07 May 2016

A little early this year

The good thing -- no leaves to get in the way.  The bad thing -- few birds.  Did get to see some tremendously shiny white-crowned and white-throated sparrows and a plethora of ducks, but nothing much in the way of shorebirds at Hillman.  (Those came through the next day, as may be required by law.)

Still, glad to have gone; sociability has its benefits.
Three horned grebes from the tip of Point Pelee
Grebes, with their ancientry, mad eyes, mutual sexual selection, and propellor feet are one of my favourite bird groups.  There were a bunch very close to the tip, so there are not-horrible photos from my little pocket camera, too.  I don't know what they were feeding on but they were diving for it a lot.

tiny purple wild flowers from Point Pelee
No idea what these are or if it's an actual wildflower rather than a garden escapee from Pelee's thickly settled past.  But there were a lot of them and they're pretty.