Ontario Rare Bird Alert for the week starting January 7, 2022
Species mentioned (all caps indicate species on the OBRC review list):
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Niagara)
Blue-winged Teal (Lambton)
TUFTED DUCK (Durham)
King Eider (Toronto)
Harlequin Duck (Durham, Halton, Lambton, THUNDER BAY, Toronto)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Durham, Grey, Leeds and Grenville, Niagara, Ottawa)
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Brant, Hamilton)
Black Vulture (Niagara)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Halton)
Carolina Wren (Thunder Bay)
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD (Wellington)
Varied Thrush (Timiskaming)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Toronto)
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Toronto, Waterloo)
Harris's Sparrow (Hamilton, Prescott and Russell)
Nelson's Sparrow (Chatham-Kent)
Baltimore Oriole (Toronto)
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER (Durham)
Details: I have tried to indicate the finder, where known. My apologies to
those who I have left out.
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Niagara): The long-staying bird remained at
Dufferin Islands to at least January 13.
Blue-winged Teal (Lambton): Mike Bouman photographed a female at Stoke's
Point on January 13.
TUFTED DUCK (Durham): A male was discovered January 6 at Frenchman's Bay
was seen again on January 7.
King Eider (Toronto): Eric Baldo photographed two young males off Pipit
Point in Tommy Thompson Park January 12.
Harlequin Duck (Durham): The male was again off Thickson's Point, reported
to at least January 8.
Harlequin Duck (Halton): The male found last week by Mark Jennings off
Suncor Pier in Oakville continued to January 13.
Harlequin Duck (Lambton): The female-type bird continued off the Point
Edward area to at least January 8.
Harlequin Duck (THUNDER BAY): Two males were found in the river mouth at
Terrace Bay January 8 and 9, found by Pegg and Mark Campbell.
Harlequin Duck (Toronto): A male continued at Marilyn Bell Park to at least
January 7, a female-type bird continued off Ashbridges Bay to at least
Barrow's Goldeneye (Durham): A male continued off Whitby, mostly around
Lynde Creek/Lynde Shores CA and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health
Barrow's Goldeneye (Grey): The Owen Sound Harbour bird continued.
Barrow's Goldeneye (Leeds and Grenville): Bruce Di Labio found two males
around the Johnstown waterfront January 10 and they were both reported
there again January 13.
Barrow's Goldeneye (Ottawa): Up to two males continued from the Strathcona
Park area this week.
RAZORBILL (Niagara): Up to three birds were seen at once again this week,
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Brant): The Barrie bird appears to have taken up
residence in Brantford; it was first found on January 7 by Sarah Lamond and
Kathleen Gardiner at the Grand River from Scarfe Ave and has been reported
there again most days since.
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Hamilton): Bob Curry reported the Barrie bird at
Bayfront Park at the end of the day on January 7.
Black Vulture (Niagara): Up to 4 birds were reported from Queenston this
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Halton): One bird remained at Sedgewick Forest Park
to at least January 13.
Carolina Wren (Thunder Bay): One bird is coming to a feeder in Shuniah (has
been present since the fall).
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD (Wellington): The bird found two weeks ago remained at
the Powerline Trail to January 13.
Varied Thrush (Timiskaming): One bird is visiting a feeder in Elk Lake.
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Toronto): One bird was found earlier in the winter but
just identified this week. It is present at Ashbridges Bay Park and was
seen and photographed by many to January 13.
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Toronto): The Scarborough Golden-crowned Sparrow
found by Karl Konze continued this week.
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Waterloo): Georg Hentsch found one bird at his
feeders on Bannister Lake January 7 and it continued all week and enjoyed
Harris's Sparrow (Hamilton): The Inksetter Rd bird continued this week.
Harris's Sparrow (Prescott and Russell): One bird was found by the
homeowner at 1696 Vankleek Hill Rd on January 7 and remained all week. The
owner reports that "Birders welcome btwn 9am-noon in the front yard. The
bird is very skittish and often hides in the spruce tree or birch before
feeding on the ground with the juncos, etc. The feeder is visible from the
street and front yard beside the driveway High traffic county road, be
Nelson's Sparrow (Chatham-Kent): The Keith McLean CA bird was seen again
January 7 and 9.
Baltimore Oriole (Toronto): A female is visiting a feeder at a private
residence in Etobicoke and photographed January 11.
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER (Durham): On January 4, Jason Milson
rediscovered the bird originaly found November 30 at Frenchman's Bay. It
remained to at least January 9.
Report compiled by Mike Burrell from a variety of sources, primarily eBird;
most other sources are listed here: