Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pelee May 2nd!!! Birds!!! - and next weeks weather still looks amazing!

FOY birds today - (ain't migration great?)

Ruddy Turnstone
Gray Catbird
Marsh Wren
Ring-necked Pheasant (what?)
Bay-breasted Warbler

Things started off with a bang when I had 11 Willets and 1 Ruddy Turnstone at Wheatley Harbour! Boom! See below -

Hillman Marsh was my next destination... A Gray Catbird was running around the laneway - boom! Migrant! .. The shorebird cell was pretty slow generally speaking, with nothing aside from the same ducks/shorebirds/gulls/terns that have been present nearly every day. I think shorebirds are getting grounded with these cool W/SW winds, but they seem to arrive more throughout the day at places like Hillman... Walking out I had my FOY Marsh Wren calling!

One cool cat this morning...

I then did the crazy - I walked from outside of the park to the visitor's centre along the east beach! I love doin that, even though it is often pretty slow. I had a lot of fun though! The notable birds - 

Bay-breasted Warbler - FOY!
Black-crowned Night-Heron
3 American Tree Sparrows  (late? no?)

Thee bay



ACADIAN FLYCATCHER! What a great bird for early may, no? 

what. theheck. 

As per past visits along the east beach, I had some notable dead birds as well. The rundown -

Glaucous Gull
Red-necked Grebe
Common Goldeneye
3 Long-tailed Ducks
4 Ring-billed Gulls
Tundra Swan
~20 Red-breasted Mergansers

Maybe some more as well.. I kinda forget... 

RN Grebe


I met up with my Dad and we went back to photograph the Acadian with my "good" camera gear... I managed a few that I'm pretty happy with... They'll appear sometime in the future as a photoshoot!
We then walked to the tip... Largely because I wanted to say I walked from one end of the park to the other in a day! The tip was pretty slow overall, but a lone Willet was nice - 

Great looks, really.... 

Beyond that, I was ready to crash. Things are still pretty slow, although there is enough to keep one entertained. I saw the 10+ Willets in a field north of Hillman and checked Wheatley Harbour one last time. Going to get a good nights sleep for the excitement tomorrow (today!)... 

I think tmrw (today) - Saturday - will be pretty good... This is pre-written, so I can't check the night-time radar, but I typically check in each night and morning to see what's moving. If it lights up overnight, I hope we'll get a solid blast of new birds awaiting us at the tip. 

If not - things may slow down again for a few days. Wednesday may be pretty good. Thursday looks like it will be BANANAS!!!!!!!!! Watch this space, but I'm pretty confident that is when the dam will BURST!!!


  1. Exciting stuff man! I will be on Pelee Island Thurs-Sun, so hopefully the weather is good then!

    1. Best of luck man - it looks awesome!