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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Monthly Summaries of Autumn Migrants


For many species, the breeding season ends by mid-July and the song period also ends by the end of the month. During July, the hottest month of the year, many species start molting and are less in evidence during this period.

Although southward migrating shorebirds sometimes arrive before the end of June, early to mid-July is the time to expect many of the first migrants.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Short-billed Dowitcher

Soon followed by:

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

New arrivals to be expected by the end of the month include:

Black-bellied Plover
Swainson's Thrush
Ruddy Turnstone
Tennessee Warbler
Wilson's Phalarope (scarce)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Northern Waterthrush
Least Flycatcher

Caspian terns begin to appear in numbers by mid-month. Bank swallows reach their peak during July and migrant Yellow warblers are abundant by month's end.