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LPBO Sightings Board

 

Spring 2019

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 lpbo@birdscanada.org. 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.

If you enjoy these updates and wish to support the research, training, and conservation projects of the Long Point Bird Observatory, please consider supporting the Cygnus Crusaders in their Great Canadian Birdathon, or better yet, conduct your own Birdathon for LPBO.

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

223 - 527
Season Total 523   669

April 12

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.

Highlights:

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)

April 7

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).

 

 

 

 

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