Norfolk County has many hot spots for bird migration in the fall. Scroll down for links to bird hot spots, migration forecasts, events and resources related to birding. For great birding and wildlife viewing opportunities, a drive through rural Norfolk County is recommended, especially around Turkey Point, Normandale, Long Point and Port Rowan.
Bird Hot Spots
- Norfolk County
- Big Creek National Wildlife Area
- LPBO Old Cut Field Station
- Lakeshore Road – Fields
- Long Point Provincial Park
- Bird Studies Canada HQ
- Turkey Point Beach
- Port Dover Harbour
- Port Dover Silver Lake
- Bar Charts: Bird Observations
- BirdCast (Upper Midwest and Northeast)
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Fall Bird Migration Updates
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Fall 2018Nov 28, 2018 – Last Report: Eastern Phoebe, Fox Sparrow, Peregrine Falcon, Pine Grosbeak, Cackling Goose, Common Yellowthroat, Killdeer, American Bittern, Sora and Chipping Sparrow.
Nov 20, 2018 – Reports of Greater Yellowlegs, Great Egret, Osprey, Eastern Phoebe, Chipping Sparrow and Virginia Rail.
Nov 13, 2018 – Reports of Osprey, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Chipping Sparrow and Cattle Egret.
Nov 6, 2018 – This week, reports of Gray Catbird, Pacific Loon, Black Scoter, Grasshopper Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Chipping Sparrow, Common Tern, Cattle Egret, Western Kingbird and Virginia Rail.
Oct 30, 2018 – This week, reports of American Bittern, Gray Catbird, Forster’s Tern, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and other birds.
Oct 23, 2018 – This week, lots (and lots) of Warblers plus Tundra Swan, House Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, American Redstart, Gray Catbird, Savannah Sparrow, Red-eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting and Red Knot.
Oct 15, 2018 – This week, multiple reports of Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Common Yellowthroat and Black-throated Green Warbler, as well as Black Scoter, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Glaucous Gull, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Spotted Sandpiper, Evening Grosbeak, Bobolink, Tennessee Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Trumpeter Swan, Forster’s Tern, Bay-breasted Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula and Palm Warbler.
Oct 8, 2018 – This week, multiple reports of Ruby-throated Hummingbird, as well as Brown Thrasher, Indigo Bunting, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Black-and-white Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler.
Sept 30, 2018 – This week, reports of Surf Scoter (2 reports), Bank Swallow (4 reports), Yellow Warbler (6 reports), Sora (4 reports), Eastern Kingbird, Western Kingbird (9 reports), Chestnut-sided Warbler (4 reports), Purple Martin, Baltimore Oriole, Bobolink, Connecticut Warbler, Least Flycatcher, Brant (Atlantic), Forster’s Tern, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Dickcissel.
Sept 21, 2018 – This week, reports of Least Flycatcher, Mourning Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Bobolink and Eastern Kingbird.
Sept 14, 2018 – This week, reports of Least Flycatcher, Common Raven, Baltimore Oriole and Hooded Warbler.
Sept 7, 2018 – This week, reports of Common Merganser, Baltimore Oriole and Willet.
Aug 31, 2018 – This week, reports of Barrel Owl, Red Knot, American Golden-Plover, Yellow-breasted Chat, Golden-winged Warbler, Common Merganser and Cerulean Warbler.
Fall 2017Oct 15, 2017 – Reports of Tundra Swan (3 reports), Green Heron, Swallow (2 reports, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray Catbird (2 reports).
Oct 10, 2017 – Reports of rare Tundra Swan, Red-eyed Vireo, Brown Thrasher, Tennessee Warbler, American Redstart (6 reports), Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler (7 reports), Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler (10 reports), Black-throated Green Warbler (6 reports).
Oct 6, 2017 – Reports of rare Brown Thrasher (3 reports) and American Redstart (4 reports).
Oct 1, 2017 – Reports of rare Bufflehead, King Rail, Sora, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink.
Fall 2016Dec 31, 2016 – Reports of rare American Pipit, Smith’s Longspur, and Savannah Sparrow. Fall Updates completed. Check out our Spring Migration Report starting in a few months.
Dec 18, 2016 – Reports of rare Northern Goshawk, Merlin, Hermit Thrush, Smith’s Longspur, Fox Sparrow and Savannah Sparrow.
Dec 17, 2016 – Reports of rare Horned Grebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Common Raven, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird.
Dec 12, 2016 – Report of rare Peregrine Falcon at Bird Studies Canada HQ in Port Rowan. Flocks of Snow Bunting, Dark-eyed Junco, American Tree Sparrow, Tundra Swan.
Dec 9, 2016 – Another report of rare Fox Sparrow. Flocks of Red-winged Blackbird, Cedar Waxwing, Tundra Swan, Brown-headed and Cowbird continue.
Dec 7, 2016 – Report of rare Fox Sparrow. Flocks of Red-winged Blackbird, Cedar Waxwing and Tundra Swan.
Dec 5, 2016 – Reports of rare Trumpeter Swan and Yellow Warbler.
Dec 2, 2016 – Reports of rare Peregrine Falcon and Cave Swallow (Texas).
Nov 30, 2016 – Report of rare Marsh Wren. Large groups of Mallard, Ruddy Duck and American Robin.
Nov 23, 2016 – Reports of rare Fox Sparrow. Large groups of Dark-eyed Junco, Tundra Swan and American Goldfinch.
Nov 18, 2016 – Reports of rare Gray Catbird. Larger groups of Mallard, Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye on the move.
Nov 16, 2016 – Reports of rare Greater White-fronted Goose. Also reports of Golden Eagle.
Nov 15, 2016 – Reports of rare Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Phoebe and Greater White-fronted Goose. Large numbers of Greater Scaup, Canvasback, Red-breasted Merganser and American Coot.
Nov 13, 2016 – Reports of large numbers of Sandhill Crane, Redhead and Canvasback on the move.
Nov 12, 2016 – Reports of rare Common Tern, Gray Catbird and Brown Thrasher.
Nov 10, 2016 – Reports of Cattle Egret
Nov 6, 2016 – Reports of rare Eastern Phoebe and Common Tern.
Nov 4, 2016 – Reports of rare Harlequin Duck and Osprey.
Nov 1, 2016 – Reports of rare Brown Thrasher and Chipping Sparrow.
Oct 31, 2016 – Lesser Scaup, Common Grackle, Redhead and American Pipit are among the most viewed birds.
Oct 26, 2016 – Reports of Common Tern, Red-winged Blackbird, Barred Owl and Eastern Wood-Pewee.
Oct 25, 2016 – Reports of Bonaparte’s Gull, Cattle Egret and Gray Catbird.
Oct 21, 2016 – Reports of Tundra Swan, Black Scoter, Caspian Tern, Brown Thrasher, Dark-eyed Junco.
Oct 17, 2016 – Reports of Tundra Swan, Black Scoter, Long-billed Dowitcher, Common Tern, Gray Catbird.
Oct 11, 2016 – Reports of Sora, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting, American Redstart, Black-throated Green Warbler.
Oct 7, 2016 – Reports of rare birds: Nelson’s Sparrow. Reports of major migration of Common Tern, Ring-billed Gull, American Coot, Red-winged Blackbird, Herring Gulls, and Redheads.
Oct 5, 2016 – Reports of rare birds: Trumpeter Swan, Long-billed Dowitcher.
Oct 3, 2016 – Reports of rare birds: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Brown Thrasher, Bay-breasted Warbler.
Oct 2, 2016 – Reports of Indigo Bunting.
Sept 27, 2016 – Reports of Long-billed Dowitcher, Bobolink.
Sept 21, 2016 – Reports of Mourning Warbler.
Sept 15, 2016 – Reports of rare birds: Least Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler.
Sept 6, 2016 – Reports of rare birds: Acadian Flycatcher spotted on tip of Long Point, Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Long Point Provincial Park, Baltimore Oriole at LPBP Old Cut Field Station.
August 31, 2016 – Osprey spotted at Hahn Marsh. Spotted in larger numbers: Green-winged Teals (Langton) and Bobolinks (Tip of Long Point).
August 30, 2016 – Reports of rare birds: Dickcissel, American Golden-Plover and White-eyed Vireo at tip of Long Point, Alder Flycatcher and Golden-winged Warbler at LPBP Old Cut Field Station.
August 19, 2016 – Reports of rare birds: Trumpter Swan at Long Point viewing station, Waterford Ponds trail. Common Tern at LPBO Old Cut Field Station