Rain and strong wind dictated the mornings ringing, with only a handful of nets being opened. As a result, our day was mostly spent out birding, and as a result we got a nice selection of new species and a long species day list. There was a small fall of Least Flycatchers to enjoy, and mixed in with them was a ‘Trails Flycatcher’ which was later heard in the evening to call as an Alder Flycatcher. We spent so much time birding we were able to do two sub-census walks, really getting to know the Tip area better. We found that the south shore was much more productive than the north, one area of pines particularly held really good numbers of warblers, including our first Hooded Warbler of the trip.
Ringing: Least Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, White-throated Sparrow, Magnolia Warbler, Lincolns Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Blue Jay
-Black and White Warbler
Hooded Warbler - Hooded was a warbler species that I thought we might miss out on, so to get one on just our second full day at the Tip was pretty exciting. Sadly though it was only a first year female; as in it looked almost like a Yellow Warbler but with white outer tail feathers.
Red-bellied Woodpecker - The semi-resident bird that lingers around the tip put in an appearance on our sub-census. It first flew south past us along the north shore, must have reached the Tip and realised it could go no further before returning up the south shore.
Broad-winged Hawk - The highlight of our day was a very nice individual of this small hawk. We picked it up when it was over us, and watch it as it continued south, longing for it to bank so we could clearly see the tail and confirm the identification. Fortunately it u-turned at the tip and we got excellent views as it came back overhead, returning west up the spit.
Long Point; The Tip: Hooded Warbler, Clay-coloured Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Broad-winged Hawk, Least Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, White-throated Sparrow, Magnolia Warbler, Lincolns Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Alder Flycatcher, Blue Jay, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Double Crested Cormorant, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Red-breasted Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, American Woodcock, Bonapartes Gull, Ring-billed Gull, American Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Forsters Tern, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Kingfisher, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Sand Martin, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Blue Jay, American Crow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Veery, Swainsons Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, American Pipit, European Starling, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Myrtle Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black And White Warbler, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, Painted Terrapin, Garter Snake, American Painted Lady,