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Pt. Pelee and Strathroy area side roads

09 May

On Monday, May 8, 2017, Bob Turner, Ron Runstedler and I met up at the Visitor’s Centre at Pt. Pelee at 8 am.  We took the tram down to the tip.  We hung around the tip for awhile, hoping to get a glimpse of the Eared Grebe that has been reported there of late.  We saw a Horned Grebe and lots of Double-crested Cormorants, but no Eared Grebe.  There were numerous Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Blue Jays at the tip area.  Also quite a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  We took a seasonal trail back to the Visitor’s Centre.  Along the way, we Field Sparrows, a Cooper’s Hawk, a rather wet, female American Redstart and Tree Swallows at the “Sparrow Field”.  Further along on the seasonal trail we had Orchard Oriole, Blue-headed Vireo, a Broad-winged Hawk, Yellow Warblers, Red-breasted Nuthatches,

We also ran into an Mike Master and his wife, Sandy.  I worked with Mike for many years.  And we have gone birding together numerous times over the years.

Went we got back to the Visitor’s Centre, it was time for lunch.  There are lots of picnic tables around the perimeter of the main parking lot.  After a quick lunch, we headed down the Tilden Trail.  We head Hermit Thrush, an Eastern Screech-Owl, a Blue-winged Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, more Orchard Orioles along this trail.

After Tilden’s, we drove down to the Delaurier Trail.  We saw a number of Wild Turkeys, displaying, White-throated Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow and a couple of Bald Eagles,

When we finished this trail, we drove down to the Marsh Boardwalk.  Back during the winter a fire swept thru this marsh,  It was very obvious to see the damage left by the fire.  We got a pretty good look at a Marsh Wren as we walked along the boardwalk.

All this walking made for a pretty long day, so we packed it in and headed for home at 6:30 pm.

Today, Tuesday, I got in the car and drove out to the MacArther Road area.  Along Calvert Road, before MacArther, there was an Upland Sandpiper sitting on a fence post.  And the field on the north side of Calvert had numerous Bobolinks.  As I drove down MacArther, I had more Bobolinks, some Eastern Meadowlarks, some Savannah Sparrows and a Grasshopper Sparrow.  Further down MacArther, I had another Upland Sandpiper.  Then, in the field, at the corner of MacArther and Walker’s Road, there were lots of Bobolinks, more Eastern Meadowlarks, more Savannah Sparrows and yet another Upland Sandpiper.  Oh, I almost forgot, there were at least 4 Brown Thrashers together in the bushes along the road in one spot.  Very birdy morning.

 

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