Saturday, May 17, 2008

Endangered Kirtland's Warbler at Point Pelee

I just came back from Point Pelee doing our yearly birding trip to catch the migrating warblers. It was just a wonderful time. We saw about 20 species of Warblers over 3 days. The highlight of our trip was a rare endangered Kirtland Warbler.

As the story goes..... someone heard the song and in about 1 hour of hearing the song, about 30 of us were trying to find the bird. Now this Kirtland loved to sing but also loved to hide. After about 1 hour we didn't see the bird and a number of us were giving up. This was the last day for Tim(my brother) and I, so we decided to leave as well and try our luck elsewhere. We had a 4 hour drive back to Toronto and time was pressing on. Now about 1 hour later we heard that indeed the Kirtland showed its head. We decided to keep on birding the trail we were now on instead of going back. Well that lasted about 10 minutes. At Tim's urging we heading back to the the Kirtland spot and about 30 minutes later it showed it's head for a few quick short seconds, however my camera was ready so I have these very special shots for you. About 60 people were gathered around all jammed together to experience this very special moment.

Here is some additional info on the Kirtland Warbler.


The Nature Nut said...

Wow you were so lucky to get those shots! Great job :o)

Modesto Viegas said...

Very good blog, with excellent photos.