March 2008 Sightings in the Windsor Area
Monday, March 31: The snow that arrived March 27th is almost gone today. The first few Chorus Frogs were heard calling on March 28 and the first Painted Turtle was seen March 30 (despite some ice still remaining on the creek in front of the nature centre).
Thursday, March 27: Spring has been slow to advance his year. The first displaying American Woodcock wasn't recorded unil yesterday and there is forecast for more snow this evening. The first Eastern Towhee was noted on March 22.
A pair of Peregrine Falcons have apparently taken up residence at the Ambassador Bridge. Several people have seen the birds displaying near the large concrete pillar next to University Ave.
Monday, March 17: Ojibway's first Killdeer and Turkey Vulture were recorded on March 13. In addition a Cooper's Hawk was giving its floppy courtship flight over the Parks and Recreation office that day. American Robins were seen in many locations on March 14 and an Eastern Phoebe was seen on the same day at Spring Garden Natural Area. Four Hooded Mergansers were seen on Turkey Creek March 16 (Fred Urie).
Monday, March 10: Snow and cold weather has kept the number of spring migrants down to a trickle. An American Woodcock was found today at Little River by Shane Butnari. Small flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles were noted at feeders in LaSalle yesterday. An early Fox Sparrow was observed at a feeder Saturday by Theresa LaMire.
Monday, March 3: Signs of spring are becoming easier to find. Our field trip to Point Pelee on Saturday, March 1 found several Red-winged Blackbirds singing in the marsh and there were small flocks of blackbirds moving through the park. The tower at the marsh boardwalk was a good spot to look for raptors and at least 8 Rough-legged Hawks were seen hunting over the marsh. 250 Tundra Swans and an equal number of Canada Geese were concentrated around a patch of open water on Cranberry Pond. American Robins were also seen but these may have been overwintering birds. Over 200 Cedar Waxwing were feeding in hackberry trees at Sanctuary Picnic Area.
Postings on Ontbirds over the weekend reported the first Killdeers of the spring and 40 newly arrived Great Blue Herons at Peche Island.
Today we noticed a Red-winged Blackbird singing in a small marshy spot near the nature centre and an immature Red-shouldered Hawk at the south end of the nature reserve. Large numbers of Ring-billed Gulls have returned and several hundred were present near Fighting Island on March 2.
A Snowy Owl was seen along County Rd. 42 just outside Comber on Feb 27 (reported by Dawn Frankfurth).
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