For the first time in several weeks, we are getting some decent rare bird weather! Woot! It sort of started late last week, but I didn't have much in the way of an internet connection, so the warning is delayed.
The good news is, the best of it should be this upcoming weekend and early next week, if all goes as planned...
This past weekend - early on Saturday
The weekend (Sat/Sun) had a very cool low pressure system move through our area that was pretty strong yet messy. I didn't get a chance to check the maps, but it was a broad area of low pressure (quite large I'm guessing - not the storm, but the centre itself)... And there was a lot of wind feeding into Ontario from Lake Superior to Ottawa.
As you can tell from Ontbirds, there was a healthy dose of good birds around as well!
Tuesday - 1000mb-ish low passes near southern Ontario
Wednesday - new wearker 1010mb low passes over southern Ontario
Thursday and Friday - strong 990mb low passes over southern Ontario ! This is a very cool looking storm
Saturday and Sunday - the cold backside of the 990mb low gives us a strong dose of NW winds for the weekend...
Strong low on Friday - pulling apart over Ontario
Weather network currently says NW 45kmh for Saturday in Burlington:
And that goes pretty far north.. Check out Moosonee:
(North 20 on Friday, NW 25 on Saturday there)
--- Given that an Ivory Gull showed up near Ottawa after a recent cold front, maybe we can cross our fingers for another on better weather!!!
And speaking of IVGU's, where did it come from?? MY guess is Hudson/James Bay of course !!! I noticed a trend in the OBRC database that there were several Ivory Gulls from Late December...
Late December is also the time that Hudson and James Bay usually freezes over! Now Ivory Gulls don't need open water, but I still feel like there must be some sort of correlation between the sightings, along with a handful of other records like Puffin, Thick-billed Murre, Fulmar etc... And wouldn't you know it, James Bay is freezing over a bit earlier than normal this year:
Current Ice map - solid right to Labrador almost!
Would have been nice to get that IVGU, as I need it for Ontario and it's one of my all-time favourite bird species - but maybe it'll return (or maybe I can find one)
(This picture looks so much better on my computer, that it isn't funny)