Welcome to OFO's Winter Birding Challenge: December 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022

The Winter Birding Challenge is finished for the year. See you next year!

Final Results

For more detail, please see the Results page.

The winter birding challenge came to a close on February 28th We finished with 157 registrants.

Since December 1, participants submitted 5,983 checklists across the province from 46 of the 50 census divisions. An impressive 186 species were reported including 35 species of waterfowl, seven shorebirds, ten gulls, ten hawks, eight owls, seven woodpeckers, six thrushes, ten finches, 15 sparrows, nine blackbirds, and six warblers.

Many unusual species were reported including Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Rufous Hummingbird, Least Sandpiper, Red Phalarope, Razorbill, Glaucous-winged Gull, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend’s Solitaire, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, and Black-throated Gray Warbler.

For total species, Chatham-Kent led the way with 133, followed by Lambton (118), Toronto (114), Niagara (105), and Hamilton (103) all cracking one hundred species. For checklists, Toronto was tops with 953 checklists, followed by Peterborough (416), Hamilton (321), Wellington (315), and Middlesex (307).

People can explore the results by species and county in a Google Sheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-3LvIvg9GFDUJx7NVLo1Y4k97CQ0Kfxm/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=118187139860984701170&rtpof=true&sd=true

Thank you to all partipants and congratulations to all of the winners of the challenge.

Questions or Comments?

Please email challenge@ofo.ca if you have any questions or comments,

Barred Owl Barred Owl Mike Burrell

Black-backed Woodpecker Black-backed Woodpecker Mike Burrell

Canada Jay Canada Jay Mike Burrell

Eastern Meadowlark Eastern Meadowlark Mike Burrell