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Spring - 2016 Old Cut Breakwater Tip
Number banded for the period
511 198 387 Season Total 2066 908 1964
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 976,205
Cold northeast winds characterized the past week, slowing migration for warblers and most other neotropical migrants. While warbler diversity increased to 11 species only small numbers of most were recorded. Some species did appear in significant numbers, namely Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush and White-throated Sparrow. Swallow numbers continued to rise, albeit slowly. A few species such as Mallard, Carolina Wren and Tree Swallow were found with eggs while some Canada Geese and Mourning Doves already had young.
Little Gull - The high count for the period was four at Port Dover April 25 (BC).
Glaucous Gull - One was at the Tip April 24 (KAS). An adult flew over Old Cut April 28 (MAC).
Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was found along West Quarter Line Road April 24 (AT).
Chuck-will's-widow - One was flushed at Breakwater April 25 (MMT).
Chimney Swift - The first of the year were observed at the Tip April 25 (LPBO) and Old Cut April 27 (MAC).
Red-headed Woodpecker - The first bird of the year was caught at the Tip April 25 (LPBO).
Eastern Kingbird - The first of the year was reported from Concession Road 3 April 25 (BC).
Common Raven - Two were seen at the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters April 27 (SAM, DL et al.).
Tufted Titmouse - One was observed near St. Williams April 27 (RR).
Marsh Wren - Two relatively early birds were at Big Creek National Wildlife Area April 22 (EH, KK, TH).
Northern Mockingbird - One was at the Tip April 26 (MRI).
Black-and-white Warbler - The first of the year were at Old Cut (M. Obs) and ?Old? Long Point Provincial Park (BC) April 25.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - The first of the year were at Old Cut (MAC), along West Quarter Line Road (AT), and Charlotteville Road 2 (RR) April 27.
Grasshopper Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip April 25 (KAS).
Orchard Oriole - The first birds of the year were at Walsingham Flats (DS) and the Tip April 26 (KAS).
Brewer's Blackbird - One was found singing along Front Road in Port Rowan April 25 (SAM).
Bobolink - The first of the year was observed at Breakwater April 26 (MMT).
Observers: Mark Conboy (MAC), Barry Coombs (BC), Tod Hagedorn (TH), Erika Hentsch (EH), Matt Iles (MRI), Kevin Kemmish (KK), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Diane Salter (DS), Chris Sukha (KAS), Adam Timpf (AT), Matt Timpf (MMT), Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).
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Truly spring-like weather and birds prevailed during the past week. Though winds continued out of the northeast for much of the time, migrants still found their way to Long Point, sometimes in great abundance. There were mass movements of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Northern Flickers, Hermit Thrushes, White-throated Sparrows, and Dark-eyed Juncos. Ruby-crowned Kinglet numbers were on the rise while Fox Sparrows all but disappeared. The first real movement of warblers also occurred with Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers joined by a handful of other species.
Tundra Swan - A lingering bird was seen from the Bird Studies Canada headquarters April 21 & 22 (RR).
Least Bittern - The first of the year was heard in the Crown Marsh April 22 (MAC, NAC).
Green Heron - The first birds of the year were reported at Old Cut (DIB) and the Nature Conservancy's Squire's Property (EG).
Northern Goshawk - One was found in the St. Williams Conservation Reserve April 21 (EG).
Common Gallinule - The first of the year was in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 16 (SAM).
Spotted Sandpiper - A relatively early bird was seen along Hastings Drive April 19 (SAM).
Little Gull - Eight were reported from the causeway April 16 (AZ).
Glaucous Gull - One was found at the Tip April 20 (KAS).
Northern Saw-whet Owl - A second-year male was banded at Old Cut April 16 (MAC).
Blue-headed Vireo - The first of the year were found at Old Cut and in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 21 (SAM, RR, SP).
Warbling Vireo - The first of the year was reported from the St. Williams Conservation Reserve April 23 (RT).
Bank Swallow - There were two, the first of the year, in 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park April 17 (DL).
Cliff Swallow - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 17 (BT, CT, BW).
House Wren - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 20 (DIB, MAC).
Wood Thrush - The first of the year was at Old Cut April 21 (SAM, RR).
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - The first of the year was in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 16 (SAM).
Northern Mockingbird - One was in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 21 (SP, RR).
Ovenbird - An early individual was banded at Old Cut April 23 (MAC).
Northern Waterthrush - The first of the year was at the Tip April 22 (MRI).
Nashville Warbler - The first of the year was banded at the Tip April 22 (MAC).
Yellow Warbler - The first of the year was found in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 22 (M. Obs).
Palm Warbler - The first of the year was at Breakwater April 16 (MLC).
Black-throated Green Warbler - The first of the year was at the Tip April 21 (MRI).
Grasshopper Sparrow - One was banded at Breakwater April 22 (MT).
Observers: Dave Bell (DIB), Nick Cairns (MAC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Eric Giles (EG), Matt Iles (MRI), Maya Longre-Croteau (MLC), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Steven Price (SP), Ron Ridout (RR), Bryan Teat (BT), Charlotte Teat (CT), Rick Thornton (RT), Matt Timpf (MT), Brandon Williams (BW), Anthony Zammit (AZ), Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).
Cold mornings, a little rain and northeast winds kept migration mostly at bay this past week. A high pressure system that stalled over Lake Erie the past couple of days wasn't exactly conducive to mass migration nor were the north winds associated with the cold snap earlier in the week. Nonetheless, a few migrants did arrive with a relatively big push materializing ahead of this weekend. American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos remained abundant but will be on their way soon, no doubt. Fox Sparrows seemed particularly common this past week. Hermit Thrush numbers began to rise. Water birds provided the most excitement, especially at the Tip where a new species for the Long Point area (if the report is accepted by the Ontario Rare Birds Committee) was observed!
With the opening of Breakwater on April 12, all three banding stations are now operating. Migration monitoring will continue until June 15.
Cackling Goose - One continued at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area throughout the week (M. Obs).
Tundra Swan - A relatively late bird was observed at Breakwater April 12 (DIB, SAM).
Eurasian Wigeon - The continuing Eurasian Wigeon was last reported in the Big Creek flood plain on the Walsingham East Quarter Line April 10 (M.Obs.) while a second male, first seen April 6 at Lee Brown WMA (AA, KB) reappeared April 10 through 13 (M.Obs.).
Surf Scoter - Small numbers were reported off the Tip April 9-14, with at high count of 11 April 11. (LPBO).
Yellow-billed Loon - An alternate plumaged Yellow-billed Loon was observed flying past the Tip April 12 (KAS, MRI). It was flying with a Common Loon, making for good comparisons between the two species. Despite considerable attention being paid to every loon observed subsequently, the bird has not been resighted. If this record is accepted by the Ontario Rare Birds Committee, it would be the 401st species for the Long Point Area checklist and 5th for Ontario.
Osprey - One was observed at the Tip April 8 (KGC, RJP). Another was seen at BSC Headquarters April 14 (JRA).
Rough-legged Hawk - One was observed at Old Cut April 9 (MAC). Another flew past Breakwater April 13 (MLC).
Sora - The two birds heard singing in the Port Rowan Wetland April 14 (EG), were the first of the spring.
Virginia Rail - The first bird of the season was found at Old Cut April 14 (SAM).
Dunlin - Seven were observed at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area April 12 (DM, RR).
Pectoral Sandpiper - Three were observed in a flooded field near Vittoria April 11 (MAC).
Little Gull - One was at Tip April 9 (MRI), and another was spotted at Old Cut April 13 (DIB).
Iceland Gull - A second-cycle bird flew over the Old Cut lighthouse April 10 (AEW, MAC).
Caspian Tern - The first birds of the year showed up at all three banding stations April 14 (LPBO).
Snowy Owl - Old Cut's long-staying Snowy Owls were last reported April 9 (M. Obs).
Long-eared Owl - One was found perched along Lighthouse Lane at Old Cut April 10 (MLC).
Common Raven - One was seen over Forestville April 10 (TB). Another (?) bird flew over Backus Woods April 14 (MAC).
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - The first of the spring was found at the Tip April 8 (KGC, RJP), followed by one at Old Cut April 12 (MAC).
Barn Swallow - Sightings were made at Old Cut (MAC), Bird Studies Canada headquarters (RR) and Kitchen Road (RW), all on April 8.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - The first birds reported this spring were the 2 in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 12 (BM, KK, RM, TH).
Snow Bunting - A relatively late bird was reported from a yard in Port Rowan April 9 (JB, SB).
Louisiana Waterthrush - One was found in 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 10 (BF, BC, EH).
Yellow-rumped Warbler - The first one of the spring was (finally) observed at the Tip April 11 (MRI).
Pine Warbler - The first one of the spring arrived at Old Cut April 10 (AEW, BC, MAC).
Oregon Junco - The banded female Oregon Junco was observed at Old Cut April 11-12 (DIB, MAC).
Rusty Blackbird - A sizable and almost pure flock of 156 birds was observed in Backus Woods April 14 (MAC).
Observers: Jody Allair (JRA), Aaron Allensen (AA), Ted Barney (TB), Dave Bell (DIB), John Bilawski (JB), Sharon Bilawski (SB), Kathryn Boothby (KB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Barb Charlton (BC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Brett Fried (BF), Eric Giles (EG), Todd Hagedorn (TH), Erika Hentsch (EK), Matt Iles (MRI), Kevin Kemmish (KK), Maya Longre-Croteau, Ross Wood (RR), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Dan MacNeal (DM), Reuven Martin (RM), Beverly McClenaghan (BM), Rebecca Pearce (RJP), Chris Sukha (KAS), Ron Ridout (RR), Amy Wilson (AEW), Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).
The week started off with relatively mild spring-like conditions but the weather took an abrupt turn and the remainder of the reporting period was rather cold, windy, and at times, snowy. American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos were on the move in huge numbers before the cold snap. Fox Sparrows, a few Hermit Thrushes and a handful of other harbingers of spring arrived in smaller numbers. Waterfowl numbers on Outer Long Point Bay are impressive though no unusual species were discovered among the thousands of more common ones. A few rarities were noted including a handful of Snowy Owls near Long Point Bird Observatory which were a popular a target for visiting birders. Banding has begun at both the Old Cut Field Station and the Tip and will continue until June 15.
Cackling Goose - A long-staying bird, present since March 12 (RR), continued at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area until April 4 (AT, RR) One was seen at the Bird Studies Headquarters April 1 (AC, JRA, MF).
Eurasian Wigeon - For the third year a male was seen on the Big Creek flood plain at the East Quarter Line Road April 5 & 6 (AT et al.).
Greater Scaup - The largest count so far this spring has been 600 on Outer Long Point Bay April 5 (MAC).
Surf Scoter - One was seen from Old Cut on April 3 (DIB). Four were seen on Outer Long Point Bay April 5 (MAC).
White-winged Scoter - A good count of 350 was made on Outer Long Point Bay April 5 (MAC).
Long-tailed Duck - Some very large flocks were on Outer Long Point Bay April 5, totalling about 900 birds (MAC). Two were seen from Old Cut on April 4 (MAC).
Ring-necked Pheasant - One was found on a farm along West Quarter Line Road April 4 (AT).
Golden Eagle - One was seen cruising high over Old Cut April 4 (LPBO).
Great Egret - An early bird was seen from the causeway April 1 (RR).
Pectoral Sandpiper - The first of the spring were the pair seen at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area April 4 (RR).
Little Gull - One was seen on Outer Long Point Bay April 5 (MAC).
Forster's Tern - The first of the spring was seen at Old Cut April 1 (DIB).
Snowy Owl - Two were seen consistently around Long Point Bird Observatory's Old Cut Field Station since the initial sighting of one there on Easter weekend. At least one bird continued until April 5 (M. Obs). A third bird was seen on West Pine Rd. April 3 (RR, AMR).
Common Raven - One was reported at the Turkey Point Conservation Reserve April 2 (AEH, DO) and seen again April 5 (RR, DL).
Purple Martins - Early arrivals were seen at various locations before the cold snap (M. Obs).
Barn Swallow - The first of the season was seen at the Tip April 6 (MRI) followed by one at Old Cut on April 7 (MAC).
American Pipit - One was at the Tip April 5 (MAC).
Common Yellowthroat - An early arrival was singing along the causeway April 7 (RR).
Oregon Junco - The Oregon Junco that was first found and banded on March 31 (MAC, MRI) at Old Cut returned on April 3 and 4 (LPBO).
Yellow-headed Blackbird - A male was found perched along the causeway April 7 (MAC).
Observers: Jody Allair (JRA), Dave Bell (DIB), Mark Conboy (MAC), Andrew Couturier (AC), Myles Falconer (MF), Audrey Heagy (AEH), Matt Iles (MRI), Denis Lepage (DL), Dave Okines (DO), Anne Marie Ridout (AMR), Ron Ridout (RR), Adam Timpf (AT), Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).
Winter Highlights and Spring Arrivals. December 1 to March 31.
Greater White-fronted Goose - Numerous sightings throughout winter. A small influx was observed following a warm front from the south-west during the first week of February along with other geese. At least two individuals remained in the area from February 2 - 27 (M.Obs). There were highs of five at the Coves, and nine at Lee Browns Wildlife Management Area on February 20, and 29, respectively (APT, AA, KB).
Snow Goose - At least one individual lingered throughout the winter. There was a high of nine at the James Berry Drain February 3 (RR).
Ross's Goose - A group of nine was first seen on the West ¼ Line February 3 (RR). The number grew as many as 14 by February 8 (MVB). The last two birds were seen near the Coves February 29 (APT).
Cackling Goose - One was observed at Lee Brown WMA from March 12 to 27 (KGB, M.Obs.).
Ruffed Grouse - Uncommon on Long Point proper, a male began drumming at the Old Cut Research Station March 20 (MAC).
Horned Grebe - Two late individuals were observed on the Inner Bay during the Long Point Christmas Bird Count December 19 (M.Obs), and two were at Port Dover December 23 (DL).
Red-necked Grebe - One was observed on the Inner Bay March 26 (SAM, RR).
Dunlin - One was observed at Turkey Point during the Long Point Christmas Bird Count December 19 (BC, TL).
American Bittern - The first male of the season was heard at Old Cut March 29 (SAM, MAC)
Golden Eagle - Two individuals frequented the Rhineland area from January to mid-March (M.Obs), one was near Langton on March 9 (APT) while a pair frequenting the greater Big Creek Flood Plain along Concession 3 from March 13 to 20 (RB, M.Obs.) were seen sitting together and allopreening March 20 (RR, AMR). All of these sightings may have involved the same birds.
Greater Yellowlegs - The first bird of the season was observed near Langton March 27 (RS).
Little Gull - First spring migrants arrived in the area March 12 with a high of 41 observed from Turkey Point (KGB et al.). Regular sightings were made throughout March at the main Inner and Outer Bay overlooks (Port Dover, Turkey Point, Port Rowan).
Thayer's Gull - One first-cycle bird was observed at Port Dover December 20 (APT), and another along the Front Rd. near St. Williams March 21 (RR).
Snowy Owl - Most observations didn't occur until March when northbound birds moved through the area. As many as four were in the area March 12 and 13, and two near Old Cut lingered until March 30.
Short-eared Owl - Many individuals were observed throughout the winter. One was observed at Old Cut January 11 (MAC), Big Creek National Wildlife Area January 14-15 (JRA, ES), at the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters March 3 (JRA), 21-22 (DL). As many as two individuals were also observed frequenting the Front Rd. fields January 1 to March 3 (M.OBs).
Northern Saw-whet Owl - An overwintering bird was observed near Turkey Point January 20. The first spring arrival was captured at Old Cut March 26 (LPBO), and another was heard near Walsingham March 29 (APT).
Red-headed Woodpecker - One was observed at the Walsingham Flats Conservation Area January 5 (DS), and another along the Concession 1 March 12 (RJ).
Purple Martin - A male near Old Cut March 27 was very early (RR).
Cave Swallow - Three were observed at Old Cut December 15 (MAC).
Peregrine Falcon - An uncommon winter bird was observed near St. Williams January 23 (SAM).
Common Raven - One was observed at Turkey Point March 7 (LF)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - A late individual was observed at Old Cut December 22 (MAC).
Gray Catbird - Presumably an overwintering bird was observed in Walsingham March 3 and 28 (APT).
Northern Mockingbird - An uncommon wintering bird at Long Point; individuals were observed near Turkey Point January 21 and 24 (RG, HG), and another at The Coves March 4 (WR).
Common Yellowthroat - One was observed at the Big Creek NWA December 3 (MVB).
Orange-crowned Warbler - One was observed at the BSC HQ January 8 (SAM).
Oregon Junco - One was observed then banded at Old Cut March 31 (MAC).
Red Crossbill - One was observed in St. Williams February 24 (JMc).
Evening Grosbeak - One was observed on the Woodhouse Christmas Bird Count in Waterford December 20 (SAM).
Observers: Jody Allair (JRA), Aaron Allensen (AA), Rex Bartlett (RB), Kathryn Boothby (KB), Mike Burrell (MVB), Ken Burrell (KGB), Barb Charlton (BC),Lucas Foerster (LF), Rebekka Giles (RG), Henry Giles (HG), Rob Jantos (RJ), Tim Lucas (TL), Jon McCracken (JMc), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Wayne Renaud (WR), Anne Marie Ridout (AMR), Ron Ridout (RR), Diane Salter (DS), Elaine Secord (ES), Richard Skevington (RS), Adam Timpf (APT), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO).