Thursday, 17 May 2018

Long Point Day 11

Long Point; Old Cut & 4th Concession Street
Our final morning in Canada was spent hunting around Old Cut looking for Turkeys. Sadly after an hour driving scanning fields we failed to find any, so we returned to Old Cut to see how the mornings ringing was going. Sadly it was a fairly slow morning but a female Blue-winged Warbler was an obvious highlight, as well as Ovenbird and Northern Waterthrush, although I ringed no birds.
At 9.00 we left Long Point and headed back to the site for Louisiana Waterthrush for one final ditch attempt to see this species. Sadly though the birding remained difficult and we were unable to find any Waterthrush. However, all was not lost as we did find ourselves a Turkey, which was some compensation, and made the walk through the mosquito ridden woodland worthwhile.

Wild Turkey - Although we dipped during our designated Turkey search, we came up lucky with this large bird on our search for Waterthrush. It appeared to be drinking from the brook, but scampered off as soon as it saw it. The bird appeared so large that my initial impression from the angle I got was of a deer, although only for a few fleeting seconds. What a beast of a bird. We later saw a second individual on our drive back.
Hooded Warbler - After only seeing a single first year female until this point, it was nice to have a showy male hopping around the fallen branches near the brook. It was not shy, and we got a really good look at it before its foraging took it out of sight for us.

-Hooded Warbler
-Spicebush Swallowtail

Species List:
Long Point; Old Cut & 4th Concession Street: Wild Turkey, Magnolia Warbler, Black Tern, Hooded Warble, Ovenbird, Blue-winged Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Eastern Bluebird, Black-capped Chickadee, Forsters Tern, House Finch, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Killdeer, Canada Goose, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Starling, Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Chipping Sparrow, House Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch,

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