Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Spring Migration

Monthly Summaries of Spring Migrants

March

No matter what the March weather may be, there is always a very noticeable migration of birds. March is the month when the great flocks of blackbirds, robins, geese, swans, ducks, gulls and mourning doves first arrive. The arrival of migrants in March is highly dependent on the weather; listed below are the long term averages:

Early

Mallard
Killdeer
American Black Duck
American Robin*
Red-winged Blackbird*
Northern Pintail
Redhead
Common Grackle*
Canvasback

Mid

Pied-billed Grebe
Hooded Merganser
Tundra Swan
American Coot
Gadwall
American Woodcock
American Wigeon
Mourning Dove
Northern Shoveller
Belted Kingfisher
Wood Duck
Eastern Bluebird
Ring-necked Duck
Eastern Meadowlark
Greater Scaup
Rusty Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Lesser Scaup

Late

Horned Grebe
Northern Flicker*
Great Blue Heron
Eastern Phoebe
Green-winged Teal
Tree Swallow
Blue-winged Teal
Winter Wren
White-winged Scoter
Hermit Thrush*
Ruddy Duck
American Pipit
Bonaparte's Gull
Fox Sparrow

In late March, mallard, American black duck, northern pintail, redhead, canvasback and killdeer are present in their greatest numbers.

* migrants supplementing wintering birds