MERLIN

  MERLIN Even though this species is small, this falcon is one of the most powerful hunters we see during migration.  Common in early to mid September, look for this small falcon zipping along the treetops often catching small birds,…

NORTHERN PARULA

  NORTHERN PARULA A small warbler of the upper canopy, the Northern Parula can be found in two rather distinct populations. The southern population nests primarily in hanging Spanish moss, while the northern population uses the similar-looking old man’s beard…

ORCHARD ORIOLE

  ORCHARD ORIOLE The smallest North American oriole, the Orchard Oriole is found nesting in shade trees along streams, rivers and lakes, and on farms and parklands. The rich chestnut color of the adult male can be so dark that…

OSPREY

  OSPREY Until recently, this species was only seen during spring and fall migration in Essex County,  There is now a breeding pair found along River Canard. The marsh at Holiday Beach Conservation Area provides a perfect stop-over spot for this species. …

PEREGRINE FALCON

  PEREGRINE FALCON Once listed as an endangered species in Canada, Peregrine Falcons have rebounded from the brink of extinction and have be delisted as a Species at Risk.  The City of Windsor is home to a nesting pair of…

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER

  RE-BREASTED MERGANSER A large diving duck with a long thin bill, the Red-breasted Merganser is found in large lakes, rivers and the ocean. It prefers salt water more than the other two species of merganser. Point Pelee National Park is…

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

  RED-HEADED WOODPECKER Red-headed Woodpeckers are rare breeders in the county.  They nest in locations like Point Pelee National Park and the area nearby.  They are frequently seen at the Tip of the park during spring migration.  A walk along the waterfront…

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK

  ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK This species is quite common during spring and fall migration and some individuals breed in Essex County.  They are often seen around bird feeders, especially ones serving up sunflower seeds.  Just about any woodlot in the county…

RUDDY TURNSTONE

  RUDDY TURNSTONE This species often associates with Sanderling, so take a look along any beach in Essex County in spring and fall and you may also find a Ruddy Turnstone.  They are often spotted on the tip of  Point Pelee…

SANDERLING

  SANDERLING Anywhere there is beach habitat in Essex County, you are likely to find sanderling during migration.  In May and then again in August and September, you’ll see these small sandpipers scurrying along the shoreline, looking for food.  This…


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