SCARLET TANAGER

  SCARLET TANAGER This colourful songbird is found in most forested areas in Essex County during spring migration.  The bold red and black patterning of the male is unmistakable.  The Scarlet Tanager’s song is described as a robin with a…

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK

  SHARP-SHINNED HAWK Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen in Essex County almost every month of the year, though no month is better than September, when they move through the area in tremendous numbers.  The hawk tower at Holiday Beach Conservation Area during September…

SUMMER TANAGER

  SUMMER TANAGER This species often overshoots its migration and is frequently on Pelee Island, at Point Pelee National Park, Ojibway Park and Kopegaren Woods.  Immatures males, with their mix of lime green and red feathers are most often the individuals spotted.  Summer Tanagers like…

VIRGINIA RAIL

VIRGINIA RAIL This secretive species is found breeding in large marshes in Essex County.  Best bets are Point Pelee National Park, Hillman Marsh Conservation Area and Holiday Beach Conservation Area.  Mostly nocturnal, this species starts calling at dusk and sounds like two rocks being…

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO

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

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT

  YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT This southern breeder is found in few locations in Ontario.  Point Pelee National Park and Pelee Island are both home to this nesting species.  They usually arrive in early May and quite quickly set up territories.  They prefer shrubby…


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