Fish Point is one of my favourite spots to bird watch in Ontario. The trails are idyllic and uncrowded and often reveal some great birds!
The tip of Fish Point was still somewhat intact, unlike at Point Pelee
Birding Fish Point in the evening is great. The warblers come out to the edge of the short trees and the sunlight behind you illuminates them perfectly.
|Black-throated Blue Warbler|
Cape May Warblers are one of my favourites. As their latin name 'tigrina' suggests, they indeed have striping and colouration like a tiger.
|Cape May Warbler|
Veery were the most common thrush next to robins.
|Fish Point trail|
|Great Crested Flycatcher|
Fox Squirrels are only found on Pelee Island in Ontario. They are large, almost like a small, fat, clumsy cat with a propensity for running in front of your car at the last second. I nearly ran several of them over this past week. I would have much rather hit that cat that I saw hunting Palm Warblers on the beach at Fish Point!
Palm Warblers were by far the most abundant warbler on the island. They were literally everywhere some days, even on lawns. I can see 7 in the shot below.
Bryan and Charlotte arrived on Thursday afternoon, and we continued out streak of finding Summer Tanagers, with our 4th of the week being this beautiful female! Something about this rare bird that really gets me excited!
Female Scarlet Tanagers were also present. Some people mistake the two, but note the smaller bill, lemon yellow body and darker wings.
We visited the Stone Road Alvar briefly, a really unique spot.
The waves at Lighthouse point subsided as the weekend neared, allowing you to walk most of the way down the beach.
It was here on Saturday morning, before I had to leave, that we saw the young male Summer Tanager found earlier in the day (our 5th Summer Tanager of the week!). This bird was also very obliging and foraged for flies and bugs over our heads.
|Summer Tanager #5|
The other special bird we saw on the island was this wonderful young male Prairie Warbler. Thanks to Richard Pope for letting us know if was there! We saw this bird on both Friday and Saturday.
|My only shot of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, they are too quick to photograph usually|
On my last morning on the island I took this shot of the nearly full moon.
On the ferry ride back to the mainland I was trying to catch some sleep below deck, but when I looked out the window I saw an American White Pelican! A great finale for a wonderful week in the Pelee Region!