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.
May 19

3 Replies to “Willow Ptarmigan”

  1. 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. 🙂

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