Leucistic American Robin. Photo © Rinchen Boardman

Seasons

Some Rare Birds From Each Banding Season

 Fall 2010

  • Stilt Sandpiper – one banded on Aug. 26, the first ever banded at TCBO
  • Cliff Swallow  – three banded on Aug. 16, the first ever banded at TCBO
  • Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – on banded on Sept. 30, the first record for the Thunder Bay district
  • Townsend’s Solitaire – two banded on Oct. 10 & 22, the first ever banded at TCBO
  • American Kestrel – six banded, the previous high was 2 in 2007
  • Common Nighthawk – 31 banded over the season
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker – 6 banded, the highest season total ever
  • Yellow-shafted Flicker – 83 banded, a record fall high, the previous high of 64 was set in 2007
  • Pileated Woodpecker –  record high of 14 banded, the previous high of 9 was set in 2000 & 2001
  • Gray Jay –  a record high of 120 banded, the previous high of  64 was set in 1995
  • Northern Mockingbird – one banded on Aug. 11, the second ever banded in the fall
  • Savannah Sparrow  – a record high 388 banded, the previous high of 269 was set in 2005
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – one banded on Oct. 18, the second ever banded in the fall
  • Red-throated Loon – 21 observed between Aug. 7 and Oct. 21
  • Red-shafted Flicker – one observed Sept. 16
  • Yellow-breasted Chat – one observed Sept. 20
  • Vesper Sparrow – one banded Sept. 12, the first ever banded in the fall at TCBO 

Spring 2010

  • Black Vulture – one observed on June 8, the first record for the Thunder Bay District           
  • Great-crested Flycatcher – one banded on June 19, the first  ever banded in the spring at TCBO
  • Field Sparrow – one banded on May 21
  • Golden-winged Warbler – one banded on May 18
  • Northern Cardinal – one banded on May 27
  • Western Tanager – one banded on May 5
  • Brown Thrasher – two banded on May 21 & May 28
  • Pileated Woodpecker – six banded, doubling the previous spring high of 3 set in 2004
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – one observed on May 2                                                             
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird, the first bird of the season was observed on May 15
  • Sedge Wren – one observed on May 17 & May 20
  • Western Kingbird – one observed on May 18
  • Monarch Butterfly – the first of the season was observed on May 21
  • Dickcissel – one observed on May 27 

 Fall 2009

  •  Red-throated Loon – 33 observed between Aug. 12 and Oct. 17
  • Harlequin Duck – one observed on Sept. 27
  • Parasitic Jaeger – one was observed on each of Aug. 10 & Sept. 27
  • American White Pelican – 2 were observed on Sept. 25
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird – the last of the season was observed on Sept. 12
  • Northern Hawk Owl – one observed on each of Sept. 18 & Oct. 1
  • Long-eared Owl – one banded on Oct. 23
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – one banded on Aug. 7
  • White-breasted Nuthatch – one banded on Oct. 21
  • Black-billed Magpie – one observed on Oct. 1
  • Western Kingbird – one observed on Sept. 15
  • ‘Oregon Junco’ – one banded on Oct. 19 

Spring 2009 

  • Orchard Oriole – one banded on May 20, the first ever banded at TCBO 
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur – one banded on May 30, the first ever banded at TCBO
  • Blue Grosbeak – one banded on May 19 , the first ever banded at TCBO
  • White-winged Dove – one banded on May 22, the second ever banded in the spring
  • Red-headed Woodpecker – one banded on June 5, the second ever banded in the spring
  • Lark Sparrow – one banded on May 31 and two observed, May 31 & June 25
  • Connecticut Warbler – one was banded on June 2
  • House Wren – one banded on June 1
  • Pine Siskin – 4,777 banded over the season breaking many records
  • Nashville Warbler – 424 banded, the highest spring total ever
  • Myrtle Warbler – 706 banded, the highest spring total ever
  • Common Chaffinch – one observed & photographed on May 4
  • Red-throated Loon – 99 observed on May 4, including a flock of 54 & a flock of 25             
  • ‘Pink-sided (Oregon) Junco’ – one banded on May 12
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – one observed May 21
  • Black-billed Magpie – one observed on June 3, the first spring record for TCBO                    1 Franklin’s Gull – one observed on June 4   
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – one observed on June 5
  • Great Gray Owl – one observed on June 6
  • Whip-poor-will – one heard calling on June 10 

 Fall 2008

  • House Finch – one banded Sept. 14, the first ever banded at TCBO
  • Townsend’s Warbler – one banded Aug. 4, the first ever banded at TCBO
  • Wood Thrush – one banded July 3, the first one ever banded in the fall at TCBO
  • Red-throated Loon – 45 observed over the season
  • Harlequin Duck – two were observed & photographed on Oct. 22
  • Great Black-backed Gull – one observed & photographed on Aug. 16
  • Boreal Owl – three were banded on Oct. 19 & 21
  • Black-backed Woodpecker – 19 banded down from 44 in 2007
  • Three-toed Woodpecker – 3 banded
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – one observed on Oct. 20
  • White-breasted Nuthatch – three were banded between Oct. 12. & 22
  • Connecticut Warbler – one observed Aug. 29
  • ‘Oregon Junco’ – three were banded on Sept. 25
  • Fox Sparrow – five were banded on Sept. 25
  • LeConte’s Sparrow – three were banded on Sept. 28 & 29 and Oct. 6

Spring 2008

  • White-winged Dove – banded on May 27
  • Three-toed Woodpecker – banded on May 17
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – banded on June 3rd, observed June 8th
  • White-breasted Nuthatch – banded on May 1st, 14th, 29th
  • Prairie Warbler – banded on May 29th
  • LeConte’s Sparrow – banded on May 7th
  • Field Sparrow – banded on May 12th
  • Lark Sparrow – banded on May 13th and 24th
  • Vesper Sparrow – banded on May 14th
  • Oregon Junco – banded on May 18th

Fall 2007

  • Pacific Loon – observed on Aug. 4
  • Harlequin Duck – 2 on Oct. 16
  • Sandhill Crane – 5 on Sept. 12
  • Red-necked Phalarope – 2 on Aug. 17
  • Red-headed Woodpecker – Oct. 1
  • Bell’s Vireo – banded on Sept. 21
  • Golden-winged Warbler – banded on Aug. 24

The following species were banded for the first time ever at the Cape in the fall:
Herring Gull, Peregrine Falcon, Green-tailed Towhee, Bell’s Vireo, House Wren.

Spring 2007

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – observed on May 16
  • Yellow-throated Warbler – Observed on May 18
  • Western Kingbird – banded on May 20th
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – banded on June 2nd
  • Lark Sparrow – banded on June 1
  • Northern Cardinal – banded on May 9
  • Golden-winged Warbler – banded on May 8
  • Marsh Wren – banded May on 31

Fall 2006

  • Sabine’s Gull – observed on Oct. 20
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – observed on Oct. 19
  • yellow-billed Loon – observed on Oct. 14
  • White-winged Dove – observed on Oct. 13

Spring 2006

  • Ash-throated Flycatcher – banded on April 26, District first
  • Harlequin Duck – 2 observed on May 8
  • Coopers Hawk – May 12 and May 23
  • Green-tailed Towhee – banded on June 10, District first
  • Prairie Warbler – banded on June 20

Fall 2005

  • Pacific Loon – Aug. 22-23, Sept. 20
  • Bonaparte’s Gull – 3 on Aug. 6
  • Caspian Tern – Aug. 6 and 12
  • Western Tanager – Aug. 24
  • Great Black-backed Gull – Oct. 26
  • Harlequin Duck – Oct. 11, 15
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – Oct. 10
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – Oct. 23-27
  • Townsend’s Solitaire – Oct. 20
  • Western Kingbird – Oct. 13-15
  • Storm Petrel sp. – Oct. 19

Spring 2005

  • Pine Warbler – first ever banded at the Cape in the spring, May 5 and May 10
  • Eartern Meadowlark – Banded on May 12
  • Grasshopper Sparrows – banded on May 19, May 28 and May 30
  • Lark Bunting – banded on May 23
  • Kentucky Warbler – banded on May 12
  • Red-throated Loon – 225 observed (77 on May 1)
  • Parasitic Jaeger – observed on May 25
  • Dickcissel – observed on May 28
  • Lark Sparrow – observed on May 19
  • Audubon’s Warbler – observed on May 2
  • Golden-winged Warbler – observed on May 18

Fall 2004

  • Lesser Snow Goose – first ever banded in the fall on Sept. 29
  • White-eyed Vireo – first fall banding at the Cape, Oct. 21
  • American Woodcock – banded on Oct. 21
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 4th bird banded at TCBO
  • Great Grey Owl – 2 observed near the end of October
  • Conneticut Warbler – banded
  • Indigo Bunting – late banding Oct. 23

Spring 2004

  • Pacific Loon observed on June 2
  • Caspian Tern – two observed on May 26
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker banded on May 19
  • Sage Thrasher banded on May 21
  • Golden-winged Warbler banded on May 19 and recaptured on May 24
  • Oregon Junco banded April 29 and another May 10
  • European Goldfinch banded on June 2

Fall 2003

  • Lark Sparrow banded Sept. 13 and recaptured the next day
  • Sora banded Sept. 15
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo observed Sept. 20
  • Flicker integrate male with red mustaches banded Sept. 21
  • Red-bellied woodpecker male banded Oct. 8, another observed Oct. 11
  • Kentucky Warbler male banded Oct. 13
  • Conneticut Warbler observed Oct. 13

Spring 2003

  • Parasitic Jaeger immature observed on May 21 and an adult on June 1
  • Iceland Gull immature observed May 21
  • Golden-winged Warbler male banded May 22
  • Kentucky Warbler male banded May 29 (District first)
  • Western Meadowlark banded June 5
  • Lark Sparrow banded June 2
  • Oregon Junco banded April 27
  • Brewer’s Sparrow banded May 27 (first for Ontario)

Fall 2002

  • Common Ground Dove observed on August 14 (photo at top of page)
  • Franklin’s Gull, 1st year, seen August 21 and 22
  • Lark Bunting, September 3-9, banded
  • Lark Sparrow, two banded, September 4 and 9
  • Parasitic Jaeger, 2 on September 2, one on September 9
  • Jaeger sp., two seen, August 30 and September 2
  • Red-headed Woodpecker, September 18, October 1 and October 12
  • Red-throated Loon, 39 observed, including 17 on September 20
  • Western Kingbird, October 12
  • Golden Eagle, 19 individuals observed
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, October 30

Spring 2002

  • Glaucous Gull observed May 19
  • Two Ruddy Turnstones observed May 30
  • Purple Martin observed May 22
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher observed May 26
  • Golden-winged Warbler male banded May 28
  • Sage Thrasher banded May 15
  • Wood Thrush heard singing May 22
  • Eastern Towhee heard singing May 19

Fall 2001

  • Pacific Loon with a Red-throated Loon on September 30
  • Pomarine Jaeger seen on October 9
  • Great Black-backed Gull immature seen Sept. 17 – Oct. 11
  • Whip-poor-will seen on October 7
  • Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow banded on September 13
  • Field Sparrow banded on October 5
  • Virginia’s Warbler hatch year male banded on August 29

Spring 2001

  • 4 American White Pelicans on nearby Hare Island May 12
  • 4 Baltimore Orioles seen
  • Bobolink captured on May 20, 5 in total seen
  • Lark Sparrow captured June 8
  • Loggerhead Shrike June 8
  • Pine Warbler singing in the woods May 4
  • Red-throated Loon, a total of 39 seen
  • Wood Thrush banded May 29

Fall 2000

  • Chimney Swift flew by August 21
  • Pine Warbler observed August 30
  • American White Pelican: 18 on September 1
  • Townsend’s Solitaire seen September 30, October 3, 10, and 21
  • Long-eared Owl caught September 24;
  • Brown Thrasher banded October 14
  • Western Meadowlark caught on October 15
  • Northern Cardinal male banded October 22
  • Northern Hawk-Owl caught October 28

Spring 2000

  • Whip-poor-will heard calling on May 6
  • Lark Sparrow in net lanes May 13
  • Marbled Godwit flew over on May 13
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in treetop May 17
  • Golden-winged Warbler male May 2, female banded May 22
  • Warbling Vireo on May 27 and May 28
  • Red-throated Loon on May 13
  • Great-crested Flycatcher seen May 30

Fall 1999

  • Red-throated Loon: 37 birds between 3 August and 10 October
  • Pacific Loon on October 8
  • Golden Eagle: total of 39 birds on 15 days
  • Red Phalarope on October 22
  • Little Gull on October 14
  • Bonaparte’s Gull: five birds on four days
  • Iceland Gull on September 9
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker banded October 28
  • Western Kingbird: 3 birds on September 20
  • “Yellow” Palm Warbler banded on September 22
  • Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow banded on August 30
  • Dickcissel banded on September 19, seen October 2-3
  • Western Meadowlark on October 31.

Spring 1999

  • Red-throated Loon: 7 birds seen between May 18 and May 23
  • Ruddy Duck: group of 8 just offshore on May 12
  • Great-crested Flycatcher: 2 on May 29
  • Western Kingbird: 2 on May 31, singles on June 3 and 4
  • Purple Martin (new to Thunder Cape) on May 7, another on May 31
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on May 25-26
  • Golden-winged Warbler male seen on May 28
  • Hooded Warbler seen on May 23
  • Female House Finch on May 13

Fall 1998

  • Jaeger (species?) – September 20
  • Sora – banded August 27
  • American Coot – 18 October
  • Broad-winged Hawk – 84 counted on September 3
  • Bald Eagle – 35 individuals counted on October 24
  • Western Kingbird – observed October 25
  • Red-eyed Vireo – October 25 (late)
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch – 128 birds counted on October 24
  • White-breasted Nuthatch – observed on October 24, 25 and 28
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – October 11
  • Townsend’s Solitaire – October 19, 25, 27 and 28
  • Canada Warbler – a late record on October 11
  • Scarlet Tanager – one observed on October 13
  • Le Conte’s Sparrow – recorded on 12 dates from August 7 to September 29
  • Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow – banded October 14
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak – banded October 25 (late)
  • Baltimore Oriole – observed October 28

Spring 1998

  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – May 2
  • Bewick’s Wren – banded May 2
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – May 16-18
  • Sprague’s Pipit – May 29
  • Blue-winged Warbler – banded May 13
  • Painted Bunting – banded May 15
  • LeConte’s Sparrow – 2 banded April 30

Fall 1997

  • Golden Eagle – 7 from October 20 to October 24
  • House Wren – October 20
  • Three-toed Woodpecker – September 22
  • Red-throated Loon – September 15

Spring 1997

  • Western Kingbird – June 11 and June 2
  • Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow – banded June 8
  • Northern Cardinal – banded June 3
  • Caspian Tern – June 2
  • Eastern Towhee (male) – June 2
  • Golden-winged Warbler (female) – June 2 and banded May 31
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow – May 31
  • Field Sparrow – May 19-25 (banded)
  • Willet – may 14
  • Red-throated Loon (21) – May 6

Fall 1996

  • Warbling Vireo – banded October 16
  • White Pelican (2) – October 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – banded September 13 & seen October 3
  • Ruddy Turnstone – September 4

Spring 1996

  • Lark Bunting (female) – banded June 3
  • Golden-winged Warbler – male banded May 22
  • Lark Bunting (female) – May 21
  • Vesper Sparrow (2) – May 19
  • Eared Grebe (male) – May 15
  • Western Meadowlark (2) – May 12
  • Willet – May 7

Fall 1995

  • Golden Eagle (5) – October 25
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (adult) – October 12
  • Red-headed Woodpecker – October 12
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo (specimen) – September 26
  • Lark Sparrow – August 30
  • White-winged Dove – August 16 (banded)

Spring 1995

  • Dickcissel (ad. female) – June 6
  • Western Kingbird – June 7 and June 3
  • Field Sparrow – May 29-30 (banded)
  • Pacific Loon – May 29, also 17th (adult)
  • Red-headed Woodpecker – May 27
  • Black Scoter (8) – May 22
  • Harlequin Duck (male & female) – May 20
  • Red-throated Loon (15) – May 18 (nearly 90 from May 1 to June 9)
  • Western Tanager (male) – banded May 17, female banded May 15
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – May 12
  • Great Black-backed Gull (adult) – May 10

Fall 1994

  • Golden Eagle (10) – October 30
  • Red-headed Woodpecker – October 20 and October 16
  • Hooded Warbler (adult male) – banded October 15
  • Harlequin Duck – October 11 (2), September 15 and 28
  • White Pelican – October 10 (2), September 9 and 28
  • Parasitic Jaeger – October 8
  • Black Scoter (10) – October 5
  • Western Sandpiper – August 13
  • Caspian Tern – August 3 and July 29

Spring 1994

  • Western Kingbird – May 24
  • Great Black-backed Gull – May 24
  • Hooded Warbler – May 23 (2nd in District)
  • Golden-winged Warbler – May 20
  • Eastern Meadowlark – banded May 20, seen May 8
  • Say’s Phoebe – May 12
  • Red-throated Loon (21) – May 7 (daily through mid-May)
  • Pacific Loon (2) – May 3, also one on May 1
  • Blue Grosbeak (female) – May 3
  • Franklin’s Gull (adult) – May 1
  • Summer Tanager – 4 during spring 1994, 2 banded

Fall 1993

  • Western Kingbird – October 25
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – October 15
  • Surf Scoter (2) – September 15
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – banded September 14
  • Harlequin Duck (immature male) – September 12-14
  • Red-throated Loon – August 27

Spring 1993

  • Western Kingbird – banded June 11
  • Parasitic Jaeger – June 3
  • House Finch (female) – banded May 27
  • Golden-winged Warbler (female) – May 22
  • Red-throated Loon (5) – May 16
  • Surf Scoter (pair) – May 12
  • Eastern Meadowlark – May 12
  • Red-throated Loon (3) – May 11

Fall 1992

  • Townsend’s Solitaire – October 31
  • Surf Scoter (2) – October 8
  • Red-throated Loon – September 25
  • Golden Eagle (2) – September 25
  • Brant “black” – September 22
  • Willow Flycatcher – banded August 31
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – August 26

Spring 1992

  • Northern Cardinal (female) – June 8
  • Willow Flycatcher – banded May 31
  • Blue-winged Warbler (adult female) – May 29
  • Red-throated Loon (2) – May 28
  • Eastern Meadowlark – May 21-23
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – May 22
  • Field Sparrow – May 21
  • Golden-winged Warbler (female) – May 20
  • Baltimore Oriole (30) – May 19

Fall 1991

  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2) – October 9 (one banded)
  • Yellow-throated Vireo – banded October 7th
  • Harlequin Duck – September 16
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – banded September 11
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – banded September 9
  • Smith’s Longspur – banded September 8
  • Dickcissel – August 30
  • Western Kingbird – August 24
  • Willow Flycatcher – banded August 22