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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Point Pelee Day 2

May 21, 2013 Point Pelee Sunny and Warm. Thunderclaps 
Back at Point Pelee after the island visit was quite surprising. The warblers were very few and far between. However that didn't matter there was still enough variety to keep me photographing all day. Baltimore Orioles were busy collecting nesting material while bird song filled the air. Add to that the crashing of the waves on the beach and the odd crack of thunder to the scene was set. Despite the black clouds over Michigan only a few drops of rain fell while temperatures fluctuated between 65-85 fahrenheit. Some good birds, three 'Lifers' were seen and a reverse migration took place with Baltimore Orioles and Warbling Vireos started to make their way back across Lake Erie. I watched them fight a headwind, tiny specks disappearing into the distance.
Female Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) picks off insects from a Spider's web

Male Baltimore Oriole

Male Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)

Warbling Vireo (Vireo  gilvus

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
This pair of birds photographed at Point Pelee. At first glance  I thought they were Western's but the beak is longer and the tail has a reddish tinge. 

2 comments:

  1. Great shots! I'd say the last two birds are definitely Great Crested Flycatchers.

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  2. Hi Liron,
    Thanks, I am pretty certain now, a pleasant surprise from Point Pelee. I was having lunch outside the Point Pelee info centre when these two birds arrived. It wasn't until I started a serious edit that I noted the long beaks and rufous tail.

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