Slowly Catching Up

The Fish flies have finally left us, and now we have another special treat when we go out at night.
Fire Flies, or Lightning Bugs, are all over the place. For some reason these little beetles make me happy. It could be because you don’t see them in the big city due to the lighting, and even when you are out in the countryside, they may not show up in your area. We were taking an evening drive a few days ago, and first noticed flickering lights out in the fields. A couple days later and it was almost like going warp speed in space and having all the stars whiz by. Unfortunately a few hit the windshield and their light slowly went out.

The lights of the fireflies

We have heard about flooding all over the place, and our area isn’t immune to it. The Detroit River is high enough to bury docks. Lake Erie has eaten away at the shoreline of Holiday Beach and the trails there are flooded out, so the only place to go walking now is along the roadways, and the Conservation Area has closed the beach. Hopefully the water will go down before the Festival of Hawks near the end of September. In Windsor the Lakeview Marina is closed for the year while they install a new floating dock system. This marina is where we go in the winter to watch all the Eagles over at Peche Island.

I have been going through more of my photos, and found one that I meant to share before. We had a Snowy Owl sitting in a corn field down near Point Pelee back at the end of April. It was pretty far out in the field, so getting a nice clean photo was not really an option. Hopefully we have better luck next year.

Snowy Owl in the corn field

 As mentioned before, we spent a fair bit of May down at Point Pelee and other birding sights in the county, and took thousands of photos. May 9 in particular was outstanding. A bit of backstory first. On May 8 we had a couple things to do in the morning, alright, we actually slept in a bit longer, and we didn’t arrive at Pelee until after 10. By that time all of the southern parking lots were filled, and we had to park about half way down and take a shuttle to the main visitor centre. We figured the next day we would get our butts out of bed and get down there at a good time.

Come the morning of May 9 and we are up nice and early, arriving at the tip by 6:30. Of course there are already hundreds of people there, so we stood near a couple of gentlemen that we knew from other outings, and listened as they pointed out all the different birds flying in and out from the tip. It got to the point where we truly didn’t know where to look, there were so many birds. It was amazing. Birds were flying in and out in what was being called a “reverse migration”. Others suggested they were orienting themselves with the coast after flying through the night. Didn’t matter to us what it was called, we were just giddy with what was happening.

We stayed at the tip for about 6 hours that day, and talked with some people who said that they had been coming every year and had never seen it like this in over 30, 40 or 50 years. We were floored to think that this was really our first true year of birding (stage 3 – see earlier blog post), and we were experiencing this spectacle.

Strange to think that we are almost in the middle of July and I am still working on photos from May.

Perhaps I need to stop being so trigger happy. Uh, no, I don’t think so.

Mind you, the birds have mostly moved on and the trees are nice and green, so even if they were here it’s getting harder to see them.

Hope you are enjoying seeing the photos and reading the stories as much as I enjoy putting this all together for you.

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