Sunday, October 28, 2012

Point Pelee Saturday, October 27

Hoping to see a Cave Swallow during the 2012 invasion, I spent Friday driving around the Onion Fields with my mum to try to see any that might be hunkered down in the rain or flying by Wheatley Harbour. We found very few birds (not even a Snow Bunting).

So, on Saturday, Marianne and I decided to try a different approach and park ourselves at the Tip of Point Pelee to see if any flew by in the late morning. I had a wedding in Cambridge to go to later in the day so my time was limited to the morning, which was rainy/cloudy the entire time. However, it was decent down there despite this, with many Common Loon flybys, a couple Bald Eagles and Red-shouldered Hawks overhead, lots of Bonaparte's Gulls, and a single American White Pelican that flew in over the rough waters on the lake and landed on the sandy spit off the Tip.

American White Pelican Instagram

American White Pelican #nofilter

Not a single swallow went by in the morning so we made our way up to Sparrow Field. Not a bad day for passerines with many Song, Swamp, White-crowned, and Chipping Sparrows, w/ singles of White-throated, Fox, and American Tree Sparrow. We also had a Gray Catbird and later had a Northern Saw-whet Owl pointed out to us by a group led by Paul Pratt.

Shy Northern Saw-whet Owl


Blake A. Mann said...

The pelican is a nice sighting!
No Snow Bunting? Heard one yesterday flying over. But, I had one back in September already.

Marianne Reid-Balkwill said...

Jeremy check under what they had in Ohio along the Lake Erie shoreline on Saturday morning. With the north winds they got tons of stuff!!!

Bob Hilscher said...

Hi there. Let hear it for shy birds, there seem to be a lot of them out there. I live in Toronto, and this past Friday, my wife and I came upon an adult Saw-Whet Owl out in the bush that wasn't shy. This was the first time as birders that we had ever seen a Saw-Whet Owl. Fortunately, we had our camera with us and got some good pictures and video. We have posted them for anyone interested at:

Jeremy Hatt said...

Thanks for the comment, Bob. Went to your site...what great photos! That is certainly not a shy bird.