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September 2010 Sightings in the Windsor Area

summer morning, Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve. photo by Karen Cedar

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The existing nature centre will remain open during the construction of the new building. Please follow the signs and enter the building at the back door ramp. The front entrance is not accessible.

Monday, September 20: We have seen record numbers of Checkered Skippers this fall. Reports began on August 12 when Fred Urie found six in a small park at Wyandotte & Bruce. By September 11 Fred was up to a count of 49 individuals. Paul DesJardins reported seeing this butterfly in Jackson Park and at the Peace Fountain gardens yesterday and at Green Shield headquartes today. Russ Jones had two at Texas Road, Amherstburg yesterday and Gary Tetzlaff reported 13 in Leamington on September 17th.

Saturday, September 11: Ojibway's field trip to Point Pelee was highlighted by butterflies and many migrants. Hundreds of Monarch Butterflies were seen in the tip area and one spot along the trail held over a dozen species of warbler. We were also lucky to see Wild Turkey, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 19 Sanderling, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cedar Waxwings, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and hundreds of American Goldfinches. Many hawks are starting to migrate and there were a dozen Sharp-shinned Hawks circling over the tip along with Northern Harrier and Merlin.

Wednesday, September 1: Fall bird migration is well underway. Hummingbirds are conspicuous visitors to the flower beds and nectar feeders at Ojibway. Common Nighthawks can be seen late in the day over the prairie and other open areas. Last summer we found a huge pre-migration swallow roost in the marsh at the north end of Fighting Island (estimate of +20,000 birds). A large Chimney Swift roost can usually be observed at dusk behind the Walkerville High School in Windsor (2100 Richmond St.). The best spot to watch the swifts is in the school yard behind the school. They will be migrating south in mid September so don't delay if you wish to see this spectacular show.

 

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