March 1999 Sightings in the Windsor Area
Tuesday, March 30: The first Cabbage Butterfly appeared today along with the park's first Blanding's and Painted Turtles. Two Eastern Phoebes were seen along the Savanna Trail.
Monday, March 29: A warm weekend lead to the discovery of the first calling Chorus Frogs (March 28), Snapping Turtle (March 27), Eastern garter Snakes (March 28) and very early Eastern Fox Snake (March 28), all at Ojibway.
Bird reports this week included an Eastern Towhee and singing Northern Shrike on March 26 and Common Snipe on March 28, all at Little River (Randy Horvath).Shorebirds are begining to appear at Hillman Marsh. Matt Baker had 30 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin, 2 Greater yellowlegs, 2 Common Snipe and Killdeer there today.
Today the American Hazel shrubs are starting to flower next to the nature centre and the first butterfly, a Mourning Cloak, was reported by Paul Givlin.
Monday, March 22: American Woodcock were conducting courtship flights Friday evening in LaSalle (Joan Chesterfield). The Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve property along Titcombe Road is a good location to hear Woodcock over the next month or so. The Sandhill Crane found on March 5 along Canard Drive was seen again on March 17. The first local Great Egret was also seen along Canard Drive on Sunday (PD Pratt).
Friday, March 19: Spring migrants such as Tundra Swan, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, Wood Duck and American Robin appeared at Ojibway and Malden Parks this week. Our first turtles, two Red-eared Sliders, were found on Wednesday and the first Big Brown Bat was recorded yesterday.
Monday, March 15: The first Eastern Chipmunk of the spring was reported today from LaSalle.
Two of the Tundra Swans that were outfitted with satellite transmitters at Long Point in December have already returned to southern Ontario. One is at Long Pt and the second migrated directly to Pt Pelee from Fredricksburg, Maryland. Watch for more Tundra Swans to arrive this week, especially at their traditional staging area around the St. Clair National Wildlife Area in Kent County. For details on the weekly whereabouts of the satellite transmitter birds, visit Bird Studies Canada's Tundra Swan web site.
Long-eared Owls are still present in east Windsor at Little River. Eight were seen on Sunday by Matt Baker and Randy Horvath. The red phase Eastern Screech-Owl at the Nature Centre is still being seen several times a week.
Friday, March 12: Snow and cold weather over the past week has slowed the arrival of new migrants. 150 Tundra Swans were found at the mouth of the Canard River this afternoon (Fred Urie). As the weather improves watch for more waterfowl and early migrants such as Killdeer and American Woodcock.
The Essex County County Field Naturalists' Club has updated their schedule of activities for March through June.
Friday, March 5: A Sandhill Crane was found today along the Canard River near the 8th Concession (Fred Urie). Eastern Bluebirds were inspecting nest boxes in LaSalle this week. Two immature Peregrine Falcons were seen along the Detroit River shoreline near Black Oak Heritage Park on Wednesday (Fred Urie). 12,000 scaup and 5,000 Redheads were reported along Lake St. Clair on Tuesday (Fred Urie) and the season's first Wood Duck was spotted near Peche Island yesterday (Fred Urie).
Of eleven White-tailed Deer seen yesterday along Matchette Road two still had antlers! Antlers are normally dropped in January after the breeding season.
Information last updated : 29 March 1999
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