Friday, March 23, 2012

Pelee non-birds

Yep, still some Pelee stuff I can comment on:

Mar 15: Hillman Marsh ---

E. Garter Snake (regular)
10+ Blanding's Turtles
several Painted Turtles
Peepers/Leopard frogs etc

Mourning Cloak

huge clouds of midges!!

Mar 16: in the park

Several Eastern Comma's
Five-lined Skink (bright Juvenile, but was missing the end of its tail)

Mar 17: in the park

Dekay's Brown Snake (Shuster's Trail)
Melanistic Garter Snakes (2 - Sparrow Field)

Question Mark (1 pale winter form) --- already posted about this one

Mar 18 - nothing new to report...

I didn't take too many non-bird pics when I was there, but this was one form Hillman Marsh on the 15th... ~5 Blandings Turtles basking with several painted... Sorta happy with this pic.


  1. Hypothetical ( delusion ):
    Birds reported in Illinois...

    Virginia Rail, Dunlin, Spotted Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Ruby-throated
    Hummingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, House Wren,
    Yellow-throated Warbler, Henslow's Sparrow
    Wilson's Phalarope
    Cliff Swallow

    So if there is a fairly large pile of migrants
    where the warmest bulge of hot air was this
    week ( 80F plus ), some of them will get sucked
    into this strong low and pulled into Ontario.

    1. Will be interesting to see how things continue to progress... We should still be (mostly) above normal temperatures for the rest of March and early April --- so the birds should continue to move in (although maybe at their own pace?? Or maybe we'll get some good winds to speed them up a bit?)