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Written by Terry Spraque   
Jan 17, 2017 at 03:00 AM

 Great Gray Owl. Photo by Kyle BlaneyGreat Gray Owl. Photo by Kyle BlaneyTHE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT


 

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  TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017 
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Cooper's Hawk. Photo by Sydney SmithThere 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.
 
 
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.
 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Barred Owl. Photo by Helmer NielsenLots 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 there 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.
 
 
  
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Written by Terry Spraque   
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 THE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT (ARCHIVED PAGE)

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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.
 

 

Wednesday, November 30:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
It appears that the GLOSSY IBIS that showed up at the A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh in Port Hope on Saturday, may have moved on. An attempt was made this morning to locate it, although it was nowhere to be seen, but the bird had been known to fly off and return later in the day in the past. This time, it did not return, but tomorrow may bring fresh hope as December 1st is opening day of the winter bird list for dyed in the wool birders, and a GLOSSY IBIS  would make a great bird for the list. One birder travelling from Belleville, had to be satisfied with seeing a BELTED KINGFISHER instead. I don’t think anyone knows for sure how many KING EIDERS are toying with birders in the Campbellford area. Just seeing one is an event as eiders are not only rare on Lake Ontario, but even more so on inland waters. There may be as many as four, possibly five,  in the Campbellford area. Initially, three females were seen on the Trent River at Lock 13 a few days ago. Only one female was present there this morning. An immature male KING EIDER had been reported at Ferris Provincial Park, swimming upstream from the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge. A Brighton birder drove up there today, but couldn’t locate the reported male, but did find two females about 400 metres downstream from the bridge. Whether these were the two missing females from the original location is not known. KING EIDERS are exceptionally rare inland from Lake Ontario so with at least 4 different birds in the Campbellford area alone, it makes one wonder how many are elsewhere on the Trent River or other inland waterbodies. Back down at Presqu’ile Park where the action normally takes place, was all but ignored today in light of all the excitement elsewhere, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK along the Presqu’ile Parkway was about the best that Park could do today. On the north end of Brighton, a FOX SPARROW appeared at a feeder there first thing this morning, and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at a feeder in the south part of town. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only significant sighting to come in from Prince Edward County today took place at the Hamilton Wetland along County Road 14, west of Demorestville, where 5 SANDHILL CRANES  were seen.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
At Kingston’s Olympic view today there were 5 COMMON LOONS and 6 TUNDRA SWANS. North of the city, on Sandhill Road, off Highway 15, a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  was seen.
 
OTHER NEWS: Birders within driving distance of Wawa are hoping that the rare CRESTED CARACARA which showed up recently will still be around for the start of the winter bird season. When last seen it was seen strolling across a lawn on Brock Avenue at 9:40 a.m., but wasn’t seen after 1:00 p.m. This is a super rare bird although there are previous sightings of the caracara in Canada. The CRESTED CARACARA IS a tropical version of a vulture, which normally reaches the United States only in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. How, or why, it travelled this far from its normal haunts in Mexico, Central America and northern South America is anyone’s guess.

 


Tuesday, November 29:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Three FOX SPARROWS  were the species of the day along Aitkins Road, at the north end of Elmwood Drive on the east side of Belleville. HOUSE FINCH, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, AMERICAN ROBINS and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were other species seen here. In Foxboro, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 3 HOUSE FINCHES and 360 CANADA GEESE were noteworthy. A few birds today at the Kingsford Conservation Area, just west of the hamlet and north of Deseronto – GREAT BLUE HERON, RED-TAILED HAWK and a BELTED KINGFISHER.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A couple rare birds for this area continue to draw in local birders. The GLOSSY IBIS  is still being seen at the Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh in Port Hope. It first appeared November 26th and so far, has shown no sign of leaving its feeding area any time soon. Now birders are wondering if the vagrant will still be there on December 1st which the beginning of the Winter Bird Season for birders. During those three months, birders will be scurrying about, particularly on December 1st to build up their list of birds seen during the three lean months of the year. At Campellford, the three female KING EIDERS  are still hanging around Lock 13 on the Trent Canal. The Campbellford lock 13 is on Northumberland County Road 50, on the west side of the river about 2 km north of the bridge in Campbellford (exit 509 north on county road 30 from Hwy 401 to Campbellford) Public access and parking available at the lock, Today, they were swimming mostly on their own, but joined a few COMMON MERGANSERS  at one point. At Presqu’ile Park today, a Trenton birder walked out to Gull Island. A bit quiet today, although a late DUNLIN was seen inflight. Also seen out there were WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEADS and COMMON GOLDENEYE. The SNOWY OWL was still present today at Sabastopol Point, as was the YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER  coming to a feeder .
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
In Kingston today, at the Montreal Street Apartments, on the north side of Bell Island, 17 species were noted today, 11 of them waterfowl. Among the more noteworthy in terms of either species or numbers, were GADWALL (12), NORTHERN SHOVELER (10), NORTHERN PINTAIL (9), HOODED MERGANSER (35) and 3 AMERICAN COOT. Thirty-five BONAPARTE’S GULLS  were also present.

 


Monday, November 28:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Eight SANDHILL CRANES passed over the Green Point area yesterday at the extreme east end of the North Marysburgh peninsula along Hayward Long Reach. Today, an adult BALD EAGLE  was spotted to the north of Garrett Island in West Lake. Some good birds along Long Point Road near Prince Edward Point were BLACK SCOTER, COMMON LOON, 19 HORNED GREBES, NORTHERN SHRIKE and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. West Lake today at Wellington had 13 AMERICAN WIGEON, 50 MALLARDS, 10 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 1 GREATER SCAUP, 6 BUFFLEHEAD, 35 BONAPARTE’S GULLS and 11 RING-BILLED GULLS. South of Carrying Place a flock of hundreds of EUROPEAN STARLINGS had an all light beige leucistic individual.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At a Carrying Place feeder, the EASTERN TOWHEE was still present, and given the nice weather, will likely hang around for some time. In Belleville, on the Parrott Riverfront Trail, a lone WOOD DUCK was there today along with a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. At Potter Creek Conservation Area on the west side of Belleville, a BELTED KINGFISHER was seen today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
It seems to be the season of KING EIDERS this year. Three more, al females, have been present for three days now near Lock 13 on the Trent River at Campbellford, a rather unusual location to find this species. They are usually 200-300 metres from the lock exit. At Port Hope, the GLOSSY IBIS was present once again at the Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh. In fact, it was the only bird present there near noon today. A kilometre away from the Peter’s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve, north of Centreton, an unspecified number of EVENING GROSBEAKS visited some feeders. If you like CANADA GEESE, there were 1600 of them at the Garden Hill Conservation Area at Campbellcroft . Three CACKLING GEESE  were also present there. The SNOWY OWL was present again today at Presqu’ile Park.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES outnumbered everything else at Lemoine Point Conservation Area. One birder tallied 32 as he walked along the trails at noon. Walkers on the trails routinely bring offerings; hence, the numbers. Other woodland residents there were in more typical numbers, although 7 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES  was a noteworthy number.

 


Sunday, November 27:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Once again, it was the GLOSSY IBIS that became the star attraction at Port Hope’s Sculthorpe Marsh, present for the second day in a row. If you needed a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL on your cumulative list of birds, then Cobourg Harbour was surely the place to be today – there were 17 of them! Among the 9 waterfowl species were 190 MALLARDS and 520 CANADA GEESE. However, despite the excitement over the GLOSSY IBIS, Presqu’ile Park was not to be overlooked where a SNOWY OWL was found on Sebastopol Island and three PURPLE SANDPIPERS were on Gull Island. Other good birds seen there today included a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at a feeder, a SONG SPARROW at Salt Point, a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, 4 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and 10 TRUMPETER SWANS.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The mild temperatures and welcome sunshine likely had much to do with the incredible birding activity in Prince Edward County today. In the Lakeshore Lodge area of Sandbanks Park, some great sightings there today including 2 female KING EIDERS, 150 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL, and 1 TURKEY VULTURE. Also at Sandbanks, there were 3 COMMON LOONS and 10 SNOW BUNTINGS at East Lake. West Lake at the Dunes Day Use area off County Road 12, 1500+ waterfowl were present, among them 350 REDHEADS, 45 HOODED MERGANSERS, 26 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 11 LITTLE GULLS and 104 AMERICAN ROBINS. Another 513 AMERICAN ROBINS turned up at the Outlet Beach area, one flock of 250 passing over in a single group! Nine TURKEY VULTURES  were noted here as well. And, at the Glendon Green Boat Launch off County Road 18, a one WOOD DUCK was seen. Several observers visited Wellington Harbour today where they found AMERICAN WIGEON, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 30 CANADA GEESE, 53 MALLARDS, 89 LESSER/GREATER SCAUP, 5 BUFFLEHEAD, and 5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Betting on the mild weather continuing were 5 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS. Two RIVER OTTERS  were also seen. It was definitely a KING EIDER day as another one was spotted at Point Petre today, along with 5 HORNED GREBES, 130 AMERICAN ROBINS and an EVENING GROSBEAK. Over on King’s Road, 25 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS  were seen. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (13) were also seen at Waring Creek along County Road 12, along with 60 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and a single BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. A few miscellaneous sightings around the County today included a MERLIN along the Sprague/Monkman Trail at Big Island, 50 CEDAR WAXWINGS and a dozen AMERICAN ROBINS feasting on crabapples on Luck’s Crossroad near Picton, COMMON LOON on Hayward Long Reach, and responding to the spring-like temperatures was a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS checking out a nest box in the same location.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
MUTE SWANS on the Bay of Quinte at Carrying Place’s Twelve O’clock Point continue to fluctuate in numbers. Today there were 89. A conservative estimate of 260 HOODED MERGANSERS were spread out over a few hundred metres of the bay in dense groups. Also present were 89 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 30 CANADA GEESE, 12 GADWALL, 118 AMERICAN WIGEON, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 23 MALLARDS, 20 BUFFLEHEAD and 9 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. The BONAPARTE’S GULL numbers continue to hover around 40-50 most days. A few of the 12 species of birds noted at the Potter Creek Conservation Area on the west side of Belleville today included 2 BROWN CREEPERS, a RED-TAILED HAWK and a RUFFED GROUSE. A feeder in the west end of Trenton now has a winter resident RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH joining the two WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. At the same feeder, a male NORTHERN FLICKER stopped by to check out the menu. And, on the east side of Belleville, a male NORTHERN HARRIER was seen skimming across a field on Airport Parkway around 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A NORTHERN HARRIER on Desmond Road in the Camden East area and an AMERICAN KESTREL on Moscow Road were a couple of miscellaneous sightings from Lennox and Addington County. Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area had 31 MALLARDS and 4 COMMON MERGANSERS in the bay itself.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
AMERICAN KESTREL, 11 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a FOX SPARROW were highlights at Lemoine Point Conservation Area today, while just east of there, at the Marshlands Conservation Area RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were seen there. At Kingston’s Elevator Bay, an hour spent there this morning yielded about a dozen waterfowl species, among them 1,000 each of LESSER SCAUP and RING-NECKED DUCK. Also present were 32 TUNDRA SWANS, comprising both adults and juveniles. Some good numbers south of Belle Island in the Great Cataraqui River – 400 CANADA GEESE, 100 AMERICAN WIGEON and 40 HOODED MERGANSERS and a BALD EAGLE. North of Verona today 4 PINE SISKINS and 50 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were good sightings as we inch our way into the bird feeding season.

 


Saturday, November 26:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
This time, it wasn’t so much Presqu’ile Park that highlighted the birding world today in Northumberland County, as it was the Cobourg and Port Hope area. At the A.K. Sculthorpe Memorial Woodland Marsh in Port Hope today, a GLOSSY IBIS was initially spotted at noon and was still there later in the day. It seemed quite content as it preened itself in the company of several MALLARDS. Not far away, at Cobourg Harbour, a few more surprises. At 9:00 a.m. this morning, there was a female HARLEQUIN DUCK working the rocks around the Cobourg lighthouse on both sides. Three RED-THROATED LOONS  was another good sighting there today south of the breakwater and visible only from the end of the headland looking east. No absence of birds at Presqu’ile Park with 44 species seen this morning by one observer – not a bad total for this time of year. Typically, the MUTE SWAN population is starting to build with 325 noted today. Six hundred LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 115 BUFFLEHEAD among the 18 species of waterfowl, highlighted by one each of COMMON LOON and RED-THROATED LOON. Other birds of note were one each of RED-TAILED HAWK and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 4 AMERICAN COOTS, 6 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a 1st winter GLAUCOUS GULL. Other species seen were 3 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and 45 CEDAR WAXWINGS.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The privately owned 2.3 km Sprague/Monkman Trail near the east end of Big Island was a sad remnant of this past summer’s bustling bird activity. An hour spent on the trail late this afternoon produced only 4 species, and all but one of those were birds heard or seen in the far distance. Only  3 AMERICAN ROBINS made their presence known along the trail itself as they munched away on the fruiting berries of European Buckthorn and Red Cedar. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH  continue to visit a feeder at South Bay.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
Across from Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area, present were 9 GADWALL, 24 MALLARDS, 2 CANADA GEESE and 12 HOODED MERGANSERS. But, west of there, at the end of County Road 8 near the Lennox Generating Plant, a birder there hit pay dirt when a dark morph SNOW GOOSE was seen. It’s shaping up to be a pretty good fall so far for BARRED OWLS. One was seen today on County Road 41, south of Denbigh. On Amherst Island today, some good sightings there, including 20 COMMON LOONS in the ferry channel. The hawk population on the island was starting out a bit slow earlier this fall, but if today’s sightings are any indication, the population may be starting to build up. Seen today were 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, a RED-TAILED HAWK, and a first or second year GOLDEN EAGLE being harassed by two COMMON RAVENS. Also seen, between 50 and 60 COMMON GOLDENEYES and lots of mergansers, and 100 SNOW BUNTINGS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In Carrying Place, at Twelve O'clock Point, some interesting species and numbers near and around the jetties at the mouth of the Murray Canal where it empties into the Bay of Quinte. Highlighting the list was a SNOWY OWL, the first of the season in the Bay of Quinte region. Twelve species of waterfowl, and among them were 100 COMMON GOLDENEYE, a female WOOD DUCK, 4 HOODED MERGANSERS,  6 GADWALL, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, and 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS – likely the same three that have been there for the past month. A white morph SNOW GOOSE at Tremur Lake on the west side of Trenton, stood out prominently from the 1200 or so CANADA GEESE and 12 HOODED MERGANSERS. Other sightings today from Hastings County included a late GREAT BLUE HERON in flight over the 401 at Sydney Street, and about 10 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS east of Stirling.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A dozen species noted today in the Great Cataraqui River just on the south side of Bell Island. AMERICAN COOTS  numbered 150 and also present were 45 BONAPARTE’S GULLS. In Sydenham, a COOPER’S HAWK was seen today, and a BARRED OWL was present this morning north of Verona, where 4 BROWN CREEPERS  were also seen. Olympic view at Kingston came up with 75 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 35 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and 3 COMMON LOONS.

 


Friday, November 25:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
At Carrying Place a well stocked feeder setup with a variety of food types had an impressive fifteen species present this morning. There were DOWNY WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, a male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BROWN CREEPER (1), BLUE JAY, NORTHERN CARDINAL, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (1), AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, HOUSE FINCH and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. The highlight was a male EASTERN TOWHEE. Totally ignoring the fact that winter is on its way, was a GREAT BLUE HERON that was seen flying nonchalantly over Stuckey Road, southeast of Picton at 8:00 a.m. this morning. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The CANADA GEESE that are normally at Tremur Lake on the west side of Trenton, approximately 1200 or so have found a new place to feed. It is on a large recently harvested corn field on the east side of the road from the Trenton Walmart. They are there most of the day then leave at sundown. Maybe they are also happy the Walmart store has reopened after the fire!
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
It is assumed that the female KING EIDER has moved on as it hasn’t been seen in several days now (last seen on the 20th). A check of the Amherst Island ferry dock at Millhaven at noon though did reveal a few species of waterfowl including 20 MALLARDS, 5 BUFFLEHEADS, 15 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and 5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Also seen were 2 COMMON LOONS and singles of HERRING and RING-BILLED GULL.
 
DURHAM COUNTY
Some good sightings today in the Oshawa area including two adult male HARLEQUIN DUCKS that were seen at the mouth of Duffins Creek in Rotary Park, Ajax, accompanied by some COMMON GOLDENEYES.  In Darlington Provincial Park, a WINTER WREN and 2 HERMIT THRUSHES were seen, the later enjoying a bumper crop of wild grapes. North of the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club, at Bessborough Park,  WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  were seen.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Despite the misty rain and hazy conditions, a few birders were out and about in the Kingston area today. At Collin’s Bay, some good numbers of GREATER SCAUP (2100), estimated in groups of 100, and 300 REDHEADS. In lesser numbers were CANADA GOOSE (2), TUNDRA SWAN (1), GADWALL (20), MALLARD (30), HOODED MERGANSER (5), COMMON MERGANSER (20), RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (5), and 25 each of LESSER SCAUP and BUFFLEHEAD. Also present in the bay were 2 COMMON LOONS, 30 RING-BILLED GULLS and a single HERRING GULL. At Olympic view in Kingston, there was only a kilometre of visibility due to fog; however, in addition to some of the same species seen elsewhere in the city were 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 4 COMMON LOONS. A comment made in yesterday’s Report about AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES  increasing in numbers this season, was reflected in 50 being seen just north of Verona where 2 each of BROWN CREEPER and CEDAR WAXWING  were also present. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE  was found at Wolfe Island today.

 


Thursday, November 24:

HASTINGS COUNTY
There was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER today at a feeder west of Thomasburg, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER was photographed at Marmora as it feasted on berries. While the diet of PILEATED WOODPECKERS is mainly insects, particularly carpenter ants, they are also drawn to nuts, berries, fruit and even consume poison ivy berries. Behind the Belleville Walmart store, there were 35 CANADA GEESE present in the Moira River. No boreal species present yet at bird feeders in the lower Hastings area. Still time yet for a few to appear at local feeders. Tweed today had 13 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS as their numbers begin to increase, augmented by more migrants from the north as they arrive. Ten DARK-EYED JUNCOS were present at the feeder in Tweed, and that species seems to be enjoying good numbers this season as well. In Foxboro, another finch, but more of a local resident, the AMERICAN GOLDFINCH seems to be on the increase too as winter approaches. There were a dozen at a Foxboro feeder.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The RED-TAILED HAWK that frequents County Rd 4 was there again today, and the resident NORTHERN HARRIER that is a regular along Big Island South Shore Road was again present today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
North of Millhaven today, a PURPLE FINCH at a feeder there, plus all expected feeder guests.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Olympic view in Kingston produced a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL today, along with low numbers of six species of waterfowl – CANADA GOOSE, GADWALL, MALLARD, LONG-TAILED DUCK, and COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Also 2 COMMON LOONS. About half way along the lakeshore from the Beechgrove Complex to Lake Ontario Park, a late GREAT BLUE HERON was seen as well as an optimistic BELTED KINGFISHER. Other miscellaneous sightings in the Kingston area today included a NORTHERN SHRIKE on County Road 2 between Joyceville Road and Kinogama Avenue, and a RED-TAILED HAWK at the Canadian Forces Base.

 


Wednesday, November 23:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was at a feeder today on Victoria Road near the west end, just east of Snider Road. Another RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER showed up, too, at a feeder along Swamp College Road today near Wellington. Other birds there today included 6 or so PURPLE FINCHES, 15 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and a dozen AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. Numerous  BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen milling about the Wellington Harbour. There were at least two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS today at a Crofton feeder east of Highway 62. Some good species in the Stinson Block area where another two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were seen along with a WINTER WREN and a HERMIT THRUSH.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Still another two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were present today at a Carrying Place feeder where there was also a first year NORTHERN SHRIKE and a passing male NORTHERN HARRIER. The ten RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS present have been here all fall and will hopefully stay the winter like last year. The best bird however was a male EASTERN TOWHEE.  At Wyman’s Road and Highway 2 in the Marysville Road area, a PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH coming to a feeder in Brighton is one of many that are being reported at local feeders so far this season. Along the Presqu’ile Parkway, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW has been visiting feeders in the area. Other good species seen along the Parkway today were RED-TAILED HAWK, 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 35 HERRING GULLS, a dozen DARK-EYED JUNCOS and a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Around 50 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on Amherst Island early this morning toward the east end of the island. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Interesting sighting west of Gananoque today when an unusual hawk was seen which turned out to be a hybrid  RED-TAILED/RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Not far away, at Grass Creek Park, across from Howe Island, 2 immature BALD EAGLES  were seen. Other good sightings there were 30 AMERICAN ROBINS, 120 RING-BILLED GULLS, 65 HERRING GULLS and a COMMON LOON. At the Marshlands Conservation Area along Front Road a noisy skein of 2,000 CANADA GEESE, made a short flight from the north side of Front Road to Elevator Bay. A GREAT HORNED OWL was also seen in the conservation area.

 


Tuesday, November 22:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
On Gull island at Presqu’ile Park today, a PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen, but it wasn’t the only shorebird to be seen out there today. Also present were 5 DUNLIN and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, the latter bird showing some stress, continuously flapping its wings as it fed. A few LONG-TAILED DUCKS were behaving more like dabbling ducks with some of them in close to shore feeding in very shallow water, simply dipping their heads to reach bottom. Three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also present, but more in keeping with the season was the sighting of 50 SNOW BUNTINGS  which circled the island for a few minutes, then moved off toward the mainland.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Odd. Nice day today, but no one out birding, compared to yesterday when the weather was less than pleasant. Even the only list to come in today from Prince Edward County was from yesterday. At an Allisonville feeder, over a dozen species noted including a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. RED-BELIED WOODPECKER, 18 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and 2 FOX SPARROWS were species of note.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
One Kingston resident took advantage of the fine weather today and explored Amherst Island, coming up with 31 species. Among them was a late DUNLIN, an immature ICELAND GULL and a RED-TAILED HAWK. Thirty-six TUNDRA SWANS, 10 of them immatures, were seen as the species builds up its numbers preparatory to spending the winter months in local waters. Two COMMON LOONS, and 10 or so other species of waterfowl were also noted.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Along Sandhill Road, off Highway 15, north of Kingston, two RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen there along with RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
 
MY THOUGHTS ON OUR NATIONAL BIRD CHOICE
Only journalists who can’t tell a starling from a house sparrow are upset over the choice for our national bird, it seems. They can’t even spell “Gray” the way the name was designated by the American Ornithologists Union, the agency charged with the responsibility of species designation and official names, is an American organization, so American spellings are used (i.e. Gray Catbird, Clay-colored Sparrow, etc.) on the official Checklists, and those are the spellings we are supposed to use. It’s like changing the name “Jon” to “John” simply because we like it better.  I was elated over the choice, not only because I voted for the Gray Jay, but it truly represents Canada as it ranges right across the country. Even its scientific name Perisoreus canadensis . Now, you can't get more Canadian that that!  Also unfortunate is that the AOU was responsible some years ago in changing the name from Canada Jay to the rather bland name,  Gray Jay. Had it remained Canada Jay, I think more of the dissenters would have accepted the choice since almost everyone is familiar with the Canada Jay or Whiskey-Jack. Gray Jay? Not so much. Gray Jays seldom move from their place of birth, Algonquin Park being a stronghold for the species in Ontario and a favourite place for local folks to see them. Just hold out a bit of sandwich and they will come right to your hand. Gray Jays cache their food, hiding it in thousands of nooks and crannies which become their pantries 12 months of the year with the amazing ability to remember each one of those crevices. Since food is not an issue with Gray Jays as it is for many species that move about and migrate as food availability dictates, the Gray Jays have no need to leave their homes, so they tend to stay put in their place of birth. Gray Jays do occur now and then in the Bay of Quinte area, but it is very rare. Given their caching habits, it is not clear why they move out of their area and drift southward when it is clearly not in their nature to do so. Some say individuals may get caught up in migrating flocks of Blue Jays in the fall, and perhaps inadvertently move around with them. Others say, not likely; their claim is that Blue Jays and Gray Jays are mortal enemies.  So, what is the real answer
As for the choice  -  I couldn't be happier!

 


Monday, November 21:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Slow day today, but a few birders went out across the Quinte region despite the wind and persistent snow. Not much activity though in Prince Edward County. The increased activity at bird feeders due to the blustery weather has tempted a few uncommon birds to sample the fare offered. At a feeder along Highway 62 near Jericho Road, A FOX SPARROW made an appearance today. Just north of there at Crofton, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS appeared at a feeder. On Big Island, a NORTHERN HARRIER erupted from a snow covered red cedar, shook itself off in flight, and resumed his hunt over the Big Island Marsh and adjacent meadows.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
There was a burst of activity at a feeder in the Barry Heights area of Trenton where MOURNING DOVE numbers hit 25, DARK-EYED JUNCOS  went from two to 20 almost overnight. New arrivals were four WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Some movement in a snow covered flowering crab tree translated into a dozen CEDAR WAXWINGS and four AMERICAN ROBINS, all of them feasting on the tiny apples. A CAROLINA WREN that has been present in the area off and on, made a return visit today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Predictably, the only activity in this county was at Presqu’ile Park where a TURKEY VULTURE flew east low over the woods. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW  was present at a feeder along the Parkway, along with a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, one of many that turned up today elsewhere in the region. Waterfowl seen from the Parkway were 30 CANADA GEESE, 8 MUTE SWANS, 1 GADWALL, 12 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 125 MALLARDS, 6 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 3 BUFFLEHEAD and 16 HOODED MERGANSERS
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A FOX SPARROW  was seen on Big Creek Road, south of Napanee, and on Townline Road just south of there, a flock of 120 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD feeding in a corn field, the majority of them males. More blackbirds in the same general area, at McIntyre Road and Townline Road, but these were RUSTY BLACKBIRDS – 17 of them feeding on the road. North of Millhaven today, another 52 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD suddenly descended on a bird feeder there, along with the regulars.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Olympic view at Kingston near noon, had 4 COMMON LOONS show up. Among the 10 species seen were two DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, probably not at all impressed with the weather. RED-BREASTED, COMMON MERGANSERS and HOODED MERGANSERS, and MALLARDS were other species seen. North of Verona, an adult BALD EAGLE floated low over a house in an east to west direction.

 


Sunday, November 20:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The majority of birders took advantage of the overcast skies this morning and enjoyed some birding before the snow and winds began, but others in our reporting area braved the stormy conditions and, incredibly, came up with some cool sightings. A lone SANDHILL CRANE braved the winds as it made its way from the Sprague/Monkman Trail south across the Big Island Marsh and continued to bugle as it disappeared out of sight. Mostly, the activity was at bird feeders as patronage doubled and, in some cases, tripled from what it had been last week. NORTHERN CARDINALS, 15 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were noted at one location at South Bay. At noon, as the snow commenced in earnest, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  took renewed interest in a feeder on Victoria Road toward the west side of the County. At our own feeder on Sprague Road, Big Island, 11 species were documented for Project FeederWatch, among them 9 MOURNING DOVES, a female NORTHERN CARDINAL, 10 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and 16 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. Not sure where all the squirrels came from, but there was a pile of them.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Along Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville, a COMMON GRACKLE made an appearance in a backyard. At Foxboro, birds in a backyard there included 2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and 7 HOUSE FINCHES.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
Bird activity at a Napanee bird feeder was at a high ebb with the snow increasing the feeding frenzy. Lots of HOUSE FINCHES, DARK-EYED JUNCOS and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES. A few good sightings this morning at Wilton Creek, Morven with RED-TAILED HAWK and AMERICAN KESTREL being seen. Along Highway 33, west of Millhaven, a few waterfowl were braving the choppy conditions along Adolphus Reach including 21 CANADA GEESE, 5 MALLARDS, 15 BUFFLEHEAD and 29 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The early birder gets the bird. In this case, it was a HARLEQUIN DUCK at Presqu’ile Park at 9:00 a.m., an immature male with a small party of LONG-TAILED DUCKS around Gull Island. The bird was first seen on the north side of the bar connecting Gull Island with Owen Point, then flew off appearing midway along the south shore of Gull Island, then moved to the channel between Gull Island and High Bluff Island. High numbers of waterfowl despite the weather that was moving in, including 2500 REDHEADS, 65 BUFFLEHEAD, 175 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 35 GADWALL, 160 MALLARDS and 75 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS. And the productive morning continued with 3 DUNLIN and an immature PURPLE SANDPIPER  also present, an ICELAND GULL, a dozen GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and escorting in the snowstorm – 125 SNOW BUNTINGS. Along the Parkway leading toward the Park, a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
In keeping with the weather, 10 SNOW BUNTINGS  were seen south of Batersea today. Wolfe Island was the pace to be though with a party of 8 KFN members coming up with 30 species this morning. Among the highlights were a SNOW GOOSE, 3 COMMON LOONS, a lingering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, BARRED OWL, and 175 SNOW BUNTINGS making it on the checklist.

 


Saturday, November 19:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON
Despite the winds today, the female KING EIDER was still hanging in there, just east of the Amherst Island ferry dock at Millhaven.  East of Millhaven, along the waterfront off the former C.I.L. factory, a half dozen or so waterfowl species were present this morning, among them a CACKLING GOOSE. Also present were 600 CANADA GEESE, 12 MALLARDS, 60 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 45 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 8 BUFFLEHEADS and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Vanderwater Conservation Area east of Thomasburg, – always a good spot to visit at any time of the year – did not disappoint today. In addition to the resident BARRED OWL, there were 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a RED-TAILED HAWK, 1 COMMON RAVEN and 20 AMERICAN ROBINS among the dozen species checked off. In Belleville, a PEREGRINE FALCON  was seen perched in a tree along Keegan Parkway.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Presqu’ile Park at noon today produced a few good species including a first year ICELAND GULL. Three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 60 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, and 85 HERRING GULLS also turned up. Despite tomorrow’s dismal forecast, a lingering TURKEY VULTURE was seen passing over the “fingers” of the park near the entrance. Along the Presqu’ile Parkway, nothing too spectacular, except for a couple of SONG SPARROWS in the marsh, 16 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and singles of other species commonly seen at this time of the year.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac Provincial Park was the location today of a super bird – a grey morph GYRFALCON. The bird was seen along the Cedar Lake Trail Loop, and was observed hunting ducks over the pond and shrub wetland. Other good birds to turn up there today were 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a BROWN CREEPER and a mob of 25 AMERICAN CROWS which flew over the parking lot as dusk was falling. The 16-km hike also produced 8 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 4 HOODED MERGANSERS and 3 COMMON RAVENS. With winter coming on, it was expected that an EVENING GROSBEAK would be seen during a walk by one birder along the Cataraqui Trail at Sydenham. The 6 km walk east from the Foodland parking lot also produced COMMON LOON, 5 COMMON RAVENS, and some 60 RING-BILLED GULLS. South of Brewer’s Mills, 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS were seen. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only sightings to come in today from Prince Edward County was a PILEATED WOODPECKER at North Beach Provincial Park, and three COMMON LOONS in Adolphus Reach off Mosquito Lane, east of Lake on the Mountain.

 


Friday, November 18:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
It was a day for RED-TAILED HAWKS in Prince Edward County. RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen today at Big Island, Mountain View, County Road 2, near County Road 1, Bloomfield, Sandbanks and Rednersville. Up to 25 MALLARDS  were along Wellington Beach today, as well as a BELTED KINGFISHER. Some of the popular areas, that once abounded in birds during the spring and fall, are becoming deserted as winter inches closer. One of them, North Beach Provincial Park, was deserted today, except for 93 CANADA GEESE and 4 MUTE SWANS and they were on the bay side of the Park.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A BELTED KINGFISHER figured prominently in a life and death story near Trenton. A birder perched in a tree stand had a panoramic view when he spotted a BELTED KINGFISHER fly into a marsh area and land on a branch over the water and proceeded to wait for a meal. Also doing a bit of birdwatching was a COOPER’S HAWK that zoomed in and gave chase to the kingfisher as it sped to escape over the open water only three feet above the surface with the hawk in hot pursuit. As the hawk got uncomfortably closer, the kingfisher dove into the water with the hawk zooming on past. The kingfisher emerged from the water and flew away in the opposite direction. The hawk, realizing its mistake, cut back and resumed the chase. The sequence repeated two more times and the kingfisher, now sopping wet, was slowed down by the extra weight, and finally, the COOPER’S HAWK succeeded in making its catch. This whole episode happened in about two minutes. As we get ever so much closer to winter, this is  being reflected in higher numbers now of some of the more common species that might end up being feeder clientele at some point. Among these east of Belleville along the Airport Parkway were around 60 MOURNING DOVES. Some like AMERICAN ROBINS that may not have migrated yet or, conversely, may be contemplating exploiting the bountiful crop of fruit on some wild trees and bushes this winter, are also being seen such as 30 AMERICAN ROBINS in Foxboro. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, yet undecided whether or not to move on, was also present in Foxboro taking advantage of the fine weather today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At the North Wilkinson Tract off Pogue Road north of Colborne today, some good birds there including a PILEATED WOODPECKER, SONG SPARROW, BELTED KINGFISHER and 4 RUFFED GROUSE. Down at Presqu’ile Park, 225 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS led the checklist for ducks in terms of numbers, but the best bird today was a first year GLAUCOUS GULL on the shoal north of Gull Island. Four GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a single SNOW BUNTING were also see today. There was one very happy BUFFLEHEAD with 17 females at the Brighton Constructed Wetland this morning. Also present were 4 MUTE SWANS, 5 WOOD DUCKS, 12 MALLARDS, 13 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 50 CANADA GEESE.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
Day 14 for the female KING EIDER that has been seen every day east of the Amherst Island ferry dock on the Millhaven side. Also, an impressive total of 73 COMMON LOONS all visible from the ferry and the south shore. Amherst Island highlights included 78 HORNED GREBES off the south shore, a female BLACK SCOTER along with 30 TUNDRA SWANS off the tip of the Martin Edwards Reserve, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE near the parking area for that reserve. Raptors have been uncharacteristically scarce so far this fall on the island with only a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 1 RED-TAILED HAWK and four AMERICAN KESTRELS being seen. At the Martin Edwards Reserve at the east end of Amherst Island, it was a pretty good day for one birder who counted 34 TUNDRA SWANS and 500 MALLARDS. Also answering the roll call were 550 CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, REDHEAD, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BLACK SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Four GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also seen.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
PURPLE FINCH, NORTHERN CARDINAL, SNOW BUNTING and BROWN CREEPER  were noteworthy birds seen today near Snider Road, north of Verona. At Elginburgh, another action story, similar to the one at Trenton. In this case, a MERLIN was seen chasing a MOURNING DOVE at high speed north along Sydenham Road. The MERLIN  was about seven metres behind but the terrified dove who really wanted to live, was flying strongly. The outcome, however, was unknown. As the birder stated, “It’s a tough life out in the wild!”


Thursday, November 17:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The CAROLINA WREN that has turned up a few times in the Consecon area has given rise to some concern as to its future if this winter should happen to turn as severe as has been predicted. In the way of a bit of background, the CAROLINA WREN is a wren of the Carolinian forest zone of eastern U.S.A. that reaches the northerly edge of its breeding range in southern Ontario. The species is a permanent resident wherever it ranges, and as the species continues to push its breeding range northward, mild winters allow the species to build up in numbers, but a severe winter can knock the population down again. In 1972, I came a cross a pair nesting in a tree swallow house on Mary Street in Picton, the first recorded nesting since the species first appeared in the County in 1956. Since then, there have been several additional nesting records of CAROLINA WRENS nesting in Prince Edward County. I well remember the first CAROLINA WREN that came to our bird feeder one winter and who thrived on stale Timbits. When his supply ran dangerously low, I made an emergency run to Tim Hortons in Picton. I couldn’t help but smile as the lady behind the counter ever so delicately lifted each Timbit from the bin with a napkin and placed it in the box. I didn’t have the heart to reveal the identity of the intended customer!  With seven Tim Horton’s in Trenton, the Consecon wren should have little problem being well fed this winter, if someone should choose to do so!
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Waterfowl continue to gather at Twelve O’Clock Point at Carrying Place. Today there were 18 species of ducks, along with 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES and 25 AMERICAN COOTS. Once again, there were thousands of ducks beyond binocular or spotting scope range – probably scaup although a few may have been REDHEADS. Closer to shore, the large numbers translated into 400 REDHEADS, 325 AMERICAN WIGEON, 225 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 230 HOODED MERGANSERS. Mixed in were 13 RUDDY DUCKS and 45 BUFFLEHEADS. Mercifully, the 120 MUTE SWANS from yesterday had dropped sown to only 85. Also present were 30 RING-BILLED GULLS and 12 BONAPARTE’S GULLS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Two hikers on the Doe Lake and Arab Gorge Trails in Frontenac Provincial Park yesterday reported neither hearing nor seeing any birds, but did come across two damselflies mating and hearing a Spring Peeper! Obviously, they were lured by the mild weather into an autumnal recrudescence mode, a state of mind that will surely cool by this weekend. A fair bit of birding activity in the Kingston area, incorporating some new locations that haven’t been mentioned before in this Report. One of them, Colonel By Lake, at Kingston Mills. At the Aragon Boat Launch at Colonel By Lake, 37 GADWALL  and 20 AMERICAN WIGEON were present, and a NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen. Farther up the shoreline, at the Casey Point Crown Land, a late DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was seen, some 60 LESSER SCAUP and 12 HOODED MERGANSER. a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 5 BROWN CREEPERS, 4 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and 47 AMERICAN ROBINS. South of there, closer to Kingston proper, Belle Park had some good numbers of waterfowl including  220 AMERICAN WIGEON and 110 MALLARDS. Forty-seven NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 20 RUDDY DUCKS were also seen here. At Olympic view in Kingston, a highlight there was the sighting of 22 COMMON LOONS.
 

Wednesday, November 16:

HASTINGS COUNTY
There was a BROWN CREEPER along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail in Belleville this afternoon, along with 21 MUTE SWANS, 30 BUFFLEHEADS, 20 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and 100 RING-BILLED GULLS, just to name a few of the species present. A BARRED OWL turned up at Vanderwater Conservation Area, east of Thomasburg today. At Roslin, just south of Vanderwater Conservation Area, 40 CEDAR WAXWINGS  were seen. Among the 12 species seen along Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville were an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, NORTHERN CARDINAL and 120 CANADA GEESE. CANADA GEESE also made it on the checklist at Tremur Lake, west of Trenton – actually 1200 of them! There was good birding to be had there at noon, with 6 TRUMPETER SWANS, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 75 MALLARDS, 4 BUFFLEHEAD, 6 COMMON MERGANSERS and 30 HOODED MERGANSERS mixed in with the geese. Also present were a RED-TAILED HAWK, 25 AMERICAN ROBINS, and 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. South of there, at Twelve O’Clock Point in Carrying Place, there were 38 MUTE SWANS. Inside of 20 minutes, the number had burgeoned to 120! This is a favourite spot for MUTE SWANS in the fall. Also present here from the jetties at the east end of the Murray Canal were highs of 50 AMERICAN WIGEON, 140 BUFFLEHEAD, 20 HOODED MERGANSERS, 50 AMERICAN WIGEON, 30 REDHEADS, 40 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, 20 MALLARDS, 10 GADWALL and 25 AMERICAN COOTS. Beyond binocular range to identify were at least 2,000 other ducks that stretched from Indian Island to the mainland at Trenton.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Between Carrying Place and Pleasant Bay, there were a good number of species worth mentioning. Birds seen were thirty AMERICAN PIPITS, 8 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 4 BROWN CREEPERS and singles of RUFFED GROUSE, NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, MERLIN, NORTHERN RAVEN, and FOX SPARROW. A CAROLINA WREN was seen at 8:45. a.m. at the end of Glen Lane in the Stinson Block west of Consecon. This morning, a SANDHILL CRANE bugled its way over Sprague Road at Big Island.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A few species of note seen at Presqu’ile Park today were 5 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 10 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER along the Jobes’ Woods Trail that seemed more concerned about a plane passing overhead than it was in the presence of a photographer. In the marsh at Calf Pasture Point, species seen were HERRING GULL, BUFFLEHEAD, MALLARD, MUTE SWAN. BUFFLEHEADS and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were present in Lake Ontario. In a Brighton backyard, present today was a flock of 27 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS that may thin out a bit in numbers when the weather turns colder and perhaps snowy by early next week. Six CEDAR WAXWINGS were also present, along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH (1), 2 HOUSE FINCHES, 8 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. Moving west to Grafton, 38 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS  were seen at the Calnan Road pond where a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was also present, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER. At Wicklow Beach some good numbers there including 550 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 116 RING-BILLED GULLS, 78 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, 92 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 65 REDHEADS, to name only a few of the species seen, along with a single GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lots going on in the Kingston area, and beyond today. At Olympic view along the lakeshore, 150 ducks were simply too far away to identify, but closer to shore were some 35 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 16 COMMON LOONS and a handful of other duck species. A lingering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was also present. On the Great Cataraqui River, just south of Belle Island, species present there were CANADA GOOSE, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, REDHEAD, GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, and another DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT enjoying the fine weather. Upstream, at the Lower Brewer’s Mills Lock, there were 45 HOODED MERGANSERS. A NORTHERN FLICKER was also seen. Farther north along the river, at the Upper Brewer’s Mills Lock, no waterfowl seen, but  there were 2 COMMON RAVENS. On Sunbury Road, a lone SNOW BUNTING  was seen, and another was seen today north of Verona. And over on the 401 across from Howe Island, a BALD EAGLE  was noted.
 

Tuesday, November 15:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
It was a good start up Project FeederWatch week for a Presqu’ile Park resident as he had 4 EVENING GROSBEAKS as well as both a WHITE-THROATED and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW  to start off the season. For birders just wanting to see what was around in such fine birding weather, today had plenty to satisfy their needs in the Park with close to 40 species being present. The exceptional weather may have been responsible for at least two shorebird species still taking their chances on this weather continuing – 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a dozen DUNLIN. The 50 HORNED LARKS that landed on Owen Point must have been influenced by the summer temperatures, too; likewise, 3 AMERICAN PIPITS, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, 8 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. Offsetting their appearance were birds more typical of the season – 12 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS. Certainly a good day to see a splendid variety of birds. Travelling west, Wicklow Beach between Brighton and Cobourg had 1,000 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS today, and a COMMON LOON. North of Port Hope, at the Garden Hill Conservation Area, birding was good there, too, with highlights being a FOX SPARROW, 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW,M 1 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Lot of waterfowl today at Tremur Lake, on the west side of Wooler Road. There were large numbers of CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS. One goose had an almost white head and neck similar to one last year. Also present were sixty HOODED MERGANSERS, 12 COMMON MERGANSERS, 15 BUFFLEHEAD, four AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and six TRUMPETER SWANS - a lone adult and a family of five with three young. Fish are apparently plentiful given the success the Mergansers were having. A male BELTED KINGFISHER also took part.    
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The long standing (swimming) KING EIDER  was present again in its customary location near the Millhaven ferry dock. Also a BELTED KINGFISHER there today to keep it company.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Two SWAMP SPARROWS and a WINTER WREN were highlights today at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area north of Kingston. Other species seen were BELTED KINGFISHER, 23 GADWALL, 40 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and a COMMON GRACKLE. In the Inverary area this afternoon, a FIELD SPARROW turned up for one birder, along with 5 WILD TURKEYS and 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS. On Wolfe Island, bird of the day out there was a SNOW GOOSE. Also seen, a GREAT BLUE HERON and a RED-TAILED HAWK.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
It was a “freezing fog” morning in much of the County, but temperatures warmed up considerably to produce an excellent day. On the Sprague/Monkman Trail early this morning, a NORTHERN FLICKER  was seen, likely the same one that has been around for several weeks. Lots of AMERICAN ROBINS  feasting on a plethora of berries along a shrubby laneway. Otherwise, quiet for much of the 2.3 km route. Despite the incredible day today, weather-wise - sadly, no one else was out birding today in the County.

 


Monday, November 14:

 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few species of waterfowl at Wellington Harbour these days. There were about 100 present yesterday – a dozen MALLARDS and the rest Scaup, along with a Brant. When the Brant wasn’t feeding, it spent much of its time harassing and threatening many of the nearby ducks. There were also several hundred CANADA GEESE in several separate gaggles, as well as 40 RING-BILLED GULLS, both species mostly loafing in West Lake behind the jetties on the east side of the channel. Several birders reported HORNED GREBES, with concentrations mainly at Little Bluff Conservation Area and at Point Petre. Twenty CEDAR WAXWINGS at Point Petre, BUFFLEHEADS at both Point Petre and Prince Edward Point, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS at Little Bluff. At South Bay, 5 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS turned up, a species we haven’t heard much about this fall.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Moving on to Hastings County, some good species at the Potter Creek Conservation Area (AKA Quinte Conservation Area) today, one of the highlights being a BARRED OWL. Other good birds seen there this morning at day break were 20 AMERICAN ROBINS, 1 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, a FOX SPARROW and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Not far away, at Zwick’s Park, 11 species – not bad for this manicured parkland. In addition to 60 CANADA GEESE, there were 2 MUTE SWANS, 30 MALLARDS, 10 BUFFLEHEAD, 12 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 1 COMMON MERGANSER in the Bay of Quinte. Thirty RING-BILLED GULLS  were also present.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A female KING EIDER  continues to delight birders with its presence east of the Amherst Island ferry dock at Milhaven. The uncommon Arctic species has been present in the same location since November 5th.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few places of interest visited here today. Once again, the Hillview Pond at Collin’s Bay had the continuing juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, along with a RED-TAILED HAWK, 1 GREAT BLUE HERON, 14 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS. Some birding at Howe Island brought in 25 species, among them 32 BLUE JAYS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a COOPER’S HAWK. North of Snider Road at Verona, a BELTED KINGFISHER  was making a last check on available cavities for the 2017 nesting season in a pit area. A PURPLE FINCH and a RUFFED GROUSE  also made it on the list of birds, compiled at daybreak.

 


Sunday, November 13:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A PILEATED WOODPECKER  has been making short work of a hydro pole off County Road 10 and Miller Road, north of Cherry Valley.Theories abound as to why PILEATED WOODPECKERS  attack hydro poles. One theory is that the vibrations transmitted by the conductors through the pole are mistaken by woodpeckers to be carpenter ants moving about inside. While this theory may be true at this time of the year when nesting isn’t on their minds, researchers believe that the prime reason is that a utility pole provides a broad view of the surrounding area, making the pole an excellent vantage point during the nesting season for announcing and defending territories. A bit of a concentration of waterfowl today at the west end of Consecon Lake where 70 MUTE SWANS were present (known for large numbers of this species), 400 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 100 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, 3 TUNDRA SWANS, and a PIED-BILLED GREBE. Miscellaneous sightings around the County today included NORTHERN FLICKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE and BROWN CREEPER, all seen in the Carrying Place area this morning.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
MUTE SWANS  weren’t only at Consecon Lake today; there were easily 100 not far away at Twelve O’Clock Point in Carrying Place, in company with 12 other waterfowl species. Some of the higher numbers involved AMERICAN WIGEON (100), 25 each of MALLARD and REDHEAD, 15 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 25 HOODED MERGANSERS and 20 BUFFLEHEAD. A couple of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were also present, a species not commonly found at this location. Other species present were 3 AMERICAN COOTS, 20 BONAPARTE’S GULLS and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. Also in Carrying Place, at Dead Creek, 18 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 20 MALLARDS and 4 GADWALL were present.  Behind the Canadian Tire store in Trenton, the Bay of Quinte shoreline produced 24 CANADA GEESE, 21 MALLARDS, 40 COMMON GOLDENEYE, a BONAPARTE’S GULL, 60 RING-BILLED GULLS and 12 HERRING GULLS. Some would say it was hardly worth going to the H.R. Frink Centre for its 8 species, among them a NORTHERN CARDINAL, AMERICAN ROBIN and a RUFFED GROUSE. But, any bird outing is far more than just the thrill of the checklist.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
As of 11:30 a.m. today, the female KING EIDER was still being seen at Milhaven. The uncommon visitor was frequenting the area between the buoy and rougher water to the east near the Amherst Island ferry dock.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
REDHEADS everywhere at Presqu’ile Park today, involving an estimated 3,000 that were present at the Park’s Gull Island. Another 800 in almost a pure flock were off Salt Point on the Presqu’ile Bay side of the Park. Other good numbers today were 600 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and the same number of both GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, and 550 CANADA GEESE. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and  a SURF SCOTER  were also seen at the Park today, along with 2 HORNED GREBES. Three PURPLE SANDPIPERS were on Gull Island – a single on the north side and 2 on the south side of the island. Other noteworthy sightings in the Park included 8 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 4 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, 12 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some nice sightings at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area off Division Street. In addition to 100 GADWALL and 30 HOODED MERGANSERS being seen, 3 COMMON RAVENS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were among the 15 species checked off near noon today. North of Verona today, a RUFFED GROUSE, 1 PURPLE FINCH and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were seen. And, at the Hillview Pond at Collin’s Bay, the BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was still present today.

 


Saturday, November 12:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were doing the spring thing at Wellington, checking out a possible nest site for the 2017 nesting season. Doubtless, a little bit of autumnal recrudescence kicking in to perpetuate this behaviour.  At Salmon Point today, a roadkill found by a motorist turned out to be a BARRED OWL.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
Not much today from Lennox and Addington except for 27 SNOW BUNTINGS and a COMMON LOON on Amherst Island today. Just west of Croydon, 20 minutes northeast of Napanee, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK popped in for a visit and perched on an old maple tree next to a house at 8:30 a.m. this morning. And, the female KING EIDER  was still in its usual spot just east of the Amherst Island ferry dock at Milhaven.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The only species of interest to come in from Northumberland County today was a late DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT at Port Hope Harbour. Late, perhaps, but not overly so as a few always linger in this part of Ontario until freeze-up, with the occasional individual trying to challenge the rigours of winter well into December. Nothing today from Presqu’ile Park.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Bell Park along the Cataraqui River in Kingston was the place to be today.One birder there walked from the parking lot out along the south side trail to the woods and point, then back and across the golf course and checked out the water in front of the Montreal Street apartments. His wanderings involved about 5 kilometres of walking, but t was not all for naught as he found 22 species, most of them waterfowl. Among them were 40 GADWALL, 90 AMERICAN WIGEON, 69 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 33 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 40 LESSER SCAUP, 27 BUFFLEHEAD and 50 AMERICAN COOTS. Also found, a BROWN CREEPER. Miscellaneous sightings around the city included a RED-TAILED HAWK along Gardiner's Road north, a GREAT BLUE HERON in the Cataraqui Woods Drive pond (Colin’s Bay Rd, north of Princess St.) Best bird of the day was a juvenile CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in the Hillview Pond off Bath Road near the Lemoine Point Conservation Area.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Lots of birding happening in Hastings County today, starting with a leucistic DARK-EYED JUNCO that showed up at a bird feeder this morning along Airport Road.  Moving on to Carrying Place, Twelve O’Clock Point had a pretty good showing of waterfowl this afternoon, with 13 species of waterfowl. REDHEADS came out on top represented by 200 individuals, followed by 80 AMERICAN WIGEON. But, even more noticeable were the 80 MUTE SWANS, the observer saying that this number was a conservative estimate where this location is known for its large numbers of MUTE SWANS. Sixty HOODED MERGANSERS were here, too, along with 2 AMERICAN COOTS. Just north of CARRYING PLACE, at Tremur Lake at the corner of Wooler Road and Telephone Road, the regulars were there – the five TRUMPETER SWANS and HOODED MERGANSERS – 40 of them. Also, 500 CANADA GEESE. Along the Grand Junction Trail which runs along the west side of the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, near there, 3 CEDAR WAXWINGS  were found as well as 22 MALLARDS. Farther up Highway 37, there was a RED-TAILED HAWK along the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course. And farther up Highway 37 still, the H.R. Frink Centre has slowed down considerably from its excitement of the summer and early fall season. However, there were a respectable 18 species there this morning at daybreak. Thirty-seven WILD TURKEYS highlighted the list, followed by BELTED KINGFISHER, PILEATED WOODPECKER and 2 FOX SPARROWS. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was found at Potter Creek Conservation Area, at Highway 2 and Loyalist/Wallbidge Road.
 
 

 

Friday, November 11:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Many bird feeder operators along Snider Road in Ameliasburgh are hoping that one species seen this morning is, in fact, migrating out of the area. At 9:00 a.m., an estimated 2,000 EUROPEAN STARLINGS swirled around the road on the west side of the County as the birder approached them. A Trenton area birder who regularly birds the Consecon and Hillier areas of the County has noted that the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (file photo by Bob Willis of Picton) has been very conspicuous this fall and are easily located by their “chuk” call. Because he is finding them in places where he didn’t encounter them this summer, he is wondering if it is possible that birds from further north are coming into this area particularly the County? The bird counts definitely show a good wintering population. Ron Weir in his Birds of Kingston has noted that there is a post breeding dispersal of individuals that move out of the more northern extremes of their range and wander around quite a bit. It is possible that some of the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS that show up in the Bay of Quinte region are indeed some of these individuals that are seeking feeding areas that will sustain them through the winter. Speaking of which, one is appearing regularly in Allisonville, which is likely a resident bird rather than an out of town visitor.
 
HASTINGS
Except for a continuing RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH in a Tweed backyard, nothing else from Hastings County today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Presqu’ile Park is trying to tell us something. In addition to 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, DARK-EYED JUNCO and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, species we normally associate with the coming winter months, there was also a SNOWY OWL on Sebastopol Island at Presqu’ile to further emphasize the point. Twelve GREAT-BLACKED GULLS, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a juvenile ICELAND GULL were also present at the Park. Some nice sightings there. Also noted were 4 CACKLING GEESE, a NORTHERN SHOVELER, and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES among the 42 species present.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
Miscellaneous sightings on Amherst Island today included RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (4) at the Martin Edwards Nature Reserve, 2 HORNED GREBES along the South Shore Road, 24 BUFFLEHEAD at the Sand Beach Wetlands, and 2 lingering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS at the Stella ferry dock. The female KING EIDER was once again present at the ferry dock at Milhaven.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Accompanying the more regular visitors to a feeding station on Button Bay Road on Wolfe Island today was a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD. 

 


Thursday, November 10:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Despite the high winds today, a few birders were out to see what they could find. In the Consecon and Carrying Place areas, high winds kept the birds hidden although a few good species were seen. There were six CEDAR WAXWINGS and singles of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (male), MERLIN, NORTHERN HARRIER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, and 9 WILD TURKEYS. Speaking of WILD TURKEYS, a Fish Lake resident has had 16 WILD TURKEYS visiting her backyard making themselves at home, eating apples, crabapple tree fruit and generally lounging around much of the day. Photographer and well known wildlife artist Mia Lane said it was hilarious watching them hop up and down like jack-in-the-boxes under the crab tree trying to pick the berries off. Some good sightings at South Bay – 25 species, to be exact. Two TUNDRA SWANS were seen and that number will undoubtedly grow in the coming weeks. Twenty RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  were seeking shelter in today’s gusty winds, a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT  was seen as well as a COMMON LOON, 25 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 20 LONG-TAILED DUCKS AND 12 BUFFLEHEAD. As might be expected, 30 MUTE SWANS  were also taking advantage of the somewhat sheltered conditions.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Along Belleville’s Riverfront Trail, a handful of species there, but good numbers, including 100 RING-BILLED GULLS, 40 MALLARDS, 25 CANADA GEESE, 30 ROCK PIGEONS and singles of HERRING GULL and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH continues in a backyard in Tweed, reflecting the large numbers that passed through our area this fall, a few of them staying to sample the fare at local bird feeders.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Brian Durell of Allisonville says that the female KING EIDER is still near the Milhaven ferry dock to Amherst Island. As Brian quipped in his e-mail, “If anyone is interested, the female king eider is still hanging around off the Millhaven ferry dock. (I suppose it is hanging around even if NOBODY is interested.)” Due to the winds, it was actually the only bird out on the choppy water, perhaps 50-75 metres off the dock. On Amherst Island, high winds and choppy conditions on the lake prevented an accurate count, but at least 15 HORNED GREBES  bobbed up and down in the high seas. All three species of merganser were present – COMMON, RED-BREASTED and HOODED. Also seen, a COMMON LOON. Along Desmond Road in the Camden East area, 4 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS turned up yesterday. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A continuing and careful count of TUNDRA SWANS at Kingston’s Elevator Bay (Cataraqui Bay) today revealed 44 of these birds that in recent years have begun wintering over in the Kingston area, in even larger numbers.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Not much today at Presqu’ile Park due to its geographic location in the open lake and relentless winds. However, near the campground office the sheltered waters there offered 84 MALLARDS, 21 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 11 AMERICAN WIGEON, 5 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a single GADWALL.

 


Wednesday, November 09:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON
This female KING EIDER was once again present  at the Milhaven ferry dock along with 200 RING-BILLED GULLS, 2 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 40 CANADA GEESE, 5 BUFFLEHEAD, 12 COMMON GOLDENEYE and one each of COMMON MERGANSER and COMMON LOON. East of Milhaven today, another COMMON LOON, 60 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 6 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A BELTED KINGFISHER  was also in the area. North of Milhaven, a COMMON RAVEN and 2 PURPLE FINCHES  were seen. At the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, 8 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 125 BUFFLEHEADS were high points among the 10 species of birds present at noon.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen in the South Bay area today. SANDHILL CRANES were seen over Hagerman Farms just west of the Picton roundup a few days ago. On Big Island, one of two NORTHERN HARRIERS that seem to be resident birds in the area, was seen today. Project FeederWatch begins this weekend, and already feeder birds are ramping up for the season at our home. Already at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island, there are a dozen BLUE JAYS, 7 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, several DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 3 MOURNING DOVES, a couple AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 3 HOUSE FINCHES, 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL. Let the season begin! All we need is a bit of snow, and the season will shift into high gear. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A visitor taking in the Christmas at Presqu’ile celebrations at Presqu’ile Park didn’t leave without noting a few birds in the area. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were at the feeders by the Sightings Boards, along with BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, BLUE JAYS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, and HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKERS. There was a MERLIN AT THE LIGHTHOUSE and a number of kinglets. At Calf Pasture Point, present were BELTED KINGFISHER, two NORTHERN CARDINALS, MUTE SWANS, MALLARDS and CANADA GEESE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Ten species of ducks were present this morning in Cataraqui Bay, the most numerous being RING-NECKED DUCK at 250.  Other species present were GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, MALLARD, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, both GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD and HOODED MERGANSER. Some 500 CANADA GEESE were also on hand, along with RING-BILLED and HERRING GULLS, TRUMPETER SWANS, and a lingering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.

 


Tuesday, November 08:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The Millennium Trail was much quieter today than it was yesterday. Between Blakely Road and Smoke’s Point Road, there was a  FOX SPARROW and an adult NORTHERN SHRIKE.  Along County Road 2, north of Wilson Road (north of Wellington), a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Waterfowl are starting to gather at Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place near where the Murray Canal empties into the Bay of Quinte. Present there right now are 17 species of ducks, along with a dozen PIED-BILLED GREBES and 23 AMERICAN COOTS. Some high numbers have been 3500 LESSER SCAUP, 175 CANADA GEESE, 225 HOODED MERGANSERS and 40 MUTE SWANS. Just southeast of the jetty, an adult LITTLE GULL was feeding with 45 BONAPARTE’S GULLS. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH continues to frequent a backyard in Tweed, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD turned up there today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A respectable 25 species were present yesterday at the Brighton Constructed wetlands beside County Road 64. No high numbers of waterfowl, but a dozen each of GREEN-WINGED TEAL and BUFFLEHEAD were good umbers given the somewhat restricted open water available here. Thirty-five CANADA GEESE and a WOOD DUCK flyover were also noted. Two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS – a male and female – flew into a tree top in the southeast corner of the wetland, and a NORTHERN FLICKER, and a very tame MARSH WREN were also seen, and big flocks (475) EUROPEAN STARLINGS to the north and east of the wetland.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The female KING EIDER  was present again this morning around 9:00 a.m. east of the Amherst Island ferry channel.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Kingston field Naturalists held their Fall Round-up last weekend. Three teams and several individual observers tallied 104 species. The most noteworthy were: KING EIDER, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and TUFTED TITMOUSE. Some of these species were seen at Prince Edward Point and Amherst Island. Howe Island, just east of Kingston, was the place to go today if you wanted to see COMMON LOONS. There were 35 of them! A maximum count of 33 seen looking south and west from Lighthouse Lane, and two others elsewhere around the island. A lingering RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was found, along with a SNOW BUNTING, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 4 RED-NECKED GREBES.

 


Monday, November 07:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A birder today walked the Millennium Trail from Highway 33 at Consecon to County Road 1, passing over Consecon Lake en route. Although the activity was slow there were still some interesting species among the more common ones. Seen were six WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, five YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, two of SONG SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, COMMON RAVEN and PIED-BILLED GREBE and singles of FIELD SPARROW, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN HARRIER. Yesterday, there was a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At Belleville’s Memorial Park, off Station Street this morning, four species were noted – 86 CANADA GEESE, 10 MALLARDS, 28 RING-BILLED GULLS and 6 ROCK PIGEONS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Yesterday, one male and three female EVENING GROSBEAKS appeared at a feeder north of Napanee. Also present for the past two weeks in the same backyard have been two FOX SPARROWS. At the mainland dock for Amherst Island ferry, the female KING EIDER was giving good views between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. this morning. It was again near the rocky spit just east of the ferry dock.
 
DURHAM COUNTY
A rare but unfortunate find in Oshawa yesterday. A roadkill juvenile PURPLE GALLINULE was found. This is the first for the Durham region since 1892 and only the 6th record for the Greater Toronto area. The specimen is on route to the ROM this week.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Visitors at a backyard  feeder in Brighton, water bath and simply on the ground were: BLUE JAY, DARK-EYED JUNCO, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and CHIPPING SPARROW, DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS, as well as NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN ROBIN. MOURNING DOVE, PINE SISKIN, HOUSE FINCH, a few PURPLE FINCHES, and RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. In the Park yesterday, the same birder found a GOLDEN EAGLE, RUFFED GROUSE, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 30 MUTE SWANS, TRUMPETER SWAN, 30 BUFFLEHEADS. At Owen Point, a BALD EAGLE and at Calf Pasture, a nice group of CEDAR WAXWINGS. Another birder in the Park yesterday pulled in over 40 species, among the more noteworthy sightings being 600 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, GREAT BLUE HERON, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 11 HORNED LARKS, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 25 SNOW BUNTINGS. Still hanging in there were three shorebird species – 6 DUNLIN, 4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a single BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. At Salt Point in Presqu’ile Bay, 121 BUFFLEHEAD were present, and along the Presqu’ile Parkway, a COOPER’S HAWK and 9 RED-TAILED HAWKS were seen, along with a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. At Cobourg Harbour last evening, among the few waterfowl species present there was a CACKLING GOOSE.
 

 

Sunday, November 06:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
After a long absence, one of  family of MERLINS made an encore visit this morning along the Sprague/Monkman Trail on Big Island. The family of five hadn't been seen in several weeks. Another was seen near Prince Edward Point. Also seen along the Big Island trail this morning was a NORTHERN FLICKER which has been almost a daily occurrence for some weeks. A pretty good list of birds early this morning at Prince Edward Point involving some 35 species. Notable among them was a WINTER WREN. Also, 3 PURPLE FINCHES, a FOX SPARROW, 4 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 17 CEDAR WAXWINGS and a lone SNOW BUNTING. Birds on the water included 100 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 4 SURF SCOTERS, 60 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 5 COMMON LOONS and a RED-THROATED LOON. Prince Edward Point and surrounding area seemed to be really hopping yesterday during the South Shore IBA Waterfowl Count when other birds of interest were noted as well. In addition to the GOLDEN EAGLE mentioned in yesterday’s Report, also seen were 96 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 1 lingering DUNLIN, 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a SONG SPARROW, and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Over 100 LONG-TAILED DUCKS  were seen at Point Traverse, and farther up the road at the lookout near the former ducks Diver Charters, 4 COMMON LOONS and another 32 CEDAR WAXWINGS. Along Long Point Road, another COMMON LOON and 7 HORNED GREBES were birds of interest as were 2 BALD EAGLES and a dozen AMERICAN ROBINS  today. At Ostrander Point, another GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL there, and between Hilltop Road and Babylon Road at South Bay, MUTE SWANS are gathering once again with 46 counted. Miscellaneous sightings around the County included a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Black River bridge, 69 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and a COMMON LOON at Little Bluff Conservation Area. A BRANT  was a highlight this afternoon at Wellington Harbour, along with a HOODED MERGANSER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, 211 GREATER SCAUP, 101 MALLARDS, 18 REDHEADS and a single NORTHERN PINTAIL.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A bit of a flurry of activity along Atkins Road just north of Elmwood Drive on the east side of Belleville when 13 FOX SPARROWS were found in small groups along the fence rows. Other species of interest seen here today were 27 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, one each of WHITE-CROWNED and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 15 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 21 AMERICAN ROBINS, 700 CANADA GEESE in harvested agricultural fields and two representative's in the Accipiter family of hawks – SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and COOPER’S HAWK. North of Deseronto on the county line, at Deseronto Road and McCullough Road, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen today.
 
LENNOX AND ADDINGTON
You never know what will appear in your backyard. A BARRED OWL did just that in a backyard near Odessa. Owner of the property, Helmer Nielsen, spotted something large perched on a limb just behind the house only 40 feet from his back door. Not sure what he was looking at in the darkness, he quietly retrieved his camera. Luckily, it remained while he took a few photos. Then, he summoned his wife, and both had a good, long look at the backyard visitor. A few minutes later, he looked out the window and the owl was gone. Ironically, he had been traipsing all over the Kingston area to get an owl photo, and ends up finding one only 40 feet from his back door! A birder today at Hay Bay accumulated a nice list of waterfowl comprising 18 species, if one counts the COMMON LOON and RED-NECKED GREBE. Some of the highlights were 140 NORTHERN PINTAILS (all in a single group), 4,000 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP (majority LESSER), 800 REDHEADS, 40 GADWALL and 20 AMERICAN WIGEON. Also seen, a BALD EAGLE,  and a dozen SNOW BUNTINGS. As expected, given the popularity of the female KING EIDER that has been present for a few days, and present again today,  there was some activity at Amherst Island. Species of interest there today included a GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 3 AMERICAN PIPITS. At the Glenora Ferry ramp on the Adolphustown side, 20 BONAPARTE’S GULLS  were seen, and another 8 were spotted today in the Napanee River just on the west side of town. A BALD EAGLE  was seen near Odessa. Twenty HOODED MERGANSERS  were at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons today, along with two NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 108 BUFFLEHEAD and 35 GADWALL.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
An AMERICAN WOODCOCK taking advantage of this week’s fine weather was seen on the north side of Verona today, along with 2 BROWN CREEPERS. In Kingston, at the Marshlands Conservation Area, RED-TAILED HAWK, FOX SPARROW and 30 HOODED MERGANSERS were good sightings there. At Cataraqui Bay, the 180 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 150 GREATER SCAUP were good numbers. Eight other species of waterfowl present, too.

 


Saturday, November 05:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
GOLDEN EAGLES  are moving today. Two were seen this morning at Prince Edward Point (there were 7 in 40 minutes, all below 500 feet, most at 300 feet flying over in the Oshawa area). A RED-TAILED HAWK was also seen at Prince Edward Point.  Along the privately owned Sprague/Monkman Trail west of 23 Sprague Road, Big Island, 23 species. Not bad for this time of the year. A few of the more noteworthy sightings were GREAT BLUE HERON, NORTHERN HARRIER, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, 12 AMERICAN ROBINS,  SONG SPARROW and NORTHERN CARDINAL.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
There was a flurry of birding activity in and on Amherst Island today after a female KING EIDER made its appearance near the Milhaven ferry dock, about 200 metres from shore and close to the rocky shoreline just east of the dock. As of 2:30 p.m., the eider was still present.   On the island itself, a PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen feeding along the shoreline on the Martin Edwards Nature Reserve at the east end of the island, and a male EURASIAN WIGEON was present just off the gravel point. A DUNLIN was also present with the PURPLE SANDPIPER. Also see at the Martin Edward Reserve were 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 3 COMMON LOONS (16 were seen near the Milhaven ferry dock). At the west end of the island along Emerald 40 Foot Road, species of note seen there were WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER – one of each species- and 16 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at the new Sand Beach Wetlands Conservation Area. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen along Stella 40 Foot Road, and closer to Stella itself, a RED-TAILED HAWK made an appearance.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A CAROLINA WREN that has been in the Barry Heights area of Trenton off Telephone Road since May appears not on a regular basis but showed up at midday today.  Along the old Grand Junction Railway bed trail (now called the River Front Trail) that runs parallel to the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, a nice list compiled there this morning included a family group of 6 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Also seen were a BROWN CREEPER, 2 FOX SPARROWS, 3 NORTHERN CARDINALS and a dozen CEDAR WAXWINGS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Although there was some birding done at Presqu’ile Park, nothing too significant was seen except for 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and a MERLIN nearby. Meanwhile at the Garden Hill Conservation Area near Campbellcroft, 24 species chalked up there by a birder included a BELTED KINGFISHER, NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, , 2 PURPLE FINCHES, and a small compact flock of PINE SISKINS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
At Kingston’s Olympic view on the lakeshore, 5 SNOW BUNTINGS  were seen, along with a BELTED KINGFISHER, 8 COMMON LOONS, 17 COMMON MERGANSERS, and a couple LONG-TAILED DUCKS. At Princess Street near Gardiner’s Road, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen.

 

Friday, November 04:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
No sightings to speak of from Prince Edward County today except for a few from the Gardenville area. A few flocks of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS definitely herald the arrival of this winter species. A group of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were accompanied by two FOX SPARROWS. Singles of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and PILEATED WOODPECKER were also seen.    
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In Foxboro today, a late YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen. Other species included HAIRY WOODPECKER, and 2 each of HOUSE FINCH and PURPLE FINCH. At Twelve O'clock point at Carrying Place, about 15 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were sitting on the railings with a number of RING-BILLED GULLS.  Along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail in Belleville today, yesterday’s GREAT BLUE HERON was still there, along with a dozen other species. A few of the more noteworthy sightings along the popular trail were 100 CANADA GEESE, 8 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 125 MALLARDS, 10 LESSER SCAUP, 23 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 175 RING-BILLED GULLS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Backyard birds on East Street in Napanee today included AMERICAN ROBIN, NORTHERN CARDINAL, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and DARK-EYED JUNCO.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
While many of the traditional areas within the general Bay of Quinte area were a little sparse, the Kingston area, however, was quite busy with birders. A few interesting species at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, just north of the city of Division Street – 45 GADWALL, 150 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 15 HOODED MERGANSERS, GREAT BLUE HERON, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 8 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 6 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a PURPLE FINCH. North of the city, in the Verona area, several small groups of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are still around – today, numbering 60 in total. A PILEATED WOODPECKER was also seen. Over on Wolfe Island, the Button Bay area on the west side of the island yielded some high numbers of at least one species of duck – the REDHEAD, with an estimated 4,000 at a known location, and 3,000 CANADA GEESE. Twelve DUNLIN were present, a single AMERICAN PIPIT, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 8 TUNDRA SWANS and a late PALM WARBLER.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing from within Presqu’ile Provincial Park today, except for the long standing (perching) CAROLINA WREN still singing from its usual spot along the bicycle trail in behind the woodyard marsh. Also, a GREAT BLUE HERON and a female EVENING GROSBEAK flying over the Park gate area. However, along the Parkway toward the Park, 21 species were documented by a Brighton birder. A half dozen AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a SWAMP SPARROW were among the more noteworthy sightings.

 


Thursday, November 03:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Could have been the weather, or it could have been the time of the year, but very few birders in the field today, anywhere in the general reporting area. It could also be related to the tick situation as they are still very much in evidence, and will be until the first marked snowfall of the season. One friend today had an incredible 12 ticks on his clothing when he emerged from a trail in a conservation area. In Prince Edward County, a few scattered sightings today including a PILEATED WOODPECKER in a backyard at Crofton. Today in Demorestville Creek on Gommorah Road, there was a GREAT BLUE HERON, and two RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen along County Road 5.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A Belleville birder who is a regular every day at the H.R. Frink Centre at Plainfield laments that almost everything has disappeared from the marsh boardwalk area, compared to just a few weeks ago when the the marsh was alive with SORAS, VIRGINIA RAILS, SWAMP SPARROWS, MARSH WRENS and even a NELSON’S SPARROW. However, a walk along some of the interior trails should produce a variety of birds. A motorist driving in the Foster Ward area of Belleville mentioned seeing a GREAT BLUE HERON in the water along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail>
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
An hour spent at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons produced 9 waterfowl species for one Kingston area birder. Among the more notable finds were 12 GADWALL, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, 6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 5 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 35 BUFFLEHEAD, 15 HOODED MERGANSERS and a RUDDY DUCK. Also seen there, 12 RUSTY BLACKBIRD, 3 SONG SPARROWS and a GREAT BLUE HERON. At Kingston’s Olympic View, a female BLACK SCOTER was present there. Nice grouping of COMMON LOONS  with 38 being counted.

 

Wednesday, November 02:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Hard to imagine with today’s temperatures that winter is on its way. It’s a very confusing mix of birds out there right now with migrants passing through and no real sense of what the next month or two will bring in the way of winter residents or visitors to our feeders. A BARRED OWL was seen in the County today, at Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area (along the Whattam’s Memorial Trail)  at Picton where a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW also turned up.  A birder taking advantage of the magnificent birding from Consecon to Pleasant Bay, found a flock of 30 AMERICAN PIPITS as well as 25 CEDAR WAXWINGS, the latter hawking for midges which might be their last live meal for a while. Also seen were two each of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and EASTERN PHOEBE and singles of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, BELTED KINGFISHER, CHIPPING SPARROW and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. Yesterday, in addition to the species mentioned in last night’s Report, a survey of water birds at Sandbanks  affected by botulism revealed a few victims – 21 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Lucky survivors, not affected by the annual outbreak, included 77 CANADA GEESE, 93 MALLARDS, 2 COMMON MERGANSERS, 12 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and 2 COMMON LOONS. Other good sightings were RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 1 BROWN CREEPER and 10 PURPLE FINCHES. At Point Petre, much the same with several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and LONG-TAILED DUCKS, as well as a COMMON LOON affected by botulism there as well. Lucky ones were 62 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 23 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 4 BLACK SCOTER just to name a few of the other waterfowl encountered. Also seen were 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 3 HORNED GREBES, 1 NORTHERN FLICKER, an AMERICAN KESTREL and an EASTERN PHOEBE cavorting with 16 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.Fifty-three CEDAR WAXWINGS  were also at Point Petre, 10 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 9 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and 2 PURPLE FINCHES.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A few places of interest visited today in the Trenton area, starting with Bain Park where SONG SPARROW, 37 MALLARDS, and a KILLDEER were among the almost dozen species checked off there. Behind the Canadian Tire store a single GADWALL was seen here, and at the town’s Centennial Park, not too many species there but some good numbers of those that were seen. The west end of the Bay of Quinte is known for its dependability as a focal point for AMERICAN COOTS, and today didn’t fail with 75 seen. Two PIED-BILLED GREBES  were also there as well as 50 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 25 BUFFLEHEADS. On the west side of Trenton, along Wooler Road, Tremur Lake did well with numbers of CANADA GEESE and HOODED MERGANSERS – 600 of the former and 100 of the latter. Two adult and 3 juvenile TRUMPETER SWANS  were there as well as 10 MALLARDS, 10 BUFFLEHEADS, and for a bit of excitement, a PILEATED WOODPECKER. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Presqu’ile Park today produced 52 species in just two hours of birding. Among the 20 waterfowl species were 2 TRUMPETER SWANS, A NORTHERN SHOVELER, 45 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 65 REDHEADS, 1 RED-THROATED LOON, 5 COMMON LOONS, and 1750 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Other good sightings in the park included 40 HORNED GREBES, GREAT BLUE HERON, RED-TAILED HAWK, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and the resident CAROLINA WREN singing away in its usual spot along the bicycle tree at the back end of the wood yard marsh. Along the Parkway, 22 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, a SONG SPARROW and 2 SWAMP SPARROWS were noteworthy. At the Price Street canoe launch on Presqu’ile Pay at Gosport, an exceptional sightings was 130 DUNLIN nd 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS  still taking advantage of the fine weather. East of the Park, at the Brighton Sewage Lagoons, 7 species were enjoying the fine dining there including a MUTE SWAN, 1 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, 8 MALLARDS, 32 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 20 BUFFLEHEADS and a single RING-BILLED GULL.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some 300 GREATER SCAUP, 11 COMMON LOONS, a RED-NECKED GREBE and a COOPER’S HAWK were seen along the Wolfe Island ferry crossing.
 

 

Tuesday, November 01:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Some great sightings in Prince Edward County today. A few species suggesting the approach of winter, others perhaps migrating through, and one that is keeping one step ahead of Old Man Winter before it migrates, the latter being a VESPER SPARROW. Not rely late late, but time it was moving on. A few of the migrants included a BRANT feeding in Wellington Harbour near the dock with 60+ AMERICAN WIGEON, 6 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES, among other species. At Sandbanks Park, there were 2,000+ REDHEADS in West Lake. At the old Lakeshore Lodge site in Sandbanks, 60 PINE SISKINS were seen, likely tantalizing us as always with their possible winter presence at our feeders, but probably just passing through to warmer beaches south of here. Seventeen EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen at Point Petre, where other species of note included 2 PURPLE FINCHES, 9 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 4 BLACK SCOTERS and 3 HORNED GREBES. PURPLE FINCHES  - 9 of them – were also spotted in the Outlet area of Sandbanks, along with RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS. Of particular interest were 2 BALD EAGLES, one of which had its legs dangling down as the eagles played in the wind, totally oblivious to two COMMON RAVENS that harassed the duo. Some 30 GREEN-WINGED TEAL were still at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area today along with FOX SPARROW and PILEATED WOODPECKER. At Picton Harbour today, RING-BILLED GULLS, MALLARDS and CANADA GEESE. Fifty DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 5 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS and 10 CEDAR WAXWINGS at Prince Edward Point. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at South Bay. In Greater Allisonville, birds of note seen there included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 FOX SPARROWS, 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 3 PURPLE FINCHES.  Elsewhere in the county, a NORTHERN FLICKER  early this morning near Sprague Road at Big Island, a MERLIN at Crofton, and RED-TAILED HAWK at Cherry Valley.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Fifteen FOX SPARROWS were present on the trail that parallels the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, north of Belleville where other birds of interest were 8 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. East of Belleville, along Airport Parkway, 196 CANADA GEESE and 44 ROCK PIGEONS led the list of 16 species in terms of numbers. Only 1 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD  remained of the earlier high numbers that had been seen there last month.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Some good species and equally good numbers at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons involved 500 CANADA GEESE, 30 BUFFLEHEADS and 18 HOODED MERGANSER along with a RUDDY DUCK. Ten species of waterfowl in all there that also included 8 GADWALL and the same number of NORTHERN SHOVELERS. Over on Amherst Island, the famous Owl Woods had 2 FOX SPARROWS, while elsewhere on the island itself, some interesting species seen were NORTHERN SHRIKE, RED-NECKED GREBE, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, one each of DUNLIN and PECTORAL SANDPIPER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, 20 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and 8 CEDAR WAXWINGS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Provincial Park, some noteworthy species seen there on Gull Island were 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 DUNLIN all by itself, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, and two TRUMPETER SWANS. Elsewhere in the Park, some 38 species seen by another birder included a BARRED OWL, COMMON GALLINULE, RED-TAILED HAWK, BELTED KINGFISHER, BROWN CREEPER, 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 2 PURPLE FINCHES.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The PEREGRINE FALCONS that have been seen all summer on the roof of the Princess Towers in Kingston would have done well to be present today. Lots of hors d'oeuvres for them today in the way of 52 ROCK PIGEONS! The 45 RING-BILLED GULLS and 4 EUROPEAN STARLINGS would have slid down easily, too! Three hundred RING-BILLED GULLS  were present today at Grass Creek Park, across from Howe Island where a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a NORTHERN SHOVELER  were also seen.
 

 
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INDOOR  PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE

projectorThe following indoor presentations are available. Most presentations average 45 minutes in length with 15 minutes for questions and answers. Cost is $100.00 to $120.00 for a local presentation ( south of 401 including Prince Edward County and the immediate Trenton, Belleville, Deseronto and Napanee area). For greater distances, the fee will need to be adjusted accordingly. Presenter supplies projector, laptop computer, projection screen, power cords and applicable props. Microphone and amplifier are also available if required, at no extra cost.  

*  For a list of what presentations are coming up locally, scroll down to the bottom of this page. *

 


 POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS

The Big Freeze: We see wildflowers bloom in spring, insects start to buzz at the first hint of warmth, birds arriving from somewhere in large numbers, and reptiles and amphibians on the move again. But, did you ever wonder how these plants and animals prepare for the winter, much less survive it? This Power Point presentation looks at the process and reminds us that we really don’t have to worry much about their survival.

The Millennium Trail - a trail for all seasons: This new Power Point presentation takes a detailed look at this former CN railway line, running 52 km from Picton to Carrying Place. Both the human history and natural history are dealt with in this presentation, along with how it all came about. Meet some of the people who use the trail, and discover their fascination for this now popular cross county route. This presentation is now available. A brochure will also be available outlining the route and detailing the distances between the various access points, and where one can park.

Beyond the Beech - a look at Woodlot Critters: This has become a popular presentation for owners of woodlots. What does your forest or woodlot contain besides beech, maples, oaks and conifers? You will be surprised after viewing this presentation as we look at everything from  the larger, more obious mammals, right down to the smallest mammal in North America - the pigmy shrew. Learn about millipedes, pill bugs, fungi, ferns and wildflowers, and see what birds either nest in your woodlot, or use it as a feeding ground during migration. 

The County Is Hopping - But It’s For the Birds: Prince Edward County is strategically located in eastern Lake Ontario, and lends itself well to being a popular staging area for migrating birds in the spring. The County now has an impressive list of 345 species of birds that have been known to occur within the boundaries of Prince Edward County. It is our little Point Pelee of eastern Lake Ontario, the site of a popular Birding Festival every May, and a destination now for avid birders.

Nearby and Natural: This Power Point presentation takes a look at many of the natural areas within easy driving distance of Belleville. We look at provincial parks, conservation areas, nature reserves, hiking trails, cemeteries, and some of those nooks and crannies that you may not have been aware of in your quest for nature. Learn about the Menzel Nature Reserve, Sandbanks, the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, and the Scuttleholes, just to name a few. You will be surprised what’s out there.

Keep It Natural - And They Will Come: How do I enhance my backyard to attract wildlife? This Power Point presentation offers a few hints on what shrubs and trees to plant, bird feeders and nest boxes, and looks at the basic needs of wildlife. The presentation also looks briefly at how to preserve shorelines (show can be adapted to concentrate on shorelines only). Nesting boxes on display and plenty of handouts.

The Sunflower Cult: The popularity of bird feeding is at an all time high. Learn how to get the most out of this popular hobby. Is birdfeeding wrong? Will birdfeeding upset normal migratory habits? Will birds learn to depend on me and starve if I forget to feed them? You will be surprised at the myths that the soothsayers have generated over the years, and how safe and rewarding this hobby really is. The presentation also looks at bird feeders and bird feed, and what to consider when making your purchase. Plenty of handouts on the subject.

Backyard Magic - Getting the most from compost: The cost of garbage disposal keeps going up. One of the ways we can save, in addition to recycling, is by composting. Learn how easy it is to set up a composter in your backyard. If done properly, composters are odourless, and the resulting black earth is great for gardens, flower beds, potted plants, lawn dressing.....you name it. Learn all the different things that you can compost, and find out what you should avoid adding to the composter, and how to deal with composter rejects. All the bad things you have heard about composters are just myths. Learn how to have fun with cores and peelings.

Thoughts from the Pied Piper of Nature: For almost 25 years, Terry Sprague has seldom been on a hike without instinctively glancing over his shoulder to make sure everyone is okay. Learn about some of the cool places he has taken people, and the topics they discuss - everything from natural history to human history. His hikes are about more than just birds - its stories about mammals, herptiles, insects, wildflowers, sawmills, logging camps, agriculture, and the people who shaped these areas.

The Fall and Rise of the Bald Eagle - a success story in Prince Edward County: The disappearance of the bald eagle from Prince Edward County in the 1950s is a sad story. Now, some 50 years later, the majestic bald eagle has returned with up to 20 individuals being present every winter as they venture south in search of better feeding areas. Now we want them to return as a nesting species. Find out what contributed to the eagle's disappearance, where they nested historically, some of their habits, and what we are doing to encourage the bald eagle to once again return as a nesting species in Prince Edward County.

Our Natural Heritage – Prince Edward County, a natural gem: Our latest endeavour, this presentation draws our attention to the wealth of both natural and human history in Prince Edward County. We look at the County’s foundation, and how limestone rock, from the finely ground sand at Sandbanks to the impressive limestone shelves along the shore, and how limestone has played a role in the formation of islands, spectacular cliffs as well as collapse dolines such as Lake on the Mountain. Learn the story of the famous Ameliasburgh Inlier, the mesa at McMahon Bluff, cattail marshes, wooded swamps, Sandbanks Provincial Park, shipwrecks, waterfalls, and the colourful history of Main Duck Island. We will also look at the South Shore Important Bird Area and the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. Learn how these areas have all contributed to shape the county we know as Prince Edward. You will leave with a better understanding of why Prince Edward County has become such a tourist Mecca. Customized presentations are available.

The Toxic and the Invasive In Our Midst: Do you know how to recognize poison ivy - giant hogweed - baneberry? Do you know why common buckthorn, purple loosestrife, and dog strangling vine are considered "invasive"? What about the knotweed, goutweed and periwinkle in your garden. Learn about these invasive and sometimes toxic plants that we have around us here in Prince Edward County.

Exploring the Frontenac Arch: The Frontenac Arch is a geological feature ridge of ancient granite, the backbone of eastern North America, that joins the Adirondack Mountains to the Canadian Shield at Algonquin Park. In this presentation, we look at some of the natural features in places like Algonquin, Depot Lakes, Rock Dunder, Charleston Lake, and Frontenac Park.  

Nature West in Quinte West, and Beyond: For 15 years, Terry Sprague operated an outdoor hiking program for Quinte Conservation, but during that time  was required to operate within the 6,200 sq km Quinte watershed. Two years ago, he began operating the same program through his business NatureStuff Tours which allowed him to expand his coverage area. His presentation “Nature West in Quinte West, and Beyond”, looks at some of the natural areas west of Belleville, like Ferris Provincial Park, the Lower Trent Trail, Bata Island, and conservation areas like Goodrich-Loomis, Sager, Seymour and the famous Bleasdell Boulder. He will also take us to the Castleton area to explore Peter’s Woods and Red Cloud Cemetery and back to Trenton as we hike the Jack Lange Memorial Trail and Hanna Park. 

N E W   P R E S E N T A T I O N  ! !

Fifty Years A Naturalist: When Terry Sprague sold the family farm in 1976, he entertained thoughts of driving a tour bus for a living. However, a chance meeting with the late Jack Christie of Glenora Fisheries set him off on a different course. He began a career of working with wildlife, ultimately becoming a park naturalist and enjoying almost 40 years of interpreting nature through hikes, eventually developing an outdoor program for Quinte Conservation. During that time, he has been the pied piper of nature from Kingston, west to Cobourg, has done indoor presentations, workshops, seminars, boat tours, kayak tours, aerial tours, and even tried caving. He did realize his earlier dream though of being involved with tour buses, but now as a step on guide for local bus companies. As he reflects on his career, he has amassed an enormous collection of stories and misadventures, some of which he will share with you in this presentation.           

 

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PRESENTATIONS by Terry Sprague COMING UP



   2017


"Bats, Myths and Mayhem"
Prince Edward County Master Gardeners
Loyalist College, Pioneer Building, Belleville
Saturday, February 11 , 2017
11:00 a.m.
 
"The Community Wildlife Monitoring Program"
Prince Edward County Field Naturalists
Bloomfield Hall
Tuesday, February 28 , 2017
7:00 p.m.
 

 
"The Community Wildlife Monitoring Program"
Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan
Quinte Conservation, Belleville
Monday, March 06, 2017
7:00 p.m.


 
"Main Duck Island"
Belleville Probus
Pentecostal Church, Belleville
Thursday, March 09, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Contact: Doug Thompson  

 
"The Fall and Rise of the Bald Eagle"
Hastings Stewardship Council
Thurlow Hall
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Time to be announced
Contact: Matt Caruana  

 
"Leave It Natural and They Will Come"
Ameliasburgh Garden Club
Ameliasburgh Township Hall
Monday March 27, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Contact: Brenda Englefield            
 
 
"Preparing for The Big Freeze"
Trenton Horticultural Society
Trenton United Church (Grace United Church), 85 Dundas Street East, Trenton
Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Contact: Rose Odell    


         
"Nearby and Natural"
Kingston Probus
Tompkins Funeral Home lounge, 435 Davis St., Kingston
Wednesday November 15, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Contact: Carolyn Green      


         
 
 

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