Unusual Bird Sightings

Unusual birds observed at PIBO

Unusual birds observed at PIBO

PIBO staff members have documented 255 bird species on Pelee Island since fieldwork commenced in April 2003, including the following interesting and unusual records:

Spring 2013

‘Eastern’ Palm Warbler – Apr 17
Willet – Apr 20
Prothonotary Warbler – Apr 25
Louisiana Waterthrush – Apr 27
Henslow’s Sparrow – Apr 29
Brewster’s Warbler – May 4 – 6
Dickcissel – May 20
Acadian Flycatcher – May 23, June 4
Connecticut Warbler – May 23, June 4

Fall 2012

Golden-winged Warbler – Aug 12
Connecticut Warbler – Sept 6 & 7
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Sept 12
Hooded Warbler – Sept 19
Yellow-throated Vireo – Sept 19
Clay-colored Sparrow – Oct 28
Cave Swallow – Oct 29 (1st PIBO record)
White-winged Crossbill – Nov 10 & 14 (1st PIBO record)
Golden Eagle – Nov 14

Spring 2012

Worm-eating Warbler – Apr 22 – May 14
Willet – April 30
Cerulean Warbler – May 1
White-eyed Vireo – May 2
Prothonotary Warbler – May 4 – June 23
Acadian Flycatcher – May 19 – 26
Hooded Warbler – May 20 & 21
Yellow-breasted Chat – June 22 & 23

Fall 2011

Least Bittern – Aug 7
Prothonotary Warbler – Aug 12 & 22
Hudsonian Godwit – Aug 18
Yellow-throated Vireo – Aug 23
Red Knot – Aug 24
Connecticut Warbler – Sept 20
Common Tern (1000) – Sept 23
Double-crested Coromoront (11,500) – Sept 26
Horned Grebe (91) – Oct 30
Golden Eagle – Nov 11

Spring 2011

Sedge Wren – Apr 24
Grasshopper Sparrow – Apr 10 & May 3
Worm-eating Warbler – May 2
Clay-colored Sparrow – May 3
Thayer’s Gull – May 12
‘Nelson’s’ Gull (Herring/Glaucous hybrid) – May 12
Acadian Flycatcher – Numerous dates
Louisiana Waterthrush – May 17
Connecticut Warbler – May 18
Prothonotary Warbler – Numerous dates

Fall 2010

Red Phalarope – Oct 5
Eastern Red Bat – Aug 6
Le Conte’s Sparrow – Oct 31
Sora – Aug 25
Long-eared Owl – Nov 3
Yellow-throated Vireo – Sept 14
Golden-winged Warbler – Aug 23
Prothonotary Warbler – Aug 13
Hooded Warbler – Sept 15
Yellow-breasted Chat – July 5

Spring 2010

Harlequin Duck – Apr 25
Willet – May 3
Worm-eating Warbler – May 3
Blue Grosbeak – May 6
Western Wood-Pewee – May 18
Lark Sparrow – May 19
Acadian Flycatcher – May 19
Summer Tanager – May 19
Townsend’s Solitaire – May 21
Prothonotary Warbler – June 1

Fall 2009

Willet – Aug 2
Whimbrel – Sept 1
Whip-poor-will – Sept 12
Connecticut Warbler – Sept 15
Yellow-throated Warbler – Oct 5
Red Bat – Oct 5 (1st PIBO record)
Northern Goshawk – Oct 17
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – Oct 18
Surf Scoter – Oct 20
Brant – Oct 26 (1st PIBO record)
Greater White-fronted Goose – Oct 27

Spring 2009

Eared Grebe – Apr 1st (1st PIBO record)
Worm-eating Warbler – Apr 26
Prothonotary Warbler – (several records staring Apr 26)
Sedge Wren – Apr 28
Prairie Warbler – Apr 28
Louisiana Waterthrush – Apr 30
Lark Sparrow – Apr 30 (first record for Pelee Island)
Clay-coloured Sparrow – May 9
King Rail – May 9
Acadian Flycatcher – May 27

Fall 2008

American Avocet – Aug 5 (1st PIBO record)
Upland Sandpiper – Aug 18 (1st PIBO record)
“Brewster’s Warbler” – Aug 27
Hooded Warbler – Sep 6
Short-eared Owl – Oct 9

Spring 2008

Burrowing Owl – Apr 5 (first record for Pelee Island)
Long-eared Owl – Apr 30 (1st PIBO record)
Worm-eating Warbler – May 4
Sedge Wren – May 6
Red Knot – May 25
Acadian Flycatcher – May 28
Western Kingbird – May 28 (1st PIBO record)
Laughing Gull – May 31

Fall 2007

Cattle Egret – Nov 9
Cackling Goose – Oct 22
Black Scoter – Nov 2
Willet – Aug 7
Whimbrel – Aug 2, 11
Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Aug 31
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Sep 27
Olive-sided Flycatcher – Aug 21
Cave Swallow – Nov 7 (first record for Pelee Island)
Kentucky Warbler – Aug 31 (first Fall record for Pelee Island)
Connecticut Warbler – Sep 28
Yellow-breasted Chat – Aug 31
Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow – Oct 12

Spring 2007

Snowy Plover – May 29
Willet – May 17
Laughing Gull – May 25
Black-headed Gull – June 8
Iceland Gull – April 28
Acadian Flycatcher – June 4, 10
Prothonotary Warbler – May 2
Louisiana Waterthrush – April 29
Yellow-breasted Chat – May 7
Clay-colored Sparrow – April 25
Grasshopper Sparrow – May 8

Spring 2006

Sandhill Crane – one on April 15
Lesser-black Backed Gull – April 26
Acadian Flycatcher – June 4
White-eyed Vireo – April 26 – May 21, eleven records from four birds banded
Northern Mockingbird – April 11, May 4, June 2
Golden-winged Warbler – April 30, two banded on May 21
Yellow-throated Warbler – April 21 (1st PIBO record)
Prairie Warbler – April 27
Prothonotary Warbler – May 1
Worm-eating Warbler – May 10
Kentucky Warbler – one observed on May 4, two banded on May 10 & 14
Connecticut Warbler – two banded on May 24
Hooded Warbler – banded on May 14
“Nelson’s” Sharp-tailed Sparrow – May 3 (1st PIBO record)

Fall 2005

Black Scoter – Oct 21
Willet – Aug 14
Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Aug 21
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Sep 7
Northern Shrike – Oct 22
Townsend’s Solitaire – Sep 14
“Brewster’s” Warbler – Sep 9

Spring 2005

Glaucous Gull – April 16
Acadian Flycatcher – June 6
White-eyed Vireo – April 18
Northern Mockingbird – May 26
Worm-eating Warbler – May 9
Prothonotary Warbler – May 11
Yellow-breasted Chat – May 15
Summer Tanager – May 3
Harris’s Sparrow – June 6

Spring 2004

Sandhill Crane – May 6
Piping Plover – April 24
Black-necked Stilt – May 18
White-eyed Vireo – May 3
Northern Mockingbird – May 17
Prairie Warbler – May 7
Worm-eating Warbler – May 6
Prothonotary Warbler – April 19
Louisiana Waterthrush – May 11
Kentucky Warbler – May 5
Connecticut Warbler – May 7
Yellow-breasted Chat – April 23
Summer Tanager – May 2

Fall 2003

Short-eared Owl – Nov 1
Prairie Warbler – Aug 14
Connecticut Warbler – Sept 20, 26
Clay-colored Sparrow – Oct 26

Spring 2003

Thayer’s Gull – May 30
White-eyed Vireo – May 13
Cerulean Warbler – May 25
Connecticut Warbler – May 27
Yellow-breasted Chat – May 13
Summer Tanager – May 24