All Day at Point Pelee…AGAIN!

The Festival of Birds ends in two days, but today was almost as birdy a day as we’ve had since be began our regular park visits in mid-April.  The license plates in the parking lot were mostly from Ontario today, as Monday is Victoria Day. This long weekend is traditionally one on which families go on picnics and such.

We decided to hit the tip first in hopes of seeing the “yellow-legged” gull. We saw it and ran into our birding friends Rick and Dwayne. After the tip, we did the Woodland Trail from the half-way tram stop backward to the Nature Centre. After lunch we did Schuster and Tilden. In the late afternoon/evening, we went to the Marsh Boardwalk in hopes of seeing the Black Terns.  Our pace was relaxed, and we enjoyed meeting and talking birds with so many nice people, young and old.

Here is our list for today:

  • Tree Swallow
  • Herring Gull
  • Yell0w-legged Gull
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Bonaparte’s Gull
  • Blue Jay
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Caspian Tern
  • Yellow Warbler
  • American Robin
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Red-eyed Vireo (many throughout the day)
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Cooper’s Hawk (overhead)
  • Broad-winged Hawk (ditto)
  • Northern Harrier (ditto)
  • Red-tailed Hawk (ditto)
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Common Nighthawk (roosting)
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Mourning Dove
  • Gray Catbird
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Swainson’s Thrush (a few)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Blackburnian Warbler (male and females)
  • Double-crested Cormorant (overhead)
  • Canada Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Indigo Bunting
  • American Redstart (male and female)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (heard)
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Eastern Wood Pewee
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Wild Turkey (tom and hen)
At the Marsh Boardwalk:
  • Mallard
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black Tern
  • Swamp Sparrow
Mammal list:
On the way to the park we saw a young deer being chased through a farmer’s field by a Red-winged Blackbird.
At the tip there was a raccoon asleep in the top of a tree, as usual.
P.S. We also went Thursday after I got off work and heard the Black-billed Cuckoo.

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