Here are some of the highlights from Pelee Island!
|Fish Point Trail|
We had heard that the island was pretty slow the day I arrived in terms of birding, but Chris, Amanda and myself headed out to Fish Point in the early afternoon anyways. We were pleasantly surprised to find abundant warblers and a few other birds of interest!
Saturday morning started out a little slow at Fish Point but turned out to be an incredible morning!
As I was pulling into the campground on Saturday, I saw that Chris had caught a beautiful Eastern Foxsnake! We all got to hold it and take lots of pictures. This mild tempered snake was pretty content to hang out on Chris's arm. If you have never felt a snake before, the scales are incredibly soft and smooth, especially on the underside.
Blanding's Turtles are pretty common on the island as well, we saw 3 without even trying.
While at Middle Point, I spotted a fox go into a den, and assumed it was a Grey Fox, as I was told that Red Fox were rare or absent from the island. However, I came back later and quietly snuck up on the den site and saw 3 Red Fox kits happily playing. I watched from no more than 15ft away and then left them in peace.
Check out this short video clip of the kits playing!
On the way home I stopped by Rondeau Provincial Park, and although I didn't have anything too unusual, I did see the provincially Endangered Prothonotary Warbler on its breeding grounds! This one happily foraged for bugs in the tree branches overhead!
|Prothonotary Warbler with a spider!|
This year's trip to Pelee Island was certainly a memorable one, and definitely the best trip to the island so far! I am already excited for next year!