17 April 2015
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
Spring - 2015
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Current Weather at Long
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.
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,
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
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
email@example.com. 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
Program Report or
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
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.
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).
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
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
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.