Saturday 20 May 2017

Off To Pelee for 150!

The time has come to head back down to Point Pelee. After I completed the 100 species challenge last week (part two will be out soon), I'm hoping to go for the 150 species challenge. I need to find 43 additional species for this to happen, and I think that I can do it, given the conditions...

That's right...SOUTH WINDS! Unfortunately, it's going to be rainy all day, but that might just result in a number of birds being forced to come down and (hopefully) stay close to the ground where we can ID them with out requiring chiropractic attention after the day is done.

However, because of the rain, I'm sort of taking a gamble on whether or not the birds will be everywhere we look. If the rain cooperates, then the birds should be able to reach the mainland, and Point Pelee will be bustling in the morning. It is equally as likely that the rain will get in the way and all the birds will fallout at Pelee Island, and throughout the day the birders on the mainland will be depressed because they keep getting texts, eBird alerts, and ONTBIRDS posts about the number of birds, including (but not limited to) a covey of Willow Ptarmigans, a parliament of Burrowing Owls, at least a dozen Swainson's Warblers, a whole flock of Yellow-breasted Chats (with a few Kentucky, Connecticut, Hermit, Grace's, Townsend's, and MacGillvary's Warblers mixed in), and at least five Black-tailed Gnatcatchers. There will also probably be the "usual suspects" as well.

(Not) a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Hopefully tomorrow checks out! To 150 we go!!!


  1. Don't forget Virginia's Warbler!

    1. Funny you say that...I had originally included Virginia's Warbler, but I decided to change it to MacGillvary's Warbler instead. Hopefully one shows up at Point Pelee (preferably close to the ground on a bare branch without and leaves around it with me between the bird and the sun). Although, maybe the Virginia's Warbler will want revenge for me cutting it and show up at Pelee Island...I prefer the first scenario.