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Written by Terry Spraque   
Feb 02, 2018 at 12:00 PM


with daily reports from the last two months

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Saturday, February 17 to Friday, February 23:

Not 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 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.
Twenty wintering TRUMPETER SWANS 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.
Several EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  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.
During the past week, a BARRED OWL was present in the Park.
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.



Saturday, February 10 to Friday, February 16:

The snow has the SNOW BUNTINGS  excited. There were 100-150 summersaulting over a field on Doxsee Road last Friday which continued to be in the area through mid-week.
Some good finds along the Lakeview Trail at Sandbanks Park at West Point including a SNOWY OWL, a RED-TAILED HAWK, 100 SNOW BUNTINGS and 60 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS.  Other SNOWY OWLS  during the week were seen along Huyck’s Point Road (2), one at Sandbanks, and the customary individual north of Wellington along County Road 2.At Salmon Point, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, COMMON GRACKLE and CEDAR WAXWINGS  were found on Wednesday.
Waterfowl during the week at Wellington Harbour have comprised CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK and COMMON GOLDENEYE. If you are looking for MUTE SWANS at Sandbanks, you are apt to find them on the Outlet River where 68 were present on Valentine’s Day.
A TURKEY VULTURE  was seen over Wellington on the Lake on Sunday, and four were seen circling above Picton Canadian Tire on Tuesday. RED-TAILED HAWKS during the week were noted along Ridge Road just south of Picton as well as the Wilson Road area. Other raptors seen this week included a NORTHERN HARRIER on Caughey Road on Big Island on Wednesday, and  a MERLIN  seen in the area of the Norris Whitney Bridge at Rossmore on Sunday. A BALD EAGLE  was seen yesterday along Highway 62 at Ben Gill Road and a COOPER’S HAWK was at Sheba’s Island
Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  at a feeder at Consecon and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER remains a regular visitor to a feeder at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island.
Other good sightings during the week included at least one PILEATED WOODPECKER in the Richardson’s Campground at Sandbanks Park and another on County Road 12 at The Local Store. Kelly Road had a NORTHERN SHRIKE  and a PURPLE FINCH on Wednesday, and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER  was found the same day on Brummell Road and 7 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS turned up at Point Petre. A GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET turned up at Sunrise Court near Massassauga Point on the 14th
In Frankford on Monday, there was a male HOODED MERGANSER x COMMON GOLDENEYE in with a raft of 55 COMMON GOLDENEYE about 500 metres north of the bridge. Looked mostly like a Hooded Merganser according to observer Doug McRae, but size and shape more like a goldeneye, but with a more crested head, but not as much as a HOODED MERGANSER and was all dark - no large white area as in a HOODED MERGANSER. On Tuesday, a search for the bird failed to find it again. Today, what was believed to be the hybrid was seen again, but unfortunately, was quite distant.
At Barcovan, a dozen waterfowls species were present on Tuesday – CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN (360), TRUMPETER SWAN (5), MALLARD, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, NORTHERN PINTAIL, REDHEAD (60), GREATER SCAUP, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Nine TRUMPETER SWANS were counted the following day. A HOODED MERGANSER and WOOD DUCK, both females, continue to be found in the Moira River along the Parrott Riverfront Trail in Belleville.
An adult BALD EAGLE  was spotted north of Stirling on the weekend. In the Marysville area, a light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Tuesday. On Monday and Tuesday, there was a fairly white SNOWY OWL along Highway 2 at McMaster Road, and two days later, the same area west of Trenton had 35 HORNED LARKS, and a nice flock of 500 SNOW BUNTINGS.
Not one, but two, EASTERN TOWHEES are coming to a feeder on the west side of Trenton, and a FOX SPARROW  appeared in on backyard north of Napanee. The H.R. Frink Centre feeders produced 3 PURPLE FINCHES on Wednesday and the same number of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.
It has been a few weeks since we last had a report from the Napanee River at Springside Park. Eight species were tallied there on the 14th, four of them waterfowl. Among them were 230 MALLARDS, 15 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS (one in the group a Mallard/American Black Duck hybrid), as well as 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS (male and female). 
A BALD EAGLE  flew over one backyard in the Camden East area on Saturday, and a second one – an immature the following day. Nice bird for the Yard List.
Bird Feeder birds during the week included a nice variety. Starting with the largest, an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK was checking out available prey at a bird feeder in the Bethel Road/Yarker area on the weekend. This spot seems to have an aversion towards backyards as an immature was seen consuming a rabbit here two winters ago.
Amherst Island had 3 RING-NECKED PHEASANTS along Front Road on Monday.
Feeder birds during the week included RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at a feeder in the north part of Brighton, 100 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  coming to feeders at the north end of Huff Road at Highway 2 (Brighton).
Three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were found west of Brighton on the 14th.
Eleven waterfowl species at Cobourg Harbour today, all of them outnumbered by CANADA GEESE (230) and MALLARDS (430).
Some significant sightings at Presqu’ile Park today included a NORTHERN SHRIKE along the main road leading into the Park, and 3 CANVASBACKS in Presqu’ile Bay off Calf Pasture Point, and there was also a SNOWY OWL today at the lake end of Huff Road

Saturday, February 03 to Friday, February 09:

To feeders, to feeders, the redpolls are coming! Perhaps a corruption on my part of Paul Revere’s midnight ride of 1775, but not without a few similarities. On the morning of February 4th, about a hundred and twenty-five Common Redpolls dropped into feeders for a few minutes in Scugog Township, north of Oshawa. Whether this flock is a predecessor of things to come in the Bay of Quinte area remains to be seen as none has been noted in our area this winter yet. All photos were taken this week in Prince Edward County, except for the Mallards mentioned in the Hastings County section.
SNOWY OWLS during the week were seen along County Road 49 near Picton (2), and the individual that is regularly seen along County Road 2 north of Wellington, seen anywhere along a 4-km stretch from Wellington Harbour to Wilson Road. Both this adult BALD EAGLE (photo by Sydney Smith of Wellington) and an immature individual have been present in the area of Wellington Harbour this week.
Feeder birds during the week included these WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS (photo by Janyce Mann of Crofton) and PURPLE FINCH on Demorestville Road at Crofton, and a SONG SPARROW (photo by Paul Wallace of Cressy)  at a feeder at Cressy. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continues to frequent feeders at 23 Sprague Road on Big Island where it has been a regular since November.
TURKEY VULTURES  are still around despite the wintry weather. One was floating over Black Road at Doxsee Road, on Tuesday and 7 were seen Thursday along County Road 1, close to Picton – three birds perched on a silo and 4 birds in flight. Likely the same crew that hangs around Picton.
A GREAT HORNED OWL, seemingly a rarity in the Bay of Quinte area in recent years, was heard calling Sunday night along Airport Parkway, east of Belleville. There was a SNOWY OWL along Highway 14, just north of Stirling on Thursday. Two PEREGRINE FALCONS continue in Belleville, and on Wednesday, one was in its traditional spot at the courthouse and the other one was engaged in chasing pigeons downtown before it finally came to roost on an antenna atop the Quinte Living Centre.
Feeder birds this week included a COOPER’S HAWK on Dunnett Blvd., in Belleville, and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at the H.R. Frink Centre feeder. On Cromwell Road, north of Madoc, a female EASTERN TOWHEE has been at a feeder all winter.
Along the Parrott Riverfront Trail in Belleville, an estimated 90 MALLARDS  are present, along with small numbers of CANADA GEESE, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER, and singles of HOODED MERGANSER and WOOD DUCK. A few more MALLARDS along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail where 470 were counted on Thursday. Photo of a few of these by Janyce Mann of Crofton.
Amherst Island sightings during the week included a BROWN CREEPER along with the usual sightings.  Other good sightings in the County included a SNOWY OWL at Napanee and another near Kaladar. An estimated 200 AMERICAN ROBINS  were encountered along the Cataraqui Trail west of Yarker during the week. Many of the birds were feeding on Red Cedar berries and using the dense tangles for cover. Some were even singing. Fifteen CEDAR WAXWINGS and 2 PURPLE FINCHES also seen along the trail.
Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  are coming to feeders north of Napanee.
At Cobourg Harbour on Thursday, a female NORTHERN PINTAIL and a SNOWY OWL. One hundred SNOW BUNTINGS  were seen up near Bailieboro, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was also seen there.
Some good sightings at Presqu’ile Park on the weekend included 2 immature BALD EAGLES at Calf Pasture Point, along with a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET  calling at the Government dock, and an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK flying over to Frankie’s Island long the Presqu’ile Parkway from the Park. A pair of COMMON RAVENS were seen rubbing bills and calling quietly in the Park, too. Spring must be on the way! A BARRED OWL was seen in the Park on Thursday.



Saturday, January 27 to Friday, February 02:

All photos throughout the Report this week were taken in Prince Edward County. A Snowy owl during the week was noted at the traditional location – Swamp College Road and County Road 2 (north of Wellington). 
A BROWN CREEPER was seen last Saturday in the Richardson’s Campground at Sandbanks Park. Some good species last weekend at South Bay including CAROLINA WREN, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. In the Fish Lake Road area, a GREAT BLUE HERON alternates between Fish Lake Road at County Road 5 and Gorsline Road at the lake’s far east end. Up to five WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS have been seen at a feeder at Crofton, off Demorestville Road.
A more or less regular NORTHERN SHRIKE  was along Babylon Road on the weekend and, on Stinson Block Road west of Consecon, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was discovered on Sunday. On Arthur Road which runs from Stinson Block to the north end of North Beach Park, 5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were found.
At Wellington Harbour, things were still a little slow at the start of the new reporting week with the only waterfowl present being CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWANS, MALLARDS, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON MERGANSER, and COMMON GOLDENEYE.
Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville had NORTHERN FLICKER last weekend, as well as 20 CEDAR WAXWINGS, the latter a species we’re not seeing as much of as in past winters.
A COMMON GRACKLE continues at a feeder in Eldorado. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 7 PURPLE FINCHES  were at the H.R. Frink Centre last Saturday. A NORTHERN FLICKER  was at Lonsdale Sunday.
Two PEREGRINE FALCONS continue at the Belleville courthouse where they have been for some months.
TRUMPETER SWANS are doing well this winter at Barcovan. Yesterday, there were 12 there, one of them with a yellow wing tag. In addition, there were 8 other waterfowl species – REDHEAD (110), MUTE SWAN (135), CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, and COMMON GOLDENEYE. A SNOWY OWL was also on the ice in the area.
A BALD EAGLE  was seen perched along Highway 37, south of Roslin yesterday. And 20 PINE SISKINS  were on Upper Flinton Road, as well as 4 RED CROSSBILLS. 
There was a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Millhaven ferry dock on Saturday, and eight SNOWY OWLS were spotted from the Amherst Island ferry. Amherst Island itself was quite busy that day with noteworthy sightings including RING-NECKED PHEASANT, 8 BALD EAGLES, a RED-TAILED HAWK, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 4 more SNOWY OWLS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD.
A BROWN CREEPER and 4 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS  were spotted by one birder at the Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area on the weekend
A flock of 60 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen Wednesday just northeast of Highway 33 and Sandhurst Shores.
At Presqu’ile Park last Saturday, a mob scene of chickadees, kinglets and nuthatches translated into the presence of a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL. The bird was roosting in a White Cedar about 50 metres east of the Pioneer Trail parking lot on the north side of Lakeshore Road. It pays to listen to the conversations of birds. Along the Presqu’ile Parkway, 4 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were at a feeder beside a solitary willow tree some 140 metres north of The Birdhouse Nature Store. 
Two GLAUCOUS GULLS at Cobourg Harbour continued through last weekend and through the week along with up to a dozen waterfowl species, the most abundant, of course, being CANADA GEESE, followed closely by MALLARDS. A SURF SCOTER joined the dozen or so waterfowl species in the harbour yesterday.  It’s not often that we talk of some species being in flocks anymore, so it was a nice sight when 50 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS  were seen in a flock on Bannon Road, southwest of Campbellford, on Sunday.
BALD EAGLES  during the week were noted near Odessa, Amherst Island, and along 401 east of Napanee.



Saturday, January 20 to Friday, January 26:

The water started to soften a bit this past week resulting in a few open leads appearing in lakes. The once totally frozen Wellington Channel opened a bit this past week providing waterfowl with some respite.
Few sightings of any significance in the County and far less birding than what the area has enjoyed in past weeks. Miscellaneous sightings across the County this past week included a NORTHERN SHRIKE on Kelly Road on Saturday. Another NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen the same day south of Milford near the corner of County Road 10 and Royal Road. SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Cressy Lakeside Road (25) during the week.
Feeder birds included a surprise visitor at 23 Sprague Road on Big Island – a male PILEATED WOODPECKER, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at Wellington on the Lake.
The Flinton area has been coming up with some pretty good sightings this winter. In addition to the crossbills seen the previous week, there were over 40 PINE SISKINS spotted on Saturday along Upper Flinton Road, as well as 14 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, a BALD EAGLE and a half dozen WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.  A possible NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Ekblad Road, east of Actinolite. Another BALD EAGLE  was seen at the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area. At Belleville on Saturday, 20 minutes spent along the Parrott Riverfront Trail produced a half dozen species of waterfowl in the Moira River – the best of the sightings being a WOOD DUCK and a HOODED MERGANSER. The latter two species were there the following day, too.. Others were CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, and COMMON GOLDENEYE.
At the H.R. Frink Centre on Thrasher Road, two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen atop a spruce tree near the feeders on Sunday.
BALD EAGLES  were seen during the week at Trenton and Foxboro, and a SNOWY OWL was on Airport Parkway east of Belleville. An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK continues at Eldorado. Highway 401 is still the best place to find RED-TAILED HAWKS; six were seen today by a motorist between Trenton and Napanee.
At Barcovan, the entire channel area between Wellers Bay and Lake Ontario was open this past week. Bay ducks included small numbers of REDHEADS, GREATER SCAUP and 3 LESSER SCAUP. The large aggregation of MUTE SWANS gathering for their donations of corn (and, hopefully, no bread) were were joined on Thursday by 6 TRUMPETER SWANS.
Not a whole lot on Amherst Island on Saturday in terms of numbers – 4 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and two each of SNOWY OWL and BALD EAGLE. Today on Amherst Island, 20 species tallied by one observer who spent five hours on the island this morning, among them, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 BALD EAGLES, a COOPER’S HAWK, 3 SNOWY OWLS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. Also seen, a NORTHERN FLICKER.
A BALD EAGLE was seen three days ago south of Tamworth. West of Odessa on Wednesday, a flock of 140 AMERICAN ROBINS probably attracted by the plethora of Red Cedars in the area. Up to 20 AMERICAN ROBINS are seen frequently on Mountain Road near Tamworth.
At a feeder along Presqu’ile Parkway on the weekend, a COMMON GRACKLE  turned up, first one this winter. Just west of there, the northern part of Huff Road produced 23 WILD TURKEYS and a RED-TAILED HAWK on the weekend. A PILEATED WOODPECKER and an adult female SHARP-SHINNED HAWK were at an address in the north part of Brighton.
HERRING GULL numbers are commencing to build at Cobourg Harbour, and on Sunday, there were 46 counted. Among them were two ICELAND GULLS. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen there the following day. A SNOWY OWL was there on Thursday


Saturday, January 13 to Friday, January 19:

Lots of BALD EAGLES in Prince Edward County, and I have the pleasure of talking about them and their success in the County in a presentation to the Quinte Field Naturalists Monday evening. Also, no lack of SNOWY OWLS in the County either. 
Sunday birding last weekend on Greer Road, near Wellington, resulted in 40 HORNED LARKS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR being seen. An AMERICAN KESTREL and NORTHERN HARRIER on Huyck’s Point Road, and at Wellington Harbour, things still a bit sparse with the ice conditions – only MUTE SWANS (25), 5 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and a lone MALLARD being present. Pleasant Bay Road on Sunday there were 10 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, and in a field further south there was  of flock of SNOW BUNTINGS and a dozen HORNED LARKS.
On Tuesday, a TURKEY VULTURE  was seen near Bloomfield and 28 WILD TURKEYS  were spotted along County Road 10 near Milford. A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen today trying its luck in an open creek near the corner of Fish Lake Road and County Road 5, south of Demorestville. A few birds today in the Consecon area. Not too much out in the wind but two raptors were present including MERLIN, RED-TAILED HAWK as well as a NORTHERN SHRIKE. There was an interesting interaction between the hawk and shrike with the shrike constantly dive bombing the vastly larger bird. There is obviously competition for mice. Just south of the Lafarge Consecon gravel pit the large pond beside the highway has an open creek going west under the road. Apparently enough water to keep a male BELTED KINGFISHER that was present satisfied.   
At bird feeders this week, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  continues to visit a feeder at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island. At 2410 Victoria Road in Ameliasburgh, 2 each of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and PURPLE FINCH are there, while a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  continues at a Crofton feeder on County Road 14. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at a feeder on Sunrise Court in the Massassauga Point area and another on Conger Drive at Welling on the Lake.
Up to five EASTERN BLUEBIRDS visit a Camden East area backyard twice daily, at 7:45 a.m. and again at 3:45 p.m.
Although the SHORT-EARED OWLS that had been present at Amherst Island a week or so ago seem to have departed, there were 10 SNOWY OWLS  still present on Saturday along with 3 BALD EAGLES and a NORTHERN HARRIER. Fifteen SNOWY OWLS  were tallied the following day, along with a LONG-EARED OWL and 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES, but only 5 SNOWY OWLS  were found mid-week.  Birders who haven’t birded Amherst Island in a while should be forewarned that the island is changing.  The wind turbine construction has started. According to one distraught birder there today, here are trucks carrying gravel, several roads are blocked and massive backhoes and huge cranes are present in one area. The work is very fast paced, almost frantic.  Two huge barges are going back and forth from the mainland pushed by tugboats. They have trucks filled with gravel and sections of the turbines. There are at least 10 sites started (probably more) and the cranes waiting to do the erection are enormous. Hydro cables are being buried. Some of the sites are across the road from the Martin Edwards Reserve. Amherst Island as we know it will cease to exist in a year. “All for the greater good.”
From north of seven - Flinton, on Monday, had a few good sightings. A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER  was observed feeding in a conifer, a RED CROSSBILL flew over, and also seen were 2 PINE SISKINS and 14 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. On Upper Flinton Road today, a nice sighting involving three groups of RED CROSSBILLS totalling 50 birds (12+2+35). Judging from the recorded songs and call-notes, a few WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS  were among them, but none was actually seen. There was also a large mixed flock of 30 PINE SISKINS and 20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES on Elezevir Road.
On Sunday, there was a BELTED KINGFISHER seeking out something to eat, however meagre at a wetland at Stirling. At the bridge over Rawdon Creek at the intersection of the Trans Canada Trail through Stirling, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen.
An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK continues to be seen at Eldorado, and two PEREGRINE FALCONS  continue to be seen at the Belleville courthouse, and a SNOWY OWL continues to be seen in the Bayshore Trail area of the city. Three BALD EAGLES  were seen perched as a group north of Roslin on Thursday.
A NORTHERN FLICKER  was in the Frankford area on Tuesday.
Twenty-one WILD TURKEYS were seen in a field on the east side of County Road 41 north of Napanee near Goodyear Road.    photo right
At Cobourg Harbour on the weekend, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS  and a RING-NECKED DUCK were among 11 waterfowl species present.
Along the Presqu’ile Parkway on Sunday, there was a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW  at a feeder. On north Huff Road at Highway 2, a flock of 55 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a male RUSTY BLACKBIRD were seen. The flock of Red-wings contained at least 20 females which is a high number for winter. BALD EAGLES have been a daily sighting in the Park with as many as five being seen at one time.


Saturday, January 06 to Friday, January 12:

Frigid temperatures have sealed up much of Lake Ontario as far as the eye can see at some of the popular focal points along the Lake Ontario shoreline, but enough water was open at Prince Edward Point on the weekend to harbour some 4,000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS on Saturday. Mixed in with them were lesser numbers of MUTE SWAN, REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and COMMON GOLDENEYE. A few open leads off the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area at Sandbanks Park produced a BALD EAGLE checking out the possibilities among the 2,000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS  present. Waterfowl got a bit of a break mid-week through much of today with warmer temperatures and rain allowing a few open areas to form.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a number of wintering RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  coming to a feeder along County Road 10, just south of Picton. Outside of Bloomfield, 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found feeding on the ground at one feeder with MOURNING DOVES. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  continues to visit a feeder daily at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island.
An EASTERN TOWHEE  was seen along the roadside in the Stinson Block west of Consecon on the weekend. On Welbanks Road near Point Petre, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen associating with SNOW BUNTINGS  and a couple HORNED LARKS. MERLIN and NORTHERN SHRIKE in the Stinson Block area on Tuesday. On Gilead Road on Tuesday, RED-TAILED HAWK, COMMON GRACKLE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR  were among notable finds.  Gilead Road produced a flock of 100 SNOW BUNTINGS on Saturday, but only one was seen on Huff’s Island – likely the same lonely individual we saw on December 27th!
Not much water at Barcovan these days either with only microscopic openings being visible. On the weekend what little water there was appealed to 47 MUTE SWANS, most of them loafing on the ice, a TRUMPETER SWAN and a sprinkling of other  waterfowl species, all of them being surveyed by a SNOWY OWL. Two TRUMPETER SWANS and a few more MUTE SWANS along with 8 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were present on Tuesday as the ice warmed up a bit.
An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK continues at Eldorado, as do 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS at the Belleville Courthouse. A BALD EAGLE was encountered along Minto Road northeast of Stirling nonchalantly feeding on a carcass for 30 minutes.
In Trenton, at the first dam on the Trent River beside Highway 33, an adult PEREGRINE FALCON came out of nowhere for one visitor as it chased a crow across the river. The crow made it successfully to some underbrush, the PEREGRINE FALCON flying only a mere 10 feet above the observer.
The H.R. Frink Centre, north of Belleville, still living up to its reputation by producing a few things even during the three lean months of the year. On Saturday, species seen included RED-TAILED HAWK, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.
Despite the cold temperatures earlier this week, a VIRGINIA OPOSSUM seemed to have fared well as it scavenged for fallen bird feed at this Trenton feeder.
On Amherst Island, 6 SNOWY OWLS, 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 5 BALD EAGLES and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were among the highlights at Amherst Island last weekend, along with an ICELAND GULL, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, LAPLAND LONGSPUR,  and 150 SNOW BUNTINGS. The mid-winter waterfowl survey on the island on the weekend was hard slugging as there was no water anywhere. The few ducks recorded involved only those seen in flight. Two RING-NECKED PHEASANTS, 4 SNOWY OWLS, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and one each of RED-TAILED HAWK and BALD EAGLE provided some variety to the day.
One hundred AMERICAN ROBINS  were observed heading eastwards in small flocks at Millhaven on Tuesday, and COOPER’S and RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen at Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area the same day.
A flock of 20 SNOW BUNTINGS turned up just west of Enterprise on County Road 14 Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.
A SNOWY OWL was at Cobourg Harbour this past week. In Brighton, some 20 CEDAR WAXWINGS turned up along Highway 2, a species that has been all but absent from some areas this winter. A COOPER’S HAWK is a regular at a feeder in a residential area east of Ontario Street. 
SNOW BUNTINGS have been showing up in good numbers across the County, especially Presqu’ile Park. Birds at Presqu'ile Park  this past week included NORTHERN SHRIKE along the Parkway, 20 AMERICAN ROBINS and 15 CEDAR WAXWINGS along Paxton Drive, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS with 40+ SNOW BUNTINGS at Owen’s Point, and a SNOWY OWL on Gull Island.
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Algonquin Park Bird Update from Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired), Dwight, ON.
Here are some locations where birders observed the listed species during the past week:
-Spruce Grouse: one was found at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 4 and 10
-Ruffed Grouse: continue to be seen along the Visitor Centre driveway and under the feeders below the viewing deck.
-Wild Turkey: nine come daily to the Visitor Centre parking lot feeder, and two continue in Mew Lake Campground.
-Black-backed Woodpecker: no reports this week.
-Gray Jay: Opeongo Road, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and Logging Museum.
-Boreal Chickadee: no reports despite many birders searching.
-Bohemian Waxwing: report of two briefly at the Visitor Centre parking lot on January 9.
-American Marten: two continued to come to the Visitor Centre feeders, and one was observed near the winter gate on Opeongo Road.
Winter finches are coming to seed at the Visitor Centre feeders, Spruce Bog Boardwalk entrance and near the Opeongo Road winter gate.
-Pine Grosbeak: two at the Visitor Centre parking lot on January 9 and 10, and two at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 9
-Purple Finch: limited numbers continue, but a flock of 55 was at the Visitor Centre on January 10.
-Red Crossbill: seen regularly off the Visitor Centre viewing deck, along Opeongo Road, at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and seeking salt and grit along the highway.
-White-winged Crossbill: reported regularly along Opeongo Road, at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and seeking salt and grit along the highway.
-Common Redpoll: still scarce. One was observed along Opeongo Road on January 10.
-Pine Siskin: watch for flocks on the highway and Opeongo Road, plus at the Visitor Centre feeders.
-American Goldfinch: small and large flocks frequently noted on the highway.
-Evening Grosbeak: up to 40 daily at the Visitor Centre feeders, and some are now being attracted to birder-provided seed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and near the Opeongo Road winter gate.



Saturday, December 30 to Friday, January 05:

“The unrelenting cold weather that has descended upon even the most southerly reaches of the province has limited the number of lingering bird species being discovered, and as a result the Ontario winter bird list is lower than it has been by this date in previous winters. Since my last update on December 14, eight new species have been added to the list, bringing it up to 192. In comparison, last year by this date the winter bird list was 207 species, finishing at 216 species. The new additions since my last update are: Vesper Sparrow (Ottawa, London, Sandbanks), Brewer's Blackbird (Long Point), Tufted Duck (Mississauga to Toronto), Eastern Meadowlark (multiple locations), Indigo Bunting (Seeley's Bay), Lincoln's Sparrow (Toronto), Ovenbird (Toronto) and Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Brantford). There are very few remaining expected species. Some of the more likely species to be added to the list over the next two months include Boreal Owl, Fish Crow and Pine Warbler. Other species missing from this winter's list that are more unusual but still observed most winters include Eared Grebe, Black-headed Gull, California Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Harris’s Sparrow, Spotted Towhee and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. The list can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/myyulvs  . I have also provided a link on my blog, located at http://joshvandermeulen.blogspot.ca/p/ontario-winter-bird-list.html  . I try to update the spreadsheet every couple of days or whenever I hear of a new addition. Please let me know if you hear of a new addition or any other correction to the spreadsheet.”  Good (winter) birding,  Josh Vandermeulen
In the Cressy area on New Year’s Day, it was BALD EAGLE Day with 9 being tallied, along with a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 6 RED-TAILED HAWKS, also a SNOWY OWL. Along County Road 13 through Grimmon’s Woods near Black River, 2 FOX SPARROWS were noted, and another 2 were found the same day along Babylon Road. Still another FOX SPARROW  was seen the same day at Prince Edward Point, feeding on the roadside with an EASTERN TOWHEE. Another EASTERN TOWHEE  was at Point Petre the following day.Two EASTERN TOWHEES, and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were seen in the Point Traverse Woods area on Wednesday.
Five RED-TAILED HAWKS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were seen Saturday in the Stinson Block west of Consecon. In the Pulver Road area during last week’s Belleville Christmas Bird Count, highlights there were 4 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS, 1 GREAT HORNED OWL, 40 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and one each of HORNED LARK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and SONG SPARROW. On Wednesday, a BALD EAGLE  was seen flying over the Consecon area, heading toward Carrying Place. Also in the Consecon area, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR showed up with a flock of 25 SNOW BUNTINGS on Stinson Block Road on Wednesday.
Conditions have deteriorated at Wellington Harbour due to the relentless cold temperatures and open water now is restricted to the mouth of the channel where just a handful of waterfowl was present on New Year’s Day. An adult BALD EAGLE  continues to be seen along the Wellington shoreline. At Point Petre, an ornery GREAT BLUE HERON has been seen there challenging the rigours of winter.
Two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS  coming to a feeder along County Road 2, north of Wellington in the Wilson Road area. Up to 7 SONG SPARROWS  are coming to a feeder at South Bay, and 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  are at a feeder at 2410 Victoria Road in Ameliasburgh.
Two RING-NECKED PHEASANTS were seen along Huyck’s Point Road on January 1st. A dozen BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS and a COMMON GRACKLE were seen at Jackson’s Falls Road.
There was a SNOWY OWL seen on Keegan Parkway in Belleville Friday flying overhead near the hospital which ultimately landed on the frozen Bay of Quinte. A MOURNING DOVE a day keeps the doctor away. At least this seems to be the philosophy of one COOPER’S HAWK in Trenton that averages a daily dove at one backyard feeder. What the COOPER’S HAWK misses, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK makes up for according to the resident.  Two PEREGRINE FALCONS continue at the courthouse in Belleville.
WILD TURKEYS have been noted in various locations across the County, but a nice rafter of 60 showed themselves along Harmony Road on January 2nd.  The cold and wintry weather has not deterred TURKEY VULTURES. One was seen on Wednesday afternoon cruising over Shannonville.
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (1), SNOWY OWL (9), and one each of RED-TAILED HAWK and BALD EAGLE were among the highlights on Amherst Island on Saturday. Sunday on the island got a few birders off to a good start with their 2018 bird list. No problem getting raptors with 7 BALD EAGLES being chalked up by one party along with 11 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, a COOPER’S HAWK, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS and 15 SNOWY OWLS. A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD on Front Road continues. Other good sightings for the first day of the new year included 155 SNOW BUNTINGS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
Four continuing EASTERN BLUEBIRDS had their numbers bumped up by two more on Saturday along Desmond Road, north of Camden East which continued into the new year. Napanee for the first day of the year had 2 BALD EAGLES, and a flock of 250 AMERICAN CROWS  were seen in a corn field near town. 
A GLAUCOUS GULL, 4 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, an ICELAND GULL, 250 HERRING GULLS, and a lone RING-BILLED GULL were counted at the Violet Dump near Odessa on the 2nd. The Napanee River at Springside Park has not been covered for a few weeks and missing is the WOOD DUCK that was present all last winter, but 51 CANADA GEESE, 65 MALLARDS, 21 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and a single HERRING GULL took its place on Tuesday. North of Napanee, a FOX SPARROW is at a feeder there along with PURPLE FINCH, 25 BLUE JAYS, a dozen MOURNING DOVES, 4 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and the usual expected clientele.
BALD EAGLE at Hastings, SNOWY OWL at Cobourg Harbour, 50 WILD TURKEYS at Bailieboro, and 2 BALD EAGLES at Welcome, were just a few of the January 1st highlights from birders in Northumberland County getting a head start on their 2018 bird checklist. LAPLAND LONGSPURS have been seen this past week in the Brighton area, each time associating with HORNED LARKS.
At Warkworth, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is a regular at a feeder there, and in the Codrington area, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  is also visiting a feeder there, but more unusual at the same feeder are visits from a wintering CHIPPING SPARROW, a NORTHERN FLICKER and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.


Saturday, December 23 - Friday, December 29:

Despite the incredibly cold temperatures this past week, birding was still brisk and Christmas Bird Counts continued on as scheduled. It was minus 32 degrees in some parts of the Belleville Christmas Bird Count circle when early birders began their search for wintering birds. Bird feeders were especially busy and you can follow the antics of birds in real time at one northern Ontario feeder where the Ontario FeederWatch webcam is back for another season. The feeder and webcam operation is hosted by Tammy and Ben Haché in Manitouwadge north of Lake Superior. The site is sponsored by Perky-Pet and can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

It seems hard to imagine that any GREAT BLUE HERON could survive the minus 25 to minus 30 degree temperatures we endured this past week. However, a very forlorn heron was found on Boxing Day, standing in Park’s Creek between Wellington and Picton. 
At Wellington Harbour, after an absence of some 20 days, the immature male KING EIDER has returned to the mouth of Wellington Harbour where it was seen on a very snowy December 23rd. Also present that day at the harbour was a female HOODED MERGANSER. At least a dozen waterfowl species were present the following day.
Other good sightings around the County included a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Sandbanks Park on December 23rd. An adult BALD EAGLE  was at Wellington on the 24th and one was seen heading toward Picton from Glenora a few days ago. The Wellington SNOWY OWL north of the village was present last Saturday and another was at the harbour the following day.
A sizable flock of 100 or so SNOW BUNTINGS cartwheeled their way over a field near North Beach Provincial Park on Sunday and 60 were seen the following day at the junction of County Road 2 and Swamp College Road north of Wellington the following day.
A female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  continues at a Big Island feeder. and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is a regular at a Wellington on the Lake feeder and a WINTER WREN showed up today at South Bay..
In the Prince Edward County portion of the Belleville Christmas Bird Count on the 27th, a few noteworthy sightings there included 2 PURPLE FINCHES, 14 HORNED LARKS at Huff’s Island, a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD and 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. The only waterfowl found on our side of the Count circle was a frozen CANADA GOOSE at the Rossmore Boat Launch, but a very much alive TUNDRA SWAN in a determine flight across the Bay of Quinte from that village in a desperate search for open water. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in one backyard along Davidson Road off Massassauga Road feasting on berries in a shrub.
The Belleville and area Christmas Bird Count on the 27th resulted in some good species, despite the minus 25 degree temperatures. Best find was a white morph GYRFALCON just a short distance north of the city. Other good sightings included BALD EAGLE at Loyalist College, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS in Belleville, HERMIT THRUSH at Holman Road,several EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, SNOWY OWL, and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, and 4 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS in the Point Anne area. (a few of the sightings with in the Prince Edward County portion of the circle were listed above in the PEC section of the Report). 
One feeder operator in the Barry Heights area of Trenton, just north of Telephone Road, had 25 DARK-EYED JUNCOS feeding during the all day snowfall on Saturday. One scratching under a spruce tree appeared to be much larger and when it came into the clearing, it turned out to be a striking male EASTERN TOWHEE. The same address also has a male PILEATED WOODPECKER coming regularly to a suet feeder. The towhee returned Thursday and today. On Friday a NORTHERN SHRIKE blasted off the hill into a swarm of goldfinches that the property owner was watching from the garage window feeders. It came up empty handed and lingered on a branch for a few seconds as if surprised. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK  is a regular here every day as well as the male PILEATED WOODPECKER.
Two other PILEATED WOODPECKERS along Harmony Road.  A COOPER’S HAWK was at a feeder in Trenton during the week, and a CAROLINA WREN on Wednesday at a feeder along River Road in Corbyville which has been a regular visitor. A BALD EAGLE cruised over the Oak Hills south of Stirling on Christmas Eve, its head and tail shining like beacons in the sun. 
Not the kindest winter so far for wintering EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, but 7 were seen on Boxing Day near the Clubhouse dumpster at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, north of Belleville. Forty-five WILD TURKEYS were at Holman Road today
There was a SNOWY OWL seen in flight off Highway 62, north of the 401 on Christmas Day. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Eldorado during the week and 4 TRUMPETER SWANS were north of Marmora today.
A tardy SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Adolphustown on Sunday, flying over the ridge by Glenora. At Staples Lane at Hay Bay, there is a continuing FOX SPARROW. 
A winter plumaged CHIPPING SPARROW  turned up Sunday with AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS  at a feeder along Desmond Road in the Camden East area. Also present there were 4 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.
Amherst Island is approaching the close of the year on a high with today’s sightings including 5 BALD EAGLES, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 SNOWY OWLS, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 3 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a lone RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Today on Amherst Island turned out to be just as good a day with the following species of note seen: 12 SNOWY OWLS [ no duplicates], 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 6 BALD EAGLES, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL, and a lone SNOW BUNTING.
A COOPER’S HAWK was in a Brighton backyard this week. A continuing immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen during the week along the Presqu’ile Parkway along with an immature BALD EAGLE.
A dozen HORNED LARKS  were feeding at the edge of the highway south of Meyersburgh in the Campbellford area on Boxing Day.



Saturday, December 16 - Friday, December 22:

Several Christmas Bird Counts took place this past week across the region, bumping up the snapshot of what species are around at this time of the year. In Prince Edward County alone, the winter list so far stands at 99 species with several expected species not yet seen. Among the highlights was a return of the Mountain Bluebird on Babylon Road. It’s a great time of the year to be birding!  You can follow the antics of birds in real time where the Ontario FeederWatch webcam is back for another season. The feeder and webcam operation is hosted by Tammy and Ben Haché in Manitouwadge north of Lake Superior. The site is sponsored by Perky-Pet and can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
A SNOWY OWL seen east of the Quinte Skyway Bridge was just one of many seen this past week in and around Prince Edward County. Twenty three people braved the gale warning winds to venture out for the 3rd annual Sandbanks Christmas Bird Count on Tuesday. The preliminary tally for the count currently stands at 78 species and 1 count week species. Previous counts were 81(2015) and 98(2016). Cumulative total for the 3 years of the count stands at 114 species. Remember the 8,000+ AMERICAN ROBINS counted on last winter’s Sandbanks Count? Only 131 this year. And, 6191 CEDAR WAXWINGS? Not a single one on this winter’s Count. In the Point Petre area of the Count circle, 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen, a BALD EAGLE, and a large flock of COMMON GRACKLES and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, also RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and BROWN CREEPER. Others had better luck with the Sandbanks/East Lake area producing a HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, BROWN CREEPER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL (2).
The Prince Edward Point Christmas Bird Count on Saturday produced some interesting sightings. WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW and SONG SPARROW  were all at a feeder along County Road 7 near Cressy Marsh. Lots of wintering YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS  with 13 seen at Little Bluff Conservation Area on the weekend. In the Glenora area, six species of woodpecker were present including HAIRY, DOWNY, RED-BELLIED, PILEATED, and NORTHERN FLICKER as well as a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Also somewhat unexpected were eight PURPLE FINCHES and five EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.  An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen along Babylon Road (also seen on Monday), an an AMERICAN PIPIT was sauntering along County Road 13 at South Bay, but the highlight on Babylon Road was the return of the MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD that had been first discovered on December 4th but disappeared after the 6th, returning seemingly just for the Christmas Bird Count! A SNOWY OWL was at Ostrander Point and my party found another near the end of Cressy Lakeside Road. Another has been present for several days north of Wellington.  One lucky party birding Bongard’s Road saw some BLUE JAYS heading full tilt across the road ahead of them. When they stopped to investigate, the jays’ attention was to a Red Cedar where a LONG-EARED OWL had sought refuge to no avail. Eventually the jays lost interest and departed one by one. An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen along County Road 13 on the 16th.
Waterfowl numbers are building at Wellington. Although the KING EIDER that had been there from November 19th until very early this month, seems to have moved on, there are now well over a dozen species present, one of them a CACKLING GOOSE that was seen on Saturday. Also present for its second winter is a domestic type GRAYLAG GOOSE. Other species present in varying numbers were CANADA GOOSE, MUTE and TUNDRA SWANS, MALLARDS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER. East of Waupoos Marina, well over 3,000 REDHEADS  were in the open water between the mainland and Waupoos Island, and similar numbers of LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at Prince Edward Point, the majority well offshore near the False Duck Islands, primarily due to some hunters with Quebec licence plates hunting LONG-TAILED DUCKS from a boat approximately 500 metres out from the lighthouse. Also present among the dozen or so species was a single GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
A few TURKEY VULTURES still remain in Prince Edward County with individuals during the weekend being seen in Picton as well as County Road 1 just outside of Picton, Prince Edward Point, Little Bluff Conservation Area and Luck’s Crossroad. HORNED LARKS over the weekend were seen along County Road 12 near Sandbanks (50), and 9 on Kaiser Crossroad. Along Stinson Block Road, west of Consecon, one birder was surprised to see a  DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT along the roadside.  The bird could walk and flex its wings but lacked the power to take off.
A  female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continues to regularly visit a feeder at 23 Sprague Road on Big Island, and a NORTHERN FLICKER is also an occasional guest. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  are at several feeders in the County, including ours, and this species as well as several COMMON GRACKLES and a lone BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD are at a feeder along Eames Road, south of Picton.
Other noteworthy sightings during the week included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on Conley Road Sunday, and on the same road, a MERLIN, RED-TAILED HAWK and NORTHERN HARRIER. There was a BROWN CREEPER and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on Sunrise Court near Massassauga Point today. Two male BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS showed up at a feeder in Allisonville today, and a dozen RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, all males, were at a feeder today at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island.
Two Belleville birders participating in the Bancroft Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, came up with 18 species in their assigned survey area, among them 2 BALD EAGLES, 7 COMMON RAVENS, 17 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 1 each of BROWN CREEPER and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES. Two RED CROSSBILLS were added to the day’s list as a result of their calls, and were finally spotted at the tip of a Black Spruce at the corner of Bay Lake Road and Lucerne Lake Road.
Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES coming to a feeder along Harmony Road, and 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS patronizing another feeder along the same stretch of road, north of Belleville. At the H.R. Frink Centre on Tuesday – NORTHERN FLICKER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, 5 PURPLE FINCHES and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. Three YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were along Mudcat Road at Foxboro yesterday, and a SNOWY OWL was seen in flight at the corner of Allore Road and Bogart Road at Tweed. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH continues in Foxboro. South of Queensboro a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and an EASTERN TOWHEE are coming to a feeder.
Amherst Island on Saturday came up with the ongoing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, as well as 4 SNOWY OWLS, 7 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 2 BALD EAGLES and a COMMON LOON. A SNOWY OWL was also at the Millhaven ferry dock and another was east of the Millhaven Chemical Plant. A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was spotted just east of County Road 21 along Highway 33 early in the week. By yesterday, the number of SNOWY OWLS on the island had multiplied to a total of 16. Also present there yesterday were 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 8 NORTHERN HARRIERS, a MERLIN, and 8 BALD EAGLES, six of them immatures, all seen in one field, probably near a carcass as ravens and crows were there also.
Singles of GRAY CATBIRD and FIELD SPARROW highlighted the Cobourg Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, with GREAT BLUE HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER, SNOWY OWL and a MERLIN being other notable finds. A BARRED OWL Sunday in the bush behind a house on Godolphin Road in Warkworth, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at a feeder there.
A few highlights from the Cobourg-Port Hope Christmas Bird Count on December 16th included TRUMPETER SWAN, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, TURKEY VULTURE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, OREGON JUNCO, and five species of sparrow – CHIPPING, FIELD, SAVANNAH, FOX and WHITE-CROWNED.
Apple Orchard Road in Cobourg this week had 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and 6 HORNED LARKS were seen north of Codrington.



Saturday, December 09 to Friday, December 15: 

From Josh Vandermeulen who compiles an Ontario Winter Bird List of all species seen from December 1 to February 28: “After the first half of December the 2017-2018 Ontario winter bird list stands at 184 species, which is average or slightly below average for the date. One new species to the all time winter list has been added - the Townsend’s Warbler near Rondeau Provincial Park. Other rare species found so far include Nelson’s Sparrow at Kanata (observed in 1 out of last 10 winter periods), Northern Gannet at Hamilton/Burlington (1/10), Western Meadowlark at Dorion (1/10), Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Niagara Falls (1/10), Eurasian Tree Sparrow at Wawa (2/10), 'Audubon’s' Yellow-rumped Warbler at Oakville (3/10), Mountain Bluebird at Waterloo and Prince Edward Point (3/10) and Black-throated Gray Warbler at Ottawa (4/10). As usual after only two weeks there are several holes to be filled in on this year's winter list. These include Boreal Owl, Fish Crow, Pine Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, Harris’s Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Eastern Meadowlark. Other species missing from this winter's list that are more unusual but still observed most winters include Eared Grebe, Great Egret, Black-headed Gull, California Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, White-eyed Vireo, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cape May Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Brewer’s Blackbird and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. The list can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/myyulvs . I have also provided a link on my blog, located at http://joshvandermeulen.blogspot.ca/p/ontario-winter-bird-list.html  . I try to update the spreadsheet every couple of days or whenever I hear of a new addition. Please let me know if you hear of a new addition or any other correction to the spreadsheet."
At Prince Edward Point, 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen at the same location last weekend. Five EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were also along nearby Whattam’s Road on Sunday and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was along Babylon Road.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS are coming to feeders at Wellington on the Lake, Ameliasburgh, Crofton, and north of Wellington. A female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  continues to be a daily visitor at feeders at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island, and a juvenile SWAMP SPARROW turned up today at a bird feeder near Prinyer`s Cove.
A late DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT did a fly-by in the Barcovan area last Saturday. A SNOW GOOSE continues to be in that area. An AMERICAN KESTREL and a RED-TAILED HAWK were seen along Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville on Sunday. Another RED-TAILED HAWK was at Madoc on Sunday and a BALD EAGLE  was seen near the Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area near Batawa. A wintering FOX SPARROW was found along Atkins Road on Tuesday and a SONG SPARROW  is coming to a feeder in Trenton. Also present at Atkins Road Tuesday were 51 MOURNING DOVES and 74 AMERICAN ROBINS. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was at the East Bayshore Park mid way down the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail on Monday.  
A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, seen all last week at Foxboro, continues to be present in the area. In Belleville, a NORTHERN SHRIKE stopped in at a Dunnett Blvd. address and helped itself to one of the patrons at the feeders.
Five each of SNOWY OWL and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK highlighted some of the sightings seen on Amherst Island last weekend. Other highlights were NORTHERN SHRIKE, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS. Twenty-five SHORT-EARED OWLS were observed hunting all day throughout the island mid-week, and eight BALD EAGLES  were seen all roosting together in a group. Six SNOWY OWLS and 2 LONG-EARED OWLS  were also observed. NORTHERN HARRIER, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, GREAT BLUE HERON were among the species present on Amherst Island yesterday.
On Townline Road, north of Bath, there were 16 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS yesterday, and nearby on Chambers Road, good sightings there included 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 40 HORNED LARKS, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 30 SNOW BUNTINGS. Another RUSTY BLACKBIRD  was at the McIntyre Road railway crossing.
Over in the Odessa area, the Violet Dump contained some 200 guls, mainly HERRING, RING-BILLED and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, but among them were singles of ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS. On Embury Road, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER  was seen there yesterday, and Dowdle Road produced another one along with 20 each of CEDAR WAXWING and AMERICAN ROBIN.
At Lime Lake, north of Westplain, a BALD EAGLE  was seen actively hunting a merganser. Five EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were present along Desmond Road, north of Camden East on Tuesday.
On Dean`s Road, west of Campbellcroft today, a BROWN CREEPER was seen, and there was a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at nearby Garden Hill Conservation Area.
Along the Presqu’ile Parkway, a SONG SPARROW  and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen near the The Birdhouse Nature Store on Sunday and a first winter ICELAND GULL passed over the Parkway today. Two RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  are coming to a feeder at the store. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen over downtown Brighton the same day, and a NORTHERN HARRIER  was present along County Road 64 outside of town. Despite winter having arrived, a few waterfowl remain at the Brighton Sewage Lagoon with CANADA GOOSE (4), MUTE SWAN (2), MALLARD (6) , BUFFLEHEAD (35) along with an AMERICAN KESTREL thereon Sunday. The SNOWY OWL in the photo, above left, was taken by Marmora resident Derek Dafoe on Sunday. In his notes to me, he stated that the Snowies (he saw 4) were eating the Long-tailed Ducks over there... lots of duck parts in their feeding zones. There there was about two feet of water with about one foot of wave action... easy to cross in hip waders. Gotta watch the under tow tho!! Falling is not an option with camera gear on your back!” he quipped.

Saturday, December 02 to Friday, December 08:

Some good birding this past week across the Bay of Quinte area, and a bit beyond. KING EIDER and MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD  were significant species in Prince Edward County, bringing the cumulative winter list for that county to 79 species. The list will continue until February 28th. CACKLING GOOSE and SNOW GOOSE  were good sightings this week in Hastings County, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL and a late  CHIPPING SPARROW were highlights in Lennox and Addington, and Presqu’ile Park’s 8 SNOWY OWLS and a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (albeit quite dead) were significant discoveries in Northumberland County. This, and more, in the Report below. Enjoy.
A KING EIDER which appeared on November 19th, dependably stayed within easy viewing distance from the end of the west jetty at the mouth of Wellington Channel until at least December 3rd, but there have been no further updates, which isn’t surprising given the hurricane winds that predominated for much of this week. Only the foolhardy would have ventured out onto the jetty those days and braved the winds and spume off the lake.
 A few tardy migrants in the Prince Edward Point area on Saturday including a CHIPPING SPARROW and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET along Long Point Road, and a TURKEY VULTURE at Salmon Point, and 11 of the latter at Sandbanks Park. A SWAMP SPARROW and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW were seen Saturday in the Cressy Marsh along C.R. 7 near Prinyer’s Cove. Kaiser Crossroad doing its best to hang in there before freeze-up. On Saturday, there were 200 TUNDRA SWANS and a GREAT BLUE HERON. A SNOWY OWL was there today.   The 3,000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS  at Prince Edward Point were not disappointing either.
LITTLE GULLS  were seen on the weekend at Sheba’s Island (causeway), and at Sandbanks Park (group camping area). At Wellington, a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen flying over the village on Wednesday, and a CACKLING GOOSE  was seen Wednesday at the Dunes Beach Day Use Area at Sandbanks.
At Point Petre on Sunday, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD turned up at Royal Road. An AMERICAN PIPIT was also at Point Petre, along with a SNOWY OWL (also present on the 6th). A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was spotted along Long Point Road. At Prince Edward Point, a lone GREEN-WINGED TEAL, unable to fly, was in the harbour. Other good sightings at the Point included 6 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, a BALD EAGLE, and three each of NORTHERN FLICKER and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, 2 TURKEY VULTURES and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL.
Two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen on Sunday along Carnrike Road in the Consecon area and a BELTED KINGFISHER was taking advantage of the fine weather at Consecon Lake. Also enjoying the fine weather last weekend were 2 male BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS in a backyard east of Lake on the Mountain. In competition with the KING EIDER for the Bird of the Week was a female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, seen on Monday, shockingly close to the March, 1990 sighting along Babylon Road near Prince Edward Point (Details under RARE BIRD SIGHTINGS). Despite driving rain, the bird was seen the following day, too and continued though Wednesday.
A few signs of winter with 17 SNOW BUNTINGS at Atkins Road, but a male NORTHERN FLICKER that turned up in a Trenton backyard in balmy temperatures on Sunday begged to disagree.  
HOODED MERGANSERS numbered 55 at Twelve O’clock Point at Carrying Place on the weekend, and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT  was also there. At Tremur Lake along Wooler Road at Telephone Road on the west side of Trenton, singles of SNOW GOOSE and GREAT BLUE HERON were noteworthy sightings as were 3 TRUMPETER SWANS and 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. On Wednesday, there was a CACKLING GOOSE there, and four EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.
On Monday there were 500 CANADA GEESE grazing in the fenced soccer field in Belleville’s Zwick’s Park. Probably the best fertilized and possibly the slipperiest soccer field in eastern Ontario!  
Miscellaneous sightings across Hastings County during the week included EASTERN BLUEBIRD in Trenton on Monday, 52 CEDAR WAXWINGS on Atkins Road, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH in Foxboro and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET at Potter’s Creek Conservation Area.
Four YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen along Reinink Road at Varty Lake, north of Camden East on Sunday, and four EASTERN BLUEBIRDS turned up on Desmond Road. Also defying the advent of winter was a CHIPPING SPARROW, on County Road 9 just south of Hambly Road near Napanee.  And the first sighting this winter of a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was made along the Cataraqui Trail just west of Yarker, also on Sunday.
Among the eight waterfowl species seen on Thursday at Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area were 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 23 HOODED MERGANSERS. The 49 TUNDRA SWANS on the bay were also a good sighting.
At Napanee today, 32 TUNDRA SWANS were among 8 waterfowl species present late this afternoon at the mouth of the Napanee River. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also seen there.
A few good birds seen today (Friday) at the McIntyre Road CN crossing, north of Bath – WILD TURKEY, COMMON RAVEN, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN and, 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (2 males, 1 female).
East of Wooler Thursday afternoon, a road killed NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (unbanded) was discovered by a motorist.
Presqu’ile Park, more specifically Owen Point, seems to offer the best odds of getting a SNOWY OWL on your winter list. There were 8 of them on Gull Island on Sunday!



Saturday, November 25 to Friday, December 01:

For dyed in the wool birders, December 1st marks the opening day of the “Winter Season”. From that date until February 28 (or 29), active birders will document all species seen during that period of time. Approximately 346 species of birds have been recorded in Ontario during the winter period, with usually between 200 and 220 species recorded in a given winter. Last winter 216 species were recorded, representing the third highest total ever, after the 224 species in 2011-2012 and the 220 species in 2015-2016. Some of the highlights from last winter included two new species for the all-time Ontario winter list in Red-necked Phalarope and Crested Caracara. Other rarities and unusual winter species included American Bittern, Sora, Western Sandpiper, Slaty-backed Gull, White-winged Dove, Cave Swallow, Smith's Longspur, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Gray Warblers, Nelson's Sparrow and Brambling. So, One hundred species, or more, is not an unachievable total, in the Bay of Quinte area. It is an exciting time of the year to get out and enjoy the winter weather and what it has to offer in the way of bird. This birder was out and about today (Friday) in the hopes of getting a good start on this year’s winter list. A few highlights are below, under the Prince Edward County account.
A juvenile female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT which put in an unexpected appearance on Sunday at a property along Swamp College Road was still around today (Friday) although it was reluctant, as it was on the 26th, to show itself, despite my efforts at playing all of it favourite songs. A couple of “tcheps” was all that it produced this morning. More cooperative was a first year male KING EIDER that put on a good showing at the mouth of the Wellington Channel where it has been since being initially seen November 19th. It was seen at 11:30 a.m. this morning cavorting with a small group of BUFFLEHEADS and LONG-TAILED DUCKS. A NORTHERN PINTAIL arrived last weekend to join other waterfowl species there, but couldn’t be found today. 
At Kaiser Crossroad, the herd of TUNDRA SWANS, estimated to be about 150 in number last week, had grown to 250 by Saturday. Also at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded fields, there were 2 HORNED GREBES, BUFFLEHEADS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, and a couple GREAT BLUE HERONS. Another 4 HORNED GREBES, a SURF SCOTER, 60 BUFFLEHEADS, 40 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 6 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and a couple LONG-TAILED DUCKS  were in Lake Ontario out from Cressy Lakeside Road.
A few winter birds this past week. On the weekend, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS  were seen – 2 at County Road 4 and Fry Road, and another along the Lakeview Trail at Sandbanks Park.Although not a rarity anymore it seems during late fall and into winter, two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen on Wednesday at Green Point in Sophiasburgh Ward, south of Deseronto.
SANDHILL CRANES are still on the move. In addition to isolated sightings here and there, two flocks of cranes totalling 30 were seen flying over the Stinson Block at Consecon on Monday. Two others were seen on Wednesday at Doxsee Road, just south of Black Road.  Backyard visitors east of Lake on the Mountain on Tuesday were three BALD EAGLES, perched in a dead tree on the owner’s property – two adults and one first year bird.  Late last night, a BARRED OWL swooped down to the shoulder of the road along County Road 14 near the Hamilton Wetland, successfully capturing its prey.
Looks like we’re going to have CEDAR WAXWINGS, at least, around this winter. At Prince Edward Point, a flock of 340 was seen on Tuesday! Three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were also seen. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was also in the Consecon area the same day along with GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, PILEATED WOODPECKER, COOPER’S HAWK, BELTED KINGFISHER and, out on the lake, over 100 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.
Winter is coming to Hastings and the SNOW BUNTINGS have arrived – 42 of them to Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville. And, a bonus – a SNOWY OWL, perched on the ground in a large field on Sunday and was there again on Tuesday. Another SNOWY OWL was also seen this past weekend – this one perched atop a golf cart at the Barcovan Golf Course. Two SNOWY OWLS  were seen Sunday at Twelve O’clock Point, perched on the cement piers on the south side of the Murray Canal.
At Foxboro, 35 HOUSE FINCHES were seen there on the weekend, a species we don’t often see anymore in large numbers.
At Tweed mid-week, there was a rafter of 30 WILD TURKEYS in a hay field bordered by Kinlin Road on the north and Little Otter Creek on the south, a somewhat high number for that neck of the woods. At Stoco Lake, a BALD EAGLE  was seen today. Waterfowl on the lake comprised COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, and CANADA GOOSE. At the Tweed Sewage Lagoons today, there was a lone SNOW GOOSE, 1200 CANADA GEESE, 500 MALLARDS, 20 BUFFLEHEAD, and lesser numbers of AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and COMMON GOLDENEYE.
South of Tweed, 10 PINE SISKINS greeted 2 birders today in the parking lot. There was also a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, a BROWN CREEPER, and 4 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES among the species present. And, south of Roslin, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen today.
Eight waterfowl species on Tremur Lake Tuesday, off Wooler Road at Telephone Road – CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, TRUMPETER SWAN (1), GADWALL, MALLARD. AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, REDHEAD and BUFFLEHEAD. At Twelve O’clock Point at Carrying Place, HOODED MERGANSERS  were the highlight at 140. Five species at Barcovan Beach, but alas, no BRANT which hasn’t been seen in at least five days. Behind the Trenton Canadian Tire store, the Coots have departed, with only MALLARDS and a couple TUNDRA SWANS remaining.
The H.R. Frink Centre, north of Belleville, is not finished producing yet. On Thursday, there were BROWN CREEPER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES that figured among the more than a dozen species encountered there.
A BELTED KINGFISHER  was hanging around the Milhaven ferry dock on Tuesday, and a SHORT-EARED OWL was at the east end of Amherst Island that day as well. Also at the east end of Amherst Island, 2 SNOWY OWLS  were seen on the Martin Edwards Reserve. Also seen there – 2 each of EASTERN MEADOWLARK, AMERICAN PIPIT and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. Elsewhere on Amherst Island, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen that day, and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD and a TUFTED TITMOUSE were seen there today. 
A day earlier, 17 AMERICAN ROBINS, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 15 CEDAR WAXWINGS and the same number of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were noted along the Cataraqui Trail, west of Yarker.
A SNOWY OWL was still at Cobourg Harbour throughout this week. But, there was also a BELTED KINGFISHER there, 2 lingering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, along with 11 waterfowl species, and a RED-THROATED LOON (also present today). BELTED KINGFISHER and GREAT BLUE HERON still lingered at Wicklow Beach, south of Grafton and Colborne.



Saturday, November 18 to Friday, November 24:

For many years eye disease has been found in bird species other than House Finches, but at very low rates. There now is some evidence that other species are being infected at higher rates. Participants in Project FeederWatch last season saw evidence of the disease in Purple Finches and Evening Grosbeaks. So this year Project FeederWatch has expanded the eye disease reporting capability to include those species, as well as House Finches and American Goldfinches. If you have Purple Finches, or Evening Grosbeaks visiting your feeders, please look for signs of eye disease in these birds and indicate what you find when you submit your counts. Another reminder that I have created a new web page called Rare Birds in the Bay of Quinte Area, and Beyond. Whenever a rare or unusual species is seen, it will be placed here with more details about the sighting and where it may be found. Of course, any sightings of Great Gray Owls this winter will not be posted to protect this sensitive species. For now, just to test the waters, I have posted details about the Anna’s Hummingbird that was seen at Carleton Place which apparently has since disappeared since there have been no further updates. The new RARE BIRDS page welcomes any comments or suggestions.
For more than two weeks, a BRANT has been present at Barcovan, off County Road 64, west of Carrying Place. It had been grazing on a lawn at 603 Barcovan Beach Road and slept by night at the deck beside the house. However, by Tuesday, it had disappeared and showed up the following day swimming in the water nearby. Also nearby has been a GREAT BLUE HERON. Both photos by Nick Quickert of Trenton.
At Twelve O’clock Point, Carrying Place, on Sunday, nine species of waterfowl were present with REDHEADS at 600, forming the bulk of the numbers. Three hundred scaup were also seen as were lesser numbers of MUTE SWANS, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARDS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE. By Tuesday, the number of species had risen to 15, with some of the higher numbers represented by HOODED MERGANSER (780), REDHEAD (400) and AMERICAN WIGEON (75). A late TURKEY VULTURE was also seen but in recent years an increasing number of this species has been lingering well into November with small numbers remaining through the winter.
At Stoco Lake, a BLACK SCOTER  was seen on the 19th, while RING-NECKED DUCKS and a HOODED MERGANSER  were among six species seen at the Tweed Sewage Lagoons. And, at Tremur Lake on the west side of Trenton, seven waterfowl species were there, 500 CANADA GEESE, 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 5 HOODED MERGANSERS and 4 TRUMPETER SWANS being the highlights.
Among the noteworthy finds at Vanderwater Conservation Area on Wednesday were RED-TAILED HAWK, 5 COMMON RAVENS, and 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. RED-TAILED HAWKS seemingly everywhere in Hastings County this past week.
Other interesting sightings during the week included a GREAT HORNED OWL heard calling along Elmwood Drive on the east side of Belleville Wednesday night, a PILEATED WOODPECKER  today along Twiddy Road at the Trans Canada Trail north of Ivanhoe, and CEDAR WAXWINGS at the Stirling Sewage Lagoons
The TUNDRA SWANS pictured above in the photo from Barbara and Paul Wallace of Cressy have been present at Kaiser Crossroad since mid-week. Today, their numbers were estimated at 150. At Pleasant Bay, the population of TUNDRA SWANS has been building, and Tuesday there were 172. Also present were 250 scaup, BUFFLEHEADS, MALLARDS, MUTE SWANS, GADWALLS and a lone CANADA GOOSE. Waterfowl at Wellington Harbour still a bit slow in building up any appreciable numbers. During the week, MUTE SWANS, MALLARDS, AMERICAN WIGEON, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEADS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and  COMMON GOLDENEYE  were present, but in small numbers. Eight lingering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were still present. A first winter male KING EIDER has been present in the area since Sunday. Sixty-four TUNDRA SWANS were in West Lake at Sheba’s Island on Sunday, and a half dozen flew over Sprague Road heading toward Muscote Bay.
A female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER has been a regular at a feeder at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island since November 9th. Another sapsucker was spotted Tuesday along Old Orchard Road. A few good sightings along Long Point Road near Prince Edward Point on Monday including 6 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a lingering RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. Also seen in the County this past week was a BALD EAGLE today flying over Snider Road in Ameliasburgh.
At least one SNOWY OWL was still at Cobourg Harbour from an earlier reported two.
November is the key month to be looking for Purple Sandpipers at Presqu’ile Park. Instead, 4 other species were there occupying their spaces on Sunday – 22 DUNLIN, 3 each of SANDERLING and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a lone PECTORAL SANDPIPER. By mid-week, the DUNLIN were reduced to half, and only 2 each of SANDERLING and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was present on the 19th.
Speaking of hawks, the bird feeding season has begun with the sighting of a COOPER’S HAWK at one feeder off Ontario Street in Brighton.
Some species haven’t heard the predictions for this winter and just don’t know that it’s best to get out of town while they can. At the Lone Pine Sanctuary north of Colborne on Tuesday, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK flew east over Maple Grove Road just south of the parking area at dusk.



Saturday, November 11 to Friday, November 17:
Well known birders Bruce DiLabio and Ron Pittaway report that a long time birder of Ottawa, F. Monty Brigham, has passed away. Monty's birding interest began in the mid-1950s. During the 1960s and early 1970s, he was a top field birder in a group that included Ron Pittaway, Dan Brunton, Don Lafontaine and John Dubois. Monty and companions mentored numerous younger Ottawa birders in the late 60s and early 70s including Bruce Di Labio, Tom Hince, Stephen O'Donnell, Bruce Mactavish, Brian Morin, Michael Runtz and others. Monty’s field skills were the envy of fellow birders. He found lots of birds because he perfected the art of “squeaking” long before other birders used it. Monty also used a scope before most other birders had one. He loved doing Big Days in May and kept meticulous journal notes and records. In the 1970s, Monty’s birding focus changed to recording bird songs and calls. He produced a number of Vinyl LP records including Songs of the Season, Pelee Spring and Algonquin Park. His biggest challenge would be the “Bird Sounds of Canada” which was a sound field guide to supplement Earl Godfrey's 2nd edition of  “The Birds of Canada”. The three volumes and six CDs covering over 300 species aided hundreds of birders in learning bird songs. Monty’s friendly nature and bird recordings are his legacy. Condolences can be e-mailed to Monty Brigham’s wife, Jane, at There will be a service at Cedarview Alliance Church, 2784 Cedarview Road, Nepean, tomorrow, Nov. 18th at 11:30 a.m.

A couple of significant sightings got accidentally omitted from the Report last week – a NORTHERN GOSHAWK on Arthur Road and a very late GRAY CATBIRD at the end of Edward Drive, both locations in the Stinson Block at Consecon. Also on that side of the County, 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen along the Millennium Trail, south of Smoke’s Point Road.
A tardy EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on Royal Road on Sunday - although not terribly tardy as we have had a few individuals closer to the end of November in past years, and an early December sighting last year.
Not many waterfowl at Wellington Harbour yet. On Sunday, there were over 30 each of BUFFLEHEAD and MALLARDS, and a handful of GREATER SCAUP. Thirty TUNDRA SWANS  were present in West Lake on Tuesday, just out from the causeway leading to Sheba’s Island.
Atkins Road last weekend produced a few interesting species – two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS in tall weeds with other sparrows, 17 HORNED LARKS, 1 NORTHERN FLICKER and a RED-TAILED HAWK.
At the Sager Conservation Area, off Airport Road near Stirling, 40 BRANT  were seen flying overhead.
There was a SNOW GOOSE, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, a PIED-BILLED GREBE and 5 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS which highlighted a list of birds seen at Lock 13, just north of Campbellford on Sunday.
Only 14 AMERICAN  COOTS were present Tuesday behind Trenton’s Canadian Tire store, and while none was seen at Carrying Place’s Twelve O’clock Point, waterfowl there was significant, both in terms of numbers and species. Close to 20 species were present, among them 36 MUTE SWANS, 40 GADWALL, 80 AMERCIAN WIGEON, 35 MALLARDS, 150 REDHEADS, 1500 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, and 540 HOODED MERGANSERS. Also present were 4 each of CANVASBACK, RUDDY DUCK and PIED-BILLED GREBE, and a single WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. At Tremur Lake along Wooler Road at Telephone Road, only 6 waterfowl species were present – 500 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 4 TRUMPETER SWANS, 120 MALLARDS, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 30 BUFFLEHEADS. A few waterfowl species on Stoco Lake at Tweed – MALLARD, LONG-TAILED DUCK (2), BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and HOODED MERGANSER – small numbers of each. At East Bayshore Park along the Bayshore Trail in the Bay of Quinte, a little better, numbers-wise, with CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, MALLARD, LESSER SCAUP (12), BUFFLEHEAD (20), and COMMON GOLDENEYE (50). Also seen there this morning were BALD EAGLE, BELTED KINGFISHER, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS and GREAT BLUE HERON.
A flock of 42 SNOW BUNTINGS on Amherst Island last weekend yielded a LAPLAND LONGSPUR  for one birder. Also checked off were 1 GOLDEN EAGLE being harassed by three NORTHERN HARRIERS, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Another 65 SNOW BUNTINGS  were also at Morven, just east of Napanee, and a couple were noted at Odessa. 
Winter has arrived in Northumberland County. Two SNOWY OWLS showed up at Cobourg Harbour last Saturday morning which were still there the following morning. Also at the harbour, 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS  showed up on Thursday, along with an ICELAND GULL. A BRANT  was also in the harbour, as were 8 RED-THROATED LOONS this morning.
At the Brighton Sewage Lagoon on Thursday, 78 NORTHERN SHOVELERS  were the highlight, but also present were 10 CANADA GEESE. 5 MALLARDS, and 44 BUFFLEHEAD. Forty-nine GADALL at Gosport were noteworthy that day as well, as was a FOX SPARROW in the Northumberland Forest north of Cobourg.
As of yesterday, three shorebird species were still present at Presqu’ile Park, challenging the rigours of late fall. Thirty-five DUNLIN, 3 juvenile WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a lone SANDERLING remained.


Saturday, November 04 to Friday, November 10:
Don’t forget, The Birdhouse Nature Store has re-opened at its brand new location at 240 Presqu’ile Parkway, just outside Presqu’ile Park. Plan to drop by and peruse the incredible variety of products. This season’s Project FeederWatch begins tomorrow, November 11th (ends April 6th). Bird Studies Canada emphasizes that it is extremely grateful to all the participants who have made FeederWatch so successful for 30 years. Not only have at least 75 FeederWatchers participated every year since the project started in 1987, but more than 2,000 have participated for the last 15–29 years, and nearly 2,000 more have participated for the last 10–14 years! Over the project’s 30-year history more than 69,000 participants have counted more than 142,000,000 birds and submitted more than 2,500,000 checklists! Thank you for your incredible dedication, service, and support. To take part in Project FeederWatch, CLICK HERE.

The first reported SNOW BUNTINGS of the season – 3 of them – showed up at Prince Edward Point last Saturday where other “wintry” birds included NORTHERN SHRIKE, 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 5 PINE SISKINS and 15 PURPLE FINCHES. Another 2 PURPLE FINCHES  were at Charwell Point as well as 13 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. Other birds of interest showing up Saturday along the South Shore IBA were 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON, WINTER WREN, 198 AMERICAN ROBINS, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, 2 AMERICAN PIPITS, 3 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 12 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a couple PURPLE FINCHES.
Two SANDHILL CRANES  were at the Hamilton Wetland on Saturday. 
Bit of a raptor movement at Point Petre on Saturday when 18 COOPER’S HAWKS and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE flew over. Other good sightings there that day included 53 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 174 AMERICAN CROWS, 15 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 17 AMERICAN ROBINS, SNOW BUNTING, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, and 20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, just to name a few of the highlights. Another GOLDEN EAGLE was seen near Salmon Point Road on Sunday.  Another GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Prince Edward Point on Monday, along with 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 8 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, MERLIN, and 7 TURKEY VULTURES. Other good species seen at Prince Edward Point the same day were WINTER WREN, 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 30 CEDAR WAXWINGS and a single SONG SPARROW. Yet another GOLDEN EAGLE  was seen at South Bay on Tuesday.
The usual kettle of TURKEY VULTURES are starting to congregate at their usual location in Picton where they do every year at this time. We can only presume that it is a grove of tall conifers that attracts them every year for roosting, and not so much the presence of the Whattam Funeral home just a few metres away on the south side of Rogers Street. I counted 16 circling above the street two days ago, and yesterday, another birder counted about 20 which is the usual number every year.
A somewhat late GREAT EGRET was seen at Tremur Lake on Sunday at Wooler Road and Telephone Road on the west side of Trenton. Also late were 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER on Monday near Barcovan at the corner of County Road 64 and Alyea Road. Back at Tremur Lake, some waterfowl starting to show up now. Eight species were there yesterday, namely, 100 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 6 WOOD DUCKS, 12 GADWALL, 80 MALLARDS, 16 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 20 BUFFLEHEAD and 4 HOODED MERGANSERS. Sixteen waterfowl species at Twelve O’clock Point at Carrying Place, totalling 5,400 waterfowl. Among the highlights yesterday were 55 MUTE SWANS, 1 TRUMPETER SWAN, 150 REDHEAD, a RING-NECKED DUCK, and a BLACK SCOTER. Fifty-four AMERICAN COOTS were in the Bay of Quinte behind Canadian Tire in Trenton and 80 were at Bain Park just east of there. At Potter’s Creek Conservation Area, 600 COMMON GOLDENEYE  were in the Bay of Quinte. And a SNOW GOOSE  was hanging out with CANADA GEESE near Batawa.
At Stirling, 2 BALD EAGLES  were spotted on Monday, and a PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen along the shoreline on the west side of Belleville, also on Monday. Early in the week, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and  GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were seen at the H.R. Frink Centre north of Belleville.
In Trenton, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is patronizing a feeder there. At Roslin, a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS checking out a nest box, probably responding to the annual autumnal recrudescence which seems to happen every year at this time. Colder temperatures in the offing may quell the autumnal recrudescence of the amatory urge.
Near the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course north of Harmony Road and Highway 37, highlights seen there on Wednesday were FOX SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and 5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.
Nice collection of 93 TUNDRA SWANS in Hay Bay yesterday in the Sillsville area.
Cobourg Harbour on Saturday had an impressive collection of waterfowl – some 16 species if we include the four HORNED GREBES and 4 AMERICAN COOTS as part of the mix. Six COMMON LOONS and a RED-THROATED LOON were also sighted, as well as 80 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 23 REDHEADS and 13 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, just to name a few of the species present. Yesterday, a SNOW GOOSE and a CACKLING GOOSE had joined the species present and the number of COMMON LOONS had jumped to an impressive 215 east of the harbour, and 8 RED-THROATED LOONS  were among them.  We can only hope that 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS that chose to hang around the Garden Hill Conservation Area at Campbellcroft beside a GREATER YELLOWLEGS had hunkered down well last night, given the dip in the temperatures overnight, and plan to do so again tonight. 
During an OFO outing to Presqu’ile Park and environs on Sunday in almost steady rainfall, a stalwart group of dedicated birders managed to locate 3 tardy SANDERLINGS  still at Owen Point and also seen there was an ICELAND GULL. Off Beach 1, there was a RED-NECKED GREBE in Popham Bay, and two REDHEADS  were among the hundreds of scaup off Salt Point in Presqu’ile Bay. At Cobourg Harbour, a BRANT fed close to the breakwater rocks. Lots of waterfowl were congregated in the harbour including many AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and BUFFLEHEADS, five AMERICAN COOTS, 2 COMMON LOONS, and distant RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and LONG-TAILED DUCKS. Eight GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were loafing on the sand beach. On Monday, a 1st year BALD EAGLE  was seen along the Presqu’ile Parkway leading into the Park, as were 6 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and a RED-TAILED HAWK. Some good numbers of some species coming into Presqu’ile Park right now. On Tuesday, there were 85 TUNDRA SWANS that had arrived, along with 1,750 REDHEADS, and 50 RED-THROATED LOONS. Also new, at least as far as any measurable numbers, were 55 SNOW BUNTINGS on Beach 1 and Gull Island. At Gosport yesterday, a few highlights there included 5 TRUMPETER SWANS and 20 NORTHERN SHOVELERS. On Monday, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were still about, seen on the lower portion of lower Huff Road, west of Brighton where NORTHERN PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL were also present.
Five RED-THROATED LOONS were just a few of the highlights on Wednesday at Wicklow Point, west of Brighton. Others included 1200 REDHEADS, 80 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 40 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, 18 COMMON LOONS, 8 HORNED GREBES and an AMERICAN PIPIT.   Seven BLACK SCOTERS  were spotted at Chubb Point, Grafton. Two RUDDY DUCKS at Presqu’ile’s Calf Pasture Point on Wednesday.


Saturday, October 28 to Friday, November 03:

The birdfeeding season is looming ahead, although the majority of us never let up through the summer, feeding the menagerie of birds that inhabited our backyards during the nesting season. Don’t forget, The BIRDHOUSE NATURE STORE re-opens tomorrow at its brand new location at 240 Presqu’ile Parkway, just outside Presqu’ile Park. 
Waterfowl species are increasing at Prince Edward Point with the advent of winter. Last weekend, over 3,000 GREATER SCAUP were estimated along with 300 REDHEADS. Also present were smaller numbers of GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARDS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEADS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and a lone SURF SCOTER. A bit slow yet at Wellington Harbour, but things will pick up later. Last weekend, only MUTE SWANS and MALLARDS and 7 PINTAIL were noted there, while at the other end of the sand spit, at the Dunes Beach Day Use Area, CANADA GEESE, GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and a single HOODED MERGANSER were added to the list there. Ninety GREEN-WINGED TEAL were at Kaiser Crossroad on Tuesday, also a few HOODED MERGANSERS, MALLARDS and CANADA GEESE.
A LITTLE GULL was spotted flying off Salmon Point on Sunday, and SANDERLINGS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS  were at Sandbanks yesterday.
A juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON didn’t get far after capturing a ROCK PIGEON along County Road 5 between Picton and Demorestville on Tuesday; it was found dead on the roadside with the dead pigeon beside it. Some great raptor sightings today at South Bay, among them, 4 GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 9 RED-TAILED HAWKS, and one each of BALD EAGLE and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.
Lots of birds were still around in the Consecon Hillier area. AMERICAN ROBIN and DARK-EYED JUNCO were very common mid-week. Two flocks of CEDAR WAXWING were feeding on the plentiful berries and small groups of kinglet were about with GOLDEN-CROWNED far outnumbering RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. Also present were 15 WOOD DUCKS, 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and two each of HERMIT THRUSH and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Wellers Bay had a pair of BUFFLEHEAD, 7 BONAPARTE`S GULL and a COMMON LOON in winter plumage. Early winter arrivals were a small group of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE.   
Some 3200 waterfowl were seen in the Bay of Quinte off Twelve O’clock Point at Carry Place but were distant to identify as to species. A few waterfowl species are starting to gather on Tremur Lake, along Wooler Road at Telephone Road. On Wednesday there were nine species with CANADA GEESE, BUFFLEHEAD and HOODED MERGANSER – 75, 45 and 20 respectively, and smaller numbers of MUTE SWAN (2), TRUMPETER SWAN (4), GADWALL (2), MALLARD (15), AMERICAN BLACK DUCK (6), and NORTHERN PINTAIL (1). This morning, another look revealed CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, two dozen BUFFLEHEADS, three WOOD DUCKS and four TRUMPETER SWANS including two adults and two young. Waterfowl a bit more plentiful at Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place where an estimated 3,400 ducks and swans were present. High on the list were MUTE SWANS at 129, but not to be outdone were 250 AMERICAN WIGEON, 400 REDHEAD, 220 LESSER SCAUP, 50 MALLARDS, 30 HOODED MERGANSERS. Among the 17 waterfowl species, too, were 12 BLACK SCOTERS. Twelve DUNLIN and 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES  were also there. Birders are now flocking to the Bay of Quinte shoreline to view the AMERICAN COOTS that gather here each year at this time due to the available food in the shallows behind the Canadian Tire Store in Trenton. Ninety AMERICAN COOTS were there last weekend along with a couple BRANT, and 130 coots were counted on Wednesday. Twelve GREEN-WINGED TEAL were found at the Kenron Estates sewage lagoons at Bayside.
Last weekend’s highlights at the Stirling Sewage Lagoons were 38 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, 45 MALLARDS, 4 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 3 HOODED MERGANSERS, 2 each of AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and NORTHERN PINTAIL and a lone BUFFLEHEAD.
On Wednesday, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS flew over Dunnett Blvd in Belleville.
Miscellaneous sightings in Hastings County during the week included a GREAT HORNED OWL along Airport Parkway on Sunday, and also at the same location, a CATTLE EGRET showed up early this morning and stayed for 10 minutes. And, at a Trenton feeder last night, one birder had a new species..... a good looking fat VIRGINIA OPOSSUM, a species that seems to be getting more common in the Bay of Quinte area.
A CATTLE EGRET, perhaps a different bird from the individual seen at Belleville this morning was seen early this afternoon at Milhaven. Late this afternoon, the bird was still in the area and was last reported being visible from Taylor Kidd Blvd., about 500 metres east of Highway 4, associating with cattle in a field.  Eighteen RUDDY DUCKS  were found along South Shore Road at Hay Bay yesterday.
SANDERLINGS and DUNLIN are still going strong at Presqu’ile Park. There were 25 of the former and 40 of the latter species on Owen Point last weekend. Also last weekend, 3 BRANT  were at Wicklow Beach near Grafton and one was still there mid-week. Somewhat of a surprise was a late TREE SWALLOW still flying around low over the water picking up insects. Some good sightings at Cobourg Harbour on Sunday included 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, 7 COMMON LOONS, 8 BLACK SCOTERS and 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Four CACKLING GEESE and 14 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at the Garden Hill Conservation Area near Campbellcroft, also on Sunday.
On Tuesday, there was a RED PHALAROPE at Owen Point. Despite it being November, a few other shorebird species were about this week at the Park.



Saturday, October 21 to Friday, October 27:

The birdfeeding season is looming ahead, although the majority of us never let up through the summer, feeding the menagerie of birds that inhabited our backyards during the nesting season. Don’t forget, The BIRDHOUSE NATURE STORE re-opens next Saturday at its brand new location at 240 Presqu’ile Parkway, just outside Presqu’ile Park.  In our backyard, we enjoyed a steady parade of adult Blue Jays, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches and Black-capped Chickadees as they brought their young to our backyard to sample the fare offered.  The late Roger Tory Peterson in commenting on our desire to attract birds to the backyard, once said, "By sowing our gardens  not only with flowers, but also with cardinals, orioles, jays, bluebirds, purple finches and goldfinches, we are giving ourselves a visual treat and reaffirming the joy, and goodness of living. Birds, not rooted to the earth, are among the most eloquent expressions of life."
Among the 30 or so species present at South Bay yesterday was a BALD EAGLE and 4 TUNDRA SWANS.  Some good waterfowl sightings at Prince Edward Point on Monday, both numbers-wise and species-wise. Between five and ten thousand GREATER SCAUP were flushed by a passing fishing boat, and also seen were the first two BLACK SCOTERS of the fall season. Another BLACK SCOTER  was in Hay Bay. Some interesting sightings at Prince Edward Point today, in addition to the approximately 600 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS that have been banded so far during this fall. This morning, all three scoter species were tallied, along with 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,  40 HORNED GREBES, a RED-NECKED GREBE, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, a BLUE-HEADED VIREO, one each of WINTER WREN and HERMIT THRUSH, and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS. An impressive list to be sure. Other observers noted some 3,000 scaup and 52 CEDAR WAXWINGS.
A ROSS`S GOOSE, with few details, was seen on Fish Lake on October 18th. There are a few past records of this uncommon migrant, but mainly from the Weller`s Bay area.
Saturday morning, in the Consecon area, there were a good number of migrants about. The only warblers were several groups of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Other birds of note were EASTERN BLUEBIRD (7), RUSTY BLACKBIRD (6) , and two of HERMIT THRUSH, EASTERN PHOEBE, and GREAT EGRET, and singles of WINTER WREN, CAROLINA WREN, BELTED KINGFISHER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
Ducks are starting to gather at Wellington Harbour. Last weekend, there were 29 MUTE SWANS, 30 AMERICAN WIGEONS, 54 MALLARDS, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 2 scaup. A late CASPIAN TERN, normally gone by this time of the month, was still hanging about the harbour on the 20th (one other late record, 2010, Oct. 30).
Other noteworthy sightings across the County during the week included 5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS along the Millennium Trail south of Smoke`s Point Road on Saturday, and another 4 the following day along Snider Road in Ameliasburgh. Thirty-six COMMON LOONS at South Bay of the 23rd was a nice sighting, as were 50 AMERICAN PIPITS at Kaiser Crossroad. A somewhat late BLUE-HEADED VIREO was at 2410 Victoria Road in Ameliasburgh on the 24th, although we have had later dates in previous years and, of course, today’s sighting at Prince Edward Point.  
The first arrival of a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was recorded along Babylon Road on Monday. 
Shorebirds are still around. Thirty-seven SANDERLINGS and a single DUNLIN were at Sandbanks Park yesterday, and both species were there again today, along with a VALUE-HEADED VIREO.
The coots are coming! Well, actually, they are here. A count of 164 AMERICAN COOTS  was made yesterday in the Bay of Quinte behind the Trenton Canadian Tire store. An plethora of aquatic vegetation in the shallows seems to be the drawing card, accounting for the large numbers every year at this time. And the handful of BLACK SCOTERS that have shown up in Prince Edward County were more than overshadowed by an incredible 22 seen on Stoco Lake at Tweed this morning! Photo above taken this morning by Keith Gregoire of Belleville. Some 30 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS  were at Vanderwater Conservation Area early this morning.
During the H.R. Frink Centre`s Fall Festival Day on Sunday, 20 species were noted during the day and during a guided walk, including AMERICAN BITTERN, RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN FLICKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and both Nuthatch species.
Once again, the long perching PEREGRINE FALCON was seen this week at the Belleville Court house. Other good sightings this past week included a PILEATED WOODPECKER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at Potter’s Creek Conservation Area (south side)
Saturday at Milhaven, there was a RED-THROATED LOON (also seen the previous day) and 3 COMMON LOONS. At the Gray`s Wetland Project along Wilton Creek on Saturday, a few shorebirds were still evident – 5 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 8 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER and a half dozen DUNLIN  were still in Wilton Creek on Monday, and both Yellowlegs species were at Big Creek Road and Townline Road. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the Adolphustown side of Glenora Ferry yesterday and the first reported AMERICAN TREE SPARROW of the “winter” season showed up along South Shore Road at Hay Bay, also yesterday. At Wilton Creek near Morven, shorebirds still present there were a single DUNLIN, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and 13 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS......make that 12 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS – one was caught by a MERLIN while one birder was counting!
Thirty-five GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a WOOD DUCK at the Brighton Constructed Wetlands on Monday. Also still around on the weekend was a GRAY CATBIRD at the Presqu’ile Park Campground Office viewing platform, and a previously reported single BRANT was at Beach 3 during much of the week. Thirty-five GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and about half as many RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were counted in the Park yesterday and, as well, there were eight HERMIT THRUSHES, 7 FOX SPARROWS, 65 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and a PEREGRINE FALCON seen. Along the Parkway, a GOLDEN EAGLE, BALD EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 5 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 4 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and 75 TURKEY VULTURES passed over near noon. Still some shorebirds around at Presquìle. Not surprisingly, both SANDERLINGS (10) and 30 DUNLIN were still enjoying the fine weather that last weekend had to offer. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER  was seen on Sunday.



Saturday, October 14 to Friday, October 20:

Our congratulations to Picton area birders, Kathy Felkar and Mike Burge, for winning a spotting scope and tripod, donated by Eagle Optics Canada. They were winners in this year’s Great Canadian Birdathon (formerly known as the Baillie Birdathon). Congratulations also to  Sheldon McGregor of Ancaster, Ontario, the lucky winner of this year’s Grand Prize. Sheldon won an Eagle-Eye Tours adventure, and will choose from a guided birding tour of either Costa Rica, Central Mexico, or the Alberta Rockies.  Eagle Optics Canada also donated a Youth Prize (binoculars), won by Gavin McKinnon of Calgary, Alberta; and an additional pair of binoculars, won by Diane Peter of Oshawa.  Armstrong Bird Food not only participated in the Great Canadian Birdathon to raise funds for bird conservation, but also donated a one-year supply of bird seed. This bountiful prize was scooped up by Richard Tafel of Corbeil, ON. In addition to participating in the Great Canadian Birdathon, Richard is also a Project FeederWatch participant, so this seed will definitely go to good use. Vortex Canada also generously donated a pair of binoculars that was awarded to Kelly Buehler of Toronto, ON.  Bird Studies Canada thanks all of our prize donors, participants, and sponsors for making the Great Canadian Birdathon such a success. 2017 is shaping up to be a great year, with more participants and more money raised than in 2016 – over $232,000 so far! All of this hard work and generosity, says Bird Studies Canada,  will benefit Canada’s wild birds in many, many ways, and is deeply appreciated.
A highlight at South Bay on Saturday was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Other noteworthy sightings there were BALD EAGLE, RED-TAILED HAWK, CAROLINA WREN, and AMERICAN PIPIT. At Prince Edward Point, waterfowl is starting to become a little more evident, with a few LONG-TAILED DUCKS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 200 GREATER SCAUP and a few other species including a single REDHEAD on Thursday. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS numbers are still holding their own and 400 were offshore late this week. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER  continued in the harbour and a single PINE SISKIN was noted signalling the arrival and passage of this popular finch species. Other good sightings down there yesterday were EASTERN TOWHEE, over a dozen YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 2 HERMIT THRUSHES, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and one WINTER WREN. As of the end of this week, a total of 348 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS have been banded this fall, with conditions obviously perfect for the netting and banding of 154 of those the night of October 16-17. A few LONG-EARED OWLS have also been banded this fall.
On Saturday, a Trenton resident took advantage of the good weather that day to do some morning birding in the Consecon area. A few birds which are reaching their best before date were two EASTERN TOWHEE and singles of GRAY CATBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. A few other later fall migrants included BELTED KINGFISHER, NORTHERN HARRIER, EASTERN PHOEBE, WOOD DUCK and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. The same day, on Big Island, there was an exultation of EASTERN MEADOWLARKS with fully 15-20 present in several hay fields at 23 Sprague Road. One was even in full song.  
At Fish Lake (it’s who you know that gives you access!), it’s a prolific spot to view waterfowl. Right now, there are hundreds of CANADA GEESE and scaup, lots of RING-NECKED, GADWALL, few AMERICAN WIGEON and at least 25PIED-BILLED GREBES.
Wellington Beach had a late CASPIAN TERN last Sunday.
There was a white morph SNOW GOOSE in with the CANADA GEESE at the Hamilton Wetland, west of Demorestville, for much of the day yesterday. Today, it was gone, but there were five SANDHILL CRANES, a couple AMERICAN WIGEON and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS.
An adult and a juvenile AMERICAN COOT  were seen Saturday at the Tweed Sewage Lagoons.
A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen Sunday again around the Belleville Courthouse where it has appeared for the past three years.
They had to be counted by fives, but there were 85 MUTE SWANS  congregated at Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place last weekend. With them were 1 TRUMPETER SWAN, 10 GADWALL, 15 AMERICAN WIGEON, 12 MALLARDS and one each of REDHEAD and RING-NECKED DUCK.
A first of the autumn FOX SPARROW  migrant was seen at the H.R. Frink Centre on Sunday where other good sightings included RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and 10 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. Some 20 DARK-EYED JUNCOS were there today, so a nice showing of them as we forge bravely ahead toward winter.
COOPER’S HAWK and a WINTER WREN at the Moira River near the College Street Bridge this week.  
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS (11) were still present at Presqu’ile Park on Friday, and 10 SANDERLINGS and 8 DUNLIN were there on a very windy Sunday afternoon. In fact, several dozen shorebirds representing six species have been patrolling the beaches as far south as Owen Point, taking advantage of extensive algae flats.  The majority are SANDERLINGS and DUNLINS, but there are also a few BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS on October 14, several PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and a single SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, the latter two as recently as yesterday.



Saturday, October 07 to Friday, October 13:

Fall birds are still flocking. A kettle of 50-60 Turkey Vultures floated over the Cobourg and Grafton area last week, and as of October 3rd, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was still coming to a nectar feeder near Peter’s Woods, north of Cobourg, and another in Trenton on the 5th. Swainson’s Thrushes are still being seen as they migrate through and Dark-eyed Juncos are starting to really increase now with 125 being seen yesterday along Long Point Road in Prince Edward County.
The scoters are here. Some 500, likely all WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, were at Prince Edward Point yesterday, and a late SOLITARY SANDPIPER  was noted in the harbour. Around 200 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS  were loafing offshore and a COMMON LOON  was also seen in the area. Other good birds at the Point were NORTHERN HARRIER, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 5 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 7 EASTERN PHOEBES, a BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 3 BROWN CREEPERS, 2 SWAINSON’S THRUSHES, 4 HERMIT THRUSHES and 15 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.
Kaiser Crossroad still going strong. Last Saturday, 12 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER  were present, along with 18 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. No recent sightings though from there.
Point Petre had some good species and numbers yesterday. Distant rafts of mergansers which appeared to be RED-BREASTED numbered 210. HORNED GREBES (28) were also seen as were 125 BLUE JAYS passing over. Other noteworthy sightings at Point Petre were 3 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL, an AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, a GRAY CATBIRD and 4 EASTERN TOWHEES.
The Waring’s Creek area near The Local Store along County Road 12 produced a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and an estimated 45 KILLDEER yesterday.
Other good sightings around the County during the week included a MOURNING WARBLER on Chase Road last Saturday; PALM, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS and 10 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS at Massassauga Point Conservation Area the same day. A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was at West Lake on Wednesday.
Subtle signs of the winter ahead with the sighting of 4 PINE SISKINS at the H.R. Frink Centre on Saturday. The same day, a loose flock of 18 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS  were spotted in a newly turned agricultural field on Huff Road.
A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD  was seen investigating a growth of red cannas in a Barry Heights area of Trenton on October 5th. A the same address, a GREAT HORNED OWL was hunting mid-afternoon on Tuesday feasting on the bevy of Eastern Chipmunks that populate the backyard area, basically waiting until one appeared.
At 175 Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville, birds of note seen there early last week were NORTHERN HARRIER, MERLIN, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, both GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, AMERICAN PIPITS, and both WHITE-CROWNED and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. On Thursday, a WINTER WREN was seen there.
A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS was seen today at the Belleville Courthouse on Tuesday. Traffic on busy 401 at the Aikins Road overpass near Trenton on Tuesday were seen swerving around what was believed to have been a dead or dying BALD EAGLE.
Other noteworthy sightings in Hastings County during the week were 20 CEDAR WAXWINGS in Foxboro as well as 3 TRUMPETER SWANS in flight over the village, and both GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS at the Sidney Conservation Area south of Stirling. At Stirling, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER  was at the sewage lagoons on Monday and 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS  were at the Sager Conservation Area the same day just south of there.

Some good species on Amherst Island on Thursday. Among the 33 species tallied were 33 GADWALL and 4 AMERICAN WIGEONS at the Martin Edwards Nature Reserve at the island’s east end. Also seen on the island were 18 COMMON LOONS, PIED-BILLED GREBE, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, MERLIN, HERMIT THRUSH, 6 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

An unusual sight at  Brighton last weekend when a flock of 70 KILLDEER flew off the roof of the No Frills store, east of the town.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, HERMIT THRUSH and BLUE-HEADED VIREO were highlights at Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, north of Brighton on the weekend, while at the Brighton Wildlife Area the same day, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK surprised one birder as it walked nonchalantly across the road in front of her.
Some good species noted Saturday at the Lone Pine Marsh, north of Colborne. Included in the list of 25 species were 15 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. Three different sites yielded 8 in one flock, at least 5 in another, and two individuals together. Also seen at Lone Pine – 3 NASHVILLE and 2 PALM WARBLERS, 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 2 HERMIT THRUSHES, 20 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO. Ten EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were there on Wednesday. South of Grafton, at the Nawautin Nature Sanctuary last weekend, there were hundreds of migrating BLUE JAYS, numerous GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, several YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and SONG SPARROWS.
Shorebird species this week at Presqu’ile Park ended at 5 species, so the shorebird migration is beginning to wind down. One of them, a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER that was banded on the shore of James Bay on September 7, appeared at Presqu'ile on September 30 and on at least three subsequent days. A massive influx of passerine migrants, perhaps the largest of the year, showed up at Presqu'ile Provincial Park Wednesday and continued yesterday.



Saturday, September 30 to Friday, October 06:

Some great weather this week, continuing to offer some superb birding opportunities around the Bay of Quinte area. In Prince Edward County, a White-eyed Vireo at Prince Edward Point today was a highlight as was a flock of 50 American Pipits east of Belleville. Seven species of shorebirds were present this week in Wilton Creek near Napanee in Lennox and Addington County, while we can double that number for legendary Presquìle Park in Northumberland County.  
Commencing at Prince Edward Point, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS arrived yesterday at the Prince Edward Point Harbour, but only 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON remained from the almost half dozen that were near the lighthouse last week. Nice passage yesterday of both Kinglet species with GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET coming in at 30 with the RUBY-CROWNED trailing along with only a dozen being counted. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, typically a late arrival, was seen, accompanied by eight other warbler species – OVENBIRD, NASHVILLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, PALM and YELLOW-RUMPED (35). Five RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were counted there yesterday, 15 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, but only 1 WHITE-CROWNED. A late SCARLET TANAGER  was seen near the lighthouse. DARK-EYED JUNCOS  are starting to arrive en masse with 50 seen yesterday in small groups along Long Point Road. At a small pond tucked in off County Road 13 near the Babylon Road intersection where I rarely see anything, one birder found 35 GREEN-WINGED TEAL there yesterday, along with an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and a few MALLARDS. For bird banders at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, it was a busy day at the Point today. Lots of HERMIT THRUSHES, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, WINTER WRENS and EASTERN PHOEBES. Both Kinglet species and a few YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS made up the numbers. Highlights were a WHITE-EYED VIREO and an EASTERN MEADOWLARK. It must have been a two hundred bird day stated one volunteer. Those are days when you are glad that you became a birder.
Four LESSER YELLOWLEGS were still at Kaiser Crossroad last Sunday, as were 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES and a dozen GREAT EGRETS. Two GREATER and one LESSER YELLOWLEGS were at the Hamilton Wetland yesterday along with a single PECTORAL SANDPIPER.
The Millennium Trail, south of Smoke’s Point Road along the west side of the County had some activity last weekend, highlights being 3 GRAY CATBIRDS, a NASHVILLE WARBLER, 1 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 10 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 7 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS as the latter species commences to increase in numbers with its fall passage through the area. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS  were also seen last weekend along Salmon Point Road and South Bay. Another species making its appearance now across the County is the DARK-EYED JUNCO with individuals being seen at Salmon Point and a single at 23 Sprague Road on Big Island.
Out at Sandbanks Provincial Park where I spent most of the week, 175 EUROPEAN STARLINGS and 75 COMMON GRACKLES were seen near one campsite by one birder camping on the far west side of the Woodlands Campground, while a flock of COMMON GRACKLES numbering fully 125 penetrating the woods at our campsite on the east side for much of Thursday, but nary a RUSTY BLACKBIRD or RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD among them as far as we could see or hear. Other species in good numbers were TURKEY VULTURES, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, at least two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, several PILEATED WOODPECKERS and probably a half dozen or so COMMON RAVENS that croaked and gurgled all week. There was a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER  found along Lakeshore Lodge Road, and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER in the Woodlands Campground.
In the Consecon area Tuesday morning, sparrows were common with small flocks of WHITE-CROWNED, WHITE-THROATED and CHIPPING SPARROW, and a single FIELDS SPARROW. Kinglets were abundant with RUBY-CROWNED outnumbering the GOLDEN-CROWNED. Woodpecker migrants including at least a dozen NORTHERN FLICKERS and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Three species of warbler were present with large numbers of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and singles of PALM and BLACK-THROATED BLUE. The only vireo present was the BLUE-HEADED (6). Flycatchers were represented by several EASTERN PHOEBE and a single EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE. One flock of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS had several RUSTY BLACKBIRDS present. There were also singles of EASTERN TOWHEE and BROWN CREEPER.  This morning in the same area, there were lots of birds about. Five species of warbler were present including YELLOW-RUMPED, NASHVILLE, ORANGE-CROWNED, TENNESSEE and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.  Later thrushes included two each of HERMIT and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. For Thanksgiving there were five well dressed tom WILD TURKEYS on the Millennium Trail at Gardenville. A DARK-EYED JUNCO was noted at Trenton.
 The H.R. Frink Centre, north of Belleville continued all week to attract autumn birds and birders. On Saturday, 4 WOOD DUCKS and a HOODED MERGANSER, and 2 VIRGINIA RAILS were seen. The latter species was also there the following day. Also seen here during the week were AMERICAN BITTERN, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and BELTED KINGFISHER.
Seven WOOD DUCKS also at the Madoc Sewage Lagoons and 5 at the Stirling Lagoons on Sunday, where there were also four shorebird species – 2 PECTORAL and 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A half dozen WOOD DUCKS  also showed themselves at Tremur Lake along Wooler Road at Telephone Road. SWAINSON’S THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD and another early DARK-EYED JUNCO were also present. The latter species increased in numbers considerably as the week wore on.  A single WOOD DUCK was at Twelve O’clock Point at Carrying Place, but there were also a half dozen AMERICAN WIGEONS there, too.
A 400-acre harvested agricultural field still had a standing crop of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS on Atkins Road on Sunday – 23 of them! Nineteen were still there as of Thursday. Also present were 50 AMERICAN PIPITS, many of them circling around the fields with their distinctive flight call. Lots of other interesting species, too, including a LINCOLN’S SPARROW, 11 SONG SPARROWS, 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 7 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. ‘Tis the season for sparrows, for sure. 
Other good sightings this week included an immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON on the Moira River today, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the Kingsford Conservation Area on the Salmon River yesterday, and 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS in flight over Foxboro on Tuesday.
A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was a highlight among the dwindling flocks of shorebirds at Presqu’ile Park where it was seen on Sunday. Highs this week were: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (16), AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (6), SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (20), LEAST SANDPIPER (2), RUDDY TURNSTONE (1), SANDERLING (45), RED KNOT (3),  DUNLIN (15), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (3), BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (1), PECTORAL SANDPIPER (15), SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (15), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (1).
Things have picked up a bit at the Brighton Constructed Wetlands where birds of note during the week included 45 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS and a MARSH WREN. Across the street, at the Brighton Sewage Lagoon, a nice group of 35 NORTHERN SHOVELERS  were present there.

Saturday, September 23 to Friday, September 29: 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 still calling away as though it were spring. Young MOURNING DOVES finally left the nest at Trenton this week, failing to carry her brood into a record October date. However, as a member of the pigeon family, it wouldn’t be surprising to see her attempt another nest of eggs. More seasonable weather on Thursday, saw some action, more typical of the fall season, especially at Prince Edward Point. Shorebird numbers are started to thin out at Presqu’ile Park, but numbers of species held up well this week. An eBird report of a MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD in flight just west of the Prince Edward County Line, although viewed too quickly to be confirmed, was one of those sightings that always adds a little zest to the sport. And the fall season was normalized somewhat by a number of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS in flight over the Bay of Quinte at Trenton, right on time for this species. Continue to read below for details of these sightings, and more.

Incredibly warm temperatures during at least the first half of the week, meant that birders in an active mood had to rise and shine and be on site by at least 7:30 a.m., before the day’s heat built up. So it was with one birder who landed at Prince Edward Point last Sunday and was rewarded with 25 species for his initiative. Among his finds were 3 COMMON LOONS, a BELTED KINGFISHER, 10 EASTERN PHOEBES, 3 each of BLUE-HEADED VIREO, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and EASTERN TOWHEE. Also seen were WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, GRAY CATBIRDS and 8 PALM WARBLERS. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Point Petre later that morning, and at Kaiser Crossroad, some good species there in twos – SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, STILT and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Once the heat and humidity of this past little while changed over to more reasonable fall weather, Thursday find saw a push of migrants with some good species and numbers appearing at Prince Edward Point. Much of the activity that day seemed to be around the banding station and the lighthouse where 64 species were tallied, among them a late migrant BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, offset by the first of the autumn DARK-EYED JUNCO. Five to seven BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were feeding in the marsh near the lighthouse with a GREAT EGRET. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the lighthouse, and we can presume that many of the earlier reports of this species this fall were simply cases of mistaken identity as this typically late migrant doesn’t usually show up until just about now. Around 10 other species of warblers were identified Thursday as well. Other good finds were 2 LINCOLN’S SPARROWS, 15 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, BALD EAGLE, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK at the lighthouse.
One birder did some of the Stinson Block Road and Edward Drive Thursday morning and noted quite a change from the previous day. There were eight species of warbler. YELLOW-RUMPED and PALM WARBLER were very common but there were also small numbers of BLACK-THROATED BLUE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS and NORTHERN PARULA. Singles of MAGNOLIA and BLACKPOLL WARBLER and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were also present. Kinglets were common with a few RUBY-CROWNED with the GOLDEN-CROWNED. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were joined by a few first year WHITE-CROWNED  species. Several BLUE-HEADED VIREOS were present and there were singles of SWAINSON’S THRUSH and CAROLINA WREN. The wren was at the end of Pope Lane which is the area where this species has been present for a year now with possible nesting.
Despite the fall drought that Prince Edward County is now experiencing, Kaiser Crossroad still has enough water to attract a few species. On Monday, there were 4 STILT SANDPIPERS present, along with 15 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, just to name a few of the species seen early that morning. Much the same was there the following day, with a highlight being a PEREGRINE FALCON. Five AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were there Thursday afternoon, 3 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 12 EASTERN PHOEBES,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, 2 MERLINS, 15 GRAY CATBIRDS, 4 BROWN THRASHERS, 12 EASTERN TOWHEES, and 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were noteworthy species and numbers encountered during three hours spent early Tuesday morning along Charwell Point Road along the County’s South Shore IBA.
Bird activity seems to be building on Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville. On Saturday, a single BOBOLINK flew over – getting a bit late for them. Both WHITE-THROATED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, a MERLIN, and still a good number of SAVANNAH SPARROWS – 10 of them. Adjacent Airport Parkway wasn’t too shabby either with Sunday producing RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 4 AMERICAN PIPITS, 10 PALM WARBLERS, 2 LINCOLN’S SPARROWS and a single VESPER SPARROW, seen in a mixed flock of sparrows.
A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL continues to be seen atop the Norris Whitney Bridge at Belleville, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was seen on Elmwood Drive early in the week.
At the Stirling Sewage Lagoons, another good place to be before the sun gets too high for obvious reasons, both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS  were present on Sunday along with HOODED MERGANSERS and  WOOD DUCKS, and a RED-TAILED HAWK.
Still lots going on at the H.R. Frink Centre. On Monday, an OVENBIRD  was doing its bobbing walk at the conservation area, and also present were both Kinglet species, and two each of BROWN CREEPER and AMERICAN PIPIT. A  movement of some 40 BLUE JAYS was also noted. Early Tuesday morning, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD appeared, also AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a SWAINSON’S THRUSH and 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.
In Trenton, 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were seen flying over the Bay of Quinte on Monday, the first recorded sighting for this season. A few days early of their average arrival date in the Quinte area, but not by much as this species generally begins to trickle in by the first week of October.
Near the Murray Canal, along County Road 64, on Monday, 3 birders there saw what may have been a MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD, AT 12:25 p.m. Recorded by Carlie Goodhead, the bird was submitted to eBird accompanied by the following description: “...impossibly large for the area. Original looks assumed it was a crane/heron and then realized it was some sort of gull-like bird. An individual of this species was sighted in Point Pelee earlier this year.
Shorebird species this past week held up pretty well with 17 species (plus an unconfirmed WILLET)as the migrations starts showing signs of soon coming to an end by producing fewer numbers in some of the species. Following are the species and their highs recorded over the last seven days: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (9), AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (8), SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (15), KILLDEER (1), SANDERLING (44), BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (2), LEAST SANDPIPER (11), PECTORAL SANDPIPER (7), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (1),  SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (11), LEAST SANDPIPER (2), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (1), WILSON’S SNIPE (1), GREATER YELLOWLEGS (2), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (4), BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (2),  DUNLIN (9) . Things a bit slow during the week at the Brighton Constructed Wetlands with a couple WOOD DUCKS and singles of GREAT BLUE HERON, GREEN HERON and GREAT BLUE HERONS being the most exciting discoveries.



Saturday, September 16 to Friday, September 22: 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.

The makeup of species migrating through Prince Edward Point changes week by week. Last weekend, there was evidence that PALM WARBLERS 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  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).

Saturday, September 09 to Friday, September 15:

The fall migration forges bravely ahead with highlights this past week being a Western Sandpiper at Kaiser Crossroad, 2 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS at Prince Edward Point, continuing Least Bitterns at the H.R. Frink Centre, Northern Mockingbirds at Amherst Island, and over 20 species of shorebirds this past week at Presqu’ile Park. With over 100 species of birds seen in just one day at Presqu’ile Park this past week, the Presqu’ile Report weekly compiler suggests we don’t put our binoculars away just yet, at least, not there!
Prince Edward Point last weekend had 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, a SCARLET TANAGER, 4 EASTERN TOWHEES, an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. On Monday, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER  was banded. The most common warblers that day at the Point were BAY-BREASTED and PALM WARBLERS (2 of them Yellow PALMS), NORTHERN PARULA and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Fourteen warbler species were at Prince Edward Point on Wednesday, among them 10 PALM, 8 YELLOW-RUMPED, and six each of MAGNOLIA and AMERICAN REDSTART. A MOURNING WARBLER  was also seen that day along with BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BROWN THRASHER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, SCARLET TANAGER,  and INDIGO BUNTING. Thursday’s sightings included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 3 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, OVENBIRD, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 2 SCARLET TANAGERS, just to name a sprinkling of the 25 species a pair of observers found. There was a LINCOLN’S SPARROW on Babylon Road on Saturday and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL turned up at the Waupoos Marina the same day.
Kaiser Crossroad still drawing birds and watchers of birds. Last weekend, 3 GREAT EGRETS, an OSPREY, 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS, and 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS were still about. Two STILT SANDPIPERS, first seen there on September 4th were still present on the 14th.The big news through was the sighting of a WESTERN SANDPIPER on the 10th in the southwest area of the south pond feeding with a mixed group of shorebirds among the broken cornstalks. This species hasn’t been sighted in Prince Edward County since 2006, at the Outlet River mouth. Other sightings of the species have been made in past years at Prince Edward Point. And, right through to the end of the week, Kaiser Crossroad was producing good finds. On Thursday, an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER  was a highlight, along with 8 PECTORALS, the above 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a MARSH WREN and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS.
Similarly, the Hamilton Wetland, west of Demorestville along County Road 14 is always good for CANADA GEESE, and last weekend, 250 were present, but also showing themselves were 3 WOOD DUCKS, 75 MALLARDS, 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 GREAT EGRETS, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS – 4 of the former species, and 6 of the latter. Toward the end of the week, 4 migrant AMERICAN WIGEONS and 20 NORTHERN PINTAILS joined the clan, as well as 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 15 LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
Lots going on at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area most days and evenings. This past week, present have been NORTHERN HARRIER, COMMON GALLINULE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, SWAMP SPARROW, BELTED KINGFISHER, WOOD DUCK, MERLIN, AMERICAN BITTERN and tons of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. 
Even the Demorestville Conservation Area had a few good sightings to throw into the mix this week, namely more than a dozen KILLDEER, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS in the quarry, and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Miscellaneous sightings across the County this past week included a GREAT HORNED OWL at Sandbanks Park, an OSPREY continues to hang around the nest platform along County Road 28 near Highway 62, and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL can be seen on the Norris Whitney Bridge most mornings. 
The first AMERICAN PIPITS of the fall season are starting to appear. A flyover flock of 10 showed up at the Aikins Road site on the east side of Belleville last weekend and also present were the same 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS  that were seen on the 6th. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continued to be seen through Tuesday. Eight BOBOLINK were seen migrating through on Tuesday and about a dozen SAVANNAH SPARROWS  were also seen. A dozen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER showed up in a harvested hay field there on Wednesday and 3 more late migrating BOBOLINKS were also seen that day.
The recently discovered Stirling Sewage Lagoons still hanging in there with good sightings. Last Saturday, present were 5 REDHEADS, 5 LESSER SCAUP (female with 4 young), and a nice surprise – 2 female RUDDY DUCKS swimming by. NORTHERN PINTAILS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and WOOD DUCKS early in the week.. Six shorebird species were there on Tuesday – SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, both YELLOWLEGS species as well as SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and KILLDEER, of course. A MERLIN erred by wandering into the area and was promptly mobbed by 10 NORTHERN FLICKERS.
A check of the Corbyville Dam last Saturday produced a GREAT BLUE HERON, 4 KILLDEER, 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 150 CANADA GEESE. In Trenton, pairs of MOURNING DOVES have taken advantage of this week`s sunny weather and embarked on a September nesting in two separate backyards in that town.
LEAST BITTERNS at the H.R. Frink Centre seem to be in no particular hurry to move on. One was flushed from the reeeds by the new section of boardwalk on Tuesday and a VIRGINIA RAIL was also found. Also three MARSH WRENS, a SWAINSON’S THRUSH and 4 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, two of them exhibiting signs of autumnal recrudescence by  singing.
Scattered sightings across Hastings County during the week included a light morph SNOW GOOSE at the corner of Highway 62 and Frankford Road on Tuesday and 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS along Quin Mo Lac Road south of Madoc that evening. GRAY CATBIRD at Zwick’s Park on Thursday. At Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place, 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 2 MARSH WRENS, 8 PIED-BILLED GREBES, and one each of GREAT BLUE HERON, GREAT EGRET and GREEN HERON were noteworthy finds there on Wednesday.  SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and a COOPER’S HAWK at Vanderwater Conservation Area today, and 37 KILLDEER at the corner of Highway 62 and Frankford Road.
Wilton Creek at Morven still producing a few shorebirds and this past week there were KILLDEER, SPOTTED, PECTORAL SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, WILSON`S SNIPE, and both LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Down at Big Creek Road and the Townline Road vicinity, PALM WARBLERS were everywhere with 25 being seen, also both a GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS (14) and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW.  Springside Park and the River Trail at Napanee are gearing up for the customary interest that doesn’t usually commence until winter with 19 species present there on Monday. A GREAT BLUE HERON and almost 40 MALLARDS were expected sightings, but often missed though are the warblers. Singles of CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACKBURNIAN and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS  were nice additions to the list along with 6 CEDAR WAXWINGS and 2 COMMON RAVENS. Amherst Island had some good birds on Tuesday, all at the Martin Edwards Reserve at the east end of the island. In addition to an AMERICAN WIGEON and 19 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 5 PIED-BILLED GREBES, an AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT EGRET and GREEN HERON, COMMON GALLINULE and 10 PALM WARBLERS being checked off, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYE were seen diving offshore. Two continuing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS are still being seen at the east end of the island, also a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO three days ago.
Twenty-five species were checked off at Campbellford’s Ferris Provincial Park last weekend. Among them were  six warbler species – BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN, PINE, an early ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN – and some good numbers, too, of a few of the species. Other species present at Ferris were RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN WOOD–PEWEE, RED-EYED VIREO and CEDAR WAXWING. Some good nature trails in that park, especially the Drumlin Trail. A little bit of action along the Presqu’ile Parkway leading toward Presqu’ile Park on Monday. In addition to a WOOD DUCK, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, 5 NORTHERN FLICKERS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER being seen, one of four SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS passing overhead swooped down and nabbed a NORTHERN CARDINAL  from the mini putt area on the north side of the road. During the same time period, a MERLIN was busy pursuing a MOURNING DOVE. A very early immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen feeding on the seeds of Sow Thistle on Wednesday. Some good species at the Park’s Owen Point early in the week where among the 37 species tabulated, were 2 each of GREEN HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER and NORTHERN FLICKER, with other species seen being BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (6), RED-EYED and WARBLING VIREO, GRAY CATBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and NORTHERN PARULA. A highlight of the morning was a PEREGRINE FALCON (another seen on Tuesday, and 2 more on Thursday).  Out on the islands, a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD  was discovered on Monday and was still there on Wednesday. It could not be found today. Twenty-one species of shorebirds at Presqu’ile Park this week with highs during the week as follows: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (7), AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (6), SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (90), KILLDEER (3), RED-KNOT (1), SANDERLING (100), DUNLIN (9), RUDDY TURNSTONE (1), BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1), MARBLED GODWIT (1 on Gull Is. Wed-Thurs), SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (1), WILSON’S SNIPE (1), BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (4), WHIMBREL (1), LEAST SANDPIPER (49), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (8), PECTORAL SANDPIPER (6), DUNLIN (4),  SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (150), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (12), RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (1).


Saturday, September 02 to Friday, September 08:

The migration continues. AMERICAN KESTRELS are everywhere these days. At Prince Edward Point, SWAINSON’S THRUSHES  are passing through and the raptor migration has begun. The migration season is in full swing, so lots of stuff around right now at all the local focal points. When the Quinte Area Bird Report went to a weekly format from a daily format, it was expected that the daily format would return, once September arrived and bird activity had increased in tempo. However, the four to six hours it takes every day day to create a daily bird report, although enjoyable, is much too rigorous a schedule as one can imagine. The weekly format seems to be more manageable and allows me to better concentrate on areas that are more local to the immediate Bay of Quinte region. That being said, we are going to drop the Frontenac County portion of the former expanded Report completely, and Lennox and Addington County section will focus as much as it can on the Napanee region with some emphasis on Amherst Island and the Napanee Limestone Plain areas when sightings become available. Similarly, Northumberland County will focus on Presqu’ile Park, with some mention of other nearby areas such as Cobourg Harbour, Brighton area proper, with inclusion now and then of sightings from outlying areas such as Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, etc.
Prince Edward Point continuing to surprise, what with a DICKCISSEL banded on Tuesday, and 3 Waterspouts sighted off the Point during a band of volatile weather over the lake on Thursday.  At Prince Edward Point, 15 species of warblers were accounted for last weekend, among them NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, WILSON’S and CHESTNUT-SIDED. Also present, SCARLET TANAGER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and VEERY. Seventeen species of warblers on Thursday, among them NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACKPOLL WARBLER and WILSON’S WARBLER. In addition to the banded DICKCISSEL, other good species to turn up through the week included BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, a WHIMBREL, seen and heard in flight over the harbour yesterday. Some hawk movement with over a half dozen species seen – BALD EAGLE (8), SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER’S HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIER, BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS and NORTHERN HARRIER. It was steady at the Point today with a variety of the usual warblers and the first BLUE-HEADED VIREO. BOBOLINKS still passing through, although local nesting populations seem to have moved on long ago. Thirty-six were seen flying over at the Miller Family Nature Reserve on Monday. The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory reached a record high in the number of BOBOLINKS banded this year, some 800 birds including those banded at the Miller Family Nature Reserve. Other good birds on the Miller propertyon Monday included NORTHERN PARULA, VEERY, LEAST FLYCATCHER, MERLIN, and 2 SANDHILL CRANES.  Hamilton Wetland, along County Road 14, west of Demorestville, continues to produce. Nine shorebird species there last weekend – 8 each of SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, KILLDEER and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 30 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS, and singles of SANDERLING, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.  STILT SANDPIPER (2), 6 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 5 GREAT EGRETS, a GREEN HERON and 5 GREAT BLUE HERONS on Monday at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded corn fields which never did dry out this year. It has been non stop birding down there all summer long. Yesterday, sightings included 12 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN BITTERN, 3 each of GREAT BLUE HERON and GREAT EGRET, GREEN HERON, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and BONAPARTE’S GULL.  Other sightings around the County during the week were 7 COMMON GALLINULES in Sawguin Creek at the County Road 28 bridge, EASTERN BLUEBIRD on Babylon Road, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Slab Creek Swamp off Station Road in Hillier.
Two LEAST BITTERNS  continue at the H.R. Frink Centre north of Belleville where a VIRGINIA RAIL, NORTHERN HARRIER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, MARSH WREN, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, SCARLET TANAGER, and 10 warbler species were also added to the day’s list on Wednesday. Aikins Road off Airport Road on the east side of Belleville is back in business again after a brief hiatus this summer. Twenty-three species there on the weekend including  GRAY CATBIRD, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a MERLIN, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 1 each of PALM and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, 12 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and a single VESPER SPARROW, as well as half dozen lingering BOBOLINKS. About the same number of species were present yesterday at the same location including 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS which was a nice find. Eight BOBOLINKS also flew over the Potter’s Creek Conservation Area (formerly Quinte Conservation Area), off Wallbridge/Loyalist Road, the popular site producing over 30 species last weekend. Among the sightings were TRAILL’S FLYCATCHER (Alder/Willow Flycatcher), LEAST SANDPIPER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, PHILADELPHIA and WARBLING VIREOS, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and six HOUSE WRENS. The Stirling Sewage Lagoons has added its name to some of the local sewage lagoons that lend themselves to profitable birding. Last Sunday, it was difficult to count the LESSER YELLOWLEGS in as much as there were 52 of them! Amongst the large variety of shorebirds were three RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. Other species there were SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1), KILLDEER (4), GREATER YELLOWLEGS (1), SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (3), SPOTTED SANDPIPER (2), SOLITARY SANDPIPER (2). The phalaropes did not reappear the following day. Other noteworthy sightings during the week were 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at a known nesting site along Hoover Road, south of Springbrook, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and AMERICAN REDSTART at Zwick’s Park, a continuing BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON along the Bayshore Trail in Belleville, and 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course off Highway 37.
A somewhat tardy LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE  was still hanging around the Limestone Plain IBA along Nugent Road on Wednesday. RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL and EASTERN MEADOWLARKS  also seen in the area. The village of MOSCOW had an EASTERN BLUEBIRD on Wednesday, three PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were at Wilton Creek in the Morven area yesterday, and two of the latter species were in the same creek down at the Big Creek Road area. Lots of good stuff at the Camden Lake Provincial Nature Reserve including an early SNOW GOOSE (dark morph adult). Also, three COMMON LOONS, a NORTHERN HARRIER, 8 CASPIAN TERNS, 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and singles of GRAY CATBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and SWAMP SPARROW.
Lots of shorebird species at Presqu’ile Park this week with at least 15 species tabulated. Today’s highlights were 95 SANDERLINGS, 90 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 15 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 3 adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 3 KILLDEER, 1 juvenile RED KNOT, a juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a juvenile BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.  


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