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Jun 202012
 

Always An Adventure was this year hired by Road Scholar Canada / Routes to Learning to guide two back-to-back trips to Point Pelee for spring migration 2012. Besides Point Pelee, Ontario’s Birding Hot Spot, we made stops at Long Point and Rondeau Provincial Parks. Each tour lasted 5 days and occurred during the peak of spring migration. Here is the entry for trip #2. Total trip list contains both seen and heard.

Scarlet Tanager

Scenery at Point Pelee Marsh

Big Creek, Long Point

Big Creek, Long Point

Blackburnian Warbler at Long Point

Killdeer protecting its eggs, at Rondeau

TOUR II:

14-19 May 2012

The itinerary of this tour was identical to the previous tour that took place the week before (see previous BLOG entry).

But, we birders follow the birds, so we made a few minor changes to the program. Again, the group contained participants from USA and Canada.

The first full day started in bright sunshine at St. Williams Reserve where we had good looks at a Blue-winged Warbler. At Bird Studies Canada, Port Rowan, we had Willow Flycatcher and a female Wood Duck with chicks. At Old Cut Field Station we had several warblers including a very cooperative Blackburnian. We had several excellent birds at our picnic stop, including a pair of Northern Parulas, Scarlet Tanager and Brown Thrasher. At Wilson Tract we experienced Hooded Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Bluebird, Grasshopper & Vesper Sparrows. The next morning, we headed for Rondeau. The Tufted Titmouse was still coming to the Visitors Center feeder. At the South Point Trail we had a female Blue Grosbeak (rare for Ontario), Philadelphia Vireo, Magnolia Warbler and hundreds of Bonaparte’s Gulls.

The following day we started at St. Clair Wetlands where we had Least Bittern, Marsh Wren, Swamp Sparrow and American Coot. At Point Pelee, the female Prothonotary Warbler was still working on her nest with the male lurking in the background. Other highlights of the day were a thousand of Black-bellied Plovers, Great Egret and Ruddy Turnstone at Hillman Marsh.

The last day was entirely in Point Pelee Park. Where we had a steady stream of warblers, orioles, and other song birds. Some of the highlights included Mourning, Canada, Tennessee and Cape May Warblers. A highlight for everyone was an extremely cooperative Rufous Morph Eastern Screetch Owl. Our total trip-list came to 145 species of birds.

Marsh Wren

Scenery from Rondeau

Field Sparrow at Point Pelee

Point Pelee

Point Pelee

Getting out to the tip!

At the tip; mostly Ring-billed & Herring Gulls

Our group at the tip

DigiScoped Rufous morph Eastern Screech-Owl at Point Pelee

ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
GAVIIFORMES: Gaviidae
Common Loon
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae
Pied-billed Grebe
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae
Double-crested Cormorant
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Cathartidae
Turkey Vulture
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae
Osprey
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae
Virginia Rail
Sora
Common Moorhen
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae
Sandhill Crane
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae
Spotted Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae
Bonaparte’s Gull
Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster’s Tern
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech-Owl
APODIFORMES: Apodidae
Chimney Swift
APODIFORMES: Trochilidae
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae
Belted Kingfisher
PICIFORMES: Picidae
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
PASSERIFORMES: Vireonidae
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae
Blue Jay
American Crow
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae
Horned Lark
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
PASSERIFORMES: Troglodytidae
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
PASSERIFORMES: Polioptilidae
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae
Eastern Bluebird
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
PASSERIFORMES: Mimidae
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae
European Starling
PASSERIFORMES: Bombycillidae
Cedar Waxwing
PASSERIFORMES: Parulidae
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
PASSERIFORMES: Cardinalidae
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
PASSERIFORMES: Icteridae
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae
House Finch
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae
House Sparrow

Until next time...

Ontario’s Birding Hot Spot: Point Pelee National Parkwas organized by Road Scholar Canada
Nina Stavlund

Nina Stavlund

Nina is Norwegian by blood, an extensive world traveler, and is now living in Ottawa, Canada. She's also a passionate birder and nature lover, and has logged hundreds of hours birding the last couple of years. She's a professional photographer, graduated from "Bilder Nordic School of Photography" in Oslo, Norway. Her award winning work appears in many catalogs, magazines, postcards, websites, calendars and more. Nina, & her husband Tony Beck, offer local excursions, international tours and photographic services through their company "Always An Adventure". Nina & Tony have lead tours together to Costa Rica, Southern Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Nina also conducts photography and photo editing courses.


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  • Elizabeth

    Thank you so much for sharing these amazing photos!

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