Saturday, April 13, 2019


Photos and text by Nancy Barrett, VP, Friends of Sam Smith Park

This is a visual accompaniment to Part 1, with species displayed according to their AVERAGE arrival date in Ontario of each photo. Each of the birds shown here can be seen, or have been seen, within the borders of Colonel Samuel Smith Park. 

According to the latest eBird data, 285 species of birds have been seen in the park.  Many are migrants passing through, some are migrants that stay and breed in the park, a few are permanent residents, and even fewer are rarities.  Colonel Samuel Smith Park is considered a "hotspot" in birding circles, a magnet for rare and uncommon birds.

Please note this collection is intended to represent only a small percentage of all the species seen here.  

Golden-crowned Kinglet /18 March
Orchard Oriole/2 May
Common Yellowthroat/3 May

Northern Parula/3 May
Black-throated Blue Warbler/3 May
Indigo Bunting/3 May
Scarlet Tanager/3 May
Magnolia Warbler/4 May
Cape May Warbler/5 May
Gray-cheeked Thrush/6 May
American Redstart/6 May
Tennessee Warbler/7 May
Bay-breasted Warbler/8 May
Canada Warbler/8 May
Wilson's Warbler/8 May
Cedar Waxwing/9 May

Blackpoll Warbler/10 May

Olive-sided Flycatcher/12 May

For clarity, I'm republishing Mike Burrell's excellent chart of average arrival dates in Ontario for spring migrants.  

14 March -  Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Song Sparrow
16 March -  Eastern Bluebird
17 March -  Pied-billed Grebe
18 March -  Wood Duck
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Meadowlark
Brown-headed Cowbird
20 March -  Red-throated Loon
21 March -  Great Blue Heron

Rusty Blackbird
22 March -  American Kestrel
25 March -  Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Fox Sparrow
27 March -  Blue-winged Teal
28 March -  Pectoral Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
30 March -  Dark-eyed Junco
31 March -  Wilson's Snipe
01 April -  Bonaparte's Gull
02 April -  Double-crested Cormorant

Tree Swallow
03 April -  Great Egret
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
04 April -  Osprey
06 April -  Common Loon
Sharp-shinned Hawk

Greater Yellowlegs
07 April -  Cooper's Hawk
Hermit Thrush
08 April -  Lesser Yellowlegs
Purple Finch
09 April -  Caspian Tern
10 April -  Black-crowned Night-Heron
13 April -  Louisiana Waterthrush
Pine Warbler

Swamp Sparrow
14 April -  American Bittern
Forster's Tern
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
15 April -  Surf Scoter
Barn Swallow
Chipping Sparrow
American Goldfinch
16 April -  Broad-winged Hawk
Brown Thrasher

Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-throated Sparrow
17 April -  American White Pelican
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
18 April -  Virginia Rail
19 April -  Purple Martin
20 April -  Cliff Swallow
21 April -  
Yellow-throated Warbler*
Worm-eating Warbler*
22 April -  Black Scoter
Upland Sandpiper
23 April -  Willet
24 April -  Green Heron
Spotted Sandpiper
Common Tern

Bank Swallow
25 April -  Long-billed Dowitcher
Blue Jay
26 April -  Solitary Sandpiper
Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Palm Warbler
27 April -  Wilson's Phalarope
White-eyed Vireo

House Wren
Marsh Wren
Northern Waterthrush
28 April -  Sedge Wren
Grasshopper Sparrow
30 April -  Common Gallinule
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
American Pipit

Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
01 May -  Eastern Whip-poor-will
Warbling Vireo
Wood Thrush

Gray Catbird

Blue-winged Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Hooded Warbler
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
02 May -  Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo

Golden-winged Warbler

Prairie Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Orchad Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
03 May -  Great Crested Flycatcher

Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-breasted Chat
Clay-colored Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Indigo Bunting
04 May -  Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper
Swainson's Thrush
Cerulean Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
05 May -  Cape May Warbler
06 May -  Least Bittern
American Golden-plover
Short-billed Dowitcher

Black Tern
Gray-cheeked Thrush
American Redstart
Kirtland's Warbler
Summer Tanager
07 May -  Common Nighthawk
Tennessee Warbler
08 May -  Ruddy Turnstone

Black-billed Cuckoo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo
  Connecticut Warbler
  Bay-breasted Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
09 May -  Semipalmated Sandpiper
Cedar Waxwing
10 May -  Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Wood-pewee

Acadian Flycatcher

Blackpoll Warbler
11 May -  Brant
12 May -  Olive-sided Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher
Mourning Warbler
13 May -  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
15 May -  White-rumped Sandpiper
17 May -  Red-necked Phalarope
18 May -  Whimbrel
20 May -  Red Knot
Alder Flycatcher

*these species are barely calculable due to a pretty weak peak

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