In total I saw 123 bird species, which is pretty good considering the birding on Friday was pretty slow. Highlights included 24 species of warblers, yellow-throated vireo, yellow-billed cuckoo, lots of cool reptiles and countless species at risk which are rare elsewhere in the province! Unfortunately, the abundant warblers are really tough to get decent photos of since they have a habit of constantly hopping around in dense vegetation or the tops of trees.
One of our favourite spots to go birding on the island is Fish Point. At this time of year the forest floor is carpeted with spring wildflowers and lush greenery, and of course, birds!
|Fish Point Trail|
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird nectaring on Dutchman's Breeches|
|Endangered Small-mouthed Salamander were present in good numbers|
|Fish Point sand spit|
|Yellow-billed Cuckoo! Gave us great looks!|
|Red Admiral sits on Prickly Pear cactus! You know you are in Canada's deep south when...|
|Wilson's Warbler. Note the black cap.|
|The fiery throated Blackburnian Warbler|
|Lighthouse Point beach.|
We hiked several of the Nature Conservancy's trails. This one went through forested and open habitats, and we had our eyes peeled for snakes and other wildlife along the way.
During the walk, Pat discovered an Eastern Foxsnake, a Threatened species in Ontario. What an awesome find! This guy was even vibrating his tail in attempts to imitate a rattlesnakes, which used to be found on the island. Shortly afterwards, I found another one, curled up with several gartersnakes.
|Although Caitlyn may not agree, this is a beautiful animal!!|
|A young Lake Erie Watersnake.|
|Great snake habitat along the beaches!|
|Melanistic (black) gartersnake|
|Riddell's Goldenrod, a species of Special Concern in Ontario. Thanks to Pat for the ID!|
However, we did get lucky enough to spot this Threatened species, a Blanding's Turtle!