Monday, August 28, 2023



Sign at Long Point Bird Observatory. 
Our May vacation, as per usual, was all about getting out and seeing as many migratory bird species as we could. We visited parks close to home and also spent a couple nights in the Port Rowan area. 

Road trip!
I named our car Dory after Rob sent me a picture of her all those years ago. Then after work that day I went out and bought a stuffed Dory for her. What? doesn't every one name their car?! 

Prothonotary Warbler.
We finally saw a Pronthonotary Warbler this trip to the Port Rowan area after not seeing one the last two years. We had better looks than photo ops and that was fine by us.

For lunch I was super excited to visit my favorite restaurant in the area, The Country Fork, but it was closed for a private event. Blessing in disguise, we went to the new to us restaurant Chef Stan's Saloon and it was awesome! Great atmosphere and delicious food! We went back for lunch the next day.

Best fried chicken sandwich ever!

Wings, Caesar Salad and Won Ton Nachos to share.  

This year we stayed at Long Point Echo-Adventures. We had a King Wilderness Suite. I liked the camping and birding combo, but it was a bit chilly over night. Still, a great location to visit all the spots we like to hit while in the area, and the onsite restaurant was a bonus.

Our tent. 

My dinner on site one night, fish tacos. 

Green Heron.
We enjoyed watching a couple Green Herons fly around the Long Point area, but I think we enjoyed them calling to each other more, what a sound! We were aiming for 100 species on our trip, got over 90, oh well, we'll try again next year. 

Blackburnian Warbler, always a nice warbler to see.
After a nice two night getaway we visited some local parks close to home.   

Our first of year Scarlet Tanager at Colonel  Sam Smith Park.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on the same outing. 
Of course, I love seeing all the migrants every May, but there are two that are my favorite and they enjoy our backyard all summer long. 

Summer Guest - Ruby-throated Hummingbird 

Summer Guest - Baltimore Oriole
We've had a couple pairs of Baltimore Orioles this summer, it's hard to believe they will be gone in about a week. It's been the year of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird for us, having about six come regularly. They will also start their migration in the next couple weeks. We leave the feeders up til the end of September, as we also get some passing through from further north.

On the Friday of our week off I had to go for an MRI, I didn't know it at the time, but 5 days later our world was about to be flipped upside down.

To be continued.......   

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