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May 26, 2017 at 03:00 AM

 White-throated Sparrow. Photo by Daniel LaFranceWhite-throated Sparrow. Photo by Daniel LaFranceTHE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT


with sightings from the Bay of Quinte region, and beyond



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  FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017 
Piping Plover. Filed photo by Ian BarkerTwo really great birds seen today in Prince Edward County – a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Prince Edward Point and a PIPING PLOVER at North Beach Provincial Park. The PIPING PLOVER (file photo by Ian Barker of Bloomfield) was seen this morning at about 8:15 a.m. and was observed at close range. It was seen again later this afternoon by another birder. Other species noted there this morning were PIED-BILLED GREBE, 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and the first SANDERLING of the spring season. Meanwhile, at Prince Edward Point, the YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was believed to be the same individual that was discovered in the same general area on May 21st. With 70 species tallied at the Point today, it was a good day with 16 warbler species being seen, among them 2 TENNESSEE, 3 BAY-BREASTED and 5 BLACKPOLL WARBLERS. Four WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were found as were 10 EASTERN TOWHEES, WOOD and SWAINSON`S THRUSHES, and three species of vireo – PHILADELPHIA, RED-EYED and WARBLING. Two WILSON`S SNIPES were heard doing their spring winnowing display and two RUFFED GROUSE were heard drumming. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was also seen. The Marsh Monitoring Program of which I am coordinator of for this part of Ontario, administered through Bird Studies Canada, always has a few good sightings which trickle in from the monitors. This following one involves the person monitoring the Central Big Island Marsh close to where I live. "Pretty exciting night on Tuesday on Big Island.  Weather conditions were perfect (Did get eaten by blackflies though). First bird survey completed, with an exciting focal species count…3 VIRGINIA RAILS, 1 SORA and 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS.  The SORA called in the first 5 minutes of my one survey, making me think that my Broadcast CD had skipped ahead.  Made for an eventful night when you finally hear the birds you’ve been trying to hear all along.  Many secondary species, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, TREE SWALLOWS, BARN SWALLOWS, COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, YELLOW WARBLERS, SWAMP SPARROWS, CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, GREAT BLUE HERON, OSPREY and a couple of BELTED KINGFISHERS. Had to fight with the background noise of the GREY TREEFROGS all night, as they were quite overpowering.  Heard them during the bird surveys as well as after dark.  Also heard a few GREEN FROGS, LEOPARD FROGS and some SPRING PEEPERS. Water is up to the road, making it quite easy to see out into the marsh as the vegetation is low and not much is growing through the water."
Bird life at the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve, north of Deseronto, is starting to pick up in tempo as it always does at this time of the year. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK and 2 RUFFED GROUSE  were among the highlights there today. Other birds seen in the list of 32 species during the two hours spent there included YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 2 MARSH WRENS, SWAINSON`S and WOOD THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD and seven warbler species – 8 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 6 YELLOW WARBLERS, 3 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, 2 each of NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and NASHVILLE WARBLER, and singles of BLACK-THROATED GREEN and CANADA WARBLERS. At the Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area, 24 species were tallied there, among them 3 BLACK TERNS, 3 GRAY CATBIRDS, 2 COMMON LOONS, MARSH WREN, 8 BOBOLINKS and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.     
Yellow Warbler. File photo by Sydney Smith With the already high lake level, and last night`s rain, the trail at Presquìle Park`s Owen Point is flooded and parts of it impassable. However, persistence paid off with 2 RED-EYED VIREOS, 2 YELLOW WARBLERS (file photo by Sydney Smith of Wellington), 12 SONG SPARROWS and 2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES being seen by one birder. But, it seemed that the really good sightings were all taking place west of there in the Cobourg area. At Lucas Point Park on the east side of Cobourg, a birder there had great views of a WHITE-EYED VIREO as it sang from cliffside cedars with its loud, rapid and somewhat harsh song. At Chubb Point, south of Grafton, a Brighton birder beginning his day at 4:45 a.m. was rewarded with an AMERICAN WOODCOCK displaying as another dropped like a lead weight into the woods at first light. Other noteworthy sightings there which resulted in a list of 46 species included INDIGO BUNTING, 6 VEERYS, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 WOOD DUCKS, a LINCOLN`S SPARROW, and six warbler species – OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. At an Albert Street location in Cobourg an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was singing for several minutes and seen well, while other birds in the area included 6 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, GRAY CATBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD and NORTHERN PARULA.
As usual, lots of birding activity at some of the favourite pastures. Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville continues to be flooded with numerous mud flats on the property offering ideal habitat for some of the 30 or so species present today. Seen by two separate birders were 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS, AMERICAN KESTREL, HORNED LARKS, 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS, a VESPER SPARROW, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. The conditions, as always, appealed to some of the shorebirds passing through and present today were 8 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 6 KILLDEER, 4 DUNLIN, 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. Others seen today were SAVANNAH SPARROWS, BROWN THRASHER, and WARBLING VIREO. The one RED-HEADED WOODPECKER  visiting a feeder and backyard in the Barry Heights area of Trenton off Telephone Road, has now doubled to two.
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