Sunday, October 19, 2014

The mightiest blog post EVER

I have a few things I've wanted to get out recently, and given that the blog has been a bit slower than normal, I thought i'd just pile all of this into one monster post!


PeregrinePrints highly irregular quiz answers! - I am really behind on getting these out. Only 1 month later!

Here's the quiz I'm talking about:

And congrats to Bruce MacT for being the first to get them all right (and on his first shot):

Little Gull
Common Redpoll
Common Murre
Parasitic Jaeger
Black-legged Kittiwake
King Eider
Chestnut-collared Longspur

Thanks to those who played along, both via comments and via email


Hurricane Gonzolo - just as it was tickling Newfoundland early this morning:

Was anyone at Cape Race (or St. Shotts?) to look for the magic? 



I thought the weather last week looked pretty darn cool, so I went SW and enjoyed the masses of birds!

Raw radar

850mb winds for the above map

I birded Port Burwell to Wheatley Harbour on Tuesday, and the National Park on Wednesday (PPNP). Thursday was a healthy dose of PPNP again, but an additional check of Hillman Marsh and Wheatley Harbour as well.

Some highlights:

Tues - 

Burwell - 8 Black-bellied and 1 Golden Plover

Port Stanley Lagoons - 2 Pec's and -

Rondeau Joe's lookout (on the bay) - 2 Forster's Terns, 1 Caspian Tern, 1 Tufted Titmouse

Wheatley Harb - 3 Lesser Black-backs. Missed a Little Gull and Kittiwake seen by Ross Wood just earlier....

Weds - 

5 Parasitic Jaegers, 1 Pomarine Jaeger, 3 Jaeger Sp's, oodles of Common Loons, Little Gull, 250+ Common Terns, Peregrine's catching Jays/Starlings, Barn Swallow, 10 Warbler species, - epic!

Thurs - 

Lots of birds on the go, including great looks at a Golden Eagle, Red-shoulders and a few late Broad-winged Hawks. Peregrines still around and chasing things. Common Buckeyes were all over, and 2 new warbler species from yesterday. 

Wheatley Harbour late - FRANKLIN'S GULL! Woot. 

It was a great little trip, even if I couldn't nail down something MEGA. ;) ... Great company in the park as well. 


CONDO BIRDING!!! - Great cool NW Winds to get the birds jiggy! 

October 18th:

aaa_Condo, Hamilton, CA-ON
Oct 18, 2014
Protocol: Incidental
21 species

Canada Goose 1
American Wigeon 20
Mallard 25
Northern Pintail 4
Redhead 4
Greater Scaup 20
Surf Scoter 500
White-winged Scoter 1500
Black Scoter 3
Long-tailed Duck 700
Red-breasted Merganser 34
Red-throated Loon 7
Common Loon 45
Horned Grebe 5
Red-necked Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 445
Northern Harrier 5
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Horned Lark 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 2


October 19th  - even better!!!

aaa_Condo, Hamilton, CA-ON
Oct 19, 2014
Protocol: Incidental
27 species

Canada Goose 45
American Black Duck 18
Mallard 26
Northern Pintail 8
Green-winged Teal 4
Redhead 1
Greater Scaup 100
Lesser Scaup 2
Surf Scoter 500
White-winged Scoter 500
Black Scoter 5
Long-tailed Duck 3000
Common Merganser 4
Red-breasted Merganser 80
Red-throated Loon 7
Common Loon 38
Double-crested Cormorant 250

Parasitic Jaeger 1 - adult, or sub adult
Bonaparte's Gull 35

Little Gull 1 - 2nd basic with flock of BOGU - gray upperwing with no primary markings other than white trailing edge and limited black flecking in outer primaries. Black underwing not nearly as full as an adult bird.

Common Tern 2 - 1st winters inside a flock of BOGU moving west along the shore. Small and sleek compared to the BOGU - lacking face patch of FOTE and too strong for ARTE.

American Crow 1 odd bird, flying west, over the water a bit (100-200m?)
Golden-crowned Kinglet X
American Robin 1
Palm Warbler 1 ...
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Dark-eyed Junco X


Weather Network Photos! - I find more rarities on the weather network..........

Swainson's Hawk in Port Elgin -

Where's Chip? -

Dickcissel in NL -

Long staying Hudwit -

Partial Albino -

Partial Pigmented at all -

Hybreed goo -

Awesomeness -

I'm guessing this wasn't taken in Ontario? -

Is this a Rufous type? Or am I wrong? -

Ha! -


RARITY ALERT - cool weather this week!!!!

Not really sure what to say at this point, other than I like this weather setup! 

For 3+ days this low pressure thing is forecast to sit off the NE USA coast, slowly moving into Nova Scotia. Our marine forecast calls for N or NE winds for 3+ days while this happens. Can't make any guarantee's, but I would like to think that this is the type of setup that brings birds like Kittiwakes and the occasional Gannet into Lake Ontario. Maybe we can get something a little nuttier?!

Maybe someday I'll get back to posting photos of birds taken in the field/recently...


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