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April 2009 Sightings in the Windsor Area

calling American Woodcock, photo by Paul Pratt

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Saturday, April 18: The nature centre is temporarily closed due to the strike by CUPE Local 543 and Local 82 workers. The centre will honour its rental commitments but due to the current work stoppage other services normally provided from this office are currently unavailable. Please call 311 (outside Windsor call 519-255-2489) for further information regarding any City of Windsor service. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, April 17: The first warbler reported this spring was a Louisiana Watertrush. It was recorded April 10 and 14 by Fred Urie along the Spring Garden bike path, in a wet spot just north of Spring Garden Road.

Thursday, April 9: Melanie Thompson reports a partial albino American Robin that is nesting in Tecumseh (photo below). Another robin with partial white plumage has been nesting in LaSalle since 2007. White or "piebald" robins are reported most years in Windsor or Essex County.

partial albino robin image by Melanie Thompson

Earlier in the month a partial albino American Goldfinch was photographed by Marcia Bebbington.

partial albino American Goldfinch image by Marcia Bebbington

Wednesday, April 8: Spring migrantion has slowed due to the recent cold weather. We should get a big push of new migrants with the next warm spell. Today there was a Northern Mockingbird along Sprucewood Rd at Matchette. The number of Pine Siskins seems to be dropping off this week. None were seen at the centre's feeders today. Purple Finches continue to visit local feeders including the nature centre.

Our Point Pelee field trip on April 4 recorded many spring migrants such as Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Flicker, Tree Swallow, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, both Kinglets, American Pipit, Song Sparrrow, Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Towhee and Rusty Blackbird.

Wednesday, April 1: The Hallam Observatory is normally open to the public one Saturday evening every month. On Thursday through Saturday, April 2, 3 and 4th there are three open houses in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.

The observatory will be open at 8:00 p.m. each night. It is located southwest of Comber on South Middle Rd, just west of the 9th Concession. For a map and more information visit the Windsor Centre page of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Orion Nebula, photo by Paul Pratt

Orion Nebula photographed from the Hallam Observatory, January 2009

 

 

 

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