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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Black Terns at Pt. Pelee and Shorebirds at Hillman Marsh

Canada is South of the border from Detroit; and Pt. Pelee is at the southernmost point in Canada which is justifiably renown as a  premier birding hotspot. More famously known for warblers, it also offers marsh and wetland habitat; and nearby, Hillman Marsh attracts migrating shorebirds in the Spring [but not in the Fall when the fields are flooded].

Having had my full on warblers at Magee, this was a trip that focused on marsh specialties -- among them -- the Black Tern. Black Tern is a freshwater tern that is declining in numbers in the US. It requires floating biomass to nest and it is regular at Pt. Pelee.

Highlights of the visit, besides Black Tern, included Red-eyed Vireo, Cedar Waxwings, Barn Swallows and the ubiquitous Common Yellowthroat.

Nearby at Hillman Marsh, which features excellent shorebird habitat, Semi-palmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin and White-rumped Sandpiper were observed.

The highlight of course is the Black Tern, included here are some shots from prior visits:

Nesting Black Terns

Black Tern

Black Tern in flight

Watching the Black Terns engage in courtship, nesting, and feeding is an unparalleled experience.

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