Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pelee Island Apr 30th!!

Turns out I may have some weak internet.......  My Dad and I flew to Pelee Island around 10am, so we missed the "slower" part of the day with good gulls and willets, but arrived to bird with Ken and see the spectacular reverse migration...

There really isn't anything comparable to seeing flocks of 50+ Warblers leaving out over the lake together.....

Here's Ken's Ontbirds post to flesh out the day details. (Time for sleep for me):

Hey Birders, What a difference a day can make! 

Today started out pretty slow. Around 8am showers came through and lasted until 10:30am, afterwards activity was very high, with a very intense reverse migration taking place, lasting until 1:30pm. A rough guess of numbers of birds is around 3,100 birds (this is the 3rd highest reverse I've had in the past 3 springs). 

 Highlights: Willet - 1 bird present at the Fish Point Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 first-winter bird at Fish Point  

Reverse migration: as I said it was a pretty awesome migration, most being warblers (2,800 birds). By far the most abundant bird were Yellow-rumped Warblers with 1,609 being seen! Other interesting birds seen included; 55 Palm Warblers, and Unidentified Warblers 1,250 (likely 95% Yellow-rump's). 

 Quite a number of birds were found for the first time this year; American Redstart, Cape May, Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Wood Thrush, Veery, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager etc.

 This week should be really good! http://kenburrell.blogspot.ca/2012/04/p-p-p-pelee-3.html 

 Good Birding, Ken Burrell

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