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LPBO Sightings Board

12 June 2015

Our Field Stations are now closed for the season and will reopen again in mid-August. Have a great summer!

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 - 2015 Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

158 130 221
Season Total 3944 2352 7119

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 96
1,472

Current Weather at Long Point

12 June

LPBO's 56th spring season officially wrapped up at Breakwater on June 2, and at Old Cut and the Tip June 10. Passerine migration continued at a slow pace throughout the final days of May in into early June with more than 20 species of warblers recorded and all the regular Empidonax flycatchers. Shorebirds continued to move throughout the period in decent numbers with many lingering well into June. Common Nighthawks graced the skies on most nights throughout the first week of June. There were a number of interesting sightings that are summarized below. The fall season will commence on August 15.

Highlights:

Black Scoter - Three were observed at the Tip May 30 (LPBO).

Red-throated Loon - Individuals were observed at the Tip June 1 and 5 and three were observed at Breakwater May 29 (LPBO).

White-rumped Sandpiper - Individuals were lingering at the Tip as late as June 11 (LPBO).

Red Knot - A flock of 30 passed the Tip June 7 (SAM, MAC).

Piping Plover - One banded male was observed at the Tip June 11 (MAC).

Little Gull - As many as five individuals have been observed at the Tip throughout the period and one was observed at Breakwater May 30 (LPBO).

Laughing Gull - One definitive basic individual was observed at the Tip June 7 and 11 (MAC).

Glaucous Gull - One first basic individual was observed at Breakwater May 30 (JG, MT).

Acadian Flycatcher - One was banded at Breakwater on May 29 (LPBO).

Cassin's Kingbird - A first for Long Point, and the fourth for Ontario (the first seen alive since 1970) was found at the Tip on the afternoon of June 9 (TB, et al.).

Observers: Taylor Brown (TB), Mark Conboy (MAC), John Glazebrook (JG), Mick Wright (MW), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), 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 eBbird or by sharing them with us at lpbo@birdscanada.org. 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 2014 LPBO Program Report or LPBO 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 available here.

29 May

Late season migrants continued to pass through in great numbers, particularly at the Tip, with all the Empidonax flycatchers, Magnolia, Blackpoll and Wilson's warblers, and American Redstarts moving through along with a wide variety of shorebirds. As of the end of this period things have slowed substantially with only a trickle of late migrant warblers and flycatchers.

Highlights:

Greater Scaup - Two were seen off Long Point Provincial Park May 22 (SAM).

Bufflehead - A lingering bird was present at the Port Rowan Wetland from May 23 to May 28 (DL, DS, RVT).

Red-throated Loon - One was seen off Long Point Provincial Park May 23 (TL).

American White Pelican - One bird was seen from Long Point Provincial Park May 24 (PJP). Presumably the same bird was seen flying over the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters May 27 (GF, SAM, RR et al.).

White-faced Ibis - The pair of ibis that had become a dependable twitch along Lakeshore Road just east of Port Royal were last seen May 23.

Plegadis sp. - Two unidentified ibises flew past Breakwater May 21 (RDC).

American Golden-Plover - A single bird in alternate plumage was found among dozens of Black-bellied Plovers and other shorebirds along Concession Road A May 25 (DL). It has been seen through to May 28.

Dunlin - Numbers of Dunlin began to build this past week with a high count of 200 at the Tip May 20 (LPBO).

Red Knot - The first of the season was at the Tip May 26 (MRI).

White-winged Dove - One made a quick flyover of Long Point Provincial Park the morning of May 22 (SAM).

Acadian Flycatcher - Two birds were banded at Old Cut, one May 20 and another May 21 (LPBO). Three more were banded at the Tip, one each May 24, May 27, and May 28 (LPBO).

Western Kingbird - One was present at the Tip May 21 to May 25 (CHL).

Cedar Waxwing - At long last Cedar Waxwings began to appear in good numbers, with at high count at the Tip May 25 of 300 birds (MRI).

Summer Tanager - One was seen May 20 at Old Cut (JJP). One was banded at the Tip May 24, another was seen there May 25, and a second bird was banded May 27 (LPBO).

Brewster's Warbler - One was banded at the Tip May 24 (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - One was seen at Old Cut May 24 (SAM), and one was banded at the Tip May 28 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - One was banded at the Tip May 26 (LPBO); another was seen May 29 at Old Cut (MAC).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One was banded at the Tip May 25 (LPBO).

Clay-colored Sparrow - Several birds have been reported in the past week, including two along West 1/4 Line Road, north of Port Rowan, May 24 (RVT), and one at the Backus Heritage Conservation Area the next day (DL).

Rusty Blackbird - A late Rusty Blackbird was seen at Old Cut May 19 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - A single bird was seen and heard calling as it flew over Old Cut May 27 (MAC).

Observers: Mark Conboy (MAC), Richard Cope (RDC), George Finney (GF), Matt Iles (MRI), Chris Lamsdell (CHL), Denis Lepage (DL), Tim Lucas (TL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Jesse Pakkala (JJP), Paul Preston (PJP), Diane Salter (DS), Ron Ridout (RR), Rohan van Twest (RVT).

19 May

Land bird migration continued with intensity for the early part of the period, before slowing down as a high pressure system lingered over the area. Perfect conditions for migrants to fly over without stopping. Diversity remained high throughout with late migrant warblers and thrushes present and flycatchers increasing. Movements of sparrows and other temperate migrants slowed to a trickle. The vast majority of waterfowl on the Inner Bay moved on but numerous diving ducks including both scaup, Long-tailed Ducks, and White-winged Scoters continue to linger near the Tip. Occasional shorebirds observations continue, primarily at Breakwater, where suitable habitat is plentiful.

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - Three were observed on the Inner Bay off the BSC lookout May 19 (JH).

Red-throated Loon - Many individuals continue to be seen at the Tip and Breakwater, mostly singles, but a high count of 41 was made at Breakwater May 15 (RDC). One flew over Old Cut May 19 (SAM).

White-faced Ibis - Two were found in Port Royal on May 14 (TPG, m.obs) and remained until at least May 19. These individuals represent the second record for the Long Point area.

Great Egret - Four flew over the Tip May 14 (MAC, SAM) and another was there May 18 (LPBO).

Whimbrel - The first of the season was observed at the Tip May 14 (RD, MJT).

Little Gull - One definitive basic individual was observed at the Tip May 13 and 18 (MAC).

Common Tern - Many individuals were observed at the Tip throughout the period, with a high count of 2030 at the Tip on May 13 (LPBO).

Black Tern - Several individuals have been observed including one at Breakwater on May 12 (RDC) and two at Old Cut on May 14 (SAM, MRI). Sixty were observed on the Inner Bay May 15 (SAM).

Common Nighthawk - One was observed at the Tip May 16 (LPBO).

Acadian Flycatcher - One was banded at the Tip May 18 (LPBO).

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was observed at Old Cut on May 11 & 19 (SAM, MRI, DL), and another heard in Port Rowan May 19 (SAM).

Cerulean Warbler - One was heard at Old Cut May 11 (SAM).

Kentucky Warbler - One was banded at the Tip May 12 (LPBO).

Worm-eating Warbler - One was banded at the Tip May 16 (LPBO).

Prairie Warbler - One was banded at the Tip May 18 (LPBO).

Bobolink - Numbers were seen throughout the period at all three stations, including one banded at Breakwater May 13 (LPBO).

Observers: Mark Conboy (MAC), Richard Dobbins (RD), Andrew Don (AD), Ted and Paula Gent (TPG), Jeremy Hussell (JH), Matt Iles (MRI), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Mick Townsend (MJT), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO).

10 May

After a slow start, spring migration kicked it into high gear quickly in the first week of May with thousands of temperate migrants pushing through the area with a good mix of tropical migrants: kinglets, Hermit Thrushes and sparrows. By May 10 the composition of species shifted substantially toward tropical migrants with almost every expected species recorded with the exception of some later migrant flycatchers. Waterfowl diversity has remained high on the Inner and Outer Bays with thousands of lingering Long-tailed Ducks and all three Scoters near the Tip. Shorebird numbers and diversity have just started to pickup with most sightings occurring at Breakwater.

Highlights:

Red-throated Loon - Many individuals have been observed from all three research stations with a high of 4 at Breakwater on May 8 and 9 (LPBO).

Red-necked Grebe - Two were observed from the Old Cut dyke April 27 (DIB).

Least Bittern - The first of the year was observed at the Tip April 30 (LPBO).

Little Gull - Definitive basic individuals were observed at Old Cut April 28 and at the Tip May 3 (LPBO, RR, MP).

Iceland Gull - Many first and second-basic individuals were observed at the Tip throughout the period with most leaving by May 1 (LPBO).

Glaucous Gull - Many first and second-basic individuals were observed at the Tip throughout the period with the last observed May 8 (SAM).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One definitive basic individual was at the Tip April 28 and May 5-6 (LPBO).

White-winged Dove - One was observed at the Tip May 10 (RD, MAC).

Common Nighthawk - The first of the season was observed in Port Rowan May 10 (SAM).

White-eyed Vireo - One first-basic individual was observed at Old Cut May 3 and banded May 4. Another was banded at the Tip May 9 (LPBO).

Virtually all expected warblers have been observed on Long Point and most local breeding birds are on territory. Typical spruce budworm specialists such as Tennessee and Cape May warblers have been abundant.

Golden-winged Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut May 9 (IM).

Brewster's Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut May 5 (MAC), and a Brewster's backcross was banded at Breakwater May 6 (RC).

Cerulean Warbler - The first of the year was heard and observed at Old Cut May 3 (SAM).One was observed at Old Cut May 3 and 4 (SAM, DIB, IM), and another in the new Provincial Park May 3 (AD). Breakwater banded a first-alternate female May 9 (LPBO). Three individuals were banded at the Tip between May 9 and 11 (LPBO).

Prairie Warbler - One was heard singing in Langton May 4 (SAM).

Kentucky Warbler - A first-alternate female was banded at Old Cut May 7 (LPBO).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One first-alternate male was banded at the Tip May 5 (LPBO).

Summer Tanager - There were a number of individuals observed with a first-alternate male at Old Cut May 9, a female there May 10 and first-alternate males at Breakwater May 7 and 9 (LPBO).

Grasshopper Sparrow - Two were banded at the Tip and another at Breakwater May 3 and 8, and one was observed at Breakwater May 8 (LPBO).

Clay-colored X Chipping Sparrow hybrid - One was banded at the Tip April 30 (LPBO).

Harris's Sparrow -One was observed near Clear Creek May 9-12 (DS et al.).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - At the Tip one first-basic male was heard, seen and then banded April 27 and remained until April 30. A second bird, a definitive basic male was also observed there April 30 (LPBO).

Observers: Mark Conboy (MAC), Richard Dobbins (RD), Andrew Don (AD), Matt Iles (MRI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ivan Maggini (IM), Mark Peck (MP), Diane Salter (DS), Ron Ridout (RR), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO).

24 April

A mix of warm and cold temperatures and generally unfavourable migration weather was the story of the past week. Migrants continued to trickle in but a big push of birds has yet to materialize. Migration monitoring at the Old Cut Research Station continues until June 10.

Highlights:

Tundra Swan - A few continued to linger throughout the past week including one along the causeway April 17 & 19 (DIB, EMT; RR). Nine flew over the Bird Studies Canada headquarters on April 14 (JA).

Trumpeter Swan - The young Trumpeter Swan remained on Big Creek at the Causeway until at least April 19 (RR).

White-winged Scoter - Thirty were counted on Long Point Outer Bay during a boat trip to the Tip April 17 (MAC).

Surf Scoter - Four were seen on Long Point Outer Bay during a boat trip to the Tip April 17 (MAC).

Least Bittern - One was heard at Old Cut April 18 (DIB).

Red-throated Loon - Good numbers continued to be reported from the Tip (MRI). A single bird flew over Old Cut Apr 22 (MAC, SML).

Red-necked Grebe - One was seen on Long Point Outer Bay during a boat trip to the Tip April 12 (MAC).

Little Gull - One was spotted from the Inner Bay Viewing Platform along the Causeway April 17 (DIB).

Glaucous Gull - Several were reported from the Tip (MRI).

Iceland Gull - Several were reported from the Tip (MRI).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was seen at Old Cut April 18 (DIB).

Eastern Screech-Owl - One was heard singing in the early morning of April 24 at the Long Point townsite (MAC).

Peregrine Falcon - One bird flew over Old Cut April 22 (MAC).

Cliff Swallow - The first two of the year were seen at Old Cut April 18 (DIB, MAC).

House Wren - The first of the year was seen at Old Cut April 17 (LPBO).

Wood Thrush - One was at Old Cut April 22 (SAM).

Yellow Warbler - One was at the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters April 21 (JA, MF).

Palm Warbler - The first was seen at Bird Studies Canada Headquarters April 22 (RR).

Black-throated Green Warbler - Nearly daily observations in the Old Cut woodlot over the past week (LPBO).

Rusty Blackbird - Nearly daily observations in the Old Cut woodlot or flying over (LPBO).

Observers: Jody Allair (JA), David Bell (DIB), Mark Conboy (MAC), Myles Falconer (MF), Matt Iles (MRI), Sarah Larocque (SML), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Evalyn Trumbo (EMT).

17 April

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.

Highlights:

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, MRI, SAM).

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 (TB).

6 April

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. Highlights:

Greater 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).

Eurasian 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 al.).

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 3 (MAC).

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.

 

 

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