LPBO Sightings Board
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Number banded for the period
A cold front that blew through the region last week brought with it a rough patch of weather with consistent strong winds and rain but, when the winds calmed, a great push of Neotropical migrant warblers, rushes, and the last of many flycatchers followed. These movements culminated on September 11 when close to 300 birds were banded of nearly 50 species on Long Point. The windy days provided some excellent opportunities for lake-watching from the Tip with numerous jaegers observed. With a high pressure system full of hot, humid air settling over the area we don?t expect to see any other significant movements until next week. Migration monitoring takes place each morning (weather permitting) until November 15. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after sunrise. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at facebook.com/LPBO for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.
Black Scoter - One was observed on the lake at Breakwater September 9 (PCD)
Red-necked Grebe - One was observed off the Tip September 8 (JAK)
King Rail - One was observed at Breakwater September 13 (LPBO)
American Golden-Plover - One was observed at the Tip September 10 (LPBO)
White-rumped Sandpiper - One was observed at the Tip September 10 (LPBO)
Parasitic Jaeger - Two were observed at the tip September 8 as well as 6 unidentified Jaeger sp. (JAK) another was observed September 11 (JAK)
Long-tailed Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip September 13 (LPBO)
Little Gull - Individuals were observed at the Tip September 8 and 11 (JAK).
Purple Finch - Significant numbers (10-100 /day) have been observed at the field stations throughout the period signalling an irruption year for the species. Red-breasted Nuthatches are doing the same to a lesser extent.
Blackbirds - Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds are accumulating in the area with 10-20,000 easily observed daily primarily at dusk and dawn in the vicinity of the Big Creek National Wildlife Area.
Connecticut Warbler - One was banded at the Tip September 11 and another at Old Cut September 12 (LPBO).
Blackpoll Warbler - The most numerous warbler in the area over the last week. A high count of 44 were banded at the Tip September 11 (LPBO)
Observers - Peter Denyer (PCD), James Kennerley (JAK), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO).
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 2017 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.
As we enter the beginning of September we are beginning to see diverse mixed flocks of warblers arriving in the area and a consistent flow of Empidonax flycatchers and Catharus thrushes. Swallow numbers have declined significantly from the start of the month and are being replaced by a moderate movements of roosting blackbirds (1-5,000). September can yield some of the greatest diversity rivalling, and sometimes even surpassing the diversity of May at times. The best birding this time of year is typically along the lakeshore where migrants can be present in large numbers, or at the Old Cut Dyke, Big Creek National Wildlife Area at dawn or dusk.
Blue-winged Teal - Five birds were observed at the Tip September 1 (JLS) with another eight there September 3 (ERB).
Common Loons - Small numbers have been observed throughout the period (LPBO).
Common Nighthawks - Birds have been appearing in numbers with eight observed at the Tip August 31 (LPBO), and 28 observed over Port Rowan September 2 (SAM).
Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was banded at Old Cut August 29 (LPBO).
King Rail - One was heard off the Old Cut dyke early on the morning of September 6 (KGC, PCD, JLS).
American Golden Plover - One observed at the Tip August 27 (ERB, MAB, JLS).
Red Knot - One was observed along the south beach near the Tip August 27 (ERB, JLS)
Baird's Sandpiper - Several have been observed at all three stations in ones or twos (LPBO). Three were observed at the Tip September 3 (ERB)
Stilt Sandpiper - One was at Silver Lake, Port Dover September 2 - 5 (PD, RR et al.).
Great Horned Owl - One was heard at the Port Rowan Wetlands September 5 (KGC, PCD, BSH)
Great Egret - Some continue to be seen at the Tip and Old Cut but in lower numbers than last week (LPBO).
Peregrine Falcon - One was observed at the Tip August 27 (ERB), another was observed flying over Old Cut August 29 (KGC, BSH), while one was at the Tip September 3 (ERB).
Red-headed Woodpecker - One was observed at the Tip August 29 (LPBO).
Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was observed at Breakwater August 29 (JBF). Another was at the Tip September 6 (ERB).
Yellow-breasted Chat - One was banded at Old Cut August 29 (LPBO).
Blue-winged Warbler - One male was observed at Backus Woods August 31 (JAK).
Photo: Kyle Cameron
Kirtland's Warbler - A hatch-year female was banded at Old Cut September 6 representing the first of this species banded at Long Point (LPBO). This is Long Point's second record this year, ninth overall and first fall record since 1941.
Connecticut Warbler - One was banded at the Tip September 3 (LPBO).
Northern Parula - One was observed at Old Cut September 2 (JAK). Another was in Long Pt Provincial Park September 3 (PD, RR).
Dickcissel - One was observed at the Port Rowan Wetland September 1 (SAM).
Observers - Emma Buck (ERB), Megan Buers (MAB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Pete Davidson (PD), Peter Denyer (PCD), Brett Fried (JBF), Bronwyn Harkness (BSH), James Kennerley (JAK), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), John Swallow (JLS).
The fall migration monitoring program is now in full swing at LPBO. The start of the season began with hot weather, heavy winds and rain that slowed migration considerably. The massive swallow and martin roosts have subsided but there are still many lingering birds. Over the past week large numbers of warblers (24 species so far), most Empidonax flycatchers, and Veery and Swainson's Thrush have started moving through.
Blue-winged Teal - The first migrants of the season were observed at Breakwater August 25 (JBF, KBH).
Common Nighthawk - Nighthawks have begun to accumulate with a high of 6 at Old Cut August 22 (AW).
Great Egret - Numerous individuals have been moving through, or accumulating at a nearby roost, with a high count of 23 at Old Cut on August 18th (LPBO).
Peregrine Falcon - One was observed at Old Cut August 19, and another at the Tip August 22 (JBF, EKH).
Willet - Two were observed at the Tip August 17 (ERB, MAB, AVP).
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Three separate individuals were observed at the Tip between August 18 and 21 (LPBO).
Red Knot - One was observed August 18 along the Tip's south shore (ERB, KGC), and, presumably the same bird, was observed at the Tip August 20 (JFB, EKH).
Baird's Sandpiper - One and two individuals have been observed along Long Point throughout the period (LPBO).
Olive-sided Flycatcher - One was observed at the Tip August 23 (JBF, EKH), one to a max of 3 were observed at Breakwater August 24-26, and another was observed at Old Cut August 26 (AW).
Red-shouldered Hawk - One was observed at Old Cut August 23 (KGC).
Hairy Woodpecker - One was observed at Old Cut August 20 (KGC, Friends of LPBO).
Hermit Thrush - Two likely local breeders were banded at the Tip August 23 (JBF).
Northern Mockingbird - One was observed at Breakwater August 25 (JBF).
Golden-winged Warbler - A hatch-year male was banded at Breakwater August 25 (LPBO).
Cerulean Warbler - One female was observed at Breakwater August 27 (JBF, EKH).
Purple Finch - Small numbers have been observed throughout the period (LPBO).
Pine Siskin - The first migrants of the season were observed at Old Cut and the Tip August 25 (LPBO).
Observers - Emma Buck (ERB), Megan Buers (MAB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Brett Fried (JBF), Erika Hentsch (EKH), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO), Alice Palmer (AVP).
July - August 15
The fall migration monitoring season has kicked off here at Long Point Bird Observatory. It's been a dry and hot summer at Long Point, visible migration has been limited due to the weather. However the majority of our migrants as of late have been shorebirds and swallows. Each evening thousands of swallows can be observed heading to their roosting sites here at Long Point, offering quite a spectacle. Many noteworthy species have been observed over our summer break and who knows what will be found in the months to come. Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) until November 15. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after sunrise. Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter or Facebook at facebook.com/LPBO for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.
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American Golden-Plover - Two adult birds were observed along the south shore of Long Point August 4 with another August 11 (JBF, SAM).
Baird's Sandpiper - Two birds were seen along the south shore of Long Point August 11 (SAM).
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - One individual was seen along the south shore of Long Point August 11. (SAM).
Whimbrel - Several observations this month at Long Point. One bird was seen along the south shore of Long Point August 3, three more birds were seen at near Breakwater August 4 and a single bird at the Tip August 10 (SAM, JBF, MF).
Willet - Seven birds where observed a few KM west of Breakwater along the south shore August 4 (JBF, BB).
Lesser Black-backed Gull - One 3rd cycle bird was seen off the Tip August 11 (SAM).
King Rail - One bird was heard calling at Breakwater on August 8th with another at Big Creek August 13 (YSA, SAM).
Snowy Owl - One, possibly two, birds were present through July into early August providing Long Point's first summer records. One was most frequently observed near the Sandboy Marina until August 7 (M.Obs).
Fish Crow - One bird was harassed by American Crows at BSC headquarters July 20 (SAM, RR, SP).
Prairie Warbler - One was observed at the Tip during the Young Ornithologist Workshop August 8 (LPBO).
Dickcissel - A single flyby at the Tip August 3 (SAM).
Yellow-headed Blackbird - A male was found on Marina Road east of Port Rowan August 15 (LS).
Observers - Yousif Attia (YSA), Brodie Badcocks-Parks (BB), Myles Falconer (MF), Brett Fried (JBF), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Steven Price (SP), Ron Ridout (RR), Linda Slade (LS) and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).