April 2007 Latest Sightings in the Windsor Area
Monday, April 30: Many migrants were seen at Spring Garden Natural Area this morning by Fred Urie. Highlights included White-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo (9), Yellow-rumped Warbler, Nashville Warbler (31), Palm Warbler (11), Black-and-White Warbler, American Redstart, Black-throated Green (6), Blue-winged Warbler, Northern Waterthrush (2), Pine Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Gray Catbird and Sora (2),
Tuesday, April 24: A male Hooded Warbler and an Orange-crowned Warbler were found today at Little River by Dan Loncke. Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Veery, House Wren, Nashville Warbler, Pine Warbler, Orchard Oriole and Blue-headed Vireo were reported from Ojibway by Fred Urie and Mary Montsch.
Friday, April 20: The first Spring Azure butterflies were seen on April 18 and the first Grapevine Epimenis moth, Psychomorpha epimenis, today. The latter is a small, brightly coloured moth that flys during the day.
Tuesday, April 17: Lands and Forests Consluting carried out a successful prescribed burn at Spring Garden Natural Area today. We burned approximately 25 acres at three sites including wet prairie, Black Oak woodland and dry prairie habitats.
Saturday, April 14: Our first spring birding tri[p went to Point Pelee today. Typical April migrants were present in good numbers including Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Purple Finch and Rusty Blackbird. An adult Bald Eagle was sitting on the new nest on the east beach. The nest is visible from the raised platform on the Delauier Trail (look for the blue arrow on the deck that points towrds the nest. A scope is required.). The west side of the tip had good numbers of water birds including over 140 Surf Scoters, 50 White-winged Scoters, Horned Grebes and two Eared Grebes.
Tuesday, April 3: A new species of frog for the local area was confirmed today. A Spring Peeper, Pseudacris crucifer, has been calling for the past week just north of the Essex Golf Course in LaSalle. Paul Pratt and Tom Preney tracked down the calling frog and confirmed its identity this evening. Although this species can be heard at Point Pelee and the southeastern portion of the county we have not had any prior records for the Windsor-LaSalle area.
Monday, April 2: A walk through Spring Garden Natural Area this morning was accompanied by many calling Chorus and Leopard Frogs. Migrant birds such as Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren and Eastern Phoebe were noted. Newly arrived breeding birds included singing Eastern Towhee and Field Sparrow. The first Common Green Darners of the spring were seen today at Spring Garden and Ojibway.
American Woodcock can be seen and heard displaying in the evenings at Spring Garden and the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve throughout the month.
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