Every year in the late spring, migratory songbirds pour into Point Pelee during their yearly journey back to North America. Because the songbirds arrive from their travels exhausted and ravenous, the first few days after they land, they spend their time close to the ground where food is plentiful. Once they have rested and stuffed their bellies, they scatter across the North to breed and aren’t overly visible to humans. This makes their entrance into North America very special for rare viewing opportunities.
Point Pelee is a prime migratory entrance into North America. Many people visit during this annual natural event. The best birding trails are mostly peppered with serious birders who, like the birds, travel from around the world every year to gather there for a few short weeks. I have been fortunate enough to attend the last three years with Miles. Almost no dogs are on the trails, and my guess is because the experience might be pretty tedious for dogs — it involves long hours of quiet diligent walking on narrow trails.
This year, Miles & I were accepted as a birding pair! Maybe the first human/dog birding pair at Point Pelee?
I am really excited to share my birding photos from this year! Most of these birds are very rare and their populations are threatened. I’ve tried to ID as many as possible, but by all means, comment below if you know more than I do! My biggest question is, which bird is your favorite? They all have such different personalities, I am curious which birds everyone picks!
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