March 2005 Sightings in the Windsor Area
On Saturday March 26 there will be a workshop for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas at Point Pelee National Park. The program will be held in the park Visitor Centre auditorium from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Anyone interested in helping with the atlas this year should call Paul Pratt or Karen Cedar at Ojibway.
Thursday, March 31: New arrivals today included Wood Duck, Fox Sparrrow, Field Sparrow and Sora. The latter was found freshly dead and brought to the nature centre for identification. The first Mourning Cloak butterflies (4) and more Eastern Commas were also seen today (Fred Urie).
Wednesday, March 30: Chorus Frogs began singing on March 25 (despite ice on the ponds) and are now in full song (17.9C today). Today also saw the arrival of the first local Tree Swallows, Eastern Phoebes and Winter Wren at Ojibway. Other migrants seen today included 24 Golden-crowned Kinglets, Pine Siskin and Purple Finch (Fred Urie). Four garter snakes and two Eastern Comma butterflies were other firsts for this spring.
Thursday, March 24: The first Turkey Vulture of the spring was seen today near Ojibway. The huge winter roost of American Crows in Essex has dispersed for the spring. March 21 was the last day large numbers of crows were present (J. Tuite).
Tuesday, March 22: A Northern Saw-whet Owl was seen yesterday roosting in a small cedar on Disputed Road by Tony Albano.
The creek in front of the nature centre is still frozen and some snow persists in depressions and shady areas. American Woodcock were seen displaying in the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve on the 18th by Mary Montsch. A Tufted Titmouse was visitng a feeder near Riverside High School on March 20 (Gloria Gauthier).
Sunday, March 13: The Snowy Owl first reported to ontbirds March 9 was seen again today by Paul Pratt northwest of Comber on County Rd 42, between County Rd 35 (Comber Rd) and Townline Rd. Look on the north side of the road by house #2225. The owl was far out in the field and better looks were obtained from the next road to the north (looking south from a point about 200m west of #2725 3rd Concession Rd.).
The first American Woodcock of the season was recorded by the pond at Ojibway Park on Thursday, March 10.
Sunday, March 06: The first migrant American Robins arrived today. Twenty were seen at Malden Park and others were reported in LaSalle. The next warm front should bring large numbers back from the south.
Tuesday, March 01: March arrived like a lion this year with over 12 cm of fresh snow overnight. Horned Larks and Snow Buntings were seen today along Matchette Road south of Sprucewood and the Fox Sparrow is still coming to the feeders at the nature centre. Despite the winter conditions we have two pairs of Great Horned Owls nesting within 1 km of the nature centre this year.
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Information last updated : 31 March 2005
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