[Ontbirds] Long Point Update for October 26 - possible Hermit Warbler?, Ducks and Blackbirds...

Stu Mackenzie stu.a.mackenzie at gmail.com
Sat Oct 27 07:26:54 EDT 2018


Strong northerly winds persisted for most of the week creating favourable
conditions for migration on certain days. On October 23, the Tip crew
experienced the busiest day of the season so far banding an impressive 404
birds of 27 species.There have been some moderately busy morning flights and
diurnal migrations throughout the week on favourable north-west winds with
primary comrpsied of winter finches, American Robins and a mix of other
goodies The seven best locations at Long Point to observe these flights are
(west to east): The Coves, BSC Headquarters in Port Rowan, Big Creek
National Wildlife Area, the Dyke at the Old Cut Research Station, the Long
Point Provincial Park - Turtle Dunes Campground, Breakwater (restricted
access), and the Tip ( access only). See the
<http://www.birdscanada.org/longpoint/index.jsp?targetpg=lpbt&lang=EN> Long
Point Birding Trail for location details.

Large numbers of waterfowl continue to in the area with about 40-50,000
ducks on Long Point's Inner and Outer bay at any given time. Best viewing
sites are the Inner Bay look outs in Port Rowan and the Causeway. Early
mornings flights of mostly Redheads and Canvasback (currently 15-20,000)
leaving the Inner Bay to roost on the open lake can be observed at the Old
Cut Research Station or Long Point Provincial Park. Raptors continue to
frequent the shorelines on favourable winds and owl migration has just
started to pick up at the stations with 22 Northern Saw-whet owls banded at
Old Cut on October 24. 

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 banding takes place each night (weather permitting)
and begins one hour after sunset. LPBO's Old Cut Research Station is located
at 15 Old Cut Blvd, Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0

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

Highlights:

Snow Goose - Seven (6 white, 1 blue) were observed at the Long Point
Provincial Park - Turtle Dunes on October 19 (AE, KGB).

Brant - Twelve birds were observed flying off the Tip October 18, and 3 were
observed on October 19 (SDS, JBF).

Tundra Swan - A high count of 120 were observed October 25 on the Outer Bay
(LPBO). 

American Wigeon - Many thousands continue to congregate on the Inner Bay
(LPBO).

Redhead - High count of 18,000 flying over Old Cut on the morning of October
25 (LPBO). 

Scaup - Approximately 25-30,000, primarily Greater, are frequenting Long
Point's Outer Bay. Some thousands of Lessers can be found in more sheltered
waters (LPBO).

Scoters - White-winged, Black and Surf scoters have been regula-rly observed
in large numbers in the Outer Bay and at the Tip (LPBO).

Long-tailed Duck - Decent numbers are now frequenting the area, primarily in
the Outer Bay and off the Tip.

Ruddy Duck - Up to 5,000 can be found on the Inner Bay and off Long Point's
south shore. 

Horned Grebe - A high count of 53 were observed at the Tip October 25
(LPBO). 

Red-necked Grebe - Scattered sighting off the Tip this week including two
October 25 (JBF, SDS).          

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - A late individual was observed in the Long Point
Provincial Park on October 21 (SAM).

Virginia Rail - One was observed crossing a channel at Big Creek NWA on
October 26 (BN)

American Golden Plover - One was observed flying over the Long Point
Provincial Park - Turtle Dunes on October 19 (AE). A young bird was observed
at the Tip on October 21 - 22 (JBF).

Common Gallinule - A late bird was seen at the BSC Headquarter's October 22
(SAM).

Dunlin - A high count of 100 were observed at Turkey Point October 20 (SAM).

Little Gull - Three were observed at the Tip October 18, another October 21,
and two in the Outer Bay October 25 (JBF).

Red-throated Loon - Numerous indivduals were observed throughout the period
with highs of 3 at the Tip October 18 and the Long Point Provincial Park
October 21. 

American Bittern - One was observed in the Long Point Provincial Park
October 24 (SAM).

Bald Eagle - An impressive 33 birds were seen flying past Tip and over the
lake October 17 (LPBO).

Northern Goshawk - One was observed flying over Old Cut October 24 (HBM).

Broad-winged Hawk - A late bird was observed over Old Cut October 23
(Friends of LPBO).

Red-shouldered Hawk - A young bird was observed at the Long Point Provincial
Park October 19 (AE), and an adult bird was seen floating flying past Old
Cut October 22 (Friends of LPBO).

Golden Eagle - A young bird was observed flying over Old Cut October 18
(KGC, PCD), two at the Long Point Provincial Park - Turtle Dunes October 19
(AE), and an adult at the same location October 24 (SAM, RR).

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

Eastern Screech Owl - A young bird was banded at Old Cut on October 20 and
another was recaptured at the Tip on October 24 (LPBO).

Short-eared Owl - One was observed at the Turtle Dunes in the Long Point
Provincial Park October 19 (AE), and another at the Big Creek National
Wildlife Area October 26 (SAM).

Long-eared Owl - One was heard during owl monitoring on October 24 at Old
Cut (PCD, MED).

Red-headed Woodpecker - Two birds were observed at Old Cut, single birds at
the Tip (DR, JBF), and Long Point Provincial Park October 21 (SAM, APT, RR).

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Twenty were observed migrating past the Long Point
Provincial Park - Turtle Dunes on October 19 (AE).

Northern Shrike - The first of the season was observed at Old Cut October 19
and another October 21(LEB). The Tip has had regular observations this week
including a young bird banded October 21 (LPBO).

Red-eyed Vireo - Two late individuals were seen this week. One was
photographed on a private residence on October 20, and another was observed
October 21 at Turtle Dunes (KB, AT, SAM).

Common Raven - One was seen on HWY 45 near West Quarter Line October 22
(TA).

Bank Swallow - 10 late individuals were observed at Old Cut October 22 (PCD,
MED, MIB).

Barn Swallow - Two were observed flying past the BSC headquarters October 23
(SAM).

Cliff/ Cave Swallow - An unidentified light-rumped swallow was observed
flying past the BSC headquarters October 23, however the bird was suspected
to be a Cliff. (SAM)

Tree Swallow - Double-digit numbers were observed throughout the week. 

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Large numbers continue to migrate through the area.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - A late individual was observed at the Tip from
October 23-25 (SDS).

Eastern Bluebird - Impressive numbers have been seen this fall at the main
visible migration spots. 

American Robin - A high of 1,126 were observed at the Long Point Provincal
Park - Turtle Dunes on October 21 (SAM, RR).

Brown Thrasher - A late bird appeared at the Tip October 21-24 (LPBO).

Northern Mockingbird - One made a brief appearance in the garden at the Tip
October 24 (SDS).

American Pipit - This species has been actively moving through the area. A
high count of 91 was observed flying over Long Point Provincal Park - Turtle
Dunes October 21 (SAM).

Evening Grosbeak - Two birds were observed at Turtle Dunes October 21 (SAM).

Winter Finches - Large numbers of Purple Finches, American Goldfinches and
Pine Siskins are still moving through the area. 

Snow Bunting - The first of the season showed up at the Tip and Long Point
Provincial Park October 21 (LPBO, SAM), a high count of four birds were seen
October 22 (SVS, JBF). 

Lapland Longspur - Two birds were observed at the Tip October 24, this
sighting represents for the first of the season. (JBF)

Vesper Sparrow - A high count of 22 birds were observed at the Tip October
21 (LPBO).

Rusty Backbird - Large numbers continue to pass through the area. Listen
carefully in those flocks of blackbirds to observe this species. 

Icterids - Large numbers of Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds can be
observed flying through the region in the multiple tens of thousands. The
Tip experienced a fallout during a passing thunderstorm October 23 that
involved ~12,000 individuals landing on the beach and in the garden. (LPBO).
Approxiamtely 250,000, primarily grackles, were observed flying into a roost
at Big Creek National Wildlife Area October 26 (SAM).

Warblers - Several late and lingering species have been observed in the area
throughout the week including American Redstart, Blackpoll, Common
Yellowthroat, Magnolia, Nashville, Orange-crowned  and Tennessee Warblers. 

possible Hermit Warbler - Some very compelling photos were taken of this
bird at the Long Point Provincial Park October 18 (AE - available here:
https://ebird.org/canada/view/checklist/S49281961). There has been some
debate over the identification of this bird, but Hermit Warbler seems to be
the most likely candidate at this stage. The investigation will continue,
but ultimately the final decision may rest with the Ontario Rare Bird Record
Committee (OBRC) and ebirder reviewer commons. If accepted by the OBRC, this
will be Long Point's second record. The first was observed at Old Cut May 2,
1982. However, this record was not accepted by the OBRC despite only one
vote to not accept. The species is not currently on the official Long Point
Checklist.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - An adult male was seen at Inasphere Wines October
20 (JRA, CC).

Indigo Bunting - A late individual was observed this week at Turtle Dunes
October 19 (AT, SAM).

Observers - Jody Allair (JRA), Anonymous eBirder (AE), Tim Arthur (TA),
Michaela Berdough (MIB), Lucas Berrigan (LB), Kathryn Boothby (KB), Claire
Cowan (CC), Peter Denyer (PCD), Maddie Davies (MED), Anonymous eBirder (AE),
Brett Fried (JBF), Kyle Cameron (KCG), Jesse Lewis (JBL), Stu Mackenzie
(SAM), Hugh McArthur HBM), Brandon Norman (BN), Dan Riley (DR), Sachi
Snively (SDS), Adam Timpf (AT), Ron Ridout (RR), Ross Wood (RWW), Friends of
LPBO and Long Point Bird Observatory staff (LPBO).

Explore the
<http://www.birdscanada.org/longpoint/index.jsp?targetpg=lpbt&lang=EN> Long
Point Birding Trail.  You can help contribute to sightings in the Long Point
area by submitting your sightings to  <http://www.ebird.ca/> eBird or by
sharing them with us at  <mailto:lpbo at birdscanada.org> lpbo at birdscanada.org.
For more information on the research, education, and training programs of
LPBO  <http://www.bsc-eoc.org/longpoint/index.jsp?lang=EN> select this link
and check out the  <http://www.bsc-eoc.org/library/LPBOreport.pdf> 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.

Contact me off-list if you'd like to be a part of the LPBO Bird Alert Group
(requires a mobile phone and WhatsApp) which is the front-line for birds of
interest in the Long Point area, but birds of provincial significance will
also be posted to Ontbirds.

 

Good birding,

 

Stu

 

 



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