May 14-16 – Preparing for BIRDATHON!

It’s been a busy few days in Haldimand-Norfolk. The weather has finally turned nice, and the migrants are really starting to pour through. There are good numbers of migrants and local residents to keep things interesting. I am doing a Birdathon this weekend with some fellow volunteers at the Ruthven Park, so I am trying to line up some birding hotspots. A partial day of birding turned up 120+ species today, so hopefully we will have a very successful day.

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Photos: One of the highlights over the past few days included a White-eyed Vireo at the old Long Point Provincial Park

 

May 14

No new species

 

May 15

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD – Long Point

SCARLET TANAGER – Wilson Tract

While not a rare species, I did find my first ever Wild Turkey nest. Super cool! And slightly terrifying when she flushed at my feet.

 

May 16

Birding was fantastic everywhere today. There were migrants in most places, in good numbers.

New birds included:

PHILADELPHIA VIREO – old Long Point Provincial Park

MOURNING WARBLER – old Long Point Provincial Park

BLACK TERN – Turkey Point beach

COMMON TERN – Turkey Point beach

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER – Townsend Sewage Lagoons

WILSON’S PHALAROPE (3) – Townsend Sewage Lagoons

As I mentioned, I will be doing Birdathon this Saturday. If anyone is interested in sponsoring me (or anyone on my team!), you can do so online by following instructions from the link below. A portion of the money raised goes directly to the Ruthven banding station where we volunteer, and the rest to Bird Studies Canada. Such a great fundraiser! We are aiming for 150 species, so stay tuned to see how our team does.

BIRDATHON fundraising link:

http://birdscanada.kintera.org/birdathon/ruthven

 

 

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About canadabigyear2013

I'm a lifelong birder and naturalist who is undertaking a Canada Big Year in 2013.
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