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LPBO Sightings Board

 

Fall 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 November 15. Owl monitoring will commence on fair-weather nights from October 1 to November 15. 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

330 408 112
Season Total 867 951 152
Monarch Census Cumulative Total   949 1320

September 6

The first week of September brought cooler temperatures and mainly clear skies overnight resulting in significant migration. That hasn?t necessarily translated into lots of birds on the ground. Nevertheless, passerine diversity has increased and numbers are steadily climbing. The vast swallow roosts of recent weeks have now dwindled an echo of the hundreds of thousands of just a week ago. Purple Martin numbers have also decreased from a peak of 30,000 at Old Cut to about 5,000. September can often rival May in terms of diversity and brilliance in our region, so get outside and Go Birding!

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - One was observed along the south shore of Long Point September 5 (JBF, MTT).

Horned Grebe - An individual was observed at the Tip September 4 (EJR).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One adult was observed at the Tip September 5 (JBF).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was banded at the Tip September 3 (LPBO).

American Golden Plover - One was at Breakwater September 3 (MTT) and one was observed along the south shore of Long Point September 5 (JBF, EJR).

Red Knot - An individual was at Townsend?s Sewage Lagoons September 4 (JL).

Stilt Sandpiper - Two were at Townsend?s Sewage Lagoons September 4 and three were present there September 5 (JL).

Baird's Sandpiper - One was at the Tip August 29 (JBF, EJR).

Buff-breasted Sandpiper - One was observed along the south shore of Long Point September 5 (JBF, MTT).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Two were at Old Cut September 4 (SMJ).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - Numerous individuals were observed at all three research stations throughout the period (LPBO).

Red-headed Woodpecker - One was observed at Breakwater September 3 (LPBO).

Winter Wren - An individual was observed at Fairnorth Farm September 1 (KB).

Northern Mockingbird - One was observed at the Tip August 29 and September 1 (LPBO).

Eastern White-crowned Sparrow - The same individual has been lingering at Old Cut throughout the period (LPBO).

Orchard Oriole - One was at Old Cut August 28 & 29 (CPG & SMJ) and another at Breakwater September 1 (MTT).

Blue-winged Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut August 31 (LPBO).

Brewster's Warbler - This hybrid was banded at Breakwater August 31 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut while two were banded and three more observed at the Tip September 5 (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut and Breakwater August 31 (LPBO).

Blackpoll Warbler - A respectable 263 were observed at the Tip September 4 (LPBO).

Prairie Warbler - One was observed at Breakwater September 5 (MTT).

Observers: Kathryn Boothby (KB), Brett Fried (JBF), Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), James Lees (JL), Elijah Rodgers (EJR), Matt Timpf (MTT), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO)

August 30

Migration has been generally slow and steady with increasing diversity but no significant movements to speak of, except for the astonishing evening swallow and martin roosts in the Long Point wetland complex. The roost at Big Creek National Wildlife Area was in excess of 100,000 birds with numerous other roosts in the tens of thousands. More than 30,000 Purple Martin spent nights somewhere in the Long Point Crown Marsh and Company marshes west of Old Cut. Unfortunately these roosts can be difficult to observe. The best vantage points are from any of the three observation platforms in or surrounding Big Creek NWA or on the Old Cut Dyke in the half hour of twilight after sunset.

Highlights:

White-winged Scoter - Two were observed at Breakwater August 23 (ZWD).

Red-breasted Merganser - One was observed at the Tip August 23-29 (SAM, JBF).

Common Nighthawk - Birds were observed regularly at dusk from the Old Cut Dyke and Big Creek NWA (LPBO).

Whimbrel - One was observed flying over Big Creek NWA August 24 (SAM).

Ruddy Turnstone - One bird was observed at the Tip August 24, 25, 28 (SAM, JBF).

Baird's Sandpiper - Individuals were observed at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park August 22, and the Tip August 25 (eBird, JBF).

White-rumped Sandpiper - One was present at Silver Lake in Port Dover August 28 (SAM).

Pectoral Sandpiper - One was present at Silver Lake in Port Dover August 28 (SAM). Yellowlegs sp. - One flock totalling 50 Lesser and 10 Greater was observed at Breakwater August 27 (MTT).

Least Bittern - Two were heard from the Old Cut Dyke August 28 (SMJ).

Peregrine Falcon - Several individuals were observed from the Tip, Big Creek NWA, Old Cut, and the 'New' Provincial Park (SAM, CG, JBG).

Prairie Falcon - Long Point's second record was observed between the 'New' Provincial Park and Breakwater August 24 (SAM, RWW). Coincidentally, the first was observed at the Tip 23 years to the day in 1996. One observed December 18, 1976 was thought to be a bird that had recently escaped a falconer near Toronto.

Olive-sided Flycatcher - Individuals have been observed regularly at Old Cut and Breakwater (LPBO) with birds banded at Old Cut August 25 & 28 and at Breakwater August 29.

Swallows - A roost of more than 100,000 birds was present at Big Creek National Wildlife Area August 24 through 28 dwindling to about 50,000 on the 29th. The reduction may just be a result of wind conditions. The roost is comprised of Bank, Barn, and Tree swallows and very small numbers of Rough-winged and Cliff swallows. Lower numbers of Purple Martins are roosting further west,.

Purple Martin - High counts of 30,000 were observed at Old Cut (SMJ) and 12,500 at Breakwater (MTT, ZWD) August 27 and August 28 respectively.

Northern Mockingbird - Individuals were observed at all three stations this week; the Tip August 29 (EJR), Breakwater August 25 (MTT), and Old Cut August 29 (SAM).

Orchard Oriole - One was observed at Old Cut August 28 & 29 (LPBO).

Blue-winged Warbler - One was observed at Breakwater on August 23 (MTT) while another was at the Timpf Farm August 24 (APT).

Hooded Warbler - One female was banded at Breakwater August 20 (LPBO).

Prairie Warbler - One was observed at the Tip August 28 (JBF).

Observers:

Brett Fried (JBF), Callum Gibson (CG), Julian Grudens (JBG), Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Elijah Rodgers (EJR), Adam Timpf (APT), Matthew Timpf (MTT), Julie Webber (ZWD), Ross Wood (RWW), Long Point Observatory Staff and Volunteers (LPBO).

August 19

Trumpeter Swan - Three were observed at Turkey Point Marina July 21 (RH).

Tundra Swan - One individual lingered throughout spring and was last observed at Lee Brown WMA June 14 (KGC).

Long-tailed Duck - One male over-summered near the Tip (LPBO).

Ring-necked Pheasant - One was spotted along Norfolk County Road 60 July 17 and 18 (MVB, CJ).

White-winged Dove - One continued at the Tip until June 8 (LPBO).

Common Nighthawk - The first migrant of the season was observed at Old Cut August 18 (LPBO).

Upland Sandpiper - One flew over the 'New' Provincial Park August 8 (KGB).

Whimbrel - One flew over St. Williams July 21 (RR).

Baird's Sandpiper - One was observed at Breakwater August 4 (SMJ).

Red-necked Phalarope - One was observed at the Tip August 10 (SAM).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was at the 'New' Provincial Park July 11 (SAM).

Red-throated Loon - An individual seen flying over Old Cut August 18 provided a first for August Long Point record (ER).

Common Loon - A summering group of 123 was observed on the Outer Bay June 26 (SAM).

Heron sp.- A smaller (than a Great Blue) dark heron seen flying at Highway 59 and Highway 3 in Courtland July 18 (DL) raised suspicions of Little Blue Heron.

Great Egret - A high count of 23 were observed at Breakwater August 14 (MTT, SMJ). They can be observed daily from the Old Cut dyke at dawn.

Merlin - A Simcoe nest which produced three young provided the first confirmed breeding record for Norfolk C83ounty.

Peregrine Falcon - Two were observed flying over the 'New' Provincial Park August 9 (KGB). One flew over Silver Lake August 10 (YOW).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - Individuals were observed at Breakwater August 11, 13 and 14 (MTT) and at Old Cut August 14 (SAM).

Bank Swallow - Large numbers can be found throughout late July and August at Long Point. High counts this year were 65,000 from the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park August 9 and 30,000 at Breakwater August 15 (MTT, SMJ).

Purple Martin - Up to 25,000 are estimated to be in the greater Long Point area occupying numerous smaller roosts ranging in size from 500 to 12,000 birds. There were high counts of 6,000 at Breakwater August 10 (MTT, SMJ) and 12,000 at Old Cut August 15 (ERB).

Golden-crowned Kinglet - One was observed in the Old Cut woodlot August 17 (ER, CG).


Photo: Stu Mackenize

Henslow's Sparrow - A territorial male was present near Walsingham from early June through early August (APT). It was observed carrying food in mid-July but breeding was not otherwise confirmed. This is the first summer record at Long Point since 2005. The last migrant was at Old Cut April 29, 2011.

White-crowned Sparrow - One moulting adult was banded at Old Cut August 9 (LPBO). This is the first August record for Long Point.

Golden-winged Warbler - One male was observed at Breakwater August 14 (MTT)

Observers: Emma Buck (ERB), Kenneth Burrell (KGB), Mike Burrell (MVB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Erica Dunn (ED), Anonymous eBirder (eBird), Callum Gisbon (CG), Randy Husson (RH), Colin Jones (CJ), Denis Lepage (DL), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Elijah Rodgers (ER), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT) Young Ornithologist Workshop Participants (YOW), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and Volunteers.

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