Pointe-Pelee, May 2015
I had the chance to spend the first two days of my stay with friends from Montreal: Anne , Fatima , Leon and Robert. The first days were rather quiet on the bird’s front. We gave appointment at the tip of the park at sunrise. By this time , the air is cool , but the spirits heat up quickly at the slightest alert of a new species observed. I was staying at the Sturgeon Woods campground which has the advantage of being located a few kilometers from the park entrance. For services it’s rather less than average: only one toilet block for 400 locations and no WiFi service unless you pay a supplement to an external supplier. But one comes at Point Pelee for bird watching during spring migration and on this matter, the site is not disappointing.
Birds of Point-Pelee
The persistent cold of late spring probably delayed a few days the usually more abundant migration of the first week of May. As a result, the list of my warbler observations is quite limited. If I could have stayed another week as planned, I would certainly have more photos to offer. During my five days, I observed 15 species of warblers, 13 of which are represented in the photosat right. Other species include the Red-headed Woodpecker , the Red-bellied Woodpecker , Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Veery , Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes, countless Baltimore and Orchard orioles, the abundant Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Gray-blue Gnatcatchers.
I also had the chance to closely observe a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.
A kayak ride on Point Pelee marshes allowed me to observe a beaver, a raccoon , Great Blue Herons , Lesser Scaups and shorebirds.
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