Ontario Rare Bird Alert for the week starting May 7, 2021
Species mentioned (all caps indicate species on the OBRC review list):
Eurasian Wigeon (Ottawa)
King Eider (Essex)
COMMON EIDER (Halton)
Harlequin Duck (Algoma, THUNDER BAY)
Eared Grebe (Chatham-Kent, Essex)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex)
BLACK-NECKED STILT (York)
Marbled Godwit (Norfolk)
Purple Sandpiper (Ottawa)
Western Sandpiper (Essex)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Durham)
Laughing Gull (Simcoe)
Franklin's Gull (Chatham-Kent, Essex, Norfolk)
Pacific Loon (Haldimand)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Essex, Ottawa)
Snowy Egret (Haldimand, Norfolk)
Glossy Ibis (Haldimand)
Black Vulture (Bruce, Essex, Niagara)
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Kenora, Thunder Bay)
Henslow's Sparrow (Essex)
SPOTTED TOWHEE (Middlesex)
Worm-eating Warbler (Essex, Lambton)
Summer Tanager (Essex, Huron)
WESTERN TANAGER (Thunder Bay, Waterloo)
Blue Grosbeak (Middlesex)
Eurasian Wigeon (Ottawa): A male was off Britannia CA on May 9.
King Eider (Essex): A young male was seen by several observers off the tip
of Point Pelee May 9-11.
COMMON EIDER (Halton): A female was reported off Oakville Harbour May 10.
Harlequin Duck (Algoma): One bird was seen again off Whitefish Island,
Sault Ste. Marie on May 12.
Harlequin Duck (THUNDER BAY): The male continued at Terrace Bay until at
least May 9.
Eared Grebe (Chatham-Kent): One bird was at the Blenheim Sewage Lagoons
(permit required) May 9-13.
Eared Grebe (Essex): One bird was off Point Pelee May 10-12.
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Essex): One bird was reported again from Albuna
Townline between Mersea Rd 6 and 7 on May 8-12. This is the same area where
up to two birds were present for much of last year.
BLACK-NECKED STILT (York): Two possible birds were reported at the Holland
Landing Sewage Lagoons May 9.
Marbled Godwit (Norfolk): One bird remained in the ponds off Long Point
Provincial Park/LPBO Old Cut field station May 7.
Ruff (Ottawa): One female-type bird was found at Richmond CA (former
Richmond Sewage Lagoons) on May 13 and seen by many; photos of this bird
from May 10 have now come to light so the bird was present at least May
Purple Sandpiper (Ottawa): The bird on the Quebec side of the river,
was viewed from Britannia May 8 and 9.
Western Sandpiper (Essex): The Hillman Marsh bird continued to May 7.
Black-legged Kittiwake (Durham): A very rare in spring bird was reported at
McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve May 13.
Laughing Gull (Simcoe): The Barrie waterfront bird remained until at least
Pacific Loon (Toronto): A breeding-plumaged adult was seen off Rock Point
Provincial Park May 8.
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (ESSEX): One adult was at Hillman Marsh May 8-11 and
another or the same bird was seen at the tip of Point Pelee May 11.
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Ottawa): The Ottawa bird was reported on several days
this week from various locations.
Snowy Egret (Haldimand): One bird was photographed on private property
between Cayuga and Dunnville on May 9.
Snowy Egret (Norfolk): One bird flew over the Birds Canada headquarters in
Port Rowan on May 13.
Glossy Ibis (Haldimand): The flock of seven birds near Lowbanks continued
to May 7.
Black Vulture (Bruce): One bird was seen near Miller Lake on May 7.
Black Vulture (Essex): One bird flew over Point Pelee May 12.
Black Vulture (Niagara): One bird was seen in Queenston on May 11.
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Kenora): One bird was photographed May 13 in Kenora.
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Thunder Bay): One bird was seen near Sunshine
throughout the week.
Henslow's Sparrow (Essex): One bird was photographed at Point Pelee on May
SPOTTED TOWHEE (Middlesex): The over-wintering bird was reported near it's
winter location on May 8.
Worm-eating Warbler (Essex): One bird was at Point Pelee May 10.
Worm-eating Warbler (Lambton): One bird was at Canatara Park May 9.
Summer Tanager (Essex): One young male was visiting a feeder in Windsor on
May 7. Another remained at Pelee Island the same day.
Summer Tanager (Huron): One young male was in Grand Bend visiting feeders
May 6-10 and another or the same was nearby on May 11.
WESTERN TANAGER (Thunder Bay): A male continues at a feeder in Shuniah to
at least May 9.
WESTERN TANAGER (Waterloo): A male was photographed near Baden on May 12.
Blue Grosbeak (Middlesex): The London bird continued at Killaly Meadows ESA
Report compiled by Mike Burrell from a variety of sources, primarily
eBird and the Ontario Birds Discord server (https://discord.gg/EXJ5S9e);
most other sources are listed here: