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AMERICAN BITTERN

AMERICAN BITTERN This species prefers cattail marshes.  Your best bets are Point Pelee National Park, Holiday Beach Conservation Area, Hillman Marsh Conservation Area and St. Clair National Wildlife Area A stocky and well-camouflaged heron of dense reed beds, the American Bittern is difficult to…

BALD EAGLE

  BALD EAGLE Once on the brink of extinction, this species has rebounded and now there are at least 10 active nest sites in Essex County.  During migration, the hawk tower at Holiday Beach Conservation Area is one of the best locations…

BALTIMORE ORIOLE

BALTIMORE ORIOLE Baltimore Oriole is a widespread species in Essex County in the spring and summer months.  They breed in the area and are commonly seen in almost of the birding locations listed.  Point Pelee National Park and Ojibway Park (especially around the…

BLACK TERN

  BLACK TERN Point Pelee National Park is one of the best locations in southern Ontario to see nesting Black Terns.  From the comfort of the floating boardwalk, visitors have the unique experience of observing a Black Tern nest up close…

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO

  BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO This species is often seen in the wooded birding areas in Essex County during spring migration.  Black-billed Cuckoos can be elusive and unlike other songbirds, are not in constant motion.  Cuckoos are known for sitting very still…

BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER

  BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER This warbler is a fairly common migrant in Essex County in May, late August and September.  They prefer more wooded areas and are often near the tops of the trees feeding on insects – look for the fiery…

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER

  BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER This mighty southern breeder is easily found at Point Pelee National Park from early May into the summer months.  The Tip transit stop is a frequent breeding location. Look for this bird in scrubby edge habitat in birding areas…

BONAPARTE’S GULL

  BONAPARTE’S GULL This bird is commonly seen along the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair shoreline for most of the year.  When the lakes freeze up in winter, this gull will disappear and also for short chunks of time…

CAROLINA WREN

CAROLINA WREN This species is a year-round resident in Essex County and sometimes the “tea kettle, tea kettle” song is heard on the coldest days in the winter. In summer it can seem that every patch of woods in the…

CASPIAN TERN

CASPIAN TERN As large as a big gull, the Caspian Tern is the largest tern in the world. Its large coral red bill makes it one of the most easily identified terns throughout its worldwide range. Adult Description Large, gull-like…


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