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Written by Terry Spraque   
Feb 26, 2017 at 06:00 AM
Q.F.N. logoThe Quinte Field Naturalists Association, an affiliate of Ontario Nature (formerly Federation of Ontario Naturalists) is non-profit organization sponsoring nature education, conservation and research. It was founded in 1949 and incorporated in 1990, and encompasses the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward. The Quinte Field Naturalists Association is legally entitled to hold real estate and accept bequests.

Gray Jay at Algonquin Park. Photo by Ian DickinsonIn 1949, a small group of birdwatchers got together and decided that the Belleville area needed a naturalists club. Unlike today, there were very few nature clubs in Ontario, and those that did exist, were all located in major cities of the province. The keen interest of the few members remained, and the newly formed "Brown Thrasher Club" made it through those early years to become the group that it is today, and the name was eventually changed to the present Quinte Field Naturalists.

Today, the group is made up of naturalists interested in a wide variety of natural history subjects, from birds and insects to plants, and even astronomy.

For information on our next meeting, and to read the monthly newsletter,  please scroll down further on this page. 

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Quinte Field Naturalists Executive 

  • President: George Thomson   613-478-3205
  • Vice-President: Phil Martin 613-395-3246
  • Corresponding Secretary: Elizabeth Churcher  613-478-3205
  • Recording Secretary: Lori Brown & Nancy Stevenson
  • Treasurer: Douglas Newfield  613-477-3066
  • Environmental Officer & Publicity: Denice Wilkins  613-478-5070
  • Outings: John Blaney  613-962-9337
  • Membership Mailing: Karina Spence
  • Newsletter: John Blaney  613-962-9337
  • Social Convener: Sharron Blaney  613-962-9337

 

QFN members at Algonquin Park. Photo by Donna FanoProjects

  • maintain a web page on the NatureStuff website
  • publish a newsletter, The Quinte Naturalist
  • provide financial support to worthwhile programs
  • participate in volunteer programs and events like the Marsh Monitoring Program, Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring, and the Baillie Birdathon 
  • attend regular regional Ontario Nature meetings
  • hold seven meetings a year with guest speakers on current topics of interest
  • organize outings to local sites to observe nature
  • conduct the annual Christmas Bird Count
  • Dec. 27/14 Christmas Bird Count Results CLICK HERE

 Membership

Single:  $25.00, $40 a couple    

Contact the Q.F.N. treasurer Doug Newfield at:
161 Thrasher Road, R.R. # 1, Plainfield, Ontario  K0K 2V0 
Telephone:  613-477-3066     E-mail:

Memberships begin in January of each year

A QFN Membership offers:

- Monthly Meetings (Sept. - Apr. ) with stimulating speakers, challenging nature quizzes, friendly conversation and refreshments.

- Colourful, Informative Newsletter ( Sept. - Apr. ) outlining events and featuring articles on the flora and fauna of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and local environmental concerns. * Now online! * (see below)

- Periodic Field Trips with an experienced leader to observe and learn more about birds, wildflowers and other natural wonders. Destinations are mostly local but may be as far afield as Algonquin Provincial Park. Night-time owling is an adventure not to be missed.

- An Opportunity to Spend Time with Others who share an appreciation for all aspects of the natural world and a love of the outdoors regardless of the season.


Meetings 



Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every month from September through April in the Sills Auditorium at the Bridge Street United Church in Belleville


Our Next Meeting ! !

 (Indoor Meetings with Guest Speakers resumes in September)

 

Speaker:  Tony & Kathy deGroot

Topic:  "Algonquin's Natural Beauty"

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville

Amateur naturalists and outdoor photographers Tony and Kathy deGroot, will present an audio and visual tour of Ontario Park’s crown jewel. All welcome, by donation.
  
 
Looking ahead to upcoming Meetings

Monday, March 27: Stuart Mackenzie, "Motus Wildlife Tracking System" 
Monday, April 24: Robert Alvo, "Being A Bird in North America" (QFN Annual Supper)
 
 

 Outings

    For upcoming outings, Contact John Blaney at 613-962-9337 or e-mail  


QUINTE FIELD NATURALISTS NEWSLETTERS

To view, click the link below

2017 Newsletters

January, 2017 Newsletter

February, 2017

2016 Newsletters

 January, 2016 Newsletter

February, 2016 Newsletter

March, 2016 Newsletter

April, 2016 Newsletter

September, 2016 Newsletter

October, 2016 Newsletter

November, 2016 Newsletter

 

2016 Minutes

February, 2016 Meeting

March, 2016 Meeting

April, 2016 Meeting

September, 2016 Meeting

October, 2016 Meeting

November, 2016 Meeting

 


2015 Newsletters

January, 2015 Newsletter

February, 2015 Newsletter

March, 2015 Newsletter

April, 2015 Newsletter

September, 2015 Newsletter

October, 2015 Newsletter

November, 2015 Newsletter

 


2014 Newsletters

January, 2014 Newsletter

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April 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter

October 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter


2013 Newsletters

January, 2013 Newsletter

February, 2013 Newsletter

March, 2013 Newsletter

April, 2013 Newsletter

September, 2013 Newsletter

October, 2013 Newsletter

November, 2013 Newsletter


2012 Newsletters

January, 2012 Newsletter

February, 2012 Newsletter

March, 2012 Newsletter

September, 2012 Newsletter

September, 2012 Newsletter (addendum)

October, 2012 Newsletter

November, 2012 Newsletter

 

 


 

Q.F.N. CORRESPONDENCE

WETLAND STRATEGY, Nov. 19/16

CAP AND TRADE, Dec. 29/16

  ENHANCING CARBON STORAGE, Jan. 20/17

 

 

 



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Last Updated ( Feb 26, 2017 at 10:42 AM )
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Quinte Area Bird Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Feb 26, 2017 at 03:00 AM

 Redhead. Photo by Lloyd HolmesRedhead. Photo by Lloyd HolmesTHE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT


 

with sightings from the Bay of Quinte region, and beyond

 

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Please e-mail your sightings directly to   Terry Sprague


This is where you can tell us what you have been seeing around the Quinte area and in your backyard. Sightings are posted daily, so we encourage you to report your bird sightings, anecdotes, and other wildlife discoveries for everyone to enjoy. To report your sightings, just click my name above.  


  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Blackbirds. Photo by Barry Kant“Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie.....” Although this photo of  RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a sprinkling of COMMON GRACKLES, (photo by Barry Kant of Brighton) was taken in Brighton, it could very well apply to any feeder throughout the reporting area these days as this evening’s Report focuses on numbers more than it does anything else as the migration shifts into 2nd gear. Speaking of numbers, the CANADA GEESE in Muscote Bay and the Bay of Quinte at the west end of Big Island were at it again. This time I had a chance to view them through binoculars from some distance away as they formed above the horizon like an approaching thunderstorm stretching for at least two kilometres. There were thousands and the noise from them was deafening. There were thousands....5,000....10,000? How does one estimate such numbers? And not a Cackling Goose among them! Two hundred and fifty EUROPEAN STARLINGS were seen in the Stinson Block, west of Consecon today, as were 350 CANADA GEESE, 100 MUTE SWANS and 150 COMMON GOLDENEYES on Consecon Lake. Spring of the year – lots of good numbers. Twenty REDHEADS and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS  were also on Consecon Lake. Not so much good numbers, but good sightings at Morrison’s Point today, among the more noteworthy being 7 TUNDRA SWANS, and one each of RUFFED GROUSE and BALD EAGLE. Two NORTHERN SHOVELERS  spotted along Hayward Long Reach today was a nice sighting. Not so nice was a SNOWY OWL on its back along the roadside at South Bay which was believed dead until it rotated its head toward the motorist who stopped. Believed to have a broken wing, it was transported to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee.  Feeder-wise, things have slowed somewhat due to the disappearance of the snow, although one feeder at West Lake has 2 WHITE-BREASTED and 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES as regular clients, as well as 2 female NORTHERN CARDINALS and 4 males singing energetically and in pursuit of the females already. Sandbanks Park today produced a PILEATED WOODPECKER and a pair of AMERICAN WIGEONS. At the end of Narrow Street in Wellington, these two LONG-TAILED DUCKS (lower photo) appeared today for photographer Sydney Smith of Wellington.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A new arrival today in Hastings County was an EASTERN MEADOWLARK, seen near Barcovan. Other noteworthy sightings around the county included a PILEATED WOODPECKER at the Bayside water plant between Trenton and Belleville and a RED-TAILED HAWK looking for some Sunday reading at Chapters in Belleville. Five PURPLE FINCHES  continue to visit a feeder in Foxboro. A COMMON RAVEN was at the Corbyville Dam, and at Maynooth, 3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS  were seen. Wrote one birder living in the Barry Heights area of Trenton by e-mail today: “Had a entertaining afternoon bird-wise without leaving home.  At about 4:00 pm my wife noticed a large bird land in the back yard.  Upon taking a look myself I noticed a BARRED OWL on a branch.  During the next two hours, it moved from perch to perch in our backyard.  The best perch that it took was on a dead mullein stalk which is beside our pond which has open water due to being heated by an electric floating cattle trough heater.  As the owl sat there for over ten minutes we noticed he was very very interested in the goldfish that I keep in the pond over winter.  We had great looks and entertainment for a couple of hours at close range.” BARRED OWLS  are well known for their sometimes unconventional diet. Keep reading.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Another e-mail today regarding an observation in the Milhaven Road area, south of Odessa. “Driving along Millhaven Road, my wife noticed an owl on a fence post. I stopped and turned around to get a photo which I did from the vehicle. After three or so shots the owl flew toward us and I almost thought it was coming in through the window, but landed beside the truck in a position where I couldn't see it. After getting out, it was close to the rear wheel and, while calm, started scratching the ground and ate three large worms as I watched.  I was nervous about the traffic so I must admit I shooed it away from the roadway and it flew into the field into a large tree. I didn't know owls ate worms but I assume it was hungry? I just want to point out with all the talk about bothering owls at no time did we approach it. It flew directly toward us.” Another observation today involved 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS in the same tree west of Napanee, both eyeballing a freshly killed rabbit, along with a crow causing an awful fuss between wanting the rabbit and wanting to harass the hawks.  Some good backyard sightings north of Milhaven where a RING-NECKED PHEASANT and 2 male EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen. Nine waterfowl species were at Finkle’s Shore Park, west of Bath, among them 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Long-tailed Ducks. Photo by Sydney SmithMore numbers. A count of 110 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS along Huff Road north of Presqu’ile Park, but the best find was not one, but three KILLDEER along the edge of a pond. Eight HOODED MERGANSERS  were in the channel beside the Presqu’ile Parkway today, while the Calf Pasture area of the Park had 10 of them, and elsewhere in the Park there was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Cobourg Harbour had some good numbers including 700 CANADA GEESE, 400 MALLARDS, 450 RING-BILLED GULLS, 155 HERRING GULLS, as well as two ICELAND GULLS. North of Cobourg along Danforth Road, more numbers – 2,000 CANADA GEESE, along with 25 AMERICAN WIGEONS and 3 CACKLING GEESE. Five male GREEN-WINGED TEAL also showed up. Eight CACKLING GEESE  as well at the Garden Hill Conservation Area near Campbellcroft, and 850 CANADA GEESE there.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Remember the 2,700 CANADA GEESE mentioned in last evening’s Report at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour? Only 5 there today. Scattered sightings around the county today included a RED-TAILED HAWK along the Cataraqui Trail east of Sydenham, and a NORTHERN HARRIER at the Sydenham High School. Eight TRUMPETER SWANS  were seen at Bedford Mills, and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD  was noted along Wilmer Road west of Perth Road Village. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PURPLE FINCHES were seen along Sand Hill Road, north of Kingston.
 
  
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To see previous posts of the Quinte Area Bird Report for the past three months,

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Feb 26, 2017 at 09:33 PM )
Quinte Conservation (updated Feb 25) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Feb 25, 2017 at 06:56 AM
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Water Safety Statement Issued
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Quinte Conservation is extending the Water Safety Statement into next week due to forecast rain and above seasonal temperatures over the weekend. Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, "We are urging members of the public to be extremely cautious around local waterways. Parents and caregivers should remind children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks. Hypothermia is a concern for anyone who is in areas where they could fall into open water."

Quinte Conservation warns the public that stream banks should be avoided in the winter. Ice and snow make footing unpredictable and frigid open water conditions are extremely dangerous. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.

Milder temperatures and rain could cause some localized or nuisance flooding of smaller creeks and ditches. Some low-lying land may see some ponded water.   Residents should take care to monitor their sump pumps and ensure they are in good working condition during this type of weather.
Quinte Conservation is issuing a Water Safety Statement regarding the changing conditions in the watershed. A Water Safety Statement indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.

 
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(613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312 ext. 125
  
 
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Quinte Area Bird Report (ARCHIVED) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Feb 25, 2017 at 06:00 AM

 THE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT (ARCHIVED PAGE)

with daily reports from the last two months

 ( to see * today's Report * in its new, easier to read format, CLICK HERE )

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
“Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie.....” Although flocks of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and growing numbers of COMMON GRACKLES, can very well apply to any feeder throughout the reporting area these days,  this evening’s Report focuses on numbers of other species more than it does anything else as the migration shifts into 2nd gear. Speaking of numbers, the CANADA GEESE in Muscote Bay and the Bay of Quinte at the west end of Big Island were at it again. This time I had a chance to view them through binoculars from some distance away as they formed above the horizon like an approaching thunderstorm stretching for at least two kilometres. There were thousands and the noise from them was deafening. There were thousands....5,000....10,000? How does one estimate such numbers? And not a Cackling Goose among them! Two hundred and fifty EUROPEAN STARLINGS were seen in the Stinson Block, west of Consecon today, as were 350 CANADA GEESE, 100 MUTE SWANS and 150 COMMON GOLDENEYES on Consecon Lake. Spring of the year – lots of good numbers. Twenty REDHEADS and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS  were also on Consecon Lake. Not so much good numbers, but good sightings at Morrison’s Point today, among the more noteworthy being 7 TUNDRA SWANS, and one each of RUFFED GROUSE and BALD EAGLE. Two NORTHERN SHOVELERS  spotted along Hayward Long Reach today was a nice sighting. Not so nice was a SNOWY OWL on its back along the roadside at South Bay which was believed dead until it rotated its head toward the motorist who stopped. Believed to have a broken wing, it was transported to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee.  Feeder-wise, things have slowed somewhat due to the disappearance of the snow, although one feeder at West Lake has 2 WHITE-BREASTED and 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES as regular clients, as well as 2 female NORTHERN CARDINALS and 4 males singing energetically and in pursuit of the females already. Sandbanks Park today produced a PILEATED WOODPECKER and a pair of AMERICAN WIGEONS. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A new arrival today in Hastings County was an EASTERN MEADOWLARK, seen near Barcovan. Other noteworthy sightings around the county included a PILEATED WOODPECKER at the Bayside water plant between Trenton and Belleville and a RED-TAILED HAWK looking for some Sunday reading at Chapters in Belleville. Five PURPLE FINCHES  continue to visit a feeder in Foxboro. A COMMON RAVEN was at the Corbyville Dam, and at Maynooth, 3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS  were seen. Wrote one birder living in the Barry Heights area of Trenton by e-mail today: “Had a entertaining afternoon bird-wise without leaving home.  At about 4:00 pm my wife noticed a large bird land in the back yard.  Upon taking a look myself I noticed a BARRED OWL on a branch.  During the next two hours, it moved from perch to perch in our backyard.  The best perch that it took was on a dead mullein stalk which is beside our pond which has open water due to being heated by an electric floating cattle trough heater.  As the owl sat there for over ten minutes we noticed he was very very interested in the goldfish that I keep in the pond over winter.  We had great looks and entertainment for a couple of hours at close range.” BARRED OWLS  are well known for their sometimes unconventional diet. Keep reading.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Another e-mail today regarding an observation in the Milhaven Road area, south of Odessa. “Driving along Millhaven Road, my wife noticed an owl on a fence post. I stopped and turned around to get a photo which I did from the vehicle. After three or so shots the owl flew toward us and I almost thought it was coming in through the window, but landed beside the truck in a position where I couldn't see it. After getting out, it was close to the rear wheel and, while calm, started scratching the ground and ate three large worms as I watched.  I was nervous about the traffic so I must admit I shooed it away from the roadway and it flew into the field into a large tree. I didn't know owls ate worms but I assume it was hungry? I just want to point out with all the talk about bothering owls at no time did we approach it. It flew directly toward us.” Another observation today involved 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS in the same tree west of Napanee, both eyeballing a freshly killed rabbit, along with a crow causing an awful fuss between wanting the rabbit and wanting to harass the hawks.  Some good backyard sightings north of Milhaven where a RING-NECKED PHEASANT and 2 male EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen. Nine waterfowl species were at Finkle’s Shore Park, west of Bath, among them 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
More numbers. A count of 110 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS along Huff Road north of Presqu’ile Park, but the best find was not one, but three KILLDEER along the edge of a pond. Eight HOODED MERGANSERS  were in the channel beside the Presqu’ile Parkway today, while the Calf Pasture area of the Park had 10 of them, and elsewhere in the Park there was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Cobourg Harbour had some good numbers including 700 CANADA GEESE, 400 MALLARDS, 450 RING-BILLED GULLS, 155 HERRING GULLS, as well as two ICELAND GULLS. North of Cobourg along Danforth Road, more numbers – 2,000 CANADA GEESE, along with 25 AMERICAN WIGEONS and 3 CACKLING GEESE. Five male GREEN-WINGED TEAL also showed up. Eight CACKLING GEESE  as well at the Garden Hill Conservation Area near Campbellcroft, and 850 CANADA GEESE there.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Remember the 2,700 CANADA GEESE mentioned in last evening’s Report at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour? Only 5 there today. Scattered sightings around the county today included a RED-TAILED HAWK along the Cataraqui Trail east of Sydenham, and a NORTHERN HARRIER at the Sydenham High School. Eight TRUMPETER SWANS  were seen at Bedford Mills, and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD  was noted along Wilmer Road west of Perth Road Village. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PURPLE FINCHES were seen along Sand Hill Road, north of Kingston.

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Despite the steady rain from mid-morning to early afternoon, birders were still on the move, and so were the birds. Some of the same stuff, but just more of it. While there didn’t seem to be the fallout of grackles that we usually see some days right after their initial appearance, there was one flock of 60 that descended on a feeder at the corner of Highway 62 and Jericho Road, where a STRIPED SKUNK also made a spring appearance. With a handful of waterfowl species showing up early at the Kaiser Crossroad Wetlands yesterday and the day before, there was renewed interest in this hotspot today. Today, there were 25 CANADA GEESE, 35 TUNDRA SWANS, 40 MALLARDS and 25 NORTHERN PINTAILS. At Prinyer’s Cove, 35 GREATER SCAUP, 15 REDHEAD, 6 BUFFLEHEAD, 5 COMMON GOLDENEYE and a single LESSER SCAUP. Cressy Bayside Road also donated a lone LESSER SCAUP, and COMMON GOLDENEYES and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS  were on the other side of the peninsula along Cressy Lakeside Road. The security gate at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area is still shut until drier conditions prevail, but a walk in today revealed CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, 8 MUTE SWANS, HAIRY and PILEATED WOODPECKERS. There was also a PILEATED WOODPECKER  today at Crofton. In Adolphus Reach across from Cressy Marsh, a BALD EAGLE  was seen flying with a struggling duck (bufflehead?) in its talons. The duck eventually escaped and landed on water but the eagle didn't recapture it. Along Long Point Road toward Prince Edward Point, present in Prince Edward Bay were CANADA GEESE, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Prince Edward Point proper added GADWALL, MALLARDS, GREATER SCAUP and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS to the cumulative list.  Only 5 AMERICAN ROBINS though; where did they all go? As the water becomes softer around the Norris Whitney Bridge at Rossmore, ducks are spreading out in response. Today only a handful of CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS. However, at daybreak this morning, the din of several thousand geese, both lifting off from Muscote Bay at Big Island, and in the air in loose, disjointed flocks, was unbelievable. At Picton Harbour today, it was gulls – some 300 RING-BILLED GULLS and 25 HERRING GULLS. Other noteworthy sightings were 11 HOODED MERGANSERS at Black River, 3 COMMON GRACKLES along Whattam’s Road, and an AMERICAN KESTREL along County Road 2 near Burr Road. A NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen near Fenwood Gardens.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
On Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, both numbers and variety of species are starting to pick up. In addition to 353 CANADA GEESE and 64 MALLARDS, present today were 2 AMERICAN WIGEON and 29 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS among the dozen species seen. Thirty COMMON GRACKLES  were seen on the east side of Belleville. A BALD EAGLE  was seen in the community of Read and a leuscistic AMERICAN ROBIN was seen in Belleville today. Yesterday at Barcovan, 10 waterfowl species were present, among them 60 MUTE SWANS, 200 REDHEADS, 400 GREATER SCAUP and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Some harbingers of spring at Link Mills, north of Millhaven in the form of 4 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, 15 COMMON GRACKLES and 135 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in several migrating flocks. There was a KILLDEER seen north of Bath. In the Upper Gap of the Bay of Quinte in the Bath area, there was a GLAUCOUS GULL today, along with a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 180 HERRING GULLS and 60 RING-BILLED GULLS. Further west, at the Escape of the Royal George at Sandhurst, 10 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS  were seen there.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Park, the ice is mostly gone out of Presqu’ile Bay, and going quickly from the marshy channels and ponds. A half dozen TUNDRA SWANS, 3 CANVASBACKS, 4500 REDHEADS, and 8 RING-NECKED DUCKS were among those present today, along with 50 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. Along the north part of Huff Road, just north of the Park, 12 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 6 HOODED MERGANSERS, 12 NORTHERN PINTAILS and a RED-TAILED HAWK were noteworthy sightings there. Up at Morganston, just east on County Road 27, a flooded cornfield had 16 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 52 MALLARDS, 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and 90 CANADA GEESE. Repurposed fields. Eight NORTHERN PINTAILS  flying with MALLARDS and 75 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were highlights along the Presqu’ile Parkway, while a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  continues at a feeder on George Street in Brighton. A 2nd year BALD EAGLE made an appearance at Lock 18 on the Trent-Severn Waterway at the village of Hastings.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWANS, AMERICAN WIGEONS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS and COMMON MERGANSERS were all present and accounted for at the Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal. In Kingston, numbers are really picking up at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where 2,700 CANADA GEESE stirred up quite a commotion. With them were 4 SNOW GEESE heading northeast. Also present were  MALLARDS, REDHEADS and COMMON MERGANSERS. Wonder whatever became of the 2 female HARLEQUIN DUCKS that were there for so long? 

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Less than favourable conditions for much of the day and that was reflected in the number of sightings that came in today. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen today in the Salmon Point area. This morning, a small flock of SNOW GEESE (about 10 birds) were flying east above the south shore of the Bay of Quinte with a lone CANADA GOOSE, just east of Rossmore. The flock was seen in the scope from Meyer's Pier, on the north shore of the bay.  At Morrison Point, 2 BALD EAGLES were way out on the ice, 40 WILD TURKEYS were seen in a field, and there was also a RED-TAILED HAWK.  Glenora had 4 BALD EAGLES far off in the trees and one out on the ice. COMMON GRACKLES still trickling into the County, but still in small numbers. There were two at a feeder today in Greater Allisonville. Six PURPLE FINCHES were also at the same feeder, and others have been at a feeder on Fry Road for several days. Fifty-three NORTHERN PINTAILS  were at the Kaiser Crossroad Wetlands today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
More COMMON GRACKLES in Hastings County with a couple in a Dunnett Blvd backyard. A BARRED OWL was in Foxboro, and 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen along 401 between Belleville and Napanee. Waterfowling was a little sparse today in the Moira River. Only CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and MALLARDS were present across from City Hall in downtown Belleville. Success was not much better farther down closer to the mouth of the river at Victoria Park where only a handful of CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS and MUTE SWANS  were seen there.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At the McIntyre Road CN crossing north of Bath where there is a wooded swamp, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen. Also present were 15 AMERICAN ROBINS, a species that seems to have retreated from the limelight in recent days, although I am sure they are all still around. At Link Mills, north of Millhaven, a male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen flying into a corn field. Also seen, a GREAT HORNED OWL.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A highlight today at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour was a CACKLING GOOSE. At the Dupont Lagoon the BELTED KINGFISHER was on hand again, and also present were 4 COMMON MERGANSERS, a RED-TAILED HAWK, and an AMERICAN COOT. And, a COMMON GRACKLE turned up in downtown Kingston as well. North of Verona, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 3 BROWN CREEPERS and at least one EASTERN BLUEBIRD.

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
As predicted, the really mild conditions resulted in the migratory flood gates opening up, albeit just a little bit. Reports of from 60 to 100 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in Toronto today, and scarcely a county across the reporting area here that didn't have at least a few show up today. While only a half dozen showed up at a South Bay feeder today, along Babylon Road and Long Point Road, there was one flock of 50 and another small group of 10, all optimistically heading north. A COMMON GRACKLE  was at a South Bay feeder, and another was seen near Prince Edward Point, perched on a hydro wire. If the fine weather continues, expect that species to increase in numbers over the next day or so. Also noted today were many skeins of CANADA GEESE flying in perfect formation, also north. Also seen along Babylon Road and Long Point Road were 3 COMMON RAVENS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. At Prince Edward Point, 60 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and a RUFFED GROUSE  were noteworthy. It isn't every spring when waterfowl migrants start showing up at the famous Kaiser Crossroad Wetlands. Today, there were five species as forerunners of what's to come – 200 CANADA GEESE, 12 TUNDRA SWANS, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 8 MALLARDS and 6 NORTHERN PINTAILS (3 males and 3 females).
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In Hastings County, it was a KILLDEER that proclaimed spring to be on the way. It was heard on Atkins Road, north of Elmwood Drive on the east side of Belleville, where other birds of note were 6 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, 4 HORNED LARKS and 61 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. Just south of there, on Elmwood Drive, a GREAT BLUE HERON flew over. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at the Belleville train station.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
And the arrival of the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS continued with 120 at the Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary on Maple Grove Road, north of Colborne. A COMMON GRACKLE  was seen on Huff Road north of Presqu'ile Park, a KILLDEER  was seen in Cobourg as was a GRAY CATBIRD yesterday, although the latter was likely a wintering individual rather than an exceptionally early migrant. At Presqu'ile Park yesterday, at least a dozen species of waterfowl present including an estimated 3,000 REDHEADS and 1,800 GREATER SCAUP, all present off the government dock. Other good sightings were 20 GADWALL at the lighthouse, and 2 BALD EAGLES sitting on the ice. West of Brighton and the Park, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted on Beach Drive.  
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A juvenile BALD EAGLE and a MERLIN were two raptors noted today at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, where 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 265 CANADA GEESE heading northeast were noteworthy sightings. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were seen on Florida Road, and the Cataraqui Bay BELTED KINGFISHER  was back again today perched on a a wire overlooking the narrow stream area at the railway bridge.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Can't neglect mentioning the arrival of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in Lennox and Addington. Small numbers were noted today at Tamworth and Crookston, as well as at Milhaven. A little cooler for tomorrow, but a high of 11 for Saturday. Wonder what will show up?
 

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Spring is coming along way too fast. Nine RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS showed up  this morning on Sheba`s Island in West Lake. We can probably safely assume that these are spring migrants although a sprinkling of them did show up this past winter at bird feeders across the County. To support the notion these are migrants was the appearance of a COMMON GRACKLE at the same location. If they were migrants, then there should be a flood of them in the area in the next day or two. Already, both species have shown up in Markham.  Six PURPLE FINCHES turned up yesterday at a feeder in downtown Allisonville, likely migrants as they have been showing up this past week at feeders everywhere. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Another sign of a spring awakening was the distinct call of a GREAT HORNED OWL on the east side of Belleville. The Elmwood Drive resident said that he was sleeping last night with his window open and awakened to the owl hooting three short hoots every two minutes, the performance lasting for about 20 minutes.  Fifty MALLARDS were in the Moira River across from City Hall, no doubt doing what MALLARDS  are famous for when love is in the air. Along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail, around 100 MALLARDS were there too, but there was still a bit too much ice to get the males too much in the spirit. North of Belleville, a BALD EAGLE  was seen at Jordan Lake, about midway between Madoc and Bancroft.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Two each of BROWN CREEPER and PILEATED WOODPECKER just north of Verona today. On Truman Drive today, west of Bayridge Drive, in Kingston, a TUFTED TITMOUSE was seen. At the Princess Towers near the corner of Princess Street and Division Street, the PEREGRINE FALCON was back again, and with him to provide hors d'oeuvres were 62 ROCK PIGEONS and 16 EUROPEAN STARLINGS, and as a chaser, 7 HOUSE SPARROWS. A TURKEY VULTURE  was seen circling over the Cataraqui Mall yesterday, and a BELTED KINGFISHER, also interested in a meal, was at Cataraqui Bay. There were four AMERICAN COOTS at the Wolfe Island ferry dock in Kingston today. On Wolfe Island, a few of the highlights there included 6 BALD EAGLES perched in tree and on the islands, 34 WILD TURKEYS, 4 RED-TAILED HAWKS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN HARRIER, HORNED LARK, BROWN CREEPER. To further emphasize that spring may well be on its way in some fashion was a SWAMP SPARROW and 7 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Cobourg Harbour, some nice sightings there involving a collection of gulls including 280 RING-BILLED GULLS, 95 HERRING GULLS, an adult ICELAND GULL and 4 GLAUCOUS GULLS (1 adult and 3 huge juveniles). An even dozen species of waterfowl – CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, NORTHERN PINTAIL, both GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER. A lone AMERICAN COOT also joined the raft  of ducks present on the harbour. Four RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD also showed up at a backyard feeder in Brighton.
 
GREAT GRAY OWL NEWS
It would seem that these large and graceful birds of prey are starting to move into eastern Ontario right now. There have been numerous sightings across the entire reporting area in recent weeks. The policy with most naturalist clubs and responsible birders is to not report the location of this species publicly due to their sensitivity to disturbance while they are hunting during daylight hours and their vulnerability because of their habit of hunting along roadsides. Their unassuming habits allow them to be approached closely and herein lies the problem when they are constantly disturbed from their routine and prevented from hunting. Still, there have been at least two cases this past week where detailed directions have been given including Civic numbers on both the 5,000-subscriber OntBird listserv as well as eBird. While casual observing from a distance is not an issue, a minority of birder/photographers who resort to baiting, trespassing and harassment are an issue. Also an issue are those casual passersby who simply don`t know beyond having "`found a large bird", that the presence of noisy individuals leaning over the fence with cell phone cameras clicking, barking dogs and noisy children are not the correct way to approach these magnificent birds. Such blatant disregard for the welfare of these large raptors and broadcasting their whereabouts publicly may very well be signing their death warrant in some cases. It has happened several times in the past where GREAT GRAY OWLS have been harassed so relentlessly by such a panting posse of over zealous birders, that the bird has actually died of starvation. By all means, enjoy the GREAT GRAY OWLS that have arrived, share the sighting and location privately among your friends, but give the bird some space.
 
 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
Once again, it was Kingston and area with their large population of birders, who were the most active today. At Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 2 ICELAND GULLS landed on the ice together about 500 metres out from shore. Both were juvenile birds, and both landed there either before I arrived today, or right after, for they were surely nowhere about when I walked the trail late this afternoon. Four GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen by another birder, as well as 3 GADWALL, 6 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 23 MALLARDS, 4 COMMON GOLDENEYE, a COMMON MERGANSER and a lone RING-NECKED DUCK. Showing up in weird places lately has been the PILEATED WOODPECKER, one of them turning up at the corner of Princess Street and Taylor Kidd in Kingston. The PEREGRINE FALCON was back on his post at the Princess Towers in the downtown area, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen on Highway 38 just north of 401. Three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were noted just north of CFB Kingston. Three TRUMPETER SWANS  flew low over Sydenham Lake.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In Prince Edward County, at least two different birders noticed a group of 14 BALD EAGLES this morning at the Glenora Ferry channel. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In a flooded field at Foxboro today 4 WILD TURKEYS and 2 male HOODED MERGANSERS were seen. South of Maynooth, 2 RED CROSSBILLS flew over, something we very seldom get to see down this way in the winter. Across from Belleville City Hall, the Moira River today contained 50 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 50 MALLARDS and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS.
 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Remember the peculiar goose I mentioned in this Report last night,  along Highway 33 just west of the Lafarge Plant? The goose is believed to be a possible CANADA GOOSE X SNOW GOOSE. About the same as a CANADA GOOSE, with a grin patch not as well defined as in the SNOW GOOSE but, an identical upper tail and tail covert pattern as a CANADA GOOSE.  At Lennox Generating Plant, 4 SNOW GEESE were found mixed in today with the abundant CANADA GEESE. At the Glenora Ferry landing on the Adolphustown side,  one adult BALD EAGLE and 2 immatures were present today.  The River Trail at Springside Park, failed to reveal the somewhat elusive WOOD DUCK although it was seen yesterday, but there were the usual CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS. Another example of nookie nookie between waterfowl was in an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK  X  MALLARD today at Adolphustown at the ferry.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The early bird gets the worm, and one birder on Collin’s Bay Road certainly got several worms at 6:10 a.m. this morning. Among the star attractions were BARRED OWL, RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BROWN CREEPER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a PURPLE FINCH. Not a bad way to start off the day. Lots of BALD EAGLES  around today throughout the region with 6 of them sitting on the ice at the Wolfe Island ferry dock. A RED-TAILED HAWK was near Gardiner’s Road, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER and 2 BROWN CREEPERS were north of Verona today. Yesterday morning at Westbrook, a dead BARRED OWL was found along the highway. According to the finder, it is the third such dead BARRED OWL that he has come across along this busy highway.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Spring is bursting at the seams in Prince Edward County too on these warm days with one person reporting a SNOWDROPS blooming in a garden near Quinte Skyway Bridge. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were seen north of Wellington today, but the show stopper today was Prince Edward Point where the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory hosted a birding event from 10:00 a.m. until early afternoon. Twenty people came out and spent most of their time in the day-use area across from the Observatory, although several tried their luck at the Lighthouse and at Point Traverse as well. LONG-TAILED DUCKS  were numerous, but were far out into the lake. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  numbered about 100, and there were also six to 11 BLACK SCOTERS  seen as well.  A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER also flew by. Two BALD EAGLES  were noted on Timber Island, and another three were along County Road 13. HERRING GULLS and 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were on the gravel shoals in the lake, and a COOPER’S HAWK was seen near the former Ducks Dive Charters. Two TRUMPETER SWANS  were also reported by a birder. A half decent day at Morrison’s Point, down from Black River Cheese Factory where 4 BALD EAGLES were reported, both RED-TAILED and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, both DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS, and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. And, in addition to the 3 BALD EAGLES seen on the Adolphustown side of Glenora Ferry, three were also seen on the Glenora side by another birder, although likely the same eagles.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A little more attention was paid to Presqu’ile Park today where some good numbers of waterfowl were encountered, including 1750 REDHEADS and 2250 GREATER SCAUP. Not to be ignored were the gulls – about 1,000 in total. Present were crisp breeding plumaged HERRING GULLS, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a second winter ICELAND GULL. Two BALD EAGLES  were seen standing on the ice on Presqu’ile Bay, and 4 GADWALL were also there – 3 males and a female off the government dock. Another two GADWALLS  were off from Calf Pasture Point not far away from the dock. Across from Presqu’ile Park, at Stoney Point, some 2500 REDHEAD were there too, although likely involving some of the REDHEADS seen from the Park shoreline. A lone CANVASBACK was also seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At Barcovan, things seemed a bit more exciting today than they have in past days. The MUTE SWANS population had lost 50 or so from their previous high, but there were 3 TRUMPETERS and seven other waterfowls species – CANADA GOOSE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and HOODED MERGANSER. Last night, an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was heard calling along the north end of Bronk Road, not far from the H.R. Frink Centre.

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Today, with temperatures approaching late March, it was more like a spring day than it was a winter day. Consequently, lots of typically spring birds, all in fine fettle as they produced a cacophony of song across the region. No absence of EUROPEAN STARLINGS  with flocks numbering in the hundreds. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS singing....and, what did I forget – oh, yes, AMERICAN ROBINS! Everywhere had HORNED LARKS, typically our earliest migrant, but no large numbers reported today. Three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were along Phillipston Road and the same number of HORNED LARKS. There was a BROWN CREEPER along the waterfront west of Belleville. So many RED-TAILED HAWKS  reported today here and across the region, it would be impossible to detail all of them. Lots of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES too with 5 seen in the Marmora area, and 85 WILD TURKEYS along Cordova Road. An AMERICAN KESTREL along Airport Parkway. The only sad note was a dead BARRED OWL found dead this morning on Harmony Road. MUTE SWANS have burgeoned to 200 at Barcovan and, today, there were 7 other waterfowl species with them – CANADA GEESE, 3 TRUMPETER SWANS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS, REDHEADS, GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE, but for the most part, in relatively small numbers.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Much the same story in Prince Edward County. Lots of bird activity, but mostly involving  birds regular for this time of year. Exceptions were not one, but two, BELTED KINGFISHERS, flying together at Glenora. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was along Sprague Road early this afternoon, and a NORTHERN HARRIER was at Wellington Harbour where little else was there except for CANADA GEESE and an assortment of gulls. A MERLIN was found today along Greer Road west of Wellington.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
It’s almost senseless this winter to mention RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES or RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS as there seems to be no shortage of them. Two of the former and one of the latter were at Campbellfcroft today. Another sign of spring were four BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS on Albert Street, in Cobourg. A NORTHERN FLICKER was calling from the Presqu’ile Parkway today, and also a bit vocal were 3 COMMON RAVENS, HORNED LARKS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The Napanee WOOD DUCK was rediscovered today, however, it was closer to the far side of the river where it could be easily missed by birders using the River Trail. More HORNED LARKS – this time, at Wilton Creek along Big Creek Road south of Napanee. Also PILEATED WOODPECKER there. Three COMMON RAVENS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at the Colebrook Lake section of the Napanee River east of Colebrook. Along County Road 8, south of Napanee, there was an AMERICAN KESTREL and a NORTHERN HARRIER. Along Highway 33 just west of the Larfage Plant, there was a possible CANADA GOOSE X SNOW GOOSE. The size was reported to be the same as the surrounding CANADA GEESE, but the grin patch was not as well defined as in the SNOW GOOSE and, in flight beside a CANADA GOOSE, had an identical upper tail and tail covert pattern as a CANADA GOOSE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just a few miscellaneous sightings from Frontenac County. Bell Park along the Cataraqui River in the city had a nice selection of birds today, some even suggesting spring. Two HORNED LARKS, 7 BROWN CREEPERS, a SONG SPARROW, and an unexpected AMERICAN PIPIT. Twenty-seven HOODED MERGANSERS were present as were an incredible 7,000 REDHEADS. On Wolfe Island, good birds present today were SNOWY OWL, WINTER WREN, SONG SPARROW and HORNED LARKS. An AMERICAN KESTREL was at Lemoine Point Conservation Area on the west side of the Norman Rogers Airport, and a RING-NECKED PHEASANT made an appearance at Kingston Mills.
 

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few miscellaneous sightings today from Frontenac County to start off this evening’s Bird Report.  HAIRY WOODPECKER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  were both seen today at Lemoine Point Conservation Area, located beside the Normal Rogers Airport at Kingston.  Nearby, at Bayridge Drive and Bath Road, a BELTED KINGFISHER  was observed perched on a power line scanning the creek below. On Wolfe Island today, a SNOWY OWL and LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and several sightings of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS, with peak numbers being 16 for the former, and 80 for the latter species. Six BROWN CREEPERS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER north of Verona, and at Depot Lakes Conservation Area, northwest of Verona, 6 WILD TURKEYS.
   
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Starting on the County side of the Norris Whitney Bridge at Rossmore, waterfowl taking advantage of the limited open water, species present there today were 27 CANADA GEESE, 14 MUTE SWANS, 7 MALLARDS and a lone COMMON GOLDENEYE. Wellington Harbour had little to offer today except for 250 CANADA GEESE, a dozen RING-BILLED GULLS and 5 HERRING GULLS. Way down at the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, a few things down there including a MERLIN and four species of waterfowl – LONG-TAILED DUCK (225), GADWALL, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Among the 250 HERRING GULLS at Picton Harbour, there was a very pale first year winter ICELAND GULL. In Prince Edward Bay, at the end of Kaiser Crossroad, there were 140 REDHEADS, and along Cressy Lakeside Road, a BARRED OWL was seen. At Queen Elizabeth School in Picton, a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was spotted.  RED-TAILED HAWKS  today were seen along Sprague Road at Big Island, and at West Lake. While we tend to associate bird banding with April to May and September to October periods at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, at least one licensed bird bander took advantage of today’s fine weather and set up a net at her home near Elmbrook. Netted today were 1 BROWN CREEPER, 36 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 3 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 6 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, a high total of 41 PURPLE FINCHES, 25 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 3 each of DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKER, and one NORTHERN SHRIKE.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A BALD EAGLE flyover at Foxboro, RED-TAILED HAWKS at the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area and another along Philburn Road, 21 AMERICAN ROBINS at Tucker’s Corners and 11 TRUMPETER SWANS north of Marmora were a few of the highlights today. There was a flock of at least 40-60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS eating cherries in the park by the Crowe River in Marmora on the north side of Highway 7. A couple dozen or so AMERICAN ROBINS were hanging out with them. And, lots of the usual types of feeder birds expected at this time of the year as well. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Yesterday, in the north of Napanee area, 8 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 1 PILEATED WOODPECKER a NORTHERN SHRIKE, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 60 WILD TURKEYS. Today, in the Camden Lake area, another NORTHERN SHRIKE, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS and tons of AMERICAN ROBINS everywhere.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Lots of birding in Northumberland County, but the majority were expected species. A few of the somewhat significant species included a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Salem, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES seen at Campbellford, Salem and four north of Harbour Street in Brighton. Three PILEATED WOODPECKERS  were seen and/or heard along the Presqu’ile Parkway today. Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES also noted here, and a fast-flying COMMON RAVEN passing over very low and ducking into some cedars where it produced that weird “water drop” call that ravens often give for no particular reason. At Salt Point inside the Park, 100 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 200 REDHEADS, and 300 GREATER SCAUP were interesting incremental numbers. Two BALD EAGLES flew by and there were also 4 TRUMPETER SWANS seen.

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
There seems to be a small passage of PURPLE FINCHES moving through our area right now, as they seem to be turning up at many bird feeders in the area. Four showed up today at a feeder near Kellars Crossroad east of Lake on the Mountain.  Although suggesting the arrival of spring, four RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at our own feeder on Big Island actually have been present all winter and with them occasionally has been a wintering female. Two NORTHERN HARRIERS  were seen this morning on South Big Island Road, and they, too, have been around all winter. A RED-TAILED HAWK was reported at Consecon Lake today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Two adult and 2 juvenile BALD EAGLES were seen in the Beach Road area near Shannonville, and another BALD EAGLE  was seen south of Batawa. Batawa also produced what may very well be the first COMMON REDPOLLS to be seen this winter in the Bay of Quinte area. There were four of them. Earlier predictions were, if redpolls did move south this year from their northern breeding grounds, they would likely continue to southern Canada and the northern states because birch seed crops are generally low across the Northeast. Last fall and winter’s large irruptive southward flight was unexpectedly halted north of latitude 45 degrees by a bumper seed crop on Balsam Fir so we never got to see any down our way last winter either. A feeder at Bird’s Creek, north of Bancroft, had a bumper crop of 60 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES  today.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few noteworthy sightings from Frontenac County today included the resident PEREGRINE FALCON at the Princess Towers on Princess Street near Division. At Invista (Dupont Lagoons), RED-TAILED HAWK and AMERICAN COOTS  were highlights there along with GADWALL and both HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. North of the city, at the Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal, the resident 10 TRUMPETER SWANS  were there today as well as COMMON MERGANSER and 7 GADWALL. A RED-TAILED HAWK was also seen.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At Croydon today, 20 minutes north of Napanee and east off Highway 41, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen. A NORTHERN FLICKER showed up today at Moscow, north of Yarker.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Salem today, west of Brighton, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was noted and another two were seen today south of Campbellcroft. At Brighton, a BARRED OWL was along Ontario Street, leading down to Presqu’ile Park and, at the Park, 7 WILD TURKEYS  were seen at the Calf Pasture. Gull Island had about 100 gulls, seemingly waiting for the official opening of mating season on the island. Seven HORNED LARKS were on the island as were 25 SNOW BUNTINGS and a raft of scaup ducks out in Lake Ontario.

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
At Westbrook, the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD  continues, as does the AMERICAN ROBIN, practically in whatever direction one chooses to look. They're absolutely everywhere! Around 70 of them were on Round Lake Road near Battersea feeding on rotting apples. Three GADWALL were among five waterfowl species at Lakeshore Blvd at Reddendale. A COOPER'S HAWK was on Battersea Road. North of Verona, COMMON CROWS are evidently not a common winter bird as the "first one of the spring" showed up today. Routinely, the crows show up each year around mid-February, although not far away, at Harrowsmith and Sydenham, there are always good numbers during winter. Also appearing in that area today was a  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
East of Marmora today, a camera shy BALD EAGLE was seen, flying away each time the car window was rolled down.  Atkins Road today on the east side of Belleville was THE  place to go if you wanted to get a view of DARK-EYED JUNCOS. Seen were 52 of them (45 in mixed flock of tree sparrows and juncos, mostly juncos) in a large weedy field, protected from the wind. Also present there were 38 SNOW BUNTINGS and a NORTHERN FLICKER.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only sighting to come into day was of a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  at a feeder  on County Road 2, north of Wellington. On Family Day (Monday Feb. 20) the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory is hosting an event at the Bird Observatory from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will have scopes set up and will be watching/counting waterfowl and BALD EAGLES.  The weather is forecast to be above freezing and there is currently a lot of open water. Come and join us for some or all of the time.  No need to RSVP, just show up!
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Seems to be no absence this winter of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS  this winter. Another was present today in a backyard at Link Mills, north of Milhaven. A group of 3 SNOW GEESE flew over Milhaven, and a single SNOW BUNTING was seen just north of the community.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Twenty-five SNOW BUNTINGS were seen today along 401 just north of Cobourg. However, the best sighting in the county today was at Salem, between Brighton and Colborne, where an unbelievable seven FOX SPARROWS and two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and they were seen nowhere near a feeder that might be sustaining them through the winter.   Anyone wishing to try for them, can take Blyth Park Road south from #2.  It turns west and becomes Simpson Road shortly before reaching the lake.  About 100 metres beyond house 386 there is a row of pines on the north side with shrubbery along the roadside, which is where the birds were feeding. In Cobourg, more AMERICAN ROBINS – a flock of 113. Forty-five were in a multiflora rose hedge, six in a bird bath, 12 in a crabapple tree, and 35 in a single line sunning along the base of a wall. At Port Hope, seven waterfowl species wee present – CANADA GEESE (600), MALLARDS, 20 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 8 COMMON MERGANSERS, 3 BUFFLEHEADS and one each of LESSER SCAUP and REDHEAD. And, in Brighton, a continuing FOX SPARROW  in a George Street backyard as well as a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15:

HASTINGS COUNTY
The birding action today seemed to be mostly in Hastings County with nothing submitted from the counties of Northumberland or Lennox and Addington. So, here we go. The Parrott Riverfront Trail had a nice flock of MALLARDS on the Moira River today – 220 of them. With them were a couple BUFFLEHEADS, 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 3 MUTE SWANS, and a dozen CANADA GEESE. The highlight was a BELTED KINGFISHER. This winter must go down as the year of the robins, due mostly to a bountiful crop on fruiting shrubs and trees.  North of Marmora, 2 TRUMPETER SWANS flew overhead alarmingly close to a birder, around 8 to 10 metres in altitude, honking in their usual truck-like manner. Near Ivanhoe, there was a NORTHERN SHRIKE seen, actively singing as though it were spring. What was thought to be possibly a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in flight, followed by another birder who traced its route along Highway 62 west to Baptist Church Road at Highway 14 where it made several attempts to grab a quick meal of pigeons along the way. Then, it perched for five minutes before flying north towards Stirling. Three HORNED LARKS  were noted near Plainfield, and a BELTED KINGFISHER  was in the Moira River off Belleville`s Memorial Park, no doubt the same bird that was seen down river closer to the downtown core. A birder at Barcovan today noted that the channel therewas full of ice in various stages of decomposition – plenty of CANADA GEESE, and one notable character – a MUSKRAT sitting on the ice and disappearing for short periods only to reappear and repeat the activity for a good 15 minutes, or so.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
At least 6 TURKEY VULTURES  continue to find sufficient food in the way of carrion at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Today, they were beside the Nature Centre roosting in some trees. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on County Road 11 and, of course, AMERICAN ROBINS everywhere.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
In Frontenac, birders were out everywhere around the Kingston area and a bit beyond. On the Great Catatarqui River, north of Belle Island, 45 RING-NECKED DUCKS were counted along with 150 CANADA GEESE, 6 MUTE SWANS, 4 MALLARDS, 50 TUNDRA SWANS, 3 COMMON GOLDENEYE, and one each of AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Seen too, were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and BALD EAGLE. At Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 4 GADWALL, a lone REDHEAD, and 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were highlights among the more than a dozen mixed species seen. Along Middle Road north of Howe Island, 55 WILD TURKEYS and a RED-TAILED HAWK were noted and another 35 WILD TURKEYS  were seen along Taylor Kidd Blvd. Upper Brewers Mills had a BELTED KINGFISHER  today and another was spotted at Cataraqui Bay along Front Road. At Cartwright`s Point on the east side of RMC, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER appeared. Westbrook, on the west side of Kingston, had its ongoing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD again today feeding on crabapples, moving frequently from tree to tree and the Westbrook area also had a visit from a NORTHERN GOSHAWK.
 
 

 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
For anyone wishing to try their luck at Wellington Harbour these days, the conditions there are always changing depending on winds and temperatures. Today the channel was sealed shut with ice. Another ice ridge is taking shape along the Wellington Beach shoreline. Warmer air this week may see conditions change again. Today at Big Island, a COOPER’S HAWK and a NORTHERN HARRIER  were both seen along South Shore Road within 20 seconds of each other. At a South Bay feeder, 2 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS arrived today, and 20 SNOW BUNTINGS  were seen near Bloomfield.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Ten kilometres north of Marmora, a bird feeder here has a good selection of clients including both WHITE-BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS,  and DARK-EYED JUNCOS. AMERICAN ROBINS continue to occupy centre stage in e-mailed reports, eBird reports, Facebook messages and even demand some air time on Lorne Brooker’s Call In Show on CJBQ-Belleville. Today, 100 were observed at or near an apple tree on Highway 14 a few kilometres north of Stirling 14.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD  continues to hang out in Westbrook, west of Kingston. Some high numbers today along the lakeshore at the Lennox Generating Plant, starting with BALD EAGLES, visible from one location at the edge of some newly formed ice which had been broken up by wave action. Present were 15 sub-adults and 5 adult birds. Five hundred HERRING GULLS were also there, 40 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 500 CANADA GEESE and 100 REDHEADS. Other good finds were 2 COMMON RAVENS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 5 ICELAND GULLS – the latter, all immature birds.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS  were seen in at least three separate locations in the county today. Individuals were seen at Sand Hill Road off Highway 15, another near Collin’s Lake and still another north of Verona. PILEATED WOODPECKERS were seen at the first two locations as well and a NORTHERN FLICKER was in the Collin’s Lake area.  A NORTHERN FLICKER  was also seen at Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal where 12 TRUMPETER SWANS are residing this winter. Other good sightings were 8 WILD TURKEYS on Battersea Road, and a BARRED OWL north of Inverary, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK yesterday on Opinicon Road. One birder on Wolfe Island today had some great success with 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, and one each of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SNOWY OWL, AMERICAN KESTREL, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. Also seen were 350 SNOW BUNTINGS, 45 HORNED LARKS, an ICELAND GULL, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a SWAMP SPARROW.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Starting at Brighton and working our way west to Port Hope, Presqu’ile Park offered 40 HERRING GULLS, 4 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a SONG SPARROW today. South of Grafton, highlights there included GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. At Cobourg Harbour, 300 MALLARDS, 700 HERRING GULLS and 80 RING-BILLED GULLS  were all good numbers, but no less important were sightings of MERLIN, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, an AMERICAN COOT, 1 LESSER SCAUP and a possible THAYER’S GULL. Moving on to Port Hope, the Corbitt’s Dam area donated a male NORTHERN PINTAIL and the continuing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD.

 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Nature is not always kind. It’s a world where the strong survive, and the weak succumb. A resident of the Cressy area today watched as one such drama played out on the ice. He watched as these 8 BALD EAGLES took an interest in a lone CANADA GOOSE. Adolphus Reach froze overnight with a long, narrow patch about a mile out from shore where this exhausted goose paddled about in the small patch of open water. Now and then, the eagles would dive bomb the troubled goose, but not sinking their talons into it. After about half an hour all the eagles took off leaving the goose unharmed and still paddling about.  The BALD EAGLES returned at 9:00 a.m., this time with additional reinforcements. In total, there were now 10 eagles –  seven immature and three adults.  This time, the eagles made a more concerted effort and the CANADA GOOSE provided a sumptuous breakfast for the hungry eagles.   Feeders across the region are still bustling after yesterday’s snowfall. NORTHERN CARDINALS, in particular, have been very noticeable at some feeders, with a nice party of seven coming to a feeder at the northeast corner of Big Island. PURPLE FINCHES have also shown up at feeders on Big Island, Crofton and South Bay, interestingly, mostly females. At Rossmore, 10 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  were seen in a willow tree on the south side of Hennessy Street in the hamlet.  The birds were with approximately 20 MOURNING DOVES, and extremely vocal, though they kept their epaulettes covered for the most part. Don’t get excited though. Lots of them around this winter. They are about as dependable as harbingers of spring as the thousands of robins around this winter! 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Elsewhere today across the reporting region, not a whole lot going on. There was a BELTED KINGFISHER today on the Moira River in downtown Belleville. At the Harmonty Road Wetland, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, an AMERICAN KESTREL and 2 COMMON RAVENS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
At Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 2 BALD EAGLES and 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS  were highlights. Waterfowl present were GADWALL (3), MALLARDS and both COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. At Westbrook, on the west side of Kingston, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD continues to be seen. Also, today, a lone BOHEMIAN WAXWING was associating with a flock of robins.
 
Speaking of AMERICAN ROBINS, numerous queries accompanied by the usual “is it spring already?” have come in by e-mail about the appearance of so many across the region this winter. Robins in winter are nothing new. They are hardy birds and do very well when any of their favourite wild food crops are available. And, in some areas, especially Prince Edward County, it has been a bountiful harvest of their favourite foods. They have several menu choices, the most common being Red Cedar berries along with copious quantities of Buckthorn berries. They have also been seen eating Mountain Ash berries, Wild Grapes and Crab Apples. Did any of our local nesting birds migrate south this past fall? I suspect the majority, as always, did. In fact, I bet most of our local robins are stretched out on a Florida beach somewhere sucking up the sunshine. All we can do is speculate what exactly the flocks we have this winter comprise of when there are such enormous numbers involved. One Christmas Bird Count which included a stretch of wild habitat along the Lake Ontario Shore near Point Petre ended the day with a tally of 5,000 AMERICAN ROBINS. Quite obviously these could not possibly be all local robins, although it’s a good guess that many probably were. My theory is that the majority of robins we are seeing this winter are, in fact, resident birds from much further north, that recognized a good thing when they saw it as they were migrating through last fall, and decided to winter in areas that had a good food supply. Why travel out of town to shop when you can get what you want right here!
 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Nothing, not even steady snow, keeps a dyed in the wool birder inside! In a Rednersville backyard, seen today were RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKER, WHITE-BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. That seemed to be the story in all backyards today, the only difference being in higher numbers of most species. It was absolute mayhem at our feeders with some species exceeding 30 in number.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Birders who followed the advance of the snowstorm today, managed to get out today before 9:00 a.m. and the appearance of the first snowflakes. In Napanee, Springside Park and River Trail once again produced the male WOOD DUCK that has been there all winter. Also present, 50 CANADA GEESE, a dozen AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 100 MALLARDS. Just south of Denbigh, 8 PINE SISKINS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were highlights early this afternoon.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Early morning was definitely a priority for a Brighton birder who did a quick scan of Presqu’ile Park before the weather moved in. His efforts produced 3 RUFFED GROUSE – well, at least tracks anyway. Still countable. Also seen, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a BROWN CREEPER. From Calf Pasture, 140 CANADA GEESE  were seen in the slush ice off the government dock. LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE  were also seen.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour at Kingston managed to produce a couple GADWALL, 32 MALLARDS and 3 COMMON MERGANSERS this morning. A few miscellaneous sightings from around Frontenac County  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Kingston Mills, and 63 SNOW BUNTINGS on Florida Road. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PURPLE FINCH and PILEATED WOODPECKER made an appearance on Sand Hill Road off Highway 15 north of Kingston. Another RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER north of Verona, and also seen there were BROWN CREEPER and a PILEATED WOODPECKER.

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
GREAT GRAY OWLS are making their way into the reporting area – not necessarily just Lennox and Addington, although one did show up in Amherstview a week or so ago. But, there have been isolated sightings of the species across the region. We are no longer publicizing the locations of GREAT GRAY OWLS, as this species due to its majestic size and quiet manner, tends to attract too many boorish birders which is unfortunate as the Birders’ Code of Ethics is clearly being scoffed at by certain individuals. On this same note, one birder who reports regularly was travelling from Picton to the Camden East area today when she spotted a BARRED OWL  that was keenly interested in rodents under the snow. She pulled over to the opposite side of the road, turned off her vehicle  and stayed inside and observed the owl quietly for 30 minutes through her open window who appeared not interested in her presence. A few times it suddenly dropped from the tree to the ground only to come up empty. Says the birder/photographer, “Finally some idiot driving by sees my camera lens sticking out my window - does a U-turn in the middle of the road and drives right up under the branch the owl is sitting on trying to take photos on a cell phone.” The owl is not comfortable with the car directly under its perch and flies away. Sometimes all you can do is just shake your head at the arrogance and ignorance of some people. Another birder on Amherst Island yesterday noted numerous AMERICAN ROBINS (feeding on apples), CANADA GEESE and COMMON GOLDENEYES. In the Napanee Limestone Plain Important Bird Area today, birds of interest seen there included RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 160 AMERICAN ROBINS (feeding on wild grapes, apples and red cedar berries) and 42 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS. At Napanee, the male WOOD DUCK continues in the river below the falls along River Trail and the RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was again in its usual spot north of the town along 401. On Johnson’s Sideroad east of Deseronto Road today a RED-TAILED HAWK and 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The BARRED OWL on Huff Road in the Brighton area continues, and 26 WILD TURKEYS  were seen today between Huff Road and Brighton along Highway 2. At Presqu’ile Provincial Park today, 25 RING-BILLED GULLS were visible on the ground on Gull Island, and 60 HERRING GULLS  were on Sebastopol Point.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Hastings County was a busy little place today. Lots of owls reported – both BARRED OWLS and a sprinkling of GREAT GRAY OWLS. The 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  were once again seen at Madoc, and seem to be spending much of their time hanging around Central Hastings Secondary School on the east side of the village. There was also a RED-TAILED HAWK there today.  Also making an impressive appearance was Belleville’s resident PEREGRINE FALCON that was spotted in a tree along Dundas Street East.  On Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville, a COOPER’S HAWK was seen today. In a backyard in one part of the city today, a RED-TAILED HAWK makes a daily flyby, and today, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK entered one backyard and nailed a HOUSE FINCH in front of the observer’s eyes. This backyard has an excellent population of MOURNING DOVES  coming to a feeder – about 40 of them.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Good birding in Prince Edward County today with a  nice mixture of passerines, raptors and waterfowl. A BALD EAGLE  was seen at Wellington Harbour, and a NORTHERN HARRIER put in an appearance in the West Point area of Sandbanks Park where a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was also seen. BALD EAGLES  - seven of them – many of them juveniles, were congregated at the Glenora Ferry channel.  A PILEATED WOODPECKER  was also there. One hundred AMERICAN ROBINS  were seen on Salmon Point Road, but robins aren’t exactly news anymore, especially in Prince Edward County where we now speak in terms of thousands. Two NORTHERN FLICKERS  were seen on Schoolhouse Road in the Point Petre area. Waterfowl at Wellington Harbour seem to come and go in response to their whims and the many moods of the ice. Today, seven species were present, some of them in pretty good numbers. One hundred MUTE SWANS were counted – not exactly something to cheer about, also 100 REDHEADS, 500 CANADA GEESE, 3 each of TUNDRA SWAN and COMMON MERGANSER, 25 MALLARDS and a lone HOODED MERGANSER, the latter almost a fixture in the harbour. In Athol Bay along County Road 12 at Sandbanks, only four species were there – MALLARD, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Along Wesley Acres Road on the west side of Bloomfield, a single HOODED MERGANSER  was there too, along with CANADA GOOSE and MALLARD.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
And, much the same level of activity in Frontenac County where BALD EAGLES  today were seen on Florida Road and at the Lower Brewers Lock in the Rideau Canal. At the latter location, 16 TRUMPETER SWANS  continue to be seen there, and today, there were 400 CANADA GEESE, 5 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 25 MALLARDS and 18 COMMON MERGANSERS. In the Kingston Mills area, on the west shore of Colonel By Lake, the Casey Point Crown Land produced 3 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a RUFFED GROUSE, 1 BROWN CREEPER, 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 3 SONG SPARROWS. Down in Kingston, the Invista area (Dupont Lagoons) came up with a respectable 8 waterfowl species, among them 45 GADWALL and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS. A BELTED KINGFISHER  also made it on the list.

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Some hanky-panky has gone on in the Moira River at Belleville last summer. A MALLARD/AMERICAN BLACK DUCK hybrid stood out today among the 160 MALLARDS that were viewed in the river from the Parrott Riverfront Trail.  Also, 85 CANADA GEESE, 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, a MUTE SWAN, and 2 COMMON RAVENS also present. At the mouth of the river, at Zwick’s Park, not a whole lot there – just 10 MUTE SWANS, 42 COMMON GOLDENEYE and a COMMON MERGANSER.  An adult BALD EAGLE  was seen today flying over Tank Farm Road just north of Belleville, and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen along 401 in the area. Best sighting? Probably the 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Madoc today as the species continue to tantalize us with their presence within a half hour’s drive of Belleville but, so far, nothing here
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was still around today at its usual spot near Napanee on the south side of 401 about 500 metres east of the Beechwood Road overpass. Also in the vicinity, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE and 2 COMMON RAVENS. Not a bad spot to pick up a few good birds. North of Milhaven at Link Mills, a GREAT HORNED OWL, PURPLE FINCH and COMMON RAVEN were noteworthy today. Heritage Point and Waterfront at Bath had CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARDS, COMMON GOLDENEYE and HERRING GULLS today.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just a few miscellaneous sightings in Frontenac County including a couple REDHEADS in Elevator Bay, and 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS at Glenburnie. There were 14 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS seen yesterday at Perth Road Village, just north of the city
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Not surprisingly, AMERICAN ROBINS made it on at least one checklist today in Prince Edward County. The County has had enormous flocks of robins this winter with flocks numbering many hundreds in some cases due to the abundance of Red Cedars, the fruiting berries of which this species (among others) seem to relish. Pack ice along the Lake Ontario shoreline is building fast and one LONG-TAILED DUCK displayed some interesting manoeuvres today as it repeatedly dove through the floating ice to explore for food underneath, emerging each time to consume what it had found.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS have wandered as far south as at least Cobourg where a flock of 80 turned up on William Street today where the two sets of railway tracks cross. Another small group of 35 made their appearance yesterday in Brighton on Butler Street.   A couple of interesting owls – one alive and one dead. The live one, a BARRED OWL, was seen off Ontario Street. A dead NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found today north of County Road 64 at Boes Road. Other than quite dead, the bird was in good shape and had no bands on it.

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 09:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
On Craigen Road, north of Newburgh, today, a GRAY CATBIRD took centre stage. Certainly not something one gets to see every day in the winter. A RED-TAILED HAWK, 1 HOODED MERGANSER, a lone RING-NECKED DUCK and a murmuration of 200 EUROPEAN STARLINGS  were sightings of interest west of Stella on Amherst Island today. West of Emerald Forty Foot Road, 3 COMMON RAVENS, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and two RED-TAILED HAWKS were highlights in that section of the island. Also seen on the island was a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Meanwhile, in Frontenac County, a NORTHERN SHRIKE also made it on the day’s list, this one on Florida Road where 3 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS  were highlights. Some pretty good sightings along the Lakeshore from Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and on into Lake Ontario Park. At Portsmouth, 18 gulls were moving slowly southwest, but not under their own power. They were drifting along on skins of floating ice. Involved in the parade were 13 RING-BILLED GULLS, 4 HERRING GULLS and an adult GLAUCOUS GULL. Small numbers of CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS LONG-TAILED DUCKS COMMON GOLDENEYES, and COMMON MERGANSERS  were also observed from the trail. Along the shoreline at Lake Ontario Park, the sprinkling of waterfowl continued, also revealing a half dozen GADWALL. North of Verona, a BROWN CREEPER and a few BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS made an appearance. An AMERICAN COOT was seen near the Pumphouse Museum in Kingston, a MERLIN  was seen on Westbrook Road, and 8 PURPLE FINCHES turned up along Petworth Road.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Starting at the north end of Hastings County, a PINE GROSBEAK and 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS were noted near Maynooth. In Tweed, a bird feeder there had 20 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and both WHITE-BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. At Stirling, a flock of 100 AMERICAN ROBINS settled into a few crab apple trees east of the village and spent some time feasting on the fruit. There was a RED-TAILED HAWK on Elmwood Drive on the east side of Belleville. Also in Belleville, a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen perched in a tree with a fully engorged crop! One pigeon down.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The robin invasion in Prince Edward County continues, and today, there were hundreds of them hanging about a property east of Bloomfield. They appeared to be eating buds on twigs of some fairly large maples. The property owners have rose hips and a few other berries about, but they are being ignored. At one point today, a large unidentified raptor swooped through and dispersed the flock, but the birds  reassembled to some extent.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
West of Port Hope today, a NORTHERN FLICKER, 2 PURPLE FINCHES, 3 COMMON RAVENS, 70 AMERICAN ROBINS, and 100 EUROPEAN STARLINGS were seen. Two TRUMPETERS SWANS, a BELTED KINGFISHER, a PILEATED WOODPECKER and one NORTHERN SHRIKE  were noteworthy sightings at the Garden Hill Conservation Area near Campbellcroft.

 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 08:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
About 425 REDHEADS and two TUNDRA SWANS were seen today at Finkle’s Shore Park at Bath where there were also a MUTE SWAN and some GREATER SCAUPS in the mix. Two adult BALD EAGLES and 2 juveniles were present at the Glenora Ferry landing on the Adolphustown side today. At Sandhurst, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen soaring and another was found along South Shore Road at Hay Bay. Another RED-TAILED HAWK was near Camden East where there was also a NORTHERN FLICKER.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only sightings to come in from Prince Edward County involved BALD EAGLES. One was flying along the shoreline at the Norris Whitney Bridge at Rossmore. Another two BALD EAGLES – an adult and a juvenile were seen on the County side of the Glenora Ferry channel which may very have been part of the same group seen over on the Adolphustown side.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some miscellaneous sightings in and around Kingston included 75 REDHEADS at Navy Bay at Fort Henry in Kingston, and a RED-TAILED HAWK along Portsmouth Avenue north of Princess Street. Thirty-one TRUMPETER SWANS were at Bedford Mills near Frontenac Provincial Park, a known wintering location for this species. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Opinicon Road.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Yesterday at a George Street feeder on the north side of Brighton, a flock of 30 AMERICAN ROBINS came into a Red Cedar on the property and began gorging on berries until a passing SHARP-SHINNED HAWK arrived and nabbed a starling. One of the robins was a stunning leucistic individual with a black tail contrasting sharply with a pure white back and sides of belly. Other species present at the feeder in the backyard were a FOX SPARROW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 40 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.

 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 07:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Birders today wisely got in their day’s birding long before noon. And, it paid off for one Cherry Valley area resident who came upon a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL at Sandbanks Provincial Park this morning. The bird was just south of the entrance to the park’s Group Campground along County Road 18.  Bird activity has been brisk at feeders across the County today. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW is just one of several notable species that have been bellying up to the feed bar in the Cressy area along Adolphus Reach, including RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, SONG SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCHES. At the west end of Big Island this morning, two NORTHERN HARRIERS  were seen flying over the north shore of Muscote Bay, one of which was harassing a COMMON CROW for a change of pace. Over 20 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and all three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS at a Crofton feeder, just east of Highway 62.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Not sure how one goes about counting AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES when they number much over a dozen or so; however, there were 47 at a feeder in Eldorado where other special guests there include varying numbers of EVENING GROSBEAKS  every day. Today, there were 8. In Foxboro, there were 12 PURPLE FINCHES  at a feeder there, as the species continues to show up at an increasing number of local feeders this month, suggesting some sort of movement of them in the area. Nineteen WILD TURKEYS flew into a backyard and helped themselves to a feeder west of Bancroft near Baptiste Lake today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Northumberland sightings were late coming in last night so everything below represent yesterday’s sightings. A couple Brighton area birders covered the stretch from the Main Gate, all along the shore of Presqu’ile Bay to the lighthouse, finding 26 species in just an hour. Among some of the noteworthy sightings were 1,500 REDHEADS, 1,750 GREATER SCAUP, 22 CANVASBACKS, 160 MUTE SWANS, and a single RING-NECKED DUCK out from the government dock. A SNOWY OWL was out on the ice and five WILD TURKEYS were once again at the Calf Pasture. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS at the Calf Pasture, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a lone HOUSE SPARROW were other species of note, the latter actually a rarity in the Park. Birds of interest on Huff Road, north of the Park entrance, included the resident BARRED OWL on the road’s lower portion, and a RED-TAILED HAWK on the same road near the railway tracks. A COOPER’S HAWK was in Brighton, and in the north part of the town, a feeder there hosted 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, a continuing FOX SPARROW and 35 DARK-EYED JUNCOS. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
No word as to whether the BOREAL OWL turned up again today on an undisclosed section of Taylor Kidd Blvd, but there was lots of other good stuff to keep birders occupied this morning before the freezing rain put a damper on things. In the Sillsville area of Hay Bay some good sightings there were 26 HORNED LARKS, 200 SNOW BUNTINGS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, an AMERICAN KESTREL and a PILEATED WOODPECKER. At the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, there were four waterfowl species noted – CANADA GOOSE, GADWALL (18), AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, and MALLARD. A RED-TAILED HAWK and 15 AMERICAN ROBINS also made an appearance. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen on Bellrock Road.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The star attraction in Frontenac County today was the appearance of at least 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in downtown Verona that were having their own lunch of crab apples just north of the Muddy Waters Restaurant on the east side of the street. In the Reddendale area of Kingston, over by the airport, 8 waterfowl species were counted, MALLARDS occupying top position at 360. CANADA GEESE, GADWALL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, REDHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and both species of Mergansers – COMMON and RED-BREASTED were there, and an adult BALD EAGLE  was also seen.

 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 06:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
One female and 2 male PURPLE FINCHES joined a small charm of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES  at a Cressy feeder today. Almost the scene at my own feeder this morning when three PURPLE FINCHES joined a similar flock of goldfinches, indicating that a small movement of PURPLE FINCHES has been taking place in the County this past week. The Cressy area feeder also had 30 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 30 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 3 woodpecker species (HAIRY, DOWNY and RED-BELLIED), WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and, just to add a little excitement – 1 RED-TAILED HAWK and 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. At Big Island around noon, a RED-TAILED HAWK passed over the causeway.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A few reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in different parts of the reporting area, starting with a flock of 40 on Rapids Road in the Tweed/Thomasburg area.  A BARRED OWL was found along Highway 7 just west of Madoc. The Atkin Road extension north of Elmwood Drive and Airport Drive was a busy place today. A small group of SNOW BUNTINGS, numbering 750 to 900, estimated in groups of 50, flew over in three flocks. At one point, the birds combined for a truly avian spectacle. Doubtless there was likely a LAPLAND LONGSPUR or two in amongst them, but in such a massive collection of birds, it would be nigh on impossible to locate one. Some good numbers of other species, too, including 50 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 25 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS and a NORTHERN FLICKER.Speaking of which, there was a NORTHERN FLICKER at a feeder today on Dunnett Blvd., toward the west side of Belleville. Across from City Hall, on the Moira River, present there today were 100 CANADA GEESE, 75 MALLARDS and a BELTED KINGFISHER. The long swimming female WOOD DUCK was also present on the river today, a COOPER`S HAWK and 160 MALLARDS. On another river, this time, in Trenton, a walk along the Jack Lange Memorial Trail revealed 5 CANADA GEESE, 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 200 MALLARDS, 12 COMMON GOLDENEYE and a COMMON MERGANSER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Several birders, including me, were poking around a bit today along the site where the GREAT GRAY OWL of this past week had been hanging out, but it didn't appear. It seems to have either moved on, or has expanded its feeding range to include some new areas. One Kingston area birder did hit the jackpot though by sighting of a BOREAL OWL. When offered details on the exact location, however, I declined, preferring not to know, except that it was somewhere along Taylor Kidd Blvd. It`s all immaterial now anyway. When the original observer and photographer returned later in the day, the small owl had disappeared having been driven out by a small number of crows, and has not been seen since. Some of the activity around Amherstview`s GREAT GRAY OWL this past week was a little concerning with kids, and dogs and uncomfortably close cell phone cameras creating some obvious stress on the large owl. However, they were in the minority and we do thank those birders and photographers who made use of their zoom lens and gave the owl its needed space. Elsewhere in the county, the Napanee River male WOOD DUCK continues to delight passersby along the River Trail where there are also 120 MALLARDS. A previously reported RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Highway 401 and 41 made an encore appearance today, seen on the south side of the highway while driving east. At Amherst Island today, birds of note seen there today were 4 COMMON LOONS, 3 BALD EAGLES, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES, a BROWN CREEPER, and 273 SNOW BUNTINGS in 8 different flocks.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some action today, too, in the Kingston area and beyond, with a RED CROSSBILL seen west of Harrowsmith. The Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal had a HOODED MERGANSER today and 2 continuing TRUMPETER SWANS. Two BALD EAGLES were relentlessly pursuing a COMMON MERGANSER. No word on the outcome.  A COOPER'S HAWK and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER were seen north of Verona, and a RED-TAILED HAWK and a BALD EAGLE  appeared south of Sandhill Road off Highway 15, north of Kingston.  An AMERICAN COOT  was seen at Elevator Bay of Front Road, and on Bellrock Road today, a PILEATED WOODPECKER and 60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  were seen. And, 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS flew over Sunbury today. The BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS – they are a coming!

 

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 05:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The GREAT GRAY OWL at Amherstview was not as dependable today, and seems to be expanding its hunting range a bit from where it was initially seen. A van load of 10 birders from Toronto did see it, so it was around today, but the mayhem from yesterday seems to have subsided a bit. From all reports, the majority of birders and photographers have been very respectful of the bird`s space; it seems to be mainly the inexperienced and curious passers-by that dart and dive around like the Marx Brothers with wild abandon who snap away wildly with their cell phone cameras that were the greatest concern. Quite dependable apparently today were two BARRED OWLS that posed along a stretch of Taylor Kidd Blvd. Yesterday, a group of birders from Brighton explored Amherst Island, coming up with PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 MERLINS and an AMERICAN KESTREL. Around 75 AMERICAN ROBINS were also present, 3 flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS (up to 100), 30+ BLUE JAYS and 2 NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS. In the bays, GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEADS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, MALLARDS and CANADA GEESE were present alongside HERRING and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Also yesterday, GADWALL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD and CANADA GEESE were seen at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons. Today out near Millhaven, there was a large large raft of REDHEADS, a modest estimate of 150 , and along with some GREATER SCAUPS and some MALLARDS. At Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area along Division Street north of 401, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a SONG SPARROW.     
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Windy and snowy conditions seemed to increase the flurry of bird activity, at least, at our Big Island feeder anyway. Today, the arrival of 3 PURPLE FINCHES and marked increases in AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS (26), DARK-EYED JUNCOS (16) and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES (30), 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (all males). It was a good day. The full complement of three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  at a Crofton feeder and a MERLIN consuming prey in a tree along County Road 4. Yesterday, there were two SNOWY OWLS at Point Traverse as well as an AMERICAN PIPIT that seemed a bit sluggish in the wind off the lake. Two immature BALD EAGLES  down that way, and a very active BROWN CREEPER in a South Bay apple tree.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Fourteen PURPLE FINCHES  were at a Foxboro feeder today as well as 10 HOUSE FINCHES. Also seen there, a flock of 65 AMERICAN ROBINS in flight. At Barcovan, not as many waterfowl as have been present some days. Only 75 MUTE SWANS  were there, a couple TRUMPETER SWANS, 80 CANADA GEESE, and a sprinkling each of AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, REDHEAD and GREATER SCAUP. On Wooler Road, a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was seen. North of Airport Road on the east side of Belleville (Atkins Road), 150 SNOW BUNTINGS and a RED-TAILED HAWK were seen this afternoon, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen east of Belleville on Casey Road between Mitchel and Craig Roads. <
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Some good numbers of REDHEADS at Presquìle Park today – around 1,800 of them along the ice edge and others further out. Three CANVASBACKS, all males, were seen at the Government wharf. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 8 CEDAR WAXWINGS were noteworthy sightings at Corbitt`s Dam in Port Hope. A continuing pair of NORTHERN FLICKERS  were seen once again at Albert Street in Cobourg, and other species of note were RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A BALD EAGLE  was at Kingston Mills today along with a BELTED KINGFISHER and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS. Other miscellaneous sightings in Frontenac County today included a BARRED OWL, RUFFED GROUSE and 4 BROWN CREEPERS in the Verona area. RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen at Sydenham Road and 401, and Unity Road and Montreal Street. There was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on Washburn Road neat Collin`s Lake.
 

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 04:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The eagle has landed – actually four of them, at Cressy. A convocation. All four were perched in a large willow trees in a backyard on the shore of Adolphus Reach. The large raptors circled around up and down the shore seeking out any unwary fish. Smaller birds around – these ones among the feeder clientele – were 4 PURPLE FINCHES, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a SONG SPARROW. Also enjoying the presence of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW – two of them, and sometimes, three – is a feeder at Crofton that has had them all winter. An immature BALD EAGLE  was also at Lake on the Mountain today and another was on the ice not far from the Glenora ferry channel. A BARRED OWL was very easy to spot today at Sandbanks Park; it was within 50 metres of the Main Gate! Also at the Park and beyond, three RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen today, one of which was happily consuming a duck on the ice at Wellington Harbour.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Concern continues for the welfare of the Amherstview GREAT GRAY OWL that tries to hunt while enveloped in what sometimes amounts to a panting posse of overzealous birders. While, thankfully, most are showing respect for the diurnal owl, and its exact location so far has not been irresponsibly advertised, others clearly are thinking only about the tick on the checklist and/or the award winning photograph. One passer-by yesterday noted that the large raptor was clearly stressed and swooping in front of passing cars. Others were stopping far too close to the bird and repeatedly taking photos with cellphones. How long its location will remain among only those who have somehow managed to learn about it, remains to be seen as a local newspaper was there yesterday taking photos. All we need now are the baiters.  The interest in the GREAT GRAY OWL is certainly understandable as it isn't often we get a chance to see these rare northern visitors; however, with today`s sophisticated photographic equipment, it is not necessary to get right into the owl`s personal space. By all means come, have a look, enjoy, take a photo if you want, then drive on and leave the bird in peace.   
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Starting on the Hastings County border at Barcovan off County Road 64 at Wellers Bay, 14 species seen there,m the majority of them waterfowl. Among the highlights were 4 TRUMPETER SWANS (Wing Tag K29 also present), 110 MUTE SWANS, 200 CANADA GEESE, and a lone TUNDRA SWAN. Four WILD TURKEYS  were seen in a field at Carter Road just a turkey walk away from Barcovan. At the H.R. Frink Centre today, 10 PURPLE FINCHES  were among the key species seen there. At Vanderwater Conservation Area, east of Thomasburg, a juvenile and an adult BALD EAGLE were present there along with 2 COMMON RAVENS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. An AMERICAN KESTREL was found on Shannonville Road and another was seen on Mitchel Road, west of there. On Atkins Road, 150 SNOW BUNTINGS  were encountered.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
AMERICAN ROBINS are still on the loose along the Presquìle Parkway – 30 were seen there mid morning. In Brighton, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen flying over Grimes Boys Field off Cedar Street, in Brighton, this morning. North of Colborne, along Pogue Road, off Dundonald Road, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen there, too, today, along with PILEATED WOODPECKER, and the tracks from 4 RUFFED GROUSE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Still some well deserved attention at Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal where 16 TRUMPETER SWANS  were present today as well as 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS. Other miscellaneous sightings around the county today included 3 BROWN CREEPERS, PILEATED WOODPECKER and a COOPER`S HAWK on the north side of Verona, and just south of there,  ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen. Sandhill Road, off Highway 15, just north of Kingston, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 2 PURPLE FINCHES  were noted, and 75 AMERICAN ROBINS  were seen on the Cataraqui Trail, just east of Sydenham.

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Words soon gets around despite efforts to do otherwise. A GREAT GRAY OWL that has been hanging out for a few days at an undisclosed location in the Amherstview area was present again today, with what one birder suggested was an uncomfortable amount of activity around it. Fortunately, all birders and photographers so far have cooperated and not revealed the bird’s exactly location on eBird ( and we have done likewise in this Report although I know exactly where it is) in an effort to give the large day hunting owl some space and privacy. It seems that a few GREAT GRAY OWLS may be moving into the area as of late. On Amherst Island today, birds of note seen there were BALD EAGLE, 82 SNOW BUNTINGS, and a MERLIN on the mainland side. At Bath`s Centennial Park and Beach today, lots of CANADA GEESE (200), interspersed with lesser numbers of MUTE SWANS, MALLARDS, AMERICAN/BLACK DUCK (2), GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only species reported from Prince Edward County today was a TURKEY VULTURE, one of around a half dozen that had been eking out a living on the beach since early winter, surviving on the fallout from avian botulism casualties of  earlier this fall.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A female WOOD DUCK can still be found on the Moira River, and was present today along the Parrott Riverfront Trail where other species of interest were 370 MALLARDS, a COOPER`S HAWK and a BELTED KINGFISHER.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some improvements in waterfowl numbers and composition at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour with the star attraction being some 650 REDHEADS, all flying east in multiple groups ranging in size from 20 to 300. Another 400 ducks were too distant or quick for identification but were also presumed to be REDHEADS or perhaps scaup. RED-BREASTED and COMMON MERGANSER also present, along with COMMON GOLDENEYE, LONG-TAILED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP and MALLARDS. South of Kingston Mills, at 401, a white morph SNOW GOOSE was present today, but much of the attention today was a bit further north, at Lower Brewer`s Mills along the Rideau Canal. Several observers were tallying the impressive numbers of TRUMPETER SWANS, many of them juveniles, coming up at the end of the day with 38 as the high. Also present were 1200 CANADA GEESE, 1 HOODED MERGANSER and a CACKLING GOOSE. Other interesting sightings today in the area were 400 SNOW BUNTINGS south of Sand Hill Road, and a MERLIN chasing pigeons at Highways 15 and 401.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Mostly about gulls today in Northumberland County. Five species of gulls at Cobourg Harbour – a lone ICELAND GULL, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 20 HERRING GULLS and 100 RING-BILLED GULLS. There was a GLAUCOUS GULL at Port Hope.

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Cat in, bird out, and always the pane shall meet. An AMERICAN GOLDFINCH at Cressy had an encounter with a windowpane and this house cat on the other side of the window was watching its recovery.......or, not. Near Picton, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK had its attention directed somewhere else as it didn't seem to notice a BLUE JAY and a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE playing statues and not moving only three feet away. Wellington Harbour today had CANADA GEESE, COMMON GOLDENEYE and a female HOODED MERGANSER. On Narrow Street in the village, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  is still coming to a feeder.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At Barcovan today, a BALD EAGLE was a highlight. Fifteen bird species were noted there today, among them 6 TRUMPETER SWANS (including Wing Tag K29), 175 MUTE SWANS and one lonely TUNDRA SWAN. NORTHERN HARRIER, and a lone GADWALL were other birds of note. Eleven WILD TURKEYS  were seen yesterday nearby, along County Road 64. No absence of BARRED OWLS. The Keegan Parkway individual was seen again today, and another was along Fish and Game Club Road on the east side of Belleville, and quite in plain view – right on the utility wires beside the road!
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
An enormous raft of REDHEADS  today along the shoreline at Millhaven comprising several hundred, and more at Amherst Island. The prospects of having at least a few BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in our midst this winter are looking more promising with the arrival of 17 at the Millhaven Industrial Park today. A half dozen WILD TURKEYS  were also there. East of Hay Bay along County Road 8, RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN CARDINAL, 2 COMMON RAVENS and 8 HORNED LARKS  were highlights there today. Both a MERLIN and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen today at Golf Course Lane at Amherstview, and a COOPER`S HAWK was north of Milhaven.  A BARRED OWL was spotted today on Taylor-Kidd Blvd. today, between Bombardier and County Road 6. The SNOW GOOSE is still at Bath.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At least 1,000 REDHEADS  were seen today at Presquìle Park off Salt Point in Presquìle Bay, and 50 GREATER SCAUP and 300 COMMON GOLDENEYE were also seen at this location. Other birds of interest in the Park today included PINE SISKINS (2) and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. At Port Hope, a continuing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD is still in the area of Corbitt`s Dam. At Wicklow Beach, a GLAUCOUS GULL was caught sleeping on the shore, and 85 AMERICAN ROBINS were noted at the north end of Huff Road near Highway 2 in the Brighton area. Also at Brighton, a RED-TAILED HAWK was at the Industrial Park and a SONG SPARROW  was along the Parkway. COOPER`S HAWKS were seen at Lakeport and west of Brighton along Highway 2.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The waters around Portsmouth seem to be slipping just a bit in Kingston. Today, only a single GADWALL, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYES and MALLARDS – albeit 750 of them – were the only three species present. Miscellaneous sightings around the city and beyond today included 40 SNOW BUNTINGS on Front Road and several sightings of hawks, including a MERLIN chasing ROCK PIGEONS over the No Frills Store at Bath Road and Bayridge Drive. RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen at Collin`s Lake, and also along Washburn Road below Brewer`s Road where there was also a BARRED OWL seen.

 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 01:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
We will start this evening`s Report with a GREAT GRAY OWL that turned up this afternoon at Amherstview.  As with past GREAT GRAY OWL sightings this winter, we will not be specific as to the owl`s exact location, but will be happy to share it with any member who needs the information for their KFN Bird records. The large owl had been present there since morning, and interestingly, there was a BARRED OWL sitting on a power line only a kilometre away.
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER that was killed yesterday when it flew into a window at Cressy, was replaced overnight with another that showed up at the feeder today! Lots and lots of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE and, again – a lone NORTHERN CARDINAL, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and SONG SPARROW. At Rednersville, regulars at a feeder there have included both RED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, MOURNING DOVES, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, both HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKER,  AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, HOUSE FINCHES and EUROPEAN STARLINGS. Three male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  continue to be regulars at a feeder at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island. At least 100 AMERICAN ROBINS  descended into a backyard at the Mill Falls House Bed and Breakfast in Milford where they enjoyed their own breakfast of red cedar berries bordering the waters of Black Creek. No accommodation needed as they were just passing through.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Reports from Northumberland tend to come in way too late for inclusion in the Bird Report, and I usually have to wait and include sightings from there in the following evening`s Report. Up to 6 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS have been visiting a feeder at the north end of Brighton. A MERLIN was seen at the far north end of Stoney Point Road at Highway 2. Along the Presquìle Parkway, three flocks of 185 AMERICAN ROBINS were seen moving from northwest to southeast. A lone CEDAR WAXWING who obviously clued in as to who knew where the food was located, was seen following one of those flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS. All of these were from yesterday.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
And more AMERICAN ROBINS, this time, in Stirling, where 50 to 60 were bellying up to the red cedars again today. The best sighting though was a  NORTHERN SHRIKE  this morning, perched as they often are at the very tip of a dead elm. A promise of things to come, although a bit distant to offer much of a guarantee, was a flock of 35 COMMON REDPOLLS today at Lake St. Peter Provincial Park. No further hints if BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  will continue their somewhat slow southward journey to, perhaps, make it as far as the Bay of Quinte area. There were 200 in Stirling the other day and, previous to that, what may have been the same flock, was in Marmora a week or so earlier. At Eldorado, at least a half dozen EVENING GROSBEAKS  are still patronizing a feeder there, where a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK were also noted today. A little closer to Belleville, 54 AMERICAN ROBINS  were counted at Foxboro today. Certainly no absence of wintering robins this season
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A large NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Lemoine Point Conservation Area beside the airport in Kingston preferred bird bits to larger prey today as it was observed picking off BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES  just east of the main trail. It was believed to be the same goshawk that was found yesterday at the Marshlands Conservation Area, just east of there by 5 kilometres or so. Also at Lemoine Point, BARRED OWL, AMERICAN KESTREL, and enough chickadees despite the ongoing efforts of the goshawk. There were at least 30. We can assume that the PEREGRINE FALCON at the Princess Towers downtown had more than just a passing interest in the 100 ROCK PIGEONS and HOUSE SPARROWS that were also present on his building. In the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour area, there was a single HOODED MERGANSER today along with small numbers of MALLARDS, COMMON MERGANSERS and COMMON GOLDENEYE. At Joyceville today, 300 SNOW BUNTINGS, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 10 HORNED LARKS were noteworthy sightings. There was a ROSS`S GOOSE  today at Lower Brewer`s Lock on the Rideau Canal, and a BELTED KINGFISHER  was seen at Sydenham. Oh – and we can`t forget the 100 AMERICAN ROBINS!

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A dusting of snow today, and some increased activity at bird feeders. In one case, a bit too much activity resulting in a sudden impact at Cressy when a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER that had been reported as a regular at a feeder there, collided with window. The unexpected mortality though didn’t deter the rest of the feeder guests. Today there DARK-EYED JUNCOS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, the same lone WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HAIRY WOODPECKER, SONG SPARROW, and NORTHERN CARDINAL. Today, two PURPLE FINCHES appeared.While the colder temperatures today sealed the open water in Adolphus Reach in most places, the ice did provide a vantage point for BALD EAGLES, and today didn’t disappoint with 3 adult birds and one immature observed perched out on the ice some distance from shore. Much the same situation with bird feeders at Waupoos, where close to 60 AMERICAN ROBINS descended on a cluster of Staghorn Sumac bushes and enthusiastically gorged upon the fruit. It has been a bumper year for wild food crops. Also present at this feeder were AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, NORTHERN CARDINAL, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW below.   
  
HASTINGS COUNTY
Several walkers using the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail in Belleville this past week or so have spotted a BARRED OWL close to the railway tracks along Keegan Parkway. Also in Belleville, an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen today in northeast Belleville. DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 3 NORTHERN CARDINALS, DOWNY WOODPECKER and numerous MOURNING DOVES are regulars at this location. At Zwick`s Park in Belleville, colder weather has resulted in less open water around the Norris Whitney Bridge. Present today though were a couple dozen COMMON GOLDENEYE, a COMMON MERGANSER, 2 CANADA GEESE, 7 MUTE SWANS, and a COMMON CROW. At the H.R. Frink Centre today on Thrasher Road, a PURPLE FINCH showed up there along with 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS. Twenty-five AMERICAN ROBINS were seen at the Corbyville Dam, while at Stirling a dozen AMERICAN ROBINS were feasting on frozen apples there today along with a half dozen CEDAR WAXWINGS. The merry band of a half dozen EASTERN BLUEBIRDS are still there, as they have been all winter, just east of the village. North of Stirling, a flock of 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS showed up and could be the same wandering flock that was seen earlier in the Marmora area. Two BALD EAGLES  were seen nearby yesterday. On the west side of Trenton, north of Telephone Road, a CAROLINA WREN is still making its presence known there, feeding on hulled sunflower seed. Some nice numbers there at the feeders including 22 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 20 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 36 MOURNING DOVES and both a RED-BELLIED and a PILEATED WOODPECKER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A surprise sighting today on Jim Kimmett Blvd. in the northwest part of Napanee was a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in full regalia – full orange breast, and all. The hawk was observed while it was in flight from a distance of about 60 feet, and then was viewed perched. There was another report of this hawk from the same area five days ago. And, as of yesterday, the long present male WOOD DUCK was still in the Napanee River beside the River Trail.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Two COOPER`S HAWKS continue to exploit the population (25) of HOUSE SPARROWS in Brighton. Also present today were 31 AMERICAN ROBINS. No report of sightings from Presquìle Park today.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few random picks from Frontenac County today including a BALD EAGLE from RMC in Kingston, and two continuing RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at the Marshlands Conservation Area. North of the city, at Verona, a BARRED OWL, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 1 PILEATED WOODPECKER and a lone BOHEMIAN WAXWING were noteworthy birds seen there today.

 


MONDAY, JANUARY 30:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A NORTHERN HARRIER was photographed today in the Marmora area, and another continues to hunt the open fields at West Lake, and a female continues to be seen daily west of our house at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island. Fresh snow this weekend increased the tempo of bird visitation at our feeders, as it did at all others, I am sure. Over 30  AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS  were at our feeders today. Just as many AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and two male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A  NORTHERN GOSHAWK that first appeared in an Eldorado backyard January 13th, made an encore in the same backyard again today; in fact, the very same cherry tree, remaining for about 10 minutes. The only other birding in Hastings County took place along the Parrott Riverfront Trail in Belleville where 56 CANADA GEESE  were counted in the Moira River and 5 MALLARDS representing the only waterfowl species present, along with singles of AMERICAN ROBIN and MOURNING DOVE.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
An immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW  was the highlight  today for one birder covering Moscow Road, north of Yarker. Also seen, a single CEDAR WAXWING, 27 AMERICAN ROBINS and 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS. Along the waterfront out from the former C-I-L Factory at Millhaven, birds seen there today were GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSERS, and 55 HERRING GULLS. At Fairfield Park at Amherstview, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER  were present, and a SNOWY OWL was a highlight there.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The only species of interest to be reported in Northumberland County was a PILEATED WOODPECKER at the Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, north of Brighton.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Birders, as usual, were out in full force in the Kingston area and beyond. An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK flew only a few feet over the head of one birder on the trail in the Marshlands Conservation Area, on the north side of King Street. A couple owls also made it on the checklist. A GREAT HORNED OWL  called once from the west side of the trail soon after the goshawk flew by. Also found was a BARRED OWL. Other good finds among the 14 species tallied were AMERICAN ROBIN, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and NORTHERN CARDINAL. Birders covering the waterfront in the Portsmouth area found 2 GADWALL, 30 MALLARDS, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER. Miscellaneous species found by Kingston birders included 400 SNOW BUNTINGS, an immature BALD EAGLE and a PILEATED WOODPECKER along Battersea Road, and another 120 SNOW BUNTINGS  appeared on Sand Gully Road not far from Brewers Mills. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was spotted at Elginburg and an AMERICAN KESTREL showed up south of Inverary.

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 29:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Around a dozen species of waterfowl were present today at Barcovan, in Wellers Bay, including  TUNDRA SWANS. Also present were 400 CANADA GEESE, 175 MUTE SWANS, 8 TRUMPETER SWANS (including Tag #K29), 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 22 MALLARDS, 4 REDHEADS, 3 GREATER SCAUP, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 12 COMMON GOLDENEYE, and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Yesterday, a BALD EAGLE  was seen fishing at the mouth of the Moira River.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
On Palace Road in Greater Napanee, an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen, and along Loyalist Parkway at Adolphustown, a BALD EAGLE and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS were highlights today. The SNOW GOOSE  was once again present near the Lafarge Cement Plant along the Loyalist Parkway. Two GLAUCOUS GULLS and 8 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noteworthy finds at Centennial Park and Beach at Bath.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing from  Presqu'ile Park today, but a few scattered sightings elsewhere around the county, starting at Cobourg Harbour where highlights there today were singles of GLAUCOUS GULL and ICELAND GULL. A male and female WOOD DUCK were found at the Peace Park in Cobourg. A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD  continues to be seen at Corbett's Dam in Port Hope, while at the harbour in that town, CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE  were species present today. At the Garden Hill Conservation Area near Campbellcroft a female NORTHERN PINTAIL headed the list of finds today. Also present were CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWANS, TRUMPETER SWANS (9) and AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS. A COOPER'S HAWK was seen in Baltimore. An adult BALD EAGLE was seen flying over the shoreline at the Calf Pasture in Presqu'ile Park late this morning. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A NORTHERN HARRIER has become a regular over a nearby field along County Road 12 at West Lake not far from Sandbanks Park. Another is a regular west of Sprague Road and was present again today, and can also be seen in the area of the Big Island causeway. At Morrison's Point today near Black River, 35 CANADA GEESE, 20 MUTE SWANS, 3 TUNDRA SWANS and 20 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were present while closer to Waupoos in Smith's Bay large rafts of ducks today comprised mainly GREATER SCAUP and REDHEADS. The story was REDHEADS at Wellington Harbour, too, where 200 were counted today along with 75 CANADA GEESE and a handful of MALLARDS. In the Allisonville area of County Road 2, a couple good sightings there involving 100 HORNED LARKS and 6 LAPLAND LONGSPURS. On Victoria Road, up near the west end, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at a feeder there, while just north of there along County Road 3 at Albury, a flock of 250 EUROPEAN STARLINGS were encountered. Glad they're not at my feeder.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
HOODED MERGANSERS at Elevator Bay in Kingston were relatively easy to count today; one small raft was almost beside the road. Twenty-four were present between there and toward the entrance to the Bay. Two dozen GADWALL were also present. West of there, at Lemoine Point Conservation Area near Kingston Airport, an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen there today, and a BARRED OWL. No absence of BARRED OWLS anywhere this winter. Away from the City a bit, singles of BALD EAGLE and RED-TAILED HAWK were seen north of Sydenham on Bedford Road near the former ski hill. Along Dover Road, not far from Collin's Lake, species of note seen there included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER and 2 COMMON RAVENS.

 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 28:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
For a Saturday, it was a really slow day today. One each of HAIRY WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, SONG SPARROW and a male NORTHERN CARDINAL continue to visit a feeder in the Cressy area. The 2.3 km. Sprague/Monkman Trail west of Sprague Road on Big Island produced a NORTHERN HARRIER, COMMON RAVEN and PILEATED WOODPECKER early this afternoon.
 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The only sighting in Hastings County today were two RED-TAILED HAWKS, both along 401 – one at 401 and Sidney Street, and the other closer to Wallbridge/Loyalist Road.
 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At the Amherst Island ferry dock, at Millhaven, a little bit of action while motorists were waiting for the ferry. CANADA GEESE, 6 unidentified swans, 7 MALLARDS, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYES and 4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were all within sight of the dock. RING-BILLED, GREAT BLACK-BACKED and HERRING GULLS were also present as well as an AMERICAN KESTREL and 2 COMMON RAVENS. Up the highway, at the Bath Centennial  Park and Beach, the continuing SNOW GOOSE  was present once again today.
 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
As always, no absence of at least a little birding activity today in an around the Kingston area. Still some interest around the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where today, 2 GADWALL, an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, a dozen MALLARDS and 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS  put in an appearance. DOWNY WOODPECKER, ROCK PIGEON and 2 HERRING GULLS also there. Over on Wolfe Island, SNOWY OWL and BARRED OWL (locations confidential), 37 WILD TURKEYS, 3 BALD EAGLES and 37 WILD TURKEYS were highlights. RUFFED GROUSE, COMMON RAVEN, 4 BROWN CREEPERS, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS all managed to find their way on a checklist just north of Verona.
 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
No action today anywhere in Northumberland County, not even Presqu'ile Park, and what did come in was from yesterday. A stunning number of BALD EAGLES – 4 adults and 8 immatures – were seen at the Gosport dock, near Brighton. Some were within 70 metres of the dock, dining on suckers. Drawn in by the feeding frenzy were 175 RING-BILLED GULLS, 2 RING-BILLED GULLS and a GLAUCOUS GULL.
 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Sightings a bit sparse across the Quinte area today. While on our way to Kingston early this morning, a third or fourth year BALD EAGLE casually floated over the car along County Road 15, just east of Northport.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A few miscellaneous sightings around the area including a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Eldorado that was watched with fascination as it opened and closed its beak a few times, and then disgorged a pellet. Upon examination, the pellet was about 3.4 cm in length, dark grey, full of little bones, tiny feathers and grey matter from its last meal. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen at Foxboro, and 2 BALD EAGLES passed over the Moira River today. EVENING GROSBEAKS  are still coming to a feeder in Eldorado, and today, there were at least two dozen. Five WILD TURKEYS and a RUFFED GROUSE were also guests.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
While driving along Highway 2 near Star Corners on our way home from Kingston today, we saw a GLAUCOUS GULL fly over us. Other species were in the area, but we didn't stop to look over the handful of gulls that were flying around over an agricultural field. At Finkle's Shore Park along Highway 33, the SNOW GOOSE  was present again today, along with some 400 CANADA GEESE, and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. At the Lafarge Cement Plant at Bath, another GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen there and a NORTHERN HARRIER  was also spotted. At Bath Townline Road, west of Bath, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen there.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
There was another RED-TAILED HAWK today at Lemoine Point Conservation Area and several other good species seen too included RUFFED GROUSE, BALD EAGLE and a COMMON RAVEN. On the Cataraqui River south of Belle Island, 110 COMMON MERGANSERS were there, 3 RING-BILLED GULLS, 57 HERRING GULLS and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. Along Highway 15 and Middle Road at the 401, four BALD EAGLES turned up – 3 immatures and one adult. Marshlands Conservation Area along King Street beside the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club produced a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET today, and a SNOWY OWL was seen today at CFB Kingston.
 
 

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Five species of woodpeckers were highlights at a feeder along County Road 7 at Cressy today, among them NORTHERN FLICKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. At South Bay, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was at a feeder there as well, in addition to RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and COMMON GRACKLE.
 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Bay of Quinte region’s second GREAT GRAY OWL of the winter season has arrived. The first one showed up in Prince Edward County on January 15th and we didn’t reveal the location of that one due these magnificent birds of prey being harassed by birders when they are trying to feed. And, we aren’t saying specifically where this GREAT GRAY OWL was seen, except to say that it was in the Shannonville area. It is unfortunate that birders and photographers cannot leave these magnificent birds alone when they visit us in the winter. The only other sighting of note in the Hastings County area was the appearance of two PURPLE FINCHES  at a feeder in Foxboro.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few raptors around in Lennox and Addington County today, starting with a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK which came in too late last night for inclusion in last night’s Report. It was spotted along 401 at Napanee. Three RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen along Bath Road (Highway 33) between Milhaven and Amherstview. Over on Amherst Island, raptors seen there were BALD EAGLE, BARRED OWL and AMERICAN KESTREL. COMMON GOLDENEYE numbered 130 on Amherst Island and also seen were 45 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 34 COMMON MERGANSER, and determined to represent its species in the merganser family, was a lone HOODED MERGANSER. At Amherstview, a SNOWY OWL was seen, along with 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a GADWALL.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The only significant sightings to come in from Frontenac County included a nice flock of 250 SNOW BUNTINGS on Sandhill Road off Highway 15, north of Kingston. There was also a BARRED OWL seen in Elginburg.
 

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just for a change of pace, I thought we’d start with the Frontenac County report, mainly because one resident there had a really cool sighting at his feeder north of Kingston today, east along Sand Hill Road – a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER  were also seen. No sign of the HARLEQUIN DUCKS at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, so I can we can safely assume that they have skedaddled. Nine waterfowl species were on hand though for the binocular brigade, among them TUNDRA SWANS, GADWALL AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and a few LONG-TAILED DUCKS. Two GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS  were also in the area. Around the area, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was north of Kingston Mills today, and there was a PEREGRINE FALCON on the Princess Towers in downtown Kingston. Another good omen that BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS may very well be slowly working their way down to where birders in the immediate Bay of Quinte area may start enjoying them soon, was the sighting of another 25 today, this time on the east side of Sydenham.  Along the 401 east of Highway 15, three RED-TAILED HAWKS, a BALD EAGLE and 2 COMMON RAVENS were sighted. An AMERICAN KESTREL was sighted at Inverary, and a BARRED OWL along Opinicon Road.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Very little escaped the eyes of one birder today as he made a clean sweep along the Lake Ontario shoreline in the Bath area, as well as a portion of Hay Bay. Along South Shore Road on the edge of Hay Bay, some good species there including a conservative count of 220 AMERICAN ROBINS. NORTHERN CARDINALS, HOUSE FINCHES, COMMON RAVEN and PILEATED WOODPECKER  were also added to the day’s list. A continuing DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was present again at the Lafarge Cement Plant along Loyalist Parkway (Highway 33). Twenty-one HORNED LARKS at this location was a good sighting. At the Bath Road Lookout, a continuing CACKLING GOOSE was there again an eight other waterfowl species. At Centennial Park and Beach in Bath, the SNOW GOOSE  was still there, and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. At Heritage Point and Waterfront along the same stretch, 18 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS put on quite a spectacle, topped only by 3 immature ICELAND GULLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 350 HERRING GULLS. At the McIntyre CN crossing, a SWAMP SPARROW was seen today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A lot of continuing birds in our Report this evening from all over the region. Indicates they are happy where they area. A continuing WOOD DUCK can still be found along the Parrott Riverfront Trail in downtown Belleville. A BELTED KINGFISHER showed up today to join the 175 MALLARDS in the river, as well as a couple MUTE SWANS and six CANADA GEESE. At the H.R. Frink Centre, 9 km north of Belleville on Thrasher Road, nothing outstanding although a female PURPLE FINCH did turn up. A NORTHERN HARRIER  was spotted today at Highway 2 and Wooler Road on the west side of Trenton.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Another NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen at Presqu’ile Park, but it was putting on a performance for passers-by. This one, a male, flew around the marsh, then across the road into the Park where it proceeded to dive-bomb an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK for about five minutes. The Harrier was doing high barrel roll dives was calling excitedly much of the time. Three BALD EAGLES (1 adult & 2 immatures) were seen on the ice off Gosport. Duck-wise, a few noteworthy sightings included a female CANVASBACK and an estimated 3,500 REDHEADS strung out beyond the government dock, said to be an outstanding number for January. Also in good numbers were 1,200 GREATER SCAUP in Presqu’ile Bay. Other good sightings in the Park today were 10 WILD TURKEYS, 15 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a single WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only sighting to come in from Prince Edward County, ended up being a significant one. The half dozen BALD EAGLES that have been seen regularly in the Hayward Long Reach between Highway 49 escarpment and Hay Bay, has burgeoned to an incredible 18 now.
 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Doubtless, weather was not the best for birding today, but a few birders took advantage of any weather breaks – which were few – and got in some birding. As always in weather like this, business was brisk at most feeders in the entire Quinte area today. At Cressy, one feeder had the usual species, and lots of them, but there were surprise visits from three uncommon woodpeckers – PILEATED and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, as well as a NORTHERN FLICKER. At our own feeder on Big Island, 13 species came and went all day including a lone male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD and at least 30 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS..
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Much the same was true at a feeder in the Palmer Road area of Belleville, where 11 species put in an appearance, among them 18 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 17 MOURNING DOVES, and one each of NORTHERN CARDINAL and HOUSE FINCH. Even an AMERICAN CROW happened by. At CFB Trenton, 20 ROCK PIGEONS and 100 EUROPEAN STARLINGS didn't take long to attract the attention of a MERLIN.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Lots happening in Northumberland County despite the weather. Rough weather had no effect on the BARRED OWL that was found two days ago on Huff Road, just north of Presquìle Park. It was there again today at noon.....but, it wasn't finding the sun it basked in two days ago! In the Park itself, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  were among the species making visits to the Camp Office feeder. Regardless of the weather, there were some nice concentrations of waterfowl today in Presquìle Bay. Close to 100% of the 2,000 REDHEADS off Calf Pasture Point were all males. Around 1,000 GREATER SCAUP were off Salt Point and a further 1,500 diving ducks that were lost in the snowy atmosphere could not be identified. A juvenile BALD EAGLE was way across on the ice edge, and a dejected LESSER SCAUP stood out from the GREATER SCAUP by being all by itself, looking a little lonely and left behind. A continuing pair of NORTHERN FLICKERS was present again on Albert Street, in Cobourg.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
It would appear that the two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS have moved on as they haven't been see in a few days. But, birders continue to walk the trail from Portsmouth Olympic Harbour to Lake Ontario Park. Not much around or, at least, what could be seen out on the lake with the snow falling – a few MALLARDS, REDHEADS, and singles of GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, and COMMON MERGANSER. Two GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS  were also sighted.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS continue to move slowly in our direction. Today, there were over 50 feasting on some apples in a tree on a property east of Tamworth on Mountain Road. 
 
 


MONDAY, JANUARY 23:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
As always, Mondays  are slow to start off another birding week, so very little activity today. A convocation of anywhere from 6 to 8 BALD EAGLES continue to hang out off Highway 49 across from the entrance to Hay Bay. Today, they were sighted from Sidney Shore Lane where there are at least two adult birds among them.  Says the residents along Sidney Shore Lane, "This past week these massive birds been playing, hunting, soaring, and fake dive bombing each other in our front yard, calling to each other from the trees in a distinctive, loud screech/chirp. We get to watch them at eye level from our vantage point at the house about 150 ft. above the water. Spectacular." A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a SONG SPARROW continue to be regulars at a feeder along County Road 7 across from the Cressy Marsh. At another feeder – this one, on Fry Road, north of Picton, 9 PURPLE FINCHES showed up at a feeder there today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Backyard birding and some field birding today. At a Foxboro home today, HOUSE FINCHES, AMERICAN ROBINS, MOURNING DOVES and both HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKERS, as well as other species, were being tallied in a backyard today when two AMERICAN CROWS flew over, in hot pursuit of an adult BALD EAGLE. Another BALD EAGLE flew over Zwicks Park today while another birder was surveying the waterfowl in the open water. At this location, COMMON GOLDENEYES  continue to number below or above the 200 mark quite consistently, today numbering 225. Two hundred CANADA GEESE, 11 MUTE SWANS, 50 MALLARDS and 4 COMMON MERGANSERS were also within view. Along Harmony Road today, north of Belleville, 35 WILD TURKEYS, a PILEATED WOODPECKER and a MERLIN were all good sightings. No absence of eagles today in Hastings County as another was seen perched on the ice along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail where a continuing female NORTHERN PINTAIL, 250 MALLARDS, and 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS were noted. Also present at the site was an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK/MALLARD.  
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Amherst Island was the only area of interest that yielded any bird sightings today. Once again, BALD EAGLES, 4 of them. Two were adult birds, one was a first year bird and the remaining eagle was a second year. One of the adults was perched on the southeast side of Brothers Islands. Nine waterfowl species were noted, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, and two AMERICAN KESTRELS. Two NORTHERN FLICKERS  were seen together at one point. A PILEATED WOODPECKER put in an appearance west of Emerald 40 Foot Road.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
In the Loughborough Lake area, and well beyond, a combinations of sightings that were noteworthy. An EASTERN BLUEBIRD  was seen just north of Sydenham, and several flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS, mainly around Battersea. A BALD EAGLE and two RED-TAILED HAWKS  were also seen, and two COMMON RAVENS. Two PILEATED WOODPECKERS  were seen – one along Highway 38 south of Harrowsmith, and another on the grounds of the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was in the Collin`s Lake area.

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 22:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Anyone who has never before seen a REDHEAD  duck, would have done well to be at South Bay where a conservative estimate of 5,000 were present according to one Belleville resident. With them were GREATER SCAUP, COMMON MERGANSERS and at least 3 RING-NECKED DUCKS. Prince Edward Point did a little better than yesterday, with GADWALL (13), MALLARDS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (3), LONG-TAILED DUCKS being present as well as singles NORTHERN SHRIKE and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. At the Glendon Green Boat Launch at Log Cabin Point at the headwaters of the Outlet River, it was CANADA GOOSE 101, with exactly the number being tallied. MUTE SWANS and MALLARDS  were also there. On Huyck`s Point Road, west of Wellington, a few sightings there including WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, BUFFLEHEADS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, AMERICAN ROBINS and NORTHERN CARDINAL. A MERLIN was seen along County Road 15, beside the Big Island Marsh. Along County Road 8 near Rock Crossroad, a SNOWY OWL was present. Lots of RED-TAILED HAWKS today – one above the No Frills parking lot in Picton, another on Highway 62 near Fenwood Gardens, and2 at the Dunes Beach Day Use Area at Sandbanks Park. Two of the resident 6 TURKEY VULTURES  were at Sandbanks today, and LONG-TAILED DUCKS  were in Lake Ontario out from the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area at Sandbanks. The resident AMERICAN COOT and BELTED KINGFISHER  were once again seen at Wellington Harbour, and 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS  were seen in Prince Edward Bay south of Kaiser Crossroad today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville today had a NORTHERN GOSHAWK which flushed from a wooded area beside a stream, flying off, low over the fields. No PEREGRINE FALCON at the Norris Whitney Bridge between Rossmore and Belleville today, but yesterday`s CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS and 2 MUTE SWANS were still about. More MUTE SWANS  were sighted at Barcovan today – 136 of them. There were probably 200 in total, but many in Wellers Bay could not be seen clearly. The old Grand Junction Railway that ultimately makes its way parallel to the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course at Highway 37, north of Belleville, produced a RED-TAILED HAWK, and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
All over the place in Northumberland County today. Garden Hill Conservation Area up in the Campbellcroft area yielded 8 TRUMPETER SWANS today, as well as 250 MALLARDS, and 6 WILD TURKEYS. Thirteen species tallied at Cobourg Harbour today included 500 MALLARDS, 200 CANADA GEESE, 50 RING-BILLED GULLS and 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. East of Morganston, an immature YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was happily feeding in a wooded area. In the North Cameron Road Forested Wetland, PILEATED WOODPECKER and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  were noteworthy sightings. In an agricultural area along the same road, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS were sighted, one of which was at a nest. Getting closer to Presquìle Park, a BARRED OWL was seen sunning itself on a fence post on Huff Road, just north of the Park. In the Park itself – actually the Parkway leading toward the Park entrance, birds of note seen there today were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a MERLIN and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL.
 
LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY
Along the River Trail at Springside Park, the male WOOD DUCK was there once again today, along with AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and MALLARDS. No CANADA GEESE thought this time. The SNOW GOOSE  was seen again at Heritage Point and Waterfront at Bath, and not far away, a RING-NECKED PHEASANT put in an appearance along Highway 33. And, this wintering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was found along Highway 33 at the Lafarge Cement Plant. Along County Road 8, south of Napanee, a RED-TAILED HAWK and an AMERICAN KESTREL were seen. And, way up in the Tamworth area, 7 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen 2 kilometres east of the village on Mountain Road.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
As always, a fair bit of birding activity in Frontenac County today. North of the city, near Odessa Lake, RED-TAILED HAWK, 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 4 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, 40 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and the same number of EUROPEAN STARLINGS were notable sightings there. Not far from Brewer`s Mills, enjoyed an early morning owl prowl. They came up empty handed, but did manage a few other interesting sightings – RED-TAILED HAWK, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and 80 AMERICAN ROBINS flocking to tree tops and adjacent farm pastures. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen today near Division Street and 401, and 30 WILD TURKEYS  were near the north end of Bayridge Drive. A surprise for one motorist waiting at a red light was an ICELAND GULL  as it circled over the intersection of Bath Road and Sir John A Macdonald Blvd. At Lemoine Point Conservation Area, seen there was a MERLIN, 2 COMMON RAVENS and 20 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES. At Invista (Dupont Lagoons), 13 species checked off there included a nice mixture of waterfowl. Seen were 3 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 50 GADWALL, 3 MALLARDS, 8 REDHEAD, 2 GRATER SCAUP, 30 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 14 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 25 COMMON MERGANSERS. Also vying for its share in the limelight was an AMERICAN COOT and a RED-TAILED HAWK.

 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 21:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
As predicted, a fair bit of birding across the region, due to it being a nice weekend, with promise of more of the same for tomorrow. So, where do we start? An update on Wellington Harbour. The AMERICAN COOT which has been one of the star attractions since December, was present again today, along with one of two BELTED KINGFISHERS which are known to be in the area. Concern over the MUTE SWAN population though – only 6 there today! Along Brummell Road, near Point Petre, both a RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD  were seen. Of course, AMERICAN ROBINS – 15 of them. At South Bay, an adult BALD EAGLE was seen, and out on the bay, some 500 REDHEADS, 20 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Nothing spectacular at Prince Edward Point, except for small numbers of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Three hundred LONG-TAILED DUCKS were in Lake Ontario, out from the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area at West Point (Sandbanks).
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Okay – if there is a PEREGRINE FALCON on the ice at the Norris Whitney Bridge, and it’s on the County Line, is it in Prince Edward County, or is it in Hastings? Oh, well – we’ll give it to Hastings anyway. The excellent sighting was viewed today from the south end of the bridge, at Rossmore, where there were also 220 CANADA GEESE, a MUTE SWAN and an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, and 17 MALLARDS. I guess I should mention the lone ROCK PIGEON. It has worth, too! A few more MUTE SWANS  were seen today at Barcovan in Wellers Bay – about 240 of them. Four TRUMPETER SWANS  were also there, along with the usual waterfowl species. Some nice species in Wooler today, likely due in no small way to the location being the popular Birdhouse and Nature Store in that village. At the feeders there were 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 10 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 28 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, and smaller numbers of the more regular species. A COMMON RAVEN and a RED-TAILED HAWK were also tallied there, presumably passing overhead. Other miscellaneous species seen today in Hastings County were 9 TRUMPETER SWANS at Crowe Lake – 6 adults and 3 young. A SNOWY OWL was seen east of Barcovan.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A female BLACK SCOTER  was seen today at Presqu’ile Park, out from Calf Pasture Point. A male RING-NECKED DUCK was also seen there, too. Four hundred and fifty REDHEADS and 2 male CANVASBACKS out there as well. The Calf Pasture area also produced an adult BALD EAGLE out on the Presqu’ile Bay ice. Out from Owen Point, there was a GLAUCOUS GULL and 6 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (19 were on the ice at Calf Pasture). A SNOWY OWL was out on Gull Island. Along the Presqu’ile Parkway, a NORTHERN FLICKER  was heard calling. Two each of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and SONG SPARROW  were also noted.
 
LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY
The male WOOD DUCK today on the Napanee River was all alone on the small island east of the Centre Street Bridge. Eighty CANADA GEESE, 10 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 120 MALLARDS  were not far away. Four EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were found north of Camden Lake. East of Tamworth, along Mountain Road, RUFFED GROUSE and PILEATED WOODPECKER were species of note seen there today.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Regrettably, according to the Kingston Field Naturalists, unscrupulous birders and photographers have been at it again on both Amherst Island and Wolfe Island, harassing SNOWY OWLS. They issued a notice on the Ontario Birds listserv last evening that due to these birds being approached unnecessarily close, and there also being complaints of trespassing from land owners, KFN will no longer be releasing sighting information on this species. It was relatively quiet on Wolfe Island today with only 50 AMERICAN ROBINS, and a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER being the only birds of note. North of Verona, noteworthy sightings made there today included RUFFED GROUSE, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER and 2 BROWN CREEPERS. On Sydenham Road near the west end of Loughborough Lake a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen, and a BARRED OWL was found north of Perth Road Village. AMERICAN ROBINS (125)  were found at Little Cataraqui Creek Creek Conservation Area, many of them feasting on European Buckthorn berries.  The 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS must have been out to sea today as they didn’t turn up for at least two different birders who searched for them. Not much chance of seeing them as the fog was really thick this morning. Walking from Portsmouth Harbour west toward Lake Ontario Park, other species seen were GADWALL, MALLARD, REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Land birds included HOUSE FINCHES, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, DARK-EYED JUNCO, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE and a BROWN CREEPER.

 


FRIDAY, JANUARY 20:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Mondays and Fridays, generally, are pretty poor for birding activity, for reasons that are unclear. Today was no exception, although Prince Edward County did fare pretty well compared to other locations. One EASTERN BLUEBIRD  showed up at South Bay, and nine were seen along County Road 64, near Barcovan – not exactly in the County, but close enough. There was also an adult NORTHERN SHRIKE and a SNOWY OWL. At Gardenville, which is in the County, the mature trees along the Millennium Trail south of Harbard Road had all five of the possibly expected woodpecker species – HAIRY, DOWNY, PILEATED, RED-BELLIED and even a NORTHERN FLICKER. North Beach had two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. The Millennium Trail through Slab Creek Swamp at Hillier produced singles of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and SONG SPARROW. A fire a year or two ago destroyed an old barn along County Road 39 at the Stincon Block west of Consecon, but a cement silo remained standing. Two NORTHERN RAVENS  were there today. They built a nest there last year, but it was not used.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
As of 7:00 p.m., no sightings from Hastings County except for 25 EUROPEAN STARLINGS at a feeder on Dunnet Blvd. Without trying to be unkind, the operator of that bird feeder is welcomed to them.
 
LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few sightings from the Napanee area and a bit north and east. At Napanee, the spectacular male  WOOD DUCK continues in the Napanee River below the dam along the River Trail where 32 CANADA GEESE were keeping it company today, along with 15 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and 72 MALLARDS. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH and DARK-EYED JUNCOS (18) were also present there. The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists journeyed to Amherst Island where species of note seen on their travels around the island included TUNDRA SWANS, a well camouflaged BARRED OWL, AMERICAN KESTREL and a BALD EAGLE. Another BALD EAGLE – a juvenile -  was seen near Croydon.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS – they are a comin’ . Ay Sydenham today 75 were seen. Twelve AMERICAN COOTS  were once again at the ferry dock in Kingston, and over on Wolfe Island, birds of note seen there were SNOWY OWL, BARRED OWL and BALD EAGLE. Much of the birding today in Kingston took place in the northern part of the city. At Doug Fluhrer Park an ICELAND GULL was seen there. Ducks on hand there were GADWALL (12), COMMON GOLDENEYE (43), and COMMON MERGANSER (65). Three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL also present. Not far away, at Bell Park, 215 TUNDRA SWANS (a conservative number) were a highlight and 55 more swans were too far away to identify as to species. Other noteworthy birds seen here were BALD EAGLE, RED-TAILED HAWK, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, a BROWN CREEPER, and a bit of a winter rarity – a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. Down along the lakeshore, one birder walked from the Beechgrove complex to the iron foot bridge at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, then west again to Lake Ontario Park where among other species, he came across a PILEATED WOODPECKER working away at a white ash branch. It was likely searching for Emerald Ash Borer larvae, now that this injurious insect has settled in Kingston and ravaging ash trees left, right and centre.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
As of 7:00 p.m., no sightings came in from Northumberland County, including Presqu’ile Park.

 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 19:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Waterfowl continue to dominate the scene at Wellington Harbour. In addition to an AMERICAN COOT that has been present since early December, several TUNDRA SWANS have also been present, along with up to four TRUMPETER SWANS and at least 200 MUTE SWANS on some days. The number of CANADA GEESE vary as flocks are coming and going almost continuously. There have been high counts of 2,200 some days. A BELTED KINGFISHER  was there yesterday, but two are known to be present in the area. The only other sighting to come in was of a RED-TAILED HAWK in Waupoos, and another at Cressy. At Prince Edward Point, only a handful of AMERICAN ROBINS, a few RING-BILLED GULLS, 25 MALLARDS and 150 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and they were flying past the Point.
 
LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY
Lots of birding activity in Lennox and Addington County. Starting at Springside Park in Napanee, the male  WOOD DUCK put on a good show today, and also present were 44 CANADA GEESE, 11 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 160 MALLARDS, and also putting in an appearance today was a NORTHERN SHOVELER. South of Varty Lake, on Bethel Road, birds of note seen there today included RED-TAILED HAWK and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. Moving on down the road – Highway 2, that is – yesterdays gulls were still milling about in a field at Storms Corners, where 800 HERRING GULLS (850 yesterday), 16 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS (25 yesterday), 3 ICELAND GULLS (2 yesterday), but the observer suspected that more may have been present, but only 1 GLAUCOUS GULL was on hand, compared to the two seen yesterday. It seems to be a good winter for ICELAND GULLS as another two showed up at Heritage Point and waterfront at Bath today along with a NORTHERN HARRIER, a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and 2 SNOW GEESE (one white morph and one dark morph).
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At Zwicks Park at the Norris Whitney Bridge at Belleville, COMMON GOLDENEYES are still there (159), first recorded in about the same numbers during the Christmas Bird Count in December. Sixty-nine CANADA GEESE, 16 MUTE SWANS 1 COMMON MERGANSER and a lone HERRING GULL were also taking advantage of the open water. Elsewhere in the Belleville area, 50 AMERICAN ROBINS and a NORTHERN FLICKER  were seen on Elmwood Drive on the east side of Belleville, and over on the west side, an AMERICAN KESTREL was sighted on Moira Street West, just west of Sidney Street.  
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Moving on down toward Kingston, yet another ICELAND GULL was seen, this one near Grass Creek Marsh across from Howe Island. Seven GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 497 HERRING GULLS  were also tallied, and three RING-BILLED GULLS. Always a few birds to be seen around the ferry ramp in Kingston and today was no exception as 127 GREATER SCAUP were there, 1 LESSER SCAUP, 3 COMMON MERGANSERS and 12 AMERICAN COOT. Over on Wolfe Island, a SNOWY OWL was seen today. And, yes – another ICELAND GULL, this one of all places, flying around the Kingston Centre at Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. and Bath Road. No report of the daily HARLEQUIN DUCKS  today, but one birder who walked all the way from Portsmouth Harbour to Lake Ontario Park looking for it, did find MALLARDS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON MERGANSER, REDHEAD and GREATER SCAUP. Along the way, a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET also showed up. Twelve waterfowl species were tallied in Cataraqui Bay along Front Road, among them, 16 HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, and AMERICAN COOT (9) A RED-TAILED HAWK was also seen. Out of town, a sign that BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS may very well be on their way south to our area was the sighting of 100 at Bellrock, near Verona.  
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
No sightings from Presquìle Park today, but 3 NORTHERN PINTAILS  were seen today in Cobourg Harbour. And a couple 401 sightings included a RED-TAILED HAWK at Port Hope, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK at Little Lake.

 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18:

LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY
Gulls, hawks and one duck in Lennox and Addington today. A male WOOD DUCK that has been present for some weeks in the Napanee River below Springside Park didn’t look terribly impressed with the now and then freezing drizzle today, but was still displaying brilliantly. Speaking of Odessa, it was all about gulls today in the area of the Violet Road Dump west of Odessa. Upon arrival, one Kingston birder noted gulls loafing in a field south of Highway 2. HERRING GULLS represented the bulk of the gulls with 850 counted. Twenty-five GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS was a high number for this large species, and also present in the field were 2 ICELAND GULLS and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS. North of Napanee in the Croydon Road area, a BALD EAGLE  was seen yesterday heading toward the Salmon River.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In Prince Edward County, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH is becoming a regular guest at a feeder east of Lake on the Mountain. A record high 9 PURPLE FINCHES are also visitors to the same feeder.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Brighton’s COOPER’S HAWK seems to be having little affect on the town’s HOUSE SPARROW population. There were 42 tallied during a Project FeederWatch survey in one backyard not far from the town’s marina. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH is also coming to this feeder, and two are regulars at a feeder on the north side of town where an incredible 42 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a FOX SPARROW are also guests at this feeder.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
No RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at a Foxboro feeder, but 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  continue to be seen in the backyard. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
As always, lots of birding activity in Kingston. The continuing HARLEQUIN DUCKS  were seen today in the bay off the Providence Care ball diamonds near the Beachgrove complex. At the Portsmouth Oympic Harbour area, where the HARLEQUIN DUCKS often hang out, 45 MALLARDS and a dozen REDHEADS were tallied, the latter flying by heading east. A BROWN CREEPER and 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS  were also in this area. At the Wolfe Island ferry dock in Kingston, 3 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a COMMON MERGANSER and 12 AMERICAN COOTS were seen, and east of there at a home on McKnight Road, AMERICAN ROBINS  were responding to the spring like weather, some singing softly, some feeding on berries, with the majority perched in trees. North of the city, near Chaffeys Lock, about 40 TRUMPETER SWANS have been present near the Opinicon Lodge.

 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 17:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
There may be freezing rain, but the hunt still goes on! This COOPER`S HAWK was photographed at Wellington by Sydney Smith. At Cressy today, both a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a  SONG SPARROW showed up at a feeder, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was in a Black Willow tree about 40 metres up, in the same yard. Out on the Bay of Quinte, there was an adult BALD EAGLE. Another BALD EAGLE  was seen today along the Hayward Long Reach off Lyon`s Road along Highway 49. Also seen there were 8 WILD TURKEYS, a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 8 AMERICAN ROBINS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At the now famous grosbeak feeder in Eldorado, 17 EVENING GROSBEAKS  bellied up to the feeder there. They have been regulars since Christmas. The same number of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES  were also present today. At a Dunnett Blvd feeder in Belleville, both RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES  showed up there today. There was a BARRED OWL today along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail in Belleville.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lots of birding today in Kingston before the skies opened up. Marshlands Conservation Area, which runs parallel to the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, in Kingston, produced 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, all three seen foraging together in reeds at the first creek. A SONG SPARROW  and a BROWN CREEPER  were also seen. This BARRED OWL wasn't seen today, but was photographed in the conservation area yesterday by Helmer Nielsen of Odessa. At another conservation area, west of there beside the Kingston Airport, noteworthy birds seen there today were RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 COMMON RAVENS, an AMERICAN KESTREL and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. The two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS  were very cooperative today  preening on a rock just west of the Beechgrove jetty. Also present along there were 4 GADWALL, 45 MALLARDS, 38 REDHEADS, and singles of LONG-TAILED DUCK and COMMON MERGANSER. At Invista, 13 species seen there, one of which was a BELTED KINGFISHER. Also seen was a RED-TAILED HAWK. Waterfowl included an AMERICAN COOT, COMMON and HOODED MERGANSERS, MALLARDS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, GADWALL and, of course, MUTE SWANS and CANADA GEESE. At Joyceville`s Organic Waster Facility, the story was gulls – 8- HERRING GULLS, 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a first winter ICELAND GULL. At Grass Creek Park across from Howe Island, 160 HERRING GULLS  were milling about there today as well as a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. North of Verona, a BROWN CREEPER  and 2 COMMON RAVENS were worth noting.
 
LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY
A KILLDEER that first appeared on New Year`s Day at Heritage Park at Bath, turned up today at the same location, near the cove west of the bench at the water.

 


MONDAY, JANUARY 16:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
 Wellington Harbour continues to offer profitable birding with several waterfowl species swimming in the harbour within a stone`s throw of the wharf. RED-TAILED HAWK along County Road 2 today, and a BARRED OWL was seen there a couple days ago. A NORTHERN HARRIER present off and on for most of the day between South Big Island Road and the causeway. Several BALD EAGLES  today along Adolphus Reach at Glenora and Lake on the Mountain.
 
LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY
After a second try by another birder at the Menzel Centennial Nature Reserve on Roblin Road, the popular natural area once again failed to produce more than a handful of species. Two each of HAIRY WOODPECKER and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 5 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 8 AMERICAN ROBINS and a lone DARK-EYED JUNCO was the best it could produce. Come May and June though..... The SNOW GOOSE at Bath was present again today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Not much going on at Presquìle Park today either with only one birder active in the field. Among the some 200 HERRING GULLS off Calf Pasture Point, was a first or second year GLAUCOUS GULL. No scarcity of that species in local waters this winter it seems. The waters out from the lighthouse contained only LONG-TAILED DUCKS (52) and 18 COMMON GOLDENEYE. A first winter ICELAND GULL was seen late this afternoon at the North Wicklow Beach Boat Launch, east of Cobourg. A bit of activity though at the north Lone Pine Marsh Sactuary on Maple Grove Road. In addition to the more than a dozen species that presented themselves at this location were CEDAR WAXWING, COMMON RAVEN, RED-TAILED HAWK, and AMERICAN ROBIN, was a GREAT BLUE HERON that was seen flying low over a field not far from the marsh.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Since late December, varying numbers of  EVENING GROSBEAKS have been regulars at an Eldorado feeder. Today, eight were feeding voraciously again – one male and seven females, along with nine other species. No absence of raptors in the Hastings County area yesterday and today. There were 4 RED-TAILED HAWKS in the vicinity of Demorest Road and Minto Road in Stirling yesterday. Only two were seen today, and an AMERICAN KESTREL was on Demorest Road today. And, the BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  are coming! Two hundred or more were near Stirling yesterday.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few miscellaneous sightings from Frontenac County. On Wolfe Island, a SONG SPARROW was at Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area. Elsewhere on the island, 3 SNOWY OWLS, 3 BALD EAGLES and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen today. Both a BARRED OWL and a RED-TAILED HAWK were seen in the Collin`s Lake Woods south of Inverary, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was on Unity Road, off Highway 38 just south of Murvale.  There were nine TRUMPETER SWANS at Bedford Mills in some open water along the edge of Newboro Lake. And, although not in Frontenac County, but nearby Lanark County, 27 TRUMPETER SWANS  were present at the east end of Christie Lake. Anyone interested in seeing them can take Sunset Street west out of Perth which turns into Christie Lake Road and follow until right turn to Christie Lake.  Follow to end of Lake.

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 15:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The big news today in Prince Edward County was a sighting of this GREAT GRAY OWL, the first to be seen this winter in the immediate Bay of Quinte area. The birder who found it has chosen to keep its exact location confidential, and I back that up. There have been far too many incidents of unscrupulous birders in the past approaching these magnificent owls far too closely to get the perfect photograph and otherwise harassing and disturbing these day hunting owls while they are trying to forage. The Birders Code of Ethics never fails to generate a mild furore among some photographers who will go so far as to bait these birds in order to get a shot. The majority of photographers, of course, are not like that, but there are many horror stories about those who will go to any length with no apology or concern for the owl. Two BELTED KINGFISHERS  were found at Wellington Harbour – one chattering east of the wharf, and another simultaneously vocal to the west. The usual waterfowl species were also present today including the harbour`s own AMERICAN COOT. Elsewhere in the County, it was mainly a collection of scattered sightings today – an AMERICAN KESTREL and a NORTHERN HARRIER on County Road 2, a RED-TAILED HAWK on Gilead Road, and two more along County Road 2. On Highway 33, near Carrying Place, two were observed hunting together. and a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS on a single tree at Chuckery Hill, near Picton. Yesterday, a MERLIN was watched as it captured a BLUE JAY near the Sobey`s loading dock in Picton. There`s just no place safe at all. Two COMMON RAVENS were seen today along Salmon Point Road, and another passed over 23 Sprague Road this afternoon. A lone TURKEY VULTURE was seen at Point, perhaps one of the six of so that have been hanging out this winter at Sandbanks Park.  A COOPER`S HAWK was spotted at the corner of Smoke`s Point Road and Gardenville Road area south of Carrying Place.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Around the Belleville area, 30 AMERICAN ROBINS and a NORTHERN FLICKER turned up today on Atkins Road, at the north end of Elmwood Drive, on the east side of Belleville. In Tweed, a resident there placed some suet covered bones on the ground for the ravens and the crows in the neighbourhood. Instead, she attracted an adult RED-TAILED HAWK who was happily picking them clean. At the now famous grosbeak feeder at Eldorado, 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS  appeared today, along with a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
 
LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY
The Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve, some 18 km north of Deseronto, on Roblin Road, literally hops with birds during the spring, summer and fall months. Not so much in the winter, and a walk along the Ovi Nature Trail for one Napanee birder today yielded little more than a RUFFED GROUSE, 3 COMMON RAVENS, a couple BLUE JAYS, 4 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and 3 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. There was a MERLIN seen on Oliver Side Road east of Deseronto, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was found along Highway 2 west of Napanee. A BARRED OWL was seen east of Yarker.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A PINE SISKIN and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH certainly know where to settle down for the winter – they were at a feeder at The Birdhouse Nature Store, in Wooler today.  Most of the bird news though today came from Presquìle Park where several good sightings were made. Three RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES  were sighted there, and another was along the Presquìle Parkway where a RED-TAILED HAWK was also seen today. On in the Park, a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen as was a first winter GLAUCOUS GULL. HERRING GULLS  numbered 230. Also seen in the Park today was a RUFFED GROUSE, 200 GREATER SCAUP and a female LESSER SCAUP off Calf Pasture. North of Brighton, there was a RED-TAILED HAWK nicely guarding territory, and a male NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen upon approaching the Park. Another NORTHERN HARRIER was seen at Gull Island, although technically, due to low water conditions, it is no longer an island, but a tombolo. Eight HORNED LARKS were present at the west end of Gull “Island”. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY  
In Kingston today, Lemoine Point Conservation Area had a PILEATED WOODPECKER, but the showstopper were, of course, the BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES as they followed birders waiting to be hand fed, in numbers that can only be imagined. Seemingly, it is also a good location for WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, as 10 were counted today. At Invista (Dupont Lagoons) today, CANADA GEESE, GADWALL, MALLARD, HOODED MERGANSER and an AMERICAN COOT were present, and a BELTED KINGFISHER and a MERLIN  were also seen in the area. A few scattered sightings around Frontenac County today included a juvenile BALD EAGLE on Howe Island and another  BALD EAGLE at Sydenham. North of Verona, a BARRED OWL and 3 BROWN CREEPERS  were found.

 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 14:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A little bit of action in Prince Edward County today. TRUMPETER SWAN and AMERICAN COOT were just a couple of the species that were at Wellington Harbour today. Also swimming about today and/or loafing were 500 CANADA GEESE, 20 MUTE SWANS, 2 TRUMPETER SWANS (including Tag Number K46), 2 TUNDRA SWANS, 75 MALLARDS , a lone REDHEAD and 25 COMMON GOLDENEYES. Twenty-five  RING-BILLED GULLS  were also there, along with a BALD EAGLE, and the resident BEAVER and MINK. Another BALD EAGLE was seen at the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area at Sandbanks Park where a juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL was also present. Waterfowl present in that area were 250 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 10 BUFFLEHEADS, and singles of COMMON GOLDENEYE and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Soaring above was a TURKEY VULTURE, one of at least a half dozen that have been hanging around the Park this winter.  A nice flock of 50 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS  were found along Brummell Road not far from Point Petre Road. Also, a RED-TAILED HAWK. Another BALD EAGLE at Prince Edward Point and some 8 species of ducks. MALLARDS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS  were along Long Point Road, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen along Whattam`s Road, and a flock of 250 EUROPEAN STARLINGS turned up at South Bay. On down toward Cressy, CANADA GEESE, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER  were seen along Cressy Lakeside Road. On the opposite side of the peninsula, Cressy Bayside Road produced a wintering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT diving beyond a gaggle of CANADA GEESE. COMMON GOLDENEYES  were also in the open water there. A BARRED OWL was seen recently at Carrying Place.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH turned up today at a feeder on Dunnett Blvd. in Belleville. In the Moira River in downtown Belleville, present today were CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS and the continuing WOOD DUCK. Not to be overlooked were 180 ROCK PIGEONS, otherwise known as your common garden variety domestic pigeon. At Zwick`s Park, CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWANS (15), COMMON GOLDENEYE (250), COMMON MERGANSER and 20 HERRING GULLS  took centre stage today. Meanwhile, at Trenton, a backyard on the west side of the city had a flyby COMMON RAVEN and a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK. The only birds of note at Barcovan today were singles of RING-NECKED DUCKS and REDHEAD, and six TRUMPETER SWANS, one of them bearing wing tag number K29. A little farther north in Hastings County, an EASTERN BLUEBIRD perched on a power line over Otter Creek in the Tweed area. And, at Eldorado, 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS  are still coming to a feeder there.
 
LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY
Northeast of Napanee, a rafter of WILD TURKEYS – 60 of them, were seen today. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen north of Milhaven.   At Napanee`s Springside Park, CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and MALLARDS were present, but seemingly, not the long standing/perching/swimming WOOD DUCK. Centennial Park at Bath today harboured CANADA GEESE, TUNDRA SWANS, MALLARDS, REDHEAD and GREATER SCAUP. At the Milhaven ferry dock, passengers waiting to board the Amherst Island ferry spent their time looking at CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER. Over on the island itself, a few noteworthy sightings included SNOWY OWL, BALD EAGLE, HOODED MERGANSERS and TUNDRA SWANS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY  
It`s not enough to be thrilled over having a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at your feeder. One feeder east of the Royal Military College in Kingston has six of them! Two GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Howe Island, PILEATED WOODPECKER and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at a feeder opposite the United Church in Elginburg, a BROWN CREEPER and a GREAT HORNED OWL at the Marshlands Conservation Area in Kingston, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at Hartington, 9 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS on Florida Road near Wilton Road, and another GREAT HORNED OWL at the west end of Loughborough Lake are a few scattered sightings received today from around Frontenac County.  
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Well, there is no scarcity of AMERICAN ROBINS, if a sighting of a flock of 200 in one long string flying out over Presquìle Marsh is any indication. Cobourg Harbour these days is mostly frozen, but that didn't stop 2 adult ICELAND GULLS and a an adult GLAUCOUS GULL, and 12 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS from showing up today.Two adult male NORTHERN PINTAILS, 189 CANADA GEESE, 16 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 225 MALLARDS, 6 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a BUFFLEHEAD, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and 8 COMMON MERGANSERS  were also on hand. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  seen at Brighton rounds out the species seen today in Northumberland County.
 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
Marshlands Conservation Area along Front Road always seems to have a way of producing special birds along its trail. Today, it was a WINTER WREN at the start of the trail, and  at the start of the boardwalk further along, a SWAMP SPARROW  was detected in the cattail marsh. A GREAT HORNED OWL was also seen along the trail. At Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, the HARLEQUIN DUCKS  were not reported, but 2 GADWALL were seen along with 3 COMMON MERGANSERS and a BALD EAGLE. Another BALD EAGLE was seen at Cataraqui Bay. Also present were 13 AMERICAN COOTS, 2 COMMON MERGANSERS, 60 CANADA GEESE, 4 AMERICAN WIGEONS and a lone MALLARD. Wolfe Island today produced a few interesting species and numbers. Among the highlights were 30 TUNDRA SWANS, a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 131 WILD TURKEYS, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, and AMERICAN KESTREL, a BALD EAGLE, 7 SNOWY OWLS, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE and a COMMON RAVEN. Reason enough for that birder to return home happy.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Wellington Harbour continues to delight birders who set up their spotting scope, although many of the waterfowl there are almost within an arm`s length away. TRUMPETER SWAN Number K46 continues to be there along with a couple dozen TUNDRA SWANS, REDHEADS, HOODED MERGANSER and AMERICAN COOT. A male SNOWY OWL has been seen yesterday by many birders in the usual hunting location where the species seems to show up now every winter – just north of Wellington along County Road 2.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
It would seem that there are a few more BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS north of the immediate Quinte area, beyond the dozen or so seen at Stirling yesterday. Around 220 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS showed up today on North Hastings Avenue in Marmora. Get your crab apple trees in position; the Bohemians, they may be coming to a backyard near you. Lots of good birding back that way today. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on the Road of Memories, north of the village, and on Cordova Road at Beaver Road, 85 WILD TURKEYS  were counted. South of Maynooth today, 5 RED CROSSBILLS flew over, and closer to Belleville, an AMERICAN KESTREL was spotted on Baptist Church Road.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
In the Brighton area, a NORTHERN SHRIKE turned up behind JR`s Restaurant on Telephone Road today. The government dock at Presquìle Park was a good place to stand today. Nine TRUMPETER SWANS  were heard calling from at least three different directions out on Presquìle Bay. Two TUNDRA SWANS were swimming close to the dock, then took off heading toward Calf Pasture Point, calling all the way. The 275 MUTE SWANS on the bay were considered a low number, given that somewhere around 500 commonly winter in Presquìle waters. CANADA GEESE, REDHEADS, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and COMMON MERGANSER were also present. At least 25 AMERICAN ROBINS  were in the area of the Camp Office. 

 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
I might have known that the 2 female HARLEQUIN DUCKS would show up today in precisely the very spot where we looked for them, unsuccessfully, yesterday. Of course, we didn’t have much going for us yesterday at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, what with hurricane force winds and icy snow pelting us in the face! However, nice to know they didn’t succumb to the weather yesterday. Today, the two visiting ducks were happily preening themselves in the alcove by the iron bridge we crossed over in our search yesterday. Fewer MALLARDS there today than what were crowded in the alcove yesterday to escape the wind – only 45 today (75 yesterday). Four GADWALL also seen there, and a lone COMMON MERGANSER, likely the same one that flew off upon our approach yesterday. Today there were 2 BALD EAGLES at Elevator Bay, both soaring overhead.  One landed on the edge of the ice 200 metres offshore, and remained there for a while. North of Verona today, two BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, did a flyover, first of the winter for that area. A few BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS must be arriving now as others were seen near Stirling this week – more details in the Hastings County portion of this evening’s report. Today, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was at Lemoine Point Conservation Area. A hopeful BELTED KINGFISHER was seen along Front Road, and 4 AMERICAN COOTS were seen off Point Frederick Drive at the Royal Military College.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Wellington Harbour continues to host a bevy of waterfowl. Today, REDHEADS  were present, as well as HOODED MERGANSERS. There is quite an ice build-up at the bottom of Narrow Street now and a dozen LONG-TAILED DUCKS and COMMON GOLDENEYES were enjoying the icy water today. On Conley Road, one Wellington birder came across a nice flock of 30 or more AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. A feeder at South Bay continues to attract a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a male BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. A male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD is a regular now at a 23 Sprague Road feeder on Big Island. GADWALL, GREATER SCAUP (2200), and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER  were birds of note at Prince Edward Point today. Prince Edward Bay had a HORNED GREBE and there was a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER along Long Point Road. One TURKEY VULTURE in flight was seen at Sandbanks Park.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
And, if you are among many feeder operators who no longer have HOUSE SPARROWS  as a regular client, well, there is one feeder in Brighton that has a large flock on a regular basis which now and then provide a menu item for passing hawks. Today and yesterday, there was a high of 31 HOUSE SPARROWS, as well as a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Not much action today at Presqu’ile Park – likely everyone was still home picking up broken branches after yesterday’s ferocious winds. However, one person did spend some time on the park’s Marsh Boardwalk where 101 HERRING GULLS and a RED-TAILED HAWK were seen. Also noted were a couple MUTE SWANS, a lone SNOW BUNTING and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A now and again CAROLINA WREN made an encore appearance today at a Barry Heights backyard in Trenton, north of Telephone Road. It stayed only briefly, then flew off, and seems to be spending more time now at a neighbour’s feeder. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER shows up several times a day at a suet feeder at the Barry Heights feeder. On a shared use trail that runs beside the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course off Highway 37 north of Belleville, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS and a RUFFED GROUSE were seen today. South of there, at Foxboro, seen today were COOPER’S HAWK, AMERICAN ROBIN, NORTHERN CARDINAL, 5 HOUSE FINCHES, and 3 HOUSE SPARROWS. A dozen BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS showed up today in the Stirling area, a further indication coupled with the two seen today at Verona in Frontenac County, that this species may enjoy higher numbers in our area as the winter forges bravely ahead. It was predicted earlier in the fall that most BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS would likely stay in northern Ontario and western Canada because native Mountain-ash berry crops are good to bumper across the boreal forest. In recent winters, however, Bohemians have been coming south regularly every winter possibly due to reliable annual crops of abundant Buckthorn (Rhamnus) berries. So, keep your eyes peeled for their appearance in your backyard.
 
LENNOX AND ADDINGTON COUNTY
Today, at the Violet Dump east of Morven a GLAUCOUS GULL was seen, along with the usual HERRING GULLS and at least one GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. Three MUTE SWANS, 67 MALLARDS and 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS  were at the Parrott`s Bay Conservation Area near Amherstview. Near Bath, CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE  were present there.

 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 10:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
If you live in Wellington, or anywhere along the Lake Ontario shoreline, then wind was an issue today – very much so. Feeder birds not only sensed a storm coming today – they were in it and the importance of stuffing themselves with food translated in considerable activity at area bird feeders. There were 20 DARK-EYED JUNCOS at a Crofton feeder, and equal numbers at 23 Sprague Road on Big Island where all available feeders were covered with over 30 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS late this afternoon just before darkness fell. The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was still in hanging in there at the Crofton feeder. At South Bay where AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and dozens of DARK-EYED JUNCOS  crowded around a feeder, they were joined today by a male BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. The blustery winds probably can be attributed to an EASTERN TOWHEE passing through a yard on Low Street in Picton today. Wind was also a factor during the 71st Mid-Winter Waterfowl Inventory on Sunday, between Trenton and Point Petre with waves 6-10 feet and slush ice along shore. Some of the highlights included 3,931 CANADA GEESE with the majority of those seen at Wellington. MUTE SWANS on the count numbered 600, TRUMPETER SWANS (30) and 54 TUNDRA SWANS. A female NORTHERN PINTAIL showed up again at Wellington Harbour and was included in the day’s total, as well as a HOODED MERGANSER. The 1,112 LONG-TAILED DUCKS  were mostly seen at Point Petre. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were seen at Salmon Point, the Lakeshore Lodge area at Sandbanks Park, and along Huyck’s Point Road, for a total of 13. However, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS scored a bit higher at Prince Edward Point where 343 were tallied. High numbers were also enjoyed by GREATER SCAUP (3,500), REDHEAD (1,500) and LONG-TAILED DUCKS (1,543). Another 2,000 ducks flying out around Swetman Island were likely a mixture of scoters and LONG-TAILED DUCKS. One SURF SCOTER was also tallied. Nine BALD EAGLES comprising 5 immatures, 2 sub-adults and 2 mature adults  were also seen along with ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and MERLIN at Prince Edward Point.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
There was no absence of high winds this morning at Portsmouth Harbour where two of us went on a fool’s hike along the trail over the iron bridge in hopes of spotting the two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS that turned up last month and have been seen daily since. Not today though, and if they were out there, they were somewhere in between the high waves. We did find about 75 MALLARDS in the sheltered cove behind the iron footbridge, and two COMMON GOLDENEYES that remained atop the huge waves out on the lake long enough to be identified. A wild day down there today for sure, but that didn’t stop a few avid birders from doing some birding before the winds and the icy snow arrived. Along the more sheltered trail at the Marshlands Conservation Area TUFTED TITMOUSE showed up about 20 metres south of the first boardwalk. A PILEATED WOODPECKER  was also seen along the trail. a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on County Road 2 between Joyceville Road and Deer Ridge Road, and north of Verona, 100 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES responded to the impending storm this morning. Three GREAT HORNED OWLS  were giving concert at Collin’s Lake.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
An adult BALD EAGLE  was spotted today north of Stirling. Some nice sightings at Eldorado where EVENING GROSBEAKS (19), a BARRED OWL, and 26 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES  were noteworthy sightings. Along Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, 32 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES  were seen. Interesting how bird numbers seem to build when storms are brewing.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing from Presqu’ile Park today, likely due to the blustery winds and snow. However, at Port Hope, the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, seen yesterday, was back again today. On Albert Street, in Cobourg, 15 species noted there included a NORTHERN FLICKER, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 21 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 3 NORTHERN CARDINALS and 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.
 

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 09:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A summary of the Annual Mid-winter Waterfowl census, conducted yesterday, will be covered in tomorrow’s Bird Report, except for a few miscellaneous sightings which are included in this evening’s Report. Two adult BALD EAGLES  were spotted sitting on the ice at the west end of Consecon Lake. Closer to the east end of Consecon Lake along County Road 1 (Schoharie Road) a NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen. Along Highway 33, south of Victoria Road, an impressive flock of 200 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen. Over on King’s Road near Point Petre, 19 HORNED LARKS  were seen and a flock of 10 wintering COMMON GRACKLES  were seen along Salmon Point Road, a feeder that is also hosting a FOX SPARROW this winter. At least 6 of the 14 known TURKEY VULTURES wintering this year at Sandbanks Park remain at their roosting area.  Five NORTHERN CARDINALS and at least one WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continue at a Crofton feeder on Demorestville Road.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At Centennial Park and Beach, at Bath, the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE is still around as well as a SNOW GOOSE, 12 TUNDRA SWANS, a BELTED KINGFISHER and 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. At Napanee, 3 male NORTHERN CARDINALS  turned up at an East Street feeder late this afternoon.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In the Moira River along the Parrott Riverfront Trail in Belleville, a continuing female WOOD DUCK was there again today, along with 14 CANADA GEESE, an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, 200 MALLARDS,  and one COMMON GOLDENEYE. A BELTED KINGFISHER  was also seen there. On Airport Road near Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, some action there with a COOPER’S HAWK in pursuit of a MOURNING DOVE.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The only sightings to come in from Northumberland County was of a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Port Hope today, and a male NORTHERN PINTAIL at the Cobourg Peace Park where there were also 450 MALLARDS in dense packs.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS were at the Portsmouth Harbour, diving by the iron bridge early this morning. MALLARDS, GREATER SCAUP, GADWALL, CANADA GEESE, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYES and COMMON MERGANSERS  were also present there, but in low numbers.

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 08:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A NORTHERN SHRIKE and 125 SNOW BUNTINGS  were seen on Amherst Island today. A few nights ago a Hambly Road resident near Napanee was unable to sleep and went into the living room to read at about 11:00 p.m. At that moment, a BARRED OWL that was silently perched in the trees at the front of the house, started barking, loudly, scaring the unsuspecting resident half to death. Back on Amherst Island an immature BALD EAGLE and a NORTHERN FLICKER were seen on the west end of the island, and another immature BALD EAGLE, a female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were spotted at the island’s east end. Napanee’s famous male WOOD DUCK appeared again today in the river along the River Trail between the falls and the Centre Street bridge. Also there today were 73 CANADA GEESE, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and 142 MALLARDS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
As the Bay of Quinte succumbs to the cold temperatures, the amount of open water for waterfowl has also declined along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail. Today, only a single AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and 125 MALLARDS were seen there today. Similarly, at 12 O’clock Point at Carrying Place, the Bay of Quinte continues to harden and today, only a single COMMON GOLDENEYE and 2 MUTE SWANS  were present.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A pleasant surprise today was a BOHEMIAN WAXWING along River Ridge Road in the Kingston Mills area. The bird was first seen flying into junipers with a number of robins and was assumed to be just a cedar waxing, but when it emerged, it showed the grey plumage and the diagnostic rufous under tail coverts. It had been predicted that most BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS would likely stay in northern Ontario and western Canada this winter because native mountain-ash berry crops are good to bumper across the boreal forest. In recent winters, however, Bohemians have been coming south regularly every winter possibly due to reliable annual crops of abundant Buckthorn berries. On Howe Island today, 177 TUNDRA SWANS were present along with 390 COMMON MERGANSERS. Two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS  were found on the island and other notable finds were 5 BALD EAGLES, 18 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS. 4 PURPLE FINCHES, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER. A PILEATED WOODPECKER  was also seen today near the administration office at Frontenac Park. Not far from the Park, two TRUMPETER SWANS  were seen at the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was present today near Sydenham.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Two birders were out and about today in the Consecon area, about an hour apart from each other, finding pretty much the same species and numbers. At the end of Squires Street in Consecon at the mouth of Consecon Creek, 23 CANADA GEESE took flight when we arrived, with 2 MUTE SWANS being unfazed by the whirring of wings from the geese. Lake Ontario was a bit angry along Stinson Block Road but three species were noted – LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE. We found a flock (technically, a “murder”) of AMERICAN CROWS – 38 of them, in a field of corn stubble along Melville Road. The other birder continued on to Huck’s Point Road where he found a lone HORNED LARK. A RED-TAILED HAWK was on Bakker Road. Three TRUMPETER SWANS and a TUNDRA SWAN were at Wellington Beach, and a HOODED MERGANSER and fully 1,000 CANADA GEESE were at Wellington Harbour. On Victoria Road not far from Highway 33, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and an immature YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  were nice backyard birds there. At 23 Sprague Road, Big Island, 23 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and a male and female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD are regulars most days there. A NORTHERN FLICKER  was seen this afternoon along the Sprague/Monkman Trail west of Sprague Road.

 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 07:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A COOPER`S HAWK on a side street in Brighton was photographed today by resident Barry Kant as it polished off a small bird whose only mistake was to come to a bird feeder. At nearby Presquìle Park, 10 WILD TURKEYS  were back again today roaming an open field at the Calf Pasture. Elsewhere in the Park, 4 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, a BROWN CREEPER and 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS  were seen. Just north of the Park, on North Huff Road near Highway 2, a roosting flock of 375 EUROPEAN STARLINGS was seen, and a female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD  was at a feeder along the same road.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Once again, the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE  captured the attention of several birders at Bath. Observers say that the small goose is very easy to lose among the many CANADA GEESE that are also present at the location. Also seen there today was a BELTED KINGFISHER, a BALD EAGLE and 12 TRUMPETER SWANS. At Sandhurst Shores, 3 SNOW GEESE  were seen with some 400 CANADA GEESE. There were also 8 TUNDRA SWANS there, too.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Several birders were at Barcovan today to check out the waterfowl, but the main bird of interest wasn't in the water, it was in a backyard – an all white adult SNOWY OWL, and nearby, a BARRED OWL was in someone`s front yard! Back to the waterfowl in the Wellers Bay channel, 15 species were counted today, comprising 300 CANADA GEESE, 220 MUTE SWANS, 5 TRUMPETER SWANS (one with wing tag number K29), a single TUNDRA SWAN, 12 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 25 MALLARDS, 3 GREAT SCAUP, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 2 BUFFLEHEADS, 20 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 4 CANVASBACKS, and singles of RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, REDHEAD, a male RING-NECKED DUCK and female GREEN-WINGED TEAL. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen chasing a MOURNING DOVE. Certainly a good spot to be today. In another body of water, this time, in the Bay of Quinte that remains open under the Norris Whitney Bridge between Rossmore and Belleville, 220 COMMON GOLDENEYES made use of what  open water there was, along with 38 CANADA GEESE, 13 MUTE SWANS and a single COMMON MERGANSER. In the Moira River in downtown Belleville, the continuing female WOOD DUCK was once again seen, also a female NORTHERN PINTAIL and a BELTED KINGFISHER. Moving inland to the Haig Road Woods on the east side of Belleville, BELTED KINGFISHER, NORTHERN FLICKERS, GREAT HORNED OWL and around 120 AMERICAN ROBINS  were species of note.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Lots of birds in Prince Edward County today. Of course, no scarcity of BALD EAGLES. Eight immature BALD EAGLES were seen on the ice at one time at South Bay. They were various age groups and one adult flew over. One immature bird was eating a fish. One of those BALD EAGLES, or a different one altogether, was seen by another South Bay resident which spent about 20 minutes at the top of a black willow tree along the shoreline gazing out toward the lake.  Four BALD EAGLES  were seen from Lake on the Mountain, and another was at Prince Edward Point today. Four EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were spotted today along Long Point Road. At Prince Edward Point, some 2000 REDHEADS were seen off Timber Island and 600 LONG-TAILED DUCKS flew past the lighthouse at Prince Edward Point proper.  In Prince Edward Bay at the end of Kaiser Crossroad, a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a dozen TUNDRA SWANS were seen. Other birds of interest today was a continuing FOX SPARROW (2 had been present a day or two ago) at South Bay, a 1st winter ICELAND GULL along Cressy Bayside Road, an AMERICAN KESTREL along Cressy Lakeside Road, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on Lake on the Mountain Road and, closer to Picton, a NORTHERN SHRIKE along Rosseau Road, and a COOPER`S HAWK on Fish Lake Road near Demorestville. One AMERICAN COOT at Wellington Harbour today.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
And, the BALD EAGLE  sightings continued on down to Wolfe Island where one was seen there as well as 2 SNOWY OWLS and a dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. The female HARLEQUIN DUCKS  continue in the area of Portsmouth Harbour in Kingston. On up the shoreline, at Invista (Dupont Lagoons), the bay is frozen and only the lagoon and adjacent outflow with open water attracted a handful of species, including a couple TUNDRA SWANS, 8 GADWALL, 4 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 14 HOODED MERGANSERS and a few other species including a BELTED KINGFISHER. Further west at Reddendale, just east of Norman Rogers Airport, 38 GADWALL were there, 110 MALLARDS, 25 REDHEADS, 90 GREATER SCAUP, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 3 COMMON MERGANSERS and singles of AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and BUFFLEHEAD.
 

 


FRIDAY, JANUARY 06:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Seen again today at the Centennial Park and Beach in Bath was the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE. At Parrott`s Bay Conservation Area, birds of note seen there were RUFFED GROUSE and a RED-TAILED HAWK. Another RED-TAILED HAWK was seen east of Hay Bay on County Road 8. A BALD EAGLE was seen today at Fairfield Park at Amherstview. The male WOOD DUCK wasn't seen today in the Napanee River at Springside Park, but a BELTED KINGFISHER was there, as well as 130 CANADA GEESE, 12 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and an estimated 180 MALLARDS. Also present was a male AMERICAN BLACK DUCK/MALLARD hybrid, the bird showing a green strip running in an arch from the duck`s eye to the rear of the head.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
According to one GREAT BLUE HERON seen today, it is still summer. It was spotted in a little brook near Simpson Road, then flew off across Army Reserve Road toward Lighthall Road. Also questioning the season were 2 FOX SPARROWS at South Bay where there was also a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Other birds of note down there were at least 1,000 REDHEADS, 200 GREATER SCAUP, 7 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 75 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. A BALD EAGLE and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL were also seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Barcovan was the place to be today where 13 species of waterfowl were mingling in the channel and open waters of Wellers Bay. MUTE SWANS outnumbered everything else with 225 concentrated along the edge of the ice. Right behind them in numbers were 210 CANADA GEESE. Three each of TRUMPETER SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS, with AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARDS, 4 CANVASBACKS, REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and both RED-BREASTED and COMMON MERGANSERS. Along Atkins Road, north of Airport Road on the east side of Belleville, some good sightings there this morning were RUFFED GROUSE, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, MERLIN, and RED-TAILED HAWK. There was a PILEATED WOODPECKER at the H.R. Frink Centre today, and a BALD EAGLE along Enright Road north of Shannonville. The female WOOD DUCK is still hanging out in the Moira River in Belleville, and today, it was in the river across from the Empire Theatre.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A GREAT HORNED OWL was seen again at the Marshlands Conservation Road at Front Road, and a lone RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD  was also there.  The two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS  were seen again today in the Portsmouth Harbour area at Kingston. At Invista (Dupont Lagoons)16 GADWALL and 28 HOODED MERGANSERS  were among the 13 species of waterfowl seen there today. A GREAT BLUE HERON was also noted.  Over on Wolfe Island, a white morph SNOW GOOSE was  on the north shore and a blue morph was seen at Reeds Bay. Thirty-five TUNDRA SWANS, 2500 CANADA GEESE, and 4 GADWALL were also seen. Three SNOWY OWLS  were a nice find as was a BALD EAGLE.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
BALD EAGLES  are everywhere this winter it seems, and one was seen today soaring over the Presquìle Parkway. A SONG SPARROW and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were also in the area. On in the Park, another BALD EAGLE was seen at Beach 2 and the main road, 2 SONG SPARROWS  were at Salt Point, and and 8 WILD TURKEYS  were in the Calf Pasture field. Near Bailieboro today, at the west end of Rice Lake, more WILD TURKEYS – 63 of them foraging in a field. Also seen, a RED-TAILED HAWK.

 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 05:

 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
It was a day for BALD EAGLES, at least, in Prince Edward County anyway. Up to six are being seen every day along Hayward Long Reach at the entrance to Hay Bay. There were six there yesterday, viewed from Lyons Road along Highway 49, and three were there today, comprising both immatures and adult birds. An adult BALD EAGLE was seen today flying along the shore of Big Island and Northport. Others were seen today along Cressy Lakeside Road, South Bay and Sandbanks Park. Other birds of note seen today in Prince Edward County included a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK at Cressy where it zigzagged crazily after feeder birds, resulting in two BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES sitting motionless in a bush until the hawk left and it was safe again to resume activities. A NORTHERN FLICKER  was seen along the Sprague/Monkman Trail west of Sprague Road on Big Island late this afternoon. At least one TURKEY VULTURE is still hanging out on the beach at Sandbanks Park. At Marisett Road along County Road 11, there was an AMERICAN KESTREL on a utility wire. Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  are still regulars at a feeder in Crofton. On the mammal side of things, a BOBCAT was seen a few days ago along Glenora Road just east of Picton. Last night, the animal was heard to call and the consensus is that the BOBCAT is hanging out between Low Street and the Sportsman Motel on Glenora Road. There are several records of BOBCATS in the County dating back to the 1950s; they just don`t allow themselves to be seen that often.  
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few species of interest in the Milhaven and Bath areas today. The previously reported GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE  was seen again today at the Centennial Park and Beach in Bath, where 600 CANADA GEESE were counted, as well as a couple TUNDRA SWANS, 35 COMMON MERGANSERS, 15 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 55 MALLARDS, 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and a lone GADWALL. Also seen was a BALD EAGLE. North of Milhaven at Link Mills Road, 32 CEDAR WAXWINGS were seen.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
No sightings from Presquìle Park today at time of writing, but at Port Hope Harbour, an interesting goose was seen which was believed to be a cross between a ROSS`S GOOSE and a LESSER SNOW GOOSE. Noted was its small size, overall white with black wingtips, small round head with a beady black eye, but a bit too big for a pure ROSS`S GOOSE, with black gape line and no basal coruscations. On Albert Street, in Cobourg, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was seen, as well as a NORTHERN FLICKER and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Fred Helleiner’s Presqu’ile Bird Report for the past week has been uploaded to the NatureStuff website, and can be found by CLICKING HERE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A HERMIT THRUSH was present today in the pine plantation beside the trail at Marshlands Conservation Area in Kingston. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was also seen at the conservation area. The two HARLEQUIN DUCKS have become something of a fixture these past several days in the Portsmouth Harbour area off King Street Today, they were diving off the rocks by the iron bridge. At the Hillview Pond at Collin`s Bay where an immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON had been seen late in the fall, an adult male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen there today, feeding with MALLARDS. Other noteworthy species today included a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD  at Elevator Bay, a CANVASBACK at Invista, and 25 SNOW BUNTINGS on Aragon Road north of the city.

 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 04:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A MUTE SWAN seemed like it was about to be swallowed up by a tight raft of REDHEADS and GREATER SCAUP at Calf Pasture Point at Presqu’ile Park today. Actually, there were around 100 MUTE SWANS, with most of them on out in Presqu’ile Bay and only a handful closer to shore, in the cove, where the REDHEADS (600) and the GREATER SCAUP (200) were able to seek shelter from the strong winds. Seemingly not bothered by the choppy conditions on the bay were 200 COMMON GOLDENEYE and the same number of HERRING GULLS and at least 2 adult GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Meanwhile in the town of Brighton, one feeder a few days ago had a continuing COOPER’S HAWK and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
No sightings came in today from Prince Edward County.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At the north end of Elmwood Drive, on Atkin’s Road on the east side of Belleville, 28 DARK-EYED JUNCOS were counted as they flew from a recently harvested corn field to a fencerow. The corn field probably contributed to the presence of some 27 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 65 MOURNING DOVES and 36 ROCK PIGEONS, not to mention a small number of CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and MALLARDS. In Foxboro, two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  continue to visit a feeder. EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and AMERICAN ROBINS were seen again today at Stirling. In Eldorado, bird feeders there were bustling in the wake of heavy snow, the showstoppers being 28 EVENING GROSBEAKS which visited all available feeders.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Despite the high winds today, Kingston area birders were able to locate some nooks and crannies where winds wouldn’t cause their spotting scopes to topple over. At Doug Fluhrer Park along the Cataraqui River, an uncommon ICELAND GULL continued there. Also present were TUNDRA SWANS (2), GADWALL (2), MALLARDS (10), GREATER SCAUP (10), and 100 COMMON MERGANSERS. Also seen there was a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. In the sheltered waters of Cataraqui Bay along Front Road, 15 AMERICAN COOTS  were a highlight, mingling with 112 COMMON MERGANSERS, 400 GREATER SCAUP, 100 REDHEADS and lesser numbers of CANADA GEESE, GADWALL, MALLARDS and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Out in the central bay area and also by the stone wall along the west side, were 55 HOODED MERGANSERS. North of the city, 11 TRUMPETER SWANS  were present in the Chaffeys Lock area along with a BALD EAGLE. Back down in the city, some miscellaneous sightings included a RED-TAILED HAWK at the corner of Taylor Kidd Blvd. and Princes Street, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Oakridge off Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd., and a PEREGRINE FALCON struggling against the strong winds and barely moving at Portsmouth Avenue and Bath Road. BROWN CREEPER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a GREAT HORNED OWL were birds of note at the Marshlands Conservation Area along King Street today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
In amongst the hundred or so CANADA GEESE at Centennial Park and Beach at Bath today was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE. The adult bird was swimming just offshore with the geese. At Loyalist Marina, in Bath, at 8:00 a.m., before the winds came up, species present were 65 CANADA GEESE, a couple AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 13 MALLARDS, 2 GREATER SCAUP, 25 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 6 COMMON MERGANSERS and a half dozen RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.

 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 03:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Regardless of less than ideal weather conditions today, numerous birders were still lot and about today with camera and binoculars. A BALD EAGLE posed for one resident east of Lake on the Mountain. On Weese Road a dead BARRED OWL was found on a lawn. In Wellington, business was brisk at the harbour with 16 species present, 13 of them waterfowl, including an unprecedented 18 TRUMPETER SWANS. An impressive number for a species that was re-introduced to Prince Edward County only 10 years ago, at Big Island and Huff’s Island. No other bird sightings of significance, but there were a couple mammal sightings of interest. At Lake on the Mountain, a family of 4 RIVER OTTERS turned up, cavorting in the water. Also at Lake on the Mountain, but a bit east of there, a resident watched a RED FOX pick out a squirrel, pursuing it with great ambition, only to lose it as it escaped into a lilac thicket. Foiled, the fox picked out another squirrel, which stupidly had its back turned and was still foraging under the feeders. The fox gave the squirrel a few quick shakes and then dropped it, obviously thinking the squirrel was dead. Not quite!The squirrel raced into the thicket and up into the branches of the lilac. The fox followed, found a slanting lilac trunk and raced after the squirrel, only to have the squirrel retreat higher, onto a branch too thin and too straight for the fox to manage. The home owner said it was the first time she had seen a fox attempt to climb a tree to catch its prey.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Located barely inside the Hastings County border, Barcovan at Wellers Bay had 7 TRUMPETER SWANS today, but fewer MUTE SWANS than yesterday – only 150. A first year GLAUCOUS GULL flew by at one point. In total, nine waterfowl species were here today, the same as yesterday. There were 200 MUTE SWANS there yesterday, compared to the 150 today. At Eldorado, the first BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in any appreciable number, appeared today, 25 of them. Six EVENING GROSBEAKS, comprising 4 males and 2 females were at a feeder there again today. Ten EVENING GROSBEAKS came to a a feeder near Maynooth today. Closer to Belleville, 5 HOUSE FINCHES and 20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were species of note in Foxboro, and four HOUSE FINCHES and a NORTHERN CARDINAL were at a feeder on Dunnett Blvd.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Park, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was at the Campground Office feeder, and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was heard at the Nature Centre. At Salt Point in Presqu’ile Bay on the north side of the Park, 12 species seen there included 150 MUTE SWANS, 25 REDHEADS, 20 GREATER SCAUP, 40 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 10 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 2 COMMON MERGANSER. Although some distance out of Northumberland County, an interesting species to be seen hovering over Lock 25 in Peterborough yesterday, was an OSPREY, apparently oblivious to the fact that OSPREYS normally are not seen this late in the season. A search of the area today failed to reveal it again.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
After slumbering for 22 years, the Moscow Christmas Bird Count was "resurrected" this year, on January 2nd, with many of the past volunteers coming out of retirement to cover their former areas.  Highlights of the day were: 2 COOPER’S HAWKS, 2 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 9 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 2 GREAT HORNED OWLS, 1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 6 PILEATED WOODPECKERS and 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES. Today, north of the Lennox Generating Plant, an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen. A PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen at the Lennox and Addington General Hospital in Napanee, but whether as a visitor or as an out patient wasn’t revealed. From the lookout over the bay in Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area, west of Amherstview, a handful of species present there were 65 MALLARDS, a GREATER SCAUP, 2 COMMON MERGANSERS and a single PIED-BILLED GREBE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and BROWN CREEPER  were noteworthy species north of Verona, and near Collin’s Lake, another RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER turned up along with A NORTHERN FLICKER. At the former Kingston Penitentiary property, a SNOWY OWL turned up today, and another was seen on Day’s Road. The two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS continued to draw a few birders in the Portsmouth Harbour area where other species of note included 11 GADWALL and a COMMON LOON. In  Elevator Bay, a COMMON LOON  was there, too, in company with CANADA GEESE, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER.
 

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 02:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
This white morph SNOW GOOSE (photo by Helmer Nielsen of Odessa)  continues to be seen at Heritage Point in Bath. A KILLDEER, found yesterday nearby on a small spit 100 metres east of a bench, first found yesterday, was also present again today.  A blue morph SNOW GOOSE was also in the area today. The Moscow Christmas Bird Count today – the last of the CBC’s for this season – produced a few interesting species including 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 2 RUFFED GROUSE, a COOPER’S HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL and a PILEATED WOODPECKER.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A sprinkling of CANADA GEESE continue to occupy the opens waters and ice at Wellington Harbour and West Lake. Yesterday, there were fully 2200 of them! Even MUTE SWANS had burgeoned to high numbers in the area, 138, the highest number so far this winter. Among them were 8 TUNDRA SWANS, 54 MALLARDS, 5 REDHEADS, 9 GREATER SCAUP, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and 20 COMMON GOLDENEYE. Today at Prince Edward Point, both HORNED GREBE and RED-NECKED GREBE  were seen – one of each, and a GLAUCOUS GULL. It has been a good season so far for GLAUCOUS GULLS  with at least 7 being seen in the County since late November. A birder strolling along the Millennium Trail at Smoke’s Point Road, toward Gardenville Marsh came across a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and  numerous AMERICAN ROBINS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Outside Brighton, both a COOPER’S HAWK and two RED-TAILED HAWKS turned up today. Inside Presqu’ile Park, at the government dock at Presqu’ile Bay, 50 MUTE SWANS were present, a paltry figure compared to the many hundreds that can usually be seen here (they were all at Barcovan today !), but a hundred each of REDHEADS and GREATER SCAUP were present, along with 4 BUFFLEHEAD and 50 COMMON GOLDENEYE. During the 15 minutes there birding, no fewer than 4 BALD EAGLES casually drifted by. Port Hope Harbour paled in comparison to elsewhere today, but did produced a sprinkling of CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS and COMMON GOLDENEYE, while at the Eldorado Pier in the same town, COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were also noted. Cobourg Harbour produced 300 MALLARDS and low numbers of 8 other waterfowl species. BELTED KINGFISHER and PILEATED WOODPECKER  were species of note at the Garden Hill Conservation Area near Campbellcroft.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Four EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen, with more heard in the distance, off the Trans Canada Trail midway between Stirling and Gallivan Road. Barcovan at Wellers Bay has opened nicely with a good selection of waterfowl. One Belleville birder counted 200 MUTE SWANS which represented only half the flock that was there. Three hundred CANADA GEESE, 21 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 12 MALLARDS, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 6 BUFFLEHEADS, 30 COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 6 COMMON MERGANSERS represented the species present.  Best species seen there today by a Trenton birder was a male NORTHERN PINTAIL. Some nice species along Plumpton Road, north of Corbyville including a RED-TAILED HAWK, and a possible breeding pair of BARRED OWLS establishing territory, viewed along the roadside at noon today. A single flock of 50 MOURNING DOVES was also in the same area. Along the Parrott Riverfront Trail in Belleville today, a continuing female WOOD DUCK (photo by Keith Gregoire of Belleville) was present again. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at the corner of Highway 2 and Boulton Road, west of Trenton. A RED-TAILED HAWK was on Bell Blvd. today in Belleville.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS cavorting in the waters of the Portsmouth Harbour area continue to draw birders, where 4 GADWALL and a few other waterfowl species were present today. At Belle Park along the Cataraqui River in Kingston, a TUFTED TITMOUSE appeared today, found along the golf course edge, but the observer discovered to his delight that there were actually two of them calling back and forth. Other good sightings there today were 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS, BELTED KINGFISHER, BARRED OWL, RED-TAILED HAWK and a NORTHERN FLICKER. Nearby Doug Fluhrer Park was not to be outdone though; an ICELAND GULL and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL turned up there. Over on Wolfe Island, 50 HORNED LARKS turned up as well as a BALD EAGLE, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 4 SNOWY OWLS, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL, a PILEATED WOODPECKER and a COMMON RAVEN. 
 

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 01:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
January 1st – the start of a brand, new year, and for birders, the start of a new year’s list of birds sighted. Today, birders were all bustling around with a happy kind of madness that the whole world could use a lot more of, as they opened up their checklists, and got started. The CANADA GOOSE  was an easy one to start with as there were at least 1,000 in West Lake at Wellington Harbour. Others putting in an appearance there were 75 MUTE SWANS, 10 TUNDRA SWANS, 75 MALLARDS, 20 GREATER SCAUP, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS,  30 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and one each of REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD and HOODED MERGANSER. These SNOW BUNTINGS (photo by David Allan of Toronto) were encountered a few days ago near Beaver Meadow Conservation Area, numbering well over 1,000, and were still present today in lesser numbers. TURKEY VULTURES which we normally have to wait until spring to get on our lists are still at Sandbanks where they have been since fall, exploiting the victims of avian botulism along the shoreline. There were six there today from an earlier high of 11. A good population this winter of wintering RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES with one seen today in the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use area of Sandbanks. For anyone wanting to get a few raptors on their list, today was a good day. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen along Highway 33 west of Bloomfield, a MERLIN was near Sandbanks Park at the corner of County Roads 12 & 18, a NORTHERN HARRIER turned up in the Dunes area of Sandbanks, and an AMERICAN KESTREL was on Huff’’s Island Road, likely the same one that we came across during the Christmas Bird Count. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen near Black River where four EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were also seen, and a MERLIN was at Prince Edward Point, and a BALD EAGLE  was spotted checking out the menu at nearby Timber Island. Across from the Observatory, there was a large raft of ducks, numbering about 4,000, comprising a fifty/fifty split of GREATER SCAUP and REDHEADS. There were lesser numbers of LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. Present in South Bay were 100 swans, the majority of them MUTE SWANS. A BROWN CREEPER and a female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  were also seen in the area.  Fifty-three MOURNING DOVES  were seen at Milford.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
As snow struggles to maintain at least a ground covering, this is translating in some good feeder birds, such as the 21 DARK-EYED JUNCOS at a feeder on the west side of Belleville. HOUSE FINCHES  seem to be experiencing a decline in numbers from their incredible highs of the 1980s, but one was at a Foxboro feeder today along with 20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, a species that seems to be showing up this winter in huge flocks at most feeders.  A PILEATED WOODPECKER  was also present in the same backyard.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A SNOW GOOSE obligingly hung around to get on a few birders’ lists at Milhaven today. Birders checking out the waterfowl across from the Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area got COMMON MERGANSER, HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, GREATER SCAUP, MALLARD and CANADA GOOSE. However, it was just west of there at Heritage Point at Bath where birders hit pay dirt with a KILLDEER, calling as it flew by. TUNDRA SWAN, NORTHERN HARRIER, RING-BILLED and HERRING GULL as well as GLAUCOUS GULL were added to the checklist, as was a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a handful of CANADA GEESE – 2130 of them!
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Near Fenella today, just south of Alderville, a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a RED-TAILED HAWK put in an appearance. In the same general area, Peter’s Woods produced 2 RUFFED GROUSE and 3 WILD TURKEYS, while just north of Centreton, 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were highlights there, and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen at the Burnley Carmel NCC property. This PILEATED WOODPECKER cooperated for one pair of birders/photographer (photo by Barry Kant of Brighton). Also at Presqu’ile Park, two adult BALD EAGLES were seen today on the ice at Calf Pasture Point, and a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen near the Park entrance.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Birders at the Doug Fluhrer Park in Kingston found GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, a BALD EAGLE and a PIED-BILLED GREBE. And, yes – the two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were kind enough to stick around today at Portsmouth Harbour, much to the delight of birders. Birders on Wolfe Island today chalked up WILD TURKEY, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL and SNOW BUNTING (80). Species missed today? Possibly the LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and ICELAND GULL that had been seen yesterday at the Doug Fluhrer Park, and a GRYFALCON at Gardiner’s Road and Bath Road, also seen yesterday. There’s always tomorrow.....
 

 


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31:

Very few few sightings came in today, due to the weather largely, and the fact that it is New Year’s Eve. Those that did come in, will be incorporated into tomorrow’s Report.  So, I want to take this opportunity as we prepare to enter 2017,  to thank all of you so much for your continued support of the Quinte Area Bird Report. Despite the growing interest in eBird to which I occasionally submit checklists of birds seen myself, it is comforting to see the Quinte Area Bird Report still hanging in there and still enjoying enthusiastic readership. The Quinte Area Bird Report on the NatureStuff website began in 2003, and started out as a weekly summary of birds in just Prince Edward County. Ten years later, it morphed into a daily report and started incorporating sightings from five different counties – Northumberland, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington and Frontenac. Subsequently, the Report burgeoned in size, and one faithful reader suggested that the Report should probably be divided into counties to facilitate easier reading. My thanks also to the many photographers who contribute photos each day for the Report. And, if no photos come in, I can always draw upon my archive of over 3,400 bird photos that I have on file, all of them taken by local photographers.
 
For at least four years, the Bird Report has been enjoying an annual following of more than 30,000 readers. As of tonight, we have reached the 30,200 mark since January 1st of 2016. Tomorrow, we set back the counter, and start all over again. These figures tell me that there is still an appetite for the more informal approach to the Bird Report, beyond the checklist form that we see in eBird. I enjoy taking all the sightings and going through them to seek out a possible trend or thread, and creating a story with the sightings that I have received. Does it take very long to compile? Yeah – but it is difficult to determine as I file away bird sightings and checklists throughout the day as I receive them or download them from eBird. The actual Report, once I have all my fuel, takes about two to three hours to compile, select the accompanying photos and upload everything to my website. But, it is a labour of love and one which I enjoy doing. I don’t drink or smoke, and I don’t watch television. My only vice, if you can call it that, is my mild addiction to Facebook and YouTube!
 
Thank you again for your continuing support. In closing, I wish everyone a Happy New Year, and the wish for you to add even more species to your life list. Hopefully, you will continue to learn about their presence through the daily Bird Report. 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30:

HASTINGS COUNTY
The waterfowl are gathering at Barcovan at the channel between Lake Ontario and Wellers Bay, but the amount of open water though is temperature dependant. Today, the small patch of open water produced nine AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 4 scaups of undetermined species, a pair of LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and five TRUMPETER SWANS, one bearing wing tag number K29. An hour trek along the Trans Canada Trail from Twiddy Road north of Ivanhoe, west to the grasslands wasn’t all for naught for one Belleville birder who came upon a flock of 50 SNOW BUNTINGS. A couple other miscellaneous sightings in Hastings County included 2 PURPLE FINCHES at the H.R. Frink Centre and, just west of there, at the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area along Mudcat Road, a BALD EAGLE  was seen. A GREAT HORNED OWL was found today in the woods off Haig Road, Belleville.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Some good sightings at Morrison’s Point around the Smith’s Bay/South Bay area. Among the more notable were NORTHERN FLICKER, 20 AMERICAN ROBINS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BALD EAGLE and 8 wild turkeys. At a South Bay feeder today, some of the special guests included PURPLE FINCH, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. A Luck’s Crossroad resident near Picton  got up this morning to find a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK perched on the railing of her sundeck. It was a good half hour before life resumed again at the feeders. The resident went on to reveal that the hawk, or one like him, enjoyed a red squirrel breakfast on Christmas morning – not such a great Christmas for the squirrel! At Prince Edward Point yesterday, a BARRED OWL showed up, but there was other activity too including 4 MALLARDS, 50 REDHEADS, 50 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP and 75 LONG-TAILED DUCKS. Also seen was a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 40 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 2 RUFFED GROUSE and 20 AMERICAN CROWS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A female BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD continues to be a regular guest at a feeder along Hambly Road, just off County Road 9/River Road, near Napanee. Some interesting sightings on Amherst Island today, among them a SNOWY OWL, MERLIN and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. West of Stella along Front Road, 14 TRUMPETER SWANS  were seen as were singles of HOODED MERGANSER and BALD EAGLE. In fact, there were at least four BALD EAGLES  seen during the day on the island. One was an adult flying west along the north shore of the island about a kilometre from the ferry landing. Another two adults were found circling the east end of the island and an immature was perched in a tree at the church on Stella 40 Foot Road. Several GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS  were seen. Raptors included AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-TAILED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in addition to the MERLIN mentioned earlier. A SWAMP SPARROW  was flushed from some cattails at the east end of the island and a WINTER WREN was also found.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A BARRED OWL was seen this morning in Presqu’ile Park during an 8-km walk by one Brighton couple. Surprises like that are always rewarding. Not always a welcome sight due to their invasive nature is the MUTE SWAN. The waters of Presqu’ile Park are well known as harbouring areas for this species, and today, there were 350 in Presqu’ile Bay. BALD EAGLES  were seen in the Park, too – 2 adults soaring over Owen Point. Two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS  were found in conifers by the government dock, and a first year GLAUCOUS GULL was noted on Gull Island. Also seen was a SNOWY OWL, sitting on ice in Presqu’ile Bay about a kilometre offshore from Gosport. Two big flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS, comprising 275 birds were seen at Owen Point and on Gull Island, the most seen so far this winter.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The two HARLEQUIN DUCKS continue to be seen in the Portsmouth Harbour area in Kingston. Not far to the west, at Invista (Dupont Lagoons), some impressive sightings there today including 1,000 GREATER SCAUP, 135 REDHEADS, 175 MALLARDS, 6 AMERICAN WIGEONS, and 4 AMERICAN COOTS. On down Front Road to the west at Lemoine Point Conservation Area, in addition to a NORTHERN FLICKER being present, a birder there counted 45 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 20 of which surrounded him following an offering of some sunflower seed, all of them appearing ravenous to get the seed. Up the Cataraqui River a bit to the Doug Fluhrer Park, only four species were noted there, but among them was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

 


THURSDAY DECEMBER 29:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
BALD EAGLES  were the only birds reported in Prince Edward County today. One was sitting nonchalantly in a willow tree at Cressy, and another was seen flying over the Quinte Skyway Bridge between Prince Edward County and Deseronto. Both birds were adults. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The female NORTHERN PINTAIL, initially found during Tuesday’s Belleville Christmas Bird Count, continues to be seen at the sewage treatment plant along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail. On the west side of Belleville, a resident there was just getting set up to do a count of birds at his feeding station when a COOPER’S HAWK made a pass through the yard and frightened off a much larger congregation of birds. , leaving him with only a lone BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, 12 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 4 HOUSE FINCHES, 7 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 2 HOUSE SPARROWS and 9 EUROPEAN STARLINGS. Not a whole lot happening today at the H.R. Frink Centre, north of Belleville – just the usual species common to that area – MOURNING DOVE, HAIRY WOODPECKER, BLUE JAY, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The Lake Ontario shoreline near the Lennox Generating Plant produced an interesting array of waterfowl. In addition to some 1,000 CANADA GEESE, there was a SNOW GOOSE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARDS, GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON MERGANSER. To add a bit of variety, a BALD EAGLE, 1 ICELAND GULL and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were present as well.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Much of the activity in Kingston today was fixated on the visiting HARLEQUIN DUCKS in the Portsmouth Harbour area  which were still present despite the horizontal wet snow and rain. Also present in the rough seas were LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, along with a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. North of Verona, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  continues to be regularly seen there.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing reported from Presqu’ile Park today, but the Parkway leading toward the Park entrance had 13 species seen in just a half hour. Among those wer 12 AMERICAN ROBINS, a RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a SONG SPARROW. Along the north portion of Huff Road, north of the Park, 22 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen in a tree beside a feeder, and another RED-TAILED HAWK was spotted along the south portion of the same road.

 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Always best to look up whenever you see a skein of CANADA GEESE flying overhead. One such flock containing hundreds near Milhaven today contained this white morph SNOW GOOSE. Out from the Lennox Generating Plant today, another birder found three blue morph SNOW GEESE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
In Kingston, it wasn’t geese, but another species of waterfowl that captured the attention of birders down there – two female/immature HARLEQUIN DUCKS that were observed by several birders long the shoreline in the area of of the Kingston Olympic Harbour at Portsmouth, the Beechgrove Complex and Lake Ontario Park. The birds showed up today after an absence of several days, first seen December 18th. According to one birder, the rarities spent much of the day just off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and were very tolerant of observers, dog walkers and others. Best bet, he wrote, would be to park at the harbour itself, accessed off Yonge Street and walk west along the shoreline. From about 11:00 a.m. today until early afternoon, they were in the area in front of the apartments or just west of the iron bridge. Earlier in the morning they were west of this location by just a few hundred metres in front of the Providence Care Hospital. A suggestion is to park at the harbour (no charge) and following the paved trail west until they are found. At Doug Fluhrer Park along the Cataraqui River, just north of the LaSalle Causeway in Kingston, 124 COMMON MERGANSERS were present there today, along with a HOODED MERGANSER.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Lists of birds seen from a couple areas during yesterday’s 15th Annual Belleville Christmas Bird Count, this time from two areas covered in and north of the city. Among the waterfowl seen in the river and nearby included 327 MALLARDS, a female WOOD DUCK, and a female NORTHERN PINTAIL. A first year and a second year GLAUCOUS GULL were seen on the ice, and also seen on the ice along shore were a male and female PEREGRINE FALCON which were seen again in the downtown area later in the day chasing pigeons. A BELTED KINGFISHER  was on the river about a kilometre from the mouth. North of the city, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (4)  were seen, plus 190 AMERICAN ROBINS.Two BROWN CREEPERS, 9 PURPLE FINCHES, 4 RED-TAILED HAWKS and a NORTHERN FLICKER  were also noted by the team covering that area. Today,  EVENING GROSBEAKS  continue to visit a feeder in Eldorado. Yesterday there were 16. Today, there were 9.  There was a GREAT HORNED OWL at the Harmony Road wetland late this afternoon.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
No sightings came in today from Presqu’ile Park, and the only thing to come in from neighbouring Brighton was a bird feeder report which contained among the 14 species tallied 37 HOUSE SPARROWS, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a COOPER’S HAWK. A juvenile BALD EAGLE  passed over the house.
 
 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In every Christmas Bird Count, it’s a game of winning a few, and losing a few. Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROW that are regulars at a bird feeder in Crofton, failed to show for us today. Today was the date for the Belleville Christmas Bird Count, much of which extends into Prince Edward County. My party covered the west half of Big Island, Crofton, Mountain View, Huff’s Island and Massasauga Point, starting at 7:00 a.m. and finishing at 3:30 p.m. So if you saw a vehicle creeping by your house today with a rotating amber beacon on the roof, and two suspicious-looking fellows with their binoculars aimed in your direction, it was only us. We meant no harm. My party found 30 species and among the more noteworthy finds were an immature BALD EAGLE, a COMMON RAVEN, 16 WILD TURKEYS, a GREAT BLUE HERON and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. The only open water we had in our area was a small bit at Massassauga Point where we checked off, among other species, 15 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 35 COMMON MERGANSERS. A chance drive down a dead end road toward the Sawguin Marsh produced a NORTHERN HARRIER. An AMERICAN KESTREL obligingly flew past us on Huff’s Island Road, returning to perch on a utility pole directly in front of the car. HOUSE SPARROWS, something of a rarity these days in some areas, were found at two locations, and two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES turned up at feeders at either end of Massassauga Road. The scarcity of a wild food crop in our area translated into few AMERICAN ROBINS being seen, compared to the 5,000 or so on the Sandbanks Christmas Bird Count. Today, we found only 13. It was a good day – a long day – but a good day. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was spotted toward the east end of Big Island, too far out of the count circle to be included, and the BALD EAGLE  was barely inside the count circle. Similarly, the GREAT BLUE HERON flew from across Highway 62 heading directly into our area. It was quickly included on the list. And, although we failed in our bid to find the WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, others did turn up up elsewhere and were seen by other census takers working different areas of the count circle. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Although an area of Hastings County is included in the Belleville Bird Count circle, results from other volunteers with the effort will gradually trickle in over the next little while. A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen today near the dam at Corbyville, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and four PURPLE FINCHES  were seen today at Foxboro. Up in the Eldorado area, 16 EVENING GROSBEAKS  appeared at a feeder.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
During the Napanee Christmas Bird Count, also held today, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was one of the highlights. Near Wilton Creek, a massive flock of SNOW BUNTINGS appeared for one lucky party doing that area. The long - wide field, said the birder who saw them, was full as far as they could see.  West of Millhaven, an observer today located an adult white morph SNOW GOOSE, 6 CACKLING GEESE, a TUNDRA SWAN, and at least 1650 CANADA GEESE. At Adolphustown, a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was seen.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A FOX SPARROW showed up today in a Brighton backyard where there were also 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
At Collin’s Bay, some of the waterfowl present there today included 19 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 GADWALL, 4 REDHEADS, and a mixture of GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSERS  and MALLARDS. Depot Creek Nature Reserve, on First Lake Road, north of Bellrock, produced some nice finds including a COOPER’S HAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE and a BROWN CREEPER.

 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 26:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON
A few miscellaneous sightings made over Christmas and today. The male WOOD DUCK can still be seen daily in the Napanee River below the falls, usually associating with the MALLARDS.  At Amherst Island yesterday, a few of the more noteworthy birds seen there were 2 BALD EAGLES, a couple GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 TURKEY VULTURE, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and an AMERICAN KESTREL. At Heritage Point at Bath, a dozen TUNDRA SWANS  were present there along with 3 GADWALL and a SNOW GOOSE. In a field across from the Millhaven Inn, north of Highway 33, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE  has been present.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Lots of BARRED OWLS around this winter. They seem to turn up daily, somewhere. One was seen today along Highway 49, just north of Lower Slash Road. Two COMMON GRACKLES, 1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a NORTHERN FLICKER were seen today on Elmwood Drive just north of Highway 2 on the east side of Belleville
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The only sighting to come in today from Northumberland County was of a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW just north of Harbour Street in Brighton. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Two PURPLE FINCHES and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH are regulars at a feeder at South Bay. On Lake Street/County Road 10 near Ridge Road, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen. Just west of Beaver Meadow, 100 SNOW BUNTINGS took flight from an open field. A lone SNOW GOOSE  continues to be seen in West Lake at Wellington. Other species at Wellington Harbour are 1500 CANADA GEESE, 1 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, 109 MALLARDS, 1 REDHEAD, a male RING-NECKED DUCK, 4 GREATER SCAUP, 3 BUFFLEHEAD and 14 COMMON GOLDENEYES. Because most of West Lake is frozen, waterfowl numbers are impressive some days, like the 185 MUTE SWANS and 58 TUNDRA SWANS counted yesterday.

 


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
The preliminary results of the Kingston Christmas Bird Count on December 18th showed a total of 97 species. This is still 6 species below the 20 year average of 103 but 13 species higher than year’s record low of just 84 species. The census circle is centred on the tip of Garden Island and covers the entire west end of Wolfe Island to the south, and all of Kingston from the ‘west end’ out to the Howe Island ferry in the east. It extends north above the 401 to include Little Cataraqui Creek CA and Kingston Mills.
 
The day according to their report started off with extremely hazardous road conditions that delayed the start for many, particularly on Wolfe Island. Conditions slowly improved over the day with temperatures rising from -5°C to -1°C. Wind speeds of up to 30 km/h were noted from the NW and all inland water bodies were frozen after a week of extremely cold temperatures. However, Lake Ontario was still open allowing several sectors to pick up a variety of waterfowl. With alternating freezing rain, snow, more freezing rain, snow, rain, then sunshine, as well as up to 30 cm of snow cover, 49 field participants and 11
feeder watchers contributed to a successful day tallying 97 species at days end. 
 
In addition to the 97 species tabulated, there were two count week additions (TURKEY VULTURE and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER). Count week species are additional species seen on the 3 days before or after count day (18th). The 49 birders with binoculars (plus 11 feeder watchers) found 34,397 birds. A new species on the Count this year was a EURASIAN-COLLARED DOVE that first showed up on December 12th, in the Balsam Grove area off Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston.
 
A few highlights of the count included 2 HARLEQUIN DUCK, 2 RUDDY DUCKS, 8 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. 4 BARRED OWLS, 1 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, 1036 AMERICAN ROBINS, 4 FOX SPARROWS, 340 DARK-EYED JUNCOS (beating their all time high of 263), 23 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and 309 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES (previous high 263). A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD that has been a regular at a feeder on Wolfe Island also made it on the count.
 
MUTE SWANS came in at 98 compared to the annual average of 26 seen most years on the count, reflecting the continuing increase in numbers that this invasive species is experiencing. Also high in numbers compared to other years were LONG-TAILED DUCK (1320), WILD TURKEY (185) and SNOW BUNTING (1246). Conversely, other species showed a drop in numbers, some like the SONG SPARROW and HOUSE FINCH reflecting population decreases that these two species have also experienced in recent years. Despite COMMON REDPOLLS being almost non-existent last winter, and very few around yet this winter, one lone individual did make it on the day’s list.
 
Of course, there are always those species that would normally be expected which no amount of searching could produce, among them BLACK SCOTER, NORTHERN HARRIER and BONAPARTE’S GULLS.

 


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
One Brighton resident, out for a leisurely 8.6 kilometre stroll at Presqu’ile Park, came across some 30 SNOW BUNTINGS in an open area where the picnic rental building is located. Farther along, a BROWN CREEPER  showed up just east of the Nature Centre.  Eight BUFFLEHEADS were seen off Chatterton Point, and 75 LONG-TAILED DUCKS  were spotted out from the Clarke Denison House. Six EUROPEAN STARLINGS  showed up along Paxton Drive. At the feeders beside the Bird Sightings Reporting Board, present were BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, both  RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, NORTHERN CARDINALS, BLUE JAYS, and DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS. In the Campbellcroft area, north of Port Hope, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen at the Garden Hill Conservation Area.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 7 HOUSE FINCHES and 2 PURPLE FINCHES are visiting a feeder in Foxboro.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Notable today was a flock of  100 SNOW BUNTINGS on County Road 11, just west of Beaver Meadow.  A COMMON GRACKLE showed up today at a Cressy feeder.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
On Desmond Road near Camden East 60 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were seen as numbers of this species increase at many bird feeders cross the region right now. While the numbers of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES are apt to fluctuate in the weeks to come depending on the whims of these nomadic birds, it is likely a given that the high number of AMERICAN ROBINS will remain stable provided the wild food crops hold out. Fifty were noted today southeast of Napanee, at the McIntyre railway crossing where there is some great wooded habitat and swamp. Ten RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  were also here.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A couple of good sightings in Collin’s Bay today. A PIED-BILLED GREBE  was observed swimming and diving close to the far shore off Rotary Park among the TUNDRA SWANS and other ducks. It was seen from the boat launch beside Edith Rankin United Church. Also there were 2 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. Over on Wolfe Island, 104 TUNDRA SWANS and a SONG SPARROW  were highlights there. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was spotted in Elginburg.

 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few raptors around today, including a BALD EAGLE and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS at the Lower Brewer`s Lock on the Rideau Canal, and an AMERICAN KESTREL seen at the Lemoine Point Conservation Area.  East of Brewer`s Mills today, 6 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen along Pine Grove Road. At Kingston`s Elevator Bay, one area birder managed to check off 30 species, half of those species being waterfowl. Both MUTE SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS (25), were seen in the bay and some nice numbers of other species, including 25 AMERICAN WIGEON, 75 MALLARDS, 50 REDHEADS, 45 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 20 HOODED MERGANSERS, 25 COMMON MERGANSERS and 250 GREATER SCAUP. Fifteen AMERICAN COOTS  were also there too. Also seen in the area were a BALD EAGLE, 1 BELTED KINGFISHER, and a PEREGRINE FALCON. Over on Wolfe Island, some good species there, too. In one corn field alone there were 2000 CANADA GEESE. Thirty TUNDRA SWANS, BALD EAGLE, RED-TAILED HAWK, SNOWY OWL, anther AMERICAN KESTREL, and 80 SNOW BUNTINGS also made it on the day`s list. North of Kingston, at Sydenham, another BALD EAGLE  was seen, this one perched on the ice in Sydenham Lake. A PILEATED WOODPECKER was also spotted.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues at a feeder in Foxboro, but at an east side Belleville feeder, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW is visiting a feeder there. The atmosphere at that feeder this morning was described as a cacophony which describes it well as there were a dozen species on hand to sample the menu including 20 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, a FOX SPARROW, 10 HOUSE SPARROWS, 20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, and one each of HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKER. Also in the backyard, 30 AMERICAN ROBINS, a reflection on the high population of this species this winter in the Bay of Quinte region.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Some impressive sightings at Presquìle Provincial Park, including a PURPLE SANDPIPER. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was flushed from the area between the park store and the trail leading to Owen Point. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also seen in the raptor family. Other good species were 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 25 SNOW BUNTINGS and a lone AMERICAN PIPIT. Waterfowl seen at Owen Point included 24 MUTE SWANS, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 50 MALLARDS, 200 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 20 BUFFLEHEADS, 150 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 2 HOODED MERGANSER.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only sightings today to come in from the County today was from the South Bay area where 2 COMMON RAVENS and 250 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were species of note.

 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Business is still brisk at Wellington Harbour with lots of waterfowl to view.  Also at Wellington, the first SNOWY OWL of the winter season showed up today (one was seen November 26th at 12 O’clock Point). The winter season for birders commences December 1st and wraps up February 28th. With close to 5,500 AMERICAN ROBINS  seen on the Sandbanks Christmas Bird Count three days ago, it is safe to say that this species is in good supply this winter, due primarily to an excellent crop of red cedar and buckthorn berries. Smaller numbers are being seen wherever one goes these days. There were 10 yesterday in Northport, and a flock of 30-40 today along County Road 14, near the turnoff to Gomorrah Road, just west of Demorestville. And, no absence of CEDAR WAXWINGS either this winter with some 4500 seen on Tuesday`s Christmas Bird Count at Sandbanks. There was a flock of 100 at Wellington today, on West Street. Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  are still at a feeder at Crofton. Yesterday, a RED-TAILED HAWK showed up on Spencer Road in Ameliasburgh, and 11 HORNED LARKS  were on Huff’s Island Road. At South Bay today, highlights there were 2 adult BALD EAGLES, a GLAUCOUS GULL, and 300 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
One of the first PINE SISKINS to appear this winter in Hastings County – t least, as a feeder bird anyway, was at The Birdhouse Nature Store in Wooler, operated by Connie Crowe. Also present there today were 20 MOURNING DOVES, 2 DOWNY WOODPECKERS, 1 HAIRY WOODPECKER, 2 each of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and 40 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Yesterday, six EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  turned up near the parking lot at the Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area. The results came in a day or two ago from the Port Hope-Cobourg Chrstmas Bird Count, held on the 17th. The 37 observers counted 24,660 birds of 78 species.  Three TUNDRA SWANS in Port Hope Harbour and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW north of Port Hope represented two new species to the all-time list. Other highlights included 3 CACKLING GEESE, a BLACK SCOTER, a SHORT-EARED OWL and a RED CROSSBILL. Three Count Week species were seen - RING-NECKED DUCK, RUDDY DUCK and SANDHILL CRANE. The most amazing thing about this count was the number of species that were tallied in record high numbers: MUTE SWAN – 21 (previous high 10 in 2009), MOURNING DOVE – 1897 (previous high 1573 in 2012), RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER – 33 (previous high 16 in 2012), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER – 4 (previous high 1 several times), HERMIT THRUSH – 3 (previous high 2, twice), AMERICAN ROBIN – 3409 (previous high 1193 in 1998). They were everywhere! EUROPEAN STARLING checked in at 4076 (previous high 3101 in 1998), 4 EASTERN TOWHEES were counted (previous high 2, twice), FOX SPARROW – 10 (previous high 1, twice), SWAMP SPARROW – 3 (tied 3 other years), WHITE-THROATED SPARROW – 58 (previous high 29 in 2005), and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW – 2 (tied 3 other years). 

 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Until we get a few of the local Christmas Bird Counts behind us, I will focus on these, one at a time, as information comes my way, in favour of some of the additional areas we often include in this Report. Yesterday, of course, was the 2nd annual Sandbanks Christmas Bird Count, with 96 species plus 4 Count Week species being seen, with a total of 26,864 birds being seen, many of these AMERICAN ROBINS and CEDAR WAXWINGS exploiting the bountiful crop of fruits and berries present in much of the area. Some special sightings including this HERMIT THRUSH, found along an open stream on Kings Road.
 
Photographer, and organizer of the Sandbanks Count, Tyler Hoar of Oshawa, said the 96 species easily broke last year’s total of 79 species. Cumulative total for the Sandbanks Count now stands at 109 species after only two years. With a good crop of Red Cedar berries, Riverbank Grape and buckthorn berries present, the berry foraging species numbers were phenomenal: 8042 AMERICAN ROBINS, 6190 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 34 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 14 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and 43 PURPLE FINCHES. Approximately 2500 hectares of this count circle is primarily Red Cedar. Species of waterfowl numbered 20, and included 2 KING EIDERS, 4 BLACK SCOTERS, all three species of swans, and a count week HARLEQUIN DUCK and SNOW GOOSE. Raptors seen were 14 TURKEY VULTURES, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE (near Beaver Meadow), 9 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a PEREGRINE FALCON.
 
One team from our initial group covering the Simpson Road area found a SHORT-EARED OWL. BARRED OWLS and SNOWY OWLS also made it on the day’s list. Even shorebirds were present, but not the expected PURPLE SANDPIPER, but rather, a lingering  WILSON’S SNIPE and 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS. Fifteen RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS  were ticked off inside the count circle, three of them seen by our party on a single stretch of Bond Road. Four PILEATED WOODPECKERS, an EVENING GROSBEAK, 5 AMERICAN PIPITS and two late EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were also seen. DARK-EYED JUNCOS  turned up everywhere, mostly along roadsides and totalled 1,259. Brighton area birder Doug McRae, covering the Wellington and Bloomfield areas in the count circle, heard a SANDHILL CRANE  calling in the Wesley Acres Road area, a FOX SPARROW along the Millennium Trail and 24 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and four TURKEY VULTURES flying west along the shoreline at Wellington. Three more vultures were found at Sandbanks Park in the East Lake area, and two GREAT BLUE HERONS showed up at the Group Campground along the East Lake shoreline.
 
Back over in the Point Petre area, a NORTHERN FLICKER  was seen in the Charwell Point area, where a dozen more RUSTY BLACKBIRDS  showed up. The Soup Harbour area at Point Petre produced an impressive list of species including 4 hawk species one of which was a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 14 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, an EASTERN MEADOWLARK, a GLAUCOUS GULL, 11 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS , and fully 1800 AMERICAN ROBINS and almost 900 CEDAR WAXWINGS, the latter three species feasting on the crop of berries.

 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Another Christmas Bird Count in the County today – this time, Sandbanks Park. Hopefully, sightings from some of the areas covered will filter in over the next day or two. Our party covered a few roads in the Point Petre area, with CEDAR WAXWINGS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS topping the list in terms of numbers. One party in the area chalked up over 5,000 AMERICAN ROBINS and 4500 CEDAR WAXWINGS  feeding on red cedar berries. A HERMIT THRUSH was flushed near one large flock of AMERICAN ROBINS at the creek on the south section of Simpson Road. Two YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS  were also making use of the cedars. A big surprise was the sighting of two AMERICAN WOODCOCKS that were flushed from muddy seepage in the same area, as well as a WILSON’S SNIPE. Four wintering TURKEY VULTURES soared over the same section of Simpson Road. Other good sightings were 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, MERLIN, WINTER WREN, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 34 PURPLE FINCHES and an EVENING GROSBEAK. Bond Road gave us the only RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS of the day – three of them! Four RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also seen on Bond Road near County Road 10. Birders in the West Lake area today found 6 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS coming to a feeder. Another birder down in the Cressy area bumped into a flock of fully 80 to 100 SNOW BUNTINGS near the Fifth Town Cheese outlet. West Lake at Wellington continues to harbour impressive scenes. It’s a sight to behold as ice forming in West Lake continues to force the waterfowl closer to the harbour. AMERICAN COOTS have been present there in recent days, and certainly lots of CANADA GEESE and other species of waterfowl including both TUNDRA and MUTE SWANS. BELTED KINGFISHER, GREAT BLUE HERON and PEREGRINE FALCON have also been seen here in recent days.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In the Moira River in downtown Belleville today, species of note seen there included 110 MALLARDS, a COMMON MERGANSER, 1 HERRING GULL, 65 ROCK PIGEONS and an AMERICAN CROW. At the H.R. Frink Centre today, a PURPLE FINCH turned up there. There was COOPER’S HAWK along Cannifton Road just south of 401.

 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 19: 

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Results from the Christmas Bird counts across the region are starting to trickle in. Yesterday, it was the Presqu’ile Park Christmas Bird Count. Not much escaped the binocular brigade. On Gull Island, 23 species were noted, among them, a lone PURPLE SANDPIPER, expected at this time of year since it is habitually a late migrant. Really late was a lingering DUNLIN, but this one appears to have suffered an injury which might account for it still being here. Other birds seen on the island were 5 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 17 HORNED LARKS, one each of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, AMERICAN PIPIT, RED-TAILED HAWK and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Ninety SNOW BUNTINGS were also seen. Elsewhere around Presqu’ile Park and the Brighton area, a juvenile COOPER’S HAWK continues to appear periodically at a backyard. In and around Brighton, 2 SNOWY OWLS, a first year GLAUCOUS GULL, MERLIN, HERMIT THRUSH, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS at several locations, and ICELAND GULL. At Port hope today, a CANVASBACK and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a male RING-NECKED DUCK were highlights.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Part of the Presqu’ile Park Bird Count circle reaches into Prince Edward County, taking in the Stinson Black, west of Consecon. Here, a CAROLINA WREN was seen several times during the fall and into December, but failed to show up for the Count. However, a few good species were seen including 10 WILD TURKEYS, RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN FLICKER, 46 AMERICAN ROBINS, and 5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  continues at Greer Road near Wellington, but the star performers are at the harbour were TUNDRA SWANS and MUTE SWANS and a BELTED KINGFISHER were seen again today. Yesterday, of course, the star attraction was a PEREGRINE FALCON. An EASTERN TOWHEE was at a feeder on the County side of Carrying Place, but the real surprise was the appearance of a male RING-NECKED PHEASANT.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At least six EASTERN BLUEBIRDS are still lurking about just east of Stirling, feasting on wild grapes in a shrubby copse. Ten kilometres north of Marmora, a BARRED OWL was seen today. Feeder birds in that area today included HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKERS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and both RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. North of Telephone Road at Barry Heights in Trenton, the CAROLINA WREN and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER showed up again today. The wren is now going to a feeder which  only allows small birds to enter to feed, like five goldfinches at once and the wren. The wren appears to be eating only hulled oil sunflower seed.  The resident has also constructed a brush pile in the back yard to serve as additional habitat for the wren. The channel at Barcovan is pretty well iced up, but seven AMERICAN COOT  were still in the area. 
 
 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Lots going on in the County. A GREAT BLUE HERON at Wellington today, we’re sure would rather be somewhere else, a little warmer. It was seen by several observers today flying back and forth at Wellington Harbour. Business was brisk there today – “teeming” was the operative word, according to one Belleville birder who was there today and saw both  50 TUNDRA and 40 MUTE SWANS, MALLARDS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, a few REDHEADS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, and even a few AMERICAN COOTS. At least 1800 CANADA GEESE  were present at one point, along with GREATER SCAUP, HOODED MERGANSER and a SNOW GOOSE. It was a nervous group as a NORTHERN HARRIER kept cruising and flushing and a PEREGRINE FALCON also stopped by and landed in a tree on the other side of the harbour. A BELTED KINGFISHER  was also there. Three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen today on Vienna Road, off Blakely Road near Consecon. Point Petre wasn’t too shabby either, although the sightings were made yesterday. Heading the list was a female HARLEQUIN DUCK on the north side of the point by herself. Other good birds there were RED-THROATED LOON, 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 BOHEMIAN WAXWING, 9 PURPLE FINCHES and a cluster of 206 CEDAR WAXWINGS. Two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were also seen. Several RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES are coming to a feeder at West Lake near Sandbanks Park. Along Royal Road, an EASTERN MEADOWLARK and a RED-TAILED HAWK were seen. During yesterday’s Prince Edward Point Christmas Bird Count, some special birds at the Point itself included a PINE WARBLER feeding with three YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. Other good species down there were NORTHERN SHRIKE, 3 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 5 COMMON RAVENS, 4 RUFFED GROUSE, a SONG SPARROW, and some good numbers of GREATER SCAUP and LONG-TAILED DUCKS – 3111 of the former, and 1870 of the latter. In the Milford area – 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 each of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and PURPLE FINCH, RED-TAILED HAWK, RUFFED GROUSE and a NORTHERN FLICKER  were highlights. And, along Greer Road today, in the Wellington area, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen with 30 SNOW BUNTINGS. a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  also seen in the area.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Near Carrying Place, some good birds there today were COOPER’S HAWK, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and four WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Both a RED-TAILED HAWK and a COOPER’S HAWK were seen today along Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
On Danforth Road north of Cobourg, a FOX SPARROW showed up there to joining the many dozens being seen this winter so far across the region. Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES there too, as well as 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a SWAMP SPARROW. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
At the Wolfe Island ferry ramp in Kingston, a few birds there included 10 AMERICAN COOTS and a GLAUCOUS GULL. Sometimes the wait for the ferry pays off, and even more so once one arrives at Wolfe Island, where today, a SNOWY OWL was seen. Fifty RING-BILLED GULLS, 6 HOODED MERGANSERS, 20 COMMON MERGANSERS and 7 MALLARDS were all at Doug Fluhrer Park off Montreal Street, and Lemoine Point Conservation Area beside Norman Rogers Airport in Kingston is still holding up well with BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE numbers. There were 40 there today.

 


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
It was a snowy start to the Prince Edward Point Christmas Bird Count, but sometimes such days can produce many birds with a few surprises thrown in. In the Prinyer’s Cove area, one party found a BARRED OWL, while another party found 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and 30 TUNDRA SWANS at South Bay. Two nice birds were hanging out together at the Glenora Ferry crossing – an ICELAND GULL and a RUDDY DUCK. My party covering the area from Waupoos, east to Cressy Lakeside Drive came across 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS  feeding on the roadside right on the eastern limit of our coverage area. Any farther along and we would have had to drive them back into our official count area! Three BALD EAGLES, one of them a mature adult  were seen long the shoreline of Prince Edward Bay, one of them, an adult, flushing fully 800 CANADA GEESE. It was a day for flushing. As we were watching a sizable flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS (250), loafing in a distant tree, they were suddenly flushed in a flurry of wings by a passing SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. On a narrow bar in Prince Edward Bay, out from Kaiser Crossroad, we noted a half dozen or so MALLARDS, 4 TUNDRA SWANS and standing at the tip of the bar was an adult GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS  were spotted, something we often miss in our section of the bird count. A SONG SPARROW and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW were both at  feeder at Cressy. The 82 DARK-EYED JUNCOS on our count was a high number, and was probably under estimated. A bird feeder in Waupoos was surveyed, with the operator e-mailing me later in the evening with a corrected total based on her highs for the day which included a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. The Christmas Bird Count is all about cooperation, and active bird feeders can really up the totals. As always, a mystery why some residents have bird feeders hanging from their decks and bushes with virtually no food in them, and no indication that anything had even been in them! And, there were surprises. Alert eyes riding in the back of the car spotted some ornamentation on the top of a row of grape vines. A quick reverse to check it out revealed a row of 16 SNOW BUNTINGS, the only ones seen in our area. It was a good day and as someone once told me – there is no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothes for the weather.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH continues at a feeder in Tweed. A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER  was seen near Maynooth today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES visiting feeders in Northumberland County, too – one on the north side of Brighton, and two in the Smithfield area, where a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER made a premiere appearance.  Also in the Smithfield area, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, NORTHERN CARDINALS, 2 SONG SPARROWS, 20 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, and 30 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, just to name a few of the regular clients at the feeder. A report from Presqu’ile Park which came in far too late for last night’s Report included a SAVANNAH SPARROW  visiting a feeder  along the County Road not far from the lighthouse. Other good species seen in the Park yesterday were GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 4 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
East of RMC, Kingston, some interesting backyard birds today including 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a NORTHERN CARDINAL. Out on the lake, 8 GADWALL, 4 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and a dozen MALLARDS.

 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Storm’s a-comin’! Waterfowl today were already huddling together at Wellington Harbour in preparation for the weather tonight and tomorrow morning. Present today were MUTE SWANS and numerous TUNDRA SWANS, along with the usual waterfowl species. Also present, a BELTED KINGFISHER. There were 15 CEDAR WAXWINGS and about 20 DARK-EYED JUNCOS today near the corner of Helmer Road and Babylon Road when a birder stopped there today. With the Christmas Bird Counts now upon us, participants are making scouting visits to identified locations where certain species have been seen within their bird count areas, some with success, and others not so lucky. A fairly dependable CAROLINA WREN in the Stinson Block on the west side of Consecon did not show up today, and may have succumbed to the frigid weather last night, as some of them occasionally do.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
HOUSE FINCHES have made an encore, too, at a Napanee feeder where up to 30 are guests to the menu offered there, along with 25 DARK-EYED JUNCOS. The male WOOD DUCK was at Napanee’s Springside Park again today where 25 CANADA GEESE, 11 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 190 MALLARDS and what appeared to be an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK/MALLARD hybrid was also present. One each of HERRING and RING-BILLED GULL and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were also noted at the park along the River Trail. A couple noteworthy species on Amherst Island today – a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Just north of Amherstview, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was present again at a backyard feeder. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Another AMERICAN BLACK DUCK/MALLARD hybrid was noted today along Belleville’s East Bayshore Park where 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 250 MALLARDS  were also present. One Belleville resident had 11 species at his feeder today, a nice number for a relatively small backyard. Among them were 17 MOURNING DOVES, 10 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 1 NORTHERN CARDINAL, 5 HOUSE FINCHES and 16 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. At Stirling, PINE SISKINS have arrived at one feeder, and HOUSE FINCHES.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
On Lakeport Road, near Colborne, a RED-TAILED HAWK was present, and a nice gathering of DARK-EYED JUNCOS, numbering 55. Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found feeding along the roadside with several EUROPEAN STARLINGS and MOURNING DOVES. On Albert Street, in Cobourg, some good species there – 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 24 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 1 NORTHERN FLICKER.

 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Today was not a good day to stand on the wharf at Wellington. However, someone who did came up with COMMON GOLDENEYE, CANADA GEESE, MUTE and TUNDRA SWANS, LESSER SCAUP and MALLARDS. In Greater Allisonville, a FOX SPARROW returned again today for the third day, along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, AMERICAN ROBINS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (2 yesterday), 34 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and 30 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Five AMERICAN ROBINS, normally a winter rarity in the Barry Heights area of Trenton, were feasting in a crab apple tree. The resident CAROLINA WREN was present there again today as was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen today along Airport Road, on the east side of Belleville
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The only report to come in today from Northumberland County was of a RUFFED GROUSE north of Warkworth. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few interesting sightings around the Kingston area today, starting with 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 40 SNOW BUNTINGS on the former Kingston Penitentiary property, across from Invista. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen near the Cataraqui Town Centre, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was seen on the Cataraqui Trail at Sydenham, just east of the Beer Store.

 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Not a whole lot of birding in Prince Edward County today. Can’t imagine why! Snow squalls for most of the day with wind gusts up to 60 km/h. Still, a FOX SPARROW showed up at at a Low Street feeder in Picton for breakfast, one of many that seem to be wintering in the Bay of Quinte area. At South Bay, one female and 3 male BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS turned up at a feeder there, later joined by a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. A male and female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD arrived at our feeder on Big Island early this morning, followed by 4 AMERICAN CROWS. The feeding area which I keep scraped clear of snow inside a 2500 square foot area was the busiest today than it has been all season. Twenty MOURNING DOVES, and as many DARK-EYED JUNCOS as well as the same number of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS  covered the ground for much of the day. A male and female NORTHERN CARDINAL were also present for half a day. Yesterday, 39 WILD TURKEYS were seen along Ridge Road, just south of Picton. It was here at nearby Beaver Meadow Conservation Area where I was involved in the initial release of 20 birds in 1989. As they flew off in as many different directions, we wondered if they would ever meet up. Today, there are thousands, with sightings made regularly in and around the Beaver Meadow site.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Moira River in Belleville today harboured 5 species including 25 CANADA GEESE, 80 MALLARDS, 12 ROCK PIGEONS, 3 AMERICAN CROWS and a lone COMMON MERGANSER.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Fifteen species were noted today at Albert Street in Cobourg, among them a NORTHERN FLICKER, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. HOUSE SPARROWS  continue to flock – 22 of them – to a feeder at Brighton where a COOPER’S HAWK did not appear  as it has in the past picking off the occasional HOUSE SPARROW before leaving.
 
FRONTENAC PARK
At the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour in Kingston, a stalwart birder braved the winds and checked off 17 bird species. Multiple groups of GREATER SCAUP, totalling 130 were seen flying from east to west. Also flying along the shore east to west was a  small group of SNOW BUNTINGS, appropriate for the day. A single GADWALL was also seen, as was a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. North of Kingston near Frontenac Provincial Park, 4 HOODED MERGANSERS were noted at the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary off Bedford Road (North Otter Lake). A bit farther south, 20 WILD TURKEYS  were seen near Frontenac Outfitters.

 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A bit of scouting today by the organizer of the Sandbanks Christmas Bird Count, now entering its second year, resulted in a few interesting species. Projected frigid temperatures for mid-week don’t seem to have discouraged the 9 or so TURKEY VULTURES. They aren’t decreasing in number. In fact, they’re increasing. There were 14 of them on Outlet Beach today! Also present were 77 BONAPARTE’S GULLS and 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. On the opposite side of the Park, at the Group Camping Area on the East Lake shore, there were 144 BONAPARTE’S GULLS. Among them were 5 LITTLE GULLS and a lone CACKLING GOOSE. A nice collection of TUNDRA SWANS on West Lake, at Wellington Harbour – 186 of them! Two LITTLE GULLS here, too, along with 5 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 6 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 2 GREEN-WINGED TEALS. Flirting with the weather was a GREAT BLUE HERON. The resident RIVER OTTER  was present as well. Over at Point Petre, NORTHERN SHRIKE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and HORNED GREBE were good finds as were 214 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 65 DARK-EYED JUNCOS. On the County side of Carrying Place a feeder there had three WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and a NORTHERN FLICKER.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In Trenton, a MERLIN swooped down beside a motorist while pursuing a ROCK PIGEON. The pigeon, with a limited interest in being someone’s dinner, managed to quickly wriggle free and slithered out from underneath and fly away. Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  continue to visit a feeder in Foxboro. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Barcovan Beach today off County Road 64, 43 TUNDRA SWANS were present as well as an AMERICAN COOT and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL.  In Wooler, a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD showed up today at a feeder at The Birdhouse Nature Store. A time of writing, no reported activity at Presqu’ile Park, but just north of the Park, along Huff Road, 2 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen today.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
At Cataraqui Bay in Kingston, around 1500 ducks remained too far out in the bay for identification, but those closer to shore represented 9 species, among them 2 CACKLING GEESE and 18 TUNDRA SWANS. A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was also seen.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only sighting to come in from Prince Edward County was a FOX SPARROW that appeared at a feeder long County Road 1. Interestingly, the name of the family who operate the feeders is Fox!
 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Along Airport Parkway, on the east side of Belleville, 12 species tallied there included 100 ROCK PIGEONS, a RED-TAILED HAWK, and 15 HOUSE FINCHES. Always a winter favourite at bird feeding stations, the EVENING GROSBEAK, is around this winter, although one does have to travel north a bit to find them. They most always show up in varying numbers at Algonquin Park, but a few are moving about a bit south of that area. Three males and 2 females were seen today at Mitchel Lake near Maynooth. South of Maynooth, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES  were noted. Interesting story from the Barry Heights area of Trenton, above Telephone Road. A resident there happened to be watching a swarm of DARK-EYED JUNCOS at the feeder and on the ground and in the braches of his spruce tree when the `boss`showed up. The boss is the neighbourhood CAROLINA WREN that barges into the crowd all puffed up, stays for about a minute without taking any food, then disappears.
 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing much from Presquìle Park today except for 200 MUTE SWANS along the ice edge at Calf Pasture Point. Eleven WILD TURKEYS  were also seen in that area. A juvenile COOPER`S HAWK showed up at a feeder in Brighton today, and successfully nabbed one of the feeder guests.
 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The highlight today was an EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE that showed up with 16 MOURNING DOVES in the Balsam Grove area off Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston. Along the waterfront today, 11 species seen at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour included 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 GADWALL, and an optimistic GREAT BLUE HERON who thinks the weather`s not all that bad yet. Just wait until Thursday night. In Cataraqui Bay today, some good totals there including 1200 GREATER SCAUP, 175 REDHEADS, 110 MALLARDS, 104 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 90 COMMON MERGANSERS. Also in the mix, was an AMERICAN COOT. Also seen, a BELTED KINGFISHER and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on the north side of Front Road. A COOPER`S HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  were all seen in the Verona area.
 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Five EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  continue to be seen along Desmond Road in the Camden East area. The birds were hatched in the area and have been present since summer. North of Camden East, a RING-NECKED PHEASANT  was seen. One optimistic birder headed for Amherst Island yesterday, only to met by a wall of snow and high winds. Not a single raptor was seen, but the observer did meet up with 1200 EUROPEAN STARLINGS!  Twelve TUNDRA SWANS  were seen several other waterfowl species, but represented only in low numbers due to the weather. 

 


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Storm’s acomin’! Or, so the birds seem to think as bird feeders were absolutely abuzz with activity as they most always are when weather is in the offing.  WILD TURKEYS, about 20 of them, were spotted waddling off into the woods across from the Diamond J Ranch along Glenora Road today. Usually not considered to be a hotspot for birds at the best of times, the H.J. McFarland Conservation Area, also on Glenora Road (Highway 33) produced a BELTED KINGFISHER, 9 MALLARDS, BLUE JAYS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and a DOWNY WOODPECKER. At feeders, HOUSE FINCHES and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES have seen an increase in numbers as these species move about seeking out areas to sustain them through the winter. Among the usual species at a Crofton feeder, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW took advantage of the offerings. DARK-EYED JUNCOS doubled in number today at our own feeder,and even a mumuration of 30+ EUROPEAN STARLINGS dropped to the trees to see what all the excitement was about, then flew off. An AMERICAN ROBIN visited our heated bird bath, and 2 COMMON RAVENS flew over uttering some of the strangest sounds I have ever heard from this species. Every Sunday, or so, I will be uploading my yard list for the day to eBird, so you can always check there to see what’s about, at least, in our backyard anyway.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The only sighting to come in to day from Hastings County was of a COOPER’S HAWK at a backyard feeder on Dunnett Blvd, on the west side of Belleville.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Over two hours in Presqu’ile Park produced a few good finds for one birder. Among the 34 species sighted were 380 MUTE SWANS  as this invasive species continues to escalate in population. Hundreds of MALLARDS, REDHEADS, GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCKS and COMMON GOLDENEYES. Lesser numbers of CANADA GEESE, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, LESSER SCAUP, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Five NORTHERN SHOVELER were seen with REDHEADS off Salt Point. Other species of note were 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 30 SNOW BUNTINGS, 3 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Of particular interest was a lone DUNLIN still trying to keep one step ahead of Old Man Winter. Just north of the Park, along the lower portion of Huff Road, 85 MOURNING DOVES and 60 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and a BROWN CREEPER  were seen.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
An AMERICAN KESTREL was the only noteworthy species seen at Lemoine Point Conservation Area today, while at the Marshlands Conservation Area, just east of there, a SONG SPARROW, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER. The latter species also showed up today on Canoe Road, east of Dessert Lake, and another just north of Sydenham. On Holleford Road, 65 WILD TURKEYS  were seen. A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was noted at the LaSalle Causeway in Kingston, and a RED-TAILED HAWK was sighted at Gardiner’s Road and Princess Street.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A striking male WOOD DUCK continues to delight birders along the River Trail between Springside Park and Centre Street. Also present today in the river below the falls were 150 CANADA GEESE, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 130 MALLARDS, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS (1 male and 1 female), 65 RING-BILLED GULLS, and one lonely HERRING GULL. Only two species seen at Wilton Creek at Morven, but they were good ones – 1 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and 5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Along County Road 9 (North Shore Road) at Hay Bay, a WINTER WREN and 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  were highlights at Adolpustown, and farther along, at Heritage Park at Bath, 2 SNOW GEESE  were seen. One was a dark morph and the other was white.

 


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few birds around today for watchers of birds. At Prince Edward Point this morning a RUFFED GROUSE. Also seen down there, 20 AMERICAN ROBINS and 80 CEDAR WAXWINGS. CEDAR WAXWINGS  are contained elsewhere in this Report, and with so many around, it might be best to check out the flocks carefully for the presence of any BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS. Occasionally, they do show up with CEDAR WAXWINGS in ones and twos, and there have been a few such cases so far this winter already. A BALD EAGLE  was seen along Long Point Road in the Prince Edward Point area. RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS have been known to hang out around the Waupoos Marina, but today there were only 3 there, and not the large numbers that are often encountered. Always a dependable spot to look for waterfowl is the shoreline of Prince Edward Bay directly opposite the intersection of County Road 8 and Kaiser Crossroad. Today did not disappoint too much. Present there today were 150 CANADA GEESE, 20 COMMON GOLDENEYE  and 2 TRUMPETER SWANS. Farther along, in Prince Edward Bay, along Cressy Lakeside Road, 30 BUFFLEHEAD and a handful of COMMON GOLDENEYE  were present. The dependable RED-TAILED HAWK was seen again today along County Road 4, north of Picton. Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at a feeder at Crofton, off Highway 62. At Sandbanks Park, 2 RUFFED GROUSE put in an appearance in the Group Camping Area.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
CEDAR WAXWINGS were also seen today at the H.R. Frink Centre – 40 of them, but only small numbers of the typical winter passerines. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen near Foxboro. Another RED-TAILED HAWK was seen at the Tweed Sewage Lagoons. At Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place, only 26 MUTE SWANS  were counted, a far cry from the high numbers usually encountered at this location. The 40 or so BONAPARTE’S GULLS  that have been at the end of the Murray Canal where it empties into the Bay of Quinte were not seen today, and only one each of RING-BILLED and HERRING GULL took their place. Waterfowl numbers are starting to build up at Barcovan in Wellers Bay where 150 CANADA GEESE and 50 MUTE SWANS have already established themselves and will likely remain through the winter as long as the channel stays open. At least one TUNDRA SWAN was there too, but there could have been more given that many of the swans had their heads down and could not be identified as to species. Six AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 30 MALLARDS, one BUFFLEHEAD, 11 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER made up the balance of waterfowl there today. North of Marmora, a dependable overwintering location for TRUMPETER SWANS, contained 16 of the birds today. Sixty AMERICAN ROBINS, a RED-TAILED HAWK and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  were all good sightings on the Atkins Road extension on the east side of Belleville.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A new location for this Bird Report, from Bailieboro near the west end of rice Lake where some interesting species, as well as numbers, made it on the list of one birder. Eastern Ontario must be experiencing an influx of EUROPEAN STARLINGS as sizable flocks are showing up everywhere, usually numbering from 30 to 50. However, at Bailieboro, a flock there was estimated to be 120 in number. Also in good numbers there were AMERICAN ROBINS, numbering 194, all of them feeding on buckthorn berries. We hope everyone in that area have their cars under cover in the garage! CANADA GEESE numbered 640, all in a tight mass in the open lead of the lake. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 18 WILD TURKEYS were also noted.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Just west of Napanee, in the Napanee River, 3 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were present today. One of the three appeared to be a hybrid with a CANADA GOOSE. Once again, a WOOD DUCK looks like it’s planning to spend the winter in Napanee. In Lake Ontario, just across from the Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area, small numbers of CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, COMMON MERGANSERS and HOODED MERGANSERS  were present today. At Bath, a few interesting species to show up there were 18 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 220 HERRING GULLS and a single GLAUCOUS GULL. Also making it on the day’s list were a HORNED GREBE and 450 CANADA GEESE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was also seen today on the north side of Verona, also a PILEATED WOODPECKER and a COOPER’S HAWK. A half dozen teen members of the Kingston Field Naturalists had a good day today visiting at least three well known birding areas. Needless to say, Lemoine Point Conservation Area was on the list where 77 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES  were tallied, along with AMERICAN KESTREL, PILEATED WOODPECKER and RED-TAILED HAWK. East of there at Cataraqui Bay, 11 species of waterfowl were tallied by the young birders, among them 26 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 GADWALL, 3 AMERICAN WIGEON, 56 MALLARDS, 1200 GREATER SCAUP, 40 COMMON MERGANSERS, 60 HOODED MERGANSERS and a lone CANVASBACK. At the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, a handful of species there included 14 GADWALL.

 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
We start today’s Report with a PILEATED WOODPECKER that was giving a few trees a going over today at Lemoine Point Conservation Area. Another was spotted today just east of there at the Marshlands Conservation Area, where 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a BROWN CREEPER and 7 AMERICAN ROBINS were other noteworthy sightings. A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD that first appeared at a Wolfe Island feeder some weeks ago, was back again today, at Button Bay Road.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A male WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was a special guest at a feeder just north of Milhaven today. North of Bath, some good species noted there at the McIntyre Road CN crossing at a forested swamp, among them a NORTHERN FLICKER a BROWN CREEPER, 4 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, CEDAR WAXWING, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a PURPLE FINCH. Five GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen in the Salmon River at Lonsdale a few days ago during a mild spell.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The only species reported today was a COMMON GRACKLE, with the accompanying note from the observer, “a reviled species, familiar to local birders as a daft bird with indecent intentions around the bird feeder”.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Forty MUTE SWANS were noted today on South Bay. feeder birds there today included another COMMON GRACKLE, along with a PURPLE FINCH and 2 male BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Presqu’ile Park had a few species of note today, among them 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a lone GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Another 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were seen along the  Presqu’ile Parkway.

 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08:

HASTINGS COUNTY
High winds today made for difficult birding, but a few sightings came in. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen at Foxboro. Other birds of interest at Foxboro today were 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, a BROWN CREEPER, and 12 HOUSE FINCHES. At Highway 14 and Airport Road, south of Stirling, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was spotted today.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Some pretty good birds at a South Bay feeder today with a male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 4 PURPLE FINCHES (3 males and 1 female), 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and a singe COMMON GRACKLE that landed and foraged on a feeder tray for all of five minutes. Along Island Road at Sheba’s Island, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER appeared today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Too windy today to attract any birders at Presqu’ile Park. However, at Cobourg Harbour, a few good birds including 5 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, a single RUDDY DUCK and a BONAPARTE’S GULL. Fred Helleiner’s Weekly Bird Report from Presqu’ile Park has been uploaded to the NatureStuff website, and can be found by CLICKING HERE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Birders out again today to their favourite pastures. In addition to a BARRED OWL at the Marshlands Conservation Area and a RED-TAILED HAWK at CFB Trenton, a nice list of 28 species was managed at Bell Park along the Great Cataraqui River, just on the north side of the city where several species of note were seen. Five WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were all seen in one are foraging with a mixed flock of small birds. Both species of kinglet – 1 RUBY-CROWNED and 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED  were checked off as were 5 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, and a lone GREAT BLUE HERON. In the waterfowl family, 10 species were seen including a couple TUNDRA SWANS, and heading the list with the highest number was the AMERICAN WIGEON at 110. Twelve HOODED MERGANSERS  were there, and along the south shore of the island there was a lone NORTHERN SHOVELER. Also seen were PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, NORTHERN FLICKER and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Down at Portsmouth, 2 COMMON LOONS  were seen today.

 


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 07:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The only report from Northumberland County today came from a Brighton resident of a COOPER’S HAWK  that visited his backyard for a little birdwatching of its own. Among the feeder visitors were NORTHERN CARDINAL. 2 HOUSE FINCHES, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 42 HOUSE SPARROWS, minus one that became lunch for the COOPER’S HAWK!
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Among Highway 7, east of Maromora, a GREAT BLUE HERON was seen today. A NORTHERN SHRIKE showed up on Airport Parkway, near Atkins Road, on the east side of Belleville today where 80 SNOW BUNTINGS  were also seen. A RUFFED GROUSE was seen on the Cheese Factory Trail off Moneymore Road, east of Roslin today. And, at Foxboro, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were once again seen there along with a dozen AMERICAN ROBINS and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In the last few days, CEDAR WAXWINGS have been turning up in several locations, feasting primarily on Red Cedar berries, in  singles and in fairly sizable flocks. Today, it was Mountain Ash berries on the menus and some 30 CEDAR WAXWINGS were mowing them down with gusto at Cressy. Also, one SONG SPARROW  as hanging around. In the Glenora area today, seen were RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. At Glenora Ferry, a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER has been there for almost a week now.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A fair bit of birding today in Kingston. Starting with the Montreal Street apartments along the Cataraqui River, 10 NORTHERN SHOVELERS  continue to be seen along with 15 HOODED MERGANSERS and 6 NORTHERN PINTAILS. The immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON seems to have disappeared from the Hillview Pond at Collin’s Bay as it has not been seen for several days. However, 13 continuing GREEN-WINGED TEAL are still hanging in there, as well as a BELTED KINGFISHER. Over on Front Road, 150 REDHEADS  were present today in Cataraqui Bay and 300 GREATER SCAUP as well as 12 other waterfowl species. Across the road, at Cataraqui Creek, adjacent to the Marshlands Conservation Area, 18 TUNDRA SWANS  were present today along with a single NORTHERN PINTAIL. East of Kingston, on Howe Island, it was a good day for one birder who checked off 24 species, among them 3 TUNDRA SWANS, and adult BALD EAGLE, and RED-TAILED HAWK. A MERLIN  was seen today on King Street.

 


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 06:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Presqu’ile Park had several birders out today. When birding, it is always prudent to look up – way up! One party birding the Owen Point Trail did just that and saw a group if 8 SANDHILL CRANES flying over. Another birder 25 minutes earlier as even luckier. He saw a flock of 50 SANDHILL CRANES over Brighton Harbour heading west.  Six GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS  were also seen right at the Beach 3 parking lot. Another birder found a juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK standing in an abandoned cormorant nest out on High Bluff Island. A GADWALL was standing on a rock out on Sevastopol Shoal, an also seen in the area were 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Four TRUMPETER SWANS  were also seen. On into the Park, the marsh across from the Camp Office, a few good sightings there were BALD EAGLE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 50 MALLARDS. On the north side of Presqu’ile Bay, at Gosport, 2 AMERICAN COOTS were still present. Seventeen RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  were along the Presqu’ile Parkway
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Perhaps the best sighting to come in today was that of an unusually late GREAT EGRET in Wellington. Usually these all white birds are long gone by early November at the latest. Do we dare hope that it sticks around for the Sandbanks Christmas Bird Count on the 20th? At a South Bay feeder, PURPLE FINCHES, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES still being seen at a feeder. More PURPLE FINCHES  at a Cressy feeder. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER appeared today at a feeder along County Road 28, south of Belleville (east of Fenwood Gardens)
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
On the Grand Junction Trail  off Highway 37, north of Belleville, hosted a party of 6 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. This section of trail has had EASTERN BLUEBIRDS overwinter before. Later on the trail a group of bluebirds was heard flying over, assumed to be the same group. Five RUFFED GROUSE and 40 WILD TURKEYS were also seen along the trail.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Once again, the Napanee River along the River Trail is hosting a WOOD DUCK which may end up remaining in the river all winter. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Kingston’s Belle Island in the Cataraqui River was he place to be today for additions to the winter bird list. First and foremost, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen perched low in vine tangles, being mobbed by chickadees and other small birds. Observing quietly nearby was a TUFTED TITMOUSE. Also present at the mob site was a single RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET with a couple GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Waterfowl species numbered numbered 14 with low to moderate numbers of each, among them a single RUDDY DUCK and 30 HOODED MERGANSERS. Thirty-three bird species in total at this location – not bad for this time of year. The EURASIAN WIGEON, first seen three days ago, was still there at the south end of the property just off the pit that had a large collection of gulls. In Cataraqui Bay today, a BELTED KINGFISHER  was seen, and another was seen at Collin’s Bay.

 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 05:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
It was a fairly profitable day for NORTHERN GOSHAWKS today, with two being seen in the reporting region. The first one was seen along the Presqu’ile Parkway when an immature came out of a stand of pines across the marsh channel and headed northwest. Not far away, at the boat launch in Gosport, 4 AMERICAN COOTS  were found there, as well as 40 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, 50 RING-BILLED GULLS, and 40 MALLARDS. Nothing reported today from within Presqu’ile Park. A NORTHERN SHRIKE turned up north of Warkworth.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The Sandbanks area is getting some close attention these days as volunteers polish up their binoculars and spotting scopes in preparation for the 2nd annual Sandbanks Park Christmas Bird Count, coming up on the 20th. Species noted from the Park’s Group Camping Area on the shore of East Lake were 4 adult LITTLE GULLS, always a good spot to view this species, if any are around. Fifty-six MUTE SWANS are also on the lake. In the campground, a BROWN CREEPER  was spotted. At the Glendon Green Boat Launch at the headwaters of the Outlet River, more MUTE SWANS there – 23 of them, but a COMMON LOON was also there. Up to 10 TURKEY VULTURES have been scouring the beaches in recent days, benefitting from an outbreak of avian Botulism which seems to take place every fall. In the area, too, was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. Point Petre seldom disappoints and good birds there were 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, seen feeding on Red Cedar berries, the crop also attracting a flock of 291 CEDAR WAXWINGS. Among them, 2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, the first to be reported this season in the County. It is predicted that the majority of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS this winter will likely stay in northern Ontario and western Canada because native Mountain-ash berry crops are good to bumper across the boreal forest. No point wandering southwards if food is abundant. In recent winters, however, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS have been coming south regularly every winter possibly due to reliable annual crops of abundant Buckthorn (Rhamnus) berries. Also taking advantage of the bountiful crop of Red Cedar berries were 19 PURPLE FINCHES. A FOX SPARROW  was also found. West of Sprague Road on Big Island today, a SANDHILL CRANE was heard passing over, although it wasn’t seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
MOURNING DOVES  are such easy targets for hawks as they just sit there looking around, and seldom flushing, when a hawk comes along. One dove turns to another and asks, “Where’s George?” The other answers, “Don’t know. He was here a moment ago.” A COOPER’S HAWK was seen today attacking MOURNING DOVES long Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville. A NORTHERN HARRIER was also seen in the area. North of Marmora today, 15 SNOW BUNTINGS were taking advantage of the fresh snowfall and exploiting the salt and sand mix on a county road 5 km north of the village. Ten kilometres north of Marmora, a resident there is enjoying good patronage at his feeders with regular visits from both RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKERS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and DARK-EYED JUNCOS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The second NORTHERN GOSHAWK today was seen in Kingston, at the corner of Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd., and Brock Street. Birds are where you find them, I guess, and one must always be prepared for these impromptu visits when driving. The large Accipter species flew right in front of the motorist and landed briefly in a conifer for about 10 seconds before it continued on its way. At the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour today, a couple COMMON LOONS  were joined by 22 MALLARDS and small numbers of CANADA GEESE, GADWALL and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.
 
OTHER NEWS
It is assumed that a bumper crop of Wild Grape and Buckthorn berries may be responsible for the presence of a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE at Darlington Provincial Park today. At the Oshawa Second Marsh, GRAY CATBIRD and 2 HERMIT THRUSHES are present. And, of course, the star CRESTED CARACARA seemed unfazed by the overnight snowfall and was seen again early this morning, this time at Buck’s Marina at the corner of Superior Avenue and Whitney Avenue at Michipicoten (Wawa).

 


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 04:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
An EASTERN PHOEBE that was seen today on the west side of the County, might think differently about his tardiness in migration if the weather forecast for tonight pans out. The bird was seen along the Millennium Trail north of Smoke’s Point Road near the Gardenville Marsh. In true phoebe fashion, it bobbed its tail up and down when it landed. A CAROLINA WREN can still be found on the Stinson Block with a little patience and intimate knowledge of its call notes and song. Also present today in that area were 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS, and singles of RUFFED GROUSE, BALD EAGLE,  PILEATED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN HARRIER. Five AMERICAN ROBINS were on Snider Road, just northeast of there. At Sandbanks Provincial Park today, tough going at the Lakeshore Lodge area although 16 CEDAR WAXWINGS  were seen. Another birder found a lone WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. Better luck at the Dunes Beach Day Use Area where West Lake produced 300 CANADA GEESE, 5 TUNDRA SWANS, 30 MALLARDS, 15 BUFFLEHEAD, 10 COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 20 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. At the MacDonald Day Use Area along County Road 12 at Athol Bay, 7 TURKEY VULTURES were basking in the sun on the beach. At Picton Harbour, a lone DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was hanging out with the gulls and MALLARDS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Madoc Sewage Lagoon today had a few species including a nice collection of 320 MALLARDS. A single NORTHERN PINTAIL was there, long with a couple AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. A RED-TAILED HAWK was also seen. The Level Three drought has also affected Dead Creek at Carrying Place with only a small channel of water left, utilized this afternoon by 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, which included one colourful male. The feeders today at the H.R. Frink Centre hosted a FOX SPARROW. Other birds on the property today included 7 CEDAR WAXWINGS and a PURPLE FINCH.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
At the Arab Lake Gorge in Frontenac Park today, a PILEATED WOODPECKER and a WINTER WREN were nice finds. Whether or not the sighting of a single COMMON REDPOLL at the Marshlands Conservation Area in Kingston is a harbinger of more of these colour boreal finches to come is uncertain, but feeder operators may want o keep checking their feeders. It was a good day there with 27 species noted, among them, both a GREAT HORNED OWL and 2 LONG-EARED OWLS. Also seen by a party of 11 birders were a BROWN CREEPER, COMMON GRACKLE, SONG SPARROW, 4 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and 15 TUNDRA SWANS. It was also a good day for another birder who was checking out the waterfowl at Bell Island off Montreal Street when he managed to ferret out a male EURASIAN WIGEON from amongst 110 AMERICAN WIGEONS. Swimming with the 150 or so CANADA GEESE  was a single CACKLING GOOSE.  It always pays to check over flocks of anything very carefully for that one special bird. Forty NORTHERN SHOVELERS – mostly males – were there, too, as well as a GREAT BLUE HERON, 4 AMERICAN COOTS and 75 AMERICAN ROBINS. It doesn’t appear that the BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was present anywhere today in its usual spot at the Hillview Pond at Collin’s Bay, but a BELTED KINGFISHER  did put in an appearance today. Thirteen waterfowl species were noted today at Cataraqui Bay with GREATER SCAUP hitting the 1400 mark at what was entered in eBird as an “accurate estimate”. Is that not an oxymoron? Also in high numbers were REDHEADS  at 260.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Some good sightings at Presqu’ile Park today during three hours of birding. Among the more noteworthy were 4 SNOW BUNTINGS, 1 PURPLE SANDPIPER (had been 3 at one point), a PEREGRINE FALCON, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 6 AMERICAN COOTS and a lingering  DUNLIN. At Cobourg Harbour, species of interest there were 54 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 130 RING-BILLED GULLS, and 45 HERRING GULLS. Just on the east side of Port Hope, a species we seldom see during the winter months – a juvenile RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen flying over.
 
OTHER NEWS
The now famous CRESTED CARACARA made his scheduled appearance today at 8:40 a.m. It was perched in the top of a spruce tree at the intersection of Whitney Ave and Superior Street.

 


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 03:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
We start today’s Bird Report in Kingston where an immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues to delight birders with its presence at the Hillview Pond at Collin’s Bay. Also present there today were 10 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 5 MALLARDS. Elsewhere in the city, the Marshlands Conservation Area today had some good numbers including 700 CANADA GEESE, 37 TUNDRA SWANS, 39 COMMON MERGANSERS, 42 MALLARDS, 15 HOODED MERGANSERS and a lone WOOD DUCK. Across the road, at Cataraqui Bay, 13 waterfowl species, highlights being 16 TUNDRA SWANS, and a CANVASBACK. Miscellaneous sightings included 30 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES at Lemoine Point Conservation Area and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS at Verona.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Compared to spring when the Point Traverse Woods at Prince Edward Point are usually filled with warblers, thrushes and flycatchers, today only memories of spring months were present with the only living bird to appear was a male DOWNY WOODPECKER, almost embarrassed at seeing me, whereupon it quickly flew off. Along the roadsides though, things were more encouraging with an estimated 60 or more DARK-EYED JUNCOS encountered along the national wildlife area road edges. Also seen were both COOPER’S HAWK and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and about 15 AMERICAN ROBINS in a single cluster. Eight WILD TURKEYS  were along County Road 10 near County Road 13. Other birders birding the northeast part of the County did a bit better. At Prince Edward Point Harbour, we noticed that only a few inches of water remained in the harbour with noticeable silty islands showing here and there where large boats customarily tied up at the government wharf. Much the same was found at Consecon today where the Level Three drought this year has reduced Consecon Creek to a trickle with little opportunity to see many bird species due to the lack of water. In the deeper water off Squires Street in the village, 50 CANADA GEESE, 10 MUTE SWANS, a TUNDRA SWAN, 10 BUFFLEHEAD, 3 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 100 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP were see along with 3 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS  still lingering due to the weather. On Bakker Road, a RUFFED GROUSE  was seen. In Ameliasburgh, at Roblin Lake today, a body of water that is seldom surveyed for waterfowl, 150 CANADA GEESE, 4 BUFFLEHEAD, 4 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 30 HOODED MERGANSERS and 18 COMMON MERGANSERS  were seen. A TRUMPETER SWAN was at Pleasant Bay, and other birds of interest there were 30 MUTE SWANS and 50 MALLARDS.  A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Wellington Beach and an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen on Huff’s Island Road. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
CEDAR WAXWINGS numbered 22 along Aitkin’s Road on the east side of Belleville today where a lone SNOW BUNTING and 4 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  were also seen. Over in Foxboro, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was seen again.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Two dozen NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 78 BUFFLEHEAD and 31 GADWALL were birds of note present at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons today, but the real show stopper was an immature male KING EIDER. No shortage of eiders this season so far, but a bit odd that so many are showing up on inland bodies of water, such as the one today at the lagoons and the three or four that were present for a few days in the Trent River at Campbellford. The lure of birding, I guess, is the thrill of the unexpected. At Springside Park in Napanee, 50 MALLARDS were present there in the river below the falls along the River Trail. Forty-seven RING-BILLED GULLS  were also at the river.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Birders continue to show interest in the A.K. Sculthorpe Memorial Woodland Marsh at Port Hope, in the hope that the GLOSSY IBIS which disappeared November 30th might stage an encore performance and be part of someone’s winter bird list. Only CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, COMMON GOLDENEYE and an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK/MALLARD hybrid were present today. Port hope Harbour today hosted 120 CANADA GEESE and 100 BONAPARTE’S GULLS. At the Pine Street boat launch at Gosport (Brighton area) today some 300 BONAPARTE’S GULLS  were milling about the open waters and 45 MUTE SWANS. Also mixed in with the BONAPARTE’S GULLS were 2 LITTLE GULLS. Along the Presqu’ile Parkway today, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen as well as a dozen AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES.
 
OTHER NEWS
The CRESTED CARACARA, whatever  its source, says one birder who posted an update on the OntBirds listserv today, definitely seems to be out of place in the Northern boreal mixed forest habitat. It appears that mornings are best at Michipicoten ( at Superior St. & Brock Ave., or Buck's Marina). Today, the rare bird was most active active between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., then it went into tall Spruce at the Marina ( almost hiding from being harassed by Northern Shrike, Ravens and Crows).

 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 02:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A little bit of action today in the County. This juvenile MERLIN was found hanging out in a dead tree on the west side of the road near Closson Road and County Road 2, north of Wellington. Photo is by Daniel LaFrance of the Wellington area. Another MERLIN was once again along the Sprague/Monkman Trail at Big Island this morning.  On the Prince Edward County side of the Carrying Place area, some good sightings there including a late CHIPPING SPARROW that might very well remain in this area through the winter as this species is usually long gone by early November. Other good finds in that area were 4 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and singles of BROWN CREEPER. At South Bay today, a female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was at a feeder there, and out in South Bay, 100 CANADA GEESE and 80 MUTE SWANS were present.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Another MERLIN in addition to the two seen in Prince Edward County, was seen west of Belleville at the Potter Creek Conservation Area where other species of interested included AMERICAN ROBIN and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Northumberland County birders seem to have given up on ever seeing the GLOSSY IBIS again at Port Hope, or the missing KING EIDERS at Campbellford and are directing their energies elsewhere. Back to dependable Presqu’ile Park they went and found some interesting species – perhaps not as profound as the eider or the ibis, but noteworthy just the same. An AMERICAN COOT continues to be seen in the channel  along the Presqu’ile Parkway. Three GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS  were here too as were 130 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, a COMMON RAVEN and 3 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. In and around Presqu’ile Park today, only a few significant sightings including 300 CANADA GEESE, 140 MALLARDS, 3 female NORTHERN PINTAILS and 2 REDHEADS. One surprise sighting that did turn up today was this PIED-BILLED GREBE at the Main Park office, presumably grounded by the winds. Grebes are unable to take off from land, so this one was gently carried over to the marsh where it was released into some open water. Other noteworthy sightings around the Park included a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at the Campground office feeders. Other sightings were SNOWY OWL, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and 12 SNOW BUNTINGS.  An optimistic birder who did try his luck for the missing eiders at Lock 13 north of Campbellford came up 350 CANADA GEESE, 2 MALLARDS, 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and 6 RING-BILLED GULLS. Alas, no eiders anywhere.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Nothing too much reported from the Kingston area, although a few sightings north of Verona were noteworthy – RED-BELLIED and PILEATED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE and 4 BROWN CREEPERS.
 
OTHER NEWS.
The CRESTED CARACARA is still present in Michipicoten, just south of Wawa. Today, it flew out in front of one birder at the intersection of Whitney Avenue and Superior Street, and landed in a tall spruce on the same side as the marina. The tiny community of Michipicoten has probably never seen so many people at any one time! Numerous birders from this part of Ontario made the long drive to Wawa to catch a glimpse of this mega rarity. There is a very interesting blog about the CRESTED CARACARA sighting by Josh Vandermeulen which can be seen by CLICKING HERE.
 

 


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 01:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A handful of birders were out scouring the South Shore IBA for waterfowl this morning until noon. High winds hampered efforts, but there were a few noteworthy sightings. From Point Petre to Ostrander Point it was mostly LONG-TAILED DUCKS in small groups as well as a few COMMON GOLDENEYE and BUFFLEHEAD.  A group of 9 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the end of Simpson Road as well as an immature BALD EAGLE were good sightings as were a few flocks of CEDAR WAXWINGS (approx 40). In South Bay, 131 MUTE SWANS and a few RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, HORNED GREBES, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  and BUFFLEHEADS. Between Prince Edward Point and Timber Island were 2,200 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP mixed with 300 REDHEADS.  Around 1,200 LONG-TAILED DUCKS putting on a good show as they were harassed by an adult BALD EAGLE.  A flock of 38 SNOW BUNTINGS during the survey came onto the gravel road in the day use area. A NORTHERN FLICKER  was also seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At Foxboro, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was a nice way to start off the Winter Bird List, as well as the 20 AMERICAN ROBINS and a skein of 65 CANADA GEESE.  Twelve O’clock Point today yielded about 50 BONAPARTE’S GULLS foraging together back and forth low over the water.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
As might be expected, avid birders bustling around with a happy kind of madness, checked out the A.K. Sculthorpe Memorial Woodland Marsh this morning in the hope that the visiting GLOSSY IBIS might have returned so it could be entered on the winter lists of enthusiastic birders. However, binoculars and spotting scopes were poised, but no ibis could be seen. Two GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS along with the usual expected species were all the location could offer. Cobourg Harbour provided looks at 7 waterfowl species, among them 400 CANADA GEESE and 50 MALLARDS. Four hundred RING-BILLED GULLS were also there, and 300 were seen at the Port Hope Harbour, but very small numbers of other waterfowl species. As mysteriously as they came, the three KING EIDERS seem to have vanished from Lock 13 and from either side of the Ranney suspension bridge at Ferris Park, although they could very well be somewhere else on the Trent River. A late GREAT BLUE HERON was at the Garden Hill Conservation Area at Campbellcroft. Along the Presqu’ile Parkway this morning, an AMERICAN COOT managed to get on a birder’s list there along with 45 BONAPARTE’S GULLS that struggled in the wind as they flew low over the property. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and NORTHERN CARDINAL were also seen. In the Park itself a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER has been visiting a backyard at 83 Bayshore for close to a week now and was seen again this morning. It is mostly coming to a suet feeder in the backyard. Seven TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in company of 60 MUTE SWANS. Also seen, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 180 MALLARDS, 350 CANADA GEESE, 300 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and lesser numbers of nine other waterfowl species. A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted on Gull Island, as were a GLAUCOUS GULL and 85 SNOW BUNTINGS. Eight GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET also made it on the day’s list in the Park.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
Twelve RUDDY DUCKS  were a highlight today at Sillsville at Hay Bay where a late DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and 20 NORTHERN PINTAILS were nice additions to the Winter Bird List. Also a nice addition were 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, just east of there on Townline Road. A chance stop at the lakeshore across from Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area along Highway 33 produced a COMMON LOON.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
There was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER hanging around a suet feeder on the north side of Verona. The Hillview Pond at Collin’s Bay did its part in the official start to this year’s winter bird list by contributing 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS  and the same number of GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Along Lakeshore Blvd. in the Reddendale area of Kingston, a few good observations including 2 GADWALL, 25 BUFFLEHEAD, 15 GOLDENEYE, 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and a lone COMMON MERGANSER. Olympic view in the city produced an impressive start to the Winter Bird List in the form of an ICELAND GULL. North of there at Bell Park in the Great Cataraqui River saw 45 AMERICAN WIGEON and 20 MALLARDS. Over on Wolfe Island, birding was pretty good too with a PEREGRINE FALCON highlighting the list at Button Bay where other good sightings included 47 TUNDRA SWANS, 25 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 60 MALLARDS.
 
OTHER NEWS:
Birders in the Wawa area starting their Winter Bird List were richly rewarded today with the rare CRESTED CARACARA returning for an encore this morning at 8:00 a.m. Of course, December 1st does mark the start of the Winter Bird Season for active birders. Josh Vandermeulen compiles a winter bird list in Ontario every year, the results of which can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/myyulvs  . Approximately 346 species of birds have been recorded in Ontario during the winter period, with usually between 195 and 220 species recorded in a given winter. Last winter 221 species were recorded – the second highest total after the 224 species reported in 2011-2012.  Josh will be providing updates to the OntBirds listserv until the end of February as the winter progresses. He says the caracara is a great start to the Ontario Winter List for this year, which is also the first winter record ever for this species in Ontario. The Quinte Area Bird Report will update readers as his information is received.
 

 

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