Unusual Ontario Birds
My collection of record photos of rare birds in the province. Highlights presented from 2003-2012. A more extensive collection occurs from 2013 onwards.
May 14, 2014 - Mississippi Kite - east of Wheatley - a solid rarity for our cottage!
May 14, 2014 - Eared Grebe - awful photo of a real beauty - Wheatley Harbour
May 14, 2014 - Franklin's & Laughing Gulls - standing together at Wheatley Harbour
May 13, 2014 - Mississippi Kite - from the VC parking lot at Pelee
May 13, 2014 - Lazuli Bunting - female self-found in flight (!!!) at the tip of Pelee
May 13, 2014 - Neotropic Cormorant - self found youngster flying by the tip of Pelee
May 13, 2014 - Dickcissel (2) - reverse migrants at Pelee.
May 12, 2014 - Summer Tanagers (2) - male and female, both reverse migrating at the tip of Pelee (about 30mins apart)
May 11, 2014 - Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - male reverse migrating at the tip of Pelee. Even more epic!
May 11, 2014 - Western Kingbird - male reverse migrating at the tip of Pelee. Epic!
May 9, 2014 - King Rail (dead) - a juicy little morsel found outside of Point Pelee National Park
May 8, 2014 - Blue Grosbeak - a female flying off the tip of Pelee - found earlier by my Dad!
May 1, 2014 - Marbled Godwit - long styaing bird at Hillman Marsh
May 1, 2014 - Acadian Flycatcher - this species was the story of "early spring" this year
Apr 25, 2014 - "Yellow" Palm Warbler - at Point Pelee
Nov 21, 2013 - Elegant Tern - another cosmic bird to twitch - viewing cross-border on the river...
Nov 7, 2013 - Franklin's Gull - a bird "hanging around" the river recently. This time at Adam Beck.
Nov 1, 2013 - Cattle Egret - a nice "follow up" find to the Snowy Plover!
Nov 1, 2013 - Snowy Plover - a very exciting self-found bird during a wind storm at Point Pelee.
Oct 10, 2013 - Brown Booby - the amazing twitch to Fort Erie
Sep 1, 2013 - Northern Gannet - a flyby adult from my condo balcony
Aug 19, 2013 - Neotropic Cormorant - from my condo balcony! Photos from the 20th included.
May 18, 2013 - Kirtland's Warbler - a female my Dad and I found along the west beach/bike path at Point Pelee!
May 16, 2013 - Laughing Gull - adult at the tip of Pelee
May 16, 2013 - Yellow-throated Warbler - the far north end of the Blue Heron trail at Point Pelee
May 15, 2013 - Kirtland's Warbler - 1st alt male.
May 14, 2013 - Worm-eating Warbler - WNT, Pelee.
May 13, 2013 - Carolina Chickadee - just south of the Sparrow Field at Point Pelee. Found with Dave Bell. Pending 2nd for Canada, but I've already counted it!
May 13, 2013 - Snowy Egrets - self found (duo?) at the tip of Pelee.
May 12, 2013 - Piping Plover - a male at the tip of Pelee. Awesome little birds!
May 10, 2013 - Summer Tanager - self found, adult male, reverse migrating at the tip of Pelee.
May 6, 2013 - Laughing Gull - ad at the tip of Pelee. 2 Little Gulls added for flavour.
May 4, 2013 - Swallow-tailed Kite - an epic birding story from the Pelee VC parking lot.
May 4, 2013 - Yellow-throated Warbler - a self found bird near the tip of Pelee - reverse migrating.
May 1, 2013 - Prairie Warbler - a reverse migrant at the tip of Pelee.
May 1, 2013 - Kentucky Warbler - self found (thanks Dad!) bird at Pelee.
Apr 30, 2013 - Henslow's Sparrow - along the west beach, where they often are, at Pelee!
Apr 26, 2013 - Lousiana Waterthrush - cooperative bird from Pelee! I actually had 4 in my first 24 hours at Pelee.
Apr 25, 2013 - Snowy Egret - somewhere near Couburg- was a decent "2nd place" twitch to not seeing the Violet-green
Oct 30, 2012 - Leach's Storm-Petrel - the star of Hurricane Sandy in Ontario.
Oct 26, 2012 - Cave Swallows - 147-ish CASW seen at Fifty Point CA in Grimsby
Oct 19, 2012 - Cattle Egret - just up the road from where I grew up
Oct 11, 2012 - Townsend's Solitaire - a quick twitch to an unusual spot (Van Wagner's Ponds)
Oct 6, 2012 - Vega Gull - adult at the tip of Pelee. Found days earlier by Kevin McLaughlin
Aug 29, 2012 - Thick-billed Kingbird - can you say, mega?
Jul 2, 2012 - Magnificent Frigatebird - twitched like a boss with Ken Burrell
Apr 6, 2012 - Harlequin Ducks - fancy pair from Oakville
Mar 28, 2012 - Ross's Geese - pair at Pelee
Mar 15, 2012 - Common Teal - an "impure bird" from Hillman Marsh
Mar 13, 2012 - Eurasian Wigeon - not a bad bird for work. Near Dunnville
Jan 2, 2012 - Mountian Bluebird - female near my former residence in Guelph
Dec 27, 2011 - Smew - awesome bird, but is it wild?
Dec 14, 2011 - Black-throated Gray Warbler - my overdue first for Ontario/nemiss bird (at the time)! Thanks to Rob Dobos for finding it.
Nov 27, 2011 - American White Pelican - in a backyard farm pond in Niagara
May 16, 2011 - Fish Crow - one of two self-found at Pelee
Apr 30, 2011 - Summer Tanager - ad male found with the Burrell twins. Pelee Island. 1 of 8 I "found" this year. Crazy.
Apr 24, 2011 - Neotropic Cormorant - self found 2nd for Ontario & Canada at Muddy Creek in Wheatley.
Apr 19, 2011 - Eurasian Wigeon - on Amherst Island
Mar 24, 2011 - Harris's Sparrow - twitched at Port Burwell while missing a reported Boat-tailed Grackle
Nov 25, 2010 - Cattle Egret - on Wolfe Island.
Nov 13, 2010 - Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwater - self found first for Ontario at Netitishi Point on James Bay
Nov 1, 2012 - Cattle Egret - after the incredible late Oct storm. On Wolfe Island.
Jul 19, 2012 - Black-bellied Whistling Duck - a twitch to one of my own work sites. Grr... But still awesome!
Apr 28, 2012 - Harlequin Ducks - three of nine reported here into early May
2009Nov 12, 2009 - Phainopepla - who knew something so awesome could happen in Brampton?
Sep 28, 2009 - Black-tailed Gull - at Port Burwell. My "self found" first for Ontario!
Sep 17, 2009 - Western Kingbird - just north of Point Petre in Prince Edward County
Aug 30, 2009 - Black-throated Sparrow - at Monarch Landing in Port Burwell!
Aug 2, 2009 - Ruff - found with K Burrell at Blenheim sewage
Jul 3, 2009 - Glaucous-winged Gull - first provincial record currently rejected by the OBRC (way to go, team) - but should be accepted some day...
May 17, 2009 - Black Swift - at the VC lot at Point Pelee. A darn exciting "self found" bird.
Apr 30, 2009 - Lark Sparrow - a twitch just up the road from home.
Jan 27, 2009 - Glaucous X Great Black-backed Gull Hybrid - a rare combo at the defunct Waterdown Garden Supplies.
Oct 11, 2008 - Curlew Sandpiper - in Fort Erie. Juvenile.
May 18, 2008 - King Rail - at Hillman Marsh
May 15, 2008 - Kirtland's Warbler - Singing male. My 300th "self found species" for Ontario.
May 12, 2008 - Lark Bunting - not far from the tip of Pelee
May 12, 2008 - Mottled Duck - the long staying first for Canada, found earlier by Dean Ware.
Nov 28, 2007 - Northern Gannet - one of 5+ on the day during this invasion. Grimsby.
Oct 21, 2007 - White-faced Ibis - Dundas hydro ponds in Hamilton
May 23, 2007 - Black-necked Stilt - female at the Hillman shorebird cell
May 14, 2007 - Chuck-wills-widow - at the tip of Pelee
Apr 8, 2007 - Eared Grebe - at the grimsby poop ponds
Dec 15, 2006 - Razorbill - the "hard to get" bird at the mouth of the Niagara River. I went 6 times, saw it twice.
Nov 26, 2006 - Barrow's Goldeneye - on the lakefront in Stoney Crek
Oct 6, 2006 - California Gull - self found at Wheatley Harb with my Dad. (Not a bad weekend)
Oct 5, 2006 - Swainson's Hawk - self found at Seacliffe (Leamington) with my Dad
Sep 16, 2006 - Loggerhead Shrike - found at Delaurier (Pelee)
Sep 1, 2006 - Manx Shearwater - thankfully still around the next morning. Van Wagner's, Hamilton.
Aug 31, 2006 - Tricolored Heron - almost missed the above bird to get these photos....
May 24, 2006 - Lawrence's Warbler - the famous bird at the Dundas Valley CA in Hamilton
May 23, 2006 - Curlew Sandpiper - at the Townsend Poop Ponds
May 11, 2006 - Cassin's Vireo - or maybe not - Pelee
May 8, 2006 - Black-billed Magpie - near the tip of Pelee. Sorta self-found.
May 7, 2006 - Common Teal - self found at Hillman Marsh
Feb 26, 2006 - Sage Thrasher - a glorious twitch for February. Very cooperative.
Nov 4, 2005 - Cave Swallows - 30+ on the day in Hamilton, ON
Sep 18, 2005 - Ruff - a self found Reeve at the Townsend poop lagoons.
Jul 1, 2005 - Cattle Egrets - a pair near Rock Point
May 15, 2005 - Glossy Ibis - in a ditch outside of Pelee
May 14, 2005 - American White Pelicans - big group at Hillman. Part of an awesome few days at Pelee/Hillman.
May 14, 2005 - Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 1st alt at Hillman
May 13, 2005 - Summer Tanager - a cooperative and striking 1st alt male.
May ??, 2005 - Kirtland's Warbler - the superstar at NW Beach.
May 2, 2005 - American Avocets - a flock of 25, with Willets to boot - at Van Wagner's in Hamilton.
Feb 19, 2005 - California X Herring Gull hybrid - from lock 4 of the Welland Canal. A rare combo.
Nov 23, 2004 - Cave Swallows - 2 birds, the first for Hamilton (and self found)
Nov 21, 2004 - Rufous Hummingbird - the star of Niagara in 2004
Nov 11, 2004 - King Eider - funky plumage at Fifty Point. Late fall was good to me in '04!
Nov 9, 2004 - Western Grebe - Fifty Point CA in Grimsby
Oct 31, 2004 - Pacific Loon - my self found adult that set off the "patagonia picnic table effect" at Fifty Point in Grimsby
Aug 31, 2004 - Cattle Egret - near Rock Point
Mid Aug, 2004 - Painted Bunting - stunner of a 2CY at Normandale
Jun 16, 2004 - Black-necked Stilts - the birds that produced Ontario's first nest at the Jarvis sewage ponds
May 9, 2004 - Harris's Sparrow - a fun self found at Long Point
Dec 17, 2003 - Gray Flycatcher - an incredible CBC flycatcher to twitch in Hagersville
Sep 27, 2003 - Black-capped Petrel - a dead bird thanks to Isabel. Awaiting the day I get a living one!
Sep 14, 2003 - Western Sandpiper - a juv at the Grimsby angry army poop swamp
Black Swift at Point Pelee in May 2009
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