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Apr 23, 2017 at 03:00 AM

 Brown Creeper. Photo by Brian DurellBrown Creeper. Photo by Brian DurellTHE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT


with sightings from the Bay of Quinte region, and beyond



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  SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017 
Spotted Sandpiper. File photo by MaryLou Enright of BellevilleWhere does one begin to describe today when birds surrounded you no matter which direction you turned? Starting at Prince Edward Point, it was a terrific day with 50 species present this morning. Only one new arrival though – a SPOTTED SANDPIPER (file photo by MaryLou Enright of Belleville). Other noteworthy sightings were 400 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, SANDHILL CRANE, WILSON’S SNIPE, 2 MERLINS, 8 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, HERMIT THRUSH, 2 BROWN THRASHERS (lower photo by David Bree of Victoria Road), 5 EASTERN TOWHEES and four RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Interestingly, no new warbler species and only 8 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen today. Some good sightings along Babylon Road including 3 WILSON’S SNIPE, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, a MERLIN, 4 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, FIELD and SAVANNAH SPARROWS and EASTERN TOWHEE. There were 200 LONG-TAILED DUCKS in Prince Edward Bay along Long Point Road, with RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (25), RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, CANADA GEESE and a HORNED GREBE also seen along there. Two GREATER YELLOWLEGS along Old Milford Road, also a GREAT BLUE HERON and 4 EASTERN TOWHEES. A really good day at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded fields – 32 species total, among them 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 40 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 25 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a REDHEAD, 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 1 PIED-BILLED GREBE and 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. A pair of adult LITTLE GULLS flew over calling, and the first AMERICAN PIPIT of the year also flew over, calling. AMERICAN KESTREL and VESPER SPARROW  were also good sightings. At the south end of Kaiser Crossroad, in Prince Edward Bay/Lake Ontario, 150 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 4 COMMON LOONS, 2 SANDHILL CRANES and 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS  were tallied. Down at Point Petre today, a HORNED GREBE and 2 COMMON LOONS were seen there as were 2 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, BROWN THRASHER and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Moving on up to the west side of the County, the first GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS (2)  of the spring season were spotted in the Victoria Road/Snider Road area. Some good habitat along there as UPLAND SANDPIPER, WILSON’S SNIPE, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SAVANNAH SPARROW, 3 EASTERN TOWHEES and 4 BROWN THRASHERS also stepped out on stage. In Picton, 7 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS turned up there.  The marsh area at Gardenville had two calling AMERICAN BITTERN, one PIED-BILLED GREBE, a hen WOOD DUCK coming out of a tree cavity, a male EASTERN BLUEBIRD and a singing HOUSE WREN. The Stinson Block Road was even more spectacular. There was one WINTER WREN but also 10 HOUSE WRENS! Also present were three EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, two EASTERN TOWHEES and eight BROWN THRASHERS. Returned sparrows singing on territory included SONG, CHIPPING, FIELD, SWAMP, SAVANNAH and VESPER, but a new arrival were two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, a short distance as the sparrow flies from where the other two were seen along Victoria Road earlier in the day. The resident COMMON LOON called on Weller's Bay and a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were setting up house in a nest box. Also seen were singles of BLUE-HEADED VIREO, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and the first YELLOW WARBLER of the season. Slab Creek in Hillier had two calling VIRGINIA RAILS and the Consecon Lake Causeway along the Millennium Trail had six AMERICAN COOT, a PIED-BILLED GREBE and a trilling AMERICAN TOAD. The birder who was birding that area today was ecstatic, even more so when he spotted a “lifer” at North Beach Provincial Park. Walking back out to the county road he bumped into PM Trudeau and his wife out for a morning walk. Of course clues were a bunch of plain-clothes secret service heavies and four black limos! Apparently, he had been in Toronto a day earlier and we guess figured North Beach was as good a place as any to get some exercise. The birder’s reaction? “I must say he is quite the sharp looking dude and the Mrs isn't bad either. As well,  his designer clothes and sun glasses are a lot cooler than what we wear from Walmart.”
Brown Thrasher. Photo by David Bree of Ameliasburgh Hastings County wasn’t able to quite match the lifer made at North Beach in Prince Edward County, but did offer a few good sightings. Topping the list today at the H.R. Frink Centre were six YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 BROWN THRASHERS, an AMERICAN BITTERN and 2 WINTER WRENS. Equal success at Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville where 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS  were seen, a FOX SPARROW, and five each of VESPER and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. And the good birds didn't stop there. Three hours spent along the Trans Canada Trail at the Springbrook Grasslands netted three birders 50 species which included the missing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES. It was a good day for hawks with SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK and 5 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS being seen as well as OSPREY. Six BROWN THRASHERS, a PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, 11 FIELD SPARROWS, 10 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 6 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and 9 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were other noteworthy additions to the day`s list. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was also seen today near Marmora. A pair of RED-TAILED HAWKS  were on a nest at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course along Highway 37, and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD  was also noted. At the Madoc Sewage Lagoon, 3 VIRGINIA RAILS and a SORA were present as were a singing MARSH WREN, a CASPIAN TERN, and five waterfowl species – CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP and BUFFLEHEAD.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 5,000 RING-BILLED GULLS, 4 GREAT EGRETS (on High Bluff Island), PIED-BILLED GREBE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 WINTER WRENS and 2 COMMON LOONS  were some of the highlights at Presqu'ile Park today. Meanwhile, at the A.K. Sculthorp Memorial Woodland Marsh at Port Hope, highlights there were NORTHERN SHOVELER, CASPIAN TERN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 10 SONG SPARROWS.
Highlight today at Napanee was a BALD EAGLE over the Napanee River. North of Newburgh near Nugent Road, birds seen today included LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, AMERICAN KESTREL, WILSON`S SNIPE, SAVANNAH SPARROW, 2 BROWN THRASHERS and 3 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.
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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