Monday, April 30, 2012

P-P-P-Pelee Island #3

Hey Birders,

What a difference a day can make! Today started out pretty slow. Around 8am showers came through and lasted until 10:30am, afterwards activity was very high, with a very intense reverse migration taking place, lasting until 1:30pm. A rough guess of numbers of birds is around 3,100 birds (this is the 3rd highest reverse I've had in the past 3 springs).

Highlights:
Willet - 1 bird present at the Fish Point



Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 first-winter bird at Fish Point

Reverse migration: it was a pretty awesome migration, most being warblers (2,800 birds). By far the most abundant bird were Yellow-rumped Warblers with 1,609 being seen! Other interesting birds seen included; 55 Palm Warblers, and Unidentified Warblers 1,250 (likely 95% Yellow-rump's).

Quite a number of birds were found for the first time this year; American Redstart, Cape May, Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Wood Thrush, Veery, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager etc.

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