Migration Summary for the Period May 6th – 12th
It was a busy week for both birds and birders as
The race for the Botham Cup was also a smashing success. Eleven teams undertook the grueling 24-hour marathon and, once again, the consummate field-craft and daring-do of the island’s perennial favourites – the Finch and Chips – reigned supreme. A total of 155 species was recorded by all the teams and everyone had a great time.
There were quite a few migrants documented at Fish Point during the summary period and new arrivals continued to appear on a daily basis including spring ‘firsts’ for Willet and Peregrine Falcon, along with eight other species. Other noteworthy sightings at the beginning of the week included White-eyed Vireo on the 7th and 3 Sandhill Cranes and a Clay-colored Sparrow observed by PIBO staff on the afternoon of the 8th.
On the second day of the bird race a number of unusual species were noted
by birders on the island including a Kirtland’s Warbler discovered and
videoed along the west shore and a King Rail heard and seen on
Next week’s summary will be posted on May 21st.
Photo: Sumiko Onishi