Spring Migrants near Vermilion

Most of the spring migrants have returned to this part of the province, with many species — including the Tree Swallows, Mallards, Green-winged Teals, and Barn Swallows — already sitting on eggs. I’ve been able to go birding quite frequently this month, so I though I’d share some of my favorite photos from May.

A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker excavating a nest in a poplar tree,

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A male Ruffed Grouse taking a break from displaying,

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Song Sparrow,

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This male Baltimore Oriole was quite difficult to photograph as it kept hiding behind leaves and branches,

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The first warblers to arrive in the Vermilion area are Yellow-rumped Warblers (this a Myrtle variant),

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I came across this Mallard nest on one of my walks,

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This handsome Le Conte’s Sparrow is the most recent addition to my Life List,

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A male Yellow Warbler,

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I found this dead Red-necked Phalarope near one of the sloughs,

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11 thoughts on “Spring Migrants near Vermilion

  1. Amazing pictures of the LeConte’s. I saw one at Pt Pelee in May 2007 and boy, this was a very tough bird to lay eyes on. Several dozend people were watching an area the size of maybe 5 square metres for nearly half an hour to no avail, until it finally popped up from that exact area, stayed visible for a couple of seconds, and dove down into the vegetation never to be seen again. Such a beauty!

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