|Little Blue Heron from Florida - February 17, 2009|
Both these birds I have never seen in Ontario, let alone this year! I have them both listed as Code 4 species (rarities that I don't expect to see this year). What is my plan of attack?
This evening Laura and I have tickets for the Jays game in Toronto, so we're going to leave a bit early and check for the Yellow-crowned Nigh-Heron in Scarborough. Then, if the Little Blue Heron is seen again, I may race down to be for sunrise tomorrow. We'll see!
July is obviously slow for rarities, but stuff has certainly been happening lately. Click on the links to see photos of the species mentioned...
-Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Nova Scotia
-Little Stint and Bar-tailed Godwit in Massachusetts
-Black-tailed Godwit in Delaware
-Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in New Jersey
-1 of 3 Ruffs that are present at Jamaica Bay in New York
-Black-billed Magpie on Manitou Island in Michigan
Rare herons have started their "post-breeding dispersal", with a WHITE IBIS showing up at Point Mouille, along with Cattle and Snowy Egrets. Little Blue Herons have also been seen recently in Ohio, so perhaps a bigger than usual post-breeding dispersal will occur and Ontario will see a good number of these southern herons!