August 2004 Sightings in the Windsor Area
Monday, August 30:There is a bumper crop of Spotted Jewelweed in bloom around the nature centre's wildlife viewing window as a result of the extensive summer rains. These flowers are currently attracting migrant Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in good numbers.
The first migrant nighthawks were seen flying over the nature centre on August 27.
Wendesday, August 25: Ojibway's birding trip to Holiday Beach today was rewarded with a good selections of warblers, flycatchers and orioles. At one point we had Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Black-crowned Night Heron all together in the scope! Raptors seen today included three resident Bald Eagles and a migrant Northern Harrier. A huge flock of 475 Black Terns rested among the extensive mats of blooming American Lotus.
Thursday, August 5: The wet summer continues to support large numbers of mosquitoes! Watch for a very large mosquito among the normal crowd of these biting insects. The larva of this mosquito, Psorophora ciliata, is carnivorous and each one will consume dozens of other mosquito larvae. This species is rarely seen in Canada and has been found at Ojibway only during wet summers. Visit our insect page for photos and more information on this and other insects at Ojibway.
Visit the Windsor-Essex Health Unit's web page on West Nile Virus for information on prevention and current surveillance.
Mid to late August is the peak of the flight season for underwing moths. Click here for information on how to attract and observe these large colourful insects.
Ojibway's web site: Paul Pratt, 519-966-5852 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rare Bird Alerts in Ontario & Michigan (These are taped messages, updated weekly.)
Point Pelee 519-322-2371
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Information last updated : 30 August 2004
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