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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Autobots, transform

The blog is undergoing a transformation, where I will try to pots mini-updates of the spring migration on Lake Erie (from my phone), rather than try and do real blog postings without any time, sleep or internet to help me.

I hope regular followers of the blog can deal with a rash of these mini-postings for a while! Things will get back to normal later in May.

So yeah! It's Pelee time...


After today's posts about a massive wave of new migrants in Ontario and Ohio, things still look quite superb for Wendesday, and rarities will be turned up over the next 3-4 days! (as they're "found"). That's where i'll be! The rarities seem to frequently turn up a day or two after the "fallout" sort of days...

To set the tone, here's some pictorial rarity highlights from nearby:


Eared Grebes in Illinois:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/catbirder/5652028200/in/set-72157626570771336/


Rondeau Yellow-throated Warbler:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricmcarthur/5654180063/in/photostream

Eurasian Collared Dove in PA:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/timschreckengost/5650674465/in/pool-437129@N20/

Blue Grosbeak in OH:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveslager/5647267766/in/pool-437129@N20/

White-faced Ibis in Massachusetts:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryser915/5644653523/in/pool-437129@N20/

Cinnamon Teal in Michigan:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theowlranch/5654497992/in/photostream

The long-staying Wagtail in Michigan (we need more west winds!):

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UZU58J7PUbM/TbDCNOw7BbI/AAAAAAAAANg/sJDmfB2IcQc/s1600/white-wagtail.jpg

Townsend Solitare and Rondeau:

http://burgbirder.blogspot.com/2011/04/whats-with-rondeau.html

Multiple ohio rarities:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/22374475@N07/


Other non-photo rarity highlights:

PAINTED REDSTART in Minnesota
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Illinois (7) and Wisconsin (1)
Swallow-tailed Kite in southern Ohio
Tricoloured Heron, Snowy/Cattle Egrets, Black-necked Stilt, Yellow-headed Blackbird (and more!) on the south side of Lake Erie.

Not to mention the rash of rarities in Ontario *cough* Neotropic Cormorant, Eared Grebe, Eurasian Wigeon, Cattle/Snowy Egrets, Willets, Avocets, Marbled Godwits, Yellow-throated Warblers, Townsend Solitaire, Black Vultures.


!!!!!!

To quote a song:

"It's the happiest season of them all"

Andy William's - you may not have known he was a birder, and that they remixed his "spring at pelee" song to a Christmas song in order to make some fast cash.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFtb3EtjEic



It's the most wonderful time of the year

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