May 2001 Sightings in the Windsor Area
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Tuesday, May 22: Butterflies such as Red Admiral (common), American Painted Lady (common), Juvenal's Dusky WIng, Silver-spotted Skipper, Pearl Cresent, Little Wood Satyr, Eastern Tailed Blue, Monarch, Common Sulfur, Orange Sulfur, Cabbage, Giant Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail and Tiger Swallowtail are being seen now at Ojibway.
Many dragonflies will soon be on the wing. The first Twelve-spotted Skimmer and Fragile Forktail of the spring were reported by Paul DesJardins on May 20 and a Common Basketail was seen the same day by Paul Pratt.
The following wildflowers were in bloom along the trail through the nature reserve on the weekend: racemose false solomon's seal, yellow star-grass, balsam ragwort, early meadowrue, blue-eyed grass, false toad flax, Canada anemone, woodland strawberry, wild geranium, arrow-leaved violet, hoary puccoon and two-flowered cynthia.
Tuesday, May 15: Migrants seen today at Ojibway include Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Tennessee Warbler is the common warbler of the tall oaks around the nature centre. A red phase Eastern Screech-Owl has been seen regularly by the centre.
The first Common Nighthwak of the season was flying over the nature reserve on May 13.
Sightings of southern warblers in Windsor include a male Kentucky Warbler in Memorial Park (May 9, Fred Urie), Hooded Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush at Little River (May 8, Randy Horvath).
Saturday, May 05: The tip area provided the best birds during Ojibway's Point Pelee outing today. We had a great scope view of Eurasian Collared Dove perched in a dead hackberry tree while a Virginia Rail spent the morning by the tip observation area. The rail was only 2' off the trail, trying to hide under a small branch.
Wednesday, May 02: Highlights of the Weekday Birding trip to Point Pelee today included great looks at Worm-eating, Kentucky and Hooded Warblers in Tilden's Woods. It was also a perfect day for close extended views of brightly coloured Indigo Buntings, Red-headed Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole and White-eyed Vireo.
Steve Marshall (University of Guelph) discovered a new insect for Ontario at Ojibway today. The paper wasp Polistes dominulus is non-indigenous to North America. This species arrived from Europe about 20 years ago and first settled in Massachusetts. From there, the insects have spread to the midwest. These active predators specialize on hunting caterpillars. PHOTO
Information last updated: 22 May 2001
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