The point seemed very quiet, with the only warblers immediately obvious being more Yellows. Several Cedar Waxwings soon appeared and a steady passage ensued, with at least 100 over in 30 minutes. On my way to the tip I saw no warblers another than Yellows, and the only new species for the trip were a couple of Warbling Vireos, a House Wren and a trails flycatcher. The sea was also quiet with the only birds of note being a flock of four Red-breasted Mergansers. On the return from the tip I took the path along the west side, which was more sheltered due to the brisk easterly wind. This immediately paid dividends with a Northern Parula and two Blackburnian Warblers.
It seemed I had hit a purple patch as suddenly there was also a Chestnut Sided and Wilson’s Warbler and a Blue-grey Gnatcatcher. I continued down the western track and then back onto the central track where I picked up an Eastern Wood-Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart and Magnolia, Nashville, Tennessee and Black-throated Green Warblers.
|Black-throated Green Warbler|
A pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a Short-tailed Weasel added to the tally before heavy rain set it, so it was back to the visitors centre for a coffee.
After the rain had stopped I headed to the West Beach, purposely staying close to the centre in case it started again. It was tough going with most of the birds staying low, until the sun broke through. A Scarlet Tanager was the first addition to the list, followed quickly by a cracking male Canada Warbler and a male Indigo Bunting. The sun had now broken through so I headed next to the Tilden Wood Trail.
Immediately on joining the trail it was evident that bird activity had picked up, as there were five species of warbler in the first bush, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Yellow and a very drab Magnolia Warbler.
|Drab Magnolia Warbler|
The latter bird kept me occupied for a while as from underneath it looked reminiscent of a Kirkland’s Warbler, but eventually it showed enough features for me to clinch it (or at least I hope so). Continuing along the trail soon produced a cracking male American Redstart, two Warbling Vireos, a Common Yellowthroat, a female Black-throated Blue and a Chestnut-sided Warbler.
Other non-warbler species included Gray Catbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Scarlet Tanager, Great-crested Flycatcher, White-crowned Sparrow and Downy Woodpecker.
There was nothing new for the day at Sleepy Hollow but I did get some close views of a male Turkey and an Eastern Kingbird. An Eastern Wood-Pewee was singing from the trees and I picked up another female Black-throated Blue, a Magnolia Warbler and two more Scarlet Tanagers.
A very yellowish coloured flycatcher may have been a Yellow-bellied, but I just did not get good enough views to clinch it.
My final stop of the day was the North-west Beach, which is always a good place to stop as you leave the point since migrants work their way north throughout the day. The usual species were again present, with Yellow Warblers in good numbers, four Warbling Vireos gave great views and several Ruby-throated Hummingbirds whizzed back and forth. Skulking low down in the vegetation was a small yellow warbler that turned out to be another Wilson’s.
As I watched it a second appeared, my second and third of the day. Whenever I see this species at Pelee I am always told what a rare bird it is, yet I see them every time I come, so guess I just must be lucky.
|A Typical Magnolia Warbler|
Two more Magnolia Warblers were further along the track, with another female Black-throated Blue, guess I must have missed the males and then a Yellow-rumped Warbler appeared.