LPBO Sightings Board

6 June 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
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Banding Totals

Spring - 2014 Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

136 142 224
Season Total 3520 2876 5860

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 9
39,480

Current Weather at Long Point

6 June

After a couple days of southwest winds, the final push of migrants came through Long Point June 3. It was composed Yellow-bellied Flycatchers with a few warblers including Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Blackpoll, Mourning, Wilson and Canada. The final days of migration monitoring consisted of trapping local breeders such as Yellow Warblers, Gray Catbirds, Great Crested Flycatchers, and Baltimore Orioles. Old Cut closed its doors for the season after the final school group presentation June 5. Breakwater closed June 4, and the Tip will stay open until June 10. This will be the last post until mid-August.

Highlights:

Eastern Screech Owl - One was heard calling at the Tip May 30 (JJC, AEM).

Osprey - A pair was observed at Pottohawk May 30 while another individual was observed carrying a fish at BSC on June 5. They are suspected of breeding locally but the nest has yet to be found (SAM, LPBO).

Common Nighthawk - Individuals were observed at the Tip June 3 and 4 (JJC, OJF, AEM).

Acadian Flycatcher - One was observed at the Tip June 2 (JJC).

Hermit Thrush - One was observed at the Breakwater June 2 (JKR, PH).

White-eyed Vireo - One first-basic bird was banded at the Tip June 3 (LPBO).

Worm-eating Warbler - One definitive basic bird was banded at the Breakwater May 31 (LPBO).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - A late migrant definitive alternate female was banded at Old Cut June 04 (DLL, JKR).

Tennessee Warbler - A first-alternate male was banded at Old Cut June 4 (DLL, JKR).

White-throated Sparrow - A late migrant was banded at Old Cut June 1 (DLL).

Harris Sparrow - The continuing bird at Breakwater was last observed May 31 (LPBO).

Orchard Orioles - Two potential breeding birds were observed at Old Cut (LPBO).

Observers: Janice Chard (JJC), Oliver Fox (OJF), Phil Howell (PH), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Abbi MacDonald (AEM), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Jim Mackiewicz(GJM), Lynda Mackiewicz(LFM), Joe Krawiec (JKR).

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 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.

30 May

Shorebird diversity and numbers continued to increase with 20 species observed. Although the migration began to slow, we continued to be surprised by unusual birds. This week's highlights included a Painted Bunting banded at Breakwater and a Western Kingbird at the Tip.

Highlights:

Mississippi Kite - An adult bird was observed at Big Creek and the First Concession May 24 (RR).

American Golden-Plover - Three birds were observed on the south shore at the Tip May 25 (SAM) and a single bird was observed the following day (JJC, DLL).

Willet - One was observed on census at the Tip May 23 (DLL).

Whimbrel - A count of 865 off Hastings Drive May 25 (MVB, KGB) was more than double the previous record high.

Short-billed Dowitcher - A high of six were observed along the south shore at Breakwater May 25 (JKR, AND).

Red Knot - Counts at the Tip included single birds May 23 & 24, three May 25 and a high of eight May 26 (LPBO). A single bird was with Black-bellied Plovers in a field north of Lakeshore Rd. May 25 (SAM, RR).

Laughing Gull - One was observed off Hastings Dr. May 25 (SAM).

Glaucous Gull - One was observed flying west past Breakwater along the south shore May 24 (JKR, AND).

Chuck-will's-widow - An individual was heard calling pre-dawn May 27 & May 28 (JJC, SJP).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was heard at the Tip May 23, 26 & 27 (LPBO).


Photo: Janice Chard

Western Kingbird - One was observed at the Tip on the evening of May 26 (JJC, EP, DLL) and again in the morning May 27 (LPBO).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was observed in the Old Cut woodlot throughout the week (LPBO), and an other was observed at West Quarter Line and Concession 4 May 22 (KGB, MVB).

Acadian Flycatcher - An individual was observed daily at Old Cut (LPBO), and another was at the Tip May 25 (SAM).

White-eyed Vireo - Single birds were observed at all three stations (LPBO).

Blue-winged Warbler - One male was observed May 25 (LPBO) and a first basic male was banded May 26 (LPBO). A first-alternate male was banded at Breakwater May 26 (JKR, AND).

Golden-winged Warbler - One was observed at the Tip May 26 (GJM, LFM).

Prairie Warbler - One was heard singing at the Tip May 26 (JJC).

Pine Warbler - One male was observed at the Tip May 25 (JJC).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Single birds have been observed and banded at all three Research Stations this past week (LPBO).

Prothonotary Warbler - A first-basic male and female were banded at the Tip May 28 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - A first-basic female was banded May 27 (LPBO) and one was heard in the Old Cut Woodlot May 26 &29 (SAM, DLL).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - A territorial bird sang at the East Quarter Line and Highway 24 throughout the week (M. Obs.). Another was at the Tip all week (DLL).

Grasshopper Sparrow - A continuing bird was observed at the East Quarter Line and Highway 24 throughout the week (M. Obs.).

White-throated Sparrow - Single birds were observed at all three stations (LPBO). One definitive adult bird was banded May 29 (MAA, NMR, DLL).

Summer Tanager - A definitive-alternate male was observed in the Old Cut woodlot May 26-28 (M. Obs.).


Photo: Andy Robinson

Painted Bunting - A first-alternate bird was banded at Breakwater May 27 (JKR, AND).

Observers: Avery Bartels (ALB), Mike Burrell (MVB), Ken Burrel (KGB), Janice Chard (JJC), Richard Dobbins (RD), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Ariel Lenske (AKL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Abbi Macdonald (AEM), Eleanor Page (EP), Sue Polllard (SJP), Nancy Raginsky (NMR), Ron Ridout (RR), Andy Robinson (AND), Mick Townsend (MJT).

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 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.

23 May

It was another busy week at Long Point. Shorebird numbers increased substantially with 11 species including Red Knot and Whimbrel observed. A strong surge of tropical migrant warblers and flycatchers moved through the area while a fair number temperate migrants, usually long gone by now, remained. As always there were a few surprises which are summarized below.

Highlights:

Red-throated Loon - A first-alternate bird was observed by the Coves May 20 (RR). One was also heard calling in the new' provincial park May 22 (MVB).

Red-Necked Grebe - One individual was observed off of Hastings Drive May 20 (RR, MVB, BC).


Photo: Joseph Gabriel

Western Grebe - Long Point's second-ever was observed off of Hasting's Drive May 20 (DL et al.).

Black-crowned Night Heron - Two individuals were observed flying over Old Cut May 20 (LPBO).

Red-shouldered Hawk - One immature bird was observed at the Breakwater May 18 (ALB).

Black-bellied Plover - Several were observed during the week. Five were at Breakwater May 19 (LPBO), 52 were in a field west of the West 1/4 Line on Lakeshore Road May 20 (RR) and three flew over Old Cut May 22 (ALB).

Willet - One was observed flying east over the Tip during census May 20 (DLL).

Whimbrel - Three were observed at the Tip (RD, MJT, DL) May 21 (DLL).

Dunlin - 40 were at the Tip May 21 (LPBO) with an additional 80 observed along the south shore the same day (DLL).

Sanderling - The first of the year was observed at the Tip May 21 (RD, MJT) and seven were along the south shore (DLL).

Least Sandpiper - Six birds were observed at the Tip (DLL) with and an additional nine counted along the south shore May 21 (DLL).

Ruddy Turnstone - One was at the Tip May 21 (DLL) and another was at Turkey Point May 22 (RR).

White-rumped Sandpiper - One individual was observed from the Crown Marsh Trail May 18 (RR).

Semipalmated Sandpiper - One was observed at Turkey Point Beach May 20 (MVB) and one was at the Tip May 21 (DLL, RD, ANR).

Red Knot - One was observed west of the 'old' Provincial Park May 21 (JJ). Two were at the Tip with a flock of Dunlin May 21 (DLL).

Laughing Gull - A definitive basic bird was observed on Hastings Drive May 19 (SK).

Common Nighthawk - Eight were observed over south Backus Woods (AZ) and individuals were observed at Old Cut May 18 and 21 (DLL, MVB, JJC, AEM).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was observed near Lighthouse Crescent May 19 (GEM) and another was seen near the Wilson Tract May 22 (MVB, JRA).

Acadian Flycatcher - A definitive alternate bird was observed and banded at Old Cut May 21 and a first alternate individual banded at the Old Cut May 22 (LPBO).

American Pipit - Singles were observed daily at the Tip with a high of nine May 21 (LPBO).

White-eyed Vireo -A first-basic individual was banded at Old Cut while a definitive basic bird was banded at the Tip both May 19 (LPBO). A second bird was observed at Old Cut May 20, another was at the 'old' provincial park the same day (RR) and one was on Hastings Dr. May 21 (SAM).

Bell's Vireo - One first-basic individual was observed and later banded on May 16 (ALB). The bird remained until May 20 (LPBO).

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was heard at Old Cut woodlot May 21 (ALB).

Prothonotary Warbler - A male was observed at the Tip feeding on the niger seeder May 22 (DLL, SJP).

Orange-crowned Warbler - A first-alternate female was banded at Old Cut May 22 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - One was heard singing in the 'new' provincial park May 17 (MF, RB).

Hooded Warbler - Two definitive alternate males were banded at the Tip May 17 and 19 followed by a definitive alternate female May 22 (LPBO).

Cerulean Warbler - A female was observed in the Old Cut woodlot May 20 (SAM).


Photo: Lou LeBlanc

Kirtland's Warbler - A female was photographed near the Port Rowan Wetland May 19 (LL, CL).

Prairie Warbler - One was heard singing on Hasting's Drive May 20 (JJ).

Yellow-breasted Chat - A first-alternate male was banded at Breakwater May 19 (LPBO) and a female was observed on Hasting's Drive May 20 (MVB) and May 21 (SAM). Another was observed at the Tip May 20 and 21 (DLL).

Summer Tanager - Three were estimated at the Tip May 17, one definitive alternate male was banded, a basic alternate male was recaptured and a definitive alternate female was observed in the Tree Swallow grid (LPBO). One definitive alternate male spent the majority of the week at a feeder on Teal Ave. on Long Point (DS).

Grasshopper Sparrow - Two were observed on West Quarterline Road May 19 (RVT).

Harris's Sparrow - One first alternate bird was observed daily at Breakwater from May 17 to 22 (LPBO).


Photo: Dayna LeClair

Eurasian Tree Sparrow - A definitive basic bird was banded at the Tip May 19 (LPBO). This is Long Point's 397th species.

Observers: Avery Bartels (ALB), Rachel Bryan (RB), Mike Burrell (MVB ), Barb Charlton (BC), Janice Chard (JJC), Richard Dobbins (RD), Myles Falconer (MF), Jarmo Jalava (JJ), Stanley Kornelsen (SK), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Cindy LeBlanc (CL), Lou LeBlanc (LL), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Ariel Lenske (AKL), Denis LePage (DL) ,Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Abbi Macdonald (AEM), Ted Maddeford (GEM), Nancy Raginsky (NMR), Ron Ridout (RR), Andy Robinson (AND), Mick Townsend (MJT), Rohan Van Twest (RVT), Anthony Zammit (AZ).

16 May

Although diversity remained high with over 20 species of warblers observed daily, the masses of birds from last week have moved out. Empidonax diversity also increased with most species observed daily. Highlights this week include LPBO's second-ever Bell's Vireo banded at Breakwater May 15 and a Prothonotary Warbler banded at the Tip May 13.

Hooded Merganser - One flew by the Tip of Long Point May 13 (BJ, JH, DE).

Short-billed Dowitcher - Three were observed at the Port Rowan Wetland May 13 (RR).

Mississippi Kite - One bird flew east past Breakwater May 14 (ALB).

Laughing Gull - A definitive alternate bird was observed coming into the Tip at dusk May 15 (MTT, JJC).

Black-billed Cuckoo - A definitive basic adult was banded at Old Cut May 13 and remained in the area until May 15 (LPBO).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Two birds were observed at the Tip May 16 and one was eventually banded (LPBO).

Acadian Flycatcher - The first of the year was heard at Breakwater May 15 (ALB).

Willow Flycatcher - The first one was heard at Breakwater May 15 (ALB).

Eastern Bluebird - A high of seven individuals were observed in the census area at the Tip May 15 (LPBO).

Bell's Vireo - One was observed early morning at Breakwater May 15, and by noon LPBO successfully banded it's second ever (ALB, AL). It was also recaptured May 16.

Sedge Wren - One was observed at the New' Provincial May 13 (DBe, RR).

Brewster's Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut May 15 (SAM, RR) and again May 16 (M.Obs.).

Prothonotary Warbler - One definitive alternate female was banded at the Tip May 13 (LPBO).

Worm-eating Warbler - One was banded and was seen repeatedly at Old Cut May May 12-13 (M.Obs.). Another was singing on Woodstock Ave. on the Point May 14 (JJ).

Kentucky Warbler - One individual was observed briefly during census at the Tip May 13 (JJC, MTT).

Connecticut Warbler - One was observed in the New' Provincial Park May 15 (JJ).

Hooded Warbler - A first-basic female was banded at the Tip May 13 and two were heard in the Old Cut woodlot May 15 (LPBO).

Yellow-breasted Chat - A first-alternate male was banded at the Tip May 14 (LPBO).

Summer Tanager - A female was observed in the southern portion of Backus Woods May 15 (PB) and May 16 (RR). A young male was observed on Long Point May 14-16 (v.obs.).

Observers Avery Bartels (ALB), Dave Beadle (DBe),Peter Burke (PB), Janice Chard (JJC), Jarmo Jalava (JJ), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Ariel Lenske (AL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Matt Timpf (MTT), Barry Jones (BJ), Jim Heslop (JH), Dave Elder (DE).

13 May

A substantial wave of temperate and neotropical migrants bombarded Long Point this past week. The surge began with Baltimore Orioles and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks May 7 with more than 1,000 observed at the three stations. Orchard Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings and Great Crested Flycatchers were also observed in good numbers. A great mix of warblers followed shortly thereafter with 36 species observed. Not surprisingly, this wave of migrants brought with it some much-anticipated rarities. This first was a beautiful first-alternate male Kirtland's Warbler observed in the new' provincial park May 8. The excitement continued in the early hours of Birdathon Weekend when Long Point' 4th Bell's Vireo was also observed in the new new' provincial park May 9 & 10. Highlights:

Red-throated Loon - Three were observed flying north over the Tip May 4 (DLL), while single birds were observed daily at the Tip (LPBO). One was observed over Old Cut May 9 and 11 (ALB, DLL).

Pied-billed Grebe - One was heard in the reeds at the Tip May 4 (ALB) and one was heard in the dawn chorus at Old Cut May 11 (DLL).

Least Bittern - Individuals were heard daily outside the cabin at the Tip (LPBO) and most mornings at Old Cut (LPBO).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - An individual was found roosting in the Old Cut woodlot May 9 (MJB, ALB).

Trumpeter Swan - An individual flew west across the Tip May 5 (DLL, RD).

Eurasian Wigeon - One was observed with two American Wigeons at the Tip May 10 (MJT, ANR).

Sora - One was heard in the new' provincial park May 9 (MJB), and another at Big Creek May 10 (JRA).


Photo: Lynda Kosalle

Mississippi Kite - Two birds were sunning themselves on the morning of May 11 in a Simcoe backyard. They departed at 10:30 a.m. (LK).

Laughing Gull - A definitive basic bird was observed at the new' provincial park flying west May 11 (SAM, MTT).

Black Tern - The first of the year was observed in Long Point Inner Bay May 5 (ALB, RR).

Northern Saw-whet Owl - One was heard calling a few minutes after sunset at Backus Drive May 4 (DL).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - Three individual were observed in the morning at the Tip May 1 (DLL). Later in the evening one was banded (LPBO). An individual was banded at Old Cut May 7 (LPBO).


Photo: Chris Geraghty

Bell's Vireo - One was observed in the new' provincial park on the morning of May 10 (JJ, M.Obs.). It remained in the park until the 11th.

Sedge Wren - One was heard at the Tip on May 8 (KAS) and again on May 10 (LPBO). One was found in the 'new' provincial park May 13 (DBe, RR).

Gray-cheeked Thrush - First of the year was banded at Old Cut on May 9 (LPBO). Orange-crowned Warbler - A definitive alternate male was banded at the Tip on May 5 and a first alternate female was banded at Old Cut on May 11 (LPBO).

Prairie Warbler - One was observed singing in the walnut trees at Breakwater May 6 & 7 (MTT, JKR). A male was singing next to the platform at Big Creek National Wildlife Area May 8 (DIB, DGG, APT).


Photo: Chris Geraghty

Kirtland's Warbler - A first alternate male was heard singing and observed sallying in pines at the far east section of the new' provincial park May 9 (TL, M. Obs.).

Bay-breasted Warbler  The first of the year was observed at Old Cut May 7 (DIB).

Blackpoll Warbler  The first of the year was observed in the new' provincial park May 11 (JJ).

Cerulean Warbler - An individual was observed at Old Cut May 7 (LPBO), One male was observed sitting at the Tip May 10 and 11(JJC). A first-alternate male was banded at Breakwater May 12 (ALB, JKR).

Worm-eating Warbler - A first basic bird was banded at the Tip May 10 (LPBO). A definitive alternate adult was banded at Old Cut May 12 and recaptured May 13 (LPBO).

Kentucky Warbler  One was heard and seen in the old' provincial park May 7 (SAM).

Mourning Warbler - A definitive alternate male was banded at Old Cut and one was also observed in the new' provincial park May 9 (LPBO, DLL). Wilson's Warbler  The first of the year was observed in the new' provincial park May 11 (JJ).

Canada Warbler - The first of the year was observed in the new' provincial park May 8 (DIB).

Yellow-breasted Chat - A first-basic male was banded at the Tip May 10 and another was observed at Old Cut May 10 and 11(LPBO).

Summer Tanager - A first-alternate male was observed in the eastern most end of the new' provincial park May 10 (DP). A definitive alternate male was banded at the Tip May 11 (LPBO).

Scarlet Tanager - A first of the year definitive-alternate male was banded at the Tip May 7 (LPBO). A high of 11 were observed at the Tip May 8 (LPBO).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - A high of 337 were estimated between the three research stations May 7 (LPBO).

Indigo Bunting - A high of 31 were estimated at the Tip May 9 (LPBO).

Harris's Sparrow - A definitive alternate male was banded at Breakwater May 10 (MTT, JKR) and was observed daily May 11 and 12.

Clay-coloured Sparrow - Individuals were seen on Hastings Dr. (AT) and the 'new' provincial park (RR) May 8. One was observed in the new' provincial park May 10 (JG), and another at the Tip May 11 (JRA).

Orchard Oriole  A high of 31 was estimated to at the Tip May 7 (LPBO).

Baltimore Orioles  A total of 460 birds were estimated between the three Research Stations May 7 (LPBO).

Observers Avery Bartels (ALB), Dave Beadle (DBe), David Bell (DIB), Janice Chard (JJC), Richard Dobbins (RD), Al Fewster (AF), Jacques Giraud (JG), Jarmo Jalava (JJ), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Lynda Kosalle (LK), Denis Lepage (DL), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Tim Lucas (TL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ivan Maggini (IM), Ron Ridout (RR), Adam Timpf (AT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Mick Townsend (MJT), David Pryor (DP),

4 May

Despite a wet and dreary week, perseverance led to many new sightings for the year. Before the rain set in April 30, 16 Willets were observed at the Tip (ALB), of which one was banded - the 5th one for LPBO. On April 27, the first Ruddy Turnstone and Semipalmated Plover were observed at the Tip while a Black-bellied Plover was at Breakwater from April 27. Gull diversity remained high at the Tip with between 30-40 Great Black-backed, two to seven Glaucous, and three Icelands observed daily along with the occasional Lesser Black-backed mixed in. Breakwater also had a Little Gull and two Icelands April 29. Swallows of all species were present in good numbers. High numbers of Barns and Northern Rough-wingeds were observed at Breakwater April. Cliff Swalllows also increased in abundance. There was noticeable movement at Old Cut on the evening of May 3 consisting of 575 Trees, 90 Barns, 80 Banks, 35 Rough-wingeds, and one Cliff. Between bouts of rain over the past few days many new migrants including Least Flycatchers, Warbling Vireos, 13 warbler species, and a number of Clay-colured Sparrows were discovered at the Tip.

Highlights:

Black Scoter - A male was observed off Hastings Dr. April 30 (RR).

Red-throated Loon - Two were observed at the Tip April 29 and April 30 (LPBO) and Hastings Dr. April 30 (RR)..

Common Loon - A high of 78 individuals were estimated for April 27 (LPBO).

American White Pelican - Two were observed on the Inner Bay flying west on May 4 (RWW, AF)

Least Bittern - One was heard calling at Old Cut and another was observed at the Tip on May 2 (LPBO, JJC).

Great Egret - One was observed at Breakwater on April 26 (MTT).

Green Heron - Firsts of the season were observed both at the Tip and Old Cut on April 26 (LPBO).

Black-crowned Night Heron - Individuals were observed on census at Breakwater and at Old Cut on May 4 (MTT, DIB).

Snow Goose - One was observed at Lee Brown's May 2 and May 4 along Hwy 59 just north of Port Rowan (TL, SW).

Long-tailed Duck - Many hundreds occupied the Outer Bay and there was a high of 53 observed at the Tip on April 27 (LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon - One was observed at Old Cut on April 27 (DIB, JJC while another was at the Tip April 28, 30 and May 2 (LPBO).

Common Gallinule - An individual observed in the Inner Bay April 27 (PT).

Virginia Rail - One was heard at Breakwater April 29 (MTT, KAS).

Black-bellied Plover - One was observed at Breakwater April 27 and May 1 (MTT). One was observed at the Tip the morning of May 2 (ALB).

Semipalmated Plover - One was observed at the Tip of Long Point April 27 (LPBO).

Western Willet - A flock of 16 was observed at first light off the Tip (ALB), and a first-basic individual was later banded, LPBO's 5th.

Spotted Sandpiper - An individual was observed at Old Cut April 25 (JJ) and three were observed at the Port Rowan Wetlands April 28 (IM).

Ruddy Turnstone - One was observed at the Tip April 27 (LPBO).

Dunlin - An individual was observed at the Tip April 26 (JJC, ALB), and three flew past the Tip April 29 (ALB). Three were also observed at Turkey Point Beach April 27 (JJ).

Little Gull - Sixteen were counted at Turkey Pt. May 3 (RR) while a 1st-winter individual was seen off BSC headquarters May 4 (RR).

Short-eared Owl - Three individuals were observed at Breakwater (MTT). One was observed at the Tip May 2 (LPBO).

Common Nighthawk - An individual was observed at the Tip May 2 (DLL).

Chimney Swift - Two were observed at Breakwater April 29 (MTT) and one was observed at the Tip April 30 and May 2 (LPBO).

Red-headed Woodpecker - One was observed at the Tip Cabin feeder early on May 3 (BS, JS).

Great-crested Flycatcher - One was observed in the New' Provincial Park April 28 (JJ) and an other was observed at Old Cut April 29 (IM).

Least Flycatcher - A definitive alternate bird was banded at the Tip May 1 (LPBO).

Wood Thrush - One was observed in the Old' Provincial Park on April 27 (IM), and a first-basic bird was banded at Old Cut April 30 (LPBO).

Cedar Waxwing - 30 individuals visited feeders at the Tip April 30 (LPBO).

Warbling Vireo - One was observed at Old Cut May 1 (JJ). Three were banded at the Tip and two observed at Old Cut May 3 (LPBO).

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was observed and banded at the Tip May 3 (LPBO).

Blue-winged Warbler - A first-alternate male was banded at the Tip May 3 (LPBO).

Nashville Warbler - A definitive-alternate female was banded at Old Cut April 26 (LPBO) and two were observed and banded at the Tip May 2 and 3 (LPBO).

Northern Parula - One was observed at Old Cut April 28 (IM). Yellow Warbler - Five were banded at the Tip May 1 (LPBO).

Yellow Palm Warbler - A definitive-alternate male was banded at the Tip April 26 (LPBO).

Northern Waterthrush - One was observed at the New' Provincial Park April 26 (JJ). A first-alternate bird was banded at the Tip and one was observed at Breakwater April 29 (LPBO). Five were banded at the Tip May 1 (LPBO).

Common Yellowthroat - The first of the year was heard at Old Cut April 26 (DIB).

Hood Warbler - A first-basic male was banded at the Tip May 1 (LPBO).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Multiple individuals were observed and banded (LPBO).

Vesper Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip April 27 (SAM) and one was banded there May 1 (LPBO).

Snow Bunting - One was observed at the Old' Provincial Park April 25 (JJ).

Lapland Longspurs - Seven flew west past the Tip April 26 (ALB, JJC) and three were later observed at Breakwater (MTT).

Lincoln's Sparrow - Three individuals were banded at the Tip May 1 (LPBO).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - Two individuals were banded at the Tip May 2 (LPBO).

Grasshopper Sparrow - One was banded at the Tip May 3 (LPBO).

Observers Avery Bartels (ALB), David Bell (DIB), Janice Chard (JJC), Richard Dobbins (RD), Al Fewster (AF), Jarmo Jalava (JJ), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Chris Sukha (KAS), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Tim Lucas (TL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ivan Maggini (IM), Ron Ridout (RR), Barb Scott (BS), Jim Scott (JS), Peter Thoem (PT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Mick Townsend (MJT), Steve Wilcox (SW), Ross Wood (RWW).

25 April

Passerine activity remained steady throughout the week with each station enjoying a rich diversity of species despite a lack of neotropical migrants. Most Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers and Song Sparrows moved out and were replaced by Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Hermit Thrushes and White-throated Sparrows.

The Tip had a phenomenal movement of birds April 21 with 230 birds of 20 species banded. Highlights for the day included six species of warbler including Pine, Western-Palm, Myrtle, Black-and-White, and Prairie warbler and as well as a Northern Parula.

Woodpecker numbers have increased in the area; most noticeable were Downy, Yellow-belled Sapsucker, and Northern Flickers. A beach watch at Breakwater April 23 encountered a small raptor migration including: 11 Bald Eagles, 14 Red-tailed Hawks, two Rough-legged Hawks, 40 Turkey Vultures and a juvenile Golden Eagle which was observed at the BSC headquarters 4 hours later.

Highlights:

Common Loon - A high of 51 were observed at Breakwater April 23 (LPBO).

Horned Grebe - A high of 29 individuals were estimated along the north shore at the Tip April 19 (LPBO).

American Bittern - Two were observed flying at Old Cut while a third was heard calling April 19 (DLL).

Least Bittern - One was heard of the dyke at Old Cut April 17.

Rough-legged Hawk - Two were observed at Breakwater April 23 and one at the Tip April 24 (LPBO).

Golden Eagle - A young bird flew west down the south beach past Breakwater April 23 (MTT, TJT, KAS) and, what presumably was the same bird, flew past Bird Studies Headquarters later in the afternoon (RR, SAM).

Peregrine Falcon - One was observed at the Tip April 21 (LPBO).

Little Gull - One was observed at Breakwater April 22 (MTT), two at the Tip April 23, and one at the Tip April 24 (LPBO).

Iceland Gull - One was observed at the Tip April 19 (LPBO).

Glaucous Gull - Single birds were observed daily at the Tip with a high of four April 24 (LPBO).

Short-eared Owl - Up to three individuals have been observed foraging and courting in the vicinity of Breakwater throughout the week (LPBO).

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - A high of 15 were estimated at Backus Woods April 21 (AV).

Least Flycatcher - One was seen on census at Breakwater April 25 (KAS).

Eastern Kingbird - On was observed at the Tip April 25 (LPBO).

Blue-headed Vireo  The first of the year was observed at Old Cut April 21 (CC).

White-eyed Vireo - One was observed at Breakwater April 22 (MTT, TJT, KAS).

House Wren - One was heard at the Walsingham Flats April 19 (DS), and individuals have since been observed daily at all three the research stations (LPBO).

Marsh Wren - One was observed at the Tip April 18 (DIB).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - A high of 25 were estimated at Old Cut April 21 (LPBO).

Brown Thrasher - Ten birds were observed at the New' Provincial Park April 21 (AV).

American Pipit - Five were observed along the Inner Bay shoreline April 21 (IM).

Northern Parula - A first-basic male was banded at the Tip April 21 (LPBO).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - A high of 15 were observed at Old Cut April 21 (RR).

Prairie Warbler - A first-basic bird was banded at Tip April 21 (LPBO).

Western-Palm Warbler - Four individuals were banded at the Tip April 21 (LPBO)

Pine Warbler - Multiple individuals were still present at all field stations. Five were banded at the Tip April 21 (LPBO).

Black-and-white Warbler  The first of the year was observed at the Tip April 18 (DIB).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - An adult male was seen at Breakwater April 25 (KAS, MTT).

Lincoln's Sparrow  The first of the year was observed at the Old' Provincial Park April 21 (RR).

Swamp Sparrow - A high of 15 were observed at the New' Provincial park April 21 (AV).

White-crowned Sparrow - The first of the year was heard at Old Cut April 19 (LPBO).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - A definite basic male was banded at Breakwater April 18 (MTT, KAS, TJT ).

Observers: David Bell (DIB), Cindy Crease (CC), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ivan Maggini (IM), Ron Ridout (RR), Tom Thalhuber (TJT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Anthony Vanderheyden (AV), Diane Salter (DS), Chris Sukha (KAS).

18 April

A relatively big push of temperate migrants flooded into Long Point this past week just in time to open Breakwater and Tip Research Stations on April 11 and 16, respectively. In both circumstances, iceburgs graced the waters surrounding the stations.

Waterfowl numbers and diversity remained high with thousands of divers occupying the Inner and Outer Bays. There was also a notable increase in Bonaparte Gull numbers as well as Forster's, Common, and Caspian terns.

Passerine activity picked up substantially with all swallows observed along with 11 species of sparrows! Golden-crowned Kinglets and Brown Creepers took over the woodlot early in the week with ~150 each estimated in the census area. There was an influx of White-throated, Field and Chipping sparrows late in the week.

Highlights of the week included a banded first-basic White-eyed Vireo at Old Cut and two separate Eared Grebes.

Highlights:

Eared Grebe - A definitive basic bird was observed at the New Provincial Park along shoreline on April 13 (SAM, DLL). A moulting individual was observed on the Inner Bay April 14 (MVB).

Horned Grebe - Individuals have been observed regularly on the Inner Bay this past week. Over 30 were observed on the Outer Bay April 16 (SAM).

Peregrine Falcon - One was observed flying over the Erie Blvd. April 12 (AS).

Sora - One was heard at dawn at Old Cut April 13 (DIB).

Lesser Yellowlegs - Two were observed flying by the Old Cut April 13 (LPBO).

Glaucous Gull - Three were observed at the Tip April 16 (LPBO).

Iceland Gull  An individual was observed flying south over the Tip April 17 (LPBO).

Chimney Swift - Two were observed flying over buildings in downtown Port Rowan April 14 (DB).

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Numbers increased throughout the week with a high of ten at the New Provincial Park April 13 (BEM).

Yellow-shafted Flicker - An impressive movement of flickers was observed April 13 with 225 estimated for the Research Stations' census areas (LPBO).

White-eyed Vireo - A first-basic bird was banded at Old Cut April 14 (LPBO).

Tree Swallows - A high of 150 individuals were observed in the evening hawking over Old Cut dyke April 13 (LPBO).

Bank Swallow  Five were observed intermixed with Tree Swallows April 13 (LPBO).

Cliff Swallow  One was observed flying over Old Cut April 14 (DLL, ALB). Single birds have since been observed daily.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - An individual was observed in the Old Cut woodlot during census April 12 (LPBO).

Veery - A single bird was observed in the New Provincial Park April 13 (BEM). Another was observed in Old Cut woodlot April 16 (DLL).

Northern Mockingbird - An individual was observed at the Tip April 16 (LPBO).

American Pipit - Two were observed flying over the Old Cut Research Station April 12 (LPBO).

Yellow-rumped Warbler  Individuals have been observed daily in the Old and New Provincial Parks, as well as Old Cut this past week (LPBO).

Pine Warbler - Multiple individuals have been observed with three at Breakwater April 13 (LPBO). A high of six individuals were observed at Old Cut April 13 (LPBO).

Louisiana Waterthrush - One was heard at Turkey Point April 13 (GB).

Observers: Gregor Beck (GB), David Bell (DIB), David Bradley (DB), Mike Burrel (MVB), Denby Sadler (DS), Barb Charlton (BC), Brett Freid (BF), Janice Chard (JJC), Kyle Elliot (KE), Daniel Giesbrecht (DGG), Kevin Giles (KG), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Beverly McLeod (BEM), Ron Ridout (RR), Tom Thalhuber (TJT), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Andrew Sawyer (AS).

Updates of the birds in the area can be viewed through eBird on LPBO's main web-page www.birdscanada.org/lpbo . Help to contribute to sightings in the Long Point area by submitting your sightings to eBbird at www.ebird.ca 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 visit us at www.birdscanada.org/lpbo and check out the 2013 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 here.

11 April

A low-pressure system passed through the Long Point area early this week bringing with it some warmer temperatures interspersed with showers. Although all enjoyed the taste of spring, there was little to no migration activity and even fewer highlights.

The first warbler arrived on April 7 when a Yellow-rumped was found singing at dawn in Port Rowan. Single birds have been observed in the area since. This was followed by a Pine Warbler observed near Wilson Tract on April 9. The highlight of the week was a Long-eared Owl that was observed throughout the day on April 9 on Hasting Drive.

The Old Cut woodlot was a hive of activity on April 10/11 with numerous kinglets, creepers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, and the season's first singing Hermit Thrushes.

Highlights:

Common Loon  Individuals have been observed daily, and there was a high of seven observed at Old Cut April 6 (LPBO).

Virginia Rail - One was heard near Gravelly Bay April 8 (DS) and an other was observed at Turkey Point Beach April 11 (BC, BF).

Eurasian Wigeon - A drake was observed feeding in a small flock of American Wigeon near Gravelly Bay April 9 (DS).

Rough-legged Hawk - A dark phase bird was seen passing the BSC headquarters April 11 (RR).

Glaucous Gull - An adult was observed flying over the Inner Bay April 10 (LPBO).

Forster's Tern - Three were observed at the Turkey Point Beach (KE), and singles were observed flying over Big Creek National Wildlife Area April 6 (AS), and from the Port Rowan overlook April 11 (SAM).

Snow Owl - An adult male was observed in the evening at BSC Headquarters April 7 (DL).

Long-eared Owl - One was observed roosting along Hastings Drive April 9.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - One was observed at Jackson Gunn April 7 (MTT), and one was heard both in the Old Cut woodlot as well as in the New' Provincial Park April 8 (LPBO). Individuals were been banded at Old Cut April 9 and 11 (LPBO).

Barn Swallow - The first of the season was observed flying around the BSC Headquarters April 9 (SAM, RR).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - One was observed hawking over the marsh at Old Cut April 11 (LPBO).

Hermit Thrush - Individuals have been observed in the Old Cut woodlot daily since April 6 and heard singing April 11 (LPBO).

Pine Warbler - One was heard singing near Wilson Tract April 9 (APT).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - An adult male was observed in Port Rowan April 7 (JRA) and others have been observed since then throughout the area.

Vesper Sparrow - An individual was observed in the New' Provincial Park April 6 and numerous individuals have returned to local territories (LPBO).

Evening Grosbeak - Ten were observed on the Turkey Point Beach April 6 (KE).

Observers: David Bell (DIB), Denby Sadler (DS), Barb Charlton (BC), Brett Freid (BF), Janice Chard (JJC), Kyle Elliot (KE), Daniel Giesbrecht (DGG), Joe Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Tom Thalhuber (TJT), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Andrew Sawyer (AS).

6 April

Long Point Bird Observatory's (LPBO) 55th migration monitoring season officially began at Old Cut Research Station on April 1 but there was a fair amount of activity in the area for a couple of weeks. Although the deep and long winter kept most migration at bay until mid-March, each day over the past week brought new species to the area.

Tundra Swans arrived on masse in the third week of March and can still be found in low numbers accompanied by a great diversity of waterfowl on the recently ice-free Inner Bay and fields to the north of the point.

The majority of Snow Buntings have left the Long Point area with the last individual observed at the New' Provincial Park on March 30. New arrivals this past week include Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Thrasher, Chipping, Field and Savannah sparrows. Many other highlights from the past week are featured below. There has also been an impressive flight of blackbird moving to roost in the vast Long Point Crown and Company marshes. The peak flight was 250,000 of Red-winged Blackbirds and 100,000 Common Grackles at dusk on March 30.

Highlights:

Common Loon - The first of the year was observed flying north over Old Cut Research Station April 1 (AS) and individuals have been viewed occasionally since.

Caspian Tern - One flew over Old Cut in the morning on April 5 (DIB), and two were observed that evening (KAS, DLL).

American Bittern - One flew over the Old Cut observation deck at first light on April 6 (DLL, JJC).

Great Egret - Singles were observed at Silver Lake in Port Dover March 29 (APT, MTT), Big Creek National Wildlife Area March 31 (SAM), and over Old Cut April 2 (DLL).

Cackling Goose - A high of five individuals were observed with a flock of Canada Geese just east of Lee Brown's on March 28 (AS).

Surf Scoter - One flew by the observation deck at Bird Creek National Wildlife Area March 26 (AS).

Osprey - One was observed flying over Bird Studies Canada Headquarters April 1 (APT).

Greater Yellowlegs - Two birds were observed on Norfolk 45 at Big Creek March 29 (RP), and singles were at Old Cut (DIB) and Bird Studies Canada Headquarters March 31 (MJB).

Pectoral Sandpiper - A flock of nine flew west over Old Cut observation deck in the morning of April 6 (ERR, DLL, JJC).

Little Gull - An adult was observed off the viewing area from the Marinas on March 26 (AS).

Wilson Snipe - One was heard at dusk at the Old' Provincial Park March 23 (AS), and one observed at the New' Provincial Park March 31 and April 1 (LPBO).

Snowy Owl - An individual was observed chasing a Herring Gull over Old Cut on March 31 (LPBO). It was again observed flying south at dawn April 1 (LPBO). Two individuals were observed at Old Cut on the morning of April 2 (DLL, JJC, KAS).

Short-eared Owl - One was observed being chased by Common Grackles across Highway 24, near the West Quarter Line March 27 (TH).

Eastern Phoebe - The first of the season was observed on Highway 59, south of Concession 3 on March 22 (MP). One has been observed in the Old Cut woodlot occasionally throughout the week (LPBO).

Purple Martin - The first of the year flew over the Old Cut Woodlot April 3 (DIB, KAS).

Tree Swallow - Numbers steadily increased throughout the week reaching 20 at Old Cut on April 2.

Brown Creeper - Single birds were observed daily in the Old and New Provincial Parks as well as Old Cut since March 18 (LPBO).

Winter Wren - Individuals were observed in the Old Cut woodlot beginning April 1 (LPBO).

Golden-crowned Kinglet - A dozen individuals have been observed in the Old Cut woodlot since April 1 (LPBO).

Brown Thrasher - The first of year was observed in the census area March 29, banded on March 30 and has been observed daily since (LPBO).

Chipping Sparrow - The first of the year was observed on census on March 29 (DIB, JKR)

Eastern Towhee - The first of the year was heard at Jackson Gunn Forest on March 20 (BF, BC), and singles were observed daily in the Old Cut woodlot from March 28 onwards (LPBO).

Brewer's Blackbird - Two adult males were observed with a flock of Common Grackles along Concession 1on March 19 (RR). One was heard singing within a large blackbird flock passing over Old Cut on March 31 (DIB).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - An adult male was observed in the New Provincial Park, flying from tree to tree before joining a large flock of blackbirds March 30 (DLL).

Observers: Heather Baskey (HB), David Bell (DIB), Morgan Brown (MJB), Janice Chard (JJC), Barb Charton (BC), Brett Fried (BF), Danile Geisbrecht (DGG),Tyler Hoar (TH), John Krawiec (JKR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Mark Peck (MP), Richard Poort (RP), Ron Ridout (RR), Emily Rondel (ERR), Chris Sukha (KAS), Tom Thalhuber (TJT), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Andrew Sawyer (AS)



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