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Apr 23, 2017 at 03:00 AM

 THE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT (ARCHIVED PAGE)

with daily reports from the last two months

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SUNDAY, APRIL 23:

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 22:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Hastings County takes centre stage this time in this evening’s Bird Report. A repeat visit to the Springbrook Grasslands along the Trans Canada Trail at 7:00 a.m. this morning failed in its bid to produce the pair of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES that had been seen there April 16th and April 18th. The observer viewed the area from Springbrook Road which runs along the north edge of the grassland. Another birder, not knowing exactly where the grasslands were located, asked several folks in Springbrook and not one of them had a clue what he was talking about. Always takes an out of towner to find and appreciate these unique habitats. Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS  were at the grasslands this morning, both of them in high display flights. Other good birds at the grasslands today were NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 4 BROWN THRASHERS, 3 FIELD SPARROWS, a SAVANNAH SPARROW and 5 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. It was a day for sewage lagoons and dumps for one Foxboro birder who knows this is where the birds are. The Madoc Dump had a GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS. At the Madoc Sewage Lagoons, 2 rail species were calling – a VIRGINIA RAIL grunting and a SORA whinnying. AMERICAN WIGEON (2), WOOD DUCK, 12 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 25 BUFFLEHEAD  also seen. At the Tweed Sewage Lagoon, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a WOOD DUCK, 30 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 70 BUFFLEHEAD were among the waterfowl hanging out there. In the fresher atmosphere of Vanderwater Conservation Area just east of Thomasburg, species seen there included 2 WOOD DUCKS, 3 RUFFED GROUSE, a BELTED KINGFISHER, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 1 BROWN CREEPER, 2 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and a PINE WARBLER. Birds seen today at Stirling were BROWN THRASHER, BARN SWALLOW, and 8 WOOD DUCKS, among the regulars.  A SWAMP SPARROW and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area rounds out the lists of birds seen in Hastings County today. The early HOUSE WREN in a Foxboro backyard was present again today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Some good finds in Lennox and Addington County today. At the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve on Roblin Road, some 18 km north of Deseronto, 22 species seen there, four more species present than when I was there last Monday. A pair of EASTERN PHOBES have constructed a nest at the Information kiosk on the alvar where typically, many species on the list may be found to give any birder a good start before walking the 2.4 km to the lake. Five YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and the same number of NORTHERN FLICKERS turned up as did 3 RUFFED GROUSE, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, 2 BROWN THRASHERS, 3 EASTERN TOWHEES and five other species in the Sparrow family – FIELD, FOX, WHITE-THROATED, SONG, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. North of Milhaven, at Link Mills, a few backyard birds there included CHIPPING SPARROW, 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and SONG SPARROW.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A birder at Wellington Beach today found the lake breezes a bit cool so she did a quick “tern” but not before capturing a photo of a CASPIAN TERN preparing for the dive. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, TURKEY VULTURE, BARN SWALLOW,NORTHERN FLICKER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS at Prince Edward Point today; otherwise, relatively quiet as it was yesterday. Elsewhere around the County, CASPIAN TERN at Big Island, 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS along County Road 15 (Northport Road), and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and NORTHERN CARDINAL at Massassauga Point.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The big news there, of course, was the return of the male PIPING PLOVER (072) that was present last spring. The bird was seen on Beach 2 and was the father of last year's chicks. It is uncertain if the wet beach will entice him to stay and set up a nesting territory but it is more important than ever that people keep their dogs off the beach at this time. Wardens will be doing patrols of the beach area so please keep your dogs off the beach and on a leash. Some good sightings at Presqu’ile Park today. A flock of 20 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES high in the trees at the lighthouse were moving as though they were migrants. Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS  were also seen at the lighthouse. A male NORTHERN HARRIER was seen over Calf Pasture and there were 3 RING-NECKED DUCKS at the causeway. Other noteworthy sightings at the Park today included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 10 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, HERMIT THRUSH, PINE WARBLER, and five species of sparrow – CHIPPING, FIELD, WHITE-THROATED, SONG and SWAMP. Also in the sparrow family, an EASTERN TOWHEE. Twenty-five species of birds were tallied today on north Goodrich Road, just south of Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, north of Brighton. Among the species seen were 2 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 4 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, PILEATED WOODPECKER, HERMIT THRUSH, PINE WARBLER and FOX SPARROW.  Another reminder if you are walking the trails at the Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, tread softly if walking the Loop D’ Loop Trail at the far end of the conservation area, beyond the Esker Trail. There is a nesting NORTHERN GOSHAWK with a bit of an attitude that may dive bomb any hiker it sees if it perceives that person to be a threat. 

 


FRIDAY, APRIL 21:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
There have been several sightings over the years of KILLDEERS  nesting on the flat, gravel/tar roofs of buildings in the County, especially schools. This morning, a KILLDEER nest was found on the roof of the Athol/South Marysburgh Elementary School in Cherry Valley by a maintenance worker who was servicing the rooftop fans. Three RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and an EASTERN TOWHEE showed up at a 23 Sprague Road feeder on Big Island, while east of Lake on the Mountain, a MALLARD  waddled in for breakfast to a backyard feeder there. A pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS have set up housekeeping at a nest box at Green Point near the far end of County Road 49 in Sophiasburgh Ward. A few other miscellaneous sightings around the County – 7 ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS at the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area at Sandbanks Park, 2 CASPIAN TERNS on the causeway to Sheba’s Island, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, 6 CASPIAN TERNS and 60 BONAPARTE’S GULLS at the Glendon Green Boat Launch off County Road 18 at Log Cabin Point. Yesterday at the Miller Family Nature Reserve along Hilltop Road at Brewer’s Road, 17 species were noted, among them 7 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, EASTERN TOWHEE and four other species in the Sparrow family – CHIPPING, FIELD, WHITE-THROATED and SONG SPARROWS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A RUSTY BLACKBIRD  was also seen in Tweed this morning, and 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were spotted at Stirling. Responding to an earlier spring, bird-wise at least, a HOUSE WREN in Foxboro was seen inspecting nest boxes, and singing enthusiastically. About one week early. Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville just north of Airport Parkway continues to draw in a few birds. Today, 122 RING-BILLED GULLS were present, along with a WOOD DUCK, 11 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a HORNED LARK and 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS. On Airport Parkway itself, a COMMON RAVEN and 2 BARN SWALLOWS  were good sightings. At the hydro line along Bronk Road, not far from the H.R. Frink Centre, 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 1 SAVANNAH SPARROW and 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen. At the Harmony Road Wetland today, 2 SWAMP SPARROWS and 3 GREAT BLUE HERONS  were notable finds. Yesterday, at Bain Park beside CFB Trenton, 17 species including 120 LESSER/GREATER SCAUP, a COMMON LOON, 3 CASPIAN TERNS and a GREAT BLUE HERON.
  
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Six KILLDEER, 3 WILSON’S SNIPE and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS  represented the shorebird family today in the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA at Nugent Road in the Newburgh area. Other species of interest were LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 11 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. The Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area produced 37 species today with some noteworthy species among them including WOOD DUCK, 2 COMMON LOONS, CASPIAN TERN, BELTED KINGFISHER, 4 NORTHERN FLICKERS, AMERICAN KESTREL, 4 EASTERN PHOEBES, BROWN CREEPER, PINE WARBLER, 4 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and the same number of SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Nearby, the marsh along Moscow Road had 6 AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 6 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a BLUE-WINGED TEAL today. South of Croydon long County Road 27, a pair of WOOD DUCKS were seen in a stream that flows there, just north of the railway bridge. At Croydon, a FIELD SPARROW visited a bird feeder.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At the Calf Pasture in Presqu’ile Park today, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS, 1 CASPIAN TERN, and a LESSER SCAUP were all good sightings there. In the Park’s lighthouse area, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 2 ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen as were 100 TREE SWALLOWS and 15 BARN SWALLOWS. A FOX SPARROW  was also there. In the Camp office area of the Park, PIED-BILLED GREBE, 2 AMERICAN COOTS, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and a GREAT BLUE HERON were birds of interest. And along the Parkway coming into the Park, WOOD DUCK, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, BARN SWALLOW, and BELTED KINGFISHER were seen. Along the Day Use Area beside the lake, a COMMON LOON, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a CASPIAN TERN were seen and a MERLIN was spotted today in downtown Brighton. Outside the Park, at the Brighton Wildlife Area, just north of the 401, a few noteworthy birds included 2 each of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, BROWN THRASHER, a BELTED KINGFISHER, 3 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, and 10 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. Two untagged adult TRUMPETER SWANS  were seen swimming together at the east end of the lake in the wildlife area. Heading to Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area? A NORTHERN GOSHAWK has returned to the property this week to nest. If you are walking along the Loop D' Loop trail, be aware that the bird may be aggressive in defense of its nest. Please take care!
 

THURSDAY, APRIL 20:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Birds are on the move these days. Some are well settled into nesting, while others are taking advantage of the wet spring by feeding in flooded agricultural fields, like a pair of WOOD DUCKS today. They were found near the west end of Victoria Road in Ameliasburgh. Other species are just being birds, often caught in the act of being themselves. A BROWN THRASHER  today in a backyard east of Lake on the Mountain was seen picking away at seeds and other tidbits under a bird feeder. Eagles are still around and a third year BALD EAGLE was seen today along Adolphus Reach. Along Babylon Road today in the South Bay area, TURKEY VULTURE, 12 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 4 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, a MERLIN and an AMERICAN KESTREL were highlights along that road. Despite the raw winds and cool temperatures, a fairly respectable list of birds was realized today with 51 species of birds encountered. Many of these were found during banding operations and general observations over an eight hour period. Some of the highlights were 2 MERLINS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, WINTER WREN, 15 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, 3 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, 15 PURPLE FINCHES and 8 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Notable sightings this week included a female EVENING GROSBEAK yesterday and a female HOUSE SPARROW (rare at the Point). A pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS also turned up on the 18th, in the evening. A NORTHERN HARRIER was present today at the County Road 28 bridge at the Sawguin Creek today, while in fields to the south, 100 RING-BILLED GULLS  were milling about.  
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Pretty fair birding today at the east end of Amherst Island early this morning where 37 species of birds were tallied. This is the time of the year when it is difficult to not detect the winnowing of WILSON’S SNIPE, and today there were a half dozen of them performing their aerial nuptials at this end of the island. Also in the same family, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen. A BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a COMMON LOON  were seen, with other noteworthy species being 7 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, a RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, , BROWN THRASHER and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. At a roadside stop across from Parrott’s Bay along Highway 33, eight species seen there included CANADA GEESE, MALLARD and a COMMON LOON. North of Milhaven, 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS there along with a NORTHERN FLICKER, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS and a NORTHERN CARDINAL.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
This trio of gulls lined up for a photo at Belleville’s Victoria Park- a GLAUCOUS GULL that continues to be there after being discovered a day or two ago. In the middle was a HERRING GULL and to the right of it was a RING-BILLED GULL.  One hundred LESSER SCAUP also present at this location as well as 60 BUFFLEHEAD and a couple COMMON MERGANSERS. At the Springbrook Grasslands today along the Trans Canada Trail, one observer found AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and a RUFFED GROUSE  drumming. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK flew over during this person’s walk along the trail. Heading north, to Bird’s Creek, just north of Bancroft, a PINE WARBLER is visiting a feeder there. In as much as they only recently appeared in Prince Edward County and at Presqu’ile Park, we would have to suppose that this may be an individual that overwintered. Not terribly uncommon practice for this hardy species.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Park, a BROWN CREEPER  was found building a nest at the woodpile marsh. Typically, the nest was being built under the bark of a dead ash tree about four metres up There was a pair present with one bird feeding the other occasionally, and the other individual taking mouthfuls of fine material into the nesting location. Other good sightings there today included an AMERICAN COOT, CASPIAN TERNS, 1 PIED-BILLED GREBE, a MERLIN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, PURPLE FINCH, and a PINE WARBLER in where one might expect to see this species – the Pines Campground! Just east of Cobourg, good birds seen there included 42 HORNED GREBES (most in breeding plumage), 4 RED-NECKED GREBES, and 150 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.

 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Not much happening today due to the weather, although some good sightings at Presqu’ile Park today. The Park’s first spring arrival of an early DUNLIN was made today, the bird running all by itself along the shoreline on Beach 2. A TREE SWALLOW was seen entering a natural cavity in a tree at the Calf Pasture today. Yesterday, two separate birders came up with a nice list of some 35 species. HERMIT THRUSH, a GREAT EGRET, BROWN THRASHER, BROWN CREEPER, PILEATED WOODPECKER and 3 CASPIAN TERNS  were among the highlights. Others seen were 6 NORTHERN FLICKERS, AMERICAN KESTREL and a lone RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was at the Hamilton Wetland, west of Demorestville this afternoon, as well as 3 AMERICAN WIGEON and a BARN SWALLOW. Expensive grass seed on a lawn along Fry Road was being eagerly consumed today by BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a DARK-EYED JUNCO. Miscellaneous sightings today included 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS at a Rednersville feeder where there were also DARK-EYED JUNCOS, CHIPPING SPARROWS, SONG SPARROWS and a pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS. Six WILD TURKEYS at Fish Lake, and two NORTHERN HARRIERS west of Sprague Road on Big Island rounds out the sightings from Prince Edward County today. A GREAT EGRET was seen along County Road 19 today in Ameliasburgh.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few good finds today at the McIntyre Road CN crossing south of Napanee. RUFFED GROUSE, KILLDEER, WILSON’S SNIPE, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN PHOEBE and SWAMP SPARROW were all seen  there this morning. It pays to bird early – in this case a few minutes before 6:00 a.m., as an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was also heard.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At noon today in downtown Trenton there were two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS flying south west. The theory is that the herons spend time in the fast water at the foot of Number One Dam on the Trent Canal and then go to their roosting areas at Presqu'ile Park.   

 


TUESDAY, APRIL 18:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Prince Edward Point is still reeling them in! Close to 40 bird species were seen today down there. Some good numbers, too. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (320), LONG-TAILED DUCKS (150) and BONAPARTE’S GULLS (250) represented species with high numbers. Six SURF SCOTERS  were seen off Point Traverse, as were 2 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, 6 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and just as many YELLOW-RUMPLED WARBLERS, and one each of BROWN THRASHER and FIELD SPARROW. Elsewhere at Prince Edward Point, WILSON’S SNIPE, BELTED KINGFISHER, 4 each of BROWN CREEPER and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN THRASHER, 3 EASTERN TOWHEES and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS  were all good sightings. Taking advantage of flooded conditions in an agricultural field along Huff’s Island Road today were about a dozen species, highlights being 6 each of AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a GREAT BLUE HERON and 10 GREATER/LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Another Yellowlegs was found on Burr Road in a flooded area of a field, and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS  was at the Hamilton Wetland late this afternoon as well as 3 AMERICAN WIGEON, a BARN SWALLOW and a TURKEY VULTURE. Along Sprague Road on Big Island, a MERLIN was heard and seen calling, 3 TURKEY VULTURES and a NORTHERN HARRIER.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A return visit to the Springbrook Grassland along the Trans Canada Trail this afternoon produced a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE  again at the same location where it was seen at noon on Sunday. In fact, two of them visiting a probable nest site (12 trips over a 40-minute period). Other good sightings, too. A SANDHILL CRANE was heard bugling north of the alvar. Three AMERICAN KESTRELS, RED-TAILED HAWK, BROWN THRASHER, and 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were also present – all typical for that habitat. Twenty-eight species were present today at the H.R. Frink Centre, north of Belleville. Among the highlights were BARN SWALLOW, 2 SWAMP SPARROWS, 2 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, BELTED KINGFISHER, 2 WOOD DUCKS, 5 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS and a RED-TAILED HAWK. Just down from there, the Harmony Road Wetland had a WILSON’S SNIPE, AMERICAN KESTREL, BROWN THRASHER, 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, and four sparrow species – CHIPPING, FIELD, SONG and SWAMP. At Belleville’s Victoria Park at the mouth of the Moira River, a GLAUCOUS GULL was there today, feeding with HERRING and  RING-BILLED GULLS, in company with 20 LESSER SCAUP and 5 BUFFLEHEAD. And, in Foxboro, a pair of EASTERN PHOEBES were seen actively nest building. BARN SWALLOW, 2 PURPLE FINCHES and CHIPPING SPARROWS also seen there.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
All sightings today from Lennox and Addington County were primarily from the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA where between 40 and 50 species were encountered by at least three different observers. Included were four pairs of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES. Other birds typical of the area were EASTERN TOWHEE, FIELD SPARROW, BROWN THRASHER, AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, EASTERN MEADOWLARK (7) and SAVANNAH SPARROW. Other good birds seen by the team of birders were 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 4 BARN SWALLOWS, and HORNED LARKS. Four OSPREYS, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 KILLDEER and 11 CANADA GEESE were seen this evening at Gray’s Wetland on Wilton Creek. Also, numerous RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a RIVER OTTER.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Only two submissions today from Northumberland, although more sightings are apt to come in later tonight which we will include in tomorrow evening’s Report. Today, 14 species were tallied  in the vicinity of the Nature Centre, including 2 CASPIAN TERNS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BROWN CREEPER and 3 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. At Calf Pasture Point, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET there, too. Waterfowl in sight included paired up GREATER SCAUP (12), and 28 LESSER SCAUP (also paired). Other ducks seen were 25 LONG-TAILED DUCKS in full summer plumage but most of them only about half way along in their change of wardrobe. Along Huff Road yesterday, just west of Brighton, there was a RED-TAILED HAWK and a GREAT EGRET.
 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 17:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
I spent an hour and 40 minutes enjoying some much needed “forest bathing” (known in Japanese as shinrin-yoku) where I walked the 4.8 km Ovi Trail at the Menzel Provincial Nature Reserve on Roblin Road, north of Deseronto. Only 18 species of birds were seen and heard accented by a backdrop of singing WESTERN CHORUS FROGS and SPRING PEEPERS. Throughout the walk, NORTHERN FLICKERS were calling and displaying and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  called from the deciduous woods not far from the lake. In fine fettle song-wise were FIELD SPARROWS – at least a half dozen although I may have underestimated. At least two RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS  were heard. Four WILD TURKEYS sauntered ahead of me for some distance before disappearing into the red cedar thickets, and 2 RUFFED GROUSE exploded from the trail’s edge. Other good finds with welcoming songs were singles of BROWN THRASHER and EASTERN TOWHEE, both singing loudly from the alvar area near the start of the trail. At the Kingsford Conservation Area, a FOX SPARROW  was seen.  To the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons where birds of interest there today by another birder were 1 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. At Amherstview’s Island View Park along Bath Road, 120 BONAPARTE’S GULL were there comprising numerous individual flocks flying in a north-western direction. Last night along Coronation Blvd, north of Amherstview, a WILSON’S SNIPE and 3 AMERICAN WOODCOCK were vocalizing and performing their aerial nuptials. Three calling UPLAND SANDPIPERS were vocalizing along Nugent Road in the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA where 3 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, a WILSON’S SNIPE, 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, 7 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS  turned up. At Croydon, CHIPPING SPARROW, 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 2 FOX SPARROWS and five PURPLE FINCHES.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The H.R. Frink Conservation Area once again managed to come up with a few good species, among them, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK, also a COOPER’S HAWK, WOOD DUCK, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 5 BARN SWALLOWS and a GREAT BLUE HERON. At the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area, the woodpecker family was represented by NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Three RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, a SWAMP SPARROW, 3 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and 3 BARN SWALLOWS  were also checked off. On the edge of Moira Lake a few days ago, 3 WOOD DUCKS (1 male & 2 females), a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS and 9 COMMON MERGANSERS  were seen.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Two birders covering some hot spots in the Prince Edward County, found 80 species during only a morning’s worth of birding today just to illustrate the strength of the spring migration currently. At Prince Edward Point today, two hours of birding there resulted in 23 species being found. Some noteworthy sightings were 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and 7 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. A bird bander said not a lot of new birds were moving today but there were good numbers of  AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and PURPLE FINCH. Some Sparrows – FOX, FIELD and CHIPPING.  Good numbers of BONAPARTE’S GULLS moving along the shore - thousands over the space of a couple of hours. Heard were WILSON’S SNIPE, EASTERN TOWHEES, and BROWN THRASHER.  Little flocks of  CLIFF, TREE and BARN SWALLOWS.  Along Snider Road, off the west end of Victoria Road in Ameliasburgh, BROWN THRASHER was seen there as were 2 FIELD SPARROWS, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS, an EASTERN TOWHEE, WILSON’S SNIPE and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD. Cool and windy conditions in the Consecon area slowed birding somewhat.  The most common migrants were RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and NORTHERN FLICKER. The new arrival for this area was a singing BROWN THRASHER on the Partridge Hollow Road. A NORTHERN HARRIER in the South Bay area arbitrarily decided that it was sick to death of eating Meadow Voles every day, and decided to try Snake à la King for a change of pace and was observed carrying its catch of the day away with the tail of the snake arched around in a hopeless attempt to free itself. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Close to 40 species of birds were tallied at Presqu’ile Park by different observers, among them, a LONG-EARED OWL. Signs that the warbler migration is in start-up mode was evidenced by the sighting of a dozen YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and a PINE WARBLER. Other good sightings made yesterday included A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, FOX SPARROW, PIED-BILLED GREBE, 2 CASPIAN TERNS,  and 2 COMMON LOONS. Northeast of Newtonville along Parsons Road off County Road 65 near Osaca, some good sightings there including a BROAD-WINGED HAWK, PILEATED WOODPECKER, HORNED LARK, 2 WINTER WRENS, an EASTERN BLUEBIRD, 3 PINE WARBLERS,  and 2 VESPER SPARROWS. Reporting in from Northumberland County near Peter’s Woods, lots of the usual suspects around but the new additions there have included CHIPPING, SONG and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, EASTERN PHOEBES, COOPER’S HAWK, PURPLE FINCHES and lots of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS. WILD TURKEYS  were seen along McDonald Road. As a side note, one of the sapsuckers seen/heard this week was drilling on an oil can making a nice tune! A ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW  was seen at Cobourg Harbour today.

 


SUNDAY, APRIL 16:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY 
Once again Prince Edward County was where it was at today, followed by some great sightings in Hastings County, too. At 9:00 a.m. this morning, the Hamilton Wetland west of Demorestville with its abundance of water and good viewing from the roadside fence, produced over a dozen species, among them 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 BUFFLEHEAD, and one each of CANADA GOOSE and MUTE SWAN. Although concentration these days is on newly arrived CHIPPING SPARROWS, there is still the similar AMERICAN TREE SPARROW still present, and one was at the site today. The species will be around for a few more days yet before heading north. EASTERN MEADOWLARK, SONG SPARROW and 3 KILLDEER  were also present there today. At Sandbanks Provincial Park, 20 REDHEADS and 70 GREATER SCAUP were in West Lake out from the Dunes Beach Day Use Area. COMMON LOON, RUFFED GROUSE, BELTED KINGFISHER and 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS  were also present. At the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area, 3 each of TREE SWALLOW, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW and BELTED KINGFISHER were highlights, and at the Glendon Green Boat Launch at Log Cabin Point, there were 4 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. CHIPPING, SONG and FIELD SPARROWS  were all seen and heard along Salmon Point Road, while Point Petre offered NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL and 2 BROWN THRASHERS. Two AMERICAN KESTRELS  were along Kelly Road as well. Kaiser Crossroad today rocked, more by wind than an abundance of birds, although 44 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 36 GREEN-WINGED TEAL were good totals, accompanied by 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 14 BUFFLEHEADS, 3 RING-NECKED DUCKS and a NORTHERN HARRIER. A half dozen NORTHERN SHOVELERS were also at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area yesterday where other interesting species were 6 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, BELTED KINGFISHER, CHIPPING SPARROWS, and a RUFFED GROUSE.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The star of the day today was a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Springbrook Alvar along the Trans Canada Trail at about noon. Bird was distant and moving around a lot in the high winds; however, all field marks separating this from its look-alike cousin the NORTHERN SHRIKE were confirmed. This is an ebird hotspot "Trans Canada Trail through Springbrook Grassland"  so the area should get regular monitoring throughout the spring and summer by multiple savvy observers.  There is a lot of good habitat here; Upland Sandpiper, Kestrel, and meadowlark are regular. The birder says that Highway 62 will be under construction this spring causing delays from Foxboro to Moira Road.  A good alternative might be Crookston Rd from Tweed (Hwy 37). In the West Huntington area west of Highway 62, good birds checked off there included 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, 5 PURPLE FINCHES, 8 WOOD DUCKS, RED-TAILED HAWK, WILSON’S SNIPE, and BROWN THRASHER. An early SORA was heard expressing its distinctive descending “whinny” song three times north of the Madoc Sewage Lagoons entrance gate. Can’t think of a better bird or a better place to be on Easter Sunday. Two VIRGINIA RAILS were also detected, with SWAMP SPARROW (3), AMERICAN KESTREL, 20 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 25 BUFFLEHEAD and 2 AMERICAN WIGEON also being good finds. An early start (7:05 a.m.) at Atkins Road north of Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville paid off for one birder, with 30 species tallied. Six VESPER SPARROWS were found, most identified by their persistent and loud singing. Five SAVANNAH SPARROWS, a HORNED LARK , RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 2 WOOD DUCKS and 10 GREEN-WINGED TEAL also good birds. An impressive sighting today was a flock of over 300 TREE SWALLOWS swarming and insect catching above the Moira River in the Belleville downtown area.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A PINE WARBLER, photographed today in the Collin’s Bay area, is a reminder that the much awaited warbler migration is beginning. Already, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and PALM WARBLER have been sighted, and other species are likely here too, or should be showing up soon. A lakefront stop opposite Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area resulted in 2 PINE WARBLERS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, EASTERN TOWHEE, and COMMON LOON being seen. The Amherstview Sewage Lagoons had 8 waterfowl species present early this morning, among them, 10 GADWALL, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a NORTHERN SHOVELER and two each of LESSER SCAUP and RING-NECKED DUCK. On the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA in the Newburgh area, some good sightings there today included AMERICAN KESTREL, 3 BROWN THRASHERS, 3 FIELD SPARROWS, 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a VESPER SPARROW, along with EASTERN MEADOWLARK, EASTERN TOWHEE and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Along Nugent Road in the same area, the unmistakable “wolf whistle” of an UPLAND SANDPIPER  was heard, as well as some other specialities including 2 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, a BROWN THRASHER, 2 WLSON’S SNIPES, and five GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

 


SATURDAY, APRIL 15:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY 
If you got out early this morning,  in the case of one Belleville birder – 7:30 a.m., then you hit pay dirt while the sun was shining and before the rain began in the early afternoon. There were RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, BUFFLEHEADS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and RING-NECKED DUCK in Prince Edward Bay along Long Point Road. By 8:00 a.m., birding accelerated at Prince Edward Point where 37 species made it on the checklist. Noteworthy species were 2 WILSON’S SNIPE, 20 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 2 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, a HERMIT THRUSH, and 4 CHIPPING SPARROWS. Along Babylon Road a WILSON’S SNIPE  was heard as well as a FIELD SPARROW. Leaving the Prince Edward Point area, Waupoos Marina featured a few things including a flock of some 300 BONAPARTE’S GULLS foraging offshore, and AMERICAN KESTREL and 4 duck species. Kaiser Crossroad which has been the scene of relatively low numbers of waterfowl this spring compared to previous years, did have 2 each of  WOOD DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. There was a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a BROWN THRASHER at South Bay, and yesterday, a VESPER SPARROW  was seen along Conley Road near Wellington. Of course, SONG SPARROWS  are everywhere right now singing their hearts out and establishing their territories. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The early birder got the worm in Belleville today, too. One birder was well underway by 6:30 a.m. at the H.R. Frink Centre near Plainfield and it paid off with 30 species being seen. Good finds included 7 WOOD DUCKS, 4 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS, a WILSON’S SNIPE, 1 BELTED KINGFISHER, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a FIELD SPARROW and 3 SWAMP SPARROWS. Another birder arriving an hour later added EASTERN TOWHEE and  WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  to the list. Nearby Bronk Road at the hydro line site, NORTHERN HARRIER, NORTHERN FLICKER and 3 VESPER SPARROWS  were seen. Around the corner at the Harmony Road Wetland, 15 GREAT BLUE HERONS were at their nesting sites, along with a couple  WOOD DUCKS, NORTHERN HARRIER, and NORTHERN FLICKER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
On the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA today, two separate birders found a nice variety of birds including NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, COMMON RAVEN, 2 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, and 8 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. An interesting sighting was a “flock” of 14 WILSON’S SNIPES, a sight not often seen as these birds are usually encountered as individuals. A BROWN THRASHER  was also found, and another was seen today at Croydon as was a FOX SPARROW.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
As might be expected, lots of activity today at Presqu’ile Park, all in the morning before the rain began. Good birders, too, as two of them found 48 species and 49 species respectively. A few RING-BILLED GULLS – 5,000 of them, 400 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, and 125 HERRING GULLS. A puzzling observation was that of a full adult HERRING GULL on the shoal off Owen Point which in all respects had the large size, leg colour, etc. of a HERRING GULL, but had a distinct ring on the bill where the smaller RING-BILLED GULL would have it. Twenty NORTHERN FLICKERS  was a good number for this species, and other good finds were MERLIN, GREAT EGRET, a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, 6 CASPIAN TERNS, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 MARSH WRENS singing, 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 3 RED-THROATED LOONS (off Beach 3), and a PINE WARBLER. Yet another birder today found WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH and  WINTER WREN. Along the Parkway, another PIED-BILLED GREBE, CASPIAN TERN, WILSON’S SNIPE, BELTED KINGFISHER and BROWN THRASHER. At the boat launch at nearby Gosport, at the east end of Price Street, 9 RUDDY DUCKS were there, another PIED-BILLED GREBE, 2 CASPIAN TERNS and 8 REDHEADS.

 


FRIDAY, APRIL 14:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY  
Now that the water has receded from the low areas of the Sprague/Monkman Trail around some 40 acres of brome grass fields and mixed habitat west of our house at Big Island, I took my first tour today and found 15 species, best bird being a sub-adult BALD EAGLE  perched in a tree one field away. Other species were 9 SONG SPARROWS, 2 FIELD SPARROWS, OSPREY, WILSON'S SNIPE and BELTED KINGFISHER. Lots of action down at Prince Edward Point these days as the migration kicks into overdrive. Yesterday, of course, the big news was the TUFTED TITMOUSE. Among the 50 species recorded by volunteer Tom Wheatley of Belleville was a WOOD DUCK, 30 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, COMMON LOON, WILSON’S SNIPE, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 5 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 6 EASTERN PHOEBES, WINTER WREN, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES. Today, at Prince Edward Point, there were still lots of birds to be seen with PINE WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, NORTHERN FLICKERS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, MERLIN, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and HOODED MERGANSER among those reported.  At Kaiser Crossroad, things have been a little slow there this spring in terms of numbers, but variety has been very good. Present yesterday were CANADA GOOSE, WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARDS, NORTHERN SHOVELER (3), NORTHERN PINTAIL (3), GREEN-WINGED TEAL (3), REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD and  COMMON MERGANSER.  RED-BELLED WOODPECKER and BARN SWALLOWS  were also seen. Another check of the flooded agricultural field along Huff’s Island Road revealed a few species that were absent in the check a day earlier, while other species had moved on. Present yesterday were 8 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a BARN SWALLOW. Four BARN SWALLOWS were also seen at Waupoos Marina.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Some good birding today in Lennox and Addington. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES and two SONG SPARROWS  were among 15 species tallied in a backyard count at Link Mills north of  Milhaven . The Amherstview Sewage Lagoons produced 22 species for birders visiting there today, some of the highlights being 36 GADWALL, 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 11 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a RED-TAILED HAWK, 6 RING-NECKED DUCKS, NORTHERN FLICKER, a FIELD SPARROW and 8 SONG SPARROWS. Camden Lake continues to draw in birds and birders. Specialties today were PIED- BILLED GREBE, 30 HOODED MERGANSERS, 4 COMMON LOONS, 4 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 2 SWAMP SPARROWS and 22 SONG SPARROWS. At nearby Moscow Marsh, 70 RING-NECKED DUCKS  were there, but the most troublesome species to identify was a mysterious individual that was light in colour, with white on the tail and an orange beak. It's back was turned to the birding couple so a detailed look was quite impossible.  The birders hiked on up the trail to a little place where they found an opening in the woods where they could get a better view.   The mystery duck turned out to be a DECOY ! This is an area where people hunt in the fall and this was the decoy that got away! At least they weren’t being watched as we were one time at Presqu’ile Park when a cohort and I crawled on our hands and knees over a cobblestone beach for a raft of duck bobbing up and down in the waves. It wasn’t until we realized that it was a raft of decoys when we noticed a duck hunter in a blind up the shoreline a bit who seemed very interested and amused at our efforts.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Today, along the Marsh Boardwalk at Presqu’ile Park, a GREAT EGRET was spotted, signalling the return of this species. There was also a MERLIN seen in the Park. Another arrival has been RED-THROATED LOONS – three first year birds and one adult seen today, also 2 HORNED GREBES, 2 CASPIAN TERNS and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, all seen in the area of the beaches. Way over on the other side of the Park, in the Day Use Picnic Area along the lakeshore, 4 HORNED GREBES  were seen there in the lake, along with an AMERICAN WIGEON and a half dozen other waterfowl species. CHIPPING SPARROW (4), RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER BELTED KINGFISHER and 7 PURPLE MARTINS  were also spotted. Farther down the road, at the lighthouse, there were 8 PURPLE MARTINS seen there, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, BROWN CREEPER, both kinglet species, and a HOUSE SPARROW, the latter a bit rare in the Park. At Calf Pasture, CASPIAN TERN, NORTHERN HARRIER, 20 GADWALL, 4 COMMON LOONS and an AMERICAN WIGEON were highlights there. At Owen Point – RING-BILLED GULLS – seemingly thousands of them off in the distance on the islands, and CASPIAN TERNS – 5 of them. Cobourg Harbour’s species of the day was a pair of RUDDY DUCKS.


THURSDAY, APRIL 13:

HASTINGS COUNTY
We start our Bird Report this evening with the sighting of a BROAD-WINGED HAWK in the Cooper area, north of Madoc. I guess the CASPIAN TERNS  are back now in full force from the initial single sightings of last week. Twenty-five were clustered around the jetty at the east end of the Murray Canal at 12 O’clock Point in Carrying Place. Still lingering though this late was a SNOWY OWL seen a few days ago north of Trenton in the Grills and Mackenzie Roads area. Twenty-one species were checked off today at the Potter Creek Conservation Area (formerly Quinte Conservation Area) on the west side of Wallbridge/Loyalist Road in Quinte West. Highlights were BELTED KINGFISHER, 12 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and a single RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 8 SONG SPARROWS, 1 BROWN CREEPER, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES and 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS. Suitable conditions continue at Atkins Road off Airport Road on the east side of Belleville where today 2 AMERICAN WIGEONS and 4 MALLARDS were still present, along with a GREAT BLUE HERON, 1 BARN SWALLOW and a VESPER SPARROW. At the mouth of the Moira River at Victoria Park in Belleville, there were a half dozen MALARDS, 20 LESSER SCAUP, 60 BUFFLEHEAD and a COMMON LOON.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
This morning there were a few recent arrivals on the Stinson Block Road including three RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and singles of BARN SWALLOW, WINTER WREN, and an EASTERN TOWHEE. A flooded field in the west end of Victoria Road had a GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Flooded fields at this time of the year can produce some interesting birds taking advantage of the conditions. One such field along Huff’s Island Road just prior to the causeway had nine species yesterday including 4 AMERICAN WIGEON, 6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 4 BUFFLEHEADS, 30 RING-BILLED GULLS, a GREAT BLUE HERON and 1 CASPIAN TERN. Along Jericho Road off Highway 62, a NORTHERN HARRIER and an AMERICAN KESTREL were seen today. A second TUFTED TITMOUSE has shown up in the County – this one at Prince Edward Point today where it had been caught in the nets and banded. It hung around the feeder for a while and went to the feeder a few times. Then it left, probably because of all the attention that it was getting. Other than that, nothing much, and banding which started on Monday, has been slow. Lots of NORTHERN FLICKERS, some GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, TURKEY VULTURES. Two pairs of COMMON MERGANSERS cruising close to the shoreline at the banding station were a welcome relief from the plentiful RED-BREASTED species.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Park today along the Marsh Boardwalk, an AMERICAN BITTERN was a highlight for one birder. Also 3 SWAMP SPARROWS, 10 REDHEADS and 2 BUFFLEHEADS. Down around the lighthouse, 10 REDHEADS there as well as 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 50 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 20 BUFFLEHEADS, a COMMON LOON, and 3 BARN SWALLOWS  darting around. Yesterday, some good numbers in the Park at various locations – 5,000 RING-BILLED GULLS, 375 REDHEADS and 75 BUFFLEHEADS. Also turning up were 275 HERRING GULLS, a 2nd winter ICELAND GULL, a second winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a first winter GLAUCOUS GULL, and first winter GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. Other good finds were a light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on High Bluff Island, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 7 CASPIAN TERNS, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and 20 SONG SPARROWS. Today, a few highlights were 3 HERMIT THRUSHES, 4 WINTER WRENS, a MERLIN, and a GREAT HORNED OWL that was being mobbed by crows.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Always good birding at the Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area and today was no exception. Tallied were 2 TRUMPETER SWANS, PIED-BILLED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, CASPIAN TERN, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 8 COMMON LOONS, and 6 SWAMP SPARROWS. In the Napanee River and Moscow corridor a WILSON’S SNIPE  was heard, another SANDHILL CRANE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. At the Moscow Marsh, a VIRGINIA RAIL was a highlight, doing its “kid-ick, kid-ick” call, 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES and 10 SWAMP SPARROWS. On the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA, a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE with bands – two orange on the left, yellow on the right – was seen on Nugent Road. Other species in that area included a WOOD DUCK, RED-TAILED HAWK, WILSON’S SNIPE, 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS, an EASTERN BLUEBIRD, 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 6 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.

 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few interesting species in Prince Edward County today as the spring migration of migrants continues. A bit of a surprise was the appearance of a male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL on a deck at Peat`s Point today. The Hamilton Wetland west of Demorestville today had PIED-BILLED GREBE and 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. At Prince Edward Point, new species to appear on the scene were CLIFF SWALLOWS and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. Other good finds today at the Point were COMMON LOON, BROWN THRASHER, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, WINTER WREN, BELTED KINGFISHER, FOX SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW and PURPLE FINCH. There were high numbers of AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, DARK-EYED JUNCO, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, SONG SPARROW, BROWN CREEPER and BUFFLEHEAD. Continuing to build in numbers across the County are BARN SWALLOWS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Kenron Estates sewage lagoons continue to draw birds and watchers of birds. Today, the two RUDDY DUCKS seen yesterday, were still present, along with five other waterfowl species- CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, MALLARD, BUFFLEHEAD and HOODED MERGANSER. At Belleville`s Lion`s Park 2 HOODED MERGANSERS were in the Moira River, also 6 CANADA GEESE, 2 MALLARDS, and a COMMON MERGANSER. One would guess that TREE SWALLOWS are becoming established with the 180 that were seen today north of Belleville, and that we are well past any threat of a sleet/snow/freezing rain event like we had for April 4 & 5 in 2003 which totally wiped out the swallow population that had arrived to date. Five PURPLE FINCHES  continue to visit a feeder in Foxboro.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, BROWN CREEPERS, SWAMP SPARROWS, BUFFLEHEADS and GREATER SCAUPS reported today from Presquìle Park. Yesterday, one birder found a TRUMPETER SWAN and 8 PIED-BILLED GREBES. Other good birds seen included BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, EASTERN PHOEBE, NORTHERN FLICKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and COMMON RAVEN. No other sightings were reported today, and any late lists will be included in tomorrow evening`s Report.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Parrot`s Bay Conservation Area near Collin`s Bay produced a couple PINE WARBLERS  today, along with BELTED KINGFISHER, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 5 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and a couple SWAMP SPARROWS. Parrot`s Bay itself contained 8 CANADA GEESE, 4 MALLARDS, 3 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and two each of BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON MERGANSER. South of Tamworth today, a BELTED KINGFISHER, and NORTHERN FLICKER  at Croydon. Next door to Lennox and Addington County, Frontenac County had its first VIRGINIA RAIL in the Kingston area. Marshlands Conservation Area along Front Road had some noteworthy species including HERMIT THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE, 4 BROWN CREEPERS, a WINTER WREN, 3 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS. As mentioned in an earlier Report, we are dropping Frontenac County from the formal Report until after the spring rush of birds slows down a bit, but now and then I will include significant sightings in with the Lennox and Addington write-up.

 


TUESDAY, APRIL 11:

 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
And, the spring migration continues. Lots of HERMIT THRUSHES passing through right now. Bryant Road, toward the west side of the County in Ameliasburgh Ward, the weather today was perfect and there was lots of bird song and also calls from WESTERN CHORUS FROGS, WOOD FROGS and SPRING PEEPERS. This road contains a number of different habitats  and song from newly arrived birds today could mean that they are on territory. Birds heard were WHITE-THROATED, VESPER and FIELD SPARROW, WINTER WREN and EASTERN TOWHEE. Also present were two tom WILD TURKEYS, one of them gobbling. The frequent call of a COOPER’S HAWK in suitable habitat in the mature forest at the southeast end likely indicated nesting. WILSON’S SNIPES  were calling today at 23 Sprague Road on Big Island (1), and along Black Road, west of Demorestville (3). At Crofton, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen. There is no lack of water so far at the Hamilton Wetland along County Road 14 (Demorestville Road) where a GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen, along with TREE SWALLOWS, CANADA GEESE, TURKEY VULTURES, RED-TAILED HAWK, MALLARDS, MUTE SWAN, and a GREAT BLUE HERON at the one and only nest. Does one nest constitute a heronry? No GREAT EGRETS there yet at this now well known egret roost, but one was seen today at the Hubb`s Creek Marsh along the Millennium Trail off Danforth Road west of Wellington. Other birds that turned up here today were EASTERN TOWHEE, two each of SAVANNAH SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Four WILSON`S SNIPES were heard winnowing, 6 KILLDEER were seen, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Two RED-THROATED LOONS and two PINE WARBLERS  were highlights at Presqu'ile Park today where one birder found 57 species of birds. Some impressive numbers included 25 each of BROWN CREEPER and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, 80 AMERICAN ROBINS, 40 SONG SPARROWS, 35 NORTHERN FLICKERS and 12 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS. Also seen were 5 PURPLE MARTINS, a MERLIN, 1 BARN SWALLOW, 3 WINTER WRENS, 1 CHIPPING SPARROW, 1 FOX SPARROW, 6 SWAMP SPARROWS and an EASTERN TOWHEE. Along the Parkway, 2 WOOD DUCKS, 3 SWAMP SPARROWS and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Two PIED-BILLED GREBES called from both sides of the causeway (another seen elsewhere in the Park). An interesting observation was a group of COMMON GRACKLES, one of which was constructing a nest in the cattails along the channel. Although usually constructing their nests in trees, grackles occasionally will nest in loose colonies in cattail marshes where they can get quite vociferous when any danger approaches. Six TURKEY VULTURES  were seen in a field just north of Orland this afternoon.  
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
There is a Belleville area birder (perhaps 2) who seems to have a fetish for sewage lagoons. After visiting these questionable locations in Madoc and Tweed, today they ferreted out the lagoon at the Kenron Estates at Bayside. However, birds are where you find them, and sewage lagoons and other disgusting places can be the most productive. And, the Bayside location did not disappoint. Present today were these 2 RUDDY DUCKS, male and female, who were sharing the habitat with 17 BUFFLEHEAD, 4 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, 2 MALLARDS and 4 CANADA GEESE. Also seen at this location was a WILSON`S SNIPE, a CHIPPING SPARROW, 4 BARN SWALLOWS and 3 NORTHERN FLICKERS. Another BARN SWALLOW  was seen at the Bayside Water Plant where other noteworthy species were 30 TREE SWALLOWS and a CASPIAN TERN. At Belleville`s East Bayshore Park, 100 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen (Snake Island colony) and a COMMON LOON. Thirty-two species were checked off along the Atkin Road extension where ideal birding habitat there revealed a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 9 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, another BARN SWALLOW, 2 HORNED LARKS and a VESPER SPARROW heard singing.

 


MONDAY, APRIL 10:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
I guess the question is, where do we begin? PURPLE MARTINS arrived at Big Island early this morning and others arrived along Massassauga Road, south of Belleville.  It was a great birding day today, and we will start with a TUFTED TITMOUSE which appeared at a feeder along County Road 12, near Sandbanks Park. Speaking of which, a PINE WARBLER  was heard singing this morning behind the Park Office. Another was seen at Prince Edward Point today where that area was literally hopping, with a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a PALM WARBLER also being seen. Wherever one looked, birds, many of them new arrivals, surrounded birders. Three HORNED GREBES, 110 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 3 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 18 EASTERN PHOEBES, 12 BROWN CREEPERS, 40 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, even a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, a VESPER SPARROW, 12 CHIPPING SPARROWS, 500 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. If you like blackbirds, there were plenty of them, too – 400 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 300 COMMON GRACKLES. Thirty-five TREE SWALLOWS, a HERMIT THRUSH, COMMON LOON, WINTER WREN – the checklists kept going. If you didn’t make it to Prince Edward Point today, then you missed a wonderful experience. Other species around the County today included 43 WILD TURKEYS along Black Road, NORTHERN HARRIER there also as well as on Big Island. It was an exhausting day. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
HASTINGS COUNTY kept up the pace too. The H.R. Frink Centre north of Belleville, is coming alive after its winter slumber. Seen there today were an early BARN SWALLOW, HOODED MERGANSER, TREE SWALLOW, NORTHERN FLICKERS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and SWAMP SPARROW. Nearby Thurlow Wildlife Management Area had 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, a SWAMP SPARROW, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, and 3 woodpecker species – RED BELLIED, NORTHERN FLICKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER. Four VESPER SPARROWS were present along Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville where also seen were 2 WOOD DUCKS, 8 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 14 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 AMERICAN WIGEONS, and three each of HORNED LARK and TREE SWALLOW.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Park, the Park’s first CHIPPING SPARROW was seen. Twenty-five GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were joined by a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. An EASTERN TOWHEE made an appearance as did the first BROWN THRASHER. Also eight WINTER WRENS and 9 BROWN CREEPERS, COMMON LOON, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BELTED KINGFISHER and a COMMON LOON.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
An EASTERN TOWHEE also made an appearance at Croydon. On Desmond Road today in the Camden East area, EASTERN PHOEBES, 8 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS and 3 PURPLE FINCHES made it on a checklist there. And, an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW which are becoming fewer and fewer in number as winter leaves us and spring continues to arrive. However, you can expect to see lingering tree sparrows, often as late as early May.

 


SUNDAY, APRIL 09:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A few days of warmer weather never fails to boost the spring migration. A SAVANNAH SPARROW appeared at Mitchel Road and Airport Road yesterday. Others showed up elsewhere too across the region signalling the start of their migration.  There was also a NORTHERN SHRIKE along here, too. On the Trans Canada Trail through the Springbrook grassland, WILSON’S SNIPE, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, EASTERN PHOEBE and AMERICAN KESTREL were encountered. Nine waterfowl species at Stoco Lake today including AMERICAN WIGEON, 65 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 2 COMMON LOONS. And what is a bird outing without a visit to a sewage lagoon? Let’s make that two. The Tweed Sewage Lagoon produced 4 WOOD DUCKS, 48 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 83 BUFFLEHEAD, a RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 WILSON’S SNIPE and a BELTED KINGFISHER. At Madoc, the sewage lagoon there had a NORTHERN SHOVELER, 1 AMERICAN COOT, another RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 KILLDEER and a SWAMP SPARROW. Closer to home, there were 15 GREAT BLUE HERONS at a heronry along Harmony Road where 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a NORTHERN HARRIER and RED-TAILED HAWK were evident. Twenty-two WILD TURKEYS  were along Sidney Street at their usual location just north of the 401, and a NORTHERN FLICKER and an EASTERN PHOEBE  were at Foxboro. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS  today at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course along Highway 37 north of Belleville where 10 TREE SWALLOWS and 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were also present.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Nothing like a bird rushing you along in Prince Edward County! A Picton area resident drove to a cottage at Smith’s Bay this morning to erect a PURPLE MARTIN house, and the martins were already there, waiting patiently – two of them! Lower numbers of waterfowl than usual at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded corn fields this spring, but some good diversity today with 10 species present, among them 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 4 REDHEADS, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and 8 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, just to name a few of the species present. Also, 100 BONAPARTE’S GULLS. Prinyer’s Cove offered a nice assortment of birds – a pair of WOOD DUCKS, 3 LESSER SCAUP, 3 COMMON MERGANSERS, 1 REDHEAD, 2 BUFFLEHEADS, a MUTE SWAN and 22 RING-NECKED DUCKS. A SANDHILL CRANE  was heard bugling in the distance. Thirty-two species were checked off at Prince Edward Point today in just over two hours’ time. Among the more noteworthy species seen were BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 6 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 22 SONG SPARROWS, 1 FOX SPARROW, 6 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and the season’s first HERMIT THRUSH. Also in the southern part of the County, a NORTHERN HARRIER on Kingsley Road, 27 WILD TURKEYS along County Road 13 at the end of South Bay, and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK along Army Reserve Road (yesterday). There were 10 NORTHERN FLICKERS along Babylon Road and two more along Long Point Road. Prince Edward Bay had LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Another birder covered the area from Gardenville to Hillier. A few migrants were quite common including eight NORTHERN FLICKERS, 5 BROWN CREEPERS and many GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Others worth mentioning were one each of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER as well as three winnowing WILSON’S SNIPE. Newly arrived sparrows for the area included two each of FIELD, SWAMP and VESPER and one SAVANNAH SPARROW.     
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Now the migration is moving! There were 57 species recorded at Presqu’ile Park today, among the ducks being 27 CANVASBACKS, at least 20 of them males. A dozen WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were present as were 2 each of COMMON LOON and PIED-BILLED GREBE, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 8 GREAT-BLACKED GULLS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, newly arrived. BROWN CREEPER – at least 15 – seemed to be everywhere, 2 WINTER WRENS and a MARSH WREN. A SWAMP SPARROW and 20 SONG SPARROWS rounded out the list there. At Dale Road at Cobourg, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS  was a nice find. The Brighton Constructed Wetland produced NORTHERN SHOVELER, BUFFLEHEAD, BELTED KINGFISHER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. In a wet cattle pasture near the Murray Canal bridge along County Road 64, the first GREAT EGRET of the spring season was seen.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area north of Camden Lake today had a good variety of birds with a HERMIT THRUSH and a BALD EAGLE being highlights. Others seen today in the list of 36 species were 6 COMMON LOONS, 4 WOOD DUCKS, 2 GADWALL, NORTHERN FLICKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 6 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 22 SONG SPARROWS and a FOX SPARROW. Over on Amherst Island, noteworthy finds there included 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 1 GREAT BLUE HERON, a WILSON’S SNIPE, 20 SONG SPARROWS, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and, (drum roll please) 100 TREE SWALLOWS. Two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, one wearing a leg band, were seen on Napanee Limestone Plain IBA, and other birds of note were 4 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 6 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS and a RED-TAILED HAWK.

 


SATURDAY, APRIL 08:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were among 45 bird species listed at South Bay today. Some were a bit unusual in that they were foraging for insects and walking on the ground like tiny sparrows. Odd behaviour for kinglets. Other noteworthy sightings there were over 600 REDHEADS in the bay, a SURF SCOTER, 3 COMMON LOONS, and 2 BALD EAGLES. Two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS, a FOX SPARROW and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 2 PURPLE FINCHES  were other good species seen. A BELTED KINGFISHER and 2 BROWN CREEPERS  were at Sandbanks Provincial Park. The TURKEY VULTURES are back again in Picton at the Whattam Funeral Home.....waiting. One resident along Rogers Street behind the funeral home had 10 roosting in trees behind his house, where almost a dozen or more roosted all one winter a couple years ago.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Good birding at Presqu’ile Park by one birder who spent over 5 hours in the Park, coming up with 46 species. New this season was a MARSH WREN calling near the second observation tower along the Marsh Boardwalk Trail. A bit early, by almost a month, but in recent years we have learned that we can no longer depend on so-called average arrival dates as birds now appear when you see them. Other good finds were 20 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 60 AMERICAN ROBINS, 3 FIELD SPARROWS, 12 TREE SWALLOWS, 6 NORTHERN FLICKERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS and 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES. Along the Parkway leading into the Park, NORTHERN HARRIER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, GREAT BLUE HERON and PIED-BILLED GREBE  were good sightings. Beyond the Northumberland County Forest, at the Alderville Black Oak Savannah and Prairie, some typical grassland birds seen there included NORTHERN HARRIER, TREE SWALLOWS, SONG SPARROWS, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. Another new spring species in the county was a VESPER SPARROW, north of Port Hope, singing like it was truly spring. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
OSPREY and RED-TAILED HAWK were seen at Potter Creek Conservation Area on the west side of Belleville. Two each of GREAT BLUE HERON and  WOOD DUCK at the Harmony Road Wetland.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
On Rattie Road  at Hinch Road north of Napanee, some good birds there today including WILSON’S SNIPE, AMERICAN KESTREL, EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. On the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA, also a good day with a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE being spotted. On Amherst Island yesterday a few good numbers of waterfowl with 247 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 141 BUFFLEHEAD and a 126 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS being counted, along with COMMON MERGANSERS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, LESSER SCAUP, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NRTHERN SHOVELER, MALLARD, GADWALL and, of course, CANADA GOOSE. One of the first spring records of a BLUE-WINGED TEAL for the county was made there, too. At the Millhaven ferry dock, it was the BONAPARTE’S GULL that highlighted the bird populations there with 230 being counted, all of them active only 100 metres offshore. About half were resting on the water, with the remainder foraging on the wing in association with 52 TREE SWALLOWS.

 


FRIDAY, APRIL 07:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Two female and three male NORTHERN SHOVELERS are once again at the Brighton Constructed Wetland, where other species present have been 2 WOOD DUCKS, 10 BUFFLEHEADS, a MUTE SWAN and at least 10 pairs of CANADA GEESE staking their nesting claims. Two SWAMP SPARROWS  were also in the cattails. In Brighton today, 2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and 35 CEDAR WAXWINGS were found late this afternoon at the corner of Alice and Singleton Streets. Along the Presqu’ile Parkway today, the first spring AMERICAN BITTERN flew in and landed in the northwest corner of the Park marsh. Other good birds present there were 4 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 3 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and a NORTHERN FLICKER. In the Park itself, a REDHEAD, 13 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a male BUFFLEHEAD were all seen in Calf Pasture Cove. GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were near the group campground and a BROWN CREEPER was along the Jobes Woods Trail, while 4 NORTHERN FLICKERS flew up from the picnic shelter. In the Danforth Road area between Cobourg and Grafton, the first CHIPPING SPARROW  of the spring season in that area was seen. Yesterday, closer to Grafton, PILEATED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER and GREAT BLUE HERON were seen. Also yesterday, but in Cobourg, sightings there included RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Up in the Bancroft area where snow replaced our rain, feeder birds included 60 PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCH while a hardy EASTERN PHOEBE looked on. Feeders north of Marmora have over 40 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and a PURPLE FINCH was at a feeder today in Foxboro.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
On Amherst Island yesterday, some good birds there were NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER and 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
“Any idea why we would have a dozen or more big woodpeckers aerating our lawn?” asked one person today on Facebook. Undoubtedly NORTHERN FLICKERS which seem to be bombarding the Prince Edward County area with their presence as this species starts its migration into and through the area. There was a NORTHERN FLICKER on Norton Road in the Northport area and another seen on County Road 5 between Demorestville and Picton while at least 15 or so other reports came in yesterday and today with no specific locations mentioned. AMERICAN KESTRELS  are still in abundance and the Doxsee Road/Black Road individual that has been present since last fall can still be seen most days. Also present in the County and elsewhere have been GREAT GRAY OWLS; however, due to harassment, it has become our policy to not reveal the locations of these magnificent birds of prey which should be departing soon for their far northern nesting grounds in the Lake Superior to Hudson Bay areas. Along Luck’s Crossroad, lucky birds there today were a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS as well as a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. In Allisonville, a feeder there has RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PURPLE FINCH and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.  Two FIELD SPARROWS  were a recent sighting along Doxsee Road. And, today, eight or more TURKEY VULTURES were circling high over Prince Edward Collegiate and the Picton Fairgrounds.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Another newcomer to the migration scene yesterday in Kingston. Two CASPIAN TERNS did a fly-by heading west along the shoreline at Portsmouth. Eight TREE SWALLOWS  were also spotted in the rain, but 31 were seen there today. Just north of Verona today, special birds there were RED-BELLIED and PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, 2 FOX SPARROWS and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. As the spring migration begins its swing into high gear and the Bird Report starts to burgeon with more sightings, The Quinte Area Bird Report will drop the Frontenac sightings from its regular evening Report. When anything spectacular does come along in the Kingston area, we will blend it in with the Lennox and Addington portion of the Report.

 


THURSDAY, APRIL 06:

Due to a full day of steady rain, there is no Bird Report this evening. 

 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 05:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Arriving in mid-February, a PIED-BILLED GREBE can still be found hanging around in the open river at Tweed. The photographer says the bird, until two days ago when this photo was taken, always kept its distance, but decided the Tweed resident was not a threat and allowed a close approach. Today, a SWAMP SPARROW and an EASTERN PHOEBE were both seen at Foxboro. One of Frankford’s best kept secrets where I used to conduct guided hikes, is Bata Island. The island has about two kilometres of trails in total, some of them passing through habitat suggestive of the Point Traverse trail system in Prince Edward County. Very good for spring migrants. Today didn’t disappoint. The Quinte area’s first spring CASPIAN TERN showed up there today. Other good sightings made here included BELTED KINGFISHER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, 3 TREE SWALLOWS, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, RUFFED GROUSE, and an EASTERN MEADOWLARK. At the end of Twelve O'clock Point Road at Carrying Place there were still many ducks in the bay but also two BONAPARTE’S GULL.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
OSPREYS are once again occupying the Ward platform at the tip of South Bay at the corner of County Road 13 and Hilltop Road. At Gardenville, on the west side of the County, spring bird song helped to find birds. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER churred, a NORTHERN FLICKER flicked and two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS sang. Two BELTED KINGFISHERS flew by giving their rattling call.  The Stinson Block Road at Consecon had a FOX SPARROW and a number of small flocks of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Along the Millennium Trail from County Road One to the crossing of Consecon Lake, a birder noticed a dark circular shape which turned out to be a RUFFED GROUSE in full display with tail and ruff extended to the maximum! There were numerous waterfowl species present with good numbers of GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and both COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER. Fifty MUTE SWANS were present with unfortunately several already on nests. A not so bright future for any native waterfowl species contemplating on nesting there. Also seen were two AMERICAN COOTS, one DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and one COMMON LOON. The latter was giving a soft version of its call and it is probably the bird that breeds here on the lake.  A morning stroll along the Millennium Trail from Danforth Road to the Hubb’s Creek Marsh by a Picton birder produced 26 species, highlights being 10 SONG SPARROWS, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 10 KILLDEER, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 2 TREE SWALLOWS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, 3 RUFFED GROUSE, GREAT BLUE HERON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a NORTHERN HARRIER. Yesterday, Kaiser Crossroad had 10 species of waterfowl as recent rains and more predicted for tonight and tomorrow promise even a greater variety as the amount of water there increases. Some of the highlights were 17 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 9 GADWALL, 15 WOOD DUCKS and 7 RING-NECKED DUCKS. Waupoos Marina excelled more in numbers than it did variety with 1500 REDHEADS  and 500 GREATER SCAUP being present, with OSPREY, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and 4 TREE SWALLOWS being bonuses. A Glenora Road kayaker today paddled Picton Bay, coming up with a pair each of MALLARDS and COMMON  MERGANSER, and about 40 BUFFLEHEADS – many of them males responding to the weather and, of course, the photo period in general with lots of displaying. Also, 30 COMMON GOLDENEYES and a pair of COMMON LOONS. Ten PURPLE FINCHES  arrived at this person’s feeder today, the majority of them striking males. At Prince Edward Point, it would seem that the spring migration has begun in earnest. Seen today were TREE SWALLOWS, flocks of DARK-EYED JUNCOS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, AMERICAN KESTRELS and BROWN CREEPERS. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A CAROLINA WREN continues at a residence west of RMC in Kingston where a WINTER WREN was also seen today. Also present, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 2 TREE SWALLOWS and an EASTERN PHOEBE. On the north side of Verona, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS  were seen today in flight as well as a WINTER WREN.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
On Rattie Road in the Roblin area today, a birder walked from Mud Creek south to Hinch Road, and some species of interest found there were 9 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 14 SONG SPARROWS, 20 AMERICAN ROBINS, an EASTERN PHOEBE, 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS, 2 TREE SWALLOWS, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 5 WILSON’S SNIPE,7 KILLDEER, and a RED-TAILED HAWK. On County Road 4, just west of Tamworth, another  EASTERN MEADOWLARK was spotted, and in a pond opposite Spindletree Gardens (south of Tamworth), seen were 31 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 3 BUFFLEHEADS (2 of them males in breeding plumage) and CANADA GEESE. In the White Lake Marsh just west of Erinsville, two pairs of COMMON MERGANSERS, 3 BUFFLEHEADS, and one pair each of HOODED MERGANSERS, MALLARDS and CANADA GEESE. West of Roblin today, an OSPREY was spotted on the Roblin Road Alvar.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Along Hogan Road today, north of Castleton, some good species seen there with 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, GREAT BLUE HERON, COOPER’S HAWK, BELTED KINGFISHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, WINTER WREN and EASTERN MEADOWLARK being highlights. One motorist probably thought he was suffering from white line fever when he exited the 401 at Port Hope today and spotted a RING-NECKED PHEASANT strolling nonchalantly among the gravestones at the Welcome United Church Cemetery. One Brighton resident must surely have the patience of Job as his backyard has been host through the winter for a number of questionable species including both COOPER’S and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS (sometimes both species on the same day), and blackbird species that occasionally blackened the ground some days. They have all but dispersed; in the last few days, it has been BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS that have dominated the scene – an estimated 40 of them! The neighbours must wonder. Near Danforth Road between Grafton and Cobourg today, some birds of note were 2 TURKEY VULTURES, a RED-TAILED HAWK cruising over a harvested corn field and a NORTHERN FLICKER.

 


TUESDAY, APRIL 04:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
You know we have had some rain when you see 2 CANADA GEESE swimming on the front lawn! The two geese have been regulars on our front lawn for almost a month and even ventured to the bird feeders one day. Other visitors today on our lot at 23 Sprague Road at Big Island was an EASTERN PHOEBE, AMERICAN KESTREL. Hard to imagine with today’s rain that there was a Level Three drought last summer. CHORUS FROGS  were singing in collective happiness in the wooded swamp at the corner of Ostrander Point Road today in the South Bay area.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Two birders, one of them this morning and another this afternoon, had a day to remember between the raindrops at Atkins Road north of Airport Road on the east side of Belleville. Well over 20 species were tallied between the two of them. Needless to say, many of them involved birds common to wet areas, among them a half dozen or so being waterfowl. Fifteen CANADA GEESE, 2 WOOD DUCKS, 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 14 MALLARDS and 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. The list of wetland birds didn’t stop there. There was a GREAT BLUE HERON, 67 RING-BILLED GULLS and 34 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. A group of 4 WILSON’S SNIPES flew up from a flooded field edge, giving a few alarm calls, with another 2 flushing up farther along the field. A surprise, although certainly expected to be here right now, was newly arrived GREATER YELLOWLEGS, seen cohabiting with KILLDEER, snipe, ducks and gulls, the three-noted whistle clearly heard. Eight SONG SPARROWS, 3 HORNED LARKS, NORTHERN HARRIER and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  also showed themselves, but there were other surprises. The season’s first reported VESPER SPARROW also turned up as did a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW singing loudly and persistently with a couple AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, likely an individual that wintered in the area rather than it being an early migrant. Other species of interest seen in the Belleville area today were a COOPER’S HAWK along Airport Parkway and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in Foxboro.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Yesterday at Presqu’ile Park, there were 18 waterfowl species seen, among them a RUDDY DUCK and 2 BLACK SCOTERS, and also 2 COMMON LOONS. Other noteworthy species in the Park yesterday were LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 3 BROWN CREEPERS, 1 WINTER WREN and 3 TREE SWALLOWS. In total, 43 species. In a backyard on the north part of Brighton, noteworthy birds were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 3 SONG SPARROWS and a  WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few scattered sightings around Frontenac County today, seen by those who dared venture out, were CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. A GREAT BLUE HERON flew over Highway 38 and Van Order Road south of Murvale today, and north of Verona, birds seen there included 15 PINE SISKINS, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, BROWN CREEPER, EASTERN PHOEBE, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and both PILEATED and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.

 


MONDAY, APRIL 03:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Still a few BARRED OWLS around. There was also a BALD EAGLE seen flying east at Rossmore. Other raptor activity included a RED-TAILED HAWK seen yesterday near the Mustang Theatre along County Road 1 (Schoharie Road) near Picton. Today, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen carrying something in its beak at the corner of County Road 10 and Royal Road south of Milford. Yesterday, an ICELAND GULL showed up in the Bay of Quinte at Northport. Ducks continue to roam the shoreline of Picton Bay along Glenora Road. Today there were about 30 COMMON GOLDENEYES and 20 BUFFLEHEADS. Meanwhile at Kaiser Crossroad, the wetlands there continue to be disappointing compared to figures last year at this time. This afternoon, there were only 30 CANADA GEESE (100 on this day a year ago), 14 NORTHERN PINTAILS (260 a year ago), 22 MALLARDS, 10 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 40 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 6 BUFFLEHEADS, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON and up to 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS. There was also a female NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS and 50 BONAPARTE’S GULLS (regular at this site). Low numbers overall yesterday, too, with other species and numbers being 3 WOOD DUCKS, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, 40 NORTHERN PINTAILS And 3 REDHEADS. So, numbers and diversity do change from day to day. Along the same theme, a quick stop at the Hamilton Wetlands today produced around 40 CANADA GEESE and a half dozen NORTHERN PINTAILS. Some stop and go birding yesterday afternoon by a Belleville father and son team produced an interesting mix of species – 750 GREATER SCAUP and 300 REDHEADS at Waupoos Marina, BUFFLEHEADS and  COMMON GOLDENEYES in Prince Edward Bay at the end of Kaiser Crossroad, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and a  COMMON LOON along Cressy Bayside Road, and more COMMON GOLDENEYES, BUFFLEHEADS and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS along Cressy Lakeside Road.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A few miscellaneous sightings from Hastings County. AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS, NORTHERN HARRIER, NORTHERN CARDINAL and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were noteworthy finds at Atkins Road early this morning. TREE SWALLOWS and SONG SPARROW  at the Foxboro Cemetery. AMERICAN KESTREL and 2 SONG SPARROWS northeast of Campbellford.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A five-hour trek in the Melon Lake Conservation Reserve, almost across from Sheffield Conservation Area, a half hour or so north of Napanee, paid off in handsome dividends with some good species found. Among the birds ticked off on the checklist during that time were HOODED MERGANSER, 4 RUFFED GROUSE, 5 TURKEY VULTURES, a SANDHILL CRANE, 13 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 2 COMMON RAVENS and 5 SONG SPARROWS. West of Tamworth, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and a GREAT BLUE HERON were seen. Probably the best list of birds was made early this morning at Amherst Island with 61 species sighted. A few of the highlights included 2 COMMON LOONS, 5 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 8 RED-TAILED HAWKS (two on nests) SNOWY OWL, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 9 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 1 MERLIN, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, and a major influx of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS (all over the island, even in hedgerows).
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing from Presqu’ile Park at time of writing, but at Port Hope Harbour yesterday, an interesting and somewhat early sighting was the season’s first NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. The birder spotted the bird as it flew over the water and landed on a barbed wire fence. At first, the birder thought the arrival might be a phoebe, but a closer look at it determined that the bird in question was indeed a ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. The bird eventually took off but continued to remain in the same general area and was spotted several times. It is a bit early for this species to appear, given that TREE SWALLOWS  arrived only a day or two ago. However, we simply can no longer depend on so-called average arrival dates, and while this bird might be two or three weeks early of its normal arrival date, such has been the case this year with several other species.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
An hour spent by a Kingston birder in the Lemoine Point Conservation Area beside the Norman Rogers Airport resulted in 34  species this morning. Highlights were 4 GADWALL, 4 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 LESSER SCAUP, 8 HOODED MERGANSERS, a GREAT BLUE HERON, 1 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 TREE SWALLOWS, 1 RUSTY BLACKBIRD and 25 SONG SPARROWS. Portsmouth Olympic Harbour had CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEADS, COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS as well as a COMMON LOON and 24 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. Rounding off the birds of Frontenac County today was a a MERLIN at Sydenham and the long standing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Westbrook on the west side of Kingston.

 


SUNDAY, APRIL 02:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Well, there seems little doubt that OSPREYS have returned. OSPREYS  everywhere! Almost every platform in Prince Edward County has work going on – housekeeping, nest maintenance, monitoring. The 12 degree temperature and sunshiny day has spurred the migrants already here into full song. It was a din of happy songs today along the privately owned Sprague/Monkman Trail on Big Island where EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, SONG SPARROWS, KILLDEERS and EASTERN PHOEBES  were all in fine fettle. And for Project Feeder Watch’s final day (at least for us), it was like a final farewell to the feeder season with a flock of 36 COMMON GRACKLES, two each of DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKER, AMERICAN ROBIN, the first SONG SPARROW  of the feeder season for us and the full complement of all other species putting in an appearance. Even two CANADA GEESE  strolled from the front lawn and bellied up at the bar. The Hamilton Wetland along County Road 14, west of Demorestville, is also open for business with an unprecedented amount of water compared to Nature’s drawdown last fall. Today, there were 150 CANADA GEESE present along with a MUTE SWAN, 10 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 20 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a WILSON’S SNIPE and KILLDEER on hand. By contrast, the water level at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded cornfields is less than it normally would be at this time; however, present today were 40 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 5 WOOD DUCKS, , 9 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 6 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and 2 each of AMERICAN WIGEON and REDHEAD. Two GREAT BLUE HERONS were also taking advantage of the conditions. BUFFLEHEADS and COMMON GOLDENEYES on Picton Bay along Glenora Road, and a BALD EAGLE at Picton Harbour. FIELD SPARROW and WILSON’S SNIPE and three each of EASTERN MEADOWLARK and SONG SPARROW along Snider Road in Ameliasburgh and 9 PURPLE FINCHES  coming to a feeder along Glenora Road. Highlights at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area were RING-NECKED DUCK, WOOD DUCKS, GREAT BLUE HERON and a RED-TAILED HAWK. A RUFFED GROUSE  was drumming at Prince Edward Point and, also there, a WILD TURKEY provided some morbid entertainment as it tried unsuccessfully to find an opening large enough to squeeze through in a page wire fence. Twenty species chalked up by a Belleville birder today at the Big Island Marsh, highlights being two GREAT BLUE HERONS, the resident NORTHERN HARRIER, 30 COMMON MERGANSER, 1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 1 HOODED MERGANSER, 6 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 12 MUTE SWANS and 75 CANADA GEESE. And, saving the best bird until the last – a TUFTED TITMOUSE along Glenora Road near the turnoff for Lake on the Mountain.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Harmony Road Wetland today north of Belleville had 12 GREAT BLUE HERONS, all visiting a probable nest site. And, if this is the year you wish to get an AMERICAN KESTREL on your life list, today would have been a good day to seek one out. They were absolutely everywhere in Hastings County today, suggesting a passage of them through the area. Locations where kestrels were seen today were on Bronk Road, 2 at Blessington and McFarland Road, one at Read Road and Blessington Road and another at Marysville Road and the train tracks. And they are only the ones that were reported. There was an EASTERN PHOEBE at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, and another phoebe and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD  on Airport Parkway. Two FIELD SPARROWS and 2 SWAMP SPARROWS  were reported from Atkins Road, and at Blessington and Shannonville Road, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, SONG SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK turned up.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
One highlight today at Presqu’ile Park was the first TREE SWALLOW of the year. Other good sightings there included 1500 REDHEADS, 25 CANVASBACKS, 15 AMERICAN WIGEON, and 2 GADWALL. At the Nawautin Sanctuary at Grafton, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and a WINTER WREN  were found. Huff Road, the scene of considerable activity this past winter with Great Gray Owls being harassed by unsympathetic and aggressive birders/photographers, was highlighted today by different birds – a CACKLING GOOSE, RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN FLICKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, EASTERN PHOEBE and 35 WILD TURKEYS. Cobourg Harbour today had 11 species of waterfowl, including 2 AMERICAN COOTS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Some backyard birding north of Millhaven saw 22 species listed, among them, an EASTERN PHOEBE, 2 TREE SWALLOWS, 3 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, and a COMMON RAVEN. A COMMON LOON was photographed at Milhaven, while at Amherstview 120 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were loafing about on their nesting islands. In the Napanee Limestone Plain area, 5 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and also 5 each of SONG SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. On Palace Road in the Napanee area, a  COMMON RAVEN  was spotted flying to a nest at a farm silo. Things are picking up at the Menzel Nature Reserve on Roblin Road, north of Deseronto, where 20 species where chalked up today, among them a sub-adult BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 SANDHILL CRANES, NORTHERN SHRIKE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and – oh, yes – an AMERICAN KESTREL. A TURKEY VULTURE at Yarker and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS nearby at the Colebrook Dam. What migrants we take for granted in the immediate Bay of Quinte, are just now arriving in areas north of here. The first SONG SPARROW  turned up today at Croydon, 2 pairs of  RING-NECKED DUCKS at Erinsville, EASTERN MEADOWLARK south of Tamworth, and another AMERICAN KESTREL on Miller Road south of Tamworth.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lots of birding in Frontenac County, as always, but I will just touch on some of the highlights. On the roadside cleanup side of things, two TURKEY VULTURES were seen busily working away at a roadkill raccoon along Front Road at Invista. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS  were birds of note at the Marshlands Conservation Area. Twenty-eight GADWALL, an AMERICAN COOT and 2 BELTED KINGFISHER  were at Cataraqui Bay, and an unlucky 13 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. At Wolfe Island today, 2 WINTER WRENS and a SWAMP SPARROW were singing joyously at the welcome turn in the weather. Fifteen SONG SPARROWS, a WILSON’S SNIPE and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were other noteworthy species.

 


SATURDAY, APRIL 01:

HASTINGS COUNTY
No April Fool’s joke. Twenty TREE SWALLOWS skimming the waters of the river at Trenton for insects. Another 17 TREE SWALLOWS were seen today at the H.R. Frink Centre, 9 km north of Belleville. Spring must be here! Other spring-like birds seen at the Frink Centre included 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS, a KILLDEER, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, 2 BROWN CREEPERS and 5 SONG SPARROWS. Among the ducks present were 8 WOOD DUCKS and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS. Across from the Belleville Yacht Club three male HOODED MERGANSERS and one female were putting on an X-rated performance for one office worker as all three males pursued the female and postured in front of the female for two hours. It’s that time of the year. On the west side of Trenton, a MERLIN has been flying around the neighbourhood giving its usual call, and may be the one that nests every summer at nearby Hannah Park. Some good signs of the season along Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville with the sighting of 4 SONG SPARROWS, an EASTERN PHOEBE, 3 KILLDEER and a SANDHILL CRANE flying over the Fuller Native and Rare Plants nursery. Just to remind us that the thrill in the arrival of spring birds must be approached with caution was the sighting of a SNOWY OWL at Twelve O'clock Point at Carrying Place. A mix of sightings from all over Hastings County today, including an adult BALD EAGLE at Marmora, 3 pairs of HOODED MERGANSERS  at Madoc, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS on Brennan Road southwest of Blessington, 5 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and an AMERICAN KESTREL at the junction of Blessington Road and Bronk Road, and a GREAT BLUE HERON in the Moira River behind Belleville Walmart.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Why did the turkey cross the road? It's a question being asked more often in Windsor these days as the big-bodied WILD TURKEYS have begun popping up around the city in recent months, causing 'fowl' moods on the University of Windsor campus as they stalled traffic by walking in the middle of the road.Turkeys apparently roam wild and free through the city of Windsor and at this time of year the males often will be seen fanning out their tails and strutting around showing off for all the females and that can be a bit of a traffic-stopper. Much the same in Prince Edward County, I guess. Last Tuesday, in this Bird Report, I mentioned that 6 WILD TURKEYS strutted along the walking path at Wellington Beach. A photo of them was included.  Apparently the 6 WILD TURKEYS made it into town  and were seen on West Street in the village the following day, seemingly heading to the Cranky Butler B & B from the area of the Drake Devonshire Inn.   OSPREYS are pouring into the Bay of Quinte area now. Another was checking out the platform near Northport for any winter damage. A pair of AMERICAN KESTRELS  were seen along there, and a TURKEY VULTURE was sighted along County Road 14 (Demorestville Road). A Glenora Road resident, east of Picton, reported 3 BUFFLEHEADS who were constantly in view from her house, repeatedly diving suggesting the presence of a good food supply. BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS  were noted at Crofton. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE  showed up with CANADA GEESE along Nugent Road, as did 35 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 12 WILD TURKEYS, a GREAT BLUE HERON, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, and 2 each of EASTERN MEADOWLARK and SONG SPARROW. Some good birding there. SONG SPARROW at Wilton Creek and a BALD EAGLE and 32 HOODED MERGANSERS at Camden Lake were also good finds. This afternoon at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, sightings there included 20 GADWALL, 20 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 LESSER SCAUP, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, 2 KILLDEER, a PILEATED WOODPECKER and 2 SONG SPARROWS. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Only one species account from the Northumberland County area at time of posting, but likely more reports will filter in later tonight. At Cobourg Harbour this afternoon, 10 species of birds were seen, six of them waterfowl. Species of note included 2 AMERICAN COOTS, 6 BUFFLEHEADS, 25 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 32 MALLARDS, 3 CANADA GEESE, and 5 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Birders in Lennox and Addington were an active bunch today, sharing lots of sightings. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE  was seen on the Napanee Plain, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  turned up along Desmond Road near Camden East and a BARRED OWL was seen on Goodyear Road just north of Napanee. At Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area at Amherstview produced 15 species mid-morning with notable species being 12 LESSER SCAUP, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, 6 COMMON MERGANSERS, and one each of PILEATED WOODPECKER and COMMON RAVEN. The long standing (swimming) male WOOD DUCK failed to appear this morning along the River Trail just beyond Springside Park, but 21 other species did, including 2 BUFFLEHEAD, 5 HOODED MERGANSERS, 1 COOPER’S HAWK, a BELTED KINGFISHER, 2 SONG SPARROWS, NORTHERN CARDINAL and 14 AMERICAN ROBINS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Similar birding excitement in the Kingston and outlying areas. North of Kingston along Perth Road, 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS  were good sightings as was a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK north of Verona. At Balsam Grove in Kingston, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW wasn’t especially significant, but a calling WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was an unexpected surprise. We don’t expect this northern nester in the Kingston area for another month. On Woodburn Road, north of the city, near the Colonnade Golf and Country Club, 2 TURKEY VULTURES a NORTHERN HARRIER and a  ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were good sightings. An EASTERN PHOEBE  was seen just off Opinicon Road  up in the Chaffey’s Lock area.  Some super sightings along the K & P Trail from White Lake Road to Forty Foot Road – WOOD DUCK, 2 BUFFLEHEAD and 6 HOODED MERGANSERS near the inflow creek area of Cole Lake, 3 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, a KILLDEER, and 7 SONG SPARROWS. Also a respectable list of 17 species at Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal where noteworthy sightings included 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 3 TURKEY VULTURES, 25 HOODED MERGANSERS, 30 AMERICAN WIGEON, 6 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 8 GADWALL.

 



FRIDAY, MARCH 31:

HASTINGS COUNTY
For somewhat obvious reasons, not a whole lot of birding today, and much of this evening’s Report deals with sightings made yesterday, with only a sprinkling of sightings made today. OSPREYS have returned to the Bay of Quinte area as noted by the appearance two days ago of a pair at the Lion’s Park platform, opposite the Lions Park in Belleville. Today, two were seen at the nest platform at Dead Creek at Carrying Place. Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a PURPLE FINCH were in a Foxboro backyard. Last night AMERICAN WOODCOCKS  were heard calling along Harmony Road as well as at the H.R. Frink Centre.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In Prince Edward County, 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS and 2 PURPLE FINCHES are regulars at an Allisonville feeder. Speaking of feeders, the 2017 Project FeederWatch season concludes this week.
Yesterday, there was an AMERICAN KESTREL seen on Snider Road, and another was on Black Road today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Yesterday at the CIL Plant Rest Area on the east side of Millhaven, 10 species of birds were seen. Among the noteworthy were 50 REDHEADS, 125 GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, 100 COMMON GOLDENEYE,  a RED-TAILED HAWK and 3 KILLDEER. Three BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS  were under a feeder at Croydon this afternoon.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The weather was so unpleasant that even Kingston birders dared not venture out today. The only sightings to come in were an AMERICAN KESTREL and a SONG SPARROW  north of Verona.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
As though defying the official arrival of spring some days ago, a SNOWY OWL was seen yesterday perched on a picnic table at Beach 2 at Presqu’ile Park. Along the Parkway leading to the Park, BELTED KINGFISHER, 5 SONG SPARROWS, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, a GREAT BLUE HERON, TURKEY VULTURE and a WOOD DUCK were all seen while overhead about 1500 RING-BILLED GULLS kept circling. 
 
 

THURSDAY, MARCH 30:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Conditions at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded cornfields continue to improve day by day. Yesterday, 21 NORTHERN PINTAILS were checking out the submerged corn stubble for food. Also present yesterday were CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS, 45 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and what was probably a CACKLING GOOSE. Today, a few new species have appeared on the spring scene – the first WILSON’S SNIPE and FIELD SPARROW on Snider Road, toward the west end of Victoria Road. Three SONG SPARROWS and EASTERN MEADOWLARK as well, with two heard singing this morning on the Sprague/Monkman Trail at Big Island.  However, they might want to hold back on their enthusiasm and hunker down for awhile, especially if tonight’s weather predictions for up to 4 cm of snow pans out. Speaking of Big Island, in the marshes toward Muscote Bay, RING-NECKED DUCKS in multitude, a few REDHEADS and a PIED-BILLED GREBE.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A CAROLINA WREN continues to frequent the Barry Heights area of Trenton along Telephone Road where it can be heard belting out its enthusiastic chant.  Two OSPREYS  continue to engage in nest restoration and building at Belleville’s Memorial Park. Five TUNDRA SWANS  have been at Foxboro, and a GREAT BLUE HERON was in the Moira River at Lost Channel Road near Thomasburg. Today, there were two AMERICAN KESTRELS  east of Roslin – one along Moneymore Road, and another on Cheese Factory Trail.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Last night along Croydon Road just east of Croydon there was a RED-TAILED HAWK.  Two sightings of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES suggested that this species is beginning to turn up now in suitable habitat where they have nested in past years. In Greater Napanee along Hamburgh Road, a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen feeding in typical alvar habitat and cattle pasture. At 10:00 a.m. this morning, A Belleville birder observed a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE  for 10 minutes behind the Waylen Car Wash, along County Road 4, just west of Tamworth. Ideal habitat as I recall. If checking this site out, the observer recommends parking behind the building well out of the way of customers using the facility, and look northwest. At Erinsville, there was an EASTERN MEADOWLARK and an AMERICAN KESTREL.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Migration is on at Presqu’ile. Highlights  today were 10 SONG SPARROWS, 40 AMERICAN ROBINS, 10 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a BROWN CREEPER, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS and 3 KILLDEER. A SONG SPARROW  was one of two present at a backyard bird feeder in Brighton where other “guests” were a COOPER’S HAWK and a MERLIN. At the Lone Pine Sanctuary north of Colborne, highlights there were three each of WOOD DUCK and TURKEY VULTURE, and 2 each of RUSTY BLACKBIRD and SONG SPARROW. Three GREAT BLUE HERONS  were seen from the Wicklow Boat Launch where other spring birds included KILLDEERS, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, BELTED KINGFISHER and SONG SPARROW. There were 8 RUDDY DUCKS at the Gosport waterfront, and just east of there, at the Brighton Constructed Wetlands, highlights there were 11 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS and a FOX SPARROW.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Two AMERICAN WOODCOCK were heard calling at 7:40 p.m. last night at Lemoine Point Conservation Area on the west side of Kingston.  A birder walking the trail at Lake Ontario Park, without even benefit of binoculars, found 18 species of birds, among the species, 4 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, an EASTERN PHOEBE, 1 BROWN CREEPER, 4 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, and 6 SONG SPARROWS. Other sightings today from the Kingston area include GREAT BLUE HERON at Murvale Creek, 2 WOOD DUCKS at the Moll’s Wetland at Sydenham, 3 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and a KILLDEER at Portsmouth Harbour, 2 each of EASTERN BLUEBIRD and PILEATED WOODPECKER at Verona.

 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29:

No report today.

 


TUESDAY, MARCH 28:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In the words of several birders, “The floodgates are starting to open”. Warmer temperatures never fail to increase the tempo of the bird migration, quite evident today in a number of species. The EASTERN MEADOWLARK is a good indication of things starting to happen. Three were seen today in the Stinson Block area west of Consecon, and another three were spotted along County Road 7 east of Lake on the Mountain. And birds at this time of the year seem to be where they turn up. Three WILD TURKEYS  surprised birder/photographer Sydney Smith as she casually strolled down the hiking path at Wellington Harbour, a rather unlikely place to spot this species. There were six in total. The Stinson Block Road at Consecon had good numbers of SONG SPARROW and two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.  A leucistic male AMERICAN ROBIN was quite flashy with a white belly and back. Eighteen TUNDRA SWANS flew over heading north. A BALD EAGLE  was seen today near the east end of Fish Lake at Demorestville. Along the shoreline of one residence along Glenora Road, 9 COMMON GOLDENEYES  spent the entire day swimming back and forth with no particular purpose in mind – 6 males and three females. Up to 10 PURPLE FINCHES have been regulars at a bird feeder there.  The flooded agricultural fields at Kaiser Crossroad are responding to the warmer temperatures but waterfowl numbers don’t seem to be yet, and numbers today were depressingly low. This afternoon: 3 GADWALL, 1 CANADA GOOSE, 1 RING-NECKED DUCK, 17 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, 14 NORTHERN PINTAILS and a small but uncounted number of MALLARDS. And what would a spring day be without the presence of a KILLDEER?
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The warmer temperatures have also inspired the two OSPREYS that showed up yesterday at Belleville’s Memorial Park to think about household duties. They were seen today tidying up their nest on the platform along the river. Two PIED-BILLED GREBES  were in the river. A EASTERN PHOEBE was a highlight today at the North Foxboro Marsh, where 3 WOOD DUCKS, 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a NORTHERN HARRIER and a KILLDEER were also seen. Some action as well at the H.R. Frink Conservation Area and Outdoor Education Centre at Plainfield with KILLDEER, GREAT BLUE HERON, 2 WOOD DUCKS, and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS being noteworthy finds. Barcovan was a little sparse today with only a tagged TRUMPETER SWAN being present. However, a nearby flooded field had a number of dabbling ducks including MALLARD, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, two GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a male  WOOD DUCK. A NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen cruising over the grave markers at the Foxboro Cemetery.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Campbellcroft, the Garden Hill Conservation Area offered CANADA GOOSE (300), WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARDS, NORTHERN PINTAILS, RING-NECKED DUCKS and LESSER SCAUP, with a TURKEY VULTURE and BELTED KINGFISHER thrown in for good measure.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The SNOW GEESE of yesterday are still in the area, it seems. A flock of 400 turned up at Camden East this afternoon with 600 CANADA GEESE and an AMERICAN KESTREL also present. Another 250 were seen feeding in a muddy field along County Road 4 at Dewy Road, between Centreville and Camden East at 11:00 a.m. A half hour later, all but 4 had moved on. There was a  PILEATED WOODPECKER at County Road 27 and Centreville Road and a male AMERICAN KESTREL just south of Croydon. At Amherstview, BOHEMIAN WAXWING and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT  were seen. The Amherstview Sewage Lagoons offered 10 species today, 7 of them waterfowl – CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, GADWALL (83), MALLARD, RING-NECKED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD and  HOODED MERGANSER. Two each of GREAT BLUE HERON and KILLDEER  were also seen.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some good sightings in the Kingston area, not the least of which were the first 3 TREE SWALLOWS, seen in the area of Portsmouth Harbour where other good species were 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 1 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, A KILLDEER and 3 separate groups of SNOW GEESE totally 44, all of them heading north. At nearby Lake Ontario Park, a birder there spent an hour walking three kilometres along the trail, coming up with 32 species for his efforts. Some of the more significant finds were a dozen SONG SPARROWS (many of them singing), 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, BELTED KINGFISHER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, KILLDEER and 8 species of waterfowl. Hillview Pond at Collin’s Bay is back in the running again after hosting a late BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON last fall. Today, a NORTHERN FLICKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER were on hand, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 5 GADWALL, and 2 BUFFLEHEAD, just to mention a few of the species that were there today. In the Reddendale area at Lakeshore Blvd., two each of GREAT BLUE HERON and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL were high points today, along with MERLIN, and just to remind us that it’s hard to shake winter thoughts when 65 SNOW BUNTINGS  are still around! The resident NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD  was in Westbrook again today.
 

 


MONDAY, MARCH 27:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
There seems to have been an influx/incursion/invasion – one of those words anyway – of SNOW GEESE, not only in Prince Edward County, but other areas as well. Between 900 and 1,000 flew over Fry Road late yesterday afternoon, that were witnessed by several other observers as well. The species turns up elsewhere in this Report, too. At Wellington Harbour, no SNOW GEESE, but 47 CANADA GEESE  were on hand for one birding couple who also saw MUTE SWAN, REDHEAD, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and those 9 HOODED MERGANSERS that have been hanging around most of the winter and are still showing up daily. At South Bay, eight PURPLE FINCHES  continue at a feeder down there. Along Victoria Road west, a PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen. At Prince Edward Point, 25 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were in Prince Edward Bay, and a KILLDEER  was seen along Long Point Road. Another 27 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were noted at Ostrander Point. A sign of nicer weather to come was in the sighting of an EASTERN PHOEBE darting back and forth after insects at the at the Lighthall Wetland, 6 SONG SPARROWS and a KILLDEER. Three more KILLDEER  were at Point Petre. It would seem that spring has arrived.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Spring continues at Presqu’ile Park with 4 KILLDEER being seen today. At the Brighton Constructed Wetlands along County Road 64 things are looking up. Yesterday, there were five waterfowl species, among them, 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and a RING-NECKED DUCK. At the St. Mary’s Wetland at Gosport, some good sightings there including 3 RUDDY DUCKS, 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS and a KILLDEER. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was present yesterday in the small pond at Mill Street and 7th line at the Garden Hill  at Port Hope. Also there were 2 GREEN-WINGED TEALS, a CACKLING GOOSE, 1 CANVASBACK, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, KILLDEER and RED-TAILED HAWK.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
More SNOW GEESE. About 100 were seen in the corn field behind the Metro just on the west side of County Road 41. One can tell that spring is starting to produce more birds by the number of species being recorded by many birders these days. Amherst Island did very well early this morning with a few of the noteworthy sightings among the 47 checked off included BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, KILLDEER, BALD EAGLE, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, GREAT BLUE HERON and SNOWY OWL.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Belleville’s Kiwanis Bayshore Trail is starting to produce now that more water is available in which ducks can play. Today, there were a dozen HOODED MERGANSERS, 6 COMMON GOLDENEYES, MALLARDS and CANADA GEESE. Two early OSPREYS were at the nest platform early this morning at Belleville’s Memorial Park along the Moira River. A couple HOODED MERGANSERS  were also there.
Farther up the river, a GREAT BLUE HERON was in the river on Lost Channel Road. Up to eight BALD EAGLES hang out on Marlbank Road just east of Old Hungerford Road where as many as 24 have been seen on some days. Three HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at Tweed today, and a GREAT BLUE HERON was seen flying down Little Otter Creek. A SONG SPARROW and 4 PURPLE FINCHES continue in a Foxboro back yard.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
SNOW GEESE  everywhere in the Kingston region today. A few SNOW GEESE flying overhead drew the attention of two residents along Sand Hill Road north of the city alerted them to a few more in two adjacent corn fields – a conservative estimate of 2,000! Most were white morph geese, but at least 8 were blue morph SNOW GEESE. One WILD TURKEY who found himself in the middle of the arrived geese wasn’t quite sure what was going on around him as probably a few moments earlier he had been enjoying some quiet solitude. North of Kingston, at Verona, a smaller flock of 300-400 SNOW GEESE passed over at an altitude of 400-500 feet going from west to east. A BALD EAGLE was on Wolfe Island today, and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Verona.

 


SUNDAY, MARCH 26:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few back roads such as the stretch of Kings Road which leads to Easterbrook Road at Point Petre aren't fit to drive on during the spring breakup, but can produce some interesting birds for those who dare. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was the reward today along that portion of Kings Road for one birding couple. With the migration gearing up now, we do have to be cautious when identifying shrikes due to the expected overlap with the NORTHERN SHRIKE and arriving LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES. It is no longer much of an issue in Prince Edward County as gone seem to be the days when we routinely had up to five pairs nesting on our 350-acre farm at Big Island as recently as the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, always a possibility that one may may still pass through en route to the Napanee area where a small number of nesting birds continue to persist. Also in the Point Petre area, several GREAT BLUE HERONS were spotted in flight today. At Wellington Harbour up to 9 HOODED MERGANSERS are around most days, and were spotted again today, along with CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, REDHEAD, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON GOLDENEYE, and RING-NECKED DUCKS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
To see GREAT BLUE HERONS, it isn't always necessary to seek them out either. One birder sitting in his easy chair noted two casually drifting by from his house in Trenton.  At Twelve Clock Point in Carrying Place, waterfowl species numbered a baker's dozen at noon today during under an hour's worth of birding. Among the species present were 40 MUTE SWANS, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS. A high point along the north jetty along the Murray Canal was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and there were also 2 SONG SPARROWS. At Eldorado today, a BARRED OWL was heard calling. West of Maynooth, a bird list from there sounded more like a winter list with 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 6 PINE SISKINS, a HOARY REDPOLL and 17 EVENING GROSBEAKS making up the bulk of the checklist.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Despite the dire warning in the weather forecast, the day turned out to be half decent for the last day of the Presqu'ile Park Waterfowl Weekend. Along the Parkway leading toward the Park, some good sightings there today including 39 TUNDRA SWANS in two separate groups in flight across the site and around 300 RING-BILLED GULLS. Some spring-like sightings were several small flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS (48 in total), 3 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS heading for the offshore islands, an AMERICAN CROW carrying nesting material, 3 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, a GREAT BLUE HERON and an EASTERN MEADOWLARK that flew in from the direction of the Park itself. Another good sighting today 200 metres west of Huff Road, west of Brighton, was a flock of 70 SNOW GEESE that came in from the south flying high in two ragged, shifting Vs, leisurely flying northeast in spite of the harsh east wind. At Cobourg Harbour there was an AMERICAN COOT today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Some good birding today at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons with a dozen waterfowl species noted, among them 43 GADWALL, 1 WOOD DUCK, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS and 2 LESSER SCAUP. Two SONG SPARROWS  were also seen. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on Amherst Island.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
More GREAT BLUE HERONS in the Kingston area with 2 near Collin’s Lake and another present at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area just north of the 401 off Division Street. Two GREAT BLUE HERONS also at Cataraqui Bay where other interesting species were BELTED KINGFISHER, AMERICAN COOT, 8 GADWALL and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS. Four more HOODED MERGANSERS at Portsmouth Harbour, 2 WOOD DUCK pairs and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. More GREAT BLUE HERONS – actually five of them – flying over in migration at Howe Island, where other good species were 2 COMMON RAVENS, 4 TURKEY VULTURES and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER as highlights, not to mention an adult BALD EAGLE on the ice. One location we seldom hear from is Frontenac Provincial Park, where both a BALD EAGLE and a BARRED OWL were seen today, along with 3 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 3 COMMON RAVENS, and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were noteworthy sightings.

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 25:

HASTINGS COUNTY
As the spring migration continues despite the unseasonable weather, PURPLE FINCHES, too, continue to move about. Spring migration of this species doesn't usually get underway in earnest until mid-April, so the activity we are noticing now might just be a shuffling about of local wintering populations. Whatever it is, it is nice to see the raspberry reds of these finches at our feeders. Seven were at a feeder in Foxboro today. On Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, 3 KILLDEER were noted there as well as HORNED LARK and two SONG SPARROWS. Three WOOD DUCKS  were also seen here.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few birds of interest in Prince Edward County today. Nine PURPLE FINCHES were at a feeder in Allisonville, and a single RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. At South Bay yesterday, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was a nice find. Their population and delightful evening nuptials should accelerate once the temperatures rise and the ground softens up a bit more. Also down there, a BALD EAGLE was seen. One spot that always seems to produce a few birds in the spring is the cattail marsh and channels along the causeway leading to Sheba's Island at West Lake. Today, there were 40 each of RING-NECKED DUCKS and REDHEADS, and lesser numbers of BUFFLEHEAD, MUTE SWAN and CANADA GOOSE. Two NORTHERN CARDINALS and a SONG SPARROW  were also detected. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen today along Fish Lake Road. The water is starting to open up a bit at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area near East Lake. Over a dozen species were present today including RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS and a RED-TAILED HAWK.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
We can safely assume that a few of the sightings that came in today from Presqu'ile resulted from the birding pressure today during the first day of the Waterfowl Viewing Weekend. The ducks were performing beautifully. CANVASBACKS according to preliminary results, seemed low in number and they are always an attractive species to see mixed in with the somewhat similar REDHEADS which numbered close to 400. The ubiquitous MUTE SWAN cooperated by keeping its numbers down to a respectable 32 from the customary 400 or so that usually can be counted there during the winter months. Along Bayshore Road on the County side of the Park, an AMERICAN KESTREL and a lone KILLDEER vied for some attention. At Port Hope, the two ROSS'S GEESE were present again today, and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE turned up today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Three WOOD DUCKS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were good sightings today that were made at the McIntyre CN crossing north of Bath, and a NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen at the Ham Road crossing nearby. The WOOD DUCK which seems to be a permanent fixture on the Napanee River down from the falls was displaying well for hikers long the River Trail today. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lots going on in the Kingston area as always with many of the key focal points being covered. Lemoine Point Conservation Area produced a nice selection today involving an EASTERN MEADOWLARK, 4 AMERICAN ROBINS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and a  RED-TAILED HAWK. Just down the road at the Dupont Lagoons, 3 GADWALLS but also some spring like birds including one each of TURKEY VULTURE and BELTED KINGFISHER and 2 AMERICAN COOTS although admittedly, the latter two species were around all winter, but encouraging sights anyway just the same. At the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, not a whole lot – 35 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and a few REDHEADS and MALLARDS, 2 BUFFLEHEAD, a COMMON MERGANSER and one lonely CANADA GOOSE. Following the shoreline around the corner up to to Belle Island in the Great Cataraqui River, a single RUDDY DUCK showed up well against a backdrop of more than  a dozen other waterfowl species, some of the more noteworthy ones being 240 REDHEADS, 11 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 45 HOODED MERGANSERS and 15 GADWALL. Twenty-one swans were also present comprising a combination of TRUMPETER and TUNDRA SWANS. On up the river toward Lower Brewers Lock, a dozen GADWALL were there along with another 45 HOODED MERGANSERS and an AMERICAN WIGEON. A RED-TAILED HAWK was also seen. A GREAT BLUE HERON flew over a birder's house along Sand Hill Road across highway 15 from Lower Brewers Lock. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 3 PURPLE FINCHES and a PILEATED WOODPECKER also made it on the checklist. At Glenburnie, near the intersection of Perth Road and Unity Road, a flock of 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS showed in a backyard crabapple tree and another 50 were seen on Washburn Road, back up in the Lower Brewers Lock area. A SANDHILL CRANE flew over 401 near Kingston today, and right in the city at the corner of Princess Street and Division Street, the pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS peered down at passersby from atop the Princess Towers. A NORTHERN SHRIKE and 200 SNOW BUNTINGS  were seen along Washburn Road.

 


FRIDAY, MARCH 24:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Unseasonably cool temperatures are still hanging in there putting a halt on any further migrants of any significance making their spring debut across the region. This is especially true at Prince Edward Point where yesterday only a handful of species were encountered. Persistent ice near shore kept BUFFLEHEADS at a distance, but the weather today may have had an effect on the accumulated ice. CANADA GEESE (150) and a lone MALLARD  were the only waterfowl present down there, along with a couple NORTHERN RAVENS and 20 AMERICAN ROBINS. Not much better at South Bay where only half as many CANADA GEESE could be seen and four MUTE SWANS. The persistent rain this morning mixed with snow and some freezing rain certainly kept birding this morning at a low ebb.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A little bit of birding in Hastings County today, but the only species of significance to be reported were 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS along Cannifton Road near Bell Blvd. in Belleville.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few species of interest from birding efforts at Amherst Island yesterday. A couple WOOD DUCKS and 3 GADWALL were nice sightings, and nine other waterfowl species were seen as well. AMERICAN WIGEON, a handful of REDHEADS, MALLARDS, BUFFLEHEAD and HOODED MERGANSER also seen, while from the ferry, CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS and a COMMON MERGANSER  were checked off. Two CACKLING GEESE, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a nice assortment of ducks were also seen yesterday in an area of the extreme east end of the Bay of Quinte known as the Upper Gap, between Highway 33 and the west end of Amherst Island.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A FOX SPARROW, up to five GREAT BLUE HERONS, 500 RING-BILLED GULLS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 15 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 28 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were all great sightings made from a backyard on the north edge of Brighton today. In the case of the GREAT BLUE HERONS, two were seen flying west, then five minutes later 2 flew east, followed by a single bird an hour later. The BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, something we haven’t seen much of this past winter down this way (200 or so at Stirling and Marmora earlier) were seen with the CEDAR WAXWINGS, sometimes in separate flocks and other times all together, as they fed briefly on small crab apples. There was also an adult male SHARP-SHINNED HAWK at a feeder in the same backyard. Down at Presqu’ile as the Park gets all revved up for the Waterfowl Viewing Weekend tomorrow and Sunday, the ducks are making themselves known. Close to 20 species were on hand today as they await members of the spotting scope and binocular brigade. Highs included 3500 REDHEADS, 1500 GREATER SCAUP, 350 MALLARDS and 200 RING-NECKED DUCKS. A few of the other species present were GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, NORTHERN PINTAILS, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSERS and TUNDRA SWANS. Along the Parkway today, a rough estimate of 1500 RING-BILLED GULLS and 3 SONG SPARROWS were present. 
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lots of birding today in Frontenac County, but mostly involving isolated reports from different locations within the city, and a few some distance away. Five species at Portsmouth Harbour – MALLARD, LONG-TAILED, COMMON GOLDENEYE and both COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. It was obviously a day for GREAT BLUE HERONS as one was seen flying over Gardiners Road north and two more were seen at the Norman Rogers Airport. At Lemoine Point Conservation Area, a KILLDEER and an AMERICAN KESTREL were seen, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was at Balsam Grove. Outside the city, another AMERICAN KESTREL was seen between Harrowsmith and Sydenham, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was also seen out that way, too. North of Verona, BROWN CREEPER and BOHEMIAN WAXWING were seen, and two TURKEY VULTURES  were snacking away at the Verona Dump.
 

THURSDAY, MARCH 23:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A BARRED OWL was seen yesterday west of Carrying Place. Today, a TURKEY VULTURE  was seen along 401 north of CFB Trenton. A couple signs of spring were 2 SONG SPARROWS and 4 HORNED LARKS at Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville. Representing the very small and the very large in a backyard at Foxboro were 2 each of PURPLE FINCHES  and WILD TURKEYS. There was a BALD EAGLE  today at the end of Norway’s Road east of Shannoville, and another showed up not far away along Hungry Bay and Beach Road south of the village where a GREAT BLUE HERON was seen as well as there being a cacophony of 370 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were on Bronk Road today not far from the H.R. Frink Centre, and  near the golf course along Harmony Road. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard singing in the sunshine today along County Road 7, east of Lake on the Mountain. Three PURPLE FINCHES  were at a feeder in Allisonville.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The big new today was the arrival of 2 ROSS’S GEESE that were seen among the many CANADA GEESE on the east side of Kellogg Road in Welcome, just north of Port Hope. Today, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen chasing a smaller bird right over a car at C.R. 25 near Morganston Road. Sixteen species of waterfowl today at Presqu’ile as the Park gears up for this weekend’s Waterfowl Viewing Weekend. Among the species were 200 REDHEADS, 20 CANVASBACKS, and 200 GREATER SCAUP.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The sun was a welcome sight for two RED-TAILED HAWKS yesterday in Kingston as they were spotted romanticizing about days to come, side by side, in the setting sun in a woodlot north of Dupont along Front Road. Today, a CAROLINA  WREN was also celebrating the arrival of sun, singing enthusiastically, just west of RMC in Kingston.  RED-TAILED HAWK, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were birds of note today at the Lemoine Point Conservation Area, while east of there, at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, a PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted flying by carrying what was believed to be a pigeon.

 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A GREAT BLUE HERON today appeared to be regretting its decision to arrive at Wellington when the temperatures are still so cold, especially at night when ones feet could get frozen in the ice. North of Wellington, along County Road 2 today, there was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Three hundred CANADA GEESE  started the morning off at Belleville’s Memorial Park where two HOODED MERGANSERS also tried to find their rightful place in the mob. A NORTHERN HARRIER  was spotted on Tank Farm Road, just north of Belleville. A few species at Potter`s Creek Conservation Area on the west side of Belleville – a pair of MALLARDS, 3 AMERICAN ROBINS, 2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a ring-billed gull. Things will pick up.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Hawks seem yesterday were a COOPER’S HAWK west of Brighton, and a RED-TAILED HAWK along County Road 64 just east of Brighton. Along the Parkway today, a male SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flew over the marsh, and a COMMON RAVEN was soaring high and doing barrel rolls. Time of the year for showing off. As Presquìle Park gears up for its 41st annual Waterfowl Viewing Weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday, it`s as though the waterfowl currently around the Park are sensing some sort of excitement building up and are gearing up themselves to be on display for the two days. As of yesterday at 2:00 p.m. 80 CANVASBACKS, 200 GREATER SCAUP and 500 REDHEADS  were displaying well off Calf Pasture Point on the bay side of the Park. Always a bit of drama taking place if one just spends some time to observe. Two HERRING GULLS  were picking at a BROWN BULLHEAD on the ice, while nearby an AMERICAN CROW was waiting for the gull to be done so it could move in.  Across from the Park, at Gosport, 350 REDHEADS  were counted therewith smaller numbers of GREATER SCAUP and HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. Feeder-wise, four BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS and a COOPER`S HAWK were guests at a Brighton feeder.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At Lost Lake Conservation Area north of Amherstview yesterday, a SONG SPARROW and a  WINTER WREN turned up for one birder. A male WOOD DUCK was still in the Napanee River below the falls at Springside Park  as of yesterday. At the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, 2 male NORTHERN SHOVELERS were a nice find although they had already been reported from here recently. Eight RING-NECKED DUCKS and 55 GADWALL were also on hand for one birder, but a surprise was the sighting of 2 MUTE SWANS which aren't often seen there.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Yesterday 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen near Odessa Lake, and an immature BALD EAGLE passed over Verona. Kingston`s Princess Towers at Division Street now has two PEREGRINE FALCONS on site. Lookin`good for the coming nesting season. Today at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, eight species of ducks were seen as well as an immature BALD EAGLE  that passed by. Near the corner of Princess Street and Taylor Kidd Blvd in Kingston, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen perched with a rabbit in its talons.

 


TUESDAY, MARCH 21:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Three TURKEY VULTURES were found basking in the sunshine near Sandbanks Park where several had spent the entire winter last season feasting on the aftermath of an avian botulism outbreak along the County shores last fall. More signs of the spring that seems to be arriving in spurts as though unsure of its welcome. Gardenville in the Carrying Place area had a SONG SPARROW today and three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Meanwhile, at the Kaiser Crossroad wetlands, 90% of the area is still frozen, but a few birds were present today on the south pond that receives some benefit of the sun. There were 4 TUNDRA SWANS, 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, a pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS and small numbers of CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS. Prinyer’s Cove is still completely frozen and there was just a lone MUTE SWAN on the ice there today. Southeast of Picton, along Luck’s Crossroad, it was actually a lucky crossroad today as one resident there has large numbers of PURPLE FINCHES,some days far outnumbering the goldfinches and chickadees. Six WILD TURKEYS walked past the house at one point today, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER made an appearance as well. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen near noon along Fry Road.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Speaking of PURPLE FINCHES, 8 continue to visit a feeder at Foxboro, and an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen today west of Highway 14, about midway between Stirling and Springbrook. At Barcovan, once again there were large numbers of REDHEADS and GREATER SCAUP. Other ducks of interest were 20 LESSER SCAUP, 12 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 4 AMERICAN WIGEON, 8 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 12 HOODED MERGANSERS and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS. In addition to a RIVER OTTER being on the ice in plain view, all three species of swans were present – TUNDRA, MUTE and TRUMPETER SWANS. As always, K29 was there (present for about two years now), but a relatively new arrival was a TRUMPETER SWAN with wing tag number P85. According to the Ontario Trumpeter Swan Facebook group, P85 was actually just recently banded and tagged at Barcovan, on March 5th. Dubbed “Barcovan”, it is a second year cob that wintered this past season at Barcovan.  When banded and tagged, he was the lone TRUMPETER (but supreme ruler) among 40 or so MUTE SWANS and a solo TUNDRA SWAN. That day – March 5th -  “Barcovan” received his "crown jewels". Our thanks to David Bree, Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader at Presqu’ile Park for this submitted information today. Another interesting story today came from the west side of Trenton off Telephone Road where a BARRED OWL  that first turned up about a month ago, was back again today after an absence of a few days. Its return was announced by three AMERICAN CROWS who departed after the appearance of the homeowner much to the relief of the owl who rewarded him by staying on his perch until the sun got too bright in his face near noon. Up to this time, the homeowner went about his normal outdoor chores, passing below him not more than 20 feet away, the owl only occasionally sleepily opening one eye. Later in the afternoon the BARRED OWL moved to a spruce tree two doors down. East of Barcovan, at the end of Aylea Road, 50 MUTE SWANS were counted there along with 300 CANADA GEESE, 200 REDHEADS, 100 GREATER SCAUP, 6 AMERICAN WIGEONS and 3 LESSER SCAUP. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was also seen here.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Another BARRED OWL was still on Huff Road, west of Brighton yesterday where it had been seen earlier. A conference of sorts of blackbirds took place yesterday along Presqu’ile Parkway where some 300 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were present joined by 65 COMMON GRACKLES  and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Other interesting sightings from Northumberland included 3 SONG SPARROWS outside the Park entrance, 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS along Stoney Point Road north of the Murray Canal, and two TURKEY VULTURES over Port Hope.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A birder on Amherst Island early this morning failed in his bid to find the KING EIDER that was discovered yesterday on Amherst Island. However, another 25 species more than made up for the duck’s absence. In addition to two SONG SPARROWS, 7 AMERICAN ROBINS, 1 NORTHERN CARDINAL and an AMERICAN KESTREL, there were 8 waterfowl species, highlights being 250 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 80 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Other than a MERLIN seen today along Portsmouth Avenue below Bath Road in Kingston, no other sightings came in today at time of writing although they likely will later this evening and will be mentioned in tomorrow’s Report. Yesterday, some of the more interesting sightings included a SNOWY OWL that was seen perched on a berm at the Norman Rogers Airport, 2 TURKEY VULTURES flying over the city, a SONG SPARROW  at Lemoine Point Conservation Area, and a BOHEMIAN WAXWING at Verona. There were a few ducks around Portsmouth Harbour including CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS and COMMON MERGANSERS. Four each of RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER were in Murvale Creek at Highway 38, and the number of AMERICAN COOTS at the Dupont Lagoons have risen to four now, where other species there included a WOOD DUCK and 80 GADWALLS among the 10 species present.

 


MONDAY, MARCH 20:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Readers can likely tell that I love HOODED MERGANSERS by the number of times that I run their photos in the Bird Report. Today, they were within camera range at the harbour for Wellington photographer Sydney Smith. She was just in time to see a pair – one of three pairs present – deep in the throes of a mating ritual. The female, she noted, was very submissive and stayed flat on the water while the male did a water dance around her. In this photo, the male seems a bit perturbed that the photographer was horning in on – well – his moment of being horny! The water hasn’t softened appreciably at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded agricultural fields, although 250 CANADA GEESE were present in the area. At Sandbanks Park today, a BALD EAGLE was one highlight, along with six species of waterfowl in the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area – 15 REDHEADS, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 81 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 37 BUFFLEHEAD, 45 COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 8 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Also seen was a NORTHERN HARRIER, and another was seen today at Waupoos. In East Lake today, 120 REDHEADS and 85 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 4 GREATER SCAUP and a couple MUTE SWANS  rounded out the waterfowl seen there. A SONG SPARROW and a TURKEY VULTURE were seen in the area as well.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Still a bit chilly around these days, but some of the early birds are forging bravely ahead with their spring arrivals, including an AMERICAN WOODCOCK that was heard performing its nuptials at Foxboro last night. Northwest of Hastings, 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were also an encouraging sight. Cold temperatures though seem to be holding back waterfowl that normally might be seen in flooded agricultural fields at this time of the year. CANADA GEESE who don’t really seem to care much about the presence of water as long as there is corn to be had were seen today at the Atkin Road extension above Airport Parkway, on the east side of Belleville. They were in flight, but likely taking note of the corn field below them, as did a TUNDRA SWAN that was feasting away happily. Seventy MALLARDS  were also there and lesser numbers of WOOD DUCKS and AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS. Spring birds like HORNED LARKS and SONG SPARROWS  were offset by a SNOW BUNTING, the latter as a reminder there could be some winter left yet. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS and an AMERICAN KESTREL were seen in Belleville.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Only a few species today from the Brighton area. Along Beach Drive between Colborne and Brighton a BARRED OWL and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  were seen today. And yesterday, a BARRED OWL was seen hunting in full sun along Hunt Road west of Brighton.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found today along a roadside near the Orser Road Wetland off Highway 38 south of Murvale. It was injured and was taken to the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee. Good coverage of birding on Wolfe Island today with a few of the more notable sightings suggestive of a spring awakening, while one – a SNOW BUNTING – shakes us back to reality. SONG SPARROWS  were seen on Button Bay Road and at Point Alexandria (Horne’s Ferry). A NORTHERN FLICKER showed up at the Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area at the southwest part of the island, and one other noteworthy sighting was a CACKLING GOOSE in the same general area of the island.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The big sighting in Lennox and Addington County today was a female KING EIDER just off the south shore of Amherst Island at 9:00 a.m. this morning which was still present there this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. She was actively feeding most of the time, according to the birder who found her, but also preening only two to five metres from shore across the street from 3950 South Shore Road. She was all alone and spent much of her time near a little point of land just west of the house at that address, but also swam around the corner and out of view.

 


SUNDAY, MARCH 19:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A NORTHERN FLICKER on Salmon Point Road was one of several highlights in birding efforts today in Prince Edward County. Salmon Point Road also produced a SONG SPARROW, 8 AMERICAN ROBINS, and a single TURKEY VULTURE. Fewer AMERICAN ROBINS around these days, at least, now in numbers more representative of the early spring season. The thousands that were everywhere this past winter were mostly northern breeding birds that wintered here and have likely since moved on toward their northern nesting grounds. It’s still a bit early for much else to appear in the way of migrants until the weather assumes warmer temperatures, so efforts these days are concentrated on the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of migration waterfowl. The Glendon Green Boat Launch at the headwaters of the Outlet River in East Lake at Log Cabin Point is always a good spot to see a good mixture of waterfowl, and today was no exception with 12 species assuming centre stage. Among the star performers were 500 REDHEAD, 6 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 100 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, 75 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 50 TUNDRA SWANS. One duck far out on the ice was one that didn’t get away – it was being held firm to the ice by a PEREGRINE FALCON! At the Rutherford-Stevens Lookout above Smith’s Bay near Waupoos, 9 waterfowl species could be seen through a spotting scope, among them 1 CANVASBACK, 100 REDHEADS, 35 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 10 HOODED MERGANSERS. In Athol Bay along County Road 12 in Sandbanks Park, LONG-TAILED DUCKS and COMMON GOLDENEYES  were present. Other noteworthy species that tuned up today included a PILEATED WOODPECKER along Schoolhouse Road near Point Petre, and HORNED LARK at Kings Road. And to wrap up the County sightings for today, a BARRED OWL  was seen today near Consecon.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A waste facility near Madoc today had a couple of scroungers, namely 3 COMMON RAVENS and a BALD EAGLE. Seven WILD TURKEYS  were also in the area. A sub-adult BALD EAGLE flew over Foxboro today, north of Belleville. Also in the same general area, 6 TUNDRA SWANS were hanging out in a field near Highway 62 and Ashley Street. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen along 401 at Trenton.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A SNOWY OWL on the beach at Presqu’ile Park was a major sighting today for one birder. Birders were all over the Park today chalking up species. Numbers were impressive in some cases, in more ways than one, with 1001 REDHEADS among them. Exceptional counting! Five hundred RING-NECKED DUCKS also represented a good number. Other good sightings in the Park today included a GREAT BLUE HERON at the lighthouse where a couple WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  also showed up. At Salt Point there were 6 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 2 SURF SCOTERS  were also spotted here. Outside the Park, two reports came in from birders at Peter’s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve, 15 kilometres north of Grafton. In the nature reserve itself, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 6 AMERICAN ROBINS and 100 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen, while a kilometre from the nature reserve, both RED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES turned up with the regular species normally present at this time of year. South of Peter’s Woods, on McDonald Road, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was seen, and an AMERICAN KESTREL  was spotted near Ste. Anne’s Spa at Grafton. Another kestrel  was seen near Trenton along Highway 2. And COMMON RAVENS  everywhere as the species continues to work its population up to that of the COMMON CROW in our area. Along the Gosport waterfront at Brighton, some 2,000 REDHEADS there today, and 2,000 GREATER SCAUP, as well as a PIED-BILLED GREBE and 3 BALD EAGLES. At Cobourg Harbour early this morning, 29 species were present, including some good finds. As well as a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, there were four CACKLING GEESE, three of them in a single group and a fourth one among CANADA GEESE farther out in the harbour. Singles of NORTHERN PINTAIL, CANVASBACK and RING-NECKED DUCK, all of them males, were also in the harbour, almost lost among the 1500 CANADA GEESE, 300 RING-BILLED GULLS, and 100 HERRING GULLS, also 3 immature GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Another visit to the Napanee River Trail west of Springside Park, revealed the lone WOOD DUCK again today. Also keeping it company were 70 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 10 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 100 MALLARDS, 5 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS. At Varty Lake, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen, and a couple HOODED MERGANSERS  were seen in that general area as well. Sixty-five WILD TURKEYS were seen north of Erinsville yesterday.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some good birding in and around Kingston today. At the Wolfe Island ferry dock in Kingston, 4 GADWALL, 120 MALLARDS and 25 HOODED MERGANSERS were present. North of there, at the Doug Fluhrer Park, an AMERICAN COOT was present among the half dozen waterfowl species – CANADA GOOSE, GADWALL, MALLARD, GREATER/LESSER SCAUP, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. Still farther north, along the Rideau Canal at Lower Brewers Lock, 9 waterfowl species there, among them GADWALL, RING-NECKED DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS. Along Brewers Mills Road, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also seen.

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 18:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Last evening, just as it was getting dark, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK that managed to survive the March snowfall, fluttered into a Trenton backyard, landing in the leaves on a slope where the sun had melted away the snow, in hopes of finding something resembling a morsel of food. Eleven HOODED MERGANSERS were seen this morning at Vanderwater Conservation Area east of Thomasburg. Two BROWN CREEPERS were also seen, along with a COMMON RAVEN, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 1 LESSER SCAUP and a BALD EAGLE. At the H.R. Frink Centre today, two HERRING GULLS  seen in flight, although on the Frink Centre checklist, was the first eBird record for the conservation area.  At Highway 37 and Blessington Road, two raptors made it on the checklist – a RED-TAILED HAWK and an AMERICAN KESTREL. A BARRED OWL flew in front of a motorist travelling past the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area late this afternoon.  And at Barcovan Beach 14 species present there seen by two Kingston birders included  62 MUTE SWANS, 2 TRUMPETER SWANS, a TUNDRA SWAN, 80 REDHEADS and 140 GREATER SCAUP just to name a few of the 10 species of waterfowl that were on hand for the binocular brigade today.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The mystery of the unidentified goose, pictured in the Report last night, wasn't so much of a mystery after all. It was just a domestic rather washed out GREYLAG GOOSE that apparently has been at Wellington Harbour on and off since at least October. It was just staying low for most birders who regularly took note of the birds there, or just totally ignored due to its questionable origin. Sometimes, as birders, seeking special birds, we tend to read too much into sightings. We always need to be mindful of all those domestic species that link up with our waterfowl. Today, nothing special, not even the Greylag, just CANADA GEESE, BUFFLEHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, REDHEADS and MALLARD. Several TURKEY VULTURES turned up today, three floating in the wind along County Road 14 (Demorestville Road) and two perched on a barn roof along County Road 15 (Northport Road). A suspected wintering HERMIT THRUSH was seen beside some running water along Army Reserve Road this morning. The bird was spotted during a spring waterfowl survey in that area today where the highlights in terms of numbers were 1592 CANADA GEESE. Medium numbers (fewer than 200) each of BUFFLEHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, LONG-TAILED DUCK and MUTE SWAN. Also seen were BALD EAGLE, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 1 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,  1 SONG SPARROW and a single RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (below the dam at the Lighthall Wetland). Fifteen volunteers took part in the survey.  An AMERICAN KESTREL  was seen by one motorist along County Road 2 near Burr Road, and a SONG SPARROW and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  were along County Road 2 today, just north of Wilson Road.  And, along County Road 49, a pair of BALD EAGLES  were performing a spectacular aerial courtship dance. With one confirmed pair having nested in the Bay of Quinte area last summer, there can be no stopping them now from establishing a 2nd confirmed nesting in Prince Edward County since the early 1950s when DDT almost wiped them out. It’s time!
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Two owls last evening in the Brighton area. A GREAT HORNED OWL was seen near the base of Huff Road and Lakeshore Road, east of town. A BARRED OWL flew over Ontario Street at 9:00 p.m. Along the
Presqu'ile Parkway, a NORTHERN SHRIKE turned up as well as 3 SONG SPARROWS. In the Park itself today, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were highlights. Also seen were 10 WILD TURKEYS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 500 GREATER SCAUP and 850 REDHEADS. Yesterday, waterfowl numbers of a few species were high with some of those numbers being 1700 for REDHEADS and GREATER SCAUP at 1300. Around 3,000 other ducks were too far away to be identified but were presumed to be all divers probably scaup and REDHEADS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Haven’t heard from Napanee’s Springside Park for awhile, but good to know that the lone male WOOD DUCK is still hanging in there where it has been since fall. Accompanying it today were 30 CANADA GEESE, 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 100 MALLARDS, 1 HOODED MERGANSER and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS.  Yesterday, on Amherst Island, a birder there found a GREAT HORNED OWL sitting very low to the ground where it later flew off and landed in a stand of Black Willows on shore. Other good sightings were SNOWY OWL, SONG SPARROW, 25 AMERICAN ROBINS, 45 COMMON GOLDENEYE and one each of GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, ICELAND GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lots of birding in the Kingston area today at some key locations. At Lower Brewers Mills Lock along the Rideau Canal, some numbers and species there were 95 HOODED MERGANSERS, 5 MUTE SWANS, 5 GADWALL, 1 AMERICAN WIGEON, 8 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 150 MALLARDS, 5 BUFFLEHEAD, and 38 COMMON MERGANSERS. Among the estimated 500 CANADA GEESE was a dead individual on the east side of the lock, the likely culprit being one of four BALD EAGLES cohabiting in this area. Also seen here were PILEATED WOODPECKER and BELTED KINGFISHER. At Kingston’s Invista area (Dupont Lagoons) along Front Road, another BELTED KINGFISHER  was seen here along with an AMERICAN COOT, 45 GADWALL and 4 HOODED MERGANSERS. A little north of there, along the Cataraqui River, Doug Fluhrer Park also had an AMERICAN COOT, as well as an ICELAND GULL.

 


FRIDAY, MARCH 17:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. A mystery goose has been present at Wellington Harbour off and on for a few days and I must confess I am not that great when it comes to identifying morphs, hybrids and birds not quite conforming to the field guides. I see hints of CANADA GOOSE (it was seen yesterday copulating with a CANADA GOOSE if that’s any clue as to its persuasion and the two are hanging around together). Its beak confuses me as I don’t see the diagnostic grin patch that a SNOW GOOSE normally has. Is it a SNOW GOOSE, a white morph SNOW GOOSE, a dark morph SNOW GOOSE, a dark/white SNOW GOOSE intergrade, a SNOW GOOSE/CANADA GOOSE hybrid. A query and photo in our detailed Bird Report this evening may produce some answers. Two hundred CANADA GEESE and a half dozen or so other waterfowl species, including 10 REDHEADS, and 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS. Also in the Wellington Harbour area, 20 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 5 BALD EAGLES,  and 5 AMERICAN ROBINS. Two bird feeder operators reporting in from Allisonville, north of Wellington, and one of those feeders located close to the downtown core yesterday had 5 PURPLE FINCHES, 10 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a NORTHERN CARDINAL.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
PURPLE FINCHES (4), also at Foxboro where other birds of interest today were 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS and an AMERICAN ROBIN.  Yesterday, a BALD EAGLE was seen flying over 401 at Shannonville Road, and today a SONG SPARROW was along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail in Belleville. Thirty species of birds were tallied in as many minutes today at Barcovan Beach in Wellers Bay where 10 of those species were waterfowl. Among them, singles of TRUMPETER and TUNDRA SWAN, 20 REDHEADS, 10 RING-NECKED DUCKS and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. Also making their way onto the checklist were 50 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS and a RED-TAILED HAWK.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some good checklists from at least 3 well known birding areas in the city of Kingston, all three located along Front Road on the lakeshore. Early this afternoon, 45 minutes at the Beechgrove complex section of the shoreline produced 13 species including 3 HOODED MERGANSERS and 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK x MALLARD (hybrid), a lone REDHEAD and over a dozen LONG-TAILED DUCKS. West of there and across the Road, the Marshlands Conservation Area saw the same number of species seen in about an hour’s worth of birding. Some good species there including a SONG SPARROW, 3 AMERICAN ROBINS, 2 COMMON RAVENS,1 PILEATED WOODPECKER, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER calling while flying over the adjacent Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. At the far end of Front Road, beside the Kingston/Norman Rogers Airport, Lemoine Point Conservation Area also had a PILEATED WOODPECKER, but added to its laurels as a prime birding spot by producing GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, SNOW BUNTING, 3 NORTHERN CARDINALS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, and a MERLIN being actively chased by an AMERICAN CROW. A bit of a turning of the tables there. And to top off the day, a PEREGRINE FALCON was at St. Mary’s Cathedral at east end of Kingston, and the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Westbrook was seen again today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A BALD EAGLE  was also seen at Presqu’ile Park yesterday, with other species of interest being 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH  and COMMON RAVEN. Another BALD EAGLE  - a fourth year bird – was spotted flying over Lakeshore Road.  North of Campbellford near Healey Falls, 5 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Nappan Island in the Trent River.

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 16:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A BELTED KINGFISHER  was spotted early this afternoon at Bell Creek near the north end of Farley Avenue in Belleville, and a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen at the corner of Herchimer Avenue and Highway 2 in the city, also seen there yesterday, too. In Foxboro, an optimistic WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was in full song, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES were also present. A bit more unusual, and far too early for it to be an early spring migrant, was a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW which appeared at an Airport Parkway feeder with AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS on the east side of Belleville where a SONG SPARROW, likely a spring migrant, was also present.  The H.R. Frink Centre Conservation Artea and Education Centre, on Thrasher Road, north of Belleville, is startin g to come alive now with promise of even better things to come. At 8:00 a.m. this morning, 17 species were tallied in three hours of birding with one highlight being a SWAMP SPARROW, a month early and probably an undetected wintering individual. Other good sightings were singles of RUFFED GROUSE, BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN CARDINAL and PURPLE FINCH.  At the Weller's Bay channel at Barcovan there were huge rafts of ducks composed primarily of REDHEAD and GREATER SCAUP. Along with smaller numbers of CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE there were about a dozen RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER. Also present were two RUDDY DUCKS and one male WOOD DUCK. At the Twelve o Clock Road at Carrying Place, the Bay had large numbers of REDHEAD and RING-NECKED DUCK as well as smaller numbers of COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
As birds continue to flock as they cope with the un-spring-like weather, 30-40 AMERICAN CROWS gathered in some trees on Queen Street in Picton at 5:30 yesterday afternoon. Recent sightings from Allisonville have included GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and BROWN CREEPER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
In the County Road 8 area west of Hay Bay (south of Napanee), some good sightings there mid-morning today included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, as well as four each of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Birds are where you find them, And, so it was in Kingston today. At the Wolfe Island ferry ramp in Kingston this morning, a SNOW GOOSE  was present with 50 CANADA GEESE along with 5 REDHEADS and 2 GREATER SCAUP. In the Balsam Grove area of the city, not far past the Ambassador Hotel, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was seen this morning. At Verona today, just at daybreak, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a COOPER`S HAWK were highlights. At a location appropriately named Wildlife Hill on Florida Road, west of Highway 38 and Murvale, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen last evening. At Doug Fluhrer Park along the Cataraqui River, some good sightings of waterfowl there today including 17 GADWALL, 140 REDHEADS, 50 HOODED MERGANSERS, 90 GREATER SCAUP, 27 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and 33 COMMON MERGANSERS. AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARDS, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON GOLDENEYE  were also seen.
 
 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Pigeon Control in Tweed today. A MERLIN was encountered today on the sidewalk at the corner near the Post Office in town, totally fearless and paid little attention to people passing by. Under its talons, a headless ROCK PIGEON.  It's possibly the same MERLIN observed on February 27th perching in a tree near the dam in Tweed. A good example of how birds concentrate in areas known to harbour food when the weather turns as it did in the Bay of Quinte region yesterday. Along Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville today, a flock of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS there numbered 250. Two AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen along Highway 37, south of Tweed, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was spotted along Highway 7 at Actinolite.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Nine PURPLE FINCHES  continue to be regulars at a feeder in downtown Allisonville, and 11 still coming to a feeder at South Bay. Bird feeders continue to be bustling in the wake of the snow storm where over 60 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 20-30 COMMON GRACKLES covered the ground at our own bird feeding area that I scraped clean this morning before light. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Along the Presqu’ile Parkway, a WOOD DUCK and  RING-NECKED DUCK were seen at the causeway culvert and a tight flock of 375 GREATER SCAUP was off Chatterton Point in Presqu’ile Park.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Lots of little concentrations of local birds that must be experiencing some difficulty with the change in the weather. Lots of snow north of Millhaven where one backyard reported 12 species, among them 66 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 38 COMMON GRACKLES, and 21 DARK-EYED JUNCOS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Among nine species of birds appearing at a feeder in Sydenham today was a lone PINE SISKIN. West of Kingston, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD made a reappearance at Westbrook. The bird was vocalizing and then spotted eating crab apples in a backyard tree. At Round Lake, between Inverary and Battersea, 38 AMERICAN ROBINS  were seen, but the high point was the sighting of 29 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.

 


TUESDAY, MARCH 14:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In Prince Edward County where today's snow was was the heaviest, although paling from earlier expectations, patronage at feeders was heavy with increased numbers of the usual clientele.  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PURPLE FINCH were reported coming to a feeder at Allisonville. Five NORTHERN CARDINALS – 4 males and 1 female – added some colour today to a West Lake backyard, not to mention 1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 4 RED-BREASTED and 3 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 30 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 10 BLUE JAYS, 2 DOWNY WOODPECKERS and about 30 marauding EUROPEAN STARLINGS, brought the feeders there more alive than they had been prior to the snow. At Wellington, it was feeder visitors of a different kind. Two separate COOPER’S HAWKS helped themselves to breakfast at a Wellington feeder, snagging a Mourning Dove and a House Sparrow, and the host there said she was awaiting lunch and dinner visits! Eleven PURPLE FINCHES and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at a South Bay feeder.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Good day for feeder watching in Hastings County, too. Patronage for the most part was up today at feeders across the “listening area”. At Foxboro, the population of PURPLE FINCHES as the species continues to migrate through, was five today, accompanied by 3 NORTHERN CARDINALS and 20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. On Highway 62, just south of Madoc, a motorist there saw 12 WILD TURKEYS in a field – 13 if the one that sauntered across the road in front of the car is counted.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Late yesterday afternoon, a BARRED OWL was seen perched on a fence post along Huff Road, near Brighton. A NORTHERN SHRIKE and 55 WILD TURKEYS  were also seen along the same road near the railway tracks. In the north part of Brighton, 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at a feeder there , but no sign of  a FOX SPARROW that had been a regular since the big warm up in mid February. Yesterday at Cobourg Harbour, 18 species were present, among them, one each of ICELAND and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 84 HERRING GULLS and 550 RING-BILLED GULLS. Twelve waterfowl species including 900 CANADA GEESE, 6 AMERICAN WIGEON, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS and a couple AMERICAN COOTS. One brave soul was out early this afternoon at Presqu’ile Park and managed 22 species, including some respectable totals of ducks – 100 each of REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Two BROWN CREEPERS were seen together on Paxton Drive in the Park.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Off Hambly Road on the Adolphustown side of the Napanee River today, residents there had a flock of CANADA GEESE, combined with SNOW GEESE and a lone TUNDRA SWAN appear in an agricultural field today. On Amherst Island yesterday, it was a good day for one birder who chalked up a list of 36 species, not bad for this time of year. Two adult BALD EAGLES and one third year individual, with one of the adults attacking the juvenile bird, talons interlocking in the air over Nut Island, the other adult soaring east over the east end of the island. Other good birds seen there yesterday were one each of RED-TAILED and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 SNOWY OWLS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
PINE SISKIN seen near Sydenham and 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were just north of Verona.
 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 13:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Not a whole lot of bird sightings today in Hastings County, or anywhere across the reporting area for that matter.WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and PURPLE FINCH continue as feeder guests at Foxboro.  A pair of HOUSE FINCHES was seen bringing nest material to an old nest site – silly birds. A NORTHERN FLICKER was on on Elmwood Drive today. Most of the action today seemed to be at Barcovan Beach at Wellers Bay where 12 species were seen including an EASTERN MEADOWLARK who may regret his early arrival and spring song after tonight. Three WILD TURKEYS  were seen in nearby fields. Eleven waterfowl species were present, among them 2 TRUMPETER SWANS (P85 and K29). Both scaup species, 60 MALLARDS, 12 REDHEADS and 5 RING-NECKED DUCKS  were other species present in the open water. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
At least one of two BALD EAGLES can be seen  daily at Picton Harbour, along with a plethora of gulls. Beaver Meadow Conservation Area has returned to ice resulting in only the standard passerine species being seen, as well as a RED-TAILED HAWK. Two other RED-TAILED HAWKS were seen today along Doxsee Road and a MERLIN was seen just outside Picton on County Road 4 (Talbot Street). Wellington Harbour is starting to fill with ice again. A lone BUFFLEHEAD  was still hanging around the wharf as it was several days ago. Of course, everything at Kaiser Crossroad has iced over, so nothing to report from there. A few HOODED MERGANSERS in Prinyer’s Cove.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Eight waterfowl species were tallied in Presqu’ile Bay along Bayshore Road, but no estimates of numbers given. Among those present were CANVASBACKS and REDHEADS  - always favourites.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A visit to Wilton Creek near Morven resulted in an EASTERN MEADOWLARK seen there too, so the spring migration of this favourite meadowland species must be commencing, although a couple others have been seen in other areas of the Quinte region several days earlier although they could have been undetected wintering individuals. Also at Wilton Creek, 4 WOOD DUCKS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Princess Towers in Kingston had its usual PEREGRINE FALCON today.  There was a RED-TAILED HAWK at Princes and King Streets in the city.
 


 

SUNDAY, MARCH 12:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Birders can be forgiven if wind chill today dissuaded them from getting too psyched up for birding. However, a few stalwart birders braved the winds and January-like temperatures and visited a few of their favourite locations. This morning, a GREAT HORNED OWL was seen down in the cattails out of the wind at Peat`s Point, not far from Massassauga Point Conservation Area.  Other raptors seen today included a NORTHERN HARRIER at lower Victoria Road in Ameliasbugh, and a BALD EAGLE at Prince Edward Point where there was also a NORTHERN SHRIKE today. Five TRUMPETER SWANS were at Wellington Harbour today. Other miscellaneous species seen around the County today were HORNED LARKS near Allisonville, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER along County Road 12 at Sandbanks Provincial Park, and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD and a SONG SPARROW along Salmon Point Road.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The only significant sightings to come in today included 2 continuing PURPLE FINCHES at a feeder in Foxboro, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE which appeared today off Telephone Road in Trenton.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A SNOWY OWL was on Wolfe Island today. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also seen there. Six GADWALL and an AMERICAN COOT  were present today at the Wolfe Island ferry dock at Kingston, and Sand Hill Road off Highway 15 north of Kingston had RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER and PURPLE FINCH.  A very optimistic AMERICAN WOODCOCK (given the weather forecast) was seen on Rutledge Road north of Inverary today. One was seen though at Amherstview on February 27th during a  mild spell, so those present now may be facing challenges in finding food these days with available mud in which to probe becoming a precious commodity.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Even the blackbirds are getting nervous with the dire weather warning and beginning to bunch up as suggested by 145 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 45 COMMON GRACKLES at Link Mills north of Millhaven

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 11:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A good sighting today were these 2 blue morph SNOW GEESE which appear to be frozen in the Bay of Quinte in Belleville's west end, off Wilkie Street on the west side of Still Water Basin Marine. Also present around them 850 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 8 MALLARDS, 1 RING-NECKED DUCK and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS. Northwest of Maynooth, some good birds back there – 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 11 PINE SISKINS and 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS.  PURPLE FINCHES  as well at Foxboro – 8 of them. At Victoria Park, some waterfowl seeking a respite from the windy weather out on the bay – 80 CANADA GEESE, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 22 HOODED MERGANSERS and 12 COMMON MERGANSERS, while at East Bayshore Park, less protected waters there produced 130 CANADA GEESE, 400 MALLARDS, and 2 each of HOODED MERGANSERS and NORTHERN PINTAIL. A BALD EAGLE  was seen east of Marmora. The BARRED OWL in Trenton was moving about a Barry Heights yard this morning until 8:00 a.m.  A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has found a spot at the top of a hydro pole in the same yard where his drumming on this spot is very loud and rapid much like a machine gun. He also includes an occasional series of squeals to round out the performance.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
There was a PURPLE FINCH singing toward the west end of Victoria Road. A pair of NORTHERN FLICKERS have been at a Bloomfield area feeder all winter and a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  was at the same feeders a week ago.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Birders today seemed to avoid the windy conditions at Presqu’ile and birded inland. North of Campbellford along the Trent Canal, 8 female PURPLE FINCHES, NORTHERN CARDINAL and AMERICAN ROBIN were a few of the highlights around noon today. North of Grafton along 401, two adult BALD EAGLES  were seen with talons grappling on the north side of the highway, and just when it couldn't get much better, 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying into the wind on the south side of the highway.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Winds seemed to have an affect on what could be seen at Portsmouth Harbour, albeit early in the morning. Ducks were represented by only two species – 22 MALLARDS and 22 COMMON MERGANSERS. However, a SONG SPARROW  was seen on the mainland side of things. Things were a bit more promising at Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal where 1200 CANADA GEESE  were present, 28 HOODED MERGANSERS, 55 MALLARDS and a couple TRUMPETER SWANS. A BALD EAGLE  was present at the Sydenham Cemetery, and a TURKEY VULTURE was spotted  west of the village. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in the morning in Kingston. A PILEATED WOODPECKER  was just north of Verona at daybreak this morning. A blue morph SNOW GOOSE  was seen with CANADA GEESE at the Howe Island ferry.

 


FRIDAY, MARCH 10:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Now that wind and weather are having a profound affect on most local waters, even inland lakes and bays, we are starting to see some action on these bodies of water. Even Sprague Pond in the Big Island Marsh in Prince Edward County has had some pretty robust wave action these days. At Belleville Harbour, the first sightings of the year from there included some species today, likely seeking shelter from the choppy waters of the Bay of Quinte. Present today were 100 CANADA GEESE, 30 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 3 BUFFLEHEAD, 35 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 27 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 37 COMMON MERGANSERS. While passing through Deseronto this morning, my wife and I took a little detour down to the Deseronto Yacht Club and came upon a couple COMMON LOONS in the bay. RED-TAILED HAWKS  today at Potter’s Creek Conservation Area west of Wallbridge/Loyalist Road
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Along County Road 15 near Northport, an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen, and a NORTHERN HARRIER just missed the roof of our car as it got caught up in a brisk westerly tail wind while making its way over the causeway leading to Big Island at noon today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A GREEN-WINGED TEAL showed up today along Huff Road near Brighton. Three TURKEY VULTURES  were also a good sighting. Spring seems to be on its way, despite the temperatures.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
An EASTERN TOWHEE and a SONG SPARROW  at a feeder along County Road 9, directly across the bay from Deseronto. Fourteen CEDAR WAXWINGS  at the community of Moscow north of Yarker, and 180 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  seen at Link Mills, north of Millhaven.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Kingston’s Portsmouth Harbour area continues to be monitored daily. Along with the half dozen expected duck species today, also seen in the area was a SONG SPARROW. On Opinicon Road today, north of the city, highlights were RUFFED GROUSE, RED-TAILED HAWK, and five EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Ten GADWALL, 1 HOODED MERGANSER and 2 TURKEY VULTURES  were highlights today at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, off Division Street, north of the 401. Another 8 HOODED MERGANSERS, a RED-TAILED HAWK and 2 adult BALD EAGLES were spotted at noon at the Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal, and at Elginburg, a TURKEY VULTURE  was noted there.

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 09:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Yesterday morning, a pair of COMMON GOLDENEYES showed up on the Crowe River at Marmora. Twelve HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on Moira Lake in the morning and another two pair were seen off Lingham Lake Road north of Madoc.  Eight PURPLE FINCHES and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  continue to be seen at a feeder in Foxboro. This morning a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen hovering rough-legged hawk-style over Stream International on the west side of Belleville. Another RED-TAILED HAWK on Elmwood Drive on the east side of the city, and still another along Cannifton Road just down from Bell Blvd. Now that the Bay of Quinte is open, more ducks are showing up, although more widely scattered. Today out from Jane Forrester Park east of Myers Pier, there were six species of waterfowl, among them, 17 HOODED MERGANSERS and 5 RING-NECKED DUCKS. At the C.P. rail trestle over the Trent, in Trenton, the popular boat launch location there for feeding geese and ducks during the winter, yielded today one RING-NECKED DUCK drake, and a close to shore PIED-BILLED GREBE. That is not counting about 20 CANADA GEESE, 30 MALLARDS and 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS. An amazing turnout tonight for The Birds presentation at Thurlow Hall with guest speakers Peter Fuller from the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, Jody Allair from Bird Studies Canada, and Terry Sprague (Fall and Rise of the Bald Eagle). 155 eager birders in attendance!  
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only item to come in from Prince Edward County was a WILD TURKEY that paid a visit to a feeder east of Lake on the Mountain yesterday and an AMERICAN KESTREL perched on a utility wire along Ben Gill Road today. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
COOPER’S HAWK and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH are two of a dozen species that were seen at a feeder two days ago
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was the only major sighting at Amherst Island today. A COMMON RAVEN was also seen. At Millhaven Creek along Ham Road, north of Bath mid-morning today, some good sightings there including 6 WOOD DUCKS, 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and 6 COMMON RAVENS. The Blackbird family was well represented with 200 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 60 COMMON GRACKLES and 10 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, all mixed in together. At Napanee, 2 SNOW GEESE were seen flying with CANADA GEESE over the 401 at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just after 7:30 a.m. this morning, 10 species were noted at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, among them 6 COMMON MERGANSERS, 4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. A lone PINE SISKIN was seen this morning on Sailor’s Cove Road on the east side of Sydenham. Four WOOD DUCKS and a couple KILLDEER in a flooded field near Brewers Mills today.

 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 08:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
You just never know what sightings will come in, or from where. One Marmora birder drew my attention to a photo that appeared the other day on the Weather Network website of a * BALTIMORE ORIOLE * that has been visiting a feeder on Salmon Point Road since December 15th! The photo which I used in the daily version of this Bird Report had been attributed to Leon Quaiff, and was actually taken February 1st. While certainly an unusual sighting, it isn’t the first time that a lingering BALTIMORE ORIOLE has been seen at a feeder in December, but certainly not in February and into March. One appeared at a feeder Dec. 04-14, in 2005, at South Bay. And, it wasn’t mild out either. Temperature during that sighting was –20 degrees for two nights. According to the operators of the Cherry Valley feeder, they continue to pamper the oriole, placing out orange halves, as well as meal worms and jams and, of course, it also has a heated bird bath, too! They lucky hosts report that the bird is furnishing countless hours of pleasure for them as they watch him feed outside their rec room windows. You just never know who is going to turn up at your bird feeder. It was pretty good birding this morning until the wind started to howl, and essentially shut things down. On the ice on Weller's Bay there were two BALD EAGLES with a fish, an adult and a second year bird. The Barcovan channel was surprisingly devoid of waterfowl except for a few MUTE SWANS and one TUNDRA SWAN. The Hillier area had a singing HORNED LARK in a suitable field and two KILLDEER in flight.    Along County Road 12 in Sandbanks Park (Athol Bay), LONG-TAILED DUCKS were surfing with the huge breakers rolling in on shore. REDHEADS were off Log Cabin Point at the Glendon Green Boat Launch sheltering. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Despite the winter like temperatures some days, spring migrants continue to arrive. Best bird in Hastings County today was a newly arrived  EASTERN PHOEBE, 10 kilometres north of Marmora. Yesterday, the BARRED OWL on the west side of Trenton that had a bit of a fixation with some wintering goldfish in a heated pond, switched his interest to mice attracted to the bird feed in the backyard, with no interest at all in the squirrels or birds. Additionally, the owl shows no fear of the regular comings and goings in and out of the back door by the residents living there. Philburn Road, north of Belleville, has a nice cattail marsh where we have one volunteer monitoring inhabitants for the Marsh Monitoring Program. Another birder on that road today found little that could be connected to the wetland, but did manage to scrounge up some CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN CROWS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, AMERICAN ROBIN, EUROPEAN STARLINGS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and COMMON GRACKLES. At Foxboro, among the 18 species tallied today before the high winds arrived were several groups of COMMON GRACKLES, totalling 275. Among them was a single BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. Along Atkins Road, north of Elmwood Drive and Airport Parkway, no grackles, but a KILLDEER and 3 HORNED LARKS did show up along with a SONG SPARROW. Large skeins (100+) of CANADA GEESE flying high and heading northeast passed overhead every five minutes, or so. Also, early in the morning before the winds took control of the day. Late this afternoon, when the winds finally decided to subside, six species of waterfowl noted at Zwick’s Park, among them, RING-NECKED DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
At the Ham Road CN crossing north of Bath today, a KILLDEER showed up early this morning. At Finkle’s Shore Park, west of Bath, two GLAUCOUS GULLS and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL were present among the CANADA GEESE, LOG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, and RED-BREASTED and COMMON MERGANSERS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD turned up today at Avondale Crescent west of Gardiners Road in Kingston. At 6:30 a.m. this morning, north of Verona, 4 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  called as they flew over, and also seen was the same number of BROWN CREEPERS, and both a RED-BELLIED and PILEATED WOODPECKER. The Princess Towers near Division Street in Kingston had the PEREGRINE FALCON again today
 

TUESDAY, MARCH 07:

HASTINGS COUNTY
The weather definitely played a major role in the scarcity of sightings today. On Airport Parkway, a SONG SPARROW was seen today. On a different Airport Road, this one west of Bancroft, 9 PINE SISKINS and 3 PURPLE FINCHES  were at a feeder.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
At the Centennial Park and Beach, near Bath, five species of gulls – 35 RING-BILLED GULLS, 12 HERRING GULLS, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a bonus ICELAND GULL and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS. Seven species of waterfowl also present.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The only major report today from the limestone city was at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where an ICELAND GULL was seen there. An immature and an adult BALD EAGLE flew by within 30 minutes of each other. Eight NORTHERN PINTAILS  flew by, heading west and seven other waterfowl species were seen, too, among them, a GADWALL and 4 REDHEADS.
 

MONDAY, MARCH 06:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A BARRED OWL was seen late yesterday afternoon in the Smokes Point Road and Gardenville Road area on the west side of the County. The owl, of which there are many in our area this winter, was hunting in a grassy area in broad daylight. Elsewhere in the Smoke’s Point area, an immature BALD EAGLE  was seen along with 400 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS – an apparent dusk roost flock. Yesterday at Consecon, a BELTED KINGFISHER  was spotted at Consecon and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen on Simpson Road near Point Petre today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A couple owls in the Hastings County region – one good news and the other, not so good news. A GREAT HORNED OWL was heard hooting from the woods east of the Bayside Water Plant between Trenton and Belleville late yesterday afternoon. On the darker side, a GREAT GRAY OWL that had been seen along Mudcat Road, east of Foxboro, was found dead along the roadside this morning, a probable hit and run. According to well known birder from Brighton, Doug McRae, GREAT GRAY OWLS  do get hit by cars at a horrific rate (in the big flight a decade ago, 500 of the 2,000 seen that winter were roadkilled). Due to the camera paparazzi who prey on these magnificent birds by baiting them in order to get prized photographs, our policy has been to not divulge the location of these huge raptors. It is sad we can only do so after they have been killed. A similar story west of here is an example of how the unscrupulous among the photographers, was witnessed by a Wellington birder, to be standing a mere three feet from one GREAT GRAY OWL, his camera set for rapid shutter speed. The camera had a 600 mm lens! If only these owl baiters could behave responsibly like the bird photographers locally who give these birds the space they deserve as they try to hunt. “If only they (the obsessed photographers)  could get obsessed about Grizzlies with cubs and try the same stuff on them.  Problem would be solved in no time,” said one birder. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen today along the Trans Canada Trail, east of Goods Road, at Stirling. A SONG SPARROW, MERLIN and RED-TAILED HAWK at Foxboro, and a BELTED KINGFISHER on Farley Avenue in Belleville were all good sightings. West of Bancroft below Baptiste Lake, 25 PINE SISKINS  showed up, and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen on  Airport Parkway in Belleville.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
As spring marches bravely toward us, this could be our last chance to see any waterfowl held in by ice this month. There was a good concentration in an open water hole in the ice just off the Harbour Street parkette, east of the Presqu’ile Park entrance. Present this morning were all three species of swans – 93 MUTE, 2 TRUMPETER and 16 TUNDRA. Also milling about in what open water they had were 48 CANADA GEESE, one WOOD DUCK, 8 AMERICAN WIGEON, 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 20 MALLARDS, 300 REDHEADS, 12 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 GREATER/LESSER SCAUP and 4 HOODED MERGANSER. Two GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 350 RING-BILLED GULLS  were seen along the Parkway going into Presqu’ile. On Albert Street, in Cobourg, highlights there were RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, a female NORTHERN HARRIER, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Also present was a male NORTHERN FLICKER  which has been at this location since December 20th.  On Huff Road near Brighton, 78 WILD TURKEYS and a RED-TAILED HAWK were noted, and an ICELAND GULL was seen off Harbour Street
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some good sightings at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour today. In addition to nine waterfowl species, there were five species of gulls. RING-BILLED and HERRING GULLS  for sure, but three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were there, too. At 8:25 a.m., a GLAUCOUS GULL flew by, and 30 minutes later, an ICELAND GULL flew in from the west and landed on the ice for awhile. A COMMON RAVEN was seen over the Penitentiary once again, and it is believed that it may be nesting somewhere there. Two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS turned up today along the lakeside trail in the Beechgrove to Lake Ontario Park area. Along Opinicon Road, singles of BALD EAGLE and PILEATED WOODPECKER  were noteworthy, as were 2 male EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. At the Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal, north of Kingston, seven HOODED MERGANSERS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were highlights there today.
 

 


SUNDAY, MARCH 05:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Well, is it another one of those early migrants, or was a FOX SPARROW today at South Bay just a wintering individual lured out from hiding by the today’s sunshine? Could be as they usually don’t arrive until April 3rd, but given the arrival dates of some of our earlier migrants this month so far, who knows? North of Wellington today, a BALD EAGLE  was seen. Only two waterfowl species at Wellington Harbour early this afternoon – 75 CANADA GEESE and 40 MALLARDS, along with 68 RING-BILLED GULLS. Miscellaneous sightings around the County today included a RED-TAILED HAWK on Bakker Road up in the Hillier area, and also up that way, 16 WILD TURKEYS on Palmer-Burris Road and three HOODED MERGANSERS at Wellington. Over 1,000 CANADA GEESE have been overnighting together on the ice on Muscote Bay and were still thawing out in the sunshine well into the morning. The two BALD EAGLES were still at Picton Harbour today – 1 adult and 1 immature. A MERLIN visited a backyard at Crofton this morning.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Ten bird species made their way onto a checklist at some point today at the H.R. Frink Centre near Plainfield, north of Belleville. Four PURPLE FINCHES, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were three of the highlights. At Barcovan Beach off County Road 64 at Wellers Bay, 11 species were seen there, nine of them waterfowl, among them 5 HOODED MERGANSERS and 44 GREATER SCAUP. Except for the ubiquitous MUTE SWAN, no other swan species this time around. Five AMERICAN ROBINS were seen and at this this time of the year it is hard to say whether these were spring migrants, or lingering wintering individuals. A COOPER’S HAWK was seen along Airport Parkway. At the Norris Whitney Bridge between Rossmore and Belleville, 300 CANADA GEESE, 4 MUTE SWANS, 8 MALLARDS and a lone BUFFLEHEAD.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The only sightings from Lennox and Addington today came from Amherst Island where 22 species were tallied near noon. Some high numbers there including 625 CANADA GEESE, 58 COMMON GOLDENEYES and 381 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (one flock of at least 200). Two BALD EAGLES also showed up.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Twelve species today at the Garden Hill Conservation Area, north of Port Hope. A few of the same ones that were there yesterday, including the 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at the far north end of the pond. At least nine CACKLING GEESE were detected among the estimated 3,000 CANADA GEESE. A TRUMPETER SWAN and 5 AMERICAN WIGEONS and an estimated 70 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 300 MALLARDS and five RING-NECKED DUCKS were also there and at least as many AMERICAN BLACK DUCK/MALLARD hybrids. At Cobourg Harbour, an EURASIAN WIGEON took top honours for being the bird of the day there. It was with seven other waterfowl species- CANADA GEESE (300), MALLARDS (150), LONG-TAILED DUCK (4), BUFFLEHEAD (2), and singles of TUNDRA SWAN and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Trying not to be left out were 2 AMERICAN COOTS and 28 RING-BILLED GULLS. At Presqu’ile Park, only the Parkway leading to the Park was explored today with a SONG SPARROW being the highlight along with 200 RING-BILLED GULLS, a BALD EAGLE, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, a first winter GREAT BLACKED-BACKED GULL and a drumming PILEATED WOODPECKER being nice finds.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
In Frontenac County today, there was fun with birds on Sand Hill Road, off Highway 15, north of Kingston. Among the 10 species noted at a feeder there, one Hairy Woodpecker (named Harry, of course!) was tormented by BLUE JAYS  who kept stealing each fresh cache of peanuts that he made. A continuing RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, named Rudy, was heard calling, suggesting, at least in the woodpecker’s mind, that spring had arrived. A pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS flew by on either side of the house, the female landing on the ground by the cedars where it pecked at the trunks for a while. The male landed on a tree behind the feeder area, then both flew back into the woods to continue pecking on trees while remaining in sight. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on Washburn Road, south of Brewer’s Mills. At Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal, 3 continuing TRUMPETER SWANS  were there along with 70 CANADA GEESE, 3 MUTE SWANS, 20 MALLARDS, 10 HOODED MERGANSERS, and one each of COMMON MERGANSER and BUFFLEHEAD. Off Division Street, at the Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, a BARRED OWL and 8 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  were seen today.

 


SATURDAY, MARCH 04:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
I remember when I saw my first BALD EAGLE, other than one in captivity, back in 1983, and what a thrill it was as it circled in the bright, blue sky above me at Lake on the Mountain. These days they show up every day and we don’t even look for them. Today as I glanced out the kitchen window at a bird feeder, an adult BALD EAGLE casually floated by low over the Big Island Marsh only 100 metres away. Another Bald Eagle was seen at South Bay today. Although current temperatures dictate otherwise, the migration of some of the earlier species and the appearance of mammals out of their winter slumber suggest that spring is here.  At Wellington, a COOPER’S HAWK appeared, but left empty handed. Two NORTHERN SHRIKES today – one at Glenora, and the other one on Big Island along the Sprague/Monkman Trail, the latter seen most days now. As the spring migration continues, the increase in numbers at local bird feeders strongly suggest migrants passing through. There were 27 DARK-EYED JUNCOS at our feeder today, up from the usual half dozen. PURPLE FINCHES are also showing up at feeders too these days. Five were at a feeder in Allisonville and four were seen at South Bay. Also at South Bay, 750 REDHEADS and 250 GREATER SCAUP in the bay.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
More BALD EAGLES in Lennox and Addington County today with one seen north of Millhaven, and another at the east end of Amherst Island. Also at the east end of the island, a RED-TAILED HAWK and an AMERICAN KESTREL. Not far away, a flock of 100 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. There was a GLAUCOUS GULL at the Millhaven dock. It would appear that the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve on Roblin Road, 18 km north of Deseronto, may need to wait a bit before it begins producing the plethora of birds for which it has become noted. Today, only five species were present, among them, 2 RUFFED GROUSE, 3 COMMON RAVENS and an AMERICAN ROBIN.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
All birding today was at the Garden Hill Conservation Area, near Campbellcroft, north of Port Hope. A few noteworthy sightings up there, not the least of which was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, sleeping at the edge of a gaggle of some 800 CANADA GEESE, occasionally raising its head, standing and shifting its position. Also amongst them were 5 CACKLING GEESE (another birder counted 30 later in the day), 1 TRUMPETER SWAN, 200 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and 400 MALLARDS. Six RING-NECKED DUCKS and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS  were also present. Standing on the ice was a KILLDEER.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In addition to a RED-TAILED HAWK being found along the Moira River in Belleville, a RIVER OTTER was seen basking in the sun on the ice break behind Wallmart. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen at Eldorado, occasionally flipping over in the air and going foot to foot. More PURPLE FINCHES, this time 5 of them at a feeder in Foxboro. At Vanderwater Conservation Area, at Thomasburg today, one, possibly two BARRED OWLS  were heard calling. Seen there were four COMMON RAVENS, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 AMERICAN ROBINS and a lone BLUE JAY.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal produced its usual TRUMPETER SWANS (2), along with 32 COMMON MERGANSERS and a few other species today. North of there, along Highway 15, a well described GOLDEN EAGLE  was definitely a highlight today. Not far away, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on Sand Hill Road east of Highway 15. A BROWN CREEPER, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and 50 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen today just north of Verona, and a TURKEY VULTURE appeared at the west end of Loughborough Lake. Meanwhile down in Kingston, at Portsmouth Harbour, a handful of ducks there including 13 MALLARDS, 6 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and four COMMON MERGANSERS.

 


FRIDAY, MARCH 03:

HASTINGS COUNTY
When your home is surrounded by 96 WILD TURKEYS, and some of them are pecking on your basement window, it’s time to either ease up on the feeding, or pack up and leave until the breeding season lures them away. This is what has been happening all winter at a residence off Highway 37, south of Tweed. Bain Park at Trenton had a couple AMERICAN WIGEON yesterday, and two more were behind Canadian Tire along with 4 HOODED MERGANSERS. At Barcovan, 2 TRUMPETER SWANS and a single TUNDRA SWAN were present yesterday among with the nine waterfowl species there. This morning at the Potter Creek Conservation Area (formerly Quinte Conservation Area), there were 2 AMERICAN ROBINS – haven’t heard much from that species in the last little while after the invasion of the species this past winter. Twenty BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES  were around, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, DARK-EYED JUNCO, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (10), 5 AMERICAN CROWS and 90 CANADA GEESE. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was a high point along the 2.3 km Sprague/Monkman walking/jogging trail at Big Island where 21 species and one other taxa (probably a MUTE SWAN, although too distant to tell, and too windy for me to hear its diagnostic wing sound) were identified, despite the changeable weather which varied from bright sunshine to almost a raging blizzard. Even my Shih-tzu left me and hi-tailed it back to the house on her own during the last half kilometre. Birds, however, could still be found, and heard, including an undetermined number of TUNDRA SWANS  calling from nearby Muscote Bay. A male NORTHERN HARRIER was carried briskly along with the wind. Many of the others, I suspect, were overflows from the backyard feeder, including two BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS. In Picton, three BALD EAGLES  were seen perched at the Picton Harbour, sending the gulls into pandemonium whenever the eagles took flight.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
An AMERICAN KESTREL at Inverary, and a BALD EAGLE at Perth Road Village, lead the sightings from Kingston and area in today’s summary. At Lemoine Point Conservation Area beside Kingston Airport, a RUFFED GROUSE paid little attention to the winds, snow and cold temperatures. It was heard drumming away in anticipation. A high of 32 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES  were typically about and begging for handouts, 4 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were counted and there were two PILEATED WOODPECKERS. Only four waterfowl species at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour today – CANADA GEESE (2), MALLARDS (26), LONG-TAILED DUCKS (28) and 5 COMMON MERGANSERS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
In Northumberland County today, it was the harbours at Cobourg and Port Hope that drew the attention, and not Presqu’ile Park this time. At Port Hope Harbour, not much there though, except for 75 CANADA GEESE and 4 MALLARDS. Cobourg Harbour did much better with 11 species of waterfowl and 1 AMERICAN COOT. For the most part, low numbers of all species except for MALLARDS which led the totals at 200, followed by 75 CANADA GEESE. There were also 100 RING-BILLED GULLS, 50 HERRING GULLS and a lone GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. 

 


THURSDAY, MARCH 02:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Just a sprinkling of sightings from Hastings today. South of Maynooth, a MERLIN and 2 PINE SISKINS were seen. Between Actinolite and Tweed, two BALD EAGLES were seen. Speaking of which (what a segway!), I have the pleasure of doing a presentation for the Hastings Stewardship Council on that very subject. I have titled it “The Fall and Rise of the Bald Eagle”, a look at the success of the Bald Eagle from being almost extirpated in the Bay of Quinte area, to the wonderful numbers we enjoy today, the reasons for the decline and what we have been doing to re-establish their numbers. It is a wonderful success story and one which has a surprise ending. Presentation takes place next Thursday, March 9th, at the Gerry Masterson Community Hall (Thurlow Hall), starting at 7:00 p.m.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
And, the eagle theme continues in Prince Edward County with one birder claiming that it was a day of eagles for her. The day started with 4 BALD EAGLES (2 adults, 2 juveniles)  flying over Adolphus Reach this morning, then two over Picton later in the day. Another possible new migrant today being a RUSTY BLACKBIRD that arrived in a Fry Road backyard with RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES.  Average arrival date for RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in our region is usually recognized as March 30th, so this bird could be another one of those early migrants, or one that wintered in the County.  LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 5 TUNDRA SWANS,  and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  were species of notes seen at Charwell Point off Army Reserve Road, east of Point Petre.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
Also in the spirit of being an early arrival, were 2 OSPREYS off Staples Lane near the Thompson Point Road at Hay Bay three days ago. They were spotted by a Forestry technician for Hydro One who also adds that a new nest platform was erected by Hydro at South Bay, in Prince Edward County, near where a nest had been constructed by OSPREYS on a hydro pole. This saves on bird mortality and power interruptions and it is refreshing to see Hydro One taking on this conservation initiative. Today at Napanee’s Richmond Park, just north of the 401, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a SNOW GOOSE  were seen. And, along County Road 8, east of Hay Bay, an AMERICAN KESTREL and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were highlights.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Five NORTHERN SHOVELERS (file photo by John Vieira of Oakville/South Bay) at the Brighton Provincial Wildlife Area were a highlight today, as were 2 each of BUFFLEHEAD and MUTE SWAN, and 20 MALLARDS. Lots of CANADA GEESE many of which were pairing up and mating. A BARRED OWL and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS were along Huff Road near Brighton, and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS were along the Presqu’ile Parkway. It was evident today that ravens and crows get into disputes as one COMMON RAVEN at Highway 2 and Simpson Road was being aggressively chased  by 2 AMERICAN CROWS. On the north side of Brighton, a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS are still regulars at a feeder there. Perhaps not as lofty a sighting at a feeder was on the south side of town. A resident there looked out his window onto the backyard and it was almost black with birds, 150 of them, with the majority being RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS!   He is considering a move to slow down his feeding thereby encouraging the blackbirds to move on.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just a couple locations here with some sightings. Seventy-five RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  were seen north of Verona, and a SNOW GOOSE  was at Howe Island today. At Sydenham, 60 WILD TURKEYS.

 


WEDNESDAY MARCH 01:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A little sparse today across the region, although the wind and rain likely contributed to that. NORTHERN PINTAILS are turning up in wetlands across the region. Individuals were seen today at Foxboro and at Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville. At that site, 4 WOOD DUCKS were with MALLARDS in a flooded field. Good spot to be this time of year where, today, HOODED MERGANSER, 105 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, a SONG SPARROW, 4 HORNED LARKS and a KILLDEER were noteworthy species present. Thirty-eight TUNDRA SWANS  were still hanging out in a flooded field at the Ashley Street site and a KILLDEER  was seen there, too. Three more KILLDEERS, were seen in flight over Foxboro.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
KILLDEERS  were calling over Consecon Lake early this morning, and a TURKEY VULTURE  was seen circling over Rogers Street, in Picton. The Roger’s Street/Talbot Street area is a favourite location to find these birds during most months of the year, and residents there tend to view them with suspicion. It doesn’t help either that the Whattam Funeral Home is located right there! The vultures commonly roost in the trees on Roger’s Street. Lots of CANADA GEESE and TUNDRA SWANS still at Muscote Bay and the Bay of Quinte, judging from the calls early every morning. Two NORTHERN HARRIERS at their usual spot along South Big Island Road and the causeway. A RUFFED GROUSE  was drumming and displaying today along Fry Road, north of Picton, totally oblivious to tonight’s predicted lows.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Portsmouth Olympic Harbour area continues to do its part in providing good birding for anyone choosing to stroll along the trail which ultimately takes you to Lake Ontario Park. Today, 15 NORTHERN PINTAILS flew by, heading east. Forty REDHEADS were there, as were 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a few RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. A COMMON RAVEN flew over the penitentiary. A SONG SPARROW  was on Hatter Street, some distance north of Portsmouth, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  turned up at Forsythe Street just a bit north of there.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON
At the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons late this afternoon, seen were 82 GADWALL, 7 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS and 45 HERRING GULLS, just to mention a few of the 9 species present there today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
One backyard in Brighton was extremely busy, but some would say, not by the most desirable of clientele. Present in the relatively small backyard were 2 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, 11 HOUSE SPARROWS, 29 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 16 EUROPEAN STARLINGS and 13 COMMON GRACKLES. One of the grackles had a short tail like a starling, but taking no back seat were BLUE JAYS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, MOURNING DOVES, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and 1 AMERICAN ROBIN.
 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Spring continues to offer a new species every day, it seems. Today, an EASTERN MEADOWLARK was singing joyously on the west side of Picton near the roundabout across from Mark Heating. And, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was heard on Fry Road. Yesterday, 13 TUNDRA SWANS were seen along County Road 4, north of Picton, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Long Point Road, and an AMERICAN KESTREL turned up near Swamp College Road. Today in the Carrying Place and Consecon areas, there were four SONG SPARROWS and a male EASTERN BLUEBIRD. A feeder near Carrying Place still has an EASTERN TOWHEE that has been at the same feeder all winter. Kaiser Crossroad continues to build in waterfowl numbers and variety. Today there were 145 TUNDRA SWANS, 225 CANADA GEESE, 4 MUTE SWANS, 5 GADWALL, 30 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 70 MALLARDS and 40 NORTHERN PINTAIL. Three GREEN-WINGED TEAL also made a last minute appearance.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
TUNDRA SWANS continue to exploit any flooded fields or areas that are free of ice as their migration continues. Sixty were spotted this morning by a motorist travelling Highway 62 just north of Belleville, 78 were at the flooded field at Foxboro, and nine flew over the H.R. Frink Centre. There were 2 HOODED MERGANSERS at the H.R. Frink Centre, and a BELTED KINGFISHER at Memorial Park in Belleville. This afternoon, two PILEATED WOODPECKERS showed up in a Trenton backyard. One decided to try a peanut feeder but found it was a bit too small for him. Near Bancroft, there were 25 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  seen.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS – 28 of them – also paid a visit to Warkworth today, viewed by a couple sitting on their back deck.   E-mails were flying back and forth today about a GREAT GRAY OWL that was found on Huff Road, north of Brighton. It is safe to report this bird, as the owl was found dead in the ditch, perhaps the victim of a hit and run.  Faring a little better along the same road was a BARRED OWL seen hunting over a field in the manner of a Great Gray. Huff Road was a pretty good place to be today with a singing SONG SPARROW heard, 30 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 35 WILD TURKEYS and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS. Duck selection wasn’t  too shabby either there with  7 WOOD DUCKS present, as well as 40 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. One juvenile and 2 adult BALD EAGLES were at Presqu’ile Park today, and along the Parkway, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, MERLIN, KILLDEER and 40 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were birds of note. Five WILD TURKEYS were beside the 401 at Grafton, and at Osaca, northwest of Port Hope, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and HORNED LARKS  were seen today. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
These EVENING GROSBEAKS, 21 of them, were at a feeder in Flinton today. Yesterday’s AMERICAN WOODCOCK that was heard calling on Coronation Blvd. in Amherstview, was there again today. Seventy GADWALL at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons was a nice sighting as was a male WOOD DUCK that came flying in to join the other waterfowl species, including a single RING-NECKED DUCK and a couple HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Wolfe Island today was a bustling place with 3 SNOWY OWLS, 80 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 4 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD and 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS highlighting the day. Two large groups of WILD TURKEYS, totalling 54, were also seen. At Portsmouth Harbour, a PEREGRINE FALCON sped by as one birder was scanning the waters for waterfowl. A singing SONG SPARROW emphasized the season. A half dozen waterfowl species present, including 14 NORTHERN PINTAILS, capped by an adult COOPER’S HAWK skimming the shoreline which stopped briefly on the fence by the former Kingston Penitentiary. The two PEREGRINE FALCONS are back at their traditional nest site atop the Princess Towers on Princess Street. A KILLDEER was heard calling over Kingston, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was seen at Victoria Park. Thirty WILD TURKEYS and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen flying over Elginburg and two AMERICAN COOT were spotted at Bell Park.

 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27:

 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Bay of Quinte is surrendering to the spring-like temperatures, new arrivals are appearing, geese are flocking, flooded fields are showing up and it’s a happening place right now. One such flooded field at Foxboro had 48 TUNDRA SWANS at 10:25 a.m. this morning. By 12:50 p.m., that number had burgeoned to 75.....and it’s not even March yet, the time when TUNDRA SWANS usually start to appear. All these special, albeit temporary, flooded sites will bear watching over the next little while as migration waterfowl take advantage of them. Two HOODED MERGANSERS  were at the twin bridges off Harmony Road in Foxboro. As the water continues to soften, locations that had nothing only a few days ago should be examined, even several times a day for new arrivals. Jane Forrester Park east of Meyer’s Pier even had a few ducks today – 2 GREATER SCAUP, 5 COMMON GOLDENEYE and 10 COMMON MERGANSER. It’s a start. At nearby Victoria Park, 50 CANADA GEESE  were there, 4 each of MUTE SWAN and MALLARD, 10 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 3 COMMON GOLDENEYES and 18 HOODED MERGANSERS. Even a new arrival, a SONG SPARROW, was heard. Zwick’s Park produced 300 CANADA GEESE and 50 COMMON GOLDENEYE. Over on Atkins Road, waterfowl there was a little sparse, but there were 40 AMERICAN CROWS counted, and 3 HORNED LARKS, another harbinger. Another SONG SPARROW  was at East Bayshore Park, there was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 5 PURPLE FINCHES at Foxboro, and another 10 PURPLE FINCHES at the H.R. Frink Centre yesterday. Another positive sign of better things to come were 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS back at their nest at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, and a male and female EASTERN BLUEBIRD at their nest boxes. A very early CHIPPING SPARROW turned up yesterday  along the Trans Canada Trail through that village on the south side of the former Tweed Steel building. Since this species usually arrives no earlier than April 15th, this bird, however, was believed to be an individual that wintered over in the area, and was only first noticed today. At Barcovan, waterfowl are taking advantage of the open water there with 12 species present, but no huge numbers except for CANADA GOOSE (200), REDHEAD (150) and GREATER/LESSER SCAUP (200). Interestingly, only 1 TUNDRA SWAN has so far found the conditions to its liking. TRUMPETER SWAN K29 that has been present all winter was there, too.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The thousands of CANADA GEESE that dominated the scene at the west end of Big Island at Muscote Bay yesterday and a day earlier, appear to have departed as there wasn’t a peep out of them today. Meanwhile, on Consecon Lake, a flock of 30 SNOW GEESE  flew over the lake yesterday.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A new arrival showed up at Amherstview today. One birder while driving along Coronation Blvd. very early this morning at 6:15 a.m. with her window rolled down heard the very distinct calling of an AMERICAN WOODCOCK. Been expecting them.  At Croydon, on the Salmon River north of Napanee, the first PINE SISKIN of the winter, at least for that area, showed up there.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Park today, HOODED MERGANSER (14), CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER  were all seen from Calf Pasture Point. Ten CANVASBACKS  were there late yesterday afternoon. A few REDHEADS in Lake Ontario out from the Campground marsh - 2,000 of them – and mixed in were 20 AMERICAN WIGEON. Forty-two TUNDRA SWANS passed over the Park at 6:00 p.m. last evening.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Five hundred RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at Wolfe Island today left no doubt in anybody’s mind whether or not this species had returned to the area. Quite a few good sightings over there today including 20 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 1 TURKEY VULTURE, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, and 2 SNOWY OWLS. Other good sightings around the county were both GLAUCOUS GULL and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL ay Cataraqui Bay, and a NORTHERN FLICKER in the Collin’s Lake area.

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
“Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie.....” Although flocks of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and growing numbers of COMMON GRACKLES, can very well apply to any feeder throughout the reporting area these days,  this evening’s Report focuses on numbers of other species more than it does anything else as the migration shifts into 2nd gear. Speaking of numbers, the CANADA GEESE in Muscote Bay and the Bay of Quinte at the west end of Big Island were at it again. This time I had a chance to view them through binoculars from some distance away as they formed above the horizon like an approaching thunderstorm stretching for at least two kilometres. There were thousands and the noise from them was deafening. There were thousands....5,000....10,000? How does one estimate such numbers? And not a Cackling Goose among them! Two hundred and fifty EUROPEAN STARLINGS were seen in the Stinson Block, west of Consecon today, as were 350 CANADA GEESE, 100 MUTE SWANS and 150 COMMON GOLDENEYES on Consecon Lake. Spring of the year – lots of good numbers. Twenty REDHEADS and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS  were also on Consecon Lake. Not so much good numbers, but good sightings at Morrison’s Point today, among the more noteworthy being 7 TUNDRA SWANS, and one each of RUFFED GROUSE and BALD EAGLE. Two NORTHERN SHOVELERS  spotted along Hayward Long Reach today was a nice sighting. Not so nice was a SNOWY OWL on its back along the roadside at South Bay which was believed dead until it rotated its head toward the motorist who stopped. Believed to have a broken wing, it was transported to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee.  Feeder-wise, things have slowed somewhat due to the disappearance of the snow, although one feeder at West Lake has 2 WHITE-BREASTED and 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES as regular clients, as well as 2 female NORTHERN CARDINALS and 4 males singing energetically and in pursuit of the females already. Sandbanks Park today produced a PILEATED WOODPECKER and a pair of AMERICAN WIGEONS. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A new arrival today in Hastings County was an EASTERN MEADOWLARK, seen near Barcovan. Other noteworthy sightings around the county included a PILEATED WOODPECKER at the Bayside water plant between Trenton and Belleville and a RED-TAILED HAWK looking for some Sunday reading at Chapters in Belleville. Five PURPLE FINCHES  continue to visit a feeder in Foxboro. A COMMON RAVEN was at the Corbyville Dam, and at Maynooth, 3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS  were seen. Wrote one birder living in the Barry Heights area of Trenton by e-mail today: “Had a entertaining afternoon bird-wise without leaving home.  At about 4:00 pm my wife noticed a large bird land in the back yard.  Upon taking a look myself I noticed a BARRED OWL on a branch.  During the next two hours, it moved from perch to perch in our backyard.  The best perch that it took was on a dead mullein stalk which is beside our pond which has open water due to being heated by an electric floating cattle trough heater.  As the owl sat there for over ten minutes we noticed he was very very interested in the goldfish that I keep in the pond over winter.  We had great looks and entertainment for a couple of hours at close range.” BARRED OWLS  are well known for their sometimes unconventional diet. Keep reading.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Another e-mail today regarding an observation in the Milhaven Road area, south of Odessa. “Driving along Millhaven Road, my wife noticed an owl on a fence post. I stopped and turned around to get a photo which I did from the vehicle. After three or so shots the owl flew toward us and I almost thought it was coming in through the window, but landed beside the truck in a position where I couldn't see it. After getting out, it was close to the rear wheel and, while calm, started scratching the ground and ate three large worms as I watched.  I was nervous about the traffic so I must admit I shooed it away from the roadway and it flew into the field into a large tree. I didn't know owls ate worms but I assume it was hungry? I just want to point out with all the talk about bothering owls at no time did we approach it. It flew directly toward us.” Another observation today involved 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS in the same tree west of Napanee, both eyeballing a freshly killed rabbit, along with a crow causing an awful fuss between wanting the rabbit and wanting to harass the hawks.  Some good backyard sightings north of Milhaven where a RING-NECKED PHEASANT and 2 male EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen. Nine waterfowl species were at Finkle’s Shore Park, west of Bath, among them 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
More numbers. A count of 110 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS along Huff Road north of Presqu’ile Park, but the best find was not one, but three KILLDEER along the edge of a pond. Eight HOODED MERGANSERS  were in the channel beside the Presqu’ile Parkway today, while the Calf Pasture area of the Park had 10 of them, and elsewhere in the Park there was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Cobourg Harbour had some good numbers including 700 CANADA GEESE, 400 MALLARDS, 450 RING-BILLED GULLS, 155 HERRING GULLS, as well as two ICELAND GULLS. North of Cobourg along Danforth Road, more numbers – 2,000 CANADA GEESE, along with 25 AMERICAN WIGEONS and 3 CACKLING GEESE. Five male GREEN-WINGED TEAL also showed up. Eight CACKLING GEESE  as well at the Garden Hill Conservation Area near Campbellcroft, and 850 CANADA GEESE there.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Remember the 2,700 CANADA GEESE mentioned in last evening’s Report at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour? Only 5 there today. Scattered sightings around the county today included a RED-TAILED HAWK along the Cataraqui Trail east of Sydenham, and a NORTHERN HARRIER at the Sydenham High School. Eight TRUMPETER SWANS  were seen at Bedford Mills, and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD  was noted along Wilmer Road west of Perth Road Village. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PURPLE FINCHES were seen along Sand Hill Road, north of Kingston.

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Despite the steady rain from mid-morning to early afternoon, birders were still on the move, and so were the birds. Some of the same stuff, but just more of it. While there didn’t seem to be the fallout of grackles that we usually see some days right after their initial appearance, there was one flock of 60 that descended on a feeder at the corner of Highway 62 and Jericho Road, where a STRIPED SKUNK also made a spring appearance. With a handful of waterfowl species showing up early at the Kaiser Crossroad Wetlands yesterday and the day before, there was renewed interest in this hotspot today. Today, there were 25 CANADA GEESE, 35 TUNDRA SWANS, 40 MALLARDS and 25 NORTHERN PINTAILS. At Prinyer’s Cove, 35 GREATER SCAUP, 15 REDHEAD, 6 BUFFLEHEAD, 5 COMMON GOLDENEYE and a single LESSER SCAUP. Cressy Bayside Road also donated a lone LESSER SCAUP, and COMMON GOLDENEYES and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS  were on the other side of the peninsula along Cressy Lakeside Road. The security gate at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area is still shut until drier conditions prevail, but a walk in today revealed CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, 8 MUTE SWANS, HAIRY and PILEATED WOODPECKERS. There was also a PILEATED WOODPECKER  today at Crofton. In Adolphus Reach across from Cressy Marsh, a BALD EAGLE  was seen flying with a struggling duck (bufflehead?) in its talons. The duck eventually escaped and landed on water but the eagle didn't recapture it. Along Long Point Road toward Prince Edward Point, present in Prince Edward Bay were CANADA GEESE, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Prince Edward Point proper added GADWALL, MALLARDS, GREATER SCAUP and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS to the cumulative list.  Only 5 AMERICAN ROBINS though; where did they all go? As the water becomes softer around the Norris Whitney Bridge at Rossmore, ducks are spreading out in response. Today only a handful of CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS. However, at daybreak this morning, the din of several thousand geese, both lifting off from Muscote Bay at Big Island, and in the air in loose, disjointed flocks, was unbelievable. At Picton Harbour today, it was gulls – some 300 RING-BILLED GULLS and 25 HERRING GULLS. Other noteworthy sightings were 11 HOODED MERGANSERS at Black River, 3 COMMON GRACKLES along Whattam’s Road, and an AMERICAN KESTREL along County Road 2 near Burr Road. A NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen near Fenwood Gardens.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
On Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, both numbers and variety of species are starting to pick up. In addition to 353 CANADA GEESE and 64 MALLARDS, present today were 2 AMERICAN WIGEON and 29 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS among the dozen species seen. Thirty COMMON GRACKLES  were seen on the east side of Belleville. A BALD EAGLE  was seen in the community of Read and a leuscistic AMERICAN ROBIN was seen in Belleville today. Yesterday at Barcovan, 10 waterfowl species were present, among them 60 MUTE SWANS, 200 REDHEADS, 400 GREATER SCAUP and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Some harbingers of spring at Link Mills, north of Millhaven in the form of 4 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, 15 COMMON GRACKLES and 135 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in several migrating flocks. There was a KILLDEER seen north of Bath. In the Upper Gap of the Bay of Quinte in the Bath area, there was a GLAUCOUS GULL today, along with a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 180 HERRING GULLS and 60 RING-BILLED GULLS. Further west, at the Escape of the Royal George at Sandhurst, 10 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS  were seen there.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Park, the ice is mostly gone out of Presqu’ile Bay, and going quickly from the marshy channels and ponds. A half dozen TUNDRA SWANS, 3 CANVASBACKS, 4500 REDHEADS, and 8 RING-NECKED DUCKS were among those present today, along with 50 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. Along the north part of Huff Road, just north of the Park, 12 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 6 HOODED MERGANSERS, 12 NORTHERN PINTAILS and a RED-TAILED HAWK were noteworthy sightings there. Up at Morganston, just east on County Road 27, a flooded cornfield had 16 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 52 MALLARDS, 6 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and 90 CANADA GEESE. Repurposed fields. Eight NORTHERN PINTAILS  flying with MALLARDS and 75 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were highlights along the Presqu’ile Parkway, while a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  continues at a feeder on George Street in Brighton. A 2nd year BALD EAGLE made an appearance at Lock 18 on the Trent-Severn Waterway at the village of Hastings.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWANS, AMERICAN WIGEONS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS and COMMON MERGANSERS were all present and accounted for at the Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal. In Kingston, numbers are really picking up at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where 2,700 CANADA GEESE stirred up quite a commotion. With them were 4 SNOW GEESE heading northeast. Also present were  MALLARDS, REDHEADS and COMMON MERGANSERS. Wonder whatever became of the 2 female HARLEQUIN DUCKS that were there for so long? 

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Less than favourable conditions for much of the day and that was reflected in the number of sightings that came in today. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen today in the Salmon Point area. This morning, a small flock of SNOW GEESE (about 10 birds) were flying east above the south shore of the Bay of Quinte with a lone CANADA GOOSE, just east of Rossmore. The flock was seen in the scope from Meyer's Pier, on the north shore of the bay.  At Morrison Point, 2 BALD EAGLES were way out on the ice, 40 WILD TURKEYS were seen in a field, and there was also a RED-TAILED HAWK.  Glenora had 4 BALD EAGLES far off in the trees and one out on the ice. COMMON GRACKLES still trickling into the County, but still in small numbers. There were two at a feeder today in Greater Allisonville. Six PURPLE FINCHES were also at the same feeder, and others have been at a feeder on Fry Road for several days. Fifty-three NORTHERN PINTAILS  were at the Kaiser Crossroad Wetlands today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
More COMMON GRACKLES in Hastings County with a couple in a Dunnett Blvd backyard. A BARRED OWL was in Foxboro, and 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen along 401 between Belleville and Napanee. Waterfowling was a little sparse today in the Moira River. Only CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and MALLARDS were present across from City Hall in downtown Belleville. Success was not much better farther down closer to the mouth of the river at Victoria Park where only a handful of CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS and MUTE SWANS  were seen there.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At the McIntyre Road CN crossing north of Bath where there is a wooded swamp, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen. Also present were 15 AMERICAN ROBINS, a species that seems to have retreated from the limelight in recent days, although I am sure they are all still around. At Link Mills, north of Millhaven, a male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen flying into a corn field. Also seen, a GREAT HORNED OWL.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A highlight today at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour was a CACKLING GOOSE. At the Dupont Lagoon the BELTED KINGFISHER was on hand again, and also present were 4 COMMON MERGANSERS, a RED-TAILED HAWK, and an AMERICAN COOT. And, a COMMON GRACKLE turned up in downtown Kingston as well. North of Verona, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 3 BROWN CREEPERS and at least one EASTERN BLUEBIRD.

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
As predicted, the really mild conditions resulted in the migratory flood gates opening up, albeit just a little bit. Reports of from 60 to 100 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in Toronto today, and scarcely a county across the reporting area here that didn't have at least a few show up today. While only a half dozen showed up at a South Bay feeder today, along Babylon Road and Long Point Road, there was one flock of 50 and another small group of 10, all optimistically heading north. A COMMON GRACKLE  was at a South Bay feeder, and another was seen near Prince Edward Point, perched on a hydro wire. If the fine weather continues, expect that species to increase in numbers over the next day or so. Also noted today were many skeins of CANADA GEESE flying in perfect formation, also north. Also seen along Babylon Road and Long Point Road were 3 COMMON RAVENS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. At Prince Edward Point, 60 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and a RUFFED GROUSE  were noteworthy. It isn't every spring when waterfowl migrants start showing up at the famous Kaiser Crossroad Wetlands. Today, there were five species as forerunners of what's to come – 200 CANADA GEESE, 12 TUNDRA SWANS, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 8 MALLARDS and 6 NORTHERN PINTAILS (3 males and 3 females).
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In Hastings County, it was a KILLDEER that proclaimed spring to be on the way. It was heard on Atkins Road, north of Elmwood Drive on the east side of Belleville, where other birds of note were 6 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, 4 HORNED LARKS and 61 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. Just south of there, on Elmwood Drive, a GREAT BLUE HERON flew over. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at the Belleville train station.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
And the arrival of the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS continued with 120 at the Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary on Maple Grove Road, north of Colborne. A COMMON GRACKLE  was seen on Huff Road north of Presqu'ile Park, a KILLDEER  was seen in Cobourg as was a GRAY CATBIRD yesterday, although the latter was likely a wintering individual rather than an exceptionally early migrant. At Presqu'ile Park yesterday, at least a dozen species of waterfowl present including an estimated 3,000 REDHEADS and 1,800 GREATER SCAUP, all present off the government dock. Other good sightings were 20 GADWALL at the lighthouse, and 2 BALD EAGLES sitting on the ice. West of Brighton and the Park, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted on Beach Drive.  
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A juvenile BALD EAGLE and a MERLIN were two raptors noted today at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, where 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 265 CANADA GEESE heading northeast were noteworthy sightings. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were seen on Florida Road, and the Cataraqui Bay BELTED KINGFISHER  was back again today perched on a a wire overlooking the narrow stream area at the railway bridge.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Can't neglect mentioning the arrival of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in Lennox and Addington. Small numbers were noted today at Tamworth and Crookston, as well as at Milhaven. A little cooler for tomorrow, but a high of 11 for Saturday. Wonder what will show up?
 

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Spring is coming along way too fast. Nine RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS showed up  this morning on Sheba`s Island in West Lake. We can probably safely assume that these are spring migrants although a sprinkling of them did show up this past winter at bird feeders across the County. To support the notion these are migrants was the appearance of a COMMON GRACKLE at the same location. If they were migrants, then there should be a flood of them in the area in the next day or two. Already, both species have shown up in Markham.  Six PURPLE FINCHES turned up yesterday at a feeder in downtown Allisonville, likely migrants as they have been showing up this past week at feeders everywhere. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Another sign of a spring awakening was the distinct call of a GREAT HORNED OWL on the east side of Belleville. The Elmwood Drive resident said that he was sleeping last night with his window open and awakened to the owl hooting three short hoots every two minutes, the performance lasting for about 20 minutes.  Fifty MALLARDS were in the Moira River across from City Hall, no doubt doing what MALLARDS  are famous for when love is in the air. Along the Kiwanis Bayshore Trail, around 100 MALLARDS were there too, but there was still a bit too much ice to get the males too much in the spirit. North of Belleville, a BALD EAGLE  was seen at Jordan Lake, about midway between Madoc and Bancroft.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Two each of BROWN CREEPER and PILEATED WOODPECKER just north of Verona today. On Truman Drive today, west of Bayridge Drive, in Kingston, a TUFTED TITMOUSE was seen. At the Princess Towers near the corner of Princess Street and Division Street, the PEREGRINE FALCON was back again, and with him to provide hors d'oeuvres were 62 ROCK PIGEONS and 16 EUROPEAN STARLINGS, and as a chaser, 7 HOUSE SPARROWS. A TURKEY VULTURE  was seen circling over the Cataraqui Mall yesterday, and a BELTED KINGFISHER, also interested in a meal, was at Cataraqui Bay. There were four AMERICAN COOTS at the Wolfe Island ferry dock in Kingston today. On Wolfe Island, a few of the highlights there included 6 BALD EAGLES perched in tree and on the islands, 34 WILD TURKEYS, 4 RED-TAILED HAWKS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN HARRIER, HORNED LARK, BROWN CREEPER. To further emphasize that spring may well be on its way in some fashion was a SWAMP SPARROW and 7 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Cobourg Harbour, some nice sightings there involving a collection of gulls including 280 RING-BILLED GULLS, 95 HERRING GULLS, an adult ICELAND GULL and 4 GLAUCOUS GULLS (1 adult and 3 huge juveniles). An even dozen species of waterfowl – CANADA GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, NORTHERN PINTAIL, both GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER. A lone AMERICAN COOT also joined the raft  of ducks present on the harbour. Four RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD also showed up at a backyard feeder in Brighton.
 
GREAT GRAY OWL NEWS
It would seem that these large and graceful birds of prey are starting to move into eastern Ontario right now. There have been numerous sightings across the entire reporting area in recent weeks. The policy with most naturalist clubs and responsible birders is to not report the location of this species publicly due to their sensitivity to disturbance while they are hunting during daylight hours and their vulnerability because of their habit of hunting along roadsides. Their unassuming habits allow them to be approached closely and herein lies the problem when they are constantly disturbed from their routine and prevented from hunting. Still, there have been at least two cases this past week where detailed directions have been given including Civic numbers on both the 5,000-subscriber OntBird listserv as well as eBird. While casual observing from a distance is not an issue, a minority of birder/photographers who resort to baiting, trespassing and harassment are an issue. Also an issue are those casual passersby who simply don`t know beyond having "`found a large bird", that the presence of noisy individuals leaning over the fence with cell phone cameras clicking, barking dogs and noisy children are not the correct way to approach these magnificent birds. Such blatant disregard for the welfare of these large raptors and broadcasting their whereabouts publicly may very well be signing their death warrant in some cases. It has happened several times in the past where GREAT GRAY OWLS have been harassed so relentlessly by such a panting posse of over zealous birders, that the bird has actually died of starvation. By all means, enjoy the GREAT GRAY OWLS that have arrived, share the sighting and location privately among your friends, but give the bird some space.
 
 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
Once again, it was Kingston and area with their large population of birders, who were the most active today. At Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 2 ICELAND GULLS landed on the ice together about 500 metres out from shore. Both were juvenile birds, and both landed there either before I arrived today, or right after, for they were surely nowhere about when I walked the trail late this afternoon. Four GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen by another birder, as well as 3 GADWALL, 6 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 23 MALLARDS, 4 COMMON GOLDENEYE, a COMMON MERGANSER and a lone RING-NECKED DUCK. Showing up in weird places lately has been the PILEATED WOODPECKER, one of them turning up at the corner of Princess Street and Taylor Kidd in Kingston. The PEREGRINE FALCON was back on his post at the Princess Towers in the downtown area, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen on Highway 38 just north of 401. Three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were noted just north of CFB Kingston. Three TRUMPETER SWANS  flew low over Sydenham Lake.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In Prince Edward County, at least two different birders noticed a group of 14 BALD EAGLES this morning at the Glenora Ferry channel. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In a flooded field at Foxboro today 4 WILD TURKEYS and 2 male HOODED MERGANSERS were seen. South of Maynooth, 2 RED CROSSBILLS flew over, something we very seldom get to see down this way in the winter. Across from Belleville City Hall, the Moira River today contained 50 CANADA GEESE, 2 MUTE SWANS, 50 MALLARDS and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS.
 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Remember the peculiar goose I mentioned in this Report last night,  along Highway 33 just west of the Lafarge Plant? The goose is believed to be a possible CANADA GOOSE X SNOW GOOSE. About the same as a CANADA GOOSE, with a grin patch not as well defined as in the SNOW GOOSE but, an identical upper tail and tail covert pattern as a CANADA GOOSE.  At Lennox Generating Plant, 4 SNOW GEESE were found mixed in today with the abundant CANADA GEESE. At the Glenora Ferry landing on the Adolphustown side,  one adult BALD EAGLE and 2 immatures were present today.  The River Trail at Springside Park, failed to reveal the somewhat elusive WOOD DUCK although it was seen yesterday, but there were the usual CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS. Another example of nookie nookie between waterfowl was in an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK  X  MALLARD today at Adolphustown at the ferry.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The early bird gets the worm, and one birder on Collin’s Bay Road certainly got several worms at 6:10 a.m. this morning. Among the star attractions were BARRED OWL, RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BROWN CREEPER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a PURPLE FINCH. Not a bad way to start off the day. Lots of BALD EAGLES  around today throughout the region with 6 of them sitting on the ice at the Wolfe Island ferry dock. A RED-TAILED HAWK was near Gardiner’s Road, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER and 2 BROWN CREEPERS were north of Verona today. Yesterday morning at Westbrook, a dead BARRED OWL was found along the highway. According to the finder, it is the third such dead BARRED OWL that he has come across along this busy highway.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Spring is bursting at the seams in Prince Edward County too on these warm days with one person reporting a SNOWDROPS blooming in a garden near Quinte Skyway Bridge. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were seen north of Wellington today, but the show stopper today was Prince Edward Point where the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory hosted a birding event from 10:00 a.m. until early afternoon. Twenty people came out and spent most of their time in the day-use area across from the Observatory, although several tried their luck at the Lighthouse and at Point Traverse as well. LONG-TAILED DUCKS  were numerous, but were far out into the lake. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS  numbered about 100, and there were also six to 11 BLACK SCOTERS  seen as well.  A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER also flew by. Two BALD EAGLES  were noted on Timber Island, and another three were along County Road 13. HERRING GULLS and 3 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were on the gravel shoals in the lake, and a COOPER’S HAWK was seen near the former Ducks Dive Charters. Two TRUMPETER SWANS  were also reported by a birder. A half decent day at Morrison’s Point, down from Black River Cheese Factory where 4 BALD EAGLES were reported, both RED-TAILED and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, both DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS, and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. And, in addition to the 3 BALD EAGLES seen on the Adolphustown side of Glenora Ferry, three were also seen on the Glenora side by another birder, although likely the same eagles.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A little more attention was paid to Presqu’ile Park today where some good numbers of waterfowl were encountered, including 1750 REDHEADS and 2250 GREATER SCAUP. Not to be ignored were the gulls – about 1,000 in total. Present were crisp breeding plumaged HERRING GULLS, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a second winter ICELAND GULL. Two BALD EAGLES  were seen standing on the ice on Presqu’ile Bay, and 4 GADWALL were also there – 3 males and a female off the government dock. Another two GADWALLS  were off from Calf Pasture Point not far away from the dock. Across from Presqu’ile Park, at Stoney Point, some 2500 REDHEAD were there too, although likely involving some of the REDHEADS seen from the Park shoreline. A lone CANVASBACK was also seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At Barcovan, things seemed a bit more exciting today than they have in past days. The MUTE SWANS population had lost 50 or so from their previous high, but there were 3 TRUMPETERS and seven other waterfowls species – CANADA GOOSE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and HOODED MERGANSER. Last night, an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was heard calling along the north end of Bronk Road, not far from the H.R. Frink Centre.

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Today, with temperatures approaching late March, it was more like a spring day than it was a winter day. Consequently, lots of typically spring birds, all in fine fettle as they produced a cacophony of song across the region. No absence of EUROPEAN STARLINGS  with flocks numbering in the hundreds. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS singing....and, what did I forget – oh, yes, AMERICAN ROBINS! Everywhere had HORNED LARKS, typically our earliest migrant, but no large numbers reported today. Three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were along Phillipston Road and the same number of HORNED LARKS. There was a BROWN CREEPER along the waterfront west of Belleville. So many RED-TAILED HAWKS  reported today here and across the region, it would be impossible to detail all of them. Lots of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES too with 5 seen in the Marmora area, and 85 WILD TURKEYS along Cordova Road. An AMERICAN KESTREL along Airport Parkway. The only sad note was a dead BARRED OWL found dead this morning on Harmony Road. MUTE SWANS have burgeoned to 200 at Barcovan and, today, there were 7 other waterfowl species with them – CANADA GEESE, 3 TRUMPETER SWANS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS, REDHEADS, GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE, but for the most part, in relatively small numbers.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Much the same story in Prince Edward County. Lots of bird activity, but mostly involving  birds regular for this time of year. Exceptions were not one, but two, BELTED KINGFISHERS, flying together at Glenora. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was along Sprague Road early this afternoon, and a NORTHERN HARRIER was at Wellington Harbour where little else was there except for CANADA GEESE and an assortment of gulls. A MERLIN was found today along Greer Road west of Wellington.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
It’s almost senseless this winter to mention RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES or RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS as there seems to be no shortage of them. Two of the former and one of the latter were at Campbellfcroft today. Another sign of spring were four BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS on Albert Street, in Cobourg. A NORTHERN FLICKER was calling from the Presqu’ile Parkway today, and also a bit vocal were 3 COMMON RAVENS, HORNED LARKS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The Napanee WOOD DUCK was rediscovered today, however, it was closer to the far side of the river where it could be easily missed by birders using the River Trail. More HORNED LARKS – this time, at Wilton Creek along Big Creek Road south of Napanee. Also PILEATED WOODPECKER there. Three COMMON RAVENS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at the Colebrook Lake section of the Napanee River east of Colebrook. Along County Road 8, south of Napanee, there was an AMERICAN KESTREL and a NORTHERN HARRIER. Along Highway 33 just west of the Larfage Plant, there was a possible CANADA GOOSE X SNOW GOOSE. The size was reported to be the same as the surrounding CANADA GEESE, but the grin patch was not as well defined as in the SNOW GOOSE and, in flight beside a CANADA GOOSE, had an identical upper tail and tail covert pattern as a CANADA GOOSE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just a few miscellaneous sightings from Frontenac County. Bell Park along the Cataraqui River in the city had a nice selection of birds today, some even suggesting spring. Two HORNED LARKS, 7 BROWN CREEPERS, a SONG SPARROW, and an unexpected AMERICAN PIPIT. Twenty-seven HOODED MERGANSERS were present as were an incredible 7,000 REDHEADS. On Wolfe Island, good birds present today were SNOWY OWL, WINTER WREN, SONG SPARROW and HORNED LARKS. An AMERICAN KESTREL was at Lemoine Point Conservation Area on the west side of the Norman Rogers Airport, and a RING-NECKED PHEASANT made an appearance at Kingston Mills.
 

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few miscellaneous sightings today from Frontenac County to start off this evening’s Bird Report.  HAIRY WOODPECKER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  were both seen today at Lemoine Point Conservation Area, located beside the Normal Rogers Airport at Kingston.  Nearby, at Bayridge Drive and Bath Road, a BELTED KINGFISHER  was observed perched on a power line scanning the creek below. On Wolfe Island today, a SNOWY OWL and LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and several sightings of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS, with peak numbers being 16 for the former, and 80 for the latter species. Six BROWN CREEPERS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER north of Verona, and at Depot Lakes Conservation Area, northwest of Verona, 6 WILD TURKEYS.
   
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Starting on the County side of the Norris Whitney Bridge at Rossmore, waterfowl taking advantage of the limited open water, species present there today were 27 CANADA GEESE, 14 MUTE SWANS, 7 MALLARDS and a lone COMMON GOLDENEYE. Wellington Harbour had little to offer today except for 250 CANADA GEESE, a dozen RING-BILLED GULLS and 5 HERRING GULLS. Way down at the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, a few things down there including a MERLIN and four species of waterfowl – LONG-TAILED DUCK (225), GADWALL, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Among the 250 HERRING GULLS at Picton Harbour, there was a very pale first year winter ICELAND GULL. In Prince Edward Bay, at the end of Kaiser Crossroad, there were 140 REDHEADS, and along Cressy Lakeside Road, a BARRED OWL was seen. At Queen Elizabeth School in Picton, a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was spotted.  RED-TAILED HAWKS  today were seen along Sprague Road at Big Island, and at West Lake. While we tend to associate bird banding with April to May and September to October periods at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, at least one licensed bird bander took advantage of today’s fine weather and set up a net at her home near Elmbrook. Netted today were 1 BROWN CREEPER, 36 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 3 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 6 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, a high total of 41 PURPLE FINCHES, 25 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 3 each of DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKER, and one NORTHERN SHRIKE.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A BALD EAGLE flyover at Foxboro, RED-TAILED HAWKS at the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area and another along Philburn Road, 21 AMERICAN ROBINS at Tucker’s Corners and 11 TRUMPETER SWANS north of Marmora were a few of the highlights today. There was a flock of at least 40-60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS eating cherries in the park by the Crowe River in Marmora on the north side of Highway 7. A couple dozen or so AMERICAN ROBINS were hanging out with them. And, lots of the usual types of feeder birds expected at this time of the year as well. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Yesterday, in the north of Napanee area, 8 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 1 PILEATED WOODPECKER a NORTHERN SHRIKE, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 60 WILD TURKEYS. Today, in the Camden Lake area, another NORTHERN SHRIKE, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS and tons of AMERICAN ROBINS everywhere.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Lots of birding in Northumberland County, but the majority were expected species. A few of the somewhat significant species included a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Salem, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES seen at Campbellford, Salem and four north of Harbour Street in Brighton. Three PILEATED WOODPECKERS  were seen and/or heard along the Presqu’ile Parkway today. Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES also noted here, and a fast-flying COMMON RAVEN passing over very low and ducking into some cedars where it produced that weird “water drop” call that ravens often give for no particular reason. At Salt Point inside the Park, 100 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 200 REDHEADS, and 300 GREATER SCAUP were interesting incremental numbers. Two BALD EAGLES flew by and there were also 4 TRUMPETER SWANS seen.

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
There seems to be a small passage of PURPLE FINCHES moving through our area right now, as they seem to be turning up at many bird feeders in the area. Four showed up today at a feeder near Kellars Crossroad east of Lake on the Mountain.  Although suggesting the arrival of spring, four RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at our own feeder on Big Island actually have been present all winter and with them occasionally has been a wintering female. Two NORTHERN HARRIERS  were seen this morning on South Big Island Road, and they, too, have been around all winter. A RED-TAILED HAWK was reported at Consecon Lake today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Two adult and 2 juvenile BALD EAGLES were seen in the Beach Road area near Shannonville, and another BALD EAGLE  was seen south of Batawa. Batawa also produced what may very well be the first COMMON REDPOLLS to be seen this winter in the Bay of Quinte area. There were four of them. Earlier predictions were, if redpolls did move south this year from their northern breeding grounds, they would likely continue to southern Canada and the northern states because birch seed crops are generally low across the Northeast. Last fall and winter’s large irruptive southward flight was unexpectedly halted north of latitude 45 degrees by a bumper seed crop on Balsam Fir so we never got to see any down our way last winter either. A feeder at Bird’s Creek, north of Bancroft, had a bumper crop of 60 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES  today.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A few noteworthy sightings from Frontenac County today included the resident PEREGRINE FALCON at the Princess Towers on Princess Street near Division. At Invista (Dupont Lagoons), RED-TAILED HAWK and AMERICAN COOTS  were highlights there along with GADWALL and both HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. North of the city, at the Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal, the resident 10 TRUMPETER SWANS  were there today as well as COMMON MERGANSER and 7 GADWALL. A RED-TAILED HAWK was also seen.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At Croydon today, 20 minutes north of Napanee and east off Highway 41, a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen. A NORTHERN FLICKER showed up today at Moscow, north of Yarker.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Salem today, west of Brighton, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was noted and another two were seen today south of Campbellcroft. At Brighton, a BARRED OWL was along Ontario Street, leading down to Presqu’ile Park and, at the Park, 7 WILD TURKEYS  were seen at the Calf Pasture. Gull Island had about 100 gulls, seemingly waiting for the official opening of mating season on the island. Seven HORNED LARKS were on the island as were 25 SNOW BUNTINGS and a raft of scaup ducks out in Lake Ontario.

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16:

FRONTENAC COUNTY
At Westbrook, the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD  continues, as does the AMERICAN ROBIN, practically in whatever direction one chooses to look. They're absolutely everywhere! Around 70 of them were on Round Lake Road near Battersea feeding on rotting apples. Three GADWALL were among five waterfowl species at Lakeshore Blvd at Reddendale. A COOPER'S HAWK was on Battersea Road. North of Verona, COMMON CROWS are evidently not a common winter bird as the "first one of the spring" showed up today. Routinely, the crows show up each year around mid-February, although not far away, at Harrowsmith and Sydenham, there are always good numbers during winter. Also appearing in that area today was a  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
East of Marmora today, a camera shy BALD EAGLE was seen, flying away each time the car window was rolled down.  Atkins Road today on the east side of Belleville was THE  place to go if you wanted to get a view of DARK-EYED JUNCOS. Seen were 52 of them (45 in mixed flock of tree sparrows and juncos, mostly juncos) in a large weedy field, protected from the wind. Also present there were 38 SNOW BUNTINGS and a NORTHERN FLICKER.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only sighting to come into day was of a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  at a feeder  on County Road 2, north of Wellington. On Family Day (Monday Feb. 20) the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory is hosting an event at the Bird Observatory from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will have scopes set up and will be watching/counting waterfowl and BALD EAGLES.  The weather is forecast to be above freezing and there is currently a lot of open water. Come and join us for some or all of the time.  No need to RSVP, just show up!
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Seems to be no absence this winter of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS  this winter. Another was present today in a backyard at Link Mills, north of Milhaven. A group of 3 SNOW GEESE flew over Milhaven, and a single SNOW BUNTING was seen just north of the community.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Twenty-five SNOW BUNTINGS were seen today along 401 just north of Cobourg. However, the best sighting in the county today was at Salem, between Brighton and Colborne, where an unbelievable seven FOX SPARROWS and two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and they were seen nowhere near a feeder that might be sustaining them through the winter.   Anyone wishing to try for them, can take Blyth Park Road south from #2.  It turns west and becomes Simpson Road shortly before reaching the lake.  About 100 metres beyond house 386 there is a row of pines on the north side with shrubbery along the roadside, which is where the birds were feeding. In Cobourg, more AMERICAN ROBINS – a flock of 113. Forty-five were in a multiflora rose hedge, six in a bird bath, 12 in a crabapple tree, and 35 in a single line sunning along the base of a wall. At Port Hope, seven waterfowl species wee present – CANADA GEESE (600), MALLARDS, 20 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 8 COMMON MERGANSERS, 3 BUFFLEHEADS and one each of LESSER SCAUP and REDHEAD. And, in Brighton, a continuing FOX SPARROW  in a George Street backyard as well as a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15:

HASTINGS COUNTY
The birding action today seemed to be mostly in Hastings County with nothing submitted from the counties of Northumberland or Lennox and Addington. So, here we go. The Parrott Riverfront Trail had a nice flock of MALLARDS on the Moira River today – 220 of them. With them were a couple BUFFLEHEADS, 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 3 MUTE SWANS, and a dozen CANADA GEESE. The highlight was a BELTED KINGFISHER. This winter must go down as the year of the robins, due mostly to a bountiful crop on fruiting shrubs and trees.  North of Marmora, 2 TRUMPETER SWANS flew overhead alarmingly close to a birder, around 8 to 10 metres in altitude, honking in their usual truck-like manner. Near Ivanhoe, there was a NORTHERN SHRIKE seen, actively singing as though it were spring. What was thought to be possibly a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in flight, followed by another birder who traced its route along Highway 62 west to Baptist Church Road at Highway 14 where it made several attempts to grab a quick meal of pigeons along the way. Then, it perched for five minutes before flying north towards Stirling. Three HORNED LARKS  were noted near Plainfield, and a BELTED KINGFISHER  was in the Moira River off Belleville`s Memorial Park, no doubt the same bird that was seen down river closer to the downtown core. A birder at Barcovan today noted that the channel therewas full of ice in various stages of decomposition – plenty of CANADA GEESE, and one notable character – a MUSKRAT sitting on the ice and disappearing for short periods only to reappear and repeat the activity for a good 15 minutes, or so.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
At least 6 TURKEY VULTURES  continue to find sufficient food in the way of carrion at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Today, they were beside the Nature Centre roosting in some trees. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on County Road 11 and, of course, AMERICAN ROBINS everywhere.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
In Frontenac, birders were out everywhere around the Kingston area and a bit beyond. On the Great Catatarqui River, north of Belle Island, 45 RING-NECKED DUCKS were counted along with 150 CANADA GEESE, 6 MUTE SWANS, 4 MALLARDS, 50 TUNDRA SWANS, 3 COMMON GOLDENEYE, and one each of AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Seen too, were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and BALD EAGLE. At Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 4 GADWALL, a lone REDHEAD, and 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were highlights among the more than a dozen mixed species seen. Along Middle Road north of Howe Island, 55 WILD TURKEYS and a RED-TAILED HAWK were noted and another 35 WILD TURKEYS  were seen along Taylor Kidd Blvd. Upper Brewers Mills had a BELTED KINGFISHER  today and another was spotted at Cataraqui Bay along Front Road. At Cartwright`s Point on the east side of RMC, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER appeared. Westbrook, on the west side of Kingston, had its ongoing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD again today feeding on crabapples, moving frequently from tree to tree and the Westbrook area also had a visit from a NORTHERN GOSHAWK.
 
 

 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
For anyone wishing to try their luck at Wellington Harbour these days, the conditions there are always changing depending on winds and temperatures. Today the channel was sealed shut with ice. Another ice ridge is taking shape along the Wellington Beach shoreline. Warmer air this week may see conditions change again. Today at Big Island, a COOPER’S HAWK and a NORTHERN HARRIER  were both seen along South Shore Road within 20 seconds of each other. At a South Bay feeder, 2 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS arrived today, and 20 SNOW BUNTINGS  were seen near Bloomfield.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Ten kilometres north of Marmora, a bird feeder here has a good selection of clients including both WHITE-BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS,  and DARK-EYED JUNCOS. AMERICAN ROBINS continue to occupy centre stage in e-mailed reports, eBird reports, Facebook messages and even demand some air time on Lorne Brooker’s Call In Show on CJBQ-Belleville. Today, 100 were observed at or near an apple tree on Highway 14 a few kilometres north of Stirling 14.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD  continues to hang out in Westbrook, west of Kingston. Some high numbers today along the lakeshore at the Lennox Generating Plant, starting with BALD EAGLES, visible from one location at the edge of some newly formed ice which had been broken up by wave action. Present were 15 sub-adults and 5 adult birds. Five hundred HERRING GULLS were also there, 40 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 500 CANADA GEESE and 100 REDHEADS. Other good finds were 2 COMMON RAVENS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 5 ICELAND GULLS – the latter, all immature birds.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS  were seen in at least three separate locations in the county today. Individuals were seen at Sand Hill Road off Highway 15, another near Collin’s Lake and still another north of Verona. PILEATED WOODPECKERS were seen at the first two locations as well and a NORTHERN FLICKER was in the Collin’s Lake area.  A NORTHERN FLICKER  was also seen at Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal where 12 TRUMPETER SWANS are residing this winter. Other good sightings were 8 WILD TURKEYS on Battersea Road, and a BARRED OWL north of Inverary, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK yesterday on Opinicon Road. One birder on Wolfe Island today had some great success with 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, and one each of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SNOWY OWL, AMERICAN KESTREL, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. Also seen were 350 SNOW BUNTINGS, 45 HORNED LARKS, an ICELAND GULL, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a SWAMP SPARROW.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Starting at Brighton and working our way west to Port Hope, Presqu’ile Park offered 40 HERRING GULLS, 4 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a SONG SPARROW today. South of Grafton, highlights there included GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. At Cobourg Harbour, 300 MALLARDS, 700 HERRING GULLS and 80 RING-BILLED GULLS  were all good numbers, but no less important were sightings of MERLIN, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, an AMERICAN COOT, 1 LESSER SCAUP and a possible THAYER’S GULL. Moving on to Port Hope, the Corbitt’s Dam area donated a male NORTHERN PINTAIL and the continuing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD.

 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Nature is not always kind. It’s a world where the strong survive, and the weak succumb. A resident of the Cressy area today watched as one such drama played out on the ice. He watched as these 8 BALD EAGLES took an interest in a lone CANADA GOOSE. Adolphus Reach froze overnight with a long, narrow patch about a mile out from shore where this exhausted goose paddled about in the small patch of open water. Now and then, the eagles would dive bomb the troubled goose, but not sinking their talons into it. After about half an hour all the eagles took off leaving the goose unharmed and still paddling about.  The BALD EAGLES returned at 9:00 a.m., this time with additional reinforcements. In total, there were now 10 eagles –  seven immature and three adults.  This time, the eagles made a more concerted effort and the CANADA GOOSE provided a sumptuous breakfast for the hungry eagles.   Feeders across the region are still bustling after yesterday’s snowfall. NORTHERN CARDINALS, in particular, have been very noticeable at some feeders, with a nice party of seven coming to a feeder at the northeast corner of Big Island. PURPLE FINCHES have also shown up at feeders on Big Island, Crofton and South Bay, interestingly, mostly females. At Rossmore, 10 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  were seen in a willow tree on the south side of Hennessy Street in the hamlet.  The birds were with approximately 20 MOURNING DOVES, and extremely vocal, though they kept their epaulettes covered for the most part. Don’t get excited though. Lots of them around this winter. They are about as dependable as harbingers of spring as the thousands of robins around this winter! 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Elsewhere today across the reporting region, not a whole lot going on. There was a BELTED KINGFISHER today on the Moira River in downtown Belleville. At the Harmonty Road Wetland, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, an AMERICAN KESTREL and 2 COMMON RAVENS.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
At Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 2 BALD EAGLES and 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS  were highlights. Waterfowl present were GADWALL (3), MALLARDS and both COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. At Westbrook, on the west side of Kingston, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD continues to be seen. Also, today, a lone BOHEMIAN WAXWING was associating with a flock of robins.
 
Speaking of AMERICAN ROBINS, numerous queries accompanied by the usual “is it spring already?” have come in by e-mail about the appearance of so many across the region this winter. Robins in winter are nothing new. They are hardy birds and do very well when any of their favourite wild food crops are available. And, in some areas, especially Prince Edward County, it has been a bountiful harvest of their favourite foods. They have several menu choices, the most common being Red Cedar berries along with copious quantities of Buckthorn berries. They have also been seen eating Mountain Ash berries, Wild Grapes and Crab Apples. Did any of our local nesting birds migrate south this past fall? I suspect the majority, as always, did. In fact, I bet most of our local robins are stretched out on a Florida beach somewhere sucking up the sunshine. All we can do is speculate what exactly the flocks we have this winter comprise of when there are such enormous numbers involved. One Christmas Bird Count which included a stretch of wild habitat along the Lake Ontario Shore near Point Petre ended the day with a tally of 5,000 AMERICAN ROBINS. Quite obviously these could not possibly be all local robins, although it’s a good guess that many probably were. My theory is that the majority of robins we are seeing this winter are, in fact, resident birds from much further north, that recognized a good thing when they saw it as they were migrating through last fall, and decided to winter in areas that had a good food supply. Why travel out of town to shop when you can get what you want right here!
 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Nothing, not even steady snow, keeps a dyed in the wool birder inside! In a Rednersville backyard, seen today were RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKER, WHITE-BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. That seemed to be the story in all backyards today, the only difference being in higher numbers of most species. It was absolute mayhem at our feeders with some species exceeding 30 in number.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Birders who followed the advance of the snowstorm today, managed to get out today before 9:00 a.m. and the appearance of the first snowflakes. In Napanee, Springside Park and River Trail once again produced the male WOOD DUCK that has been there all winter. Also present, 50 CANADA GEESE, a dozen AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 100 MALLARDS. Just south of Denbigh, 8 PINE SISKINS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were highlights early this afternoon.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Early morning was definitely a priority for a Brighton birder who did a quick scan of Presqu’ile Park before the weather moved in. His efforts produced 3 RUFFED GROUSE – well, at least tracks anyway. Still countable. Also seen, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a BROWN CREEPER. From Calf Pasture, 140 CANADA GEESE  were seen in the slush ice off the government dock. LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE  were also seen.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour at Kingston managed to produce a couple GADWALL, 32 MALLARDS and 3 COMMON MERGANSERS this morning. A few miscellaneous sightings from around Frontenac County  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Kingston Mills, and 63 SNOW BUNTINGS on Florida Road. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PURPLE FINCH and PILEATED WOODPECKER made an appearance on Sand Hill Road off Highway 15 north of Kingston. Another RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER north of Verona, and also seen there were BROWN CREEPER and a PILEATED WOODPECKER.

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
GREAT GRAY OWLS are making their way into the reporting area – not necessarily just Lennox and Addington, although one did show up in Amherstview a week or so ago. But, there have been isolated sightings of the species across the region. We are no longer publicizing the locations of GREAT GRAY OWLS, as this species due to its majestic size and quiet manner, tends to attract too many boorish birders which is unfortunate as the Birders’ Code of Ethics is clearly being scoffed at by certain individuals. On this same note, one birder who reports regularly was travelling from Picton to the Camden East area today when she spotted a BARRED OWL  that was keenly interested in rodents under the snow. She pulled over to the opposite side of the road, turned off her vehicle  and stayed inside and observed the owl quietly for 30 minutes through her open window who appeared not interested in her presence. A few times it suddenly dropped from the tree to the ground only to come up empty. Says the birder/photographer, “Finally some idiot driving by sees my camera lens sticking out my window - does a U-turn in the middle of the road and drives right up under the branch the owl is sitting on trying to take photos on a cell phone.” The owl is not comfortable with the car directly under its perch and flies away. Sometimes all you can do is just shake your head at the arrogance and ignorance of some people. Another birder on Amherst Island yesterday noted numerous AMERICAN ROBINS (feeding on apples), CANADA GEESE and COMMON GOLDENEYES. In the Napanee Limestone Plain Important Bird Area today, birds of interest seen there included RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 160 AMERICAN ROBINS (feeding on wild grapes, apples and red cedar berries) and 42 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS. At Napanee, the male WOOD DUCK continues in the river below the falls along River Trail and the RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was again in its usual spot north of the town along 401. On Johnson’s Sideroad east of Deseronto Road today a RED-TAILED HAWK and 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were seen.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The BARRED OWL on Huff Road in the Brighton area continues, and 26 WILD TURKEYS  were seen today between Huff Road and Brighton along Highway 2. At Presqu’ile Provincial Park today, 25 RING-BILLED GULLS were visible on the ground on Gull Island, and 60 HERRING GULLS  were on Sebastopol Point.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Hastings County was a busy little place today. Lots of owls reported – both BARRED OWLS and a sprinkling of GREAT GRAY OWLS. The 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  were once again seen at Madoc, and seem to be spending much of their time hanging around Central Hastings Secondary School on the east side of the village. There was also a RED-TAILED HAWK there today.  Also making an impressive appearance was Belleville’s resident PEREGRINE FALCON that was spotted in a tree along Dundas Street East.  On Airport Parkway on the east side of Belleville, a COOPER’S HAWK was seen today. In a backyard in one part of the city today, a RED-TAILED HAWK makes a daily flyby, and today, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK entered one backyard and nailed a HOUSE FINCH in front of the observer’s eyes. This backyard has an excellent population of MOURNING DOVES  coming to a feeder – about 40 of them.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Good birding in Prince Edward County today with a  nice mixture of passerines, raptors and waterfowl. A BALD EAGLE  was seen at Wellington Harbour, and a NORTHERN HARRIER put in an appearance in the West Point area of Sandbanks Park where a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was also seen. BALD EAGLES  - seven of them – many of them juveniles, were congregated at the Glenora Ferry channel.  A PILEATED WOODPECKER  was also there. One hundred AMERICAN ROBINS  were seen on Salmon Point Road, but robins aren’t exactly news anymore, especially in Prince Edward County where we now speak in terms of thousands. Two NORTHERN FLICKERS  were seen on Schoolhouse Road in the Point Petre area. Waterfowl at Wellington Harbour seem to come and go in response to their whims and the many moods of the ice. Today, seven species were present, some of them in pretty good numbers. One hundred MUTE SWANS were counted – not exactly something to cheer about, also 100 REDHEADS, 500 CANADA GEESE, 3 each of TUNDRA SWAN and COMMON MERGANSER, 25 MALLARDS and a lone HOODED MERGANSER, the latter almost a fixture in the harbour. In Athol Bay along County Road 12 at Sandbanks, only four species were there – MALLARD, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Along Wesley Acres Road on the west side of Bloomfield, a single HOODED MERGANSER  was there too, along with CANADA GOOSE and MALLARD.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
And, much the same level of activity in Frontenac County where BALD EAGLES  today were seen on Florida Road and at the Lower Brewers Lock in the Rideau Canal. At the latter location, 16 TRUMPETER SWANS  continue to be seen there, and today, there were 400 CANADA GEESE, 5 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 25 MALLARDS and 18 COMMON MERGANSERS. In the Kingston Mills area, on the west shore of Colonel By Lake, the Casey Point Crown Land produced 3 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a RUFFED GROUSE, 1 BROWN CREEPER, 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 3 SONG SPARROWS. Down in Kingston, the Invista area (Dupont Lagoons) came up with a respectable 8 waterfowl species, among them 45 GADWALL and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS. A BELTED KINGFISHER  also made it on the list.

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Some hanky-panky has gone on in the Moira River at Belleville last summer. A MALLARD/AMERICAN BLACK DUCK hybrid stood out today among the 160 MALLARDS that were viewed in the river from the Parrott Riverfront Trail.  Also, 85 CANADA GEESE, 4 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, a MUTE SWAN, and 2 COMMON RAVENS also present. At the mouth of the river, at Zwick’s Park, not a whole lot there – just 10 MUTE SWANS, 42 COMMON GOLDENEYE and a COMMON MERGANSER.  An adult BALD EAGLE  was seen today flying over Tank Farm Road just north of Belleville, and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen along 401 in the area. Best sighting? Probably the 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Madoc today as the species continue to tantalize us with their presence within a half hour’s drive of Belleville but, so far, nothing here
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was still around today at its usual spot near Napanee on the south side of 401 about 500 metres east of the Beechwood Road overpass. Also in the vicinity, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE and 2 COMMON RAVENS. Not a bad spot to pick up a few good birds. North of Milhaven at Link Mills, a GREAT HORNED OWL, PURPLE FINCH and COMMON RAVEN were noteworthy today. Heritage Point and Waterfront at Bath had CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARDS, COMMON GOLDENEYE and HERRING GULLS today.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Just a few miscellaneous sightings in Frontenac County including a couple REDHEADS in Elevator Bay, and 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS at Glenburnie. There were 14 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS seen yesterday at Perth Road Village, just north of the city
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Not surprisingly, AMERICAN ROBINS made it on at least one checklist today in Prince Edward County. The County has had enormous flocks of robins this winter with flocks numbering many hundreds in some cases due to the abundance of Red Cedars, the fruiting berries of which this species (among others) seem to relish. Pack ice along the Lake Ontario shoreline is building fast and one LONG-TAILED DUCK displayed some interesting manoeuvres today as it repeatedly dove through the floating ice to explore for food underneath, emerging each time to consume what it had found.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS have wandered as far south as at least Cobourg where a flock of 80 turned up on William Street today where the two sets of railway tracks cross. Another small group of 35 made their appearance yesterday in Brighton on Butler Street.   A couple of interesting owls – one alive and one dead. The live one, a BARRED OWL, was seen off Ontario Street. A dead NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found today north of County Road 64 at Boes Road. Other than quite dead, the bird was in good shape and had no bands on it.

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 09:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
On Craigen Road, north of Newburgh, today, a GRAY CATBIRD took centre stage. Certainly not something one gets to see every day in the winter. A RED-TAILED HAWK, 1 HOODED MERGANSER, a lone RING-NECKED DUCK and a murmuration of 200 EUROPEAN STARLINGS  were sightings of interest west of Stella on Amherst Island today. West of Emerald Forty Foot Road, 3 COMMON RAVENS, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and two RED-TAILED HAWKS were highlights in that section of the island. Also seen on the island was a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Meanwhile, in Frontenac County, a NORTHERN SHRIKE also made it on the day’s list, this one on Florida Road where 3 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS  were highlights. Some pretty good sightings along the Lakeshore from Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and on into Lake Ontario Park. At Portsmouth, 18 gulls were moving slowly southwest, but not under their own power. They were drifting along on skins of floating ice. Involved in the parade were 13 RING-BILLED GULLS, 4 HERRING GULLS and an adult GLAUCOUS GULL. Small numbers of CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS LONG-TAILED DUCKS COMMON GOLDENEYES, and COMMON MERGANSERS  were also observed from the trail. Along the shoreline at Lake Ontario Park, the sprinkling of waterfowl continued, also revealing a half dozen GADWALL. North of Verona, a BROWN CREEPER and a few BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS made an appearance. An AMERICAN COOT was seen near the Pumphouse Museum in Kingston, a MERLIN  was seen on Westbrook Road, and 8 PURPLE FINCHES turned up along Petworth Road.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Starting at the north end of Hastings County, a PINE GROSBEAK and 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS were noted near Maynooth. In Tweed, a bird feeder there had 20 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and both WHITE-BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. At Stirling, a flock of 100 AMERICAN ROBINS settled into a few crab apple trees east of the village and spent some time feasting on the fruit. There was a RED-TAILED HAWK on Elmwood Drive on the east side of Belleville. Also in Belleville, a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen perched in a tree with a fully engorged crop! One pigeon down.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The robin invasion in Prince Edward County continues, and today, there were hundreds of them hanging about a property east of Bloomfield. They appeared to be eating buds on twigs of some fairly large maples. The property owners have rose hips and a few other berries about, but they are being ignored. At one point today, a large unidentified raptor swooped through and dispersed the flock, but the birds  reassembled to some extent.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
West of Port Hope today, a NORTHERN FLICKER, 2 PURPLE FINCHES, 3 COMMON RAVENS, 70 AMERICAN ROBINS, and 100 EUROPEAN STARLINGS were seen. Two TRUMPETERS SWANS, a BELTED KINGFISHER, a PILEATED WOODPECKER and one NORTHERN SHRIKE  were noteworthy sightings at the Garden Hill Conservation Area near Campbellcroft.

 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 08:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
About 425 REDHEADS and two TUNDRA SWANS were seen today at Finkle’s Shore Park at Bath where there were also a MUTE SWAN and some GREATER SCAUPS in the mix. Two adult BALD EAGLES and 2 juveniles were present at the Glenora Ferry landing on the Adolphustown side today. At Sandhurst, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen soaring and another was found along South Shore Road at Hay Bay. Another RED-TAILED HAWK was near Camden East where there was also a NORTHERN FLICKER.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only sightings to come in from Prince Edward County involved BALD EAGLES. One was flying along the shoreline at the Norris Whitney Bridge at Rossmore. Another two BALD EAGLES – an adult and a juvenile were seen on the County side of the Glenora Ferry channel which may very have been part of the same group seen over on the Adolphustown side.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some miscellaneous sightings in and around Kingston included 75 REDHEADS at Navy Bay at Fort Henry in Kingston, and a RED-TAILED HAWK along Portsmouth Avenue north of Princess Street. Thirty-one TRUMPETER SWANS were at Bedford Mills near Frontenac Provincial Park, a known wintering location for this species. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Opinicon Road.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Yesterday at a George Street feeder on the north side of Brighton, a flock of 30 AMERICAN ROBINS came into a Red Cedar on the property and began gorging on berries until a passing SHARP-SHINNED HAWK arrived and nabbed a starling. One of the robins was a stunning leucistic individual with a black tail contrasting sharply with a pure white back and sides of belly. Other species present at the feeder in the backyard were a FOX SPARROW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 40 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.

 


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 07:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Birders today wisely got in their day’s birding long before noon. And, it paid off for one Cherry Valley area resident who came upon a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL at Sandbanks Provincial Park this morning. The bird was just south of the entrance to the park’s Group Campground along County Road 18.  Bird activity has been brisk at feeders across the County today. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW is just one of several notable species that have been bellying up to the feed bar in the Cressy area along Adolphus Reach, including RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, SONG SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCHES. At the west end of Big Island this morning, two NORTHERN HARRIERS  were seen flying over the north shore of Muscote Bay, one of which was harassing a COMMON CROW for a change of pace. Over 20 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and all three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS at a Crofton feeder, just east of Highway 62.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Not sure how one goes about counting AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES when they number much over a dozen or so; however, there were 47 at a feeder in Eldorado where other special guests there include varying numbers of EVENING GROSBEAKS  every day. Today, there were 8. In Foxboro, there were 12 PURPLE FINCHES  at a feeder there, as the species continues to show up at an increasing number of local feeders this month, suggesting some sort of movement of them in the area. Nineteen WILD TURKEYS flew into a backyard and helped themselves to a feeder west of Bancroft near Baptiste Lake today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Northumberland sightings were late coming in last night so everything below represent yesterday’s sightings. A couple Brighton area birders covered the stretch from the Main Gate, all along the shore of Presqu’ile Bay to the lighthouse, finding 26 species in just an hour. Among some of the noteworthy sightings were 1,500 REDHEADS, 1,750 GREATER SCAUP, 22 CANVASBACKS, 160 MUTE SWANS, and a single RING-NECKED DUCK out from the government dock. A SNOWY OWL was out on the ice and five WILD TURKEYS were once again at the Calf Pasture. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS at the Calf Pasture, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a lone HOUSE SPARROW were other species of note, the latter actually a rarity in the Park. Birds of interest on Huff Road, north of the Park entrance, included the resident BARRED OWL on the road’s lower portion, and a RED-TAILED HAWK on the same road near the railway tracks. A COOPER’S HAWK was in Brighton, and in the north part of the town, a feeder there hosted 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, a continuing FOX SPARROW and 35 DARK-EYED JUNCOS. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
No word as to whether the BOREAL OWL turned up again today on an undisclosed section of Taylor Kidd Blvd, but there was lots of other good stuff to keep birders occupied this morning before the freezing rain put a damper on things. In the Sillsville area of Hay Bay some good sightings there were 26 HORNED LARKS, 200 SNOW BUNTINGS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, an AMERICAN KESTREL and a PILEATED WOODPECKER. At the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, there were four waterfowl species noted – CANADA GOOSE, GADWALL (18), AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, and MALLARD. A RED-TAILED HAWK and 15 AMERICAN ROBINS also made an appearance. A NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen on Bellrock Road.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The star attraction in Frontenac County today was the appearance of at least 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in downtown Verona that were having their own lunch of crab apples just north of the Muddy Waters Restaurant on the east side of the street. In the Reddendale area of Kingston, over by the airport, 8 waterfowl species were counted, MALLARDS occupying top position at 360. CANADA GEESE, GADWALL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, REDHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and both species of Mergansers – COMMON and RED-BREASTED were there, and an adult BALD EAGLE  was also seen.

 


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 06:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
One female and 2 male PURPLE FINCHES joined a small charm of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES  at a Cressy feeder today. Almost the scene at my own feeder this morning when three PURPLE FINCHES joined a similar flock of goldfinches, indicating that a small movement of PURPLE FINCHES has been taking place in the County this past week. The Cressy area feeder also had 30 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 30 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 3 woodpecker species (HAIRY, DOWNY and RED-BELLIED), WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and, just to add a little excitement – 1 RED-TAILED HAWK and 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. At Big Island around noon, a RED-TAILED HAWK passed over the causeway.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A few reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in different parts of the reporting area, starting with a flock of 40 on Rapids Road in the Tweed/Thomasburg area.  A BARRED OWL was found along Highway 7 just west of Madoc. The Atkin Road extension north of Elmwood Drive and Airport Drive was a busy place today. A small group of SNOW BUNTINGS, numbering 750 to 900, estimated in groups of 50, flew over in three flocks. At one point, the birds combined for a truly avian spectacle. Doubtless there was likely a LAPLAND LONGSPUR or two in amongst them, but in such a massive collection of birds, it would be nigh on impossible to locate one. Some good numbers of other species, too, including 50 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 25 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS and a NORTHERN FLICKER.Speaking of which, there was a NORTHERN FLICKER at a feeder today on Dunnett Blvd., toward the west side of Belleville. Across from City Hall, on the Moira River, present there today were 100 CANADA GEESE, 75 MALLARDS and a BELTED KINGFISHER. The long swimming female WOOD DUCK was also present on the river today, a COOPER`S HAWK and 160 MALLARDS. On another river, this time, in Trenton, a walk along the Jack Lange Memorial Trail revealed 5 CANADA GEESE, 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 200 MALLARDS, 12 COMMON GOLDENEYE and a COMMON MERGANSER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Several birders, including me, were poking around a bit today along the site where the GREAT GRAY OWL of this past week had been hanging out, but it didn't appear. It seems to have either moved on, or has expanded its feeding range to include some new areas. One Kingston area birder did hit the jackpot though by sighting of a BOREAL OWL. When offered details on the exact location, however, I declined, preferring not to know, except that it was somewhere along Taylor Kidd Blvd. It`s all immaterial now anyway. When the original observer and photographer returned later in the day, the small owl had disappeared having been driven out by a small number of crows, and has not been seen since. Some of the activity around Amherstview`s GREAT GRAY OWL this past week was a little concerning with kids, and dogs and uncomfortably close cell phone cameras creating some obvious stress on the large owl. However, they were in the minority and we do thank those birders and photographers who made use of their zoom lens and gave the owl its needed space. Elsewhere in the county, the Napanee River male WOOD DUCK continues to delight passersby along the River Trail where there are also 120 MALLARDS. A previously reported RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Highway 401 and 41 made an encore appearance today, seen on the south side of the highway while driving east. At Amherst Island today, birds of note seen there today were 4 COMMON LOONS, 3 BALD EAGLES, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES, a BROWN CREEPER, and 273 SNOW BUNTINGS in 8 different flocks.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some action today, too, in the Kingston area and beyond, with a RED CROSSBILL seen west of Harrowsmith. The Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal had a HOODED MERGANSER today and 2 continuing TRUMPETER SWANS. Two BALD EAGLES were relentlessly pursuing a COMMON MERGANSER. No word on the outcome.  A COOPER'S HAWK and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER were seen north of Verona, and a RED-TAILED HAWK and a BALD EAGLE  appeared south of Sandhill Road off Highway 15, north of Kingston.  An AMERICAN COOT  was seen at Elevator Bay of Front Road, and on Bellrock Road today, a PILEATED WOODPECKER and 60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  were seen. And, 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS flew over Sunbury today. The BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS – they are a coming!

 

 


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 05:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The GREAT GRAY OWL at Amherstview was not as dependable today, and seems to be expanding its hunting range a bit from where it was initially seen. A van load of 10 birders from Toronto did see it, so it was around today, but the mayhem from yesterday seems to have subsided a bit. From all reports, the majority of birders and photographers have been very respectful of the bird`s space; it seems to be mainly the inexperienced and curious passers-by that dart and dive around like the Marx Brothers with wild abandon who snap away wildly with their cell phone cameras that were the greatest concern. Quite dependable apparently today were two BARRED OWLS that posed along a stretch of Taylor Kidd Blvd. Yesterday, a group of birders from Brighton explored Amherst Island, coming up with PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 MERLINS and an AMERICAN KESTREL. Around 75 AMERICAN ROBINS were also present, 3 flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS (up to 100), 30+ BLUE JAYS and 2 NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS. In the bays, GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEADS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, MALLARDS and CANADA GEESE were present alongside HERRING and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Also yesterday, GADWALL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD and CANADA GEESE were seen at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons. Today out near Millhaven, there was a large large raft of REDHEADS, a modest estimate of 150 , and along with some GREATER SCAUPS and some MALLARDS. At Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area along Division Street north of 401, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a SONG SPARROW.     
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Windy and snowy conditions seemed to increase the flurry of bird activity, at least, at our Big Island feeder anyway. Today, the arrival of 3 PURPLE FINCHES and marked increases in AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS (26), DARK-EYED JUNCOS (16) and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES (30), 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (all males). It was a good day. The full complement of three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  at a Crofton feeder and a MERLIN consuming prey in a tree along County Road 4. Yesterday, there were two SNOWY OWLS at Point Traverse as well as an AMERICAN PIPIT that seemed a bit sluggish in the wind off the lake. Two immature BALD EAGLES  down that way, and a very active BROWN CREEPER in a South Bay apple tree.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Fourteen PURPLE FINCHES  were at a Foxboro feeder today as well as 10 HOUSE FINCHES. Also seen there, a flock of 65 AMERICAN ROBINS in flight. At Barcovan, not as many waterfowl as have been present some days. Only 75 MUTE SWANS  were there, a couple TRUMPETER SWANS, 80 CANADA GEESE, and a sprinkling each of AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, REDHEAD and GREATER SCAUP. On Wooler Road, a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was seen. North of Airport Road on the east side of Belleville (Atkins Road), 150 SNOW BUNTINGS and a RED-TAILED HAWK were seen this afternoon, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE  was seen east of Belleville on Casey Road between Mitchel and Craig Roads. <
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Some good numbers of REDHEADS at Presquìle Park today – around 1,800 of them along the ice edge and others further out. Three CANVASBACKS, all males, were seen at the Government wharf. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 8 CEDAR WAXWINGS were noteworthy sightings at Corbitt`s Dam in Port Hope. A continuing pair of NORTHERN FLICKERS  were seen once again at Albert Street in Cobourg, and other species of note were RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A BALD EAGLE  was at Kingston Mills today along with a BELTED KINGFISHER and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS. Other miscellaneous sightings in Frontenac County today included a BARRED OWL, RUFFED GROUSE and 4 BROWN CREEPERS in the Verona area. RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen at Sydenham Road and 401, and Unity Road and Montreal Street. There was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on Washburn Road neat Collin`s Lake.
 

 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 04:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The eagle has landed – actually four of them, at Cressy. A convocation. All four were perched in a large willow trees in a backyard on the shore of Adolphus Reach. The large raptors circled around up and down the shore seeking out any unwary fish. Smaller birds around – these ones among the feeder clientele – were 4 PURPLE FINCHES, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a SONG SPARROW. Also enjoying the presence of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW – two of them, and sometimes, three – is a feeder at Crofton that has had them all winter. An immature BALD EAGLE  was also at Lake on the Mountain today and another was on the ice not far from the Glenora ferry channel. A BARRED OWL was very easy to spot today at Sandbanks Park; it was within 50 metres of the Main Gate! Also at the Park and beyond, three RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen today, one of which was happily consuming a duck on the ice at Wellington Harbour.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Concern continues for the welfare of the Amherstview GREAT GRAY OWL that tries to hunt while enveloped in what sometimes amounts to a panting posse of overzealous birders. While, thankfully, most are showing respect for the diurnal owl, and its exact location so far has not been irresponsibly advertised, others clearly are thinking only about the tick on the checklist and/or the award winning photograph. One passer-by yesterday noted that the large raptor was clearly stressed and swooping in front of passing cars. Others were stopping far too close to the bird and repeatedly taking photos with cellphones. How long its location will remain among only those who have somehow managed to learn about it, remains to be seen as a local newspaper was there yesterday taking photos. All we need now are the baiters.  The interest in the GREAT GRAY OWL is certainly understandable as it isn't often we get a chance to see these rare northern visitors; however, with today`s sophisticated photographic equipment, it is not necessary to get right into the owl`s personal space. By all means come, have a look, enjoy, take a photo if you want, then drive on and leave the bird in peace.   
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Starting on the Hastings County border at Barcovan off County Road 64 at Wellers Bay, 14 species seen there,m the majority of them waterfowl. Among the highlights were 4 TRUMPETER SWANS (Wing Tag K29 also present), 110 MUTE SWANS, 200 CANADA GEESE, and a lone TUNDRA SWAN. Four WILD TURKEYS  were seen in a field at Carter Road just a turkey walk away from Barcovan. At the H.R. Frink Centre today, 10 PURPLE FINCHES  were among the key species seen there. At Vanderwater Conservation Area, east of Thomasburg, a juvenile and an adult BALD EAGLE were present there along with 2 COMMON RAVENS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. An AMERICAN KESTREL was found on Shannonville Road and another was seen on Mitchel Road, west of there. On Atkins Road, 150 SNOW BUNTINGS  were encountered.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
AMERICAN ROBINS are still on the loose along the Presquìle Parkway – 30 were seen there mid morning. In Brighton, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen flying over Grimes Boys Field off Cedar Street, in Brighton, this morning. North of Colborne, along Pogue Road, off Dundonald Road, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen there, too, today, along with PILEATED WOODPECKER, and the tracks from 4 RUFFED GROUSE.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Still some well deserved attention at Lower Brewers Lock on the Rideau Canal where 16 TRUMPETER SWANS  were present today as well as 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS. Other miscellaneous sightings around the county today included 3 BROWN CREEPERS, PILEATED WOODPECKER and a COOPER`S HAWK on the north side of Verona, and just south of there,  ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen. Sandhill Road, off Highway 15, just north of Kingston, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 2 PURPLE FINCHES  were noted, and 75 AMERICAN ROBINS  were seen on the Cataraqui Trail, just east of Sydenham.

 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Words soon gets around despite efforts to do otherwise. A GREAT GRAY OWL that has been hanging out for a few days at an undisclosed location in the Amherstview area was present again today, with what one birder suggested was an uncomfortable amount of activity around it. Fortunately, all birders and photographers so far have cooperated and not revealed the bird’s exactly location on eBird ( and we have done likewise in this Report although I know exactly where it is) in an effort to give the large day hunting owl some space and privacy. It seems that a few GREAT GRAY OWLS may be moving into the area as of late. On Amherst Island today, birds of note seen there were BALD EAGLE, 82 SNOW BUNTINGS, and a MERLIN on the mainland side. At Bath`s Centennial Park and Beach today, lots of CANADA GEESE (200), interspersed with lesser numbers of MUTE SWANS, MALLARDS, AMERICAN/BLACK DUCK (2), GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER. 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The only species reported from Prince Edward County today was a TURKEY VULTURE, one of around a half dozen that had been eking out a living on the beach since early winter, surviving on the fallout from avian botulism casualties of  earlier this fall.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A female WOOD DUCK can still be found on the Moira River, and was present today along the Parrott Riverfront Trail where other species of interest were 370 MALLARDS, a COOPER`S HAWK and a BELTED KINGFISHER.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Some improvements in waterfowl numbers and composition at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour with the star attraction being some 650 REDHEADS, all flying east in multiple groups ranging in size from 20 to 300. Another 400 ducks were too distant or quick for identification but were also presumed to be REDHEADS or perhaps scaup. RED-BREASTED and COMMON MERGANSER also present, along with COMMON GOLDENEYE, LONG-TAILED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP and MALLARDS. South of Kingston Mills, at 401, a white morph SNOW GOOSE was present today, but much of the attention today was a bit further north, at Lower Brewer`s Mills along the Rideau Canal. Several observers were tallying the impressive numbers of TRUMPETER SWANS, many of them juveniles, coming up at the end of the day with 38 as the high. Also present were 1200 CANADA GEESE, 1 HOODED MERGANSER and a CACKLING GOOSE. Other interesting sightings today in the area were 400 SNOW BUNTINGS south of Sand Hill Road, and a MERLIN chasing pigeons at Highways 15 and 401.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Mostly about gulls today in Northumberland County. Five species of gulls at Cobourg Harbour – a lone ICELAND GULL, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 20 HERRING GULLS and 100 RING-BILLED GULLS. There was a GLAUCOUS GULL at Port Hope.

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 02:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Cat in, bird out, and always the pane shall meet. An AMERICAN GOLDFINCH at Cressy had an encounter with a windowpane and this house cat on the other side of the window was watching its recovery.......or, not. Near Picton, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK had its attention directed somewhere else as it didn't seem to notice a BLUE JAY and a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE playing statues and not moving only three feet away. Wellington Harbour today had CANADA GEESE, COMMON GOLDENEYE and a female HOODED MERGANSER. On Narrow Street in the village, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  is still coming to a feeder.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
At Barcovan today, a BALD EAGLE was a highlight. Fifteen bird species were noted there today, among them 6 TRUMPETER SWANS (including Wing Tag K29), 175 MUTE SWANS and one lonely TUNDRA SWAN. NORTHERN HARRIER, and a lone GADWALL were other birds of note. Eleven WILD TURKEYS  were seen yesterday nearby, along County Road 64. No absence of BARRED OWLS. The Keegan Parkway individual was seen again today, and another was along Fish and Game Club Road on the east side of Belleville, and quite in plain view – right on the utility wires beside the road!
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
An enormous raft of REDHEADS  today along the shoreline at Millhaven comprising several hundred, and more at Amherst Island. The prospects of having at least a few BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in our midst this winter are looking more promising with the arrival of 17 at the Millhaven Industrial Park today. A half dozen WILD TURKEYS  were also there. East of Hay Bay along County Road 8, RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN CARDINAL, 2 COMMON RAVENS and 8 HORNED LARKS  were highlights there today. Both a MERLIN and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen today at Golf Course Lane at Amherstview, and a COOPER`S HAWK was north of Milhaven.  A BARRED OWL was spotted today on Taylor-Kidd Blvd. today, between Bombardier and County Road 6. The SNOW GOOSE is still at Bath.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At least 1,000 REDHEADS  were seen today at Presquìle Park off Salt Point in Presquìle Bay, and 50 GREATER SCAUP and 300 COMMON GOLDENEYE were also seen at this location. Other birds of interest in the Park today included PINE SISKINS (2) and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. At Port Hope, a continuing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD is still in the area of Corbitt`s Dam. At Wicklow Beach, a GLAUCOUS GULL was caught sleeping on the shore, and 85 AMERICAN ROBINS were noted at the north end of Huff Road near Highway 2 in the Brighton area. Also at Brighton, a RED-TAILED HAWK was at the Industrial Park and a SONG SPARROW  was along the Parkway. COOPER`S HAWKS were seen at Lakeport and west of Brighton along Highway 2.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
The waters around Portsmouth seem to be slipping just a bit in Kingston. Today, only a single GADWALL, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYES and MALLARDS – albeit 750 of them – were the only three species present. Miscellaneous sightings around the city and beyond today included 40 SNOW BUNTINGS on Front Road and several sightings of hawks, including a MERLIN chasing ROCK PIGEONS over the No Frills Store at Bath Road and Bayridge Drive. RED-TAILED HAWKS  were seen at Collin`s Lake, and also along Washburn Road below Brewer`s Road where there was also a BARRED OWL seen.

 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 01:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
We will start this evening`s Report with a GREAT GRAY OWL that turned up this afternoon at Amherstview.  As with past GREAT GRAY OWL sightings this winter, we will not be specific as to the owl`s exact location, but will be happy to share it with any member who needs the information for their KFN Bird records. The large owl had been present there since morning, and interestingly, there was a BARRED OWL sitting on a power line only a kilometre away.
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER that was killed yesterday when it flew into a window at Cressy, was replaced overnight with another that showed up at the feeder today! Lots and lots of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE and, again – a lone NORTHERN CARDINAL, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and SONG SPARROW. At Rednersville, regulars at a feeder there have included both RED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, MOURNING DOVES, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, both HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKER,  AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, HOUSE FINCHES and EUROPEAN STARLINGS. Three male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  continue to be regulars at a feeder at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island. At least 100 AMERICAN ROBINS  descended into a backyard at the Mill Falls House Bed and Breakfast in Milford where they enjoyed their own breakfast of red cedar berries bordering the waters of Black Creek. No accommodation needed as they were just passing through.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Reports from Northumberland tend to come in way too late for inclusion in the Bird Report, and I usually have to wait and include sightings from there in the following evening`s Report. Up to 6 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS have been visiting a feeder at the north end of Brighton. A MERLIN was seen at the far north end of Stoney Point Road at Highway 2. Along the Presquìle Parkway, three flocks of 185 AMERICAN ROBINS were seen moving from northwest to southeast. A lone CEDAR WAXWING who obviously clued in as to who knew where the food was located, was seen following one of those flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS. All of these were from yesterday.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
And more AMERICAN ROBINS, this time, in Stirling, where 50 to 60 were bellying up to the red cedars again today. The best sighting though was a  NORTHERN SHRIKE  this morning, perched as they often are at the very tip of a dead elm. A promise of things to come, although a bit distant to offer much of a guarantee, was a flock of 35 COMMON REDPOLLS today at Lake St. Peter Provincial Park. No further hints if BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  will continue their somewhat slow southward journey to, perhaps, make it as far as the Bay of Quinte area. There were 200 in Stirling the other day and, previous to that, what may have been the same flock, was in Marmora a week or so earlier. At Eldorado, at least a half dozen EVENING GROSBEAKS  are still patronizing a feeder there, where a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK were also noted today. A little closer to Belleville, 54 AMERICAN ROBINS  were counted at Foxboro today. Certainly no absence of wintering robins this season
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
A large NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Lemoine Point Conservation Area beside the airport in Kingston preferred bird bits to larger prey today as it was observed picking off BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES  just east of the main trail. It was believed to be the same goshawk that was found yesterday at the Marshlands Conservation Area, just east of there by 5 kilometres or so. Also at Lemoine Point, BARRED OWL, AMERICAN KESTREL, and enough chickadees despite the ongoing efforts of the goshawk. There were at least 30. We can assume that the PEREGRINE FALCON at the Princess Towers downtown had more than just a passing interest in the 100 ROCK PIGEONS and HOUSE SPARROWS that were also present on his building. In the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour area, there was a single HOODED MERGANSER today along with small numbers of MALLARDS, COMMON MERGANSERS and COMMON GOLDENEYE. At Joyceville today, 300 SNOW BUNTINGS, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 10 HORNED LARKS were noteworthy sightings. There was a ROSS`S GOOSE  today at Lower Brewer`s Lock on the Rideau Canal, and a BELTED KINGFISHER  was seen at Sydenham. Oh – and we can`t forget the 100 AMERICAN ROBINS!

 

 

 

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