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Written by Terry Spraque   
May 21, 2017 at 06:00 PM

 THE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT (ARCHIVED PAGE)

with daily reports from the last two months

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FRIDAY, MAY 26:

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

 


THURSDAY, MAY 25:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Alexander Island, comprising about 40 acres, while labelled as an island, is actually solidly connected by two sand bars at Pleasant Bay. It takes about 30 minutes of walking along one of the sand bar and dune system from North Beach Road to reach it. Today, there was a LEAST BITTERN calling from the marsh on the west side of the island. Also seen here was an AMERICAN BITTERN nest containing eggs. PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN REDSTART, YELLOW WARBLER and NORTHERN CARDINAL also seen at this site. Members of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) went “swifting” last night for the National CHIMNEY SWIFT survey with volunteers watching six previously used chimneys in Picton - as well as the old North Marysburgh Central School chimney at Lake on the Mountain.  Results were very disappointing because on the two preliminary survey evenings, when PECFN members were just watching the Picton Armoury chimney, they saw 45 swifts flying during one pass of the group with 36 entering the Armoury chimney (May 14th)  and then 33 going into the chimney on the 18th, just before heavy rain brought the survey to a close. Last night one swift entered the Armoury chimney at 9:02 p.m. and only four others were seen entering chimneys in Picton, for a grand total of five birds, although at least six or seven swifts were seen flying even after birds had gone down chimneys - and then there was nothing. Where did the swifts go? At Lake on the Mountain the PECFN member there saw four swifts but only two entered the chimney and the other two disappeared from the area. By comparison, the survey last year had totals of 5, 4, 13 and 6 although later on in June and July numbers were much higher. Perhaps the swifts "got wind" that there was a National Survey going on and decided to hide out until it was over! 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Today, it was necessary to start birding early before it started to rain in earnest. Those who did were rewarded with some good sightings. At the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, 50 BRANT greeted one birder who arrived to the site this morning. Also present were as many CANADA GEESE, 10 MALLARDS, 2 each of GADWALL, MUTE SWAN and NORTHERN SHOVELER, and one BLUE-WINGED TEAL. Even a COMMON LOON was there. Other good birds were GRAY CATBIRD, CHIMNEY SWIFT and 2 CASPIAN TERNS. In the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA, birds of interested picked up there included RING-NECKED PHEASANT, GREEN HERON, SORA, 3 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, and 2 WILSON’S SNIPES.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Do we have BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS in the area? We certainly do according to a Tweed resident who has found three in as many years. One was found Wednesday in a dry field about two kilometres west of Tweed, and photographed.  He said he would not have noticed the web except for startling a wasp which flew into the web (but escaped). North of Shannonville, two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have been around the property for more than a day now. Also of interest, is a pair of GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS that were seen carrying nesting material to a nest box on the premises. Some early birders were out in the field early this morning before the rain began. The birding began at 7:00 a.m. at the Atkins Road site where 4 WILD TURKEYS, a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN, a RED-TAILED HAWK and 4 WILD TURKEYS were seen. An hour later, another birder came along and added NORTHERN HARRIER, 12 BARN SWALLOWS and 2 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS. Another hour later, A GREAT EGRET was spotted at the corner of Frankford Road and Wallbridge Road along with WARBLING VIREO and BARN SWALLOW.
 
 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Visits to the Atkins Road habitat, at the end of Elmwood Drive and north of Airport Parkway, continue as interesting birds are still appearing. Today, A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was there for the binocular brigade. Other shorebirds present were KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER,  and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Seven WOOD DUCKS still on hand and other noteworthy birds noted today were GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, MERLIN, 3 HORNED LARKS, BROWN THRASHER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and FIELD, SAVANNAH and SONG SPARROWS. Along Airport Parkway, some good sightings there including AMERICAN KESTREL, WARBLING VIREO, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. At Foxboro, CHIMNEY SWIFT, HOUSE WREN, YELLOW WARBLER and MAGNOLIA WARBLER  were good sightings. At Carrying Place, the usual contingent of CASPIAN TERNS  were at the east end of the Murray Canal at Twelve O’clock Point. Today, there were 40+ CASPIANS on the jetties which are only about 12 inches out of the water due to the high lake levels this spring. A few non-breeding MUTE SWANS floating around in the Bay of Quinte there just offshore – 93 to be exact! One pair that did nest in the marsh on the south side of the canal earlier this spring, has had to build up the nest another two feet with cattails in order to contend with the rising water level. And, at Barry Heights off Telephone Road in Trenton, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER that turned up at a bird feeder there on Sunday, is still coming to the feeders several times every day.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A respectable 63 species were present for one birder today at Presqu’ile Park where a few highlights there were COMMON LOON, PIED-BILLED GREBE, 10 COMMON TERNS, 3 wren species – MARSH, HOUSE and WINTER, 4 WOOD THRUSHES. Five flycatcher species included EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, EASTERN KINGBIRD, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER (6),and EASTERN PHOEBE. There were eight warbler species present for this birder including a MOURNING WARBLER, always a good find. Others were 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 12 YELLOW WARBLERS, 5 BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, 2 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, 1 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and 6 TENNESSEE WARBLERS. Other noteworthy birds were ORCHARD ORIOLE, INDIGO BUNTING (4), WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and two each of SCARLET TANAGER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BROWN THRASHER.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Birding in Prince Edward County dropped from more checklists than I could comfortably deal with, to next to none today. Quite often happens on a Wednesday. One sighting of particular interest was a pair of OSPREYS that have nested in a somewhat unusual spot. The location is along County Road 15, a little over a kilometre east of the Sophiasburgh Central School, where a recently purchased farm has been extensively cleared of all manner of trees and fencelines. Atop one of the small piles of bulldozed earth, stones and other rubble is the Osprey nest, perched up there on the rounded peak like someone’s hat, probably no more than 10 feet above the ground itself. The two adult OSPREYS were circling the area and nest site yesterday when I drove by. The nest is in the cleared field on the south side of the highway and fairly close to the road. Easy enough to see without binoculars. It isn’t often that OSPREYS will choose a site this low although I did come across one such occupied nest flat on the ground of a tiny un-treed islet when I kayaked the Rideau Canal in 2003. Yesterday, a few reports that came in much too late for the Bird Report involved a number of interesting species, not the least of which was the sighting of a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK along Babylon Road west of Prince Edward Point. Some noteworthy sightings at Little Bluff Conservation Area down that way involved GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WINTER WREN, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and five warbler species – MAGNOLIA, BLACKBURNIAN, YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED GREEN and YELLOW-RUMPED. At Kaiser Crossroad, a Kingston area birder had several flocks of SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS scattered in the flooded fields, numbering 32 in total. A dozen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER  were also present along with 5 KILLDEER, 18 each of DUNLIN and LEAST SANDPIPER, 4 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON’S SNIPE and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Singles of NORTHERN SHOVELER and NORTHERN PINTAIL.
 
 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 23:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The Prince Edward County Spring Birding Festival may be over, but not the interest in the fine birding the County has to offer. Prince Edward Point was still hopping today with close to 70 species being present. Seventeen warbler species were present and included a few of the traditional late comers such as the BLACKPOLL WARBLER (5). Still good numbers of YELLOW WARBLERS about with 25 counted. Other good numbers were RED-EYED VIREO (10), WARBLING VIREO (8), LEAST FLYCATCHER (10), CEDAR WAXWING (20) and GRAY CATBIRD (5). A few noteworthy sightings today included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, SCARLET TANAGER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. Kaiser Crossroad, still going strong with 15 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 25 DUNLIN, and lesser numbers of SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, KILLDEER and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. No NORTHERN SHOVELER though today. Drier birds on Jackson’s Falls Road near Milford with 3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 4 SAVANNAHS, FIELD SPARROW and EASTERN TOWHEE. Yesterday, Beaver Meadow Conservation Area produced 38 species, a very good total for this 220-acre property. Wetland species included 7 BLACK TERNS, GREEN HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, WOOD DUCKS, MARSH WREN and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. A nice sighting was a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. Haven’t heard of too many of them this spring so far. The adjacent deciduous woods harboured GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, OVENBIRD, NASHVILLE and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, GRAY CATBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. Still lots of birds around the County – the Big Day blitz in the South Shore Important Bird Area on Sunday racked up a list of 121 species for the day with highlights being BRANT, ORCHARD ORIOLE, both WHIP-POOR-WILL and CHUCK-WILL’S WIDOW, SCARLET TANAGER, BALD EAGLE, WILLOW and ALDER FLYCATCHERS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. So don’t shelve those binoculars just yet.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville is still going strong. Highlights today were 10 WOOD DUCKS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, KILLDEER, DUNLIN, LEAST and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, and a new arrival today – 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. Other noteworthy sightings here were 2 VESPER SPARROWS, HORNED LARKS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Moving a bit north, Foxboro had a couple GRAY CATBIRDS, RED-TAILED HAWK and a lone CHIMNEY SWIFT. A little farther north to the Ivanhoe area, good birding was to be had on Twiddy Road where a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER  was found, and also on Twiddy Road, but 500 metres south of Wood Road, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER which is becoming a regular resident there, and two BREWSTER’S WARBLERS (GOLDEN-WINGED and BLUE-WINGED WARBLER hybrid). Two birds were seen in the same tree together. One showed a yellowish wash to the chest while the other individual had no yellow on the breast. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER and singles of RED-EYED and WARBLING VIREOS, EASTERN TOWHEE, BROWN THRASHER and RED-TAILED HAWK also good finds. Moving west from Twiddy Road along the Trans Canada Trail, no LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES today that have been a drawing card for birders for some weeks, but the Springbrook Grasslands a nice walk west along the trail yielded 2 each of UPLAND SANDPIPERS, BROWN THRASHERS, EASTERN KINGBIRD, SAVANNAH SPARROW and a lone GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
This morning, a Codrington area birder didn’t really expect anything out of the ordinary when she travelled to Presqu’ile Park, but stiffened when she heard a KENTUCKY WARBLER  at 6:30 a.m. singing loud and clear at the side of Bayshore Road in the Park, so loud that she heard it while driving. She stopped and took in its rich, rolling chant as it sang from the low bushes. The bird was in fine fettle as it was still singing two hours later. A single CANVASBACK is still in the Park and was seen today sleeping on vegetation northwest of the Camp Office viewing deck. Some 73 species identified in the Park with nothing, except for the KENTUCKY WARBLER, out of the ordinary. Fifteen species of warbler, ORCHARD ORIOLE, SCARLET TANAGER and 15 RED-EYED VIREOS though were all good sightings. A SORA, several MARSH WRENS and COMMON GALLINULES are present most days at the Brighton Constructed Wetlands along County Road 64, just outside the Park. West of Brighton, at Cobourg Harbour, 23 RED-THROATED LOONS  were seen in flight comprising one to three birds at any one time, although one loose flock had 14 birds. Thirty-three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2 BLACK SCOTERS and 73 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were a few of the waterfowl noted, and shorebirds included a nice group of 32 DUNLIN, 7 RUDDY TURNSTONES and 2 WHIMBREL, the latter flying in and landing on the south side of the rock jetty. Two first summer LITTLE GULLS flew in together and fed off the end of the pier, but an even better sighting were two FORSTER’S TERNS that flew in from the west together, circling the end of the pier before landing on the beach before melting in with the large flock of gulls.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Two good birding areas filed reports today. BOBOLINK, LEAST SANDPIPER and YELLOW WARBLERS  were noteworthy finds among the more than a dozen species that made themselves evident along Wilton Creek near Morven east of Napanee today. A little more productive was Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area in the Amherstview area where 29 species were chalked up. Among them were 2 EASTERN TOWHEES, 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, 3 WOOD THRUSHES and four warbler species – COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.

 


MONDAY, MAY 22:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In its final day of the 2017 Spring Birding Festival, the Prince Edward Point area continued to pay off in handsome dividends. A MOURNING WARBLER was seen not far from there along Lighthall Road. The Birding Festival was a celebration of all the great birds that the entire South Shore Important Birding Area is capable of producing. One Kingston area couple birded for 5 hours yesterday, covering a total of 30 km of the South Shore IBA and were rewarded with 80 species for their efforts. Birds arriving on spring migration to the South Shore do so in the millions, exhilarated by the sight of the first land mass in 50 to 80 kilometres of nonstop flight across the lake. Here they drop to the ground, exhausted, and feast on the myriad insects that the rich habitat here offers. Remember – this is the same habitat where wind turbine construction was planned to desecrate much of the habitat south of Royal Road “for the greater good”. Thanks to the efforts of birders and naturalists who have shown that this rich biodiverse area needs to be protected.  Warblers continue to arrive at and migrate through Prince Edward Point with some 35 species being documented this spring, including a PRAIRIE WARBLER and a rare KIRTLAND’S WARBLER. Today, the birds continued with other good sightings being VEERY, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, BRANT, ORCHARD and BALTIMORE ORIOLES, SWAINSON’S THRUSH and among the warblers – BLACKPOLL, NORTHERN PARULA, TENNESSEE, and BLACKBURNIAN (12 species in all). As we draw closer to the end of May, wetland birds are still being found at Kaiser Crossroad, today’s species represented by 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 5 KILLDEER, 10 DUNLIN and a single SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Yesterday, at Point Petre, at the west end of the South Shore IBA, several GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW  were found along with 23 lingering LONG-TAILED DUCKS, AMERICAN BITTERN, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, MARSH WREN, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, SCARLET TANAGER, INDIGO BUNTING and a half dozen warbler species. Four DUNLIN and 3 LEAST SANDPIPERS  were probing around Waupoos Marina today, and in Milford, a PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen on a telephone pole right beside the road.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Five hours spent at the H.R. Frink Centre, north of Belleville, resulted in 48 species being found. Covering the Marsh Boardwalk and the Drumlin Trail, 2 MERLIN  were seen at the parking lot, and the day just kept getting better with RED-BELLIED and PILEATED WOODPECKERS finding their way onto the checklist, as well as 9 species of warblers, among them, 2 OVENBIRDS, 7 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 2 PINE WARBLERS and  MAGNOLIA WARBLER. Other good finds at this popular destination were SCARLET TANAGER, 5 WOOD THRUSHES, 1 VEERY, 2 WINTER WRENS, 1 BROWN THRASHER, 4 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, 2 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, and 3 VIRGINIA RAILS. In other sightings around the county, a RED-TAILED HAWK was seen west of Deseronto, and another one was at Foxboro where 2 GRAY CATBIRDS and a HOUSE WREN were also noted.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
There was good birding to be had at Owen Point at Presqu’ile Park with a few highlights being 1 GADWALL, 4 COMMON TERNS, 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 1 WARBLING VIREO, GRAY CATBIRD and a half dozen warbler species. A vigorously singing CERULEAN WARBLER was a highlight today at the Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre near Cobourg. Other noteworthy birds present there among the 55 seen, were five Flycatcher species – EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, and LEAST and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS. Also seen, WOOD THRUSH, 10 RED-EYED VIREOS and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO, INDIGO BUNTING and 17 warbler species.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The only sighting to come in today was that of a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Croydon. However, at the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve, 18 km north of Deseronto on Roblin Road, 22 species of birds were noted by a party of three observers. Among the species found were PURPLE FINCH, EASTERN TOWHEE, 2 GREAT CRESTD FLYCATCHERS, COMMON LOON and 8 warbler species – 2 OVENBIRDS, 4 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 3 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, 3 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS and singles of BLACK-THROATED GREEN and MAGNOLIA.

 


SUNDAY, MAY 21:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
We are now far enough into May that we expect to see the female warblers appearing on the scene, adding to the confusion of sorting out the species that appear. About a dozen warbler species were noted today at the Park, including PINE, NASHVILLE, MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, along with NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and NORTHERN PARULA. A few gulls around on the offshore islands – at least 1500 RING-BILLED, 50 HERRING GULLS, also 10 CASPIAN TERNS and 15 COMMON TERNS. Other noteworthy species seen were 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 3 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, 2 WINTER WRENS, 2 PINE WARBLERS, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and 2 LEAST FLYCATCHERS. Peter’s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve, north of Centreton, northwest of Castleton, had BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. Thanks to the alarm calls of several BLUE JAYS, also appearing for a look was a BARRED OWL.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Birding in Prince Edward County this morning started at 3:30 a.m. when a Belleville resident travelled to Hilltop Road near Milford and managed to hear the CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW that has been around for several days. The bird, presumably the same individual, has been heard every spring at this time since 2013. At Prince Edward Point, the “Point Pelee of Prince Edward County”, birding continues with a few of the highlights today being 2 GREAT CREATED FLYCATCHERS, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, SCARLET TANAGER, 40 YELLOW WARBLERS, 25 CEDAR WAXWINGS and a COMMON LOON. One birder birding the area came up with a few uncommon species today including a LINCOLN’S SPARROW, a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT! A MOURNING WARBLER  was also reported. At Sandbanks Park’s Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area, some good sightings there including equal numbers of BONAPARTE’S GULLS and RING-BILLED GULLS (89), GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 RED-EYED VIREOS, INDIGO BUNTING (another was at the Dunes Beach Day Use area), and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD. An EASTERN BLUEBIRD was also showing interest again today at a nesting box at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island where 3 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were calling along the Sprague/Monkman Trail in three different locations where the species is known to nest each year. Shorebird numbers declined somewhat from earlier highs at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded agricultural fields where today six species included 8 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 3 KILLDEER, 10 DUNLIN (from an earlier high of 100), 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS and a lone SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Three NORTHERN SHOVELERS continue to take advantage of the conditions.  
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A surprise visitor at a feeder in the Barry Heights area of Trenton today was a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER which remained at the feeder and in the nearby trees for about five minutes, returning to a sunflower seed feeder several more times today. A CAROLINA WREN is also still in the area. Between Marmora and Madoc a SANDHILL CRANE was seen in flight over the area which continued flying northeast until it disappeared. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER  was seen today at the Trans Canada Trail at Rapids Road near Tweed where an EASTERN BLUEBIRD  was also spotted. Also seen in the area were GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, WOOD THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, and BROWN THRASHER. At Rapids Road and Martin Road, more good stuff including 4 SCARLET TANAGERS, a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 2 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, 3 RED-EYED VIREOS, a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and 2 NORTHERN PARULAS. Closer to Belleville, in the north Foxboro Marsh, birds of note tallied there were VIRGINIA RAIL, 5 BLACK TERNS, 2 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, 2 MARSH WRENS and singles of NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and TENNESSEE WARBLER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Lots of biding activity in Lennox and Addington today. Starting on Amherst Island, several large flocks of BRANT, totalling 1020, were seen flying past. Sixty PURPLE MARTINS at a colony there at the east end of the island was a nice number considering how they have declined in population in other areas. Shorebirds encountered at the Martin Edwards Reserve numbered eight species, comprising 5 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 3 KILLDEER, 46 DUNLIN, 9 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 5 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and 6 WILSON’S PHALAROPES. At the Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area, north of Camden East, 31 species were checked off there. A healthy colony of BLACK TERNS  continues offshore where 20 were counted today. Four COMMON LOONS  were present on the lake, and also spotted were AMERICAN BITTERN, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and MARSH WREN. At the nearby Moscow Marsh, PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT BLUE HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, MARSH WREN, SWAMP SPARROWS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and COMMON GALLINULE were all recorded – not a bad list of wetland species. Over on Desmond Road, two INDIGO BUNTINGS were seen today in the area. In the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA, species seen there were UPLAND SANDPIPER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. Down at Wilton Creek in the Morven area, success right now is far greater than it was last year at this time with 22 LEAST SANDPIPERS among the shorebirds seen there. Closer to Kingston, at the Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area, good birds seen there included PINE WARBLER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, RED-EYED VIREO, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and NORTHERN FLICKER. Finishing off the county with a visit to the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, 6 GADWALL, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a NORTHERN SHOVELER  were present there along with a handful of SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS and KILLDEER. Two CHIMNEY SWIFTS  were also seen. At a Camden East area backyard, lots of good birds today with a pair of RED-TAILED HAWKS nesting at the treeline and a pair of AMERICAN KESTRELS across from there. Birds to appear included NORTHERN HARRIER, INDIGO BUNTINGS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, HOUSE WREN, a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS in a nest box and a BARRED OWL calling this morning.

 


SATURDAY, MAY 20:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Another great day at Prince Edward Point today with over 60 species being collectively seen by several observers, although the Point Traverse Woods were said to be quieter than usual. Sixteen species of warblers were tallied with some of the more noteworthy being BLACKPOLL, MAGNOLIA, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, WILSON’S, CANADA and TENNESSEE WARBLERS being seen. Sorry – no KIRTLAND’S WARBLER today! A CAROLINA WREN today made history by being the first spring banding record at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory since 1998. The nesting season is well underway down there now and some 20 CLIFF SWALLOW nests are on the lighthouse. Conditions have certainly changed down there from last year’s Level Three drought when giant silt beds rose above what water remained in the harbour. This spring, large fishing vessels are tied up at the government wharf and there are no concerns this year with getting in and out of the harbour as it is all water this year stretching from shore to shore. Also this spring, the lighthouse area which some springs may have a few damp spots here and there is totally surrounded by lake water this spring as lake levels continue to rise a little each week. Not much shore for shorebirds; to see those one must travel to the Kaiser Crossroad flooded fields where wet conditions have allowed this spot to continue being a favourite destination, if not for waterfowl, certainly for shorebirds. Present three days ago were 7 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 9 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 5 KILLDEER, 8 DUNLIN, 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 9 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and one LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Today, there were 9 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 30 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 3 KILLDEER, 100 DUNLIN, 30 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 6 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and a couple SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. Another wetland, Beaver Meadow Conservation Area did fairly well today with highlights being AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BELTED KINGFISHER, GREEN HERON, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and at least a half dozen BLACK TERNS. Other good sightings today were a nesting MERLIN along the Sprague/Monkman Trail west of 23 Sprague Road on Big Island, a male EASTERN BLUEBIRD at a nest box at the same address, a SANDHILL CRANE at South Bay, and 2 BALD EAGLES at County Road 25 east of Lake on the Mountain. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen at Carrying Place and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW turned up along County Road 13.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Catchmore Road in the Campbellford area today, some noteworthy sightings there included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, CHIMNEY SWIFT (3), two  RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, one each of VEERY and WOOD THRUSH, 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS and a BLACKPOLL WARBLER. Directly below Ferris Provincial Park along the Trent River, CASPIAN TERN, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  were good sightings there. Down at Presqu’ile Park, a mixed bag of sightings there including INDIGO BUNTING, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. An AMERICAN BITTERN, a LINCOLN’S SPARROW and a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were near the Park Store. In the campground, a LEAST FLYCATCHER, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER and a RED-EYED VIREO were noted there.  
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Atkins Road extension is still producing east of Belleville. Today, there were 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, A SAVANNAH SPARROW, and shorebird species comprised 31 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and singles of SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and KILLDEER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The 100 mark in species was made at Amherst Island, 9 of which were shorebirds with a MARBLED GODWIT heading the list. Not far behind though was a breeding plumage RED KNOT, both at the Martin Edwards Reserve at the east end of the island. Other shorebird species were 12 KILLDEER, 50 DUNLIN, 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 6 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 6 WILSON’S PHALAROPES, 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Other species to make it on the day’s “century run” list included 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, a first year male ORCHARD ORIOLE, and six flycatcher species – 3 EASTERN WOOD–PEWEES, an ALDER FLYCATCHER, 3 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 2 LEAST FLYCATCHERS, 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS and 20 EASTERN KINGBIRDS. At Amherstview, a flock of 240 BRANT turned up. A new birding area has come to light – the Deseronto Cemetery at Unger Road where the only known birding activity in the past has been a Marsh Monitoring Program at the Unger Island causeway. Today, only 9 species were recorded, but included 120 RING-BILLED GULLS, 9 CASPIAN TERNS, 2 KILLDEER and a BLUE JAY. At Croydon, birds of interest to be heard/seen included GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER and an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL.

 


FRIDAY, MAY 19:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
After a week camping at Sandbanks Park and taking in some of the fine birding there, it is great to be home and back at the keyboard. Our campsite in the Woodlands Campground, Campsite #677, was ideally situated to take in a sometimes deafening chorus of WOOD THRUSHES, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and a pair of ORCHARD ORIOLES. Daily walks along the trails produced a plethora of species – LEAST FLYCATCHERS, PILEATED WOODPECKERS, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREOS, YELLOW WARBLERS and numerous others. However, that was nothing compared to the week down at Prince Edward Point where specialities down there included Prince Edward County’s third ever FISH CROW on the 18th, the third ever sighting of a LITTLE BLUE HERON on the 16th, and what would appear to be the County’s first sighting ever of a KIRTLAND’S WARBLER, bringing the official Prince Edward County Bird List to 354 ! Other excellent sightings during the week around the County included three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded fields. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Prince Edward Point on the 18th, as were 3 CAROLINA WRENS. A WHITE-EYED VIREO was found there on the 17th. And the CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW  continues to be hard calling along Hilltop Road. Back at Sandbanks Park, while some may argue that camping in a travel trailer is not really camping, I have to report that I followed an enormous diesel pusher motor home into our campground one day. Instead of the usual bicycles one sees strapped to the back of most travel trailers, this motor home had what appeared to be a Honda Goldwing secured to the back end between the tail lights! High end camping!


Quinte Area Bird Report offline from May 15-18

SUNDAY, MAY 14:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
At Prince Edward Point, a HOODED WARBLER was the star attraction today. It was found in the Point Traverse Woods where all good warblers go to be found. Total today – 25 species of warblers. Also present in the warbler family were GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER (4 banded at the Observatory), 150 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 10 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, 8 NORTHERN PARULAS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, just to name a handful of those seen at Point Traverse. In addition to the 4 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS  banded at the Observatory, also banded were CANADA WARBLER and WILSON`S WARBLER. Three BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 5 WARBLING VIREOS, 2 RED-EYED VIREOS and a possible PHILADELPHIA WARBLER (too quick a look) pretty much cleaned up on that family. No absence of LEAST FLYCATCHERS today with 5 being seen. Four SCARLET TANAGERS, 3 VEERYS, 2 SWAINSON`S THRUSHES and a WOOD THRUSH were also in evidence as were 100 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. The three RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS seen at Prince Edward Point is an indication that an influx of this species occurred overnight as 3 were seen along County Road 28 east of Fenwood Gardens, one on Luck`s Crossroad, and both a male and female at Crofton across from Burr Road. Until today, they were a bit slow in arriving. Four EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  showed up along Babylon Road near Prince Edward Point as well as a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and 9 EASTERN TOWHEES. Certainly not a bad day at all for the 2nd day of the Spring Birding Festival. At least 100 species. Kaiser Crossroad still had a NORTHERN SHOVELER today as well as a couple NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEALS, a WOOD DUCK and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. New today were 6 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. No word as to whether the female BLUE GROSBEAK is still in the area where it was discovered a couple days ago west of Consecon although at least one other person tried for it, but failed. Also no update on the CHUCK-WILL`S-WIDOW that was calling on Hilltop Road on Wednesday and Thursday nights. This is thought to be the same bird that first showed up in 2013.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A couple ORCHARD ORIOLES were highlights today at the lighthouse in Presquìle Park. Other birds seen around the lighthouse area were RED-EYED VIREO, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, and three warbler species – NASHVILLE, 8 YELLOW WARBLERS and 5 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS. Elsewhere in the Park, another 4 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW and 7 BALTIMORE ORIOLES. At the Harbour Street Dock Parkette in Brighton, a COMMON GALLINULE  was seen along with 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 1 MARSH WREN and a WARBLING VIREO. Despite rain and a bit of hail north of Centreton in the Castleton area, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD showed up there today in the area of Peter`s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve where other good birds were ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, HOUSE WREN, CHIPPING SPARROWS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, both RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and for a bit of size, a WILD TURKEY.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS also turned up in Croydon and Moscow today in Croydon and Moscow, another indication that a small migration of them arrived overnight. A pretty fair day at the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve on Roblin Road today with 23 species seen in a couple hours. Among the species seen were six warbler species – 2 OVENBIRDS, 3 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 6 YELLOW WARBLERS, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and 3 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. Four YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS  were also found. This UPLAND SANDPIPER was discovered today at the corner of Pine Grove Road and Roblin Road just south of Westplain.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The only sighting to come in today was an INDIGO BUNTING on Orchard Lane off Telephone Road west of Trenton. Two male ORCHARD ORIOLES yesterday at a nectar feeder on Telephone Road west of Wooler Road

 


SATURDAY, MAY 13:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Despite on and off drizzly rain all morning at Prince Edward Point, birds and birders were very much in evidence for the first day in the week long Spring Birding Festival. Early this morning, a PRAIRIE WARBLER was heard singing in the Point Traverse Woods. On an 8:00 a.m. guided walk we found one good pocket of warblers comprising BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, YELLOW-RUMPED, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACK-AND-WHITE, OVENBIRD, and PALM. Also in evidence were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, EASTERN TOWHEE, FIELD SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BROWN THRASHER, GRAY CATBIRD, HOUSE WREN, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, EASTERN PHOEBE and WARBLING VIREO. Out on Prince Edward Bay, LONG-TAILED DUCKS were calling, and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and COMMON MERGANSERS  were also seen from the Point Traverse cliff edge. More than 80 species were tallied by the various observers today, surprises popping up everywhere. One birder found an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a TENNESSEE WARBLER. While taking a shortcut from the road to another trail behind the Observatory, I literally bumped into two BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, the wing of one of the birds striking me in the face! At the same time, an ORCHARD ORIOLE was singing loudly in a tree only a few metres away.  Kaiser Crossroad continues to produce albeit in smaller numbers than in early spring – three NORTHERN SHOVELERS were still hanging around today. Also seen there today were 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 3 GREAT BLUE HERONS, an OSPREY, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, 200 RING-BILLED GULLS, 4 BONAPARTE`S GULLS, 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and a lone KILLDEER. Beaver Meadow Conservation Area also yielded a few species including 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, 4 COMMON GALLINULES, 10 BLACK TERNS, 1 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 1 GREAT EGRET and a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. Most surprising of all today though was Massassauga Point Conservation Area. At only 65 acres, this property boasting little diversity in habitat did very well today with 53 species. The nine warbler species was an outstanding number – OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE (5), COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BAY-BREASTED, YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, YELLOW-RUMPED and BLACK-THROATED GREEN. Other good species here were 8 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, 5 EASTERN TOWHEES, WOOD THRUSH, 2 WOOD DUCKS, COOPER`S HAWK and COMMON LOON.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At the Odessa Grasslands, located just south of the village along County Road 6, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and 5 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS  were highlights there today. Other noteworthy sightings along here included GREAT BLUE HERON, NORTHERN FLICKER, 5 EASTERN KINGBIRDS and two each of WILD TURKEY, FIELD SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. One interesting observation came in from Amherstview today of a PILEATED WOODPECKER  that has been seen flying in and out of a nest cavity in a new hydro pole.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Springbrook Grassland today produced its usual species including the continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE seen hunting from various perches. The bird was observed visiting a probably nest site in a 2.5 metre high shrub four times in 20 minutes. Also present was the UPLAND SANDPIPER, a regular at this location. Also seen, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 BROWN THRASHERS, 3 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, and singles of FIELD, SAVANNAH, SONG and CHIPPING SPARROWS. On Twiddy Road, 500 metres south of Wood Road and the Trans Canada Trail that ultimately leads to the Grasslands, 3 male BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS were seen along a 300-metre stretch of road. Two of the birds sang a typical Blue-winged Warbler song, and the other bird sang a Golden-winged Warbler song. SCARLET TANAGER, EASTERN TOWHEE and 4 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS  were also seen. Thirty-four species were tallied on Bata Island just north of Frankford, among them 4 WOOD DUCKS, 1 COMMON LOON, 1 BALTIMORE ORIOLE, a BROWN THRASHER and an EASTERN KINGBIRD. At Frankford Road and Wallbridge Road, the first SEMIPALMATED PLOVER of the spring season was seen here today along with 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS. The day couldn't go by without a passing peek at the Atkins Road site where the fields here are still flooded with numerous mud flats. Seven SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS  were also seen here so it looks like it had been an overnight arrival of this shorebird species. The number of LEAST SANDPIPERS here had risen to 24. And to further illustrate that birds are where they turn up, 7 CHIMNEY SWIFTS  were seen today above the Stirling Creamery. A WOOD THRUSH was seen in Foxboro.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At the Nawautin Nature Sanctuary south of Grafton, 55 COMMON MERGANSERS and 33 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were noteworthy as were 2 ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS and a WOOD THRUSH. At Presquìle Park, an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard singing, and other noteworthy birds in the Park today were SURF SCOTER, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, RED-EYED VIREO, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN and AMERICAN REDSTART – just one of each.

 


FRIDAY, MAY 12:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Another busy birding day in Prince Edward County on several accounts. In the Stinson Block area west of Consecon, a BLUE GROSBEAK was found. There are only four confirmed sightings for this species in the County, dating back to 1985. While most sightings tend to be questioned due to the similarity to the more common Indigo Bunting, the observer who saw the bird in this case is a world traveller who has amassed a life list of well over 6,500 species and is intimately familiar with this species having observed it numerous times in the southern states and Central America where the species is common. In describing the sighting, the observer stated that it was about the same as a nearby White-crowned Sparrow but dumpier and perhaps shorter tailed. The bird was a rich beige brown with a distinct 'grosbeak' bill. The colour was less rich on the belly and there was an indistinct light streaking on the breast with lighter colouring on the belly. The undertail coverts were light brown with light edging giving a chevroned look. The two wingbars were distinct and the rich colour of the upper part of the bird. The bird appeared big headed and the head profile has a slight peaked look. The sighting was supported by photos. Looking mainly for warblers, the birder had 13 species including AMERICAN REDSTART, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN PARULA (6), COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLACK-AND-WHITE, YELLOW WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED, CAPE MAY, PALM, NASHVILLE, CHESTNUT-SIDED and both BLACK-THROATED GREEN and BLACK THROATED BLUE WARBLERS.The same number of warbler species showed up today at Prince Edward Point with nothing new beyond what has already appeared except for a GOLDEN-WINGED/BLUE-WINGED WARBLER hybrid. Another INDIGO BUNTING was there today and 5 SCARLET TANAGERS.  Eight CASPIAN TERNS  continue to course back and forth the length of the Big Island Marsh. The eight were seen yesterday, and again today. Other birds of interest seen there were AMERICAN KESTREL, OSPREY, NORTHERN HARRIER and 3 MUTE SWANS. The two SANDHILL CRANES  seen yesterday flying over South Big Island Road, were seen again early this afternoon.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A PRAIRIE WARBLER was a highlight today at Sheffield Conservation Area, 11 km south of Kaladar, a known location for this species. Other good species turning up there today were 2 WOOD DUCKS, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,  VEERY, AMERICAN REDSTART and 3 EASTERN TOWHEES. In the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA along Nugent Road today, species to show up there included 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 3 HOUSE WRENS, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, 6 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and 8 BOBOLINKS. At the Moscow Marsh, north of Yarker, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS and a PIED-BILLED GREBE were highlights, with COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, 4 CASPIAN TERNS and 4 MARSH WRENS  also showing up. Backyard sightings at Croydon today included male BALTIMORE ORIOLE, 3 PURPLE FINCHES, pair of EASTERN TOWHEES, 2 female and three male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, 3 FIELLD SPARROWS, 4 CHIPPING SPARROWS, and a pair of HOUSE WRENS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Starting in the north, a visit to the Springbrook Grasslands along the Trans Canada Trail yielded the usual UPLAND SANDPIPER, but also one of two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES that have been seen there for a while, and 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, also a regular there. AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 WOOD DUCKS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BROWN THRASHER, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, NASHVILLE WARBLER and two each of EASTERN MEADOWLARK and FIELD SPARROW also were added to the day’s list. At the now famous Atkins Road site at the end of Elmwood Drive on the north side of Airport Road, some of the same species seen yesterday were there again today – 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and a KILLDEER representing the Shorebird side of things. Six species of sparrow, among them, VESPER and SAVANNAH. An AMERICAN KESTREL, 3 HORNED LARKS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, EASTERN PHOEBE and a GREAT BLUE HERON were also nice sightings.  
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Northwest of Port Hope at Osaca, Parsons Road claimed 41 species, among them a BROAD-WINGED HAWK. Other species in the community were YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, WINTER WREN,, 2 AMERICAN PIPITS, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, and singles of GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and PINE WARBLER. Down at Presquìle Park, a RED-THROATED LOON was a highlight today, while others seen were 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 5 COMMON TERNS, 8 CASPIAN TERNS, a GRAY CATBIRD (file photo by Cathy Caley of West Lake) and 2 BROWN THRASHERS.
 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 11:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
It was a wild day at Prince Edward Point today with 82 species presenting themselves to the binocular brigade. There were high numbers seen on the radar last night which translated into high numbers at the Point today for both observers and banders at the Observatory. Twenty-one warbler species were tallied, an excellent number to finally arrive and hopefully be available for the start of the Birding Festival on Saturday. There weren’t high numbers of warblers at all, but some interesting species and numbers included 10 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 12 YELLOW WARBLERS, 20 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 1 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (Point Traverse Woods), a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and 2 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, as well as TENNESSEE WARBLER. Thrushes were represented by VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH and AMERICAN ROBIN. An EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE turned up, too, as did an INDIGO BUNTING and 6 SCARLET TANAGERS. Babylon Road had 5 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS and two BROWN THRASHERS. West of South Bay an early morning visit before 5:00 a.m. to Brewer’s Road paid off in handsome dividends with the discovery of 3 AMERICAN WOODCOCK, 2 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS, 2 WILSON’S SNIPE, and singles of AMERICAN BITTERN and  RUFFED GROUSE. Also noted there were FIELD SPARROW, 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 2 EASTERN TOWHEES. An UPLAND SANDPIPER  was seen today on a telephone wire along County Road 1 (Schoharie Rd.) just east of Highway 62, near Bloomfield. An INDIGO BUNTING below showed up at a South Bay feeder where other guests included several ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS (both males and females), and a female BALTIMORE ORIOLE.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At the Brighton Constructed Wetlands, 38 species were checked off today, some very interesting species including BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Other good birds were WOOD DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL – just one of each, also a SORA, 4 MARSH WRENS, BELTED KINGFISHER and 3 WARBLING VIREOS. Harbour Street between County Road 64 and the Presqu’ile Parkway also produced MARSH WRENS, also adding COMMON GALLINULE, 3 COMMON TERNS, 1 CASPIAN TERN, another BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a PIED-BILLED GREBE. A SCARLET TANAGER and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were among some of the more noteworthy species at Presqu’ile Park today. Others were 25 BRANT,  2 WINTER WRENS, 3 GRAY CATBIRDS and 3 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS. At the Warkworth Golf Course, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS did a quick fly-by.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Conditions were favourable at Akins Road today for a few shorebirds – five SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 2 KILLDEER, 15 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS. PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 BROWN THRASHERS and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were also on the scene as well as six sparrow species – CHIPPING, FIELD, WHITE-CROWNED, 5 SAVANNAH, 6 SONG and 4 VESPER SPARROWS. At the Springbrook Grasslands today, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was a highlight for one Marmora area birder. Also seen were FIELD SPARROW, BROWN THRASHER, 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Near Maynooth, at Mitchel Lake, a few birds seen there today were 3 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, singles of NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN PHOEBE and BLUE-HEADED VIREO, along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 2 WINTER WRENS, OVENBIRD and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
 
 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
It isn’t every year that the Kaiser Crossroad flooded agricultural fields continues to produce good bird sightings so late into May. However, this has been a very unusual spring no matter which way you look at it. Today at Kaiser, two LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at the wetland, and they weren’t difficult to spot either; both were surprisingly close to the road in the southern field. Still present in the way of ducks were a couple CANADA GEESE, 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS and one each of NORTHERN SHOVELER and MALLARD. The only other shorebirds were 3 KILLDEER and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. SOLITARY SANDPIPERS  today were found along Old Milford Road (1), one along Jackson’s Falls Road, and two others along Brewer’s Road. Some wetlands aren’t doing that well, birdwise. The Hamilton Wetland along County Road 14, west of Demorestville has plenty of water but not that many associated species. Today, 3 CANADA GEESE, a MUTE SWAN, 2 KILLDEER, 2 CASPIAN TERNS and a single RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was the best it could do. So, instead, attention turned to land birds, namely warblers and anything else that could be found in drier areas. One birder drove out to the Consecon area this morning and finally a good migration was followed by a nice day. There were eleven species of warbler including YELLOW, YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-AND-WHITE (2), CAPE MAY (2), BLACKBURNIAN (1), NASHVILLE (3) PALM (1), BLACK-THROATED BLUE (2), BLACK-THROATED GREEN (6), COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (5) and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (3). Orioles  included BALTIMORE (3) and ORCHARD (1). There were three species of flycatcher, namely EASTERN PHOEBE, EASTERN KINGBIRD (2) and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER (1). Three species of wren were seen including HOUSE, CAROLINA (1) and MARSH WREN (2). Also present were two BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, one BOBOLINK, three ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and one PURPLE FINCH. Prince Edward Point produced 49 species in three hours, a few of the more noteworthy species being EASTERN BLUEBIRD, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, both WHITE-CROWNED and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 9 warbler species. COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER and 4 EASTERN TOWHEES  were found along Babylon Road. At 23 Sprague Road on Big Island, 3 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH visited a feeder there today, and 2 SANDHILL CRANES flew over calling loudly. Other noteworthy species today included a BRANT at Waupoos Marina and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER which passed through a backyard near Lake on the Mountain.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Birds at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons today included some interesting species, among them, 4 GADWALL, 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER, 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a BLACK TERN. Also seen were 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, EASTERN KINGBIRD and EASTERN TOWHEE. At the Adulphustown side of the Glenora Ferry, checked off were WARBLING VIREO, HOUSE WREN, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER and NASHVILLE WARBLER.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, north of Airport Road, continues to draw in birds and watchers of birds. Today, 2 GREAT EGRETS  were present along with 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 3 WOOD DUCKS, 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Adding even more interest to the scene 2 SANDHILL CRANES in the corn field. Five HORNED LARKS, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS and a BROWN THRASHER were also on the site, and members of the Sparrow family numbered seven – CHIPPING, FIELD, WHITE-CROWNED, WHITE-THROATED, VESPER, SAVANNAH and 12 SONG SPARROWS. A new area heard from today was the Sidney Conservation Area, on Airport Road off Highway 14, south of Stirling. Previous to 1972, Sidney Conservation Area (53 acres) was the field station of the former Entomological Research Station in Belleville, branch of Dept. of Agriculture to be used for biological and ecological studies of insects. The property is drained by 2 streams, both of which are Chrysal Creek, ultimately draining into Moira River at Thurlow Conservation Area. The plantations of Red and White Pine and White Spruce, together with the deciduous woods provides some great bird habitat. Volunteers and I rehabilitated the existing trails about 15 years ago, and these trails are now being redesigned by Quinte Conservation. When finished, the new system should provide even better access to the varied habitat. Today, 19 species were found here, among them a pair of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS. Also tallied were RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER and 2 PINE WARBLERS. Along the Grand Junction Trail in Thurlow today, among the 27 species seen there were 2 WOOD DUCKS, AMERICAN KESTREL, WARBLING VIREO, BROWN THRASHER, and YELLOW WARBLER.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The only offering from Northumberland County today was from the Brighton Constructed Wetlands along County Road 64. Two VIRGINIA RAILS were present today in the wetland, and other species common to the habitat were MARSH WREN (5), COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BELTED KINGFISHER, 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. There were 10 species of waterfowl and included 30 CANADA GEESE, 4 MUTE SWANS, 1 WOOD DUCK, 1 GADWALL, 4 MALLARDS, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and four each of LESSER SCAUP and BUFFLEHEAD.

 


TUESDAY, MAY 09:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Prince Edward Point was a happening place this morning. One birder spending over five hours this morning from 7:30 a.m., rounded up 62 species involving 10 warbler species – OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW, PALM, YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER Some 20 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were present, and also in good numbers were 20 each of CLIFF SWALLOWS and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Three flycatcher species were on hand – EASTERN PHOEBE, LEAST FLYCATCHER and EASTERN KINGBIRD. Three HERMIT THRUSHES, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, a GREEN HERON and five lingering DARK-EYED JUNCOS  were also good species. Thirty species tallied on Simpson Road near Point Petre included GREEN HERON, SANDHILL CRANE, 2 WILSON’S SNIPE, 4 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and six BROWN THRASHERS. Miscellaneous species found today included a SOLITARY SANDPIPER on Brewer’s Road and a RED-NECKED GREBE in Prince Edward Bay along Long Point Road. At a Rednersville feeder – 2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, 5 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROWS, SONG SPARROWS, NORTHERN CARDINAL and  RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Seventeen BRANT were a highlight at Amherst Island today. An EASTERN TOWHEE at Croydon and six TURKEY VULTURES at the community of Moscow north of Yarker were the only sightings to come in today.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The jetty at the east end of the Murray Canal at 12 O’clock Point, Carrying Place, continues to be a popular loafing area for CASPIAN TERNS. There were 45 clustered there today. Also in view were 50 LESSER SCAUP and a burgeoning population of 43 MUTE SWANS. At Potter Creek Conservation Area (A.K.A. Quinte Conservation Area), noteworthy birds seen there late this afternoon included GREAT BLUE HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER, HOUSE WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN TOWHEE and 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Of four AMERICAN ROBINS seen, one partial leuscistic individual continues to hold territory behind the administration office. North on Wallbridge/Loyalist Road, at Tucker’s Corners, a GREAT EGRET was seen poking its head and neck out of tall grass in a field southwest of the junction. Also hiding was a GREEN HERON at Tweed. A hiker encountered that bird at a marsh along the Trans Canada Trail, a half kilometre west of Tweed, hunkered down in the vegetation along an embankment built by Beavers, hiding and hoping the walker would just hike on by and not notice its hiding spot. The Springbrook Grasslands along Springbrook Road today had 4 BROWN THRASHERS, 4 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, a SAVANNAH S[ARROW and an EASTERN KINGBIRD. At Marmora, birds noted there included CHIPPING SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, PURPLE FINCHES and lots of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. In Trenton, at the far end of Dufferin Avenue at the Bay of Quinte, SWAMP SPARROW and BELTED KINGFISHER were noted.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Presqu’ile Park’s PIPING PLOVER appeared again today and 2 COMMON TERNS also put in an appearance. Outside the Park at the Brighton Constructed Wetlands along County Road 64, six species of ducks there – 3 WOOD DUCKS, 5 MALLARDS, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 6 BUFFLEHEADS and singles of GREEN-WINGED TEAL and LESSER SCAUP. The population of COMMON GALLINULES  is starting to build and there were 11 there today. Across the road at the Brighton Sewage Lagoon, six NORTHERN SHOVELERS were there along with 16 BUFFLEHEAD and 3 LESSER SCAUP. There was also a SPOTTED SANDPIPER.

 


MONDAY, MAY 08:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
It’s a colourful time of the year with BALTIMORE ORIOLES, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and the occasional INDIGO BUNTING show up at local backyard bird feeders. While feeders can often be enough to tempt you no further than the backyard, the spring migration is still going full tilt, and there’s lots out there,  and today was no exception when it came to bird activity. Lots of colour to brighten an otherwise dull day in the Point Traverse Woods with one species, the BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER who wrote the book on showcasing colour, even on cloudy days. Other warblers were there too – NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW, PALM, PINE, and YELLOW-RUMPED. Colour in the woods was also provided by BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, 2 VEERIES, BROWN THRASHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Also doing their part were both WHITE-CROWNED and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, HOUSE WRENS (2), and two each of EASTERN KINGBIRD and BLUE-HEADED VIREO. At Prince Edward Point in the area of the Bird Observatory, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, EASTERN TOWHEE and  RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET added to the scene, as did GREAT BLUE HERON, RUFFED GROUSE and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. Along Long Point Road approaching Prince Edward Point, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD  was spotted today, and along Babylon Road, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, EASTERN KINGBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 2 FIELD SPARROWS  were noteworthy sightings. GREAT EGRET, PIED-BILLED GREBE, COMMON GALLINULE, PINE WARBLER, MARSH WREN and 25 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS turned up there. COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, HOUSE WREN, YELLOW WARBLER, 2 WOOD DUCKS and 10 GREATER/LESSER YELLOWLEGS were good sightings along Huff’s Island Road
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A male BOBOLINK singing lustily from a tree beside a field in Moscow was probably unaware of the predicted temperature drop this evening to a low of 1 degree and a risk of frost. Same for tomorrow actually.
Some great sightings at Amherst Island. Along with the usual species expected at this time of the year, the Owl Woods produced five warbler species, among them, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. Others present too were NASHVILLE, YELLOW, YELLOW-RUMPED and BLACK-THROATED GREEN. Two BRANT were found in the Martin Edwards Nature Reserve at the far east end of the island, sitting in grass to the west of the pond with two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER also in view at the same time. It was a prolific day for shorebirds as 3 WILSON’S PHALAROPES  were also on hand, as were 4 LEAST SANDPIPERS, WILSON’S SNIPE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and, of course, KILLDEER. Over on the mainland, at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons, GADWALL (6) MALLARD (2), BLUE-WINGED TEAL (4), NORTHERN SHOVELER (3), RING-NECKED DUCK (2), LESSER SCAUP (16), and BUFFLEHEAD (50) were present. And in the Napanee River just west of town -was it Jesus of the bird world walking upon the surface of the water? No, it was just a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, tiptoeing on the surface of a slightly submerged backyard dock.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Similar excitement in Hastings County today. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE  was seen again in the Springbrook Grasslands along the Trans Canada Trail. Not unexpected were a couple UPLAND SANDPIPERS which are regular breeders here. Also a regular, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW  was present as well as other species typical of the area – AMERICAN KESTREL, BROWN THRASHER, FIELD SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE and 5 EASTERN MEADOWLARK. At Twiddy Road where the  trail passes over as it approaches Highway 62 north of Ivanhoe, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, EASTERN TOWHEE, BROWN THRASHER and WOOD THRUSH were noted. The regular ICELAND GULL was once again at the Madoc Dump along Highway 7 east of Madoc.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At the Lone Pine Marsh on Pogue Road north of Colborne, 33 species were tallied today including a LEAST BITTERN that called frequently from a dense cattail stand on the west side of Pogue Road. Other good species seen there today at the same location were RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER. Two WOOD THRUSHES were also there along with two WINTER WRENS, 3 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, OVENBIRD  and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. At Barry Heights in Trenton off Telephone Road, a male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD  showed up at 7:30 a.m. this morning, somewhat fluffed up due to the cool temperatures. Three tardy DARK-EYED JUNCOS  are also lingering at this address.

 


SUNDAY, MAY 07:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The first BLACK TERNS of the spring season have returned to Beaver Meadow Conservation Area, south of Picton with the sighting of two individuals. Other species that have been out there the last day or two include an adult BALD EAGLE,  PIED-BILLED GREBES, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and ORCHARD ORIOLE. The latter species also seen today at Bay Meadows Trailer Park at Pleasant Bay along with COMMON LOON, AMERICAN BITTERN, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, OSPREY and a female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. Six BUFFLEHEAD  were seen in Lake Ontario off West Point at Sandbanks Park yesterday. Other birds seen along the Lakeview Trail from West Point were 5 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. A cruise along the entire length of Huff’s Island Road today to the extreme east end produced an impressive list of 52 species early this morning with a few of the more noteworthy finds being 5 AMERICAN WIGEON, 20 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, a VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS and both GREATER (12) and LESSER (8) YELLOWLEGS and 5 CASPIAN TERNS. Also of interest was a PEREGRINE FALCON, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS and singles of HORNED LARK, BROWN THRASHER and EASTERN TOWHEE. At Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park, highlights there were singles of GRAY CATBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and SONG SPARROW. Down in the Cressy area, Rock Crossroad from Cape Vessey had two each of BROWN THRASHER and EASTERN TOWHEE, and singles of FIELD SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The celebrated PAINTED BUNTING south of Denbigh was a no-show today and it is believed that the rare visitor has departed, last spotted yesterday morning. The weather in Denbigh was less than conducive(consistent rain and snow), and might have contributed to the bird leaving. At the Ham Road CN crossing, 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO were found, and at Finkle’s Shore Park, 30 ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS and 40 BARN SWALLOWS were counted. Singles of MALLARD, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON LOON, KILLDEER and BELTED KINGFISHER were also counted. And a backyard count of birds at Link Mills north of Millhaven included 6 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a BARN THRASHER and a lingering DARK-EYED JUNCO.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Five species of warbler on Cross Road and Read Road, one of them a BREWSTER’S WARBLER. Other good birds seen at this location north of Shannonville included OVENBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, NASHVILLE WARBLER, RUFFED GROUSE and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. At the H.R. Frink Centre in the Plainfield area, 48 species were tallied at 7:30 a.m. this morning, some nice finds there including 2 WOOD DUCKS, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and WARBLING VIREO. The list rambled on with 4 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 3 BROWN CREEPER, 2 WINTER WREN, 3 OVENBIRD, 8 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, a PINE WARBLER and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. On the far south side of the Frink Centre wetland, along Harmony Road, another VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA were heard as well as a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. At Blessington and Bronk Roads, UPLAND SANDPIPER, VESPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW and 4 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS  turned up there, and on Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and the same number of WOOD DUCKS  were good sightings. In light snow and rain, the Cheese Factory Trail north of Naphan Road managed to come up with a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK and a RED-TAILED HAWK. A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, a regular at this location, also turned up as did a LEAST FLYCATCHER, 3 OVENBIRDS, EASTERN TOWHEE and a  WOOD THRUSH. Along Bronk Road, A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW  was a good find, and 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were also noteworthy. East of Madoc along Highway 7 today, there was an ICELAND GULL and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, the latter a continuing bird. Over 100 BUFFLEHEADS were still in evidence at the Madoc Sewage Lagoon, also 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 53 RING-NECKED DUCKS and a HOODED MERGANSER.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Presqu’ile Park, a CAPE MAY WARBLER  was a good sighting. Two REDHEADS, MERLIN, BLUE-HEADED VIREO4 HOUSE WRENS and a WINTER WREN were seen. BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were other good birds seen in the Park today.

 


SATURDAY, MAY 06:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Okay – birders in Prince Edward County took yesterday off because it was raining. Still raining today, but you can’t stop birders or birding. Focus today was on a few of the popular focal points rather than nooks and crannies that might not have much of interest. Prince Edward Point produced a respectable total of 52 species, six of them warblers – 1 BLACK-AND-WHITE, 10 YELLOW, 4 YELLOW-RUMPED, 3 BLACK-THROATED GREEN, 1 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and 4 NORTHERN PARULA. In good supply were WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS with 20 being seen, and the same number of CLIFF SWALLOWS. Among the flycatchers seen by observers were GREAT CRESTED, EASTERN KINGBIRD, EASTERN PHOEBE and LEAST FLYCATCHER. Other good species were 8 EASTERN TOWHEES, 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, YELLOW-BELIED SAPSUCKER, and one each of GADWALL, WILSON’S SNIPE, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, WOOD THRUSH and GRAY CATBIRD. Some nice colour there under the raindrops. The Kaiser Crossroad flooded fields still have some interesting birds to make a visit worthwhile. At noon today, there was still a NORTHERN SHOVELER, 2 CANADA GEESE, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 4 RING-NECKED DUCKS. With them were singles of KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
In Hastings County, two visits today to the Aitkins Road site on the east side of Belleville by two observers – one at 8:00 a.m. and another at high noon, resulted in 34 species being seen collectively. The long rising and falling whistle of an UPLAND SANDPIPER was heard – a regular summer resident here – and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER were also present. At one point, 100 RING-BILLED GULLS  were there. Rounding out the list were 3 HORNED LARKS, 1 WOOD DUCK, and CHIPPING, SONG, VESPER, and SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Three GREAT BLUE HERONS, an OSPREY and a PILEATED WOODPECKER at the H.R. Frink Centre at noon today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Starting with the PAINTED BUNTING south of Denbigh, it’s still in its usual spot. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE  was found today on Nugent Road in the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA. EASTERN KINGBIRD and 8 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS also found there. At the Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area, a half hour spent there resulted in a dozen species being noted, among them, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 10 CASPIAN TERNS, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, and 2 YELLOW WARBLERS. At Kaladar, a PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen and heard singing.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A few birds in Presqu’ile Park today including a male CANVASBACK still hanging around. Still time for it to move on. The same could be said for a lone LONG-TAILED DUCK and it’s early enough there are probably quite a few others out on the open lake somewhere. Eight COMMON TERNS  were seen today in the Park, 2 each of HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBE, COMMON GALLINULE and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Along the Parkway today, an OSPREY was seen doing a barrel roll display for 10 minutes while two others flew around nearby. A few RING-BILLED GULLS flying around – an estimated 1,000 of them. Also flying over, 2 GREAT EGRETS. A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was heard singing and other species of interest seen along the Parkway included NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, MERLIN and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. Also seen was a SOLITARY SANDPIPER.

 


FRIDAY, MAY 05: 

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Interesting. Not many folks out birding today! However, there were a few here and there, determined to keep up to date with what species have arrived and which ones are still around. PURPLE FINCHES are still passing through Prince Edward Point these days. North of Wellington, along County Road 2, just past Wilson Road, some great species up that way today including 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 1 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, 5 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Moist conditions, too, today at Presqu’ile Park where a drive around the Park revealed three areas where the road was covered with water. Access to Calf Pasture was blocked off as the parking area down there was under water. One birder early this morning braved the steady rain and spent an hour and 20 minutes, coming up with a respectable list of 36 species. A few of the more noteworthy species were 14 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, both WHITE-THROATED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BROWN THRASHER, HOUSE WREN, 10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 2 KILLDEER. Even the PIPING PLOVER showed up again today at the water’s edge along Beaches 3 & 4.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Rather slim pickin’s in Hastings today and the only sightings to come in were in Belleville. Over in the lower part of Lion’s Park (erroneously identified in eBird as Memorial Park which is actually the park in behind it), the nesting OSPREY of course, 3 CANADA GEESE, 6 MALLARDS and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At the CN crossing along Ham Road west of Link Mills and north of Millhaven, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 4 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a KILLDEER and 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER  were seen today between the raindrops. At Croydon 2 female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS arrived at a feeder there today.
 
FRONTENAC COUNTY
Since we have lots of room for sightings this evening, we will include the sightings from another birder who traipsed around in the steady rain at 6:40 a.m. this morning. The location was just on the north side of Verona and among some of the highlights there included 3 PINE WARBLERS, and two each of BLACK-THROATED GREEN, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and OVENBIRD. Four  WOOD THRUSH were also seen.

 


THURSDAY, MAY 04:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Before the rain decided to commence this morning, two of us enjoyed a bird walk around the Sprague/Monkman private trail just west of Sprague Road on Big Island, coming up with 29 species in a little more than an hour’s time. A MERLIN was creating a fuss as we walked beneath a Red Cedar in which it was perched. MERLINS nest along the trail every year, but this individual was being extra careful about not revealing the exact location. Five BROWN THRASHERS, 5 FIELD SPARROWS, 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and an EASTERN TOWHEE were among some of the highlights along with 2 BOBOLINKS, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and an OSPREY circling overhead. From the Big Island Marsh, the open pond beside the road had CANADA GEESE, MALLARD, PIED-BILLED GREBE and a BELTED KINGFISHER. Some good birds this morning in the Consecon area before the upcoming rains. There were five species of Warbler with widespread YELLOW and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and five COMMON YELLOWTHROATS all in a wet habitat. There were also singles of PINE and NASHVILLE WARBLER. Other more recent arrivals for that area included four  GRAY CATBIRDS, five WARBLING VIREOS, two BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and singles of BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORCHARD ORIOLE, EASTERN KINGBIRD, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and PURPLE FINCH. A doubly satisfying sight was a close adult COOPER’S HAWK eating a Starling! On Glen Lane, a CAROLINA WREN was carrying food to a nest box. This is the same area that had a bird in early winter. At Crofton, south of Mountain View, an EASTERN BLUEBIRD is doing battle with TREE SWALLOWS  for rightful ownership of a nest box. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and PALM WARBLER at the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area at Sandbanks Park. By the way, the gate to Beaver Meadow Conservation Area is finally open. Enjoy.
HASTINGS COUNTY
Lots happening today in Hastings County. The Springbrook Grasslands along the Trans Canada Trail, 3 kilometres west of Twiddy Road today, yielded 30 species. In addition to a single LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE perched atop a Red Cedar, other good sightings – actually hearings – was a SANDHILL CRANE calling in flight and an UPLAND SANDPIPER, also calling. WILSON’S SNIPE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, a HERMIT THRUSH, 4 BROWN THRASHERS, 5 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 4 FIELD SPARROWS, a VESPER SPARROW and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. Darn good day, I would say. Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, has become “Lake Atkins” according to a resident there, continuing to be a good spot for both Yellowlegs species, often right beside the road if anyone wants good views and comparisons of the two species. Today, there were 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 14 LESSER YELLOWLEGS there, and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Extensive flooding in the field around the pond was ideal habitat today  for 8 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 WOOD DUCKS and 7 MALLARDS. Other noteworthy birds there today were six Sparrow species – CHIPPING (3), FIELD (1), WHITE-THROATED (1), VESPER (2), SAVANNAH (5), SONG (8 ), an an EASTERN TOWHEE. A thorough exploration of the Harmony Road area, north of Belleville, resulted in some interesting species today. The Harmony Road Wetland produced WILSON’S SNIPE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH,, and 6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. All along Harmony Road, scattered sightings of BOBOLINKS, BROWN THRASHER, FIELD and SAVANNAH SPARROWS, WILSON’S SNIPE, EASTERN TOWHEE, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. South of Harmony Road, along Read Road, VIRGINIA RAIL, WILSON’S SNIPE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, BROWN CREEPER, BROWN THRASHER, VESPER SPARROW and more BOBOLINKS. Blessington Road had much the same species and UPLAND SANDPIPER, and Deseronto Road offered EASTERN TOWHEE and SAVANNAH SPARROW. Twenty-one species turned up at the Kingsford Conservation Area along the Salmon River with noteworthy species being BROAD-WINGED HAWK, HERMIT THRUSH and both WHITE-CROWNED and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. At Deseronto’s Centennial Park, 16 GREATER SCAUP, 30 LESSER SCAUP and 4 BUFFLEHEAD  were seen offshore with other species being OSPREY, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN and BELTED KINGFISHER.  At Barry Heights in Trenton, a birder casually sat in his lawn chair and watched 5 male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS at the feeder at once, two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 5 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER calling from the oaks.  Along Highway 14 south of Marmora, AMERICAN BITTERN, SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL and MARSH WRENS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At the Moscow Marsh today, NORTHERN SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCKS (4), two PIED-BILLED GREBES, AMERICAN BITTERN, 3 VIRGINIA RAILS, COMMON GALLINULE and 2 LINCOLN’S SPARROWS  were all good finds. Among the 15 species on the Napanee Limestone Plains IBA today, were EASTERN KINGBIRD, AMERICAN KESTREL, BROWN THRASHER and  EASTERN MEADOWLARK. Oliver Side Road east of Deseronto had FIELD and SAVANNAH SPARROWS and a lone  WILD TURKEY. Twenty-two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS on County Road 11 east of Deseronto Road, AMERICAN KESTREL, HORNED LARK and VESPER SPARROW.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Some good finds at Presqu’ile Park today, among them, a first summer plumaged ICELAND GULL on Beach 2 and 3. Also seen in the Park was a PEREGRINE FALCON, 2 COMMON GALLINULES and the same number of PIED-BILLED GREBES.  Many of the same species of birds in the Park that are turning up elsewhere, but special mention of 3 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, AMERICAN WOODCOCK and four WINTER WRENS, OVENBIRD and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.
 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 03:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Now that BOBOLINKS have finally arrived, with 2 sightings yesterday and four today on Jackson’s Falls Road, we look forward to the arrival of a few more warblers and some of the later sparrow species as the migration forges bravely ahead. One such species, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen today on Jackson’s Falls Road, between Old Milford Road and County Road 17, near Milford. Other noteworthy species seen along this two-kilometre stretch of road at 6:30 a.m. this morning were 7 BROWN THRASHERS, 5 FIELD SPARROWS, 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 3 EASTERN TOWHEES, and 7 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. On Crowes Road, also in the Milford area, 17 species tallied there today included a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 1 BROWN THRASHER, 3 FIELD SPARROWS, 1 EASTERN TOWHEE and the second WOOD THRUSH of the spring season (one was at Prince Edward Point yesterday). For the backyard birder, no shortage of birds these days as BALTIMORE ORIOLES, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and INDIGO BUNTINGS start spending time at feeders. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and a few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS  are also showing up scratching around at the base of feeders. Certainly no need to stop feeding birds just because it is spring. The secret is to discourage the more aggressive EUROPEAN STARLINGS and COMMON GRACKLES by simply changing the way in which you offer your feed, and closing down tray and platform feeders  thereby making it more difficult for these larger, more  troublesome birds to access, and going more with smaller hanging feeders. Above all, eliminate the traditional mixed feed which serves to attract blackbirds and stick with niger seed, finch feed and black oil sunflower seed. Works for me anyway.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Backyard birders also having a good time with their avian guests in Lennox and Addington. At Heritage Point at Bath, both male and female BALTIMORE ORIOLES and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS in a backyard there as well as CHIPPING SPARROWS, WHITE-THROATED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS at feeders. The star PAINTED BUNTING near Denbigh was present again today, and 19 other species in the area included BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 2 COMMON LOONS, 7 PURPLE FINCHES and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. On Amherst Island today, some good sightings there were 2 GADWALL, 1 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 45 TREE SWALLOWS and a COMMON RAVEN.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Shorebirds, primarily Yellowlegs, continue to turn up here and there in Hastings County, mainly due to lots of flooded fields and other wet areas where they can forage. Nine GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen today at Frankford Road and Wallbridge Road north of Belleville and three more were at Atkins Road today along with 5 of the LESSER species. Atkins Road also had 82 RING-BILLED GULLS, 2 WOOD DUCKS, 4 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a couple SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Another repeat visit to Bata Island a couple minutes north of Frankford by a Belleville birder who was quick to recognize this small island as a mecca for migratory birds resulted in 34 species there today. A PIED-BILLED GREBE  was among them and also seen were 9 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 1 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, MERLIN, BELTED KINGFISHER and a CASPIAN TERN.  HOUSE WRENS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and BELTED KINGFISHER were a few of the more noteworthy birds today in Foxboro. At Greenhill Lane up in the Industrial Park area of Belleville, a resident birder there checked off 23 species today, coming up with 80 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 70 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, BROWN THRASHER, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, MERLIN and a RED-TAILED HAWK. Best bird there was a LINCOLN’S SPARROW.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing has come in from Northumberland County at time of writing.

 


TUESDAY, MAY 02:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Some new arrivals at Prince Edward Point today and some excellent tallies with one Kingston birder racking up a list of 81 species. Among new arrivals today were 5 NORTHERN PARULAS (all males and singing), CAPE MAY WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, 2 BOBOLINKS, 1 WOOD THRUSH and 5 SCARLET TANAGERS. Another new arrival was a RED-EYED VIREO in the Point Traverse Woods. Two GREEN HERONS  were at Prince Edward Point. Other good sightings made by two separate observers there today were BLUE-HEADED VIREO, PURPLE FINCH, 120 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, 300 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 20 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and 75 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS passed over the area, calling and chasing. At the Miller Family Nature Preserve, WILSON’S SNIPE, FIELD SPARROW and EASTERN TOWHEE were noteworthy, and at Jackson’s Falls Road near Milford, the arrival of another BOBOLINK in addition to the Prince Edward Point individuals of the spring season was noted. The Kaiser Crossroad flooded fields enjoyed the showers (3 inches!) we had yesterday. Present were 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 23 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER and 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Other sightings around the County today included a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at Sheba’s Island, and an INDIGO BUNTING at a feeder in Picton. A flooded agricultural field along Huff’s Island Road had 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 15 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 17 CASPIAN TERNS and 33 LESSER/GREATER YELLOWLEGS. However, another flooded field along Highway 62 nearby had a few more LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS  – an actual count of 83 of both species! The very wet Hamilton Wetland west of Demorestville had only a CASPIAN TERN today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Sixty-eight species were found on Amherst Island today where a few significant sightings there included 5 continuing DUNLIN, 1 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 49 PURPLE MARTINS and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Other sightings from the island today were 18 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 8 GADWALL, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 12 HOUSE WRENS, BROWN THRASHER, and seven species of sparrow – SAVANNAH (3), SONG (8), WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (13), CHIPPING (2), and singles of FIELD, WHITE-CROWNED and SWAMP, along with 2 EASTERN TOWHEES (also members of the sparrow family). At the Amherst Island ferry dock, COMMON LOON, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, GADWALL and CANADA GOOSE. In the Denbigh area, the PAINTED BUNTING  continues to be  regular at a feeder south of that community. Of course, if you drive all that way to see a rare bird, you may as well see what else is around. In the area today, there were 2 COMMON LOONS, BELTED KINGFISHER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, AMERICAN KESTRELS, 50 TREE SWALLOWS, 25 BARN SWALLOWS, 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 8 PURPLE FINCHES, 1 PINE SISKIN and 3 Warbler species – YELLOW-RUMPED, NASHVILLE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN.  
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A male EASTERN BLUEBIRD made one birder’s day along Wallbridge/Loyalist Road today. Forty-six species were rounded up today at the H.R. Frink Conservation Area and Outdoor Education Centre at Plainfield. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen at the Sugar Shack along the Drumlin Trail, and a MERLIN along the Marsh Boardwalk area. A new arrival today was a LEAST FLYCATCHER. A PILEATED WOODPECKER and 3 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, both HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKERS and NORTHERN FLICKER represented the Woodpecker family. Five warbler species were present – 3 OVENBIRDS, 3 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 1 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, a PINE WARBLER, and 5 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. Other good sightings and hearings were EASTERN KINGBIRD, WINTER WREN, and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Two ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS  were at Foxboro today, as well as HOUSE WREN and 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. Yellowlegs species were at Atkins Road north of Elmwood Drive – 3 GREATER and five LESSER. Behind the Belleville Walmart Store, 50 TREE SWALLOWS and 12 BARN SWALLOWS were taking advantage of the conditions over the Moira River. Fifteen RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen along Airport Road east of Belleville today.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Just outside Presqu’ile Park, Gosport produced 2 RUDDY DUCKS today. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and GREAT EGRET were seen by one visiting birder, and an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard calling last night and 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were displaying at night as well. At the Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area today, north of Brighton, birds seen included OVENBIRD, PINE WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, EASTERN TOWHEE and YELLOW-BREASTED SAPSUCKER. The birder there tried a NORTHERN GOSHAWK call and, unfortunately, got a response. There is a pair nesting on the property and they have an attitude and don’t hesitate to swoop down with extended talons and remove any head gear that you may be wearing. The birds are nesting at the far end on a 2 km looped trail known as the Loop d’ Loop. If hiking along that trail this spring, watch your back!

 


MONDAY, MAY O1:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Thirty-three mm of rain last night followed by another 38 mm today, and it’s still raining as I write this. Hard to believe I actually responded to a local promotion and purchased another rain barrel to add to the three I already have, as well as a 250-gallon water storage tank! A typical knee-jerk reaction to the devastating drought we had last summer. Anyway, the rain didn’t stop the birds. Today, we enjoyed the presence of 2 male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and both a male and female BALTIMORE ORIOLE at our feeders today. Another new warbler arrival today – a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT – at the Miller Family Nature Reserve, singing in wet shrubby thickets by the lakeshore. Four other warblers on the property too – NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW, YELLOW-RUMPED and NASHVILLE WARBLER (2). Also present, 2 SORA, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, NORTHERN HARRIER and MERLIN. Some good numbers with WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (59), CHIPPING SPARROW (19), FIELD SPARROW (14) and SWAMP SPARROW (8). Very early this morning (6:10 a.m.), 51 species were tallied at Prince Edward Point. WILSON’S SNIPE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 3 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, and 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS were among them. Also seen were 6 warbler species – BLACK-AND-WHITE, YELLOW, PALM, YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. Sixteen WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 15 EASTERN TOWHEES  were good numbers. Along Long Point Road leading to the Point, another EASTERN KINGBIRD, WILSON’S SNIPE and YELLOW WARBLER. Five GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 6 LESSER YELLOWLEGS  were at Jackson’s Falls Road, and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER and 13 GREATER SCAUP were seen at Waupoos Marina. Kaiser Crossroad is certainly enjoying all the recent rains. Twenty-six species were counted there today, among them 5 WOOD DUCKS, a NORTHERN SHOVELER, 14 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a GREAT EGRET, 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Starting with sewage, a good spot to find bird species, the sewage lagoons at Kenron Estates between Belleville and Trenton yielded 27 species in as many minutes today. The RUDDY DUCK  was still there, and also seen were 4 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 4 YELLOW WARBLERS, a BELTED KINGFISHER, and one each of SWAMP SPARROW, NORTHERN CARDINAL, BROWN THRASHER, HOUSE WREN and BANK SWALLOW. Fifteen species in exactly the same number of minutes were found today at the Potter Creek Conservation Area in Quinte West. Noteworthy finds were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW and NASHVILLE WARBLERS and NORTHERN CARDINAL. A new area in Hastings County donating a few birds today was Mount Pelion Park in Trenton. Found there today were 2 PINE WARBLERS, a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, 2 HERMIT THRUSHES and a CASPIAN TERN. At Atkins Road, east of Belleville today, 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 2 WILSON’S SNIPE and a GREAT BLUE HERON. The CAROLINA WREN was heard again today in the Barry Heights area of Trenton.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
One birder in pouring rain managed 24 species in Cobourg today. Twenty-four WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS  were among them, as were 10 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS as well as ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CHIPPING SPARROW and SONG SPARROW. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS numbered 40 at Presqu’ile Park and there were also 50 AMERICAN ROBINS tallied. Also present were 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, BELTED KINGFISHER, HERMIT THRUSH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, NASHVILLE WARBLER and CASPIAN TERNS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
In Lennox and Addington County, the male PAINTED BUNTING is still located at 22262 Highway 41, just south of Denbigh. It spent the entire day yesterday at feeders there and was spotted again this morning, at 7:00 a.m. and was active all morning. A few scattered sightings around the county – ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at a feeder in Croydon, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK north of Bon Echo Park, and a NORTHERN HARRIER on Nugent Road.
 


SUNDAY, APRIL 30:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Six species of warbler at Prince Edward Point today, including BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, YELLOW, PALM and 50 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Eleven warbler species so far this spring, and it ain’t even May 1st yet! Two BLUE-HEADED VIREOS put in an appearance there mid-morning as did a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, 8 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 3 HOUSE WRENS, 1 COMMON LOON and a MERLIN. The Kaiser Crossroad flooded agricultural fields are still doing well, and among those species present today were 2 each of NORTHERN SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, PIED-BILLED GREBE and 17 NORTHERN PINTAILS.  Four GREAT BLUE HERONS, 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 7 GREATER and 16 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PILEATED WOODPECKER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  added some colour and variety to the scene today. Last year, there was so little water at the Hamilton Wetland west of Demorestville, that it eventually became blackened waste and even the remaining MUTE SWANS kept getting through the fence and wandered along the roadside looking for any semblance of water that they could swim in. The change in the amount of water this spring (almost to the roadside) is so dramatic it is as though the waterfowl have become frightened of the current conditions. Today, only a lone CANADA GOOSE and a returning MUTE SWAN were evident. On Jericho Road today, an EASTERN BLUEBIRD and an AMERICAN KESTREL were noteworthy finds. Other little nooks and crannies and side roads were explored today, with just the expected species being found and nothing significant.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Marshes and plains were both explored today in Lennox and Addington. Moscow Marsh, north of Yarker, offered a lone WOOD DUCK, PIED BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 COMMON GALLINULES and 3 WILSON’S SNIPES. In drier habitat, the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA had several good sightings for the checklist, including RED-TAILED HAWK, 3 BROWN THRASHERS, 3 FIELD SPARROWS, 3 EASTERN TOWHEES, an EASTERN MEADOWLARK and 4 WILD TURKEYS. Other miscellaneous sightings in that county today included Croydon’s first WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW as this species slowly makes its way to its breeding grounds in the Hudson Bay Lowlands. FIELD SPARROWS  were also seen in the Croydon area, a species quite content with any old field habitat around this area.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES in the Springbrook Grasslands were present again today, the pair seen together in a small shrub. BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and NORTHERN FLICKERS  also present there. At the east end of the Trans Canada Trail at Twiddy Road, some good sightings there including 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, BELTED KINGFISHER and a RUFFED GROUSE. An EASTERN BLUEBIRD posed for photographer/birder Tom Wheatley of Foxboro at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course this afternoon where other birds of interest were RED-TAILED HAWK, SAVANNAH SPARROW, NORTHERN FLICKER (3), and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. In Foxboro, birds seen there today were ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS and one each of WHITE-CROWNED and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. At the Kenron Estates Ponds at Bayside, a RUDDY DUCK continues to be seen and also present today was a HOODED MERGANSER and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Eighteen LESSER YELLOWLEGS  were a highlight today on Atkins Road north of Elmwood Drive. Four GREATER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS also among them. Three GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and a VESPER SPARROW also there as well. All good stuff, but the star attraction today was a PAINTED BUNTING which appeared at a feeder late this morning south of Denbigh!
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Two BARRED OWLS, RUFFED GROUSE and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were noteworthy species seen today at Peter’s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve, located 20 kilometres or so north of Grafton. At Cobourg Harbour today, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 15 CASPIAN TERNS were noted there. At Presqu’ile Provincial Park, noteworthy sightings there today were PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, a GREEN HERON (new), 4 MARSH WRENS and the continuing banded PIPING PLOVER. 

 


SATURDAY, APRIL 29:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
BOBOLINKS have arrived on Amherst Island. Two males were noted today bubbling away. Other spring birds noted there today were 160 TREE SWALLOWS, one each of GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 HOUSE WRENS, 3 BROWN THRASHERS, 14 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and a newly arrived YELLOW WARBLER. At the Martin Edwards Reserve at the east end of the island there were 35 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and, new today, 5 DUNLIN and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER. Two Camden East birders took a short drive to Nugent Road this morning and then had a nice walk at Camden Lake & then paddled Moscow Marsh. At the Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area noteworthy birds seen there included WOOD DUCK, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 3 BROWN THRASHERS, 5 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 11 CHIPPING SPARROWS and 6 SAVANNAH SPARROWS. At the Moscow Marsh, 2 COMMON GALLINULES, 10 RING-NECKED DUCKS and a WOOD DUCK were there, as were 6 MARSH WRENS. In the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA, some significant sightings there included 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, a WILSON’S SNIPE, 1 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, 4 BROWN THRASHERS, 6 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 18 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. Over at the Milhaven Ferry dock, 6 COMMON LOONS  were spotted in the lake, a BELTED KINGFISHER and a half dozen ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was a new spring arrival in the Consecon Area this morning. Other birds seen in the Consecon area were 8 YELLOW WARBLERS, 10 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 8 WARBLING VIREOS, 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and singles of BALTIMORE ORIOLE and a singing CAROLINA WREN at Gardenville. At Prince Edward Point, four hours spent there by a Belleville birder resulted in a list of 52 species. Only three species of warbler found though among eight possible species that are currently present – YELLOW, YELLOW-RUMPED and PALM. A single GRAY CATBIRD and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO were there this morning as well as 6 SURF SCOTERS, 2 WILSON’S SNIPE, and singles of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and DARK-EYED JUNCO, the latter species starting to thin out a bit now. A half dozen PURPLE FINCHES also at the Point. And a BROAD-WINGED HAWK was also seen by another observer.  Along Long Point Road approaching Prince Edward Point proper, 35 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 2 COMMON LOONS, an EASTERN PHOEBE and 2 EASTERN TOWHEES were noteworthy sightings, and along Babylon Road 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 6 EASTERN TOWHEES, 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, and 5 FIELD SPARROWS  were birds of note. Heading west, Hilltop Road produced WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 3 EASTERN TOWHEES, 3 FIELD SPARROWS and a KILLDEER. Farther west, Charwell Point had a RED-TAILED HAWK during an hour spent there which produced 16 species. SPOTTED SANDPIPER, SWAMP SPARROW, 2 FIELD SPARROWS and a couple KILLDEER also noted. Along Old Milford Road, FIELD SPARROWS, OSPREY, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were seen, and along Jackson’s Falls Road 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 9 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were present. And, finally, at Waupoos Marina, MUTE SWAN, OSPREY, BARN SWALLOWS (5), 3 BUFFLEHEAD, and 200 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS  were seen.  Some shorebirds at Kaiser Crossroad today – 3 KILLDEER, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 3 and 4 respectively of GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, a SANDHILL CRANE, 2 BUFFLEHEADS, 2 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a NORTHERN SHOVELER, and a PIED-BILLED GREBE also on the list of 22 recorded species. Bradley Crossroad had an AMERICAN KESTREL, and the resident CASPIAN TERN put in an appearance at the Big Island Marsh as did the OSPREY and NORTHERN HARRIER  which are regulars every day. Even the Demorestville Conservation Area had a few species to add to the day – 100 TREE SWALLOWS, and a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. Eight species at the Hamilton Wetland including GREAT BLUE HERON, KILLDEER and MUTE SWAN. And, in the flooded agricultural field along Huff’s Island Road late this afternoon, 12 species – 2 CANADA GEESE, 1 MUTE SWAN, 2 GADWALL, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 20 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 20 RING-BILLED GULLS, 25 CASPIAN TERNS, just to name a few of the species present.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
UPLAND SANDPIPER and LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE  were once again in the Springbrook Grasslands along the Trans Canada Trail today. Other species typical of the habitat were BROWN THRASHER (3), FIELD SPARROW (3), KILLDEER, EASTERN TOWHEE and EASTERN MEADOWLARK (4). No trip up that way is complete without stopping in at the Madoc Sewage Lagoons where today 21 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 21 BUFFLEHEAD, SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL and 4 BROWN THRASHERS  were noteworthy finds. Two NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were vocalizing at the Foxboro Marsh where a PIED-BILLED GREBE, VIRGINIA RAIL, and 3 SWAMP SPARROWS  were also noted. East of Glen Ross at the Rosebush Road bridge near the Oak Hills Golf Course, BELTED KINGFISHER, 3 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, and a YELLOW WARBLER  were present, and some shorebirds were spotted at the corner of Frankford Road and Wallbridge Road – 7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A return trip to Bata Island just north of Frankford, of the 27 species seen there, 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS, a BELTED KINGFISHER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, HOUSE WREN, BROWN THRASHER and EASTERN TOWHEE  were all good finds. A pair of BELTED KINGFISHERS  were noted at a gravel site at Glen Ross, and also there an early EASTERN KINGBIRD. Frankford Road had 5 GREAT EGRETS and 3 WOOD DUCKS. Way down at Carrying Place, the CASPIAN TERN roost at the east end of the Murray Canal had 100 birds today. A YELLOW WARBLER  was reported today from the Stanley Park Marsh on Haig Road in Belleville.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Yesterday at Presqu’ile Park constant traffic of RING-BILLED GULLS over the Parkway area was estimated to be about 2,000 to and from the islands. There were also 20 BARN SWALLOWS  in small groups moving west late in the day. YELLOW WARBLER also seen here, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD and 7 CEDAR WAXWINGS. Today in the Park, three DUNLIN were seen on the beach, but the real star, of course, was the PIPING PLOVER. Two NASHVILLE WARBLERS and 3 PINE WARBLERS also noted today along with 30 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. No shortage of them! Other good sightings in the Park today were 2 WINTER WRENS, 4 BROWN CREEPERS, 2 WARBLING VIREOS, a MERLIN, PILEATED WOODPECKER, 3 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.
 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS have arrived and are nicely populating backyards with WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS which are still around in good numbers. Yesterday the first (and currently, the only) RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD arrived at a Fry Road address north of Picton, representing the earliest ever date in our records for Prince Edward County. The news today is the arrival of both BALTIMORE ORIOLES and ORCHARD ORIOLE. The ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Pleasant Bay where a BALTIMORE ORIOLE also appeared. It must have been an overnight arrival as BALTIMORE ORIOLES  were also reported from Green Point in Sophiasburgh Ward, and also from outside the County, at Presqu’ile Park.  At the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, things were a bit slow, although the season’s first NASHVILLE WARBLER and AMERICAN REDSTART were seen in the Point Traverse Woods. Just up the road on Long Point Road, 1200 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were in Prince Edward Bay, a continuous line of birds stretching for at least two kilometres several hundred metres off shore. Also seen along there were COMMON LOON, 8 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, MERLIN, BROWN THRASHER, FIELD SPARROW and 2 EASTERN TOWHEES. Along Hilltop Road near the intersection of Brewer’s Road, the Miller Family Nature Reserve offered EASTERN BLUEBIRD, MERLIN, both species of kinglet, HOUSE WREN, BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and EASTERN TOWHEE, but with no numbers provided. At Kaiser Crossroad today, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 28 NORTHERN PINTAILS, BELTED KINGFISHER and 11 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen. The GREATER YELLOWLEGS were in the corn stubble along the edge of the water in the north field with the LESSER YELLOWLEGS. South East of Picton, Luck’s Crossroad lived up to its name by producing HOUSE WREN, another BALTIMORE ORIOLE and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. At Beaver Meadow Conservation Area, south of Picton, present today were NORTHERN SHOVELER, a plethora of SONG SPARROWS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and GREAT BLUE HERON.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
There was a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK today, appropriately enough, at The Birdhouse Nature Store, in Wooler. They must be spreading north quickly this spring as one was even sighted near Baptiste Lake near Bancroft. Eleven species were seen today at the Springbrook Grasslands along the Trans Canada Trail, with NORTHERN FLICKER, KILLDEER, BROWN THRASHER, CHIPPING SPARROW, FIELDS SPARROWS and EASTERN MEADOWLARKS being the only birds of note. At Foxboro, EASTERN PHOEBE, HOUSE WREN and 4 of the newly arrived WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen today. As WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW numbers increase this week and next, most backyards will be filled with their dreamy, somewhat monotonous whistled songs. At least, I find the plaintive whistles to be monotonous compared to the sweet, “Oh-Canada-Canada-Canada” whistles of the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. At Atkins Road north of Airport Road on the east side of Belleville, conditions there continue to attract numerous bird species. This morning at 7:00 a.m. there were 31 species on hand, among them a calling UPLAND SANDPIPER, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, 7 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a RED-TAILED HAWK, HORNED LARK, BROWN THRASHER and 8 species of sparrow – AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, CHIPPING, FIELD, WHITE-CROWNED, WHITE-THROATED, VESPER, SAVANNAH and SONG. Even seasoned birders have trouble accepting the sight of ducks perched on tree branches. However, very appropriate habitat for a pair checking out all possible cavities in trees on the north side of Telephone Road in Trenton this week. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At Wilton Creek near Morven today, birds seen there this afternoon included GREATER YELLOWLEGS, EASTERN PHOEBE, 4 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, SONG SPARROW and VESPER SPARROW. Yesterday, in the Napanee Limestone Plains Important Bird Area, some interesting species among the 29 seen – 2 WOOD DUCKS, AMERICAN BITTERN, 15 WILSON’S SNIPES, 5 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, 2 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, 1 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, 4 BROWN THRASHERS and 8 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. On Park Road at the northern tip of Varty Lake, birds present there included 3 SORAS, MARSH WREN, VESPER SPARROW and EASTERN TOWHEE.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Lots of attention these days on Presqu’ile Park due to its location in Lake Ontario lending itself to some excellent birding opportunities during the spring migration. Today at the Campground Marsh in Presqu’ile Bay, a lone CANVASBACK was a good sighting, along with 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES and several newly arrived COMMON TERNS to join the CASPIAN TERNS already present. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE, singing clearly, was along the Bayshore Road and lighthouse area, as was a newly arrived GRAY CATBIRD. At the Calf Pasture, both species of kinglet, BROWN THRASHER, and 2 FIELD SPARROWS. Not to be missed of course was the Owen Point area where an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen today, 6 COMMON TERNS and 7 YELLOW WARBLERS, the latter a good number for a species that just arrived a day or two ago. Along the Marsh Boardwalk, 11 COMMON TERNS were seen there along with a SORA, 4 MARSH WRENS and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. 
 

THURSDAY, APRIL 27:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few reports that came in too late to be included in last evening’s Bird Report. We’ll get them out of the way first. Excellent lake conditions at the end of Kaiser Crossroad provided for accurate counts of waterfowl which included 2030 LONG-TAILED DUCKS with rafts scattered everywhere offshore. BUFFLEHEADS, COMMON GOLDENEYES and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were among them, but also found in small groups were 35 HORNED GREBES and 11 RED-NECKED GREBES, and 7 COMMON LOONS. Just north of there, at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded fields, 23 species of birds were tallied there, eight of them waterfowl including 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES. Among the species noted were 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 66 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 17 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK/MALLARD hybrid. GREATER YELLOWLEGS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, OSPREY and 3 GREAT BLUE HERONS also tallied. Today, also down that way, 2 SANDHILL CRANES  were heard trumpeting from a field. Good day at Prince Edward Point today with 70 species seen including eight warbler species – BLUE-WINGED (record early date), an early  BLACKBURNIAN, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, YELLOW (2), YELLOW-RUMPED, PALM, PINE and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (3). Two vireo species also turned up – WARBLING and BLUE-HEADED. Continuing early GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS are still showing up, and today, an early VEERY turned up. Also around today – FOX SPARROW, 4 BROWN THRASHERS, 20 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 15 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, PILEATED and  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, and an UPLAND SANDPIPER.  Passing through the County right now are WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and one was seen today in Wellington with others turning up too elsewhere outside the County. Three YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS  were still at the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area at Sandbanks Park where they were yesterday. Beaver Meadow Conservation Area today had WOOD DUCK, SONG SPARROWS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, CHIPPING SPARROWS and BELTED KINGFISHER.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville continues to attract migrants and resident birds. Today, there were 26 species on hand with an UPLAND SANDPIPER  being heard twice. Just arrived were 9 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, first of the season there as well as 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Ten GREEN-WINGED TEAL were on hand as were EASTERN PHOEBE, HORNED LARK, BARN SWALLOWS, 2 VESPER SPARROWS and 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were along Airport Road. RUFFED GROUSE  today at Cooper, north of Madoc, also SAVANNAH SPARROWS, PURPLE FINCHES, SONG SPARROWS and BARN SWALLOWS. At Foxboro, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and in the Palmer Road area – HOUSE WREN and BROWN THRASHER.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Also coming in too late for last evenings summary was a report of sightings made at the Ganaraska Forest, north of Newtonville where 26 species were identified. WINTER WREN, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, 3 each of GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 4 PINE WARBLERS and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. At the Brighton Constructed Wetland along County Road 64, eight NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 6 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were among fives species of ducks noted there. Newly arrived were 5 COMMON GALLINULES. Two MARSH WRENS were also in the wetland. Just across the road at the Brighton Sewage Lagoon, 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 20 BUFFLEHEAD were two of 4 waterfowl species seen there.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At Croydon, north of Napanee, the first HOUSE WREN of the season for that neck of the woods showed up today. This morning around one residence, there were 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, a pair OF EASTERN PHOEBES, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and lots of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, as well as BROWN THRASHER and FIELD SPARROW nearby.

 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26:

HASTINGS COUNTY
The first CHIMNEY SWIFT of the season – at least, for me anyhow – was seen during a casual stroll along the Parrott Trail at Potter Creek Conservation Area this afternoon. Other good birds among the 19 species seen in less than a hour there included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BELTED KINGFISHER, 2 each of SONG SPARROW  and CHIPPING SPARROWS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS and a CASPIAN TERN. Reporting from a new area of Belleville today was one of my Marsh Monitoring Program volunteers, Yvan Deslauriers of the Greenhill Lane area of Belleville, just south of the Industrial Park. He tallied a good list today comprising 30 species with some excellent numbers attached to a few of the species – 5 MOURNING DOVES, 60 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 120 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and a conservative count of 100 AMERICAN ROBINS. Also seen were 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 3 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 6 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, a BROWN CREEPER, 2 HERMIT THRUSHES, 5 BROWN THRASHERS, and five species of sparrow including a couple AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS  still hanging around. A few species at the Harmony Road Wetland at 6:00 p.m. this evening – 1 GREAT BLUE HERON, 2 KILLDEER and 3 CHIPPING SPARROWS. Birds seeking to further their education were even on Loyalist Campus today, among them a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 18 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 4 NORTHERN CARDINALS and 2 PINE WARBLERS. At the Madoc Sewage Lagoon, a half hour spent there netted one birder 34 species. AMERICAN BITTERN , NORTHERN HARRIER, VIRGINIA RAIL, CASPIAN TERN, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS and 7 SWAMP SPARROWS were among those basking in the questionable habitat. Ten RING-NECKED DUCKS, NORTHERN SHOVELER, 63 BUFFLEHEAD and 6 WOOD DUCKS  were among the waterfowl present. In the Moira River behind Walmart there were 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS  today, and an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Bronk Road.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing too much out of the ordinary at Presqu’ile Park today – 5 GREAT EGRETS, 3 BROWN THRASHERS and a dozen CASPIAN TERNS  were a few of the highlights there. On Danforth Road, northeast of Cobourg, good sightings there included PINE WARBLER, 6 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 2 PURPLE FINCHES, 1 RUSTY BLACKBIRD and an EASTERN TOWHEE. North of Castleton, along Dawson Road, BELTED KINGFISHER, 4 NORTHERN FLICKERS, a BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, FIELD and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were noteworthy sightings.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In a Glenora Road backyard today – a dozen AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 8 PURPLE FINCHES, 8 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, EASSTERN TOWHEE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. In downtown Allisonville, a backyard there had 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, CHIPPING SPARROWS and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. There were AMERICAN KESTRELS  today on Jericho Road (2), one on Black Road, and another near County Road 14 (Demorestville Road). NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS and TREE SWALLOWS at the Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area at Sandbanks Park today as well as CASPIAN TERN and BELTED KINGFISHER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. At the mouth of the Outlet River, there were 16 CASPIAN TERNS loafing on the beach, and two BELTED KINGFISHERS  were not far away. And, there was a NORTHERN HARRIER  seen along Highway 62 near Fenwood Gardens. And three GREAT BLUE HERONS were spotted at the Melville Bridge at Consecon Lake. Photo by Susan Shipman of Wellington.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At Link Mills, north of Millhaven, the ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was back at a feeder there, and other good backyard sightings there included HOUSE WREN, BROWN THRASHER and WHITE-THROATED, CHIPPING and SAVANNAH SPARROWS. At a Bath wetland, an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL called almost nonstop last night from a stand of trees while a researcher was attempting to document singing frogs in the marsh.


TUESDAY, APRIL 25:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Rain today didn't stop new migrants from arriving. Three NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were seen early this morning at the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area. There are 600 acres here along County Road 5 (Mudcat Road), east of Foxboro. It features a drumlin island in the Moira River, Foxboro Swamp (Class 1 wetland), and Chrysal and Number Ten Creeks. It is also a great birding spot as evidenced by a list of 25 species present today early this morning. Also seen here were 5 WOOD DUCKS, a BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, and 4 SWAMP SPARROWS.  At Foxboro, a male HOUSE WREN was carrying nesting material to a nest box. Also present at a backyard here today were 3 CHIPPING SPARROWS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a PURPLE FINCH. After being absent for almost three weeks the CAROLINA WREN has returned to a Barry Heights backyard off Telephone Road in Trenton, singing his heart out. The RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is still calling at the same address.  At Bancroft, 10 EVENING GROSBEAKS are still coming regularly to a feeder.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
At Big Island, a PIED-BILLED GREBE calls daily from the 12-acre pond (Sprague Lake) at the corner of Sprague Road and South Big Island Road. Although initially scoffed at for being referred to as a lake on the sign at the launch area, it is indeed a lake this spring as high lake levels have all but swallowed up the boat launch area. AMERICAN BITTERN, BELTED KINGFISHERS, SWAMP SPARROWS and a lone CASPIAN TERN are also regulars this week. Pretty good birding there right now if you should choose to check it out. Beaver Meadow Conservation Area south of Picton at East Lake is also enjoying lots of water and species there today were RING-NECKED DUCKS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS. Also seen were RED-TAILED HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERON, SONG SPARROWS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and NORTHERN CARDINAL. On the corner of Doxsee Road and Black Road, there was a pair of AMERICAN KESTRELS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A resident north of Millhaven was doing a backyard bird count for eBird today when he noticed a male at his feeder. Other species counted there included 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, 5 CHIPPING SPARROWS and 3 SONG SPARROWS. At the Bath Townline Road yesterday, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, SONG SPARROW and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. At the Ham Road CN crossing, some good birds there – 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a lone GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing from Northumberland County at time of uploading this evening`s Report. However, yesterday, at Cobourg Harbour, a few interesting species and numbers from there including 12 CASPIAN TERNS, a COMMON LOON, 35 RING-BILLED GULLS (on the pier by the lighthouse), 6 BARN SWALLOWS, 11 BUFFLEHEAD, 9 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 6 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 18 MALLARDS (2 females, rest were males), 6 CANADA GEESE and two each of GREATER SCAUP and MUTE SWAN.

 


MONDAY, APRIL 24:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Thirty-six species were present at Prince Edward Point this morning. Unfortunately, the SAY’S PHOEBE, seen yesterday, and too late to make it in last evening’s Bird Report, did not make an encore visit today. This is the third time this far western flycatcher species has been seen in Prince Edward County. Interestingly, the first SAY’S PHOEBE  turned up at Prince Edward Point in the fall of 1990. The second occurrence was just four years later, at Cressy, that individual first appearing November 24th and sticking it out until the last day of November. One could almost set their watch by that individual, arriving promptly every morning at 10:00 a.m., in time to feast on the flies and spiders under the eave, lured out by the sun shining on the south side of the house. Among the 36 species seen today at Prince Edward Point, were 4 PURPLE FINCHES, 12 CLIFF SWALLOWS, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, EASTERN TOWHEE and the season’s first GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. Kaiser Crossroad was still active today, and the flooded agricultural fields there had 8 waterfowl species, among them 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 20 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a REDHEAD. Also seen was a PIED-BILLED GREBE, 2 SANDHILL CRANES and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS. At Beaver Meadow Conservation Area today – BELTED KINGFISHER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, PILEATED WOODPECKER, SONG and CHIPPING SPARROWS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. At 12:30 p.m., I spent over an hour birding the Lakeview Trail at West Point in Sandbanks Park coming up with a respectable 22 species on just the inner wooded loop of the 2.4 km trail. One of the first species heard was a HOUSE WREN singing joyously, at least 4 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS singing, NORTHERN CARDINAL, WILSON’S SNIPE, 5 FIELD SPARROWS singing with a couple WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and five SONG SPARROWS joining in. A HERMIT THRUSH nonchalantly flew across the trail in front of me, an EASTERN TOWHEE  called weakly and a single DARK-EYED JUNCO was also seen on the relatively short trek. A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD showed up today at Green Point at the east end of Sophiasbugh Ward.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A Brighton birder spent an hour very early this morning at the Murray Marsh, south of Campbellford, coming up with 27 species. In the list were 225 CANADA GEESE comprising several northbound skeins. Two VIRGINIA RAILS and 2 WILSON`S SNIPE, a BELTED KINGFISHER, 4 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 25 WILD TURKEYS, 2 RUFFED GROUSE and 2 WOOD DUCKS were other good finds. Some activity later this morning along the Presqu'ile Parkway – PIED-BILLED GREBE, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and a BANK SWALLOW.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Bata Island, just north of Frankford, where I used to offer guided hikes a few years back, is not only a great hiking location, but also a pretty fair birding hotspot too. Thirty species were found early this afternoon, not bad for an island that isn’t even a kilometre long and barely 150 metres in width. Five CASPIAN TERNS  were spotted in the Trent River and other good birds seen were 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 1 BROWN CREEPER, 1 PINE WARBLER, 6 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and a PALM WARBLER. Along Antrim Road today, off Elmwood Drive east of Belleville, GREAT BLUE HERON, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS, 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD were all good sightings. HOUSE WREN and a couple RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS in Foxboro, and 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the corner of Frankford Road and Wallbridge Road.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few things showing up at Wilton Creek near Morven. Today there were 2 WOOD DUCKS, GREAT BLUE HERON, WILSON`S SNIPE, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a BELTED KINGFISHER, 3 NORTHERN  ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS and a CLIFF SWALLOW. Two BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a WOOD DUCK were present today along Chipmunk Ridge Road north of Odessa. On Love Road, south of Yarker, WOOD DUCK, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, SWAMP SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were seen today.
 
 

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.
 

 

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