LPBO Sightings Board
Visitors are always welcome. Daily birding hikes depart the Old Cut Research Station one hour after sunrise, and banding demonstrations occur all morning until May 30. Explore the Long Point Birding Trail. You can help contribute to sightings in the Long Point area by submitting your sightings to eBird or by sharing them with us at email@example.com. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2018 LPBO Program Report. Your best source for information about the birds and birding sites around Long Point can be found in A Birding Guide to the Long Point Area by Ron Ridout, available at the LPBO Shoppe and BSC headquarters.
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The complete list of the birds of Long Point is available here.
Number banded for the period
It has been a crazy week on Long Point with numerous large pulses of migrants arriving and exceptionally high diversity. Many temperate migrants such as kinglets, sparrows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers still remain in good numbers mixing with nearly all of the expected Neotropical migrants as well as a few goodies. Migration will likely be in full force throughout the entire month of May, so don't miss out and get down to Long Point to check it out. There is lots still to come.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - One was observed at the Tip May 14 (JSL). This is the first spring record for Long Point.
Glaucous Gull - One was observed at the Tip May 13 (EP1).
Arctic Tern - One was observed off the south beach near the Provincial Park May 16 (RR).
Red-throated Loon - There was an astonishing flight at the Tip of Long Point May 12 with 137 observed (JSL).
Northern Saw-whet Owl - One was heard at Breakwater May 15 (JGT).
Fish Crow - One flew over the south beach at the 'New' Provincial Park May 16 (KB).
Sedge Wren - One has been observed at Breakwater daily since May 6 (LPBO). Two were at Hahn Marsh (EG) and one at the 'New' Provincial Park May 16 (RR).
Grasshopper Sparrow - There have been numerous reports throughout the area (M. Obs.). One was banded at the Tip May 15 (LPBO).
Clay-colored Sparrow - One was at Breakwater May 9 (AHL, JGT). One was observed at the Tip May 15 (JSL).
Harris's Sparrow - One was found along Woodstock Avenue near the Old Provincial Park May 16 (KGB).
Lark Sparrow - One was at the Okines/Heagy property north of St. Williams May 16 (DO)
Yellow-headed Blackbird - An adult male was banded at Breakwater May 15 (LPBO).
Golden-winged Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut (SAM, JSL), and one was banded at the Tip May 10 (LPBO). Another was observed at Breakwater May 16 (AHL).
Prothonotary Warbler - One adult male was banded at Breakwater May 16 (LPBO). A few are back on inland territories.
Kentucky Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut May 17 (LPBO).
Kirtland's Warbler - One male was at Breakwater May 10 (AHL).
Cerulean Warbler - Birds are back on territory at many locations in Norfolk County. An adult male was also banded at the Tip May 16 (LPBO).
Dickcissel - One was observed and heard at the Tip May 2 (JGT).
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - One was seen at the Tip May 17 (TJ).
Observers: Brendan Boyd (BPB), Ken Burrell (KGB), Ethan Gosnell (EG), Tim Jones (TJ), James Lees (JSL), Anton Liebermann (AHL), David Okines (DO), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Eleanor Page (EP1), Ron Ridout (RR), James Scott (JSL), Jory Teltser (JGT), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO)
It's been a very busy period since our last update. Strong winds and rain hampered migration during the last week of April but just enough spring sunshine pushed its way through on May 1 to produce a significant dump of migrants including many of our first Neotropical migrants. New arrivals continued to trickle in throughout the remainder of the period until a major event occurred overnight on May 7 dropping thousands of migrants predominantly sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers along with a rich variety of your typical May crowd-pleasers including nearly 30 species of warbler, tanagers, grosbeaks, orioles and buntings.
Lesser Nighthawk - On May 8 when Andrew Couturier stopped to photograph a Scarlet Tanager beside the 'Old' Long Point P.P., he noticed a nightjar lying dead beside the road. A few photographs of the newly departed bird sent to a few at BSC HQ roused suspicions and a subsequent examination of the specimen confirmed Ontario's second and Long Point's first Lesser Nighthawk. It's been 45 years since the first Ontario sighting April 29, 1974 by Alan Wormington at Point Pelee. Well done Andrew!
American Avocet - Two flew past the Tip April 30 (LPBO). Another was observed May 5 at the Tip (JGT).
Upland Sandpiper - One was observed at the Tip April 30 (KGC, EOR).
Marbled Godwit - Three were at Lee Brown WMA April 28 (SAM).
Stilt Sandpiper - Two were observed at the Tip April 28 (KGC, EOR). These are only the second spring record for Long Point.
Sanderling - One was observed on the south shore of Long Point - DATE (LPBO).
Glaucous Gull - One flew over Old Cut April 29 (CPG).
Red-throated Loon - Large numbers have been observed at the Tip with a high count of 74 April 30 (JGT). Twenty-four were observed off the Long Point Provincial Park (Turtle Dunes) on May 6 (RR).
Ibis Species - Another 4 Ibis Sp. were observed flying over Old Cut dyke May 2 (CPG), and one over Old Cut May 5 (EH).
Red-headed Woodpecker - Individuals were observed at the Tip and Breakwater this week (LPBO).
Peregrine Falcon - One was observed at the 'new' Provincial Park May 2 (JL), and at 50 Front Rd., in Port Rowan May 5 (YSA, SAM).
White-eyed Vireo - One continued in the 'new' Park May 5 & 7 (RR).
Yellow-throated Vireo - One was banded at Breakwater May 5 (LPBO), and one in the Old Provincial Park May 7 (YSA).
Sedge Wren - One was observed near Squires Ridge on Long Point April 30 (LPBO), and another at Breakwater May 6 & 7.
Purple Finch - 360 were observed at the Tip May 1. Many hundreds were also observed moving through Long Point May 7 (LPBO).
Clay-coloured Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip May 6 (LPBO).
Yellow-headed Blackbird - One was first discovered near the Port Rowan Public School April 28, then rediscovered at 50 Front Rd., before it was observed again frequenting feeders near the school April 30 (SAM et al.).
Blue-winged Warbler - The first of the season was in Backus Woods (NR) and the 'New' Provincial Park (APT, TM) May 2. One was at Old Cut May 3 and one was banded May 6 (LPBO).
Golden-winged Warbler - One was observed near the entrance to the New Provincial Park May 6 (TL), and another was observed at Old Cut May 7 (SAM).
Cerulean Warbler - One was observed at the Tip May 7 (JGT).
Louisiana Waterthrush - One was observed along Hastings Dr. May XX (SAM). Another was banded at Breakwater May 4 (LPBO).
Worm-eating Warbler - One was banded at Breakwater May 5 (LPBO).
Prairie Warbler - One was observed at the 'New' Provincial Park April 26 (HP), one was at Breakwater May 2 (BB, AI), a female was observed at Old Cut May 5 (DO, AEH), and another at the Tip May 6 (LPBO).
Yellow-throated Warbler - One was observed at the 'New' Provincial Park May 1 (MH).
Observers - Brendan Boyd (BB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Callum Gibson (CPG), Julian Grudens (JBG), Mike Hallett (MH), Audrey Heagy (AEH), Alex Israel (AI), James Lees (JL), Anton Liebermann (AHL), Tim Lucas (TL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshal (TM), David Okines (DO), Henrique Pacheco (HP), Emma Radziul (EOR), Ron Ridout (RR), Jory Teltser (JGT), Adam Timpf (APT), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO)
It was a fairly lacklustre week in the area when compared to other areas of southwestern Ontario (Cinnamon Teal, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, White-faced Ibis). Never-the-less, the birding has been good with a steady stream of new arrivals each day including 11 warbler species to date. While the cool weather over the next few days will likely dampen migration, the next front currently predicted for the first week of May could be quite exhilarating.
Tundra Swan - A late pair were observed flying north near Walsingham April 17 (TG, PG).
Eastern Whip-poor-will - The first of the season was observed at Old Cut April 16. One was observed roosting at Old Cut 19 to 22 April (LPBO).
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - The first were observed at Old Cut and Breakwater April 24 (LPBO).
Virginia Rail - One has taken up residence below the Old Cut observation platform (LPBO).
King Rail - One was heard on Squires Ridge April 22 (JBF).
Dunlin - The first was seen west of Port Royal April 16 (RR).
Iceland Gull - One was observed at the Tip April 12 (CG). Another was seen on the Inner Bay April 14 (SAM).
Common Loon - Excellent numbers have been present for several days. A high of at least 600 were observed at the Tip April 22 (LPBO).
Pacific Loon - One adult was observed flying over Breakwater April 24 (JBF).
Red-throated Loon - Six were observed at Breakwater April 21 & 22 (JBF, JBG). Four were close to shore along Hastings Drive April 22 (RR).
Great Egret - A high of four were observed at Breakwater April 19 (JBF).
Plegadis Ibis - Three flew over Old Cut at first light April 25 (EB, CG).
Black Vulture - One was observed in Port Dover April 22 and 23 (KK, MTT).
Rough-legged Hawk - A lingering bird was seen off Turkey Point April 14 (SAM).
Snowy Owl - One was observed at the Tip April 14-15 (LPBO).
Long-eared Owl - Individuals were observed at Old Cut April 15 and the Tip April 19 (LPBO).
Red-headed Woodpecker - One was observed in Port Rowan April 23 (SAM).
Peregrine - One was observed at Old Cut April 24 (EB, CG).
White-eyed Vireo - One was banded April 19 while another unbanded individual was seen April 21 at Old Cut (LPBO).
Fish Crow - One was observed being harassed by a pair of American Crows at Bird Studies Canada headquarters April 18 (RR).
Wood Thrush - The first of the season was observed in the 'New' Long Point PP April 21 (JCC, MTT).
Northern Mockingbird - One was observed at Breakwater April 18-21 (JBF, JBG), another was observed at Old Cut and the New Long Point Provincial Park April 21 (SAM, MTT).
Red Crossbill - Seven were observed near Pinegrove April 13 (SAM).
Grasshopper Sparrow - Numerous individuals are back on territory in grasslands around Norfolk County. One was banded at the Tip April 19 and present until April 21 (LPBO).
Clay-coloured Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip April 20 and one was banded April 21 (LPBO).
Lincoln's Sparrow - The first of the season was observed at the Tip April 19 (AHL).
Yellow-breasted Chat - One was observed at Breakwater April 18-20 (JBF, JBG).
Warblers - Eleven species of warbler have been observed to date.
Louisiana Waterthrush - One was observed at Old Cut 16 April (JBF), and numerous are back on territory in the Norfolk Forest Complex Important Bird Area.
Northern Waterthrush - The first of the year was observed at Breakwater 19 April (JBF, JBG).
Orange-crowned Warbler - An early arrival was seen in the 'New' Long Point PP April 25 (JL).
Nashville Warbler - The firsts of the season were at Old Cut (RR) and the Tip (SAM) April 22.
Blackburnian Warbler - The first was observed at the Tip April 23 (AHL).
Observers: Emma Buck (EB), Janice Chard (JCC), Brett Fried (JBF), Paula Gent (PG), Ted Gent (TG), Callum Gibson (CG), Jullian Grudens (JBG), Kevin Kavannagh (KK), James Lees (JL), Anton Leibermann (AHL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Matthew Timpf (MTT).
A relatively short-lived period of 'spring' really got the migration juices flowing before another cold, damp spell put a damper on things. Waterfowl are still plentiful around Long Point and high water levels are providing some excellent viewing opportunities at Big Creek, Port Rowan Wetlands and the Crown Marsh. The warmth at the beginning of the week induced a huge movement of temperate migrants dominated by Golden-crowned Kinglets and Dark-eyed Juncos. Luckily the Tip Research Station was opened on April 6, just in time to catch the wave. While temperatures are predicted to stay cool until late next week, forecasted southerly winds will undoubtedly get a few things moving before then.
Surf Scoter - Four were observed at the Tip April 7, one April 8 and two April 9 (ERB, AHL).
Long-tailed Duck - Abundant on the Outer Bay of Long Point with a high count of 520 April 10 (KGC).
Horned Grebe - A good movement into the area in the past week with numerous observations throughout the Inner and Outer Bay of Long Point (M. Obs.)
Virginia Rail - The first of the year was heard in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 7 (MTT).
Little Gull - Three were observed at the Tip April 8 (AHL). Two were observed along the Causeway April 11 (SAM).
Forster's Tern - The first of the year was spotted at Port Dover Harbour April 6 (MJ). Numerous observations have been made since on the Inner Bay.
Red-throated Loon - Individuals have been observed regularly the Tip (LPBO).
Great Egret - One was observed at the BSC HQ on April 11 (SAM, SP).
Osprey - The first of the year was observed along Highway 59 April 7 (MTT).
Red-shouldered Hawk - One was observed at the Tip April 9 (LPBO).
Red-headed Woodpecker - One was observed in Backus Woods April 6 (BM).
Northern Flicker - Migrant numbers have been increasing this week with a high count of 79 at the ?New? Provincial Park April 8 (KGB).
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - The first of the year was observed at Old Cut April 7 (SAM).
Purple Martin - The year's first was observed in Houghton Township April 6 (KB).
Barn Swallow - The first of the year was observed at BSC headquarters April 6 (BM).
Golden-crowned Kinglet - A high count of 550 at the Tip April 9 (LPBO).
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - The first few accompanied the swarm of GCKI's earlier in the week (M. Obs).
Dark-eyed Junco - A high count of 900 was made at the Tip April 7 (LPBO).
Eastern Phoebe - A high count of 35 were observed at the Tip April 8 (LPBO).
Photo: Emma Buck
Loggerhead Shrike - One colour-banded bird was recaptured at the Tip April 9 (LPBO). We're thrilled to share the news with our partners in conservation, Wildlife Preservation Canada! This bird was part of a captive-breeding program in Ontario and was released in the summer of 2018 near Napanee, Ontario. Select this link to learn more. This is the second time that LPBO has captured a migrating captive-reared shrike from the recovery program. The first was in September 2004 when a bird released on the Bruce Peninsula was recaptured at the Tip. This proves that, not only do captive-bred birds survive, they also exhibit expected migratory behaviour. LPBO has only banded 26 migrant Loggerhead Shrikes, the last in 1988.
Eastern Meadowlark - Many have been migrating through the area and one was banded at the Tip April 9 (LPBO).
Photo: Emma Buck
Western Meadowlark - LPBO banded its first ever at the Tip April 10. The bird remained there through April 11 (LPBO).
Rusty Blackbird - Many were observed throughout the area. A high count of 108 were observed at Big Creek National Wildlife Area April 10 (SAM).
Common Yellowthroat - One was heard at the Big Creek National Wildlife Area April 10 (SAM).
Pine Warbler - One was banded at the Tip April 7 (LPBO). One was observed at the Turkey Point Marina April 9 (RS) and at the Timpf Farm April 10 (APT). Two visited a feeder in St. Williams April 11 (RR).
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Two were banded at the Tip and one at Old Cut April 9 (LPBO)
Observers: Kathryn Boothby (KB), Emma Buck (ERB), Ken Burrell (KGB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Mourad Jabra (MJ), Anton Liebermann (AHL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Blake Mann (BM), Steven Price (SP), Ron Ridout (RR), Richard Skevington (RS), Adam Timpf (APT), Matthew Timpf (MTT), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO)
LPBO's 60th spring migration monitoring season began under snowy and icy conditions at the Old Cut Research Station April 1. Spring migrants began to appear at Long Point in the last week of February but were tempered by numerous freeze-thaw cycles throughout March. Tens of thousands of waterfowl filled Long Point's Inner and Outer Bay by mid-March, many of which still remain providing excellent viewing conditions along the Causeway, BSC Headquarters, and Long Point Crown Marsh. Passerine migration has been slow though typical winter sparrows are moving through in good numbers along with the first sentinels of spring such as Field and Chipping sparrows, Eastern Phoebes, Tree Swallows, and Pine Warblers.
Snow Goose - There were a few scatted records of these birds throughout the winter with a high count of 28 including 7 blue morphs flying over The Causeway March 19. (JBF)
Ross's Goose - Four were found at Silver Lake February 13 (MTT) and continued to be seen there until February 15 (M. Obs).
Greater White-fronted Goose - Numerous birds were reported through the winter at Silver Lake and near Port Royal. A high count of 35 were observed at Silver Lake March 12 (MTT).
Cackling Goose - Four were observed at Silver Lake January 14 (MJ). A high count of 8 were observed at Crystal Lake January 17 (HG, RG, KG,). A lone individual was observed along the Causeway at the mouth of Big Creek January 19 (SAM, AT, EG). Small numbers continued to be seen occasionally at Silver Lake February through March (M. Obs). Numerous observations of small numbers were made in mid-March throughout Norfolk County.
Trumpeter Swan - Small numbers were observed throughout the winter primarily at Silver Lake and in open water on Big Creek (M. Obs).
Tundra Swan - While these birds were a fairly common sighting throughout the winter, large numbers moved through the area in mid-March with a high count of 5000 along The Causeway March 19 (DG et al.).
Eurasian Wigeon - One was observed at Bird Studies Canada Headquarters March 19 (SAM). A male was observed at Lee Brown WMA March 25 (JL) and continued until the next day (M. Obs.).
American Bittern - The first of the season was heard at Old Cut March 26 (AT)..
Ring-necked Pheasant - Three were observed along Norfolk County Road 23 February 20 (HP).
Common Gallinule - The first of the season was observed along the Causeway April 2 (SAM).
American Woodcock - The first of the year was observed at the Timpf Farm March 14 (APT).
Wilson's Snipe - Five were observed of the year were five at the ?New? Provincial Park March 28 (APT).
Greater Yellowlegs - The first of the season was observed along the W. Quarter Line at Big Creek on March 26 (RS).
Lesser Black-backed Gull - An adult was observed at Port Ryerse (KGB) and another flew over Old Cut both on April 1 (ERB, CPG).
Glaucous Gull - One was observed at the Long Point t town site March 7 (AS).
Great Egret - One was observed on the Lynn Valley Trail north of Port Dover April 4 (MTT).
Golden Eagle - One was observed at the Shirley and George Pond Watershed Reserve January 14 (EG), another was at Old Cut February 22 (APT, TM) and one was on third concession March 15 (APT).
Snowy Owl - There were a few reports of Snowy Owl within the Long Point area in early winter; the last observation was along the Causeway January 8 (SAM).
Long-eared Owl - Individuals were observed at Old Cut February 5 (SAM) and at Bird Studies Canada Headquarters February 19 (DL)
Short-eared Owl - One was observed at the along the Lakeshore Road Fields March 2-3 (APT, TM).
Northern Saw-whet Owl - The first of the year was observed at the ?New? Provincial Park March 17 (SAM).
Northern Shrike - Individuals were observed on the East Quarter Line March 9 (NR), on Highway 24 near Backus Woods March 16 (DJM), and in Turkey Point March 21 (SM).
Hermit Thrush - A handful of birds overwintered at various locations in the area (M. Obs).
Brown Thrasher - One was observed at Old Cut March 24 (KH, RM, TH).
Northern Mockingbird - One was observed at Old Cut March 23 (QC).
American Pipit - One flew over the Port Rowan Wetlands March 20 (SAM).
Evening Grosbeak - There were many observed throughout the winter (M. Obs).
Common Redpoll - Low numbers persisted throughout the region all winter with the last observation in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 1 (KGB).
White-crowned Sparrow - One was observed at Old Cut March 10 (TC).
Vesper Sparrow - One was photographed at the Blue Line January 26 (NR, BK) while the first spring arrival was at the Timpf Farm April 1 (APT).
Yellow-headed Blackbird - An adult female was banded at Old Cut Field Station February 28 (LPBO).
Eastern Meadowlark - The first of the year was observed on Concession Rd 1 March 13 (RS).
Northern Waterthrush - The bird originally found on the Long Point Christmas Bird Count December 15 (RWW) continued at the Port Rowan Wetland until January 12 (M. Obs.).
Common Yellowthroat - One was seen at Bird Studies Headquarters January 3 (KGC) and another was at Silver Lake January 15 (MTT).
Pine Warbler - One was seen at the ?New? Provincial Park January 4 (SAM) and in St. Williams beginning on March 28 (DO).
Observers: Emma Buck (ERB), Ken Burrell (KGB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Quincy Clarke (QC), Tony Crasto (TC), Brett Fried (JBF), David Gascoigne (DG), David Okines (DO), Eric Giles (EG), Henny Giles (HG), Rebekah Giles (RG), Kevin Giles (KG), Kathryn Hoo (KH), Reuven Martin (RM), Todd Hogedorn (TH), Billi Krochuk (BK), James Lees (JL), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Dan J. MacNeal (DJM), Taylor Marshall ( TM),
Steve Moore (SM), David Okines (DO), Helen Pattison (HP), Nicole Richardson (NR), Andrew Sawyer (AS), Richard Skevington (RS), Matthew Timpf (MTT), Adam Timpf (APT), Ross Wood (RWW), LPBO Staff and volunteers (LPBO).