Birding, Biking, Kayaking and Nature loving in Windsor Essex County in Ontario Canada
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Baltimore Checkerspot and the quest for Shorebird Habitat in Windsor
I have been trying to get out to the Spring-garden area in West Windsor which is part of the Ojibway Complex. It is well reputed as being a great spot for butterflies as well. The Mourning Cloak butterfly above was seen there as well as many uncooperative Giant Swallowtails. Black Oak Heritage Park has been good for butterflies and birds as well.
Shorebird Habitat in LaSalle?
On Father's Day, I visited relatives in LaSalle, just near the corner of Huron Church Rd and Cousineau (Near Windsor Crossing or St Clair College). There is a school with a stormwater detention pond (map) and soccer fields next to it. It seems like this pond has been a little bit of a migrant trap or an oasis in an otherwise urbanized / monoculture farmland environment. Today, I spotted a Mallard Duck family, Great Egret, Killdeer (many), and Spotted Sandpipers (many) ! This seems to be pretty nice shorebird habitat, and I think I will keep an eye on it more in the late summer/fall (or pay my little nephew to keep an eye out for me).
I've recently purchased a butterfly field guide from the Ojibway Nature Center, so if I've been painfully botching some of my identifications, I hope to be a little more accurate. :^)
Posted by dwaynejava at 9:36 PM
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I hope to see Baltimore Checkerspot soon. Haven't come across one yet this year. Maybe on the Ojibway count in two weeks!ReplyDelete
I heard that the first Hickory Hairstreak showed up today at Brunet Park.
Glad you got your Baltimores, Dwayne! Also, thanks for the heads up on the shorebird spot - I'll keep an eye on it as well in the future. By the way, an area on my study site (inside the black fence along Huron Church) has some decent shorebird habitat (though very small). It currently has a few Spotties and Killdeers, and in the spring hosted both Yellowlegs and Solitary Sands as well. But yeah, Windsor isn't exactly a hotspot for shorebirds.ReplyDelete
Check out the Tilbury lagoons sometime this summer - last year there was about a month with excellent habitat. The water levels are currently high but hopefully will be lowered soon. Also, some fields in East Windsor (particularly off of Banwell or Lauzon Pkwy) usually had flooded areas and lots of shorebirds in the spring - mostly Dunlin.
Thanks for the tip on the butterfly and also on the shorebird spot.ReplyDelete