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20 Nov: @ 23:03:02 
Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2018) 348 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
20 Nov: @ 20:44:10 
ONTBIRDS Posting Guidelines LIMITS on DISCUSSION [Mark Cranford via ONTBIRDS]
20 Nov: @ 20:07:12 
Re: Proposal to establish a hunting season for Double-crested Cormorants in Ontario [Lou Marsh via ONTBIRDS]
20 Nov: @ 19:56:38 
Calliope Hummingbird Update [Stewart Nutt via ONTBIRDS]
20 Nov: @ 18:03:49 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Nov 2018) 233 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
20 Nov: @ 15:54:10 
Re: Proposal to establish a hunting season for Double-crested Cormorants in Ontario [ROBERT FORSTER via ONTBIRDS]
20 Nov: @ 13:58:59 
Proposal to establish a hunting season for Double-crested Cormorants in Ontario [Barrett, Glenn (EC) via ONTBIRDS]
20 Nov: @ 12:47:45 
Western Grebe continuing at Bright’s Grove [Jeremy Hatt via ONTBIRDS]
20 Nov: @ 09:11:11 
Calliope Hummingbird update - November 20 [Glenn Coady via ONTBIRDS]
20 Nov: @ 06:07:36 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area (19 Nov 2018) 116 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
19 Nov: @ 21:45:13 
Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2018) 165 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
19 Nov: @ 16:34:29 
Calliope Hummingbird in Goderich - *** Limited viewing engagement *** [Glenn Coady via ONTBIRDS]
19 Nov: @ 10:41:44 
New trip announcement: Port Weller East Pier, Saturday, December 1 (before the gull workshop) [Lynne Freeman via ONTBIRDS]
18 Nov: @ 21:45:00 
Hooded Warbler.. Yes , Sedgewick Park Oakville, https://youtu.be/J3c65WxBLI0 [Fazio Luke via ONTBIRDS]
18 Nov: @ 19:32:46 
Waterbirds on the St. Lawrence River [Brian Morin via ONTBIRDS]
17 Nov: @ 21:41:17 
Detroit River Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2018) 489 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
17 Nov: @ 21:10:23 
Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, November 17th, 2018 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS]
17 Nov: @ 20:49:09 
Black-billed Magpie -near Toronto Airport [DAVID WORTHINGTON via ONTBIRDS]
17 Nov: @ 16:27:16 
Re: Glaucous & Lesser Black backed at Adam Beck [Mark Conlon via ONTBIRDS]
17 Nov: @ 15:48:25 
Barrow’s Goldeneye [Gerard Binsfeld via ONTBIRDS]
17 Nov: @ 15:07:43 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Nov 2018) 218 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
17 Nov: @ 12:59:36 
Glaucous & Lesser Black backed at Adam Beck [David Worthington via ONTBIRDS]
17 Nov: @ 11:25:12 
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2018) 316 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
17 Nov: @ 00:49:48 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area (16 Nov 2018) 37 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
16 Nov: @ 19:36:35 
Kingston Area Birds: 10th - 16th November 2018 [Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS]
16 Nov: @ 19:32:49 
Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2018) 1 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
16 Nov: @ 17:11:55 
Algonquin Park Birding Report: 8 to 15 November 2018 [Ron Tozer via ONTBIRDS]
16 Nov: @ 16:00:29 
Presqu'ile Weekly Bird Report for 9-15 November 2018 [Doug McRae via ONTBIRDS]
16 Nov: @ 06:29:35 
Sandhill Cranes, Pine Grosbeaks, etc., etc. [Norm Murr via ONTBIRDS]
15 Nov: @ 21:24:03 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area (15 Nov 2018) Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
15 Nov: @ 20:42:17 
Hermit Warbler (Huntsville) [Ethan Gosnell via ONTBIRDS]
15 Nov: @ 20:07:41 
Starling murmurations - Niagara-on-the-lake [Craig Corcoran via ONTBIRDS]
15 Nov: @ 17:09:27 
Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to November 15, 2018 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
15 Nov: @ 16:07:17 
Sandhill Cranes [Peter Wukasch via ONTBIRDS]
15 Nov: @ 09:43:01 
Lesser Black-backed Gulls - Stratford [Steve Thorpe via ONTBIRDS]
14 Nov: @ 23:26:00 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area (14 Nov 2018) 323 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
14 Nov: @ 22:29:54 
Detroit River Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2018) 574 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
14 Nov: @ 12:45:03 
Common eider at Sam Smith park [Monika Croydon via ONTBIRDS]
14 Nov: @ 12:40:33 
Fwd: Renfrew County: Pembroke: White-crowned Pigeon [Bruce Di Labio via ONTBIRDS]
14 Nov: @ 09:36:55 
Renfrew County: Pembroke: White-crowned Pigeon [Bruce Di Labio via ONTBIRDS]
14 Nov: @ 08:53:54 
Boreal Chickadee - Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto [David Pryor via ONTBIRDS]
14 Nov: @ 06:05:50 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area (13 Nov 2018) 125 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
13 Nov: @ 22:20:42 
Detroit River Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2018) 146 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
13 Nov: @ 06:04:50 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area (12 Nov 2018) 5 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
12 Nov: @ 22:43:13 
Detroit River Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2018) 3 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
12 Nov: @ 22:23:34 
Snowy owl, Allen rd , Toronto [Richard Sigesmund via ONTBIRDS]
12 Nov: @ 15:47:52 
Black-throated Gray Warbler, LaSalle Marina--YES [Anthony Zammit via ONTBIRDS]
12 Nov: @ 12:20:41 
Sandbanks Park: Pomarine Jaeger, Black Vulture, Iceland Gull.. [Jon Ruddy via ONTBIRDS]
12 Nov: @ 11:57:45 
Pine Grosbeak-Chelsea [Brian Young via ONTBIRDS]
12 Nov: @ 10:24:50 
Black-throated Gray Warbler [Richard Skevington via ONTBIRDS]





Subject: Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2018) 348 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 23:03 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 87 2927 62335
Osprey 0 1 37
Bald Eagle 2 14 71
Northern Harrier 3 46 386
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 166 5416
Cooper's Hawk 1 31 115
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 27 193 544
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 47223
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 3
Red-tailed Hawk 219 1371 2873
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 1 32 49
American Kestrel 0 4 1122
Merlin 0 5 56
Peregrine Falcon 1 6 74
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 348 4821 120340
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Mark Hainen, Rosemary Brady

Weather:
Cloudy early with light winds from the WNW with clearing skies in the
afternoon

Raptor Observations:
One adult Golden Eagle and one adult Peregrine

Non-raptor Observations:
129 crows also 15 Sandhill Crane
========================================================================
Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch ([email protected])
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwat...


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Subject: ONTBIRDS Posting Guidelines LIMITS on DISCUSSION
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 20:44 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Birders

Earlier today I was asked to review and approve a post about proposed
hunting of Double-crested Cormorants. I could have suggested that the
post be rephrased in a more neutral information only format. I did not.

Regardless, Ontbirds is a very large list that has Posting Guidelines
(a link to the Guidelines can be found at the bottom of this and every
Ontbird post) that are intended to keep Ontbirds focused on rare and
unusual bird sightings with the intent of supplying information and
directions that will help others relocate the bird.

Ontbirds Posting Guidelines accept that non-sighting messages of
interest to the birding community can appear on Ontbirds. However we
ask that non-sighting posts be reviewed and approved by the Ontbirds
Coordinator before being sent to the list at large. The reason is simple
we want and need to minimize discussion. With over 3600 members we run
the risk of swamping Ontbirds with discussion and opinion.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I'll try to focus on birds

Mark Cranford
Ontbirds Coordinator
Toronto, ON

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Subject: Proposal to establish a hunting season for Double-crested Cormorants in Ontario
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 20:07 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Glenn...

I think they should include Canada Geese in this proposal!!!

Lou Marsh.

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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird Update
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 19:56 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
This bird is still feeding regularly and easily seen as of this afternoon
at 3:30. Great hosts.
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Subject: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Nov 2018) 233 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 18:03 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 43 2127 40038
Osprey 0 0 40
Bald Eagle 1 26 187
Northern Harrier 3 53 474
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 209 5662
Cooper's Hawk 4 36 205
Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 21 139 333
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7325
Red-tailed Hawk 154 877 1888
Rough-legged Hawk 2 9 10
Golden Eagle 1 8 15
American Kestrel 0 9 1436
Merlin 0 6 61
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 48
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 22
Unknown Buteo 0 6 51
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 5
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 2 2

Total: 233 3514 57816
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers: Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
Dave and Linda, Kory Renaud, John Barnes and Chip from Colchester, in
addition to Pat Schiller were at the tower today.


Weather:
There were moderate winds from the northwest in the morning, which calmed
slightly in the afternoon and also shifted to the west northwest. It was
overcast skies in the morning but soon cleared to almost no clouds for the
rest of the day. Temperatures were around 0 C, humidity was at 60% and
visibility was good.

Raptor Observations:
An adult Golden Eagle was observed flying over early in the morning. A
light morph and a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk were observed today, the
first dark morph of the season. (154) Red-tailed Hawks, (21) Red-shouldered
Hawks. A Peregrine Falcon made an impressive dive from a higher altitude.
(3) Northern Harrier including an adult male "Gray Ghost" was seen. (3)
Sharp-shinned Hawks and (4) Coopers Hawks also flew over. (6) Bald Eagles
were observed, one of which was a presumed migrant today.

Non-raptor Observations:
It was a pretty quiet day around the tower and marsh with the gusty winds
blowing.

American Crows - 49

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Predictions:
Gusty winds are forecast from the southwest then west tonight and are
expected to shift to the northwest around 9:00 am tomorrow morning, then
the north around 1:00 pm and last the rest of the day. Mostly sunny skies
and a high temperature of 2 C is predicted. Tomorrow is looking like it
could be another good day!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Evans ([email protected])
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....


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Subject: Proposal to establish a hunting season for Double-crested Cormorants in Ontario
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 15:54 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Please remind me what we birders pay towards waterfowl and habitat conservation, as opposed to duck hunters and so on.
On Tuesday, November 20, 2018 02:59:01 PM EST, Barrett, Glenn (EC) via ONTBIRDS wrote:


I have received permission from the ONTBIRDS Coordinator to post this message.

FYI - Yesterday a proposal to create an open hunting season of cormorants from 15 Mar to 31 Dec was posted on the Environmental Registry bag limit of 50/day and NO possession limit.
The statement that it will not affect sustainability seems to lack scientific proof given that hunting will occur during breeding season, and cormorants will be disturbed from breeding colonies by the hunting. Not to mention the fact that almost all DCCO colonies contain several other colonial waterbird species (ie. Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, White Pelicans ) who will also be disturbed during their breeding season by this hunting activity.
Comments can be submitted until 3 Jan 2019.


http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-W...

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Subject: Proposal to establish a hunting season for Double-crested Cormorants in Ontario
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 13:58 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
I have received permission from the ONTBIRDS Coordinator to post this message.

FYI - Yesterday a proposal to create an open hunting season of cormorants from 15 Mar to 31 Dec was posted on the Environmental Registry bag limit of 50/day and NO possession limit.
The statement that it will not affect sustainability seems to lack scientific proof given that hunting will occur during breeding season, and cormorants will be disturbed from breeding colonies by the hunting. Not to mention the fact that almost all DCCO colonies contain several other colonial waterbird species (ie. Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, White Pelicans ) who will also be disturbed during their breeding season by this hunting activity.
Comments can be submitted until 3 Jan 2019.


http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-W...

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Subject: Western Grebe continuing at Bright’s Grove
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 12:47 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
It may be of interest to those who have already driven for the Calliope Hummingbird that the Western Grebe at Brights Grove is still present off of Cow Creek. See directions below. It is swimming in a raft w/ merganser and Redhead. Scope recommended.


Directions:
>From 402 westbound, get off on Mandaumin Rd and head north. Go stright
>through/around the roundabout, and turn left at the first stop sign onto Old
>Lakeshore Rd. 6-700m down the road there is a bridge going over Cow Creek, and
>once you pass it continue to the second road on the left (Centre Ave). There
>are several beach accesses from this point.


Jeremy Hatt and Rick Mayos

Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird update - November 20
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 9:11 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ontbirds subscribers,

I have received word from multiple people that the Calliope Hummingbird is showing well this morning to the delight of scores of birders so far.

Good luck if you go to see it.

Glenn Coady
Whitby, Ontario
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Subject: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (19 Nov 2018) 116 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 20 2018 6:07 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 32 2084 39995
Osprey 0 0 40
Bald Eagle 0 25 186
Northern Harrier 1 50 471
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 206 5659
Cooper's Hawk 1 32 201
Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 11 118 312
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7325
Red-tailed Hawk 67 723 1734
Rough-legged Hawk 0 7 8
Golden Eagle 1 7 14
American Kestrel 1 9 1436
Merlin 0 6 61
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 47
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 22
Unknown Buteo 0 6 51
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 5
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 2 2

Total: 116 3281 57583
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers:

Visitors:
John Barnes and a couple from La Salle made it up the tower today.


Weather:
There was thick fog to begin the morning that eventually cleared off but
there was overcast skies in the afternoon. Very light winds were mostly
from the southwest, although they circled northwest and east for a small
period in late morning. Temperatures remained a few degrees above 0 C and
visibility remained relatively poor.

Raptor Observations:
Most of the action today occurred around late morning and early afternoon.
An immature Golden Eagle was observed flying low over the tower. (67)
Red-tailed Hawks and (11) Red-shouldered Hawks were migrating in decent
numbers. (2) Sharp-shinned Hawks, a Coopers Hawk, a Northern Harrier and an
American Kestrel were seen today. (2) local Bald Eagles were also around.

Non-raptor Observations:
26 Sandhill Cranes were heard and observed flying over the tower. The marsh
is still mostly free of ice again and many ducks were around. A Carolina
Wren can still be heard calling frequently.

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Predictions:
Tomorrow should be mostly sunny skies, especially in the afternoon with
northwest winds forecast all day. The temperature will be around 0 C. It
could be a good day!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Evans ([email protected])
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....


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Subject: Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2018) 165 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 19 2018 21:45 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 18 2840 62248
Osprey 0 1 37
Bald Eagle 0 12 69
Northern Harrier 3 43 383
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 159 5409
Cooper's Hawk 2 30 114
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 34 166 517
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 47223
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 3
Red-tailed Hawk 104 1152 2654
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 1 31 48
American Kestrel 0 4 1122
Merlin 1 5 56
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 73
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 165 4473 119992
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Don Sherwood, Kevin Georg, Mark Hainen, Rosemary Brady

Weather:
Fog in the morning clearing off with very light WSW winds

Raptor Observations:
One immature Golden Eagle

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Sandhill Crane and 107 Crows
========================================================================
Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch ([email protected])
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwat...


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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird in Goderich - *** Limited viewing engagement ***
Date: Mon Nov 19 2018 16:34 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ontbirds subscribers,

Looking for that next adrenaline hit? Youve come to the right place.


For some time now there has been a previously unidentified immature male Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) coming to a feeder in Goderich.


Since late last week, I have been in negotiations with the homeowner to permit access to the Ontario birding community to enjoy seeing this outstanding bird. We have now come to an agreement on a limited viewing period opportunity with well-defined rules at the very earliest opportunity the homeowners schedule would permit. Failure to strictly adhere to these rules will result in immediate cessation of further viewing, so DO NOT allow yourself to become the person who spoils this opportunity for everyone else.


This bird is feeding, roosting and spending all of its time in a small area only visible from private property, so there is virtually zero chance of seeing this bird in any other manner. It does not leave this small area that is not visible from the street. Incredibly, until November 18 this bird was accompanied by a very late Ruby-throated Hummingbird, but that bird appears to have departed with a thick fat layer on that morning, leaving the Calliope Hummingbird unchallenged access to the feeders now.


Here, then, are the conditions for the limited viewing period:


1) Access to the backyard viewing area will be permitted only for the dates November 20 - 25, 2018 inclusive.


2) Birders are welcome only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on any of those six days.


3) Due to the costs of electricity for heat lamps being provided for the bird as long as it can endure, as well as anticipated costs to replace grass areas in the backyard due to the high volume of foot traffic of visitors, a $3.00 donation per person is being requested from those who attend. I believe this to be a completely reasonable request.


4) There will be a well roped-off area in the backyard and no one is permitted to go beyond that rope for ANY purpose.


5) In order to prevent congestion in a tight area of this home's yard, no scopes or tripods will be permitted into the viewing area. [See: Do not ruin things for everyone else]


6) Parking on this narrow street is limited. DO NOT, under any circumstances, park on both sides of the street and obstruct traffic flow, particularly for large emergency vehicles like fire trucks. Some may find it better to park up in some of the commercial parking spaces in the lots of restaurants along Highway 8 within a couple of blocks of the site and walk in toward the house. We have also obtained permission from the nearby Suncoast Mall at 397 Bayfield Road for those who visit to park in their parking lots and walk the short distance to the house.


7) Please ensure that there is NO SMOKING permitted on this private property and please do not discard any cigarette butts anywhere on this street as an aggravation to the local community.


Now, the homeowner, Linda, still has some trepidation about agreeing to such a viewing event. Recognize that this cannot help but be a stressful occasion for her and her family and show her how truly exemplary your behaviour will be and how much fun the benefits of this wonderfully social experience can be. I want Linda to be able to give positive feedback on such an experience to that next person who might contact me and wondering whether to allow me to share the news of their Rustic Bunting!


Provided you agree to abide by all these conditions/rules, please feel welcome to come and see Ontario's long-awaited first Calliope Hummingbird during the period November 20 - 25.


The bird is reliably feeding at the backyard feeders of Linda Johnston at 232 Bennett Street East in Goderich (it was there today). As you enter Goderich on Highway 8 from the east, turn left at the second street after the A&W restaurant on your left and China Wok Buffet restaurant on your right. After the bend, watch for house #232 on your left side, a little bit after the second cross street. Remember to park on one side of the street only or else park at the A&W lot and walk in.


The birds identification has been vetted by several North American experts already, but I will be posting photos of this bird to the Ontario Rare Bird Alert page on Facebook shortly so that people can independently make their own assessments.


It is probably best to stick to Highway 8 to enter Goderich, but if you do come toward Goderich via nearby side roads, please be very observant and drive the speed limit as there are many large flocks of Snow Buntings coming to the roads to seek grit.


Best of luck to all who go seeking this phenomenal bird,


Glenn Coady

Whitby, Ontario

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Subject: New trip announcement: Port Weller East Pier, Saturday, December 1 (before the gull workshop)
Date: Mon Nov 19 2018 10:41 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello,

I'm pleased to announce that OFO and the Peninsula Field Naturalists have
organized a field trip the morning of the Gull Workshop at a local Niagara
Falls hot spot so we call all have a whole weekend of fabulous birding!

Here are the details:


*Explore the Port Weller East Pier with Peninsula Field Naturalists *



*Meeting Time:* 9:30 AM

*Meeting Place:* Port Weller East Pier, Port Weller St. Catharines We will
meet at the yellow gate at the end of Seaway Haulage Rd.

*Leaders:* Jean Hampson, Bob Highcock, Carol Horvat and Doug Gillard

*Contact:* Bob Highcock, Cell # 905-327-5457



The Port Weller East Pier is a Niagara Hot Spot that involves an easy walk
along a gravel path with trees on both sides bordered by the Welland Canal
and Lake Ontario. The walk will be distance of 2.5 km to the beacon and a
2.5 km return. Dress warmly.



Possible birds include waterfowl including scaups, scoters, Long-tailed
Ducks and mergansers. On a recent PFN outing Red-throated Loons and a
Harlequin Duck were observed. Snow Buntings, gulls and Peregrine Falcon are
often seen at the end of the spit. A Snowy Owl was a regular visitor last
winter. Finches, woodpeckers and nuthatches can be found while walking
along the road. There is always a chance for rare ducks and geese.



For more information about the Penninsula Field Naturalists:
http://peninsulafieldnats.com/



--
Lynne Freeman
OFO President
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Subject: Hooded Warbler.. Yes , Sedgewick Park Oakville, https://youtu.be/J3c65WxBLI0
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 21:45 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
https://youtu.be/J3c65WxBLI0
Hi folks:Yes the Hooded Warbler, discovered yesterday by Cheryl Edgecombe was seen consistently at sedgewick Park in Oakville. I saw it late pm today. enjoy the video of this late , very late Hooded Warbler.
https://youtu.be/J3c65WxBLI0

Directions:QEW to Third line South to Hixon St. East to Sedgewick park entrance. Walk to North east corned of Water treatment pools, by the fence.
Cheers

Luc Fazio
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Subject: Waterbirds on the St. Lawrence River
Date: Sun Nov 18 2018 19:32 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
First a note. The Long Sault Parkway is now closed until the spring, likely
sometime in April. The recent cold period with quite cold nights and little
or no night winds has brought on a rapid freeze of the river. All bays and
shallow areas from Cornwall to west of Ingleside have an ice cover with
some areas supporting the weight of coyotes and geese. With a few very cold
nights ahead this week, the ice will set well and will extend further into
deeper water. The main channel is still open. This is the earliest any of
us can remember the river conditions closing in so fast.

There are tens of thousands of Canada Geese in a few zones between Long
Sault and Ingleside. Best viewing is on overcast days due to backlight.
Most of the puddle ducks are gone as are the divers except for mergs and
goldeneye. The area along the causeway at Ault Island west of Ingleside is
now frozen so the thousands of divers have moved out. There are three
species of swans in the river off the east end of Ault Island. With a scope
you can view them from the causeway at Nairne Island in the Upper Canada
Sanctuary. Eagles are still regular along the river. There is still open
water along cty Rd #2 for now but in a few days much of that may be iced
over as well. The area at Hoople Creek is ice covered.

Gulls are concentrated at the west end of Cornwall on the river near the
dump. Best viewing is from the boat launch in Guindon Park. There should be
about 6-7 species in the area. White-winged gulls have started to arrive in
small numbers.


Brian Morin
Cornwall
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Subject: Detroit River Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2018) 489 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 21:41 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 237 2822 62230
Osprey 0 1 37
Bald Eagle 4 12 69
Northern Harrier 1 40 380
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 157 5407
Cooper's Hawk 9 28 112
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 26 132 483
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 47223
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 3
Red-tailed Hawk 200 1048 2550
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 2 30 47
American Kestrel 1 4 1122
Merlin 0 4 55
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 73
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 489 4308 119827
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Mark Hainen, Rosemary Brady

Weather:
Sunny skies giving way to overcast skies winds from the WNW


Raptor Observations:
2 Golden Eagles

Non-raptor Observations:
44 crows with 119 Sandhill Cranes
========================================================================
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 21:10 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
AMERICAN BITTERN
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
SWAINSON'S THRUSH
NASHVILLE WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
MAGNOLIA WARBLER
AMERICAN REDSTART
CAPE MAY WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED GRAY
PINE WARBLER
PALM WARBLER
OVENBIRD
HOODED WARBLER


Snow Goose
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
King Eider
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Red-shouldered Hawk
Golden Eagle
Sandhill Crane
Dunlin
Little Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak


It's been an interesting week here in the Hamilton Study Area. With the
changing weather patterns, birds are moving around and flocking to areas
that produce bugs and a bit of warmth. The top of our list now includes
late dates for migrants as we move toward winter listing. Of course we hope
that these birds find their way to their wintering grounds but it's
interesting to see the incredible number of species of warbler we have
sticking around.

Let's start with the star of the show and the most rare for the week. The
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER located at LaSalle Park was last seen November
13th. This warbler provided a good show for those who were able to get down
to see it. It could still be around moving locations to other areas for
protection.

The stragglers list this week includes a single HUDSONIAN GODWIT remaining
at Valley Inn along with two Dunlin. Sedgewick Park in Oakville has become
the place to go for late warblers. Over the past week, NASHVILLE, NORTHERN
PARULA, CAPE MAY (2), PINE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER (Yellow) and today a HOODED
WARBLER have been seen here all this week. Down the road to the west, at
Bronte Bluffs a very late MAGNOLIA, NORTHERN PARULA and another or possibly
same YELLOW PALM WARBLER were seen today. Last Sunday and Monday an
AMERICAN REDSTART was a good one added to the list. A late SWAINSON'S
THRUSH is also present at Sedgewick along with a good number of Ruby-crowned
Kinglets with up to 20 seen earlier in the week. Other notable late birds
are an OVENBIRD coming to a feeder in Port Credit and NASHVILLE and PALM at
South Shell Park. Another Palm was seen at Chancery Promenade in
Mississauga. All nooks and crannies should be checked a Hermit Warbler in
Hunstville is a mind blower but why not here?

Lastly in the non-songbird department a late AMERICAN BITTERN was flushed
between Bury Court and Abbott Court off Garden Ave in Brantford.

A trip around the end of the lake today yielded all three species of Scoter,
a King Eider at Shell Park and another at Fifty Point. Fifty Point has been
host to a large feeding frenzy of gulls this week with Little, Bonaparte's
Iceland, Lesser Black-backed and Glaucous Gull joining the hundreds of
Ring-bills and Herring Gulls. Red-throated and Common Loon were also seen
from this vantage. Flybys were a Lapland Longspur and White-winged
Crossbills.

In the odds and sods this week, seven Snow Geese were seen in a flock of
Canadas on Bell School line earlier in the week. A female Harlequin Duck
remains around Bronte Beach area. Sandhill Cranes are on the move with a
large flock being seen Thursday over Dundas. A Golden Eagle was seen over
the Dundas Valley Conservation Area on Tuesday. Horned Larks have returned
to Fallsview Road, Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs are sure to follow.
Other birds seen at Sedgewick Park in Oakville include two Common Ravens,
Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping and White-throated Sparrow. Northern
Shrikes were seen at Ohswekan, on 10th Road East in Saltfleet and in Glen
Morris this week. Pine Siskins are still moving through. A good sighting
for this time of year was a Red-shouldered Hawk in North Halton and an
Evening Grosbeak was also a feeder guest up there. Evening Grosbeaks were
also reported at feeders in Bronte Provincial Park, Dundas and in
Flamborough this week. Common Redpolls are now on the move so keep your
feeders stocked. Report your unusual sightings here and if you still have a
hummingbird, let someone know!

GO TICATS!
Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: Black-billed Magpie -near Toronto Airport
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 20:49 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Last evening I was sent a picture from my sister in law in Vancouver asking me to identify a picture of a bird that had been seen in Toronto. The 2 pictures she sent me were of a Black-billed Magpie. This morning I was able to find out the bird was seen somewhere near the airport and from the photo  I could read the name on the building. I went out there this afternoon and drove around but could not relocate the bird. I was only given sketchy details until just now when I was given the contact information of the person who took the picture. It was yesterday that he observed and photographed a Black-billed Magpie behind 6425 Airport Road. Hopefully someone will be able to refind this bird.
Dave Worthington

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Subject: Glaucous & Lesser Black backed at Adam Beck
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 16:27 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
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Subject: Barrow’s Goldeneye
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 15:48 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Still at Kelso Park in Owen Sound

Seen at 2:30 today

Look east from the amphitheater

Cheers

Gerry
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Subject: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Nov 2018) 218 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 15:07 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 86 2052 39963
Osprey 0 0 40
Bald Eagle 3 25 186
Northern Harrier 1 49 470
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 204 5657
Cooper's Hawk 7 31 200
Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 17 107 301
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7325
Red-tailed Hawk 96 656 1667
Rough-legged Hawk 4 7 8
Golden Eagle 1 6 13
American Kestrel 0 8 1435
Merlin 0 6 61
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 47
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 22
Unknown Buteo 0 6 51
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 5
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10
Swainson's Hawk 1 2 2

Total: 218 3165 57467
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers: Kory Renaud

Visitors:
8 visitors were at the tower today including, John Barnes, Chip and Dana
from Colchester, and Kory Renaud.


Weather:
It was mostly cloudy to start the day with light winds from the west and a
temperature around 3 C. Temperatures warmed slightly, cloud cover increased
and the winds shifted to the southwest in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
A light morph adult SWAINSON'S HAWK was observed today, the second in just
over the past week!! An adult Golden Eagle flew over the tower today and
circled above before moving on. 4 light morph Rough-legged Hawks were
observed. (96) Red-tailed Hawks and (17) Red-shouldered Hawks were also
coming through in good numbers. Most of this action took place between
10:00 am and noon.

Non-raptor Observations:
An all white gull was observed today. ID TBD. 2 Common Goldeneye were
observed on the lake. The marsh had thawed and many more ducks were around
today. In addition, a huge raft of ducks was observed far on out on the
lake, too far to positively ID. Ebird checklist pending.

Predictions:
Winds are expected from the north overnight and into tomorrow with some
mixed precipitation in the morning and cloudy skies in the afternoon. The
temperature will begin around 0 C but should warm as the day progresses.
========================================================================
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Subject: Glaucous & Lesser Black backed at Adam Beck
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 12:59 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
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Subject: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2018) 316 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 11:25 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 89 124 11992
Osprey 0 0 52
Bald Eagle 4 8 262
Northern Harrier 6 18 624
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 32 5003
Cooper's Hawk 11 18 251
Northern Goshawk 1 1 9
Red-shouldered Hawk 20 37 180
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5883
Red-tailed Hawk 174 267 984
Rough-legged Hawk 3 3 6
Golden Eagle 4 9 42
American Kestrel 0 4 2478
Merlin 0 2 153
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 80
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 316 523 27999
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Chris Burris

Observers: Don Campbell, Keith Sealy

Visitors:
Thanks to Chris B. as official counter today along with observers Don and
Keith. Just one other visitor to the site today.


Weather:
The temperature ranged from -4C to 2C. Winds were moderate NW to start,
then swung SW and weakened by the end of the observation period. Cloud
cover increased from 0% to 60%.

Raptor Observations:
After a long spell of not-great weather, 316 birds were tallied today not
bad at all for mid-November. Many birds were certainly missed, as their
paths were scattered and often quite high. Four Golden Eagles, plus a low
Northern Goshawk near the knoll, were definite highlights.

Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptors included: American Goldfinch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Crow, European Starling, Pine
Siskin, American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee, Canada Goose, Eastern
Bluebird, Red-winged Blackbird, Horned Lark, Tundra Swan and late
Orange-crowned Warbler.
========================================================================
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Subject: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (16 Nov 2018) 37 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 17 2018 0:49 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 26 1966 39877
Osprey 0 0 40
Bald Eagle 1 22 183
Northern Harrier 0 48 469
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 202 5655
Cooper's Hawk 0 24 193
Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 90 284
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7325
Red-tailed Hawk 9 560 1571
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 4
Golden Eagle 0 5 12
American Kestrel 0 8 1435
Merlin 0 6 61
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 47
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 22
Unknown Buteo 0 6 51
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 5
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 37 2947 57249
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers:

Visitors:
One visitors was at the tower today.


Weather:
Moderate to strong southwest winds all day. The morning began with snow
flurries and low visibility. The temperature was around 0 C but rose to a
high of 3.2 C in the afternoon. There was some light drizzle and visibility
was again reduced in the final hour.

Raptor Observations:
(9) Red-tailed Hawks and an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk were observed today.
(26) Turkey Vultures were passing by the windmills around mid-morning. An
immature Bald Eagle appeared to be migrating later in the afternoon.
Another adult was observed perched in a tree overlooking the ducks in a
small area of open water. A Cooper's Hawk was seen going the wrong way. The
Osprey has not been observed in a few days.

Non-raptor Observations:
Still a few areas of open water around the marsh, through today the
Mallards seemed to concentrate in only a few. The two ponds east of the
tower are still not frozen where some Bufflehead were observed. Many
Bonaparte's Gulls seemed to be flying around today.

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Predictions:
Light to moderate winds are forecast from the west tomorrow in the morning
and the northwest in the afternoon. There is a 60% chance of mixed
precipitation between 9:00 am and 3:00pm.
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 10th - 16th November 2018
Date: Fri Nov 16 2018 19:36 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their
sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email or post records
directly to me - contact details below. Please note that some sightings may
require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.



NOTE: The privately-owned Owl Woods on Amherst Island will be closed for a
3-week hunting period from 19th November to 9th December. The woods will
reopen on 10th December.



Highlights:

It turned cold this week with localised freezing of inlets and bays - it was
a quiet week. With snow today too, winter finches may be more easily seen
this weekend. Here are the highlights of the last 7 days:



CACKLING GOOSE - 2 birds were seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston on 12th, with
another 2 at heritage Point, Bath, on 15th.

ICELAND GULL - an immature bird was seen at Heritage Point, Bath, on 15th.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK - a high count of just 7 birds was noted on Amherst Island
on 14th.

SNOWY OWL - birds continue on both Wolfe and Amherst Islands.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER - birds were seen near Brewer's Mills and in
Kingston this week, both on 12th.

EVENING GROSBEAK - birds continue to be seen across the area in increasing
numbers. The largest flock was of approximately 45 birds (on 15th) that
continue on private property near Verona.

PINE GROSBEAK - birds continued near Verona this week, with additional
observations in Kingston, Silver's Corners, Amherstview, Amherst Island,
Prince Edward Point, and Erinsville.

COMMON REDPOLL - fewer records this week with a high of just 4 near Verona
on 12th.

HOARY REDPOLL - a single bird was observed with Common Redpolls on Amherst
Island on 14th.

PINE SISKIN - continuing widespread sightings across the area this week, but
in lower numbers than last.

SNOW BUNTING - birds are now present on Amherst and Wolfe Islands, where 70
birds were seen on 16th.



In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
Policy
. Please note that you must be a card-carrying member of Kingston Field
Naturalists (KFN), or be accompanied by a member, to access both the Martin
Edwards Reserve and Amherstview Sewage Lagoons.



As always, a big thank you goes to all those who have submitted sightings
directly or via eBird.



Mark.



Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0

Canada



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Subject: Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2018) 1 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 16 2018 19:32 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 2585 61993
Osprey 0 1 37
Bald Eagle 0 8 65
Northern Harrier 0 39 379
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 148 5398
Cooper's Hawk 0 19 103
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 106 457
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 47223
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1 848 2350
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 28 45
American Kestrel 0 3 1121
Merlin 0 4 55
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 73
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 1 3819 119338
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Frank Kitakis,
Rosemary Brady

Weather:
Snow early with 100% cloud cover

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 8 to 15 November 2018
Date: Fri Nov 16 2018 17:11 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Small lakes and ponds froze over on the cold night of Nov 10-11, and heavy snowfall occurred last night and today. Gates are now closed for the winter on the following roads: Arowhon, Centennial Ridges, Rock Lake and Opeongo (at Cameron Lake Road junction).



The following observations before the increased cold and snow set new latest fall dates for Algonquin: AMERICAN WOODCOCK (one flushed at the Airfield, Nov 10); GREATER YELLOWLEGS (one in a beaver pond between the East Gate and the Park boundary, Nov 8); GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL (adult with migrating flock of eight Herring and 12 Ring-billed gulls over the Visitor Centre, Nov 10); and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT (adult at Opeongo Access Point, Nov 10). Observations of two other species tied the latest fall date: WINTER WREN (along Highway 60 near Peck Lake, Nov 12) and FOX SPARROW (at seed on the ground at the Visitor Centre, Nov 12). A rare-in-Algonquin adult GOLDEN EAGLE seen at Opeongo Access Point on Nov 10 was noteworthy.



Boreal Residents: SPRUCE GROUSE (no reports; try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road north of the winter gate); BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER (reported along Highway 60 near Peck Lake on Nov 12 and on Big Pines Trail, Nov 13); CANADA JAY (best places to look are Opeongo Road from the winter gate northward and Spruce Bog Boardwalk); and BOREAL CHICKADEE (only report was one along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, Nov 9).



Winter Finches: EVENING GROSBEAK (up to 25 at the Visitor Centre this week, but numbers variable); PINE GROSBEAK (becoming widespread, especially on roads after snowfall and sanding operations; up to 10 daily at the Visitor Centre); COMMON REDPOLL (small numbers seen occasionally); PINE SISKIN (one or two regularly at the Visitor Centre, and very small numbers elsewhere); AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (two at the Visitor Centre, Nov 11). No reports this week for Purple Finch, Red Crossbill and White-winged Crossbill.



DIRECTIONS: Algonquin Provincial Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways 400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400. From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the Park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56). The Visitor Centre exhibits, bookstore and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends from 9 am to 5 pm. The Visitor Centre is also open with limited services on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding locations mentioned above) at the East Gate, West Gate or Visitor Centre. Locations are also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired), Dwight, ON.





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Subject: Presqu'ile Weekly Bird Report for 9-15 November 2018
Date: Fri Nov 16 2018 16:00 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presquile Bird Report for the Week of 9  15 Nov 2018

By Doug McRae

Highlights: BRANT, CANVASBACK, HARLEQUIN DUCK, SANDHILL CRANE, EASTERN PHOEBE, CAROLINA WREN, BROWN THRASHER, FIELD SPARROW, NASHVILLE WARBLER, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, EVENING GROSBEAK,


By weeks end the cold weather gave Presquile a wintery feel and look. The marsh and still water have frozen up, and a skim of ice was around Gull Island. In spite of this some lingering migrants were seen along with the expected species.


A good selection of waterfowl is about and can mostly be found in Presquile Bay, and around the Islands. The puddle ducks that had been in the marsh have relocated to the shallow waters around the Islands until the marsh opens again. Some of the less common species this week included a BRANT around Gull Is. and a flock of 26 TUNDRA SWAN flying over the gate, both on 13 Nov. A CANVASBACK was seen on 14 Nov this species was once a regular fall migrant but has become quite rare in fall over the past two decades. Large numbers of REDHEAD moved in this week with a high count of 4500 on 12 Nov. An immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen on 11 Nov in the channel between Gull and High Bluff Is. and should be looked for. Small numbers of BLACK SCOTERS have been seen all week around the Lighthouse and Gull Is.


WILD TURKEYS continue to boom with a new high count of 26 seen at Calf Pasture on 15 Nov. A COMMON LOON and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT were reported on 14 Nov. A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen daily along the causeway until freeze-up, and it or another was seen at Salt Pt. flying across the Bay on 15 Nov. An immature BALD EAGLE was flying over the gate on 10 Nov. Five SANDHILL CRANES flew over on 15 Nov. Shorebirds are dwindling but a few hardy species persist including a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER on 11 Nov and 13 Nov; a handful of DUNLIN through the week; a SANDERLING on 15 Nov, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER on 11, 13 and 15 Nov and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS on 10 and 14 Nov.


No unusual gulls were reported but GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS increased to a peak of 25 on 11 Nov. Three species of owls were seen this week. At least one SNOWY OWL was staked out on the islands through the week. Several birders saw BARRED OWLS this week in the traditional areas around Jobes and Newcastle woods. A GREAT HORNED OWL was flushed from the Park Store area on 11 Nov. A BELTED KINGFSIHER seen on 12 Nov is getting late. MERLINS were seen several times during the week, especially around Gull Is. An injured EASTERN PHOEBE seen on 11 Nov is likely doomed. The long-staying CAROLINA WREN continues to be found regularly near the Lighthouse. A surprising number of RUBY-CROWNED KINGETS were seen this week including 6 on 13 Nov and singles through the week with the last being one on 15 Nov.


The BROWEN THRASHER coming to a Bayshore Rd. feeder continued through the week and will hopefully stay for the CBC on 16 Dec. A CEDAR WAXWING on 14 Nov was the first of that species reported in a while. Small numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS were seen around Owen Pt. and Gull Is. through the week. Warblers have pretty much fled for warmer climes but at least 3 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen on 13 Nov and one on 15 Nov. More surprising was a late NASHVILLE WARBLER on 13 Nov in the goldenrods behind The Birdhouse Nature Store, just outside the gate.


A FIELD and FOX SPARROW were one-day wonders at a Bayshore Rd. feeder on 12 Nov. A few WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen early in the period with last reports being 3 on 12 Nov and one on 13 Nov. Small numbers of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD and COMMON GRACKLE were seen at feeders through the week. Winter finches round out the list with two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS the first this winter - seen flying over the High Bluff campground on 15 Nov. PINE SISKINS, which have been abundant for many weeks, declined greatly through the week with only a handful left at feeders. PURPLE and HOUSE FINCHES were seen in small numbers through the week, mostly at feeders. The flight of EVENING GROSBEAKS continues with several sightings: 9 on 12 Nov and 3 on 13 Nov.


The Presquile Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, 16 December. If anyone would like to take part, please contact me privately.


Note that fall waterfowl hunting in now occurring in the Park which means park users cannot go to Owen Pt., the islands, the marsh (boardwalk is open), or Calf Pasture Pt. on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays even if no one is hunting on those days. This restriction will last until mid December so plan your trip accordingly.


Directions: Presquile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presquiles two offshore islands Gull and High Bluff support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).




Doug McRae
P.O. Box 3010
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5014 H
613-243-4161 C


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Pine Grosbeaks, etc., etc.
Date: Fri Nov 16 2018 6:29 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Yesterday Nov. 15th Ian Cannell and I drove up through Bolton and along Hwy 9 to County Road 10, up 10 through Angus and on up to Hwy 26 at Sunnidale Corners, east along Hwy 26 to Strongville Road, along some roads around Strongville then on over to the Muley Point Road area on the east side of Lake Simcoe across from Orillia then east along Ramara Township Rd 46 from Hwy 12 to Avery Point on Lake Dalrymple and then on down Kirkfield Rd 6 to Kirkfield and over to Prospect Rd, down Prospect Rd to Glenarm Rd and over to Hwy 12/48 and on down home.

Though we did not rack up a large number of species we did find some nice birds and following are some of them.

Great Blue Heron, 500 Canada Geese, Common Goldeneye, 21 Hooded Mergansers, 350+ Common Mergansers on Lake Dalrymple, Red-tailed and Rough-Legged Hawks, A. Kestrel, 2 Ruffed Grouse, 1000+ Sandhill Cranes, 35 Herring and 1 Great Black-backed Gull, Snowy Owl, Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers, 7 Common Ravens, Robin, 2 Northern Shrikes, A. Tree Sparrows, Song Sparrows, 150+ Snow Buntings, 3 Pine Grosbeaks, 1 male and 2 females together on the road (Rd 46 at Hwy 12).

Note:- The Cranes were on and over the fields along Strongville Rd (south of Hwy 26 and west of Edenvale) and the Herring Gulls were laying down resting together in a field, probably a resting migrating flock and a juvenile Great Black-backed Gull laying down there as well.

If you go to see the Cranes please do not trespass on the fields to try and get closer with your camera or binoculars as this will probably flush these resting birds that many others may want to see. They are easy to see and hear from the road or from within your car, be sure to park so as not to block the road.

Norm Murr
Richmond Hill
Ontario, Canada

You can't see birds if you don't go out but sit and wait for others to find them.
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Subject: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (15 Nov 2018) Raptors
Date: Thu Nov 15 2018 21:24 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 1940 39851
Osprey 0 0 40
Bald Eagle 0 21 182
Northern Harrier 0 48 469
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 201 5654
Cooper's Hawk 0 24 193
Northern Goshawk 0 1 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 90 284
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7325
Red-tailed Hawk 0 551 1562
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 4
Golden Eagle 0 5 12
American Kestrel 0 8 1435
Merlin 0 6 61
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 47
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 22
Unknown Buteo 0 6 51
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 5
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 0 2910 57212
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 10:00:00
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers:

Weather:
Winds from the southeast, moderate to heavy snow and low visibility.

Raptor Observations:
An immature Red-tailed Hawk was flying back and forth low between the
trees.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few remaining Mute Swans control the small pockets of open water in the
marsh.

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Predictions:
Tomorrow will be mainly cloudy with a few flurries in the morning, moderate
to strong southwest winds, and a high of 3 C.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Evans ([email protected])
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Subject: Hermit Warbler (Huntsville)
Date: Thu Nov 15 2018 20:42 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Pretty sure that this hasn't been posted to ONTBirds yet, but I just found
out about a Hermit Warbler in the Huntsville area through the Ontario Rare
Bird Alert facebook group. One was uploaded to iNaturalist today, and the
observation was yesterday. It appears that the bird has not been seen
again, but hopefully it gets re-found! Here is the iNaturalist observation:
https://www.inaturalist.org/ob...
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Subject: Starling murmurations - Niagara-on-the-lake
Date: Thu Nov 15 2018 20:07 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Once again the starling flocks are building here in NOTL.. Over the next 4 to 6 weeks one of natures most interesting sights can be seen here in NOTL. A drive up and down virtually any side road will likely produce a sighting of massive flocks starlings that perform the most amazing aerial maneuvers. Look closely at the margins for local Merlins and Red tailed hawks that concentrate the flocks. Birders and non birders alike can marvel at the aerial artistry of these often maligned birds.

Craig Corcoran
Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to November 15, 2018
Date: Thu Nov 15 2018 17:09 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at [email protected]

November 15, 2018

There were no real highlights this week. However, the first HOARY REDPOLLS
of the season were seen near Constance Bay on the 10 and 12th and at the
Fletcher Wildlife Garden on the 12th. Another was in Kanata on the 15th.

With the snow and cold this week, it is shaping up to be our earliest start
to winter in some years, and next week looks as bad or worse. Ponds are
frozen to partly frozen, although rivers are still wide open. So the scope
of birding has mostly narrowed to the winter and river birds.

Up to 35000 SNOW GEESE were at Embrun on the 10th, and there was a GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Embrun on the 12th, and a single BRANT at Andrew
Haydon Park as late as the 14th. 22 species of DUCK were seen this week,
but numbers are on the decline and the most common is now COMMON
GOLDENEYE. A BARROWS GOLDENEYE was at Hurdman on the 12th. PIED-BILLED
GREBES were at the Champlain St. Marsh on the 9th and at Shirleys Bay on
the 13th.

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS (flyover) was at Shirleys Bay on the 10th, and a
DUNLIN was at Embrun on the 11th. With the bad weather forecast, these
might be the last SHOREBIRDS in a while.

There are still numbers of SANDHILL CRANES in the Navan-Trim Road area. A
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at Emerald Meadows on the 11th, and a late
AMERICAN BITTERN near Almonte on the 14th is likely going to be in big
trouble very soon.

2 TURKEY VULTURES were near Luskville on the 11th, and a GOLDEN EAGLE was
near Val des Monts on the 10th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at a private residence in Gatineau on the 13
th. The RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was still at Shirleys bay as of the 10th
and another was in Kanata on the 11th.

Some other late birds were:

An EASTERN BLUEBIRD near Luskville on the 11th.

A HERMIT THRUSH in Gatineau Park on the 15th.

A CAROLINA WREN continuing at lac McGregor on the 10th.

A WINTER WREN at Britannia on the 10th.

Up to 2 SWAMP SPARROWS near Dows Lake as late as the 9th.

A COMMON GRACKLE at a feeder in Constance Bay as late as the 13th.


A RUSTY BLACKBIRD at the Moodie Drive Ponds on the 8th.

A BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER at Britannia on the 9th.

Last but not least, the Fletcher Wildlife Garden and the adjoining
Arboretum was a bit of a hot spot for lingering fall birds this week. In
the last week EASTERN BLUEBIRD, FOX SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen.

Even more interesting is that both PINE GROSBEAKS and EVENING GROSBEAKS are
regularly (but certainly not always) showing well there, most often near
the canal at the southern part of the Arboretum and the northern part of
the Fletcher, and often quite photogenic. While we dont know if they will
stick around or pass through, there is no shortage of food available among
all the exotic plantings.

If you cant get there, dont despair. This has been the best season for
both species in years, and there have been dozens of sightings of both
species over the last few weeks. So keep on looking for the GROSBEAKS in
any area with over-wintering fruit or seeds, and listening for their calls,
whenever the bad weather comes along (with apologies to Al Jolson (*April
Showers)*).

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.

*Reminder regarding access to the Shirleys Bay Causeway:*

DND has amended our access procedure. You must call Range Control
(613-991-5740) for permission, state that you are an OFNC member and give
your name. Finally, you must call again when you have left the area. DND
would also like to be informed if you see anyone on the property who should
not be there, such as boats in the bay or people fishing on the causeway.
They are trespassing and DND will deal with the situation.



The OFNC has provided DND with a list of OFNC members who HAVE SPECIFICALLY
REQUESTED access. DND will check, so make sure that your membership is up
to date and that you have requested that the OFNC put you on the access
list. This list was updated recently. To get on the next access list,
please contact [email protected]



Good birding.
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
Date: Thu Nov 15 2018 16:07 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
I was pleased to be out on my deck filling the bird feeders when 5 separate flocks totaling 120 Sandhill Cranes flew right over the yard in the heart of Bradford. We usually have a pair or two nesting north of town, but I have never encountered this many in the 30 years we have lived here. They were headed west perhaps to roost in one of the local corn fields and were calling the entire time. The flocks were seen  just south of Holland St. west of Highway 11 north of the 6th Line of Bradford West Gwillimbury at about 11:45 AM.
Peter Wukasch
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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gulls - Stratford
Date: Thu Nov 15 2018 9:43 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
There were 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls in among the scores of Herring and smaller numbers of Ring-billed Gulls at 'Lake Downie' this morning.  Lake Downie is a storm-water complex on the south side of Stratford.  From Ontario Street (Hwy 7/8) drive south on Romeo Street.  Turn right on Lorne Avenue and the storm-water ponds are on your left.

Steve Thorpe
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Subject: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (14 Nov 2018) 323 Raptors
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 23:26 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 219 1940 39851
Osprey 0 0 40
Bald Eagle 2 21 182
Northern Harrier 2 48 469
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 201 5654
Cooper's Hawk 3 25 194
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 10 90 284
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7325
Red-tailed Hawk 71 551 1562
Rough-legged Hawk 1 3 4
Golden Eagle 0 5 12
American Kestrel 0 8 1435
Merlin 0 6 61
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 47
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 22
Unknown Buteo 3 6 51
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 5
Unknown Raptor 1 1 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 323 2910 57212
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers:

Visitors:
5 people were at he tower today including John Barnes, Kory Renaud and Kit
McCann.






Weather:
The day began with clear sunny skies, a temperature of -3.5 C and west
northwest winds. Around 10 am the winds shifted to the northwest and
remained so until 1:00 pm when they abruptly moved southwest and lasted for
the rest of the day. The skies began to cloud over more so in the afternoon
and temperatures remained around 0 C.

Raptor Observations:
A good number of raptors were coming through when the winds moved north,
albeit they were quite high in the sky, but it slowed again in the
afternoon. A light morph Rough-legged Hawk was observed. (71) Red-tailed
Hawks, (10) Red-Shouldered Hawks and (10) Sharp-shinned Hawks were seen
today. An adult Peregrine Falcon hovered over the the tower, eating on the
wing. The Osprey was observed in the morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
The marsh had frozen over during the night for the first time this fall,
except for few small area where the reduced number and variety of ducks
congregated. A relatively large number of Pine Siskin were noted calling
flying over today.

American Crows - 3,140

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...


Predictions:
Winds are expected from the southeast with mixed precipitation in the
afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Craig Evans ([email protected])
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Subject: Detroit River Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2018) 574 Raptors
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 22:29 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 314 2585 61993
Osprey 1 1 37
Bald Eagle 1 8 65
Northern Harrier 8 39 379
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 148 5398
Cooper's Hawk 5 19 103
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 29 106 457
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 47223
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 3
Red-tailed Hawk 188 847 2349
Rough-legged Hawk 12 21 21
Golden Eagle 3 28 45
American Kestrel 0 3 1121
Merlin 0 4 55
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 73
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 574 3818 119337
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, John Elliott, Rosemary Brady

Weather:
Sunny skies in the morning with high cirrus moving in later in the day with
temps starting out bin the 20's. Winds from the WNW

Raptor Observations:
One Osprey maybe from Holiday Beach. 3 Golden Eagles and 12 Rough-legged
Hawks and 1 dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk also 1 immature Goshawk, What a day!

Non-raptor Observations:
4232 crows
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Subject: Common eider at Sam Smith park
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 12:45 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Was seen near Whimbrel Point, by another birder. We saw it a bit further
along the shoreline, then it flew west.
1:35 pm
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Subject: Fwd: Renfrew County: Pembroke: White-crowned Pigeon
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 12:40 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hi Everyone
No sightings of the pigeon as of 1:40pm.
Bruce

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Kenneth Hooles
> Date: November 14, 2018 at 11:53:11 EST
> To: Bruce Di Labio
> Subject: Re: [Ontbirds] Renfrew County: Pembroke: White-crowned Pigeon
>
> No sign of pigeon as of 11:15 am around college areally.
>
> Ken hooles
>
>> On Wed, Nov 14, 2018, 10:45 AM Bruce Di Labio via ONTBIRDS > Hi Everyone
>> Received report of WCPI photographed by Mark Dojczman behind Algonquin College in Pembroke. It was observed in flight and resting in a tree earlier this morning. No further reports. Though origin is unknown, you never know in the world of birds. Ill update if report/relocated.
>> Good birding
>> Bruce
>>
>> Directions: Pembroke is located north west of Ottawa off Hwy 17. Algonquin College is located west side along Ottawa River.
>>
>>
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Subject: Renfrew County: Pembroke: White-crowned Pigeon
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 9:36 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hi Everyone
Received report of WCPI photographed by Mark Dojczman behind Algonquin College in Pembroke. It was observed in flight and resting in a tree earlier this morning. No further reports. Though origin is unknown, you never know in the world of birds. Ill update if report/relocated.
Good birding
Bruce

Directions: Pembroke is located north west of Ottawa off Hwy 17. Algonquin College is located west side along Ottawa River.


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Subject: Boreal Chickadee - Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 8:53 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Earlier this morning I heard and after searching for an hour, recently then relocated and got visual confirmation of a Boreal Chickadee at CSSP.  There was an unconfirmed report from yesterday that obviously turned out to be accurate!

The bird is calling often, feeding low on goldenrod and moving around a lot. Last seen in and near the overgrown successional treed meadow abutting the south side of the southern parking lot.

Colonel Sam Smith Park is south of the intersection of Kipling and Lakeshore in Etobicoke.

David Pryor

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Subject: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (13 Nov 2018) 125 Raptors
Date: Wed Nov 14 2018 6:05 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 67 1721 39632
Osprey 0 0 40
Bald Eagle 0 19 180
Northern Harrier 3 46 467
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 191 5644
Cooper's Hawk 0 22 191
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 10 80 274
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7325
Red-tailed Hawk 41 480 1491
Rough-legged Hawk 0 2 3
Golden Eagle 0 5 12
American Kestrel 0 8 1435
Merlin 0 6 61
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 46
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 22
Unknown Buteo 0 3 48
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 5
Unknown Raptor 0 0 9
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 125 2587 56889
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers:

Visitors:
John Barnes, as well as Kory and Sarah Renaud came to visit on the tower
today.


Weather:
Light northwest winds began the day, however they soon switched to the west
northwest and eventually the west by afternoon and had also increased to a
moderate speed by then. The temperature remained around 0 C all day with
mostly cloudy skies, though there were sunny breaks mixed in.


Raptor Observations:
(41) Red-tailed Hawks and (10) Red-shouldered Hawks were observed today.
(4) Sharp-shinned Hawks and (3) Northern Harriers including an adult male
"grey ghost" were observed.
At least 2 immature and 2 adult Bald Eagles were around throughout the day.
The Osprey is still around as well.

Non-raptor Observations:
Significantly less ducks were in the marsh compared to yesterday, in
addition to everything else it seemed. No Great Egrets have been observed
in the last few days. A Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen in the morning.

American Crows - 1,525

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Predictions:
It will be a cool start to the morning, with temperatures in the minus
single digits to begin the day. It will be a sunny day with light winds
from the northwest in the morning and wind speeds increasing increasing
slightly in the afternoon, still from the northwest.
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Report submitted by Craig Evans ([email protected])
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Subject: Detroit River Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2018) 146 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 13 2018 22:20 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 76 2271 61679
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 7 64
Northern Harrier 2 31 371
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 137 5387
Cooper's Hawk 1 14 98
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 11 77 428
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 47223
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 3
Red-tailed Hawk 51 659 2161
Rough-legged Hawk 0 9 9
Golden Eagle 0 25 42
American Kestrel 1 3 1121
Merlin 0 4 55
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 72
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 146 3244 118763
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Mark Hainen, Rosemary Brady

Weather:
Cloudy most of the day with WNW winds with temps in the lower 30's

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
1164 crows
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Subject: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (12 Nov 2018) 5 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 13 2018 6:04 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 1654 39565
Osprey 0 0 40
Bald Eagle 0 19 180
Northern Harrier 1 43 464
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 187 5640
Cooper's Hawk 0 22 191
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 70 264
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7325
Red-tailed Hawk 1 439 1450
Rough-legged Hawk 0 2 3
Golden Eagle 0 5 12
American Kestrel 0 8 1435
Merlin 0 6 61
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 46
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 22
Unknown Buteo 0 3 48
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 5
Unknown Raptor 0 0 9
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 5 2462 56764
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Craig Evans

Observers: Bob Hall-Brooks

Visitors:
3 visitors were at the tower today.


Weather:
It was an overcast sky all day, with temperatures ranging from 3.0 - 6.3 C
and light winds to almost no wind at times, mostly from the southwest.
Humidity rose throughout the day, beginning at 56% and ending at 68%.

Raptor Observations:
Very few raptors were migrating today. 3 Sharp-shinned Hawks, a Red-tailed
Hawk and a Northern Harrier were observed. An immature Red-shouldered Hawk
was observed heading southeast but never seen again. The Osprey was around
all day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many other bird species seemed to be around today, including a good
diversity of ducks, woodpeckers and sparrows. A large group of Rusty
Blackbirds came through; today it was their turn to inundate the
surrounding trees.

American Crows - 82

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Predictions:
Northwest winds are predicted all day tomorrow. Sunny skies in the
afternoon. Let's hope for a good day!
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Subject: Detroit River Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2018) 3 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 22:43 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 2195 61603
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 7 64
Northern Harrier 1 29 369
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 133 5383
Cooper's Hawk 1 13 97
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 66 417
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 47223
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 3
Red-tailed Hawk 0 608 2110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 9 9
Golden Eagle 0 25 42
American Kestrel 0 2 1120
Merlin 0 4 55
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 72
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 3 3098 118617
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Patrick Mulawa,
Rosemary Brady

Weather:
Low stratus clouds all day with SW winds and temps in the thirtys

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Snowy owl, Allen rd , Toronto
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 22:23 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Spotted a snowy owl on the Allen north of Transit Rd on the east side of
the street. Perched on a street lamp.
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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler, LaSalle Marina--YES
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 15:47 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Continuing as of 1415h. Very active along the forest edge east of the parking lot. Foraging in canopy and sub-canopy.
Directions: Hwy 403 to Waterdown Street Exit. Follow Waterdown Street south to LaSalle Marina.
Anthony Zammit
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Subject: Sandbanks Park: Pomarine Jaeger, Black Vulture, Iceland Gull..
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 12:20 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
At 1015 hrs this morning, I had an intermediate juvenile Pomarine Jaeger
flying WNW from Salmon Point lighthouse, past my vantage at Lakeshore
Lodge. It continued NW to the North Beach area. Additionally I have just
redound the Black Vulture. It is with Turkey Vultures at the S end of
Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Park. Access is from County Rd 18. Keep Outlet
River just a hair to your N as you walk to the beach. The juvenile Iceland
Gull was at the N end of Outlet Beach around 0930 hrs this AM.

Jon
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Subject: Pine Grosbeak-Chelsea
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 11:57 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello,



For the last several days there has been Pine Grosbeak seen around the
neighbourhood. A flock of ten has been enjoying the crab apples next to our
deck. As usual, these birds show very little concern to people., lovely
birds. Maybe, this will be another year where they will become a common
sight throughout.



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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler
Date: Mon Nov 12 2018 10:24 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The BTGW is still being seen this AM at Lasalle Park.
Water down exit off the 403, south to the marina. The bird is working along the trail and is currently near the feeder.

Google luck and good birding
Richard Skevington

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