Favourite Bird of the North Woods

Gray Jay after eating snow. Many Canadians prefer its former name Canada Jay. 5 January 2011.

2011 Index



Hybrid Common x Barrow's Goldeneye at Oshawa Second Marsh on 29 December 2011


Smew and John Vanderpoel's Big Year link to three page article in Toronto Ornithological Club Newsletter


Smew at Whitby Harbour near Toronto on 27 and 28 December 2011


2011 Toronto Christmas Bird Count - Tommy Thompson Park (Spit)  Route - 18 December 2011


Adult Slaty-backed Gull at Niagara Falls, Ontario on 3 December 2011 found by Kevin McLaughlin.


First winter Black-legged Kittiwake at Whirlpool 3 December found by Kyle Holloway



Collared Plover on a sandbar in the Napo River in Ecuador on 21 November 2011


The Galapagos Islands 11 to 18 November 2011. Nine pages of photos of birds, reptiles, tortoises, and more with Quest Nature Tours


Pacific, Red-throated and Common Loons at Oshawa Harbour on 1 November 2011



Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recognition Dinner article October 2011 OFO News by Dan Bone


Variant female Redheads with white heads.


Small Winter Loon ID an article by Ron Pittaway and Michael King that discusses fine points of identifying small loons in the fall


Cackling Geese at Reesor Pond in Markham on 27 October 2011


Hudsonian Godwits in juvenal plumage at Frenchman's Bay, Pickering, near Toronto on 5 October 2011


Shorebirds and shorebirders at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario east of Toronto on 4 October 2011



Winter Finch Forecast 2011-2012 by Ron Pittaway posted 23 September 2011


Red Knot and Shorebirds at Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Lake Ontario on 22 September 2011


Second Whimbrel, Goshen, shot in Guadeloupe on 12 September 2011


Whimbrel Machi shot in Guadeloupe on 12 September 2011


July - August

James Bay Red Knot and Shorebird Surveys. 16 July to 14 August 2011. 8 pages of photos of Red Knots, shorebirds, other birds, butterflies, toads, mammals & crew.


 Alaska 2011 from 27 June to 12 July 2011



Willow Ptarmigan at Darlington Nuclear Station on Lake Ontario east of Oshawa, 12 June 2011


Brewer's Blackbirds near Sauble Falls, Bruce Peninsula, on 3 June 2011. See link to article about panting and thermoregulation, which may be limiting Brewer's Blackbird range in Ontario.



Horned Grebe, Tufted Titmouse, Yellow-breasted Chat, Eastern Towhee at Point Pelee on 11, 13 and 17 May 2011


Common Nighthawk, Summer Tanager, Barn Swallows and Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Point Pelee on 16 May 2011


Carden Alvar - Loggerhead Shrike, Bobolink, Golden-winged Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Virginia Rail and cattle on 27 May 2011


Fox family in my garden in Brookbanks Ravine in Toronto on 26 May 2011


Whimbrel migrating at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Toronto on 25 May 2011


Two Red-necked Phalaropes at Shoeless Joes in Leamington near Point Pelee on 20 May 11


Common Nighthawk on Concession E near Point Pelee on 20 May 2011


Glossy Ibis at the mini golf on Bevel Line Road near Point Pelee, 19 May 2011


Gull with yellow legs at Point Pelee on 18 May 2011. Five photos.


Point Pelee Mammals: Beaver, Bat and Muskrat


Bell's Vireo at the Tip tram stop at Point Pelee on 13 May 2011.


Dickcissel and Kentucky Warbler opposite Pelee Wings on Point Pelee Drive on 11 May 2011


American Bittern and Pacific Loon at Point Pelee on 9 May 2011


Canada Warbler and Red-headed Woodpecker at Point Pelee on 8 May 2011


Prothonotary Warbler, American Woodcock, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Great Horned Owls on 7 May 2011


Yellow-throated and Kirtland's Warblers on 6 May 2011



Jean's Spring Garden - a natural garden in Toronto - two pages of photos


Carden Alvar - Least Bittern, Upland Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Ospreys and More on 30 April 2011



Mystery Disappearance of House Sparrows


Greater Snow Geese with neck collars near Lancaster, Ontario on 28 and 29 March 2011


Spectacular concentrations of Greater Snow Geese near Lancaster, Ontario, on 28 and 29 March 2011


Adult Common Gull  Larus canus canus at Cobourg Harbour on 23 March 2011


Cory's Least Bittern, a very rare colour morph of the Least Bittern at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto


Yellow-nosed Albatross and Northern Gannet specimens at Royal Ontario Museum on 22 March 2011


Female Mountain Bluebird at Ridge Road Estate Winery on Ridge Road in Stoney Creek, Hamilton, on 20 March 2011.


Quest Nature Tours trip to Belize and Guatemala 21 February to 4 March 2011. Eight pages of photos of birds, mammals. flowers, caves and more.



Volunteering for Bird Conservation on James Bay - Article in OFO News Vol 29(1):1-3, February 2011


Black-legged Kittiwake at Cobourg Harbour on 14 February 2011


Varied Thrush and feeder birds at Weimar Line, Wellesley near Waterloo on 10 February 2011


Spotted and Eastern Towhees at Monarch's Landing, Port Burwell on Lake Erie on 9 February 2011


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk at Whitby on 5 February 2011


Barred Owl at Cranberry Marsh on 5 February 2011



Redpolls attracted to European Black Alder at Ashbridges Bay, Toronto on 29 January 2011


Variation in Kumlien's Iceland Gulls at Bluffers Park, Toronto, 25, 29, 30 & 31 January 2011. Three pages of photos of 21 individuals.


Glaucous Gulls at Cherry Beach and Bluffers Park in Toronto on 25 and 30 January 2011


Leucistic Trumpeter Swan at Bluffers Park in Toronto on 29 January 2011


First winter male Harlequin Duck and Gulls at Whitby Harbour on 26 January 2011


Bohemian Waxwings at Balsam near Toronto on 23 January 2011


First year female Snowy Owl with ear tufts at Holland Marsh north of Toronto on 21 January 2011


Tundra or Trumpeter Swan? Six photos of a swan on the Niagara River on 17 January 2011


Northern Saw-whet Owl and Eastern Screech-Owl in Toronto, January 2011


Evening Grosbeaks, Common Redpolls and Pileated Woodpecker at feeders in Uphill, Carden Alvar, on 10 and 14 January 2011.


Gray Jay, Canada Jay, Whisky-Jack, Camp Robber - 8 photos and text about our favourite bird of the north woods. 5 January 2011.


Northern Hawk Owl & Common Redpolls - Carden Alvar, 3, 5 and 10 January 2011


Niagara's Purple Sandpipers - where to find them in winter, 2 January 2011


Leucistic Bonaparte's Gull at the Whirlpool, Niagara River on 30 Dec 2010 and 2 January 2011