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Ontario Birds / Re: Point Pelee from Yesterday
« Last post by Steve Hood on Today at 07:57:42 am »
Thanks Ally and Shortsighted. The Cerulean Warbler was a first for me.
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Backyard Birding / Re: More backyard visitors
« Last post by Ally on May 15, 2022, 09:40:12 pm »
You lost all the staring contests today, didn't you? Such cute shots.
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Backyard Birding / Re: More backyard visitors
« Last post by Shortsighted on May 15, 2022, 09:37:24 pm »




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Ontario Birds / Re: Point Pelee from Yesterday
« Last post by Shortsighted on May 15, 2022, 09:31:53 pm »
Another fruitful expedition. I love the nice even light you are getting on your subjects, especially since the stark bright sunlight here in the backyard is getting just too difficult to handle when forced to shoot against the sun, or at ninety degree to it in the morning and evening. I was lucky in the woodlot that thin high cloud just rolled in just for a while. It didn't last. Point Pelee is quite a long trip on short notice. No wonder that you were exhausted. Great finds though, especially with the Cerulean, which I've never even seen, but then I don't get out much.
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Ontario Birds / Re: Point Pelee from Yesterday
« Last post by Ally on May 15, 2022, 06:05:23 pm »
Thank you!! I was so counting on that you will make a post like this. Those are great! Now waiting for Dinu and Dave's.
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Ontario Birds / Point Pelee from Yesterday
« Last post by Steve Hood on May 15, 2022, 05:20:26 pm »
I was able to get off from work yesterday and decided to go down to Point Pelee.  I had a great time there although was exhausted by the end of the day.  Here are a few of the birds that I saw.



Common Yellowthroat


Cerulean Warbler


Wilson's Warbler


Warbling Vireo

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Backyard Birding / Re: More backyard visitors
« Last post by Ally on May 14, 2022, 05:51:42 pm »
But you got such a detailed photo with eyeliner showing on this girl.
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Toronto Reports / Re: Chronicles of the Woodlot
« Last post by Ally on May 14, 2022, 05:49:06 pm »
Wow! And wow some more!! That is some handsome collection.
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Toronto Reports / Re: Chronicles of the Woodlot
« Last post by Shortsighted on May 14, 2022, 04:32:11 pm »
Chronicles of the Woodlot - 3:
 The spring warbler migration through the para-GTA is generally viewed to occur with urgency during the three week interval from May 7th until May 21st, although there certainly are early arrivals such as Yellow-rumped and Pine warblers, as well as late arrivals such as Wilson’s and Blackpoll, among others. Climate change may skew the time-line in the coming years, if it’s not already showing its influence.
The Big Day traditionally falls on May 14th when warbler migration northward to cottage country and above is at its peak. Personally, my big day doesn’t really begin until the Tylenol starts working. Taking this prognostication with a grain of salt, evidence of any warbler migration here along the street-side woodlot is hidden from my view. With few exceptions the woodlot is as quiet as a tomb. Pest birds are certainly making their presence known. Species such as grackles, RWBB, and cowbirds are having street parties. As previously reported on this forum, the robin seems to be rallying this year. I’ve witnessed them queued for a particularly favourable wet spot likely lively with juicy worms. Not my cup of tea but then these are American robins so perhaps that explains it.
Each day while I escort my dad with his walker I also scan the adjacent woodlot for movement, both amongst the fallen debris and the boughs that grace the curb. The presence of a flycatcher can usually be detected from quite a distance because of its habit of returning back to the same, or similar perch after each foray. Closer scrutiny is needed to detect warblers.
Yesterday finally validated the occurrence of a warbler migration. At three spots along the street-side woodlot there were a few warblers doing their thing. I couldn’t believe my eyes. They were not exactly dripping from the trees because Ally would need to be here for that to happen. Still, hot-spots must be really … hot by now. I did not see anything rare, or even uncommon. My favourite species, such as Cape May, Blackburnian or Bay-breasted were not in attendance, although a Canada warbler is a very welcome treat. The woodlot featured an immature Canada during last year’s fall migration. If past years are anything to go by, street-side evidence of the warbler migration may have vanished by tomorrow.
Sightings include: Black & White / Chestnut-sided  / Magnolia / Canada / Common Yellowthroat / BT Blue (female)








 
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Backyard Birding / Re: More backyard visitors
« Last post by Shortsighted on May 14, 2022, 04:25:04 pm »
The female RB grosbeak does not stay as long as the males.