Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ontario Field Ornithologists Convention September 14-16, 2012

A record high 254 participants enjoyed the Ontario Field Ornithologists
convention from Friday to Sunday, September 14-16. Field trip areas included
Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Port Hope-Cobourg, Prince Edward County,
Northumberland Forest, Brighton Constructed Wetland, Brighton Provincial
Wildlife Area, and Oshawa Second Marsh.

A remarkable 173 species were tallied during the three days, comparing very
favourably with previous convention highs of 176 at Point Pelee in 2009 and
177 at Long Point in 2010.

Among the many interesting birds reported were: Lesser Black-backed Gull
(Presqu'ile), Forster's Tern (Second Marsh), Black Tern (Second Marsh),
Short-eared Owl (Presqu'ile), Red-headed Woodpecker (Presqu'ile), Eastern
Kingbird (Second Marsh), Prairie Warbler (Northumberland Forest), Dickcissel
(Presqu'ile), and Evening Grosbeak (Second Marsh).

On behalf of all participants, I would like to thank the organizers,
speakers and field trip leaders for their tremendous efforts to make this
such a great convention.

Hope to see you at the convention at Point Pelee in 2013 (date to be

Ron Tozer
OFO Convention Checklist Compiler
Dwight, Ontario

Update: September 29,2012

 The final tally of species reported for the three-day weekend event
(September 14-16) was 178. This is a new high for the OFO Convention,
exceeding the previous high total of 177 at Long Point in 2010. Anyone
wishing to see the list should contact me privately.

I have been advised that the 254 registrants this year was actually our
fourth highest, behind 258 at Point Pelee in 2009, 270 at Hamilton in 2008,
and 271 at Point Pelee in 2007.

Good birding.

Ron Tozer
Dwight, Ontario

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