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Turkey Vulture. Photo by Garry Kirsch Turkey Vulture. Photo by Garry KirschTHE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT


with sightings from the Bay of Quinte region, and beyond



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 every Friday evening, 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.  


The fall migration forges bravely ahead with highlights this past week being a Western Sandpiper at Kaiser Crossroad, 2 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS at Prince Edward Point, continuing Least Bitterns at the H.R. Frink Centre, Northern Mockingbirds at Amherst Island, and over 20 species of shorebirds this past week at Presqu’ile Park. With over 100 species of birds seen in just one day at Presqu’ile Park this past week, the Presqu’ile Report weekly compiler suggests we don’t put our binoculars away just yet, at least, not there!
Western Sandpiper. File photo by Barry KantKaiser Crossroad still drawing birds and watchers of birds. Last weekend, 3 GREAT EGRETS, an OSPREY, 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS, and 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS were still about. Two STILT SANDPIPERS, first seen there on September 4th were still present on the 14th.The big news through was the sighting of a WESTERN SANDPIPER on the 10th in the southwest area of the south pond feeding with a mixed group of shorebirds among the broken cornstalks. File photo by Barry Kant of Brighton. This species hasn’t been sighted in Prince Edward County since 2006, at the Outlet River mouth. Other sightings of the species have been made in past years at Prince Edward Point. And, right through to the end of the week, Kaiser Crossroad was producing good finds. On Thursday, an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER  was a highlight, along with 8 PECTORALS, the above 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a MARSH WREN and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS.
Similarly, the Hamilton Wetland, west of Demorestville along County Road 14 is always good for CANADA GEESE, and last weekend, 250 were present, but also showing themselves were 3 WOOD DUCKS, 75 MALLARDS, 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 GREAT EGRETS, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS – 4 of the former species, and 6 of the latter. Toward the end of the week, 4 migrant AMERICAN WIGEONS and 20 NORTHERN PINTAILS joined the clan, as well as 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 15 LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
 Prince Edward Point last weekend had 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, a SCARLET TANAGER, 4 EASTERN TOWHEES, an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. On Monday, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER  was banded. The most common warblers that day at the Point were BAY-BREASTED and PALM WARBLERS (2 of them Yellow PALMS), NORTHERN PARULA and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Fourteen warbler species were at Prince Edward Point on Wednesday, among them 10 PALM, 8 YELLOW-RUMPED, and six each of MAGNOLIA and AMERICAN REDSTART. A MOURNING WARBLER  was also seen that day along with BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BROWN THRASHER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, SCARLET TANAGER,  and INDIGO BUNTING. Thursday’s sightings included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 3 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, OVENBIRD, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 2 SCARLET TANAGERS, just to name a sprinkling of the 25 species a pair of observers found. There was a LINCOLN’S SPARROW on Babylon Road on Saturday and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL turned up at the Waupoos Marina the same day.
Lots going on at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area most days and evenings. This past week, present have been NORTHERN HARRIER, COMMON GALLINULE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, SWAMP SPARROW, BELTED KINGFISHER, WOOD DUCK, MERLIN, AMERICAN BITTERN and tons of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. 
Even the Demorestville Conservation Area had a few good sightings to throw into the mix this week, namely more than a dozen KILLDEER, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS in the quarry, and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Miscellaneous sightings across the County this past week included a GREAT HORNED OWL at Sandbanks Park, an OSPREY continues to hang around the nest platform along County Road 28 near Highway 62, and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL can be seen on the Norris Whitney Bridge most mornings.  
The first AMERICAN PIPITS of the fall season are starting to appear. A flyover flock of 10 showed up at the Aikins Road site on the east side of Belleville last weekend and also present were the same 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS  that were seen on the 6th. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continued to be seen through Tuesday. Eight BOBOLINK were seen migrating through on Tuesday and about a dozen SAVANNAH SPARROWS  were also seen. A dozen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER showed up in a harvested hay field there on Wednesday and 3 more late migrating BOBOLINKS were also seen that day.
The recently discovered Stirling Sewage Lagoons still hanging in there with good sightings. Last Saturday, present were 5 REDHEADS, 5 LESSER SCAUP (female with 4 young), and a nice surprise – 2 female RUDDY DUCKS swimming by. NORTHERN PINTAILS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and WOOD DUCKS early in the week.. Six shorebird species were there on Tuesday – SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, both YELLOWLEGS species as well as SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and KILLDEER, of course. A MERLIN erred by wandering into the area and was promptly mobbed by 10 NORTHERN FLICKERS.
A check of the Corbyville Dam last Saturday produced a GREAT BLUE HERON, 4 KILLDEER, 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 150 CANADA GEESE. In Trenton, pairs of MOURNING DOVES have taken advantage of this week`s sunny weather and embarked on a September nesting in two separate backyards in that town.
LEAST BITTERNS at the H.R. Frink Centre seem to be in no particular hurry to move on. One was flushed from the reeeds by the new section of boardwalk on Tuesday and a VIRGINIA RAIL was also found. Also three MARSH WRENS, a SWAINSON’S THRUSH and 4 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, two of them exhibiting signs of autumnal recrudescence by  singing.
Scattered sightings across Hastings County during the week included a light morph SNOW GOOSE at the corner of Highway 62 and Frankford Road on Tuesday and 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS along Quin Mo Lac Road south of Madoc that evening. GRAY CATBIRD at Zwick’s Park on Thursday. At Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place, 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 2 MARSH WRENS, 8 PIED-BILLED GREBES, and one each of GREAT BLUE HERON, GREAT EGRET and GREEN HERON were noteworthy finds there on Wednesday.  SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and a COOPER’S HAWK at Vanderwater Conservation Area today, and 37 KILLDEER at the corner of Highway 62 and Frankford Road.
Wilton Creek at Morven still producing a few shorebirds and this past week there were KILLDEER, SPOTTED, PECTORAL SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, WILSON`S SNIPE, and both LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Down at Big Creek Road and the Townline Road vicinity, PALM WARBLERS were everywhere with 25 being seen, also both a GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS (14) and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW.  Springside Park and the River Trail at Napanee are gearing up for the customary interest that doesn’t usually commence until winter with 19 species present there on Monday. A GREAT BLUE HERON and almost 40 MALLARDS were expected sightings, but often missed though are the warblers. Singles of CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACKBURNIAN and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS  were nice additions to the list along with 6 CEDAR WAXWINGS and 2 COMMON RAVENS. Amherst Island had some good birds on Tuesday, all at the Martin Edwards Reserve at the east end of the island. In addition to an AMERICAN WIGEON and 19 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 5 PIED-BILLED GREBES, an AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT EGRET and GREEN HERON, COMMON GALLINULE and 10 PALM WARBLERS being checked off, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYE were seen diving offshore. Two continuing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS are still being seen at the east end of the island, also a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO three days ago.
Cedar Waxwing. File photo by Helmer NielsenTwenty-five species were checked off at Campbellford’s Ferris Provincial Park last weekend. Among them were  six warbler species – BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN, PINE, an early ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN – and some good numbers, too, of a few of the species. Other species present at Ferris were RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN WOOD–PEWEE, RED-EYED VIREO and CEDAR WAXWING (photo by Helmer Nielsen of Odessa). Some good nature trails in that park, especially the Drumlin Trail. A little bit of action along the Presqu’ile Parkway leading toward Presqu’ile Park on Monday. In addition to a WOOD DUCK, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, 5 NORTHERN FLICKERS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER being seen, one of four SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS passing overhead swooped down and nabbed a NORTHERN CARDINAL  from the mini putt area on the north side of the road. During the same time period, a MERLIN was busy pursuing a MOURNING DOVE. A very early immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen feeding on the seeds of Sow Thistle on Wednesday. Some good species at the Park’s Owen Point early in the week where among the 37 species tabulated, were 2 each of GREEN HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER and NORTHERN FLICKER, with other species seen being BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (6), RED-EYED and WARBLING VIREO, GRAY CATBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and NORTHERN PARULA. A highlight of the morning was a PEREGRINE FALCON (another seen on Tuesday, and 2 more on Thursday).  Out on the islands, a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD  was discovered on Monday and was still there on Wednesday. It could not be found today. Twenty-one species of shorebirds at Presqu’ile Park this week with highs during the week as follows: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (7), AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (6), SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (90), KILLDEER (3), RED-KNOT (1), SANDERLING (100), DUNLIN (9), RUDDY TURNSTONE (1), BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1), MARBLED GODWIT (1 on Gull Is. Wed-Thurs), SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (1), WILSON’S SNIPE (1), BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (4), WHIMBREL (1), LEAST SANDPIPER (49), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (8), PECTORAL SANDPIPER (6), DUNLIN (4),  SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (150), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (12), RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (1). For a detailed account of species seen this past week at Presqu’ile Park, be sure to check out Fred Helleiner’s summary, now uploaded to the NatureStuff website. It’s a huge one this week. Just CLICK HERE for his Report.
The Quinte Area Bird Report will be updated on Friday, September 15.
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Prince Edward County Field Naturalists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Sep 15, 2017 at 03:00 AM


The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, founded in 1997, is an affiliate of Ontario Nature. It provides an educational forum dedicated to the study, promotion, appreciation and conservation of the flora and fauna within Prince Edward County.

S A V E   T H E   S O U T H   S H O R E  ! ! !


  • Encourage the enjoyment of nature;
  • Promote public interest in the appreciation and study of nature; and
  • Advance the conservation and preservation of Prince Edward County’s natural resources, habitat and environment.

At monthly meetings, guest speakers introduce a variety of nature related topics that are of interest to club members. All members are encouraged to participate at meetings by sharing their experiences and observations.Regularly scheduled field trips in the vicinity offer members the opportunity to experience various habitats.

(Link to our monthly newsletter at bottom of page)

To contact the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists:   


President..............................................................................Sandra Dowds
Vice-President......................................................................Amy Bodman
Membership Secretary .........................................................Agneta Sand
Treasurer.............................................................................Sheena Kennedy
Newsletter Editor..................................................................Sue Banks
Member At Large: ................................................................Sheila Kuja
Member At Large: ................................................................Myrna Wood
Member At Large: ................................................................Gerry Jenkison


Membership in PECFN is open to all.

Single: $15.00
Family: $30.00

Student: $5.00

Corporation: $50.00

Contact: Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, P.O. Box 477, Bloomfield, Ontario K0K 1G0
Photo: Our fundraising event for Save Ostrander Point 'Riverwalk'-May,2016 Photo by PECFN



  • founders and co-sponsors of the annual Prince Edward County Birding Festival
  • initiated the Prince Edward Point Important Bird Area (now South Shore IBA)
  • comments on environmental issues to local, provincial and federal governments
  • lobbying against the use of Dombind on Prince Edward County roads
  • involved with other organizations in starting the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory 
  • participates on committees and panels on conservation oriented issues in Prince Edward County
  • regular field trips and indoor meetings to heighten awareness of natural history in Prince Edward County
  • contributed $3,000 toward the purchase of the Miller Family Nature Reserve
  • awarded the 2012 Conservation Nature Award from Ontario Nature
  • made presentation to the consultants writing the Official Plan Review draft that the Review specifically protect the South Shore as a Core area of conservation, also recommending stronger protection for woodlands and wetlands. 
  • organizes and holds an annual Bioblitz of the South Shore Important Bird Area
  • displays at Picton and Milford Fairs
  • spearheaded the Save Ostrander Point effort

Photo: PECFN member Sheila Kuja points out some trilliums during a Wildflower Walk at Mountain View. Photo by Susan Banks

* * PECFN Celebrates Award Nomination * *

Kingston Field Naturalists and Quinte Field Naturalists have nominated PECFN for the W.E. Saunders Natural History Award from Ontario Nature. The nomination describes PECFN’s commitment to preserving the PEC South Shore IBA in the following terms: “Appealing against the Ostrander Point approval is a David versus Goliath task! The difficulty is immense, but the significance is enormous. – If wind turbines cannot be stopped at Ostrander Point in the heart of an IBA, they are unlikely to be stopped on environmental grounds anywhere in Ontario."

“The leadership qualities demonstrated by the PECFN are amazing. In the face of a giant, this dedicated group analyzes the issues and formulates well organized plans to move forward, always communicating well, and recruiting many skilled people to support its cause. PECFN’s campaign has educated many people about the value of caring for our natural environment. They are truly environmental heroes!”

We are humbled by this over the top description of our efforts to Save Ostrander Point and thank KFN and QFN for their support of the cause.


Click the link below to see the 2016 PECFN Bioblitz results:


Click the link below to see the 2015 PECFN Bioblitz results:



Meetings are held at the Bloomfield Town Hall on the last Tuesday of the month (September through May, except December) starting at 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome. 


Our Next Meeting ! !

Speaker:  Tim Gray, Forest Advisor

Topic:  Forests Ontario

Date:  Tuesday,  September 26 , 2017

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Location: Bloomfield Town Hall

Our speaker, Tim Gray, will provide a brief of Forests Ontario, an NGO that promotes good forest stewardship through environmental education and awareness. Forests Ontario enables forest restoration through tree planting programs. Tim will focus on the importance of trees in the environment, along with seed collection, matching species to site conditions, site preparation and challenges when growing trees. He will also describe criteria for landowner assistance programs provided by Forests Ontario. Tim is currently a Field Advisor for Forests Ontario in the Quinte/Bancroft/Gananoque area, where he provides advice and assistance to landowners and organizations that provide tree planting services. Tim is also from a farm background, where continuous farm ownership has been in his family in the Roslin area since 1840.

Upcoming Meetings

October 31: "Watersheds" with Les Stanfield

November 28:  "Impossible Journeys - the new science of migration" with Pamela Stagg




PECFN has regular outings to investigate areas of natural and scientific interest such as conservation areas, the Millennium Trail as well as to lakeshores and woodlands.

Eighteen attended a guided hike along the Lakeview Trail at Sandbaks Park's West Point on May 17th. The hike was one of several hikes organized by PECFN as part of this year's Spring Birding Festival. From right to left Sheila Kuja, Abby Leavens, Myrna Wood, Nola Sprague (hidden behind car), Terry Sprague (guide), Gaye & Doug Smith, Ann McDonald. 
The Lakeview Trail was opened two years ago and is named after a lodge that existed in the early 1900s at the end of the trail. The trail includes a shorter loop that goes through a deciduous woods known for its concentration of spring migrants. 


"Wind turbines don’t run on wind, they run on subsidies." - Professor Ross McKitrick

The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are passionate about nature. It is our club policy to support renewable energy. However, we believe, along with Nature Canada, Ontario Nature and the Suzuki Foundation that wind turbine developments should never be sited in areas where they will cause significant harm to migrating birds, bats and butterflies or destroy the habitat of endangered species.Through the Save Ostrander Point campaign we are opposing the construction of industrial wind turbine development at Ostrander Point, in the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area. Ostrander Point is in a major migratory pathway and is the home of the endangered Blanding’s Turtle and several other species at risk.

For more information and updates on our efforts, click on the link below:

S A V E  T H E  S O U T H  S H O R E  ! ! !



To view, click the link below


January 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter

September, 2017 Newsletter



 January 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter

November 2016 Newsletter



January 2015 Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter

May 2015 Newsletter



February 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter



January 2013 Newsletter

April 2013 Newsletter

September 2013 Newsletter

November 2013 Newsletter



January 2012 Newsletter

March 2012 Newsletter

September 2012 Newsletter

November 2012 Newsletter

CORRECTION: On page 2 of the above September, 2014 newsletter, the bottom 2 shorebirds on the left are Greater Yellowlegs, and on the right, a Black-bellied Plover. The PECFN newsletter apologizes for the misprint.


PECFN is always involved in many projects around Prince Edward County. As these projects unfold, news of them will be carried here:







 State of Emergency Declared for Ontario's Turtles ! !

 Ontario's major turtle trauma centre is declaring a state of emergency after taking in nearly 600 turtles this year! Double the admissions from last year. Read More...

Conserving the Biodiversity of our County
submitted to the EBR Registry, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on March 13, 2017, by Myrna Wood, Past President of PECFN.
Prince Edward County Field Naturalists have been working to conserve the biodiversity of our County for 20 years.  Provincial policies have increased our challenges by encouraging development on wildlife habitats.
The provincial climate adaptation strategy (2017)should include a renewed government commitment to achieving relevant Biodiversity Strategy targets, such as conserving 17 percent of the province's lands and waters by 2020. In an era of climate change, protected areas play a vital role in reducing the negative impacts of extreme climatic events, capture and store CO2 from the atmosphere, and provide climate refuges and corridors for plant and animal species. They should be a key piece of this strategy.
Commit to conserving the PEC South Shore biodiversity as a start.  It is the last undeveloped shore land on Lake Ontario.

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