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LPBO Sightings Board

Spring 2017

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

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

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Season Total - - -

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date - 9

Current Weather at Long Point

February 23

A very innocuous winter has been punctuated by several warm spells in late January continuing into mid-February. Long Point Inner Bay remained largely open throughout the winter allowing many waterfowl to overwinter or arrive early. The mild winter allowed for many unusual overwintering birds as well as several significant early arrival dates.

Greater White-fronted Goose - A lone bird was discovered at Port Rowan on January 14 (DL et al.) and was seen at various locations until January 28. A flock of 51 birds was seen heading east over Port Rowan (MC) and Turkey Pt. marsh (GB,KK) February 20.

Snow Goose - Two were seen with Canadas near Port Ryerse January 14 (SAM). A flock of nine was seen at Port Royal January 24 to 28 (RR et al.).

Ross's Goose - Nine were observed with nine Snows at Port Royal January 24 to 28 (RR et al.).

Cackling Goose - One or two individuals were present in the area from January 19 (TH) on.

Tundra Swan - Up to 400 overwintered around Port Rowan. Spring arrivals began on the February 19-20 weekend.

Wood Duck - A lone bird lingered on the causeway at CWS headquarters until at least January 14 (DS et al.).

Green-winged Teal - Two early arrivals were present at the Hahn Marsh January 27 (SAM).

Canvasback - 3000 birds appeared on the Inner Bay January 22 (RR) augmenting a couple of hundred which had remained since the Fall.

Redhead - 2500 were counted off Port Rowan January 22 and numbers built to at least 12,000 by February 10 (RR).

Aythya ducks - By February 21, numbers increased to over 30,000 Canvasback, Redhead and scaup spread across the wide-open Inner Bay (RR).

Surf Scoter - A female was present January 2 - 22, first at Port Dover harbour and then Turkey Pt. marina (RR, v.o.).

Pied-billed Grebe - One at Bird Studies Canada's headquarters January 25 was an early arrival (SAM).

American Bittern - One found at Big Creek NWA on the CBC December 17 (WL) lingered there until January 14 (RR) and was seen again at the Crown Marsh February 21 (SAM).

Golden Eagle - Maintaining a trend of recent winters, there were multiple sightings of at least two birds throughout January (m.obs.)

Red-shouldered Hawk - Wintering individuals frequented the creek valleys north and south of County Rd. 60 as well as Long Pt. centered around the Crown Marsh. (m.obs.)

Red-tailed Hawk - An immature dark-morph of the calurus subspecies was seen at the Shirley and George Pond Reserve January 8 (RR) and remained in that vicinity until January 15 (v.o.). The subspecies of a dark-morph individual photographed on the A Concession December 19 (CC) could not be determined.

Rough-legged Hawk - An above average movement of early winter birds included an impressive congregation of 15 birds feeding around the Hahn Marsh December 24 (RR).

Sandhill Crane - Up to 350 birds managed to linger through January as a result of the benign weather. Numbers dwindled into February likely as a result of individuals beginning to move farther north rather than south.

Killdeer - Two individuals seen along Lakeshore Rd. west of Port Royal January 26 (SAM) were record early arrivals.

Greater Yellowlegs - A bird heard and seen flying over Big Creek NWA February 21 (KB) was record early by at least a month here at Long Pt.

Little Gull - Individuals appeared on the Inner Bay with Bonaparte's Gulls January 4 (RR). Numbers built to 18 seen off Port Rowan February 21 (RR) and then 58 flying by the BSC HQ property February 23 (RR).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - A third-cycle individual was seen at BSC headquarters January 10 (RR) and over the causeway January 28 (SAM).

Glaucous Gull - The lone individual of the winter so far was seen at Normandale January 8 (MC).

Snowy Owl - Considering the number of southwestern Ontario sightings this winter, it is somewhat unusual that a bird off the old provincial park on Long Pt. February 22 (RR) is the only sighting to date.

Peregrine Falcon - A young bird seen west of Port Royal January 26 (MC,SAM) remained in the area until January 30.

Eastern Phoebe - The status of a bird seen in Port Rowan February 20 (SAM) was difficult to determine.

Common Raven - Birds have been noted in both the St. Williams and Turkey Pt. Crown Reserves over the past month (EG).

Gray Catbird - Overwintering individuals were seen at Old Cut, both Long Pt. provincial parks and at Port Royal throughout January and into February (v.o.).

Brown Thrasher - Singles remained at the Old Cut feeders (m.obs.) and at the Timpf farm near Walsingham (AT,TM).

Smith's Longspur - A hatch-year female was discovered along the A Concession Rd. on the Long Pt. CBC December 17 (RR,AT,MT) and remained until January 10 (m.obs.).

Pine Warbler - A Pine Warbler was seen with a mixed flock near Fishers Glen January 5 (KG).

Fox Sparrow - Numerous Fox Sparrows remained at local feeders. An unprecedented 72 were counted on the Long Pt. CBC December 17 (fide SAM).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - A male visiting a feeder in Teeterville Janaury 6 and 14 provided the County's first January record. (MB).

Brewer's Blackbird - One bird was found near Turkey Pt. December 17 (MC) while a female was seen at the Hahn Marsh January (AT).

Observers: Gregor Beck (GB), Michelle Bruin (MB), Ken Burrell (KB), Chris Cheatle (CC), Mark Conboy (MC), Eric Giles (EG), Kevin Giles (KG), Tyler Hoar (TH), Kevin Kavanagh (KK), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Ron Ridout (RR), Denby Sadler (DS), Adam Timpf (AT), Matt Timpf (MT). (m.obs.), (v.o.) various observers.

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 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.



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