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LPBO Sightings Board

Fall 2017

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

1560 888 577
Season Total 1560 888 577

Current Weather at Long Point

August 23 - September 12, 2017

Fall migration was in full swing over the past couple of weeks. There were a few big days of warbler and thrush passage at Long Point, including Sep 8, when over 500 birds were banded at Old Cut, Breakwater and the Tip combined. Waterfowl began to trickle into Long Point Bay, and shorebirds and raptors passed through in small numbers. Most of the flycatchers, swallows, orioles, and Yellow Warblers have departed. Other warblers were abundant in general, with notable numbers of the budworm specialists, Cape May, Tennessee, and Bay-breasted warblers on some days. Banding continues daily (6:30 am to 12:30 pm) at Old Cut and the Tip until November 15, and at Breakwater until late September. Northern Saw-whet Owl banding is open to the public beginning the evening of September 25 (weather permitting).

Highlights:

Northern Shoveler - The first migrants of the fall were at Old Cut Aug 23 (PD, TB).

Northern Pintail - The first migrant of the fall was at Old Cut Sep 9 (MC).

Redhead - The first migrants of the fall were at The Coves (RR) and Big Creek National Wildlife Area (AD, RP) Sep 10.

Lesser Scaup - The first migrant of the fall was at the Port Rowan Wetland Sep 9 (RR).

Surf Scoter - The first migrant of the fall was seen off Hastings Drive Sep 9 (RR, AT).

Common Merganser - What may have been a summering bird flew over Old Cut Sep 5 (SM ).

Ruddy Duck - The first migrants of the fall were at Breakwater Sep 7 (PD).

Great Egret - There was a high count of 21 on the evening of Sep 2 at the Old Cut roost (MC).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One flew over Old Cut Aug 28 (MC). Another was there Sep 1 and Sep 6 (MC). One was at the Tip Sep 9 (MI).

King Rail - The last report of the long-staying Old Cut bird was Aug 25 (MC) until another was heard there Sep 12 (MC). In what continues to be a great fall for detecting King Rails at Long Point, another was reported at Big Creek National Wildlife Area Sep 11 (SAM).

Black-bellied Plover - The first migrants of the fall were at Big Creek National Wildlife Area Sep 10 (SAM).

American Golden-Plover - At least one flew over Old Cut Sep 10 (TL).

Whimbrel - One was on the beach in ?New' Long Point Provincial Park Aug 23 (MC, TB).

Red-necked Phalarope - One was photographed near the Big Creek bridge on the causeway Sep 1 (KB).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Daily at the Tip (MI).

Parasitic Jaeger - The first jaeger of the fall flew past Breakwater Sep 4 (PD).

Common Nighthawk - Over 100 were counted over Big Creek National Wildlife Area Sep 10 (SAM).

Eastern Whip-Poor-Will - Two were banded at Old Cut Sep 1 (LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon - One was at Breakwater Aug 25 (PD).

Philadelphia Vireo - The first migrant of the fall was at The Coves Aug 24 (RR).

Common Raven - Numerous sightings including near Port Dover Aug 26 (AF, KE), St. Williams Aug 28 (JM), and Old Cut Sep 2 (MC).

Golden-crowned Kinglet - Possibly a local bird was seen on Troyer Road Sep 1 (PG, TG ).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - The first migrant of the fall was at ?Old' Long Point Provincial Park Sep 9 (AT).

Gray-cheeked Thrush - The first migrants of the fall were at Old Cut Sep 5 (MC).

Northern Mockingbird - One was at the Tip Aug 25 (LPBO). Two were on the Crown Marsh Trail Sep 2 (AS).

Golden-winged Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut Aug 24 (LPBO). One was at ?Old' Long Point Provincial Park Sep 9 (AT).

Connecticut Warbler - The first migrants of the fall were at Old Cut, Breakwater and the Tip Sep 5 (LPBO).

Northern Parula - The first migrant of the fall was at Old Cut Sep 1 (MC).

Bay-breasted Warbler - The first migrant of the fall was at Old Cut Aug 24 (MC).

Blackpoll Warbler - The first migrant of the fall was at Old Cut Aug 27 (BB).

Palm Warbler - The first migrant of the fall was at the Tip Sep 5 (MI).

Prairie Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut Sep 5 (MC).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One was banded at Breakwater Sep 5 (JS, PD).

Lincoln's Sparrow - The first migrant of the fall was at Old Cut Sep 6 (SAM).

Dickcissel - Single birds flew over Old Cut Aug 31 and Sep 11 (MC), and ?New' Long Point Provincial Park Sep 6 (TL).

Purple Finch - The first migrant of the fall was at Old Cut Sep 3 (MC).

Observers: Kayla Bezkorow (KB), Brendan Boyd (BB), Taylor Brown (TB), Mark Conboy (MC), Peter Denyer (PD), Andrew Don (AD), Kyle Eros (KE), Angela Freeman (AF), Paula Gent (PG), Ted Gent (TG), Tim Lucas (TL), Matt Iles (MI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Jon McCracken (JM), Samreen Murin (SM), Richard Poort (RP), Ron Ridout (RR), Alexandre Da Silva (AS), Jillian Slater (JS), Adam Timpf (AT), 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.

Mid-June - August 22

July was cool at times, and rather dry. August was also rather mild, but more humid with some rain. Strong south and southwest winds at times brought with them the promise of rarities, and a few did materialize during the course of July and August but, all in all, summertime was fairly quiet at Long Point. The fall migration monitoring season began at Old Cut and the Tip on August 15. Breakwater will open in the coming days.

Redhead - An uncommon summer Redhead was found at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters July 18 (AC).

Red-breasted Merganser - As usual, a number of stragglers and local breeders hung on around the Tip and off the south shore of Long Point throughout the summer (M. Obs).

Great Egret - Great Egrets began roosting nightly near the Long Point Company cottages in early August, with a high count of 18 there August 20 (PD).

Northern Goshawk - A displaying pair was observed in the St. Williams Forest Reserve June 24 (PD, RR).

King Rail - One was heard calling on the shoreline below Port Rowan August 3 (SAM). One was also heard at the Tip August 20-21 (MI) and Old Cut August 21 (MC).

Semipalmated Plover - The first migrant of the fall was at the Tip July 27 (SAM).

Ruddy Turnstone - The first migrant of the fall was at the Tip August 18 (KJ).

Stilt Sandpiper - The first migrant of the fall was at Silver Lake in Port Dover August 7 (RM, TH).

Sanderling - The first eight migrants of the fall were at the Tip July 23 (SAM).

Baird's Sandpiper - The first migrant of the fall were at the Tip July 23 (SAM).

Least Sandpiper - The first migrant of the fall was at Silver Lake in Port Dover July 21 (HG).

Pectoral Sandpiper - The first migrant of the fall was at Silver Lake in Port Dover August 7 (RM, TH).

Semipalmated Sandpiper - The first nine migrants of the fall were at the Tip July 23 (SAM).

Short-billed Dowitcher - The first three migrants of the fall were at Silver Lake in Port Dover July 23 (HG).

Red-necked Phalarope - One was seen just west of the Tip July 25 (SAM).

Solitary Sandpiper - The first migrant of the fall was at the Tip August 7 (SAM).

Greater Yellowlegs - The first migrant of the fall was at Silver Lake in Port Dover July 21 (HG).

Lesser Yellowlegs - The first migrant of the fall was at Silver Lake in Port Dover July 21 (HG).

Laughing Gull - An adult was found at Port Dover June 15 & 18 (MJ et al.).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - At least three different birds were seen periodically at Port Dover harbour and the Tip throughout June and August (RR et al.).

Common Nighthawk - The first migrants of the fall began to appear August 16 at Old Cut (LPBO) and West Quarter Line Road (AT, TM).

Peregrine Falcon - One was at the Tip July 30-August 9 (LPBO). Another was at Silver Lake in Port Dover August 7 (RM, TH).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - The first migrant of the fall was at the Coves August 13 (TL).

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - The first migrant of the fall was at Old Cut August 7 (LPBO).

Gray Kingbird - One was found at the Tip July 21 (SAM). If accepted by the Ontario Rare Birds Committee, this will be the 400th species on the Long Point Checklist.

White-eyed Vireo - One was heard along Concession Road One July 5-6 (CF).

Purple Martin - A high count of 3,200 birds passing over the Tip was made August 19 (MC, PD).

Bank Swallow - A high count of 28,000 roosting birds at Old Cut was made August 15 (MC, PD).

Tufted Titmouse - The resident Old Cut titmice successfully fledged three chicks, bring the population at the banding station to five banded birds.

Bewick's Wren - One was heard and seen at the Tip August 9 - 10 (MC et al.).

Swainson's Thrush - The first molt migrant of the fall was at Old Cut August 13 (MC).

Northern Mockingbird - One was along West Quarter Line Road July 6 (AT). One was at Old Cut July 29 (MC). The resident Tip birds were seen August 7-8 (LPBO).

Kentucky Warbler - A hatch-year male was banded at Old Cut August 15 (LPBO). It remained at Old Cut until August 21 (MC). This was the 6th Kentucky Warbler banded at LPBO in the fall.

Cape May Warbler - The first migrants of the fall were at the Coves (TL) and Old Cut (MC) August 13.

Magnolia Warbler - One male established a territory in south Backus Woods for the spring and summer (MC, SJ). The first migrant of the fall was at Old Cut August 13 (LPBO).

Prairie Warbler - One was at the Tip August 19 and 20 (MI).

Blackpoll Warbler - The first migrant of the fall was at the Tip August 21 (MI).

Bay-breasted Warbler - The first migrant of the fall was along Troyer Road August 19 (PG, TG).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - A pair was on territory in the Turkey Point Forest Reserve for the entire spring and summer (MC).

Canada Warbler - One pair was on territory at Sleepy Hollow Nature Reserve in June and July (GB et al.). The first migrant of the fall was at Old Cut August 13 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - The nesting pair (representing the first confirmed breeding record for the Long Point area) along County Road 23 was last reported July 14 (RR et al.). Single birds flew over the Tip August 7 (SAM) and August 19 (MI), and Old Cut August 11 (MC) and August 16 (BO, MC).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - A male was at the Tip August 21 (MI).

Observers: Jody Allair (JA), Gregor Beck (GB), Amanda Bichel (AB), Mark Conboy (MC), Andrew Couturier (AC), Pete Davidson (PD), Peter Denyer (PD), Christian Friis (CF), Paula Gent (PG), Ted Gent (TG), Henny Giles (HG), Todd Hagedorn (TH), Matt Iles (MI), Mourad Jabra (MJ), Kiah Jasper (KJ), Sean Jenniskens (SJ), Tim Lucas (TL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Reuven Martin (RM), Ben Oldfield (BO), Ron Ridout (RR), Josh Pickering (JP), Adam Timpf (AT), 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.

 

 

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