Norfolk County Tourism provides periodic updates on bird migration every spring. Scroll down for links to hotspots, 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.
Spring 2019 Updates
May 14-22: Reports of American Golden-Plover, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Harris’s Sparrow, Kentucky Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat and Tundra Swan.
May 1-13: Reports of Baltimore Oriole, Common Goldeneye, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Prairie Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Common Tern, Iceland Gull (kumlieni) and Northern Saw-whet Owl.
April 24-30: Reports of Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black Scoter, Chimney Swift, Least Flycatcher, Prairie Warbler and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
April 9-23: Reports of Tundra Swan, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Waterthrush, Fish Crow and Yellow-breasted Chat.
April 2-8: Reports of Red-throated Loon, Short-eared Owl, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and Common Gallinule.
March 21 – April 1: Reports of Pine Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Towhee, Eurasian Wigeon, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Loon and Brown Thrasher.
March 14 – 20: Reports of Yellow-rumped Warbler, Long-tailed Duck, Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Common Raven Golden Eagle.
March 4 – 13: Reports of Red-shouldered Hawk, Eastern Towhee, Greater White-fronted Goose and Tree Swallow.
February 25 – March 3: Reports of Greater White-fronted Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Cackling Goose, Turkey Vulture, Dark-eyed Junco and Eastern Towhee.
Spring 2018May 16 – 23 – Reports of Kirtland’s Warbler, Common Tern, Trumpter Swan and Northern Bobwhite.
May 9-15 – Reports of Acadian Flycatcher, Common Tern, Prairie Warbler and Trumpeter Swan.
May 1-8 – Reports of Trumpeter Swan, Golden-winged Warbler, Willet, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Tundra Swan.
Apr 19-30 – Reports of Golden Eagle, Green Heron, Common Tern, Eurasian Wigeon, Piping Plover.
Apr 12-18 – Reports of Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided), Black-throated Green Warbler, Marsh Wren, Snowy Owl, and Black-crowned Night-Heron.
April 5-11 – Reports of Black-crowned Night-Heron, Red-throated Loon and Snowy Owl.
March 28 – April 4 – Reports of Red-necked Grebe, Snowy Owl, Red-throated Loon, Purple Martin and Great Egret.
March 20-27 – Reports of Brewer’s Blackbird, American Pipit, Savannah Sparrow.
March 15-19 – Reports of Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Ross’s Goose, Snowy Owl, Northern Goshawk and Yellow-rumped Warbler.
March 7-14 – Reports of Greater White-fronted Goose, Short-eared Owl, Cackling Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Peregrine Falcon, Short-eared Owl and American Pipit.
March 1-6- Reports of Green-winged Teal, Cackling Goose, Long-tailed Duck, American Woodcock, Red-shouldered Hawk, Snowy Owl, Savannah Sparrow, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, and Turkey Vulture.
February 22-28 – Reports of Snow Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Killdeer, – American Woodcock, Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Ross’s Goose, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Red-shouldered Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Owl and American Pipit.
Spring 2017June 15-19 – Reports of Dickcissel, Common Raven, Common Merganser, Osprey, Magnolia Warbler, Lesser Scaup, Laughing Gull and Little Gull.
June 7 – Report of rare Peregrine Falcon.
June 1-4 – Reports of Western Kingbird, Eastern Bluebird, Prairie Warbler and Gray-cheeked Thrush.
May 18-24 – Reports of Red-throated Loon, Connecticut Warbler, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Common Raven, Cassin’s Sparrow, Trumpeter Swan, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Pacific Loon, Common Tern.
May 10-17 – Reports of Common Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Golden-winged Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, American Tree Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Black Scoter, Red-necked Grebe, Prairie Warbler, Harris’s Sparrow, Willet.
May 2-9 – Reports of rare Trumpeter Swan, Common Tern, Clay-colored Sparrow, Black Scoter, Long-billed Dowitcher, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Summer Tanager.
May 1 – Reports of rare Trumpeter Swan, Black Scoter, Semipalmated Plover, Willet, Glaucous Gull, Common Tern, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Fish Crow, Tennessee Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat.
April 27-30 – Reports of rare Willet, Common Tern, Fish Crow, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Kentucky Warbler , Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink, Baltimore Oriole.
April 21-26 – Reports of Trumpeter Swan, Iceland Gull, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Great Crested Flycatcher, Fish Crow, Bank Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Cattle Egret, Marsh Wren, Wood Thrush, Yellow Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow.
April 14-20 – Reports of rare Common Tern, Fish Crow, Common Raven, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Trumpeter Swan, Black Vulture, Sora, Piping Plover, Red-throated Loon, Green Heron.
April 11-13 – Reports of rare Common Raven, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray Catbird, Cattle Egret, Golden Eagle, Sora, Piping Plover, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Snowy Owl, House Wren.
April 8-10 – Reports of rare Red-necked Grebe, Barn Swallow, Eurasian Wigeon. Large groups of Golden Crowned Kinglet, Red-Winged Blackbird, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Northern Flicker, Long-Tailed Duck, Ruddy Duck, Bohemian Waxwing, Mallard, and Common Grackle.
April 4-7 – Reports of rare Eurasian Wigeon, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Purple Martin, Marsh Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Red-necked Grebe, Barn Swallow, Gray Catbird.
April 1-3 – Reports of rare Brown Thrasher, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Forster’s Tern, Gray Catbird, Barn Swallow.
March 29 – Reports of Common Gallinule, Marsh Wren, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow.
March 26 – Reports of Trumpeter Swan, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Gray Catbird, Chipping Sparrow.
March 25 – Reports of Trumpeter Swan and American Bittern. Groups of American Coot, Lesser Scaup, Canvasback and Sandhill Crane.
March 24 – Reports of Ross’s Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Common Raven and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
March 22 – Reports of Blue-winged Teal and Gyrfalcon.
March 20 – Reports of Cackling Goose, Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk.
March 19 – Reports of Eastern Phoebe.
March 16 – Reports of Peregrine Falcon and Hermit Thrush.
March 14 – Reports of Eurasian Wigeon and Eastern Towhee. Groups of Gadwall and European Starling reported.
March 13 – Reports of Trumpeter Swan, Eurasian Wigeon and Hermit Thrush. Large groups of Canada Geese and Mallard Duck.
March 10-12 – Reports of Brown Thrasher, Greater White-fronted Goose, Hermit Thrush, Cackling Goose and Fox Sparrow (Red). Large groups of Canvasback Duck and Greater Scaup.
March 5-9 – Reports of Cackling Goose, Brown Thrasher, Green-winged Teal, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, American Woodcock, Common Raven.
March 4 – Reports of Turkey Vulture, Green-winged Teal, Common Raven, Eurasian Wigeon and Brown Thrasher.
March 1, 2017 – Reports via ebird’s Rare Bird Alerts of: Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Green-winged Teal, Killdeer, American Woodcock, Greater Yellowlegs, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher and Fox Sparrow.
February 22, 2017 – Reports via ebird’s Rare Bird Alerts of: Trumpeter Swan, Northern Goshawk (American), Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Little Gull, Snowy Owl, Common Raven, Gray Catbird and Yellow-rumped Warbler.
- 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)
Follow the birds – on twitter
Naturalist Robin Tapley has provided excellent photos of migrating birds, thanks to his work with Long Point Eco Adventures. Follow @norfolktour on twitter and we will retweet @robintapley, @BirdStudiesCan and others who are following spring migration with tweets.