Point Pelee National Park:
Woodland Nature Trail

Every spring people from around the world visit Point Pelee for the opportunity to observe the sudden influx of migratory song birds. Since Point Pelee is the Southern most point of Canada, many, many birds arrive there when they make their way back to North America on their yearly migration. The birds are tired and hungry upon arrival, so even the most colorful rare birds are easily viewed during the few peak days of return. It is quite a sight to behold.

Point Pelee National Park: </br><i>Woodland Nature Trail</i>

Miles and I had a very good time checking out the beautiful trails, and witnessing the intensity of hundreds of international grade-A birders. Miles fit right in with the top birders (amazingly enough!) — he was diligent and quiet enough to not scare off the rare songbirds. I however, was not a grade-A birder, and had trouble capturing many good bird photos.

Point Pelee National Park: </br><i>Woodland Nature Trail</i>

The Woodland Nature Trail at Point Pelee National Park is beautiful: a forest trail with shallow lush marsh-like areas. Click there to see the bigger version of the above panorama.

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{ A friendly (armed) park warden }

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{ A mink preparing for a dip }

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There were many Baltimore Orioles around. I didn’t get a good picture of one, but this video captures how much they stand out. This crummy video I was able to get is a good testament to their fluorescence and their beautiful song!

Point Pelee National Park: </br><i>Woodland Nature Trail</i>

{ Happy Miles }

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{ Tree splits }

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{ My favorite bird picture from the trip }

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{ The leaf tannins created a very unique orange color in the water }

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My mother and I would not have known of this toad’s existence, had it not been for Miles’ diligent tracking…

Point Pelee National Park: </br><i>Woodland Nature Trail</i>

{ “Finders Keepers! ?” }

After that first toad sighting, and certainly after the second (above).. Miles has now become a diligent tracker. A few weeks into our return to the city, he is still making sure to keep an eye out for anything that might resemble a toad. The above video, which really makes me laugh, shows my mom walking Miles in the Woodland Trail, and how Miles carefully inspects each and every brown twig and leaf, just to make sure he doesn’t miss a TOAD!

Point Pelee National Park: </br><i>Woodland Nature Trail</i>

5 comments on Point Pelee National Park:
Woodland Nature Trail

  • Danielle

    Looks like a really interesting place, and how different it would be once the trees were all leafed out. I’m still fascinated by Miles hunting toads – even now that you’re back in the city. Such a useful guy to have around!

    • Emma (author)

      Yeah, the lack of leaves really helps with the birding, it is much easier to see them. I hope I can go back when it is in full foliage & bloom.

  • Elise

    My favorite trip with my 2 Welshies was through Canada … We need another one! If you and Miles wander south into Minnesota please stop in. We have bunnies and toads in our backyard 🙂

    • Emma (author)

      Hi Elise, I will definitely let you know if we are coming through Minnesota! What path did you take across Canada? What were your favorite spots?

      Your backyard sounds like Welsh Terrier heaven!

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