May 8 2023
molting, outside normal range
Point Pelee National Park - This is the most unlikely bird to ever visit the southernmost point of mainland Canada and a record for this Arctic wanderer. Hundreds of observers saw the bird within its five hour visit before it flew off towards a destination even further south, Pelee Island, 16km away. In typical ptarmigan fashion it paid no attention to its admirers, at times approaching to within a few feet of them.
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That is indeed incredible. While at Long Point I overheard talk of this occurrence. Glad you caught up with him!
Amazing to see in this location!!!!
Absolutely. We were all stunned, with most seeing the bird for the first time. I considered heading north last winter when birds started showing up near Lac St. Jean Quebec but never made it. This meant I had a different kind of show, which I shared with hundreds of my closest friends. 🙂