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LPBO Sightings Board

Spring 2017

Our facilities are now closed for the summer. See you in August.

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

The complete list of the birds of Long Point is available here.

Banding Totals

Fall 2016 Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

1730 1188 2097
Season Total 3506 2244 4061

Number 1,000,000 Banded!
A female Tennessee Warbler at 8:25 a.m. on May 29th.

Current Weather at Long Point

 

May 25-June 6

Migration finally slowed down over the reporting period but diversity remained high right up until the end of May. Flycatchers and the late-returning warbler species such as Mourning, Canada, and Wilson's made up the bulk of migrants. A few rarities kept things interesting and the banding of LPBO's one millionth bird - a hatch-year female Tennessee Warbler was a major milestone for the Observatory and Bird Studies Canada. Banding ceased at the Tip for the spring but will continue at Old Cut until June 6; visitors are welcome. This will be the last instalment of the Sightings Board until the week of August 15 unless something unusual shows up in the area.

Highlights:

Greater Scaup - One was at Turkey Point Marina May 26 (AT) and another was at Breakwater May 27 (SAM).

Whimbrel - Fields directly north of the Hahn Marsh hosted 33 Whimbrels (and seven other shorebird species) following heavy rains May 25 (RR). Another three were at Breakwater May 27 (SAM).

Ruddy Turnstone - One was at the Tip May 30 (MC, MI, PD).

Sanderling - The first of the year were along Long Point's south beach May 27 (SAM).

White-rumped Sandpiper - Three were along Long Point's south beach May 27 (SAM).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Two were along Long Point's south beach May 27 (SAM).

Western Kingbird - One was at the Tip June 1 (MC, MM).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was at the Tip May 27 (LPBO).

Tufted Titmouse - Occasionally still visiting the Old Cut feeders and are breeding somewhere nearby (LPBO).

Sedge Wren - Two were at the Port Rowan Wetland May 27 (SAM).

Northern Mockingbird - One was at Old Cut May 31 (MC).

Connecticut Warbler - One was at 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 26 (RR, AB).

Prairie Warbler - One was at Old Cut May 28 (SM) and May 29 (NP).

Yellow-throated Warbler - One was photographed at the Tip May 27 (PD).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - One territorial bird continued along East Quarter Line Road throughout the period (AT).

Observers: Amanda Bichel (AB), Mark Conboy (MC), Peter Denyer (PD), Matt Iles (MI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Margaret Munro (MM), Nathalie Paquette (NP), Ron Ridout (RR), Adam Timpf (AT), and 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 lpbo@birdscanada.org. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2016 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.

May 15-24

Migration continued at a modest pace throughout the reporting period. Diversity is still extremely high with numerous warbler species, flycatchers and thrushes around. Most migrant sparrows have moved on but a few lingering Lincoln's remain. Waterbird activity this period was exciting with a flurry of Pacific and Red-throated Loons in the area and several shorebird species have taken up residence in the flooded fields west of Port Rowan.

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - One was observed from the Inner Bay viewing platform May 21 (AT). One was in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 23 (KB).

Black Scoter - Two flew past Hastings Drive May 21 (RR).

Bufflehead - A lingering bird was observed from Inner Bay viewing platform May 21 (AT).

Ring-necked Pheasant - One was observed along Highway 59, west of Backus Woods May 21 (BB).

Red-throated Loon - Continued observations from Long Point, including 15 flybys observed from Hastings Drive with as many as 10 on the water at times May 21 (RR, SAM).

Pacific Loon - An impressive seven birds were observed from Hastings Drive May 21 (RR). Another bird was observed flying over the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 22 (SAM).

Horned Grebe - A few lingering individuals were reported from Inner Long Point Bay and Hastings Drive (M. Obs).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Single birds were observed at Turkey Point (EG) and Port Rowan (BB) May 16.

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was at the Tip May 16 (LPBO).

Black-bellied Plover - A high count of 51 was made along Lakeshore Road May 21 (AT).

Whimbrel - The first birds of the year were observed from Hastings Drive May 22 (AZ). This year's flight has been relatively small with a high count of 22 May 24 from 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May (MC).

Willet - Two were at Port Dover May 18 (PC).

Sanderling - The first of the year were at the Tip May 17 (LPBO).

Ruddy Turnstone - Two were observed along Lakeshore Road May 21 (AT).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - The first of the year was in Port Rowan May 17 (AB).

Common Nighthawk - The first of the year was at Backus Woods May 17 (BB) and one was at Hastings Drive May 21 (SAM, RR).

Peregrine Falcon - One was at Backus Woods May 15 (EG).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was observed along West Quarter Line Road May 16 (AT) and one was observed at Old Cut May 22 (JM).

Acadian Flycatcher - Individuals were found at Backus Woods May 16 (DP), the Coppen's Tract May 20 (BB), Old Cut May 22 (MC), and two were in the ?New' park May 23 (KB).

White-eyed Vireo - One was at Old Cut May 18-22 (M. Obs) and one was at the Tip May 23 (LPBO).

Common Raven - One was observed in the St. Williams Conservation Reserve May 19 (TH). Two were observed along Lakeshore Road near the Burning Kiln Winery May 22 (KBo, RA).

Tufted Titmouse - The continuing pair was present at Old Cut daily although their nest cannot be found (LPBO).

Sedge Wren - Two were in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 22 (SAM, RR).

Northern Mockingbird - One was in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 24 (MC).

Golden-winged Warbler - One was at Old Cut May 16 (M. Obs).

Prothonotary Warbler - One was observed at an unusual location, the Canadian Wildlife Service office on the causeway May 16 (DS). Numerous birds were on territory in the usual locations in Backus Woods.

Connecticut Warbler - Single birds were found at 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 18 (M. Obs), May 21 (AT), May 22 (SAM), May 24 (JA), and Old Cut May 21 (BL).

Orange-crowned Warbler - One was at Old Cut May 21 (BB).

Yellow-throated Warbler - One was banded at Breakwater May 20 (CW, EP, NG).

Prairie Warbler - One was in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 17 (AT, TM). One was banded at Breakwater May 19 (CW, EP, NG).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One was at the Tip May 18 (LPBO). One was observed in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 23 (KB, TM).

Cassin's Sparrow - The continuing Cassin's Sparrow was observed at the Tip May 16 (MRI, SAM, BL).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - One was in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 22 (SAM), while numerous others are on territory along West Quarter Line Road (AT).

White-throated Sparrow - A lingering bird was at Old Cut May 24 (MC).

Observers: Jody Allair (JA), Ron Allensen (RA), Amanda Bichel (AB), Kathryn Boothby (KBo), Brendan Boyd (BB), Ken Burrell (KB), Peter Candido (PC), Mark Conboy (MC), Nick Gulotta (NG), Eric Giles (EG), Tyler Hoar (TH), Blaine Landsborough (BL), Stu Mackenzie (SM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Ted Maddeford (TM), Joy Montgomery (JM), Eleanor Page (EP), David Pryor (DP), Ron Ridout (RR), Denby Sadler (DS), Adam Timpf (AT), Casey Wright (CW), Anthony Zammit (AZ) 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 2016 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.

May 2-14

The long-lasting low pressure system that remained over the area the beginning of May put a significant damper on migration but the tide finally broke May 9 when thousands of new arrivals streamed onto Long Point. The majority of activity the rest of the week was largely the leftovers from this main event until May 13 &14 when there was spectacular movement of migrants. May 14 in particular was one of those days when the conditions were just right - southerly winds overnight and light rain showers early in the morning which grounded tens of thousands of migrants. The activity was greatest between about 0700 and 1000 by which point most migrants had dispersed to the mainland. Despite there being great diversity the mix of species was still somewhat 'early' with more typical temperate migrants still being quite abundant. Expect diversity to remain high this next week as the majority of Neotropical migrants are set to move through. Given the forecast, there may not be much to slow them down.

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - A wing-tagged bird hung around Old Cut and the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park for the past week (M. Obs). An immature was also observed in the Turkey Point Marsh May 12 (TH).

Red-throated Loon - There were daily sightings at the Tip (LPBO) with a high count of 30 May 12 (LPBO) and a single flyover at Old Cut May 7 (SJ).

Least Bittern - One was observed at Breakwater May 5 (PD), and at Old Cut May 7 & 8 (MC). One was banded at Breakwater May 14 (LPBO).

Northern Goshawk - One was observed at the Tip May 9 (LPBO).

Sora - One heard at Old Cut May 4 and another May 8 (SAM). Numerous individuals can be heard and observed at the Port Rowan Wetland.

White-rumped Sandpiper - One was observed in a flooded field on Hwy 24 north of Turkey Point May 4 (TH).

Long-billed Dowitcher - Two were observed at Dedrick Creek on Concession 1 May 4 (RR).

Lesser Yellowlegs - A record 205 Lesser Yellowlegs were counted in the Big Creek lowlands at the East ¼ Line May 7 (RR).

Little Gull - One was observed flying over Old Cut May 4 (SAM).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Two were observed at the Tip May 7 and one May 9 (LPBO).

Glaucous Gull - A second-year bird was observed at The Tip May 4 (MI).

Eurasian Collared Dove - One was observed at The Tip May 9 -10 (LPBO).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was heard at Breakwater May 9 and numerous are establishing territories elsewhere on Long Point (KC).

Peregrine Falcon - One observed at Breakwater May 3 and at the Tip May 14 (LPBO).

Willow Flycatcher - First of the year was heard at the BSC Headquarters May 11 (SAM).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - The first of the year was observed at the Tip May 9 (LPBO) and another at Old Cut May 14 (SAM).

White-eyed Vireo - One observed at The Tip May 10 (LPBO).

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was observed at the Tip May 9 and one was banded May 13 (LPBO).

Tufted Titmouse - At least two birds were observed daily at Old Cut (M. Obs).

Sedge Wren - One was observed at The Tip May 9 (LPBO).

Warblers: 30 species were observed throughout the period with 20 to 25 on a daily basis.

Cerulean Warbler - One male was observed at Old Cut May 14 (SAM).

Louisiana Waterthrush - One was banded at Breakwater May 4 (LPBO).

Golden-winged Warbler - An adult male was banded at Old Cut May 10, a pair was banded May 13 (LPBO), and a male was observed on May 14 (SAM).

Lawrence's Warbler - One was observed singing the Golden-winged song at Old Cut May 12 (BB).

Prothonotary Warbler - One was observed at the Tip May 11 (PD) and an adult male was observed singing at Old Cut May 14 (SAM).

Orange-crowned Warbler - One was observed at the Tip May 7 (LPBO), one was observed at Old Cut with another banded there May 14 (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut May 3 with others observed May 5 and 7 and banded at Old Cut May 12 and 13 (LPBO).

Cassin's Sparrow - The same individual was observed again at the Tip May 12 (CM).

Grasshopper Sparrow - One was banded at the Tip May 14 (LPBO). There are many territories in grasslands on the mainland.

Clay-coloured Sparrow - One was observed at Breakwater May 4 (KC), at Old Cut May 12 (SAM), banded at the Tip May 13, and observed on the Hasting's Drive May 14 and banded at Breakwater (SAM, LPBO).

Oregon Junco - One was observed at Old Cut May 6 (YSA).

Harris's Sparrow - One young looking bird was observed on Hastings Drive May 14 (SAM).

Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow - Four were banded at Breakwater this period (LPBO).

Summer Tanager - One young male was observed at the Tip May 9 (LPBO) and a female was observed at Old Cut May 15 (SAM).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - One was observed at Dedrick Creek on Concession 1 May 6 (SAM).

Observers: Yousif Attia (YSA), Brendan Boyd (BB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Mark Conboy (MC), Tyler Hoar (TH), Matt Iles (MI), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Colin McShane (CM), Ron Ridout (RR), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO).

April 24-May 1

Another great week of migration came to pass at Long Point, with several rarities and a flush of first of the year birds. Weather wasn't particularly conducive for big pushes of migrants, with the exception of April 27 which saw a massive influx of Neotropical migrants with a few goodies summarized below. Weather forecasts over the next week don't look that great for new arrivals, but it is May, so you never know.

Trumpeter Swan - A wing-tagged bird hung around Old Cut and the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park for the past week (M. Obs).

Eurasian Wigeon - A male was observed at a traditional spot, where East Quarter Line Road crosses Big Creek, north of County Road 45 April 24 (AJ, RS).

Black Scoter - Two were at the Tip April 22 (MC) and April 25 (MC), and seven on April 28 (SAM, APT). Three were at Breakwater April 29 (KC).

Red-throated Loon - There were daily sightings at the Tip (LPBO) and a single flyover at Old Cut April 28 (SJ).

Semipalmated Plover - The first of the year was at Breakwater April 29 (JS, KC).

Willet - An influx occurred April 29 with a record 36 observed at Big Creek National Wildlife Area (TM, M.Obs). Sixteen flew over Old Cut (MC) and seven passed the Tip (LPBO).

Spotted Sandpiper - The first of the year was observed on Hastings Drive April 24 (SAM).

Glaucous Gull - A late second-year bird was observed with Herring Gulls off Long Point's remote south shore April 29 (IA, MC, NP).

Little Gull - Three were at the Tip April 26 (MC). The period's high count was 25 at Port Dover harbour April 27 (RP). Two were at Turkey Point April 29 (AD, OY). Five flew over Old Cut April 30 (MC, SAM).

Chimney Swift - The first of the year was at the Tip April 26 (MC).

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 27 (APT, MC, SAM).

Peregrine Falcon - One was reported from Old Cut and from Big Creek National Wildlife Area April 28 (LF, SJ).

Red-headed Woodpecker - There was a high count of 10 at the Tip April 27 (APT, SAM).

Eastern Kingbird - The first of the year was in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park (BC, BH, RR) and the Tip (APT, SAM) April 27.

White-eyed Vireo - The first of the year was at Breakwater April 29 (JS, KC). Another was at Old Cut April 30 (MC) and the 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park May 1 (SAM).

Warbling Vireo - Single birds, the firsts of the year, were observed at many locations on Long Point April 27 (M. Obs).

Red-eyed Vireo - The first of the year was in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park (BC, BH) and at the Tip (APT, SAM) April 27.

Fish Crow - One was at Big Creek National Wildlife Area (TH) and Old Cut (MC) April 28. Another was at Port Dover April 30 (SAM).

Common Raven - One was at Turkey Point April 24 (KB). Another was at Old Cut April 27 (BL, JA, MC).

Cliff Swallow - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 23 (BR).

Tufted Titmouse - At least two birds were observed daily at Old Cut (M. Obs).

Veery - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 27 (LPBO).

Swainson's Thrush - The first of the year was at Old Cut (LPBO) and the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park (NM) April 27.

Northern Mockingbird - One was at Old Cut April 24 (AM). Others were at the Tip April 27 and 29 (APT, SAM, MI).

Ovenbird - The first of the year was at Old Cut (LPBO) and the Tip (APT, SAM) April 27.

Louisiana Waterthrush - One was banded at the Tip April 29 (LPBO). Numerous birds were on territory throughout the Long Point area.

Blue-winged Warbler - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 26 (LPBO).

Hybrid Golden-winged x Blue-winged Warbler - Two were banded at Old Cut April 27 (JA, MC). One had the appearance of a more or less typical Brewster's Warbler, while the other strongly resembled a Lawrence's Warbler, but lacked the black throat (what exactly to call this individual is uncertain because it is not one of the typical hybrid phenotypes).

Tennessee Warbler - An early bird was observed at Breakwater April 29 (JS).

Black-and-white Warbler - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 26 (M. Obs).

Orange-crowned Warbler - The first of the year as at Old Cut April 28 (RR).

Nashville Warbler - Single birds, the firsts of the year, were observed at numerous locations on Long Point April 26 (M. Obs).

Kentucky Warbler - One was at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 27 (BC, BH).

Common Yellowthroat - The first of the year was at Old Cut (SAM) and the Tip (MC) April 26.

Cape May Warbler - The first of the year was at Old Cut (JA) and the Tip (APT, JF, SAM) April 27.

Northern Parula - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 28 (BL, MC, SJ).

Blackburnian Warbler - The first of the year was at Old Cut (LPBO) and the Tip (LPBO) April 27.

Chestnut-sided Warbler - The first of the year was at the Tip April 27 (APT, SAM).

Blackpoll Warbler - A near record early bird was in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 27 (BC, BH, RR).

Black-throated Blue Warbler - The first of the year was at the Tip April 27 (APT, SAM).

Hooded Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut April 30 and banded May 1 (LPBO).

Yellow-breasted Chat - Two were banded at Old Cut April 27 (LPBO).

Lincoln's Sparrow - The first of the year was at the Tip April 26 (MC).

Summer Tanager - The first of the year, an adult male, was observed at the Tip April 27 (LPBO).

Scarlet Tanager - The first of the year was at Old Cut (BL, MC) and the Tip (IA, JF) April 27.

Blue Grosbeak - A second-year male was observed in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 27 (BC, BH).

Indigo Bunting - Single birds, the first of the year, were observed at several locations on Long Point April 27 (M. Obs).

Cassin's Sparrow - The previously reported Cassin's Sparrow was rediscovered at the Tip and later banded April 28 (LPBO). This is third record for Long Point and second banded. The first was observed at the Tip in August 1987, the second in May 2007.

Bobolink - The first of the year were observed in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park and the Tip April 27 (BC, BH, RR, SAM).

Orchard Oriole - Numerous first of the year birds were observed at several locations on Long Point April 27 (M. Obs).

Baltimore Oriole - Numerous first of the year birds were observed at several locations on Long Point April 27 (M. Obs).

Pine Siskin - Scarce so far this spring. One was banded at the Tip April 26 (LPBO).

Observers: Jody Allair (JA), Isabel Apkarian (IA), Ken Burrell (KB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Barbara Charlton (BC), Mark Conboy (MC), Andrew Don (AD), Lucio Fazio (LF), Jean-Daniel Fiset (JF), Tyler Hoar (TH), Brandon Holden (BH), Matt Iles (MI), Sean Jenniskens (SJ), Adrian Juurlink (AJ), Blaine Landsborough (BL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (TM), Nathan Miller (NM), Anita Morales (AM), Nathalie Paquette (NP), Richard Poort (RP), Bret Richards (BR), Ron Ridout (RR), Richard Skevington (RS), Jill Slater (JS), Adam Timpf (APT), Owen Yates (OY), Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

April 13-23

The period brought our first taste of temperate migrants early on followed by a push of Blue Jays. Six species of warbler were observed. Numbers of Red-breasted Mergansers have subsided to mere thousands at the Tip while decent numbers of Horned Grebes and Common Loon continue. A cooperative Fish Crow that frequented the base of Long Point was the highlight until Long Point's 3rd Cassin's Sparrow appeared at the Tip April 24.

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - One (Tag R63) was observed intermittently at Old Cut from April 15 (LPBO).

Virginia Rail - Nine were heard at the Port Rowan wetlands April 23 (SAM).

Spotted Sandpiper - The first of the season was observed at the Tip April 20 (MI, LD).

Little Gull - 15 were observed from the dyke at Old Cut April 13 (MC).

Iceland Gull - Several were observed this period including three individuals (one adult) at the Tip April 20 (MI, JDF), and one at Breakwater April 15 (KC).

Glaucous Gull - One was observed at the Tip April 22 (MC).

Red-throated Loon - Small numbers were observed daily at the Tip (LPBO).

Great Egret - One was observed at BSC headquarters April 10 (AMR) and another at Old Cut April 16 (MC).

Cattle Egret - One in near-breeding plumage was observed occasionally on Concession 1 at Dedrick Creek throughout the period (AT, M.Obs.).

Red-headed Woodpecker - Two individuals were observed at the Tip April 17, and one was banded at Breakwater April 21 (LPBO).

Least Flycatcher - The first of the season was banded at Breakwater April 21 (LPBO).

Fish Crow - A single bird was found at the base of the Long Point Causeway April 14 and lingered in the cottage community until April 17 (RR, M. Obs).

Blue Jay - Flocks arrived en masse at all three stations April 20 with 62 banded at Old Cut and 57 at The Tip.

Bank Swallow - The first of the season was observed at Old Cut April 16 (MC).

House Wren - The first of the season was banded at the Tip April 17 (LPBO).

Wood Thrush - The first of the season was observed and banded at Old Cut April 18 (LPBO).

Blue-headed Vireo - One was observed at Old Cut and one was banded at The Tip April 16 (LPBO).

Yellow Warbler - The first of the season was observed at the Tip April 21 (MI).

Black-throated Green Warbler - The first two of the season were observed at Old Cut April 16 while two were banded at The Tip the same day (LPBO).

Palm Warbler - One individual was banded at the Tip April 17 (LPBO).

Northern Waterthrush - The first of the year was banded at the Tip April 15, with another observed April 21 (MI, JDF).

Cassin's Sparrow - Long Point's 3rd, and earliest record, was observed at the Tip on Long Point April 24 (MC).

Observers: Kyle Cameron (KC), Mark Conboy (MC), Laetitia Desbordes (LD), Jean- Daniel Fiset (JDF), Matthew Iles (MI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Anne Marie Ridout (AMR), Ron Ridout (RR), Adam Timpf (AT), and LPBO (Long Point Bird Observatory).

April 1-12

Long Point Bird Observatory's 58th spring migration monitoring season began March 29 at Old Cut. The Tip opened April 8 and Breakwater April 10. The season started with a burst of Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers and Dark-eyed Juncos. Cold weather tempered active migration for a few days during the past week, but generally favourable conditions meant a steady flow of early-season migrants, including three warbler species.

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - A pair were near Breakwater April 10 (MC).

Eurasian Wigeon - One remained at Lee Brown WMA almost daily April 1-8 (M. Obs). Presumably the same bird was observed from the overlook at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters April 8 (KC).

Red-necked Grebe - Two were observed on the Inner Bay off St. Williams April 6 (KB).

Virginia Rail - The first of the year was at the Port Rowan Wetland April 3 (RR).

Sora - One was at the Tip April 10 (MI).

Piping Plover - A banded male found at Port Dover April 11-12 (SC) was determined to be the bird known as Old Man, the oldest known male Piping Plover on the Great Lakes hatched at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan in 2002.

Little Gull - There have been many sightings around Inner Long Point Bay, including a high count of 56 on the Inner Bay off St. Williams April 6 (RR).

Franklin's Gull - One flew past the Tip April 10 (MI).

Iceland Gull - One 2nd cycle was at the Tip April 2 (RR).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was at the Tip April 10 (MI).

Forster's Tern - The first of the year flew past Old Cut April 3 (MC).

Red-throated Loon - The first three of the year were observed at the Tip April 10 (MI).

Cattle Egret - One in near-breeding plumage was found at Dedrick Creek and the First Concession April 12 (AT).

Osprey - The first of the year flew over West Quarter Line Road April 3 (AT).

Common Raven - Numerous records from the Turkey Point Conservation Reserve and surrounding area (M. Obs). One was also observed on Walsingham Townline Road (KG, RG).

Purple Martin - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 4 (BL).

Barn Swallow - The first of the year was near Port Ryerse April 3 (NM).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - The first of the year were at Old Cut April 11 (MC).

Tufted Titmouse - Up to three birds were observed daily at Old Cut during the period. There were also sightings from Port Ryerse (NM), the Turkey Point area (KK), St. Williams (EG), and Port Rowan (SAM).

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - One seen in Long Point P.P. April 9 (BC, BF) was a bit early.

Gray Catbird - The overwintering bird continued at Old Cut (LPBO).

Northern Mockingbird - One was on Troyer Road April 4 (PG, TG).

Pine Warbler - The first migrant was seen on the West Quarter Line Road April 9 (AT).

Louisiana Waterthrush - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 11 (SAM).

Vesper Sparrow - The first of the year was on West Quarter Line Road April 2 (AT).

Observers: Ken Burrell (KB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Sheila Chevarie (SC), Mark Conboy (MC), Eric Giles (EG), Henny Giles (HG), Kevin Giles (KG), Rebekah Giles (RG), Paula Gent (PG), Ted Gent (TG), Matt Iles (MI), Kevin Kavanagh (KK), Blane Landsborough (BL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Nathan Miller (MN), Ron Ridout (RR), Adam Timpf (AT), and LPBO (Long Point Bird Observatory staff).

March 1 - March 31

A return to more seasonal temperatures after the first week of March brought most migrant arrivals, with a few exceptions, back in line with the long-term averages.

Highlights:

Greater White-fronted Goose - Two were seen at BSC headquarters February 26 (SAM) while four were at Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area March 11 (LF).

Snow Goose - A family group of five far resting far out on the Inner Bay March 1 was unusual for that location (RR). Perhaps the last four of the season were at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area March 29 (AG, LF).

Tundra Swan - Swan migration began in mid-February but never built to the usual crescendo here at Long Point. The highest count of 1000 birds March 17 (RR) was well below a normal year's peak daily tally.

Trumpeter Swan - Up to four birds were seen in the area throughout March (m.obs.).

Eurasian Wigeon - A male was discovered on the Inner Bay off Port Rowan March 1 (TH, RM) and was seen intermittently until March 20 (NM). Likely the same bird was seen at Lee Brown WMA March 12-14 (m.obs.). A second bird was seen on the Inner Bay off St. Williams March 19 (RR).

Blue-winged Teal - The first of the season was seen at Big Creek and the First Concession March 22 (RR).

Aythya sp. - A census of the Inner Bay totalling 50,000 ducks was made March 19 (RR).

Horned Grebe - One seen off Port Rowan March 1 (RR, SAM) was record early.

Sora - A record early migrant was seen at the Crown Marsh Trail March 28 (EG).

Common Gallinule - A record early arrival was seen at the Port Rowan Wetland March 29 (SAM).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - An adult was seen resting in a large flock of gulls along Front Rd. east of Port Rowan March 1 (RR) while a second-cycle bird was seen on the Inner Bay off St. Williams March 19 (RR).

Great Egret - One seen at Port Rowan March 4 (EJ) was record early for the area.

Golden Eagle - Two birds seen at Big Creek NWA March 19 (LF et al.) were the last of a few wintering individuals.

Snowy Owl - One was seen on Long Point March 22 (SAM). Presumably the same bird was seen flying by BSC headquarters March 23 (DL, SAM, AB).

Red-headed Woodpecker - One was observed near Port Ryerse March 30 (NM).

Eastern Phoebe - The first definitive migrants arrived March 25-26 (m.obs.).

Tufted Titmouse - Pairs remained at Port Ryerse, St. Williams, and Old Cut Blvd. throughout March (m.obs.)

Eastern Meadowlark - The first of the season was at BSC headquarters March 9 (RR).

Brewer's Blackbird - Two males were seen in Port Rowan March 14 (SAM).

Observers: Amanda Bichel (AB), Sarah Bonnett (SB), Lev Frid (LF), Eric Giles (EG), Amanda Guercio (AG), Todd Hagedorn (TH), Eric Jeffery (EJ), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Reuven Martin (RM), Nathan Miller (NM), Ron Ridout (RR), Will Van Hemessen (WVH).

Winter 2016-2017

A very innocuous winter has been punctuated by several warm spells in late January continuing into mid-February. Long Point Inner Bay remained largely open throughout the winter allowing many waterfowl to overwinter or arrive early. The mild winter allowed for many unusual overwintering birds as well as several significant early arrival dates.

Greater White-fronted Goose - A lone bird was discovered at Port Rowan on January 14 (DL et al.) and was seen at various locations until January 28. A flock of 51 birds was seen heading east over Port Rowan (MC) and Turkey Pt. marsh (GB,KK) February 20.

Snow Goose - Two were seen with Canadas near Port Ryerse January 14 (SAM). A flock of nine was seen at Port Royal January 24 to 28 (RR et al.).

Ross's Goose - Nine were observed with nine Snows at Port Royal January 24 to 28 (RR et al.).

Cackling Goose - One or two individuals were present in the area from January 19 (TH) on.

Tundra Swan - Up to 400 overwintered around Port Rowan. Spring arrivals began on the February 19-20 weekend.

Wood Duck - A lone bird lingered on the causeway at CWS headquarters until at least January 14 (DS et al.).

Green-winged Teal - Two early arrivals were present at the Hahn Marsh January 27 (SAM).

Canvasback - 3000 birds appeared on the Inner Bay January 22 (RR) augmenting a couple of hundred which had remained since the Fall.

Redhead - 2500 were counted off Port Rowan January 22 and numbers built to at least 12,000 by February 10 (RR).

Aythya ducks - By February 21, numbers increased to over 30,000 Canvasback, Redhead and scaup spread across the wide-open Inner Bay (RR).

Surf Scoter - A female was present January 2 - 22, first at Port Dover harbour and then Turkey Pt. marina (RR, v.o.).

Pied-billed Grebe - One at Bird Studies Canada's headquarters January 25 was an early arrival (SAM).

American Bittern - One found at Big Creek NWA on the CBC December 17 (WL) lingered there until January 14 (RR) and was seen again at the Crown Marsh February 21 (SAM).

Black Vulture - One individual seen with Turkey Vultures south of Langton February 26 (SAM) provided the area's second winter record.

Golden Eagle - Maintaining a trend of recent winters, there were multiple sightings of at least two birds throughout January and late February (m.obs.)

Red-shouldered Hawk - Wintering individuals frequented the creek valleys north and south of County Rd. 60 as well as Long Pt. centered around the Crown Marsh. (m.obs.)

Red-tailed Hawk - An immature dark-morph of the calurus subspecies was seen at the Shirley and George Pond Reserve January 8 (RR) and remained in that vicinity until January 15 (v.o.). The subspecies of a dark-morph individual photographed on the A Concession December 19 (CC) could not be determined.

Rough-legged Hawk - An above average movement of early winter birds included an impressive congregation of 15 birds feeding around the Hahn Marsh December 24 (RR).

Sandhill Crane - Up to 350 birds managed to linger through January as a result of the benign weather. Numbers dwindled into February likely as a result of individuals beginning to move farther north rather than south.

Killdeer - Two individuals seen along Lakeshore Rd. west of Port Royal January 26 (SAM) were record early arrivals.

Greater Yellowlegs - A bird heard and seen flying over Big Creek NWA February 21 (KB) was record early by at least a month here at Long Pt.

American Woodcock - The first displaying birds were heard near Walsingham February 23 (AT).

Little Gull - Individuals appeared on the Inner Bay with Bonaparte's Gulls January 4 (RR). Numbers built to 18 seen off Port Rowan February 21 (RR) and then 58 flying by the BSC HQ property February 23 (RR).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - A third-cycle individual was seen at BSC headquarters January 10 (RR) and over the causeway January 28 (SAM).

Glaucous Gull - The lone individual of the winter so far was seen at Normandale January 8 (MC).

Snowy Owl - Considering the number of southwestern Ontario sightings this winter, it is somewhat unusual that a bird off the old provincial park on Long Pt. February 22 (RR) and Big Creek NWA February 26 (SAM) was the only sighting.

Peregrine Falcon - A young bird seen west of Port Royal January 26 (MC,SAM) remained in the area until January 30.

Eastern Phoebe - The status of a bird seen in Port Rowan February 20 (SAM) was difficult to determine. Another was seen near Messiah's Corners February 26 (SB,WVH).

Common Raven - Birds have been noted in both the St. Williams and Turkey Pt. Crown Reserves over the past month (EG).

Gray Catbird - Overwintering individuals were seen at Old Cut, both Long Pt. provincial parks and at Port Royal throughout January and February (v.o.).

Brown Thrasher - Singles remained at the Old Cut feeders (m.obs.) and at the Timpf farm near Walsingham (AT,TM).

Smith's Longspur - A hatch-year female was discovered along the A Concession Rd. on the Long Pt. CBC December 17 (RR,AT,MT) and remained until January 10 (m.obs.).

Pine Warbler - A Pine Warbler was seen with a mixed flock near Fishers Glen January 5 (KG).

Fox Sparrow - Numerous Fox Sparrows remained at local feeders. An unprecedented 72 were counted on the Long Pt. CBC December 17 (fide SAM).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - A male visiting a feeder in Teeterville Janaury 6 and 14 provided the County's first January record. (MB).

Brewer's Blackbird - One bird was found near Turkey Pt. December 17 (MC) while a female was seen at the Hahn Marsh January 14 (AT).

Observers: Gregor Beck (GB), Sarah Bonnett (SB), Michelle Bruin (MB), Ken Burrell (KB), Chris Cheatle (CC), Mark Conboy (MC), Eric Giles (EG), Kevin Giles (KG), Todd Haggedorn (THa), Tyler Hoar (TH), Kevin Kavanagh (KK), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Reuven Martin (RM), Ron Ridout (RR), Denby Sadler (DS), Adam Timpf (AT), Matt Timpf (MT), Will Van Hennssen (WVH). (m.obs.), (v.o.) various observers.

 

 

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