A Brisk Start to Spring

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?



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