The best bird of the trip was this Black-necked Stilt, a very rare species from the southern U.S that found its way to Hillman Marsh outside of Point Pelee.
|The so called "Serengetti Tree" often the location of rare bird sightings|
|Boardwalk through Prothonotary Warbler habitat|
|The west beach of Pelee, you can just see the tip far out in the distance|
|Sunrise from the southern most tip of Canada|
I caught the 2pm ferry across to Pelee Island on Thursday, hoping for a break in the weather. Unfortunately, it didn't really materialize until Saturday. However, Saturday almost made up for the poor birding prior to this. I saw 21 warbler species including Hooded, Cerulean, Canada, Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warbler among others and a total of 102 species on this single day.
I was quite happy that I was able to get a couple of shots of my favourite warbler species: Hooded Warbler. As its moniker suggests, this species does indeed seem to wear a black hood or balaclava, contrasting sharply with the yellow face. Me and the NRSI crew were thrilled to see not one, but two separate Hooded Warblers!
|Two oriole species in one shot! Orchard in the upper left, Baltimore in the bottom right. The Baltimore picked up a piece of my orange and wasn't sharing with the other guy!|
|Black-bellied and American Golden Plovers|
|Foxsnake is probably the most beautiful snake in Ontario, look at that pattern!|
|The "Prothonotary Swamp" at Fish Point|
|Middle Point -watch out for poison ivy!|
|Sheridan Point Cemetery. Caitlyn asked if this was where they buried birders...|