Noteworthy Finds–October 2021


This morning, I couldn’t help but think about the apparent hot streak I happen to be experiencing while in the field. Quite a few rarities, and quite a few noteworthy encounters. I decided to list them, in order of rarity as per historical sightings in eastern Ontario, below. The relative rarity per county is also considered in the ranking. I’ll continue to periodically update this page, whenever a self-found rarity (or bird of interest) is located. Updated on 31 October 2021.

  1. Pacific Loon at Muskrat Lake. Extremely rare in fall in eastern counties. 16 October 2021.
  2. Forster’s Tern at Sandbanks Park. Extremely rare in fall in eastern counties. 14 October 2021.
  3. Eurasian Wigeon at Long Sault Parkway. From an Ontario perspective, a very rare fall migrant. 7 October 2021.
  4. Boreal Chickadee at Pontiac, Quebec. Very rare fall transient. 11 October 2021.
  5. Tufted Titmouse (2) at Long Sault Parkway. Very rare fall migrant away from feeder set-ups in eastern counties. 15 October 2021.
  6. Ruddy Duck on the Ottawa River. Viewable from the QC side. The first record for Gatineau County in six years, for example. 24 October 2021.
  7. Semipalmated Plover in Cobden. Late bird; an Ottawa Valley late-date, I believe. 29 October 2021.
  8. Long-billed Dowitcher at Hanson Brick Quarry. A rare fall migrant in eastern counties. 9 October 2021.
  9. Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Ingleside. A rare fall migrant in eastern counties. 9 October 2021.
  10. Red-eyed Vireo at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Second latest fall record for Prince Edward County. 15 October 2021.
  11. Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Sandbanks Park. Late migrant. 14 October 2021.
  12. Common Yellowthroat at Farran Park. Late migrant by the date. 15 October 2021.
  13. Ruddy Duck at East Lake, PEC. First eBird record for Sandbanks Park & East and West lakes; a scarce Fall bird in PEC. 14 October 2021.
  14. Golden Eagle at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Uncommon but expected, especially in PEC in the Fall. 14 October 2021.
  15. White-rumped Sandpiper along the Ottawa River. Uncommon (especially this Fall) migrant. 28 October 2021.
  16. Black Scoter at Mississippi Lake. Uncommonly seen in Lanark County. 20 October 2021.

Photo: White-rumped Sandpiper at Shirleys Bay boat launch. 28 October 2021.

Good birding,