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April 1998 Sightings in the Windsor Area



Wednesday, April 29: Highlight of Ojibway's birding trip to Point Pelee was an excellent view of a Virginia Rail along the west side of the tip. Two Grasshopper Sparrows were found among the Savannah, Field, Song, White-throated and Chipping Sparrows north of the tip transit stop along the west side trail. Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers were common along the seasonal birding trail north of Sanctuary Picnic Area.

Friday, April 24: New arrivals at Ojibway include House Wren, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Swamp Sparrow. Other firsts include flowering Arrow-leaved Violet Viola saggitata and Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum. The first damselfly of the spring, an Eastern Forktail Ischnura verticalis was also found today.

Tuesday, April 21: A record early Western Sandpiper was found by Alan Wormington at the east end of Concession D, outside Point Pelee. Two Soras were calling from the pond in Spring Garden prairie (Josie Hazen).

Many trees are in bloom or starting to leaf out. Yellow Trout Lily Erythronium americanum, White Trillium Trillium grandiflorum, Wood Anemone Anemone quinquefolia, Purple Cress Cardamine douglassii, Merry Bells Uvularia sessilifolia, Wild Strawberry Fragaria virginiana, Kidney-leaved Buttercup Ranunculus abortivus, Yellow Violet Viola pubescens and Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata are now in flower.

Monday, April 20: The ECFNC excursion to Little River on the east side of Windsor found 2 Green Herons yesterday and Betty learmouth saw 10 Hermit Thrushes and a Spotted Sandpiper there today. A Louisiana Waterthrush was seen today along the main ditch through the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve (Fred Urie). Over at Black Oak, Fred found a Blue-headed Vireo, 15 Cabbage White Butterflies and a Red Admiral butterfly.

Tuesday, April 14: Several new migrants were found in Black Oak Heritage Park today by Fred Urie. Highlights at Black Oak included 3 Blue-grey Gnatcatchers, 11 Hermit Thrushes, 9 Eastern Towhees, 1 Brown Thrasher, 11 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 19 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 4 Winter Wrens and 25 Northern Flickers.

Thursday, April 9: See the Ministry of Natural Resources press release for details of the upcoming prescribed burn at Ojibway. Portions of oak woodland, savanna and prairie communities are planned for a controlled burn when weather conditions improve.

Monday, April 6: Ojibway recorded the first Eastern Garter Snake and Red-eared Slider of the spring today.

Fred Urie spotted a Black Vulture soaring over the Harrow sewage lagoons on Sunday. The bird was flying north with a flock of Turkey Vultures.

Over the weekend, Point Pelee had a record early Palm Warbler on Saturday (Paul Pratt, Glenn Gervais). Highlights of Ojibway's field trip to Pelee included a Short-eared Owl over the west beach at Pioneer Picnic area, several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in Tilden's Woods and Common Loon and six Horned Grebes off Northwest Beach.

Spring wildflowers such as Whitlow-grass (Draba verna), Bitter Cress (Cardamine pensylvanica), Sharp-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba), Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) and Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cuccularia) were reported over the weekend.

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