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December 2003 Sightings in the Windsor Area

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The December issue of Ontario Birds includes an article on the Detroit River (Michigan-Ontario) Christmas Bird Count. Julie Craves and James Fowler, Jr., summarize 25 years of results for this count, and discuss the trends over this period for Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Carolina Wren, and House Finch in southern Ontario. Visit the OFO web site for more information.

Saturday, December 27: The Amherstburg portion of the Rockwood MI Christmas Bird Count added five species not recorded on the Michigan portion of the count bringing the total to 93 species. Highlights of the Ontario portion included 1 Turkey Vulture, 11 Carolina Wrens, 7 Winter Wrens, 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 Gray Catbird, 1 American Pipit, 65 Rusty Blackbirds, 6 Common Grackles, and 1 Common Redpoll.

Monday, December 22: Ian Woodfield located a Long-eared Owl and Hermit Thrush at Little River today. Highlights from yesterday's North Shore Christmas Bird Count included two Bald Eagles at Peche Island, a Double-crested Cormorant at Belle River and 15,000 scaup on Lake St. Clair.

Saturday, December 20: The Cedar Creek Christmas Bird Count recorded 92 species today, the second highest total ever recorded on this count. Highlights included 1 Merlin, 17 Long-eared Owls, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 72,000 American Crows, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 56 Eastern Bluebirds and 1 Brown Thrasher.

Monday, December 15: Yesterday's snow storm led to record numbers of American Pipits and Snow Buntings being recorded today during Point Pelee's Christmas Bird Count. Other highlights included a Red-throated Loon at the tip and a Franklin's Gull at Hillman Marsh.

Thursday, December 11: Ian Woodfield discovered a Common Redpoll and Tufted Timouse today along the Rotary Ganatchio Extension Trail at Little River. Repolls have been spreading south in recent weeks and there is a good chance of finding these northern finches in weedy fields this winter.

Monday, December 1: Christmas Bird Count season is here. Enjoy a day of birding and help census the early winter distribution of birds over the holidays. Each CBC area is a circle, 15 miles (24 km) in diameter so lots of help is needed for each count!
Dec 14 (Rondeau CBC, Sunday)
Dec 15 (Point Pelee CBC, Monday)
Dec 20 (Cedar Creek CBC, Saturday)
Dec 21 (North Shore CBC)
Dec 27 (Rockwood CBC, Saturday)
Jan 01 (Detroit River CBC, Thursday)

 

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