Birding at Home Challenge

OFO's Birding at Home Challenge Results

OFO's Birding at Home Challenge was a lot of fun and great for science!

Between April 26th and June 30th, 764 birders submitted over 11,000 checklists from 423 locations across Ontario, giving scientists a wealth of data to assess the location and behaviour of birds from many more locations than in a normal year.

Here are the results:

Congratulations to all the participants for recording your sightings and taking time to get to know the birds close to your home.

OFO wishes to thank its Birding at Home sponsors: Vortex Canada, Point Pelee National Park, Art by Pelee Girl, Shrew Solutions, Jeff Skevington, and Burrell Birding.

April 26 – June 30

  • 65 days
  • 764 registered participants
  • 11,246 checklists
  • 45 regions
  • 423 yards
  • 348 taxa
  • 230 species
Birding Region Checklists Species
Algoma 322 119
Brant 42 65
Bruce 303 179
Chatham-Kent 160 145
Cochrane 186 91
Durham 413 133
Elgin 58 89
Essex 255 136
Frontenac 306 128
Grey 121 100
Haliburton 111 114
Halton 407 121
Hamilton 457 117
Hastings 239 99
Huron 57 29
Kawartha Lakes 101 112
Kenora 12 39
Lambton 142 137
Lanark 120 67
Leeds and Grenville 17 36
Lennox and Addington 115 99
Manitoulin 1 11
Middlesex 832 138
Muskoka 274 104
Niagara 511 123
Nipissing 110 79
Norfolk 62 108
Northumberland 129 146
Ottawa 667 148
Oxford 105 74
Parry Sound 101 73
Peel 214 83
Perth 27 52
Peterborough 1114 148
Prescott and Russell 57 65
Prince Edward 58 72
Renfrew 40 74
Simcoe 455 139
Sudbury 24 52
Thunder Bay 22 56
Timiskaming 179 59
Toronto 1088 148
Waterloo 124 101
Wellington 484 130
York 291 115
Provincial Total 11,246

April 26 - May 31

  • 45 regions
  • 8,128 checklists
  • 226 species

Summary

Over the five weeks of the challenge, from April 26th to May 31st, the results were really staggering - just shy of 8,500 checklists submitted by participants representing 45 out of 50 of Ontario's designated birding regions, and a whopping 226 (!!!) species were reported.

Species included: 26 waterfowl, 3 grebes, 14 shorebirds, 13 raptors, 8 woodpeckers, 10 flycatchers, 5 vireos, 7 thrushes, 7 finches, 15 sparrows, 9 blackbirds, and 29 warblers. And the list of unusual species was equally impressive: Greater White-fronted Goose, Brant, Cackling Goose, Whimbrel, Red Knot, Willet, American White Pelican, Black Vulture, Acadian Flycatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Golden-winged Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Summer Tanager.

Birding Region Checklists Species
Algoma 247 111
Brant 39 61
Bruce 198 173
Chatham-Kent 116 143
Cochrane 129 81
Durham 334 127
Elgin 48 88
Essex 208 132
Frontenac 104 94
Grey 115 98
Haliburton 83 96
Halton 358 120
Hamilton 327 115
Hastings 184 92
Huron 53 29
Kawartha Lakes 97 109
Kenora 7 32
Lambton 127 134
Lanark 80 65
Leeds and Grenville 17 36
Lennox and Addington 108 98
Manitoulin 1 11
Middlesex 619 135
Muskoka 179 99
Niagara 427 120
Nipissing 63 74
Norfolk 49 105
Northumberland 116 145
Ottawa 526 141
Oxford 54 73
Parry Sound 72 70
Peel 169 80
Perth 25 49
Peterborough 758 142
Prescott and Russell 25 54
Prince Edward 40 53
Renfrew 33 66
Simcoe 261 132
Sudbury 23 52
Thunder Bay 20 49
Timiskaming 124 50
Toronto 914 144
Waterloo 103 99
Wellington 374 125
York 174 112
Provincial Total 8,128

June 1 – June 30

  • 42 regions
  • 2,468 checklists
  • 180 species

Summary

42 of 50 "counties" reported about 2500 qualifying checklists. Peterborough led the way for most checklists (350) and species (98), followed by Middlesex (176) and Toronto (156) for checklists and Frontenac (tied at 98) and Simcoe (93) for species. In total, 180 species were reported including 16 waterfowl, 6 shorebirds, 5 gulls, 6 herons, 9 hawks, 7 woodpeckers, 9 flycatchers, 5 vireos, 6 thrushes, 13 sparrows, 22 warblers and some very good birds like Harlequin Duck, Whimbrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Arctic Tern, American White Pelican, Nelson's Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Prothonotary Warbler.

Birding Region Checklists Species
Algoma 61 63
Brant 3 24
Bruce 81 89
Chatham-Kent 42 75
Cochrane 56 61
Durham 70 74
Elgin 10 35
Essex 42 56
Frontenac 140 98
Grey 4 30
Haliburton 29 91
Halton 47 46
Hamilton 128 55
Hastings 54 59
Huron 3 14
Kawartha Lakes 1 24
Kenora 5 24
Lambton 14 66
Lanark 39 37
Leeds and Grenville 0 0
Lennox and Addington 3 29
Manitoulin 0 0
Middlesex 176 76
Muskoka 89 63
Niagara 74 51
Nipissing 43 34
Norfolk 12 57
Northumberland 13 71
Ottawa 133 85
Oxford 51 28
Parry Sound 28 26
Peel 41 29
Perth 2 12
Peterborough 350 98
Prescott and Russell 11 27
Prince Edward 14 51
Renfrew 7 45
Simcoe 147 93
Sudbury 0 0
Thunder Bay 2 15
Timiskaming 51 31
Toronto 156 72
Waterloo 21 41
Wellington 100 67
York 115 66
Provincial Total 2,468

Species for All Regions – April 26 – June 30

Common Name
1 Greater White-fronted Goose
2 Brant
3 Cackling Goose
4 Canada Goose
5 Mute Swan
6 Trumpeter Swan
7 Wood Duck
8 Blue-winged Teal
9 Northern Shoveler
10 Gadwall
11 American Wigeon
12 Mallard
13 American Black Duck
14 Northern Pintail
15 Green-winged Teal
16 Ring-necked Duck
17 Greater Scaup
18 Lesser Scaup
19 Harlequin Duck
20 White-winged Scoter
21 Black Scoter
22 Long-tailed Duck
23 Bufflehead
24 Common Goldeneye
25 Hooded Merganser
26 Common Merganser
27 Red-breasted Merganser
28 Ruffed Grouse
29 Wild Turkey
30 Pied-billed Grebe
31 Horned Grebe
32 Red-necked Grebe
33 White-winged Dove
34 Mourning Dove
35 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
36 Black-billed Cuckoo
37 Common Nighthawk
38 Eastern Whip-poor-will
39 Chimney Swift
40 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
41 Virginia Rail
42 Sora
43 Sandhill Crane
44 Black-bellied Plover
45 Killdeer
46 Upland Sandpiper
47 Whimbrel
48 Red Knot
49 Dunlin
50 Least Sandpiper
51 Short-billed Dowitcher
52 American Woodcock
53 Wilson's Snipe
54 Spotted Sandpiper
55 Solitary Sandpiper
56 Greater Yellowlegs
57 Willet
58 Lesser Yellowlegs
59 Bonaparte's Gull
60 Ring-billed Gull
61 Herring Gull
62 Lesser Black-backed Gull
63 Glaucous Gull
64 Great Black-backed Gull
65 Caspian Tern
66 Black Tern
67 Common Tern
68 Arctic Tern
69 Forster's Tern
70 Red-throated Loon
71 Common Loon
72 Double-crested Cormorant
73 American White Pelican
74 American Bittern
75 Least Bittern
76 Great Blue Heron
77 Great Egret
78 Green Heron
79 Black-crowned Night-Heron
80 Black Vulture
81 Turkey Vulture
82 Osprey
83 Golden Eagle
84 Northern Harrier
85 Sharp-shinned Hawk
86 Cooper's Hawk
87 Northern Goshawk
88 Bald Eagle
89 Red-shouldered Hawk
90 Broad-winged Hawk
91 Red-tailed Hawk
92 Rough-legged Hawk
93 Eastern Screech-Owl
94 Great Horned Owl
95 Barred Owl
96 Belted Kingfisher
97 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
98 Red-headed Woodpecker
99 Red-bellied Woodpecker
100 Black-backed Woodpecker
101 Downy Woodpecker
102 Hairy Woodpecker
103 Pileated Woodpecker
104 Northern Flicker
105 American Kestrel
106 Merlin
107 Peregrine Falcon
108 Olive-sided Flycatcher
109 Eastern Wood-Pewee
110 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
111 Acadian Flycatcher
112 Alder Flycatcher
113 Willow Flycatcher
114 Least Flycatcher
115 Eastern Phoebe
116 Great Crested Flycatcher
117 Eastern Kingbird
118 Yellow-throated Vireo
119 Blue-headed Vireo
120 Philadelphia Vireo
121 Warbling Vireo
122 Red-eyed Vireo
123 Canada Jay
124 Blue Jay
125 American Crow
126 Common Raven
127 Black-capped Chickadee
128 Boreal Chickadee
129 Tufted Titmouse
130 Horned Lark
131 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
132 Purple Martin
133 Tree Swallow
134 Bank Swallow
135 Barn Swallow
136 Cliff Swallow
137 Golden-crowned Kinglet
138 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
139 Red-breasted Nuthatch
140 White-breasted Nuthatch
141 Brown Creeper
142 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
143 House Wren
144 Winter Wren
145 Marsh Wren
146 Carolina Wren
147 European Starling
148 Gray Catbird
149 Brown Thrasher
150 Northern Mockingbird
151 Eastern Bluebird
152 Veery
153 Gray-cheeked Thrush
154 Swainson's Thrush
155 Hermit Thrush
156 Wood Thrush
157 American Robin
158 Cedar Waxwing
159 House Sparrow
160 American Pipit
161 Evening Grosbeak
162 House Finch
163 Purple Finch
164 Common Redpoll
165 White-winged Crossbill
166 Pine Siskin
167 American Goldfinch
168 Lapland Longspur
169 Grasshopper Sparrow
170 Chipping Sparrow
171 Clay-colored Sparrow
172 Field Sparrow
173 American Tree Sparrow
174 Fox Sparrow
175 Dark-eyed Junco
176 White-crowned Sparrow
177 White-throated Sparrow
178 Vesper Sparrow
179 Nelson's Sparrow
180 Savannah Sparrow
181 Song Sparrow
182 Lincoln's Sparrow
183 Swamp Sparrow
184 Eastern Towhee
185 Yellow-headed Blackbird
186 Bobolink
187 Eastern Meadowlark
188 Orchard Oriole
189 Baltimore Oriole
190 Red-winged Blackbird
191 Brown-headed Cowbird
192 Rusty Blackbird
193 Brewer's Blackbird
194 Common Grackle
195 Ovenbird
196 Worm-eating Warbler
197 Louisiana Waterthrush
198 Northern Waterthrush
199 Golden-winged Warbler
200 Blue-winged Warbler
201 Black-and-white Warbler
202 Prothonotary Warbler
203 Tennessee Warbler
204 Orange-crowned Warbler
205 Nashville Warbler
206 Mourning Warbler
207 Common Yellowthroat
208 Hooded Warbler
209 American Redstart
210 Cape May Warbler
211 Cerulean Warbler
212 Northern Parula
213 Magnolia Warbler
214 Bay-breasted Warbler
215 Blackburnian Warbler
216 Yellow Warbler
217 Chestnut-sided Warbler
218 Blackpoll Warbler
219 Black-throated Blue Warbler
220 Palm Warbler
221 Pine Warbler
222 Yellow-rumped Warbler
223 Black-throated Green Warbler
224 Canada Warbler
225 Wilson's Warbler
226 Summer Tanager
227 Scarlet Tanager
228 Northern Cardinal
229 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
230 Indigo Bunting


Together, we have built a unique and valuable record of birdlife across the province during this year's Spring migration and breeding season.


American Goldfinch American Goldfinch Barry Cherriere

Downy Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker Carol Horner

Blue Jay Blue Jay Saman T-Baduge

Black-capped Chickadee Black-capped Chickadee Homer Caliwag

American Robin American Robin Brandon Holden

Northern Cardinal Northern Cardinal Frank and Sandra Horvath

Rose-breasted Grosbeak Rose-breasted Grosbeak Sandra and Frank Horvath