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LPBO Sightings Board

2016
Closed for the Season, See You in April 2016

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 - 2015 Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

4424 - 4809
Season Total 4424 1465 4809

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000,000!
Grand Total Banded to Date: 972,167

Current Weather at Long Point

2015 Fall Summary

Long Point Noteworthy Sightings: July 1 to November 30, 2015 Compiled by Mark Conboy and Stu Mackenzie. The reporting period saw relatively mild weather, particularly in the fall. Occasional storms punctuated otherwise pleasant, if somewhat breezy conditions. Long Point Bird Observatory banded approximately 11,330 birds during the autumn, which is below average.

Neotropic Cormorant - One was photographed off the Tip August 26 (CJB).

American White Pelican - One was observed flying past the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters July 3 (SAM, RR, DL).

Redhead - The high count for the season was approximately 49,000 at Old Cut November 4 (LDC, MAC).

White-winged Scoter - A high count of 4,500 was made on Outer Long Point Bay November 2 (SAM).

Harlequin Duck - One female was observed flying by the Tip October 28 (RWW).

Ruddy Duck - A high count of 3,000 was made off the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park November 4 (MAC).

Common Loon - The high count for the season were the 1,982 on Long Point's Outer Bay November 2 (SAM).

Horned Grebe - An exceptional count of 990 was made on Long Point's Outer Bay November 2 (SAM).

Eared Grebe - Two were observed on Long Point's Outer Bay November 2 (SAM).

Northern Gannet - One first-basic bird was observed at the Tip October 16 (TFB, EH)

Cattle Egret - One was observed flying over Old Cut (IDR, TL) and over the 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park (MAC) October 17. Possibly a second bird was found later that day north of Port Rowan on Concession Road 1 (M. Obs.). It remained until October 18.

Golden Eagle - One was at the Tip October 10 (MRI). Two more were observed at the Tip November 7 (LPBO).

American Avocet - One was observed at the Tip August 20 (CJB, KC).

Hudsonian Godwit - One first basic bird was discovered at the Port Rowan Wetland October 6-7 (RS).

Willet - Two were observed on the Long Point Provincial Park beach August 24 (SML, EMT).

Red Knot - One was observed at the Tip August 25 and 26 (LPBO).

Long-billed Dowitcher - One was observed on the south shore of Long Point October 23 (RWW, EG)

Little Gull - Relatively common throughout the reporting period, with a high count of 10 at the Tip October 13 (LPBO).

Franklin's Gull - One was observed off Hastings Drive November 14 (TL).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Relatively common throughout the reporting period with single birds reported somewhat regularly from the Tip and less commonly elsewhere off Long Point (LPBO).

Sabine's Gull - One was observed at the Tip September 29 (JAB, LDC). Two more sightings were made October 12 and 13 (LDC).

Black-legged Kittiwake - One definitive basic bird was observed at the Tip October 2 (LDC).

Parasitic Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip September 29 (JLP), and another October 1 (MAC).

Pomarine Jaeger - Single birds were observed from the Tip October 1 (LDC), October 13 (RWW), October 24 (MAC), and October 29 (LDC).

White-winged Dove - One was observed at the Tip October 22-23 (MAC, LPBO).

Northern Saw-whet Owl - A modest total of 282 were banded during the fall migration, with the best night occurring at the Tip October 30 with 38 birds (LPBO).

Western Kingbird - One was observed at Breakwater September 6 (LPBO).

Acadian Flycatcher - One was observed at the Tip on August 29 (MRI).

Common Raven - One was observed at the Tip September 21 and lingered until September 28 (LDC, MRI, LPBO); it, or another bird, reappeared there October 14 (LDC, RWW).

Purple Martin - A high count of 5,600 was observed at Breakwater August 12 (LPBO).

Bank Swallow - A season high count of 7,000 was made at Old Cut August 18 (LPBO).

Loggerhead Shrike - One was detected in the area by the Motus Wildlife Tracking System at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters September 10.

Philadelphia Vireo - A very late bird was banded at Old Cut November 5 (LPBO).

Townsend's Solitaire - One was observed at the Tip October 23 (LDC).

Northern Mockingbird - One was at the Tip August 29 (LPBO).

Bohemian Waxwing - A flock of 10 were observed at Old Cut November 14 (LDC).

'Yellow' Palm Warbler - A 'Yellow' Palm Warbler (ssp. hypochrysea) was banded at the Tip October 14 (MRI).

Black-throated Blue Warbler - A bilateral gynandromorph was banded at the Tip on September 4 (MRI).

Prothonotary Warbler - One was found at Old Cut August 15 and banded the following day. Presumably the same bird was observed again August 18-22. On August 18, a second, unbanded bird, was also at Old Cut (ADP). The unbanded bird was found again August 24 (ADP) and the banded bird was recaptured the same day (LPBO). Another was banded at the Tip August 28 (MRI). Other observations of this species were made at Long Point and as many as half a dozen males were on territory in local woodlots into August (MAC).

Prairie Warbler - One was banded at the Tip August 30 (LPBO).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One was banded at the Tip September 11 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - One was observed at the Tip October 5 (LDC, TBF).

Nelson's Sparrow - One was found at the Tip October 18 (LDC) and stayed until October 19 (LPBO).

Dark-eyed 'Oregon' Junco - One was banded at the Tip November 4 (LPBO).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - One flew over Old Cut September 5 (JLP, LMR). Another was observed briefly at the Tip October 26 (TBF).

Common Grackle - The high count for a single day at Old Cut this autumn was an amazing 904,000 October 26 (LPBO,MRI, SAM).

Observers - Jack Baddams (JAB), Carlos Barbery (CJB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Liam Curson (LDC), Brett Fried (TBF), Eric Giles (EG), Ericka Hentsch (EH), Matt Iles (MRI), Sarah Larocque (SML), Denis Lepage (DL), Tim Lucas (TL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Alain Parada (ADP), Jade Porter (JLP), Ron Ridout (RR), Lindsay Rogers (LMR), Imogen Rutter (IDR), Richard Skevington (RS), Evalynn Trumbo (EMT), Ross Wood (RWW), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff (LPBO).

19 November

This is the final instalment of the LPBO Sightings Board for 2015 unless something rare or unusual shows up in the Long Point area. Migration monitoring wrapped up November 15. This reporting period saw the last of the temperate migrants such as Yellow-rumped Warblers and Fox Sparrows move through along with an onslaught of over-wintering Dark-eyed Juncos, American Tree Sparrows and a smattering of winter finches. Waterfowl remained numerous. The Northern Saw-whet Owl migration over the past couple of weeks was modest compared to some other Ontario observatories.

Highlights:

Snow Goose - One flew over Old Cut in the company of Tundra Swans November 9 (LDC). Another was observed the same day near Breakwater (MAC).

Trumpeter Swan - Two flew over Old Cut November 7 (LDC, MAC) followed by another 2 November 14 (LDC).

Redhead - A high count of 49,000 was made at Old Cut November 4 (LDC, MAC).

White-winged Scoter - A high count of 4,500 was made on Outer Long Point Bay November 2 (SAM).

Black Scoter - A high count of 8 was made at the Tip on October 29 and on the Outer Bay November 2 (LPBO, SAM).

Ruddy Duck - A high count of 3,000 was made off 'New' Long Point Provincial Park November 4 (MAC).

Red-throated Loon - There were numerous observations from Old Cut and the Tip between November 7 and 14 (LPBO). A high count of 8 was made on Outer Long Point Bay November 2 (SAM).

Common Loon - A high count of 1,982 was made on Outer Long Point Bay November 2 (SAM).

Horned Grebe - A fantastic count of 990 was made on Outer Long Point Bay November 2 (SAM).

Eared Grebe - Two were observed among the Horned Grebes on Outer Long Point Bay November 2 (SAM).

Red-necked Grebe - Seven were counted on Outer Long Point Bay November 2 (SAM), an excellent count for Long Point.

Northern Goshawk - One was at the Tip October 30 (LPBO). Another was observed in 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park November 16 (MAC).

Rough-legged Hawk - Two flew over Old Cut November 8 (MAC) and another November 13 (RWW).

Red-shouldered Hawk - Four were observed at the Tip November 7 (LPBO). One flew over Old Cut November 8 (MAC).

Golden Eagle - Two were observed at the Tip November 7 (MRI).

American Coot - Unusual for Old Cut, an American Coot was observed November 7 (MAC).

Greater Yellowlegs - The last sighting of the fall was November 13 at Old Cut (LDC).

Lesser Yellowlegs - A late bird was at Old Cut November 13 (MRI).

Phalarope sp. - Two unidentified phalaropes, probably Red, were observed from the Tip November 3 (JBF).

Bonaparte's Gull - A high count of 3,005 was made at the Tip October 29 (LPBO).

Little Gull - South winds blew numerous Little Gulls over Old Cut between October 29 and November 13 (LPBO). At the Tip, where this species is more common there was a high count of 4 October 29 (LPBO).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One flew over Old Cut November 15 (MAC).

Pomarine Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip October 29 (LDC).

Eastern Screech-Owl - One was banded at the Tip October 31 and another was banded at Old Cut November 1 (LPBO).

Long-eared Owl - One was banded at the Tip October 30 (LPBO). One was found along Concession Road 3 the next night (MF).

Northern Saw-whet Owl - A total of 203 were banded during the reporting period, with the best night occurring at the Tip October 30 with 38 birds.

Peregrine Falcon - Numerous birds were reported from Old Cut and the Tip between October 31 and November 8 (LPBO).

Red-headed Woodpecker - A lingering bird was observed at Old Cut November 18 (MAC).

Pileated Woodpecker - Rare at Old Cut, a Pileated Woodpecker made a brief flyover November 12 (MAC).

Eastern Phoebe - A late bird was banded at Old Cut November 14 (LPBO).

Northern Shrike - One harassed feeder birds at Old Cut November 10 (GEM).

Philadelphia Vireo - A very late bird was banded at Old Cut November 5 (LPBO).

Swainson's Thrush - A late bird was banded at Old Cut November 7 (LPBO).

Tree Swallow - A late bird was observed at Old Cut November 14 (LDC).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - A late bird was observed at the Tip November 6 (JBF).

Bohemian Waxwing - A flock of three was observed at Old Cut November 14 (LDC).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - The last sighting of the fall was on November 8 at Old Cut (MAC).

Common Yellowthroat - A late bird was banded at Old Cut November 8 (LPBO).

Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco - One was banded at the Tip November 4 (MRI).

Pine Grosbeak - Two flew over the Tip October 30 (LPBO); one more was there November 2 (LDC).

Purple Finch - Good numbers of Purple Finches moved through Old Cut with a high count of 11 on November 15 (MAC, TLC).

Common Redpoll - Only a modest flight of redpolls occurred during the reporting period. The high count was 21 at the Tip November 3 (LPBO).

Common Grackle - Impressive morning and evening flights of grackles over Old Cut reached a high count of 111,500 on October 31 (MAC, SAM).

Observers: Mark Conboy (MAC), Tara Crewe (TLC), Liam Curson (LDC), Myles Falconer (MF), Brett Fried (JBF), Matt Iles (MRI), Ross Wood (RWW), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Long Point Bird Observatory staff and volunteers (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. Owl banding will commence on fair-weather nights beginning October 1. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2014 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.

28 October

Migration has continued in earnest with small burst of temperate migrants between periods of unsettled weather. Waterfowl diversity and numbers remained high, with tens of thousands of Redhead, Canvasback and scaup having passed over Old Cut every day. Kinlgets, creepers and sparrows, are the most common landbirds being banded at Old Cut and the Tip although hundreds of American Robins and Pine Siskins are flying over regularly. Northern Saw-whet Owls have yet to occur in large numbers. Numbers of Common Grackles, Rusty and Red-winged Blackbirds remained high with incredible dawn and dusk movements over Old Cut reaching many tens of thousands.

Tundra Swan - Numbers built slowly over the past week with a high count of 15 at the Tip October 22 (EG).

Green-winged Teal - An unusually high count of 500 was tallied at Old Cut October 19 (LPBO).

Redhead - Flocks continued to build over the reporting period with high counts exceeding 40,000 on some days at Old Cut (MAC, SAM).

Canvasback - A high count of 190 was recorded on October 22 at Old Cut (MRI, SAM).

 Harlequin Duck - One female was observed flying by the Tip October 28 (RWW).

Red-throated Loon - One flew over Old Cut on October 23 (LPBO). They continue to be more common off the Tip with a high count of 8 October 24 (LPBO).

Common Loon - 380 were observed on Long Point's Outer Bay October 21 (SAM, RWW).

Red-necked Grebe - This species, normally very uncommon at Long Point, has been observed with some frequency including nearly daily sightings over the past week from the Tip (LPBO).

Horned Grebe - A high count of 100 was made at the Tip October 24 (LPBO).

Cattle Egret - One was observed flying over Old Cut (IDR, TL) and over 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park (MAC) October 17. A second bird was found later that day north of Port Rowan on Concession Road 1 (multiple observers).

Rough-legged Hawk - The first one of the season was observed at the Tip October 22 (RWW).

Common Gallinule - A late bird was found at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters October 25 (AV, DL, MV)

American Golden-Plover - One was observed along the south shore of the Long Point National Wildlife Area October 23 (EG, RWW).

White-rumped Sandpiper - One flew over Old Cut on October 26 (JRA, SAM).

Ruddy Turnstone - Two late birds were at the Tip until at least October 24 (MAC).

Long-billed Dowitcher - One was observed along the south shore of the Long Point National Wildlife Area October 23 (EG, RWW).

Little Gull - Two flew over Old Cut October 21 (LPBO). Little Gull numbers at the Tip peaked on October 24 with 7 (MAC). Twelve were observed off Port Rowan October 24 (RR).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was observed at the Tip October 22 (KAS).

Pomarine Jaeger - An adult was observed off the Tip October 24 (MAC).

White-winged Dove - The third one observed on Long Point this year (there were two in the spring) was at the Tip October 22-23 (MAC, LPBO).

Black-billed Cuckoo - A late bird was at the Tip October 22 (RWW).

Eastern Screech-Owl - One was captured on the night of October 25 at Old Cut (SAM).

Loggerhead Shrike - Although outside the current reporting period, it's worth mentioning one was detected by the Motus Wildlife Tracking System tower at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters September 10. It would seem that this bird managed to slip through Norfolk County undetected until Motus data were examined a few days ago.

Northern Shrike - The first of the autumn was observed at Old Cut October 24 (IDR, LAD). Another was observed the following day at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters (SAM).

Tree Swallow - Single late birds were observed at Old Cut October 25 and 26 (LPBO).

Barn Swallow - A late bird was observed at Old Cut October 17 (MAC, SAM).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Two were recorded at Old Cut October 22 (KAS).

Townsend's Solitaire - One was found at the Tip October 23 (LDC).

Ovenbird - A late bird was reported from Backus Woods October 18 (CC).

Pine Warbler - A late bird was observed at the Tip October 21 (LDC, MAC).

Common Yellowthroat - A late bird was banded at Old Cut October 17 (LPBO).

Snow Bunting - The first bird of the season was observed at the Tip October 21 (MAC).

Lapland Longspur - Two flew over Old Cut October 27 (MAC).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - One was found at the Tip October 20 followed by another the next day (LDC).

Nelson's Sparrow - One was found at the Tip October 18 (LDC) and stayed until October 19 (LPBO).

Red-winged Blackbird - The high count for a single day at Old Cut this autumn currently stands at 50,780 October 26 (LPBO,MRI, SAM).

Rusty Blackbird - High counts at Old Cut in excess of 200 birds per day (MAC, SAM).

Common Grackle - The high count for a single day at Old Cut this autumn currently stands at an amazing 904,000 October 26 (LPBO,MRI, SAM).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - A male was observed briefly at the Tip October 26 (TBF).

Observers: Jody Allair (JRA), Chris Cheatle (CC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Liam Curson (LDC), Laura Douglas (LAD), Brett Fried (TBF), Eric Giles (EG), Matt Iles (MRI), Denis Lepage (DL), Tim Lucas (TL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Imogen Rutter (IDR), Chris Sukha (KAS), Anthony Vanderheyden (AV), Matthew Vanderheyden (MV), Ross Wood (RWW), Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

16 October

Migration continued to be somewhat episodic in the Long Point area - some days phenomenal while others left much to be desired. Most of the warblers have gone, but ?Myrtle? Yellow-rumped Warblers continue to be abundant. They , along with Hermit Thrushes, Golden- and Ruby-crowned kinglets and White-throated Sparrows, now make up the vast majority of migrants. Northern Saw-whet Owl migration has been slow so far, but the cooler weather that is upon us might help spur the birds south.

Highlights include:

Redhead - Flocks continued to build with high counts approaching 10,000 per day by October 13 (MAC, SAM).

Black Scoter - The first 7 of the fall were observed off the Tip October 12 (LDC).

Red-throated Loon - One flew over Old Cut October 7 (SAM). One was observed off the Tip October 6 (RR) and again October 7 (MAC).

Red-necked Grebe - One flew past the Tip October 7 (LDC).

Horned Grebe - A high count of 95 were recorded from the Tip October 10 (LPBO).

Least Bittern - One was heard calling at Old Cut October 4 and 6 (LPBO).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One was observed at the Tip October 10 and 11 (LPBO).

Northern Goshawk - Two were observed at the Tip October 8 (MAC, TBF) and another was observed October 9 (TBF). Two more were observed at the Tip October 14 (LPBO).

Golden Eagle - One first-basic individual flew over the Tip on October 10 (MRI.

Red-shouldered Hawk - A high count for the fall was 17 at the Tip October 10 (LPBO).

Sora - One was at Old Cut October 8 (LAD) and individuals continue at the Port Rowan Wetland (m.obs.).

Virginia Rail - One was heard at the Tip on October 8 and two were heard there on October 10 (LPBO). Another was at the Tip on October 14 (LPBO).

Hudsonian Godwit - One young bird was discovered at the Port Rowan Wetland Oct. 6-7 (RS et al.).

White-rumped Sandpiper - Two were observed at the Tip October 6 (MAC).

Little Gull - Ten were observed at the Tip October 13 (LPBO).

Sabine's Gull - One was observed off the Tip October 12 and 13 (LDC).

Pomarine Jaeger - The first of the fall was observed off the Tip October 13 (RWW).

Jaeger sp. - Sightings of unidentified jaegers have been made periodically all fall from the Tip and in the Outer Long Point Bay (LPBO).

Northern Saw-whet Owl - The first 2 owls of the season were banded at the Tip and Old Cut on the night of October 6 (LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon - One was banded at the Tip October (LPBO).

Red-headed Woodpecker - A hatch-year bird was observed at Old Cut October 13 and 14 (MAC, SAM).

Common Raven - For the second time this fall a Common Raven has visited the Tip; this one was observed October 14 (LDC, RWW).

Tree Swallow - A late bird was observed flying over Old Cut October 14 (LAD, MAC).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - A flock of 3 flew over Old Cut October 15 (LAD).

Tufted Titmouse - One made a brief visit to the Old Cut feeders October 7 (LAD).

Common Yellowthroat - A late bird was banded at Old Cut October 15 (LPBO) and another was observed at the Tip the following day (MRI).

'Yellow' Palm Warbler -Unusual for Long Point, a 'Yellow' Palm Warbler (ssp. hypochrysea) was banded October 14 at the Tip (MRI). Most of the Palm Warblers observed and banded at Long Point belong to the duller nominate ssp. palmarum.

Lapland Longspur - Two flew over Old Cut October 14 (MAC).

Indigo Bunting - A late female was banded October 15 at Old Cut (MAC).

Dickcissel -One was observed at the Tip October 5 (LDC, TBF)

Clay-coloured Sparrow - One was found at the Tip on October 7 (LDC).

Rusty Blackbird - They continue to move through in good numbers with a high count of 231 recorded at the Tip October 4 (MAC).

Observers: Mark Conboy (MAC), Liam Curson (LDC), Laura Douglas (LAD), Brett Fried (TBF), Matt Iles (MRI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Richard Skevington (RS), Ross Wood (RWW), Long Point Bird Observatory staff and volunteers (LPBO).

3 October

A period of mostly southerly winds held up migration during the second half of September although diversity remained high and some migrants continue to move in numbers. Waterfowl numbers and diversity continued to increase on the Inner and Outer Bays with more open species such as Long-tailed Duck, Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, and scoters beginning to show up in low numbers. Raptors have also kicked in to high-gear with great numbers and diversity at both stations. September 22 was the best day so far with 314 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 37 Cooper's, one Northern Goshawk, 24 Broad-winged and 3 Red-shouldered flying over Old Cut. Northern Saw-whet Owl monitoring began September 25 with no luck so far. A trickle of shorebirds also continued to move through the area dominated by Sanderling, Black-bellied Plover, yellowlegs and Wilson's Snipe.

There was a spectacular migration from September 29 to October 1 as tens of thousands of migrants streamed through Long Point. There was a major movement of warblers with thousands moving through of 23 species. Blackpolls and Yellowumpeds dominated the movement, but there great numbers of American Redstart, Western Palm, Nashville and Black-throated Blue Warbler. Seventy-one Black-throated Blues were banded at Old Cut September 30 which is an astounding number far surpassing most seasonal totals. Many other neo-tropical migrants were also observed including all the Catharus thruhes, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, and Black and Yellow-billed cuckoo. Many temperate migrant including kinglets, creepers and sparrows also joined in the rush along with increased numbers of diurnal migrants such as American Pipit, American Robin and Rusty Blackbirds.

Highlights include:

Black Scoter - First observed at the Tip September 25 (MAC).

Red-necked Grebe - One was observed at the Tip Oct. 2 (LPBO)

Horned Grebe - The first of the season was observed at the Tip September 29 (SAM) with others observed daily since.

Common Gallinule - One was observed at the Tip September 30 (LDC) - an exceptionally rare bird for the Tip.

American Golden Plover - One was observed at the Tip October 1 (LPBO).

Pectoral Sandpiper - One first basic individual was observed at the Port Rowan Wetland September 22 (SAM, RR).

Pomarine Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip October 1 (LDC).

Parasitic Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip September 29 (JP), another October 1 (MAC).

Sabine's Gull - One first basic individual was observed at the Tip 29 September (LDC, JB).

Black-legged Kittiwake - One immature was observed at the Tip Oct. 2 (LDC)

Little Gull - Individuals were observed at the Tip from September 27 through 2 October (LPBO).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One first-basic individual observed at the Tip September 15 & 18 (ADB, LDC), with another September 29 (LPBO).

Forster's Tern - Three were observed at the Tip September 29 (LPBO).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - A late individual was banded at the Tip September 29 (LPBO).

Common Nighthawk - Five late individuals were observed at Old Cut September 26 (LPBO).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was banded at the Tip September 20 (LPBO).

Red-headed Woodpecker - Two were observed at Old Cut September 28 (EMT, MRI), and another October 1 (SAM).

Common Raven - One was observed at the Tip September 21.and lingered until September 28 (LDC, MRI, LPBO).

Orange-crowned Warbler - Numerous individuals were observed at both stations between September 29 and October 1 (LPBO).

Rusty Blackbird - The first of the fall seen at the Tip September 25 (MAC), with near daily observations since, and 80 observed at Old Cut October 1 (LPBO).

Winter Finches: There have been good numbers of American Goldfinch starting to build and small numbers of Pine Siskin and Purple Finch recorded throughout the period (LPBO).

Observers:- Jack Baddams (JB), David Brewer (ADB), Mark Conboy (MAC), , Liam Curson and Laura Douglas (LDC), Matt Iles (MRI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Jade Porter (JP), Ron Ridout (RR), Evalyn Trumbo (EMT).

21 September

Autumn-like weather helped to bring in some additional migrants over the past week. Waterfowl diversity increased though overall numbers remain low. Raptor migration is in full-swing. Warblers and thrushes continue to move through the area in good numbers accompanied by the temperate-migrants including White-throated and Lincoln's sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Blue-headed Vireos. The Breakwater banding station was closed for the season on September 15.

Highlights in the area since September 14 are listed below:

Northern Shoveler - The first flock of the fall was observed at Old Cut September 20 (SAM).

Long-tailed Duck - The first of the fall was observed off the Tip September 15 (MRI).

Horned Grebe - One was observed off the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters September 14 (CAA).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One flew over Old Cut September 16 (LDC).

Virginia Rail - One was at the Tip on September 16 (MRI) and two were detected at Old Cut September 20 (SAM).

Sora - One was heard at the Tip September 16 (MRI).

American Golden-Plover - One was observed at Breakwater September 14 (ARM, JAB).

Sanderling - A high count of 123 occurred at the Tip September 14 (MRI).

Little Gull - One was off Hastings Drive September 18 (CAA). Five were on the beach at Long Point Provincial Park September 19 (MAC).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was at the Tip September 15, 18 and 19 (MRI).

Common Tern - A high count for the autumn of 3000 was recorded at the Tip September 19 (MRI).

Black Tern - Two were observed flying over Old Cut September 19 (MAC).

Blue-winged Warbler - A relatively late bird was caught at Old Cut September 17 (LDC).

Connecticut Warbler - One was captured on the final day of banding at Breakwater, September 14 (ARM, JAB)

Hooded Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut September 20 (ADP).

Indigo Bunting - A late bird was banded at the Tip September 17 (MRI).

Orchard Oriole - A late male was observed at Old Cut September 19 (LPBO).

Observers: Christian Artuso (CAA), Jack Baddams (JAB), Mike Burrell (MVB), Mark Conboy (MAC), Liam Curson (LDC), Matt Iles (MRI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Andy Mcreery (ARM), Alain Parada (ADP), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO).

15 September

Migration continued at a reasonable pace over the past week. Summer-like weather dominated most of the reporting period, except for the final two days when more autumnal conditions finally set in. Large flocks of swallows that filled the skies over Long Point throughout August have mostly moved on. Flycatchers, vireos, thrushes and warblers made up the bulk of regular migrants. The return of more waterfowl and shorebirds are a sign of things to come.

Highlights in the area since September 8 are listed below:

Least Bittern - Single birds were heard calling from Old Cut September 8 and 11 (MAC).

Cattle Egret - One was observed foraging with 8 Great Egrets at Breakwater September 9 (MTT).

American Golden-Plover - Seven were observed at the Tip September 8 (LDC, SAM); two more were there September 9 (MRI).

Stilt Sandpiper - The first one of the autumn was observed at the Tip September 8 (LDC, MRI).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - A first-basic bird was observed at the Tip September 10 (MRI).

Peregrine Falcon -The Tip and Breakwater each had single birds September 9 (MRI, MTT) and 10 (MRI, ARM, JAB).

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was observed at the Tip September 8 (MRI).

Hooded Warbler - A single bird was observed September 9 at Old Cut (ADP).

Connecticut Warbler - One was observed at Breakwater September 8 (MTT) and another was observed at Old Cut September 11 (ADP).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One was banded on the Tip September 11 (LPBO).

Observers: Mark Conboy (MAC), Liam Curson (LDC), Matt Iles (MRI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Alain Parada (ADP), Matt Timpf (MTT), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO).

7 September

Migration Monitoring commenced at the Old Cut Research Station on August 3 with the Young Ornithologists' Workshop followed by Breakwater and Tip on August 12 and 15, respectively. There was evidence of migration from the beginning with swallows, Yellow Warblers and Empidonax flycatchers making early appearances. Tens of thousands of swallows, primarily Banks and Purple Martins congregated in the Long Point marshes at the end of July through mid-August. Migration picked up considerably during the third week of August when a substantial cold front pushed through the area bringing with it the first pulse of warblers. Foggy conditions on most mornings during the first week of September were very helpful for eager onlookers. During the past week a flurry of Common Nighthawks has delighted the volunteers. Expect the next tide of migrants to move through the Long Point area as soon as the heat wave breaks.

Highlights in the area since July 1 are listed below:

Neotropic Cormorant - One was photographed off the Tip August 26 (CJB).

American White Pelican - One was observed flying past the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters July 3 (SAM, RR, DL).

Northern Goshawk - An immature bird was observed in the St. Williams Conservation Reserve July 18 (MAC). One flew over the Tip August 26 (MRI).

Red-shouldered Hawk - One was observed soaring over Old Cut August 27 (MAC).

Virignia Rail - Single birds were heard at Old Cut August 15 and 21 (MAC).

Sora - One narrowly escaped a mist net at Old Cut August 24 (LAD) and another was heard there August 30 (MAC).

American Avocet - One was observed briefly at the Tip August 20 (CJB, KGC)

Willet - One was observed on the beach of the Long Point Provincial Park August 24 (SL, ET).

Whimbrel - One as observed at Breakwater August 29 (MT).

Red Knot - A singleton was at the Tip August 26 (MRI).

Baird's Sandpiper - Numerous individuals were observed at Breakwater during the last week of August and first week of September with a high of 7 September 3 (MTT).

Little Gull - The first one of the fall was observed at the Tip August 25 (MRI).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was observed at Port Dover July 28 and another was present at the Tip August 4 - 6 (LPBO).

Barred Owl - One was heard in the Coppens-Armstrong Tract on the evening of August 8 (MG, LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon - The first of the fall was observed at Breakwater August 29 (MT) and have been periodically reported from Breakwater and Tip over the past week (LPBO).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - The first early migrant of the season was found in the Walsingham Forest August 7. Two were observed at Breakwater August 12. One was observed near the entrance to the 'New' Provincial Park August 29 (MAC) and September 2 (MW), and one in Forestville August 30 (LB). Numerous individuals have been observed at Breakwater throughout the last week of August and first week of September (LPBO).

Acadian Flycatcher - One was observed at the Tip August 29 (MRI).

White-eyed Vireo - One was observed on Concession Road A July 18 (WR). Another was observed at Old Cut September 1 (ADP).

Western Kingbird - One was observed at Breakwater September 6 (LPBO).

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was observed at Old Cut August 17 (LPBO).

Purple Martin - A high of 5,600 were observed at Breakwater August 12 (LPBO). 3,422 were at the Tip August 22 (LPBO).

Bank Swallow - Highs of 7,000 at Old Cut August 18 and 3,000 at Breakwater August 10 through 12 (LPBO).

Tufted Titmouse - One was observed at Old Cut September 4 (AN).

Golden-winged Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut August 23 and August 24 (MRI, MAC).

Prothonotary Warbler - One was first observed at Old Cut August 15 and banded August 16. It was observed again August 18 and August 22, when it was joined by an unbanded bird (LPBO). The unbanded bird was observed again August 24 (ADP) and the banded bird was recaptured August 24 (LPBO). Another was at the Tip August 28 (MRI).

Connecticut Warbler - Individuals were banded at Old Cut September 2 and 3 (MAC).

Cerulean Warbler - One was observed at Breakwater August 29 (LDC).

Black-throated Blue Warbler - A bilateral gynandromorph (male plumage on one side of the body, female plumage on the other) was banded at the Tip September 4 (MRI).

Prairie Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut August 24 (LPBO), and an unbanded bird was observed three days later (ADP). Another bird was banded at the Tip August 31 (MRI).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - One was observed flying over Old Cut September 5 (JLP, LMR)

Observers: Carlos Barbery (CJB), Liza Barney (LB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Liam Curson (LDC), Laura Douglas (LAD), Mary Garthshore (MG), Matt Iles (MRI), Sarah Laroque (SL),Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Andy Nguyen (AN), Alain Parada (ADP), Jade Porter (JLP), Wayne Renaud (WR), Ron Ridout (RR), Lindsay Rodgers (LMR), Matt Timpf (MTT), Evalyn Trumbo (ET), Mitchell Warne (MW), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO).

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