LPBO Sightings Board

24 October 2014

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
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Banding Totals

Fall - 2014 Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

656 - 500
Season Total 4087 1331 4190

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 94
9,204

Current Weather at Long Point

 

24 October

It was another exciting week in the Long Point area. Waterfowl numbers continue to build with greater than 30,000 waterfowl of most species on the Inner and Outer Bays. Numbers of Tundra Swans and Sandhill Cranes are also slowly starting to build. Raptor movements have been steady following north and northwest winds late this week with more Northern Harrier, adult Accipiter, Red-shouldered Hawk, and of course Northern Saw-whet Owls moving through the region. Long-eared Owls also made a good showing at the Tip. Passerine migration has been slow on the ground, but thousands of diurnal migrant robins, pipits, and siskins have filled the skies most mornings. The river of blackbirds is flowing steadily and approaching half a million birds as they make their way from the mainland to Long Point over Old Cut each evening.

Highlights:

Snow Goose - Three were observed flying over Old Cut October 18 (LPBO).

Cackling Goose - One was at the Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area October 18 (MD, RM).

Redhead - A high of 26,477 were observed at Old Cut October 24 (LPBO).

Long-tailed Duck - A high of 94 and 80 were observed at the Tip October 20 & 22, respectively (LPBO).

Horned Grebe - A high of 66, 43 and 70 were observed at the Tip October 20, 21, 22, respectively (LPBO).

Red-throated Loon - One was observed flying over Old Cut October 18 (SAM, NMR).

Least Bittern - One individual was observed at Old Cut October 18 (NMR).

Great Blue Heron - LPBO's third ever was banded at Old Cut after clumsily working its way into a mist net October 23 (LPBO).

Black-crowned Night Heron - One was observed at Old Cut October 18 (LPBO).

Red Shouldered Hawk - Numerous individuals were observed throughout the week and one was banded at Old Cut October 20.

American Golden Plover - One was at the Tip October 18 (SMS, JGK).

Red Phalarope - One was at the Tip October 19-22 (LPBO).

Parasitic Jaeger - Two birds, dark and light morph, were observed at the Tip October 20 (SMS, CMS, et al).

Bonaparte's Gull - A conservative estimate of 10,000 birds were at the Tip October 18 (LPBO).

Little Gull - Eight were observed at the Tip October 19 (LPBO), and one was observed at Old Cut October 23 (SAM, HBM). A high of 18 were at the Turkey Point beach October 19 (LHB).

Northern Saw-whet Owl - Peak migration is upon us with 105 and 197 banded October 22 and 23, respectively. The Tip banded 127 October 23 (LPBO).

Long-eared Owl - One was found roosting at the Tip October 19 (LPBO). Eight were banded at the Tip October 23 (LPBO).

Red-bellied Woodpecker - One was at the Tip October 19 & 23, and as many as four have been observed at Old Cut throughout the week (LPBO).

Northern Shrike - An adult was observed at the Tip October 22 (CJW, PRG).

Horned Lark - Two were observed at the Tip October 22 (LPBO).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - One individual was observed at Old Cut October 19 (LHB).

Tree Swallow - Two and 7 were observed at Old Cut October 21 & 22 (LHB, LPBO).

Barn Swallow - One was observed at the BSC headquarters October 24 (MVB, JRA, DT).

Eastern Bluebird - Two and 16 were observed at the Tip and Old Cut, respectively October 23(LPBO).

Swainson's Thrush - A late individual was banded at Old Cut October 23 (LPBO).

American Robin - Great migration this week with a high of 1,108 at Old Cut October 19 (LPBO).

American Pipit - A high of 90 were observed at the Tip October 22 with smaller numbers flying over Old Cut daily (LPBO).

Lapland Longspur - One female-type was observed at the Tip October 21 & 22(LPBO).

Snow Bunting - First of the season was observed on the south beach October 19 (MYR, CJW, PRG).

Orange-crowned Warbler - Two individuals were banded October 18 and one individual was banded October 22 at Old Cut (LPBO).

American Redstart - A definitive basic female was banded at Old Cut October 22
(LPBO).

Cape May Warbler - One male type bird was observed October 20 (SMS, CMS) and a first basic was banded October 21 (LPBO).

Northern Parula - A definitive basic male was banded at the Tip October 18 and a first basic male was banded October 22 (LPBO).

Other warblers for the period: Tennessee, Nashville, Black-throated Green, Yellow-rumped, Pine.

American Tree Sparrow - A definitive basic bird banded at the Tip October 24 (LPBO).

LeConte's Sparrow - One individual was observed October 18 on Rogers Ave. (LHB).

Oregon Junco - One first basic male was banded at Old Cut October 21 (LPBO).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - One was observed flying in off the Tip the morning of October 18 (DLL et al.)

Indigo Bunting - One was observed at Old Cut October 24 (SAM, APT).

Rusty Blackbird - Many have been observed in the area this week with a high of 180  October 24 (SAM).

Red-winged Blackbird - A high of 45,740 at Old Cut October 24 (SAM).

Common Grackle - A high of 350,070 at Old Cut October 24 (SAM).

Eastern Meadowlark - A high of nine and ten were observed flying in off of the lake at the Tip October 22 & 23, respectively (SMS, DLL).

Pine Siskin - Many thousands have been moving through the area with a high of 830 at the Tip October 22, and many hundreds flying over Old Cut daily with a high of 356 October 24 (LPBO).

American Goldfinch - Highs of 575 and 450 at the Tip October 21 & 22 (LPBO).

Observers:
Luke Berg (LHB), Mark Dorriesfield (MD), John Glazebrook (JGK), Pip Guillet (PRG), Myriam El Harouchey (MYR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ruevan Martin (RM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Nancy Raginski (NMR), Claudia Strijek (CMS), Shawn Sullivan (SMS), Adam Timpf (APT), Chris Wagner (CJW), Mick Wright (MTW).

Season to date banding totals:

Old Cut - 4,087 - 656
Tip - 4,190
Breakwater - 1,331

Countdown to 1,000,000 = 949,204


Explore the Long Point Birding Trail<http://www.birdscanada.org/longpoint/index.jsp?targetpg=lpbt&lang=EN>. Updates of the birds in the area can be viewed through eBird<http://www.ebird.ca> on LPBO's main web-page<http://www.birdscanada.org/lpbo>. You can help contribute to sightings in the Long Point area by submitting your sightings to eBbird<http://www.ebird.ca> or by sharing them with us at lpbo@birdscanada.org<mailto:lpbo@birdscanada.org>. The Old Cut Research Station is open to the public every day until November 15. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link<http://www.birdscanada.org/lpbo> and check out the 2013 LPBO Program Report<http://www.bsc-eoc.org/library/LPBOreport.pdf> or LPBO E-news<http://www.birdscanada.org/download/LPBOenews.pdf>. 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 here<http://www.birdscanada.org/shopping/shop.jsp>.

17 October

It took a few days for the massive movement that occurred last week to die down, but warm weather, south winds, and rain kept most new passerine movement at bay. Waterfowl numbers and diversity continue to build. More than 10,000 Redhead, and thousands of Lesser Scaup and dabblers frequent the Inner Bay, while 5-10,000 scaup, mostly greater are still congregating on the Outer Bay. Shorebird and Raptor activity was slow this week. Northern Saw-whet Owl migration has been virtually non-existent. Passerine wise the week was relatively slow until a favourable fog waved over Long Point overnight on October 17 causing a substantial fall-out of temperate migrants. The fall was most significant at the Tip when about 4,000 kinglets of both species, hundreds of Creepers, Yellow-rumped and other warblers, Hermit Thrush, and near record-late Yellow-bellied Flycatcher were observed. A good mix of sparrows was also observed including a LeContes Sparrow. 16 warbler species were observed at Long Point this week.

 

Highlights:

 

Tundra Swans - There have been a smattering of individuals throughout the period with a high of 9 at Big Creek National Wildlife Area October 17 (SAM)

Redhead - A high of 12, 692 were observed at Old Cut on October 12 (LPBO).

Red-throated Loon - Two were observed at the Tip October 15 and 16 (DLL, MTW, JGK; SAM).

Common Loon - There was a strong migration throughout the week with highs of 92, 506 and 358 at the Tip October 14, 15 & 16, respectively (LPBO).

Pied-billed Grebe - One bird was observed at the Tip October 14 (ACC).

Horned Grebe - Highs of 48, 78 and 202 were observed at the Tip October 13,14 & 15, respectively (LPBO).

Red-necked Grebe - One was observed on the Outer Bay October 17 (SAM).

Least Bittern - One was observed at Old Cut October 17 (NMR).

Great Egret - One was observed at Old Cut October 10 (LPBO).

Rough-legged Hawk - The first of the season was observed at Old Cut October 12 (LPBO).

Black-bellied Plovers - Five were observed near the Tip October 12 (JGK).

Bonapartes Gull - A high of 450 were observed at the Tip October 14 (LPBO).

Little Gull - Four definitive basic birds flew over Old Cut on October 17 (SAM).

Great Black-back Gull - One first basic bird was banded at the Tip October 11 (LPBO).

Common Tern - A high of 430 were at the Tip October 14 (LPBO).

Forsters Tern - Four were observed at the Tip October 14 (JGK).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - One was banded at the Tip October 17 (LPBO).

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Individual's were observed at Old Cut October 10 and 17 (LPBO).

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - A near record-late first basic bird was banded at the Tip October 16 (LPBO).

Blue-headed Vireo - A high of 19 were estimated at the Tip October 17 (LPBO).

Tree Swallow - Small numbers were observed throughout the week with a high of 28 on October  11 (SAM).

Brown Creeper - A high of 100 birds were estimated at the Tip October 17 (LPBO).

Golden-crowned Kinglet - A high of 2,000 birds were estimated at the Tip October 17 (LPBO).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - A high of 1,800 birds were estimated at the Tip October 17 (LPBO).

Swainson's Thrush - A late individual was observed at Old Cut October 16 (SAM).

Hermit Thrush - 51 individuals were banded and 100 estimated to be in the Old Cut woodlot October 12 (LPBO).

American Robin - Small movements have occurred throughout the week with a high of 216 at Old Cut October 13 (LPBO).

Northern Mockingbird - One was observed at Old Cut October 14 (LPBO).

American Pipit - Between 20 and 30 were observed at the Tip most days with smaller numbers observed at Old Cut (LPBO).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - One was observed at Old Cut October 15 (LPBO).

Indigo Bunting - Two were observed at Old Cut October 12 (SAM).

Orange-crowned Warbler - Numerous were observed and banded throughout the week and 7 individuals banded [6 at Old Cut, 1 at the Tip] (LPBO).

Northern Parula - One was banded at the Tip October 17 (LPBO).

Ovenbird - One was observed at Old Cut October 13 & 14 (LPBO).

American Tree Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip October 13 (LPBO).

LeConte's Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip October 16 (SAM, EP).

Lapland Longspur - One definitive basic female was observed at the Tip October 12 & 13 (LPBO).

Red-winged Blackbirds - The river of blackbirds began on October 15 with nearly 10,000 flying over Old Cut at dusk (LPBO).

Rusty Blackbirds - Small numbers continued to be observed at Old Cut throughout the week (LPBO).

Purple Finch - Numerous birds have been observed throughout the week with a high of 11 at Old Cut October 12 (LPBO).


Pine Siskin - Numerous were observed throughout the week with a high of 118 at Old Cut on October 12 (LPBO).

 

Observers: Angela Caguazango (ACC), John Glazebrook (JGK), Pip Guillet (PRG), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Eleanor Page (EP), Nancy Raginski (NMR), Shawn Sullivan (SMS), Mick Wright (MTW).

 

Season to date banding totals:

 

Old Cut  3431

Tip  3,690

Breakwater  1,331

 

Countdown to 1,000,000 = 947,548!

 

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 eBbird or by sharing them with us at lpbo@birdscanada.org. The Old Cut Research Station is open to the public every day until November 15. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2013 LPBO Program Report or LPBO E-news. 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 here.

10 October

The October floodgates opened last week with a significant movement of temperate migrants accompanied by the last of the tropical ones. Diversity and numbers of Waterfowl, Raptors, and other waterbirds continued to build and there was a great mix of shorebirds throughout the week. The activity began October 5th as thousands of Yellow-rumped Warblers funnelled onto the point accompanied by more than 20 other warbler species, most vireos, thrushes, Scarlet Tanager, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. By the end of the week the mix had shifted almost entirely to temperate migrants with kinglets dominating the woodlot along with Hermit Thrush, Dark-eyed Juncos, White-crowned, White-throated, and even the season's first Fox and American Tree sparrows. 2,631 birds of over 60 species were banded at LPBO this past week.

Highlights:

Tundra Swan  The first three of the season were observed October 10 and 11 (LPBO).

Redhead  As many as 4000 have been making near daily flights from the Inner Bay to Lake Erie throughout the week (LPBO).

Red-throated Loon One was observed flying south over the Tip on census October 6 (DLL).

Horned Grebe A raft of 300 were observed off the Tip October 10 (LPBO).

Double-crested Cormorant  5,000 were observed at the Tip October 7 (LPBO).

Great Egret  One was observed flying west over the Tip October 4 (ACC, FHC), five were observed flying over Old Cut October 5 (JJC), and a single at Old Cut October 10 (LPBO).

Golden Eagle  One first basic was observed 5 km southwest of Simcoe October 5 (SAM).

Hudsonian Godwit  One was observed at the Tip October 3 (DLL, SMS).

Dunlin  The first of the season was observed at the Tip October 1 (SMS, ELC) and others were observed throughout the week (LPBO).

Bairds Sandpiper  A lingering individual was last observed at the Tip October 1 (LPBO).

Parasitic Jaeger  A first basic dark phase was observed at the Tip October 2 (DLL, NMR, SMS).

Bonaparte's Gull  Numbers have been increasing throughout the period with 2,000 observed at the Tip October 7 (LPBO).

Little Gull  Two were observed at the Tip October 7 (DLL).

Laughing Gull  A definitive basic bird was observed at Port Dover on October 4 (TL).

Lesser Black-backed Gull  A first basic bird was observed at the Tip October 3 and 7 (LPBO).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  High numbers were observed at the Tip with 16 and  15 observed at the Tip on October 5 and 6, respectively.

Northern Saw-whet Owl  The first of the season for Old Cut was banded October 9 and small numbers have been banded at the Tip and Old Cut since (LPBO).

Eastern Whip-Poor-Will  One individual was observed on census at Old Cut October 4 and one bird was flushed from the Tip October 4 & 5(LPBO) and one was banded at the Tip October 10 (LPBO).

Red-headed Woodpecker  Individuals were observed at Old Cut and the Tip October 9 (LPBO).

Northern Flicker  A high of 263 were observed at Old Cut on October 9 (LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon  One was banded at the Tip October 11 (LPBO).

Warbling Vireo  A late individuals was observed in the new provincial park October 6 (BF, BC).

Philadelphia Vireo  A late individual was observed in the new provincial park October 6 (BF, BC).

White-eyed Vireo  First of the season was observed on census at the Tip October 1 (SMS).

Purple Martin  One was observed at the Tip October 8 (DLL).

Tree Swallow  Two were observed October 8 (SMS), and 30 were observed at Old Cut October 11 (SAM).

Hermit Thrush  259 were estimated to be at the Tip October 9 (LPBO).

Wood Thrush  One was observed south of Delhi October 5 (MF).

Orange-crowned Warbler - Numerous individuals were observed and banded throughout the period (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler  One individual was observed October 8 and a first basic male banded October 9 at Old Cut (LPBO).

Northern Parula  A significant push moved through the area this last week with numerous banded and observed with a high of 15 observed at Old Cut and the new Provincial Park October 6 (SAM, BC, BF).

Yellow-rumped Warbler  Tens of thousands moved through Long Point this last week with highs of 830 and 968 at the Tip and Old Cut on October 8 and 9, respectively (LPBO).

Warbler Hybrid (Pine x Myrtle)  A first basic bird was banded at the Tip October 5 (LPBO).

American Tree Sparrow - First of the season was observed at the Tip October 4 (SMS).

Vesper Sparrow  One was observed at the October 3 to 5 (DLL, LPBO).

 Nelsons Sparrow  An individual was observed at the Tip October 6 and 10 (SMS, NMR, DLL).

Scarlet Tanager  Individuals were observed at Old Cut and the new Provincial Park October 5 and 6 (SAM, BC, BF).

Indigo Bunting  A large push moved through the area on October 5 with over 20 observed at Old Cut (SAM).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak  A late first basic male was observed at Old Cut October 5 (SAM).

Bobolink  5 late individuals were observed at Old Cut October 5 (SAM).

Eastern Meadowlark  The first migrants were observed at Old Cut October 5 and 6 (SAM, JJC).

Rusty Blackbird  Small flocks have been flying past Old Cut daily with a few birds residing at the Tip since October 1 (LPBO).

Purple Finch  Low numbers persisted throughout the period (LPBO).

Pine Siskin  Numbers continued to build throughout the period with 108 and 73 on October 5 and 8, respectively (LPBO).

 

Observers:

Angela Caguazango (ACC), Barb Charlton (BC), Janice Chard (JJC), Emma Cushnie (ELC), Myles Falconer (MF), Brett Fried (BF), FlorHernedez (FHC), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Tim Lucas (TL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Jim Mackiewicz (GJM), Linda Mackiewicz (LHM),Nancy Raginski (NMR), Shawn Sullivan (SMS), Adam Timpf (APT).

Season to Date Banding Totals:

Old Cut  2,652

Tip  2,730

Breakwater  1,331

 

Countdown to 1,000,000 = 945,809 !

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 eBbird or by sharing them with us at lpbo@birdscanada.org. The Old Cut Research Station is open to the public every day until November 15. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2013 LPBO Program Report or LPBO E-news. 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 here.

 

30 September

A stationary high pressure system that hung over the northeast for the last 10 days provided excellent weather, warm temperatures and migration but poor conditions for birding. Waterfowl numbers and diversity increased with at least 1,000 Redhead on the Inner Bay and similar numbers of scaup near the Tip. Shorebird and raptor diversity also continued to be high. Added to this was a great mix of tropical and temperate migrant passerines. New arrivals such as Hermit Thrush, White-crowned and White-throated sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and kinglets mixed with most of the earlier migrant warblers and thrushes. The highlight of the period, and possibly the fall, was Long Point's first record of Gray Flycatcher which was banded at the Tip on September 29 and observed again the 30th.

Highlights:

Northern Pintail  200 were loafing on Bluff Bar October 2 (SAM).

Redhead  As many as 1,000 are beginning to stage on the Inner Bay and making daily flights to the open lake to roost during the day (LPBO).

Surf Scoter  The first of the season were observed at the Tip September 22 and small numbers have been observed regularly since (LPBO).

Red-throated Loon  One definitive basic individual was observed at the Tip September 26 and a first basic was observed on the Outer Bay (PF; SAM, RR).

Horned Grebe  Numbers are beginning to build on the Outer Bay and open lake. 13 individuals were observed at the Tip September 23 and a high of 23 were observed on the Outer Bay September 25 (LPBO, SAM).

Red-necked Grebe  One was observed at the Tip September 26 (MTT, SMS, NMR).

Virginia Rail  Individuals were heard calling September 25 at Old Cut (JJC) and at the Tip(DLL).

American Golden Plover  A juvenile was observed at the Tip September 28 (CJW, SMS, NMR).

Baird's Sandpiper  One was observed during census at the Tip September 22 (MTT).

Pomarine Jaeger  A dark juvenile was observed feeding off the Tip September 25 (LPBO).

Parasitic Jaeger  A juvenile was observed off the south shore at the Tip September 25 and another landed briefly on the Tip October 2 (MTT, DLL).

Sabine's Gull  One juvenile was observed off the Tip September 24 (MTT et al.).

Little Gull  One was observed September 22 and 27 at the Tip (MTT).

Forster's Tern  One was observed on the Inner Bay September 27 (SAM,RR).

Eastern Screech Owl - Two were banded at the Tip September 26 and individuals were banded at Old Cut September 28 and 29 (LPBO).

Northern Saw-whet Owl  The first of the season was banded at the Tip September 29 (LPBO).

Gray Flycatcher  A definitive basic individual was banded and observed at the Tip September 29 and observed again September 30 (DLL et al.; RR, SAM). If accepted by the OBRC this will be a first record for the Long Point Area and the 398th checklist species.

Belted Kingfisher  A first-basic female was banded at the Tip September 28 (LPBO).

Red-bellied Woodpecker  Three were banded at the Tip September 29 (LPBO).

Hairy Woodpecker  One was observed at the Tip September 28 (SMS).

White-eyed Vireo  One first-basic individual was observed at the Tip October 1 (SMS).

Sedge Wren  One was heard during the census at the Tip September 25 (MTT).

Hermit Thrush  The first of the season was observed at the Tip September 22 (LPBO).

Northern Mockingbird  One first-basic individual was banded at the Tip September 26 (LPBO).

Orange-crowned Warbler  The first of the season was observed at the Tip September 27. Two were observed at Old Cut September 28 and another September 29 (SAM).

Connecticut Warbler  One definitive basic male was banded at the Tip September 23 (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler  One first-basic female was banded at the Tip September 25 and a male was observed at the Tip September 29 (LPBO).

Cerulean Warbler  One was observed at the Tip September 30 (RR, SAM).

Pine Warbler  One individual was observed on census at Old Cut September 25 (SAM, PRG).

Eastern White-crowned Sparrow  The first of the season were observed at the Tip September 22 (LPBO).

Dark-eyed Junco  The first of the season individual was observed and then banded at the Tip September 22 (LPBO).

Bobolink - A late individual was observed at Old Cut September 24 and two were observed October 2 (SAM).

Rusty Blackbird  One first-basic female was banded at the Tip September 22. Since then they have been observed regularly at Old Cut with a high of 26 at Old Cut on October 2 (SAM).

Observers: Megan Boucher (MCB), Angela Conguezango (ACC), Myriam El Harouchy (MYR), Pat Finney (PF), Pip Gullet (PRG), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Nancy Raginski (NMR), Ron Ridout (RR), Shawn Sullivan (SMS), Matt Timpf (MTT), Chris Wagner (CJW).

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 eBbird or by sharing them with us at lpbo@birdscanada.org. The Old Cut Research Station is open to the public every day until November 15. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2013 LPBO Program Report or LPBO E-news. 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 here.

22 September

Clear skies and favourable winds throughout most of the period created great conditions for migration but, sadly, not for much activity on the ground. Most of the action was again at Breakwater which was closed for another year on September 18. A substantial warm front followed that put much of migration on hold until September 22 when a cold front brought the first burst of Yellow-rumped and Palm warblers through the stations. The highlight of the week was a Snow Goose at Lee Brown WMA and a Clay-coloured Sparrow at the Tip.

Highlights:

Great Egret - One flew over the parking lot at Old Cut September 19 (FHC, ACC).

Snow Goose - One was observed at Lee Brown WMA September 18 (APT).

American Widgeon - One flew over Old Cut September 18 (MVB, DLL).

Northern Shoveler - Two individuals were observed September 16 and 17 at Breakwater (MTT, NMR).

Redhead - The first of the season were observed from the observation deck of Old Cut September 19 (MVB, DLL, SAM).

Long-tailed Duck - One individual was observed on the north shore at the Tip September 20 (MTT).

Hooded Merganser - Eleven were observed along the causeway September 16 (CA, BC).

Surf Scoter - Two were observed at the Tip September 21 (LPBO).

White-winged Scoter - One was observed flying west along the south beach of Long Point September 21 (PT).

Peregrine Falcon - Two individuals were observed at Breakwater September 16 (MTT, NMR) and one individual was observed at the Tip September 18 and 20 (LPBO).

Sora - One was observed at the Tip September 17 (SAM).

American Golden Plover - One was observed at Breakwater September 17 and 18 (MTT, NMR, ACC).

Baird's Sandpiper - One was observed at the Tip September 15 and 17 (PRG; SAM) and three were observed September 17 at Breakwater (MTT, NMR).

Solitary Sandpiper - One bird flew over Old Cut the morning of September 17 and 22 (DLL, SAM).

Little Gull - Single birds were observed at the Tip September 15, 19 with three individuals seen September 20 (LPBO).

Great-horned Owl - One was observed at Becker Anderson Lee Tract September 19 (MF).

Eastern Screech Owl - An individual was observed at dawn at the Tip September 17 (PRG, MYR).

Hairy Woodpecker - One was heard at Breakwater September 17 (MTT).

Eastern Phoebe - Four were observed on census at Old Cut September 17 (MVB).

Purple Martin - One late individual was observed at the Tip September 20 (LPBO).

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Two were observed at Old Cut September 17 (MVB, DLL).

Winter Wren - One bird was heard at Old Cut September 16 and 18 while the first banded September 22 (LPBO).

Brown Creeper - The first of the season was observed at Old Cut during census September 19 (MVB), followed by one observed at the Tip September 20 (LPBO).

American Pipit - Two birds were heard flying over Old Cut September 19 (MVB, SAM, DLL).

Blue-winged Warbler - One was observed at the Tip September 18 (CJW, MCB, MYR).

Pine Warbler - Individuals were observed at the Tip and Old Cut September 17 onwards (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - A first-basic male was banded at the Tip September 17 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - A female was observed at Breakwater September 17 (NMR).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - One bird was observed at the Tip September 16 (PRG).

Slate-coloured Junco - The first of the season was observed at the Tip September 21 (MTT, NMR).

Pine Siskin - The first six of the season were observed flying over Old Cut September 17 with many more in the days following (LPBO).

American Goldfinch: High numbers moved through the area with over 100 estimated at Old Cut on numerous days (LPBO).

Purple Finch - Numbers have been increasing throughout the month (LPBO).

Winter finch forecast: Winter finch numbers have started to build over the past week with small numbers of Pine Siskins and Purple Finches joining fairly large numbers of American Goldfinch. In previous years when this occurs toward the middle and end of September, numbers continue to build throughout October as many leave Ontario. Irruptions of Red-breasted Nuthatches sometimes accompany high numbers of finches but numbers this year have been low suggesting that most will stay in the province throughout the winter.

Observers: Christian Artuso (CA), Mike Burrell (MVB), Megan Boucher (MCB), Janice Chard (JJC), Angela Caguazango (ACC), Bonnie Chartien (BC), Emma Cushnie (ELC), Pip Guillet (PRG), Flor Hernandez (FHC), Myriam El Harouchey (MYR),Catharine Jardine (CJ), Holly Lightfoot (HLL), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Nancy Raginski (NMR), Phil Taylor (PT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Chris Wagner (CJW),

15 September

A recent cold front really kicked migration into high gear at Long Point. Diversity was phenomenal with most warblers and flycatchers abundant along with respectable numbers of shorebirds, waterfowl and other water birds. Breakwater was the place to be with over 600 banded and close to 100 species observed daily. The substantial cold front on September 12/13 brought with it the first significant movement of raptors as well as a trickle of temperate migrants including Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-throated Sparrows. The highlight of the week was a first-basic Lark Bunting observed on September 12.

Highlights:

Horned Grebe - A flock of 39 was observed at Breakwater September 14 (MTT).

Double-crested Cormorant - A high of 13,000 were estimated at the Tip September 15 (LPBO).

Least Bittern - One was heard at Old Cut September 8, 10, and 12 (DLL, SAM) and one was heard at Breakwater September 13 (NMR, FHC).

Great Egret - One was observed at Old Cut September 7 and at Breakwater September 10 (SAM, FHC).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One bird was observed at Old Cut September 10 and 14, and another was observed at Breakwater September 12 (LPBO).

Canvasback - The first of the season were observed at Old Cut and Breakwater on September 14 (NMR).

Lesser Scaup - 20 were observed at Old Cut September 13 (SAM).

Greater Scaup - 13 were observed at Breakwater September 14 (MTT).

Long-tailed Duck - One was observed on the north shore of the Tip September 9 (LPBO).

Bald Eagle - Highs of 10 and 11 birds were observed at Breakwater and at Old Cut September 11 and 13, respectively (LPBO).

Shard-shinned Hawk - A high of 30 birds were estimated for Breakwater September 14 (LPBO).

Copper's Hawk - A high of six were observed over the Old Cut parking lot September 11 (LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon - One was observed at Breakwater throughout the period with two observed September 12 and one at Old Cut September 14 (LPBO).

Sandhill Crane - Two were observed flying east over Old Cut September 10 and four were observed September 11 (DLL, ACC).

Whimbrel - One was observed along the south beach of Breakwater September 11 (LPBO).

Red Knot - One was observed at Breakwater September 11 (LPBO).

Baird's Sandpiper - Individuals were observed at the Tip and Breakwater September 14 & 15 (LPBO).

Parasitic Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip September 9 (PRG).

Little Gull - One was observed at Breakwater September 10 & 11 (MTT) and one was observed at the Tip September 11 & 15 (LPBO).

Eastern Screech Owl - Individuals were heard calling at the Tip September 8 and at Old Cut September 14 (LPBO).

Red-bellied Woodpecker - The first migrant of the season was observed at Old Cut September 13 (SAM).

Hairy Woodpecker - The first of the season was observed on census at Old Cut September 14 (RWW).

Oliver-sided Flycatcher - One was observed at Breakwater September 14 (MTT).

Purple Martin - Three were observed at Breakwater September 15 (LPBO).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - The first of the season was observed at Breakwater September 12 (FHC, MTT).

Wood Thrush - The first of the season was observed at the Tip September 11 (LPBO). A second bird was observed at Old Cut September 13 (SAM).

Northern Mockingbird - One was observed at Cut September 8 (SAM, DLL).

Blue-winged Warbler - First basic males were banded at Breakwater and at Old Cut September 12 (LPBO).

Golden-winged Warbler - One was observed at Breakwater September 8 (LPBO) and a first-basic female was banded at the Tip September 14 (LPBO).

Pine Warbler - A first-basic male was observed and banded at the Tip September 13 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - A total of six birds were banded this past week at all three stations (LPBO)

Hooded Warbler - Individuals were observed at Breakwater, Old Cut and the Tip September 7, 8 & 9, respectively (LPBO). A male was observed during the census at the Tip September 9 (JJC). A first-basic male was banded at Old Cut September 16 (LPBO).

Clay-colored Sparrow - A first-basic individual was banded at the Tip September 10 (LPBO).

Vesper Sparrow - One bird was observed near the Tip cabin September 13 (JJC).

White-throated Sparrow - One was observed at Old Cut September 14 (LPBO).

Lark Bunting - A first-basic, female-type bird was observed during census at Breakwater September 12 (NMR, MTT).

Observers: Janice Chard (JJC), Brett Fried (BF), Pip Guillet (PRG), Flor Hernandez (FHC), Myriam El Harouchey (MYR), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Abbi MacDonald (ALM), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Nancy Raginski (NMR).

8 September

Even though warm weather lingered throughout the period, a trickle of migrants proceeded to move through Long Point. The first signs of activity occurred following a minor cold front that pushed some migrants through on September 3. Breakwater banded 128 birds that day followed by 80 at the Tip and 50 at Old Cut. A heat wave then stalled migration for a few days until September 7 when a substantial cold front provided the first real signs of fall. Hundreds of neotropical migrant thrushes, vireos and warblers were present on the Point and observed leaving it. Raptor migration began slowly and there was an arrival of numerous waterfowl species.

Highlights:

Lesser Scaup - One was observed at Breakwater September 1 (AEM), and seven were observed on census September 2 (JKR).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One was observed at Breakwater September 2 (FHC).

Common Tern - A conservative estimate of 4,500 was made at the Tip September 3 (LPBO).

Willet - One was observed at the Tip August 31 (DLL, GER).

Whimbrel - One was observed September 2 and 5 (JJC, GER, PRG).

Black-bellied Plover - One individual was observed at sunset at the Tip September 1 (JJC, GER).

Baird's Sandpiper - One first-basic bird was observed August 31 (DLL).

Black-headed Gull - One definitive basic bird was observed on the Outer Bay September 1 (BF).

Parasitic Jaeger - One individual was observed flying west with a flock of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls September 3 (GER).

Broad-winged Hawk - LPBO's 8th ever was banded Old Cut on September 7 (LPBO).

Gray-cheeked Thrush - The first of a season, an basic adult bird, was banded at Breakwater September 3 (LPBO).

Red-eyed Vireo - Six birds were banded and 19 were estimated at Breakwater September 3 (LPBO).

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was in the new Provincial Park September 7 (LPBO).

Golden-winged Warbler - One first-basic male was banded at Breakwater September 8 (LPBO).

Western Palm Warbler - One bird was observed during census and a first-basic individual was later banded September 3 (LPBO). A first-basic bird was banded at Breakwater September 4 (LPBO).

Blackpoll Warbler - Sixteen were banded and 22 were estimated at Breakwater September 3 (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - A first-basic female originally banded on August 27 was recaptured September 1. Other individuals were present at Old Cut September 6 and 8 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - Numerous individuals were banded at all three stations throughout the period (LPBO).

Prothonotary Warbler - A bird was observed in the willows at Breakwater September 3 (JKR, AEM, FHC).

Yellow-breasted Chat - A female was observed at Old Cut September 3 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - One was heard flying over Old Cut September 4 (DLL).

Observers: Janice Chard (JJC), Brett Fried (BF), Pip Guillet (PRG), Flor Hernandez (FHC), Myriam El Harouchey (MYR), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Abbi MacDonald (ALM), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Nancy Raginski (NMR).

1 September

Warm weather this past week kept most migration at bay. Movements of swallows have nearly come to an end. Common Nighthawks were observed regularly throughout the period with a high of 35 observed at dusk from the Old Cut observation platform August 25.

Twenty-six warbler species were observed with Nashville Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler and Ovenbird becoming much more prevalent.

Highlights:

Northern Shoveler - Three birds were observed at the Old Cut August 23 (API).

Long-tailed Duck - A male was observed at the Tip August 27 - 30 (DLL et al.).

Bald Eagle - Eight were observed over the Tip August 31 (LPBO).

Least Bittern - One was observed near the Tip cabin August 27 & 28 (DLL).

Great Egret - One was observed at Breakwater August 29 (TBL).

Black-crowned Night Heron - One was observed at Old Cut August 24 & 29(LPBO).

Virginia Rail - One was observed at Old Cut August 27 & 29 (LPBO), and a continuing bird was present at the Tip throughout the week (LPBO).

Solitary Sandpiper - One was observed at Breakwater August 28 (TBL) and two were observed in the new Provincial Park August 25 (AN).

Whimbrel - One bird was observed flying west from Old Cut August 30 (NMR, MYR).

Little Gull - One was observed at the Tip August 29 (DLL).

Glaucous Gull - One second-cycle was observed at the Tip August 25 (DLL).

Common Nighthawk - Small groups were observed with a high of 35 at Old Cut August 25, and 18 at the Tip August 30 (LPBO).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was at the Tip August 27 & 28 (DLL; PRG) and both Old Cut and Breakwater observed one August 28 (LPBO).

Northern Mockingbird - One was observed occasionally throughout the week at the Tip (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - A first-basic female was banded at Old Cut August 27 and recaptured August 28(LPBO).

Bay-breasted Warbler - First-basic males were banded at Breakwater and Old Cut August 29 and 30 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - One was observed at Breakwater August 27 (TBL).

Observers: Janice Chard (JJC), Pip Guillet (PRG), Flor Hernandez (FHC), Myriam El Harouchey (MYR), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Tim Lucas (TL), Abbi MacDonald (ALM), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Alec Napier (AN), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Alain Parada (API), Nancy Raginski (NMR).

24 August

Long Point Bird Observatory's (LPBO) 55th fall migration monitoring season began in early August with the arrival of six of Canada's top young naturalists for the Doug Tarry Young Ornithologist Workshop (YOW). The YOWs experienced the usual captures of recently fledged and local Yellow Warblers, Swamp Sparrows, Cedar Waxings and Gray Catbirds. A recaptured Blue-wing Warbler from the spring season created quite a bit of excitement in the lab as did an American Woodcock caught on the last day of the workshop.

Swallow migration was most impressive early in the season with a flight of over 100,000 comprised of 90,000 Bank, 6,250 Tree, 4,275 Barn, and 550 Northern Rough-winged swallows and 125 Purple Martins observed at the Old Cut Research Station August 1st. Similar but less numerous congregations continued throughout the following two weeks.

The official migration monitoring season began at Breakwater August 8th followed by Old Cut and the Tip on August 15th. Warbler and flycatcher diversity and numbers have slowly but steadily increased. Twenty-one warbler species have been observed to date.

Old Cut really pulled out all the stops with a number of highlights this week. On August 19th four Plegadis Ibis sp. flew over the New' Provincial Park and continued west along Highway 59. Later that day, two were observed at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters in Port Rowan. On August 21st, a Violet-green Swallow was observed over the Old Cut parking lot followed shortly thereafter by a Dicksissel. Not to be outdone, Breakwater banded a young male Prothonotary Warbler August 22nd followed by a Golden-winged Warbler on August 23rd and an Ash-throated Flycatcher photographed August 23rd and 24th.

Highlights:

Plegadis sp. - Four birds were observed flying west over the park and along Highway 59 on census at Old Cut August 19 (GEM, HSM, PRG). Two birds were seen later that day flying east past Bird Studies Canada (MF, JRA, RR).

Great Egret - One was observed at the Tip August 14 (JJC). An other flew southwest over the parking lot of Old Cut August 21 (HBM).

Virginia Rail - Two have been heard daily at the Tip since August 19 (JJC, NMR, FHC), one heard at the Old Cut daily since August 15 (LPBO) and one was been heard daily at Breakwater until the 16th (JKR, ALM).

Semipalmated Plover - A high of five were observed at the Tip August 15 (LPBO).

Greater Yellowlegs - One was observed at the Tip August 19 and 20 (LPBO) and one flew over Breakwater August 19 (JKR, ALM).

Lesser Yellowlegs - An individual was observed at the Tip August 19 (LPBO).

Solitary Sandpiper - One bird flew over Old Cut August 7 (LPBO).

Ruddy Turnstone - Two were observed at the Tip August 16 and three August 20 (LPBO).

Sanderling - A high of 25 were observed at the Tip August 23 (LPBO).

Semipalmated Sandpiper - A high of 30 were observed at the Tip August 16 (LPBO).

Least Sandpiper- The first of the year was observed at the Tip August 14 with a high of five August 16 (LPBO).

Long-tailed Jaeger - One was observed chasing terns on Long Point's Inner Bay August 22 (SAM, APT).

Bonaparte's Gull - A high of 176 and 171 birds were observed at the Tip August 16 and 17, respectively (LPBO).

Common Tern - Between 2-3,000 frequented the Tip throughout the period (LPBO).

Forster's Tern - A high of 11 were observed at the Tip August 20 as well as daily from Old Cut (LPBO).

Black-billed Cuckoo - Two first-basic birds and one definitive basic bird were banded at Breakwater this past week (JKR, ALM).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Definitive basic birds were banded at Breakwater August 14 and 20 (JKR, ALM).

Eastern Screech Owl - One was heard after dusk at Old Cut August 9 and two were heard and observed at Old Cut August 23 (LPBO).

Common Nighthawk - Birds were been observed at Old Cut throughout the week. A high of 10 and 11 birds were observed August 19 and 20 respectively (DLL, GER, PRG).

Ash-throated Flycatcher - A worn adult was seen well and photographed at Breakwater August 23 and 24 (TL et al.).

Purple Martin - A high of 9,000 were observed at Old Cut August 4 (LPBO).

Tree Swallow - A high of 5,200 were observed at Old Cut August 4, and between 10 and 20,000 at Breakwater between August 12 and 18.(LPBO).

Violet-green Swallow - One bird was observed at Old Cut on the morning of August 21 (SAM). If accepted by the OBRC, this will represent the first record for the Long Point area.

Bank Swallow - A high of 90,000 were estimated at Old Cut August 1 (LPBO)

Barn Swallow - Highs of 4,275 and 5,000 were estimated at Old Cut on August 1 and 4 respectively (LPBO)

Veery - A first-basic bird was banded at Old Cut August 18 (LPBO).

Swainson's Thursh - A number of moult-migrants have been present at Old Cut throughout the period (LPBO).

Northern Mockingbird - A first-basic bird was banded at the Tip August 22 (LPBO).

Blue-winged Warbler - A definitive basic male banded in May was recaptured August 4 (LPBO). Numerous others have been banded at Old Cut and Breakwater (LPBO).

Golden-winged Warbler - A first-basic male was banded at Breakwater August 23 (JKR, AML).

Tennessee Warbler - A number of moult-migrants were present at Old Cut in late July. Definitive basic birds were banded at Old Cut and Breakwater on August 15 and 22 respectively (LPBO).

Prothonotary Warbler - A first-basic male banded at Breakwater August 22 (JKR, ALM) was fourth banded this year.

Wilson's Warbler - The first of the fall was banded at Breakwater August 19 (JKR, ALM).

Dickcissel - One was heard flying overhead during the census at Old Cut August 21 (SAM).

Bobolink - Multiple birds were heard daily flying over Old Cut with a high of 25 at the Tip October 23 (LPBO).

Observers: Jody Allair (JRA), Carlos Barbery (CB), Luke Berg (LB), Caroline Biel (CB), Janice Chard (JJC), Myles Falconer (MF), Rowan French (RF), Liron Gertsman (LG), Kyron Giroux (KG), Pip Guillet (PRG), Flor Hernandez (FHC), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Tim Lucas (TL), Abbi MacDonald (ALM), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Heather McBrien (HSM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Nancy Raginski (NMR), Ron Ridout (RR), Gideon Rodgers (GER), Adam Timpf (APT).

 



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