|My first Bald Eagle|
A quick visit to the marsh nearby added TRUMPETER SWAN, FORSTER'S TERN, PIED BILLED GREBE and HORNED GREBE. The reeds seemed weird without being filled with Warblers singing scratchy songs, in their place were mainly Red Winged Blackbirds! More scanning added several Great Blue Herons a few SANDHILL CRANES including young, behind us over the main lake CASPIAN TERNS patrolled the shore. A 78 species day with some great birds and close views, 15 species of warbler stole the day......
As the first day was so good at Long Point we decided to stay in the area as long as we could for the next day before heading off in the direction of Point Pelee, we enjoyed the Old Park so much we headed back there, CEDAR WAXWINGS were arriving and the amount of White-throated Sparrows everywhere was impressive, Blue Grey Gnatcatchers and a couple Brown Thrashers added to the mix, before we headed to the New Park.
In the New park we found our first MAGNOLIA WARBLER, a little elusive to start with but we did get some reasonable views, a few other warblers were evident but moving on we found a small feeding flock that held our attention, NORTHERN PARULA, a very obliging BLACK and WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART and best of all BLUE WINGED WARBLER, another new bird for the trip and lifer. Finally pulling ourselves away heading towards the beach a RED HEADED WOODPECKER appeared over the dunes towards us then it switched back and did a good job of disappearing in leafless trees!! Leaving it as long as possible we decided to head to our next destination and potential highlight of the trip Point Pelee. Hopefully the next instalment will be out before the end of the year when i've forgotten everything!!!!! :-)
|Typical Black and White Warbler pose!!|
|Yellow Warblers were very common but absolute joy!!!|