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LPBO Sightings Board

Spring 2018

We encourage all visitors to the Long Point area to stop by our facilities on Old Cut Blvd. and tell us what you have observed in the area during your visit.
You can also email your sightings directly to LPBO at
lpbo@bsc-eoc.org

The complete list of the birds of Long Point is available here.

Banding Totals

Fall 2016 Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

622 - 388
Season Total 622 - 388

Current Weather at Long Point

April 7-17, 2018

The past ten days were characterized by below seasonal temperatures and windy conditions. There were two major storm and seiche events, which led to widespread erosion, flooding and damage to trees on Long Point. Nevertheless, some species were migrating, particularly sparrows. The Tip was opened on Apr 10. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) until early June. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after census. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at facebook.com/LPBObs for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

Highlights:

Ring-necked Pheasant - One was observed on the Long Point Causeway Apr 7 (PG, TG).

Horned Grebe - There was an influx of Horned Grebes on Inner Long Point Bay and even the surrounding wetlands, ponds and inlets which is unusual for Long Point. A total of 198 were counted from the Inner Bay viewing stand Apr 17 (MC).

Eared Grebe - One was at the Tip Apr 16 (KC).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Two were observed daily at Old Cut Apr 7-16 (LPBO).

Osprey - The first migrant of the spring was at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Apr 13 (RR).

Broad-winged Hawk - One was reported at Silver Lake in Port Dover Apr 13 (SH).

Little Gull - One as observed from Port Ryerse Apr 12 (HG, KG).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was at the Tip Apr 10 (MC).

Caspian Tern - The first migrant of the spring was off Hastings Drive Apr 13 (RR).

Snowy Owl - One was along the Long Point causeway and in the town site Apr 10-13 (M. Obs). One was in Port Rowan Apr 15 (MC) and BSC HQ Apr 16 (GB, RR).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - The first migrant of the spring was at Silver Lake in Port Dover Apr 14 (MT).

Barn Swallow - The first migrants of the spring were at Port Ryerse, ?New? Long Point Provincial Park (KB) and Old Cut (AT) Apr 13.

Marsh Wren - The first migrant of the spring was at Big Creek National Wildlife Area Apr 10 (JP).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - The first migrants of the spring appeared all over southern Norfolk County Apr 3 (M. Obs).

Brown Thrasher - The first migrant of the spring was banded at Old Cut Apr 12 (LPBO).

Louisiana Waterthrush - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 12 (JD).

Pine Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 12 (MC, JD).

Black-throated Green Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 13-14 (LPBO).

Vesper Sparrow - The first migrant of the spring was along West Quarter Line Road Apr 11 (TM).

Observers ? Gregor Beck (GB), Ken Burrell (KB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Mark Conboy (MC), James Durst (JD), Paula Gent (PG), Ted Gent (TG), Henny Giles (HG), Kevin Giles (KG), Sandra Hawkins (SH), Taylor Marshall (TM), Josh Pickering (JP), Ron Ridout (RR), Matt Timpf (MT), Antoine Turcotte-van de Rydt (AT), and Long Point Bird Observatory staff and volunteers (LPBO).

Explore the Long Point Birding Trail. Updates of the birds in the area can be viewed through eBird on LPBO's main web-page. You can help contribute to sightings in the Long Point area by submitting your sightings to eBird or by sharing them with us at lpbo@birdscanada.org. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2016 LPBO Program Report. Your best source for information about the birds and birding sites around Long Point can be found in A Birding Guide to the Long Point Area by Ron Ridout, available at the LPBO Shoppe and BSC headquarters.

March 30-April 6

Cold was the theme of the past week at Long Point. Daytime highs and nighttime lows both hovered around zero, and persistent winds added to the chill. Active migration was very limited, with Song Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos comprising the bulk of the activity. Despite the poor conditions, a few first of the year birds such as Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, a single Purple Martin, and Brown Creepers appeared. Waterfowl numbers remained at modest levels on both Inner and Outer Long Point Bay. There was also a significant mammal observation this week: a Fisher, the first one in living memory, was filmed and photographed at the Tip Apr 2 (MC, SAM).

Long Point Bird Observatory opened its 58th migration monitoring season on April 1. Public banding demonstrations take place each morning (weather permitting) until early June. Visitors are always welcome. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

Highlights:

Red-throated Loon - One was in the boat channel between Rogers Avenue and Dickinson Avenue (immediately north of Old Cut) Apr 2 (MC, SAM) and Apr 4 (AT).

Red-necked Grebe - Three were on Outer Long Point Bay Apr 2 (SAM).

American Bittern - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 2 (LPBO, MC).

Double-crested Cormorant - The first migrants of the spring were at Port Dover Mar 31 (AC, NP).

Great Egret - The first migrant of the spring was near Port Ryerse (SB).

Northern Goshawk - One was seen north of St. Williams Apr 2 (EG).

Virginia Rail - The first migrant of the spring was at the Port Rowan Wetland Apr 1 (JD).

Wilson's Snipe - The first migrant of the spring was at Backus Woods Apr 2 (EB).

Greater Yellowlegs - The first migrant of the spring was at Dedrick Creek on Concession 1 Apr 2 (EG).

Little Gull - Two were at Port Dover Mar 30 (EG).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One flew over Old Cut Apr 5 (KC).

Snowy Owl - One was on the Long Point causeway Apr 1-2 (MC, HG).

Short-eared Owl - One was at Old Cut Apr 2 (MC, EE, SS)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - The first migrant of the spring was at Bill's Corners Mar 31 (CB).

Peregrine Falcon - One flew past the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Apr 3 (SP).

Northern Shrike - One was on the Crown Marsh Trail Mar 30-Apr 2 (JE, JP, SAM).

Common Raven - One was seen along Charlotteville Road 1 north of Turkey Point Mar 30 (HG).

Purple Martin - The first migrant of the spring was in Port Rowan Mar 31 (SAM).

Hermit Thrush - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 4 (SAM).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - One was at Old Cut Apr 1 (MC).

Chipping Sparrow - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 1 (MC).

Fox Sparrow - One was at Old Cut Apr 3 (MC).

White-crowned Sparrow - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Mar 31 (MC, SS), and it was the first bird banded of the 2018 season.

Savannah Sparrow - One was at Clear Creek Mar 31 (KB).

Eastern Towhee - The first migrants of the spring were at Old Cut and ?New' Long Point Provincial Park Mar 30 (M. Obs).

Common Redpoll - One was at the Port Rowan Wetland Mar 30 (SAM).

Observers - Eric Baldo (EB), Kathryn Boothby (KB), Sarah Bonnett (SB), Carrie Brown (CB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Mark Conboy (MC), Andrew Couturier (AC), James Durst (JD), Emily Emptrage (EE), Jodi Elchyshyn (JE), Eric Giles (EG), Henny Giles (HG), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Nathalie Paquette (NP), Josh Pickering (JP), Steven Price (SP), Sue Suess (SS), Adam Timpf (AT), and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

Winter Summary (January 1 to March 29, 2018)

Long Point endured a relatively cold and snowy winter for the first time in several years. Perhaps as a result of harsh weather, rare bird sightings were fairly scant. A brief thaw in late Feb did encourage the arrival of some early migrants. There were a few noteworthy birds over the course of the past three months, with geese taking centre stage; five species were seen Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area on a single visit Mar 16 (RR). Long Point Bird Observatory opens its doors and its nets Saturday April 1. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) between April 1 and early June. Visitors are always welcome. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

Snow Goose - Snow Geese began arriving in mid-Feb. The highest single count was of 9 along the Lakeshore Road fields Mar 9 (PG, TG).

Ross's Goose - Single birds were reported from the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Feb 20 (DL) and Lee Brown WMA Mar 16 (RR). Two birds were in flooded fields where Big Creek crosses Concession Road 2 Feb 25-27 (M. Obs).

Greater White-fronted Goose - Several small flocks or single birds were seen from time to time throughout the winter. The largest flock, 8 birds, frequented Lee Brown WMA Mar 12-18, before dwindling to a single bird until Mar 23 (M. Obs).

Cackling Goose - To round out the rare goose list, Cacklers were seen at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area Feb 21-Mar 18 (M. Obs) and at Dedrick Creek Mar 3-4 (JB, KB, MB, AZ). The highest count was of 15 at Lee Brown WMA March 17 (AT).

Trumpeter Swan - Three were seen in the Lakeshore Road fields Feb 22 (HG, KG) and off Port Rowan Feb 28 (SM). Single birds were reported at Lee Brown WMA (MN) and Hahn Marsh (KB) Mar 10.

Tundra Swan - There were several notable pushes of Tundra Swans in February and March but, in general, movements of this iconic Long Point species were slow and steady. High counts were made Feb 28 with 820 flying over the Bird Studies Canada headquarters (JA) and up to 1600 along the Long Point causeway Mar 15-17 (EP, JL).

White-winged Scoter - One was seen from the Long Pont causeway Mar 13 (SM).

American Bittern - One was flushed at the end of Rogers Avenue on Long Point Feb 5 (AT). A very unusual winter record.

Killdeer - A pulse of migrants arrived across the area with the late Feb thaw (M. Obs).

American Woodcock - The first migrant of the year arrived at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Feb 22 (KG, RG).

Wilson's Snipe - One was at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Jan 12 (DL).

Glaucous Gull - One flew over Old Cut Mar 4 (SM).

Snowy Owl - Birds were reported from Port Dover, Port Rowan, Lakeshore Road, Highway 59, Hastings Drive, and the Long Point causeway periodically Jan 1-Mar 28 (M. Obs).

Long-eared Owl - One was near the intersection of East Quarter Line Road and Highway 1 Feb 3 (SM).

Short-eared Owl - Short-eared Owls were fairly reliable in and around Port Rowan all winter. Single birds were seen (sometimes repeatedly) at the Big Creek National Wildlife Area, Lakeshore Road, the Bird Studies Canada headquarters, and the Port Rowan Wetland (M. Obs). Two were at the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Highway 59 Mar 28 (JP).

Belted Kingfisher - One was at Port Ryerse Jan 1 (KG, RG). Early migrants began to trickle in elsewhere in Mar (SM, TH).

Red-headed Woodpecker - A pair spent the winter in the Jackson-Gunn Forest (M. Obs).

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - One was in St. Williams Jan 1 (HG).

Northern Shrike - Scarce this winter. Single birds were at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Mar 12 (RR), the Port Rowan Wetland Feb 21, Mar 11 and 13 (M. Obs), and near Port Ryerse Mar 3 (AJ, RS) and 13 (EG).

Common Raven - Single birds reported at the St. Williams Forest, Turkey Point Conservation Reserve and near Port Rowan periodically throughout the winter (M. Obs). This species is now regularly reported in very low numbers in Norfolk County.

Tufted Titmouse - There were scattered observations of this uncommon species ranging from Port Ryerse to Old Cut throughout the winter (M. Obs). The pair at Old Cut continued to be among the most reliably seen birds.

Winter Wren - Single birds were reported along Lakeshore Road Jan 14 (CS) and Mar 22 (BC; location unspecified). Two were seen along Concession A at Big Creek Jan 11 (HG, KG).

Hermit Thrush - A handful of birds appeared to overwinter across the area (M. Obs).

Gray Catbird - One was at Port Royal Jan 1 (KB).

Northern Mockingbird - One was near Fishers Glen Jan 21 (EG). Single birds were reported along County Road 28 between Jan 20 (AA, KB) and Mar 29 (AT).

Lapland Longspur - There was only a single report this winter, one near St. Williams Feb 5 (EG).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Single birds were at Old Cut Jan 26 (MI), Concession A Mar 18 (GS, KS), and Fishers Glen Mar 26 (AT).

Chipping Sparrow - One was along Concession A Feb 14 (RS).

Fox Sparrow - One was in the St. Williams Forest Mar 13 (LF); possibly the first migrant of the year.

Savannah Sparrow - One was at a St. Williams feeder Jan 15-17 (EG). One was along Front Road Jan 17 (LF). Single birds were also at Clear Creek Mar 3 (TH) and the Inner Bay Viewing Stand Mar 23 (MV).

Eastern Meadowlark - One was at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area Feb 28-Mar 15 (M. Obs). It was joined by another there Mar 15 (EP). One was at Port Ryerse Mar 19 (KB).

Common Redpoll - Rare this winter. One was at a St. Williams feeder Mar 17 (EG). One was at a feeder along Charlotteville Road 2 Mar 23 (RR) and continued until Mar 28 (AH).

Hoary Redpoll - A probable Hornemann's Hoary Redpoll briefly visited the same Charlotteville Road 2 feeder Mar 23 (DO). It was not seen subsequently.

Observers - Aaron Allensen (AA), Jody Allair (JA), Kathryn Boothby (KB), Jim Burrell (JB), Ken Burrell (KB), Mike Burrell (MB), Bob Cumming (BC), Lucas Foerster (LF), Paula Gent (PG), Ted Gent (TG), Eric Giles (EG), Henny Giles (HG), Kevin Giles (KG), Rebekah Giles (RG), Todd Hagedorn (TH), Audrey Heagy (AH), Tyler Hoar (TH), Matt Iles (MI), Adrian Juurlink (AJ), Dennis Lepage (DL), James Lees (JL), Stu Mackenzie (SM), Reuven Martin (RM), Mike Norton (MN), David Okines (DO), Helen Pattison (HP), Josh Pickering (JP), Ed Poropat (EP), Ron Ridout (RR), Kevin Seymour (KS), Richard Skevington (RS), Chris Street (CS), Greg Stuart (GS), Adam Timpf (AT), Matt Timpf (MT), Mike Vandyk (MV), and Anthony Zammit (AZ).

 

 

 

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