Point Pelee 2013: Trip List

Belted Kingfisher Erieau

Belted Kingfisher
Erieau

My trip to southern Ontario lasted seven days, and while the weather was great for being outdoors (sunny and clear for all three days, with a chilly east wind) it wasn’t good for bringing in the migrants or to keep them in the parks. I think I must have chosen the three quietest days of spring to travel to Ontario’s deep south this year – although we saw a lot of species, the number of individuals we observed for each species was very low at both Point Pelee and Rondeau Park. The Blenheim Sewage Lagoons helped to make up for the lack of birds at the parks; there were a large number of shorebirds there each time we visited, as well as several other fabulous birds.

I managed to tally 132 species altogether and added three new species to my life list: Black-necked Stilt, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Prairie Warbler. The Black-necked Stilts just outside of Hillman Marsh were completely unexpected, while the Prairie Warbler was one that I have been hoping to hear (and see) for a while now. I found the Yellow-throated Warblers at Rondeau fairly easily but missed the Little Gulls at Point Pelee. It figures that several rarities were reported after we headed back to Cambridge, including Loggerhead Shrike at Point Pelee and Summer Tanager and Western Kingbird at Rondeau.

A few notable misses include Black-crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Red-headed Woodpecker, Swainson’s Thrush, Blackburnian Warbler, Northern Parula, Cape May Warbler, American Redstart, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Indigo Bunting….all birds that I’ve seen in previous years but didn’t see this year (and could have reasonably expected to). This year, however, we found several species which we hadn’t seen in our previous trips, including Northern Shoveler, White-winged Scoter, Ring-necked Pheasant, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Glaucous Gull, Blue-winged Warbler and Golden-winged Warbler. It was a good trip for ducks, shorebirds and warblers.


The complete trip list:

1. Cackling Goose – Blenheim Lagoons
2. Canada Goose – common
3. Mute Swan – McGeachy Pond, Hillman Marsh
4. Trumpeter Swan – Blenheim Lagoons
5. Wood Duck – Blenheim Lagoons, Point Pelee
6. Gadwall – Hillman Marsh
7. American Wigeon – Bannister Lake, Hillman Marsh
8. Mallard – common
9. Blue-winged Teal – Blenheim Lagoons, Hillman Marsh
10. Northern Shoveler – McGeachy Pond
11. Green-winged Teal – Hillman Marsh
12. Redhead – Hillman Marsh
13. White-winged Scoter – Point Pelee
14. Bufflehead – Blenheim Lagoons
15. Red-breasted Merganser – Point Pelee
16. Ruddy Duck – Blenheim Lagoons

17. Ring-necked Pheasant – Hillman Marsh
18. Wild Turkey – Cambridge

19. Common Loon – Point Pelee
20. Pied-billed Grebe – Bannister Lake, Blenheim Lagoons
21. Double-crested Cormorant – Point Pelee

22. Great Blue Heron – common
23. Great Egret – Hillman Marsh

24. Turkey Vulture – common
25. Osprey – Linear Trail, Cambridge
26. Northern Harrier – Rondeau Park
27. Cooper’s Hawk – Point Pelee
28. Bald Eagle – Hillman Marsh
29. Broad-winged Hawk – Point Pelee
30. Red-tailed Hawk – common

31. American Coot – Hillman Marsh, Blenheim Lagoons
32. Sandhill Crane – Grass Lake, Cambridge

33. Black-bellied Plover – Hillman Marsh
34. Semipalmated Plover – Hillman Marsh, Blenheim Lagoons
35. Killdeer – common
36. Black-necked Stilt – Hillman Marsh
37. Spotted Sandpiper – Blenheim Lagoons
38. Greater Yellowlegs – Blenheim Lagoons
39. Lesser Yellowlegs – Blenheim Lagoons
40. Semipalmated Sandpiper – Blenheim Lagoons
41. Least Sandpiper – Blenheim Lagoons
42. White-rumped Sandpiper – Blenheim Lagoons
43. Pectoral Sandpiper – Blenheim Lagoons
44. Dunlin – Blenheim Lagoons, Hillman Marsh
45. Wilson’s Phalarope – Blenheim Lagoons

46. Bonaparte’s Gull – Point Pelee, Erieau
47. Ring-billed Gull – common
48. Herring Gull – Point Pelee
49. Lesser Black-backed Gull – Point Pelee
50. Glaucous Gull – Point Pelee
51. Great Black-backed Gull – Point Pelee
52. Caspian Tern – Hillman Marsh
53. Common Tern – Point Pelee
54. Forster’s Tern – Point Pelee, Erieau

55. Rock Pigeon – common
56. Mourning Dove – common

57. Chimney Swift – Cambridge
58. Belted Kingfisher – Erieau

59. Red-bellied Woodpecker – Point Pelee, Rondeau Park
60. Downy Woodpecker – common
61. Hairy Woodpecker – Rondeau Park
62. Northern Flicker – Point Pelee

63. Eastern Phoebe – Cambridge, Point Pelee
64. Eastern Kingbird – Cambridge, Blenheim Lagoons

65. Yellow-throated Vireo – Point Pelee
66. Blue-headed Vireo – Point Pelee
67. Warbling Vireo – Point Pelee
68. Red-eyed Vireo – Point Pelee

69. Blue Jay – common
70. American Crow – Cambridge

71. Horned Lark – Motel

72. Northern Rough-winged Swallow – Linear Trail, Cambridge
73. Purple Martin – common
74. Tree Swallow – common
75. Barn Swallow – common
76. Cliff Swallow – Cambridge

77. Black-capped Chickadee – common
78. Tufted Titmouse – Rondeau Park
79. Red-breasted Nuthatch – Rondeau Park
80. White-breasted Nuthatch – Rondeau Park
81. Brown Creeper – Point Pelee

82. House Wren – Point Pelee
83. Carolina Wren – Point Pelee
84. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Linear Trail, Point Pelee
85. Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Point Pelee

86. Veery – Point Pelee, Rondeau Park
87. Wood Thrush – Point Pelee
88. American Robin – common

89. Gray Catbird – Point Pelee
90. Brown Thrasher – Rondeau Park, Point Pelee
91. European Starling – common

92. American Pipit – Cambridge
93. Cedar Waxwing – Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary

94. Ovenbird – Point Pelee
95. Northern Waterthrush – Point Pelee
96. Blue-winged Warbler – Point Pelee
97. Golden-winged Warbler – Point Pelee
98. Black-and-white Warbler – Point Pelee
99. Orange-crowned Warbler – Point Pelee
100. Nashville Warbler – Point Pelee, Rondeau Park
101. Common Yellowthroat – Point Pelee
102. Hooded Warbler – Point Pelee
103. Magnolia Warbler – Point Pelee
104. Yellow Warbler – common
105. Chestnut-sided Warbler – Rondeau Park
106. Palm Warbler – Hillman Marsh
107. Yellow-rumped Warbler – Blenheim Lagoons, Rondeau Park
108. Yellow-throated Warbler – Rondeau Park
109. Prairie Warbler – Point Pelee
110. Black-throated Green Warbler – Point Pelee

111. Eastern Towhee – Rondeau Park
112. Chipping Sparrow – common
113. Field Sparrow – Point Pelee, Rondeau Park
114. Savannah Sparrow – Blenheim Lagoons
115. Song Sparrow – common
116. Swamp Sparrow – Point Pelee
117. White-throated Sparrow – Point Pelee
118. White-crowned Sparrow – Rondeau Park

119. Northern Cardinal – common
120. Rose-breasted Grosbeak – Point Pelee, Rondeau Park

121. Bobolink – Blenheim Lagoons
122. Red-winged Blackbird – common
123. Eastern Meadowlark – Grass Lake, Cambridge
124. Common Grackle – common
125. Brown-headed Cowbird – Rondeau Park
126. Orchard Oriole – Point Pelee
127. Baltimore Oriole – Point Pelee

128. Purple Finch – Rondeau Park
129. House Finch – Cambridge
130. Pine Siskin – Rondeau Park
131. American Goldfinch – Linear Trail, Cambridge
132. House Sparrow – Cambridge

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