|Birding around Port Rowan.|
Rob and I were on vacation for two weeks starting May 8th. We had booked a cottage in the Long Point/Port Rowan area months ago, long before I broke my foot. We decided to still go, even though I wouldn't be able to be out for hours a day like previous May vacations, but we made the best of it.
The cottage we rented was at Bayside Vacation Resort
, recommended from a friend who works at Bird Studies Canada. It was the perfect location, just a few minutes from the Long Point Bird Observatory, Bird Studies Canada, Backus Woods,
and many other great birding locations in the area.
I was kind of surprised at how few people we ran into during our 3 night, 4 day stay. I know Point Pelee and Rondeau are more popular birding spots during Spring migration, but honestly, the Port Rowan/Long Point area is great too, and without the crowds. We've already booked for next year!
We had just under 90 species during our trip. I noticed this trip that Rob spent more time looking through his binoculars than his camera lens. A testament to how relaxed he was? He did manage a few photos though.
Please enjoy a few photos from out trip.
|View from our cottage.|
|It was enjoyable watching the terns while having morning coffee.|
|This bunny lived under our cottage and welcomed us home every evening.|
|A great place to observe migrating birds. |
|Black and White Warbler|
|Black-throated Green Warbler|
|Cape May Warbler|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler|
|I watched this Carolina Wren sing for quite a while.|
|This Blue-winged Warbler was a surprise at the Turkey Heritage site, we saw two.|
|Mute Swan and a mix of Swallows on the Bay at sunset.|
|Always a treat to see Eastern Bluebirds in our travels.|
I loved seeing all these gorgeous birds, but the high-light for me was FINALLY hearing the call of the Whip-poor-will! It has been on the top of my birding bucket list for almost a decade. We went out every night we were there, but finally on the 3rd night, our last night, the night of May 10th, and a full moon, with some advice from some birders who live in the area, it happened! You can hear a bit of what we heard by clicking the link under the moon picture. It was amazing! We were surrounded by 5 or 6 birds calling.
The trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and birding.
I wanna go too!!! Nice catch with the Ovenbird! :)
WOW! What a bonanza!
I remember the call of the Whip-poor-will from years-ago
childhood trips with my father to northern Quebec fishing sites. Magical isn't it?
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