Due to a huge stack of papers and projects to do I cut my Pelee trip short a day. It was still a decent couple of days and I had a few highlights. Don't expect any photos or anything for a few days.
I'm pretty tired so I may forgot one or two highlights but here goes.
-14 (13 white, 1 blue) Snow Geese
-Glaucous Gull in a nearby field
checked out a lot of the other usual places on the way down (Blenheim, Tilbury, Wheatley harbour, etc) with nothing crazy being seen
-the weather was a definite highlight - it felt like late April!
-lots of birds! Kinglets (all GCKI) were more than abundant.
-good numbers of Tree Swallows, Horned Grebes, Eastern Phoebes, sparrows, etc
-Chipping, Field, and Fox Sparrows at West Beach
-2 migrant Hermit Thrushes - I think Alan said these would be record early spring migrants for Pelee but could be wrong. He also had some independently
-1 Tufted Titmouse singing south of the VC - record early spring migrant for Pelee
-1 Spring Azure (ok, not a bird). This is the first March record for Point Pelee
-1 Vesper Sparrow singing in the onion fields
-2 flyover American Pipits
-1 Marsh Wren singing at the marsh boardwalk - perhaps record early for Pelee if it is a spring migrant?
- more of the same from yesterday (Hermit Thrush, Chippies, phoebes, etc)
-a TON of Blanding's Turtle in my secret little spot
and this. Photo taken with my phone so not the best quality. Oh, and its not my car.
So there you have it! I finished with about 80 species for the 2 days, which isn't a bad total considering it IS March 21 and I spent a lot of time looking for herps, lying in the sun, and driving to McDonald's to use their wifi to do some assignments! I had a few record early things, as expected with this ridiculous weather, but not the species I predicted. I had 5 year birds, those being Chipping Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Winter Wren, and Hermit Thrush.
From a Big Year perspective, the trip was unproductive as the only new birds that I saw are ones I should encounter frequently throughout the year. But from a real life perspective it was a complete success because the weather was perfect, there were a lot of birds and herps to see, it was relaxing, and I was able to dodge school once again (mostly). Off to the real world for a few days now.