I went to Pelee anyway. As I drove by Hillman, the Dickcissel was singing away on the wire. I first saw it July 5 and had not heard anything about it since.
This time of year I like walking out Shuster Trail and heading down the east beach and back up west beach.
There was not much in the way of precipitation as I headed down the trail, but then it really did rain as I got to the sand. I kept going and just south of the pilings I kept watch on the lake under a tree.
Of note, one adult Little Gull flew south with a few bonies.
After it let up a bit (not really enough) I started walking again. A large mass of gulls got up from the Tip area as some tourists spooked them. Some landed beside Sparrow Field. I picked out 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. One was a first summer and the other two were second cycle birds I think. I did not look too hard in the drizzly weather!
The Tip was virtually tipless today, so I walked back west beach trail getting thoroughly soaked. I had already written off butterflies for the day, but amazingly I saw some. First was an American Lady.
I got up to six Summer Azures, and off Black Willow was a Red Admiral. I was trying to look at gulls there as there were hundreds. About 7 or 8 Black Terns were out over the lake at that location.
At Northwest Beach I checked off a Monarch, and that was it for leps today.
It might have been a good day for butterflies if the sun was out!
Working my way home, I stopped at Wheatley Harbour in hopes that a Brown Pelican was on the rocks. No such thing there.
Might as well listen for the Dickcissels east of Wheatley too. They were there as usual.
I got a tip from the Nethercots that some shorebirds were in at Stewart Wetland near Wallaceburg. Before going home I went straight there.
FOY Stilt Sandpiper, two Solitary Sandpipers, two Lesser Yellowlegs, three Least Sandpipers and a Short-billed Dowitcher were the notables.
|Solitary Sandpiper #1|
|Killdeer, Least, Solitary, Stilt|
On to better things tomorrow....