LPBO Sightings Board

17 April 2015

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

Banding Totals

Spring - 2015 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: 947,957

Current Weather at Long Point

 

17 April 2015

Cool morning and warm afternoon temperatures brought hope during the past week that spring has come to stay at LPBO. Long Point Bay has been more or less ice free for the past week, though some ice was still lingering near the Tip April 12. It was a different story on Long Point's south shore where ice was still in abundance. Inland waters had become ice free. Brown Creepers, Golden- and Ruby-Crowned kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, swallows, and Eastern Towhees have comprised the bulk of recent migrants. A handful of warblers (e.g., Pine, Yellow-rumped, and Black-throated Green) have added a little excitement.

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - One immature bird continued along the causeway (BC, BF, MAC, ME, RR).

Tundra Swan - A few have been lingering on or near the Inner Bay. Nine flew over the Bird Studies Canada headquarters April 14 (JA).

White-winged Scoter - Over 40 were counted in Long Point Outer Bay during a boat trip to the Tip April 12 (MAC, TB).

Surf Scoter - A pair was seen in Long Point Outer Bay during a boat trip to the Tip April 12 (MAC, TB).

Red-throated Loon - Good numbers were reported from the Tip of Long Point, including 24 April 12 (MRI, RDC).

Red-necked Grebe - One was seen in Long Point Outer Bay during a boat trip to the Tip April 12 (MAC).

Red-shouldered Hawks - One flew over LPBO April 11 (DIB).

Little Gull - There have been several reports from around the area, including up to 10 at Turkey Point Beach (RR) and one on Outer Long Point Bay (MAC) April 12, as well as a flyover at the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters April 8 (MAC, MRI, SAM).

Glaucous Gull - One adult was seen was seen in Long Point Outer Bay during a boat trip to the Tip April 12 (MAC, AT).

Chimney Swift - An early migrant was reported over Long Point Provincial Park April 12 (BC, BF, EH, ME).

Bank Swallow - An early migrant persisted at Old Cut from April 11 to April 15 (DIB, MAC).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - The first of the season arrived at Old Cut April 6 (HG, KG, MN) with larger numbers occurring April 14 (LPBO).

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - The first of the year at Old Cut was found April 14 (KTH).

Black-throated Green Warbler - One was found in the Old Cut woodlot April 13 (LPBO).

Vesper Sparrow - The first of the year at Old Cut was seen April 14 (MAC).

Savannah Sparrow - The first of the year at Old Cut was seen April 14 (MAC).

Rusty Blackbird - Nearly daily observations in the Old Cut woodlot or flying over (LPBO).

Observers: Adam Timpf (AT), Barbara Charlton (BC), Brett Fried (BF), David Bell (DIB), Erika Hentsch (EH), Henry Giles (HG), Karl Heidie (KTH), Kevin Giles (KG), Madeline Edwards (ME), Mark Conboy (MAC), Matt Iles (MRI), Michael Nelson (MN), Richard Cope (RDC), Ron Ridout (RR), and Ted Barney (TB).

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 June 10. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2014 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.

6 April 2015

Cold and often snowy or rainy conditions have prevailed over the past week at LPBO. With the late retreat of ice on Long Point's Inner Bay, waterfowl were late to arrive and quickly became more widely dispersed. Relatively low numbers of migrant landbirds have arrived with blackbirds, grackles and sparrows comprising the bulk of the birds. This week's highlights center mainly on returning migrants. LPBO's 56th consecutive migration monitoring program kicked off at the Old Cut Research Station March 26 and will continue until June 10. Highlights:

Greater White-fronted Goose - Four were observed flying over Port Royal March 16 (SAM). One was seen on Big Creek at the Causeway March 19 and 20 (MVB et al.) while two different birds were seen at Dedrick Creek March 20 (RR, DL). A single bird remained in the area until March 22 (M.Obs).

Snow Goose - A single bird was observed March 17 and 22 (MVB, CR) with a high of 22 over Port Rowan March 31 (DL).

Cackling Goose - Numerous lone individuals were observed in the area through March with a high of two on the Long Point Causeway at Big Creek March 22 (M.Obs).

Trumpeter Swan - One was observed along the Long Point Causeway April 1 and 7 (MVB, SP, SAM).

Eurasian Wigeon - One male was observed in a flooded field on East Quarter Line Road south of Concession Road 10 April 4-6 (JS, RS et al.).

Common Loon - First fly over at Old Cut April 2 (LPBO).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One was observed at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters March 31 (JRA, MVB).

Golden Eagle - One juvenile was observed near the intersection of East Quarter Line Road and Concession Road 10 April 4 (JS, RS).

Wilson's Snipe -The first of the year was observed at the Old Cut Research Station March 31 (LPBO).

Bonaparte's Gull - The first of the year was observed at Old Cut April 2 (LPBO).

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - The first of the year was observed in the new Long Point Provincial Park April 3 (MAC).

Eastern Phoebe - The first of the year was observed Old Cut March 30 (LPBO).

Purple Martin - The first of the year was record early at the Port Rowan wetland March 25 (DO, RR et al.).

Tree Swallow - The first of the year were observed in the area April 2 (m.Obs.).

Barn Swallow - The first of the year was observed at BSC Headquarters April 3 (AD).

Winter Wren - The first of the year was observed at Old Cut April 2 (LPBO).

Cedar Waxwing - There were 20 at Old Cut April 3 (LPBO).

Pine Warbler - The first of the year was observed in the Old Long Point Provincial Park April 5 (SAM).

Eastern Towhee - The first four of the season were observed at Old Cut April 2 (LPBO).

Chipping Sparrow - At least 3 were been observed regularly at Old Cut since March 28 (LPBO).

Field Sparrow - One was observed periodically at Old Cut from March 2 (LPBO).

Fox Sparrow - Several were observed daily at Old Cut (LPBO).

Eastern Meadowlark - The first of the season was observed at BSC Headquarters March 16 (RR).

Rusty Blackbird - Near daily observations in the Old Cut woodlot of flying over (LPBO).

Pine Siskin - Numerous migrants were observed moving through the area (LPBO).

Observers: Jody Allair (JRA), Mike Burrell (MVB), Barb Charlton (BC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Andrew Don (AD), Brett Fried (BF), Denis Lepage (DL), David Okines (DO), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Steven Price (SP), Ron Ridout (RR), Chris Root (CR), Jeff Skevington (JS), Richard Skevington (RS), Adam Timpf.

 

 



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