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LPBO Sightings Board

Fall 2016

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

Fall 2016 Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

823 720 881
Season Total 1945 1406 1322

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 9
90,198

Current Weather at Long Point

September 23

During the past 10 days migration finally picked up a little steam, helped along by gentle north winds on a few nights. Warm temperatures in general though continued to dominate the reporting period. While some species of warblers had dropped in numbers, others, namely Blackpoll and Magnolia, were as abundant as ever. Gray-cheeked and Swainson's thrush numbers were up. The first signs of waterfowl migration were heralded by the observation of scoters, scaup and Redheads in small numbers. Sparrows began to trickle in with Lincoln`s and White-throats leading the way. The Breakwater banding station was closed for the season but migration monitoring at the Tip and Old Cut continues until November 15. Owl banding begins on October 1.

Redhead - The first flock of the fall flew over Old Cut September 18 (MAC).

Greater Scaup - The first flock of the fall was at the Tip September 15 (RWW).

Lesser Scaup - The first flock of the fall was seen in Outer Long Point Bay September 19 (SAM).

White-winged Scoter - The first flock of the fall was seen in Outer Long Point Bay and at the Tip September 19 (EG, SAM).

Surf Scoter - The first flock of the fall was seen from the Tip September 22 (LDC, MRI).

Common Merganser - The first of the fall was seen from Hastings Drive September 17 (AEZ).

Ruddy Duck - The first of the fall was seen off 'New' Long Point Provincial Park September 16 (IS).

American Bittern - One was at Old Cut Marsh September 18 (WBE).

Least Bittern - A late bird was heard at Old Cut September 19 (LDC).

Great Egret - One flew over Old Cut September 15 and four more flew over September 22 (LPBO). Up to four Great Egrets were seen daily at Breakwater over the past week (LPBO) and another two were at the Tip September 19 (MRI).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One passed over Old Cut September 16 (CAA).

American Golden-Plover - One was at the Tip September 15 (RWW).

Buff-breasted Sandpiper - One was seen on an exposed stretch of Bluff Bar September 19 (SAM).

Forster's Tern - Two late birds were observed at close range from the Inner Bay viewing stand September 22 (TO).

Eastern Screech-Owl - Two were singing along Concession Road A September 15 (CAA). Single birds were heard along Concession Road 3 September 18 (RB) and in Port Rowan September 20 (TLC).

Red-headed Woodpecker - One flew over Old Cut September 19 (GEM, LDC, MAC). Another was at Breakwater on the same day (KGC). There was one at the Tip September 23 (MRI).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was banded at Old Cut September 15 (LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon - One was seen at the Tip September 17 (LPBO) and September 21 (EG).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was at Breakwater September 13 (SMB). Another was at Old Cut September 18 (RR, PD et al.). Yet another was at the Tip September 19 (MRI).

Common Raven - One was in the St. Williams Conservation Reserve September 16 (MAC, NC).

Blue Jay - More than 750 were counted in less than 30 minutes migrating west at the Coves September 23 (RR).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Two late birds were seen at Old Cut September 23 (JAW, MAC, PCD).

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Red-breasted Nuthatches were on the move over the past week with a high daily count of 36 at the Tip September 22 (LPBO).

Golden-crowned Kinglet - The first of the fall was at Old Cut September 23 (JAW, PCD).

Northern Mockingbird - One was at Old Cut September 22 (JAW, MAC).

Blue-winged Warbler - A relatively late bird was at the Coves September 17 (PB).

Orange-crowned Warbler - The first of the fall was at Old Cut September 23 (JAW, PCD).

Hooded Warbler - A late bird was banded at the Tip September 19 and hung around until the following day (LPBO).

Blackpoll Warbler - The largest single-day count for the fall came on September 18 when almost 1000 were tallied at the Tip (LPBO).

Lincoln's Sparrow - The first of the fall was banded at Breakwater September 15 (KGC).

Dickcissel - One was found at the Tip September 19 (SAM).

Baltimore Oriole - A late bird was at Old Cut September 22 (JAW, MAC).

Rusty Blackbird - The first of the fall was at the Tip September 20 (MRI).

Pine Siskin - Two flew over Old Cut September 15 (MAC) and another was along West Quarter Line Road September 20 (AT).

Observers: Christian Artuso (CAA), Rex Bartlett (RB), Sarah Bonnett (SMB), Peter Burke (PB), Nick Cairns (NC), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Tara Crewe (TLC), Liam Curson (LDC), Pete Davidson (PD), Peter Denyer (PCD), Willow English (WBE), Eric Giles (EG), Matt Iles (MRI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Thomas Ouchterlony (TO), Ron Ridout (RR), Isaac Shelly (IS), Adam Timpf (AT), Rodger Titman (RT), James Wilkinson (JAW), Ross Wood (RWW), Anthony Zammit (AEZ), and 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 lpbo@birdscanada.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.

September 12

Migration continued at a relatively subdued pace during the past week. Numbers of some flycatchers and most swallows had dropped off considerably. Warblers continued to move through in relatively small numbers, though American Redstarts, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue and Blackpoll Warblers were fairly common on some days. Towards the end of the week, Swainson's Thrushes and Veerys, passed through in good numbers. Migration Monitoring at LPBO continues until November 15.

Highlights:

American Wigeon - The first birds of the fall flew over Old Cut September 4 (ID).

Great Egret - Several frequented Breakwater throughout the week (KGC).

Sharp-shinned Hawk - The largest single-day movement of sharpies so far this fall was 137 that flew over Old Cut September 4 (LPBO).

Bald Eagle - On the same day as the sharpie flight, September 4, 33 Bald Eagles flew over Old Cut (LPBO).

Red Knot - One was at the Tip September 4 (MRI).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was resting on Bluff Bar September 5 (ID, SAM, RR).

Eurasian Collared-Dove - One was seen briefly at the Coves September 9 (KGB).

Hummingbird sp. - A Selasphorus hummingbird was observed briefly at Old Cut September 12 (SAM).

Red-headed Woodpecker - A hatch-year was at Old Cut and an adult was at 'New' Long Point Provincial Park September 4 (ID). Another bird was observed at Breakwater September 6 (LPBO). Finally, to cap off the rash of sightings, one was observed flying across the Long Point Causeway September 7 (SAM).

Peregrine Falcon - Two were observed flying over Big Creek National Wildlife Area September 4 (ID).

Western Kingbird - One was seen at the Tip September 12 (MRI).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - The first of the fall was found in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park September 3 (DL).

Connecticut Warbler - Seven were banded between the stations during the past week (LPBO).

Palm Warbler - The first of the fall was found in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park September 4 (M. Obs).

Blackpoll Warbler - The first big push of Blackpoll Warblers was September 6 at the Tip (MRI).

Painted Bunting - A young bird was banded at a remote site on Long Point September 12 (KGC).

Observers: Ken Burrell (KGB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Ian Davies (ID), Matt Iles (MRI), Kevin Kavanagh (KK), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), and Long Point Bird Observatory Staff (LPBO).

September 2

A few evenings of north winds helped push migrants south. A wide variety of warblers and flycatchers were on the move but shorebirds provided the most excitement with a few uncommon species found at the Tip. Vireos and thrushes increased in numbers at all three banding stations, while swallow numbers seemed to have levelled off.

Least Bittern - One was observed at the Tip September 1 (MAC).

Great Egret - An impressive 17 Great Egrets were observed at Breakwater August 30 (BAH, KGC).

Broad-winged Hawk - One was banded at Old Cut August 31 (LPBO). This bird was only the eight one ever banded at LPBO and the first one since 2006.

American Golden-Plover - The first of the fall was observed at the Tip August 29 (YTL).

Stilt Sandpiper - The first of the fall was at the Port Rowan Wetland August 31 (DT).

Red Knot- The first of the fall was at the Tip September 1 (MAC).

Buff-breasted Sandpiper - One was at the Tip September 1 (MAC).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was at the Tip August 30 (MAC).

Common Nighthawk - The high count for this past week occurred August 28 on West Quarter Line Road (AT, TM).

Peregrine Falcon - One was observed at the Tip August 30 (EMM) and September 1 (MAC). One was observed chasing an American Kestrel at the BSC headquarters September 2 (SAM).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was observed at Breakwater August 26 (KGC) and another was found at Old Cut August 29 (SAM). One was banded at Old Cut September 2 (LPBO).

Acadian Flycatcher - One was banded at Breakwater August 27 (BAH, KGC).

Grey-cheeked Thrush - The first of the fall was banded at Old Cut September 1 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - One was banded at the Tip August 26 (LPBO), while another was observed there September 1 (MAC). One was also banded at Breakwater August 27 (BAH, KGC).

Northern Parula - The first of the fall was at Old Cut August 29 (MAC).

Dickcissel - One was heard flying over the Tip August 30 (MAC), one was observed flying over Port Rowan September 2 and a flock of 22 also flew over Old Cut that morning (SAM).

Observers: Jody Allair (JRA), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Bruce Harlow (BAH), Matt Iles (MRI), Yaquelin Leyva (YTL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Eilidh McNab (EMM), Adam Timpf (AT), Dave Trumbell (DT), and Long Point Bird Observatory Staff (LPBO).

August 25

The heat and humidity continued this past week, though somewhat diminished from the near-tropical conditions of the past month. Migration slowly ramped up with a good diversity of warblers and flycatchers. Some shorebirds, vireos, thrushes and other species were also on the move. Swallows came in waves, with big pushes at the beginning and end of the reporting period. All three stations were in full operation. Here's a summary of bird sightings in the Long Point area over the past week:

Common Loon - The first loon of the fall season flew over Old Cut August 21 (JB).

Least Bittern - One was observed at the Tip August 19 and August 24 (MRI).

Great Egret - A lone bird flew over Old Cut August 21 (JB) and another was at Breakwater August 24 (BAH, KGC).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Five were at Big Creek National Wildlife Area August 19 (AT, TM).

Bonaparte's Gull - First migrants of the season were observed at the Tip July 20 (SAM) and numbers have risen continually since with a high count of 305 at the Tip August 20 (MRI).

Black-bellied Plover - The first birds of the fall were at Breakwater (BAH, KGC) and the Tip (MRI) August 20.

Ruddy Turnstone - The first birds of the fall were 3 at the Tip August 18 (BO, JB).

Wilson's Snipe - After more than a month of no reports, 2 Wilson's Snipe were at Old Cut August 24 (MAC).

Common Nighthawk - Small numbers continued to migrate through during the past week with the high count of 16 near Turkey Point August 24 (KK).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was observed near Turkey Point August 24 (KK).

Peregrine Falcon - One flew past Breakwater August 24 (BAH, KGC).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was observed at the Tip August 24 (MRI).

Acadian Flycatcher - One was banded at the Tip August 26 (LPBO).

White-eyed Vireo - A hatch-year bird was seen at the Tip August 18 (BO, JB).

Philadelphia Vireo - The first of the fall were at Breakwater (KGC) and Old Cut (MAC) August 25.

Purple Martin - The high count so far this fall was 2406 at the Tip August 21 (MRI).

Bank Swallow - Bank Swallow numbers fluctuated throughout the past week with counts at Old Cut ranging from several hundred to 6400 nightly (MAC).

Tufted Titmouse - One was observed at Breakwater August 20 (BAH, KGC).

Golden-winged Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut August 21 (LPBO).

Prothonotary Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut August 19 (LPBO).

Blackpoll Warbler - The first of the fall was observed at Old Cut August 23 (MAC).

Bay-breasted Warbler - The first of the fall was observed at Old Cut August 23 (JB).

Pine Warbler - The first Pine Warbler of the season was banded at the Tip August 21 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - The first of the fall was observed at the Tip August 21 (MRI) and one was banded August 25 (LPBO).

Yellow-throated Warbler - A white-lored bird was found at Breakwater August 20 (KGC).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - The first of the fall was at the Tip August 18 (BO, JB).

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).

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).

White-winged Dove - A lone bird visited Breakwater briefly June 12 (AD, DG).

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).

Golden-crowned Kinglet - An out-of-season Golden-crowned Kinglet was at the St. Williams Conservation Reserve June 22 (NB, SJ).

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 southern Backus Woods August 18-21 (M. Obs).

Lawrences's Warbler - In the same area as the Golden-winged Warbler, a Lawrence's Warbler was also seen, August 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), Ana Maria Diaz (AD), Daniel Geisbrecht (DG), 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).

 

 

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