May 2000 Sightings in the Windsor Area
Tuesday, May 23: A walk around the Savanna Trail at Ojibway revealed good numbers of butterflies including a Harvester, +50 Hobomok Skippers, Wild Indigo Dusky Wing, Juvenal's Dusky Wing, Southern Cloudywing, Eastern Tailed Blue, Viceroy, Northern Pearl Crescent and four Spicebush Swallowtails (Fred Urie). Yesterday there were many Spicebush Swallowtails, Hobomok Skippers and a Monarch Butterfy at Devonwood C.A.
Thirteen species of warbler were seen today at Black Oak Heritage Park and Connecticut Warblers were found at Memorial Park and Oakwood Bush (Fred Urie). Our first Willow Flycatcher was seen yesterday by Malden Park. This is a good period to watch for late migrants such as Mourning, Connecticut, Blackpoll and Wilson's Warblers, Olive-sided Flycatcher and Common Nighthawk.
Thursday, May 18: Wednesday's field trip to Point Pelee had an excellent variety of migrants and a few exceptional sightings such as Lark Sparrow and Black Vulture. One participant ended the day with a total of 101 species for the Baillie Birdathon.
Wild Lupines are now in full bloom along the along the Savanna Trail clearing at Ojibway.
Yesterday a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Pine Siskin frequented the feeders at Ojibway. Curtis Muldoon reported several Canada Warblers and a pair of Scarlet Tanagers in the park on Sunday.
Friday, May 12: Many spring wildflowers can be seen in the open prairie meadows at Ojibway including Yellow Stargrass, Blue-eyed Grass, Bastard Toadflax, Hoary Puccoon, Wild Geranium, Arrow-leaved Violet, Wild Strawberry, Early Meadowrue, Wild Oats, Sweet Grass and Pensylvania Sedge. All of these flowers can be seen along the nature trail in the provincial nature reserve.
Tuesday, May 9: David D'hondt had a Common Nighthawk fly over his home on Rendezvous Court in Windsor at 7:30 pm. tonight. Watch for more nighthawks to arrive next week.
Monday, May 8: Black Oak Heritage Park had a good mix of migrants today including three Northern Parulas (David Boyce) and a Worm-eating Warbler (Rene Kielbasa). There was also good activity behind the nature centre including Blackpoll Warbler, Great-crested Flycatcher and Tufted Titmouse. Randy Horvath found a Blue Grosbeak, Kentucky Warbler and Prothonotary Warbler at Little River yesterday at the end of Bertha Street.
The first Silver-spotted Skipper of the spring was seen in LaSalle on May 4 (PD Pratt). This is thirteen days earlier than last year.
Wednesday, May 3: Ojibway's morning trip to Point Pelee was very successful with many new migrants seen in the park. Highlights included Black Scoter (pair), Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings, Baltimore Orioles, Orchard Orioles, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpecker and Blue-winged Warbler.
Tuesday, May 2: New arrivals at Ojibway yesterday included Baltimore Oriole, Great-crested Flycatcher and Scarlet Tanager (Fred Urie). Warblers were scarce but included Yellow-rumped (+100), Nashville (18), Black-throated Green (17), Yellow (4) and Black-and-White (2).
This morning migrant flocks of Blue Jays were seen flying over the park and by the afternoon over 50 could be seen at the bird feeders. David D'hondt reported over 500 Blue Jays flying over his house near Riverside Drive. An Ovenbird, Golden-winged Warbler and Blue-winged Warbler were found by Fred Urie at Oakwood Bush (California Street road allowance north of Cabana Road). Scarlet Tanager, Orange-crowned Warbler, Wood Thrush and rufous phase Eastern Screech-Owl were seen near the nature centre in the evening.
Plants seen in flower today include Wild Plum, Wild Crabapple, Sassafras, Mayflower, Wild Geranium, Wood Anemone, violets, Sessile-leaved Bellwort, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and Kidney-leaved Buttercup. The first Spicebush Swallowtail of the spring was found near the nature centre (PD Pratt).
Information last updated : 23 May 2000
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