Birding In Windsor Essex Hotspots & Migratory Stopovers Birds of a feather watch together. Join us for the birding season here in Windsor Essex. Discover the numerous species of flighted friends and ways to celebrate them!


Did you know that Essex County is one of North America’s premier bird-watching locations? The diverse habitats found here and the unique geography of the region attract hundreds of thousands of migratory birds on the move each spring — and equally as remarkable — each fall.  Use our Birding Guide found below to learn more about the types of birds that you can easily spot in Windsor Essex and on Pelee Island, plus learn which bird species to look out for in each season.

Home to Point Pelee National Park, Holiday Beach and Hillman Marsh Conservation Areas, and Ojibway Park, our parks and conservation areas provide important resting areas as these birds make their long journeys, and they offer year-round habitat for non-migratory birds. Conservation areas are equipped with convenient parking areas and pleasant trails and good viewing areas, and some have viewing towers to experience the pleasure of birding. Please respect rules and safety guidelines put in place at some of our primary birding spots.

Fall Monarch Migration 

Each Fall many of our popular birding sites along the South shore, especially within Point Pelee National Park, are great for monarch viewing as they migrate south to Mexico.  Stay tuned to Point Pelee National Park’s Facebook & Twitter for daily monarch counts as migration typically starts mid-September.

Birding in Windsor Essex 

While typically each spring and fall our primary birding spots are busy with people trying to catch a glimpse of the many bird species, this year we are encouraging you to discover more right in your own backyard! There are many great ways to make your yard more welcoming to our feathered friends including providing food, shelter and water.  Keep your eyes peeled as early songbird migration starts in early March with the return of waterfowl, and shorebirds follow in April. Within weeks, full migration occurs with the arrival of numerous colourful species in May.  Spot hawks and raptors each Fall.  What will you spot? Play along with our Birding Bingo to see how many winged visitors you can see during your birding adventures this year!

Excellent birding locations are aplenty across Windsor Essex and on Pelee Island – you can learn more about them below.  Now more than ever, it is important that we take into consideration the rules and guidelines that have been put in place at our primary birding spots to ensure your safety and the safety of others.  While exploring nature, please be respectful of the fragile ecosystems that surround us.


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