While I was there, Dan Greenham posted about 3 American White Pelicans at Pelee's Tip. I made a beeline to Point Pelee!
Upon arrival at the Tip, the pelicans had flown way out in the lake east of the Tip, but were still visible. Eventually they came back!
They stayed at the Tip for some time affording excellent views.
There was quite a bit of gull activity. I had thoughts of a Laughing Gull--I found one 13 June last year at the Tip. I mentioned this to Dan. About ten minutes later, a hooded gull flew in from the west all alone. I just happened to put my binoculars on it and noted that this was not a Bonaparte's! A Franklin's Gull flew right in front of us and stayed for some time.
The pelicans even came into the same view.
Gulls continued to be active, but no other interesting ones came in.
I walked back towards the VC and looped around Woodland Trail. A male Prothonotary Warbler was singing on the big slough. A female is apparently around, so they are likely nesting in a cavity.
After some lunch, I checked out Hillman shorebird cell once again. More shorebirds seemed to be in, including a Greater Yellowlegs.
|Horrible record shot!|
Nine Great Egrets were there as well.
|A Few Egrets|
Upon walking away, I caught sight of a lep. I assume this is a Common Ringlet. I have never seen one so dark, but apparently they can be found in a dark form. I would certainly welcome opinions as it looks odd to me. They are uncommon in Essex County.