I arrived at the tip of Point Pelee just after sunrise and I noticed immediately how warm it was...too warm in fact. There were a lot of ducks on the calm west side of the lake including all 3 species of Scoters, Scaup, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and a good number of Redhead. I saw 12 Tundra Swans as well. Other than that....not much!
4 Tundra Swans. Photo by Marianne-Reid Balkwill
Bob Cermak, Mike Tate, and later Blake Mann, and Alan Wormington showed up. This time I was the first one to leave to walk up along the east beach. The only good bird of note I had was a Blue-headed Vireo which I guess has been hanging close to the southern southeast side of the tip. At the train loop I got a couple of neat photos of Carolina Wren. I had 7 Carolina Wrens today.
Angry Carolina Wren. Photo by Marianne Reid-Balkwill
Walking up the west trail I heard Pine Siskin and Redpoll fly over. I took another look through the rafts of ducks to see if I could find an Eider, or a Tufted Duck, but no luck.
On a whole the morning was a bust! A female Purple Finch at the cemetery, and a Buckeye at Northwest Beach were my own highlights for the rest of the morning. I got to bird briefly with Blake for awhile which is always a treat. Hopefully he had better luck than I did after we split up.
I decided to head home around 2:00pm mainly because I was starving! At home I took a few photos of some birds at the feeders. Finally saw a Pine Siskin at the feeder as they have been around for a while, and I got some neat Purple Finch/House Finch comparison shots.
House Finch and Purple Finch males at my feeder. Photo by Marianne Reid-Balkwill