I started at Camper's Cove Road where the Dickcissels have traditionally colonized a field. I could pick out three singing birds. How many will be there this year?
Today they were a bit distant from the road.
On to Wheatley Harbour, a fair number of gulls were milling about. Just as I was driving up, something put up the gulls. Most returned, but not all. I quickly picked out 2 immature Little Gulls. A young Lesser Black-backed Gull was on the rock pile among other gulls.
Next stop was Hillman shorebird cell. I had the whole place to myself! Luckily this year, ERCA has left the water in and many birds have found it very useful. A number of shorebirds were still around including at least 14 Dunlin, 5 White-rumped Sandpipers, a few Semipalmated Sandpipers and a single Semipalmated Plover. I am almost certain I had a Least Sandpiper as well, which would be good at this date. Lighting was not all that great.
Ducks included a couple of male Northern Shovelers, both regular teals, Mallards and even two Gadwall. Lots of Great Egrets.
In Point Pelee, I walked out Shuster Trail, heard an Ovenbird,a redstart and a Virginal Rail among other common birds along the way. Many Herring Gulls were streaming up the east beach and I thought it might be a good day at the Tip.
A few gulls were at the pilings.
Arriving at the Tip, I was pleasantly surprised to find hundreds of gulls. Most were Herring, but I did pick out a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Lots of bonies too.
I thought it might be a good day for a Black-headed, but instead I found a Laughing! (I will take it!).
I had been there sitting on the bench for almost a half hour (I had this place to myself as well) and after looking straight east for a bit, I glanced at the Tip sand and there was this dark gull all of a sudden.
The bird stood there for a bit, then took flight and milled about for a while off the Tip.
It appears to be a first cycle bird, but a nice find for the day!
After some time, the gulls thinned out and I walked up west beach trail. There were quite a few butterflies despite the weather.
|Black Swallowtail male|
I checked De Laurier area and the top end of Anders, then NW Beach area before heading out.
Once again I stopped at Hillman and walked all the way around the cell. The same birds were present plus more ducks and egrets (16).
|Bronze Copper at Hillman|
A stop at Wheatley again revealed a few gulls and some Common Terns. I had a nice chat with Dave Martin while there.