|One of my favourite signs of spring|
It's only been a tradition for two years, but already this time of year has a sort of Pavlovian effect on me -- April hits and I start thinking about Pelee. On the first week of May last year and the year before, I have joined my birding buddy Mark for a week of camping down near Point Pelee National Park (he's been going for seven years). It's an intense week of waking up at 5am and looking for birds all day until dark. Food is simple, showers are infrequent, but the birds are great.
This year I am unfortunately not going to make it down there and, honestly, it kind of hurts. For now I am consoling myself by looking at photos from the previous two years. Click through to see a collection of highlights from my first Pelee trip in 2012 (as always, you can click on any image to enlarge):
Above: Two lifer terns upon arrival the first year - Caspian Tern (left) and Forster's Tern (right); Local rarity Eared Grebe swimming around The Tip; Chipping Sparrow; Yellow-rumped Warbler; American Woodcock; House Wren on a fence
Below: Barn Swallows twittering; Red-headed Woodpecker; Surf Scoter coming in for a landing; Blue-winged Teals