Winter Birding Challenge

December 29th - January 10th

In the third two weeks of the challenge we are up to 263 registrants. Participants submitted almost 1900 checklists across the province from 45 of the 50 census divisions. An impressive 160 species were reported including some 36 species of waterfowl, eight species of gulls, three species of loon, eight species of owl, 10 species of finch, and 11 species of sparrows.

Some of the interesting species reported were Ross's Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Blue-winged Teal, Eurasian Green-winged Teal, King Eider, Harlequin Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, White-winged Dove, Virginia Rail, Purple Sandpiper, Slaty-backed Gull, Pacific Loon, Great Egret, Black Vulture, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, Fish Crow, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Summer Tanager, and Black-headed Grosbeak.

For total species, Chatham-Kent again led the way with 106, followed by Toronto (87), Hamilton (78), Peterborough (74), and Durham (70). For checklists, Peterborough (223) took over top spot, followed by Middlesex (152), Ottawa (143), Toronto (13), and Algoma (118) rounding out the top five.

People can explore the results (to the county level) by going to the OFObirds eBird profile

December 14th - December 28th

In the second two weeks (almost) of the challenge we are up to 202 registrants. Participants submitted almost 1,600 checklists from 47 of the 50 census divisions across the province. An impressive 151 species were reported including some 34 species of waterfowl, three grebes, nine gulls, ten hawks, eight owls, four falcons, ten finches, 11 sparrows, and seven warblers.

Some of the interesting species reported were Ross's Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, King Eider, Harlequin Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Slaty-backed Gull, Great Gray Owl, Gyrfalcon, Varied Thrush, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Waterthrush, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Northern Parula Warbler, and Yellow Warbler.

For total species, Chatham-Kent again led the way with 97, followed by Toronto (85), Essex (81), Halton (72), and Durham (70). For checklists, Toronto (142) was again tops, followed by Ottawa (140), Middlesex (1137), Peterborough (125), and Halton (83) rounding out the top five.

People can explore the results (to the county level) by going to the OFObirds eBird profile.

December 1st - December 13th

We are thrilled with the participation so far in the OFO Winter Birding Challenge!

169 participants from across the province have submitted over 1,400 checklists with an amazing 164 species reported. The birds reported included 33 species of waterfowl, three species each of grebes and loons, four species of shorebirds, nine species of gulls, seven species of owls, ten species of finches, 11 species of sparrows, and nine species of warblers.

Some of the more unusual species reported were Ross's Goose, King Eider, Harlequin Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Sharp-tailed Grouse, White-winged Dove, Purple Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Pacific Loon, Great Egret, Great Gray Owl, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, and Indigo Bunting.

For total species, Chatham-Kent led the way with 110, followed by Toronto (101), Hamilton (85), Halton (68), and Norfolk (68).

For checklists, Toronto (159) was tops, followed by Peterborough (123), Middlesex (107), Algoma (97), and Halton (90) rounding out the top five.

If you would like to explore the results (to the county level) check out the OFObirds eBird profile: https://ebird.org/profile/MjAxODI1Ng/CA-ON