Tuesday, 7 October 2014

29th April to 20th May, 2011. Point Pelee etc. Canada


All the photographs were taken by myself, Doreen and David. Where I have used either Doreen's or David's pictures I have inserted their initials below the picture ie Doreen (DRC) or David (DC).

During our visit to Point Pelee, we recorded 202 species of birds, and between us we were able to photograph 149 of these.

29th April, 2011.
Arrived from Gatwick to Toronto Airport, hired a car and we then drove to Niagara Falls and stayed overnight here looking at the Falls in colour floodlights.

Double Crested Cormorant 200
Turkey Vulture 2
Sharp Shinned Hawk 1
Ring Billed Gull c1,000
American Herring Gull 1
Mourning Dove common
American Robin 10+
Red Winged Blackbird common
Common Grackle common





Niagara Falls lit up at night.

30th April, 2011.

Visited the Falls during the early morning and then drove to the nearby Dufferin Island N.R where we birded for a couple of hours. Drove to Wheatley arriving late afternoon, and moved into our cottage situated on the edge of Lake Erie where we will be staying for the next 3 weeks.

Double Crested Cormorant 100
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 3
Black Crowned Night Heron 1 seen by DC.
Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 7
Green Winged Teal 30
Red Breasted Merganser 2



Duck & Drake Red Breasted Mergansers.
Ruddy Duck 1
Turkey Vulture 30
Red Tailed Hawk 6
Bald Eagle 1
Merlin 1
Bonaparte's Gull 50
Ring Billed Gull c1,000
American Herring Gull 10
Mourning Dove common
Belted Kingfisher 1


Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 5

Blue Jay
Purple Martin 10
Tree Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 4
Black Capped Chickadee 8




Black Capped Chickadee
White Breasted Nuthatch 3

(DRC)



White Breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin 60



American Robin
Grey Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Cardinal 2

Female Cardinal
Yellow Warbler 3


Yellow Warbler
Black Throated Blue Warbler

Black Throated Blue Warbler (DC)
Myrtle Warbler 3


Myrtle Warbler
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 1 seen by DC

Field Sparrow (DC)
Chipping Sparrow 2


Chipping Sparrow
White Throated Sparrow 5

White Throated Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow 1

White Crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow 4
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red Winged Blackbird common


Redwing Blackbirds
Common Grackle common
House Finch 5
(DC)


House Finch in our cottage garden. (DC)
American Goldfinch 4


Flowers




(DRC)



(DRC)
Views of the Niagara Falls.

POINT PELEE AREA:

The following species were common or very common and seen daily and will not be included in the daily log unless for some specific record.

Double Crested Cormorant many hundreds seen daily
Great Blue Heron Upto 8 seen daily
Great Egret seen daily in small numbers.
Canada Goose Up to 50 seen daily.
Mute Swan Odd birds seen virtually daily.
Mallard Odd birds seen virtually daily.
Red Breasted Merganser Very large numbers seen virtually daily with a maximum of c1,000.
Turkey Vultures seen almost daily but only in small numbers, daily maximum of 20.
Pheasant Only odd birds seen with a daily maximum of 8.
Killdeer Seen virtually daily but only in small numbers.
Ring Billed Gull Very common.
American Herring Gull Seen virtually daily with a maximum of 50.
Mourning Dove Common
Blue Jay Seen almost daily with movements seen on several days.
America Crow Surprisingly rather scarce with just odd birds being seen on a few days.
Purple Martin Small numbers recorded daily.
Barn Swallow Recorded daily
American Robin Good numbers recorded daily and a number of nests found.
Starling Small numbers seen daily.
Cardinal Recorded daily with up to 10 seen on a day.
Brown Headed Cowbird Common
Red Winged Blackbird Extremely common many parties appeared to be moving South.
Common Grackle Extremely common
House Sparrow. Common outside of the park.

1st May, 2011

Walked through Tilden's wood trail, then the Shuster's trail, with Pete Read. We then checked the western car parks north along the Point. Dawn and early morning heavy rain then clearing. Wind SW 3-4.

Wood Duck 3
Scaup 55
Lesser Scaup 2
White Winged Scoter 6
Ruddy Duck 10
Bald Eagle 2
Merlin 1
Wild Turkey 6
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Bonaparte's Gull 40
Caspian Tern 1
Forster's Tern 6


Forster's Tern (DC)

Great Horned Owl 3 (1 ad.+ 2 young in nest).


(DC)


(DC)
Adult Great Horned Owl and Young in the nest.
Chimney Swift 5
Red Headed Woodpecker 1
Red Bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Warbling Vireo 2

Warbling Vireo (DC)
Blue Headed Vireo 5
Rough Winged Swallow 20
Sand Martin 5
Tree Swallow 60
Black Capped Chickadee 5
Red Breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 3



Brown Creeper
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 10
Blue Grey Knatcatcher 6
American Robin 200 (by far the largest number seen on a day).
Hermit Thrush 2
Grey Catbird 8
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Parula 1
Nashville Warbler 5
Yellow Warbler 6
Chestnut Sided Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1

Magnolia Warbler
Black Throated Blue Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Myrtle Warbler 5
Black Throated Green Warbler 1




Black Throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler 1
Bay Breasted Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 3

(DC)
Male Blackpoll Warbler
Black and White Warbler 4


Black & White Warblers
Louisiana Waterthrush 1


Louisiana Waterthrush (DC)
Yellow Breasted Chat 2
Scarlet Tanager 3
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 20
Savannah Sparrow 1
White Throated Sparrow 12

Tan striped White Throated Sparrow (DC)
White Crowned Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 1
Dark Eyed Junco 2
Rusty Blackbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 2
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 1


Racoon on the Point

2nd May, 2011

Visited the Point until early afternoon, before visiting Tilden's woods, then North West beach in the late afternoon. Calm, overcast and dry.



Our view as we birded along the East beach on the Point. (DRC)

Great Northern Diver 1
Blue Winged Teal 2 drakes
Scaup 100
Lesser Scaup 1
Surf Scoter 8
White Winged Scoter 6
Bufflehead 4
(DC)
Duck Bufflehead
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red Tailed Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Wild Turkey 3
Grey Plover 12




(DC)
Grey Plover joined the Willet on the Point.
Killdeer 1
Dunlin 30
Willet 40


(DRC)

(DC)




(DC)
Willets at the Point.
Bonparte's Gull 50
Forster's Tern 2
Chimney Swift 4
Red Headed Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2


Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
White Eyed Vireo 1
Yellow Throated Vireo 1
(DC)
Yellow Throated Vireo
Blue Headed Vireo 2
Rough Winged Swallow 30
Tree Swallow 100
Swallow 40
Red Breasted Nuthatch 15





Red Breasted Nuthatches
Brown Creeper 3
House Wren 2
Wren 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 20
(DC)
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 8
Veery 2




Veery
Swainson's Thrush 2



Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush 2
Grey Catbird 4

Grey Catbird
Northern Mockingbird 1
Blue Winged Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler 10






Yellow Warbler


JFC & DC photographing the Yellow Warbler on the East beach. (DRC)

Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 2










Male Blackburnian Warbler
Myrtle Warbler 12





Myrtle Warbler
Black Throated Green Warbler 5
Palm Warbler 7










(DC)
Palm Warblers
Pine Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Black & White Warbler 8







Black & White Warblers
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Scarlet Tanager 1 male
Indigo Bunting 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 3

Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow 25
Le Conte's Sparrow 1












(DC)
La Conte's Sparrow
Lark Sparrow 1


(DC)
Lark Sparrow
White Throated Sparrow 25
White Crowned Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow 3

Swamp Sparow
Dark Eyed Junco 1



Dark Eyed Junco
Rusty Blackbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 4
Orchard Oriole 2
Purple Finch 4

JFC photographing the Willets (DRC)





Ring Billed Gulls


Red Breasted Mergansers

American Robin at nest.



Racoon at the Point (DRC)

3rd May, 2011

Heavy rain that persisted until early afternoon and then drizzle but virtually calm. We birdwatch from the shelter at the Point, and then we walked to the Point. During the afternoon we visited Tilden's wood where 3 Hooded Warblers and 2 Ovenbirds were showing.

Slavonian Grebe 1 in Summer plumage
Great Blue Heron a party 0f 13 headed over moving N at the Point.
Black Crowned Night Heron 1
Scaup 200
Bufflehead 5
Coopers Hawk 1
Wild Turkey 4
Bonaparte's Gull 15






Bonaparte's Gulls in flight
Common Tern 40
Forster's Tern 2
Great Horned Owl 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Willow/Alder Flycatcher 2
White Eyed Vireo 2
Rough Winged Swallow 150
Tree Swallow 10
Swallow 40

Swallow on our patio
Black Capped Chickadee 3
Red Breasted Nuthatch 5



Red Breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper 2
House Wren 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 15





Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 5
Wood Thrush 2














Wood Thrush
Veery 2





Veery
Swainson's Thrush 2
Hermit Thrush 2
Grey Catbird 10
Northern Mockingbird 1


Northern Mockingbird
Nashville Warbler 7













Nashville Warbler feeding on grubs in the rain.
Yellow Warbler 8
Cape May Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 2

Blackburnian Warbler
Myrtle Warbler 20

Palm Warbler 10

Palm Warbler
Black & White Warbler 3
Ovenbird 2
Northern Waterthrush 2
Louisiana Waterthrush 1













(DC)
(DC)
DC)


Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 3











Hooded Warbler
Yellow Breasted Chat 1
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
Yellow Breasted Chat
Chipping Sparrow 6
White Throated Sparrow 5
Dark Eyed Junco 3
Rusty Blackbird 1
Baltimore Oriole 8

Male Baltimore Oriole in the rain
Orchard Oriole 3

Red Breasted Mergansers

4th May, 2011:

A cold northerly wind persisted all day, but it remained dry. The Point was quiet so we visited the Sparrow field, Woodland Nature trail and Tilden's wood. Made an evening visit to Hillman's Marsh.

Black Necked Grebe 1
Pied Billed Grebe 2
Green Heron 1
Wood Duck 5
Pintail 3
Shoveler 30
Green Winged Teal 3
Scaup 75
Lesser Scaup 3
Bufflehead 12
Ruddy Duck 8
Red Tailed Hawk 1
Peregrine 1
Wild Turkey 2
Sandhill Crane 2
Grey Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 15
Dunlin 80
Wilson's Phalarope 5
Bonaparte's Gull 250
Caspian Tern 3
Red Bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 1


Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 20
Rough Winged 25
Sand Martin 10
Tree Swallow 100
Cliff Swallow 1
Swallow 50
Black Capped Chickadee 2

Black Capped Chickadee
Red Breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 4
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 4
Blue Grey Knatcatcher 12


Blue Grey Knatcatcher
Wood Thrush 2
Veery 3
Swainson's Thrush 1
Hermit Thrush 5
Grey Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Blue Winged Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 4
Yellow Warbler 15
Chestnut Sided Warbler 1




Chestnut Sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black Throated Blue Warbler 1





Male Black Throated Blue Warbler
Myrtle Warbler 6
Prothonotary Warbler 1

(DRC)
(DRC)





















Male Prothonotary Warbler
Black & White Warbler 6








Black & White Warblers
Ovenbird 2










(DC)
(DC)


(DC)






Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush 1
(DC)
(DC)



Record shots of the Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat 2
Hooded Warbler 1




Hooded Warbler
Yellow Breasted Chat 1
Scarlet Tanager 1 variant adult male
(DRC)
(DRC)
(DRC)
(DRC)
(DRC)









Variant male Scarlet Tanager.
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Field Sparrow 1



Field Sparrow
White Throated Sparrow 4
White Crowned Sparrow 1

White Crowned Sparrow.
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 3
Baltimore Oriole 2




Male Baltimore Oriole


American Painted Lady
5th May, 2011:

A cool northerly breeze and very clear. We stopped at the Onion Fields where there had been a noticeable increase in shorebirds present. We then had a quiet walk around the Woodland trail. We visited Hillman's marsh during the late afternoon and then made our way back to DeLaurier Homestead during the evening to watch displaying American Woddcock.


Early morning at our cottage at Lake Erie
Great Northern Diver 1
Slavonian Grebe 15


Slavonian Grebe taken into the sun.
Pied Billed Grebe 1
Wood Duck 5
Pintail 3
American Wigeon 3
Shoveler 7
Blue Winged Teal 4




Pair of Blue Winged Teals.
Green Winged Teal 2
Scaup 50
Lesser Scaup 1
Surf Scoter 2
Ruddy Duck 6
Turkey Vulture 10
(DRC)
(DRC)

(DC)
Turkey Vultures roosting at the DeLaurier Homestead.
Northern Harrier 1


Two record shots of the Northern Harrier.
Bald Eagle 1
Osprey 1


Osprey
Wild Turkey 1
American Coot 2
Sandhill Crane 1




Sandhill Crane
Grey Plover 20
Semipalmated Plover 4
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 70
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
Lesser Yellowlegs at Hillman's marsh
Spotted Sandpiper 2
DC)
Spotted Sandpiper on the beach outside of our cottage.
Turnstone 1
Dunlin 80
Pectorial Sandpiper 8
Least Sandpiper 6
Long Billed Dowitcher 1
(DC)
Long Billed Dowitcher at the Onion Fields
American Woodcock 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Wilson's Phalarope 4
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Caspian Tern 4
Forster's Tern 15

(DC)
(DC)
Forster's Terns
Great Horned Owl 3

(DC)
Great Horned Owl
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
White Eyed Vireo 1
Blue Headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 20 moved north on the point.
Horned Lark 3
Rough Winged Swallow 40
Sand Martin 10
Tree Swallow 80


(DC)
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow 1
Swallow 30
Black Capped Chickadee 1
Brown Creeper 2
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 2
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 5
Hermit Thrush 1
Grey Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Buff Bellied Pipit 1
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
American Buff Bellied Pipit at Hillman's marsh
Blue Winged Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 4
Myrtle Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 2
Prothonotary Warbler 1
(DRC)

(DRC)


Prothonotary Warbler (DRC)


Prothotonary Warbler site (DRC)
Black & White Warbler 4
Ovenbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 3




(DC)

Common Yellowthroats taken from the marsh boardwalk
Field Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 15





Chipping Sparrows
Savannah Sparrow 1
White Throated Sparrow 8
White Crowned Sparrow 2



White Crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 5


Swamp Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow site taken from the marsh boardwalk
Dark Eyed Junco 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 5
(DC)
American Goldfinch








Male & Female Purple Martins breeding at our cottage.









American Herring Gulls at the Point.





Greater Black Back Gull at the Point.





Ring Billed Gulls at the Point.


Sunrise (DRC)


Our early morning walk along west beach to the Point.


(DRC)

(DRC)

(DRC)

Our walk around the marsh boardwalk. (DRC)

6th May, 2011:

A dry start to the day but then cloudy to be followed by some light rain. A Kirtland's Warbler was found moving north through Post Woods mid-morning that we finally saw near the Visitor's Centre at mid-day. We again visited Hillman's marsh in the evening.

Slavonian Grebe 1
Wood Duck 2
Gadwall 7
Pintail 4
Shoveler 3
Blue Winged Teal 8
Green Winged Teal 1
Scaup 150
Bufflehead 1
Ruddy Duck 5
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1



Juvenile Bald Eagle
Wild Turkey 2


Wild Turkey taken through the car windows.
American Coot 2


American Coots
Sandhill Crane 1
Semipalmated Plover 4
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 15
Dunlin 300
Wilson's Phalarope 4
(DC)
(DC)


(DC)

(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)


(DC)
Wilson's Phalaropes on Hillman's marsh
Willet 13
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Greater Black Back Gull 1
Common Tern 20
Forster's Tern 60
Great Horned Owl 3
Red Headed Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 3
White Eyed Vireo 3

White Eyed Vireo
Blue Headed Vireo 2


Blue Headed Vireos
Blue Jay 2
Rough Winged Swallow 10
Sand Martin 5
Tree Swallow 300
Swallow 20
Black Capped Chickadee 1
Red Breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 3

Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 8
Eastern Bluebird 2





Male Eastern Bluebird
Grey Catbird 6
Northern Mockingbird 1
Yellow Warbler 3
Magnolia Warbler 4







Magnolia Warbler
Black Throated Blue Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Myrtle Warbler 4
Black Throated Green Warbler 1
Kirtland's Warbler 1 male



































Male Kirtland's Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 1 male
Black & White Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 5
Field Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
White Throated Sparrow 8
White Crowned Sparrow 35

White Crowned Sparrow



Two record shots of a White Crowned Sparrow with a large
white collar feeding with 30 other sparrows at DeLaurier
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Baltimore Oriole 3
Orchard Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 2


Common Grackle around the picnic tables.

7th May, 2011:

Dry, sunny and almost calm. We spent the day walking Post Woods, the Point, Shuster's trail, and Tilden's wood. We made another evening visit to Hillman's marsh.

Great Northern Diver 1
Great Blue Heron 5
(DC)
(DC)
GreatBlue Heron at Hillman's marsh
Wood Duck 2
Shoveler 3
Blue Winged Teal 4
Scaup 25
White Winged Scoter 6





(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
White Winged Scoter off West Beach

Bufflehead 1
Red Breasted Merganser c1,000



Red Breasted Mergansers
Ruddy Duck 1
Sharp Shinned Hawk 1
(DC)
Sharp Shinned Hawk at the Sparrow Field.

Red Tailed Hawk 2

Red Tailed Hawk
Osprey 1
Sandhill Crane 1


Flyover Sandhill Crane
Grey Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 3
Greater Yellowlegs 2
(DC)
Greater Yellowlegs at Hillman's marsh
Lesser Yellowlegs 20
Dunlin 100
Least Sandpiper 1
Short Billed Dowitcher 9
(DC)
(DC)
Short Billed Dowitchers on Hillman's Marsh
Wilson's Phalarope 1
Bonaparte's Gull 350


Bonaparte's Gulls


Bonaparte's with American Herring & Ring Billed Gulls.




Bonaparte's Gulls
Common Tern 2
Forster's Tern 6
Little Gull 1 adult
(DC)
Adult Little Gull on Hillman's marsh.
Great Horned Owl 3
Chimney Swift 3
Red Bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker 1





Female Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 1
White Eyed Vireo 2

(DC)









White Eyed Vireos.
Blue Headed Vireo 1




Blue Headed Vireo
Blue Jay 100 north at the Point.
Tree Swallow 200
Swallow 20

Swallow
Black Capped Chickadee 1
Red Breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 1
House Wren 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 4
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 10
Veery 1



Veery
Hermit Thrush 1
Grey Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxwing 3
Tennessee Warbler 1
Blue Winged Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler 10
Chestnut Sided Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Cape May Warbler 1











Cape May Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Myrtle Warbler 6
Palm Warbler 2
(DC)
Palm Warbler
Black & White Warbler 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 3


Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 2
White Throated Sparrow 6
White Crowned Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 2
Baltimore Oriole 6






Male Baltimore Orioles
Orchard Oriole 2

Male Orchard Oriole
American Goldfinch 2

Angel Blue Butterfly


American Comma

8th May, 2011:

Dry with a light cold northeasterly wind. We walked the Point area twice, and then the Woodland trail, then on to West Beach and finally Northwest Beach and the Sanctuary.


Another sunrise over Lake Erie from our cottage (DRC)



Our early morning walk along West Beach to the Point.

Scaup 50




(DC)


Greater Scaups off the West Beach
Surf Scoter 11
Red Breasted Merganser 300+

Drake Red Breasted Merganser
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp Shinned Hawk 1
Red Tailed Hawk 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Dunlin 5
Pectorial Sandpiper 1
Bonaparte's Gull 200



Bonaparte's Gulls
Ring Billed Gull common

Ring Billed Gulls
Common Tern 8
Forster's Tern 2
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2
Red Headed Woodpecker 2
Red Bellied Woodpecker 3


Red Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker 5




Adult male Downy Woodpecker






Adult female Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1

Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird 5




Eastern Kingbirds
Red Eyed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Headed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 10


Blue Jay
Horned Lark 1
Tree Swallow 20
Swallow 20

Swallow sunning itself


Swallow at nest (DRC)
Black Capped Chickadee 2
Red Breasted Nuthatch 5
House Wren 1



House Wren
Marsh Wren 1
(DC)




Marsh Wren
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 10

Ruby Crowned Kinglet.
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 8
Hermit Thrush 2
Grey Catbird 5
Cedar Waxwing 1
Northern Parula 2
Tennessee Warbler 1
(DC)
Tennessee Warbler

Blue Winged Warbler 3



(DC)
(DC)

Blue Winged Warbler
Nashville Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 20



Yellow Warbler
Chestnut Sided Warbler 3
Magnolia Warbler 4








Magnolia Warbler
Black Throated Blue Warbler 3



Male Black Throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Myrtle Warbler 8





Male Myrtle Warbler
Black Throated Green Warbler 1

Black Throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler 2
Prothonotary Warbler 1







Another showy male Prothonotary Warbler in a different pool.

Black & White Warbler 4
American Redstart 2








Male American Redstart in the rain
Kentucky Warbler 1 seen by DC.
Common Yellowthroat 2
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 8




Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak



Female Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Eastern Towhee 2
American Tree Sparrow 1



American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow 6
White Throated Sparrow 10



Summer plumaged White Throated Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 1
Baltimore Oriole 5

Male Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole 5


Orchard Oriole
American Goldfinch 1

A different Racoon along the Tilden Woods trail.

9th May, 2011:

Dry with a northeasterly breeze. We walked West Beach to the Point and then north through Post Woods before again birding the Sanctuary late afternoon. We made another evening visit to Hillman's marsh.

Pacific Diver 1
Great Northern Diver 1
Gadwall 2
Shoveler 10
Blue Winged Teal 2
Green Winged Teal 5
Scaup 100
Long Tailed Duck 1





(DC)
(DC)
Long Tailed Duck with Greater Scaup off the West Beach.


John after photographing the Long Tailed Duck off West Beach.(DRC)


David digi-scoping on the West Beach
Surf Scoter 6
(DC)
Drake Surf Scoter with a pair of Black Scoters

(DC)
Drake Surf Scoter with Greater Scaup

(DC)
(DC)
Drake Surf Scoter
(DC)
Pair of Surf Scoters
Black Scoter 8
(DC)
(DC)
Female Black Scoter

(DC)
(DC)
Male & Female Black Scoters

(DC)

(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
Drake Black Scoters
(DC)
Immature drake Black Scoters

White Winged Scoter 1
Goldeneye 1

Our only Goldeneye of the trip (DC)
Cooper's Hawk 1
Wild Turkey 1
Sandhill Crane 1
Grey Plover 6
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Turnstone 2
Dunlin 100
Least Sandpiper 4
Wilson's Phalarope 3
Bonaparte's Gull 200
Caspian Tern 2
Forster's Tern 60
American Black Tern 1
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 10
(DRC)
(DRC)

Eastern Kingbird (DRC)
Warbling Vireo 2
Blue Headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 12
Rough Winged Swallow 6
Sand Martin 20
Tree Swallow 250
Cliff Swallow 1
Swallow 20
Red Breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 2
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 10


Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin c50

American Robin
Veery 2
Hermit Thrush 3







Hermit Thrush

Grey Catbird 7


Grey Catbird photographed against the light.
Brown Thrasher 1
American Buff Bellied Pipit 2
(DC)
American Buff Bellied Pipit at Hillman'smarsh
Cedar Waxwing 7
Nashville Warbler 4


Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler 15
Magnolia Warbler 5

Male Magnolia Warbler
Black Throated Blue Warbler 2


















Male Black Throated Blue Warbler.
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Myrtle Warbler 3
Palm Warbler 2
Black & White Warbler 3
American Redstart 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Wilson's Warbler 1



Wilson's Warbler
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
White Throated Sparrow 4
White Crowned Sparrow 4
Baltimore Oriole 4
Orchard Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 2

(DRC)


Violets


Black Squirrel

10th May, 2011:

A stormy start to the day with rain at first. Walked West Beach to the Point and then Tilden's wood. Visited Hillman's marsh again in the evening.

Great Northern Diver 1
Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 2
Shoveler 10
Scaup 50
Surf Scoter 6
Black Scoter 25

Black Scoters with Mergansers.
White Winged Scoter 5
Sharp Shinned Hawk 1
Red Tailed Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 1
Wild Turkey 2
Sandhill Crane 1


Sandhill Crane
Grey Plover 2
Semipalmated Plover 10
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Dunlin 80
Least Sandpiper 10
Short Billed Dowitcher 10
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
Short Billed Dowitcher at Hillman's marsh.
Wilson's Phalarope 2
Bonaparte's Gull 40
Ring Billed Gull common



Ring Billed Gulls
Greater Black Back Gull 2
Caspian Tern 1
Common Tern 20
Forster's Tern 80
American Black Tern 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 2
Least Flycatcher 3



Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird 5
Warbling Vireo 1
Yellow Throated Vireo 1












Yellow Throated Vireo
Blue Jay 12
Sand Martin 12
Tree Swallow 100
Swallow 20
Black Capped Chickadee 1
Red Breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 10
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 4
Veery 2
Swainson's Thrush 1
Hermit Thrush 2
Grey Catbird 3
Brown Thrasher 1
American Buff Bellied Pipit 1
Blue Winged Warbler 1
Golden Winged Warbler 1 male











(DC)
(DC)
(DC)



Golden Winged Warbler at the Point
Nashville Warbler 4
Yellow Warbler 80






Male Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler 2
Cape May Warbler 1
Black Throated Blue Warbler 2
Myrtle Warbler 4




(DC)
(DC)






Palm Warbler 3
Prothonotary Warbler 2

A new Prothotonary Warbler
Black & White Warbler 5
American Redstart 2









Male American Redstart.
Northern Waterthrush 3
Common Yellowthroat 4
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2
Chipping Sparrow 5
Savannah Sparrow 1


(DC)
Savannah Sparrow feeding on the beach
White Throated Sparrow 2
White Crowned Sparrow 80
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 3
Cardinal 6

Male Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole 4




Male Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 4

(DRC)



Deer

11 May, 2011:

Clear with a cold north east wind force 4. Walked West Beach to the Point, Tilden's wood, and thenback to the Point and Post Woods. Made an evening visit to Pelee Wings to twitch a Dickcissel before a brief look at Hillman's marsh. John & Doreen were both feeling tired today and decided to have a rest during the morning and birded along Lake Erie during the afternoon but went out with David in the evening.

Doreen and myself were both feeling very tired and felt it would be best if we had a restful day in and around the cottage. David and Brenda went to Point Pelee as planned. Doreen and myself were able to visit Hillman's marsh and to twitch the Dickcissel with David during the evening.



Our cottage and decking backing onto Lake Erie (DRC)
Great Northern Diver 3
Slavonian Grebe 1
Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 4
Pintail 2
Shoveler 4
Scaup 50

Part of the Scaup flock of West Beach.(DC)


Drake Scaup (DC)
Lesser Scaup 2
Surf Scoter 10
(DC)
(DC)
Female Surf Scoters

(DC)
Pair of Surf Scoters

(DC)
(DC)
(DC)

(DC)
(DC)

Adult and Sub-adult drake Surf Scoters
Black Scoter 5
White Winged Scoter 2
(DC)
(DC)

Female type White Winged Scoter (DC)

(DC)

(DC)
Immature drake White Winged Scoters
Sandhill Crane 1
Semipalmated Plover 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Dunlin 80
Least Sandpiper 4
Long Billed Dowitcher 1

(DC)
Poor record shot taken in the evening light
of a Long Billed Dowitcher at Hillmans marsh.
Short Billed Dowitcher 6
Bonaparte's Gull 2000

Bonaparte's Gull at the Point (DC)
Greater Black Back Gull 6
Forster's Tern 15
American Black Tern 1
Mourning Dove common


Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 4
Red Headed Woodpecker 4

(DC)




Red Headed Woodpecker coming into a feeding station.
Downy Woodpecker 1
Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 10
Warbling Vireo 4
(DC)


Warbling Vireo (DC)
Blue Headed Vireo 1

Blue Headed Vireo (DC)
Blue Jay 12
Horned Lark 2
Purple Martin 10










Male & Female Purple Martins in our garden.


Purple Martin House on our decking (DRC)
Rough Winged Swallow 2
Sand Martin 5
Tree Swallow 60
Swallow 20
Black Capped Chickadee 1
Red Breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 6
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 4


Blue Grey Gnatcatcher (DC)
Veery 3
Swainson's Thrush 1
Grey Catbird 6
American Buff Bellied Pipit 3
Orange Crowned Warbler 1 seen by DC.

(DC)
(DC)

Orange Crowned Warbler (DC).

Nashville Warbler 3

Nashville Warbler (DC)
Yellow Warbler 20
Chestnut Sided Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Black Throated Blue Warbler 1


Male Black Throated Blue Warbler (DC)
Palm Warbler 3

Palm Warbler (DC)
Bay Breasted Warbler 2
(DC)

Male Bay Breasted Warbler (DC)
Black & White Warbler 3
American Redstart 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
(DC)


Male Common Yellowthroat (DC)
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 4


Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak (DC)
Indigo Bunting 1
Dickcissel 1 male

Male Dickcissel with White Crowned Sparrow.






(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)

(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
Male Dickcissel coming to a feeding station
Chipping Sparrow 6
White Throated Sparrow 8
White Crowned Sparrow 50
Song Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Common Grackle very common



Common Grackles with Redwing, House Sparrow & Dickcissel.
Baltimore Oriole 15


Male Baltimore Oriole (DC)
Orchard Oriole 6
American Goldfinch 12

12th May, 2011:

A thunderstorm before dawn, but by mid-day was calm and cloudy but becoming bright sunny and humid. We walked West Beach to the Point, then White Pine, Sleepy Hollow, Dunes and Northwest Beach with a good fall of migrants evident everywhere we visited. We again visited Hillman's marsh in the evening.

Great Northern Diver 2
Red Throated Diver 1
Wood Duck 2
Gadwall 40
Shoveler 4
Scaup 50
Lesser Scaup 2




Pair of Lesser Scaup on Hillman's Marsh
Long Tailed Duck 1
Surf Scoter 8
Black Scoter 20
White Winged Scoter 7



White Winged Scoters off West Beach
Red Breasted Merganser 400

Drake Red Breasted Mergansers
Sandhill Crane 1

Sandhill Crane
GreyPlover 100
Semipalmated Plover 2
Turnstone 2
Dunlin 80
Least Sandpiper 8
Short Billed Dowitcher 45
Wilson's Phalarope 4
Bonaparte's Gull 300


(DC)


(DC)



Bonaparte's Gulls at the Point.
Greater Black Back Gull 5
Forster's Tern 6
American Black Tern 1
Chimney Swift 10

Pair of Chimney Swifts in display




Chimney Swifts over Wheatley
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 10


Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Red Headed Woodpecker 3
(DRC)
(DRC)


(DC)
Red Headed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker 3
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 5
Least Flycatcher 5





Least Flycatchers
Great Crested Flycatcher 1


Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird 6

Eastern Kingbird
Red Eyed Vireo 1
Blue Headed Vireo 2

Blue Headed Vireo
Blue Jay 8
Rough Winged Swallow 2
Sand Martin 6
Tree Swallow 300
Swallow 20
Red Breasted Nuthatch 2
Wren 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 6
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 2
Veery 2
Swainson's Thrush 4



(DC)





Swainson's Thrushes
Grey Catbird 20









Grey Catbird
American Buff Bellied Pipit 1
Northern Parula 6













(DC)

(DC)

(DC)

(DC)


Two Northern Parula Warblers
Orange Crowned Warbler 2








Orange Crowned Warbler
Tennessee Warbler 3

(DC)

(DC)
Tennessee Warbler in Sleepy Hollow.
Blue Winged Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 25

Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler 40
Chestnut Sided Warbler 13



Male Chestnut Sided Warblers
Magnolia Warbler 18

Male Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler 2
















Male Cape May Warbler

Black Throated Blue Warbler 7

(DC)


Female Black Throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Myrtle Warbler 3
Black Throated Green Warbler 3






Black Throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler 5
Bay Breasted Warbler 1 female
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black & White Warbler 6
American Redstart 12


Male American Redstart
Ovenbird 4
(DC)

(DC)

(DC)

(DC)
Ovenbird at Sleepy Hollow
Kentucky Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5



Male Common Yellowthroats
Wilson's Warbler 4
Canada Warbler 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 10





Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting 2
Eastern Towhee 3
Clay Coloured Sparrow 2

















Clay Coloured Sparrows
Chipping Sparrow 6
Savannah Sparrow 1
White Throated Sparrow 12
White Crowned Sparrow 80


White Crowned Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow 3




Lincoln's Sparrow
Redwing Blackbird very common

Female Redwing Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole 30



Male Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole 12




Male Orchard Oriole

13th May, 2011:

Awoke to foggy but calm conditions. We walked West Beach to the Point and then a stormy shower made us return to the Visitors Centre where we told about a Bell's Vireo near the shelter at the Point so we quickly made our way back to see it. We then tried Northwest Beach. We made an evening visit to Hillman's marsh where a considerable number and variety of warbler species were found in the evening sunlight including a splendid Cerulean Warbler.

Green Heron 2
Gadwall 10
Pintail 2
Shoveler 6
Blue Winged Teal 1
Scaup 50


Greater Scaups
Lesser Scaup 2
Surf Scoter 8
White Winged Scoter 8
Cooper's Hawk 1
Grey Plover 50
Semipalmated Plover 6
Killdeer 6





Killdeers
Turnstone 3
Dunlin 80
Short Billed Dowitcher 50
Wilson's Phalarope 5
Bonaparte's Gull 200
Greater Black Back Gull 1
Forster's Tern 18
Great Horned Owl 1
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 5

Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Red Headed Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 6
Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 15
Red Eyed Vireo 2

Red Eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo 4
Philadelphia Vireo 3





Philadelphia Vireo
Blue Headed Vireo 1
Bells Vireo 1





(DC)

(DC)

(DC)

(DC)




Bell's Verio
Blue Jay 10



Blue Jay with Common Grackle
Sand Martin 5
Tree Swallow 300
Swallow 20
Red Breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 3
Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 6
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 4
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 2


Swainson's Thrush
Grey Cheeked Thrush 3



(DC)








Grey Cheeked Thrushes
American Robin common

American Robin
Grey Catbird 20


Grey Catbird
Northern Mockingbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1

Brown Thrasher
American Buff Bellied Pipit 3
Northern Parula 4
Orange Crowned Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 4
Nashville Warbler 8


Nashville Warblers
Yellow Warbler 50





Male Yellow Warbler
Chestnut Sided Warbler 6


Chestnut Sided Warbler found on Hillman's marsh.
Magnolia Warbler 6

Male Magnolia Warbler
Black Throated Blue Warbler 2
Cerulean Warbler 1








(DC)




Male Cerulean Warbler found at Hillmans marsh
Blackburnian Warbler 5
Myrtle Warbler 4
Black Throated Green Warbler 3
Palm Warbler 4
Bay Breasted Warbler 2



(DC)


(DC)


(DC)







Male Bay Breasted Warbler found as the light was fading
during the evening on Hillman's marsh
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1



(DC)
Male Prothotonary Warbler
Black & White Warbler 4
American Redstart 3
Ovenbird 2
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 10




Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler 3
Canada Warbler 5




Canada Warbler
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 6

Female Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting 3






Indigo Buntings
Field Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 6
Savannah Sparrow 1
White Throated Sparrow 4
White Crowned Sparrow 20
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Brown Headed Cowbird common


Brown Headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole 12
Orchard Oriole 6
American Goldfinch 6


Birding along West Beach (DRC)

(DRC)



Deer along the Tilden Woods trail.


View taken at West Beach (DRC)

14th May, 2011:

Awoke to calm but foggy conditions. Walked West Beach to the Point and again returned to the Point during the afternoon. Made our usual evening visit to Hillman's marsh but the warblers had gone.

Great Northern Diver 1
Scaup 20
Lesser Scaup 1
Red Breasted Merganser 400




Two Red Breasted Mergansers, the female type with an
unusual looking face,
Black Scoter 10
White Winged Scoter 8
Wild Turkey 2
Grey Plover 10
Dunlin 80

Dunlin on Hillman's marsh
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
(DC)
(DC)
Semipalmated Sandpiper on Hillman's marsh
Least Sandpiper 5
(DC)

(DC)
Least Sandpiper Hillman's marsh
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Forster's Tern 6
Black Billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 6

(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
(DC)
Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird at the Point
Red Headed Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Yellow Bellied Flycatcher 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 10
Red Eyed Vireo 3






Red Eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo 8




Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Blue Jay 10


Blue Jay
Rough Winged Swallow 2
Sand Martin 4
Tree Swallow 50
Cliff Swallow 1
Swallow 40
Red Breasted Nuthatch 2
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 4
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 4
Swainson's Thrush 2
Grey Cheeked Thrush 2





(DC)
Grey Cheeked Thrush
Grey Catbird 10
Cedar Waxwing 15


Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula 2
Yellow Warbler 40
Chestnut Sided Warbler 6
Magnolia Warbler 8
Black Throated Blue Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 4
Myrtle Warbler 10
Black Throated Green Warbler 4
















Male Black Throated Green Warblers
Palm Warbler 2
Prothonotary Warbler 1 female



(DC)






Prothonotary Warbler, a tired migrant at the Point.
Black & White Warbler 6


Black & White Warbler, a hungry migrant.
American Redstart 3
Mourning Warbler 1
(DC)
Mourning Warbler at the Point

Common Yellowthroat 8
Canada Warbler 1


Male Canada Warbler, a singing migrant.
Scarlet Tanager 2
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Field Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 3
White Crowned Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Baltimore Oriole 10
Orchard Oriole 5
American Goldfinch 6

Female American Goldfinch (DC)

(DRC)

(DRC)
Two different types of fungi found on the Point



The first bushes etc on the Point.


Doreen & Brenda resting at the Point.


DC just about to check out the gulls at the Point.
15th May, 2011:

A day of heavy rain that persisted all day. We concentrated at the Point in increasingly windy conditions as there was a decent fall of migrants in evidence although the conditions made photography almost impossible.

Wild Turkey 3
Least Sandpiper 2
Common Tern 10
Yellow Billed Cuckoo 1
(DC)
Yellow Billed Cuckoo at the Point.
Black Billed Cuckoo 1
(DC)
Black Billed Cuckoo at the Point.

Common Nighthawk 1
(DC)
Common Nighthawk along Shuster's Trail.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 6
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 2
Least Flycatcher 2
Red Eyed Vireo 6

Very wet Red Eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo 4
Philadelphia Vireo 7




Philadelphia Vireos in the heavy rain
Blue Headed Vireo 1
Rough Winged Swallow 10
Tree Swallow 50
Swallow 30
Red Breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 2
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
Grey Catbird 2
Nashville Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 15
Chestnut Sided Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 6
Black Throated Blue Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Myrtle Warbler 2
Black Throated Green Warbler 4
Palm Warbler 1
Black & White Warbler 5
American Redstart 6
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Canada Warbler 1
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
White Throated Sparrow 2
White Crowned Sparrow 4
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Baltimore Oriole 4
Orchard Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 1

(DRC)

(DRC)
American Pipistrelle Bat

16th May, 2011:

Awoke to a cold northwest force 5 wind although it remained dry although heavily overcast. We walked the Point area several times and then West Beach back to the Point as there had been again a good fall of migrants. We visited Wheatley Harbour in the evening.

Great Northern Diver 1
Double Crested Cormorant common

(DC)


Double Crested Cormorant at the Point (DC)
Scaup 20
Black Scoter 12
Goosander 1 drake

Drake Goosander at Wheatley
Northern Harrier 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Bonaparte's Gull 60
Greater Black Back Gull 6
Caspian Tern 4
Common Tern 2
American Black Tern 2
Yellow Billed Cuckoo 4




(DC)

(DC)

(DC)


Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Black Billed Cuckoo 10

(DC)

(DC)
(DC)








Black Billed Cuckoos
Mourning Dove common

Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift 1

Chimney Swift resting on a tree at the Point.(DC)
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 12





Female & Male Ruby Throated Hummingbirds
Red Headed Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 15

(DC)





Various Eastern Wood-Pewees
Acadian Flycatcher 8



(DC)







Acadian Flycatcher
Yellow Bellied Flycatcher 5

(DC)




(DC)

(DC)


Yellow Bellied Flycather
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 5
Least Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 5
Red Eyed Vireo 25









Red Eyed Vireos
Warbling Vireo 12




(DC)




Various Warbling Vireos.


JFC photographing Warbling Vireo along West Beach (DC)
Philadelphia Vireo 4



(DC)


Philadelphia Vireos
Blue Jay 4
Fish Crow 2
Rough Winged Swallow 5
Sand Martin 20
Tree Swallow 20
Cliff Swallow 1
Swallow 50

Swallow resting on the trail.
Black Capped Chickadee 2
Red Breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 2
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 2
Veery 3
Swainson's Thrush 15

(DC)
Swainson's Thrush
Grey Cheeked Thrush 2
Grey Catbird 6
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 20













Cedar Waxwings
Northern Parula 2
Orange Crowned Warbler 1
(DC)

Female Orange Crowned along West Beach (DC)
Tennessee Warbler 3
(DC)

(DC)

(DC)
Tennessee Warbler at the Point.
Nashville Warbler 12



Sheltering in the rain


Nashville Warblers
Yellow Warbler 30

Male Yellow Warbler
Chestnut Sided Warbler 4
Magnolia Warbler 8


Male Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler 3




(DC)


Female Cape May Warbler
Black Throated Blue Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 6






Male Blackburnian Warbler
Myrtle Warbler 4

Female Myrtle Warbler
Black Throated Green Warbler 3
Bay Breasted Warbler 2


(DC)


Male Bay Breasted Warbler


Female Bay Breasted Warbler at the Point.
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black & White Warbler 2
American Redstart 6


Female American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Canada Warbler 2







Male Canada Warbler
Summer Tanager 1 male


(DC)
(DC)




(DC)
Male Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager 6


Variant Male Scarlet Tanager


Female Scarlet Tanager
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 1
Chipping Sparrow 6
White Throated Sparrow 4
White Crowned Sparrow 6
Lincoln's Sparrow 3





Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow 1
Dark Eyed Junco 1
Baltimore Oriole 20
Orchard Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 15

17th May, 2011:

The day started cold but fairly calm with the wind increasing to north 3. We walked West Beach to the Point and then back to the Visitors Centre where we heard about an Evening Grosbeak which had been seen near the shelter at the Point, so we returned but without success. We then tried Sleepy Hollow and the Northwest Beach before the onset of heavy rain from 4 pm.



Another morning arrival at the Point. (DRC)



Our walk along the East shore. (DRC)


Arriving at the Point. (DRC)


JFC soon clicking with his camera. (DRC)


Looking from the last bush out onto the sandy point. (DRC)


Good numbers of Gulls on the Point, time for DC to check them out. (DRC)


Whoops!! they have taken flight. (DRC)


Gulls checked DC on his way back (DRC)

Green Heron 1
Scaup 40
Long Tailed Duck 1
Black Scoter 6
King Eider 1 female





(DC)

(DC)






Female King Eider off West Beach
Wild Turkey 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 18
Marbled Godwit 1

Marbled Godwit at the Onion Fields (DC)
Greater Black Back Gull 1
Foster's Tern 2
Black Billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 18
Red Bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 5
Great Crested Flycatcher 2

(DC)




Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red Eyed Vireo 10
Philadelphia Vireo 1



Philadelphia Vireo
Blue Headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
Horned Lark 1
Rough Winged Swallow 5
Sand Martin 10
Swallow 10
Black Capped Chickadee 2
House Wren 2
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 1
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 1
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 15


Swainson's Thrush
Grey Cheeked Thrush 1
Grey Catbird 10
Cedar Waxwing 17
Northern Parula 3


(DC)



Female Northern Parula.
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 5
Yellow Warbler 30
Chestnut Sided Warbler 6





Male Chestnut Sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler 6
Cape May Warbler 1
Black Throated Blue Warbler 3


Male Black Throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler 4


Female Blackburnian Warbler
Black Throated Green Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 1
Black & White Warbler 1
American Redstart 4
Ovenbird 2
(DC)


Ovenbird at the Point (DC).
Common Yellowthroat 10




Male Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 3






Male Canada Warbler








Female Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 5
ChippingSparrow 4
Grasshopper Sparrow 1


Grasshopper Sparrow.
White Throated Sparrow 3
White Crowned Sparrow 10
Lincoln's Sparrow 3


Lincoln's Sparrow at the Point (DC)
Baltimore Oriole 10
Orchard Oriole 8
American Goldfinch 40

18th May, 2011:

Cloudy but calm. We walked West Beach to the Point. We then returned to the Point via Post Woods and East Beach. We visited Hillman's marsh in the evening.
An exceptional day for photography with many warblers performing well on the rocks or beach.

Gadwall 10
Blue Winged Teal 1 drake
Scaup 40
Long Tailed Duck 1
Black Scoter 2
White Winged Scoter 4
Goosander 1
(DC)


Drake Goosander off West Beach (DC)
Northern Harrier 1 male
Bald Eagle 1
Osprey 1
Wild Turkey 3




Wild Turkeys
Grey Plover 12
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Turnstone 5
Dunlin 500


Dunlin at Hillmans Marsh.
Least Sandpiper 9
Wilson's Phalarope 4
Red Necked Phalarope 1
Bonaparte's Gull 500

Bonaparte's Gull
Ring Billed Gull common


Adult Ring Billed Gull
American Herring Gull 30


(DC)
Adult American Herring Gull at the Point.
Gull with yellowish legs 1 adult


(DC)

(DC)

(DC)



(DC)


Gull with yellowish legs
Greater Black Back Gull 8
Caspian Tern 2





Caspian Terns
Forster's Tern 6
Little Gull 1 juv.
Yellow Billed Cuckoo 1
Black Billed Cuckoo 1

(DC)
Black Billed Cuckoo near the Point.
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 10




Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Red Headed Woodpecker 1


Red Headed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 2

Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 5
Red Eyed Vireo 8





Red Eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo 2
Philadelphia Vireo 2





(DC)




Philadelphia Vireos
Blue Jay 1
Rough Winged Swallow 12
Sand Martin 10
Tree Swallow 50
Cliff Swallow 2
Swallow 20
Black Capped Chickadee 1
Red Breasted Nuthatch 2



Red Breasted Nuthatch
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 3
Veery 3


Veery
Swainson's Thrush 10

Swainson's Thrush
Grey Catbird 12


Grey Catbird
Brown Thrasher 2

Brown Thrasher taken in the late evening light at Hillmans Marsh
Cedar Waxwing 3
Nashville Warbler 8





(DC)







Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler 40





Male Yellow Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler 7












(DC)













Male Chestnut Sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler 5




(DC)

(DC)

(DC)










Male Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler 1
Black Throated Blue Warbler 2


(DC)


Male Black Throated Blue Warbler.
Blackburnian Warbler 3






Female Blackburnian Warbler
Black Throated Green Warbler 8









(DC)

(DC)

(DC)






















Male Black Throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler 1
Black & White Warbler 1
American Redstart 5













American Redstarts
Ovenbird 4


(DC)

(DC)

(DC)
Ovenbird at the Point
Common Yellowthroat 6
Wilson's Warbler 1











(DC)

(DC)

(DC)

(DC)










Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler 2
Scarlet Tanager 1 male
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 4
Field Sparrow 1


Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow 8



Chipping Sparrow
White Throated Sparrow 2
White Crowned Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 2


Song Sparrow at Hillmans Marsh
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Common Grackle common

Common Grackle.
Baltimore Oriole 5
Orchard Oriole 2



Male Orchard Oriole
American Goldfinch 6

(DRC)

(DRC)

(DRC)
American Vole



Cottontail


Fish feeding in a flooded area on Hillmans Marsh.

19th May, 2011:

It was calm, overcast and misty at dawn that cleared to be warm and sunny by mid-day. We walked West Beach to halfway and then post Woods and East Beach to the Point. We then walked Tilden's wood and the Shuster's trail. We visited Hillman's marsh in the evening.


Passenger Pigeon, wishful thinking

Great Blue Heron upto 5 on a day.


Great Blue Heron at Erie Side Cottage. (DC)
Canada Goose Up to 30 on a day.


Canada Geese with young at Hillman's marsh (DRC).


Canada Geese past Erie Side Cottage. (DC)
Wood Duck 3
Gadwall 6
Scaup 40
Sandhill Crane 3







Sandhill Cranes
Grey Plover 100
American Golden Plover 7
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Turnstone 1
Dunlin 300
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 4
Short Billed Dowitcher 25
Red Necked Phalarope 1
Bonaparte's Gull 50
Greater Black Back Gull 2
Caspian Tern 3
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 6
Red Headed Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1

Male Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 8
Red EyedVireo 2
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Blue Headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 6
Rough Winged Swallow 2
Sand Martin 2
Tree Swallow 50
Swallow 20
Red Breasted Nuthatch 1
Ruby Crowned Kinglet 2
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 3
Veery 3
Swainson's Thrush 12
Grey Catbird 12

Grey Catbird
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxwing 1
Northern Parula 1
(DC)
(DC)


Female Northern Parula
Tennessee Warbler 2





(DC)
(DC)

Record shots of a Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler 6
Yellow Warbler 30
Chestnut Sided Warbler 5
Magnolia Warbler 8
Black Throated Blue Warbler 8

Male Black Throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler 4
Myrtle Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 3
Black & White Warbler 4
American Redstart 12


Female American Redstart
Ovenbird 1
Mourning Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 12
Wilson's Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 4
Hooded Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 1

(DC)

(DRC)
The Variant male Scarlet Tanager was again seen.
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 3
Indigo Bunting 3
Field Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
White Throated Sparrow 2
White Crowned Sparrow 8

White Crowned Sparrow (DRC)
Lincoln's Sparrow 5
Baltimore Oriole 15
Orchard Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 6

The Shuttle bus to take us to the Point (DRC)

(DRC)

Long Eared Bat type roosting under the shelter at the Point. (DRC)

(DRC)


The area behind the shelter at the Point (DRC)

(DRC)

(DRC)


Birding along East Beach on our walk to the Point. (DRC)

(DRC)
(DRC)
Arriving at the Point
(DRC)

DC & JFC birding around the Point (DRC)

Doreen at the Point.

(DRC)
(DRC)
(DRC)
Walking along the Woodland Nature trail from the half way stop.

(DRC)
(DRC)

(DRC)
(DRC)
(DRC)


(DRC)

Some of the wild flowers found around Point Pelee (DRC).


Toadstools

20th May, 2011:

Our final full day. Awoke to a foggy morning but became sunny and hot by mid-day, when a small passage of raptors occured over the Visitors Centre. We first visited the Point and after a short raptor watch from the Visitors Centre we walked Tilden's Wood and Shusters trial. We the visited Hillman's marsh where we were told about 2 Red Necked Phalaropes which were on a small pool at Leamington which we quickly visited. Our final birding was to Wheatley Harbour in the evening.


John & Doreen along the West Beach Trail (DC).
Great White Egret 3







Great White Egret at Hillman's Marsh
Green Heron 1

Green Heron at the Point and taken in the mist.
Wood Duck 1
Turkey Vulture 15


(DC)
Turkey Vulture over the Centre
Northern Harrier 1 male






(DC)
Male Northern Harrier

Cooper's Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 10 south




(DC)

(DC)
Broad Winged Hawks moving south over the Centre.
Red Tailed Hawk 2 south





(DC)
Red Tailed Hawk
Osprey 1
Wild Turkey 1
Grey Plover 40
Semipalmated Plover1
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Dunlin 300






Dunlin at Wheatley Harbour
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3


Semipalmated Sandpiper at Hillmans Marsh (DC).
Least Sandpiper 10
Red Necked Phalarope 2














(DC)




Two female Red Necked Phalaropes on a small pool at Leamington

Bonaparte's Gull 60
Ring Billed Gull common


Adult Ring Billed Gull at Leamington
Greater Black Back Gull 2
Caspian Tern 2
Yellow Legged Gull type 1 adult
Common Nighthawk 1


(DC)
Common Nighthawk roosting high in a tree along the Tilden's wood trail.

Chimney Swift 8
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 8
Red Eyed Vireo 3
Warbling Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Blue Jay 4

Blue Jay in the early morning fog.
Sand Martin 6
Tree Swallow 80

Tree Swallow
Swallow 20
Black Capped Chickadee 1
House Wren 1

House Wren
Wood Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 4

Swainson's Thrush at Hillmans marsh.
Grey Catbird 10
Brown Thrasher 1
Tennessee Warbler 3

(DC)
(DC)


Tennessee Warbler singing at the Point
Nashville Warbler 5
Yellow Warbler 30
Chestnut Sided Warbler 3



Female Chestnut Sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler 3
Black Throated Blue Warbler 2
Cerulean Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Black Throated Green Warbler 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1

Prothonotoary Warbler
Black & White Warbler 1
American Redstart 8
Mourning Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 6
Wilson's Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 3
Rose Breasted Grosbeak 3

(DC)


Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting 2
Chipping Sparrow 8
Savannah Sparrow 1
White Crowned Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Baltimore Oriole 15

Male Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole 4


Male Orchard Oriole
American Goldfinch 4

(DRC)
(DC)


Snakes along the Tilden's Wood trail

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