No knowing what the weather was going to be today (who does anymore?), I selected Plan B. Point Pelee.
It was a good choice. Dickcissels were already reported down that way, and on the way I heard and saw one male singing beside Hillman Shorebird Cell. Did not hear one on conc. D from the sideroad.
On to the park.... I walked to the Tip and I was greeted with lots of activity. In fact I stayed there at least two hours!
Lots of gulls and some terns. 10-12 Caspian Terns were about among the four usual species of gulls. At one point I was trying to photograph some gulls and terns, but in the background was a Black-headed Gull. I did not realize it at the time!
But, there it was and it eventually worked to the east side of the Tip sand. I have lots of photos.
I assume this was the same one spotted by Alan Wormington last Sunday. An adult in basic plumage?!
Gulls were coming and going and at one point a first summer Little Gull flew in.
But wait, a nice adult was right beside it!
Later I spotted another Little Gull, but this one was in a slightly different plumage, closer to second winter? I did not get a photo of it though.
Many birds were flying off the Tip, or coming to the Tip. One young male Orchard Oriole flew off which I assume to be an early fall migrant?
A Great Crested Flycatcher perched at the last tree for a while. (a Western Kingbird would have been preferable!).
A Northern Mockingbird was working the Tip area as well. It was not photogenic.
I checked De Laurier with nothing noteworthy, then walked out the marsh boardwalk.
After a lunch at Birdie's Perch (perch dinner) I headed over to Hillman. The dickcissel was still singing away, but it seemed to be the only one. I walked around the entire cell. Few butterflies, but I came across my first Common Buckeye of the year. It was very worn though.
Also saw a Delaware Skipper (obviously not within Point Pelee lol), and Bronze Copper, both firsts for the year.
Stopped by the Dickcissel field east of Wheatley, but did not go in. A couple of birds were singing atop old mullein stocks.
Next stop was Blenheim lagoons, but nothing of note there. Lots of mallards and 3 Blue-winged Teal. The field has just been mowed.....some pissed off grassland birds were milling about. No Dickcissels in the area though.