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Sep 22, 2017 at 03:00 AM

Turkey Vulture. Photo by Garry Kirsch Turkey Vulture. Photo by Garry KirschTHE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT


with sightings from the Bay of Quinte region, and beyond



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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.  


The summer sunshine and temperatures continued this week with lots of evidence of autumnal recrudesce in not only many species of birds, but also species of herptiles as well with Gray Tree Frogs and Spring Peepers calling away as though it were spring. Bluebirds near Foxboro were seen stuffing a nesting box there with nest material.  Lots of Palm Warblers around this past week, raptors – especially kestrels, and still plenty of shorebirds at Presqu’ile and a few notable shorebird sightings at Kaiser Crossroad.
Palm Warbler. Photo by Helmer NielsenThe makeup of species migrating through Prince Edward Point changes week by week. Last weekend, there was evidence that PALM WARBLERS (photo by Helmer Nielsen of Odessa) were in good abundance, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  were commencing to filter in. A few GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES around now, too. A CAROLINA WREN was at South Bay last weekend, and a juvenile CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Prince Edward Point on Monday. On Thursday, at least seven warbler species were still kicking about – COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, PALM, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN – one to four of each species. Other good sightings were WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (5), RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (3), EASTERN TOWHEE (3), and the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are in no hurry to leave just yet as long as the weather remains. One was at Prince Edward Point yet on Thursday and one at Big Island today. Three BALD EAGLES and 7 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS  are also worth mentioning. A bit slow today with GREAT BLUE HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW being birds of note.
At Point Petre, a non-breeding female LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen late in the afternoon last Saturday. Far too early for it to be a migrant (usual arrival in mid-October), and a different individual from the male that was seen June 18th at Sandbanks and again in Adolphus Reach August 27th.  Both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were to be found at the Hamilton Wetland, west of Demorestville through much of the week. NORTHERN HARRIER and at least 3 GREAT EGRETS as well. Certainly, not the 100+ GREAT EGRETS of just a couple years that made this site famous for birders as one of two or three well known autumn egret roosts in the Bay of Quinte area. 
Kaiser Crossroad was still producing last Saturday with AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (2), SANDERLING, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS (20), among the shorebird species present, while on Monday, 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES showed up. A few late migrants on Tuesday, along the Millennium Trail over Consecon Lake, obviously basking in the unseasonably hot, humid weather. In addition to quite a late YELLOW WARBLER turning up along the trail, there was also a late CANADA WARBLER and 2 tardy BOBOLINKS passing overhead.
Thursday was a good day for AMERICAN KESTRELS with six being seen on Welbanks Road. And, holy falcon, anyway – there were 10 AMERICAN KESTRELS  the same day in the Pleasant Bay and Hillier areas, with six birds in one field of view, accented by the appearance both a MERLIN and a PEREGRINE FALCON!
Thursday, at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area, a highlight for one observer were nice, long looks at an OVENBIRD foraging in the damp leaves between the wetland reeds and the path. Other treats were BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, SWAMP SPARROWS, female NORTHERN HARRIER, 3 groups of COMMON GALLINULES, HOUSE FINCH and an Empidonax flycatcher not wearing its name tag.  Other sightings around the County this past week were SCARLET TANAGER and LINCOLN’S SPARROW on Pulver Road, a BARRED OWL at 2410 Victoria Road, a NASHVILLE WARBLER window casualty at Bay Meadows Trailer Park at Pleasant Bay, and several PALM WARBLERS at 23 Sprague Road on Big Island.  
The H.R. Frink Centre on Thrasher Road north of Belleville is showing no signs of slowing down and we can likely attribute that to the fine weather we have been having. Last weekend, species taking advantage of the sunshine were TRAIL’S FLYCATCHER (Alder/Willow Flycatcher), RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 5 NORTHERN FLICKERS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, BROWN CREEPER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Along the marsh boardwalk, MARSH WREN, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and WOOD DUCKS. Today, one visiting birder chalked up 26 species, among them, 6 WOOD DUCKS, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, and also 2 each of MARSH WREN, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Also present were AMERICAN PIPITS (5), and singles of GRAY CATBIRD, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and BROWN CREEPER.
Twenty-one SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 2 migrant WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS  were highlights at Aikins Road, just north of Airport Road on the east side of Belleville early this morning. Others in the menagerie of two dozen species were RED-BELLIED and PILEATED WOODPECKERS, MERLIN, RED-EYED VIREO, 16 AMERICAN PIPITS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and 9 SONG SPARROWS.
Two interesting species at Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place on Tuesday – a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO in the trees at the end of the jetty, and a TRUMPETER SWAN resting on the shoreline.
Several SANDHILL CRANES, likely migrants,  were seen on Sunday on the Z-curve of Clevenger Road, 10 km north of Marmora. Other miscellaneous sightings around Hastings County during the week included a GREEN HERON at the Corbyville Dam; WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in a Dunnett Blvd. Belleville backyard; RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER on Airport Road on the east side of Belleville. In Trenton, the adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS that had been present since May at a Barry Heights residence have not been seen all week. Two were fledged somewhere nearby, and one is still coming to a feeder, but no adults.
Places where odours assail the nostrils are most always dependable for birds. At the Brighton Sewage Lagoon, a NORTHERN SHOVELER  was there on Monday and five BLUE-WINGED TEAL the following day. Across the street at the Brighton Constructed Wetlands,  some good birds there including singles of  WOOD DUCK, TURKEY VULTURE, NORTHERN HARRIER, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE and MARSH WREN. Better numbers of some of the same species - 2 WOOD DUCKS, NORTHERN HARRIER, VIRGINIA RAIL, 3 COMMON GALLINULES and 4 MARSH WRENS. Another week of non-stop sightings at Presqu’ile Park. The MARBLED GODWIT (Photo above by Bonnie Bailey of Camden East) and female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD returned for birders last weekend, with the godwit continuing through at least Tuesday. In addition to the aforementioned MARBLED GODWIT, 17 other shorebird species graced the beaches of the Park with their presence much to the delight of visiting birders, compared to 21 species last week. Highs for the week were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (1), AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (2), SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (98), KILLDEER (2), GREATER YELLOWLEGS (1), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (7),  SPOTTED SANDPIPER (1), RUDDY TURNSTONE (5),  SANDERLING (100), LEAST SANDPIPER (7), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (5), BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1), SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (1), BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (2),  PECTORAL SANDPIPER (8), DUNLIN (3), and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (21). Fred Helleiner’s Presqu’ile Park Bird Report for the past week has been uploaded to the NatureStuff website and can be seen by CLICKING HERE.
The Quinte Area Bird Report will be updated on Friday, September 29.
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