April 2008 Sightings in the Windsor Area
Monday, April 14: Yellow-rumped (several), Pine (1), and Black-and-White Warbler (1) were found in Oakwood Park yesterday by Jim McCoy. Purple Finches are visiting the nature centre feeders and others have been reported from two locations in LaSalle.
The April 12 trip to Point Pelee enjoyed a good variety of typical April migrants including American Bittern, Great Egret, Virginia Rail (2 heard), American Golden-Plover, Forster's Tern, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (+10), Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler (+15), Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and Rusty Blackbird. Spring Peepers were heard in Tilden's Woods and a strong chorus of Northern Leopard Frogs were heard at the north end of the park.
Monday, April 7: The arrival of warmer weather has resulted in many new sightings for the spring. Our first Eastern Gartersnake at Ojibway was found April 4, first Butler's Gartersnakes April 5, and first calling Leopard Frogs april 6. Many painted turtles were basking on logs today in front of the centre. Dave and Trenton Lana reported seeing Yellow-bellied Sapsucker today at Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Park and other migrants such as Golden-crownwd Kinglets (everywhere), Brown Creeper and Hermit Thrush. Tom Preney spotted our first Yellow-rumped Warbler behind the Nature Centre. Fox Sparrows are visiting the feeders by the centre.
We carried out a prescribed burn this afternoon at Black Oak Heritage Park. Twenty-one acres of open oak woodland were burned by a professional crew from Lands and Forests Consulting.
Thursday, April 3: Our first Fox Sparrow was heard singing yesterday. Today at the Spring Garden Natural Area we heard Eastern Bluebird and Field Sparrows singing. Once it warmed up in the afternoon we could hear many Chorus Frogs singing in Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Park. A Common Redpoll was seen visiting a feeder on Parkwood Street yesterday by Dan Loncke.
Tuesday, April 1: Bird Watchers Urgently Needed to Track Rusty Blackbirds. Populations of Rusty Blackbirds are crashing. Their numbers have plummeted as much as 88-98% over the last few decades, according to data gathered from 1966 to 2006 by the North American Breeding Bird Survey and Christmas Bird Count. Bird watchers across North America are being asked to help scientists track migrating Rusty Blackbirds, April 1-7. They can enter their tallies online at eBird, a bird checklist project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon: www.eBird.org
Rusty Blackbirds have started to appear in Windsor and Essex County so this is an excellent time for observers to look for this species over the next week.
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