Friday, December 2, 2011

2011-2012 Ontario Winter Bird List

The winter birding season started on Thursday December 1. During the 2010/2011 winter birding season, a total of 198 species were observed by Ontario birders. Josh Vandermeulen has volunteered to compile the Ontario sightings this year and Blake Maybank will be hosting the results on his site.

I'm looking forward to the challenge of exceeding last year's personal total of 77 species. As with every year, the season concludes at the end of February, but this time, due to 2012 being a leap year, Jean and I will have an extra day to accomplish our goal of 78+ species. Wish us luck. Unfortunately, the pelican did not stick around for the upcoming weekend. That would have been a nice start for the list. Looks like Northern Cardinal will start things off this year.

2011/2012 Winter List
95 species

February 21:
Ring-necked Duck

February 19:
Short-eared Owl

February 12:
Glaucous Gull
Peregrine Falcon

February 6:
Horned Lark

February 5:
Fish Crow

Januay 31:
Pied-billed Grebe

January 28:

January 22:
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle

January 8:
Cackling Goose
King Eider
Surf Scoter
Horned Grebe
Snowy Owl
Long-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

January 4:
Sharp-shinned Hawk

January 2:
Greater Scaup
Black-crowned Night-Heron

January 1:
Tundra Swan
Tufted Titmouse
Red-winged Blackbird

December 27:
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Wild Turkey
American Coot
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Carolina Wren
Eastern Towhee
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

December 19:
Northern Harrier

December 18:
Canada Goose
Ring-necked Pheasant
Cooper's Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Brown Creeper
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch

December 17:
American Robin

December 9:
Common Loon
Gray Jay
American Goldfinch

December 8:
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Common Raven
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Tree Sparrow
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak

December 7:
Double-crested Cormorant
American Kestrel

December 6:
Harlequin Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ring-billed Gull
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet

December 4:
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Black-legged Kittiwake
Bonaparte's Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-Backed Gull
Pomarine Jaeger
Rock Pigeon
Black-capped Chickadee
Dark-eyed Junco

December 3:
American Crow
House Sparrow

December 1:
Northern Cardinal

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