This count has the potential to add four new species, all of which have been seen in the last week, and some just in the last day or so and are officially within the count week (three days before and three days after the actual count day). Those four species are Great Kiskadee, White-eyed Vireo, Baltimore Oriole and Trumpeter Swan. Only the vireo has been seen within the count week period so far, but the others are likely still around, so hopefully they will appear soon.
As usual, some effort is put in to the three days before the count day, to scout around and see if the rarities are still around. I have been out a couple of times. The kiskadee has not been seen, but there is a lot of area for it to move in to and it will be a challenge to find it. The vireo has been seen in its usual area.
A visit to the Erieau area turned up a few expected species, none of which are a guarantee some years. We've had more than 8200 American Coots one time, but some years we don't get any. At the moment, there are two at Erieau.
Wild Turkeys were not seen until 2004, as a result of the re-introduction of the species in Ontario that began in the 1980s. Since 2004 we have recorded them annually, with as many as almost 350 reported one year.