[Ontbirds] OFO Convention 2016 Bird List: 181 species

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Wed Sep 28 17:47:31 EDT 2016

The total species reported for the three-day OFO Convention at Kingston
and nearby areas (September 23 to 25) currently stands at 181 species. This
total is the second highest recorded at a convention. The highest total was
the 184 species observed last year at Point Pelee. In third place now are
the 178 species reported at Presqu'ile (2012) and Point Pelee (2013).

Migration-inducing weather to start the weekend, an unusually warm September
that encouraged lingering species, 256 registrants, 31 field trips led by
expert birders, and the rich birding potential of the many areas visited
were factors that contributed to the remarkable number of species observed
during the Kingston convention.

Noteworthy birds included: Eurasian Wigeon, Golden Eagle, Little Gull,
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Hooded Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, and
Nelson's Sparrow. (Note that the Eurasian Wigeon was found by Dave Milsom,
contrary to the information I had at the Saturday banquet.)

Total species reported for the following groups are shown in parentheses:
ducks (20), shorebirds (18), gulls (6), warblers (23) and sparrows (11).

The complete species list will be posted on the OFO website (www.ofo.ca).

Thanks again to all the organizers, trip leaders and participants for a very
successful convention.

Hope to see you at the next OFO Convention at Long Point on 22-24 September

Good birding.

Ron Tozer
Convention Checklist Compiler
Dwight, Ontario

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