December 1st will be the first day of winter listing for the season,
running until February 28th. There have been about 354 species of birds
recorded in Ontario during the winter period. Last winter 218 species were
recorded which is well above average. The average is 205 species looking at
data for the last 14 years. Some of the highlights from last year included
Glaucous-winged Gull, Rock Wren, Black-throated Green Warbler, and
Black-head Grosbeak. For more information on the Ontario Winter List I
wrote an article for the OFO News on it which can be found here
Last year the OFO organized a winter birding challenge. To my knowledge
they will not be running that again this year. If you are looking for a way
to spice up your birding hobby this winter consider a winter list. This
list could motivate you to get out in winter and enjoy nature.
Just post your sightings to Ontbirds (if sufficiently rare), ebird.org,
Ontario Birds Discord group (https://discord.gg/jhvUadmg) or send me an
email, and I will update the list accordingly and provide an update to
Ontbirds every couple of weeks. When using the Discord group, use the
Ontario-wide channel for all birds rare to Ontario and the Winter-listers
group for birds that are common to Ontario but rare in the winter.
Once the winter season begins, you can check the list and inform me of any
species that have been seen but are not present on the list. The list can
be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/myyulvs. I will try to update the
spreadsheet every couple of days or whenever I hear of a new addition.
Please let me know if you hear of any additions or have any other
corrections to the spreadsheet.
I am excited to see what this winter will bring,