CERULEAN WARBLER

CERULEAN WARBLER A small bird of the deciduous forest treetops, the sky-blue Cerulean Warbler is hard to see. It nests and forages higher in the canopy than most other warblers. Adult Description Small warbler. Two broad white wingbars. Solidly colored…

COOPER’S HAWK

COOPER’S HAWK Closely related to Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks are year-round residents in Essex County – if you have a hawk visiting your bird feeder, this is most likely the species.   You can also see them migrate through the area…

EASTERN TOWHEE

  EASTERN TOWHEE Check in any scrubby habitat around Essex County and you have a good chance of coming across an Eastern Towhee.  In particular,  check the feeders at Ojibway Nature Centre and the habitat along the West Beach Footpath at Point…

GREATER SCAUP

GREATER SCAUP The east and west shorelines of  the Point Pelee Peninsula, as well as the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, in early spring and late fall are the best locations to view large numbers of Greater Scaup.  If…

GREEN HERON

GREEN HERON This small heron is found in many of the wetlands of Essex County. They often pick marshes close to wooded areas.  A walk along the DeLaurier Trail at Point Pelee National Park in spring is a great place to catch…

HENSLOW’S SPARROW

HENSLOW’S SPARROW This species is the rarest sparrow species in Ontario. With as few a 2-3 nesting pairs left in the province, this is an extremely rare migrant in Essex County. Point Pelee National Park is the best place to try and find this bird.  In mid-late April…

HOODED WARBLER

  HOODED WARBLER A striking small bird of eastern hardwood forests, the Hooded Warbler prefers forests with some shrub understory. A favourite warbler amongst many birders, Point Pelee National Park is a sure bet to find this species, most often in the…

INDIGO BUNTING

  INDIGO BUNTING This bird is widespread through the county.  They arrive in May and stick around throughout the summer months.  Look for places that you find goldfinches and you’ll like find Indigo Buntings as well.  Sure bets are Point Pelee National Park, Ojibway Park, Holiday Beach Conservation Area and…

LEAST BITTERN

  LEAST BITTERN A tiny heron, furtive and surpassingly well camouflaged, the Least Bittern is one of the most difficult North American marsh birds to spot. Despite its inconspicuousness, however, the species can be rather common within appropriate habitat in…

LESSER SCAUP

  LESSER SCAUP Two scaup species live in North America: the Greater Scaup prefers salt water and is found in America and Eurasia, while the Lesser Scaup prefers freshwater and is found only in North America. The Lesser Scaup is…


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