Crossing on the Chi Cheemaun ferry was a great way to start off the trip. We took the earliest crossing at 7 am.
Arriving in South Baymouth, Manitoulin Island, the first plan was to check into the rented cottage on Lake Mindemoya. Large numbers of sandhill cranes were seen in the fields as we drove. While watching the cranes, I noticed a small falcon sitting on the power lines. It was a merlin, my first sighting of one.
The cottage on Lake Mindemoya had an excellent view over the water making it a great place to set up the scope and scan the area.
A normal sight on many northern lakes, these common loons would often swim by in the morning. Even if I didn't see them, I could often hear them.
It's always fun when on the island to visit Providence Bay and walk the boardwalk along the water. Although quite common, ring-billed gulls are relatively tame and easy to photograph.
I also saw this little shorebird scurrying along around the waves. My shorebird identification skills still have a way to go. Any thoughts are welcome.
Overall it was a great trip with several new life species. The island is definitely
worth a visit if you are in the area.