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Point Pelee and Ohio
Waves of Migrating Birds

May 7-16, 2013

Some of the continent's finest spring birdwatching awaits us at Point Pelee National Park in Ontario and Magee Marsh in northwestern Ohio. Our goal is 30 species of warbler, including Prothonotory, Cerulean, Hooded (above), Kentucky, and perhaps Kirtland's (shown to the right from Pt. Pelee). But the waves of migrants at these hotspots will include tanagers and thrushes, orioles and grosbeaks, pouring from the skies.

This trip is also an opportunity to spend quality time with shorebirds and hawks. We've seen King Rail on this outing. And chances are good that something odd -- like a Ruff or a Western Tanager (Bryan has seen both at Pt. Pelee) -- will make an appearance.

The trip begins in Detroit on May 7; you'll fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) or drive to meet us that evening at Magee Marsh, where we usually get walkaway looks at Cerulean and Hooded warblers, among many others. We'll bird often at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (formerly Creek State Park), where sonbirds are often within arm's reach. One of Bryan's favorite Ohio diversions is a short trip to prairie habitat, where we find Lark Sparrows and Blue-winged Warblers, among many other delights, singing on breeding territories.

From Ohio, we drive to the legendary Pt. Pelee, a penninsula pointing south into Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada. It is the first landfall for countless neotrpoical migrant songbirds crossing the lake. We'll hope for a fallout, but we can always expect to get close to warblers and other songbirds tired out from the crossing. A Bell's Vireo at arm's length was a typical example during the 2011 trip. The shorebirding around Pt. Pelee can be excellent.

Logistics: This trip begins and ends in Detroit for folks who fly. Drivers have other options. The fee for the outing has yet to be determined. Included in this trip are breakfasts, lodging, birding, a wine-and-cheese evening, park entrance fees and permits and other goodies.

Vermont Bird Tours also adapts to your transportation preferences. Bryan rents six-passenger mini-vans whose cost six of us shall share equally. We also recognize that some of you may drive on your own on this trip or group yourselves into rental vehicles. We'll help to organize that.

Vermont Bird Tours 2009
All images Bryan Pfeiffer / Wings Photography