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Feb 23, 2018 at 03:00 AM

 Red-tailed Hawk. Photo by Lloyd Holmes of MarmoraRed-tailed Hawk. Photo by Lloyd Holmes of MarmoraTHE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT


with sightings from the Bay of Quinte region, and beyond



Please e-mail your sightings directly to   Terry Sprague

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


Common Goldeneyes. Photo by Ian BarkerNot much selection of waterfowl at Wellington Harbour on the weekend with only six species putting in an appearance although the numbers and variety should improve as the water softens a bit more. CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWANS, MALLARDS, LESSER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE (photo by Ian Barker of Bloomfield) and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER  were there on Saturday. The Outlet River at Sandbanks along County Road 18 held COMMON GOLDENEYE, MALLARD, MUTE SWAN and CANADA GOOSE on the weekend. Five species at Point Petre on the weekend – WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Also five species along Cressy Lakeside Road on Saturday, but the following day some 2,000 LESSER SCAUP had moved in. Three BALD EAGLES  were seen in flight over the lake. By Monday, LESSER SCAUP had decreased in number to about 800, with 300 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 250 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and a dozen or so RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS present.
On Friday, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK flew down a driveway on the south side of Consecon Lake ahead of the owner’s approaching car and landed in a tree.
Signs of spring. Thirty-six RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  were singing in joyous harmony at our bird feeders Saturday morning, and a half dozen BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS  were noted at a feeder in Waupoos the same day. There was a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at a feeder on Victoria Road in Ameliasburgh Ward.
Five BALD EAGLES, 4 of them adult birds, were seen Saturday noon on the ice near the Skyway Bridge on County Road 49, and 3 were seen along Cressy Lakeside on Sunday.
Trumpeter SwanTwenty wintering TRUMPETER SWANS  (photo by Tom Wheatley of Foxboro) were in the Crowe River off Cordova Road north of Marmora on Sunday, down from a high of 27 earlier. Among the 10 waterfowl species present at Barcovan on Saturday was a single GADWALL and 408 MUTE SWANS. A continuing female  WOOD DUCK has been in the Moira River in Belleville along with a HOODED MERGANSER, and the MALLARD population is still holding strong at East Bayshore Park at 370. A second winter ICELAND GULL was at Belleville’s Riverside Park on Tuesday. At Tremur Lake at the corner of Wooler Road and Telephone Road on the west side of Trenton, waterfowl present there on Sunday included 100 CANADA GEESE, 185 MALLARDS, and three AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS.
A PILEATED WOODPECKER came to a backyard early in the week on Willet Road north of Plainfield, pecking on backyard trees but showing no interest in the feeders. At the nearby H.R. Frink Centre, 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES  were seen there. On Goat Hill Road, north of Marmora, 3 PURPLE FINCHES  were seen there on the weekend. Thirty WILD TURKEYS  were counted along Harmony Road just east of Highway 37.
At noon on Saturday, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found perching in some cedars, directly beside the main trail in the Bleasdel Boulder Conservation Area, near Batawa. On Tuesday, there was a SNOWY OWL along Moira Street West in Belleville, and two SNOWY OWLS have been present in the Stirling area and have been there since early January. Three adult BALD EAGLES were in Frankford on Sunday perched in the trees overlooking the river, and a RED-TAILED HAWK was along the Campbellford Road yesterday, sitting on a fence post.  
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was at Point Anne on the weekend, and another was at the feeders at the H.R. Frink Centre. A COMMON GRACKLE continues at a feeder in Eldorado and two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were in the Maynooth area yesterday.
Signs of spring? No Killdeers yet, but a pair of MOURNING DOVES in Trenton have been hanging around a favourite backyard nest site, and one bird even sat tight for a time.
Eastern Bluebirds. Photo by Bonnie BaileyThese EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (photo by Bonnie Bailey of Camden East)  continue to visit a feeding station north of Camden East where mealworms are being provided to satisfy their tastes.
A couple ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted from the Amherst Island ferry on Sunday, but the real prize was a tally of 13 SNOWY OWLS  during the crossing.
Signs of spring. A dozen RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and the same number of BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen on Big Creek Road, south of Napanee on Wednesday. Two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were at Yarker on Sunday, and a dozen CEDAR WAXWINGS  were found on Kimmett’s Sideroad, a bit north of Napanee.
A NORTHERN SHOVELER and 4 NORTHER PINTAILS were in Wilton Creek on Wednesday.
Barred Owl. Photo by Susan ShipmanDuring the past week, this BARRED OWL was present in Presqu'ile Park. Photo by Susan Shipman of Belleville.
At Cobourg Harbour, the ducks are gathering and on Saturday, there were 10 species, among them, a female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and 2 LESSER SCAUP. A male WOOD DUCK was there on Monday.
Presqu’ile Park yesterday had a few ducks off the government dock – 350 REDHEADS, 650 LESSER SCAUP,  and two each of RING-NECKED DUCK and CANVASBACK.
The Weekly Bird Report from Presqu’ile Park by Fred Helleiner has been uploaded to the NatureStuff website and can be found by CLICKING HERE.

ALGONQUIN PARK BIRD UPDATE by Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired), Dwight, ON.
Algonquin Park began to experience “pre-spring” by the end of the week as temperatures went up and snow depth went down. American Crows, the first migrants, were spotted on February 19 and 21. Researchers found the first Canada Jay nest under construction on February 19. And a Northern Saw-whet Owl, that likely spent the winter here, was heard calling near dawn in Mew Lake Campground the same day. Despite the influx of birders on Family Day Weekend, no Boreal Chickadees were reported again this week. Seventy-six observers on the Algonquin Christmas Count found only four. Is there a real population decline here? Boreal Chickadees in the Western Uplands of Algonquin Park are on the southern edge of their Ontario breeding range. The species is virtually absent from the East Side of the Park. Elevations are lower and temperatures are higher there. Could climate warming now be exerting a negative effect on this chickadee in the western part of Algonquin? Time will tell.
Here are some locations where birders observed the listed species during the past week:
-Spruce Grouse: one or two were found along Spruce Bog Boardwalk.
-Ruffed Grouse: continue to be seen along the Visitor Centre driveway and under the feeders below the viewing deck.
-Wild Turkey: about seven are still coming to the Visitor Centre parking lot feeder, and two continue in Mew Lake Campground.
-Black-backed Woodpecker: a male and a female were reported fairly regularly on Spruce Bog Boardwalk.
-Canada Jay (Gray Jay): look for them at Opeongo Road, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and the Logging Museum.
-Bohemian Waxwing: three were seen briefly at the Spruce Bog Boardwalk parking lot on February 17.
-Evening Grosbeak: a flock of 30 to 40 came daily to the Visitor Centre feeders, and a few were observed on Opeongo Road as well.
-Pine Grosbeak: from one to four were observed at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Opeongo Road and Hemlock Bluff Trail parking lot.
-Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill and Pine Siskin: moderate numbers continue to be seen throughout the Highway 60 Corridor.
-Common Redpoll: a few were along Opeongo Road on two days, but they remain scarce.
-American Goldfinch: common.
Be sure to check out our brand new page RARE BIRD SIGHTINGS IN THE BAY OF QUINTE AREA, AND BEYOND
The Quinte Area Bird Report will be updated on Friday, February 16.
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