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Our Stations are Closed until August 15. See you then!

Spring 2018

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

LPBO's Old Cut Research Station and Visitor Centre is open to the public during spring and fall migration (from April to mid-June, and early August to mid-November) from 9 a.m. until Noon.

The complete list of the birds of Long Point is available here.

Banding Totals

  Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

75 50 216
Season Total 4726 4397 4106

 

After an exciting June 1, the last week of the spring migration monitoring season was rather dull. A smattering of migrants continued to move through, but our attention turned to the breeding birds of Long Point as staff and volunteers conduct Breeding Bird Census and research on our three Tree Swallow colonies. The fall migration monitoring season will officially kick-off August 15. Visitors are always welcome.
Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at fb.com/LPBO for regular updates from LPBO. If you enjoy these summaries, please consider supporting the LPBO Cygnus Crusaders in the Great Canadian Birdathon - https://www.canadahelps.org/s/2rUhN . A summary of the Crusaders Ontario Big Day is available here.

June 2 - 13

Highlights:

Red-throated Loon - one was observed flying west past the ?New? Long Point Provincial Park June 9 (SAM).

Little Gull - One was observed off the south beach June 6 (BF).

Franklin's Gull - One was observed June 5 (GR).

Snowy Owl - One record late individual was observed along the Front Rd. fields June 13 (KW).

Nelson?s Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip May 22 (LPBO).

Observers: Emily Emptage (EE), Brett Fried (BF), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Garth Riley. (GR), Kerrie Wilcox (KW), 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. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2016 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.

May 24 - June 1

Summer like temperatures and lots of bugs have arrived this week at Long Point Bird Observatory. Migration has been quite slow, each station has been averaging about 20 birds banded a day. Even with very little visible migration there has been a slow trickle of late warblers, thrushes, flycatchers and cuckoos showing up in the area. However even during these slow times the LPBO crew still manages to find some exciting birds as you will see below. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) until early June. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after sunrise. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at fb.com/LPBO for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

If you enjoy these summaries, please consider supporting the LPBO Cygnus Crusaders in the Great Canadian Birdathon - https://www.canadahelps.org/s/2rUhN

Highlights:

Red-throated Loon - One was observed off the Turkey Point Beach May 23 (SAM).

Pacific Loon - One bird was observed flying by Hastings Drive heading East May 31 (RR).

Least Bittern - One was heard calling from the Old Cut marsh May 27 (JBF, VR).


Photo: Ron Ridout

White-faced Ibis - One was discovered on an NCC property west of Big Creek on Walsingham Concession 2 June 1 (PC,MEG,AT).

Whimbrel - Four birds were observed at Breakwater May 28 (AI).

Piping Plover - One bird was heard flying over at the Tip May 27 (MAC).

Glaucous Gull - A second-year individual was at the Tip from May 25-29 (AM, SM)

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One bird was observed in the Old Cut woodlot and another at the Tip May 27 (JBF, VR, LPBO).

Acadian Flycatcher - Two birds were banded this week at Old Cut May 26 and 28. Another individual was observed at the Tip May 26 (LPBO, MAC).

White-eyed Vireo - One was banded at Old Cut May 30 (LPBO).

Sedge Wren - Three to five males were heard calling from the Hahn Marsh trail May 26 (M.Obs).

Prothonotary Warbler - A male was seen on Concession 2 north of St. Williams May 30 (AEH).

Blue-winged Warbler - One was banded at Breakwater May 29th (LPBO).


Photo: Kyle Cameron

Virginia's Warbler - A second-year female was caught and banded at the Tip June 1 (EE, KC et al.). This bird represents LPBO's first record of this species and number 402 on the area checklist. If accepted by the Ontario Rare Birds Record Committee this bird will represent Ontario's sixth record.

Connecticut Warbler - One was observed in the Old Cut woodlot May 27 (SS).

Hooded Warbler - One was banded at the Tip May 26 (LPBO).

Cerulean Warbler - One bird was observed at the Tip May 25 (AT, TM).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One bird was observed at the Tip May 26 (AT, TM).

Western Tanager - A stunning after second-year male was found at the Tip May 27 (IA et al.).

Summer Tanager - One was observed at Breakwater May 25 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - One bird was heard flying over at the Tip May 28 and two birds were heard at the Old Cut platform June 1 (MAC, JBF).

Eurasian Tree Sparrow - The same individual that was found May 23 continued at the Tip's bird feeders until May 28 (MAC).

Observers - Isabel Apkarian (IA), Ken Burrell (KB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Peter Carson (PC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Emily Emptage (EE), Brett Fried (JBF), Mary Gartshore (MEG), Eric Giles (EG), Kevin Giles (KG), Audrey Heagy (AEH), William von Herff (WH), Aranya Iyer (AI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Anita Morales (AM), Samreen Munim (SM), Ron Ridout (RR), Verena Rupprecht (VR), Adam Timpf (AT), Sarah Skiddel (SS), Antoine Turcotte (AT) and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

May 18 - 23

Although migration has started to slow down, rarities and many first of the year birds made for some exciting times in the field here at Long Point Bird Observatory. This week there has been a noticeable push of some of the late season migrants. Migration has been dominated by flycatchers, Tennessee, Magnolia, Blackpoll, and Bay-breasted warblers. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) until early June. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after sunrise. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at facebook.com/LPBObs for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

If you enjoy these summaries, please consider supporting the LPBO Cygnus Crusaders in the Great Canadian Birdathon - https://www.canadahelps.org/s/2rUhN

Red-throated Loon - One was seen off the Turkey Point Beach May 23 (SAM).

Surf Scoters - Four late individuals were seen flying over Old Cut May 23 (JBF, VR).

Long-tailed Duck - A late individual has been lingering around the Tip this week (LPBO).

Golden Eagle - An adult was seen flying overhead along West ¼ Line on May 20 (RT).

Least Bittern - One was heard calling from the Old Cut marsh May 22 (MAC).

Mississippi Kite - One bird was observed flying over the Bird Studies Canada headquarters May 20 (JBF, AM).

Willet - 28 birds were seen flying over St. Williams May 20 (EG).

White-rumped Sandpiper - Three birds were seen May 19 and another was seen May 20 at a small wetland just east of Port Royal (KB, SAM).

Whimbrel - There were several sightings this week included our first of the season flying over Old Cut May 19, four seen on a boat ride to the Tip May 20, 30 flying over the Esso in Port Rowan May 21 and 77 flying over Old Cut May 22 (JBF, KC, SAM, MAC).

Laughing Gull - One bird was seen at the Tip May 23 (AT).

Little Gull - One was observed at the Tip May 19 (LPBO).

Eurasian Collard-Dove - Possibly the same bird observed last week was seen again at the Tip May 21 (SM).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - One bird was observed in the Old Cut Woodlot May 18 (LPBO).

Acadian Flycatcher - One was observed at the Tip May 22 (LPBO).

Louisiana Waterthrush - One was observed at the Tip May 22 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - Two sightings this week from the Old Cut woodlot, one May 22 and the other May 23 (MAC, JBF).

Nelson's Sparrow - One bird was observed at the Tip May 22 (WH).

Le Conte's Sparrow - One was seen at the Tip May 17 (KC).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One was observed around the Old Cut woodlot May 18 (SAM).

Summer Tanager - A second-year male was observed in Westwood Acres Park May 23 (KG).

Eurasian Tree Sparrow - One bird was observed at Breakwater May 21, presumably the same bird was seen briefly at the Tip's feeders May 23 (LPBO, WH).

Observers - Ken Burrell (KB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Emily Emptage (EE), Brett Fried (JBF), Eric Giles (EG), Kevin Giles (KG), William von Herff (WH), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Anita Morales (AM), Samreen Munim (SM), Verena Rupprecht (VR), Antoine Turcotte (AT) and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

May 10-17

Migration was in full swing this week in the Long Point birding area. With the improved weather and more southerly winds came droves of migrants. Rarities and many first of the year birds made for some exciting times for birders in the area. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) until early June. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after sunrise. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at facebook.com/LPBObs for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

If you enjoy these summaries, please consider supporting the LPBO Cygnus Crusaders in the Great Canadian Birdathon - https://www.canadahelps.org/s/2rUhN

Tundra Swan - The lingering individual was seen on East ¼ Line and Big Creek until at least May 13 (AI, BB).

Trumpeter Swan - Two birds have been seen regularly from the Long Point causeway or in Big Creek National Wildlife Area May 12-17 (M.Obs).

Black Scoter - Two birds were observed off Bluff Bar May 16 (MAC).

Cattle Egret - One was observed flying over Port Rowan Public School May 13 (JA). Likely the same individual was seen on Stark's golf course May 14 (M.Obs.).

Least Bittern - Three birds were heard in the Crown Marsh May 15 (MAC, SM). Single birds were heard both at Old Cut (JBF, VR) and Big Creek NWA (KB) May 16.

King Rail - One was heard by two separate observers at Breakwater May 14 (TN, MAC).

Short-billed Dowitcher - A high of 22 birds was observed at the Tip May 15 (LPBO).

Piping Plover - Two colour-banded birds were observed at the Tip May 12 and 16 (LPBO).

Rough-legged Hawk - A late dark phase individual was seen at the Sinclair-Campbell field on Lakeshore Rd west of Hwy 59 May 16 (CE, DD, RD).

Chuck-will's Widow - On May 14, a bird was observed in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park (LPBO).

Common Nighthawk - The first birds of the year were seen at Old Cut May 14 (JBF, SM).

Eurasian-collard Dove - One bird was seen briefly at the Tip May 16 (WH).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - The first of the season was observed at the Tip May 15 (LPBO) and one was banded at Breakwater May 17 (LPBO).

White-eyed Vireo - Once again White-eyed Vireos continue to show in good numbers on the Point. There have been sightings at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park, 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park, Old Cut, and the Tip (M. Obs).

Fish Crow -Two were heard and observed at the Tip May 13 (LPBO). Likely the same individuals were observed flying by the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park early in the morning May 14 (SAM).

Sedge Wren - Birds were seen in the Hahn Marsh May 10 (JS) and 13 (EG et al.).

Northern Mockingbird - One was at the Breakwater May 14 (MAC).

Golden-winged Warbler - One bird was heard singing at Old Cut May 17 (JBF).

Prothonotary Warbler - One was observed at the 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park May 10 (ATR) while another bird was banded at Breakwater May 17 (LPBO).

Prairie Warbler - A single bird was showing well at the playground in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 10 (JS, M.Obs.).

Yellow-throated Warbler - Likely the same individual found in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 9 was seen close by May 10 (JL et al.).

Worm-eating Warbler - One bird was observed in north section of Backus Woods May14 (JR, JL).

Kentucky Warbler - One bird was banded at Breakwater May 17 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - The first of the year was seen in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 17 (SAM).


Photo: Ron Ridout

Kirtland's Warbler - The star of the week was a female Kirtland's found on Hasting Dr. early in the morning May 16 during a local Birdathon. Many birders came to see this rare bird offering amazing views throughout the day. This bird represents Long Point's 8th record. (AH, M.Obs.)

Hooded Warbler - This species was seen almost daily in the Old Cut Woodlot this week. Two birds were banded with a high of three birds around the woodlot (LPBO).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One male was observed singing in suitable habitat on the Timpf Farm along West Quarter Line May 14 (AT).

Dickcissel - A male was banded at Breakwater May 10 (LPBO).

Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow - One bird was seen under the feeders at the Tip May 17 (LPBO).

Grasshopper Sparrow - One bird was observed at the Tip May14 (EP).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - One bird was at the Tip May 10 (LPBO) and another was found at the ?New? Provincial Park gate entrance May 11 (JS).

Summer Tanager - Two birds were observed at the Tip May 15; one was banded later that day (LPBO). Another was observed May 17 (LPBO).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - A male seen at the Tip feeders May17 (WH).

Observers - Jody Allair (JA), Brendan Boyd (BB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Mark Conboy (MAC), Rob Dobos (RD), Dave Don (DD), Cheryl Edgecombe (CE), Emily Emptage (EE), Brett Fried (JBF), Eric Giles (EG), Audrey Heagey (AH), Alex Israel (AI), James Lees (JL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Samreen Munim (SM), Tobias Nordin (TN), Eleanor Page (EP), Verena Rupprecht (VR), Jeff Skevington (JS), Antoine Turcotte-van de Rydt (ATR), William von Herff (WH), and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

April 28 - May 9

April finished off cool and breezy, but everything changed on May 1 with south winds and warmer air flowing into the Long Point birding area. With the improved weather came droves of migrants. All but a couple of days so far this May had been highly productive for birding and banding. Rarities and many first of the year birds made for some exciting times in the field. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) until early June. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after sunrise. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at facebook.com/LPBObs for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

If you enjoy these summaries, please consider supporting the LPBO Cygnus Crusaders in the Great Canadian Birdathon - https://www.canadahelps.org/s/2rUhN

Tundra Swan - Trumpeter Swan - Up to three birds were seen from the Long Point causeway or in Big Creek National Wildlife Area Apr 28-May 7 (M.Obs).

Eurasian Wigeon - One was at its 'usual' spot, where Big Creek crosses East Quarter Line Road Apr 28-29 (M. Obs). Another bird was at the Port Rowan Wetland Apr 29 (M. Obs).

Red-necked Grebe - One flew over the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park Apr 29 (SAM).

American White Pelican - Three were photographed flying over Port Rowan May 7 (JH).

Cattle Egret - One flew over the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 9 (BH).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - One was at Big Creek National Wildlife Area Apr 30 (AT, TM). One was at 'New' Long Point Provincial Park Apr 28 (AT). It was joined by another Apr 30 (MT, NH). One was at Breakwater May 8 (MC).

American Golden-Plover - One was on a remote section of Long Point's south beach May 8 (KC).

Black-bellied Plover - The first migrants of the spring flew over Old Cut May 2 (BF).

Semipalmated Plover - The first migrant of the spring was seen in a field along County Road 60 May 8 (LM).

Piping Plover - A colour-banded bird was at the Tip Apr 29 (TN). It was banded as a chick at Wasaga Beach in 2011.

Upland Sandpiper - Now a very rare bird in the Long Point area; one flew over the entrance to the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park Apr 30 (RR).

Ruddy Turnstone - The first migrant of the spring was at Breakwater May 8 (MC).

Dunlin - The first migrant of the spring was at the Tip May 5 (WV).

Least Sandpiper - The first migrants of the spring were at Dedrick Creek, north of Port Rowan, May 3 (AI, BB, OY).

Solitary Sandpiper - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut May 1 (MC).

Willet - A flock of 28 were seen from the Long Point causeway May 2 (AI, BB). Three were on the beach in the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 5 (BF, BO, RV).

Glaucous Gull - A lingering bird was at the Tip May 8 (SAM).

Black Tern - The first migrant of the spring was at Breakwater May 7 (LPBO).

White-winged Dove - One was at the Tip Apr 28 (EE); it remained until May 3 (LPBO).

Snowy Owl - A lingering bird was at Big Creek National Wildlife Area Apr 30 (AT, TM).

Peregrine Falcon - One was at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters May 2 (AZ). One was at the Tip May 5-8 (LPBO).

Eastern Wood-Pewee - The first migrant of the spring was at the 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park May 5 (AT, JC, MT). Least Flycatcher - The first migrants of the spring arrived in the Long Point area May 1 (M. Obs).

Vermillion Flycatcher - A plausible description was provided of what was presumably the same bird that was at the Tip (Apr 27), which spent Apr 30 at a yard in the Long Point townsite (Annon). LPBO staff could not relocate the bird when it was reported May 1.

Great Crested Flycatcher - The first migrant of the spring was at the 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park May 1 (RR).

Eastern Kingbird - The first migrant of the spring was along Hastings Drive May 1 (SAM).

Acadian Flycatcher - Single birds were at Breakwater (EE, MC) and Old Cut (RR, BF, SM) May 9.

White-eyed Vireo - This spring has been a good one for White-eyes with sightings at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 2-5, Old Cut May 4-8, and the Tip May 7-8 (M. Obs).

Yellow-throated Vireo - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut May 6 (BB, BO, MC).

Philadelphia Vireo - The first migrant of the spring was along Concession Road A May 5 (RvT).

Red-eyed Vireo - The first migrants of the spring were at Old Cut May 5 (BF, MC).

Veery - The first migrant of the spring was at the 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park May 1 (RR).

Grey-cheeked Thrush - The first migrant of the spring was at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 2 (SAM).

Swainson's Thrush - The first migrants of the spring arrived in the Long Point area May 1 (M. Obs).

Wood Thrush - The first migrants of the spring arrived in the Long Point area May 2 (M. Obs).

Northern Mockingbird - One was at the Tip May 1 (KC) and May 6 (WV). One was at Dedrick Creek, north of Port Rowan, May 2 (EG). Another was at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park the same day (SAM).

Golden-winged Warbler - Single birds were at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 2 (AT, SAM, TM) and Old Cut May 6 (MC). One was banded at Breakwater May 8 (LPBO). Yet another bird was at Old Cut May 9 (BF, SM).

Blue-winged Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at Turkey Point May 5 (RvT).

Prothonotary Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was on the Crown Marsh Trail May 5 (RH). Another was at the 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park May 7 (MS).

Tennessee Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut May 6 (AI, BB, RR).

Orange-crowned Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at the Tip May 6 (WV). Another was banded at Breakwater May 9 (LPBO).

Nashville Warbler - The first migrants of the spring arrived in the Long Point area May 1 (M. Obs).

Hooded Warbler - The first migrants of the spring were at Old Cut (LPBO) and the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park (AT, MT) Apr 4.

American Redstart - The first migrants of the spring were at Old Cut May 4 (LPBO).

Cape May Warbler - The first migrants of the spring were at Old Cut and the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 2 (M. Obs).

Cerulean Warbler - One was banded at Breakwater May 4 (LPBO). One was heard singing at Old Cut May 5 (BB).

Northern Parula - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut May 1 (RR).

Magnolia Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut May 2 (BB, MC).

Bay-breasted Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 2 (AT, TM).

Blackburnian Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 2 (AT, TM).

Chestnut-sided Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at the the 'Old' Long Point Provincial Park May 4 (MT).

Blackpoll Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at Breakwater May 8 (MC).


Photo: Ron Ridout

Yellow-throated Warbler - One was at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 9 (SAM).

Prairie Warbler - One was at Old Cut (LPBO) and another was at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park (SAM) May 9.

Grasshopper Sparrow - The first birds on territory along West Quarter Line Road were heard May 2 (AT).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - Single birds were at Port Ryerse Apr 30 (DR), Old Cut May 2 (SAM), and the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park (M. Obs). Two were at Breakwater May 8-9 (MC).

Lincoln's Sparrow - The first migrants of the spring were at 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 2 (AT, TM).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One was at Silver Lake in Port Dover May 2 (MT). One was banded at Old Cut May 3 (LPBO). One was at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 5 (AZ, JS, RS).

Summer Tanager - One was banded at Old Cut May 5 (LPBO). One was at Breakwater (MC) and another at the Tip (LPBO) May 7-8. One was at 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 9 (SAM, RR, AT).

Scarlet Tanager - The first migrants of the spring were at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters (JN) and 'New' Long Point Provincial Park (SAM) May 2.

Indigo Bunting - The first migrants of the spring were at 'New' Long Point Provincial Park May 2 (SAM).

Bobolink - The first migrants of the spring arrived in the Long Point area May 2 (M. Obs).

Orchard Oriole - The first migrants of the spring were at Old Cut May 2 (LPBO).

Baltimore Oriole - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut May 1 (MC).

Observers - Brendan Boyd (BB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Janice Chard (JC), Mark Conboy (MC), Emily Emptage (EE), Brett Fried (BF), Eric Giles (EG), Nathan Hood (NH), Rebecca Howe (RH), Jeremy Hussel (JH), Alex Israel (AI), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Liv Monck-Whipp (LM), Samreen Munim (SM), Josh Nieuwenhuis (JN), Tobias Nordin (TN), Ben Oldfield (BO), Ron Ridout (RR), Daniel Riley (DR,  Madeline Scott (MS), Jade Simon (JS), Robert Spaul (RS), Adam Timpf (AT), Matt Timpf (MT), Rohan van Twest (RvT), Will von Herff (WV), Owen Yates (OY), Anthony Zerafa (AZ), and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

April 18-27

Cool and sometimes downright cold weather once again prevailed during the past ten days. Migration was slow but a few new birds did arrive, including a great rarity at the Tip! Kinglets, sparrows and the first wave of warblers made up the bulk of the migrants. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) until early June. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after census. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at facebook.com/LPBObs for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

Highlights: Trumpeter Swan - One was observed from various points around Inner Long Point Bay April 21-22 (M. Obs).

Eurasian Wigeon - A male was found where Big Creek crosses the East Quarter Line Road, just south of Concession Road 10. It was first observed April 25 (EG) and continued until April 27 (M. Obs).

Eurasian x American Wigeon Hybrid - One was at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area April 25 (BF, RR).

Red-throated Loon - The species continued its good showing in recent years with a count of 26 at the Tip April 27 (RR).

Horned Grebe - Horned Grebes remained abundant around Long Point Bay and even on mainland ponds and ditches. A high count of 306 was made at the foot of Townline Street, south of St. Williams April 24 (RR).

Red-necked Grebe - Three were at the Tip April 23 (MC), and one was there April 27 (RR).

Green Heron - The first migrant of the spring was at Bird Studies Canada Headquarters April 18 (KE, JE, JP).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - At least one bird remained in the Old Cut vicinity until April 22 (M. Obs). One was at Breakwater April 26 (LPBO).

Golden Eagle - One flew over Port Royal April 19 (KB). Another flew over West Quarter Line Road April 22 (AT, TM).

Sora - The first migrant of the spring was heard from Hasting Drive April 23 (RR).

Common Gallinule - The first migrants of the spring were at the Port Rowan Wetland April 20 (ED).

Short-billed Dowitcher - A very early migrant was at Dedrick Creek and the First Concession April 25 (RR, BF).

Spotted Sandpiper - The first migrants of the spring were at the Port Rowan Wetland (ED) and along Hastings Drive (RR) April 23.

Solitary Sandpiper - The first migrant of the spring was at the end of Dickinson Avenue near Old Cut April 27 (MC).

Little Gull - One was off the south shore of Long Point April 21 (MC). Three were at Port Ryerse April 22 (AV, MV).

Iceland Gull - One second-cycle bird was near the Tip on 28 Aprilil (SAM, RR et al.)

Glaucous Gull - One was on Outer Long Point Bay April 21 (MC).

Snowy Owl - One remained in the vicinity of the Long Point causeway until April 21 (M. Obs).

Red-headed Woodpecker - Two were at Backus Woods April 19 (LM). One was at Jackson Gunn Forest April 21 (JC, MT). One was at Old Cut April 27 (BF).

Pileated Woodpecker - Although common on the mainland, Pileated Woodpecker is rare on Long Point proper. There was one at the Tip April 21 (LPBO) and one at Old Cut April 22 (RR).

Peregrine Falcon - One flew over St. Williams April 21 (EG).


Photo: Tobias Lilja Nordin

Vermilion Flycatcher - An adult male was at the Tip April 27 (SM et al.). This is the first record of Vermilion Flycatcher for Long Point, and the 401st addition to the checklist.

White-eyed Vireo - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut April 24 (JRA, SAM). Presumably the same bird was banded at Old Cut April 26 (LPBO).

Blue-headed Vireo - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut April 24 (SAM).

House Wren - The first migrant of the spring was at Port Rowan April 23 (SAM).

Gray Catbird - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut April 18 (HG).

Northern Mockingbird - One was along County Road 28 April 18 (HG).

Louisiana Waterthrush - Three were banded over a period of two days at Breakwater April 23-24 (LPBO). Other birds have already returned to territories throughout southern Norfolk County.

Yellow Warbler - The first of the spring was seen at Old Cut April 26 (MC, AC).

Palm Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at 'New' Long Point Provincial Park April 23 (NM).

"Gambel's" White-crowned Sparrow - One was banded at the Tip April 24 (MC). Most of the White-crowned Sparrows that migrate through Long Point are the eastern leucophrys subspecies, but a handful of the western gambelii subspecies are recorded each year.

Observers - Jody Allair (JRA), Ken Burrell (KB), Janice Chard (JC), Mark Conboy (MC), Andrew Couturier (AC), Erica Dunn (ED), Jodi Elchyshyn (JE), Kayla Ellis (KE), Brett Fried (BF), Eric Giles (EG), Henny Giles (HG), Josh Pickering (JP), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Samreen Munim (SM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Nathan Miller (NM), Liv Monck-Whipp (LM), Ron Ridout (RR), Adam Timpf (AT), Matt Timpf (MT), Anthony Vanderheyden (AV), Matthew Vanderheyden (MV), and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

April 7-17

The past ten days were characterized by below seasonal temperatures and windy conditions. There were two major storm and seiche events, which led to widespread erosion, flooding and damage to trees on Long Point. Nevertheless, some species were migrating, particularly sparrows. The Tip was opened on Apr 10. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) until early June. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after census. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at facebook.com/LPBObs for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

Highlights:

Ring-necked Pheasant - One was observed on the Long Point Causeway Apr 7 (PG, TG).

Horned Grebe - There was an influx of Horned Grebes on Inner Long Point Bay and even the surrounding wetlands, ponds and inlets which is unusual for Long Point. A total of 198 were counted from the Inner Bay viewing stand Apr 17 (MC).

Eared Grebe - One was at the Tip Apr 16 (KC).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Two were observed daily at Old Cut Apr 7-16 (LPBO).

Osprey - The first migrant of the spring was at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Apr 13 (RR).

Broad-winged Hawk - One was reported at Silver Lake in Port Dover Apr 13 (SH).

Little Gull - One as observed from Port Ryerse Apr 12 (HG, KG).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was at the Tip Apr 10 (MC).

Caspian Tern - The first migrant of the spring was off Hastings Drive Apr 13 (RR).

Snowy Owl - One was along the Long Point causeway and in the town site Apr 10-13 (M. Obs). One was in Port Rowan Apr 15 (MC) and BSC HQ Apr 16 (GB, RR).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - The first migrant of the spring was at Silver Lake in Port Dover Apr 14 (MT).

Barn Swallow - The first migrants of the spring were at Port Ryerse, 'New' Long Point Provincial Park (KB) and Old Cut (AT) Apr 13.

Marsh Wren - The first migrant of the spring was at Big Creek National Wildlife Area Apr 10 (JP).

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - The first migrants of the spring appeared all over southern Norfolk County Apr 3 (M. Obs).

Brown Thrasher - The first migrant of the spring was banded at Old Cut Apr 12 (LPBO).

Louisiana Waterthrush - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 12 (JD).

Pine Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 12 (MC, JD).

Black-throated Green Warbler - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 13-14 (LPBO).

Vesper Sparrow - The first migrant of the spring was along West Quarter Line Road Apr 11 (TM).

Observers - Gregor Beck (GB), Ken Burrell (KB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Mark Conboy (MC), James Durst (JD), Paula Gent (PG), Ted Gent (TG), Henny Giles (HG), Kevin Giles (KG), Sandra Hawkins (SH), Taylor Marshall (TM), Josh Pickering (JP), Ron Ridout (RR), Matt Timpf (MT), Antoine Turcotte-van de Rydt (AT), and Long Point Bird Observatory staff and volunteers (LPBO).

March 30-April 6

Cold was the theme of the past week at Long Point. Daytime highs and nighttime lows both hovered around zero, and persistent winds added to the chill. Active migration was very limited, with Song Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos comprising the bulk of the activity. Despite the poor conditions, a few first of the year birds such as Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, a single Purple Martin, and Brown Creepers appeared. Waterfowl numbers remained at modest levels on both Inner and Outer Long Point Bay. There was also a significant mammal observation this week: a Fisher, the first one in living memory, was filmed and photographed at the Tip Apr 2 (MC, SAM).

Long Point Bird Observatory opened its 58th migration monitoring season on April 1. Public banding demonstrations take place each morning (weather permitting) until early June. Visitors are always welcome. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

Highlights:

Red-throated Loon - One was in the boat channel between Rogers Avenue and Dickinson Avenue (immediately north of Old Cut) Apr 2 (MC, SAM) and Apr 4 (AT).

Red-necked Grebe - Three were on Outer Long Point Bay Apr 2 (SAM).

American Bittern - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 2 (LPBO, MC).

Double-crested Cormorant - The first migrants of the spring were at Port Dover Mar 31 (AC, NP).

Great Egret - The first migrant of the spring was near Port Ryerse (SB).

Northern Goshawk - One was seen north of St. Williams Apr 2 (EG).

Virginia Rail - The first migrant of the spring was at the Port Rowan Wetland Apr 1 (JD).

Wilson's Snipe - The first migrant of the spring was at Backus Woods Apr 2 (EB).

Greater Yellowlegs - The first migrant of the spring was at Dedrick Creek on Concession 1 Apr 2 (EG).

Little Gull - Two were at Port Dover Mar 30 (EG).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One flew over Old Cut Apr 5 (KC).

Snowy Owl - One was on the Long Point causeway Apr 1-2 (MC, HG).

Short-eared Owl - One was at Old Cut Apr 2 (MC, EE, SS)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - The first migrant of the spring was at Bill's Corners Mar 31 (CB).

Peregrine Falcon - One flew past the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Apr 3 (SP).

Northern Shrike - One was on the Crown Marsh Trail Mar 30-Apr 2 (JE, JP, SAM).

Common Raven - One was seen along Charlotteville Road 1 north of Turkey Point Mar 30 (HG).

Purple Martin - The first migrant of the spring was in Port Rowan Mar 31 (SAM).

Hermit Thrush - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 4 (SAM).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - One was at Old Cut Apr 1 (MC).

Chipping Sparrow - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Apr 1 (MC).

Fox Sparrow - One was at Old Cut Apr 3 (MC).

White-crowned Sparrow - The first migrant of the spring was at Old Cut Mar 31 (MC, SS), and it was the first bird banded of the 2018 season.

Savannah Sparrow - One was at Clear Creek Mar 31 (KB).

Eastern Towhee - The first migrants of the spring were at Old Cut and 'New' Long Point Provincial Park Mar 30 (M. Obs).

Common Redpoll - One was at the Port Rowan Wetland Mar 30 (SAM).

Observers - Eric Baldo (EB), Kathryn Boothby (KB), Sarah Bonnett (SB), Carrie Brown (CB), Kyle Cameron (KC), Mark Conboy (MC), Andrew Couturier (AC), James Durst (JD), Emily Emptrage (EE), Jodi Elchyshyn (JE), Eric Giles (EG), Henny Giles (HG), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Nathalie Paquette (NP), Josh Pickering (JP), Steven Price (SP), Sue Suess (SS), Adam Timpf (AT), and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

Winter Summary (January 1 to March 29, 2018)

Long Point endured a relatively cold and snowy winter for the first time in several years. Perhaps as a result of harsh weather, rare bird sightings were fairly scant. A brief thaw in late Feb did encourage the arrival of some early migrants. There were a few noteworthy birds over the course of the past three months, with geese taking centre stage; five species were seen Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area on a single visit Mar 16 (RR). Long Point Bird Observatory opens its doors and its nets Saturday April 1. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) between April 1 and early June. Visitors are always welcome. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

Snow Goose - Snow Geese began arriving in mid-Feb. The highest single count was of 9 along the Lakeshore Road fields Mar 9 (PG, TG).

Ross's Goose - Single birds were reported from the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Feb 20 (DL) and Lee Brown WMA Mar 16 (RR). Two birds were in flooded fields where Big Creek crosses Concession Road 2 Feb 25-27 (M. Obs).

Greater White-fronted Goose - Several small flocks or single birds were seen from time to time throughout the winter. The largest flock, 8 birds, frequented Lee Brown WMA Mar 12-18, before dwindling to a single bird until Mar 23 (M. Obs).

Cackling Goose - To round out the rare goose list, Cacklers were seen at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area Feb 21-Mar 18 (M. Obs) and at Dedrick Creek Mar 3-4 (JB, KB, MB, AZ). The highest count was of 15 at Lee Brown WMA March 17 (AT).

Trumpeter Swan - Three were seen in the Lakeshore Road fields Feb 22 (HG, KG) and off Port Rowan Feb 28 (SM). Single birds were reported at Lee Brown WMA (MN) and Hahn Marsh (KB) Mar 10.

Tundra Swan - There were several notable pushes of Tundra Swans in February and March but, in general, movements of this iconic Long Point species were slow and steady. High counts were made Feb 28 with 820 flying over the Bird Studies Canada headquarters (JA) and up to 1600 along the Long Point causeway Mar 15-17 (EP, JL).

White-winged Scoter - One was seen from the Long Pont causeway Mar 13 (SM).

American Bittern - One was flushed at the end of Rogers Avenue on Long Point Feb 5 (AT). A very unusual winter record.

Killdeer - A pulse of migrants arrived across the area with the late Feb thaw (M. Obs).

American Woodcock - The first migrant of the year arrived at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Feb 22 (KG, RG).

Wilson's Snipe - One was at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Jan 12 (DL).

Glaucous Gull - One flew over Old Cut Mar 4 (SM).

Snowy Owl - Birds were reported from Port Dover, Port Rowan, Lakeshore Road, Highway 59, Hastings Drive, and the Long Point causeway periodically Jan 1-Mar 28 (M. Obs).

Long-eared Owl - One was near the intersection of East Quarter Line Road and Highway 1 Feb 3 (SM).

Short-eared Owl - Short-eared Owls were fairly reliable in and around Port Rowan all winter. Single birds were seen (sometimes repeatedly) at the Big Creek National Wildlife Area, Lakeshore Road, the Bird Studies Canada headquarters, and the Port Rowan Wetland (M. Obs). Two were at the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Highway 59 Mar 28 (JP).

Belted Kingfisher - One was at Port Ryerse Jan 1 (KG, RG). Early migrants began to trickle in elsewhere in Mar (SM, TH).

Red-headed Woodpecker - A pair spent the winter in the Jackson-Gunn Forest (M. Obs).

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - One was in St. Williams Jan 1 (HG).

Northern Shrike - Scarce this winter. Single birds were at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters Mar 12 (RR), the Port Rowan Wetland Feb 21, Mar 11 and 13 (M. Obs), and near Port Ryerse Mar 3 (AJ, RS) and 13 (EG).

Common Raven - Single birds reported at the St. Williams Forest, Turkey Point Conservation Reserve and near Port Rowan periodically throughout the winter (M. Obs). This species is now regularly reported in very low numbers in Norfolk County.

Tufted Titmouse - There were scattered observations of this uncommon species ranging from Port Ryerse to Old Cut throughout the winter (M. Obs). The pair at Old Cut continued to be among the most reliably seen birds.

Winter Wren - Single birds were reported along Lakeshore Road Jan 14 (CS) and Mar 22 (BC; location unspecified). Two were seen along Concession A at Big Creek Jan 11 (HG, KG).

Hermit Thrush - A handful of birds appeared to overwinter across the area (M. Obs).

Gray Catbird - One was at Port Royal Jan 1 (KB).

Northern Mockingbird - One was near Fishers Glen Jan 21 (EG). Single birds were reported along County Road 28 between Jan 20 (AA, KB) and Mar 29 (AT).

Lapland Longspur - There was only a single report this winter, one near St. Williams Feb 5 (EG).

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Single birds were at Old Cut Jan 26 (MI), Concession A Mar 18 (GS, KS), and Fishers Glen Mar 26 (AT).

Chipping Sparrow - One was along Concession A Feb 14 (RS).

Fox Sparrow - One was in the St. Williams Forest Mar 13 (LF); possibly the first migrant of the year.

Savannah Sparrow - One was at a St. Williams feeder Jan 15-17 (EG). One was along Front Road Jan 17 (LF). Single birds were also at Clear Creek Mar 3 (TH) and the Inner Bay Viewing Stand Mar 23 (MV).

Eastern Meadowlark - One was at Lee Brown Wildlife Management Area Feb 28-Mar 15 (M. Obs). It was joined by another there Mar 15 (EP). One was at Port Ryerse Mar 19 (KB).

Common Redpoll - Rare this winter. One was at a St. Williams feeder Mar 17 (EG). One was at a feeder along Charlotteville Road 2 Mar 23 (RR) and continued until Mar 28 (AH).

Hoary Redpoll - A probable Hornemann's Hoary Redpoll briefly visited the same Charlotteville Road 2 feeder Mar 23 (DO). It was not seen subsequently.

Observers - Aaron Allensen (AA), Jody Allair (JA), Kathryn Boothby (KB), Jim Burrell (JB), Ken Burrell (KB), Mike Burrell (MB), Bob Cumming (BC), Lucas Foerster (LF), Paula Gent (PG), Ted Gent (TG), Eric Giles (EG), Henny Giles (HG), Kevin Giles (KG), Rebekah Giles (RG), Todd Hagedorn (TH), Audrey Heagy (AH), Tyler Hoar (TH), Matt Iles (MI), Adrian Juurlink (AJ), Dennis Lepage (DL), James Lees (JL), Stu Mackenzie (SM), Reuven Martin (RM), Mike Norton (MN), David Okines (DO), Helen Pattison (HP), Josh Pickering (JP), Ed Poropat (EP), Ron Ridout (RR), Kevin Seymour (KS), Richard Skevington (RS), Chris Street (CS), Greg Stuart (GS), Adam Timpf (AT), Matt Timpf (MT), Mike Vandyk (MV), and Anthony Zammit (AZ).

 

 

 

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