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Birds at Point Pelee in May 2001
All photos, Copyright Paul Gale


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Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow in the forest just up form the Point. One advantage of carrying 13 kg of camera equipment around, all set up and ready, is that if you come across something unexpected you can quickly blaze off a few photos - and then work out what the bird was from the photo. This is just what happened with this little bird. It was partly obscurred by undergrowth - but I managed to get five or six pictures before it flew deeper into the woods. The grey unstreaked nape is apparent in the right hand photo.

Sharp-tailed Sparrow


American Robin

American Robin


American Robin with a beakful of worms. This photo was taken from just outside the visitors' centre.

American Robin


Carolina? wren singing in the forest.

Wren


Blue Jay on the road to the Point.

Blue Jay


Eastern Towhee from the road to the Point.

Eastern Towhee


Cedar Waxwing. There were many flocks of Cedar Waxwings moving up through the forest from the Point. It is smaller and browner than the Bohemian Waxwing (which occurs in England) with a yellow belly and no yellow on the wing.

Cedar Waxwing


Northern Cardinal - on a dull day.

Northern Cardinal


Turkey Vulture in flight over the canopy. Note the silvery grey flight feather contrasting with the black.

Turkey Vulture


Turkey Vulture in the canopy.

Turkey Vulture


Gray-cheeked Thrush. Apart from the American Robins, most thrushes proved very difficult to find, let alone photograph. I was not quick enough to get my camera on a Wood Thrush before it hoped back into the hedge. However, this Gray-cheeked Thrush seemed happy to pose in a puddle after a sudden thunderstorm.

Gray-cheeked Thrush


Gray Catbird - bathing in the same puddle as the Gray-cheeked Thrush. Note the trace of chestnut on the undertail coverts.

Catbird

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