Monday, August 20, 2012

More on the 2012 big year stuff

Yeah I was bored.....

Went through the OBRC reports from 2004 to 2011 and wanted to see what type of "Code 4 + " rarities turned up each year after August 20th-ish.....

Note: these are the "twichable / gettable" birds for each year.. .Not every occurrence... (Eg,/ a bird banded at the tip of long point is not get-able"

Also note, I'm only using species Josh still needs for his big year...

final note: I'm not counting either "plegadis" ibis species... just cause...


Northern Gannet
Rufous Hummingbird
Black-throated gray Warb
Black-necked Stilt
Fork-tailed Flycatcher (long-staying in Thunder Bay - worth the drive!)


Northern Gannet
Rufous Hummingbird
Swainson's Hawk



Manx Shearwater
Tricoloured Heron
Swainson's Hawk
Slaty-backed Gull


Eurasian Collared Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Wheatear
Townsend's Solitaire (note, the only OBRC records are from the south...North not included here)
Black-throated Gray Warb
Northern Gannet


Northern Gannet
Slaty-backed Gull
Fork-tailed Flycatcher (was the bird at Pelee twitchable the day of? Or was it too late in teh day? I don't remember)...
Townesend Solitaire
Black-throated Gray Warb


Rufous Hummingbird (? maybe)
Black-tailed Gull (?) - this was a very easy bird to miss, so unlikely)
Barn Owl (?) -another poorly known bird at the time
Black-throated Sparrow
Black-throated Gray Warb


Anna's Hummingbird (no one really saw it, but maybe in a "big year" setting like this, word would get to him sooner?)
Rufous Hummingbird (possible)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (another poorly reported bird)
Painted Bunting


Common Eider
Purple Gallinule
Slaty-backed Gull
Smew (although he doesn't need this, it was too rare to ignore for 2011)

Two of the more recent "regular" code 4 birds for Ontario...... 

So it looks like you could reasonably hope to twitch 4 "code 4 and above" level rarities in the fall, unless everything goes to heck... 

Which is sort of what I predicted he still needs...

So in short, finding 1-3+ "rarities" aside from twitching, which is doo-able in a decent fall, with lots of spare time, should still keep the record very much in reach (still banking on 340!)


  1. You're doing my work for me! Interesting stuff. I was going to do a similar type of post soon, though covering the last 20 or so years.

    Another one to think about is Barn Owl - they are obviously in the province and I'm going to put in a lot of effort to get one. Hopefully it will be as easy as 2009's bird.

    We've already had 2 RUHUs this many more are coming??? I wouldn't turn down a Black-chinned or Allen's Hummingbird either.

  2. 6 Brown Pelicans, 30 American Oystercatchers, 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Snowy Egret, 20 Little Blue Herons and 1 Fish Crow today in Niagara LOL (check ebird)

    1. lol well I guess you better get out there then??