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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The mightiest blog post EVER

I have a few things I've wanted to get out recently, and given that the blog has been a bit slower than normal, I thought i'd just pile all of this into one monster post!


PeregrinePrints highly irregular quiz answers! - I am really behind on getting these out. Only 1 month later!

Here's the quiz I'm talking about: http://www.blog.peregrineprints.com/2014/09/peregrineprints-highly-irregular-quiz.html

And congrats to Bruce MacT for being the first to get them all right (and on his first shot):

Little Gull
Common Redpoll
Common Murre
Parasitic Jaeger
Black-legged Kittiwake
King Eider
Chestnut-collared Longspur

Thanks to those who played along, both via comments and via email


Hurricane Gonzolo - just as it was tickling Newfoundland early this morning:

Was anyone at Cape Race (or St. Shotts?) to look for the magic? 



I thought the weather last week looked pretty darn cool, so I went SW and enjoyed the masses of birds!

Raw radar

850mb winds for the above map

I birded Port Burwell to Wheatley Harbour on Tuesday, and the National Park on Wednesday (PPNP). Thursday was a healthy dose of PPNP again, but an additional check of Hillman Marsh and Wheatley Harbour as well.

Some highlights:

Tues - 

Burwell - 8 Black-bellied and 1 Golden Plover

Port Stanley Lagoons - 2 Pec's and - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20235921

Rondeau Joe's lookout (on the bay) - 2 Forster's Terns, 1 Caspian Tern, 1 Tufted Titmouse

Wheatley Harb - 3 Lesser Black-backs. Missed a Little Gull and Kittiwake seen by Ross Wood just earlier....

Weds - 

5 Parasitic Jaegers, 1 Pomarine Jaeger, 3 Jaeger Sp's, oodles of Common Loons, Little Gull, 250+ Common Terns, Peregrine's catching Jays/Starlings, Barn Swallow, 10 Warbler species, - epic!

Thurs - 

Lots of birds on the go, including great looks at a Golden Eagle, Red-shoulders and a few late Broad-winged Hawks. Peregrines still around and chasing things. Common Buckeyes were all over, and 2 new warbler species from yesterday. 

Wheatley Harbour late - FRANKLIN'S GULL! Woot. 

It was a great little trip, even if I couldn't nail down something MEGA. ;) ... Great company in the park as well. 


CONDO BIRDING!!! - Great cool NW Winds to get the birds jiggy! 

October 18th:

aaa_Condo, Hamilton, CA-ON
Oct 18, 2014
Protocol: Incidental
21 species

Canada Goose 1
American Wigeon 20
Mallard 25
Northern Pintail 4
Redhead 4
Greater Scaup 20
Surf Scoter 500
White-winged Scoter 1500
Black Scoter 3
Long-tailed Duck 700
Red-breasted Merganser 34
Red-throated Loon 7
Common Loon 45
Horned Grebe 5
Red-necked Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 445
Northern Harrier 5
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Horned Lark 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 2


October 19th  - even better!!!

aaa_Condo, Hamilton, CA-ON
Oct 19, 2014
Protocol: Incidental
27 species

Canada Goose 45
American Black Duck 18
Mallard 26
Northern Pintail 8
Green-winged Teal 4
Redhead 1
Greater Scaup 100
Lesser Scaup 2
Surf Scoter 500
White-winged Scoter 500
Black Scoter 5
Long-tailed Duck 3000
Common Merganser 4
Red-breasted Merganser 80
Red-throated Loon 7
Common Loon 38
Double-crested Cormorant 250

Parasitic Jaeger 1 - adult, or sub adult
Bonaparte's Gull 35

Little Gull 1 - 2nd basic with flock of BOGU - gray upperwing with no primary markings other than white trailing edge and limited black flecking in outer primaries. Black underwing not nearly as full as an adult bird.

Common Tern 2 - 1st winters inside a flock of BOGU moving west along the shore. Small and sleek compared to the BOGU - lacking face patch of FOTE and too strong for ARTE.

American Crow 1 odd bird, flying west, over the water a bit (100-200m?)
Golden-crowned Kinglet X
American Robin 1
Palm Warbler 1 ...
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Dark-eyed Junco X


Weather Network Photos! - I find more rarities on the weather network..........

Swainson's Hawk in Port Elgin -



Where's Chip? -


Dickcissel in NL -


Long staying Hudwit -


Partial Albino -


Partial Pigmented at all -


Hybreed goo -



Awesomeness -


I'm guessing this wasn't taken in Ontario? -


Is this a Rufous type? Or am I wrong? -


Ha! -



RARITY ALERT - cool weather this week!!!!

Not really sure what to say at this point, other than I like this weather setup! 

For 3+ days this low pressure thing is forecast to sit off the NE USA coast, slowly moving into Nova Scotia. Our marine forecast calls for N or NE winds for 3+ days while this happens. Can't make any guarantee's, but I would like to think that this is the type of setup that brings birds like Kittiwakes and the occasional Gannet into Lake Ontario. Maybe we can get something a little nuttier?!

Maybe someday I'll get back to posting photos of birds taken in the field/recently...


Saturday, October 18, 2014

weatha- 18 Oct 2014

James Bay - southern half: Forecast



Issued 05:00 PM CDT 16 October 2014

Tonight and FridayGale warning in effect.Wind light increasing to northeast 20 knots after midnight and to north 35 late Friday morning. Wind increasing to north 45 Friday evening.


Issued 05:00 PM CDT 16 October 2014

Tonight and FridaySeas less than 1 metre building to 1 late this evening and to 2 early Friday morning. Seas building to 3 early Friday afternoon and to 4 late Friday afternoon and to 5 Friday evening.

Extended Forecast

Extended Forecast Issued 05:00 PM CDT 16 October 2014

SaturdayWind north 45 knots diminishing to north 30 in the afternoon.

SundayWind north 25 knots diminishing to north 15 late in the day.

MondayWind north 15 knots diminishing to light.

Past 24 hour conditions in Moosonee (inland from coast): 

18 October 2014

11:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 66 -2 NNW 28 gust 54 101.2 16
10:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 67 -2 NNW 21 gust 48 101.2 16
9:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 69 -2 NNW 28 gust 43 101.1 16
8:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 70 -1 NNW 30 gust 48 101.0 16
7:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 71 -1 NNW 28 gust 46 100.9 16
6:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 75 0 NNW 28 gust 52 100.8 16
5:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 77 0 NNW 26 gust 45 100.7 16
4:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 81 1 NNW 30 gust 50 100.6 16
3:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 85 2 NNW 30 gust 52 100.5 16
2:00 Cloudy 4 ↓ 88 2 NNW 37 gust 61 100.4 11
1:00 Light Rain 4 ↓ 91 3 NNW 35 gust 52 100.3 5
00:00 Cloudy 5 91 3 NNW 30 gust 50 100.2 11

17 October 2014

23:00 Light Rain 5 92 4 N 28 gust 54 100.1 10
22:00 Light Rain 5 92 4 N 30 gust 55 100.1 11
21:00 Light Rain 6 93 5 N 30 gust 50 99.9 13
20:00 Light Rain 6 93 5 N 30 gust 50 99.9 13
19:00 Light Rain 6 93 5 NNW 28 gust 54 99.7 10
18:00 Light Rain 7 92 6 N 34 gust 59 99.7 16
17:00 Light Rain 7 92 6 N 30 gust 48 99.6 16
16:00 Cloudy 7 93 6 N 32 gust 48 99.6 16
15:00 Light Rain 8 ↑ 93 7 N 28 gust 50 99.5 16
14:00 Light Rain 8 ↑ 94 7 NNE 28 gust 43 99.5 11
13:00 Light Rain 8 ↑ 94 7 NNE 26 gust 52 99.5 16
12:00 Light Rain 8 ↑ 94 7 NNE 30 gust 52 99.6 5
11:00 Light Rain 8 ↑ 94 7 NNE 28 gust 46 99.6 5


Hurricane Gonzalo crushed Bermuda yesterday - and on its way to Newfoundland, then Great Britian - in a real hurry. Will be fun to see what birds are found because of it. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Epic Hawkwatching - Wheatley - October 10th

Wheatley, ON - Hawkwatching - all day - on October 10th

Turkey Vulture 4703
Osprey 3
Northern Harrier 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk 403
Cooper's Hawk 13
Bald Eagle 41 all going SW
Red-shouldered Hawk 6
Broad-winged Hawk 45
Red-tailed Hawk 189
American Kestrel 69
Merlin 5
Peregrine Falcon 6

Total - 5501 !!!

There were some other highlights - check out the ebird checklist 

We beat some of the big dogs - Detroit River had more birds, but really only more vultures:

Holiday Beach - again, slightly less vultures, but more of everything else - 

Hawk Cliff - closer on the "good stuff" - but actually less vultures. 


So many vultures!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fort Erie to Niagara - October 8th

I'm a little late, but the birding was sa-weeet!

Mather's Park - met Mr. Len Manning for a decent stretch. We walked a bit south along the shoreline (from the parking area) to get a better look at the lake. Some highlights here were:

1 Pomarine Jaeger
2 Parasitic Jaegers
3 Little Gulls
1 Red-necked Grebe
8 Peregrine Falcons
800+ Common Terns !!!
The white-ish Cormorant as well...

The number of terns around was insane! Full ebird - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20180467

Peace Bridge to Railroad Bridge - checked a few vantage points. Birds were zooming everywhere, so I lumped the area. Highlights:

1 Sabine's Gull
1 Parasitic Jaeger
1 Red-necked Phalarope
1 Little Gull
100+ Common Terns
The white-ish Cormorant - again!

Full ebird for more! - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20180505

Bowen Rd Lookout (Elegant Tern lookout) -

1 Little Gull


Control Gates (Niagara) -

3 Little Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull


Dufferin Islands - I parked near the duck-feed spot. Didn't expect to see a Redhead there (was wary)


Above the Falls -

400+ Northern Rough-winged Swallows!
3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls


Below the Falls - once again, it was just PACKED with birds. I worked it, and was not really rewarded.

1 Lesser Black-backed Gull



Great day to be out - with lots of people seeing cool things from different times/places around the river.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Probable/Presumed Neotropic Cormorant - Fort Erie - 7 Oct 2014

After posting about my 6th Cattle Egret find in the past 5 years, I give you my 4th NECO in the past 4 years... Pretty much the same situation as this bird , but I didn't have camera handy and ready. 


Subject: Probable/Presumed Neotropic Cormorant - Fort Erie - 7 Oct 2014
Date: Tue Oct 7 2014 18:08 pm
From: holden.ontbirds AT gmail.com Birders,

Just after noon today at Mather's Park in Fort Erie - 2 Cormorants flying
very close to shore (50ft) with one being notably smaller than the other. A
quick look in the scope showed a bird with a dark bill and dull throat, but
no obvious white feathers (that I could see, with precious little time). As
they flew away, the smaller individual showed a considerably lighter body
(looking 50% thinner) as I watched them leave. Not the best look, but for
all intents and purposes it was a Neotropic Cormorant. At the very least,
this is a heads up that it is "out there". Both birds were flying very
slowly along the shoreline, but I could not relocate them.

Other birds at the river mouth included 1 Pomarine Jaeger, 1 Phalarope Sp.
2 Sabine's Gulls, 5 Little Gulls and 2 Peregrine Falcons.

Other sites:

Catherine St. Parking Area - 1 Sabine's Gull, 1 Little Gull, 1 Leucistic DC

Control Gates - 4 Little Gulls

Below the falls - thousands of gulls, nothing of note

The marine forecast for tomorrow calls for strong westerly winds, which may
help provide a repeat performance for some of these species. A scope is
valuable. I also hear that Len Manning may be present, so bring something
to get an autograph - just in case!

Brandon Holden



Tonight and WednesdayStrong wind warning in effect.Wind variable 15 knots becoming southwest 15 this evening then increasing to west 25 late overnight. Wind increasing to west 30 near noon Wednesday.

One can dream 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monster Low!!!

Current winds - as of Monday at 5-ish pm

This mega low has stalled in NW Ontario, and it has been pumping SW winds into southern Ontario for days... I scored an exciting bird (CAEG) yesterday at Tilbury thanks to it. I'm also losing my marbles as I have an itch to do some serious birding - but haven't really put in the time.

Hopefully I'll get out a bit this week!

The son of monster low? - 984mb over quebec. Forecast map for Thursday.

I get the impression that weather forecasters have no idea what to really put on paper. Every source I look at is different (marine, EC, weather network, model runs) - and every one changes every 12-ish hours. The only constant is awesomess - strong winds in S to NW direction - for the rest of the week

I'm not sure when "rarity birding" will be at its best. Maybe today? Maybe tomorrow? I would expect a heavy dose of good bird observations to roll in on nice weather this weekend as well. 


The boys up on James Bay have been getting STEADY south winds for DAYS - can't wait to see what they're getting up there... Should be a great "case study" for the vagrancy potential of Netitishi - for songbirds! Will they get flooded with Field Sparrows? Or will they land something truly mega?


I'm torn between my desire for a rare passerine, and just some enjoyable birding... I may settle somewhere inbetween on gulls. Hopefully I'll find the perfect mix of work, birding, enjoyment and family/home time!

One can dream 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Subject: Cattle Egret at Tilbury SL - Oct 6th

(With this bird, I now have at least one "self found" Cattle Egret in Ontario - each year - for the past five years!)


Subject: Cattle Egret at Tilbury SL
Date: Mon Oct 6 2014 14:02 pm
From: holden.ontbirds AT

Andrea Orr, Natalie Leava and I just watched a Cattle Egret at the Tilbury
Sewage Lagoons. After making several prolonged circles around the lagoons.
Not sure if it landed out of sight, or kept going. Could be a sign of
things to come, as Ontario has been under the influence of strong SW winds
for the past several days after a powerful extratropical cyclone stalled in
NW Ontario.

Good Birding!

Brandon Holden

Directions: take Hwy 401 west, exiting at #56, head west and turn right on
Elginfield sideroad. At the end of the road, turn right on Baseline Road.
The lagoons are on your right about 1km down the road.
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Tilbury--Sewage Lagoons, Essex, CA-ON
Oct 6, 2014 2:40 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 kilometer(s)
12 species

Canada Goose 1
Blue-winged Teal 5
Northern Shoveler 1
Ruddy Duck 15
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 3

Cattle Egret 1 - sitting on shore of the main lagoon. flushed without warning (or by us). Flew several large circles, including some close passes (50ft). We were busy, so couldn't wait and watch where it went. Small (mallard sized) all-white egret. Orange/peach/pinkish bill, dark grayish legs.

Turkey Vulture 100
Mourning Dove 5
Peregrine Falcon 1
Tree Swallow 50
Red-winged Blackbird 10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20049644

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

(not the bird)