A Skunks Misery trip was long overdue so last week, I ventured out in that direction. I missed out on visuals for my target species which were Cerulean Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher. But still, some good birds were found. One highlight for example was hearing a Veery singing and a Yellow bellied Sapsucker drumming. What's cool about that YBSS sighting is that Newbury might be the southern limit / suitable habitat of its breeding range in Ontario.
Some birds seen include:
Chestnut sided Warbler
Yellow bellied Sapsucker (drumming)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Peewee
Buteo Hawk (perhaps broad winged?)
|Groundhog in Newbury Ontario|
I typically drive a little towards Strathroy to look for Grassland birds but in my short time there, I did find a butterfly that I have wanted to see for years - a Milberts Tortoiseshell! I wanted to photograph this butterfly a little better than what I have but it was very shy. I only had it in view for 10 seconds then it was gone!
|Milbert's Tortoiseshell in Strathroy Ontario|
Back at Ojibway Park, I noticed a few nice birds as of late:
A pair of Yellow billed Cuckoos st Ojibway's Springarden area, Willow Flycatcher, Belted Kingfisher and Green Heron Fledglings at Ojibway's Malden Park.
I'm on the hunt for Eastern Fringed Prairie Orchid --- I've had several unsuccessful efforts to see it but I will keep searching! I've found other interesting plants though - I've seen several patches of Colicroot (a threatened species link1 link2
)- a nice botanical discovery at Ojibway. I also found a tiny flower called Enchanter's Nightshade. Thanks to one of my blog readers - Irene- for the botany guide!!!
Hello Dwayne--Yes--Ojibway is a remarkable place to study plants / wildflowers. I spent many hours there--ReplyDelete
quite a few years back ! After reading the above Blog--
I immediately grabbed my Peterson Field Guide where
I have "ticked off" lots of flowers. I couldn't find the
Eastern fringed Prairie Orchid ? What is it's Latin name ? Apparently I didn't find that one either.
Irene, the scientific name of the orchid is Platanthera leucophaea.Delete
Congrats on the Milbert's. Too bad about not finding the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid.....there are a few places where it is found in the Windsor/Essex Co area, but not many, and by now, they are likely just about finished flowering.ReplyDelete