As I wrote in a recent post, Canada’s Point Pelee National Park is a magnet for nature lovers this time of year, mainly because of the mass migration of birds returning from their southern winter homes. Jutting down from the south shore of Lake Erie, the point offers a welcome landfall for birds flying across the lake toward their summer breeding grounds.
While the birds return every spring, each year is a bit different. And this year, with unseasonable weather striking many parts of the world, the migration was a week or so late. Luckily, that meant that on the week I returned to Point Pelee, the migration was at its peak, and the display of bird life was amazing.
Even better, Point Pelee seems to attract some of the most colourful birds the northern hemisphere has to offer, and this year they were there in numbers. In some cases, they were so busy feeding up after their long trip that they didn’t worry too much about the paparazzi taking their picture with those long lenses. As well, this year the park’s flock of wild turkeys was large and in charge, almost hobnobbing with the visitors along the trails.
The result is that I came home with a collection of photos just bursting with colour. So if you love birds, nature, or just colour, I’ll share some of them with you.
These are only a few of the colourful birds on display at Point Pelee in the spring. And even when the park’s Festival of Birds is over for the year, the trees are still alive with interesting birds, so it’s well worth getting out with your binoculars. And if you don’t make it this spring, don’t worry — there’s always next year.