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PEPtBO SIghtings Sep 9 - 30, 2019
Migration has finally kicked up a couple of gears at Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. The following are highlights and new arriving migrants observed at PEPtBO and in the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area.
Season Banding Total to Sept 30 = 1257
Biggest day - Sept 15: 98 birds banded of 27 species, including 16 species of Warbler
Most diversity - Sept 15: 69 species
22 species of Warbler detected during season so far.
Sept 9 - Olive-sided Flycatcher observed along Long Point Road between Babylon and Ducks Dive.
Sept 10 - first Cape May Warbler observed.
Sept 11 - first Brown Creeper, banded.
Sept 13 - first Red-breasted Mergansers observed at Little Bluff Conservation Area. Northern Parula were in abundance, with 10 banded.
Sept 15 - BIG DAY! 98 birds banded of 27 species. 69 species detected within the National Wildlife Area (NWA). Some decent movements of warblers, total counts include Magnolia – 43, Blackpoll – 36, Bay-breasted – 26. Firsts of Philadelphia Vireo, Winter Wren, Grey-cheeked Thrush, Palm Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler. A female Hooded Warbler was detected in the NWA, on the trail to the lighthouse. Also a Lincoln’s Sparrow reported in the NWA (BR).
Sept 17 - An Eastern Screech Owl was heard calling in Cedar Woods at the station.
Sept 20 - Decent movement of Blackpoll Warblers (40+) and Turkey Vultures (200+, DS).
Sept 18 - 40 Green-winged Teal recorded in the NWA (KB). Arrival of a modest numbers of Swainson’s and Grey-cheeked Thrush.
Sept 19 - migrant Blue Jays arrived en masse, with over 50+ this day and over 150+ detected on some days since.
Sept 20 - Another big movement of Blackpoll Warblers (60+).
Sept 25 - Peregrine Falcon observed over the station and first Golden-crowned Kinglet of the season, banded. Also a push of Black-throated Blue Warblers (10 banded, plus others observed).
Sept 26 - a Black-bellied Plover was observed as it flew over the station. First Northern Saw-whet Owl, banded and a Barred Owl was also observed.
Sept 28 - first sightings of Greater Scaup.
Sept 29 - arrival of a decent number of White-throated Sparrows (70+), on a day when many warblers, thrushes and vireos were present in the NWA. Also another Peregrine Falcon sighting.
Sept 30 - first Slate-coloured Junco, banded. Also a bit of a push of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, with four banded and a few others around.
All observations by Matthew Iles/PEPtBO, unless where the following initials are noted: KB – Ken Burrell, BR – Bruce Ripley, DS – Dale Smith.
PEPtBO 2019 Sightings Board August 15 – September 8
The 2019 Fall migration monitoring season at Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) commenced on August 15, but has been extremely slow thus far. The following are highlights and new arriving migrants observed at PEPtBO and in the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. The next couple of weeks should see a huge influx of migrating songbirds descending from the north, whilst the end of September will see the arrival of owls and ducks.
Biggest day - Sept 6 (49 birds banded including 12 species of Warbler).
Most diversity – Aug 22 (59 species) and Sept 8 (56 species).
20 species of Warbler detected during period.
Season Banding Total to Sept 8 = 527
Seen daily - Bald Eagles, including up to two local juvenile birds, one full adult and one sub-adult.
Since August 15 - Least Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart and Black-and-White Warbler have been moving through in small numbers.
Aug 16 - first Magnolia Warbler and Blackburnian Warbler.
Aug 17 - banded first of three Black-billed Cuckoos this season, and first Chestnut-sided Warbler.
Aug 19 - first Swainson’s Thrush of the season.
Aug 21 - first Ovenbird and Canada Warbler.
Aug 22 - firsts of Lesser Yellowlegs, Hermit Thrush, Blackpoll Warbler, in addition to a rare sighting of a Black Vulture (TW) amongst several Turkey Vultures, viewed from the station.
Aug 23 - first Wilson’s Warbler and a single observation of a Whimbrel moving west along the shoreline of the National Wildlife Area.
Aug 25 - firsts of Nashville Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler and Veery.
Aug 26 - a probably local White-throated Sparrow was banded.
Aug 27 - Peregrine Falcon observed from National Wildlife Area out over Lake Ontario. Another was reported on ebird Sept 4 (M&SM).
Aug 29 - first Black-throated Green Warbler.
Aug 30 - first real push of migrant raptors: 8 Broad-winged Hawks, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Cooper’s and 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, and 14 migrating Turkey Vultures observed. Also a late movement of swallows (10x Barn Swallow, 1 Tree Swallow plus one of the last observed Chimney Swift).
Aug 31 - first Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers (2 individuals) and first Bay-breasted Warbler.
Sept 1 - a first real noticeable good movement of songbirds with 6 Magnolia among 7 species of warbler banded, 9 Red-eyed Vireos banded, first Tennessee Warbler. 18 warbler species recorded this day.
Sept 5 - a hatch-year male Hooded Warbler was banded, the third this year at PEPtBO.
Sept 6 - 12 Common Nighthawks observed over the National Wildife Area in the evening, with up to 28 on Sept 7, and 15 on Sept 8.
Sept 7 - first Northern Parula.
Sept 9 - first Blue-headed Vireo.
All observations by Matthew Iles, unless where the following initials are noted: TW – Tom Wheatley, M&SM – Mathias and Sharon Mutzl. All photos Matthew Iles.
Bring a jacket in case of rain or extra layers - weather can be very different down at the Observatory and the lake can make it cooler
Wear close-toed shoes or hiking boots
Mosquitoes are sometimes a problem - repellent may be useful but don't use it around the birds (i.e. at the nets or in the banding lab)
Long sleeves and long pants are recommended - a few places have poison ivy and there have been reports of ticks. Stay on paths and do a tick check after visiting the Point
Binoculars, if you have them, are useful for seeing birds in their habitat
While visitors are encouraged to observe the banding operations, please stay away from the mist nets in the net lanes. Only trained volunteers are allowed to extract birds from the nets and they are sometimes very busy - they may not be able to take time to talk with you. You can view the birds up close at the banding lab as they are banded.
On very busy days, when the bander and scribe have a lot of birds to process, there should be no talking in the lab. They are always more than willing to answer questions, but the birds come first, and they need to focus on their work. So watch, but please don’t talk or interrupt.
The Observatory is located on the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. Overnight camping and campfires are not permitted
Toilets are available, but there is no drinking water on site
Please respect the habitat and vegetation by staying on the road or trail
Enjoy the birds!