By Friday evening, May 10, most of the Macnamarans had arrived in Brighton where we met for a lively dinner at the Whistling Duck and got more acquainted with one another before our big day of birding. At 7:30 am on Saturday we met up again on Beach 1 in Presqu’ile Park and began an excellent day with our knowledgeable and very fun leader, Doug McRae. A Piping Plover (highly endangered) had been seen on the beach and we went to find it but it eluded us in the morning. It was very exciting to find it there when we returned in the afternoon. With a good number of scopes on hand, everyone had a good view.
There were many other highlights that day. Here are a few: Scarlet Tanager, Northern Mockingbird (rare for the area), Blue-winged Warbler, Black-bellied Plover, Peregrine Falcon.
Along the way Doug provided us with lots of interesting information about the birds and the park, while helping us identify the birds by sight and sound. For many of the participants there were a number of life birds.
A great day!