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May 2007 Sightings in Windsor

Tufted Titmouse, photo by Russ Jones
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Wednesday, May 23: Wednesday was the last Pelee trip of the spring migration. We had a very good day with a total of 95 species recorded. Highlights included Short-eared Owl (only by Ian), 1800 Black-bellied Plover, four or five Yellow-billed Cuckoos, two young Great Horned Owls (and one parent), perched Common Nighthawk, Willow Flycatcher and several Blackpoll Warblers. There was a small reverse migration observed with Red-bellied Woodpecker, orioles, Indigo Buntings, Cedar Waxwings and Blue Jays flying south off the tip.

Saturday, May 19: 114 species were tallied on Saturday's outing to Point Pelee. Highlights included Whimbrel, White-rumped Sandpiper, Black-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl (young), Red-headed Woodpecker, Philadelphia Vireo, Cliff Swallow (colony nesting under a bridge), Gray-cheeked Thrush, 16 species of warbler, Summer Tanager (first year male at tip), Scarlet Tanager, Vesper Sparrow (pair courting), and Indigo Bunting.

Thursday, May 17: Yesterday's field trip to Point Pelee noted such typical late May migrants as Ruddy Turnstone, Mourning Warbler, Canada Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Alder Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo and Cedar Waxwing. Other birds of note included Great Horned Owl (2 young), Scarlet Tanager (several), Eastern Bluebird (1 male) and Northern Parula (8).

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. These flowers can be best seen along the nature trail in the provincial nature reserve.

Friday, May 11: Yesterday we noted the first big influx of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Now is the time to put up hummingbird feeders. Fred Urie had a Kentucky Warbler and Worm-eating Warbler near the north end of Oakwood Bush yesterday. A male Hooded Warbler was also seen here on May 8. This park is located behind the South Windsor Arena and stretches south to Oakwood Community Centre.

Our "Big Day of Birding" at Point Pelee on Wednesday was a great success with a combined list of 133 species recored at Pelee and Hillman Marsh C.A. The Marsh Boardwalk produced Swamp Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Sora, American Coot, Marsh Wren and Black Tern. Highlights elsewhere included 22 species of warblers concentrated between Blue Heron Picnic Area and Northwest Beach incuding Cerulean Warbler (2), Hooded Warbler (1), Northern Parula (2), Canada Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Cape May Warbler and Orange-crowned Warbler. Warblers such as Common Yellowthroat, Nashville, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia and Yellow-rumped were widespread. Both orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Gray Catbirds and Warbling Vireos were seen in large numbers. Swainson's Thrush was the most common spotted thrush but Veery, Gray-cheeked, Wood and Hermit Thrushes were also seen. The shorebird cell at Hillman Marsh held impressive numbers of American Golden and Black-bellied Plovers and several species of waterfowl.

Monday, May 07: A great Egret and Green Heron are present at the pond in Ojibway. Warbler numbers are increasing with 15 species reported this morning. Nashville Warblers are still the most common warbler. Two Blue-winged Warblers were seen at Spring Garden and 3 Orange-crowned Warblers at Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Park by Fred Urie. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles are common and widespread.

Tom Preney recorded 12 species of warblers at Ojibway during a short walk on the evening of May 5th.

Ojibway's field trip to Point Pelee Saturday recorded a good variety of spring migrants. Highlights included Osprey, Sandhill Crane, adult Little Gull and Hooded Warbler.

Thursday, May 03: Fred Urie had the following species of note today at Ojibway: Nashville 112, Black & White Warbler 13, Northwern Parula 1, Black-throated Green Warbler 9, Blue-headed Vireo 9, Great-crested Flycatcher 5, Baltimore Oriole 4, Orchard Oriole 1, Sora 2.

Wednesday, May 02: Participants of Ojibway's field trip to Point Pelee this morning had great looks at Worm-eating Warbler, Hooded Warbler (2) and Great Horned Owl (fledgling). Typical April migrants such as Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Brown Creeper were much harder to find than a couple of weeks ago. Although Yellow-rumped Warblers are still the dominant warbler, early May migrants such as House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow Warbler and Nashville Warbler are increasing in numbers.

Tuesday, May 01: Our first Least Flycatcher, Great-crested Flycatcher, Ovenbird, Black-throated Blue Warbler and Indigo Bunting of the spring were reported this morning by Fred Urie. Nashville Warblers are very numerous with 67 seen just at Spring Garden today.

Kingfishers are being seen daily along the pond in front of the nature centre. The feeders at Ojibway are a good spot to see Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows in early May.

 

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