A nice variety of new species arrived at Fish Point from April 10th - 19th and migrants filtered through the area on a daily basis despite generally cool temperatures and some steady northeast winds and rain. There were eighteen Spring 'firsts' noted including Virginia Rail, Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, House Wren, and our first 'official' Pine Warbler, among others, along with a noticeable increase of other species such as Tree Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrush.
East and northeast winds from the 11th - 15th produced some rain and cooler temperatures, although it was quite active on April 12th, when 46 species were documented during the official count period. Sightings included Common Loon, 225 Red-breasted Mergansers, both kinglet species, a couple of Brown Thrashers, and six sparrow spp., among others. It was wet and very windy on the 13th, but conditions improved the next day - 35 species were recorded, including a Pied-billed Grebe.
The wind shifted to the southwest on May 15th, but not much activity was noted until the 17th and 18th, when good numbers of swallows appeared, including 176 Tree Swallows feeding over the lake, along with moderate numbers of Americans Robins and Northern Flickers. The final day of the summary period was cool and windy from the northwest and birds were few-and-far between with the exception of some Eastern Phoebes, a handful of Yellow-rumped Warblers, a group of Song and Swamp Sparrows, and a small variety of others.
PIBO's next summary will be posted on May 1st.
Species recorded by PIBO staff on Pelee Island from April 1st - 23rdCommon Loon