With a few errands to run in Leamington, I decided to get up a little early and head to Point Pelee for some first of spring birding. The weather forecast, when I had last checked, was for a warm and partly sunny day but on the way in, I was welcomed with some light rain showers and the wind was brisk and cold. I got to the park gates at 7 am and made a quick stop at the Marsh Boardwalk to see if I could hear the pair of Great Horned Owls I had heard last weekend. As soon as I opened the car door, I heard the distinct hoots amongst the loud songs of American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds – a true sign of spring.
After that quick stop, I headed down to the tip to try for the sunrise but the clouds were obscuring the view. Still lots of ice built up around the tip, but a lot more open water now. This open water was a welcomed sign, and the birds were already streaming by. I was hoping to see some Scoters or some grebes but came up with a big ole zero on both. Still lots to look at though with flocks of Goldeneye, Redhead, Wigeon, Scaup, Commmon and Red-breasted Mergansers. It was definitely nice to see this movement. After a while, I was joined by Richard Carr and Alan Wormington and we scanned for a while but weren’t seeing much so we decided to head back north. I left Richard and Alan, and headed up to Sparrow Field. Lots of Song Sparrows but not much else. I did run into a raccoon that didn’t seem to healthy. He kept his one good eye on me the whole time. Poor lil fella.
The next stop was Cactus Field and just as I arrived at the field, a strange looking junco flew into view. I think it looks decent for an “Oregon” type. Thoughts? Jeremy Hatt and Mark Field joined me and I got them on the bird for a quick look before we lost it. All-in-all, it wasn’t too bad of a morning. The lighting was poor for photography but I still fired off some frames. It’s digital anyway so why not?