I've got another trip in the works to head back to southwestern ON. I will probably leave tomorrow evening sometime and stay in the south for about 4 days. I have two main targets - Northern Bobwhite, Western Kingbird, and King Rail. My shots at all three are extremely rare, but hopefully I can find just one of those species! A Western Kingbird mated with an Eastern Kingbird and produced young (Central Kingbirds) at a site in Windsor. I will check it out to see if they have returned this year, but I'm not holding my breath. Northern Bobwhite are possibly extirpated from the wild in Ontario, though there may still be some on Walpole Island. And King Rails are few and very far between. I don't have any intel on any current locations, so I'll have to try lots of decent looking habitat and hopefully get lucky. Additionally, early June is still a fantastic time for rarities. A Snowy Plover showed up today in Conneaut, Ohio, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are more "megas" lurking around Lake Erie. The problem is, everybody is burnt out from the spring and few are out finding these rarities. I tend to think of late May/early June as prime rarity time, maybe even more so than the middle of May.
Before I ramble on too long I thought I should put up some photos from May, since I've finally gone through and edited a bunch!
May 2nd was a pretty decent day with lots of birds around. Actually, it may have been one of the better days of the spring! I grabbed a lot of record shots of common birds, such as this Lincoln's Sparrow.
May 3rd was a pretty good day as well with quite a few highlights. I took some time photographing the butterflies as it was a phenomenal spring for them.
Variegated Fritillary was one species which was abnormally abundant this spring. Several hundred (!) were seen over the course of a week or so. It was a lifer for me!
American Snouts were also around in huge numbers for this early in the year...
as were Little Yellows (Sulfurs)
I did not spend a lot of time photographing warblers this spring because it takes a lot of time and patience! But on the afternoon of May 6 I ran into a nice pocket of them. The lighting was good, they were all down low, and with some pishing I photographed about 10 species in 15 minutes! (By the way, as of this spring pishing was illegal in Point Pelee NP. A rule that many of us were less than pleased with, since it does no harm to migrating birds)
Some of the highlights...
That's all for now. There are many more photos to come, including a whole series of "rarities" from throughout the spring.