Birding Tour Canada: Point Pelee, Niagara Falls, and Algonquin May 1, 2018
Duration: 12 days
Point Pelee must be the most famous site in North America for the spring migration of songbirds, including 35 wood warbler species as well as brightly-colored tanagers, orioles, and many others. Across the border in Ohio, USA, the “Biggest Week in American Birding” at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory is impressive to say the least, but the Canadian side here at Point Pelee is just as good, if not even better. On the American side the birds fatten up and wait for the right weather conditions before crossing Lake Erie into Canada. On arrival they are wary and hungry. The warblers are spectacularly colorful – Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, the very unique Black-throated Blue Warbler, and a host of others always entertain us. Also we always try to pick out the rare ones, including the rarest of all, the highly sought-after Kirtland’s Warbler. A “fallout” is always hoped for, which makes the already spectacular migration event even more exciting! We also spend time at Algonquin Park, seeking Boreal specials in the form of Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, and other desirables.
We’ll also have time for a few other sites, where we may find waterbirds, Bobolink, and many others, along with otter, moose, and other mammals. Even wolf is possible on this tour, although it needs a large amount of luck.