Today was the first day in almost two weeks that I was able to get out birding. It was very cold and a bit windy, but the sun was very bright. I decided to check out some wintering birds at Point Pelee. There are large numbers of Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, Purple Finches and White-throated Sparrows in various spots of the park.
My walking was limited due to the cold and my recent illness, but I checked out the Redbud Trail south of the visitor centre first. A large number of robins and waxwings were there feeding on the various berries. A couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers were around as well, but they are quite regular there in winter. I also saw a few Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Northern Flicker.
Back at the parking lot, a couple of more Yellow-rumped Warblers were flitting around.
I then headed over to Shuster Trail where I had heard that many Purple Finches and White-throated Sparrows were hanging out. I was not disappointed. Probably twenty Purples were around--the most I had seen in one spot in mid winter. Lots of White-throated Sparrows were in the underbrush, and some of them were even singing partial songs! I cannot say that I have heard a White-throated Sparrow singing in January before.
Quite a few robins and waxwings were here as well, plus a couple of Hermit Thrushes and a couple more Yellow-rumped. A Carolina Wren was also added to the mix.
I noticed an abundant supply of dogwood berries and other treats along this trail. No wonder these birds were hanging around there!
On the way out of the park, I drove slowly as there were still lots of waxwings and robins along the road.
Outside the park I saw three or four Sharp-shinned Hawks and a possible Cooper's. Also an adult Bald Eagle was perched in a tree at one point not too far north of the park.
Despite the cold, it was a beautiful day to be out with the bright sunshine. I managed a few distant photos of the Cedar Waxwings, Hermit Thrushes, and Purple Finches.