Bird List


Seen in and around Mashkinonje Provincial Park

Historic List of Birds Seen or Recorded within 20 Miles
Resident, Breeding and Migrant

Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue heron
Green Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture

Ross’s Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
American Black Duck
Blue-winged teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck

Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shined Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon

Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird’s sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
American Woodcock
Red-necked Phalarope

Franklins Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Black Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo
Great-horned Owl
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Barred Owl
Great Gray Owl
Long-eared Owl
Boreal Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Northern Shrike
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Gray Jay
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned lark

Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Canada Warbler

Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
LeConte’s Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Pine Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow


The Friends of Mashkinonje had a nice day for their second annual Christmas Bird Count. The day was overcast with temperatures above freezing. The best time for bird watching is a half-hour after sunrise, so the 38 feeder watchers and 15 field observers started early with their annual watch. Unfortunately, we could not include all the feeder watchers who wanted to be included in our count. We had requests to participate from Sturgeon Falls, Field, River Valley and Cache Lake. Each Christmas Bird Count has a circle with a 15 mile diameter. The aforementioned areas are outside the Mashkinonje circle.

The Friends of Mashkinonje would be willing to help other areas create their own Christmas Bird Counts. Bird watching is North Americas fastest growing hobby, the probable reason is birds are apart of the nature that surrounds us, they will come when you feed them and they are a delight to watch. The Co-op in Verner sells 2,000 pounds of bird feed a month. The Mashkinonje Christmas Bird count was Chris Bell’s 5th for the year and around his 100th for his career. The Friends of Mashkinonje would like to extend a special thank you to our Feeder Watcher Coordinators: Carmelle Girouard, Lavigne North; Lorraine Courchesne, Lavigne South and Ev Eisenhauer, North Monetville. They have all agreed to help us in our next Christmas Bird Count.

Every year the bird count will generate new results, Mother Nature is never predictable. Last years count resulted in 29 species with 1,277 individuals, in this year’s count we managed to locate 27 species and 2,512 individuals. Dick Tafel’s group managed to find a flock of 676 Snow Buntings with 3 Lapland Longspurs amongst them, in the north east part of the circle. We didn’t get a Great Blue Heron in our count this year because the lake was frozen in early December so there was no consistent open water for herons or ducks. American Goldfinches were the predominant feeder birds in the 2002 count, this year the Common Redpolls came down from the Arctic to become the predominant feeder birds. Sometimes a Hoary Redpoll with a white back can be found amongst the Common Redpolls, 3 were located. The Evening and Pine Grosbeaks both very pretty and nomadic birds were counted this year.

Three Rough-legged Hawks, a Northern Goshawk and a Black-backed Woodpecker were also located. We didn’t find any owls, which are especially interesting to bird watchers. Hairy Woodpeckers and Blue Jays decreased by 40% this year. The number of Common Ravens doubled from 106 to 208 and Black-capped Chickadees increased from 326 to 477. The increase in Black-capped Chickadees is interesting because in some areas of southern Ontario their numbers are declining and now studies are going to be undertaken to find the possible cause. Although these results are not perfect, the results are a good indicator of bird populations and migration, which is why Bird Studies Canada coordinates these findings for the Audubon Society. The results of the Mashkinonje Christmas Bird Count will be published along with all the other worldwide bird counts in the Audubon Society magazine next summer.