LPBO Sightings Board
15 September 2015
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Fall - 2015 Old Cut Breakwater Tip
Number banded for the period
307 351 25 Season Total 1244 1465 1275
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 965,456
Migration continued at a reasonable pace over the past week. Summer-like weather dominated most of the reporting period, except for the final two days when more autumnal conditions finally set in. Large flocks of swallows that filled the skies over Long Point throughout August have mostly moved on. Flycatchers, vireos, thrushes and warblers made up the bulk of regular migrants. The return of more waterfowl and shorebirds are a sign of things to come.
Highlights in the area since September 8 are listed below:
Least Bittern ? Single birds were heard calling from Old Cut September 8 and 11 (MAC).
Cattle Egret ? One was observed foraging with 8 Great Egrets at Breakwater September 9 (MTT).
American Golden-Plover ? Seven were observed at the Tip September 8 (LDC, SAM); two more were there September 9 (MRI).
Stilt Sandpiper ? The first one of the autumn was observed at the Tip September 8 (LDC, MRI).
Lesser Black-backed Gull ? A first-basic bird was observed at the Tip September 10 (MRI).
Peregrine Falcon ?The Tip and Breakwater each had single birds September 9 (MRI, MTT) and 10 (MRI, ARM, JAB).
Yellow-throated Vireo ? One was observed at the Tip September 8 (MRI).
Hooded Warbler ? A single bird was observed September 9 at Old Cut (ADP).
Connecticut Warbler ? One was observed at Breakwater September 8 (MTT) and another was observed at Old Cut September 11 (ADP).
Yellow-breasted Chat ? One was banded on the Tip September 11 (LPBO).
Observers: Mark Conboy (MAC), Liam Curson (LDC), Matt Iles (MRI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Alain Parada (ADP), Matt Timpf (MTT), Long Point Bird Observatory (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. Owl banding will commence on fair-weather nights beginning October 1. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2014 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.
Migration Monitoring commenced at the Old Cut Research Station on August 3 with the Young Ornithologists' Workshop followed by Breakwater and Tip on August 12 and 15, respectively. There was evidence of migration from the beginning with swallows, Yellow Warblers and Empidonax flycatchers making early appearances. Tens of thousands of swallows, primarily Banks and Purple Martins congregated in the Long Point marshes at the end of July through mid-August. Migration picked up considerably during the third week of August when a substantial cold front pushed through the area bringing with it the first pulse of warblers. Foggy conditions on most mornings during the first week of September were very helpful for eager onlookers. During the past week a flurry of Common Nighthawks has delighted the volunteers. Expect the next tide of migrants to move through the Long Point area as soon as the heat wave breaks.
Highlights in the area since July 1 are listed below:
Neotropic Cormorant - One was photographed off the Tip August 26 (CJB).
American White Pelican - One was observed flying past the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters July 3 (SAM, RR, DL).
Northern Goshawk - An immature bird was observed in the St. Williams Conservation Reserve July 18 (MAC). One flew over the Tip August 26 (MRI).
Red-shouldered Hawk - One was observed soaring over Old Cut August 27 (MAC).
Virignia Rail - Single birds were heard at Old Cut August 15 and 21 (MAC).
Sora - One narrowly escaped a mist net at Old Cut August 24 (LAD) and another was heard there August 30 (MAC).
American Avocet - One was observed briefly at the Tip August 20 (CJB, KGC)
Willet - One was observed on the beach of the Long Point Provincial Park August 24 (SL, ET).
Whimbrel - One as observed at Breakwater August 29 (MT).
Red Knot - A singleton was at the Tip August 26 (MRI).
Baird's Sandpiper - Numerous individuals were observed at Breakwater during the last week of August and first week of September with a high of 7 September 3 (MTT).
Little Gull - The first one of the fall was observed at the Tip August 25 (MRI).
Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was observed at Port Dover July 28 and another was present at the Tip August 4 - 6 (LPBO).
Barred Owl - One was heard in the Coppens-Armstrong Tract on the evening of August 8 (MG, LPBO).
Peregrine Falcon - The first of the fall was observed at Breakwater August 29 (MT) and have been periodically reported from Breakwater and Tip over the past week (LPBO).
Olive-sided Flycatcher - The first early migrant of the season was found in the Walsingham Forest August 7. Two were observed at Breakwater August 12. One was observed near the entrance to the 'New' Provincial Park August 29 (MAC) and September 2 (MW), and one in Forestville August 30 (LB). Numerous individuals have been observed at Breakwater throughout the last week of August and first week of September (LPBO).
Acadian Flycatcher - One was observed at the Tip August 29 (MRI).
White-eyed Vireo - One was observed on Concession Road A July 18 (WR). Another was observed at Old Cut September 1 (ADP).
Western Kingbird - One was observed at Breakwater September 6 (LPBO).
Yellow-throated Vireo - One was observed at Old Cut August 17 (LPBO).
Purple Martin - A high of 5,600 were observed at Breakwater August 12 (LPBO). 3,422 were at the Tip August 22 (LPBO).
Bank Swallow - Highs of 7,000 at Old Cut August 18 and 3,000 at Breakwater August 10 through 12 (LPBO).
Tufted Titmouse - One was observed at Old Cut September 4 (AN).
Golden-winged Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut August 23 and August 24 (MRI, MAC).
Prothonotary Warbler - One was first observed at Old Cut August 15 and banded August 16. It was observed again August 18 and August 22, when it was joined by an unbanded bird (LPBO). The unbanded bird was observed again August 24 (ADP) and the banded bird was recaptured August 24 (LPBO). Another was at the Tip August 28 (MRI).
Connecticut Warbler - Individuals were banded at Old Cut September 2 and 3 (MAC).
Cerulean Warbler - One was observed at Breakwater August 29 (LDC).
Black-throated Blue Warbler - A bilateral gynandromorph (male plumage on one side of the body, female plumage on the other) was banded at the Tip September 4 (MRI).
Prairie Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut August 24 (LPBO), and an unbanded bird was observed three days later (ADP). Another bird was banded at the Tip August 31 (MRI).
Yellow-headed Blackbird - One was observed flying over Old Cut September 5 (JLP, LMR)
Observers: Carlos Barbery (CJB), Liza Barney (LB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Liam Curson (LDC), Laura Douglas (LAD), Mary Garthshore (MG), Matt Iles (MRI), Sarah Laroque (SL),Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Andy Nguyen (AN), Alain Parada (ADP), Jade Porter (JLP), Wayne Renaud (WR), Ron Ridout (RR), Lindsay Rodgers (LMR), Matt Timpf (MTT), Evalyn Trumbo (ET), Mitchell Warne (MW), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO).