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November 2008 Sightings in the Windsor Area

adult Bald Eagle. photo by Shane Butnari

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Thursday, November 13: A Spotted Towhee has been present at Point Pelee since Nov 11. It has been seen along the main park road across from the trail entrance to the Sparrow Field. Two Snowy Owls have also been reported in the Pelee area this week, one near the intersection of Hwy 3 & 77 and the other along east end of Concession E (the road along the north boundary of the national park).

Thursday, November 06: A Checkered Skipper was found today at Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Park by Russ Jones. This is the first record since 1988 for the Ojibway area. Painted Turtles and sliders were out basking today and one visitor reported seeing a Butler's Gartersnake. Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies are still common in sunny clearings around the park. The +20C temperatures will soon end with with the possibility of snow flurries over the weekend.

Sunday, November 02: A Ross's Goose has been present the past week on the Canard River along Canard Drive (between Malden Road and County Rd. 8). The bird has been associating with a large number of Canada Geese. It was seen today and yesterday by Paul Pratt.

Record numbers of Golden Eagles were spotted this weekend. Holiday Beach Migration Observatory counters recorded 50 on Saturday and 18 today with 112 so far this season. Ojibway had a birding trip to Holiday Beach today and we had great looks at Golden and Bald Eagles, a perched Northern Goshawk and many migrating raptors such as Northern Harriers, Red-tailed, Red-shouldered and Rough-legged Hawks. In addition there were Cedar Waxwings, American Pipits, Purple Finches, Pine Siskings, Rusty Blackbirds, Eastern Bluebirds and thousands of American Crows, blackbirds and starlings streaming past the hawk tower.

 

 

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