Saturday, September 17, 2011

Point Pelee 17 September

OFO Convention was at Point Pelee today. I spent the day birding/butterflying with Jeremy Hatt, Marianne Balkwill and Mark Field.  We had some good pockets of warblers and other birds and some decent butterflies.
Apparently we had the only Great-crested Flycatcher, White-crowned Sparrow and Yellow-billed Cuckoo for the day.  I later had a White-throated Sparrow which strangely was the only one reported today!
Just before lunch, we headed over to NW Beach Parking lot to look for birds and butterflies.  A good selection of warblers was at the south end in the old parking area.
Here we found two Common Checkered-Skippers which were the first ones I had seen in the park this year.  Apparently this was the first day they had been recorded within the park according to Bill Lamond's post on Google Butterflies.
Thinking things would be good for butterflies, we headed to West Beach Trail south of West Beach P. L.
We found two more Checkered Skippers (and I found another later bringing the total to 5).
We also saw 5 Gray Hairstreaks.
I estimated about 20 Fiery Skippers in the knapweed closer to the south end.
Turned out to be a pretty good day.
(No camera today!)

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