Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Winter bird list update after two weeks

Yesterday I sent out an email to ONTbirds about updates to the winter bird list - instead of retyping it, I just copied the email with a couple of small changes (see below). Since the email, which brought the 2011-2012 winter bird list up to 189 species, a few more have been brought to my attention. They are:

House Wren - December 6 (Fonthill)
Willow Ptarmigan!!!????!!???!?!?!?! - apparently the Darlington bird is still around. As far as I am aware there is not going to be a "second viewing" for this bird. They are hoping to confirm its presence on the CBC coming up.
Black-throated Green Warbler - December 14 (Hamilton)
Black-throated Gray Warbler - December 14 (Hamilton)
Black-throated Blue Warbler - December 10 (Huntsville)
Wilson's Warbler - December 15 (Hamilton)
American Woodcock - December 15 (Toronto)

That brings the winter list up to 195, and we are only 2 weeks in. 200 seems extremely likely now. Mild weather has amazingly continued, and for people like me doing a big year next year, hopefully it will continue for another few weeks so some of these rarities (namely Rufous Hummingbird and Black-throated Gray Warbler) will hold .How high will the list get this winter? Anyways, the aforementioned post:


In the past week an additional 28 species have been seen in Ontario and brought to my attention, bringing the 2011-2012 winter list up to 189. 200 is certainly in sight. Some highlights in the past week include Pacific Loon at Prince Edward Point, Rufous Hummingbird in Eganville, Spotted Towhee in Longlac, Magnolia Warbler at Presqu'ille Provincial Park, and Clay-colored Sparrow near Kingston (1st winter record?). I have sent the list to Blake Maybank and he will post the results on the website soon. A link to the webpage:

The new species to the 2011-2012 Ontario winter list are as follows:

Barrow's Goldeneye
Great Egret
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson's Snipe
Pacific Loon
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Long-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Black-billed Magpie
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
Varied Thrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Hoary Redpoll

Of course there are several species which we are missing that are seen most winters. Some possible species are:
Gray Partridge
both Ptarmigans (anyone going up north soon?) now only Rock Ptarmigan, but how likely is it that someone is going to Hudson's Bay....
Virginia Rail
Boreal Owl
House Wren
Townsend's Solitaire
Pine Warbler (check your suet feeders....)
Vesper Sparrow
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird

If anyone has heard of sightings of the missing species, just shoot me an email.

1 comment:

  1. That's crazy that the Ptarmigan is still there!!