Sunday, January 4, 2015

Recent Birdy News: here comes the freeze

Condo Bird-ing! - some decent birds recently... Getting primed for the condo big year!

Dec 23rd: Cackler!

Dec 27th: Peregrine!

Dec 28th: Glauc!

Dec 29th: Trumpeters! LBBG!

Dec 30th:

Jan 2nd: Eagle! Iceland! Snowy Owl!

Jan 3rd: ugh

Jan 4th:


Here comes the freeze!

Mega-cold for the next week-ish... I feel like many interesting gulls (Glaucous, Iceland etc) are inland, but hopefully they'll return to the Great Lakes proper when all of their drinking water goes solid during this snap! 


Weazza Network! Apparently even the weather network had a dull fall for rarities in ON...

Stuper late Phoebe:


Late Nov Oriole:



Banded RBGR:


Cool rarities found elsewhere:

Common Eider in MI -

Redhead x Scaup hybreed -

Dusky Flycatcher in NS -

Pacific Wren in KS (sounds like costal BC to me - looks like it too!)

Couch's Kingbird in NY:


  1. 6:25 AM EST Monday 05 January 2015
    Special weather statement in effect for:

    City of Hamilton
    Fresh frigid Arctic air with the coldest weather so far this season expected for the post holiday return to school and work.

    A frigid Arctic airmass has arrived plunging Southern Ontario into a deep freeze for the upcoming work week.

    Extreme cold warnings will likely be required at times during the week due to the combination of cold temperatures and brisk winds.

    Temperatures will be well below average values for early January. Minimum temperatures of minus 20 or below on the coldest days are likely, except for locales right along the shorelines of the Great Lakes and across Southwestern Ontario where temperatures may bottom out in the minus 15 to minus 20 range. Over Eastern Ontario and Algonquin a few minus 30 degree readings are quite possible on Thursday morning.

    Significant snow squalls will affect areas to the southeast of the Great Lakes at times. Snow squall watches and warnings are in effect for these regions. Meanwhile, remaining regions will see varying amounts of sun and cloud, with scattered flurries and biting cold winds expected.

    Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at

  2. Warnings
    11:04 AM EST Monday 05 January 2015
    Snow squall warning in effect for:

    Mount Forest - Arthur - Northern Wellington County
    Long lived snow squalls are occurring. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

    Snow squalls have developed in the northwest flow of very cold arctic air over the Great Lakes. Snow squalls could persist into Wednesday morning for some areas as the winds shift slowly to more westerly. Local snowfall rates of 10 to 15 cm per 12 hours are possible.

    Trained spotters have measured snow amounts of 10 cm at Orillia and 15 cm at Horseshoe Valley this morning. Very low to nil visibility was also observed by the spotters, and in some web cams during the strongest snow squalls.

    Motorists should be prepared for sudden dangerous winter driving conditions due to nil visibility in bursts of heavy snow and local blowing snow. Highway 21 is closed from Goderich to Amberly because of the snow squalls.

    Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably, changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Road closures are likely. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.

  3. Are we getting ready to make a funny movie about your big year? Who is going to play you?

    1. I'm not sure, but I am pretty confident it would turn out better than the "The Big Year" movie...

  4. 3:11 PM EST Tuesday 06 January 2015
    Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

    City of Hamilton
    A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

    A cold front will cross Southern Ontario tonight and Wednesday morning. Very cold temperatures in the wake of this front, combined with strong northerly winds, will result in wind chill values near or below minus 30 Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.

    While anyone who isn't dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia:
    - homeless people
    - outdoor workers
    - people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power)
    - people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers
    - winter sport enthusiasts
    - people who consume excess alcohol
    - infants and
    - seniors.

    Wear appropriate clothing.
    - Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.
    - Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.
    - Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.
    - If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you're wet.

    Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.