April 2001 Sightings in Windsor
The nature centre is coordinating efforts for the new Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Project in the local area. There will be a workshop for atlas volunteers on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm. more information
Sunday, April 29: Fred Urie found a male "Audubon's" Warbler in the tall cottonwoods beside the ponds at Malden Park. This sub-species of Yellow-rumped Warbler is rarely seen in Ontario.
The highlight of Ojibway's field trip to Hillman Marsh on Saturday was an Eurasian Collared-Dove found by Paul Pratt. This was a new species for the Point Pelee checklist and only the second record for Ontario. While the view of the Collared-Dove was brief, a Black Vulture seen soaring over the Pelee Visitor Centre in the afternoon provided extended viewing.
Slender Bush Clover was added to Ontario's Endangered Species Act on April 6. In Ontario this prairie species can only be found in sandy openings within the Ojibway Prairie Complex.
Friday, April 27: A short walk around Ojibway after yesterday's burn found Green Heron 1, House Wren 2, Winter Wren 1, Blue-headed Vireo 1, Pine Warbler 1, Yellow Warbler 1, Chestnut-sided Warbler 1, Ovenbird 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2, Hermit Thrush 1, Eastern Towhee 2 and lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-throated Sparrows (K. Cedar, P. Pratt).
Thursday, April 26: The Ministry of Natural Resources conducted a prescribed burn of prairie and savanna sites at Ojibway today. The burn included portions of the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve (101 ha), Ojibway Park (21 ha) and Black Oak Heritage Park (8 ha).
Randy Horvath found a male Hooded Warbler and a Louisiana Waterthrush today along the old channel of Little River south of the pollution control plant. Species at Devonwood C.A. included: Ovenbird 1, Northern Waterthrush 1, Tufted Titmouse 4, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2, Hermit Thrush 10, and Cooper's Hawk 1 (Fred Urie).
Monday, April 23: Spring wildflowers beginning to bloom include Yellow Trout Lily Erythronium americanum, Wood Anemone Anemone quinquefolia, Merry Bells Uvularia sessilifolia and a few Yellow Violets Viola pubescens and White Trilliums Trillium grandiflorum.
Friday, April 20: A male Black-throated Green Warbler was found on the Pin Oak Trail today by Karen Cedar. Yesterday, Fred Urie found 6 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 6 Eastern Towhees, 7 Hermit Thrushes, +25 Northern Flickers, 2 Bank Swallows and 8 Yellow-rumped Warblers at Ojibway and Black Oak Heritage Park.
Monday, April 9: The latest warm spell culminated with record high temperatures yesterday (+26C). New arrivals began with with Cabbage Butterflies (Karen Cedar) and Mourning Cloak (Dave D'hondt) on April 4, Eastern Comma Butterfly on April 5 (Vanessa Lee), and first singing American Toads and Leopard Frogs on April 7 (Paul Pratt). Many kinds of insects (including a few mosquitoes!) were active yesterday. The flowering catkins of pussy willows are very attractive to early spring butterflies and other insects.
Migrant birds such as Turkey Vultures, North Flickers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Phoebes and Tree Swallows are common and widespread. Purple Finches, Chipping Sparrows, Field Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are also being reported.
Ojibway had a birding trip to Pelee on April 7 where sparrows put on a good showing with American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Fox Sparrow plus Purple Finch and Eastern Towhee. Yesterday, Yellow-rumped Warblers began to appear at both Pelee and Holiday Beach and the first Louisiana Waterthrush was found at Pelee (Dean Ware).
Information last updated: 29 April 2001
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