LPBO Sightings Board

18 April 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
lpbo@bsc-eoc.org

Banding Totals

Spring - 2014 Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

418 198 6
Season Total 628 198 6

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 92
8,167

Current Weather at Long Point

18 April

A relatively big push of temperate migrants flooded into Long Point this past week just in time to open Breakwater and Tip Research Stations on April 11 and 16, respectively. In both circumstances, iceburgs graced the waters surrounding the stations.

Waterfowl numbers and diversity remained high with thousands of divers occupying the Inner and Outer Bays. There was also a notable increase in Bonaparte Gull numbers as well as Forster's, Common, and Caspian terns.

Passerine activity picked up substantially with all swallows observed along with 11 species of sparrows! Golden-crowned Kinglets and Brown Creepers took over the woodlot early in the week with ~150 each estimated in the census area. There was an influx of White-throated, Field and Chipping sparrows late in the week.

Highlights of the week included a banded first-basic White-eyed Vireo at Old Cut and two separate Eared Grebes.

Highlights:

Eared Grebe - A definitive basic bird was observed at the New Provincial Park along shoreline on April 13 (SAM, DLL). A moulting individual was observed on the Inner Bay April 14 (MVB).

Horned Grebe - Individuals have been observed regularly on the Inner Bay this past week. Over 30 were observed on the Outer Bay April 16 (SAM).

Peregrine Falcon - One was observed flying over the Erie Blvd. April 12 (AS).

Sora - One was heard at dawn at Old Cut April 13 (DIB).

Lesser Yellowlegs - Two were observed flying by the Old Cut April 13 (LPBO).

Glaucous Gull - Three were observed at the Tip April 16 (LPBO).

Iceland Gull  An individual was observed flying south over the Tip April 17 (LPBO).

Chimney Swift - Two were observed flying over buildings in downtown Port Rowan April 14 (DB).

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Numbers increased throughout the week with a high of ten at the New Provincial Park April 13 (BEM).

Yellow-shafted Flicker - An impressive movement of flickers was observed April 13 with 225 estimated for the Research Stations census areas (LPBO).

White-eyed Vireo - A first-basic bird was banded at Old Cut April 14 (LPBO).

Tree Swallows - A high of 150 individuals were observed in the evening hawking over Old Cut dyke April 13 (LPBO).

Bank Swallow  Five were observed intermixed with Tree Swallows April 13 (LPBO).

Cliff Swallow  One was observed flying over Old Cut April 14 (DLL, ALB). Single birds have since been observed daily.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - An individual was observed in the Old Cut woodlot during census April 12 (LPBO).

Veery - A single bird was observed in the New Provincial Park April 13 (BEM). Another was observed in Old Cut woodlot April 16 (DLL).

Northern Mockingbird - An individual was observed at the Tip April 16 (LPBO).

American Pipit - Two were observed flying over the Old Cut Research Station April 12 (LPBO).

Yellow-rumped Warbler  Individuals have been observed daily in the Old and New Provincial Parks, as well as Old Cut this past week (LPBO).

Pine Warbler - Multiple individuals have been observed with three at Breakwater April 13 (LPBO). A high of six individuals were observed at Old Cut April 13 (LPBO).

Louisiana Waterthrush - One was heard at Turkey Point April 13 (GB).

Observers: Gregor Beck (GB), David Bell (DIB), David Bradley (DB), Mike Burrel (MVB), Denby Sadler (DS), Barb Charlton (BC), Brett Freid (BF), Janice Chard (JJC), Kyle Elliot (KE), Daniel Giesbrecht (DGG), Kevin Giles (KG), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Beverly McLeod (BEM), Ron Ridout (RR), Tom Thalhuber (TJT), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Andrew Sawyer (AS).

Updates of the birds in the area can be viewed through eBird on LPBO's main web-page www.birdscanada.org/lpbo . Help to contribute to sightings in the Long Point area by submitting your sightings to eBbird at www.ebird.ca 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 visit us at www.birdscanada.org/lpbo and check out the 2013 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 here.

11 April

A low-pressure system passed through the Long Point area early this week bringing with it some warmer temperatures interspersed with showers. Although all enjoyed the taste of spring, there was little to no migration activity and even fewer highlights.

The first warbler arrived on April 7 when a Yellow-rumped was found singing at dawn in Port Rowan. Single birds have been observed in the area since. This was followed by a Pine Warbler observed near Wilson Tract on April 9. The highlight of the week was a Long-eared Owl that was observed throughout the day on April 9 on Hasting Drive.

The Old Cut woodlot was a hive of activity on April 10/11 with numerous kinglets, creepers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, and the season's first singing Hermit Thrushes.

Highlights:

Common Loon  Individuals have been observed daily, and there was a high of seven observed at Old Cut April 6 (LPBO).

Virginia Rail - One was heard near Gravelly Bay April 8 (DS) and an other was observed at Turkey Point Beach April 11 (BC, BF).

Eurasian Wigeon - A drake was observed feeding in a small flock of American Wigeon near Gravelly Bay April 9 (DS).

Rough-legged Hawk - A dark phase bird was seen passing the BSC headquarters April 11 (RR).

Glaucous Gull - An adult was observed flying over the Inner Bay April 10 (LPBO).

Forster's Tern - Three were observed at the Turkey Point Beach (KE), and singles were observed flying over Big Creek National Wildlife Area April 6 (AS), and from the Port Rowan overlook April 11 (SAM).

Snow Owl - An adult male was observed in the evening at BSC Headquarters April 7 (DL).

Long-eared Owl - One was observed roosting along Hastings Drive April 9.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - One was observed at Jackson Gunn April 7 (MTT), and one was heard both in the Old Cut woodlot as well as in the New' Provincial Park April 8 (LPBO). Individuals were been banded at Old Cut April 9 and 11 (LPBO).

Barn Swallow - The first of the season was observed flying around the BSC Headquarters April 9 (SAM, RR).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - One was observed hawking over the marsh at Old Cut April 11 (LPBO).

Hermit Thrush - Individuals have been observed in the Old Cut woodlot daily since April 6 and heard singing April 11 (LPBO).

Pine Warbler - One was heard singing near Wilson Tract April 9 (APT).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - An adult male was observed in Port Rowan April 7 (JRA) and others have been observed since then throughout the area.

Vesper Sparrow - An individual was observed in the New' Provincial Park April 6 and numerous individuals have returned to local territories (LPBO).

Evening Grosbeak - Ten were observed on the Turkey Point Beach April 6 (KE).

Observers: David Bell (DIB), Denby Sadler (DS), Barb Charlton (BC), Brett Freid (BF), Janice Chard (JJC), Kyle Elliot (KE), Daniel Giesbrecht (DGG), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Tom Thalhuber (TJT), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Andrew Sawyer (AS).

6 April

Long Point Bird Observatory's (LPBO) 55th migration monitoring season officially began at Old Cut Research Station on April 1 but there was a fair amount of activity in the area for a couple of weeks. Although the deep and long winter kept most migration at bay until mid-March, each day over the past week brought new species to the area.

Tundra Swans arrived on masse in the third week of March and can still be found in low numbers accompanied by a great diversity of waterfowl on the recently ice-free Inner Bay and fields to the north of the point.

The majority of Snow Buntings have left the Long Point area with the last individual observed at the New' Provincial Park on March 30. New arrivals this past week include Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Thrasher, Chipping, Field and Savannah sparrows. Many other highlights from the past week are featured below. There has also been an impressive flight of blackbird moving to roost in the vast Long Point Crown and Company marshes. The peak flight was 250,000 of Red-winged Blackbirds and 100,000 Common Grackles at dusk on March 30.

Highlights:

Common Loon - The first of the year was observed flying north over Old Cut Research Station April 1 (AS) and individuals have been viewed occasionally since.

Caspian Tern - One flew over Old Cut in the morning on April 5 (DIB), and two were observed that evening (KAS, DLL).

American Bittern - One flew over the Old Cut observation deck at first light on April 6 (DLL, JJC).

Great Egret - Singles were observed at Silver Lake in Port Dover March 29 (APT, MTT), Big Creek National Wildlife Area March 31 (SAM), and over Old Cut April 2 (DLL).

Cackling Goose - A high of five individuals were observed with a flock of Canada Geese just east of Lee Brown's on March 28 (AS).

Surf Scoter - One flew by the observation deck at Bird Creek National Wildlife Area March 26 (AS).

Osprey - One was observed flying over Bird Studies Canada Headquarters April 1 (APT).

Greater Yellowlegs - Two birds were observed on Norfolk 45 at Big Creek March 29 (RP), and singles were at Old Cut (DIB) and Bird Studies Canada Headquarters March 31 (MJB).

Pectoral Sandpiper - A flock of nine flew west over Old Cut observation deck in the morning of April 6 (ERR, DLL, JJC).

Little Gull - An adult was observed off the viewing area from the Marinas on March 26 (AS).

Wilson Snipe - One was heard at dusk at the Old' Provincial Park March 23 (AS), and one observed at the New' Provincial Park March 31 and April 1 (LPBO).

Snowy Owl - An individual was observed chasing a Herring Gull over Old Cut on March 31 (LPBO). It was again observed flying south at dawn April 1 (LPBO). Two individuals were observed at Old Cut on the morning of April 2 (DLL, JJC, KAS).

Short-eared Owl - One was observed being chased by Common Grackles across Highway 24, near the West Quarter Line March 27 (TH).

Eastern Phoebe - The first of the season was observed on Highway 59, south of Concession 3 on March 22 (MP). One has been observed in the Old Cut woodlot occasionally throughout the week (LPBO).

Purple Martin - The first of the year flew over the Old Cut Woodlot April 3 (DIB, KAS).

Tree Swallow - Numbers steadily increased throughout the week reaching 20 at Old Cut on April 2.

Brown Creeper - Single birds were observed daily in the Old and New Provincial Parks as well as Old Cut since March 18 (LPBO).

Winter Wren - Individuals were observed in the Old Cut woodlot beginning April 1 (LPBO).

Golden-crowned Kinglet - A dozen individuals have been observed in the Old Cut woodlot since April 1 (LPBO).

Brown Thrasher - The first of year was observed in the census area March 29, banded on March 30 and has been observed daily since (LPBO).

Chipping Sparrow - The first of the year was observed on census on March 29 (DIB, JKR)

Eastern Towhee - The first of the year was heard at Jackson Gunn Forest on March 20 (BF, BC), and singles were observed daily in the Old Cut woodlot from March 28 onwards (LPBO).

Brewer's Blackbird - Two adult males were observed with a flock of Common Grackles along Concession 1on March 19 (RR). One was heard singing within a large blackbird flock passing over Old Cut on March 31 (DIB).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - An adult male was observed in the New Provincial Park, flying from tree to tree before joining a large flock of blackbirds March 30 (DLL).

Observers: Heather Baskey (HB), David Bell (DIB), Morgan Brown (MJB), Janice Chard (JJC), Barb Charton (BC), Brett Fried (BF), Danile Geisbrecht (DGG),Tyler Hoar (TH), John Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Mark Peck (MP), Richard Poort (RP), Ron Ridout (RR), Emily Rondel (ERR), Chris Sukha (KAS), Tom Thalhuber (TJT), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Andrew Sawyer (AS)



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