Northwestern Ontario Winter Bird List

Since the winter of 2014-2015 Brian Ratcliff has been compiling a Winter Bird List for Northwestern Ontario. He has always been interested in knowing what species of birds stick around all winter in our area, and also what other species stay late in the fall.

Over the the five winters since its inception there have been a total of 125 species recorded. The highest number of species (100) was in 2016/17, and the lowest was 2018/19 when 81 species were recorded. The winter average is 89 species. There have been 61 species recorded in all  previous winters.

Birds are recorded from December 1 to February 29. Brian will create a list of bird species based on sightings reported on NWObirds, the Christmas Bird Counts, eBird, iNaturalist, and from personal emails that he receives.

At the start of each week starting the first week in December, he sends out an update of what birds have been reported over the past week. When the list comes out, please check it and at any time you see that a species that you have seen is not on the list, please email him directly and he will update the list. Feel free to pass along this email to anyone else you know who may not be contributing to NWObirds.  

The boundaries for Northwestern Ontario are from the Manitoba border east to the eastern boundary of Thunder Bay District which is just to the west of the town of White River, and north to the Hudson Bay coast.

Brian can be reached at: bratcliff(at)tbaytel(dot)net

 


 

Summary Table of Winter Counts 2014/15-2018/19

 

 

Species

First Date

First Date

First Date

First Date

First Date

 

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

1

Cackling Goose 

Dec. 2

Dec. 15

Dec. 3

 

 

2

Canada Goose 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 3

Dec. 2

3

Trumpeter Swan 

 

Dec. 6

Dec. 4

 

 

4

Tundra Swan 

 

Dec. 4

 

 

 

5

American Black Duck 

Dec. 2

Dec. 9

Dec. 1

Dec. 8

 

6

Mallard 

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 16

Dec. 2

7

Northern Pintail 

 

Dec. 7

Dec. 1

 

 

8

Green-winged Teal 

 

 

Dec. 3

 

 

9

Redhead 

Dec. 7

 

 

 

 

10

Ring-necked Duck 

 

Dec. 19

 

 

 

11

Greater Scaup 

Jan. 1

Dec. 2

 

Dec. 1

 

12

Lesser Scaup 

 

Dec. 20

 

Dec. 1

 

13

Harlequin Duck 

Dec. 26

Dec. 26

 

 

 

14

Long-tailed Duck 

 

Dec. 4

Dec. 1

Dec. 17

 

15

Bufflehead 

 

Dec. 5

Dec. 4

Dec. 16

 

16

Common Goldeneye 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

17

Hooded Merganser 

 

Dec. 12

Dec. 1

 

Jan. 4

18

Common Merganser 

Dec. 26

Dec. 7

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 3

19

Red-breasted Merganser 

Dec. 26

 

Dec. 4

Dec. 16

Dec. 7

20

Ruddy Duck 

 

Dec. 24

 

 

 

21

Northern Bobwhite

 

 

 

Dec. 11

 

22

Chuckar 

 

 

Dec. 1

 

 

23

Ring-necked Pheasant 

Dec. 21

Jan. 6

January

 

Dec. 5

24

Ruffed Grouse 

Dec. 5

Dec. 3

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

25

Spruce Grouse 

Dec. 7

Dec. 1

Dec. 15

Dec. 1

Dec. 7

26

Willow Ptarmigan

 

 

 

January

 

27

Sharp-tailed Grouse 

Dec. 2

Dec. 5

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

28

Wild Turkey 

Dec. 3

Dec. 9

Dec. 5

Dec. 16

 

29

American Coot 

 

 

Dec. 4

 

 

30

Sandhill Crane 

 

 

Dec. 2

 

 

31

Bald Eagle 

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

32

Sharp-shinned Hawk 

 

Jan. 13

Dec. 10

Jan. 17

Dec. 26

33

Northern Harrier 

 

Dec. 10

Dec. 2

 

 

34

Northern Goshawk 

Dec. 7

Dec. 20

Dec. 17

Dec. 14

Dec. 6

35

Red-tailed Hawk 

Dec, 21

Dec. 14

Jan. 9

Dec. 14

Dec. 5

36

Rough-legged Hawk 

Dec. 2

Dec. 3

Dec. 1

 

Dec. 2

37

American Kestrel 

 

 

Dec. 12

 

 

38

Merlin 

Dec. 26

Dec. 5

Dec. 5

Dec. 3

Dec. 14

39

Gyrfalcon

Dec. 17

Jan. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

 

40

Killdeer 

 

 

Feb. 22

 

 

41

Wilson's Snipe

 

 

 

Dec. 31

 

42

Ring-billed Gull 

 

Dec. 1

Dec. 3

 

Dec. 16

43

Herring Gull 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

44

Iceland Gull 

Dec. 26

Dec. 26

Dec. 27

Dec. 14

Dec. 1

45

Slaty-backed Gull 

 

 

Dec. 26

 

 

46

Glaucous Gull 

Dec. 21

Dec. 15

Dec. 5

Dec. 9

Dec. 19

47

Great Back-backed Gull 

 

 

Dec. 4

 

 

48

Rock Pigeon 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

49

Eurasian Collared-Dove

 

 

Feb.18

 

 

50

Mourning Dove 

Dec. 3

Dec. 3

Dec. 1

Dec. 16

Dec. 7

51

Great Horned Owl 

Dec. 18

Dec. 23

Dec. 26

Dec. 6

Dec. 12

52

Snowy Owl 

Dec. 12

Dec. 3

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 4

53

Northern Hawk Owl 

Dec. 5

Dec. 6

Dec. 17

Dec. 1

Dec, 15

54

Barred Owl 

Dec. 7

Feb. 24

Dec. 28

Dec. 8

Dec. 8

55

Great Gray Owl 

Dec. 14

Dec. 8

Dec. 1

Dec. 3

Dec. 23

56

Long-eared Owl 

 

Dec. 26

Dec. 5

 

Dec. 26

57

Short-eared Owl 

 

Jan. 31

Dec. 26

Jan. 4

 

58

Boreal Owl 

Feb. 14

 

 

Dec. 24

 

59

Northern Saw-whet Owl 

Feb. 27

Feb. 15

Jan. 22

 

 

60

Belted Kingfisher 

 

 

Dec. 30

Dec. 18

Dec. 10

61

Red-bellied Woodpecker 

Dec. 3

Dec. 5

Dec. 2

Dec. 8

Dec. 13

62

Downy Woodpecker 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

63

Hairy Woodpecker 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

64

American Three-toed Woodpecker 

Dec. 20

Dec. 19

Dec. 18

Dec. 16

Dec. 1

65

Black-backed Woodpecker 

Dec. 9

Dec. 20

Dec. 17

Dec. 2

Dec. 3

66

Northern Flicker 

Dec. 3

Dec. 14

 

 

 

67

Pileated Woodpecker 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

68

Northern Shrike 

Dec. 3

Dec. 5

Dec. 4

Dec. 3

Dec. 2

69

Canada Jay 

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

70

Blue Jay 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

71

Black-billed Magpie 

Dec. 2

Dec. 5

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

72

American Crow 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

73

Common Raven 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

74

Horned Lark 

 

 

Dec. 20

 

 

75

Black-capped Chickadee 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

76

Boreal Chickadee 

Dec. 1

Dec. 5

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

77

Red-breasted Nuthatch 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

78

White-breasted Nuthatch 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 3

Dec. 1

79

Brown Creeper 

Dec. 3

Dec. 8

Dec. 2

Dec, 2

Dec. 7

80

Carolina Wren 

 

 

Dec. 1

 

 

81

Winter Wren 

 

 

Dec. 3

 

 

82

Golden-crowned Kinglet 

Dec. 6

Dec. 7

Dec. 18

Dec. 1

Dec. 16

83

Townsend's Solitaire 

Dec. 3

Dec. 26

Jan.26

 

Dec. 6

84

American Robin 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 3

Dec. 1

85

Varied Thrush 

Dec. 1

 

Feb. 4

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

86

Gray Catbird 

Dec. 14

Dec. 5

 

 

 

87

Brown Thrasher 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

 

Dec. 2

 

88

European Starling 

Dec. 3

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

89

American Pipit

 

 

 

 

Dec. 17

90

Bohemian Waxwing 

Dec. 1

Dec. 4

Dec. 2

Dec. 5

Dec. 1

91

Cedar Waxwing 

Dec. 1

Dec. 5

Dec. 5

Dec. 6

Dec. 28

92

Orange-crowned Warbler

 

 

Dec. 3

 

 

93

Pine Warbler 

 

Dec. 12

 

 

 

94

Spotted Towhee 

Feb. 

Feb. 7

 

 

 

95

Eastern Towhee

 

Dec. 1

Dec. 25

Dec. 15

1st week Dec. 

95

American Tree Sparrow 

Dec. 20

Dec. 2

Dec. 4

 

Dec. 1

96

Chipping Sparrow

 

 

 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

97

Fox Sparrow 

Dec. 20

 

 

 

Dec. 4

98

Song Sparrow 

Dec. 14

Dec. 18

Dec. 18

 

Dec. 4

99

White-throated Sparrow 

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

100

Harris's Sparrow 

Dec. 1

Jan. 18

 

 

Jan. 19

101

White-crowned Sparrow 

Dec. 1

Jan. 6

Feb. 27

Dec. 6

Dec. 1

102

Dark-eyed Junco 

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

103

Snow Bunting 

Dec. 20

Dec. 2

Dec. 17

Dec. 7

Dec. 15

104

Summer Tanager 

 

 

Dec. 1

 

 

105

Northern Cardinal 

Dec. 3

Dec. 4

Dec. 10

Dec. 3

Dec. 16

106

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 

Dec. 1

 

 

 

Dec. 3

107

Indigo Bunting

 

 

 

 

Dec. 2

108

Red-winged Blackbird 

Dec. 11

Dec. 10

Dec. 1

Dec. 5

Dec. 9

109

Western Meadowlark 

 

 

Dec. 3

Dec. 2

 

110

Rusty Blackbird 

Dec. 20

Dec. 19

Dec. 10

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

111

Brewer's Blackbird

 

 

 

Dec. 16

 

112

Common Grackle 

Dec. 3

Dec. 2

Dec. 3

Dec. 1

Dec. 15

113

Brown-headed Cowbird

 

 

 

 

Jan. 8

114

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch 

Dec. 1

Dec. 14

 

 

 

115

Pine Grosbeak 

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

116

House Finch

 

 

 

Dec. 5

 

117

Purple Finch 

Dec. 2

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 16

Dec. 1

118

Red Crossbill 

Dec. 26

Dec. 4

Dec. 5

Dec. 1

Dec. 14

119

White-winged Crossbill 

Dec. 20

Dec. 13

Dec. 2

Dec, 2

Dec. 11

120

Common Redpoll 

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

121

Hoary Redpoll 

Dec. 6

Dec. 2

Dec. 26

Dec. 5

Dec. 1

122

Pine Siskin 

Dec. 2

Dec. 6

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

123

American Goldfinch 

Dec. 3

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 10

Dec. 1

124

Evening Grosbeak 

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 1

125

House Sparrow 

Dec. 3

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

 

 

85 species

95 species

100 species

83 species

81 species