Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pelee Island: May 1

Pelee Island May 1st! Tired edition:

Butterflies were a major highlight (major) over the last two days. Yesterday, Red Admirals were flying north along the west beach of the island at a conservative rate of 5000-7000 per hour.... INSANE...

Mourning Cloaks seemed to arrive in numbers as well? Seemed strange. Ken had a Monarch today, and today there was numerous Painted Ladies, which were my FOY after having nothing but American Ladies for days before this... The really strange thing was that Painted Ladies were suddenly more common than American Ladies today......

ID only - Painted Lady

Quality - Painted Lady


Here's the full ebird list - was a very entertaining day.. Lots of Yellow-rumps, Palms, Yellows, White-crowns and White-throats:

Canada Goose X
Wood Duck X
Mallard X
Blue-winged Teal 4
Bufflehead 20
Red-breasted Merganser X
Ring-necked Pheasant X
Wild Turkey X
Double-crested Cormorant X
Great Blue Heron X
Great Egret X
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture X
Bald Eagle 3
American Kestrel 1
Killdeer X
Spotted Sandpiper X
Solitary Sandpiper X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Caspian Tern X
Mourning Dove X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker X
Downy Woodpecker X
Northern Flicker X
Least Flycatcher 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 4
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 8
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Horned Lark X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow X
Purple Martin X
Tree Swallow X
Bank Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Cliff Swallow X
Black-capped Chickadee 10
Carolina Wren 1
House Wren X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
Veery 1
Hermit Thrush X
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin X
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling X
Northern Waterthrush 2
Blue-winged Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Nashville Warbler 10
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 1
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler X
Palm Warbler X
Pine Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Eastern Towhee X
Chipping Sparrow X
Clay-coloured Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow X
Savannah Sparrow X
Song Sparrow X
Lincoln's Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow X
White-throated Sparrow X
White-crowned Sparrow X
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Bobolink 2
Red-winged Blackbird X
Rusty Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch X
American Goldfinch X
House Sparrow X

Kingbird ate SOOO many butterflies it couldn't close its mouth.......

We've joked about keeping a "birds that ate the butterflies" list - already several species... 

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