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October 2006 Sightings in the Windsor Area

White-egg Bird's Nest Fungi, © P. Pratt

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Hawk watchers will enjoy a new web site that provides daily and seasonal totals for hawk migration at sites across North America. Here is the link to all the Ontario hawk sites. October is the best month to look for Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks and Cooper's Hawks passing through Holiday Beach.

Sunday, October 29: Highlights of today's birding trip to Holiday Beach C.A. included Golden Eagle (immature in scope), four Bald Eagles (two adults grasping talons in flight), three Northern Goshawks (2 ad 1 imm), 1 Merlin (diving at Sharpie), many Cooper's Hawks and Red- shouldered Hawks while hundreds of Turkey Vultures and Sharp-shinned Hawks flew past the tower. A rare white plumaged Red-tailed Hawk was particularly striking as it circled over the marsh. Other species of note included two American Bitterns, 11 Eastern Bluebirds, hundreds of Horned Larks and many species of waterfowl. The banders from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory allowed us to examine Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Orange-crowned Warbler, Fox Sparrow and several other species as they were released at the tower.

Friday, October 20: Ian Woodfield reported a Fox Sparrow at Little River this afternoon in the bushy area next to the raiway tracks. Thickets along the old creek bed often support a good variety of sparrows at this time of year.

Wednesday, October 18: This is also a good time of the year to look for mushrooms and other interesting fungi at Ojibway. Today there were Elegant Stinkhorn and White-egg (Crucible) Bird`s Nest fungi seen along the Savanna Trail (see the mushroom page for more details).

Saturday, October 14: Today's birding trip to Point Pelee was very rewarding with good number of migrants. We had three Bald Eagles, three Merlins, Red-shouldered Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, American kestrels, Nortern Harriers and many Sharp-shinned Hawks. Land birds were dominated by kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers with highlights such as two Orange-crowned Warblers, Northern Parula and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Non-bird highlights included a Big Brown Bat, five species of butterflies, Darling Underwing Moth and a walking stick.

Black-billed Magpie Wednesday, October 11: A Black-billed Magpie was seen by several residents in the Fontain Bleu area of Windsor today. The bird was suspected to be an escaped captive as this species is normally found far to the west in the prairie provinces. It was later killed by a hawk on October 13. (photo by Mathilda Thibert)

Friday, October 6: Fred Urie found six Orange-Crowned Warblers at Spring Garden Natural Area today. Early October is the best time of the year to find this species in the Windsor area.

 

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