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December 2011 Sightings in the Windsor Area

Snowy Owl. photo by Tom Preney

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Visit the construction page for site photos over the past year. The parking lot is now paved and we have a new entrance off Matchette Road.

Thursday, December 22: Snowy Owls had a very successful breeding season in the Arctic this past summer due to high populations of lemmings, their main prey. The resultant overcrowding on the wintering grounds pushes owls (mainly inexperienced young birds) farther south into southern Canada and the USA. For the last three weeks, up to four Snowy Owls (4 seen today) have been present outside of Point Pelee National Park. They have been seen regularly in the farm fields on concessions C, D, and E. These birds can be easily spotted as they perch on the ground, and the conspicuous white plumage highly contrasts against the black soil. This has been an exceptional year for Snowy Owls in Southern Ontario with many birds being reported.

Christmas Bird Counts are underway throughout North America. Lakeshore, Cedar Creek, Rondeau and Point Pelee have held counts over the past week. We will post some of the results on our Christmas Bird Count page. Some of the highlights include 2 Peregrine Falcons on the Lakeshore count, White-eyed Vireo and 44 White-winged Crossbills on the Cedar Creek Count and Red-throated Loon, Black-legged Kittiwake and 101 Sandhill Cranes on the Point Pelee count.

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