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Written by Terry Spraque   
Mar 27, 2017 at 03:00 AM

Great Gray Owl. Photo by Helmer Nielsen Great Gray Owl. Photo by Helmer NielsenTHE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT


 

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 MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017 
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Snow Geese. File photo by Ian BarkerThere seems to have been an influx/incursion/invasion – one of those words anyway – of SNOW GEESE (file photo by Ian Barker of Bloomfield), not only in Prince Edward County, but other areas as well. Between 900 and 1,000 flew over Fry Road late yesterday afternoon, that were witnessed by several other observers as well. The species turns up elsewhere in this Report, too. At Wellington Harbour, no SNOW GEESE, but 47 CANADA GEESE  were on hand for one birding couple who also saw MUTE SWAN, REDHEAD, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and those 9 HOODED MERGANSERS that have been hanging around most of the winter and are still showing up daily. At South Bay, eight PURPLE FINCHES  continue at a feeder down there. Along Victoria Road west, a PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen. At Prince Edward Point, 25 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were in Prince Edward Bay, and a KILLDEER  was seen along Long Point Road. Another 27 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were noted at Ostrander Point. A sign of nicer weather to come was in the sighting of an EASTERN PHOEBE darting back and forth after insects at the at the Lighthall Wetland, 6 SONG SPARROWS and a KILLDEER. Three more KILLDEER  were at Point Petre. It would seem that spring has arrived.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Spring continues at Presqu’ile Park with 4 KILLDEER being seen today. At the Brighton Constructed Wetlands along County Road 64 things are looking up. Yesterday, there were five waterfowl species, among them, 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and a RING-NECKED DUCK. At the St. Mary’s Wetland at Gosport, some good sightings there including 3 RUDDY DUCKS, 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS and a KILLDEER. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was present yesterday in the small pond at Mill Street and 7th line at the Garden Hill  at Port Hope. Also there were 2 GREEN-WINGED TEALS, a CACKLING GOOSE, 1 CANVASBACK, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, KILLDEER and RED-TAILED HAWK.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
More SNOW GEESE. About 100 were seen in the corn field behind the Metro just on the west side of County Road 41. One can tell that spring is starting to produce more birds by the number of species being recorded by many birders these days. Amherst Island did very well early this morning with a few of the noteworthy sightings among the 47 checked off included BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, KILLDEER, BALD EAGLE, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, GREAT BLUE HERON and SNOWY OWL.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Bald Eagles. Photo byo John DemersBelleville’s Kiwanis Bayshore Trail is starting to produce now that more water is available in which ducks can play. Today, there were a dozen HOODED MERGANSERS, 6 COMMON GOLDENEYES, MALLARDS and CANADA GEESE. Two early OSPREYS were at the nest platform early this morning at Belleville’s Memorial Park along the Moira River. A couple HOODED MERGANSERS  were also there. Farther up the river, a GREAT BLUE HERON was in the river on Lost Channel Road. These two BALD EAGLES (photo by John Demers of Thomasburg) were only a couple of eight that hang out on Marlbank Road just east of Old Hungerford Road where as many as 24 have been seen on some days. Three HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at Tweed today, and a GREAT BLUE HERON was seen flying down Little Otter Creek. A SONG SPARROW and 4 PURPLE FINCHES continue in a Foxboro back yard.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
SNOW GEESE  everywhere in the Kingston region today. A few SNOW GEESE flying overhead drew the attention of two residents along Sand Hill Road north of the city alerted them to a few more in two adjacent corn fields – a conservative estimate of 2,000! Most were white morph geese, but at least 8 were blue morph SNOW GEESE. One WILD TURKEY who found himself in the middle of the arrived geese wasn’t quite sure what was going on around him as probably a few moments earlier he had been enjoying some quiet solitude. North of Kingston, at Verona, a smaller flock of 300-400 SNOW GEESE passed over at an altitude of 400-500 feet going from west to east. A BALD EAGLE was on Wolfe Island today, and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Verona.
 
In response to a query about the photos and terminology I use in the Bird Report accompanying those photos. “Photo by....” denotes that the photo being used is the actual photo taken of the species on site at the moment it was seen. “File photo by....” denotes that the photo being used is one from my files to illustrate the species being discussed, and not of the actual individual mentioned in the Report. All photos have been taken by local bird photographers and permission has been granted for their use and we thank these photographers for their generosity.
 
 
  
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Written by Terry Spraque   
Mar 27, 2017 at 03:00 AM

 THE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT (ARCHIVED PAGE)

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MONDAY, MARCH 27:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
There seems to have been an influx/incursion/invasion – one of those words anyway – of SNOW GEESE, not only in Prince Edward County, but other areas as well. Between 900 and 1,000 flew over Fry Road late yesterday afternoon, that were witnessed by several other observers as well. The species turns up elsewhere in this Report, too. At Wellington Harbour, no SNOW GEESE, but 47 CANADA GEESE  were on hand for one birding couple who also saw MUTE SWAN, REDHEAD, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and those 9 HOODED MERGANSERS that have been hanging around most of the winter and are still showing up daily. At South Bay, eight PURPLE FINCHES  continue at a feeder down there. Along Victoria Road west, a PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen. At Prince Edward Point, 25 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were in Prince Edward Bay, and a KILLDEER  was seen along Long Point Road. Another 27 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were noted at Ostrander Point. A sign of nicer weather to come was in the sighting of an EASTERN PHOEBE darting back and forth after insects at the at the Lighthall Wetland, 6 SONG SPARROWS and a KILLDEER. Three more KILLDEER  were at Point Petre. It would seem that spring has arrived.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Spring continues at Presqu’ile Park with 4 KILLDEER being seen today. At the Brighton Constructed Wetlands along County Road 64 things are looking up. Yesterday, there were five waterfowl species, among them, 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and a RING-NECKED DUCK. At the St. Mary’s Wetland at Gosport, some good sightings there including 3 RUDDY DUCKS, 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS and a KILLDEER. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was present yesterday in the small pond at Mill Street and 7th line at the Garden Hill  at Port Hope. Also there were 2 GREEN-WINGED TEALS, a CACKLING GOOSE, 1 CANVASBACK, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, KILLDEER and RED-TAILED HAWK.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
More SNOW GEESE. About 100 were seen in the corn field behind the Metro just on the west side of County Road 41. One can tell that spring is starting to produce more birds by the number of species being recorded by many birders these days. Amherst Island did very well early this morning with a few of the noteworthy sightings among the 47 checked off included BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, KILLDEER, BALD EAGLE, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, GREAT BLUE HERON and SNOWY OWL.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Belleville’s Kiwanis Bayshore Trail is starting to produce now that more water is available in which ducks can play. Today, there were a dozen HOODED MERGANSERS, 6 COMMON GOLDENEYES, MALLARDS and CANADA GEESE. Two early OSPREYS were at the nest platform early this morning at Belleville’s Memorial Park along the Moira River. A couple HOODED MERGANSERS  were also there.
Farther up the river, a GREAT BLUE HERON was in the river on Lost Channel Road. Up to eight BALD EAGLES hang out on Marlbank Road just east of Old Hungerford Road where as many as 24 have been seen on some days. Three HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at Tweed today, and a GREAT BLUE HERON was seen flying down Little Otter Creek. A SONG SPARROW and 4 PURPLE FINCHES continue in a Foxboro back yard.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
SNOW GEESE  everywhere in the Kingston region today. A few SNOW GEESE flying overhead drew the attention of two residents along Sand Hill Road north of the city alerted them to a few more in two adjacent corn fields – a conservative estimate of 2,000! Most were white morph geese, but at least 8 were blue morph SNOW GEESE. One WILD TURKEY who found himself in the middle of the arrived geese wasn’t quite sure what was going on around him as probably a few moments earlier he had been enjoying some quiet solitude. North of Kingston, at Verona, a smaller flock of 300-400 SNOW GEESE passed over at an altitude of 400-500 feet going from west to east. A BALD EAGLE was on Wolfe Island today, and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Verona.

 


SUNDAY, MARCH 26:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few back roads such as the stretch of Kings Road which leads to Easterbrook Road at Point Petre aren't fit to drive on during the spring breakup, but can produce some interesting birds for those who dare. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was the reward today along that portion of Kings Road for one birding couple. With the migration gearing up now, we do have to be cautious when identifying shrikes due to the expected overlap with the NORTHERN SHRIKE and arriving LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES. It is no longer much of an issue in Prince Edward County as gone seem to be the days when we routinely had up to five pairs nesting on our 350-acre farm at Big Island as recently as the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, always a possibility that one may may still pass through en route to the Napanee area where a small number of nesting birds continue to persist. Also in the Point Petre area, several GREAT BLUE HERONS were spotted in flight today. At Wellington Harbour up to 9 HOODED MERGANSERS are around most days, and were spotted again today, along with CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, REDHEAD, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON GOLDENEYE, and RING-NECKED DUCKS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
To see GREAT BLUE HERONS, it isn't always necessary to seek them out either. One birder sitting in his easy chair noted two casually drifting by from his house in Trenton.  At Twelve Clock Point in Carrying Place, waterfowl species numbered a baker's dozen at noon today during under an hour's worth of birding. Among the species present were 40 MUTE SWANS, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS. A high point along the north jetty along the Murray Canal was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and there were also 2 SONG SPARROWS. At Eldorado today, a BARRED OWL was heard calling. West of Maynooth, a bird list from there sounded more like a winter list with 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 6 PINE SISKINS, a HOARY REDPOLL and 17 EVENING GROSBEAKS making up the bulk of the checklist.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Despite the dire warning in the weather forecast, the day turned out to be half decent for the last day of the Presqu'ile Park Waterfowl Weekend. Along the Parkway leading toward the Park, some good sightings there today including 39 TUNDRA SWANS in two separate groups in flight across the site and around 300 RING-BILLED GULLS. Some spring-like sightings were several small flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS (48 in total), 3 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS heading for the offshore islands, an AMERICAN CROW carrying nesting material, 3 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, a GREAT BLUE HERON and an EASTERN MEADOWLARK that flew in from the direction of the Park itself. Another good sighting today 200 metres west of Huff Road, west of Brighton, was a flock of 70 SNOW GEESE that came in from the south flying high in two ragged, shifting Vs, leisurely flying northeast in spite of the harsh east wind. At Cobourg Harbour there was an AMERICAN COOT today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Some good birding today at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons with a dozen waterfowl species noted, among them 43 GADWALL, 1 WOOD DUCK, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS and 2 LESSER SCAUP. Two SONG SPARROWS  were also seen. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on Amherst Island.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
More GREAT BLUE HERONS in the Kingston area with 2 near Collin’s Lake and another present at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area just north of the 401 off Division Street. Two GREAT BLUE HERONS also at Cataraqui Bay where other interesting species were BELTED KINGFISHER, AMERICAN COOT, 8 GADWALL and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS. Four more HOODED MERGANSERS at Portsmouth Harbour, 2 WOOD DUCK pairs and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. More GREAT BLUE HERONS – actually five of them – flying over in migration at Howe Island, where other good species were 2 COMMON RAVENS, 4 TURKEY VULTURES and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER as highlights, not to mention an adult BALD EAGLE on the ice. One location we seldom hear from is Frontenac Provincial Park, where both a BALD EAGLE and a BARRED OWL were seen today, along with 3 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 3 COMMON RAVENS, and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were noteworthy sightings.

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 25:

HASTINGS COUNTY
As the spring migration continues despite the unseasonable weather, PURPLE FINCHES, too, continue to move about. Spring migration of this species doesn't usually get underway in earnest until mid-April, so the activity we are noticing now might just be a shuffling about of local wintering populations. Whatever it is, it is nice to see the raspberry reds of these finches at our feeders. Seven were at a feeder in Foxboro today. On Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, 3 KILLDEER were noted there as well as HORNED LARK and two SONG SPARROWS. Three WOOD DUCKS  were also seen here.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few birds of interest in Prince Edward County today. Nine PURPLE FINCHES were at a feeder in Allisonville, and a single RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. At South Bay yesterday, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was a nice find. Their population and delightful evening nuptials should accelerate once the temperatures rise and the ground softens up a bit more. Also down there, a BALD EAGLE was seen. One spot that always seems to produce a few birds in the spring is the cattail marsh and channels along the causeway leading to Sheba's Island at West Lake. Today, there were 40 each of RING-NECKED DUCKS and REDHEADS, and lesser numbers of BUFFLEHEAD, MUTE SWAN and CANADA GOOSE. Two NORTHERN CARDINALS and a SONG SPARROW  were also detected. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen today along Fish Lake Road. The water is starting to open up a bit at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area near East Lake. Over a dozen species were present today including RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS and a RED-TAILED HAWK.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
We can safely assume that a few of the sightings that came in today from Presqu'ile resulted from the birding pressure today during the first day of the Waterfowl Viewing Weekend. The ducks were performing beautifully. CANVASBACKS according to preliminary results, seemed low in number and they are always an attractive species to see mixed in with the somewhat similar REDHEADS which numbered close to 400. The ubiquitous MUTE SWAN cooperated by keeping its numbers down to a respectable 32 from the customary 400 or so that usually can be counted there during the winter months. Along Bayshore Road on the County side of the Park, an AMERICAN KESTREL and a lone KILLDEER vied for some attention. At Port Hope, the two ROSS'S GEESE were present again today, and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE turned up today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Three WOOD DUCKS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were good sightings today that were made at the McIntyre CN crossing north of Bath, and a NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen at the Ham Road crossing nearby. The WOOD DUCK which seems to be a permanent fixture on the Napanee River down from the falls was displaying well for hikers long the River Trail today. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lots going on in the Kingston area as always with many of the key focal points being covered. Lemoine Point Conservation Area produced a nice selection today involving an EASTERN MEADOWLARK, 4 AMERICAN ROBINS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and a  RED-TAILED HAWK. Just down the road at the Dupont Lagoons, 3 GADWALLS but also some spring like birds including one each of TURKEY VULTURE and BELTED KINGFISHER and 2 AMERICAN COOTS although admittedly, the latter two species were around all winter, but encouraging sights anyway just the same. At the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, not a whole lot – 35 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and a few REDHEADS and MALLARDS, 2 BUFFLEHEAD, a COMMON MERGANSER and one lonely CANADA GOOSE. Following the shoreline around the corner up to to Belle Island in the Great Cataraqui River, a single RUDDY DUCK showed up well against a backdrop of more than  a dozen other waterfowl species, some of the more noteworthy ones being 240 REDHEADS, 11 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 45 HOODED MERGANSERS and 15 GADWALL. Twenty-one swans were also present comprising a combination of TRUMPETER and TUNDRA SWANS. On up the river toward Lower Brewers Lock, a dozen GADWALL were there along with another 45 HOODED MERGANSERS and an AMERICAN WIGEON. A RED-TAILED HAWK was also seen. A GREAT BLUE HERON flew over a birder's house along Sand Hill Road across highway 15 from Lower Brewers Lock. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 3 PURPLE FINCHES and a PILEATED WOODPECKER also made it on the checklist. At Glenburnie, near the intersection of Perth Road and Unity Road, a flock of 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS showed in a backyard crabapple tree and another 50 were seen on Washburn Road, back up in the Lower Brewers Lock area. A SANDHILL CRANE flew over 401 near Kingston today, and right in the city at the corner of Princess Street and Division Street, the pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS peered down at passersby from atop the Princess Towers. A NORTHERN SHRIKE and 200 SNOW BUNTINGS  were seen along Washburn Road.

 


FRIDAY, MARCH 24:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Unseasonably cool temperatures are still hanging in there putting a halt on any further migrants of any significance making their spring debut across the region. This is especially true at Prince Edward Point where yesterday only a handful of species were encountered. Persistent ice near shore kept BUFFLEHEADS at a distance, but the weather today may have had an effect on the accumulated ice. CANADA GEESE (150) and a lone MALLARD  were the only waterfowl present down there, along with a couple NORTHERN RAVENS and 20 AMERICAN ROBINS. Not much better at South Bay where only half as many CANADA GEESE could be seen and four MUTE SWANS. The persistent rain this morning mixed with snow and some freezing rain certainly kept birding this morning at a low ebb.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A little bit of birding in Hastings County today, but the only species of significance to be reported were 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS along Cannifton Road near Bell Blvd. in Belleville.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few species of interest from birding efforts at Amherst Island yesterday. A couple WOOD DUCKS and 3 GADWALL were nice sightings, and nine other waterfowl species were seen as well. AMERICAN WIGEON, a handful of REDHEADS, MALLARDS, BUFFLEHEAD and HOODED MERGANSER also seen, while from the ferry, CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS and a COMMON MERGANSER  were checked off. Two CACKLING GEESE, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a nice assortment of ducks were also seen yesterday in an area of the extreme east end of the Bay of Quinte known as the Upper Gap, between Highway 33 and the west end of Amherst Island.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A FOX SPARROW, up to five GREAT BLUE HERONS, 500 RING-BILLED GULLS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 15 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 28 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were all great sightings made from a backyard on the north edge of Brighton today. In the case of the GREAT BLUE HERONS, two were seen flying west, then five minutes later 2 flew east, followed by a single bird an hour later. The BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, something we haven’t seen much of this past winter down this way (200 or so at Stirling and Marmora earlier) were seen with the CEDAR WAXWINGS, sometimes in separate flocks and other times all together, as they fed briefly on small crab apples. There was also an adult male SHARP-SHINNED HAWK at a feeder in the same backyard. Down at Presqu’ile as the Park gets all revved up for the Waterfowl Viewing Weekend tomorrow and Sunday, the ducks are making themselves known. Close to 20 species were on hand today as they await members of the spotting scope and binocular brigade. Highs included 3500 REDHEADS, 1500 GREATER SCAUP, 350 MALLARDS and 200 RING-NECKED DUCKS. A few of the other species present were GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, NORTHERN PINTAILS, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSERS and TUNDRA SWANS. Along the Parkway today, a rough estimate of 1500 RING-BILLED GULLS and 3 SONG SPARROWS were present. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lots of birding today in Frontenac County, but mostly involving isolated reports from different locations within the city, and a few some distance away. Five species at Portsmouth Harbour – MALLARD, LONG-TAILED, COMMON GOLDENEYE and both COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. It was obviously a day for GREAT BLUE HERONS as one was seen flying over Gardiners Road north and two more were seen at the Norman Rogers Airport. At Lemoine Point Conservation Area, a KILLDEER and an AMERICAN KESTREL were seen, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was at Balsam Grove. Outside the city, another AMERICAN KESTREL was seen between Harrowsmith and Sydenham, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was also seen out that way, too. North of Verona, BROWN CREEPER and BOHEMIAN WAXWING were seen, and two TURKEY VULTURES  were snacking away at the Verona Dump.
 

THURSDAY, MARCH 23:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A BARRED OWL was seen yesterday west of Carrying Place. Today, a TURKEY VULTURE  was seen along 401 north of CFB Trenton. A couple signs of spring were 2 SONG SPARROWS and 4 HORNED LARKS at Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville. Representing the very small and the very large in a backyard at Foxboro were 2 each of PURPLE FINCHES  and WILD TURKEYS. There was a BALD EAGLE  today at the end of Norway’s Road east of Shannoville, and another showed up not far away along Hungry Bay and Beach Road south of the village where a GREAT BLUE HERON was seen as well as there being a cacophony of 370 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were on Bronk Road today not far from the H.R. Frink Centre, and  near the golf course along Harmony Road. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard singing in the sunshine today along County Road 7, east of Lake on the Mountain. Three PURPLE FINCHES  were at a feeder in Allisonville.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The big new today was the arrival of 2 ROSS’S GEESE that were seen among the many CANADA GEESE on the east side of Kellogg Road in Welcome, just north of Port Hope. Today, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen chasing a smaller bird right over a car at C.R. 25 near Morganston Road. Sixteen species of waterfowl today at Presqu’ile as the Park gears up for this weekend’s Waterfowl Viewing Weekend. Among the species were 200 REDHEADS, 20 CANVASBACKS, and 200 GREATER SCAUP.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The sun was a welcome sight for two RED-TAILED HAWKS yesterday in Kingston as they were spotted romanticizing about days to come, side by side, in the setting sun in a woodlot north of Dupont along Front Road. Today, a CAROLINA  WREN was also celebrating the arrival of sun, singing enthusiastically, just west of RMC in Kingston.  RED-TAILED HAWK, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were birds of note today at the Lemoine Point Conservation Area, while east of there, at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, a PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted flying by carrying what was believed to be a pigeon.

 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A GREAT BLUE HERON today appeared to be regretting its decision to arrive at Wellington when the temperatures are still so cold, especially at night when ones feet could get frozen in the ice. North of Wellington, along County Road 2 today, there was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Three hundred CANADA GEESE  started the morning off at Belleville’s Memorial Park where two HOODED MERGANSERS also tried to find their rightful place in the mob. A NORTHERN HARRIER  was spotted on Tank Farm Road, just north of Belleville. A few species at Potter`s Creek Conservation Area on the west side of Belleville – a pair of MALLARDS, 3 AMERICAN ROBINS, 2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a ring-billed gull. Things will pick up.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Hawks seem yesterday were a COOPER’S HAWK west of Brighton, and a RED-TAILED HAWK along County Road 64 just east of Brighton. Along the Parkway today, a male SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flew over the marsh, and a COMMON RAVEN was soaring high and doing barrel rolls. Time of the year for showing off. As Presquìle Park gears up for its 41st annual Waterfowl Viewing Weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday, it`s as though the waterfowl currently around the Park are sensing some sort of excitement building up and are gearing up themselves to be on display for the two days. As of yesterday at 2:00 p.m. 80 CANVASBACKS, 200 GREATER SCAUP and 500 REDHEADS  were displaying well off Calf Pasture Point on the bay side of the Park. Always a bit of drama taking place if one just spends some time to observe. Two HERRING GULLS  were picking at a BROWN BULLHEAD on the ice, while nearby an AMERICAN CROW was waiting for the gull to be done so it could move in.  Across from the Park, at Gosport, 350 REDHEADS  were counted therewith smaller numbers of GREATER SCAUP and HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. Feeder-wise, four BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS and a COOPER`S HAWK were guests at a Brighton feeder.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At Lost Lake Conservation Area north of Amherstview yesterday, a SONG SPARROW and a  WINTER WREN turned up for one birder. A male WOOD DUCK was still in the Napanee River below the falls at Springside Park  as of yesterday. At the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, 2 male NORTHERN SHOVELERS were a nice find although they had already been reported from here recently. Eight RING-NECKED DUCKS and 55 GADWALL were also on hand for one birder, but a surprise was the sighting of 2 MUTE SWANS which aren't often seen there.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Yesterday 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen near Odessa Lake, and an immature BALD EAGLE passed over Verona. Kingston`s Princess Towers at Division Street now has two PEREGRINE FALCONS on site. Lookin`good for the coming nesting season. Today at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, eight species of ducks were seen as well as an immature BALD EAGLE  that passed by. Near the corner of Princess Street and Taylor Kidd Blvd in Kingston, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen perched with a rabbit in its talons.

 


TUESDAY, MARCH 21:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Three TURKEY VULTURES were found basking in the sunshine near Sandbanks Park where several had spent the entire winter last season feasting on the aftermath of an avian botulism outbreak along the County shores last fall. More signs of the spring that seems to be arriving in spurts as though unsure of its welcome. Gardenville in the Carrying Place area had a SONG SPARROW today and three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Meanwhile, at the Kaiser Crossroad wetlands, 90% of the area is still frozen, but a few birds were present today on the south pond that receives some benefit of the sun. There were 4 TUNDRA SWANS, 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, a pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS and small numbers of CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS. Prinyer’s Cove is still completely frozen and there was just a lone MUTE SWAN on the ice there today. Southeast of Picton, along Luck’s Crossroad, it was actually a lucky crossroad today as one resident there has large numbers of PURPLE FINCHES,some days far outnumbering the goldfinches and chickadees. Six WILD TURKEYS walked past the house at one point today, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER made an appearance as well. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen near noon along Fry Road.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Speaking of PURPLE FINCHES, 8 continue to visit a feeder at Foxboro, and an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen today west of Highway 14, about midway between Stirling and Springbrook. At Barcovan, once again there were large numbers of REDHEADS and GREATER SCAUP. Other ducks of interest were 20 LESSER SCAUP, 12 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 4 AMERICAN WIGEON, 8 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 12 HOODED MERGANSERS and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS. In addition to a RIVER OTTER being on the ice in plain view, all three species of swans were present – TUNDRA, MUTE and TRUMPETER SWANS. As always, K29 was there (present for about two years now), but a relatively new arrival was a TRUMPETER SWAN with wing tag number P85. According to the Ontario Trumpeter Swan Facebook group, P85 was actually just recently banded and tagged at Barcovan, on March 5th. Dubbed “Barcovan”, it is a second year cob that wintered this past season at Barcovan.  When banded and tagged, he was the lone TRUMPETER (but supreme ruler) among 40 or so MUTE SWANS and a solo TUNDRA SWAN. That day – March 5th -  “Barcovan” received his "crown jewels". Our thanks to David Bree, Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader at Presqu’ile Park for this submitted information today. Another interesting story today came from the west side of Trenton off Telephone Road where a BARRED OWL  that first turned up about a month ago, was back again today after an absence of a few days. Its return was announced by three AMERICAN CROWS who departed after the appearance of the homeowner much to the relief of the owl who rewarded him by staying on his perch until the sun got too bright in his face near noon. Up to this time, the homeowner went about his normal outdoor chores, passing below him not more than 20 feet away, the owl only occasionally sleepily opening one eye. Later in the afternoon the BARRED OWL moved to a spruce tree two doors down. East of Barcovan, at the end of Aylea Road, 50 MUTE SWANS were counted there along with 300 CANADA GEESE, 200 REDHEADS, 100 GREATER SCAUP, 6 AMERICAN WIGEONS and 3 LESSER SCAUP. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was also seen here.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Another BARRED OWL was still on Huff Road, west of Brighton yesterday where it had been seen earlier. A conference of sorts of blackbirds took place yesterday along Presqu’ile Parkway where some 300 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were present joined by 65 COMMON GRACKLES  and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Other interesting sightings from Northumberland included 3 SONG SPARROWS outside the Park entrance, 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS along Stoney Point Road north of the Murray Canal, and two TURKEY VULTURES over Port Hope.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A birder on Amherst Island early this morning failed in his bid to find the KING EIDER that was discovered yesterday on Amherst Island. However, another 25 species more than made up for the duck’s absence. In addition to two SONG SPARROWS, 7 AMERICAN ROBINS, 1 NORTHERN CARDINAL and an AMERICAN KESTREL, there were 8 waterfowl species, highlights being 250 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 80 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Other than a MERLIN seen today along Portsmouth Avenue below Bath Road in Kingston, no other sightings came in today at time of writing although they likely will later this evening and will be mentioned in tomorrow’s Report. Yesterday, some of the more interesting sightings included a SNOWY OWL that was seen perched on a berm at the Norman Rogers Airport, 2 TURKEY VULTURES flying over the city, a SONG SPARROW  at Lemoine Point Conservation Area, and a BOHEMIAN WAXWING at Verona. There were a few ducks around Portsmouth Harbour including CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS and COMMON MERGANSERS. Four each of RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER were in Murvale Creek at Highway 38, and the number of AMERICAN COOTS at the Dupont Lagoons have risen to four now, where other species there included a WOOD DUCK and 80 GADWALLS among the 10 species present.

 


MONDAY, MARCH 20:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Readers can likely tell that I love HOODED MERGANSERS by the number of times that I run their photos in the Bird Report. Today, they were within camera range at the harbour for Wellington photographer Sydney Smith. She was just in time to see a pair – one of three pairs present – deep in the throes of a mating ritual. The female, she noted, was very submissive and stayed flat on the water while the male did a water dance around her. In this photo, the male seems a bit perturbed that the photographer was horning in on – well – his moment of being horny! The water hasn’t softened appreciably at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded agricultural fields, although 250 CANADA GEESE were present in the area. At Sandbanks Park today, a BALD EAGLE was one highlight, along with six species of waterfowl in the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area – 15 REDHEADS, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 81 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 37 BUFFLEHEAD, 45 COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 8 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Also seen was a NORTHERN HARRIER, and another was seen today at Waupoos. In East Lake today, 120 REDHEADS and 85 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 4 GREATER SCAUP and a couple MUTE SWANS  rounded out the waterfowl seen there. A SONG SPARROW and a TURKEY VULTURE were seen in the area as well.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Still a bit chilly around these days, but some of the early birds are forging bravely ahead with their spring arrivals, including an AMERICAN WOODCOCK that was heard performing its nuptials at Foxboro last night. Northwest of Hastings, 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were also an encouraging sight. Cold temperatures though seem to be holding back waterfowl that normally might be seen in flooded agricultural fields at this time of the year. CANADA GEESE who don’t really seem to care much about the presence of water as long as there is corn to be had were seen today at the Atkin Road extension above Airport Parkway, on the east side of Belleville. They were in flight, but likely taking note of the corn field below them, as did a TUNDRA SWAN that was feasting away happily. Seventy MALLARDS  were also there and lesser numbers of WOOD DUCKS and AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS. Spring birds like HORNED LARKS and SONG SPARROWS  were offset by a SNOW BUNTING, the latter as a reminder there could be some winter left yet. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS and an AMERICAN KESTREL were seen in Belleville.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Only a few species today from the Brighton area. Along Beach Drive between Colborne and Brighton a BARRED OWL and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  were seen today. And yesterday, a BARRED OWL was seen hunting in full sun along Hunt Road west of Brighton.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found today along a roadside near the Orser Road Wetland off Highway 38 south of Murvale. It was injured and was taken to the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee. Good coverage of birding on Wolfe Island today with a few of the more notable sightings suggestive of a spring awakening, while one – a SNOW BUNTING – shakes us back to reality. SONG SPARROWS  were seen on Button Bay Road and at Point Alexandria (Horne’s Ferry). A NORTHERN FLICKER showed up at the Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area at the southwest part of the island, and one other noteworthy sighting was a CACKLING GOOSE in the same general area of the island.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The big sighting in Lennox and Addington County today was a female KING EIDER just off the south shore of Amherst Island at 9:00 a.m. this morning which was still present there this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. She was actively feeding most of the time, according to the birder who found her, but also preening only two to five metres from shore across the street from 3950 South Shore Road. She was all alone and spent much of her time near a little point of land just west of the house at that address, but also swam around the corner and out of view.

 


SUNDAY, MARCH 19:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A NORTHERN FLICKER on Salmon Point Road was one of several highlights in birding efforts today in Prince Edward County. Salmon Point Road also produced a SONG SPARROW, 8 AMERICAN ROBINS, and a single TURKEY VULTURE. Fewer AMERICAN ROBINS around these days, at least, now in numbers more representative of the early spring season. The thousands that were everywhere this past winter were mostly northern breeding birds that wintered here and have likely since moved on toward their northern nesting grounds. It’s still a bit early for much else to appear in the way of migrants until the weather assumes warmer temperatures, so efforts these days are concentrated on the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of migration waterfowl. The Glendon Green Boat Launch at the headwaters of the Outlet River in East Lake at Log Cabin Point is always a good spot to see a good mixture of waterfowl, and today was no exception with 12 species assuming centre stage. Among the star performers were 500 REDHEAD, 6 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 100 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, 75 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 50 TUNDRA SWANS. One duck far out on the ice was one that didn’t get away – it was being held firm to the ice by a PEREGRINE FALCON! At the Rutherford-Stevens Lookout above Smith’s Bay near Waupoos, 9 waterfowl species could be seen through a spotting scope, among them 1 CANVASBACK, 100 REDHEADS, 35 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 10 HOODED MERGANSERS. In Athol Bay along County Road 12 in Sandbanks Park, LONG-TAILED DUCKS and COMMON GOLDENEYES  were present. Other noteworthy species that tuned up today included a PILEATED WOODPECKER along Schoolhouse Road near Point Petre, and HORNED LARK at Kings Road. And to wrap up the County sightings for today, a BARRED OWL  was seen today near Consecon.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A waste facility near Madoc today had a couple of scroungers, namely 3 COMMON RAVENS and a BALD EAGLE. Seven WILD TURKEYS  were also in the area. A sub-adult BALD EAGLE flew over Foxboro today, north of Belleville. Also in the same general area, 6 TUNDRA SWANS were hanging out in a field near Highway 62 and Ashley Street. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen along 401 at Trenton.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A SNOWY OWL on the beach at Presqu’ile Park was a major sighting today for one birder. Birders were all over the Park today chalking up species. Numbers were impressive in some cases, in more ways than one, with 1001 REDHEADS among them. Exceptional counting! Five hundred RING-NECKED DUCKS also represented a good number. Other good sightings in the Park today included a GREAT BLUE HERON at the lighthouse where a couple WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  also showed up. At Salt Point there were 6 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 2 SURF SCOTERS  were also spotted here. Outside the Park, two reports came in from birders at Peter’s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve, 15 kilometres north of Grafton. In the nature reserve itself, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 6 AMERICAN ROBINS and 100 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen, while a kilometre from the nature reserve, both RED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES turned up with the regular species normally present at this time of year. South of Peter’s Woods, on McDonald Road, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was seen, and an AMERICAN KESTREL  was spotted near Ste. Anne’s Spa at Grafton. Another kestrel  was seen near Trenton along Highway 2. And COMMON RAVENS  everywhere as the species continues to work its population up to that of the COMMON CROW in our area. Along the Gosport waterfront at Brighton, some 2,000 REDHEADS there today, and 2,000 GREATER SCAUP, as well as a PIED-BILLED GREBE and 3 BALD EAGLES. At Cobourg Harbour early this morning, 29 species were present, including some good finds. As well as a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, there were four CACKLING GEESE, three of them in a single group and a fourth one among CANADA GEESE farther out in the harbour. Singles of NORTHERN PINTAIL, CANVASBACK and RING-NECKED DUCK, all of them males, were also in the harbour, almost lost among the 1500 CANADA GEESE, 300 RING-BILLED GULLS, and 100 HERRING GULLS, also 3 immature GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Another visit to the Napanee River Trail west of Springside Park, revealed the lone WOOD DUCK again today. Also keeping it company were 70 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 10 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 100 MALLARDS, 5 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS. At Varty Lake, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen, and a couple HOODED MERGANSERS  were seen in that general area as well. Sixty-five WILD TURKEYS were seen north of Erinsville yesterday.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some good birding in and around Kingston today. At the Wolfe Island ferry dock in Kingston, 4 GADWALL, 120 MALLARDS and 25 HOODED MERGANSERS were present. North of there, at the Doug Fluhrer Park, an AMERICAN COOT was present among the half dozen waterfowl species – CANADA GOOSE, GADWALL, MALLARD, GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. Still farther north, along the Rideau Canal at Lower Brewers Lock, 9 waterfowl species there, among them GADWALL, RING-NECKED DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS. Along Brewers Mills Road, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also seen.

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 18:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Last evening, just as it was getting dark, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK that managed to survive the March snowfall, fluttered into a Trenton backyard, landing in the leaves on a slope where the sun had melted away the snow, in hopes of finding something resembling a morsel of food. Eleven HOODED MERGANSERS were seen this morning at Vanderwater Conservation Area east of Thomasburg. Two BROWN CREEPERS were also seen, along with a COMMON RAVEN, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 1 LESSER SCAUP and a BALD EAGLE. At the H.R. Frink Centre today, two HERRING GULLS  seen in flight, although on the Frink Centre checklist, was the first eBird record for the conservation area.  At Highway 37 and Blessington Road, two raptors made it on the checklist – a RED-TAILED HAWK and an AMERICAN KESTREL. A BARRED OWL flew in front of a motorist travelling past the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area late this afternoon.  And at Barcovan Beach 14 species present there seen by two Kingston birders included  62 MUTE SWANS, 2 TRUMPETER SWANS, a TUNDRA SWAN, 80 REDHEADS and 140 GREATER SCAUP just to name a few of the 10 species of waterfowl that were on hand for the binocular brigade today.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The mystery of the unidentified goose, pictured in the Report last night, wasn't so much of a mystery after all. It was just a domestic rather washed out GREYLAG GOOSE that apparently has been at Wellington Harbour on and off since at least October. It was just staying low for most birders who regularly took note of the birds there, or just totally ignored due to its questionable origin. Sometimes, as birders, seeking special birds, we tend to read too much into sightings. We always need to be mindful of all those domestic species that link up with our waterfowl. Today, nothing special, not even the Greylag, just CANADA GEESE, BUFFLEHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, REDHEADS and MALLARD. Several TURKEY VULTURES turned up today, three floating in the wind along County Road 14 (Demorestville Road) and two perched on a barn roof along County Road 15 (Northport Road). A suspected wintering HERMIT THRUSH was seen beside some running water along Army Reserve Road this morning. The bird was spotted during a spring waterfowl survey in that area today where the highlights in terms of numbers were 1592 CANADA GEESE. Medium numbers (fewer than 200) each of BUFFLEHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, LONG-TAILED DUCK and MUTE SWAN. Also seen were BALD EAGLE, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 1 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,  1 SONG SPARROW and a single RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (below the dam at the Lighthall Wetland). Fifteen volunteers took part in the survey.  An AMERICAN KESTREL  was seen by one motorist along County Road 2 near Burr Road, and a SONG SPARROW and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  were along County Road 2 today, just north of Wilson Road.  And, along County Road 49, a pair of BALD EAGLES  were performing a spectacular aerial courtship dance. With one confirmed pair having nested in the Bay of Quinte area last summer, there can be no stopping them now from establishing a 2nd confirmed nesting in Prince Edward County since the early 1950s when DDT almost wiped them out. It’s time!
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Two owls last evening in the Brighton area. A GREAT HORNED OWL was seen near the base of Huff Road and Lakeshore Road, east of town. A BARRED OWL flew over Ontario Street at 9:00 p.m. Along the
Presqu'ile Parkway, a NORTHERN SHRIKE turned up as well as 3 SONG SPARROWS. In the Park itself today, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were highlights. Also seen were 10 WILD TURKEYS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 500 GREATER SCAUP and 850 REDHEADS. Yesterday, waterfowl numbers of a few species were high with some of those numbers being 1700 for REDHEADS and GREATER SCAUP at 1300. Around 3,000 other ducks were too far away to be identified but were presumed to be all divers probably scaup and REDHEADS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Haven’t heard from Napanee’s Springside Park for awhile, but good to know that the lone male WOOD DUCK is still hanging in there where it has been since fall. Accompanying it today were 30 CANADA GEESE, 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 100 MALLARDS, 1 HOODED MERGANSER and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS.  Yesterday, on Amherst Island, a birder there found a GREAT HORNED OWL sitting very low to the ground where it later flew off and landed in a stand of Black Willows on shore. Other good sightings were SNOWY OWL, SONG SPARROW, 25 AMERICAN ROBINS, 45 COMMON GOLDENEYE and one each of GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, ICELAND GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lots of birding in the Kingston area today at some key locations. At Lower Brewers Mills Lock along the Rideau Canal, some numbers and species there were 95 HOODED MERGANSERS, 5 MUTE SWANS, 5 GADWALL, 1 AMERICAN WIGEON, 8 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 150 MALLARDS, 5 BUFFLEHEAD, and 38 COMMON MERGANSERS. Among the estimated 500 CANADA GEESE was a dead individual on the east side of the lock, the likely culprit being one of four BALD EAGLES cohabiting in this area. Also seen here were PILEATED WOODPECKER and BELTED KINGFISHER. At Kingston’s Invista area (Dupont Lagoons) along Front Road, another BELTED KINGFISHER  was seen here along with an AMERICAN COOT, 45 GADWALL and 4 HOODED MERGANSERS. A little north of there, along the Cataraqui River, Doug Fluhrer Park also had an AMERICAN COOT, as well as an ICELAND GULL.

 


FRIDAY, MARCH 17:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. A mystery goose has been present at Wellington Harbour off and on for a few days and I must confess I am not that great when it comes to identifying morphs, hybrids and birds not quite conforming to the field guides. I see hints of CANADA GOOSE (it was seen yesterday copulating with a CANADA GOOSE if that’s any clue as to its persuasion and the two are hanging around together). Its beak confuses me as I don’t see the diagnostic grin patch that a SNOW GOOSE normally has. Is it a SNOW GOOSE, a white morph SNOW GOOSE, a dark morph SNOW GOOSE, a dark/white SNOW GOOSE intergrade, a SNOW GOOSE/CANADA GOOSE hybrid. A query and photo in our detailed Bird Report this evening may produce some answers. Two hundred CANADA GEESE and a half dozen or so other waterfowl species, including 10 REDHEADS, and 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS. Also in the Wellington Harbour area, 20 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 5 BALD EAGLES,  and 5 AMERICAN ROBINS. Two bird feeder operators reporting in from Allisonville, north of Wellington, and one of those feeders located close to the downtown core yesterday had 5 PURPLE FINCHES, 10 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a NORTHERN CARDINAL.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
PURPLE FINCHES (4), also at Foxboro where other birds of interest today were 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS and an AMERICAN ROBIN.  Yesterday, a BALD EAGLE was seen flying over 401 at Shannonville Road, and today a SONG SPARROW was along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail in Belleville. Thirty species of birds were tallied in as many minutes today at Barcovan Beach in Wellers Bay where 10 of those species were waterfowl. Among them, singles of TRUMPETER and TUNDRA SWAN, 20 REDHEADS, 10 RING-NECKED DUCKS and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. Also making their way onto the checklist were 50 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS and a RED-TAILED HAWK.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some good checklists from at least 3 well known birding areas in the city of Kingston, all three located along Front Road on the lakeshore. Early this afternoon, 45 minutes at the Beechgrove complex section of the shoreline produced 13 species including 3 HOODED MERGANSERS and 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK x MALLARD (hybrid), a lone REDHEAD and over a dozen LONG-TAILED DUCKS. West of there and across the Road, the Marshlands Conservation Area saw the same number of species seen in about an hour’s worth of birding. Some good species there including a SONG SPARROW, 3 AMERICAN ROBINS, 2 COMMON RAVENS,1 PILEATED WOODPECKER, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER calling while flying over the adjacent Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. At the far end of Front Road, beside the Kingston/Norman Rogers Airport, Lemoine Point Conservation Area also had a PILEATED WOODPECKER, but added to its laurels as a prime birding spot by producing GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, SNOW BUNTING, 3 NORTHERN CARDINALS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, and a MERLIN being actively chased by an AMERICAN CROW. A bit of a turning of the tables there. And to top off the day, a PEREGRINE FALCON was at St. Mary’s Cathedral at east end of Kingston, and the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Westbrook was seen again today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A BALD EAGLE  was also seen at Presqu’ile Park yesterday, with other species of interest being 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH  and COMMON RAVEN. Another BALD EAGLE  - a fourth year bird – was spotted flying over Lakeshore Road.  North of Campbellford near Healey Falls, 5 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Nappan Island in the Trent River.

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 16:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A BELTED KINGFISHER  was spotted early this afternoon at Bell Creek near the north end of Farley Avenue in Belleville, and a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen at the corner of Herchimer Avenue and Highway 2 in the city, also seen there yesterday, too. In Foxboro, an optimistic WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was in full song, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES were also present. A bit more unusual, and far too early for it to be an early spring migrant, was a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW which appeared at an Airport Parkway feeder with AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS on the east side of Belleville where a SONG SPARROW, likely a spring migrant, was also present.  The H.R. Frink Centre Conservation Artea and Education Centre, on Thrasher Road, north of Belleville, is startin g to come alive now with promise of even better things to come. At 8:00 a.m. this morning, 17 species were tallied in three hours of birding with one highlight being a SWAMP SPARROW, a month early and probably an undetected wintering individual. Other good sightings were singles of RUFFED GROUSE, BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN CARDINAL and PURPLE FINCH.  At the Weller's Bay channel at Barcovan there were huge rafts of ducks composed primarily of REDHEAD and GREATER SCAUP. Along with smaller numbers of CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE there were about a dozen RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER. Also present were two RUDDY DUCKS and one male WOOD DUCK. At the Twelve o Clock Road at Carrying Place, the Bay had large numbers of REDHEAD and RING-NECKED DUCK as well as smaller numbers of COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
As birds continue to flock as they cope with the un-spring-like weather, 30-40 AMERICAN CROWS gathered in some trees on Queen Street in Picton at 5:30 yesterday afternoon. Recent sightings from Allisonville have included GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and BROWN CREEPER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
In the County Road 8 area west of Hay Bay (south of Napanee), some good sightings there mid-morning today included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, as well as four each of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Birds are where you find them, And, so it was in Kingston today. At the Wolfe Island ferry ramp in Kingston this morning, a SNOW GOOSE  was present with 50 CANADA GEESE along with 5 REDHEADS and 2 GREATER SCAUP. In the Balsam Grove area of the city, not far past the Ambassador Hotel, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was seen this morning. At Verona today, just at daybreak, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a COOPER`S HAWK were highlights. At a location appropriately named Wildlife Hill on Florida Road, west of Highway 38 and Murvale, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen last evening. At Doug Fluhrer Park along the Cataraqui River, some good sightings of waterfowl there today including 17 GADWALL, 140 REDHEADS, 50 HOODED MERGANSERS, 90 GREATER SCAUP, 27 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and 33 COMMON MERGANSERS. AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARDS, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON GOLDENEYE  were also seen.
 
 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Pigeon Control in Tweed today. A MERLIN was encountered today on the sidewalk at the corner near the Post Office in town, totally fearless and paid little attention to people passing by. Under its talons, a headless ROCK PIGEON.  It's possibly the same MERLIN observed on February 27th perching in a tree near the dam in Tweed. A good example of how birds concentrate in areas known to harbour food when the weather turns as it did in the Bay of Quinte region yesterday. Along Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville today, a flock of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS there numbered 250. Two AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen along Highway 37, south of Tweed, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was spotted along Highway 7 at Actinolite.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Nine PURPLE FINCHES  continue to be regulars at a feeder in downtown Allisonville, and 11 still coming to a feeder at South Bay. Bird feeders continue to be bustling in the wake of the snow storm where over 60 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 20-30 COMMON GRACKLES covered the ground at our own bird feeding area that I scraped clean this morning before light. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Along the Presqu’ile Parkway, a WOOD DUCK and  RING-NECKED DUCK were seen at the causeway culvert and a tight flock of 375 GREATER SCAUP was off Chatterton Point in Presqu’ile Park.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Lots of little concentrations of local birds that must be experiencing some difficulty with the change in the weather. Lots of snow north of Millhaven where one backyard reported 12 species, among them 66 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 38 COMMON GRACKLES, and 21 DARK-EYED JUNCOS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Among nine species of birds appearing at a feeder in Sydenham today was a lone PINE SISKIN. West of Kingston, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD made a reappearance at Westbrook. The bird was vocalizing and then spotted eating crab apples in a backyard tree. At Round Lake, between Inverary and Battersea, 38 AMERICAN ROBINS  were seen, but the high point was the sighting of 29 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.

 


TUESDAY, MARCH 14:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In Prince Edward County where today's snow was was the heaviest, although paling from earlier expectations, patronage at feeders was heavy with increased numbers of the usual clientele.  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PURPLE FINCH were reported coming to a feeder at Allisonville. Five NORTHERN CARDINALS – 4 males and 1 female – added some colour today to a West Lake backyard, not to mention 1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 4 RED-BREASTED and 3 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 30 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 10 BLUE JAYS, 2 DOWNY WOODPECKERS and about 30 marauding EUROPEAN STARLINGS, brought the feeders there more alive than they had been prior to the snow. At Wellington, it was feeder visitors of a different kind. Two separate COOPER’S HAWKS helped themselves to breakfast at a Wellington feeder, snagging a Mourning Dove and a House Sparrow, and the host there said she was awaiting lunch and dinner visits! Eleven PURPLE FINCHES and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at a South Bay feeder.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Good day for feeder watching in Hastings County, too. Patronage for the most part was up today at feeders across the “listening area”. At Foxboro, the population of PURPLE FINCHES as the species continues to migrate through, was five today, accompanied by 3 NORTHERN CARDINALS and 20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. On Highway 62, just south of Madoc, a motorist there saw 12 WILD TURKEYS in a field – 13 if the one that sauntered across the road in front of the car is counted.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Late yesterday afternoon, a BARRED OWL was seen perched on a fence post along Huff Road, near Brighton. A NORTHERN SHRIKE and 55 WILD TURKEYS  were also seen along the same road near the railway tracks. In the north part of Brighton, 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at a feeder there , but no sign of  a FOX SPARROW that had been a regular since the big warm up in mid February. Yesterday at Cobourg Harbour, 18 species were present, among them, one each of ICELAND and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 84 HERRING GULLS and 550 RING-BILLED GULLS. Twelve waterfowl species including 900 CANADA GEESE, 6 AMERICAN WIGEON, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS and a couple AMERICAN COOTS. One brave soul was out early this afternoon at Presqu’ile Park and managed 22 species, including some respectable totals of ducks – 100 each of REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Two BROWN CREEPERS were seen together on Paxton Drive in the Park.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Off Hambly Road on the Adolphustown side of the Napanee River today, residents there had a flock of CANADA GEESE, combined with SNOW GEESE and a lone TUNDRA SWAN appear in an agricultural field today. On Amherst Island yesterday, it was a good day for one birder who chalked up a list of 36 species, not bad for this time of year. Two adult BALD EAGLES and one third year individual, with one of the adults attacking the juvenile bird, talons interlocking in the air over Nut Island, the other adult soaring east over the east end of the island. Other good birds seen there yesterday were one each of RED-TAILED and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 SNOWY OWLS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
PINE SISKIN seen near Sydenham and 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were just north of Verona.
 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 13:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Not a whole lot of bird sightings today in Hastings County, or anywhere across the reporting area for that matter.WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and PURPLE FINCH continue as feeder guests at Foxboro.  A pair of HOUSE FINCHES was seen bringing nest material to an old nest site – silly birds. A NORTHERN FLICKER was on on Elmwood Drive today. Most of the action today seemed to be at Barcovan Beach at Wellers Bay where 12 species were seen including an EASTERN MEADOWLARK who may regret his early arrival and spring song after tonight. Three WILD TURKEYS  were seen in nearby fields. Eleven waterfowl species were present, among them 2 TRUMPETER SWANS (P85 and K29). Both scaup species, 60 MALLARDS, 12 REDHEADS and 5 RING-NECKED DUCKS  were other species present in the open water. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
At least one of two BALD EAGLES can be seen  daily at Picton Harbour, along with a plethora of gulls. Beaver Meadow Conservation Area has returned to ice resulting in only the standard passerine species being seen, as well as a RED-TAILED HAWK. Two other RED-TAILED HAWKS were seen today along Doxsee Road and a MERLIN was seen just outside Picton on County Road 4 (Talbot Street). Wellington Harbour is starting to fill with ice again. A lone BUFFLEHEAD  was still hanging around the wharf as it was several days ago. Of course, everything at Kaiser Crossroad has iced over, so nothing to report from there. A few HOODED MERGANSERS in Prinyer’s Cove.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Eight waterfowl species were tallied in Presqu’ile Bay along Bayshore Road, but no estimates of numbers given. Among those present were CANVASBACKS and REDHEADS  - always favourites.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A visit to Wilton Creek near Morven resulted in an EASTERN MEADOWLARK seen there too, so the spring migration of this favourite meadowland species must be commencing, although a couple others have been seen in other areas of the Quinte region several days earlier although they could have been undetected wintering individuals. Also at Wilton Creek, 4 WOOD DUCKS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Princess Towers in Kingston had its usual PEREGRINE FALCON today.  There was a RED-TAILED HAWK at Princes and King Streets in the city.
 


 

SUNDAY, MARCH 12:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Birders can be forgiven if wind chill today dissuaded them from getting too psyched up for birding. However, a few stalwart birders braved the winds and January-like temperatures and visited a few of their favourite locations. This morning, a GREAT HORNED OWL was seen down in the cattails out of the wind at Peat`s Point, not far from Massassauga Point Conservation Area.  Other raptors seen today included a NORTHERN HARRIER at lower Victoria Road in Ameliasbugh, and a BALD EAGLE at Prince Edward Point where there was also a NORTHERN SHRIKE today. Five TRUMPETER SWANS were at Wellington Harbour today. Other miscellaneous species seen around the County today were HORNED LARKS near Allisonville, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER along County Road 12 at Sandbanks Provincial Park, and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD and a SONG SPARROW along Salmon Point Road.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The only significant sightings to come in today included 2 continuing PURPLE FINCHES at a feeder in Foxboro, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE which appeared today off Telephone Road in Trenton.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A SNOWY OWL was on Wolfe Island today. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also seen there. Six GADWALL and an AMERICAN COOT  were present today at the Wolfe Island ferry dock at Kingston, and Sand Hill Road off Highway 15 north of Kingston had RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER and PURPLE FINCH.  A very optimistic AMERICAN WOODCOCK (given the weather forecast) was seen on Rutledge Road north of Inverary today. One was seen though at Amherstview on February 27th during a  mild spell, so those present now may be facing challenges in finding food these days with available mud in which to probe becoming a precious commodity.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Even the blackbirds are getting nervous with the dire weather warning and beginning to bunch up as suggested by 145 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 45 COMMON GRACKLES at Link Mills north of Millhaven

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 11:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A good sighting today were these 2 blue morph SNOW GEESE which appear to be frozen in the Bay of Quinte in Belleville's west end, off Wilkie Street on the west side of Still Water Basin Marine. Also present around them 850 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 8 MALLARDS, 1 RING-NECKED DUCK and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS. Northwest of Maynooth, some good birds back there – 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 11 PINE SISKINS and 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS.  PURPLE FINCHES  as well at Foxboro – 8 of them. At Victoria Park, some waterfowl seeking a respite from the windy weather out on the bay – 80 CANADA GEESE, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 22 HOODED MERGANSERS and 12 COMMON MERGANSERS, while at East Bayshore Park, less protected waters there produced 130 CANADA GEESE, 400 MALLARDS, and 2 each of HOODED MERGANSERS and NORTHERN PINTAIL. A BALD EAGLE  was seen east of Marmora. The BARRED OWL in Trenton was moving about a Barry Heights yard this morning until 8:00 a.m.  A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has found a spot at the top of a hydro pole in the same yard where his drumming on this spot is very loud and rapid much like a machine gun. He also includes an occasional series of squeals to round out the performance.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
There was a PURPLE FINCH singing toward the west end of Victoria Road. A pair of NORTHERN FLICKERS have been at a Bloomfield area feeder all winter and a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  was at the same feeders a week ago.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Birders today seemed to avoid the windy conditions at Presqu’ile and birded inland. North of Campbellford along the Trent Canal, 8 female PURPLE FINCHES, NORTHERN CARDINAL and AMERICAN ROBIN were a few of the highlights around noon today. North of Grafton along 401, two adult BALD EAGLES  were seen with talons grappling on the north side of the highway, and just when it couldn't get much better, 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying into the wind on the south side of the highway.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Winds seemed to have an affect on what could be seen at Portsmouth Harbour, albeit early in the morning. Ducks were represented by only two species – 22 MALLARDS and 22 COMMON MERGANSERS. However, a SONG SPARROW  was seen on the mainland side of things. Things were a bit more promising at Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal where 1200 CANADA GEESE  were present, 28 HOODED MERGANSERS, 55 MALLARDS and a couple TRUMPETER SWANS. A BALD EAGLE  was present at the Sydenham Cemetery, and a TURKEY VULTURE was spotted  west of the village. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in the morning in Kingston. A PILEATED WOODPECKER  was just north of Verona at daybreak this morning. A blue morph SNOW GOOSE  was seen with CANADA GEESE at the Howe Island ferry.

 


FRIDAY, MARCH 10:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Now that wind and weather are having a profound affect on most local waters, even inland lakes and bays, we are starting to see some action on these bodies of water. Even Sprague Pond in the Big Island Marsh in Prince Edward County has had some pretty robust wave action these days. At Belleville Harbour, the first sightings of the year from there included some species today, likely seeking shelter from the choppy waters of the Bay of Quinte. Present today were 100 CANADA GEESE, 30 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 3 BUFFLEHEAD, 35 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 27 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 37 COMMON MERGANSERS. While passing through Deseronto this morning, my wife and I took a little detour down to the Deseronto Yacht Club and came upon a couple COMMON LOONS in the bay. RED-TAILED HAWKS  today at Potter’s Creek Conservation Area west of Wallbridge/Loyalist Road
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Along County Road 15 near Northport, an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen, and a NORTHERN HARRIER just missed the roof of our car as it got caught up in a brisk westerly tail wind while making its way over the causeway leading to Big Island at noon today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A GREEN-WINGED TEAL showed up today along Huff Road near Brighton. Three TURKEY VULTURES  were also a good sighting. Spring seems to be on its way, despite the temperatures.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
An EASTERN TOWHEE and a SONG SPARROW  at a feeder along County Road 9, directly across the bay from Deseronto. Fourteen CEDAR WAXWINGS  at the community of Moscow north of Yarker, and 180 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  seen at Link Mills, north of Millhaven.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Kingston’s Portsmouth Harbour area continues to be monitored daily. Along with the half dozen expected duck species today, also seen in the area was a SONG SPARROW. On Opinicon Road today, north of the city, highlights were RUFFED GROUSE, RED-TAILED HAWK, and five EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Ten GADWALL, 1 HOODED MERGANSER and 2 TURKEY VULTURES  were highlights today at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, off Division Street, north of the 401. Another 8 HOODED MERGANSERS, a RED-TAILED HAWK and 2 adult BALD EAGLES were spotted at noon at the Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal, and at Elginburg, a TURKEY VULTURE  was noted there.

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 09:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Yesterday morning, a pair of COMMON GOLDENEYES showed up on the Crowe River at Marmora. Twelve HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on Moira Lake in the morning and another two pair were seen off Lingham Lake Road north of Madoc.  Eight PURPLE FINCHES and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  continue to be seen at a feeder in Foxboro. This morning a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen hovering rough-legged hawk-style over Stream International on the west side of Belleville. Another RED-TAILED HAWK on Elmwood Drive on the east side of the city, and still another along Cannifton Road just down from Bell Blvd. Now that the Bay of Quinte is open, more ducks are showing up, although more widely scattered. Today out from Jane Forrester Park east of Myers Pier, there were six species of waterfowl, among them, 17 HOODED MERGANSERS and 5 RING-NECKED DUCKS. At the C.P. rail trestle over the Trent, in Trenton, the popular boat launch location there for feeding geese and ducks during the winter, yielded today one RING-NECKED DUCK drake, and a close to shore PIED-BILLED GREBE. That is not counting about 20 CANADA GEESE, 30 MALLARDS and 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS. An amazing turnout tonight for The Birds presentation at Thurlow Hall with guest speakers Peter Fuller from the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, Jody Allair from Bird Studies Canada, and Terry Sprague (Fall and Rise of the Bald Eagle). 155 eager birders in attendance!  
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only item to come in from Prince Edward County was a WILD TURKEY that paid a visit to a feeder east of Lake on the Mountain yesterday and an AMERICAN KESTREL perched on a utility wire along Ben Gill Road today. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
COOPER’S HAWK and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH are two of a dozen species that were seen at a feeder two days ago
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was the only major sighting at Amherst Island today. A COMMON RAVEN was also seen. At Millhaven Creek along Ham Road, north of Bath mid-morning today, some good sightings there including 6 WOOD DUCKS, 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and 6 COMMON RAVENS. The Blackbird family was well represented with 200 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 60 COMMON GRACKLES and 10 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, all mixed in together. At Napanee, 2 SNOW GEESE were seen flying with CANADA GEESE over the 401 at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just after 7:30 a.m. this morning, 10 species were noted at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, among them 6 COMMON MERGANSERS, 4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. A lone PINE SISKIN was seen this morning on Sailor’s Cove Road on the east side of Sydenham. Four WOOD DUCKS and a couple KILLDEER in a flooded field near Brewers Mills today.

 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 08:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
You just never know what sightings will come in, or from where. One Marmora birder drew my attention to a photo that appeared the other day on the Weather Network website of a * BALTIMORE ORIOLE * that has been visiting a feeder on Salmon Point Road since December 15th! The photo which I used in the daily version of this Bird Report had been attributed to Leon Quaiff, and was actually taken February 1st. While certainly an unusual sighting, it isn’t the first time that a lingering BALTIMORE ORIOLE has been seen at a feeder in December, but certainly not in February and into March. One appeared at a feeder Dec. 04-14, in 2005, at South Bay. And, it wasn’t mild out either. Temperature during that sighting was –20 degrees for two nights. According to the operators of the Cherry Valley feeder, they continue to pamper the oriole, placing out orange halves, as well as meal worms and jams and, of course, it also has a heated bird bath, too! They lucky hosts report that the bird is furnishing countless hours of pleasure for them as they watch him feed outside their rec room windows. You just never know who is going to turn up at your bird feeder. It was pretty good birding this morning until the wind started to howl, and essentially shut things down. On the ice on Weller's Bay there were two BALD EAGLES with a fish, an adult and a second year bird. The Barcovan channel was surprisingly devoid of waterfowl except for a few MUTE SWANS and one TUNDRA SWAN. The Hillier area had a singing HORNED LARK in a suitable field and two KILLDEER in flight.    Along County Road 12 in Sandbanks Park (Athol Bay), LONG-TAILED DUCKS were surfing with the huge breakers rolling in on shore. REDHEADS were off Log Cabin Point at the Glendon Green Boat Launch sheltering. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Despite the winter like temperatures some days, spring migrants continue to arrive. Best bird in Hastings County today was a newly arrived  EASTERN PHOEBE, 10 kilometres north of Marmora. Yesterday, the BARRED OWL on the west side of Trenton that had a bit of a fixation with some wintering goldfish in a heated pond, switched his interest to mice attracted to the bird feed in the backyard, with no interest at all in the squirrels or birds. Additionally, the owl shows no fear of the regular comings and goings in and out of the back door by the residents living there. Philburn Road, north of Belleville, has a nice cattail marsh where we have one volunteer monitoring inhabitants for the Marsh Monitoring Program. Another birder on that road today found little that could be connected to the wetland, but did manage to scrounge up some CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN CROWS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, AMERICAN ROBIN, EUROPEAN STARLINGS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and COMMON GRACKLES. At Foxboro, among the 18 species tallied today before the high winds arrived were several groups of COMMON GRACKLES, totalling 275. Among them was a single BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. Along Atkins Road, north of Elmwood Drive and Airport Parkway, no grackles, but a KILLDEER and 3 HORNED LARKS did show up along with a SONG SPARROW. Large skeins (100+) of CANADA GEESE flying high and heading northeast passed overhead every five minutes, or so. Also, early in the morning before the winds took control of the day. Late this afternoon, when the winds finally decided to subside, six species of waterfowl noted at Zwick’s Park, among them, RING-NECKED DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
At the Ham Road CN crossing north of Bath today, a KILLDEER showed up early this morning. At Finkle’s Shore Park, west of Bath, two GLAUCOUS GULLS and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL were present among the CANADA GEESE, LOG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, and RED-BREASTED and COMMON MERGANSERS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD turned up today at Avondale Crescent west of Gardiners Road in Kingston. At 6:30 a.m. this morning, north of Verona, 4 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  called as they flew over, and also seen was the same number of BROWN CREEPERS, and both a RED-BELLIED and PILEATED WOODPECKER. The Princess Towers near Division Street in Kingston had the PEREGRINE FALCON again today
 

TUESDAY, MARCH 07:

HASTINGS COUNTY
The weather definitely played a major role in the scarcity of sightings today. On Airport Parkway, a SONG SPARROW was seen today. On a different Airport Road, this one west of Bancroft, 9 PINE SISKINS and 3 PURPLE FINCHES  were at a feeder.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
At the Centennial Park and Beach, near Bath, five species of gulls – 35 RING-BILLED GULLS, 12 HERRING GULLS, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a bonus ICELAND GULL and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS. Seven species of waterfowl also present.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The only major report today from the limestone city was at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where an ICELAND GULL was seen there. An immature and an adult BALD EAGLE flew by within 30 minutes of each other. Eight NORTHERN PINTAILS  flew by, heading west and seven other waterfowl species were seen, too, among them, a GADWALL and 4 REDHEADS.
 

MONDAY, MARCH 06:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A BARRED OWL was seen late yesterday afternoon in the Smokes Point Road and Gardenville Road area on the west side of the County. The owl, of which there are many in our area this winter, was hunting in a grassy area in broad daylight. Elsewhere in the Smoke’s Point area, an immature BALD EAGLE  was seen along with 400 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS – an apparent dusk roost flock. Yesterday at Consecon, a BELTED KINGFISHER  was spotted at Consecon and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen on Simpson Road near Point Petre today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A couple owls in the Hastings County region – one good news and the other, not so good news. A GREAT HORNED OWL was heard hooting from the woods east of the Bayside Water Plant between Trenton and Belleville late yesterday afternoon. On the darker side, a GREAT GRAY OWL that had been seen along Mudcat Road, east of Foxboro, was found dead along the roadside this morning, a probable hit and run. According to well known birder from Brighton, Doug McRae, GREAT GRAY OWLS  do get hit by cars at a horrific rate (in the big flight a decade ago, 500 of the 2,000 seen that winter were roadkilled). Due to the camera paparazzi who prey on these magnificent birds by baiting them in order to get prized photographs, our policy has been to not divulge the location of these huge raptors. It is sad we can only do so after they have been killed. A similar story west of here is an example of how the unscrupulous among the photographers, was witnessed by a Wellington birder, to be standing a mere three feet from one GREAT GRAY OWL, his camera set for rapid shutter speed. The camera had a 600 mm lens! If only these owl baiters could behave responsibly like the bird photographers locally who give these birds the space they deserve as they try to hunt. “If only they (the obsessed photographers)  could get obsessed about Grizzlies with cubs and try the same stuff on them.  Problem would be solved in no time,” said one birder. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen today along the Trans Canada Trail, east of Goods Road, at Stirling. A SONG SPARROW, MERLIN and RED-TAILED HAWK at Foxboro, and a BELTED KINGFISHER on Farley Avenue in Belleville were all good sightings. West of Bancroft below Baptiste Lake, 25 PINE SISKINS  showed up, and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen on  Airport Parkway in Belleville.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
As spring marches bravely toward us, this could be our last chance to see any waterfowl held in by ice this month. There was a good concentration in an open water hole in the ice just off the Harbour Street parkette, east of the Presqu’ile Park entrance. Present this morning were all three species of swans – 93 MUTE, 2 TRUMPETER and 16 TUNDRA. Also milling about in what open water they had were 48 CANADA GEESE, one WOOD DUCK, 8 AMERICAN WIGEON, 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 20 MALLARDS, 300 REDHEADS, 12 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP and 4 HOODED MERGANSER. Two GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 350 RING-BILLED GULLS  were seen along the Parkway going into Presqu’ile. On Albert Street, in Cobourg, highlights there were RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, a female NORTHERN HARRIER, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Also present was a male NORTHERN FLICKER  which has been at this location since December 20th.  On Huff Road near Brighton, 78 WILD TURKEYS and a RED-TAILED HAWK were noted, and an ICELAND GULL was seen off Harbour Street
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some good sightings at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour today. In addition to nine waterfowl species, there were five species of gulls. RING-BILLED and HERRING GULLS  for sure, but three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were there, too. At 8:25 a.m., a GLAUCOUS GULL flew by, and 30 minutes later, an ICELAND GULL flew in from the west and landed on the ice for awhile. A COMMON RAVEN was seen over the Penitentiary once again, and it is believed that it may be nesting somewhere there. Two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS turned up today along the lakeside trail in the Beechgrove to Lake Ontario Park area. Along Opinicon Road, singles of BALD EAGLE and PILEATED WOODPECKER  were noteworthy, as were 2 male EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. At the Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal, north of Kingston, seven HOODED MERGANSERS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were highlights there today.
 

 


SUNDAY, MARCH 05:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Well, is it another one of those early migrants, or was a FOX SPARROW today at South Bay just a wintering individual lured out from hiding by the today’s sunshine? Could be as they usually don’t arrive until April 3rd, but given the arrival dates of some of our earlier migrants this month so far, who knows? North of Wellington today, a BALD EAGLE  was seen. Only two waterfowl species at Wellington Harbour early this afternoon – 75 CANADA GEESE and 40 MALLARDS, along with 68 RING-BILLED GULLS. Miscellaneous sightings around the County today included a RED-TAILED HAWK on Bakker Road up in the Hillier area, and also up that way, 16 WILD TURKEYS on Palmer-Burris Road and three HOODED MERGANSERS at Wellington. Over 1,000 CANADA GEESE have been overnighting together on the ice on Muscote Bay and were still thawing out in the sunshine well into the morning. The two BALD EAGLES were still at Picton Harbour today – 1 adult and 1 immature. A MERLIN visited a backyard at Crofton this morning.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Ten bird species made their way onto a checklist at some point today at the H.R. Frink Centre near Plainfield, north of Belleville. Four PURPLE FINCHES, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were three of the highlights. At Barcovan Beach off County Road 64 at Wellers Bay, 11 species were seen there, nine of them waterfowl, among them 5 HOODED MERGANSERS and 44 GREATER SCAUP. Except for the ubiquitous MUTE SWAN, no other swan species this time around. Five AMERICAN ROBINS were seen and at this this time of the year it is hard to say whether these were spring migrants, or lingering wintering individuals. A COOPER’S HAWK was seen along Airport Parkway. At the Norris Whitney Bridge between Rossmore and Belleville, 300 CANADA GEESE, 4 MUTE SWANS, 8 MALLARDS and a lone BUFFLEHEAD.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The only sightings from Lennox and Addington today came from Amherst Island where 22 species were tallied near noon. Some high numbers there including 625 CANADA GEESE, 58 COMMON GOLDENEYES and 381 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (one flock of at least 200). Two BALD EAGLES also showed up.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Twelve species today at the Garden Hill Conservation Area, north of Port Hope. A few of the same ones that were there yesterday, including the 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at the far north end of the pond. At least nine CACKLING GEESE were detected among the estimated 3,000 CANADA GEESE. A TRUMPETER SWAN and 5 AMERICAN WIGEONS and an estimated 70 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 300 MALLARDS and five RING-NECKED DUCKS were also there and at least as many AMERICAN BLACK DUCK/MALLARD hybrids. At Cobourg Harbour, an EURASIAN WIGEON took top honours for being the bird of the day there. It was with seven other waterfowl species- CANADA GEESE (300), MALLARDS (150), LONG-TAILED DUCK (4), BUFFLEHEAD (2), and singles of TUNDRA SWAN and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Trying not to be left out were 2 AMERICAN COOTS and 28 RING-BILLED GULLS. At Presqu’ile Park, only the Parkway leading to the Park was explored today with a SONG SPARROW being the highlight along with 200 RING-BILLED GULLS, a BALD EAGLE, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, a first winter GREAT BLACKED-BACKED GULL and a drumming PILEATED WOODPECKER being nice finds.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
In Frontenac County today, there was fun with birds on Sand Hill Road, off Highway 15, north of Kingston. Among the 10 species noted at a feeder there, one Hairy Woodpecker (named Harry, of course!) was tormented by BLUE JAYS  who kept stealing each fresh cache of peanuts that he made. A continuing RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, named Rudy, was heard calling, suggesting, at least in the woodpecker’s mind, that spring had arrived. A pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS flew by on either side of the house, the female landing on the ground by the cedars where it pecked at the trunks for a while. The male landed on a tree behind the feeder area, then both flew back into the woods to continue pecking on trees while remaining in sight. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on Washburn Road, south of Brewer’s Mills. At Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal, 3 continuing TRUMPETER SWANS  were there along with 70 CANADA GEESE, 3 MUTE SWANS, 20 MALLARDS, 10 HOODED MERGANSERS, and one each of COMMON MERGANSER and BUFFLEHEAD. Off Division Street, at the Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, a BARRED OWL and 8 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  were seen today.

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 04:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
I remember when I saw my first BALD EAGLE, other than one in captivity, back in 1983, and what a thrill it was as it circled in the bright, blue sky above me at Lake on the Mountain. These days they show up every day and we don’t even look for them. Today as I glanced out the kitchen window at a bird feeder, an adult BALD EAGLE casually floated by low over the Big Island Marsh only 100 metres away. Another Bald Eagle was seen at South Bay today. Although current temperatures dictate otherwise, the migration of some of the earlier species and the appearance of mammals out of their winter slumber suggest that spring is here.  At Wellington, a COOPER’S HAWK appeared, but left empty handed. Two NORTHERN SHRIKES today – one at Glenora, and the other one on Big Island along the Sprague/Monkman Trail, the latter seen most days now. As the spring migration continues, the increase in numbers at local bird feeders strongly suggest migrants passing through. There were 27 DARK-EYED JUNCOS at our feeder today, up from the usual half dozen. PURPLE FINCHES are also showing up at feeders too these days. Five were at a feeder in Allisonville and four were seen at South Bay. Also at South Bay, 750 REDHEADS and 250 GREATER SCAUP in the bay.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
More BALD EAGLES in Lennox and Addington County today with one seen north of Millhaven, and another at the east end of Amherst Island. Also at the east end of the island, a RED-TAILED HAWK and an AMERICAN KESTREL. Not far away, a flock of 100 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. There was a GLAUCOUS GULL at the Millhaven dock. It would appear that the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve on Roblin Road, 18 km north of Deseronto, may need to wait a bit before it begins producing the plethora of birds for which it has become noted. Today, only five species were present, among them, 2 RUFFED GROUSE, 3 COMMON RAVENS and an AMERICAN ROBIN.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
All birding today was at the Garden Hill Conservation Area, near Campbellcroft, north of Port Hope. A few noteworthy sightings up there, not the least of which was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, sleeping at the edge of a gaggle of some 800 CANADA GEESE, occasionally raising its head, standing and shifting its position. Also amongst them were 5 CACKLING GEESE (another birder counted 30 later in the day), 1 TRUMPETER SWAN, 200 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and 400 MALLARDS. Six RING-NECKED DUCKS and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS  were also present. Standing on the ice was a KILLDEER.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In addition to a RED-TAILED HAWK being found along the Moira River in Belleville, a RIVER OTTER was seen basking in the sun on the ice break behind Wallmart. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen at Eldorado, occasionally flipping over in the air and going foot to foot. More PURPLE FINCHES, this time 5 of them at a feeder in Foxboro. At Vanderwater Conservation Area, at Thomasburg today, one, possibly two BARRED OWLS  were heard calling. Seen there were four COMMON RAVENS, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 AMERICAN ROBINS and a lone BLUE JAY.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal produced its usual TRUMPETER SWANS (2), along with 32 COMMON MERGANSERS and a few other species today. North of there, along Highway 15, a well described GOLDEN EAGLE  was definitely a highlight today. Not far away, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on Sand Hill Road east of Highway 15. A BROWN CREEPER, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and 50 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen today just north of Verona, and a TURKEY VULTURE appeared at the west end of Loughborough Lake. Meanwhile down in Kingston, at Portsmouth Harbour, a handful of ducks there including 13 MALLARDS, 6 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and four COMMON MERGANSERS.

 


FRIDAY, MARCH 03:

HASTINGS COUNTY
When your home is surrounded by 96 WILD TURKEYS, and some of them are pecking on your basement window, it’s time to either ease up on the feeding, or pack up and leave until the breeding season lures them away. This is what has been happening all winter at a residence off Highway 37, south of Tweed. Bain Park at Trenton had a couple AMERICAN WIGEON yesterday, and two more were behind Canadian Tire along with 4 HOODED MERGANSERS. At Barcovan, 2 TRUMPETER SWANS and a single TUNDRA SWAN were present yesterday among with the nine waterfowl species there. This morning at the Potter Creek Conservation Area (formerly Quinte Conservation Area), there were 2 AMERICAN ROBINS – haven’t heard much from that species in the last little while after the invasion of the species this past winter. Twenty BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES  were around, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, DARK-EYED JUNCO, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (10), 5 AMERICAN CROWS and 90 CANADA GEESE. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was a high point along the 2.3 km Sprague/Monkman walking/jogging trail at Big Island where 21 species and one other taxa (probably a MUTE SWAN, although too distant to tell, and too windy for me to hear its diagnostic wing sound) were identified, despite the changeable weather which varied from bright sunshine to almost a raging blizzard. Even my Shih-tzu left me and hi-tailed it back to the house on her own during the last half kilometre. Birds, however, could still be found, and heard, including an undetermined number of TUNDRA SWANS  calling from nearby Muscote Bay. A male NORTHERN HARRIER was carried briskly along with the wind. Many of the others, I suspect, were overflows from the backyard feeder, including two BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS. In Picton, three BALD EAGLES  were seen perched at the Picton Harbour, sending the gulls into pandemonium whenever the eagles took flight.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
An AMERICAN KESTREL at Inverary, and a BALD EAGLE at Perth Road Village, lead the sightings from Kingston and area in today’s summary. At Lemoine Point Conservation Area beside Kingston Airport, a RUFFED GROUSE paid little attention to the winds, snow and cold temperatures. It was heard drumming away in anticipation. A high of 32 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES  were typically about and begging for handouts, 4 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were counted and there were two PILEATED WOODPECKERS. Only four waterfowl species at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour today – CANADA GEESE (2), MALLARDS (26), LONG-TAILED DUCKS (28) and 5 COMMON MERGANSERS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
In Northumberland County today, it was the harbours at Cobourg and Port Hope that drew the attention, and not Presqu’ile Park this time. At Port Hope Harbour, not much there though, except for 75 CANADA GEESE and 4 MALLARDS. Cobourg Harbour did much better with 11 species of waterfowl and 1 AMERICAN COOT. For the most part, low numbers of all species except for MALLARDS which led the totals at 200, followed by 75 CANADA GEESE. There were also 100 RING-BILLED GULLS, 50 HERRING GULLS and a lone GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. 

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 02:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Just a sprinkling of sightings from Hastings today. South of Maynooth, a MERLIN and 2 PINE SISKINS were seen. Between Actinolite and Tweed, two BALD EAGLES were seen. Speaking of which (what a segway!), I have the pleasure of doing a presentation for the Hastings Stewardship Council on that very subject. I have titled it “The Fall and Rise of the Bald Eagle”, a look at the success of the Bald Eagle from being almost extirpated in the Bay of Quinte area, to the wonderful numbers we enjoy today, the reasons for the decline and what we have been doing to re-establish their numbers. It is a wonderful success story and one which has a surprise ending. Presentation takes place next Thursday, March 9th, at the Gerry Masterson Community Hall (Thurlow Hall), starting at 7:00 p.m.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
And, the eagle theme continues in Prince Edward County with one birder claiming that it was a day of eagles for her. The day started with 4 BALD EAGLES (2 adults, 2 juveniles)  flying over Adolphus Reach this morning, then two over Picton later in the day. Another possible new migrant today being a RUSTY BLACKBIRD that arrived in a Fry Road backyard with RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES.  Average arrival date for RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in our region is usually recognized as March 30th, so this bird could be another one of those early migrants, or one that wintered in the County.  LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 5 TUNDRA SWANS,  and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were species of notes seen at Charwell Point off Army Reserve Road, east of Point Petre.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
Also in the spirit of being an early arrival, were 2 OSPREYS off Staples Lane near the Thompson Point Road at Hay Bay three days ago. They were spotted by a Forestry technician for Hydro One who also adds that a new nest platform was erected by Hydro at South Bay, in Prince Edward County, near where a nest had been constructed by OSPREYS on a hydro pole. This saves on bird mortality and power interruptions and it is refreshing to see Hydro One taking on this conservation initiative. Today at Napanee’s Richmond Park, just north of the 401, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a SNOW GOOSE  were seen. And, along County Road 8, east of Hay Bay, an AMERICAN KESTREL and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were highlights.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Five NORTHERN SHOVELERS (file photo by John Vieira of Oakville/South Bay) at the Brighton Provincial Wildlife Area were a highlight today, as were 2 each of BUFFLEHEAD and MUTE SWAN, and 20 MALLARDS. Lots of CANADA GEESE many of which were pairing up and mating. A BARRED OWL and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS were along Huff Road near Brighton, and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS were along the Presqu’ile Parkway. It was evident today that ravens and crows get into disputes as one COMMON RAVEN at Highway 2 and Simpson Road was being aggressively chased  by 2 AMERICAN CROWS. On the north side of Brighton, a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS are still regulars at a feeder there. Perhaps not as lofty a sighting at a feeder was on the south side of town. A resident there looked out his window onto the backyard and it was almost black with birds, 150 of them, with the majority being RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS!   He is considering a move to slow down his feeding thereby encouraging the blackbirds to move on.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just a couple locations here with some sightings. Seventy-five RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  were seen north of Verona, and a SNOW GOOSE  was at Howe Island today. At Sydenham, 60 WILD TURKEYS.

 


WEDNESDAY MARCH 01:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A little sparse today across the region, although the wind and rain likely contributed to that. NORTHERN PINTAILS are turning up in wetlands across the region. Individuals were seen today at Foxboro and at Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville. At that site, 4 WOOD DUCKS were with MALLARDS in a flooded field. Good spot to be this time of year where, today, HOODED MERGANSER, 105 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, a SONG SPARROW, 4 HORNED LARKS and a KILLDEER were noteworthy species present. Thirty-eight TUNDRA SWANS  were still hanging out in a flooded field at the Ashley Street site and a KILLDEER  was seen there, too. Three more KILLDEERS, were seen in flight over Foxboro.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
KILLDEERS  were calling over Consecon Lake early this morning, and a TURKEY VULTURE  was seen circling over Rogers Street, in Picton. The Roger’s Street/Talbot Street area is a favourite location to find these birds during most months of the year, and residents there tend to view them with suspicion. It doesn’t help either that the Whattam Funeral Home is located right there! The vultures commonly roost in the trees on Roger’s Street. Lots of CANADA GEESE and TUNDRA SWANS still at Muscote Bay and the Bay of Quinte, judging from the calls early every morning. Two NORTHERN HARRIERS at their usual spot along South Big Island Road and the causeway. A RUFFED GROUSE  was drumming and displaying today along Fry Road, north of Picton, totally oblivious to tonight’s predicted lows.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Portsmouth Olympic Harbour area continues to do its part in providing good birding for anyone choosing to stroll along the trail which ultimately takes you to Lake Ontario Park. Today, 15 NORTHERN PINTAILS flew by, heading east. Forty REDHEADS were there, as were 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a few RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. A COMMON RAVEN flew over the penitentiary. A SONG SPARROW  was on Hatter Street, some distance north of Portsmouth, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  turned up at Forsythe Street just a bit north of there.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
At the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons late this afternoon, seen were 82 GADWALL, 7 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS and 45 HERRING GULLS, just to mention a few of the 9 species present there today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
One backyard in Brighton was extremely busy, but some would say, not by the most desirable of clientele. Present in the relatively small backyard were 2 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, 11 HOUSE SPARROWS, 29 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 16 EUROPEAN STARLINGS and 13 COMMON GRACKLES. One of the grackles had a short tail like a starling, but taking no back seat were BLUE JAYS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, MOURNING DOVES, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and 1 AMERICAN ROBIN.
 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Spring continues to offer a new species every day, it seems. Today, an EASTERN MEADOWLARK was singing joyously on the west side of Picton near the roundabout across from Mark Heating. And, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was heard on Fry Road. Yesterday, 13 TUNDRA SWANS were seen along County Road 4, north of Picton, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Long Point Road, and an AMERICAN KESTREL turned up near Swamp College Road. Today in the Carrying Place and Consecon areas, there were four SONG SPARROWS and a male EASTERN BLUEBIRD. A feeder near Carrying Place still has an EASTERN TOWHEE that has been at the same feeder all winter. Kaiser Crossroad continues to build in waterfowl numbers and variety. Today there were 145 TUNDRA SWANS, 225 CANADA GEESE, 4 MUTE SWANS, 5 GADWALL, 30 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 70 MALLARDS and 40 NORTHERN PINTAIL. Three GREEN-WINGED TEAL also made a last minute appearance.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
TUNDRA SWANS continue to exploit any flooded fields or areas that are free of ice as their migration continues. Sixty were spotted this morning by a motorist travelling Highway 62 just north of Belleville, 78 were at the flooded field at Foxboro, and nine flew over the H.R. Frink Centre. There were 2 HOODED MERGANSERS at the H.R. Frink Centre, and a BELTED KINGFISHER at Memorial Park in Belleville. This afternoon, two PILEATED WOODPECKERS showed up in a Trenton backyard. One decided to try a peanut feeder but found it was a bit too small for him. Near Bancroft, there were 25 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  seen.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS – 28 of them – also paid a visit to Warkworth today, viewed by a couple sitting on their back deck.   E-mails were flying back and forth today about a GREAT GRAY OWL that was found on Huff Road, north of Brighton. It is safe to report this bird, as the owl was found dead in the ditch, perhaps the victim of a hit and run.  Faring a little better along the same road was a BARRED OWL seen hunting over a field in the manner of a Great Gray. Huff Road was a pretty good place to be today with a singing SONG SPARROW heard, 30 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 35 WILD TURKEYS and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS. Duck selection wasn’t  too shabby either there with  7 WOOD DUCKS present, as well as 40 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. One juvenile and 2 adult BALD EAGLES were at Presqu’ile Park today, and along the Parkway, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, MERLIN, KILLDEER and 40 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were birds of note. Five WILD TURKEYS were beside the 401 at Grafton, and at Osaca, northwest of Port Hope, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and HORNED LARKS  were seen today. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
These EVENING GROSBEAKS, 21 of them, were at a feeder in Flinton today. Yesterday’s AMERICAN WOODCOCK that was heard calling on Coronation Blvd. in Amherstview, was there again today. Seventy GADWALL at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons was a nice sighting as was a male WOOD DUCK that came flying in to join the other waterfowl species, including a single RING-NECKED DUCK and a couple HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Wolfe Island today was a bustling place with 3 SNOWY OWLS, 80 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 4 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD and 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS highlighting the day. Two large groups of WILD TURKEYS, totalling 54, were also seen. At Portsmouth Harbour, a PEREGRINE FALCON sped by as one birder was scanning the waters for waterfowl. A singing SONG SPARROW emphasized the season. A half dozen waterfowl species present, including 14 NORTHERN PINTAILS, capped by an adult COOPER’S HAWK skimming the shoreline which stopped briefly on the fence by the former Kingston Penitentiary. The two PEREGRINE FALCONS are back at their traditional nest site atop the Princess Towers on Princess Street. A KILLDEER was heard calling over Kingston, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was seen at Victoria Park. Thirty WILD TURKEYS and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen flying over Elginburg and two AMERICAN COOT were spotted at Bell Park.

 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27:

 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Bay of Quinte is surrendering to the spring-like temperatures, new arrivals are appearing, geese are flocking, flooded fields are showing up and it’s a happening place right now. One such flooded field at Foxboro had 48 TUNDRA SWANS at 10:25 a.m. this morning. By 12:50 p.m., that number had burgeoned to 75.....and it’s not even March yet, the time when TUNDRA SWANS usually start to appear. All these special, albeit temporary, flooded sites will bear watching over the next little while as migration waterfowl take advantage of them. Two HOODED MERGANSERS  were at the twin bridges off Harmony Road in Foxboro. As the water continues to soften, locations that had nothing only a few days ago should be examined, even several times a day for new arrivals. Jane Forrester Park east of Meyer’s Pier even had a few ducks today – 2 GREATER SCAUP, 5 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 10 COMMON MERGANSER. It’s a start. At nearby Victoria Park, 50 CANADA GEESE  were there, 4 each of MUTE SWAN and MALLARD, 10 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 3 COMMON GOLDENEYES and 18 HOODED MERGANSERS. Even a new arrival, a SONG SPARROW, was heard. Zwick’s Park produced 300 CANADA GEESE and 50 COMMON GOLDENEYE. Over on Atkins Road, waterfowl there was a little sparse, but there were 40 AMERICAN CROWS counted, and 3 HORNED LARKS, another harbinger. Another SONG SPARROW  was at East Bayshore Park, there was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 5 PURPLE FINCHES at Foxboro, and another 10 PURPLE FINCHES at the H.R. Frink Centre yesterday. Another positive sign of better things to come were 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS back at their nest at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, and a male and female EASTERN BLUEBIRD at their nest boxes. A very early CHIPPING SPARROW turned up yesterday  along the Trans Canada Trail through that village on the south side of the former Tweed Steel building. Since this species usually arrives no earlier than April 15th, this bird, however, was believed to be an individual that wintered over in the area, and was only first noticed today. At Barcovan, waterfowl are taking advantage of the open water there with 12 species present, but no huge numbers except for CANADA GOOSE (200), REDHEAD (150) and GREATER/LESSER SCAUP (200). Interestingly, only 1 TUNDRA SWAN has so far found the conditions to its liking. TRUMPETER SWAN K29 that has been present all winter was there, too.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The thousands of CANADA GEESE that dominated the scene at the west end of Big Island at Muscote Bay yesterday and a day earlier, appear to have departed as there wasn’t a peep out of them today. Meanwhile, on Consecon Lake, a flock of 30 SNOW GEESE  flew over the lake yesterday.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A new arrival showed up at Amherstview today. One birder while driving along Coronation Blvd. very early this morning at 6:15 a.m. with her window rolled down heard the very distinct calling of an AMERICAN WOODCOCK. Been expecting them.  At Croydon, on the Salmon River north of Napanee, the first PINE SISKIN of the winter, at least for that area, showed up there.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Park today, HOODED MERGANSER (14), CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER  were all seen from Calf Pasture Point. Ten CANVASBACKS  were there late yesterday afternoon. A few REDHEADS in Lake Ontario out from the Campground marsh - 2,000 of them – and mixed in were 20 AMERICAN WIGEON. Forty-two TUNDRA SWANS passed over the Park at 6:00 p.m. last evening.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Five hundred RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at Wolfe Island today left no doubt in anybody’s mind whether or not this species had returned to the area. Quite a few good sightings over there today including 20 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 1 TURKEY VULTURE, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, and 2 SNOWY OWLS. Other good sightings around the county were both GLAUCOUS GULL and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL ay Cataraqui Bay, and a NORTHERN FLICKER in the Collin’s Lake area.

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26:

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

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25:

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

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24:

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

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23:

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

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

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

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20:

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

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

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

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18:

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

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17:

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

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16:

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

 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15:

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

 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14:

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

 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13:

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

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12:

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

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11:

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

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10:

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

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 09:

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

 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 08:

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

 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 07:

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

 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 06:

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

 

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 05:

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

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 04:

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

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03:

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

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02:

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

 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 01:

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

 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 31:

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

 


MONDAY, JANUARY 30:

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

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 29:

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

 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 28:

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27:

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

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26:

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

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25:

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24:

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


MONDAY, JANUARY 23:

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

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 22:

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

 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 21:

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

 


FRIDAY, JANUARY 20:

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

 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 19:

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

 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18:

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

 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 17:

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

 


MONDAY, JANUARY 16:

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

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 15:

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

 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 14:

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12:

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

 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11:

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

 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 10:

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

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 09:

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

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 08:

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

 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 07:

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

 


FRIDAY, JANUARY 06:

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

 


THURSDAY, JANUARY 05:

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

 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 04:

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

 


TUESDAY, JANUARY 03:

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

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 02:

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

 


SUNDAY, JANUARY 01:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Quinte Field Naturalists Executive 

  • President: George Thomson   613-478-3205
  • Vice-President: Phil Martin 613-395-3246
  • Corresponding Secretary: Elizabeth Churcher  613-478-3205
  • Recording Secretary: Lori Brown & Nancy Stevenson
  • Treasurer: Douglas Newfield  613-477-3066
  • Environmental Officer & Publicity: Denice Wilkins  613-478-5070
  • Outings: John Blaney  613-962-9337
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QFN members at Algonquin Park. Photo by Donna FanoProjects

  • maintain a web page on the NatureStuff website
  • publish a newsletter, The Quinte Naturalist
  • provide financial support to worthwhile programs
  • participate in volunteer programs and events like the Marsh Monitoring Program, Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring, and the Baillie Birdathon 
  • attend regular regional Ontario Nature meetings
  • hold seven meetings a year with guest speakers on current topics of interest
  • organize outings to local sites to observe nature
  • conduct the annual Christmas Bird Count
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Single:  $25.00, $40 a couple    

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Last Updated ( Mar 26, 2017 at 10:32 PM )
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Presqu'ile Provincial Park Bird Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Mar 23, 2017 at 03:00 AM

Fred Helleiner. Photo by R. CollinsFred Helleiner. Photo by R. CollinsPresqu'ile Provincial Park Bird Report


Presqu'ile Provincial Park

courtesy of Fred Helleiner

FOR THE WEEK OF

March 17 - March 23


 
Whereas in a normal year early spring migrants would be arriving at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in good numbers by this late in March, this has not happened since late February.  Instead there has been a trickle of new arrivals.  The good news is that there are still thousands of ducks in Presqu'ile Bay that will likely provide visitors to this weekend's Waterfowl Viewing Festival with an opportunity to see what they came for and perhaps something unexpected, like the Harlequin Duck that appeared during the festival two years ago.
 
Two WOOD DUCKS were seen along Bayshore Road this morning, and two TUNDRA SWANS were seen on Tuesday.   Other dabbling ducks seen this week (all from Bayshore Road) were GADWALLS, AMERICAN WIGEONS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS, and NORTHERN PINTAILS.  Among diving ducks, the most interesting ones were two SURF SCOTERS seen several Great Blue Heron. File photo by Bonnie Baileytimes, several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and a female BLACK SCOTER seen again on March 17 and 21. Ten WILD TURKEYS were still present, and a RUFFED GROUSE by the roadside, a species which has been scarce this winter, perhaps at the low point in its cycle.  The first PIED-BILLED GREBE of the year appeared on March 19.  An AMERICAN WOODCOCK posed for a number of birders on Sunday, and another was flushed at the lighthouse on Tuesday. A GREAT BLUE HERON has also been seen in the Park. File photo by Bonnie Bailey of Camden East.
 
Single BALD EAGLES were seen on three different days.  Other raptors seen this week were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (soaring over the "fingers"), and SNOWY OWL (on beach 3 from Monday to Wednesday).  PILEATED WOODPECKERS were seen on three different days.  One has been attacking a tree at 126 Bayshore Road.  There were again sightings of COMMON RAVEN.   Yesterday three SNOW BUNTINGS were off Owen Point and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD visited 83 Bayshore Road.
 
To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is restricted at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds there. Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.
 
 

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