LPBO Sightings Board
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Spring - 2016 Old Cut Breakwater Tip
Number banded for the period
310 - 26 Season Total 310 - 26
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 985,843
June 6 - August 18
The summer was hot and dry. Make that very hot and very dry! A few northern-breeding species hung around into early summer, some even seeming to take up territories, even if only briefly, in local woodlots, but all in all there wasn't too much excitement throughout June and July. August started off well, with the Tip producing a great bird for LPBO's Doug Tarry Young Ornithologist Workshop participants, a Yellow-throated Warbler. LPBO's 58th consecutive fall migration monitoring season officially began August 15 (continuing until November 15), and as though on cue, some flycatchers, thrushes, warblers and swallows were already on the move. The latter of which were massing in huge concentrations at Long Point marshes in recent weeks. Shorebirds were also migrating through, with a good diversity of common species already reported from a select few locations where suitably wet habitat can still be found after months of drought. Here's a summary of bird sightings in the Long Point area over the past two months:
Trumpeter Swan - A wing-tagged bird was seen periodically along the Long Point Causeway June 9-August 12 (M. Obs). The bird, R63, was banded as a hatch year near Grand Valley, ON in 2015. It has been in the area since March (MAC).
White-winged Scoter - A late flock of 5 were seen off the Tip June 1 (TL). Another late bird was seen in Long Point Inner Bay June 10 (DS, JB).
Long-tailed Duck - The latest bird this summer was a male seen at the Tip June 18 (MAC).
Bufflehead - A very late male was seen on a pond south of Gravelly Bay on Long Point June 21 (MAC).
Common Goldeneye - A very late bird was seen from the Long Point Causeway June 25 (NB, SJ).
Red-breasted Merganser - A lone bird, looking very sickly, was resting on the Tip August 11 (LPBO).
Horned Grebe - A late bird was found at the Tip June 19 (MAC).
Great Egret - Fairly rare this summer, there were only three observations at Long Point: Breakwater July 30 (SAM), Port Dover July 23 (HG) and Long Point Causeway Aug 6 (MAC).
Black-crowned Night-Heron - One flew over Port Rowan July 13 (MAC). Another was at Big Creek National Wildlife Area August 12 (LPBO).
Virginia Rail - One was at the Port Rowan Wetland August 12 (LPBO) and another was at Old Cut August 16 (MAC).
Sora - One was at the Port Rowan Wetland July 15 (HG).
Semipalmated Plover - One was at Vittoria July 9 (HG).
Sanderling - The first fall migrants were 10 at the Tip August 11 (LPBO).
Pectoral Sandpiper - The first fall migrant was at Silver Lake in Port Dover August 12 (LPBO).
Semipalmated Sandpiper - The first fall migrants were 14 at the Tip August 10 (LPBO).
Dunlin - A late Dunlin was on the south shore of Long Point June 20 (LPBO).
Short-billed Dowitcher - One was at the Port Rowan Wetland July 6 (HG). Additional birds were at Port Dover and the Tip in August (LPBO).
Little Gull - One was seen off the south shore of Long Point June 16 (MAC).
Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was seen at the Tip August 16, followed by another August 18 (LPBO).
Olive-sided Flycatcher - The first fall migrant made a brief appearance at Old Cut August 16 (MAC).
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - The first fall migrant was banded at Old Cut August 7 (LPBO).
Acadian Flycatcher - One was banded at Old Cut August 14 (MAC). At least one nest in the Coppen-Armstrong Tract was still active as late as August 9 (LPBO).
Warbler Vireo - A pulse of Warbling Vireos passed through Old Cut August 7, with at least 60 birds counted (LPBO).
Bank Swallow - Impressive numbers of up to 6 species of swallows were gathered at Old Cut Marsh this past week. Bank Swallows made up the bulk of the birds, with a high count of 10,100 August 15 (MAC).
Tufted Titmouse - One was reported in Backus Woods July 8 (WVH).
Swainson's Thrush - The first molt migrant of the fall was at Old Cut August 7, followed by another one August 15 (MAC).
Golden-winged Warbler - An apparently phenotypically pure male hung around Backus Woods June 18-21 (M. Obs).
Lawrences's Warbler - A Lawrence's Warbler was also seen, June 18-28 (M. Obs).
Prothonotary Warbler - One was seen at the Tip August 11 (LPBO).
Tennessee Warbler - The first fall migrant was banded at Old Cut August 13 (MAC).
Connecticut Warbler - A very unusual summer report came from Backus Woods June 1 (LM).
Mourning Warbler - The first fall migrant was seen at Old Cut August 12 (LPBO).
Magnolia Warbler - A male Magnolia Warbler briefly set up territory at Backus Woods June 21-29 (M. Obs). The first fall migrant was banded at Old Cut August 17 (LPBO).
Cape May Warbler - The first fall migrants were seen at the Tip August 17 (MRI).
Yellow-rumped Warbler - An unusal breeder in Norfolk; there was a territorial pair in the Turkey Point Conservation Reserve July 9 (MAC).
Yellow-throated Warbler - A yellow-lored bird was found at the Tip August 11 (MRI).
Canada Warbler - The first fall migrant was banded at Old Cut August 13 (LPBO).
Observers: Natasha Barlow (NB), John Brett (JB), Mark Conboy (MAC), Henny Giles (HG), Matt Iles (MRI), Sean Jenniskens (SJ), Tim Lucas (TL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Len Manning (LM), Denby Sadler (DS), Will Van Hemessen (WVH), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff (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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2015 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.