Friday, May 18, 2012

Birds so close, birds so far: Part 5 (Manitoba)

A look at provincial and state bird checklists, and the species they have that we (Ontario) don't!

Past states/provinces are archived somewhere on this page:


While Manitoba is massive, with lots of great birding to be had --- it may not be a huge shocker that the population of just over 1.2 million hasn't turned up a pile of species Ontario's 13.3 million hasn't...

As it turns out, I found 6 species that we could add ourselves. They are:

Clark's Grebe
Glaucous-winged Gull
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Western Scrub-Jay
Pinyon Jay
Curve-billed Thrasher

Some of these would really be CMF's if they turned up in Ontario. Having these Manitoba records puts them on the radar, but damn - it would be nice to find one of these:

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Western Scrub-Jay, Pinyon Jay...

Two are on my "top 10 for Ontario" list (eg,// some of our most overdue species) --- Clark's Grebe and Curve-billed Thrasher

(from wiki)

And the last one, Glaucous-winged Gull, is (in my opinion), the most freakin overdue bird for the Province. I'm always dumbfounded that we haven't managed to find and document one yet. Heck, I EXPECT to find it someday, considering my crazy obsession with gulls... So where is it!??!

1 comment:

  1. It'll be at the St. John's landfill site in Thunder Bay, in November!