I had a couple of birders (who will remain nameless...lol) ask me what my Pelee List is at this spring, to which I replied, "I don't have a Pelee List"
"YOU DON'T HAVE A PELEE LIST!?"
Okay, so I don't keep a Pelee List. I have a Life List, Ontario List, Yard List, and a North American List right now. So why not a Pelee List? Well, I guess it is because a "lister" to me is defined as someone who, as soon as hearing about a bird they don't have on their list, will go out there and try to obtain another "check" to their growing number of bird species spotted in a particular area......Well I don't have Dickcissel on my Pelee List (until this summer that is) and though there have been times I could have ran out there to get another Dickcissel, I was content to just have it on my Life List with the female I had near my house back in the year 2000.*
* Note this was a female Dickcissel on territory giving alarm calls which, according to the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, would have been listed as a "probably breeding". Unfortunately, though I did fill out a report of this for the atlas, the square in the publication remains blank.....and me...well somewhat bitter...
"So what is your Pelee List at now Marianne?"
"I don't keep a Pelee List"
"YOU DON'T KEEP A PELEE LIST!?"
Looking through my field guide there have been some pretty badass birds I have seen in the Pelee area. This includes Tricoloured and Little Blue Heron, Black-necked Stilt, Mississippi Kite, Painted Bunting, Lark Sparrow, Ivory Gull, Pileated Woodpecker, and Fork-tailed Flycatcher. There have been some species I have missed of course too including Slaty-backed Gull, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Ross's Gull, Brant, Cinnamon Teal, Western Meadowlark, and Black Swift, but I am more upset that I dipped out on these on my lifelist than a Pelee List. Getting these species near my home would be more rewarding, and less expensive than going where they are resident as well.
I also don't have any hurricane birds for the Pelee Area. Of course we don't get too many hurricanes around here. Maybe this year will be different?
I guess the main reason why I don't keep a Pelee List is because I really don't plan on living here forever and ever. Although, as days turn into weeks, weeks into months and months slowly into years, it seems that I may be destined to stay around here where the summers are hot, the winters damp, and the birding awesome! If this is the case I better start trying harder on this list which stands now at 315.....I guess that isn't too bad is it?