I managed to take some time to visit Manitoulin Island for several days last week. I have many fond memories of summers spent visiting the island and I was looking forward to exploring a new area this year. Our neighbors had rented a cottage on the island for a week and had invited us to come join them. Some family issues meant that plans had to be altered somewhat, but I still had several days up there to explore flora and fauna.
The first target when headed up the Bruce Peninsula was to check around the community of Mar for Brewer's Blackbird. A fellow birder had told me where to look for this species and it wasn't long before I came across this individual, my first lifer of the trip.
An early foggy ferry crossing the following morning, meant an early arrival at Pike Lake, home for the next few days.
|Fog over the ferry.|
It was here that I finally managed to set my eyes on a White Admiral, the northern counterpart of the Red-Spotted Purple butterflies that I am familiar with back home.
I realized that I should brush up on dragonfly identification as I watched them cruise over the water. I believe that the two below are widow skimmers.
|Male Widow Skimmer|
|Female Widow Skimmer|
|A pair of Alder Flycatchers were seen and heard regularly.|
|Striped Hairstreak, Gore Bay|
|Ring-Billed Gull, Providence Bay|
|Common Yellowthroats were numerous but they dont't seem to want to sit still for long.|
|Prickly Wild Rose|
Our time on the island came to a close as the Chi-Cheemaun came sailing in.
|Cove Island Lighthouse seen from the Chi Cheemaun.|