Nikon Monarch 7

aba events

#ABArare – Eurasian Dotterel – Ontario

Jut getting word that an ABA Code 4 Eurasian Dotterel was discovered this afternoon near Oliphant, Bruce County, Ontario, by Michael Butler. The bird was associating with a flock of shorebirds of Lake Huron. This is a first provincial record for Ontario and a first record for this species in the eastern half of the ABA.



Photo by Mike Butler, more photos available on his blog, North Shore Nature


The bird was seen at the T-intersection of Spry Lake Road and Shoreline Road in Oliphant, which is about 15 km west of Wiarton. Oliphant is about 3 hours northeast of Toronto and just over 4 hours from Detroit.

Eurasian Dotterel is a very rare visitor to western Alaska and has occurred a handful of times in California, four times in Washington (1934, 1979, 1999, 2007) and once in British Columbia (1998). All save the first Washington bird were 1st years, as is this one.

As mentioned above, this is not only a first for Ontario, but a first for the east as well. With only 3 previous records for Iceland and 1 from Bermuda, this is an exceptional one indeed.

The following two tabs change content below.
Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
Nate Swick

Latest posts by Nate Swick (see all)

American Birding Podcast
Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
Read More »




ABA's FREE Birder's Guide

If you live nearby, or are travelling in the area, come visit the ABA Headquarters in Delaware City.

Beginning this spring we will be having bird walks, heron watches and evening cruises, right from our front porch! Click here to view the full calender, and register for events >>

via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow ABA on Twitter