Ontario Rare Bird Alert for the week starting March 26, 2021
Species mentioned (all caps indicate species on the OBRC review list):
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Ottawa)
Eurasian Wigeon (Norfolk, Simcoe)
King Eider (Hamilton, Toronto)
Harlequin Duck (Algoma, Durham, Middlesex)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex)
Purple Sandpiper (Durham, Niagara)
American White Pelican (Essex)
SAY'S PHOEBE (Lennox and Addington)
Lark Sparrow (Ottawa)
Harris's Sparrow (Norfolk)
SPOTTED TOWHEE (Middlesex)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Algoma, Lambton)
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Ottawa): One bird was on Milton Rd near Carp on March 27
Eurasian Wigeon (Norfolk): One male was at Port Rowan Wetland March 27-28
and up to two were off Old Cut/Long Point Provincial Park March 27-31.
Eurasian Wigeon (Simcoe): One male was at Everett Gravel Pit March 30-31
and at a nearby pond on April 1.
King Eider (Hamilton): Up to ten were reported this week off Stoney Creek.
King Eider (Toronto): One was off Tommy Thompson Park March 27-31.
Harlequin Duck (Algoma): One female-type bird was photographed off
Whitefish Island, Sault Ste. Marie March 30.
Harlequin Duck (Durham): The over-wintering male continued off Thickson's
Point, Whitby at least March 27-31.
Harlequin Duck (Middlesex): The young male continued near the North London
Athletic fields at least until March 31.
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex): One bird was reported from Albuna Townline
between Mersea Rd 6 and 7 March 27-April 1. This is the same area where up
to two birds were present for much of last year.
Purple Sandpiper (Durham): One bird continued at Thickson's Point March
Purple Sandpiper (Niagara): One bird was at the Port Weller east pier March
American White Pelican (Essex): Up to 21 were off Amherstburg/Holiday Beach
SAY'S PHOEBE (Lennox and Addington): One bird was seen by many on Amherst
Island along Stella 40 Ft Rd (mostly near the emergency services building)
March 29-April 1.
Lark Sparrow (Ottawa): This bird was seen again March 27. It is visiting
feeders at 8735 McCaffrey Trail near Ashton. The homeowner (Brian Jeffery)
is happy to share it with birders: park on the road and walk into his
driveway. It comes with American Tree Sparrows to the wooden ramp at the
back corner of the house where they put seed on the ground.
Harris's Sparrow (Norfolk): The Port Dover bird was seen again this week,
on March 27.
SPOTTED TOWHEE (Middlesex): The London bird was seen regularly to at least
March 26. The feeders are located on private property but can be viewed
from a public path located at the end of Killarney Road East, past the
roundabout. Walking south on the path, the feeders are between the second
and third row of condos visible from the path. When not on the deck
feeding, it goes under the spruce trees close to the feeders.
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Algoma): The male between Iron Bridge and
Thessalon continued this week.
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Lambton): A female was seen near Kettle Point
Report compiled by Mike Burrell from a variety of sources, primarily eBird;
most other sources are listed here: