Saturday, May 14, 2011

Perspective from Point Pelee

Another amazing trip hosted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory is the Jet Express boat ride to Point Pelee. The Elderhostel crew from Put-In-Bay joined us, adding Tom Barlett and crew's talents to the leadership pool.

Large-flowered Bellwort, Uvularia grandiflora was the head-turner of the trip. So many folks asked what this was- I started to just answer "large-flowered bellwort" whenever asked a question...

The vegetation at Point Pelee, Canada was surprisingly good. Very few alien plants were seen, despite the obviously human-made trails, buildings and amenities. This Canadian National Park was very well maintained, and we barely scratched the surface of all the places to bird on this excellent preserve. There is a tram system available too, but if you are able- I recommend the woodlot trails.

We had an excellent day of birding with well over 100 species. This Magnolia Warbler was so up close and personal, I was able to snap a decent shot. The bird du jour was Baltimore Oriole. There were times we could see 4 or more chasing about, with a Orchard Oriole as the trump card.

Cheryl Harner and Julie Davis at Point Pelee, Ontario

But what is Point Pelee if you don't visit "the point?" Here is your blogger with fellow OOS board member Julie Davis posing on the point. There were numerous birds lounging off-shore, and a decent collection on birds on the lee side, resting from their journey.

More later... have another trip right now.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like it was a really nice trip. How long was the boat ride?