Thursday, 26 May 2011

One last run at Pelee

Overnight those of us in southwest Ontario were hit pretty hard with thunderstorms. In some areas up to 80 mm of rain fell, so as expected I was hoping that some rarities had shown up somewhere. But also, as expected, I did not locate these rarities.

Driving towards the park, the amount of rain that fell was immediately obvious as most of the fields were flooded. The gulls were making use of this, but I could not find anything of interest with them.

Pelee was very slow, especially at the tip. It was really good to do some birding with Sarah for a bit as well as run into a few old friends at the park. Highlights (they were few and far between!) include:
11 species of warbler including Black-throated Green (late), Canada (heard only) and Cape May
White-rumped Sandpiper in the Onion fields

It seems that Ottawa was the place to be today (Arctic Terns, Purple Sandpiper, Franklin's Gull, etc). Check out Bruce's post:
http://ontbirds.ca/pipermail/birdalert_ontbirds.ca/Week-of-Mon-20110523/027621.html

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