Some birds at last!

Things were rather quiet in the Toronto area with very little of note to see. The weather was hot and sultry and even early morning trips failed to turn anything up.
The final day in Toronto was a Saturday and as such, we could get onto Leslie Street Spit - a rather good birding area that is closed to the public during the week. The trees at the base of the spit held a few Philidelphia Vireos, Cedar Waxwings but not much else.
The main point of interest were the regular skeins of Double-crested Cormorants that flew over heading for the harbour - up to 2000 I estimated. Apparently, they're becoming a bit of a nuisance. A Black-billed Cuckoo showed quite well but too briefly for a photo.
The following day we left the family and headed for a couple of days in the Point Pelee area. Wheatley Harbour is the largest freshwater fishing port in the world! Consequently there were quite a few gulls but only the one's I might have reasonably expected.
Here's a few for John and Bill...
Point Pelee was quiet - some nice American Barn Swallows (juvenile and adult below) and one or two flurries of activity, the best of which was on the De Laurier trail where we had Carolina Wren, Ovenbird (a lifer), Black & White, Yellow and Canada Warbler as well as Redstart and the ubiquitous Yellowthroat.
I'd been tipped off that Tibury Sewage Lagoons was the place to go for Shorebirds so having not seen very many at all, we headed up there and were rewarded with several!
We were immediately struck by the number of Great Egrets - 72 in total - and Great Blue Herons but then homed in on Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers and Killdeers. A little further back I noticed a couple of Pectoral Sandpipers... and then more!
There was a flock of around 50 Semi-palmated Sands, a few Least Sands, three Semi-p Plovers, two Bairds Sands and four dowitchers that I reckon were three juvenile Short-billed and one Long-billed (bigger, MUCH longer bill, different jizz) though none called.

An adult Night Heron sat out rather splendidly.
The drive across Michigan was long and uneventful (thank goodness) but quite pleasant with a Broad-winged Hawk and loads of TV's along the route. We managed to brave the Chicago rush-hour traffic to take the car back and then say goodbye to Heather, happy that she's settled into College life and made several new friends.


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