[Ontbirds] Greater White-fronted Goose - south of Beaverton

2014-04-23 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
This afternoon I found a Greater White-fronted Goose at the intersection of The Trans Canada Highway (HWY 12) and Brock Concession 13, which is located approximately 9 km south of Beaverton. This is located in northern Durham Region. The goose is with about 75 Canada Geese in a wet area of a

[Ontbirds] Smiths longspur, north of Hillman Marsh - yes

2014-04-29 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
After a 5 hour hiatus, at least one of the longspurs is back. It flushed into the edge of the corn stubble directly across from the deserted white house (where Kory reported it earlier). It is where the corn stubble ends and grass begins, about 100 m west of the road. Good birding, Josh

[Ontbirds] Smith's Longspurs, Willets - north of Hillman Marsh

2014-05-02 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
At least 5 Smith's Longspurs were still in the grassy field on the west side of Mersea Rd 21 just north of Road 2 early this afternoon. This is located on the north side of Hillman Marsh in Essex County. Directly across on the east side of Mersea Rd 21 there were 10 Willets in a flooded field

[Ontbirds] Summer Tanager - Rondeau

2014-05-10 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
A female along Harrison trail about 500 m past the Pony Barn at Rondeau Provincial Park. Good birding, Josh Vandermeulen Todd Hagedorn Mark Dorriesfield Beverly McClenaghan Sent from my iPhone ___ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field

[Ontbirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Western Kingbird - point Pelee tip

2014-05-11 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Both seen by many birders this morning flying south off the point. Neither have returned. Josh Vandermeulen Sent from my iPhone ___ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists - the provincial birding organization. Send bird reports to

[Ontbirds] Pacific Loon off Sparrow Field

2014-05-17 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
The Specific Pacific Loon is off the east side of Point Pelee, just north of Sparrow Field. It's pretty far out and a scope is necessary. It is on it's own, but on the right (south) side of the big feeding flock of mergansers and gulls. We had been scanning for almost an hour before finally

[Ontbirds] Henslow's Sparrow - Sparrow Fitld

2014-05-17 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
We just found a nice Henslow's at the south end of sparrow field in point Pelee national park. Good birding, The dream team (Kory, Josh, Jeremy, Dominic) Sent from my iPhone ___ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists - the

Re: [Ontbirds] White Pelicans at Hillman Marsh

2014-05-24 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
For those interested, the pelicans began flying 10 mins after Steve posted them. I followed them in my car to the shore of Lake Erie but they eventually soared back to Hillman and are currently sitting pretty in the section of marsh surrounded by the Couture Dyke. The entrance to the couture

[Ontbirds] Ontario winter bird list update #3

2017-01-31 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
With the winter period 2/3 of the way through, new additions to the list are few and far between. Since my last update on December 30, the following species have been added: Slaty-backed Gull, American Bittern, Osprey, "Hornemann's" Hoary Redpoll, Boreal Owl and Eared Grebe. The species total

[Ontbirds] Black-headed Gull - Port Weller, St Catharines

2017-02-04 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
This morning at 10:30 I was surprised to have the adult Black-headed Gull fly over my head while I was walking on the Port Weller east pier, in St Catharines. It came in off the lake with a few Herring and Ring-billed Gulls and appeared to be heading towards the sewer outflow at Lock 1 of the

Re: [Ontbirds] Slaty-backed Gull Thorold

2017-01-13 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
At 2:05 the Slaty-backed Gull flew east towards the landfill. Good birding, Josh Vandermeulen Sent from my iPhone > On Jan 13, 2017, at 13:57, Marcie Jacklin via ONTBIRDS > wrote: > > Hello > > The Slaty-backed Gull is currently in view in Thorold Go to 110

[Ontbirds] Fish Crow - Kopegaron Woods, Wheatley

2017-04-15 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I just located a Fish Crow at Kopegaron Woods, just west of Wheatley, Essex County. It was with several American Crows and flying around while calling, doing single and double-note calls. >From Wheatley, travel west of town on High 3/Talbot Rd E. the entrance to >Kopegaron Woods is on the

Re: [Ontbirds] Black necked Stilts- ganatio trail windsor

2017-04-15 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
All seven Black-necked Stilts are still present at 4:40 PM. Josh Sent from my iPhone > On Apr 15, 2017, at 15:00, Dwayne via ONTBIRDS wrote: > > Hello Birders, > > Jeremy Bensette just called me to check up on an ebird report in East > Windsor. I'm looking at 7

[Ontbirds] Lark Sparrow - Sparrow field, Point Pelee

2017-04-16 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I've got a Lark Sparrow in the dune grasses at the east beach at Sparrow Field at Point Pelee National Park. Good birding, Josh Vandermeulen Sent from my iPhone ___ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) - the provincial

[Ontbirds] Fourteen Fish Crows - St Catharines

2017-04-22 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Fish Crows can still be found in north St Catharines. Today I found a flock of 14 Fish Crows near Malcomson Eco-Park. I followed the flock to Sunset Beach - most of the birds are here now but some have flown north towards the Port Weller west pier. This appears to be a pure flock of Fish Crows

[Ontbirds] 2016-2017 Ontario winter bird list final update

2017-03-03 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Birders, Through the 2016-2017 winter birding season, a period running from December 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017, a total of 216 species were observed in Ontario. This represents our third highest total since these annual compilations began in 2007-2008. We tied the 216 species seen in

[Ontbirds] Black Vultures - Thorold, Niagara Region

2017-07-28 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
This morning while at the Walker Industries landfill in Thorold, Niagara Region, 3 Black Vultures flew over me slowly heading west. In the last few months I have only occasionally seen Black Vultures at the "usual spot", aka the Queenston area along the lower Niagara River, and usually only one

[Ontbirds] Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines - Forster's Tern, 17 Little Gulls

2017-08-03 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
This morning I birded the Port Dalhousie pier which juts out into Lake Ontario in St Catharines, Niagara Region. The pier has been hosting over a thousand gulls and hundreds of terns this summer, while shorebird diversity has also been good. Today I counted 17 Little Gulls which I believe is a

[Ontbirds] 40+ Fish Crows - Niagara Falls

2017-07-21 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Over the last few weeks I have had multiple encounters with Fish Crows in the north part of Niagara Falls, so much so that I probably see/hear about as many Fish Crows as I do American Crows in my neighbourhood. This evening I came across a large group (80+) of crows near the Fairview Cemetery,

[Ontbirds] Fwd: Tricolored Heron , yes at TTP, video https://youtu.be/zSJfMxQsBUI

2017-07-22 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I haven't seen any updates yet this morning. Just letting people know that the Tricolored Heron is present in the same location as indicated by Luc in the email, below. Cheers, Josh Vandermeulen joshvandermeulen.blogspot.com Sent from my iPhone Begin

[Ontbirds] apparent Long-billed Dowitchers - Minesing Swamp

2017-04-28 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I am looking at 3 distant dowitchers with a big flock of shorebirds on the south side of Concession Rd 2 Sunnidale, just west of the intersection with McKinnon Road. This is along the south side of the Minesing swamp west of Barrie. The dowitchers appear to be Long-billed Dowitchers, as

[Ontbirds] Cattle Egrets - Niagara Falls

2017-05-17 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Two Cattle Egrets flew over our house in Niagara Falls at 8:04 PM this evening while Laura and I were having dinner. They were heading north along the Niagara River. I have just driven north along the river to Queenston but have yet to relocate them. They are likely heading somewhere to roost

Re: [Ontbirds] Brown Pelican in Fort Erie

2017-05-29 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
For those contemplating making the drive, the Brown Pelican had been seen regularly throughout the day. I just finished watching it with Blayne and Jean Farnan and Cecilia Verkley. It spent most of the time perched on one of the large green buoys close to the New York shore. It had been flying

[Ontbirds] Stilt Sandpiper - Niagara-on-the-Lake

2017-05-16 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I have been regularly checking a flooded cow paddock along Airport road south of Niagara Stone Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake recently as it has become quite productive for shorebirds. This afternoon I located an adult Stilt Sandpiper along with two White-rumped Sandpipers, among 10 total species.

[Ontbirds] Willet, Red-necked Phalaropes - Hearst sewage lagoons

2017-06-04 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
This evening I stopped in at the Hearst sewage lagoons. There were a few shorebirds present, including 2 Red-necked Phalaropes in the northeast cell, and a Willet in the southwest cell (out of the four big cells). Photos of these birds can be found on my eBird checklist

[Ontbirds] Purple Sandpiper, Louisiana Waterthrush, fallout of birds - Port Weller, St Catharines

2017-05-01 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I birded the Port Weller pier in St Catharines, Niagara Region for a few hours this afternoon before and during the heavy rains. The highlight was a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks by the lighthouse at the east end of the pier, which landed in front of me while I was trying (unsuccessfully) to

[Ontbirds] Sabine's Gulls, Black Tern - Port Weller, St Catharines

2017-08-31 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Due to the onshore winds I decided to lakewatch this evening from the end of Port Weller east. I just had a group of three juv Sabine's Gulls and one Black Tern fly past at a fairly close distance, heading west. Worth doing a lakewatch this evening if you are in the Hamilton - Niagara area.

Re: [Ontbirds] Tufted Duck, Ben Machree Park, Mississauga

2017-12-16 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
The bird was refound by Nancy McPherson and Garth Riley a bit east of here. It is currently with a big flock of mostly scaup just off shore. Best viewing is from the foot of Oakwood Avenue South, Mississauga, and looking southeast. Good birding, Josh Vandermeulen Sent from my iPhone > On

[Ontbirds] 2017-18 Ontario winter bird list - update 1

2017-12-14 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
After the first half of December the 2017-2018 Ontario winter bird list stands at 184 species, which is average or slightly below average for the date. One new species to the all time winter list has been added - the Townsend’s Warbler near Rondeau Provincial Park. Other rare species found so

[Ontbirds] 2017-2018 Ontario winter bird list

2017-12-01 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Birders, 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. Approximately 346 species of birds have been recorded in Ontario during the winter period, with usually

[Ontbirds] Northern Rough-winged Swallows - Control Gates, Niagara Falls

2017-12-03 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
There are at least 3 N. Rough-winged Swallows, flying over the Niagara River across from the Control Gates. They are mid river and ranging widely over the section of the river between the Control Gates and the rusty barge. Good birding, Josh Vandermeulen Sent from my iPhone

[Ontbirds] OFO gull trip - Sunday December 3, 2017

2017-12-04 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Well over 100 birders joined Marcie Jacklin, Jeremy Bensette and I for the annual OFO gull trip along the Niagara River yesterday, December 3, 2017. We were treated to beautiful weather conditions - nearly 10 degrees, sunny and calm - and a wide variety of interesting birds were seen, including

Re: [Ontbirds] Chuck-wills-widow at Bronte Beach Park Oakville, Ontario

2018-05-04 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
For those interested, the Chuck-will's-widow is still present, perched in the same spot. There are strong winds in the area but it is hunkered down and likely won't go anywhere this afternoon if people continue to keep a safe distance. See Andrew's directions in the post below. Good

[Ontbirds] Cerulean Warbler - Port Colborne

2018-05-08 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I'm currently watching an extremely cooperative Cerulean Warbler at Morgans Point CA west of Port Colborne. It is a singing male and can be heard from the road. Currently it is on the east side of the park about 10 m west of the road, in the forest along the tree line by a white shed. This is

[Ontbirds] Bells Vireo - Port Weller east pier

2018-05-10 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I've got a singing Bells Vireo on the Port Weller east pier. Location is along the main (center) path about 100 m north of marina. More details to follow in a subsequent post - just wanted to get the word out. Photos and recordings taken. Good birding, Josh Vandermeulen Sent from my

Re: [Ontbirds] Bells Vireo - Port Weller east pier

2018-05-10 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
pot.com<http://joshvandermeulen.blogspot.com> Sent from my iPhone On May 10, 2018, at 09:52, Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS <birdalert@ontbirds.ca<mailto:birdalert@ontbirds.ca>> wrote: I've got a singing Bells Vireo on the Port Weller east pier. Location is along the main (center) pa

[Ontbirds] Cattle Egret - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Bell's Vireo update

2018-05-10 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
There is a Cattle Egret in a cow paddock behind (east of) the Avondale Dairy Bar (Parmalat) on Stewart Rd in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Region. This bird was originally found yesterday by Philip Downey at the nearby Avondale/Parmalat ponds, located a few hundred meters south of here. Address

[Ontbirds] Ontario winter bird list - update #2

2018-01-02 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
The unrelenting cold weather that has descended upon even the most southerly reaches of the province has limited the number of lingering bird species being discovered, and as a result the Ontario winter bird list is lower than it has been by this date in previous winters. Since my last update

[Ontbirds] OBRC update

2018-08-02 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Dear Ontbirds subscribers, The annual meeting of the Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC) was held on 8 April 2018. At this meeting, the following changes were made (effective 1 January 2018): 1. White Wagtail has been added to the Ontario list. This individual was of the yarrellii

[Ontbirds] Swallow-tailed Kite - YES

2018-08-27 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I'm refound the Swallow-tailed Kite near Wasaga Beach. It's perched in a tree on the east side of Klondike Park Rd, 900m north of Concession 12, near Wasaga Beach. Good birding, Josh Vandermeulen Sent from my iPhone ___ ONTBIRDS is presented by

Re: [Ontbirds] Swallow-tailed Kite - YES

2018-08-27 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
The kite just flew northeast, and disappeared over the trees. I'll report if I see it again. Josh Sent from my iPhone > On Aug 27, 2018, at 09:52, Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS > wrote: > > I'm refound the Swallow-tailed Kite near Wasaga Beach. It's perched in a > tree o

[Ontbirds] Ontario winter bird list - 2017-2018 summary

2018-03-08 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Birders, Through the 2017-2018 winter birding season, a period running from December 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018, a total of 199 species were reported in Ontario. This represents our fifth lowest total in the eleven years where a winter season list has been kept, and well below the

[Ontbirds] Ontario Bird Records Committee - AGM (April 8, 2018) and call for nominations

2018-03-30 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Dear Ontbirds subscribers and OFO members, The Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 8. The OBRC meets in-person once per year at the AGM, where items up for discussion include the review and final voting on records submitted by the

[Ontbirds] 51 Red-throated Loons - Port Weller east, Niagara Region

2018-03-24 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
This afternoon Daniel Riley and I counted 51 Red-throated Loons off of the end of the Port Weller east pier, in St. Catharines, Niagara Region. Due to the calm weather the viewing conditions were quite good, making it much easier to count waterbirds than how it has been recently. Many of the

[Ontbirds] Probable Eurasian Collared-Doves, Hamilton (north end)

2018-12-18 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
This afternoon while completing some arborist surveys in Hamilton, I came across a pair of probable Eurasian Collared-Doves. I was without binoculars at the time and only saw the doves in flight so I couldn’t eliminate African Collared-Dove which is sometimes seen as an escapee. The doves flew

[Ontbirds] 2018-2019 Ontario winter bird list: update #1

2018-12-17 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
After the first sixteen days of December the 2018-2019 Ontario winter bird list stands at 189 species, which is slightly above average for the date. As far as I can discern three species have been added to the all-time Ontario winter list so far, including the Great Kiskadee at Rondeau

[Ontbirds] 2018-2019 Ontario winter bird list

2018-12-02 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Birders, December 1 marked the first day of winter listing, the period of time running until February 28. I will be compiling the winter bird list in Ontario again this year. Approximately 348 species of birds have been recorded in Ontario during the winter period, with 200 to 220 species

[Ontbirds] Ontario winter bird list - update #2

2019-01-03 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Several days into 2019 the Ontario winter bird list stands at 197, following the addition of 8 new species since my last update on December 17, 2018. Last year at this time the list was 192 species (finishing with 200), while in 2016 at this time the last was 207 species (finishing with 216).

[Ontbirds] 2018-2019 Ontario winter list summary

2019-03-06 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Birders, Through the 2018-2019 winter birding season, a period running from December 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019, a total of 201 species were reported in Ontario. This represented a roughly average year, tying for fifth place of twelve winters that I have data for. The highest

[Ontbirds] Ontario Bird Records Committee - AGM (April 7, 2019), call for elections

2019-03-11 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Dear Ontbirds subscribers and OFO members, The Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 7. The OBRC meets in-person once per year at the AGM, where items up for discussion include the review and final voting on records submitted by the

[Ontbirds] Blue Grosbeak, Summer Tanager, Dickcissels, etc - Point Pelee tip

2019-05-19 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Heavy reverse migration going on at the moment at the tip of Point Pelee. Highlights include at least 4 different Dickcissels, a female Summer Tanager, an Olive-sided Flycatcher and a female Blue Grosbeak. Photos will be on my eBird later. Good birding Josh Vandermeulen Sent from my iPhone

[Ontbirds] Ontario Bird Records Committee Update

2019-04-20 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Dear Ontbirds subscribers, The annual meeting of the Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC) was held on 7 April 2019. At this meeting, the following changes were made (effective 1 January 2019): 1. Five new species were added to the Ontario list, bringing the total Ontario checklist to 501

[Ontbirds] White-winged Dove - Point Pelee

2019-05-04 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
I’ve got a White-winged Dove at Point Pelee. It’s in a tree right where the tram drops people off at the tip. Good birding, Josh Vandermeulen Sent from my iPhone ___ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) - the provincial

[Ontbirds] Cinnamon Teal - Sombra lagoons

2019-04-22 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
Just a heads up for those chasing this bird. A number of us were asked to leave by one of the municipal workers. Enter at your own risk! The Cinnamon Teal was present until a few minutes ago, when most of the teal flushed after the worker drove around the lagoons in his truck, but it may

[Ontbirds] Marbled Godwit - Niagara Falls

2019-08-14 Thread Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS
For some reason this hasn’t been posted on Ontbirds yet, but there is a Marbled Godwit at Dufferin Islands in Niagara Falls. It is currently along the north side of the Dufferin Islands area, on the north side of the water and about 30 m west of the Niagara Parkway. It is heavily feeding at the