August 2006 Sightings in the Windsor Area
Sunday, August 27: A large Chimney Swift roost can be observed 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. 208 swifts flew down inside the school's chimney on Sunday evening according to Cheryl Baker. A hawk managed to capture one bird before it could fly down the chimney. The birds were present between 8:10 and 8:30 pm. (times must be adjusted a few minutes earlier each day). They will be migrating south in mid September so don't delay if you wish to see this spectacular show.
Wednesday, August 16: Ojibway's field trip to Holiday Beach Conservation Area (see events) found 70 species of birds including the first migrant hawks of the fall season (5 Northern Harriers and 2 Broad-winged Hawks). Warblers, flycatchers, swallows, orioles and Boboliks were migrating through the park this morning. American Lotus were blooming throughout the marsh and small pockets of open water held many ducks, Great Egrets, Coots, Pied-billed Grebes and Common Moorhens.
The first migrant Common Nighthawks were noted flying over Ojibway in the evening.
Monday, August 14: Cicada Killers (Sphecius speciosus) are huge wasps that prey on cicadas which they bury in underground chambers. This year we have had reports from Mic Mac Park and a subdivision at the edge of the nature reserve. Windsor is at the northern edge of this species range in North America. To learn more about this impressive insect visit http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~hollidac/cicadakillerhome.html
Thursday, August 3: A checklist of over 300 butterflies and moths recorded at Ojibway is now available at: Lepidoptera of Ojibway (pdf file)
The list is already outdated as Paul Pratt and Tom Preney found several additional species while blacklighting at Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Park two nights ago. One of the moths was a rare tallgrass prairie species called the Pink Streak, Faronta rubripennis.
Early August is prime time to see a wide variety of flowering plants in the tallgrass prairie. A list of plants that are currently in bloom can be found in the following flowering list.
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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