Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thanksgiving Sunday at Point Pelee

Ventured down to Pelee again this morning for a Tip Watch.  Several friends were there, but it was a bit quiet.  The wind started from the south and switched to the west.
The highlight on the waters was the appearance of two Red Phalaropes.  The first one came in fairly close and swam on each side of the Tip.  The second, less than a half hour later was fairly distant flying south.
Lots of hawks were migrating today, especially Sharp-shinned and Harriers. 
A Peregrine Falcon perched at the top of tree for an extended period of time affording excellent opportunities for photos.

I walked West Beach Trail afterwards and noted far fewer birds and butterflies than yesterday.  As the weather gets nicer, the numbers decline!

American Lady

Some American Lady were around today.  A couple were fairly fresh, but another was at the end of its life! 
I saw a total of four Spicebush Swallowtails, one being at the start of Ander's Footpath.

A late Black Swallowtail was at the south end of West Beach trail.  A couple of Viceroys were seen.  One was at the old maintenance area when I was with Kevin McLaughlin and Bill Lamond.  A male Eastern Tailed-Blue was also flying around there.
Turkey Vultures were in large groups today.  At one point I estimated about 120.

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