Since there were no other mega-rarities being seen and Essex was fairly quiet (alright, it was pretty good for late April, but you can only look at April migrants for so long!), we decided to try our luck at Rondeau, where a Yellow-throated Warbler was being seen. We stopped in at the Visitor centre to see exactly where it was hanging out, and spent a little while watching the feeders where a tame Raccoon was trying its luck with the peanut feeder (with a fair bit of success). We then spent about an hour walking the road and waiting by the feeders where it had been seen in the last few days, with no luck, not even a chip note for our efforts. We did however see a fairly early Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a flock of Rusty Blackbirds as a consolation prize. Just as we were walking back down the road to the car, I noticed a tiny bird flying off in the distance, and as it landed on a distant tree it gave a chip note. Interesting... I got my bins on it and immediately saw a black-and-white striped bird with a yellow throat. Got it! The other three came rushing back and we spent a good 20 minutes or so with the little guy, who was constantly talking to himself and even caught a few bugs, including a Red Admiral, while we watched. Since it was getting late we decided to head out, and I got back to Guelph just before 9pm. A very long but awesome day - only my third-ever visit to Pelee, and it continues to impress!
Bell's Vireo and Yellow-throated Warbler were both new Ontario (and Canada) birds for me, and I managed to add a solid 20 birds to the year list (out of 104 total species for the day!).
As I'm sure you've all noticed, my photography has been lacking from posts since about mid-February...I've been really bad about taking the camera out, but I plan on changing that now that school's out and the birds are arriving!
Pied-billed Grebes from last weekend south of Guelph
A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher shot from Pelee that didn't turn out, but I thought this was kind of interesting
The bird of the day - Bell's Vireo! Probably the 15th record for Ontario and the first ever in April
My best shot yet of a Blue-headed Vireo
Part of the huge (~225) flock of Forster's Terns at Hillman Marsh, along with a Bonaparte's Gull (top right)
A White-breasted Nuthatch looks on as the raccoon tries to figure out the pole
This Red-bellied Woodpecker probably wasn't too happy about the raccoon stealing all the peanuts
A highly cropped photo of the Yellow-throated Warbler at Rondeau