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LPBO Sightings Board

 

Fall 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

316 - 133
Season Total 1930 1033 1497

 

October 12

The week started off with cool seasonal temperatures, but warmed up rapidly in the latter half stalling migration. Many lingering species have been seen in the area this week including Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee and a reasonable selection of warblers. There was, however, a significant shift toward temperate migrants such as kinglets, creepers, sparrows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Large numbers of waterfowl continue to move into the area with about 15,000 to 20,000 ducks on Long Point's Inner and Outer bays at any given time. Best viewing sites are the Inner Bay lookouts in Port Rowan and the Causeway along with the Old Cut Research Station in the early morning to catch flights of ducks departing the Inner Bay to roost on the lake. Raptors continue to frequent the shorelines on favourable winds and owl migration has just started.

Public banding demonstrations take place each morning (weather permitting) at the Old Cut Research Station until November 15. Owl banding takes place each night (weather permitting) and begins one hour after sunset. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after sunrise. It's a spectacular time of year here at LPBO and Norfolk County with colours that can rival Algonquin Park and Muskoka.

Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter, on Facebook at facebook.com/LPBO, or Instagram @longpointbirds for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - Five birds were seen flying over the marsh towards the Bird Studies Canada headquarters on October 11 (SAM).

American Wigeon - Large numbers continued to congregate on the Inner Bay this week (LPBO).

Redhead - One can expect to see about 1000 - 5000 on the Inner Bay or flying over Old Cut daily. The high count this week involved 7,100 individuals over Old Cut October 9 (LPBO).

Scaup - Approximately 10,000, primarily Greaters, continue on Long Point's Outer Bay. Some thousands of Lessers can be found in more sheltered waters (LPBO).

Scoters - White-winged, Black, and Surf scoters have been regularly observed at the Tip throughout the period (LPBO).

Horned Grebe - 11 birds were observed of the Tip October 8 (KCG).

Black-bellied Plover - A single bird was observed at Old Cut October 10 (SAM, SS).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - A few lingering individuals remain with sightings at the Tip and Old Cut, both October 10 (JBF, SS, RWW).

Parasitic Jaeger - There were a couple of sightings this week from the Tip October 7 and 11 (JBL, KJR, RWW).

Lesser Black Backed Gull - An adult bird was observed at the Tip October 11 (LPBO).

Glaucous Gull - An adult bird was observed roosting on the Tip October 8 (KCG)

Forster's Tern - Five were observed on the Inner Bay October 9 (RWW).

Great Egret - One bird was observed along the Causeway near Big Creek October 9, with two more observed October 10 (JBF).

Red-throated Loon - One individual was observed at the Tip October 4 (KCG).

Northern Saw-whet Owl - Nightly monitoring continues at both stations until November 15.

Eastern Screech Owl - The Tip banded a hatch-year bird the evening of October 9 (LPBO).

Hairy Woodpecker - One bird observed at the Tip October 5 (LPBO).

Red-headed Woodpecker - There were a couple of observations of this species this week. One was heard and observed at Old Cut October 10 while another was observed at the Tip October 9 (JBF, JBL, KJR).

Peregrine Falcon - The species continues to migrate in good numbers. Birds are being seen daily off the Tip with a high count of five October 11 (LPBO).

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - A late individual was observed briefly at a private residence near Walsingham on October 10 (AT).

White-eyed Vireo - A hatch-year bird was observed at the Tip October 6 (JBL).

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Large numbers of this species have been observed at LPBO this week. 34 birds were banded at the Tip October 11 (LPBO).

Evening Grosbeak - A female type bird was observed flying past the Tip cabin October 9 (RWW).

Bobolink - A very late individual was heard flying over the Old Cut platform October 9 (AEW).

"Yellow" Palm Warbler - One briefly landed on an office window at the Bird Studies Canada headquarters October 12 (SAM).

Indigo Bunting - A couple of late individuals were observed this week. One was at a private residence near Walsingham and another at Old Cut October 12 (AT, LB).

Winter Finches - Purple Finches, American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins continue to move through the area daily. Many more are expected.

Observers - Lucas Berrigan (LB), Brett Fried (JBF), Kyle Cameron (KCG), Jesse Lewis (JBL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Kalia Ritchie (KJR), Sachi Snively (SS), Adam Timpf (AT), Amy Wilson (AEW), Ross Wood (RWW) and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (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 lpbo@birdscanada.org. 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.

October 5

Cooler temperatures, brisk October winds, along with falling leaves from the trees and in our nets are all tell-tale signs that Autumn is finally taking hold at Long Point. It's a spectacular time of year here at LPBO and Norfolk County with colours that can rival Algonquin Park and Muskoka.

Subsequently, migration is in full swing. Large numbers of waterfowl have moved into the area with about 15,000 to 20,000 ducks on Long Point's Inner and Outer bays at any given time. Best viewing sites are the Inner Bay look outs in Port Rowan and the Causeway along with the Old Cut Research Station in the early morning to catch flights of ducks departing the Inner Bay to roost on the lake. Raptors continue to frequent the shorelines on favourable winds and owl migration has just started. Passerines are moving through in large numbers with a surprising diversity of tropical migrants. More than 20 warbler species were recorded this week.

Public banding demonstrations take place each morning (weather permitting) at the Old Cut Research Station until November 15. Owl banding takes place each night (weather permitting) and begins one hour after sunset. Visitors are always welcome and daily birding hikes depart Old Cut one hour after sunrise.

Follow @LongPointBirdOb on Twitter, on Facebook at facebook.com/LPBO, or Instagram @longpointbirds for daily updates on banding and birding at Long Point.

Highlights:

Snow Goose - One was at the Lee Brown WMA September 22 (RVT, AV)

American Wigeon - Approximately 3000 can currently be found on the Inner Bay (LPBO).

Redhead - The first accumulation of birds was observed this week with about 1000 - 5000 observed on the Inner Bay or flying over Old Cut.

Scaup - Approximately 10,000, primarily Greater, are frequenting Long Point's Outer Bay. Some thousands of Lessers can be found in more sheltered waters (LPBO).

Scoters - White-winged and Surf scoters have been regularly observed at the Tip throughout the period (LPBO).

Horned Grebe - The first of the season was observed on the Outer Bay September 27 (SAM) and at the Tip Oct 2 (AVP, MIB).

Forster's Tern - Eight were observed on the Inner Bay September 27 (SAM).

Red-throated Loon - One individual was observed at the Tip October 4 (KCG).

Great Egret - Several were observed at numerous locations throughout the period. Four were seen at Old Cut October 1 with two more October 3 (LPBO).

Turkey Vulture - Strong northerly winds October 4 prompted 842 birds to move past the Coves (YSA, SAM, RR).

Peregrine Falcon - There were numerous sightings throughout the period with a high count of nine flying in off the lake at the Tip October 4 (LPBO).

Northern Saw-whet Owl - Nightly monitoring continues at both stations until November 15.

Hairy Woodpecker - There were several observations at Old Cut and the Tip (LPBO).

Bank Swallow - Four late migrants flew west past the Coves October 4 (SAM, RR).

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Incredible numbers of this species have been observed at LPBO this week. A high count of 75 was tallied September 30 (LPBO).

Orange-crowned Warbler - This species has appeared regularly this week at both stations (LPBO).

Yellow Warbler - September's summery weather prompted some birds to linger. Late individuals were seen at Old Cut September 29 (PD, SAM, RR) and Hastings Drive September 30 (RR).

Connecticut Warbler - Individuals were banded at the Tip September 28 and 29 (LPBO).

Mourning Warbler - A late individual was observed at the Coves October 4 (YSA).

Yellow-breasted Chat - A hatch-year female was banded at the Tip on September 28 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - One was observed flying over Long Point Provincial Park on September 29 (eBird).

Winter Finches - Purple Finches and small numbers of Pine Siskins continue to move through the area. American Goldfinches continue to pass through in large numbers. We expect many more to come.

Observers - Yousif Attia (YSA), Michaela Berdough (MIB), Peter Denyer (PD), Kyle Cameron (KCG), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Alice Palmer (AVP), Ron Ridout (RR), Rohan van Twest (RVT), Anthony Vanderheyden (AV), and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

September 27

Cooler weather this week has ramped up migration here at Long Point. Throughout the week there have been large numbers of Blue Jays and Northern Flickers migrating overhead, thousands of blackbirds filling the sky, and large surges of warblers and thrushes. On September 26, LPBO experienced a large Blackpoll Warbler fallout in which the Tip banded 121 individuals and estimated 800 in the area. On September 27, the first signs of temperate migrants including Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and sparrows were observed.

Banding takes place each morning (weather permitting) until November 15. Owl banding takes place each night (weather permitting) and begins one hour after sunset. 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.

Highlights:

Brant - Six record early birds were observed flying over the Inner Bay towards Turkey Point September 27 (SAM).

Surf Scoter - Scattered sightings off the Tip represented the first of the season (LPBO).

American Golden Plover - A banded individual was observed at the Tip September 27(SAM).

Peregrine Falcon - This species passed through in good numbers with several seen in a variety of locations along the lake.

Northern Saw Whet Owl - The first of the season was banded at Old Cut September 26 (LPBO).

Hairy Woodpecker - Two birds were observed at Old Cut September 22 (LPBO).


Western Kingbird Photo: Ron Ridout

Western Kingbird - A very rare mainland individual was observed by a few lucky observers in the vicinity of Cove Rd September 26 (SAM, RR, APT), and re-found further west at Clear Creek September 27 (GP).

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was observed at Old Cut September 22 (JBF).

Pine Warbler - A high count of six were observed at Old Cut September 22 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - Individuals were banded at Old Cut September 21 and the Tip September 28 (LPBO).

Dickcissel - There were three independent observations of likely the same individual at the base of Long Point September 23. It was first observed flying east over Old Cut (SAM), later heard and observed in Long Point Provincial Park flying west (APT, TM), and then observed continuing to fly west at Old Cut shortly thereafter (EKH).

Winter Finches and allies - Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches continue to move through the area in good numbers, and there has been a surge of American Goldfinches. The first few individual Pine Siskins were observed this week. Expect many more to come.

Observers: Brett Fried (JBF), Erika Hentsch (EKH), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall ( TM), George Prieksaitis (GP), Ron Ridout (RR), Adam Timpf (APT) and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

September 20

The warm weather and clear skies throughout the week have been great for watching visible migration. Large flocks of blackbird and kettles of hawks fill the sky and although the banding has been slow many firsts of the season have appeared this week. The passerine movement has been primarily dominated by thurshes, Blackpoll and Magnolia Warblers.

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.

Highlights:

Great Egret - 18 birds were observed roosting along the Crown Marsh Trail September 20 (AT).

Sharp-shinned Hawk - Large numbers of this species have been passing through LPBO. A high count of 114 was observed at the Tip September 15 (LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon - This species has been moving through LPBO in good numbers this week. A high count of four birds was observed at the Tip September 17. One at Breakwater and another two birds were observed both at Old Cut and the Tip September 18 (LPBO).

Hairy Woodpecker - One was observed at Old Cut September 19 (JAK).

Northern Mockingbird - A hatch-year bird was banded at the Tip September 16 (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - One was banded at Breakwater September 15 (LPBO).

Orange-crowned Warbler - The first of the season was banded at Old Cut September 16 (LPBO).

Pine Warbler - The first of the season was banded at Old Cut September 19 (LPBO).

Orchard Oriole - A single bird was observed at Old Cut September 17 (LPBO).

Observers - James Kennerley (JAK), Adam Timpf (AT) and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

September 14

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.

Highlights:

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).

September 6

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.

Highlights:

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).

August 27

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.

Highlights:

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).

 

 

 

 

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