I did my usual weekend route (seems like a routine anyway) by stopping at Tilbury Lagoon then going on to Point Pelee.
I was at Tilbury by 07:30 and was delighted to find lots of birds! First thing to see was a group of 40 Great Egrets. Still no Snowy!!
Over at the shorebird section, there was finally a big number of birds to study. Of note were 2 juv Baird's Sandpipers, 2 or 3 juv Stilt Sandpipers and at least 3 Long-billed Dowitchers among the 11 dowitchers present. There was no Red-necked Phalarope first thing, but on my return trip mid afternoon, it was there. It had already been seen by other birders! Always nice to see a phalarope!
Lots of shorebirds were there for a change. Things may be looking up!
imm. Black-crowned Night-Heron
I saw two different Horace's Duskywings along the trail, then another along the beach edge. A fourth duskywing farther south was around the Crown Vetch patch which led me to believe it was a Wild Indigo.
The butterfly situation was a bit mediocre today except for hundreds of crescents. A couple of American Painted Lady butterflies were found, and one Red Admiral.
American Painted Lady
After my weekly fill of a Green Godess I stopped at the south end of Northwest Beach parking lot as usual and found a Gray Hairstreak. This was only my second one of the year--the first being in mid May at Rondeau Park.
Birds included a handful of warblers such as Blackburnian, Canada and Yellow.
On the way home I stopped at Tilbury again and was delighted to see a Red-necked Phalarope.
Things come and go. More ducks 'n things were present including a Horned Grebe.
Walking towards my car, I saw 3 Fiery Skippers in a cluster! A male and female were in copula and another male was trying to get some of the action!