June 2011 Sightings in Windsor
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If you find a turtle wandering far from water at this time of year chances are it is a female looking for a sunny spot to lay eggs. Male and female Painted Turtles can be separated by the length of their front claws. Males have much longer claws on their front legs than on their rear legs. Females have the same size nails on all four limbs.
Friday, June 1: Ojibway's naturalist, Paul Pratt, and Tom Hince set a new Big Day birding record for Canada on June 1. They recorded 218 species along a route from Cold Lake, Alberta to Waterton Lakes National Park.
Millions of mayflies (Ephemeroptera) emerge along the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair shorelines in mid June. In Windsor, the Lakeview Marina is a good place to observe the clouds of mayflies under lights each night. The return of these huge numbers are a sign of the improved condition of the Great Lakes.
The adult mayflies are well known for their brief (ephemeral) adult lives, just a few days at most. They do not feed or drink during their short existance. They mate in swarms and the females return to the lakes to lay their eggs. The nymphs play an important ecological role as they feed on algae and in turn are eaten by fish.
Thursday, June 23: The first of two Peregrine Falcon chicks fledged on June 22. The nest site is on the upper ledge of the huge cement support of the Ambassador Bridge and is visible from University Ave.
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