Monday, April 21, 2014

The "Rarity Event" happened!

Remember that rarity alert I was jabbering about? It happened! -

It blurs the lines (in my opinion) after an event like last Sunday/Monday happens - that "good birds" are found several days after the fact... We just can't find everything right away! And presumably, some just "wander around" after arriving, making it even harder to figure out... Overall, I would say that the vast majority of rare birds in Ontario (this past week) can be directly attributed to that single weather event. A brief/incomplete roundup:


Snowy Egret
Cattle Egrets
Blue Grosbeak
2+ Yellow-throated Warblers
Summer Tanager
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Black Vulture
Henslow's Sparrow
Swainson's Hawk
Spotted Towhee
Eurasian Wigeon
Ross's/GWF Geese
American White Pelican
Eared Grebes

Quebec -


New York (Lake Ontario area) -

Western Grebe
Black Vulture
Swainson's Hawk
American White Pelican
Eurasian Wigeon

Ohio (Lake Erie area)-

Little Blue Heron
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Ibis Species (4)
Yellow-throated Warblers

Michigan - ??? Hello?

Smith's Longspurs are moving through Ohio/Indiana etc... It still boggles my mind that Pelee doesn't have a record of this species!


Anyways - you get the idea... It was happening out there!!! It was still reallly early, so I think that limited the "enjoyment" of the birding (eg,/ no pretty warblers to sort through) - but the sky could have been the limit for mega's....

April 13th conditions at the Burlington lift bridge... What a change!!!!

Epic wind map on April 13th...


Watch this space for all your rarity-weather news!!!!!! The weather forecasts shifted today for some (possible) AWFUL weather for late april, so here's hoping it improves!


  1. SMLO are here in SW MI but that's not too surprising as we've been finding them around here with varying amounts of effort since 2009. YTWA and LAWA back on territory as well.

    2 ROGO were possibly wind assisted, and this was almost certainly brought here with the wind:

    1. Nice to see some Mega's reported out of MI !!! Congrats on the find!