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May 2010 Sightings in the Windsor Area

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Peche Island, Windsor, photo by Alan Wright

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Friday, May 21: A pair of Ospreys are nesting in Amherstburg! This is likely the first Essex County nesting in over 100 years. Osprey have been moving south into SE Michigan in recent years and the first nest for Wayne County was just recorded in 2009.

Thursday, May 20: Bird migration is in full swing. Yesterday's outing to Point Pelee recorded 113 species of birds and Saturday's trip had 21 species of warbler. There is one spring trip left which is Saturday morning, May 22.

On Saturday May 15 a flock of ten Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were seen on Peche Island by Alan Wright (see photo above). These ducks are typical inhabitants of southern Texas but rarely venture as far north as Canada. This is only the third record for the entire province.

Friday, May 14: Dan Loncke reports 11 species of warbler including Louisiana Waterthrush and Mourning Warbler at Little River today plus Great-crested Flycatcher and Gray-cheeked Thrush. Russ Jones reported a Cattle Egret on Melche Road in Amherstburg.

Yesterday there was a Brewster's Warbler and Black-billed Cuckoo on the Pin Oak Trail at Ojibway Park (Tom Preney & Shane Butnari). The centre's feeders now have several Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in addition to the regular feeder visitors. An Indigo Bunting can usually be heard singing behind the centre at the edge of the forest.

Thursday, May 6: Ojibway's birding trip on May 5 recorded 101 species of birds in the Pelee birding area. Our next trip to Pelee is May 12.

Recent sightings around Ojibway include White-eyed Vireo at Spring Garden on May 2 (F. Urie) and Hooded Warbler on the Prairie Glade Trail on May 2 (D. Murphy). Another good spot in the city for migrants is Memorial Park. Fred Urie recored a Prairie Warbler there on May 2 and nine species of warblers there on May 1.

Birds visiting the nature centre's feeders include Rose-breasted Grosbeak (photo above), Tufted Titmouse, Baltimore Oriole, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker and White-crowned Sparrow.

 

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