Ontario Rare Bird Alert for the week starting March 19, 2021
Species mentioned (all caps indicate species on the OBRC review list):
BARNACLE GOOSE (Elgin, Ottawa)
Eurasian Wigeon (Norfolk)
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN) (York)
King Eider (Essex, Hamilton)
Harlequin Duck (Bruce, Durham, Middlesex)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Ottawa, Peterborough)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Ottawa, York)
Purple Sandpiper (Durham)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Toronto)
American White Pelican (Essex)
Black Vulture (Essex, Niagara)
Lark Sparrow (Ottawa)
Harris's Sparrow (Norfolk)
SPOTTED TOWHEE (Middlesex)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Algoma)
BARNACLE GOOSE (Elgin): The Aylmer bird was seen again March 19 at
Aylmer WMA and March 21 at the sewage lagoons.
BARNACLE GOOSE (Ottawa): One bird was near Carp March 22 and then
again closer to Kinburn on March 25.
Eurasian Wigeon (Norfolk): A male was at Port Rowan Wetland March 24
and 25 and a second bird (possibly a hybrid) was off Old Cut March 25.
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN) (York): What is likely the Toronto bird
was still at Pomona Mills Park in Markham at least March 19.
King Eider (Essex): A female was off Point Pelee March 21.
King Eider (Hamilton): Up to five birds were present off Stoney Creek
Harlequin Duck (Bruce): The male was back at Lions Head again this
week, March 22.
Harlequin Duck (Durham): The male that has been seen off and on this
winter was off Thickson's Point again this week with sightings March
Harlequin Duck (Middlesex): The young male continued near the North
London Athletic fields at least until March 23.
Barrow's Goldeneye (Ottawa): A male continued on the Rideau River in
the vicinity of Strathcona Park.
Barrow's Goldeneye (Peterborough): A young male was found on Rice Lake
March 21 and seend again March 24.
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex): One bird was reported from Albuna
Townline between Mersea Rd 6 and 7 on March 20-24. This is the same
area where up to two birds were present for much of last year.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Ottawa): An incredibly early individual was
photographed south of Navan on March 22.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (York): Another incredibly early individual
was reported from Aurora March 21.
Purple Sandpiper (Durham): The Thickson Point bird was reported to at
least March 23.
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Toronto): One bird was photographed at Downsview
Park March 25 and possibly the same bird was reported later the same
day off Tommy Thompson Park.
American White Pelican (Essex): Up to 40 were reported around
Amherstburg March 24-25.
Black Vulture (Essex): One bird was at Point Pelee and nearby March 20-22.
Black Vulture (Niagara): One bird passed over the Beamer CA hawk watch March 23.
Lark Sparrow (Ottawa): After not being seen last week, this bird was
seen again March 24 and 25. 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 reported again this week.
SPOTTED TOWHEE (Middlesex): The London bird was seen regularly to at
least March 24. 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
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Algoma): The male between Iron Bridge and
Thessalon continued this week.
Report compiled by Mike Burrell from a variety of sources, primarily
eBird; most other sources are listed here: