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Fall 2019

Visitors are always welcome. Daily birding hikes depart the Old Cut Research Station one hour after sunrise, and banding demonstrations occur all morning until November 15. Owl monitoring will commence on fair-weather nights from October 1 to November 15. Explore the Long Point Birding Trail. You can help contribute to sightings in the Long Point area by submitting your sightings to eBird or by sharing them with us at lpbo@birdscanada.org. For more information on the research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this link and check out the 2018 LPBO Program Report. Your best source for information about the birds and birding sites around Long Point can be found in A Birding Guide to the Long Point Area by Ron Ridout, available at the LPBO Shoppe and BSC headquarters.

If you enjoy these updates and wish to support the research, training, and conservation projects of the Long Point Bird Observatory, please consider supporting the Cygnus Crusaders in their Great Canadian Birdathon, or better yet, conduct your own Birdathon for LPBO.

LPBO's Old Cut Research Station and Visitor Centre is open to the public during spring and fall migration (from April to mid-June, and early August to mid-November) from 9 a.m. until Noon.

The complete list of the birds of Long Point is available here.

Banding Totals

  Old Cut Breakwater Tip

Number banded for the period

190 - 77
Season Total 4129 1906 1533
Monarch Census Cumulative Total   2529 7280

November 1

This past week brought heavy southwest winds from Tropical Storm Olga, causing flooding along the Lake Erie shoreline. This was followed by another strong southwest storm on the evening of October 31 which caused further flooding and damage. Dawn and dusk blackbird flights have been impressive with a high count of 500,000 observed at Big Creek Marsh (SHM). Waterfowl movement is also quite impressive with thousands of Redhead flying over Old Cut daily and thousands of Scaup present on the Outer Bay.

Redhead - Thousands flying over Old Cut Dyke daily (LPBO)

Common Nighthawk - One flew over Old Cut October 28 (SHM)

American Golden-Plover - One was observed at the 'New' Provincial Park October 28 (eBird)

Hudsonian Godwit - Two were observed at the Tip October 28 (SAM)

Sanderling - Thirty flew by the 'New' Provincial Park November 1 (SAM)

Parasitic Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip October 27 (SAM)

Little Gull - One was observed off the Tip October 25 (SMJ). Another was observed on the Inner Bay October 25 (SAM). One was seen off the south shore of Long Point October 26 (SAM). Three were observed at the Port Rowan Harbour October 28 (SAM)

Black Tern - One was observed at the Tip October 27 (SHM). One was observed off Port Rowan Harbour October 28 (SAM)

American Bittern - One was observed along the Causeway October 29 (SHM)

Long-eared Owl - One was observed at the 'New' Provincial Park October 26 (ATT, TM, JC)

White-eyed Vireo - One was banded at Old Cut October 29 (LPBO)

Tree Swallow - Six were at the Tip October 27 (LPBO). Two flew over Old Cut October 30 (KGC, SHM).

Tennessee Warbler - One was observed at the Tip October 26 (SHM)

Observers: Kyle Cameron (KGC), Janice Chard (JC), Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Sam Meigs (SHM), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and Volunteers (LPBO).

 

October 25

Snow Goose - One was observed at Old Cut October 18 (SHM).

Waterfowl - Tens of thousands of waterfowl are occupying Long Point's Inner and Outer Bays dominated by Redhead, Canvasback, Scaup, and Ruddy Duck. Best viewing is from the Old Cut dyke in the AM to watch the flight to the lake or on the lake from the Long Point Provincial Park.

Red-necked Grebe - Two were observed at the Tip October 20 (SMJ).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - One late individual was observed at the Tip October 17 (SMJ, KGC).

Sora - One was observed at the Tip October 17 (SBC).

Hudsonian Godwit - One was observed at the Tip October 23 (SMJ).

Pomarine Jaeger - Two were observed at the Tip October 22 (SMJ).

Parasitic Jaeger - A high count of three were observed off the Tip October 17 (SMJ, KGC, JBG).

Sabine's Gull - One was observed off the Tip October 17 (SMJ).

Little Gull - One was observed at the Tip October 22 (SMJ), and at Port Dover October 23 (SAM).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was observed at the Tip October 19 (SBC).

Cattle Egret - Scattered sightings of one individual making the rounds near Port Rowan October 23 (SM, DL et al.) and a high count of four at Townsend Sewage Lagoons October 21-24 (JL).

Black-crowned Night Heron - One was observed at the Tip October 23 (LHS).

Northern Goshawk - One was observed at the Tip October 17 (SMJ) and one was at BSC Headquarters October 22 (AVT).

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - A late individual was banded at Old Cut October 18 (LPBO).

White-eyed Vireo - One was at the 'New' Provincial Park October 17 and 19 (SAM, EG, EG2).

Varied Thrush - One flew over Old Cut October 17 (SAM).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One was banded at the Tip October 20 (LPBO).

Yellow-headed Blackbird - One was observed at BSC Headquarters October 18 (DL).

Blackbirds - The Long Point blackbird roost is approaching one million strong, primarily observed from the Big Creek National Wildlife Area at dusk.

Observers -Kyle Cameron (KGC), Santiago Castro (SBC), Ethan Gosnell (EG), Elaine Gosnell (EG2), Julian Grudens (JBG) Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), James Lees (JL), Denis Lepage (DL), Stu Mackenzie (SAM), Sean Macey (SM), Lakesha Smith (LHS), Antoine Turcotte (AVT), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO)

October 15

Consistently unfavourable winds continued to plague Long Point. Little glimmers of favourable northerly and westerly winds did deliver some migrants on occasion.

Waterfowl numbers and diversity are rising; several thousand Scaup, primarily Greaters, are observed at the Tip daily, and several thousand Redheads are being observed from the Old Cut dyke in the early morning. Twenty-five waterfowl species were observed in the area over the period.

Passerine movements in general have been lacklustre though some reasonably good movements of temperate migrants with a mix of late neotropical migrants were documented at both research stations this past weekend. Additionally, the river of blackbirds is starting to build with approximately 100,000 birds accumulating in the Big Creek National Wildlife Area every evening. Five to twenty thousand are being observed from Old Cut daily.

Highlights:

Tundra Swan - The first family of the season was observed near the Tip October 11 (KGC).

Snow Goose - One was observed flying over Old Cut October 5 (SAM).

Scoters - All three species (White-winged, Surf and Black) were observed with some regularity at the Tip (LPBO).

Horned Grebe - Three were observed on the Outer Bay October 7 (SAM).

Red-necked Grebe - One was observed at the Tip October 10 and 15 (LPBO).

Red Knot - One young bird was observed at Turkey Point beach October 11 (SAM).

American Golden-Plover - One was observed at Turkey Point beach October 6 (SAM).

Stilt Sandpiper - One bird was observed at Silver Lake in Port Dover October 5 (APT). Five were observed at Turkey Point beach October 6 (SAM), and one remained for October 8 (HG).

Pectoral Sandpiper - Seven were observed at Turkey Point beach October 11 (RR).

Spotted Sandpiper - One was observed near the Tip October 11 (KGC).

Little Gull - One was observed at the Tip October 12 (JBG, KGC).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One bird was observed from Old Cut October 5 (SMJ) and another at the Tip October 9 and 14 (LPBO).

Red-throated Loon - Individuals were observed from Old Cut October 5 and 7 (SAM, JBG).

American Bittern - Individuals were observed at Old Cut October 8 and 9 (JBG, SMJ).

Least Bittern - One was observed at the Tip October 6 (SBC).

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - One immature bird was reported at the Tip October 7 (SBC). If accepted, this would be the 5th record for Long Point and the first since 1987.

Northern Goshawk - One individual was observed at Old Cut October 7 (SAM).

Red-shouldered Hawk - Several individuals were observed throughout the period (LPBO).

Broad-winged Hawk - One was observed over Old Cut October 8 (SMJ).

Northern Saw-whet Owl - The first of the season was banded at Old Cut October 8 (LPBO).

Peregrine Falcon - Several individuals were observed throughout the period from both Old Cut and the Tip, with a high count of six at the Tip October 12 (LPBO).

White-eyed Vireo - One young bird was observed in the New Long Point Provincial Park October 12 (SAM).

Western Kingbird - One was observed at The Coves on October 4 (RS).

Bank Swallow - One was observed at the Tip October 13 (SKA).

Purple Finch - One was observed at Old Cut October 7 (SAM).

Northern Waterthrush - One was observed at the Tip October 5 (SBC).

Ovenbird - One was banded at Old Cut October 14 (LPBO).

'Yellow' Palm Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut October 14 (LPBO).

Observers: Shane Abernethy (SKA), Jody Allair (JRA), David Bradley (DB), James Casey (JC), Santiago Castro (SBC), Brett Fried (JBF), Callum Gibson (CPG), Eric Giles (EG), Henny Giles (HG), Julian Grudens (JBG), Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Sam Meigs (SHM), Ron Ridout (RR), Elijah Rodgers (EJR), Richard Skevington (RS), Graham Sorenson (GS), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO)

 

October 4

Highlights:

Surf Scoter - One was observed at the Tip September 30 (SMJ).

White-winged Scoter - Small numbers are now being observed regularly from the Tip (LPBO).

Black-billed Cuckoo - One was banded at Old Cut October 3 (LPBO).

Chimney Swift - One was observed at Old Cut October 1 (SMJ, JBG).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was observed at the Tip September 30 (SMJ).

Peregrine Falcon - Numerous individuals have been moving through the area (M. Obs.).

LeConte's Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip October 3 (EJR)

Rusty Blackbird - Present in small numbers throughout the area during this period (M. Obs.).

Orange-crowned Warbler - Observed regularly throughout the area. (M. Obs.).

Observers: Julian Grudens (JBG), Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), Elijah Rodgers (EJR), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO).

September 30

Passage was a little slow as strong southerly winds and warm temperatures prevailed. Activity picked up a little with the onset of strong northerlies over the weekend. Bird diversity is at its seasonal high as warblers and flycatchers mix with kinglets and sparrows. Waterfowl numbers are also building on Long Point's Inner Bay and Lake Erie. There was a big push of Monarch butterflies this week with 5,202 observed at the Tip alone.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose - One was observed at the Tip September 29 (SMJ).

Long-tailed Duck - Two were observed at Gravelly Bay September 19 (KGC, SBC, SKA).

Horned Grebe - One was observed at the Tip September 26 (SMJ).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was observed at Old Cut September 26 (SKA).

Pectoral Sandpiper - One was at the Tip September 27-29 (SMJ).

Parasitic Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip September 24 (SMJ).

Little Gull - Individuals were observed off the Tip September 24-26 (SMJ) and two were at Turkey Point September 29 (SAM).

Bonaparte's Gull - A high count of 2,090 were observed at the Tip September 25 (SMJ).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was observed at the Tip September 26 and 29 (SMJ).

Horned Lark - The first migrant of the season was observed in the 'New' Provincial Park September 24 (eBird).

American Pipit - The first migrants of the season were observed in the 'New' Provincial Park September 24 (M.Obs.).

Nelson's Sparrow - One was at the 'New' Provincial Park September 22 (CL).

Connecticut Warbler - Perhaps the last individual of the season flew over the 'New' Provincial Park September 24 (SAM).

Eastern Meadowlark - The first migrants were observed in the 'New' Provincial Park September 24 (M.Obs.).

Rusty Blackbird - Present in small numbers throughout the area during this period (M.Obs.).

Dickcissel - One flew over Port Rowan September 22 (SAM).

Observers: Shane Abernethy (SKA), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Santiago Castro (SBC), Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), Catriona Leven (CL), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Long Point Bird Observatory cooperators (LPBO).

September 23

We are now around the peak for warbler diversity and numbers for many species, with some mid-season birds starting to show up more frequently. Waterfowl diversity and numbers are slowly increasing in the area as well.

Persistent high pressure, warm temperatures, and clear skies over the past two weeks have created perfect conditions for migration with slow, steady activity on the ground. As expected with such conditions, migrant activity at Breakwater and Old Cut was relatively high, where reasonable stopover habitat exists, but the Tip was largely devoid of birds aside from a few days with unsettled weather. The Tip typically doesn't stay silent for long and on the afternoon of September 22, Long Point's 2nd Vermillion Flycatcher was observed! The last week of September typically provides the greatest diversity of birds as neotropical migrants are in full force and the first temperate migrants begin to show up. A few big movements and some goodies are also probable so keep your eyes on the weather and Go Birding!

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - One bird was observed at the Tip September 18 (KGC).

Surf Scoter - Four birds were observed at Breakwater September 14 (MTT).

Common Merganser - Nine birds were observed at Breakwater September 19 (MTT).

Horned Grebe - One was observed at Breakwater September 5 (SMJ).

Common Nighthawk - Peak migration was observed between September 6-8 at Big Creek National Wildlife Area with counts over 100 each night. A high-count of 282 were counted at Big Creek NWA September 8 (SAM, TM, RR, APT).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - Individuals were at the St. Williams Conservation Reserve (EG) and Timpf Farm (APT) September and 7 and 9, respectively.

American Golden-Plover - One was at Breakwater September 6 (SMJ).

Whimbrel - Two were observed at Breakwater September 9 (JBG, SMJ). One was observed at the Turkey Point Marina September 16 (DB,GS) and September 19 (JRA).

Long-tailed Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip September 15 (SHM).

Parasitic Jaeger - One was observed at the Tip September 16 (KGC).

Little Gull - Six were observed at the Tip September 16 (EJR, SHM).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One immature bird was observed from the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park September 8 (SAM).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Individuals were observed at Big Creek NWA, Old Cut, Breakwater and the Tip September 9 (SAM), September 15 (SAM), September 8 (SMJ), and September 16 (EJR), respectively.

Red-headed Woodpecker - Individuals were observed at Breakwater (4) September 15 and 16, and one was banded at the Tip September 16 (LPBO). Individuals were observed at Old Cut September 14, 15, and 21 (LPBO). Sightings away from the Point included an immature at Port Ryerse September 19 (JRA, PD, AMR, RR) and an adult at St. Williams September 22 (RR).

Peregrine Falcon - Several were observed for the period, including two at Old Cut September 8 (CPG), singles at Breakwater September 6, 10 and 19 (LPBO), Long Point Eco Adventures September 17 (DL, RR, JRA, SAM), the Tip September 18 (LPBO), and BSC HQ September 23 (PD).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - Individuals were observed at the Tip (JBF) and Breakwater (MTT) September 8 and 17 respectively.


Photo: Emma Buck

Vermilion Flycatcher - A young bird was observed at the Tip the afternoon of September 22 (SM, ERB). This is Long Point's 2nd Vermilion Flycatcher after a long run as one of Long Point's 'next' birds. The first, an adult male, was observed April 27, 2018.

Yellow-throated Vireo - One was banded at Breakwater September 11 (LPBO), and another was observed September 19 (JBG).

Tufted Titmouse - A lone individual was observed at Backus Woods September 18 (KGB).

Yellow-breasted Chat - One was observed at Old Cut September 15 (SAM)

Rusty Blackbird - Individuals were observed at Old Cut September 8 (CPG), Breakwater on September 16 (MTT), and the Tip on September 17 (KGC).

Orange-crowned Warbler - Individuals were observed at Breakwater September 9 (SMJ) and September 15 (JBG), and Turkey Point Conservation Reserve September 16 (DB, JC, GS).

Golden-winged Warbler - One was observed at Old Cut September 15 (SAM).

Connecticut Warbler - Numerous individuals were observed at all three research stations throughout the period.

Blackpoll Warbler - High counts of 325 and 255 were observed on September 11 at Breakwater and the Tip respectively (LPBO).

Dickcissel - One was observed flying over Port Rowan September 22 (SAM).

Observers: Jody Allair (JRA), David Bradley (DB), Emma Buck (ERB), James Casey (JC), Pete Davidson (PD), Brett Fried (JBF), Callum Gibson (CPG), Eric Giles (EG), Julian Grudens (JBG), Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), Denis Lepage (DL), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Taylor Marshall (TM), Sam Meigs (SHM), Anne Marie Ridout (AMR), Ron Ridout (RR), Elijah Rodgers (EJR), Graham Sorenson (GS), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO)

 

September 6

The first week of September brought cooler temperatures and mainly clear skies overnight resulting in significant migration. That hasn't necessarily translated into lots of birds on the ground. Nevertheless, passerine diversity has increased and numbers are steadily climbing. The vast swallow roosts of recent weeks have now dwindled an echo of the hundreds of thousands of just a week ago. Purple Martin numbers have also decreased from a peak of 30,000 at Old Cut to about 5,000. September can often rival May in terms of diversity and brilliance in our region, so get outside and Go Birding!

Highlights:

Trumpeter Swan - One was observed along the south shore of Long Point September 5 (JBF, MTT).

Horned Grebe - An individual was observed at the Tip September 4 (EJR).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One adult was observed at the Tip September 5 (JBF).

Eastern Whip-poor-will - One was banded at the Tip September 3 (LPBO).

American Golden Plover - One was at Breakwater September 3 (MTT) and one was observed along the south shore of Long Point September 5 (JBF, EJR).

Red Knot - An individual was at Townsend's Sewage Lagoons September 4 (JL).

Stilt Sandpiper - Two were at Townsend's Sewage Lagoons September 4 and three were present there September 5 (JL).

Baird's Sandpiper - One was at the Tip August 29 (JBF, EJR).

Buff-breasted Sandpiper - One was observed along the south shore of Long Point September 5 (JBF, MTT).

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Two were at Old Cut September 4 (SMJ).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - Numerous individuals were observed at all three research stations throughout the period (LPBO).

Red-headed Woodpecker - One was observed at Breakwater September 3 (LPBO).

Winter Wren - An individual was observed at Fairnorth Farm September 1 (KB).

Northern Mockingbird - One was observed at the Tip August 29 and September 1 (LPBO).

Eastern White-crowned Sparrow - The same individual has been lingering at Old Cut throughout the period (LPBO).

Orchard Oriole - One was at Old Cut August 28 & 29 (CPG & SMJ) and another at Breakwater September 1 (MTT).

Blue-winged Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut August 31 (LPBO).

Brewster's Warbler - This hybrid was banded at Breakwater August 31 (LPBO).

Connecticut Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut while two were banded and three more observed at the Tip September 5 (LPBO).

Hooded Warbler - One was banded at Old Cut and Breakwater August 31 (LPBO).

Blackpoll Warbler - A respectable 263 were observed at the Tip September 4 (LPBO).

Prairie Warbler - One was observed at Breakwater September 5 (MTT).

Observers: Kathryn Boothby (KB), Brett Fried (JBF), Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), James Lees (JL), Elijah Rodgers (EJR), Matt Timpf (MTT), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and volunteers (LPBO)

August 30

Migration has been generally slow and steady with increasing diversity but no significant movements to speak of, except for the astonishing evening swallow and martin roosts in the Long Point wetland complex. The roost at Big Creek National Wildlife Area was in excess of 100,000 birds with numerous other roosts in the tens of thousands. More than 30,000 Purple Martin spent nights somewhere in the Long Point Crown Marsh and Company marshes west of Old Cut. Unfortunately these roosts can be difficult to observe. The best vantage points are from any of the three observation platforms in or surrounding Big Creek NWA or on the Old Cut Dyke in the half hour of twilight after sunset.

Highlights:

White-winged Scoter - Two were observed at Breakwater August 23 (ZWD).

Red-breasted Merganser - One was observed at the Tip August 23-29 (SAM, JBF).

Common Nighthawk - Birds were observed regularly at dusk from the Old Cut Dyke and Big Creek NWA (LPBO).

Whimbrel - One was observed flying over Big Creek NWA August 24 (SAM).

Ruddy Turnstone - One bird was observed at the Tip August 24, 25, 28 (SAM, JBF).

Baird's Sandpiper - Individuals were observed at the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park August 22, and the Tip August 25 (eBird, JBF).

White-rumped Sandpiper - One was present at Silver Lake in Port Dover August 28 (SAM).

Pectoral Sandpiper - One was present at Silver Lake in Port Dover August 28 (SAM). Yellowlegs sp. - One flock totalling 50 Lesser and 10 Greater was observed at Breakwater August 27 (MTT).

Least Bittern - Two were heard from the Old Cut Dyke August 28 (SMJ).

Peregrine Falcon - Several individuals were observed from the Tip, Big Creek NWA, Old Cut, and the 'New' Provincial Park (SAM, CG, JBG).

Prairie Falcon - Long Point's second record was observed between the 'New' Provincial Park and Breakwater August 24 (SAM, RWW). Coincidentally, the first was observed at the Tip 23 years to the day in 1996. One observed December 18, 1976 was thought to be a bird that had recently escaped a falconer near Toronto.

Olive-sided Flycatcher - Individuals have been observed regularly at Old Cut and Breakwater (LPBO) with birds banded at Old Cut August 25 & 28 and at Breakwater August 29.

Swallows - A roost of more than 100,000 birds was present at Big Creek National Wildlife Area August 24 through 28 dwindling to about 50,000 on the 29th. The reduction may just be a result of wind conditions. The roost is comprised of Bank, Barn, and Tree swallows and very small numbers of Rough-winged and Cliff swallows. Lower numbers of Purple Martins are roosting further west,.

Purple Martin - High counts of 30,000 were observed at Old Cut (SMJ) and 12,500 at Breakwater (MTT, ZWD) August 27 and August 28 respectively.

Northern Mockingbird - Individuals were observed at all three stations this week; the Tip August 29 (EJR), Breakwater August 25 (MTT), and Old Cut August 29 (SAM).

Orchard Oriole - One was observed at Old Cut August 28 & 29 (LPBO).

Blue-winged Warbler - One was observed at Breakwater on August 23 (MTT) while another was at the Timpf Farm August 24 (APT).

Hooded Warbler - One female was banded at Breakwater August 20 (LPBO).

Prairie Warbler - One was observed at the Tip August 28 (JBF).

Observers:

Brett Fried (JBF), Callum Gibson (CG), Julian Grudens (JBG), Sean Jenniskens (SMJ), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Elijah Rodgers (EJR), Adam Timpf (APT), Matthew Timpf (MTT), Julie Webber (ZWD), Ross Wood (RWW), Long Point Observatory Staff and Volunteers (LPBO).

August 19

Trumpeter Swan - Three were observed at Turkey Point Marina July 21 (RH).

Tundra Swan - One individual lingered throughout spring and was last observed at Lee Brown WMA June 14 (KGC).

Long-tailed Duck - One male over-summered near the Tip (LPBO).

Ring-necked Pheasant - One was spotted along Norfolk County Road 60 July 17 and 18 (MVB, CJ).

White-winged Dove - One continued at the Tip until June 8 (LPBO).

Common Nighthawk - The first migrant of the season was observed at Old Cut August 18 (LPBO).

Upland Sandpiper - One flew over the 'New' Provincial Park August 8 (KGB).

Whimbrel - One flew over St. Williams July 21 (RR).

Baird's Sandpiper - One was observed at Breakwater August 4 (SMJ).

Red-necked Phalarope - One was observed at the Tip August 10 (SAM).

Lesser Black-backed Gull - One was at the 'New' Provincial Park July 11 (SAM).

Red-throated Loon - An individual seen flying over Old Cut August 18 provided a first for August Long Point record (ER).

Common Loon - A summering group of 123 was observed on the Outer Bay June 26 (SAM).

Heron sp.- A smaller (than a Great Blue) dark heron seen flying at Highway 59 and Highway 3 in Courtland July 18 (DL) raised suspicions of Little Blue Heron.

Great Egret - A high count of 23 were observed at Breakwater August 14 (MTT, SMJ). They can be observed daily from the Old Cut dyke at dawn.

Merlin - A Simcoe nest which produced three young provided the first confirmed breeding record for Norfolk C83ounty.

Peregrine Falcon - Two were observed flying over the 'New' Provincial Park August 9 (KGB). One flew over Silver Lake August 10 (YOW).

Olive-sided Flycatcher - Individuals were observed at Breakwater August 11, 13 and 14 (MTT) and at Old Cut August 14 (SAM).

Bank Swallow - Large numbers can be found throughout late July and August at Long Point. High counts this year were 65,000 from the 'New' Long Point Provincial Park August 9 and 30,000 at Breakwater August 15 (MTT, SMJ).

Purple Martin - Up to 25,000 are estimated to be in the greater Long Point area occupying numerous smaller roosts ranging in size from 500 to 12,000 birds. There were high counts of 6,000 at Breakwater August 10 (MTT, SMJ) and 12,000 at Old Cut August 15 (ERB).

Golden-crowned Kinglet - One was observed in the Old Cut woodlot August 17 (ER, CG).


Photo: Stu Mackenize

Henslow's Sparrow - A territorial male was present near Walsingham from early June through early August (APT). It was observed carrying food in mid-July but breeding was not otherwise confirmed. This is the first summer record at Long Point since 2005. The last migrant was at Old Cut April 29, 2011.

White-crowned Sparrow - One moulting adult was banded at Old Cut August 9 (LPBO). This is the first August record for Long Point.

Golden-winged Warbler - One male was observed at Breakwater August 14 (MTT)

Observers: Emma Buck (ERB), Kenneth Burrell (KGB), Mike Burrell (MVB), Kyle Cameron (KGC), Erica Dunn (ED), Anonymous eBirder (eBird), Callum Gisbon (CG), Randy Husson (RH), Colin Jones (CJ), Denis Lepage (DL), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Ron Ridout (RR), Elijah Rodgers (ER), Adam Timpf (APT), Matt Timpf (MTT) Young Ornithologist Workshop Participants (YOW), Long Point Bird Observatory Staff and Volunteers.

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