Thursday, May 16, 2013


Jim, Lynda and I, looking for birds.
This was our 3rd annual birding trip to the Point Pelee area with our good friends, Jim and Lynda. We go the same week in May every year, but every year the trip has been different. Migration is weather related, and this year the weather played in our favor. It was cold and windy, which brought the birds low.
My favorite warbler, a stunning male Black-throated Blue.
A beautiful male Magnolia Warbler.
I saw this scene a lot, Rob and Jim with cameras raised.
I look forward to my "birdseed" cookie at the Pelee's "Birders Breakfast".
The Blackburnian Warbler was Pelee's Festival bird this year, and it was fitting, we saw many.
We had great looks at Nashville Warblers this year.
This Piping Plover (endangered species) was hanging around the "Tip", and was a lifer for all of us.
My heart started pounding when I first spotted a Red-headed Woodpecker. We saw 4.
This Cerulean Warbler practically walked over my foot at Rondeau. I stayed very still and quiet.
Every year on our trip we have what we call a "bird nerd moment", and this year it came at Rondeau Provincial Park, by way of a Worm-eating Warbler. It had been seen on the Spice Bush Trail and we stopped to have a look as did many others. Lynda saw it, and then it flew away, but we waited, and we waited, and we waited a little more, along with about 20 other birders. You could feel the anticipation in the air! And finally, the little fellow showed up!! Camera's went crazy! Another lifer for all of us.

Funny thing is, the next day, just before we left to head home, we did that trail again, and the Worm-eating Warbler was right there, at the same spot waiting for us.

Our bird nerd moment bird, the Worm-eating Warbler, do you see him?
It was another great trip, with many birds, and just as many laughs and good memories. To read about our other trips to the Pelee area, please click the dates; 2012 and 2011.


Teena in Toronto said...

I have lens envy :)

Looks like an awesome trip! I'd like to go there sometime.

Rondeau Ric said...

Hi Angie, glad you had a good trip.
Your comment did come through.