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November 1997 Sightings

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November 1997

Tuesday, November 25: A female/immature male Selasphorus hummingbird has been visiting a feeder in Tecumseh since November 9th.

All of the "winter" finches have been reported in Essex County this month. Visit Cornell's Winter Finch Invasion'97 site to review currrent distribution (updated biweekly), and review appearance and vocalizations for each species.

Monday, November 24: A Fox Sparrow has been a regular visitor to the Nature Centre feeders for the past week.

Thursday, November 20: Counters at Holiday Beach tallied 161 Common Redpolls and 94 Snow Buntings (Fred Urie).

Saturday, November 8: Hawk counters at Holiday Beach (Sue Tanner, Steve Greidanus, Allen Chartier, Denis Boulay, Mike Fitzpatrick, Fred Urie, Jim McCoy, Greg Coleman and other visitors) tallied 2,540 raptors today including 1,927 Red-tailed Hawks, 13 Northern Goshawks and 7 Golden Eagles. Other observations: 36 Eastern Bluebirds, 17 Tundra Swans, redpolls and a Long-eared Owl found roosting in a pine along the upper nature trail. Allen Chartier banded a record late Least Flycatcher.

07 Nov: 789 Common Redpolls passed by the Hawk Tower at Holiday Beach today! This is an all-time high count for Holiday Beach (fide Fred Urie).

Three Rough-legged Hawks were seen today just south of Windsor, in a field at the corner of Howard Ave and Concession 8 by Dan Dufour.

06 Nov: The Holiday Beach Migration Observatory recorded 1,359 raptors today from the hawk tower. The migration was non-stop all day with an estimated 300,000 American Crows, an estimated 200,000 blackbirds including Common Grackles and Brown-headed Cowbirds, +500 American Robins, 228 Horned Larks, 8 Eastern Bluebirds, 17 American Pipits, 64 Cedar Waxwings, 27 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 13 Lapland Longspurs, 16 Purple Finches, 47 House Finches, 145 Common Redpolls, 38 Pine Siskins and 138 American Goldfinches (Jack Boxer, Ray Seng, Jim McCoy and Fred Urie).

A Helmeted Guineafowl has been a daily visitor to the Nature Centre feeders over the past three weeks. Witch-hazel shrubs are in full flower at Ojibway.

04 Nov: A Pine Siskin appeared at the Centre's niger feeder today, accompanied by a flock of American Goldfinches.

01 Nov: The Nature Centre field trip to Point Pelee recorded over 400 American Pipits flying off the tip, 12 Common Loons, several Horned Grebes and a single Red-throated Loon.

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