival of Birds via ONTBIRDS birdalert at ontbirds.ca
Tue May 6 11:42:10 EDT 2014

Cool but sunny weather this morning made viewing birds much more pleasant than yesterday. Although still on the quieter side, bird activity was noticeably busier than yesterday.

Once again an Eared Grebe was reported at the Tip area. Further north, another Eared Grebe was observed on the Park bird hike, along the West Beach, opposite the Visitor Centre. Also reported at the tip was a Prairie Warbler (south of solar panel display), Ovenbird, Orchard Oriole, and a Bobolink, singing relatively low down from a shrub! Offshore, all three scoters were observed this morning. Woodland Nature Trail (WNT) also continues to provide some noteworthy observations. Likely the same Yellow-throated Warbler was reported just west of the southernmost bridge. Several Northern Waterthrushes were reported there as well but no confirmed reports of the Louisiana yet (although it was there and showing well yesterday evening). Also reported from WNT was a Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, several Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and many Hermit Thrushes.

Remarkably, the Eastern Cottonwoods along the Shuster Trail continue to support many warblers, although it appears that the vast majority are Nashville Warblers. Also mixed in were Yellow-rumped, Cape May and Orange-crowned. In Tilden Woods, another Hooded Warbler was actively moving around. Heard nearby were several Black-throated Blue Warblers and singing Wood Thrush. Gray Catbirds can now also be heard singing from the shrubbier locations.

*** For those who happen to birding north of the Park, please remember to pull well over to the side of the road when you slow down or park. Local farmers are becoming more active, and driving oversized farm vehicles. Please be courteous and make sure they can pass easily. *** 

Good Birding,

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