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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Monthly Summaries of Autumn Migrants


Many species of southbound migrant land birds attain peak numbers during this month. Most species that are common in August remain numerous through September.

Arrivals expected in early September include:

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Palm Warbler

Arrivals expected by mid-September include:

Turkey Vulture
Hermit Thrush
Cooper's Hawk
Solitary Vireo
Parasitic Jaeger (scarce)
Dark-eyed Junco
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
White-throated Sparrow
Winter Wren
Lincoln's Sparrow

Arrivals expected by late September include:

Peregrine Falcon (uncommon)
American Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Rusty Blackbird

Buff-breasted sandpipers are often numerous in the Onion Fields by early September. With the passage of any cold front between approximately September 12 to 18, a massive movement of broad-winged hawks can be expected.. This is also the time when large numbers of blue jays first arrive. By mid-September, common terns are abundant in off-shore waters. However, the number of terns has declined severely in recent years.