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Ontario Rare Bird Alert for the week starting May 11, 2023
Species mentioned (all caps indicate species on the OBRC review list):
CINNAMON TEAL (Rainy River)
Eared Grebe (Essex)
Western Grebe (RAINY RIVER)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex)
White-winged Dove (Durham)
Yellow Rail (Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough)
BLACK-NECKED STILT (Essex, Middlesex, Wellington)
WHIMBREL (EUROPEAN) (Durham)
BLACK-HEADED GULL (Toronto)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Prince Edward)
Snowy Egret (Essex)
TRICOLORED HERON (Simcoe)
Cattle Egret (Wellington)
Black Vulture (Frontenac, Niagara, Simcoe)
Mississippi Kite (Chatham-Kent, Essex)
LEWIS'S WOODPECKER (Manitoulin)
Townsend's Solitaire (Parry Sound)
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Algoma, Rainy River, Thunder Bay)
Worm-eating Warbler (Essex, Halton)
Kentucky Warbler (Chatham-Kent, Essex)
Kirtland's Warbler (Hamilton)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Chatham-Kent, Essex)
Lark Sparrow (Thunder Bay)
Summer Tanager (Chatham-Kent, Essex, Norfolk, Northumberland, Prince Edward)
WESTERN TANAGER (Essex)
Blue Grosbeak (Brant, Bruce, Chatham-Kent, Essex, Norfolk)
PAINTED BUNTING (Algoma)
Details: I have tried to indicate the finder, where known. My apologies to
those who I have left out. You can help me by giving the finder's
name(s),if known, in your eBird checklists.
CINNAMON TEAL (Rainy River): Mirabai Alexander reported one from Wilson
Creek Rd on May 18.
Eared Grebe (Essex): Barb Newman reported one from the Chrysler Canada
Greenway on May 13.
Western Grebe (RAINY RIVER): Bob Saunders reported one from Sable Island on
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex): Mark Patry, and Michelle and Paul Martin
reported the bird found previously at Albuna Townline outside of Leamington
on May 16.
White-winged Dove (Durham): Peter Darcy found one in his yard at Thickson's
Point on May 13 that was seen by several observers the same day.
Yellow Rail (Kawartha Lakes):Jessie Barry and Chris Wood recorded one near
Windmill Ranch on Wylie Road on May 13 and the same or another was reported
the next day (May 14) by George Bryant.
Yellow Rail (Peterborough): Up to two birds, found by Tim Haan were
reported this week from Miller Creek.
BLACK-NECKED STILT (Essex): Bama Pelan found one at Hillman Marsh on May 12
that was seen by many to at least May 17.
BLACK-NECKED STILT (Middlesex): The pair continued this week at Strathroy
BLACK-NECKED STILT (Wellington): Timothy Griffiths and Jeff DeRuyter found
two at Drayton Sewage Lagoons on May 13 that were seen by many to at least
WHIMBREL (EUROPEAN) (Durham): Jax Nasimok, Debra Beattie and Ted Nasimok
found one at Whitby Harbour on May 15.
BLACK-HEADED GULL (Toronto): Brian Stahls found one at Ashbridge's Bay Park
on May 13 that was seen by several others the same day.
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Prince Edward): One bird was at Prince Edward Point
again this week to at least May 17.
Snowy Egret (Essex): One bird was at Hillman Marsh May 12.
TRICOLORED HERON (Simcoe): Phyllis Tremblay reported 1 at Heritage Park in
Barrie on May 13.
Cattle Egret (Wellington): Timothy Griffiths and Jeff DeRuyter found one at
Drayton Sewage Lagoons on May 13 that were seen by many to at least May 17.
Black Vulture (Frontenac): Dianne Croteau and Richard Brault photographed
two at Burbrook Rd. Trail on May 15.
Black Vulture (Niagara): Up to six birds were reported this week from
Black Vulture (Simcoe): Several lucky observers photographed one over
McKinnon Rd on May 15.
Mississippi Kite (Chatham-Kent): Dean Post, Karla Everard and Patricia
Quackenbush photographed one over Wheatley PP on May 13.
Mississippi Kite (Essex): There were many reports this week from Point
Pelee, with possibly two or more birds involved.
LEWIS'S WOODPECKER (Manitoulin): The long-staying bird was reported again
Townsend's Solitaire (Parry Sound): A group of breeding bird atlassers
found one while practicing the art of point counting on Hurdville Rd west
of Burnetts Rd on May 17.
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Algoma): Carter Dorscht et al. had a minimum of five
and possibly as many as eight at St. Joseph Island MBS/Fort St. Joseph NHS
on May 13.
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Rainy River): Bob Saunders photographed one at his
yard north of Devlin on May 14 and 15.
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Thunder Bay): Harold Gordon Smith reported one at
Rossport on May 14. Lindy Wagenaar reported another one near Hurkett on May
Worm-eating Warbler (Essex): There was one near the tip of Point Pelee on
Worm-eating Warbler (Halton): David Flook found one at City View Park in
Burlington on May 14 that was subsequently seen by many to at least May 18.
Kentucky Warbler (Chatham-Kent): There was one at Rondeau on May 13.
Kentucky Warbler (Essex): One bird was seen by many at Kopegaron Woods May
Kirtland's Warbler (Hamilton): Rob Dobos found one at Edgelake Park in
Stoney Creek on May 16.
Yellow-throated Warbler (Chatham-Kent): Cathy Kuepfer found one at South
Point Trail in Rondeau on May 17.
Yellow-throated Warbler (Essex): At least one bird was at Point Pelee on
May 13. One bird was at Fish Point on Pelee Island May 13-14.
Lark Sparrow (Thunder Bay): Lindy Wagenaar reported one near Hurkett on May
Summer Tanager (Chatham-Kent): At least two birds were at Rondeau May 13-17.
Summer Tanager (Essex): Andrew Wiebe reported one from Holiday Beach on May
12 and another or the same was there May 15. Several individuals were at
Point Pelee May 13-17. Mark Nenadov reported one from Brunet Woods on May
Summer Tanager (Norfolk): Jack Alvo photographed a female at Long Point
(Old) provincial park on May 13.
Summer Tanager (Northumberland): Brian Durell photographed a young male at
the Calf Pasture in Presqu'ile on May 12.
Summer Tanager (Prince Edward): Brian Clifford reported one at Prince
Edward Point on May 12.
WESTERN TANAGER (Essex): Anthony Kaduck found one at Point Pelee on May 18.
Blue Grosbeak (Brant): One bird was reported from a private backyard in St.
George this week.
Blue Grosbeak (Bruce): Jarmo Jalava reported one flying over Red Bay Rd on
Blue Grosbeak (Chatham-Kent): George Prieksaitis reported one at Rondeau on
May 12. Another was reported flying past Zion Rd on May 16.
Blue Grosbeak (Essex): Many observers saw one fly over the tip of Point
Pelee on May 12.
Blue Grosbeak (Norfolk): Matthew Timpf reported one near Walsingham on May
PAINTED BUNTING (Algoma): Lindsay Bellini photographed one in Sault Ste
Marie on May 15. Another was reported by Georgia Clifford in Hornepayne on
Dickcissel (Essex): One was seen by many at the tip of Point Pelee on May
12 and up to two were reported there on May 13.
Report compiled by Mike Burrell from a variety of sources, primarily eBird;
most other sources are listed here:
Mike Burrell (he/him)