May 2003 Sightings in the Windsor Area
Wednesday, May 21: Ten species of butterflies were recorded from the Spring Garden Natural Area today by Fred Urie: Wild Indigo Dusky Wing 7, American Copper 9, Spicebush Swallowtail 5, Pearl Crescent 5, Spring Azure 2, Eastern Tailed Blue 2, American Painted Lady 1, Eastern Comma 1, Red Admiral 1 and Cabbage 1.
A Whip-poor-will was heard calling in the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve.
Tuesday, May 20: Blackpoll Warblers arrived in good numbers overnight with 5 seen in the vicinity of the nature centre this afternoon (Fred Urie, Paul Pratt).
Monday, May 19: Fred Urie reported that the asphalt surfaced loop behind the nature centre held many warblers today including Balckburnian 2, American Redstart 10, Northern Parula 1, Chestnut-sided 11, Blackpoll 2, Black-throated Green 3, Yellow 3, Wilson's 2, Magnolia 5, Palm 1, Canada 1, Black-throated Blue 1 and Cape May 1.
Fred also noted that the long time resident Northern Mockingbird was seen at his usual haunt near the corner of Russel and Mill Streets.
Thursday, May 15: A Chuck-will's-widow was heard singing at dusk (9:10 pm) on the west edge of Paul Wilkinson Park in LaSalle by Paul Pratt. The park is located at the corner of Selkirk and Lyons. From the nature centre drive south 4 km on Matchette to Laurier, east on Laurier 0.7 km to Selkirk and then south one block to the park.
The prairie wildflower program tonight found a nice selection of spring wildflowers in the provincial nature reserve including Yellow Star-grass, Blue-eyed Grass, Hoary Puccoon, Arrow-leaved Violet, Wood Anemone, Merrybells, Bastard Toadflax, Star-flowered False Solomon's Seal and Wild Geranium. A the end of the program several Common Nighthawks began flying overhead, calling and performing their courtship flights.
Friday, May 09: A Philadelphia Vireo was seen this morning in front of the nature centre. Other migrants appear to be present in about the same numbers as yesterday. Two male Scarlet Tanagers were seen during a brief walk last night at Oakwood Park.
Thursday, May 08: Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Bunting and a good variety of warblers including Northern Parula are present around the nature centre today. Grosbeaks, orioles and a few hummingbirds are visiting the centre's feeders. There are still a few lingering "April" migrants such as Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (May 5) and Dark-eyed Junco (May 6).
A male Lousiana Waterthrush was foraging along the ditch next to the centre on Tuesday, May 5 and the first Tiger Swallowtail of the spring was found on Monday, May 4.
Thursday, May 01: Many new spring migrants appeared overnight. Local backyards are full of singing Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows. New birds seen at Ojibway included Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Gray Catbirds, Baltimore Orioles, Green Heron (Mary Montsch), Blue-winged Warbler and Ovenbird (Mark Conlon).
Information last updated : 23 May 2003
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