August 1999 Sightings in the Windsor Area
Thursday, August 19:Common Nighthawks are beginning to head towards their wintering grounds in South America. Over 100 were flying over LaSalle yesterday evening (G. Gervais, P. Pratt).
Tuesday, August 17:An immature Little Blue Heron was found at Holiday Beach on Saturday (by Paul Pratt) and seen again yesterday (Ian Platt). This bird and 120 Great Egrets were seen at the far east end of the conservation area which is accessible from a gated lane off County Road 50. Fred Urie explored the wetlands at Holiday Beach yesterday and counted 614 Great Blue Herons.
The last two weeks or more have been great for southern butterflies. Common Buckeye, Fiery Skipper, Pipevine Swallowtail, Snout Butterfly, Little Yellow, Gray Hairstreak and Variegated Fritillary have been widely reported across the region.
Monday, August 2:Extensive mudflats at Big Creek and Holiday Beach Conservation Area continue to attract good numbers of shorebirds and waders. Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeers and Pectoral Sandpipers were common with smaller nubers of Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs and Solitary Sandpiper.
The number of Great Blue Herons was staggering. Paul Pratt carefully scanned the marsh shoreline from just one spot by the base of the hawk tower and counted 287! While heron numbers were up only a single Great Egret was present at the same location. Brisk northwest winds today brought a couple of Northern Harriers, Turkey Vultures and a single Red-tailed Hawk over the hawk tower.
Ojibway's web site: Paul Pratt, 519-966-5852 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Information last updated : 19 August 1999
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