LPBO Sightings Board

15 September 2014

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

Fall - 2014 Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

1078 1156 619
Season Total 515 611 185

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 94
1,949

Current Weather at Long Point

15 September

A recent cold front really kicked migration into high gear at Long Point. Diversity was phenomenal with most warblers and flycatchers abundant along with respectable numbers of shorebirds, waterfowl and other water birds. Breakwater was the place to be with over 600 banded and close to 100 species observed daily. The substantial cold front on September 12/13 brought with it the first significant movement of raptors as well as a trickle of temperate migrants including Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-throated Sparrows. The highlight of the week was a first-basic Lark Bunting observed on September 12.

Highlights:

Horned Grebe - A flock of 39 was observed at Breakwater September 14 (MTT).

Double-crested Cormorant - A high of 13,000 were estimated at the Tip September 15 (LPBO).

Least Bittern - One was heard at Old Cut September 8, 10, and 12 (DLL, SAM) and one was heard at Breakwater September 13 (NMR, FHC).

Great Egret - One was observed at Old Cut September 7 and at Breakwater September 10 (SAM, FHC).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One bird was observed at Old Cut September 10 and 14, and another was observed at Breakwater September 12 (LPBO).

Canvasback - The first of the season were observed at Old Cut and Breakwater on September 14 (NMR).

Lesser Scaup - 20 were observed at Old Cut September 13 (SAM).

Greater Scaup - 13 were observed at Breakwater September 14 (MTT).

Long-tailed Duck - One was observed on the north shore of the Tip September 9 (LPBO).

Bald Eagle - Highs of 10 and 11 birds were observed at Breakwater and at Old Cut September 11 and 13, respectively (LPBO).

Shard-shinned Hawk - A high of 30 birds were estimated for Breakwater September 14 (LPBO).

Copper's Hawk - A high of six were observed over the Old Cut parking lot September 11 (LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon - One was observed at Breakwater throughout the period with two observed September 12 and one at Old Cut September 14 (LPBO).

Sandhill Crane - Two were observed flying east over Old Cut September 10 and four were observed September 11 (DLL, ACC).

Whimbrel - One was observed along the south beach of Breakwater September 11 (LPBO).

Red Knot - One was observed at Breakwater September 11 (LPBO).

Baird's Sandpiper - Individuals were observed at the Tip and Breakwater September 14 & 15 (LPBO).

Parasitic Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip September 9 (PRG).

Little Gull - One was observed at Breakwater September 10 & 11 (MTT) and one was observed at the Tip September 11 & 15 (LPBO).

Eastern Screech Owl - Individuals were heard calling at the Tip September 8 and at Old Cut September 14 (LPBO).

Red-bellied Woodpecker - The first migrant of the season was observed at Old Cut September 13 (SAM).

Hairy Woodpecker - The first of the season was observed on census at Old Cut September 14 (RWW).

Oliver-sided Flycatcher - One was observed at Breakwater September 14 (MTT).

Purple Martin - Three were observed at Breakwater September 15 (LPBO).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - The first of the season was observed at Breakwater September 12 (FHC, MTT).

Wood Thrush - The first of the season was observed at the Tip September 11 (LPBO). A second bird was observed at Old Cut September 13 (SAM).

Northern Mockingbird - One was observed at Cut September 8 (SAM, DLL).

Blue-winged Warbler - First basic males were banded at Breakwater and at Old Cut September 12 (LPBO).

Golden-winged Warbler - One was observed at Breakwater September 8 (LPBO) and a first-basic female was banded at the Tip September 14 (LPBO).

Pine Warbler - A first-basic male was observed and banded at the Tip September 13 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - A total of six birds were banded this past week at all three stations (LPBO)

Hooded Warbler - Individuals were observed at Breakwater, Old Cut and the Tip September 7, 8 & 9, respectively (LPBO). A male was observed during the census at the Tip September 9 (JJC). A first-basic male was banded at Old Cut September 16 (LPBO).

Clay-colored Sparrow - A first-basic individual was banded at the Tip September 10 (LPBO).

Vesper Sparrow - One bird was observed near the Tip cabin September 13 (JJC).

White-throated Sparrow - One was observed at Old Cut September 14 (LPBO).

Lark Bunting - A first-basic, female-type bird was observed during census at Breakwater September 12 (NMR, MTT).

Observers: Janice Chard (JJC), Brett Fried (BF), Pip Guillet (PRG), Flor Hernandez (FHC), Myriam El Harouchey (MYR), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Abbi MacDonald (ALM), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Nancy Raginski (NMR).

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 November 15. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2013 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.

8 September

Even though warm weather lingered throughout the period, a trickle of migrants proceeded to move through Long Point. The first signs of activity occurred following a minor cold front that pushed some migrants through on September 3. Breakwater banded 128 birds that day followed by 80 at the Tip and 50 at Old Cut. A heat wave then stalled migration for a few days until September 7 when a substantial cold front provided the first real signs of fall. Hundreds of neotropical migrant thrushes, vireos and warblers were present on the Point and observed leaving it. Raptor migration began slowly and there was an arrival of numerous waterfowl species.

Highlights:

Lesser Scaup - One was observed at Breakwater September 1 (AEM), and seven were observed on census September 2 (JKR).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One was observed at Breakwater September 2 (FHC).

Common Tern - A conservative estimate of 4,500 was made at the Tip September 3 (LPBO).

Willet - One was observed at the Tip August 31 (DLL, GER).

Whimbrel - One was observed September 2 and 5 (JJC, GER, PRG).

Black-bellied Plover - One individual was observed at sunset at the Tip September 1 (JJC, GER).

Baird's Sandpiper - One first-basic bird was observed August 31 (DLL).

Black-headed Gull - One definitive basic bird was observed on the Outer Bay September 1 (BF).

Parasitic Jaeger - One individual was observed flying west with a flock of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls September 3 (GER).

Broad-winged Hawk - LPBO's 8th ever was banded Old Cut on September 7 (LPBO).

Gray-cheeked Thrush - The first of a season, an basic adult bird, was banded at Breakwater September 3 (LPBO).

Red-eyed Vireo - Six birds were banded and 19 were estimated at Breakwater September 3 (LPBO).

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was in the new Provincial Park September 7 (LPBO).

Golden-winged Warbler - One first-basic male was banded at Breakwater September 8 (LPBO).

Western Palm Warbler - One bird was observed during census and a first-basic individual was later banded September 3 (LPBO). A first-basic bird was banded at Breakwater September 4 (LPBO).

Blackpoll Warbler - Sixteen were banded and 22 were estimated at Breakwater September 3 (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - A first-basic female originally banded on August 27 was recaptured September 1. Other individuals were present at Old Cut September 6 and 8 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - Numerous individuals were banded at all three stations throughout the period (LPBO).

Prothonotary Warbler - A bird was observed in the willows at Breakwater September 3 (JKR, AEM, FHC).

Yellow-breasted Chat - A female was observed at Old Cut September 3 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - One was heard flying over Old Cut September 4 (DLL).

Observers: Janice Chard (JJC), Brett Fried (BF), Pip Guillet (PRG), Flor Hernandez (FHC), Myriam El Harouchey (MYR), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Abbi MacDonald (ALM), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Nancy Raginski (NMR).

1 September

Warm weather this past week kept most migration at bay. Movements of swallows have nearly come to an end. Common Nighthawks were observed regularly throughout the period with a high of 35 observed at dusk from the Old Cut observation platform August 25.

Twenty-six warbler species were observed with Nashville Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler and Ovenbird becoming much more prevalent.

Highlights:

Northern Shoveler - Three birds were observed at the Old Cut August 23 (API).

Long-tailed Duck - A male was observed at the Tip August 27 - 30 (DLL et al.).

Bald Eagle - Eight were observed over the Tip August 31 (LPBO).

Least Bittern - One was observed near the Tip cabin August 27 & 28 (DLL).

Great Egret - One was observed at Breakwater August 29 (TBL).

Black-crowned Night Heron - One was observed at Old Cut August 24 & 29(LPBO).

Virginia Rail - One was observed at Old Cut August 27 & 29 (LPBO), and a continuing bird was present at the Tip throughout the week (LPBO).

Solitary Sandpiper - One was observed at Breakwater August 28 (TBL) and two were observed in the new Provincial Park August 25 (AN).

Whimbrel - One bird was observed flying west from Old Cut August 30 (NMR, MYR).

Little Gull - One was observed at the Tip August 29 (DLL).

Glaucous Gull - One second-cycle was observed at the Tip August 25 (DLL).

Common Nighthawk - Small groups were observed with a high of 35 at Old Cut August 25, and 18 at the Tip August 30 (LPBO).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was at the Tip August 27 & 28 (DLL; PRG) and both Old Cut and Breakwater observed one August 28 (LPBO).

Northern Mockingbird - One was observed occasionally throughout the week at the Tip (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - A first-basic female was banded at Old Cut August 27 and recaptured August 28(LPBO).

Bay-breasted Warbler - First-basic males were banded at Breakwater and Old Cut August 29 and 30 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - One was observed at Breakwater August 27 (TBL).

Observers: Janice Chard (JJC), Pip Guillet (PRG), Flor Hernandez (FHC), Myriam El Harouchey (MYR), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Tim Lucas (TL), Abbi MacDonald (ALM), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Alec Napier (AN), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Alain Parada (API), Nancy Raginski (NMR).

24 August

Long Point Bird Observatory's (LPBO) 55th fall migration monitoring season began in early August with the arrival of six of Canada's top young naturalists for the Doug Tarry Young Ornithologist Workshop (YOW). The YOWs experienced the usual captures of recently fledged and local Yellow Warblers, Swamp Sparrows, Cedar Waxings and Gray Catbirds. A recaptured Blue-wing Warbler from the spring season created quite a bit of excitement in the lab as did an American Woodcock caught on the last day of the workshop.

Swallow migration was most impressive early in the season with a flight of over 100,000 comprised of 90,000 Bank, 6,250 Tree, 4,275 Barn, and 550 Northern Rough-winged swallows and 125 Purple Martins observed at the Old Cut Research Station August 1st. Similar but less numerous congregations continued throughout the following two weeks.

The official migration monitoring season began at Breakwater August 8th followed by Old Cut and the Tip on August 15th. Warbler and flycatcher diversity and numbers have slowly but steadily increased. Twenty-one warbler species have been observed to date.

Old Cut really pulled out all the stops with a number of highlights this week. On August 19th four Plegadis Ibis sp. flew over the New' Provincial Park and continued west along Highway 59. Later that day, two were observed at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters in Port Rowan. On August 21st, a Violet-green Swallow was observed over the Old Cut parking lot followed shortly thereafter by a Dicksissel. Not to be outdone, Breakwater banded a young male Prothonotary Warbler August 22nd followed by a Golden-winged Warbler on August 23rd and an Ash-throated Flycatcher photographed August 23rd and 24th.

Highlights:

Plegadis sp. - Four birds were observed flying west over the park and along Highway 59 on census at Old Cut August 19 (GEM, HSM, PRG). Two birds were seen later that day flying east past Bird Studies Canada (MF, JRA, RR).

Great Egret - One was observed at the Tip August 14 (JJC). An other flew southwest over the parking lot of Old Cut August 21 (HBM).

Virginia Rail - Two have been heard daily at the Tip since August 19 (JJC, NMR, FHC), one heard at the Old Cut daily since August 15 (LPBO) and one was been heard daily at Breakwater until the 16th (JKR, ALM).

Semipalmated Plover - A high of five were observed at the Tip August 15 (LPBO).

Greater Yellowlegs - One was observed at the Tip August 19 and 20 (LPBO) and one flew over Breakwater August 19 (JKR, ALM).

Lesser Yellowlegs - An individual was observed at the Tip August 19 (LPBO).

Solitary Sandpiper - One bird flew over Old Cut August 7 (LPBO).

Ruddy Turnstone - Two were observed at the Tip August 16 and three August 20 (LPBO).

Sanderling - A high of 25 were observed at the Tip August 23 (LPBO).

Semipalmated Sandpiper - A high of 30 were observed at the Tip August 16 (LPBO).

Least Sandpiper- The first of the year was observed at the Tip August 14 with a high of five August 16 (LPBO).

Long-tailed Jaeger - One was observed chasing terns on Long Point's Inner Bay August 22 (SAM, APT).

Bonaparte's Gull - A high of 176 and 171 birds were observed at the Tip August 16 and 17, respectively (LPBO).

Common Tern - Between 2-3,000 frequented the Tip throughout the period (LPBO).

Forster's Tern - A high of 11 were observed at the Tip August 20 as well as daily from Old Cut (LPBO).

Black-billed Cuckoo - Two first-basic birds and one definitive basic bird were banded at Breakwater this past week (JKR, ALM).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Definitive basic birds were banded at Breakwater August 14 and 20 (JKR, ALM).

Eastern Screech Owl - One was heard after dusk at Old Cut August 9 and two were heard and observed at Old Cut August 23 (LPBO).

Common Nighthawk - Birds were been observed at Old Cut throughout the week. A high of 10 and 11 birds were observed August 19 and 20 respectively (DLL, GER, PRG).

Ash-throated Flycatcher - A worn adult was seen well and photographed at Breakwater August 23 and 24 (TL et al.).

Purple Martin - A high of 9,000 were observed at Old Cut August 4 (LPBO).

Tree Swallow - A high of 5,200 were observed at Old Cut August 4, and between 10 and 20,000 at Breakwater between August 12 and 18.(LPBO).

Violet-green Swallow - One bird was observed at Old Cut on the morning of August 21 (SAM). If accepted by the OBRC, this will represent the first record for the Long Point area.

Bank Swallow - A high of 90,000 were estimated at Old Cut August 1 (LPBO)

Barn Swallow - Highs of 4,275 and 5,000 were estimated at Old Cut on August 1 and 4 respectively (LPBO)

Veery - A first-basic bird was banded at Old Cut August 18 (LPBO).

Swainson's Thursh - A number of moult-migrants have been present at Old Cut throughout the period (LPBO).

Northern Mockingbird - A first-basic bird was banded at the Tip August 22 (LPBO).

Blue-winged Warbler - A definitive basic male banded in May was recaptured August 4 (LPBO). Numerous others have been banded at Old Cut and Breakwater (LPBO).

Golden-winged Warbler - A first-basic male was banded at Breakwater August 23 (JKR, AML).

Tennessee Warbler - A number of moult-migrants were present at Old Cut in late July. Definitive basic birds were banded at Old Cut and Breakwater on August 15 and 22 respectively (LPBO).

Prothonotary Warbler - A first-basic male banded at Breakwater August 22 (JKR, ALM) was fourth banded this year.

Wilson's Warbler - The first of the fall was banded at Breakwater August 19 (JKR, ALM).

Dickcissel - One was heard flying overhead during the census at Old Cut August 21 (SAM).

Bobolink - Multiple birds were heard daily flying over Old Cut with a high of 25 at the Tip October 23 (LPBO).

Observers: Jody Allair (JRA), Carlos Barbery (CB), Luke Berg (LB), Caroline Biel (CB), Janice Chard (JJC), Myles Falconer (MF), Rowan French (RF), Liron Gertsman (LG), Kyron Giroux (KG), Pip Guillet (PRG), Flor Hernandez (FHC), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Tim Lucas (TL), Abbi MacDonald (ALM), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Heather McBrien (HSM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), Nancy Raginski (NMR), Ron Ridout (RR), Gideon Rodgers (GER), Adam Timpf (APT).

 



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