Great Canadian Parks / Ontario

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The Parks / Ontario / Point Pelee National Park



 


 

Great concentrations of a wide variety of bird species makes Point Pelee National Park ‘the park the birds built’. Over the last 100 years, 347 bird species have been recorded - almost 100 species nest here and about 50 remain over the winter. After flying perhaps hundreds of kilometres in one night, the 50 kilometres over the expanse of Lake Erie on their northward migration leave the birds exhausted. They often virtually tumble onto the mainland - tiny wind-swept Point Pelee. Dead trees provide nesting sites for tree swallows, wrens, wood ducks, woodpeckers, Great Horned Owls and the much-fancied Prothonotary Warbler. In the fields, meadowlarks, field sparrows, Rufous-sided Towhees, Yellow-breasted Chat, Wood Pee-Wees, Red-eyed Vireos and Yellow-billed Cuckoos can be seen. The beaches are host to gulls, crows and grackles. Of the truly rare species that draw thousands of birders to the park each year, the Virginia Warbler, Lesser Nighthawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, Sage Thrasher and CassinŽs Sparrow are among the most desirable sightings possible.

 

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