Today marks the first day of winter listing, the period of time running from 
December 1 until February 28/29. I will be compiling the winter bird list in 
Ontario again this year, the results of which can be viewed at . Approximately 346 species of birds have been 
recorded in Ontario during the winter period, with usually between 195 and 220 
species recorded in a given winter. Last winter 221 species were recorded - our 
second highest total after the 224 species reported in 2011-2012. Some of the 
highlights from last winter included Pink-footed Goose, Smew, Northern Fulmar, 
Great Cormorant,  Rufous Hummingbird, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Cave Swallow, 
Bullock's Oriole and Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

Just post your sightings to Ontbirds (if sufficiently rare), or send 
me an email, and I will update the list accordingly and provide an update to 
Ontbirds every two weeks or so. That way you can check the list and inform me 
of any species that have been seen but are not present on the list.

We are off to a great start with the Crested Caracara in Michipicoten providing 
the first winter record for Ontario. Given the mild weather to start the period 
I think we have a really great chance of setting a new standard this winter.

Good (winter) birding,

Josh Vandermeulen
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