Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Missed species on the big day...

With any big day you'll miss some easy species and our big day - May 19, 2018 - was no different.

With 188 species under our belts there wasn't too many additional species we could've realistically added, given the Ontario record is 204 species. Below is a rundown o species we missed but could have realistically seen, in taxonomic order:

189. Blue-winged Teal -- yep, one of our biggest misses. Ithought we'd luck into one.

190. Spruce Grouse -- Algonquin failed us that was for sure...

191. Great Egret -- Windermere had some literally only a few days later.

192. Green Heron -- what the heck??

193. Sharp-shinned Hawk -- next time I'll need to lock one down.

194. King Rail -- breeding down at LP we tried but missed out.

195. Semipalmated Plover -- should've gone to 5th Road East, in Hamilton. Was present on the 20th...

196. Black-bellied Plover -- ditto

197. Solitary Sandpiper -- ditto

198. Greater Yellowlegs -- ditto

199. Yellow-billed Cuckoo -- I think we were abit early, but the forests in Norfolk should've had some.

200. Black-backed Woodpecker -- Algonquin....

201. Acadian Flycatcher -- abit early. Norfolk...

202. Alder Flycatcher -- what the....too early.

203. Philadelphia Vireo -- I still can't ID this guy by song...

204. Boreal Chickadee -- Algonquin...

205. Louisiana Waterthrush -- Norfolk...

206. Blue-winged Warbler -- what the....

207. Mourning Warbler -- too early...

208. Orange-crowned/Palm/Wilson's Warbler -- migrants

209. Clay-colored Sparrow -- Carden was pouring rain when we were there

210. Evening Grosbeak/Red Crossbill/White-winged Crossbill -- Algonquin...

Questionable species:

Harlequin Duck - the long-staying female at the Burlington lift bridge was apparently still present on the 21st...this one stings abit, as we were literally right at the lift bridge.

Iceland/Lesser Black-backed Gull -- there was an ICGU at Shell Park pier, but we decided it was too much time out of our way

Red-shouldered Hawk - Minden's abit out of the way to get this guy...

Northern Goshawk - who's got the lock on the next in LP??

Long-eared Owl - we stopped by a spot where they're nesting, had 2 weird/distant calls that were likely LEOW but we didn't pull the trigger

White-eyed Vireo - there had been a pair at O/C two days before...

Rusty Blackbird - Algonquin???

With that being said, will next year bear fruit on breaking the record??? Who wants in???


  1. I've heard RSHA on Alvar Rd. west of Wylie both the past 2 years

    1. Thanks for the tip, Reuven.

      You coming with next year??


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