Ontario Rare Bird Alert for the week starting May 20, 2022
Species mentioned (all caps indicate species on the OBRC review list):
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Nipissing)
King Eider (Toronto)
Eared Grebe (Chatham-Kent, Rainy River)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex)
Yellow Rail (Northumberland)
BLACK-NECKED STILT (Middlesex)
American Avocet (Chatham-Kent)
Hudsonian Godwit (Prescott and Russell)
Marbled Godwit (Lambton)
Baird's Sandpiper (Niagara, Ottawa)
Red-necked Phalarope (Chatham-Kent, Timiskaming)
Parasitic Jaeger (Toronto)
Laughing Gull (Chatham-Kent)
Franklin's Gull (Leeds and Grenville, Norfolk, Ottawa, Toronto)
Arctic Tern (Leeds and Grenville, Northumberland, Ottawa)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Essex, Prince Edward)
Snowy Egret (Norfolk)
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Niagara, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry)
Black Vulture (Essex, Niagara, Oxford)
Mississippi Kite (Essex, Prince Edward)
Swainson's Hawk (Bruce)
CASSIN'S KINGBIRD (Algoma)
Western Kingbird (Rainy River)
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Algoma)
Orchard Oriole (THUNDER BAY)
PAINTED BUNTING (Norfolk)
Summer Tanager (THUNDER BAY)
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.
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Nipissing): Quinten Wiegersma photographed
one with a flock of Canada Geese flying over Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
on the morning of May 26.
King Eider (Toronto): A young male was off Tommy Thompson Park May 20-22
and briefly off Ashbridge's Bay Park on May 22.
Eared Grebe (Chatham-Kent): The Erieau bird continued to May 20.
Eared Grebe (Rainy River): Peter Kyne and Bill Gilmour photographed two
birds at Rainy River Sewage Lagoons on May 23 and then five birds there on
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex): Riley Walsh found one on Pelee Island near
Stone Road Alvar on May 24.
Yellow Rail (Northumberland): The bird off the Marsh Boardwalk at
Presqu'ile was last reported May 20.
BLACK-NECKED STILT (Middlesex): The two birds found by Bill Lindley at
Strathroy Sewage Lagoons on May 12 remained again all week.
American Avocet (Chatham-Kent): Steve Charbonneau found five birds at
Erieau on May 21 that remained just long enough for a few others to see
Hudsonian Godwit (Prescott and Russell): Jon Ruddy found one in Embrun on
the night of May 22.
Marbled Godwit (Lambton): One bird was found at Thedford Sewage Lagoons on
May 23 by Ed Lavender. Note that this site remains closed to public access.
Baird's Sandpiper (Niagara): Gina Turone found one at Wainfleet Wetlands on
Baird's Sandpiper (Ottawa): Christian Artuso found one in a flooded field
near North Gower on May 22.
Red-necked Phalarope (Chatham-Kent): Greg Stuart and Kevin Seymour found
three birds at Blenheim Sewage Lagoons on May 20; two birds remained to May
23 and one bird to May 25.
Red-necked Phalarope (Timiskaming): Mark Milton and Michael Werner found
two birds at the New Liskeard Sewage Lagoons May 22 that remained to at
least May 23.
Parasitic Jaeger (Toronto): Many observers had great looks at an adult at
Colonel Sam Smith Park on May 25.
Laughing Gull (Chatham-Kent): Kevin Gevaert found one at Rondeau on May 20
that was seen later the same day in Erieau. What was presumably the same
bird was seen in the area again on May 23 and 24.
Franklin's Gull (Leeds and Grenville): Bruce Di Labio found one from the
Chimney Island lookout on May 22.
Franklin's Gull (Norfolk): Robert Baumander reported one from Hastings
Drive on May 26.
Franklin's Gull (Ottawa): Kiah Jasper found one off Britannia CA on May 26.
Franklin's Gull (Toronto): Jean Iron found one off Colonel Sam Smith Park
on May 26.
Arctic Tern (Leeds and Grenville): At least eight birds were off the
Thousands Island Parkway near Grenadier Island, found by Gerard Phillips on
May 24. Up to four birds were reported by others May 25-26.
Arctic Tern (Northumberland): Barbara O'Neill reported one off Presqu'ile
on May 25.
Arctic Tern (Ottawa): Up to 16 birds were reported off Britannia CA on May
26, viewed by many observers.
Neotropic Cormorant (Essex): One immature bird was reported flying past
Leamington on May 26.
Neotropic Cormorant (Prince Edward): Paul Jones found and photographed an
adult at Prince Edward Point on May 20 that remained to at least May 23.
Snowy Egret (Norfolk): The bird found May 15 at Big Creek NWA remained to
at least May 21.
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Niagara): An adult was photographed at the
upper falls on May 23.
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry): Heather Lodge
photographed an adult at Grays Creek in Cornwall on May 21 that was refound
by a few observers on May 23.
Black Vulture (Essex): Kevin Seymour and Greg Stuart found and photographed
one over Hillman Marsh on May 20. Diane Naluzny reported one past
Leamington Harbour on May 21.
Black Vulture (Niagara): One bird was reported this week from Queenston (on
Black Vulture (Oxford): Scott Gillingwater photographed one northeast of
Woodstock on May 20.
Mississippi Kite (Essex): Chris Burris photographed one perched at Hillman
Marsh on May 21. The same day at least a couple of different observers
reported one over Point Pelee.
Mississippi Kite (Prince Edward): Richard Guillet photographed one at Point
Petre on May 21.
Swainson's Hawk (Bruce): A young bird was seen on May 20 at Cabot Head by
Stephane Menu, then later the same day from Dyer's Bay Rd by Jarmo Jalava,
Bruce Edmunds, James Turland, and Becky Grieveson. The next day it was
found at Tobermory Sewage Lagoons by Ken Burrell where it was seen by
CASSIN'S KINGBIRD (Algoma): Derek Neufeld photographed one at Tabor Cove on
Western Kingbird (Rainy River): Peter Kyne and Bill Gilmour photographed
one near Harris Hill on May 25.
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Algoma): One bird was visiting a feeder in the Bar
River area on May 20 that continued to at least May 22.
Orchard Oriole (THUNDER BAY): James Barber found one at Chippewa Lagoons on
May 22 that remained to at least May 25.
PAINTED BUNTING (Norfolk): A female type bird was reported flying by Long
Point Provincial Park on May 21.
Summer Tanager (THUNDER BAY): A young male visited a feeder in Neebing on
Report compiled by Mike Burrell from a variety of sources, primarily eBird;
most other sources are listed here: