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Written by Terry Spraque   
Sep 22, 2017 at 03:00 AM

 THE QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT (ARCHIVED PAGE)

with daily reports from the last two months

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Saturday, September 16 to Friday, September 22:

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

Saturday, September 09 to Friday, September 15:

The fall migration forges bravely ahead with highlights this past week being a Western Sandpiper at Kaiser Crossroad, 2 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS at Prince Edward Point, continuing Least Bitterns at the H.R. Frink Centre, Northern Mockingbirds at Amherst Island, and over 20 species of shorebirds this past week at Presqu’ile Park. With over 100 species of birds seen in just one day at Presqu’ile Park this past week, the Presqu’ile Report weekly compiler suggests we don’t put our binoculars away just yet, at least, not there!
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Prince Edward Point last weekend had 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, a SCARLET TANAGER, 4 EASTERN TOWHEES, an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. On Monday, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER  was banded. The most common warblers that day at the Point were BAY-BREASTED and PALM WARBLERS (2 of them Yellow PALMS), NORTHERN PARULA and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Fourteen warbler species were at Prince Edward Point on Wednesday, among them 10 PALM, 8 YELLOW-RUMPED, and six each of MAGNOLIA and AMERICAN REDSTART. A MOURNING WARBLER  was also seen that day along with BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BROWN THRASHER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, SCARLET TANAGER,  and INDIGO BUNTING. Thursday’s sightings included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 3 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, OVENBIRD, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 2 SCARLET TANAGERS, just to name a sprinkling of the 25 species a pair of observers found. There was a LINCOLN’S SPARROW on Babylon Road on Saturday and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL turned up at the Waupoos Marina the same day.
 
At Sandbanks Provincial Park on Thursday, highlights there were 2 PALM WARBLERS, EASTERN PHOEBE, BELTED KINGFISHER, NORTHERN FLICKER, CASPIAN TERN,  and BROAD-WINGED HAWK and some 200 RING-BILLED GULLS.
 
Kaiser Crossroad still drawing birds and watchers of birds. Last weekend, 3 GREAT EGRETS, an OSPREY, 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS, and 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS were still about. Two STILT SANDPIPERS, first seen there on September 4th were still present on the 14th.The big news through was the sighting of a WESTERN SANDPIPER on the 10th in the southwest area of the south pond feeding with a mixed group of shorebirds among the broken cornstalks. This species hasn’t been sighted in Prince Edward County since 2006, at the Outlet River mouth. Other sightings of the species have been made in past years at Prince Edward Point. And, right through to the end of the week, Kaiser Crossroad was producing good finds. On Thursday, an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER  was a highlight, along with 8 PECTORALS, the above 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a MARSH WREN and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS.
 
Similarly, the Hamilton Wetland, west of Demorestville along County Road 14 is always good for CANADA GEESE, and last weekend, 250 were present, but also showing themselves were 3 WOOD DUCKS, 75 MALLARDS, 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 GREAT EGRETS, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS – 4 of the former species, and 6 of the latter. Toward the end of the week, 4 migrant AMERICAN WIGEONS and 20 NORTHERN PINTAILS joined the clan, as well as 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 15 LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
 
Lots going on at Beaver Meadow Conservation Area most days and evenings. This past week, present have been NORTHERN HARRIER, COMMON GALLINULE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, SWAMP SPARROW, BELTED KINGFISHER, WOOD DUCK, MERLIN, AMERICAN BITTERN and tons of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. 
 
Even the Demorestville Conservation Area had a few good sightings to throw into the mix this week, namely more than a dozen KILLDEER, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS in the quarry, and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Miscellaneous sightings across the County this past week included a GREAT HORNED OWL at Sandbanks Park, an OSPREY continues to hang around the nest platform along County Road 28 near Highway 62, and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL can be seen on the Norris Whitney Bridge most mornings. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The first AMERICAN PIPITS of the fall season are starting to appear. A flyover flock of 10 showed up at the Aikins Road site on the east side of Belleville last weekend and also present were the same 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS  that were seen on the 6th. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continued to be seen through Tuesday. Eight BOBOLINK were seen migrating through on Tuesday and about a dozen SAVANNAH SPARROWS  were also seen. A dozen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER showed up in a harvested hay field there on Wednesday and 3 more late migrating BOBOLINKS were also seen that day.
 
The recently discovered Stirling Sewage Lagoons still hanging in there with good sightings. Last Saturday, present were 5 REDHEADS, 5 LESSER SCAUP (female with 4 young), and a nice surprise – 2 female RUDDY DUCKS swimming by. NORTHERN PINTAILS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and WOOD DUCKS early in the week.. Six shorebird species were there on Tuesday – SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, both YELLOWLEGS species as well as SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and KILLDEER, of course. A MERLIN erred by wandering into the area and was promptly mobbed by 10 NORTHERN FLICKERS.
 
A check of the Corbyville Dam last Saturday produced a GREAT BLUE HERON, 4 KILLDEER, 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 150 CANADA GEESE. In Trenton, pairs of MOURNING DOVES have taken advantage of this week`s sunny weather and embarked on a September nesting in two separate backyards in that town.
 
LEAST BITTERNS at the H.R. Frink Centre seem to be in no particular hurry to move on. One was flushed from the reeeds by the new section of boardwalk on Tuesday and a VIRGINIA RAIL was also found. Also three MARSH WRENS, a SWAINSON’S THRUSH and 4 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, two of them exhibiting signs of autumnal recrudescence by  singing.
 
Scattered sightings across Hastings County during the week included a light morph SNOW GOOSE at the corner of Highway 62 and Frankford Road on Tuesday and 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS along Quin Mo Lac Road south of Madoc that evening. GRAY CATBIRD at Zwick’s Park on Thursday. At Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place, 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 2 MARSH WRENS, 8 PIED-BILLED GREBES, and one each of GREAT BLUE HERON, GREAT EGRET and GREEN HERON were noteworthy finds there on Wednesday.  SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and a COOPER’S HAWK at Vanderwater Conservation Area today, and 37 KILLDEER at the corner of Highway 62 and Frankford Road.
 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Wilton Creek at Morven still producing a few shorebirds and this past week there were KILLDEER, SPOTTED, PECTORAL SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, WILSON`S SNIPE, and both LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Down at Big Creek Road and the Townline Road vicinity, PALM WARBLERS were everywhere with 25 being seen, also both a GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS (14) and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW.  Springside Park and the River Trail at Napanee are gearing up for the customary interest that doesn’t usually commence until winter with 19 species present there on Monday. A GREAT BLUE HERON and almost 40 MALLARDS were expected sightings, but often missed though are the warblers. Singles of CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACKBURNIAN and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS  were nice additions to the list along with 6 CEDAR WAXWINGS and 2 COMMON RAVENS. Amherst Island had some good birds on Tuesday, all at the Martin Edwards Reserve at the east end of the island. In addition to an AMERICAN WIGEON and 19 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 5 PIED-BILLED GREBES, an AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT EGRET and GREEN HERON, COMMON GALLINULE and 10 PALM WARBLERS being checked off, 2 COMMON GOLDENEYE were seen diving offshore. Two continuing NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS are still being seen at the east end of the island, also a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO three days ago.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Twenty-five species were checked off at Campbellford’s Ferris Provincial Park last weekend. Among them were  six warbler species – BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN, PINE, an early ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN – and some good numbers, too, of a few of the species. Other species present at Ferris were RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN WOOD–PEWEE, RED-EYED VIREO and CEDAR WAXWING. Some good nature trails in that park, especially the Drumlin Trail. A little bit of action along the Presqu’ile Parkway leading toward Presqu’ile Park on Monday. In addition to a WOOD DUCK, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, 5 NORTHERN FLICKERS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER being seen, one of four SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS passing overhead swooped down and nabbed a NORTHERN CARDINAL  from the mini putt area on the north side of the road. During the same time period, a MERLIN was busy pursuing a MOURNING DOVE. A very early immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen feeding on the seeds of Sow Thistle on Wednesday. Some good species at the Park’s Owen Point early in the week where among the 37 species tabulated, were 2 each of GREEN HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER and NORTHERN FLICKER, with other species seen being BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (6), RED-EYED and WARBLING VIREO, GRAY CATBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and NORTHERN PARULA. A highlight of the morning was a PEREGRINE FALCON (another seen on Tuesday, and 2 more on Thursday).  Out on the islands, a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD  was discovered on Monday and was still there on Wednesday. It could not be found today. Twenty-one species of shorebirds at Presqu’ile Park this week with highs during the week as follows: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (7), AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (6), SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (90), KILLDEER (3), RED-KNOT (1), SANDERLING (100), DUNLIN (9), RUDDY TURNSTONE (1), BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1), MARBLED GODWIT (1 on Gull Is. Wed-Thurs), SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (1), WILSON’S SNIPE (1), BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (4), WHIMBREL (1), LEAST SANDPIPER (49), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (8), PECTORAL SANDPIPER (6), DUNLIN (4),  SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (150), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (12), RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (1).

 

 


Saturday, September 02 to Friday, September 08:

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

 

 


Saturday, August 26 to Friday, September 01:

The American Ornithologists Union, the agency responsible for the classification and the naming of our bird species (i.e. GRAY Catbird and not GREY Catbird, etc.) recently published an updated list of changes for its checklist of North American Birds. Some of those changes affect birders in the Quinte region. For example, little things like Le Conte’s Sparrow has been changed to LeConte’s Sparrow, and the Yellow-breasted Chat is no longer a warbler – it is a member of its own family, Icteriidae. And there is no such thing as a Thayer’s Gull any longer; it has been lumped as a sub-species of the Iceland Gull. It wasn’t on the Prince Edward County checklist anyway. The checklist for Prince Edward County and area on the NatureStuff website has been updated to reflect these changes and is also available in printable form, current as of August, 2017, by CLICKING HERE. The checklist will be updated again in January of 2018. New DNA sampling has radically changed how we define what makes a species.
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Lots of good birds appearing at Prince Edward Point these days, now that the fall migration is in full swing. Last weekend, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and RED-EYED VIREO  were just two of  over 30 species of migrants tallied at the Point. Among them were 7 warbler species – BLACK-AND-WHITE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, BLACKBURNIAN, and WILSON’S. Other good birds down there included BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, both RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and BALD EAGLE. Sixty-two species of birds were recorded by one volunteer at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory yesterday. Additionally, a WORM-EATING WARBLER was reported by one visiting birder on the 27th. Among the notable finds were 6 Flycatcher species – EASTERN KINGBIRD, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, TRAIL’S FLYCATCHER (Alder/Willow), LEAST and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS. Fifteen warbler species, among them 3 CAPE MAY, 5 BAY-BREASTED, 1 BLACKPOLL, 5 MAGNOLIA, as well as a MOURNING WARBLER that was seen on the laneway. Forty-one BOBOLINKS were banded yesterday at the Observatory, and 35 more birds are needed over the next four days to set a new autumn banding record. The number banded so far this fall was not revealed. t    Today, much the same with SWAINSON’S THRUSH appearing and the start of the hawk migration with SHARP-SHINNED, COOPER’S and BROAD-WINGED HAWKS turning up. A very nice breeding male LONG-TAILED DUCK was spotted in Adolphus Reach very early in the week. October 16th is the average arrival date for this Arctic breeder, so this one is likely a non breeding bird that failed to migrate north in the spring. In fact, it could be the same one that was seen in late June, at Sandbanks Park, also a breeding male. Beaver Meadow Conservation Area slowed down a little bit in recent weeks, but has taken on new enthusiasm this past week. A few warblers present on Monday – BLACK-AND-WHITE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED and BLACKBURNIAN. Other noteworthy species present there have been BALTIMORE ORIOLE, GRAY CATBIRD, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RED-EYED VIREO, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, WOOD DUCK and COMMON GALLINULE. At long last, a few birds of interest starting to show up at the Hamilton Wetland, west of Demorestville. Yesterday, noteworthy finds there were 18 WOOD DUCKS, 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a NORTHERN SHOVELER, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and 35 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, just to name a few of the species present. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on Snider Road on Sunday.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER seen in the area of Old Madoc Road, east of Highway 62 early in the week, was one of several spotted during the week across the region. At Foxboro, species of note seen in that area during the week included RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, RED-TAILED HAWK and 5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. LEAST BITTERNS  are still showing themselves at the H.R. Frink Centre, north of Belleville. Two birds were flushed from the reeds last Sunday, and on the same day, 9 WOOD DUCKS, 2 WILSON’S SNIPE, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, 5 MARSH WRENS, a GRAY CATBIRD, and 4 warbler species were seen – BLACK-AND-WHITE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (7), MAGNOLIA and CHESTNUT-SIDED. At Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place on Monday, a couple good species there – a TRUMPETER SWAN and two LESSER SCAUP (1 male and 1 female) Other birds of interest were a PIED-BILLED GREBE, a GREAT EGRET, and 21 CASPIAN TERNS. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS haven’t given up their hold on Snake Island in the Bay of Quinte across from East Bayshore Park in Belleville. There were 300 loafing on the island early in the week. East of the pier in the park there was a GREAT EGRET in one of the trees and CASPIAN TERNS were also about. At least one LEAST BITTERN  continues at the H.R. Frink Centre on Thrasher Road where MALLARDS, WOOD DUCKS, GREAT BLUE and GREEN HERON and 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS were present on Monday along with GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, , EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE,  and four each of RED-EYED VIREO and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. A small wave of warblers was evident in the parking lot with 7 species noted – 2 each of AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and singles of BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED, NORTHERN PARULA and CANADA WARBLER. Sidney Conservation Area on Airport Road off Highway 14 in the Oak Hills area is hardly a mecca for birdlife although a few good species have been noted there in past years. This past week, present were 2 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, WARBLING VIREO, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH,  and EASTERN BLUEBIRD. There was a possible EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE seen on Wednesday in the area of Hanna Park in Trenton. The bird left shortly after been sighted and has not returned. Miscellaneous sightings around the region during the week included a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH near Mudcat Road at Foxboro, and 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS at the corner of Bronk and Harmony Roads.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Birds of interest on Amherst Island this past week have included up to 30 SONG SPARROWS, 10 BOBOLINKS, MARSH WREN, 2 MERLINS and 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES. At Wilton Creek, near Morven, birds present there this past week included 5 shorebird species – KILLDEER, LEAST SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the Big Creek Road site. Other good species during the week included an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD on Amherst Island.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The over 20 shorebird species present at Presqu’ile Park this past week included (highs in parenthesis) BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (4), KILLDEER(2),  SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (150), RUDDY TURNSTONE (5), SANDERLING (16), BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (7), WHIMBREL (2 in flight), BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1 on Monday only),  LEAST SANDPIPER (80), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (5), PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (2), SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (250), SPOTTED SANDPIPER (1), DUNLIN (N/A), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (4), GREATER YELLOWLEGS (1), STILT SANDPIPER (1), AMERICAN WOODCOCK (1), HUDSONIAN GODWIT (1), MARBLED GODWIT (1), and 1 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER. Other noteworthy species to turn up during the week included a RED-NECKED GREBE, BARRED OWL, 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS,  and 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS. Also, a very early arrival of a DARK-EYED JUNCO was noted in a backyard on the north side of Brighton on Wednesday.


Saturday, August 16 to Friday, August 25:

Warblers and shorebirds were the species of the week over the last several days at all locations as the fall migration forges bravely ahead. Over 100 Bobolinks banded in Prince Edward County lduring the week, a Peregrine Falcon in Hastings County, Whimbrel in Lennox and Addington, and Long-tailed Jaegers at Northumberland County`s Presquìle Park.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A PEREGRINE FALCON was a highlight at Vanderwater Conservation Area last Saturday. Other good finds there were BROAD-WINGED HAWK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 7 RED-EYED VIREOS, SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and 7 warbler species – BLACK-AND-WHITE, MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED, YELLOW-RUMPED, and CANADA. Along Vanderwater Road, east of Thomasburg, AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-TAILED HAWK and INDIGO BUNTING were seen. At Vanderwater today, the resident BARRED OWL was seen along with GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, RED-BRESTED NUTHATCH, and 11 species of warbler – NASHVILLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, BLACKBURNIAN, YELLOW, CHESTNUT-SIDED, PALM, PINE, YELLOW-RUMPED and BLACK-THROATED GREEN.  At Stoco Fen, near Tweed, on Saturday, noteworthy species to show up included 3 WOOD DUCKS, 2 GREEN HERONS, and singles of NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN KINGBIRD and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. Some good sightings at the Tweed Sewage Lagoons on Saturday. An estimated 35 WOOD DUCKS  were present, as were RED-TAILED HAWK, 7 COMMON GALLINULES, 2 each of SPOTTED SANDPIPER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and an estimated 500 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. The H.R. Frink Centre last weekend produced its usual LEAST BITTERN along with 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, a CHIMNEY SWIFT and both SWAMP and SONG SPARROW. In the Tweed area, lots of warbler movement early in the week, among them GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, and even a CONNECTICUT WARBLER.  A BALD EAGLE  was seen last weekend flying over Crowe Lake. Up to 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS (adults and immatures) have been frequenting the area around the Lion’s Park along the Moira River this past week and, at Foxboro,  CEDAR WAXWING (10), BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and COMMON LOON were noted. More signs of the fall migration under way with the sighting of 85 BLUE JAYS  flying over the 401 early in the week. A few birds of interest at Twelve O`clock Point in Carrying Place today – 21 CASPIAN TERNS, a GREAT EGRET, and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES.
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A rather slowish day today at Prince Edward Point for banding, but still catching a fair number of BOBOLINKS. The volunteers were also were getting VEERY, SWAINSON`S THRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, the first BLACK-THROATED BLUE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS of the fall banding season, and a smattering of other warbler species. At the Miller Family Nature Reserve along Hilltop Road where Bobolink banding is underway, some species of interest banded there were AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 5 FIELD SPARROWS, 2 EASTERN TOWHEES, and well over 100 BOBOLINKS. Along Huff`s Island Road, up to 8 GREAT EGRETS this past week. Shorebirds have dwindled there somewhat, and highs during the week were 2 KILLDEER, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 8 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Along the Kurt Vanclief Sod Farm on County Road 23 near Rednersville, a major gathering of KILLDEER was seen in the field one day this past week, 45 of them. A juvenile CAROLINA WREN seen in Bloomfield on Tuesday. At South Bay today – BALD EAGLE, BELTED KINGFISHER, WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS, and 10 warbler species including a BLACKPOLL, BLACK-AND-WHITE, TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, PINE, YELLOW-RUMPED and BLACK-THROATED GREEN.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few shorebirds in Wilton Creek near Morven. On Saturday there were KILLDEER, LEAST SANDPIPERS, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and both LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Downstream at Big Creek Road, SOLITARY SANDPIPER was added to the list. On Amherst Island yesterday, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, KILLDEER, WHIMBREL, SANDERLING, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, WILSON`S SNIPE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were tallied.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A group of 8 RED CROSSBILLS showed up in Baltimore early in the week. (for the 3rd time in 10 days Red Crossbills have been seen flying over Scugog Twsp. A forbearer of good news to come this winter?). There was a CATTLE EGRET seen near Colborne on Tuesday. At Presquìle Park, the water level in Lake Ontario has dropped a lot in the past week – 7 cm in the last week and 20 cms since the start of the month. This has reflected in a bit more sand beach at Beach 1 and and there is now more shorebird habitat at the lake edge on Beach 3 and 4. The Marsh Boardwalk Trail is still closed in the middle. While not really under water anymore, a section of the boardwalk was damaged and needs to be repaired before traffic is allowed back on it. The big news in the Park during the week was the sighting of 2 juvenile LONG-TAILED JAEGERS, seen near Beach 2 at Saturday morning. Seventeen species of shorebirds noted on those beaches during the past week. Shorebird highs this past week were: 6 KILLDEER, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 55 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 7 SANDERLINGS, 9 BAIRD`S SANDPIPER, 1 RED KNOT (juv.), 60 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 DUNLIN (juv.), 3 RUDDY TURNSTONE (1 juv.), 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER,  90 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 7 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 15 LESSER YELLOWLEGS,  1 STILT SANDPIPER, 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER and a WILSON`S PHALAROPE.  A few warblers showing up, too, in the Park this past week – BLACKBURNIAN, YELLOW-RUMPED, AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, WILSON’S, BLACK-AND-WHITE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
 

Saturday, August 12 to Friday, August 15:

The fall migration now seems to be shifting to members of the warbler family. Several migrant species were noted this past week including Canada Warbler, Northern Parula, and Yellow-rumped Warbler as well as increasing numbers of warblers that were likely local breeders. Still lots of shorebirds around though, and summer residents.
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few warblers are starting to make their presence known, although certainly not by singing any meaningful phrases that would serve as clues to their identity. At Point Petre on Saturday, TENNESSEE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART were noted, as were 10 YELLOW WARBLERS, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, the latter three perhaps local breeders. Nine BALTIMORE ORIOLES  were seen in one tree, an ORCHARD ORIOLE, INDIGO BUNTING, 18 BOBOLINKS, 5 RED-EYED VIREOS, 4 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. Five warbler species were at Sandbanks Park on Wednesday – BLACK-AND-WHITE, BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED, CANADA, and a WILSON’S. Six species of warbler at Prince Edward Point the following day – one each of BLACK-AND-WHITE, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED, 3 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and 10 YELLOW WARBLERS. An impressive total of BOBOLINKS banded that day, too, – 47 of them. Other good species seen the same day at the Point included 3 hatch year ORCHARD ORIOLES, 2 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, LEAST and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, BALD EAGLE and 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS. Banding was a bit slow today. Barely over a dozen birds in total. - YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-AND WHITE-WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, just to name a few. The highlight was a AMERICAN WOODCOCK in the hawk net that is situated in the swamp. GREAT EGRETS have been noted in the harbour. Two BALD EAGLES flew over today along with a kettle of 12 TURKEY VULTURES. However, it has been a good start with a third of the species already banded (about 35) and more BOBOLINKS this year than all of last year. The banding season got under way on Tuesday. Higher lake levels this past year have resulted in some new and exciting birding areas around the County. Often, it can be right in a backyard. Two residents at Bay Meadows Trailer Park at Pleasant Bay were sitting on their front porch and had a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER  appear in their soggy yard, and a GREEN HERON land on their hedge. At the Huff’s Island Road flooded field site, it was still shorebirds with six species present on Saturday – KILLDEER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPERS (15), PECTORAL SANDPIPER and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. Still a COMMON GALLINULE on site as well as a single WOOD DUCK, up to 8 GREAT EGRETS. One birder visiting the Waupoos Winery decided there was far more to the winery that just their finest Baco Noir Appassimento – there were birds to be had and in the two hours he was there, came up with a list of 27 species of birds, among them 4 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, 10 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 4 BALTIMORE ORIOLES and one each of ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Some interesting species on the Millennium Trail south of Smoke’s Point Road on Sunday – a RED-EYED VIREO still singing away, also 5 SONG SPARROWS, SWAMP SPARROW and BALTIMORE ORIOLE also in a singing mood.  Some good birds on Victoria Road during the week -  2 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a WOOD THRUSH. The Hamilton Wetland west of Demorestville, still a bit disappointing some days. This week, although there were an estimated 100 CANADA GEESE, singles of AMERICAN CROW and GREAT EGRET and 2 CEDAR WAXWINGS represented all that seemed to be around.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
No waterfowl yet to speak of at Tremur Lake beside Wooler Road on the west side of Trenton, but a RED-TAILED HAWK and a BELTED KINGFISHER  did put in an appearance early in the week. Sightings at Foxboro today included RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, HOUSE WREN, 2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, HOUSE FINCH and BARN SWALLOW.  At the Lion’s Park off Station Street in Belleville, this week’s bird species included HOODED MERGANSER, GREAT BLUE HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. The two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still coming to a backyard at Barry Heights off Telephone Road on the west side of Trenton.  A few miscellaneous sightings around the Belleville area included a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Norris Whitney Bridge at Belleville, and 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS along the Moira River shoreline behind Walmart.
   
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A section of the Cataraqui Trail where I used to conducted guided hikes in years past, from Newburgh to Camden East produced a few birds for one birder last Sunday. In addition to a BROAD-WINGED HAWK, also seen were one each of AMERICAN KESTREL and MERLIN, 9 GRAY CATBIRDS, 19 SONG SPARROWS,  and 6 INDIGO BUNTINGS representing a few of the 34 species noted in the 9 km stretch.  Species of the week on Amherst Island was an EARED GREBE on Sunday seen by a birder who wisely decided to dawdle at the Martin Edwards Reserve at the east end of the island while most of his group motored on ahead. The bird was backlit, but with the aid of a scope the observer could see the red eye and the golden fan that extended behind the eye; the bird was still in breeding plumage. A photo taken of the bird showed the long, thin black neck and a thin bill, which are characteristics of an eared grebe but not a horned grebe. Other birds seen during the outing were female COMMON GOLDENEYE, AMERICAN BITTERN, 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 150 PURPLE MARTINS, 50 TREE SWALLOWS, a MARSH WREN, 6 YELLOW WARBLERS and 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Some birding at the Adolphustown Park and Heritage Centre early in the week yielded a WOOD DUCK, GREEN HERON, 6 CASPIAN TERNS, 2 each of WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS, and  BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, just to name a few of the 34 species noted there. Last night just before dusk, one Tamworth resident had a 10 minute aerial display from some 24 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS. “It was mesmerizing – nothing ‘common’ about it at all!” quipped the observer. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Highlight this week at Presqu’ile Park was a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, seen at the duck viewing station on Sunday and was there again on Monday, at the bottom end of Calf Pasture. Shorebird maximums at Presqu’ile Park this week were SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (20), KILLDEER (6), SANDERLING (1), BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (3), LEAST SANDPIPER (20), SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (35), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (12), STILT SANDPIPER (2), SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (1), SPOTTED SANDPIPER (1), Two male RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on Monday at the Bellemere Winds Golf Course on the north side of Rice Lake. 
 

Saturday, August 05 to Friday, August 11:

Still a number of watery habitats around the Bay of Quinte reporting area, so shorebird watching continued this past week to be pretty fair. Red-headed Woodpeckers north of Belleville, a Trumpeter Swan at Carrying Place, Ruddy Turnstone at the False Ducks, Loggerhead Shrike in the Napanee area, and a Cattle Egret all week at Presqu’ile Park. That and more in this week’s Quinte Area Bird Report, below.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Seven MARSH WRENS  were quite vocal at the H.R. Frink Centre this week where a nest of EASTERN PHOEBES  was also found. On Thursday, COOPER’S HAWK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (2), EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (3), GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, MARSH WREN, and 150 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (roosting) were noteworthy finds.Two locations that assail the nostrils, but not the eyes, are sewage lagoons in Tweed and Madoc. This week at the Tweed Sewage Lagoons, noteworthy finds were 25 WOOD DUCKS, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, 1 GREEN HERON, 1 COMMON GALLINULE, 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. Meanwhile, at the Madoc location, 5 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, 30 TREE SWALLOWS, 5 BARN SWALLOWS and 2 SWAMP SPARROWS were noted this week.  At the Stoco Fen Provincial Nature Reserve, 2 GREEN HERONS, a WINTER WREN, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW were present.  Two juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have been present at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course north of Belleville all week. Seen in the same area as last summer, two young birds probably represent another successful nesting season at this location at an unknown nest site. Only two juveniles were present, and no adults. If interested in looking for them, you are asked to please park beside the clubhouse dumpster to observe from parking lot. Look west along cedar fence line. Please give way to golfers and staff. Noteworthy finds at Twelve O’clock Point in Carrying Place on Sunday were a GREAT EGRET, 18 CASPIAN TERNS, and one GRAY CATBIRD. A TRUMPETER SWAN was a highlight at the same location on Wednesday, along with 29 CASPIAN TERNS, and a BELTED KINGFISHER  being just two of 16 species tallied.  At the 2nd Dug Hill Road Marsh in Trenton on Sunday, GREAT BLUE HERON, 2 GREEN HERONS, 2 CEDAR WAXWINGS and a NORTHERN FLICKER  were noteworthy finds, while two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS  continued to be seen this past week in the Lions Park area along the Moira River and an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS  were found there on Wednesday. At Victoria Park, NORTHERN CARDINAL, NORTHERN FLICKER, and CASPIAN TERNS  were noted there. A MERLIN  was on Elmwood Drive east of the city on Sunday. Over four hours spent on the Trans Canada Trail west of Twiddy Road (north of Ivanhoe) on the 8th resulted in 40 species being tallied, among them WOOD DUCK, GREEN HERON, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, one each of WOOD THRUSH and VEERY, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, 9 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 7 SONG SPARROWS and 8 SWAMP SPARROWS.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
NASHVILLE WARBLER today at Sandbanks Park in the area of the new West Lake Campground and adjacent roadsides and trails. Other good birds today in that same area included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RED-EYED VIREO, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER and 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS. But, the rest of the week wasn’t half bad either. Often, the best birding happens in remote areas that are difficult to access. Certainly that was the case on Swetman Island (False Ducks) on Monday when among the more noteworthy sightings was a WILSON’S PHALAROPE, spotted among the 10 species of shorebirds present there, including a RUDDY TURNSTONE, 35 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER and 15 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Other good finds were a single BRANT, a GREATER SCAUP, 52 COMMON MERGANSERS, 5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 20 CASPIAN TERNS, and 4 BALD EAGLES. At Prince Edward Point, things are starting to happen as the Observatory gears up for the fall banding season. No big numbers of anything yet, but some interesting sightings this week including GREEN HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, MERLIN, 3 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS.  Seventeen species present at Kaiser Crossroad on the 7th including 150 CANADA GEESE, 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 50 MALLARDS, 15 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER, and a molting RING-NECKED DUCK. Also, 12 GREAT EGRETS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS,  and 2 CASPIAN TERNS. Water is receding a bit along Huff's Island Road, but still some good habitat for wetland type birds. This week’s highs were 5 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 1 SORA, 48 CASPIAN TERNS, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 12 KILLDEER, 1 SANDERLING (Aug. 04), 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 20 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 24 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and 2 WILSON'S SNIPES. A few miscellaneous sightings around the County included a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on Rosseau Crossroad near Lake on the Mountain; and 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at South Bay on Saturday. Good sightings on Black Road, west of Demorestville this past week included GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER (regular at bird bath), EASTERN PHOEBE, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.
   
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At Wilton Creek, south of Morven, LEAST, SPOTTED, SOLITARY, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS in numbers ranging from one to five individuals (excepting GREATER YELLOWLEGS at 16). Also in small numbers were GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, WILSON'S SNIPES, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and KILLDEER at the Napanee Limestone Plains IBA. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE  was also seen.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Seventy-four COMMON TERNS greeted birders at Cobourg Harbour this afternoon, along with a juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and a BELTED KINGFISHER. Lake Ontario water level continues to drop at Presqu’ile Park. Beach 1 is not too bad but definitely still smaller than usual. Calf Pasture Day use area is open again. Marsh Boardwalk Trail is partially open – the mid-section between the two towers is still closed. Owen Point Trail is open but still very wet and Owen Point is nearly gone.  As part of the Park’s interpretive programme, staff naturalists are doing an adventure hike to the Point on Monday that will involve walking through ½ meter of water if anyone is interested to see what the lake has done.Shorebird species and highs this past week at Presqu'ile Park were 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 9 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING, 1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 1 RED KNOT,  2 BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, 21 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 15 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER. There has been a CATTLE EGRET on Beach 2 hanging out with the CASPIAN TERNS,  geese and gulls all week, and was still there as of late this morning. Nothing too exciting at the Brighton Sewage Lagoon this week. Just MUTE SWAN, MALLARD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, CASPIAN TERN & RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. 

 


Saturday, July 29 to Friday, August 04:

As the "fall season" migration increases in tempo, the bulk of the interest this past week was in the shorebird family, with a few other specialties like a White Pelican, a somewhat early Sanderling, and a  sprinkling of Double-crested Cormorants thrown in for good measure. Not much yet in the way of warblers, but there is still time to get psyched up for those. This past week, concentration was on members of the shorebird family. A lot of action this past week with birds and watchers of birds in both Prince Edward and Hastings Counties.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Some 3,800 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS  were counted on False Duck Island on Monday by biologist Tyler Hoar of Oshawa who spent the day surveying the island`s bird population. False Duck Island is the name that this island more commonly goes by, located just offshore from Prince Edward Point. Officially known as Swetman Island, it is part of the False Ducks which also includes nearby Timber Island. An incredible 265 nests were counted and the colony seems to have grown considerably from previous years perhaps as a result of the Presquìle Park colony harassment, the biologists suggests, who added that the colony is feeding primarily on mature Alewives and Round Gobies. In the hour and a half spent there, 49 species were found and among them was the invasive MUTE SWAN, totalling a disturbing 177. Among the special finds was an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN which flew overhead. Four BALD EAGLES were seen as were 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, a COMMON TERN, 24 CASPIAN TERNS, GADWALL and both BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Shorebirds numbered 12 species, among them, a STILT SANDPIPER. Other shorebirds were 140 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 28 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 39 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a BAIRD`S SANDPIPER and a somewhat early SANDERLING that was seen foraging by itself. Later that afternoon, Point Petre produced both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 13 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, a CAROLINA WREN and an ORCHARD ORIOLE, just to mention a few of the more than 20 species noted there.  A CATTLE EGRET, was also big news this past week. It was found along Huff`s Island Road on the 31st standing in an open mud flat with a gaggle of CANADA GEESE; however, the bird failed to hang around long enough for others to see it.  At this now famous birding location along Huff’s Island Road, birds seen this past week, in addition to the aforementioned CATTLE EGRET,  included highs of 4 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 9 GREAT EGRETS, 1 COMMON GALLINULE, 17 KILLDEER, 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 9 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 4 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. The WILSON’S SNIPES of which there was a wisp of 23 last Sunday, had reduced their numbers to a more respectable total of a high of 12. Other good birds at this location were 2 SORAS, 2 COMMON GALLINULES, AMERICAN KESTREL, and SAVANNAH, SWAMP, SONG, GRASSHOPPER and CHIPPING SPARROWS. Along the Millennium Trail south of Smoke’s Point Road early in the week – 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 3 GRAY CATBIRDS, 5 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS and a NASHVILLE WARBLER. Six LESSER YELLOWLEGS at the Hamilton Wetland along County Road 14 where other sightings there during the week included GREAT BLUE HERON, 12 GREAT EGRETS,  GREEN HERON WOOD DUCKS (13), MALLARDS (120), 5 WOOD DUCKS, 1 HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN WIGEON (1), and 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL. No shorebirds at the Kaiser Crossroad Wetland but some other good stuff including seven waterfowl species – 45 CANADA GEESE, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, 3 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARD, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN PINTAIL (1 female), GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 7 GREAT EGRETS, 2 SANDHILL CRANES, and 10 CASPIAN TERNS. Twenty-eight RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen along C.R. 3 (Rednersville Road), a GREEN HERON  at Highway 62 and C.R.28 , and a BALD EAGLE on Huff's Island Road. Some good birds along the South Shore IBA during the PEPt IBA Survey Data this week at Simpson Road  - 5 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 2 GREEN HERONS, 1 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 3 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 MARSH WRENS, 3 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, 8 EASTERN TOWHEES, and 1 INDIGO BUNTING. At South Bay this week, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, AMERICAN REDSTART, YELLOW WARBLER, RED-EYED and WARBLING VIREOS were noteworthy species. Rural backyards are great, especially when you can have a count of 11 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, comprising both adults and juveniles, such as one Black Road backyard had early in the week. Other good backyard birds were BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN KINGBIRDS and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Among the key birding spots visited during the week was the Stirling Sewage Lagoons where WOOD DUCK, MALLARD and HOODED MERGANSER represented the ducks, while shorebirds came in at five species – LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and SPOTTED, LEAST, SEMIPALMATED and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS. Also seen and heard  were VIRGINIA RAIL, PIED-BILLED GREBE (2), CHIMNEY SWIFT (10), MERLIN, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, WOOD THRUSH, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN FLICKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER. At a wetland east of Stirling early in the week, seen were INDIGO BUNTING, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, YELLOW WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 2 GRAY CATBIRD, and a BELTED KINGFISHER. A few noteworthy sightings through the week at the H.R. Frink Conservation Area and Outdoor education Centre, north of Belleville, included WOOD DUCKS, GREEN HERONS, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, MARSH WRENS, VIRGINIA RAIL, ALDER FLYCATCHER, both AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS, and 300 each of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES. A BALD EAGLE  was seen at Tweed on Tuesday. Still some things going on at the Springbrook Grasslands where early in the week, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK constituted a few of the more interesting sightings. Near the Highway 62 end of the Trans Canada Trail, along Twiddy Road, about 500 metres south of Wood Road, 2 PURPLE FINCHES, BROWN THRASHER, 2 FIELD SPARROWS, 1 EASTERN TOWHEE, 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, and 1 NORTHERN FLICKER were seen. Mid-week at Vanderwater Conservation Area, just east of Thomasburg, GREAT BLUE HERONS  numbered three at the site along the Moira River, and other good birds seen included NORTHERN FLICKER, 8 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 1 WOOD THRUSH, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, and 1 PURPLE FINCH. Over at Carrying Place, at Twelve O`clock Point at the east end of the Murray Canal, three members of the heron and egret family - 3 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 5 GREAT EGRETS, and 2 GREEN HERONS, as well as 15 CASPIAN TERNS were present.  In the Belleville and surrounding area, Atkins Road is still in the news, and present there on Tuesday were EASTERN WOOD PEWEE, WARBLING VIREO, HORNED LARK, CEDAR WAXWING, 9 VESPER SPARROWS (many young birds and at least 3 singing at intervals), 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS, 2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and 4 NORTHERN CARDINALS. Also on the 1st, the Belleville Lions Park off Station Street produced CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, OSPREY, RING-BILLED GULL, HERRING GULL, and CASPIAN TERN, while just south of there along the Parrott Riverfront Trail, 7 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were a good sighting with other noteworthy sightings there through the week included 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and the expected GREAT BLUE HERONS. West of Belleville, at the Potter's Creek Conservation Area sightings there last Friday were SPOTTED SANDPIPER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, both WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. And, birds of note in Foxboro through the week included RUBY-THROATED WAXWING, CEDAR WAXWING, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD being fed by an exhausted and much smaller CHIPPING SPARROW.
   
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
In the Napanee area, the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA this week had  GREAT EGRET, WILSON’S SNIPE, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, AMERICAN KESTREL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and UPLAND SANDPIPER. On Hinch Road, north of Newburgh, interesting birds seen on August 2nd included RING-NECKED PHEASANT, LEAST SANDPIPER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, AMERICAN KESTREL, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, and BOBOLINK.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Arriving shorebirds on the beaches at Presqu'ile Park during the week, included highs of 15 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 10 KILLDEER, STILT SANDPIPER, 76 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 44 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 5 SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and 46 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A rather early BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER in full alternate plumage, the first WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER of the season, and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were present last Friday. One of the STILT SANDPIPERS that had been present for over two weeks was still present on July 29 but has not been seen for at least four days.

 


Saturday, July 22 to Friday, July 28:

The historical gathering of thousands of Tree Swallows on the utility wires that used to take place at this time of the year, of course, is but a memory, but can be compensated to some degree by the plethora of shorebird members that are passing through right now. As a child on the farm, I looked forward to seeing absolute clouds of swallows filling the sky as they lifted from the Big Island Marsh at daybreak where they had roosted overnight, and began to make their way to the north shore of the island where we lived to take their rightful spots on the hydro wires, roosting amidst a delightful and conversational chatter for much of the morning. I really miss those days. 
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Have you ever seen a flock of WILSON’S SNIPE? Do they even fly in flocks? I have seen maybe 3 or 4 together in a group, but that’s it. However, on the rare occasion that snipe do decide to congregate,  a flock of WILSON’S SNIPE  is referred to as a “wisp”, according to the nouns of assemblage. And, there was a wisp of them early this week – a really big wisp of them – along Huff’s Island Road where a delightful 23 of them were casually feeding in a flooded field along the roadside.  Shorebirds have been present at this location all week, and highs of those species present were 10 KILLDEER, 15 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 5 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS,  1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER and 21 KILLDEER. Also noted there this past week were WOOD DUCK, 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER, 6 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a SORA. Great spot, thanks to high water levels this summer. A REDHEAD at the Hamilton Wetland, west of Demorestville, first seen on July 17th, was present through much of the week, but for other birds, it has been a little sparse with only WOOD DUCK, 10 KILLDEER, a couple GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 5 LESSER YELLOWLEGS  representing the more noteworthy species present.  At Kaiser Crossroad, conditions are still pretty favourable for birds. On Tuesday, 6 AMERICAN WIGEON, 17 GREAT EGRETS, 7 KILLDEER, 10 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3 SEMIPLAMATED SANDPIPERS, and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS could be picked out from the grassy conditions that predominate now. A “wisp” of three  WILSON’S SNIPE, greeted one walker on Victoria Road this week in Ameliasburgh, the birds flushing repeatedly from the roadside ditch. Two ALDER FLYCATCHERS  were still singing, RE-BELLIED WOODPECKER, WOOD THRUSH, 4 GRAY CATBIRDS, BROWN THRASHER, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW also noted. No shorebirds along the Pleasant Bay Beach on the west side of the County, although 20 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 3 MARSH WRENS, GREEN HERON, GREAT EGRET, COMMON TERN, CASPIAN TERN, EASTERN TOWHEE were present one day during the week. In the miscellaneous department, an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was heard at South Bay on the 20th, and along Black Road, birds of note seen there this week were EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, EASTERN KINGBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, and up to 6 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Nothing too alarming in Hastings County this week. Two LEAST BITTERNS, perhaps more, keep entertaining birders along the marsh boardwalk at the H.R. Frink Centre, north of Belleville. In the Marlbank area this week, ALDER FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, RED-EYED VIREO, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK were seen, while at the Tweed Sewage Lagoons, 10 WOOD DUCKS, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, COMMON GALLINULE, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHER were noteworthy sightings. At Foxboro, highlights this week were RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, MERLIN. At the Lion’s Park off Station Street along the Moira River in Belleville, birds seen there this week included GREAT BLUE HERON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 4 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, and YELLOW WARBLER. Some good news on the woodpecker front in the Barry Heights area of Trenton this week. After seeing both RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS there at once on three different occasions since May and the property owner unable to tell the sex of either, the good news is it was not a same sex pairing as they had feared as one bird showed up at the feeder on Tuesday with a full sized fledgling and was feeding it suet and peanuts. Some birders have all the luck!
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The shorebird scene in the Bay of Quinte reporting area continued this week at Wilton Creek near Napanee where sightings on Saturday and Monday included highs of 6 KILLDEER, 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 8 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 5 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 8 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. And the action continued in the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA with the appearance of a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON’S SNIPE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS (15). Two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES  were also seen.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Ferris Provincial Park at Campbellford on Saturday, OSPREY, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO and OVENBIRD were observed. Present during the week at Cobourg Harbour have been SANDERLING, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 150 BONAPARTE`S GULLS, 250 RING-BILLED GULLS, 12 HERRING GULLS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 10 CASPIAN and 22 COMMON TERNS. Early in the week, the Presqu’ile Parkway hosted 2 LEAST BITTERNS, 6 GREEN HERONS (all adults), 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 1 VIRGINIA RAIL, BELTED KINGFISHER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and 20 SONG SPARROWS.  Shorebirds in the Park have included over 10 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,  2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a WILSON’S PHALAROPE.
 

Saturday, July 15 to Friday, July 21:

Certainly this past week proved that despite the commonly held belief that bird activity is at its lowest ebb this month and there is nothing of interest to see until the fall migration rolls around, there is actually plenty to see in the way of birds. Part of the reason could be the somewhat cooler temperatures for this time of year prompting some birds to break out into song that would otherwise be quiet. Also, the “fall” migration is, in fact, underway, evident by several species of adult shorebirds that began appearing en masse this week. Since Prince Edward County had the most action this past week, we will start there.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The flooded agricultural fields on Huff’s Island Road, south of Belleville, continue to produce a variety of wetland birds and other species.  Early this week, there were 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 WOOD DUCKS, 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER, GREAT EGRET, SORA, 7 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 4 WILSON’S SNIPE, 5 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A nice sighting given the noticeable decline in swallow numbers in recent years was the sight of 50 TREE SWALLOWS. Proving there is strength in numbers, many of the swallows were chasing a MERLIN which made an error by trespassing into their air space. This must be the first  first mid-July in history when one has been able to count species of birds instead of rows of corn at the Kaiser Crossroad flooded agricultural fields. Last Friday, 25 species present there included an AMERICAN WIGEON, 13 MALLARDS, NORTHERN SHOVELER, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, 10 GREAT EGRETS, one of which was watching over a flock of 28 CASPIAN TERNS. As at Huff’s Island, a trespassing MERLIN here wasn’t made welcome either and was seen being chased by swallows. Also present at Kaiser Crossroad were 8 KILLDEER, and one each of SOLITARY SANDPIPER and WILSON’S SNIPE. Other areas in the County were also reaping good numbers of wetland birds, namely the Lighthall Wetland along the County’s South Shore IBA. During a survey conducted on Tuesday, some 30 species were tallied, among them GREEN-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCKS, LEAST BITTERN, an amazing 24 MARSH WRENS and a roosting flock of 60 TREE SWALLOWS. Also seen there were COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SWAMP SPARROWS and COMMON GALLINULE. A COMMON GALLINULE was also sitting pretty in Consecon Lake beside the Millennium Trail causeway yesterday where at least 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were calling and a distant SCARLET TANAGER. CASPIAN TERNS, GREEN HERON, COMMON LOONS, BLACK TERNS, 15 WARBLING VIREOS, 20 BARN SWALLOWS, INDIGO BUNTING and 4 EASTERN KINGBIRDS were among the almost 40 species checked off during our 1 km trek to the site. Oh – almost forgot – at least 350 MUTE SWANS congregated in the section of Consecon Lake west of the trail. I don’t know, we stopped counting at 275 and they just kept floating into view, so we took what we had and added a few variables and unknowns and decided our figure would be a conservative 350. By comparison, the Hamilton Wetland west of Demorestville has been disappointing with only a handful of GREAT EGRETS present most days, perhaps a yellowlegs, or two, although a REDHEAD  did show up on the 18th. South Bay this week had COMMON LOON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, RED-TAILED HAWK, and BELTED KINGFISHER. Along Snider Road off Victoria Road in the west part of the County, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RED-EYED VIREO, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, 3 FIELD SPARROWS and 2 YELLOW WARBLERS were birds of note on the 18th, while north of Wellington, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, CEDAR WAXWING, 7 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, PILEATED WOODPECKER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER were species noted just north of Wilson Road. As of mid-week, hay fields along Jackson`s Falls Road had not been harvested, translating into a flock of happy BOBOLINKS this week, 30 of them. Miscellaneous sightings through the week included a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO seen at the start of the Woodland Trail near the Main Gate parking lot at Sandbanks Park, 22 CHIMNEY SWIFTS entering chimneys in Picton one evening, and a GRAY CATBIRD on Black Road who knows a good thing when he sees it – an offering of grape jelly at a residence there west of Demorestville.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
If you have never before seen a LEAST BITTERN, this week would have been the perfect week to take a shot at it at the H.R. Frink Centre north of Belleville. Two LEAST BITTERNS perched on the boardwalk railings for four consecutive days during the week. Also present at the conservation area were 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 2 MARSH WRENS, WOOD THRUSH, and OVENBIRD. Three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were at Tremur Lake this week, and another was at the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course nest boxes along Highway 37.  VESPER SPARROW and INDIGO BUNTING  were seen at Bronk Road and Harmony Road, and 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were at Bronk Road hydro wires site. A WILSON’S SNIPE and 6 GREAT BLUE HERONS were sighted at the Harmony Road Wetland. At the Lion`s Park in Belleville, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS have been seen this past week. Birds of note at Foxboro this week were GRAY CATBIRD, CEDAR WAXWING, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and INDIGO BUNTING.  Over at Twelve O`Clock Point at Carrying Place, a LEAST BITTERN was seen in flight across marsh on south side of the Murray Canal, and 3 GREAT EGRETS, a GREEN HERON, 22 CASPIAN TERNS, MERLIN and a VEERY also put in appearances this week.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Two days ago, 3 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were seen on Nugent Road, and 16 BLACK TERNS and 9 COMMON LOONS were at at Camden Lake. Wednesday, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD showed up along County Road 11 (Bridge Street) just east of Deseronto Road, and at Camden Lake on Wednesday, five COMMON LOONS including 2 juveniles and four 4 CASPIAN TERNS were highlights. At the Napanee Limestone Plains IBA, AMERICAN KESTREL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, RED-EYED VIREO, and 7 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were noteworthy sightings on the 19th. while at Sheffield Conservation Area yesterday, a COMMON LOON was seen, along with 14 RED-EYED VIREOS, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, VEERY, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, 8 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, 6 EASTERN TOWHEES and a SCARLET TANAGER. Over at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons on Wednesday, noteworthy sightings there included 2 GADWALL, PIED-BILLED GREBE, RED-TAILED HAWK, MARSH WREN, GRAY CATBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, 6 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Cobourg Harbour last Friday produced 2 SANDERLINGS as the shorebird migration gets into full swing for another fall season. Also present were 25 CASPIAN TERNS, 5 COMMON TERNS, and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. While I have never found Ferris Provincial Park at Campbellford to be a prime birding location, it can produce a few nice birds. During the week SCARLET TANAGER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, RED-EYED VIREO, OVENBIRD, EASTERN TOWHEES, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and INDIGO BUNTING were observed. At Presquìle Park, 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS  were seen in the area of the Parkway, and last Sunday, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, a moulting bird - maybe first summer to adult – was spotted flying north over the Y junction which was a bit unusual. The tail had banding similar to  an adult but the wings were in moult, although the crescent was visible. Beach 3 has become a nice little lagoon attractive to migrating shorebirds. Through the week, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 3 KILLDEER, 4 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 20 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were among the shorebirds present, in addition to 2000 RING-BILLED GULLS, 8 COMMON TERNS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 20 RED-EYED VIREOS, 5 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, and 9 ORCHARD ORIOLES (2 family groups together). On July 17th, 2 each of STILT SANDPIPER (still present on 19th) and SANDERLING, 2 LEAST, 1 PECTORAL, 37 LESSER and 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 WILSON’S PHALAROPES were tallied. Also 55 CASPIAN TERNS.
 
 

Saturday, July 08 to Friday, July 14:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Four GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were present this past week at the Springbrook Grasslands along the Trans Canada Trail where other species of interest encountered included UPLAND SANDPIPER, WILSON’S SNIPE, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, NASHVILLE WARBLER, 6 FIELD SPARROWS, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 4 EASTERN TOWHEES and SCARLET TANAGER. So, no lack of birds at this location despite the time of the year when bird activity is normally at a low ebb. At the Madoc Sewage Lagoons, birds of interest seen there this past week were COMMON GALLINULE, MARSH WREN and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, all seen on the 12th.  Not much at the Harmony Road Wetland, and 6 GREAT BLUE HERONS, BARN SWALLOW, SWAMP SPARROW and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was the best that location could do. Twelve O'clock Point at Carrying Place always seems to attract some good species and often some good numbers in the area of the jetties at the east end of the Murray Canal. Present mid-week were 2 each of GREAT EGRET and GREEN HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 16 CASPIAN TERNS, 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, GRAY CATBIRD and MARSH WREN. Also a GRAY CATBIRD in central Foxboro with other noteworthy sightings being CEDAR WAXWING, CHIMNEY SWIFT, GREEN HERON and RED-EYED VIREO. On Elmwood Drive, a VEERY was seen on the 11th.  
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Flooded conditions along Huff’s Island Road have been attracting some traffic this past week where the start of the fall migration of shorebirds was well underway. Starting the procession were 13 LESSER YELLOWLEGS in a flooded field on July 10th, and right on time too according to their average arrival date. Also on time were 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS and even a STILT SANDPIPER. Also present were 13 GREAT EGRETS and 8 BLUE-WINGED TEAL. A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER  seen there by another birder and 4 were seen on the 11th, also VIRGINIA RAIL. However, at North Beach the only shorebird present this past week were the celebrated PIPING PLOVERS which have been having a tough go of it. On July 8th there were two parent birds, but only 2 chicks. There had been 4 chicks, but one got snatched by a gull, and the other disappeared mysteriously. Hanging right in there though at Hilltop Road is the CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW that was still calling this week on Tuesday night, although it is still likely around. In accompaniment have been up to 4 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS and an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, and before darkness falls, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. The latter species’ counterpart, the YELLOW-BILLED  species was seen in a backyard on Glenora Road across from Glenora Marine on the 7th. Miscellaneous species seen during the week included an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL north of Potter Road at Demorestville on the 11th, 4 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS on Black Road, and an UPLAND SANDPIPER  today at the junction of County Road 4 and Highway 62 (Bengill Rd.). 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A very long 90 minutes at the Menzel Centrennial Provincial Nature Reserve early Saturday morning where mosquitoes and deer flies were so aggressive and ravenous that an angry, raging black bear would have spelled sweet relief, two of us managed  27 species, the most noteworthy being 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, a PINE WARBLER, RUFFED GROUSE, 3 VEERY, and 1 WOOD THRUSH. Meanwhile, on the property’s west side, on Daley Road, another birder did much better with 44 species, coming up with BROAD-WINGED HAWK, 5 VEERY, 9 OVENBIRDS, WOOD THRUSH, 2 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 3 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, 6 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 2 MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, 5 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, and 2 SCARLET TANAGERS, just to name a few of the highlights. Down at Springside Park along Napanee’s riverfront, almost 20 species were noted this week – 10 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, MALLARDS, GREAT BLUE HERON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, just to name a few. Moscow Road had an EASTERN BLUEBIRD early in the week, but the Moscow Marsh featured a GREEN HERON, LEAST BITTERN, MARSH WREN, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SWAMP SPARROW, WOOD DUCK and COMMON GALLINULE. On the 13th, the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA produced some of the earlier shorebird migrants including GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPERS.  A few days earlier, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER made an appearance while other miscellaneous species in the area included PILEATED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (3), two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a VESPER SPARROW. North of Newburgh, on Nugent Road, a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen. More shorebirds showing up, this time at the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons with LESSER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPER being recorded. Also seen there, PIED-BILLED GREBE, WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON and GADWALL. Four GADWALL over on Amherst Island on the 10th as well as AMERICAN KESTREL and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW among its 32 species seen that day.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The recent DICKCISSEL sighting north of the Castleton area likely has been responsible for the sudden birding interest in rural roads in that region. However, other species have shown up such as several species of sparrow, namely, GRASSHOPPER, FIELD, VESPER, SAVANNAH and, of course, SONG SPARROW, with ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and INDIGO BUNTING also thrown into the mix. Nearby, on the Barr Property (Nature Conservancy of Canada), the Dunbar Road area, just west of Jakobi Road where the DICKCISSEL had been seen, an amazing checklist of birds for this time of year this week with no fewer than 50 RED-EYED VIREOS being tallied, along with 10 VEERIES, 8 PINE WARBLERS, 30 SONG SPARROWS, and other noteworthy sightings being 4 INDIGO BUNTINGS, 2 SCARLET TANAGERS, 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS. Not far away, at Peter’s Woods, north of Centreton, birds seen there on the 8th were RED-EYED VIREO, VEERY, OVENBIRD and INDIGO BUNTING. Cobourg Harbour this past week has had up to 65 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, 2 LITTLE GULLS, 300 RING-BILLED GULLS, a third summer GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 45 CASPIAN TERNS, and 5 COMMON TERNS. No detailed checklists from Presqu’ile Park this week.
 

 


Saturday, July 01 to Friday, July 07:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Ever since the first TRUMPETER SWANS were re-introduced to our region, seeing that introduction transfer into successful breeding for our area has always been a thrill. A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS with their 4 cygnets were photographed July 2nd on a pond along the Trans Canada Trail off Highway 62, north of Ivanhoe. Not so welcome due to their invasive characteristics, usurping available nesting habitat from native waterfowl species has been the MUTE SWAN whose numbers have exploded in recent years. Twelve o’clock Point at Carrying Place, known for its high numbers of this species, hosted 84 on July 1st. Atkins Road shows little sign of slowing down appreciably in its appeal to local nesters, and the popular viewing area on the east side of Belleville, north of Elmwood Drive and Airport Road, continued this week to offer RED-TAILED HAWK, with other highlights being maximums of 4 VESPER SPARROWS, 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, and 3 INDIGO BUNTINGS. The East Bayshore Trail which has become an extension of the Bay of Quinte in places, continues to produce MUTE SWANS, MALLARDS, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and CASPIAN TERNS in areas normally walked by hikers but now affected by high lake levels, as well as WARBLING VIREOS and YELLOW WARBLERS showing up in adjacent shrubs and trees.  The H.R. Frink Centre on Thrasher Road, 9 km north of Belleville had COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RED-EYED VIREO, NORTHERN FLICKER and 3 EASTERN KINGBIRDS on Monday, and a GREAT EGRET and 3 SCARLET TANAGERS were seen on Wednesday this week. Moving north again to the Trans Canada Trail area, the Springbrook Grasslands this past week has had up to 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 1 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and 4 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS this week, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and UPLAND SANDPIPER  were seen again today. East of Roslin on Moneymore Road, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen on Monday.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
No indication that the CHUCK-WILL`S –WIDOW is about to let up on his singing any time soon. It was calling out its name last night at 10:00 p.m., accompanied by 5 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS. The CHUCK-WILL`S-WIDOW was also heard Tuesday night, and as many as 6 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS have been tallied this week at this popular birding destination along the South Shore Important Bird Area. The two North Beach PIPING PLOVERS have now morphed into 6, with the successful hatching of the four eggs and were first noted scurrying about yesterday. The young have been seen foraging on the paved road within barriers, and have the instinct to flee for cover when danger (Herring Gulls) approach.  Up to 60 BONAPARTE`S GULLS have been at North Beach Provincial Park this week.  While drier days have prevailed this past week, there are still plenty of flooded agricultural fields where birds tend to congregate. One major field is on Huff`s Island Road where 10 GREAT EGRETS were seen last Sunday, and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL. On Tuesday, 29 species of birds were tallied along Huff`s Island Road, among them 30 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS. Another bittern was encountered the same day walking unconcerned across the road near Highway 62. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS – perhaps the first to mark the southern passage of this species in its `fall `migration in the County, turned up at the Hamilton Wetland west of Demorestville on July 3rd, somewhat early for this species. Three days later, there was a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD there. Visitation is picking up at this wetland a bit with 23 species noted, but there have been few ducks except for MALLARDS HOODED MERGANSERS and WOOD DUCKS. On the Millennium Trail causeway over Consecon Lake yesterday, 13 BLACK TERNS  were nice to see, 110 MUTE SWANS not so much. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER  was spotted along Hubb`s Creek Road on July 3rd. On the same day, a guided bird walk along the Sprague/Monkman Trail with over a dozen in attendance resulted in 38 species being found, among them GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, OVENBIRD, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WOOD THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, CEDAR WAXWING, several WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, EASTERN TOWHEE, and both GREEN and GREAT BLUE HERON.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The resident PRAIRIE WARBLERS  are still showing themselves well at Sheffield Conservation Area, south of Kaladar. A male and a female were there on Monday, and a PINE WARBLER a day earlier. Up to 18 BLACK TERNS can be seen at Camden Lake where the provincial wildlife area also has a PIED-BILLED GREBE. On the Cataraqui Trail, west of Yarker, good birds seen there on Tuesday were BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 16 HOUSE WRENS, CEDAR WAXWINGS, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, INDIGO BUNTING and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS. A maximum of 5 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS have been seen on the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA along with SAVANNAH SPARROWS, WILSON`S SNIPE and, yesterday, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, VEERY, 2 OVENBIRDS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and SCARLET TANAGER. Six LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES and an UPLAND SANDPIPER today on Rattie Road.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
The big news in Northumberland County was the sighting of a male DICKCISSEL singing in a hayfield north of Castleton July 5th.  The bird was on Jakobi Road, just north of Moore Road in a hayfield on the west side where the power lines crossed the road. One local birder tried for it the following day, but was unable to locate it, and there have been no reports since. Just west of there on Dunbar Road, July 05, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS.   Two more GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS on Pratt Road. A few of the highlights in Presquìle Park this week have been BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, YELLOW-RUMPED and PINE WARBLERS, 6 MARSH WRENS and 12 WOOD DUCKS  on the 2nd, and on the 3rd, there was a somewhat early LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and six warbler species – BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, YELLOW, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, as well as COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and AMERICAN REDSTART. SCARLET TANAGER and INDIGO BUNTING  were also seen in the Park. Out on the Parkway leading to the Park entrance, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, GREEN HERON, GREAT EGRET, MARSH WREN, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and ORCHARD ORIOLE. Up to 15 COMMON GALLINULES, 6 MARSH WRENS and 12 WOOD DUCKS . A LEAST BITTERN has been seen off and on all week. The Presqu’ile Park Bird Report by Fred Helleiner for the week of June 30-July 06 has been uploaded to the NatureStuff website and can be found by CLICKING HERE.
 
The Quinte Area Bird Report will be updated on Friday, July 14.
 
 

FRIDAY, JUNE 30:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few miscellaneous scattered sightings around the County today. Two GREAT EGRETS in the Mountain View area – one in the flooded field along Highway 62 just nprth of Union Road (Mountain View), and the other in a flooded agricultural field along Huff’s Island Road. At one point today, the latter location had 3 GREAT EGRETS and lots of CANADA GEESE and other waterfowl. Huff’s Island Road also had EASTERN KINGBIRDS, BOBOLINKS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, and both TREE and BARN SWALLOWS. On Highway 62, just south of Rossmore, a drenched RED-TAILED HAWK caught in the morning rain that seemed uninterested in the two birders who stopped to view it more closely. This hawk was standing on one leg, a habit not uncommon with perching hawks which do this while resting or roosting, perhaps to prevent leg fatigue or simply to be more comfortable. And, good news from the corner of Brewer’s Road and Hilltop Road – the long calling CHUCK-WILL’S WIDOW was heard calling away at 9:30 p.m. last night.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
No bird sightings today from Lennox and Addington County.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
No bird sightings today from Northumberland County. 
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Other than a GRAY CATBIRD and 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS being sighted at Foxboro, nothing too startling to report from Hastings County today. One sighting that was made several days ago, which the observer was inquiring about, was a number of MUTE SWANS swimming by the south end of Dufferin Street in Trenton. He wanted to know why most of them had one leg and foot hoisted into the air as they glided by. Was it some kind of friendly acknowledgement? Apparently, it is quite common for swans to do this. The theory is that it might play a role in helping to regulate the body temperature of the bird. The legs and feet are the only part of the swan not covered in feathers so the blood vessels are in closer contact with the air. The large surface area of the webbed foot makes it easier for heat to be transferred from the body to the air, cooling the swan. This heat exchange could also work the other way, with the feet absorbing heat from the air to warm the bird.  Think I may try it myself some time! So, if you should see me swimming by one day......
 
This evening’s Bird Report is the last full Report to be posted until at least the autumn migration gets in full swing. Until then, only a point form weekly summary, probably uploaded on Friday evenings recapping only a sprinkling of the more significant sightings of the week. 
 

 


THURSDAY, JUNE 29:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
An interesting “heard” this morning on Black Road was the sound of tiny feet dancing on the roof of a residence. A quick check revealed some 250 EUROPEAN STARLINGS. Also seen at this location were GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 3 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, and a female WILD TURKEY hunkered down in a field trying to wait out the rain. Robinson Cove at Big Island still flooded with the boat launch beneath the surface somewhere and the entire parking area flooded with several inches of water. Still, the birds come and seen enjoying the conditions were numerous gulls, 3 KILLDEER, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, MALLARDS, GREAT BLUE HERON and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL (file photo by Barry Kant of Brighton), and also present were YELLOW WARBLERS and a SONG SPARROW. Several birders have been trying for the 2 DICKCISSEL that were first spotted last Sunday along Melville Road, but without success. Now that the hay in the neighbouring fields is being cut, there is likely little chance of them turning up again, at least at that location. Today, other birds were there though including a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW and an AMERICAN KESTREL. At North Beach Provincial Park, the pair of PIPING PLOVERS were present again today – the female on her nest, while the male stretched out and relaxed on the beach. Four hundred RING-BILLED GULLS were around so it is good that the plover nest is being monitored. SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 3 YELLOW WARBLERS, 4 KILLDEER and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK also noted at North Beach today. Elsewhere today, there was a VESPER SPARROW at the junction of Melville Road and County Road 1 (Schoharie Road).
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
An EASTERN BLUEBIRD and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were highpoints at the Moscow Marsh, north of Colebrook in the Camden Lake area. In the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA area, some good birds among the 40 species tallied. Seen were GREEN HERON, 5 WILSON’S SNIPES, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and two each of BROWN THRASHER and GRAY CATBIRD.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Lots of interest in the H.R Frink Centre on Thrasher Road, off Highway 37, north of Belleville. Visits from three different birders, at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Two of the birders in the morning both found three LEAST BITTERNS. In each case, all three were calling at some point. Two males called from he marsh on the north side of the boardwalk near the west end (close to a wood duck box) and a female was seen flying west on the south side of the boardwalk. A high of 3 VIRGINIA RAILS (file photo by Derek Dafoe of Marmora) and up to 15 SWAMP SPARROWS  were heard, and two among the three birding groups found COMMON YELLOWTHROATS. Other good birds seen at the Frink Centre included 3 WOOD THRUSHES, one VEERY, a NORTHERN CARDINAL, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 3 OVENBIRDS, 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS and one person managed to score  a SCARLET TANAGER.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing to report from Northumberland County this evening. The Presqu’ile Bird Report for the past week by Fred Helleiner has been uploaded to the NatureStuff website and can be found by CLICKING HERE.
 
Tomorrow evening’s Bird Report will be the last Evening Report until later in the season, resuming in either August or September when the fall migration gets rolling again. Until then, only a point form weekly summary, probably uploaded on Friday evenings recapping only a sprinkling of the more significant sightings of the week.
 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28:

HASTINGS COUNTY
The bulk of this evening's Report is from Hastings County. Starting way up north, at Baptiste Lake in the Bancroft area, some interesting species seen there, including 5 warbler species – 4 OVENBIRDS, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PINE WARBLER and 2 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. Also present, WOOD THRUSH, 2 WINTER WRENS, 3 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER. Moving south to Springbrook Road, location of the Springbrook Grasslands, the single LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE  was seen again, seemingly holding down territory as it was seen chasing a crow away. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN KINGBIRD and two each of FIELD SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. Over on Highway 37, across the Moira River from the Vanderwater Conservation Area, Flatrock Road offered SCARLET TANAGER, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, BROWN THRASHER, and singles of OVENBIRD, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, SCARLET TANAGER and INDIGO BUNTING. At Stoco Fen in the Tweed area, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER  was seen and 8 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES. Even more abundant than the waterthrushes were the WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS – 12 of them, not an uncommon number for that area. NASHVILLE WARBLER, WINTER WREN, VEERY and both WILLOW and ALDER FLYCATCHERS were present too, along with a VIRGINIA RAIL. On Cary Road on the north side of Deroche Lake, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen as well as 2 RED-EYED VIREOS, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, a VEERY, 4 OVENBIRDS, and a SCARLET TANAGER. An overzealous LEAST FLYCATCHER today in the Barry Heights area of Trenton had a negative attitude toward any and all AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES that came to visit a feeder there, chasing them away one by one as they appeared. However, it seemed fine with the rest of the clients – NORTHERN CARDINALS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, even the HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKERS with young. The disturbing behaviour was offset though by the pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKER that had been absent since being first seen together three weeks earlier. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS are seen daily flying up and down the Trent River. They seem to hang out on the east side of the river below Number 1 Dam in the many large willows along the shoreline.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A few scattered sightings around the County today included 5 GREAT EGRETS on Huff’s Island Road, a RED-TAILED HAWK at Mountain View, and 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS perched on a utility pole at the south end of Doxsee Road.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE  were highlights today along the Presqu’ile Parkway, just outside the Park proper. Others were NORTHERN FLICKER, WARBLING VIREO, EASTERN KINGBIRD and YELLOW WARBLER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Nothing from Lennox and Addington today.
 
 
Friday evening’s Bird Report will be the last Evening Report until later in the season, resuming in either August or September when the fall migration gets rolling again. Until then, only a point form weekly summary, probably uploaded on Friday evenings recapping only a sprinkling of the more significant sightings of the week.
 
 

TUESDAY, JUNE 27:

No Bird Report today.

 


MONDAY, JUNE 26:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The BOBOLINK was just one of 11 bird species confirmed or suspected of breeding during today’s South Shore IBA Breeding Evidence Survey. Others, beyond the expected species, included AMERICAN REDSTART, CLIFF SWALLOW, GRAY CATBIRD, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and INDIGO BUNTING. There were actually 6 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS  found and among some of the other noteworthy sightings were OVENBIRD, 10 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 4 EASTERN TOWHEES and 5 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. During the same survey, but along Simpson Road, 34 species were found, and among those tallied, some of the breeding birds found there were NASHVILLE WARBLER and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. Other good finds were PIED-BILLED GREBE and COMMON GALLINULE, MERLIN, 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 2 MARSH WRENS, 2 WOOD THRUSHES, 3 BROWN THRASHERS and an OVENBIRD. No further sightings of the DICKCISSEL that was found yesterday along Melville Road near Consecon Lake. However, at least one birder did make the effort to search for it, and although the habitat was excellent for birds, there was no sign of the DICKCISSEL, neither have there been any additional entries of the species on eBird. Scattered sightings around the County today included SANDHILL CRANES at the Hamilton Wetland, 8 GREAT EGRETS and GREAT BLUE HERON on Huff’s Island Road, and two each of EASTERN KINGBIRD and EASTERN MEADOWLARK on Doxsee Road.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
As always, birders were in an active mood today in Hastings County. The excellent habitat at the O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area a couple kilometres north of Madoc produced 24 species alone in just a few minutes in the more open areas of the property. However, there are at least six kilometres of trails, all of them interconnecting with each other. The trails offer great birding and have expanded in recent years from the original two short trails to the current maze, thanks to the O’Hara Volunteers Association. Seen there today were 6 warbler species – OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, PINE WARBLER and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. Other good sightings were GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS, LEAST FLYCATCHER and 3 CEDAR WAXWINGS. Acclaimed – by at least one person who birds there regularly, as the most enjoyable hotspot in Hastings County to trespass -  The Madoc Sewage Lagoons lived up to its reputation by producing 18 species of birds today. Among them were WOOD DUCKS, COMMON GALLINULE, BELTED KINGFISHER, MARSH WREN, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and SWAMP SPARROW. At the H.R. Frink Centre, near Plainfield, MERLIN, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, WOOD THRUSH, OVENBIRDS and GRAY CATBIRD  were highlights there today. North of Ivanhoe, ALDER FLYCATCHER and BLUE-WINGED WARBLER  were highlights along Twiddy Road, 500 metres south of Wood Road. West of there, at the Springbrook Grasslands beside the Trans Canada Trail, the first sighting of the LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in six weeks that had been a regular during the spring, was made. The bird was spotted from Springbrook Road southwest of the possible nest site where it had been seen earlier. A group of four UPLAND SANDPIPERS were singing and making periodic flights on the north side of Springbrook Road, a species known to breed in the grasslands. Two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, EASTERN TOWHEE, 3 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, BROWN THRASHER and 2 WILSON’S SNIPES also good sightings for this popular area.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Two locations in Lennox and Addington that were explored today. The Moscow Marsh, north of Yarker and Colebrook came up with 8 MARSH WRENS. WOOD DUCK, GREAT BLUE HERON, 4 BLACK TERNS, GRAY CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHER were other good sightings there. Just a stone's throw away from there, the Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area produced 6 BLACK TERNS (an active colony of them out in the lake), 4 COMMON LOONS, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, 3 CEDAR WAXWINGS, and singles of SWAMP SPARROW, BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WARBLING VIREO and EASTERN KINGBIRD. Wilton Creek today at Big Creek Road had AMERICAN KESTREL, BARN SWALLOWS, YELLOW WARBLERS, and SAVANNAH SPARROWS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
No significant sightings from Northumberland County today.


SUNDAY, JUNE 25:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Some birding today in the Ameliasburgh/Hillier area resulted in some good finds – really good finds! The * DICKCISSEL * incursion into eastern Ontario has reached Prince Edward County with the sighting of two today along Melville Road. When sighted the female was following the male and both landed in shrubs on the north side of the road, just east of Civic Address #349. Melville Road can be accessed from Highway 33 by following Lakeside Drive at Consecon and driving east to Melville Road. Turn left and follow Melville Road around the corner and look for #349. Now, I won’t have to drive all the way to Fowler’s Corners in the Peterborough area to see one that is currently hanging out there. Hard to beat the DICKCISSEL sighting but other good birds seen along that stretch of road included WILSON’S SNIPE, EASTERN KINGBIRD, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, FIELD SPARROW and EASTERN TOWHEE. On nearby Carnrike Road, AMERICAN REDSTART, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 5 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and SCARLET TANAGER  were seen. Another GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen just north of there along Salem Road, along with UPLAND SANDPIPER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WOOD THRUSH, and 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS. Thirty-three species were tallied today at the upper end of Victoria Road and Snider Road, with a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH singing persistently and close to the edge of Victoria Road where a creek reaches the road on wet days. Also heard were OVENBIRD, WOOD THRUSH, BROWN THRASHER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and WILSON’S SNIPE. Some good stuff there today in the Hillier/Ameliasburgh section of the County. At Beaver Meadow Conservation Area, one birder recommends waterproof boots as the wetland this year is really, most sincerely wet due to higher water levels and persistent rain. Birds seen were BELTED KINGFISHER, GREEN HERON, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BLACK TERNS and AMERICAN REDSTARTS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At a farm site north of Sandhurst, some good birds there including high totals of a few species, namely. 205 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. In the same family, an incredible 43 BOBOLINKS were counted comprising 29 males and the rest females. The 37 SONG SPARROWS  can be attributed to the excellent fence row habitat here. Four PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 4 GRAY CATBIRDS, 6 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 10 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, also good numbers. At the Gray’s Project Wetland, south of Napanee, 2 BARN SWALLOWS, 4 KILLDEER, 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 2 MALLARDS, 1 BELTED KINGFISHER and an INDIGO BUNTING.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
No bird reports today from Presqu’ile Park; however, a family of HOODED MERGANSERS  turned up at the Brighton Constructed Wetland along County Road 64. Lots of cattail growth this year which makes observation from outside the fence difficult. Entry to the wetland and its walkways is possible by obtaining a permit from the Municipality of Brighton. The permit is only $5.00 for the season and can be obtained by CLICKING HERE. Very early this morning – and, I mean EARLY, shortly after midnight, 2 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard calling on Goodrich Road, south of Codrington. Just west of there, on Pinewood School Road, another EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL  was heard as well as a COMMON NIGHTHAWK.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Once again, a fair bit of birding activity in Hastings County. Atkins Road, still producing, with 34 species tallied today. Among the highlights were 3 INDIGO BUNTINGS, 3 VESPER SPARROWS, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 1 RED-TAILED HAWK, 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 5 HORNED LARKS, and singles of WOOD THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE, GRAY CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHER. The H.R.  Frink Centre came up with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 4 SWAMP SPARROWS and 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. A neighbourhood walk through central Foxboro by a resident birder resulted in 26 species being found, among them, NORTHERN FLICKER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, 4 CEDAR WAXWINGS and singles of COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, FIELD SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, GRAY CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHER. At the College Street rail line in Belleville, some good habitat there produced NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BROWN THRASHER, GRAY CATBIRD, 6 YELLOW WARBLERS, FIELD SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.
 

SATURDAY, JUNE 24:

HASTINGS COUNTY
After being halted by steady rain yesterday, birders returned to the field with a vengeance today. At the H.R. Frink Centre on Thrasher Road, north of Belleville, roughly 46 species of birds were tallied by two different observers, one arriving at 6:30 a.m., another two hours later. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were nesting and three different nest sites were found. Species typical of the wetland included AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT BLUE HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, SWAMP SPARROW and, of course, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. In addition to 4 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES and 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, other warbler species seen and heard in the adjacent wooded areas were 4 OVENBIRDS, a YELLOW WARBLER, and one each of NASHVILLE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. Other good finds at the Frink Centre were  WINTER WREN, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, WOOD THRUSH, and SCARLET TANAGER. Twelve GREAT BLUE HERONS made up the bulk of the few sightings at the Harmony Road Wetland, along with 6 BARN SWALLOWS and 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS. At the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course on Highway 37 north of Belleville, some good sightings there including EASTERN BLUEBIRD, EASTERN KINGBIRD, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, the latter species also turning up today along Bronk Road where 5 were seen in two different locations. Also at Bronk Road and Harmony Road, UPLAND SANDPIPER, SAVANNAH SPARROW, AMERICAN KESTREL and VESPER SPARROW were noteworthy sightings. Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, directly north of Elmwood Drive and Airport Parkway hasn’t considered retirement just yet; 41 species were tallied there today including WOOD DUCK, RED-TAILED HAWK, WOOD THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, INDIGO BUNTING, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 3 VESPER SPARROWS. One birder drove slowly along Mudcat Road past the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area and chalked up 17 species by ear, among the more noteworthy “heards” being 3 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, LEAST FLYCATCHER, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, AMERICAN REDSTART, and 6 SWAMP SPARROWS. At the far south end of Dufferin Street in Trenton today – 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, GRAY CATBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, SONG SPARROW and COMMON GRACKLE. And, finally – at the Stanley Park Wetland near the north end of Haig Road, in Belleville, both a SORA and 2 VIRGINIA RAILS  were found.  
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In Prince Edward County today, Fish Lake Road early this morning produced 5 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, SONG SPARROWS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, NORTHERN FLICKER, YELLOW WARBLERS and COMMON YELLOWTHROATS. Two SANDHILL CRANES were present again this morning at the Hamilton Wetland. North of Wellington along County Road 2, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, CEDAR WAXWING, 3 WARBLING VIREOS and a RED-EYED VIREO were noteworthy. Two GRAY CATBIRDS were observed carrying food to nestlings. On the Sprague/Monkman Trail west of 23 Sprague Road, Big Island, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, BOBOLINKS, and SAVANNAH SPARROWS were noted, with the majority of them buried in a  forest of Bromegrass hay. An EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL continues to call most mornings before light.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Near Puzzle Lake Park, north of Tamworth, 2 OVENBIRDS, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER represented the warbler family today. EASTERN TOWHEE, GRAY CATBIRD, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER and a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO were nice additions to the day’s checklist.  At Sheffield Conservation Area, 11 kilometres south of Kaladar, an explosion of flying and running RUFFED GROUSE startled one birder. All 10 grouse were roosting in a pine tree. The PRAIRIE WARBLERS  were there once again – this time, three of them where this species is known to nest. No other warblers were noted, but also found early this morning among the 25 species during the over three hours spent there were VEERY (3), two EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 3 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, and 4 RED-EYED VIREOS. At Napanee, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen over Richmond Blvd. at the north end of town.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, 15 kilometres north of Brighton, had 24 species of birds noted today, among them a MOURNING WARBLER and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, along with INDIGO BUNTING, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 3 OVENBIRDS and 2 RED-EYED VIREOS. At the bridge that crosses Cold Creek, an ALDER FLYCATCHER was singing. Down at Presqu’ile Park, which opened for business again two days ago, the Parkway had a few interesting birds among 51 species seen. The morning started with a female HOODED MERGANSER flying south over the Park marsh. Four BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, 4 COMMON LOONS, GREAT EGRET , 2 GREEN HERONS and a VIRGINIA RAIL added spice to the mix, along with a MERLIN, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, MARSH WREN, ORCHARD ORIOLE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and 5 CASPIAN TERNS making it on the checklist too. It pays to bird early in the morning and not dally as there are birds to be found, and Presqu’ile Park is an excellent location to chalk up a good list.
 
 

FRIDAY, JUNE 23:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Not surprisingly, few birders were out in today’s weather. What few sightings did come in from elsewhere in the reporting area will be held over and used in tomorrow’s Report. Cobourg Harbour continues to draw interest from the birding community. Today there was a massive flock of RING-BILLED GULLS , estimated to number at least 3,000 birds. By comparison, HERRING GULLS numbered barely 100. However, also present were 200 BONAPARTE’S GULLS and with them was a first summer LITTLE GULL, A fourth summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a first summer GLAUCOUS GULL, and 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Also present, 90 CASPIAN TERNS and four COMMON TERNS. Along the Presqu’ile Parkway today, 29 species showed themselves including three members of the Heron family – GREAT BLUE HERON, GREAT EGRET and GREEN HERON. Others were MERLIN, CEDAR WAXWINGS, COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, SWAMP SPARROWS and BALTIMORE ORIOLES. 

 


THURSDAY, JUNE 22:

 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Some good sightings on the west side of Loyalist/Wallbridge Road in Quinte West today, namely Potter’s Creek Conservation Area (formerly Quinte Conservation Area) which included a couple sightings of AMERICAN REDSTART. Two were seen on the main property north of the Quinte Conservation office where other noteworthy species included SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and a family of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Other species were COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. The 346-acre property extends south of Highway 2 and is a popular picnic area. The two properties are joined by a aqueduct under the highway that once served as an underpass for cattle when this property was a farm originally settled by the Stephen Blanchard in 1815, and later, by Ernie Potter, hence the name of the property and the creek. In the picnic area on the south side of Highway 2, two more AMERICAN REDSTARTS  were found as well as CEDAR WAXWINGS, OSPREY (nesting), and both WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS. At the Stanley Park Marsh at the end of Haig Road in Belleville, interesting birds found there today were VIRGINIA RAIL, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and NORTHERN CARDINAL. A return visit to Dutch Girl Lane off Baptist Church Road, south of Stirling, produced 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 3 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 2 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, 2 RED-EYED VIREOS, a VEERY, 2 SCARLET TANAGERS, 1 BALTIMORE ORIOLE and 3 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. On the east side of Belleville, Airport Parkway yielded 15 or so species including 7 CEDAR WAXWINGS, a YELLOW WARBLER and 1 VESPER SPARROW.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Nothing from Prince Edward County, except an unsuccessful attempt was made last night by one party to track down the CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW on Hilltop Road. However, they did not go home empty handed as 2 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS  were heard, as well as WILSON’S SNIPE, WOOD THRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and EASTERN TOWHEE. Of course, the Great Canadian Birdathon in which many took part to raise funds for the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory has been over for some weeks. Congratulations to master bander at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, David Okines, whose Birdathon team managed to find 162 species of birds in a 24-hour period. Coming in second place were the Sprague’s Pipits (minus one pipit !), comprising Mike Runtz, Mike Burge Kathy Felkar and Don Sutherland, who rustled up 155 species in the 24 hour period. The Sprague’s Pipits were named after the species by the same name, a bird of the west. Always interesting to see the names other birding teams have chosen for their groups. Southern Quebec has the “Red-eyed Wearios” (anyone birding for a straight 24 hours can appreciate the message in that name). Other teams elsewhere in the country include “Three Hens and a Rooster”, and the “Two-footed Boobies”. The Great Canadian Birdathon was first established as the Baillie Birdathon in 1976. The Baillie name was chosen to honour James L. Baillie; Assistant Curator in the Department of Ornithology at the Royal Ontario Museum for nearly 50 years. Baillie’s knowledge of birds was unsurpassed, and he willingly shared his knowledge with thousands of people. Also established in 1976 was The James L. Baillie Memorial Fund. The fund is administered by Bird Studies Canada, and supports Canadian bird research and conservation efforts. In 2015, to reflect the growth and national scope of the Birdathon, a new name The Great Canadian Birdathon was adopted. The link to James Baillie will be maintained through the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund which receives a portion of the funds raised through the Birdathon each year.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
North of Kaladar today, the sighting of two PRAIRIE WARBLERS  was just one of 15 species of birds seen today along County Road 41. Also seen were 2 BROWN THRASHERS, 1 NASHVILLE WARBLER, and a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. North of Millhaven, at Link Mills, good species seen there today included WILLOW and LEAST FLYCATCHERS, 6 CEDAR WAXWINGS, WILSON’S SNIPE and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Cobourg Harbour, there are still 150 BONAPARTE’S GULLS lingering, mostly on the piers within the harbour, and about 30 on the beach. A continuing LITTLE GULL was also there along with 500 RING-BILLED GULLS and 2 CASPIAN TERNS. Meanwhile, at Presqu’ile Park, the waiting is over; the Park is once again open to the public, but Beaches 1-3 are still closed due to high water as is Calf Pasture Point. And, at least one birder was right there to resume birding in areas that could be accessed. Spending time at the Lighthouse area, 22 species were tallied including 4 CASPIAN TERNS and a COMMON TERN. Nothing too spectacular to greet returning birders – just the usual species that might be expected at this time of the year. Some of those that stood out in the checklist for the day were NORTHERN FLICKER, WARBLING VIREO, HOUSE WREN, GRAY CATBIRD, NORTHERN CARDINAL and BALTIMORE ORIOLE – just one of each species. Others around the lighthouse area were 3 YELLOW WARBLERS, and the same number of TREE SWALLOWS. 

 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
If there are BOBOLINKS with nests in the 40 acres of hay fields west of Sprague Road, I`m not seeing them! The Brome Grass in the fields where they are supposedly nesting this summer is shoulder height now. Never in the decades when we owned that farm have I seen hay so lush as it is this year, matting down in places whenever there is rain. However, both BOBOLINKS and EASTERN MEADOWLARKS are well established in those fields, somewhere, as they constantly explode out of the fields as I am following the trails that I have groomed around the property – four kilometres in total according to Google Earth.  Also along the Sprague/Monkman Trail today were several COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, ALDER FLYCATCHERS, EASTERN TOWHEES and SAVANNAH SPARROWS. No sign of the MERLINS  though. Along Crowes Road in an area the County locals refer to as Greenbush, VEERY, UPLAND SANDPIPER, GRAY CATBIRD, 2 SONG SPARROWS and a SCARLET TANAGER were sighted. At Beaver Meadow Conservation Area late yesterday afternoon, at least a half dozen BLACK TERNS  were flying over the wetland, and also seen were 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES, and singles of  COMMON GALLINULE, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and EASTERN KINGBIRD. On Old Milford Road today, lots of birds in full song with 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS proclaiming territory, as well as  4 FIELD SPARROWS, 8 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 13 SONG SPARROWS. Thirteen BOBOLINKS  were counted, and the 15 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS  was considered an underestimated number. Other good birds seen along that stretch of road included EASTERN KINGBIRD, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, 3 BROWN THRASHERS and 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS. Other noteworthy species seen down that way were YELLOW WARBLER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on Scott`s Mill Road, and 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS at the Mount Tabor Playhouse in the village of Milford.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Nothing reported today from Lennox and Addington County.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Presqu'ile Park is scheduled to re-open tomorrow, but not all areas of the Park will be open as some are still flooded due to high lake levels. Calf Pasture, Marsh Boardwalk, Owen Point Trail and the Beaches all have significant water over them. Roads to these areas are gated but if you walk in you can see what the 100 year flood has done to these areas. For example the Calf Pasture Parking lot is full of small fish and frogs and a hunting mecca for herons. As the water levels continue to recede over the next few weeks, some of these now closed areas will gradually re-open as conditions dictate. The only bird news from Northumberland County today was the continuing juvenile BRANT on Cobourg Harbour`s east pier, among CASPIAN TERNS, lingering BONAPARTE`S GULLS and other gull species.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
A maybe/perhaps/possible CAROLINA WREN along Dutch Girl Lane off Baptist Church Road remains unconfirmed. One birder walked along Dutch Girl Lane for about 30 metres today in an easterly direction and after hearing the song, recorded it, and then played it back. What responded both vocally and visually was not a CAROLINA WREN, but a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE – actually a pair of them, the male producing a near perfect imitation of the Carolina`s song. Was this the mystery bird or is there actually a CAROLINA WREN back in there somewhere? This is not the first time that a birder has been caught off guard with the song of a BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Some years ago while leading bird walks at Prince Edward Point during the Birding Festival, a "Carolina Wren" heard by many in the Point Traverse Woods, which eventually showed itself and was actually a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE. It had fooled me initially, and had fooled even two professional birders. Back at Baptist Church Road and Dutch Girl Lane,  other species were there all of which were more obliging and singing their appointed songs. Among them were VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, OVENBIRD, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and INDIGO BUNTING. Elsewhere on Baptist Church Road, 3 HORNED LARKS  were seen, and down near the marsh and sand pit at the S-turn, RUFFED GROUSE, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, OVENBIRD and WINTER WREN were checked off. In Foxboro, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES fledged yesterday from a nest box. A HOUSE WREN lost no time assuming ownership, removed all the old nesting material (mostly animal hair and bits of pink insulation) and adding their trademark course sticks. I am surprised the HOUSE WRENS actually bothered to wait for the chickadees to leave, given their reputation for evicting the rightful occupants by destroying the eggs, nestlings and the nest itself.

 


TUESDAY, JUNE 20:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Although North Beach Provincial Park doesn't open for the operating season until Friday, volunteer guardians of the pair of PIPING PLOVERS nesting there this summer, first observed there in late May, had a tour of the nest site yesterday. Since first observed last month, a bit of information has surfaced on the birds’ background. The male with the orange flag is from Michigan, while the female that is currently setting on eggs was banded at Wasaga Beach. There seems to be no record that PIPING PLOVERS  ever nested historically at North Beach, but there is anecdotal evidence from the nearby Weller`s Bay National Wildlife Area (Bald Head Peninsula). It would seem though that the species historically was quite well established in the County due to the sand beaches and was one of the few known breeding stations in the province. The "secluded" beaches at Sandbanks were likely very conducive to nesting PIPING PLOVERS before human intrusion rendered the area unattractive to the species. The North Beach nesting is probably the first breeding of the species since the 1930s and 1940s. Annual human visitation to the "secluded" beaches at Sandbanks today is about 700,000 !  Also appearing in the North Beach area yesterday was a  NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at the main entrance to the park. While on the topic of provincial parks, a PINE WARBLER  was singing at the Visitor Centre yesterday and an ORCHARD ORIOLE  was doing likewise at the Main Gate to the Park, and another along the road to the park dump site. Some good sightings at Rednersville today including GREEN HERON, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and singles and pairs and groups of NORTHERN FLICKERS feeding on grubs on a lawn after this morning`s heavy rain. Last night along Huff`s Island Road, 28 species were found between Highway 62 and the end of Huff`s Island Road. In the well known flooded field just before the causeway that crosses the marsh, 2 WOOD DUCKS and 7 GREAT EGRETS  were noted with other good sightings being 2 BLACK TERNS and a NORTHERN HARRIER. A flooded field along Highway 62, north of Union Road at Mountain View continues to attract a few species and last evening a dozen MALLARDS  were present as well as 2 KILLDEER and  GREAT BLUE HERON. Once the rain stopped this morning, birding was good in the Consecon area with lots of song and activity. A highlight was at a private residence near the end of North Stinson Block Road which was a real oasis. This is where the BLUE GROSBEAK was was sighted earlier this year. Two species of Oriole have nests and both were feeding young. The ORCHARD ORIOLE nest is about fifteen feet high well hidden under an outer downward hanging branch of a Spruce. Fifty feet away, also about fifteen feet up, the BALTIMORE ORIOLE has a nest in a deciduous tree. The yard here also had five pairs of HOUSE WREN, singing LEAST FLYCATCHER and an INDIGO BUNTING. The horse barn here has BARN SWALLOW nests and the used nest of an EASTERN PHOEBE while the house gable has a lone CLIFF SWALLOW nest. Along Edward Drive what sounded like the churr of a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and then a flock of them (!) turned out to be a family of RACCOONS with young. Nearby a SNAPPING TURTLE was laying eggs on the side of the road. The Millennium Trail going over Lake Consecon had a few things of interest. There were ten BLACK TERNS flying about in the west end of the lake indicating nesting again this year. Two MINK crossed the causeway and these are probably the same that have a burrow in the side and was seen robbing a nest last year. Also noted were two MONARCH BUTTERFLIES (earlier than usual arrivals throughout the County this spring) but viewed with mixed reaction was a SONG SPARROW feeding a begging fat fledged BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
No bird reports from Lennox and Addington today, except for a few from Strathcona, namely, EASTERN PHOEBE, GRAY CATBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, 3 VESPER SPARROWS and a NORTHERN CARDINAL.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Forty species were noted today in the open water and marshy habitat along the Presqu`ile Parkway. LEAST BITTERN, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT BLUE HERON, 3 GREAT EGRETS and 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS represented the heron and egret family admirably. HOODED MERGANSER, 2 WOOD DUCKS, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, BELTED KINGFISHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, 2 MARSH WRENS and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were among other highlights.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
There is a loud CAROLINA WREN singing at the intersection of Dutch Girl Lane and Baptist Church Road, just south of Stirling. It was first heard a week ago. A GREEN HERON was seen in flight today at the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area. In central Foxboro, 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, 2 HOUSE WRENS, and a GRAY CATBIRD were noted today along with 8 CEDAR WAXWINGS, one of them carrying nesting material.
 

MONDAY, JUNE 19:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
It’s not every late June I get to mention a LONG-TAILED DUCK in this Bird Report! A well marked male was spotted yesterday in Lake Ontario along the Lakeview Trail at Sandbanks Park’s West Point. However, this is not the first time one of these Arctic breeders has been seen in the Quinte region during the summer months. We have three early June records – not terribly unusual as this species does nest late in the year, and there would still be time for individuals to hightail it out of here to begin nesting along the Hudson Bay shoreline where it breeds in Ontario. An individual I saw June 27, 2001 near Main Duck Island clearly could not fly as it made no attempt to do so as our boat neared it. Similarly, one I came upon while kayaking in South Bay July 31, 2000, pattered the surface of the water for some distance but could not get airborne. And a female reported from Wellington on August 04, 2008 was certainly quite late. Getting back to Sandbanks, other species seen along the Lakeview Trail included 2 MALLARDS (same ones since mid-May?), CASPIAN TERN, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, GRAY CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHER were all good sightings. In Greater Allisonville, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, HOUSE FINCHES and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER were highlights there. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  was producing alarm notes this afternoon at 2418 Victoria Road in Ameliasburgh, later flying off. Good news for those waiting for something of interest to finally show up at the Hamilton Wetland, west of Demorestville. At 8:00 a.m., a single GREAT EGRET flew along the wetland and coming in right behind it was a SANDHILL CRANE, and two more appeared very shortly. Along Potter Road today, NORTHERN FLICKER, SONG SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, NORTHERN CARDINALS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The Napanee Limestone Plain Important Bird Area is always a popular destination at this time of the year, and today was no exception. Over 25 species observed there today included VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 2 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 WILSON’S SNIPES, and a NORTHERN HARRIER. Added to the list by another observer was COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and two each of  BOBOLINK and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. A bit north of Sheffield Conservation Area along County Road 41, COMMON LOON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, 2 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS, a BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 2 VEERYS, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and SCARLET TANAGER were all noteworthy.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
With the temporary closure of Presqu’ile Park, areas north of Presqu’ile have been getting a workout in recent days. South of Codrington, along Goodrich Road and Sumach Lane, 26 species seen there included a few noteworthy species – GREEN HERON, ALDER FLYCATCHER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, EASTERN TOWHEE, 3 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and an INDIGO BUNTING. North of Castleton today (north of Colborne), 2 SCARLET TANAGERS, 3 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, INDIGO BUNTING, 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, a PINE WARBLER, 3 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS and EASTERN KINGBIRD  were seen. Also found was a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER nest containing young. Not far from Centreton which is a short distance west of Castleton, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were all good finds. Some really good habitat in the Castleton area and beyond including Peter’s Woods and the Northumberland County Forest where I have guided interpretive hikes in the past.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Beginning in Central Foxboro – 4 EASTERN PHOEBES and singles of GRAY CATBIRD, SCARLET TANAGER and CEDAR WAXWING. In the Lonsdale area, near the corner of Blessington Road and Marysville Road, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW  was seen there along with 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. Not surprisingly, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW made it onto a checklist at the Trans Canada Trail into the Springbrook Grassland. Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were observed perched atop a dead tree, and also seen were BROWN THRASHER, 2 FIELD SPARROWS, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 4 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.

 


SUNDAY, JUNE 18:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
At 6:20 a.m. this morning, 2 SCARLET TANAGERS  were among the highlights along Potter Road, just east of Demorestville. Six ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and 3 INDIGO BUNTINGS added some colour to the scene that was punctuated with the flute-like notes from a WOOD THRUSH and the rich whistled refrains from 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Other noteworthy species seen at this location were 2  NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, 7 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 6 EASTERN TOWHEES and 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS. Another highlight on Potter Road was an EASTERN WHIP–POOR-WILL calling loudly at 9:40 p.m. last night on the south side of the road near Fish Lake. A lone EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL continues to call along Sprague Road at Big Island where it has been singing since June 7th.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Hastings County was uncharacteristically quiet today with the only sightings coming from Foxboro and area. Among the highlights were 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, GRAY CATBIRD, 2 CEDAR WAXWINGS, NORTHERN HARRIER and HOUSE FINCH.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
As regular Park visitors to Presqu’ile await the good news that the Park is once again open, and that should be fairly soon, birding continues to be enjoyed from its northern boundary along the Presqui’le Parkway and Presqu’ile Bay. Present today were 36 species comprising a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, GREAT EGRET, CASPIAN TERN, 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES, 2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, RED-EYED and WARBLING VIREOS and 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS. Along the Parkway, 2 BROWN THRASHERS  were watched as they fed from a mowed lawn and made frequent trips to a nest. Only 9 species at Cobourg Harbour today – 225 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, 475 RING-BILLED GULLS, 65 HERRING GULLS, 65 CANADA GEESE, and 20 CASPIAN TERNS representing those species with high numbers, while COMMON TERN, ROCK PIGEON and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT  came in at only one a piece.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Haven’t heard much from Napanee’s Springside Park lately except for a GREAT BLUE HERON that was enjoying a bumper day of fishing recently. Probably the same GREAT BLUE HERON was observed today along the Napanee River at the Falls where 22 CANADA GEESE and 30 MALLARDS were also enjoying the bucolic setting. Nearby, RED-EYED VIREO,BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, 4 SONG SPARROWS and 3 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES  were among the 15 species of birds noted. At Wilton Creek in the Morven area, a TURKEY VULTURE was among species found, with others being OSPREY, 2 KILLDEER, BELTED KINGFISHER, 6 BARN SWALLOWS, a CEDAR WAXWING and a YELLOW WARBLER also noted. The Sparrow family was represented by two each of SONG and SAVANNAH.  At the Moscow Marsh, north of Yarker and Colebrook, both a male and a female LEAST BITTERN were seen yesterday, along with GRAY CATBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BLACK TERN, WARBLING VIREO and 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS.

 


SATURDAY, JUNE 17:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
On Camden Lake today, there were 6 COMMON LOONS seen during the day. While the duo fished near some floating bogs, twice they accidentally flushed 2 LEAST BITTERNS.  Descendants of the BLACK TERNS that dive-bombed my kayaking party when we were on Camden Lake some years ago, were in the same spot today – 16 of them. Other good species in between nibbles were NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS, an  AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 6 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and 9 YELLOW WARBLERS. The 18 MARSH WRENS encountered were considered a conservative count as Camden Lake is a known breeding area for this species. Mention of young birds and biting mosquitoes peppered the majority of sightings reports today. North of Newburgh at Nugent Road 5 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES  were counted. One fledgling in the bunch was soliciting for donations of food. Four adults were visible at one time and one pair was busy copulating, preparing to make more little shrikes. Singles of AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN HARRIER, and SAVANNAH SPARROW also seen at this location. Meanwhile at the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve north of Deseronto, one birder at 7:00 a.m. described how much of his three hours and 20 minutes were spent swaddled in a mosquito net hammock/hide at Mud Lake after walking 2.4 kilometres to get there. His reward was the sighting of 5 COMMON LOONS (no juveniles noted), a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 2 VEERYS, a WOOD THRUSH, and two each of ALDER and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. The nature reserve, known for its warbler population, did not disappoint. Those heard and seen included OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER, in numbers ranging from singles to as many as four. Two PRAIRIE WARBLERS showed themselves again at Sheffield Conservation Area, 35 minutes north of Napanee, along with PILEATED WOODPECKER, PINE WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Nothing reported from Northumberland County today.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Forty-three species were tallied at South Bay today, one of them, a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER who has decided due to medical reasons to spend the summer in Prince Edward County, instead of returning to its summer breeding grounds in the Hudson Bay Lowlands. The reason? Damaged wing. Two BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, GRAY CATBIRD, CEDAR WAXWINGS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. North of Wellington on County Road 2, just north of Wilson Road, an UPLAND SANDPIPER was a highlight, while others seen included GREAT BLUE HERON, WOOD THRUSH, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, 6 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and six CEDAR WAXWINGS. The latter species seems to be turning up this week at various locations in small numbers. Four were enjoying lunch today on Serviceberries at 23 Sprague Road, Big Island. At Wellington’s Rotary Beach today, YELLOW WARBLER, BARN SWALLOW, 2 WARBLING VIREOS and a CASPIAN TERN were noteworthy as were 3 CHIMNEY SWIFTS heard twittering over the Bloomfield Town Hall. And, at Hilltop Road along the South Shore IBA, the CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW returned for an evening encore last night and was heard at 9:20 p.m. along with 2 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS. Also in concert before the evening performance were 2 BROWN THRASHERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and one GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. At Big Island’s Robinson Cove, good birds seen in the area of the flooded boat launch and dock were GREAT BLUE HERON, YELLOW WARBLERS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, SONG and CHIPPING SPARROWS, CASPIAN TERNS, KILLDEER, EASTERN KINGBIRDS, and BARN, TREE and BANK SWALLOW.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Lots going on in the County of Hastings today. At the H.R. Frink Centre, NORTHERN CARDINAL, NORTHERN FLICKER, GREAT BLUE HERON, SONG and SWAMP SPARROWS, EASTERN KINGBIRDS and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. On Moneymore Road running east from the Roslin area, songs of both BLUE-WINGED and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER eventually translated into a single bird being responsible – a BREWSTER’S WARBLER (hybrid). An even better sighting, this time on Cold Water Road in the Marlbank area was a CERULEAN WARBLER, its distinctive song heard three times although the elusive species that prefers an upper canopy, could not be seen. Nineteen species of birds were seen in this area which is mostly new growth secondary forest, but with some older/taller secondary growth. Here, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK was heard, and also checked off were YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RED-EYED VIREO, OVENBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, and SCARLET TANAGER. Back on Moneymore Road – actually, Cheese Factory Trail which runs between Moneymore Road south to Naphan Road, two separate birders – one at 10:00 a.m. and another at noon, both came up with impressive lists. Seen and heard were YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWINGS, GOLDEN-WINGED and BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, 4 SCARLET TANAGERS, 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS, WOOD THRUSH and EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE.

 


FRIDAY, JUNE 16:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Seems to be a lot of attention toward Sheffield Conservation Area, 11 km south of Kaladar these days. Could be the Prickly Pear Cactus that grows there in an undisclosed location, or it could be the PRAIRIE WARBLERS that are seen there regularly every year at this time. And, they were there again today – 2 of them – along with PINE, CHESTNUT-SIDED and YELLOW WARBLERS, and an AMERICAN REDSTART. Three VEERYS were also found. Not much going on at Springside Park in Napanee except for a GREAT BLUE HERON fishing for a meal and according to the birders who saw it, this heron was exceptionally good at his craft, scoring several Yellow Perch and a Pumpkinseed Sunfish. Good entertainment.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Cobourg Harbour, a single BRANT continues, and also present today were 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES. In the gull family, 240 RING-BILLED GULLS, 25 HERRING GULLS, 10 BONAPARTE’S GULLS and a single GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. Nineteen CASPIAN TERNS and a couple COMMON TERNS also among the dozen or so species of birds present. North of Colborne, at the Lone Pine Sanctuary, 5 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and 11 BOBOLINKS were nice finds while others included PIED-BILLED GREBE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, MARSH WREN, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and 2 WOOD DUCKS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Once again, Hastings County was in an active mood today. The Harmony Road Wetland had 3 CHIMNEY SWIFTS and 14 GREAT BLUE HERONS (family groups) at the heronry there. GRAY CATBIRD and two CEDAR WAXWINGS appeared in Central Foxboro today, and a HOODED MERGANSER  was in the Moira River in the area of Lion’s Park off Station Street. A couple new areas reporting in today – both on the Tyendinaga Reserve. At Hungry Bay and marsh at Beach Road, south of Shannonville, 35 species were found, among them VIRGINIA RAIL, 4 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and two each of MARSH WREN and  SWAMP SPARROW. Other good birds seen along this stretch of road were 4 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, 1 AMERICAN REDSTART, 3 RED-EYED VIREOS, 2 WARBLING VIREOS, and 3 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES. One each of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  also made it on the checklist today. Down near the First Nations Air Service, the end of Hickory Road off Airport Road yielded 36 species. Some good finds there including a couple GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 2 GREAT EGRETS and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER. Also on the list were WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN KESTREL, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A GREAT EGRET was seen in a flooded backyard on Gardenville Road, one of several seen along there today and along County Road 64 between Carrying Place and Brighton. Once again, Hilltop Road’s CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW  did not disappoint. It was heard at 2:50 a.m. this morning with 2 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS providing a backdrop. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  was also up early and singing. A walk along Snider Road near the upper end of Victoria Road yielded some good species today, namely, ALDER FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, 3 GRAY CATBIRDS, 1 BROWN THRASHER, a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, as well as CHIPPING, FIELD, SONG, and SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and also in the same family – 2 EASTERN TOWHEES. East of Demorestville along Potter Road, 37 species were noted early this morning, among them, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 WOOD THRUSHES, 2 OVENBIRDS, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, 9 EASTERN TOWHEES, 15 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, and 3 INDIGO BUNTINGS. Also seen was a SCARLET TANAGER carrying food, confirming its nesting status in the County for a species we typically see only during spring migration. An interesting “hearing” this evening on Big Island was an AMERICAN BITTERN soundly pumping away enthusiastically from the middle of a field of Brome Grass hay less than 100 metres west of 23 Sprague Road, its convulsive notes echoing off one of our outbuildings! It was still going strong as this Report was being uploaded at 8:30 p.m.

 


THURSDAY, JUNE 15:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Watching a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, whether at a feeder or in its natural habitat, is always a treat; seeing two is a bonus. But, seeing six at one time is just short of exhilarating. That’s how many were cavorting around today on a black walnut tree in a Foxboro backyard, no doubt a family group out for some exercise. Other good birds here and in the general Foxboro area today were 2 GREEN HERONS in flight, 1 CHIMNEY SWIFT, RED-EYED VIREO, 3 GRAY CATBIRDS and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Best sighting (actually a hearing) was a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW singing its dry insect-like wheezes along a cemetery fence line. An hour and a bit more during a return visit by a Belleville birder to the Dutch Lane site south of Stirling, added a few other species not seen on yesterday’s visit. Most notable was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and also appearing were 2 WOOD THRUSHES and a couple CEDAR WAXWINGS. The two PINE WARBLERS, found yesterday, were still present.  
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Neither wind nor rain, nor day nor night will keep a CHICK-WILL’S-WIDOW  from uttering his refrain. Well, maybe daylight, but daylight was just over the horizon at 3:20 a.m. when the CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW started his repetitious and somewhat monotonous chorus, this time, some distance from the road near the junction of Hilltop Road and Brewer’s Road along the South Shore IBA. Three EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS also offering their somewhat similar songs. At Prince Edward Point today, 3 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 4 YELLOW WARBLERS and 6 SONG SPARROWS. Things are slowing down. NORTHERN HARRIERS today at Black Road and Big Island. Along the Sprague/Monkman Trail west of Sprague Road, nesting MERLINS continue as well as EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and BOBOLINKS, although it’s hard to tell as the Brome Grass in the hay fields is as high as an elephant’s eye – well, a little more than waist high anyway. SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 2 or 3 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS presumably nesting and ALDER FLYCATCHERS aplenty. In the Big Island Marsh beside South Big Island Road, GREAT BLUE HERON, CANADA GEESE, MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN BITTERN and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Today, a LEAST BITTERN was heard calling and lots of MARSH WRENS and SWAMP SPARROWS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS also featured prominently in the Kaladar area when no fewer than 21 were heard calling  last night. Six were calling at the Jack Pine Barrens Conservation Reserve west of Kaladar, another nine were calling north of Kaladar, four were singing south of Kaladar along County Road 41 and two were calling at the Sheffield Conservation Area. At Sheffield, some good birds seen there including 4 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 EASTERN TOWHEES and one each of VEERY and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. Twenty species were tallied at the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA with some of the more noteworthy species being COMMON RAVEN, AMERICAN REDSTART and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW – one of each. On Amherst Island, more specifically, at the Martin Edwards Reserve at the east end of the island, 3 late SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were spotted when they were flushed with some MALLARDS from a pond, ultimately circling and returning to the edge of the pond again. It’s not the latest date for this species in the Kingston region, but getting close to it. Other shorebird species were 2 WILSON’S PHALAROPES, 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 4 KILLDEER and an UPLAND SANDPIPER. Other good birds on the KFN owned property were 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and a NORTHERN SHOVELER.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Along the Presqu’ile Parkway today, 7 GREAT EGRETS were a good sighting, one OSPREY, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, 3 WARBLING VIREOS, 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS and 12 CHIPPING SPARROWS. 



WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14:

 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
The celebrated CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW was heard again late last night, calling from very near the road close to the west gate of the Miller Family Nature Reserve east of the junction of Brewer’s Road and Hilltop Road. This is the fifth consecutive year in which the CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW has turned up in the same location and we can only conclude that it is the same individual each time. The bird was banded in 2015.  Amazing how a bird so small as this can produce such an incredibly loud song. During last night’s Whip-poor-will survey across the South Shore IBA when this CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW  was heard calling, the survey team made 26 stops during which they counted 31 calling WHIP-POOR-WILLS. Team leader, Peter Fuller, commented that the wet conditions this spring doubtless contributed to frogs were calling from everywhere and at times it felt more like they were doing a Marsh Monitoring Survey than a Whip-poor-will survey making it more difficult to hear other bird species that were present. At Prince Edward Point today, a NASHVILLE WARBLER  was still around. Other good species seen included SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 2 EASTERN PHOEBES, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER and 5 BARN SWALLOWS.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
No reports from Lennox and Addington at time of uploading this Report.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
A single BRANT  continues to loaf around with CANADA GEESE and hundreds of gulls at Cobourg Harbour. BONAPARTE’S GULLS  continue to hang out there and today’s count was 127 with most of them in three different groups on the docks and the southwest breakwall. On the beach itself were 2 LITTLE GULLS. Total count of RING-BILLED GULLS was 930, and of HERRING GULLS (mostly immatures), 126, with a first summer GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL thrown in for good measure. Twelve CASPIAN TERNS  were also present today. In a Brighton, a leucistic AMERICAN ROBIN observed there a few days ago, is still being seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Birders today were in an active mood in Hastings County with several key locations visited. At the Potter’s Creek Conservation Area in Quinte West, highlights were EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, WARBLING VIREO, CEDAR WAXWING, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. One area where I used to conduct the occasional interpretive Evening Hike, located along Baptist Church Road, is Dutch Girl Lane. Dutch Girl Lane eventually morphs into Dutch Girl Road and comes out at Highway 62. Along here is a hydro right of way where numerous wildflowers grow, and is the most southern location for Sweet Fern that I have found yet. But, bird species are impressive too since the “road” passes through a deciduous woods where today, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 5 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 6 RED-EYED VIREOS and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK were found. Also detected were 4 warbler species – 2 PINE WARBLERS, and one each of OVENBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. At the Thurlow Wildlife Management Area along the Moira River near Plainfield, some good finds there including 3 VEERYS, 6 WARBLING VIREOS, 4 RED-EYED VIREOS, 4 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and 3 YELLOW WARBLERS. On Egglelton Road, east of Stirling, a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS was a highlight, with other birds seen being singles of GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, SAVANNAH SPARROW and NORTHERN CARDINAL, 2 FIELD SPARROWS and 7 SONG SPARROWS. Two LEAST BITTERNS were reported from the H.R. Frink Centre, while down in Trenton, a COMMON TERN was watched today as it scored a fish after a successful dive, then, as it was flying away, tossed the fish into the air twice to re-position the fish in its bill.

 


TUESDAY, JUNE 13:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
There is still water at Kaiser Crossroad where crops were likely in the ground and growing by now last year at this time. Enjoying the wet conditions yesterday 8 GREAT EGRETS at Kaiser Crossroad. In the Prince Edward Point area today, 31 species were tallied between Babylon Road and the Point proper. Among the highlights were 2 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, 2 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS, 6 RED-EYED VIREOS, 4 each of GRAY CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHER, 7 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Last summer, a pair of BALD EAGLES nested successfully at an undisclosed location in the Bay of Quinte near Huff’s Island. The nesting was significant as it represented the first confirmed successful nest of this species in the County since the late 1940s when the species was all but wiped out by the effects of DDT. In fact, while the species is nesting at several locations not far north of here, they have been a bit slow in returning as a nesting species along the immediate north shore of Lake Ontario between Kingston and Toronto. This spring, the two BALD EAGLES have returned to last year’s nest and are actively nesting again for a second season.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
No bird sightings from Northumberland County today.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The Napanee Limestone Plain IBA still doing very well with 62 species observed by one birder today. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT  was among them, as well as 3 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and 12 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, a few of the dozen involving fledged young. Three AMERICAN BITTERNS and a LEAST BITTERN also made it on the checklist, as did 3 VIRGINIA RAILS, 2 COMMON GALLINULES and 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, as well as an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL. A dozen BOBOLINKS, 7 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, a couple GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and 4 LEAST FLYCATCHERS were other good sightings made in the Important Bird Area.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Hastings County was where it was at today with explorations to a variety of areas by different birders. Thirty-one species noted at the H.R. Frink Centre today. Among the highlights were 2 WOOD DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, 4 VIRGINIA RAILS, 2 WOOD THRUSHES and an OVENBIRD. The MERLIN was around the parking lots again today, strongly suggesting a nest nearby. At the Trans Canada Trail just north of Ivanhoe, some good sightings there as usual with a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, SCARLET TANAGER and a BREWSTER’S WARBLER (hybrid) putting in their appearance along Twiddy Road, 500 metres south of Wood Road. Along the trail itself toward the Springbrook Grassland, 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 6 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, AMERICAN KESTREL, BOBOLINK, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 6 FIELD SPARROWS, all species typical of grassland habitat. On Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville, still good birding to be had with 28 species present today. Among the good sightings were GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREOS, AMERICAN REDSTART, 3 VESPER SPARROWS and 5 SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Scattered sightings elsewhere around Hastings County today included a VEERY on Elmwood Drive (east of Belleville), 2 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, NASHVILLE WARBLER and MAGNOLIA WARBLER along Naphan Road. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS are still being seen cruising back and forth along the Trenton shoreline at the foot of Dufferin Avenue, likely visiting feeding areas. They have been seen at least twice feeding at Bain Park across from CFB Trenton. On Cheese Factory Trail in the Moneymore Road area east of Roslin, some great sightings there including YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and both BLUE-WINGED and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS.

 


MONDAY, JUNE 12:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Commencing July 1st, if not earlier, the Quinte Area Bird Report will be taking some time off during the month of July. Reports will be restricted likely to just Hastings and Prince Edward County, and may be presented in point form just listing some of the more significant species seen, and might be posted only once a week. This may continue through August, depending on the volume of sightings, but will certainly resume in its regular daily format by September 1st. Today, just a handful of sightings, starting with Beaver Meadow where BELTED KINGFISHER, GREEN HERON, BLACK TERNS, COMMON GALLINULE, YELLOW WARBLER, CHIPPING SPARROW, PIED-BILLED GREBE and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. At Big Island's Robinson Cove the GREAT BLUE HERON was still there as well as KILLDEER and CASPIAN TERNS. At Sawguin Creek, at the junction of Highway 62 and County Road 28, a GREAT BLUE HERON was having a successful day. Other species there were EASTERN KINGBIRD, OSPREYS (nesting), DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT  and HOUSE FINCH. In the Wellington area at County Road 2, north of Wilson Road, some colourful species there including GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NORTHERN CARDINAL, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS.
  
HASTINGS COUNTY
Interesting sighting at Walmart today on the north edge of Belleville where at least one pair – maybe more – RING-BILLED GULLS were seen nesting on the roof of the adjacent Jysk store there. At least one flightless juvenile chick was seen. There were some 150 RING-BILLED GULLS in total. Behind the Walmart Store, 5 CANADA GEESE, and a GREAT BLUE HERON, as well as a RED-TAILED HAWK that was seen harassing the gulls. In Foxboro, 2 GREEN HERONS in flight, 1 CHIMNEY SWIFT, a GRAY CATBIRD and one AMERICAN REDSTART were among the species seen there today
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Presqu’ile Park remains closed, of course, due to high lake levels, but still lots of good birding along the Parkway leading toward the Park. A few of the species present were MARSH WREN, BROWN THRASHER, 5 SWAMP SPARROWS, WARBLING VIREO and GREAT EGRET among the 25 species tallied. At 31 George Street on the north side of Brighton, a pair of GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS  are nesting in a nest box there – always a good backyard bird to have nesting. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, NORTHERN CARDINAL and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD also nice backyard residents.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Nothing from Lennox and Addington County today, but yesterday an evening visit to the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons produced 32 species. Noteworthy species were 2 WOOD DUCKS, 10 GADWALL, and a female BUFFLEHEAD still hanging around. Twelve KILLDEER and 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS represented the shorebird family with 10 each of NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED, TREE and BARN SWALLOWS being seen as well. AMERICAN REDSTART, FIELD SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and BALTIMORE ORIOLE  were other good species seen.

 


SUNDAY, JUNE 11:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
It was Bioblitz day at the Miller Family Nature Reserve along Hilltop Road in the County’s South Shore Important Bird Area. The event went from noon yesterday and concluded today at noon. Over 50 attended this event and professionals were on hand to assist in the identity of anything living – birds, mammals, herptiles, dragonflies, moths, butterflies, plants – you name it. The event started off with a bang when last night, all three members of the Goatsucker family (nightjars) provided a lively concert, including the southern CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW that was first reported in the same area the night of May 10th. This is the fifth year in which this southern species has been detected at this location. This morning at 4:40 a.m., it was still going strong as the bird was calling on the property south of the west gate. Two EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS  were also heard, and COMMON NIGHTHAWKS  were also noted. Birding hard time started at 5:30 a.m. with one birder finding 37 species, highlights being GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS, 8 BROWN THRASHERS, OVENBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, 8 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and 15 SONG SPARROWS. My 9:00 a.m., 4 km+ bird hike around the trail loop found many of the same species, but also added EASTERN BLUEBIRD and OSPREY. Some birders just never rest. The 4:00 a.m. birder after finishing his stint at the Miller property, continued on down to Prince Edward Point where he wandered slowly around the net trails behind the Bird Observatory, coming up with 43 species. Highlights here were 4 GRAY CATBIRDS, 3 BROWN THRASHERS, 15 YELLOW WARBLERS, 3 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Out in the Sandbanks Park area, 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER and CEDAR WAXWING in the Woodlands Campground. Not far away, on the Winn’s Drive causeway leading to Sheba’s Island, good birds there were 2 BLACK TERNS, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and 1 YELLOW WARBLER. The only other sighting to come in was a SCARLET TANAGER in flight at 2410 Victoria Road in Ameliasburgh.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Nothing from Hastings County today. Better luck tomorrow.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Remember the LONG-NOSED GARS I mentioned that a Highway 2 resident saw spawning in his backyard west of Napanee? As of last evening, the reported 20 had expanded to 30, all splashing around in his flooded backyard.  The only thing birdwise to come in from Lennox and Addington were some sightings from the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA. Among the good finds were 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, GRAY CATBIRD, an OVENBIRD, 1 FIELD SPARROW, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 6 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. At Sheffield Conservation Area, south of Kaladar, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER  were good species.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
In Northumberland County today, a couple of spots worth mentioning. Cobourg Harbour managed to restore our faith in it being able to produce good birds after an absence of a few of the key species that had drawn birders there from afar. Today a BRANT was seen, and there was a LESSER SCAUP near the boat launch, a returning FORSTER’S TERN, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a first year LITTLE GULL. Some 125 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, all of them first summer birds, were still hanging about, a rather late date for such a number. At a location between Centreton and Castleton, 36 species were tallied today, among the more noteworthy being 4 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, a MERLIN, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 13 RED-EYED VIREOS, WINTER WREN, VEERY, INDIGO BUNTING, SCARLET TANAGER, and among the 8 warbler species – an impressive 9 MOURNING WARBLERS. North of Cobourg, at the Peter’s Woods Provincial Nature Reserve area today, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, INDIGO BUNTING, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. North of Cobourg, the Balls Mill Conservation Area had BELTED KINGFISHER, GREEN HERON, GREAT BLUE HERON and SPOTTED SANDPIPER.
 

SATURDAY, JUNE 10:

LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
In the Napanee Liestone Plain Important Bird Area some good sightings there included 4 VESPER SPARROWS, BROWN THRASHER, GRAY CATBIRD, RED-EYED VIREO, 3 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, NORTHERN HARRIER and WILSON’S SNIPE. An interesting sighting along the Napanee River west of town today involved not birds, but fish, and not the usual CARP that folks have reported wriggling their way into flooded backyards to spawn. These were LONG-NOSED GARS – 20 of them – that had moved into a flooded backyard to spawn!
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
We’re past the spring migration season now and our attention is now focused on the resident species that are nesting and any specialties that may come our way. One area birder tried her luck at Robinson Cove on Big Island where the boat launch there has been completely swallowed up by the high water which has managed to reach the edge of the road. Present today were SPOTTED SANDPIPER, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, GRAY CATBIRD, YELLOW WARBLERS, SONG SPARROWS, BELTED KINGFISHER, GREAT BLUE HERON AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and TREE SWALLOWS.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Sightings today in Hastings County came only from the Foxboro area, involving 3 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, RED-EYED VIREO, 2 each of GRAY CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHERS and AMERICAN REDSTART. Nothing from Atkins Road, on the east side of Belleville. After receiving almost nightly reports, I am suffering from Atkins withdrawal!
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Two LITTLE GULLS continue to attract birders at Cobourg Harbour, as well as some 30 BONAPARTE’S GULLS which are hanging around rather late this spring. Around 900 RING-BILLED GULLS and 20 CASPIAN TERNS also present. Five hours spent up in the Alderville area south of Rice Lake, just off Beagle Club Road and County Road 9, resulted in an impressive list today of 43 species, not the least of which were an incredible 16 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS. Twelve PINE WARBLERS was also a high total, reported as one on every pine tree. Thirteen FIELD SPARROWS  were heard as well as a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. Other good sightings included 12 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 12 RED-EYED VIREOS, 6 BROWN THRASHERS and 4 OVENBIRDS. Flycatchers here numbered five species – 4 GREAT CRESTED, 3 each of  EASTERN KINGBIRD and EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and singles of WILLOW and LEAST. 
 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 09:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A bit slow today in Prince Edward County, even on the 3 kilometre Sprague/Monkman Trail at Big Island. BOBOLINKS numbered only a dozen or so, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS probably no more than 5, but lots of SAVANNAH SPARROWS singing. Other species heard were EASTERN TOWHEE, FIELD SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and the MERLIN was on guard as usual at its usual post – high in a dead elm tree. The EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard calling again before light this morning from a deciduous woods about a half kilometre north along Sprague Road. Also slow has been the Hamilton Wetland where the only waterfowl present appear to be 19 CANADA GEESE and 8 MUTE SWANS. Two AMERICAN KESTRELS  seem to be regulars on Doxsee Road.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Nothing from Lennox and Addington today. However, a couple checklists from yesterday which arrived too late for inclusion in last evening’s Report. Two birders at Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area did their birding from the observation tower coming up with 21 species. Highlights were 6 COMMON LOONS, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, 5 BLACK TERNS, 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and one each of EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, EASTERN PHOEBE, EASTERN KINGBIRD and YELLOW WARBLER. At the nearby Moscow Marsh, more good sightings with PIED-BILLED GREBE, 3 MARSH WRENS and 2 YELLOW WARBLERS being highlights.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Well, this is interesting. A resident of Plainfield today witnessed a blue PEACOCK flying down the river from his property, subsequently landing near the top of a 60-foot pine tree. Where the escapee came from is anyone’s guess. And, as God is my witness, I didn’t know Peacocks could fly! Much less attain such an altitude. On a more normal note, twenty minutes of birding on the south side of Highway 2 at Potter’s Creek Conservation Area, across from the QC administration office, yielded two adult WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES delivering food to two young on a branch. YELLOW WARBLER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, NORTHERN FLICKER and the resident nesting OSPREY were other highlights here along the Parrott Trail. Incredibly, nothing from Atkins Road today, but near the corner of Atkins and Airport Parkway, an EASTERN BLUEBIRD  was seen, along with BARN SWALLOW, CEDAR WAXWING, and both WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS. At Foxboro, GRAY CATBIRD, 2 HOUSE WRENS, a MERLIN and 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were good finds. ‘Tis the season for nighthawks and whip-poor-wills. Three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were displaying last night at 8:40 p.m. at the end of Station Street in Belleville, and two more were located at Power Road and Enright Road east of Shannonville Road where 2 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS  were also heard calling. In Belleville, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO collided with the side of a house, but recovered overnight and was last seen flying as far away from there as possible.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
At Cobourg Harbour today, 2 BRANT were seen cohabiting with CANADA GEESE in the harbour. BONAPARTE’S GULLS were “plentiful”, and CANADA GEESE, HERRING GULLS and CASPIAN TERNS were also noted, but no numbers provided. In the town of Cobourg at about 3:30 p.m. this afternoon a TURKEY VULTURE and an unidentified Accipiter hawk were seen. 
 

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 08:

HASTINGS COUNTY
As always, lots of birding action in Hastings County today. A MOURNING WARBLER was singing his little heart out today along Martin Road, just north of Thomasburg where other species of note were EASTERN PHOEBE, RED-EYED VIREO, CHIPPING SPARROW and INDIGO BUNTING. The old favourite – Atkins Road – is still producing impressive checklists and will continue until the fields dry up. Today, 30 species were present which included RED-TAILED HAWK, EASTERN KINGBIRD, WARBLING VIREO, 2 HORNED LARKS, GRAY CATBIRD, 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, and singles of WHITE-THROATED and FIELD SPARROW. On conservation land owned by Quinte Conservation, located at Rapids Road bordering Highway 7 west of Tweed, some good birds there were YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, a RED-EYED VIREO, 5 COMMON RAVENS, OVENBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER and an INDIGO BUNTING. Lingham Lake Road was even “more better”. Starting from Graham Road, the party birded intermittently along a 6.5 kilometre stretch of road to the Buddhist Retreat area at the power line right of way. Sixty-nine species were tallied, an excellent total, for sure. Ten species of warblers were listed, among them a PINE WARBLER, 3 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, 5 OVENBIRDS and a lone NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. Singles of SCARLET TANAGER and INDIGO BUNTING, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and INDIGO BUNTING added some vibrant colours to the mix, while WOOD THRUSH, BROWN THRASHER, 5 VEERYS, and 3 GRAY CATBIRDS  contributed with song. Other impressive sightings were RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON LOON and 4 WOOD DUCKS. A bit farther south, a LEAST BITTERN was encountered in Blessington Creek near the mouth where it empties into the Bay of Quinte, a continuing excellent season for this shy species. This particular one flew in front of the kayaker twice, just to make sure it had been seen. Birds noted casually at the foot of Dufferin Street in Trenton today were 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, SONG SPARROW, a male MALLARD, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and COMMON GRACKLES.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
On Bryant Road today, which runs north off upper Victoria Road and comes out at Old Orchard Road on County Road 3 (Rednersville Road), a few good species there early this morning including BROWN THRASHER, 2 OVENBIRDS, and 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and singles of NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE, YELLOW and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS. Also, 2 FIELD SPARROWS, 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 3 EASTERN TOWHEES. BLACK TERNS  are now nesting in the Bloomfield Marsh off Wesley Acres Road after an absence of several years. One volunteer with the Marsh Monitoring Program said at least three were defending their nesting territory quite aggressively.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
PRAIRIE WARBLERS galore yesterday in Lennox and Addington in continuing good areas. One PRAIRIE WARBLER  was photographed by Oshawa area biologist Tyler Hoar north of Kaladar along County Road 41 in an area where this species is know to occur. Three more were encountered at the Jack Pine Barrens Conservation Reserve west of Kaladar which runs between the Trans Canada Trail and Highway 7. I have explored some of that property in the past and it is a prolific area for birds. Strangely, no PRAIRIE WARBLERS  were heard at the Sheffield Conservation Area where the species turns up every nesting season. Two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, a RING-NECKED DUCK, 8 RED-EYED VIREOS, 1 WINTER WREN and 3 SCARLET TANAGERS more than made up for their absence. Back at the Jack Pine Barrens, 28 species were listed there with highlights being a BROAD-WINGED HAWK, ALDER and LEAST FLYCATCHERS, 2 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, 1 BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 9 RED-EYED VIREOS,1 VEERY, 2 SCARLET TANAGERS and 9 warbler species
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Good birders are truly like bloodhounds. Tuesday’s LAWRENCE’S WARBLER (Blue-winged/Golden-winged hybrid) was found again yesterday by a Trenton birder who really wasn’t too sure where on Goodrich Road to look, south of Codrington. Combining his knowledge of habitat preferences and bird song, he honed right into the location and managed to find the bird within a minute or two. At the Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area, just up the road from there, the same birder found 2 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and noted that due to the excellent habitat, “everybody was singing”. He found nine warbler species, and probably two more species that he didn’t search out. Along the Presqu’ile Parkway, just outside the Park proper, singles of many species today, including PIED-BILLED GREBE, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, NORTHERN HARRIER, NORTHERN FLICKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, BARN SWALLOW, BROWN THRASHER, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. At Cobourg Harbour, no sign of the BLACK-HEADED GULLS seen in the harbour yesterday, although there were still 200+ BONAPARTE’S GULLS around – 180 on the middle pier alone. Several LITTLE GULLS with a high count of five, all first year birds, often staying close together when loafing or flying. Hundreds of RING-BILLED GULLS on the piers and the west east beach, but the LAUGHING GULL has not returned. 
 
 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 07:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
On April 10th this spring, a TUFTED TITMOUSE showed up at a feeder along County Road 12 (West Lake), just outside Sandbanks Park. One had shown up at Glenora on April 2nd and I speculated that it might be the same individual. It’s not that far. Only 20 kilometres as the titmouse flies. However, a TUFTED TITMOUSE  showed up again at the Glenora location again today after an absence of more than a month. Same bird? Who knows? What we do know for sure though the CHIMNEY SWIFTS are moving. It was another good night for the “swifters” in the Picton area last night with a full and low cloud cover forcing the swifts to fly lower than usual, often right at chimney level, or below, and just above the trees. The survey group had 29 swifts that were seen entering 5 chimneys in Picton and an observer posted at the North Martysburgh Central School at Lake on the Mountain saw two go in the chimney there.  Only 16 went into The Picton Armoury chimney on Main Street, 6 into another and then two's and three's in the remaining chimneys.  This time there was lots of activity from 7:30 to almost 9:00 p.m. with swifts chattering and almost always flying over in 2's and 3's with up to eight seen at once but usually 3 - 5.  On County Road 2, north of Wellington, some good birds today at a location there just north of Wilson Road including GRAY CATBIRD, WOOD THRUSH, 4 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. At 4:00 a.m. this morning there was an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL  calling nonstop in a deciduous woods along Sprague Road on Big Island. Efforts are still under way to find volunteers who are willing to monitor a pair of PIPING PLOVERS that are nesting at at North Beach Provincial Park  As an Endangered Species, they require some help to make their efforts successful.  Training is provided and shifts are usually a morning or afternoon.  Interested volunteers are asked to contact Yvette Bree at    if you would like to contribute to the success of this species.  Your name will be forwarded to the coordinator, who will contact you for training and to schedule dates and times you are available.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Presqu’ile Park remains closed to the public due to flooding conditions, but there is lots of birding to be had along the Parkway though leading toward the Park entrance. Yesterday, AMERICAN BITTERN, 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 10 SONG SPARROWS, CASPIAN TERN, 200 RING-BILLED GULLS and a HOUSE WREN were found. At Cobourg Harbour today, 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 30 CASPIAN TERNS, a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 130 BONAPARTE’S GULLS and 3 LITTLE GULLS  were present. The two BLACK-HEADED GULLS, seen earlier, had disappeared today by 4:45 p.m. this afternoon. They had both been together perched on one of the bollards on the middle pier among a preening group of 60+ BONAPARTE’S GULLS and some RING-BILLED GULLS. Both were smaller than the RING-BILLED GULLS but noticeably larger than the BONAPARTE’S, both had noticeable red bills that were blackish towards the tip, somewhat thicker and stouter than the bills of the BONAPARTE’S GULLS. The legs were a darker red compared with the BONAPARTE’S GULLS’  paler legs.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Where do we begin? There was a fair bit of birding in Hastings County today at some well known locations. At the H.R. Frink Centre, 9 km north of Belleville, some good species and some good numbers, notably 8 to 10 WOOD THRUSHES singing, 7 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 5 OVENBIRDS, and 5 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. The 8 WARBLING VIREOS seen and heard were topped by 12 RED-EYED VIREOS. Two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  were also there, along with 3 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, a couple RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and the same number of WINTER WRENS, and a single SCARLET TANAGER. True dyed-in-the-wool birders seldom have to identify a bird by sight, if they can hear it singing. One birder today apparently didn’t stop much at the nearby Thurlow Wildlife Management Area, but just kept coasting along, identifying birds as he went by their songs. Among them were 3 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, 2 LEAST FLYCATCHERS, 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, 4 WARBLING VIREOS, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, 3 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, just to name a few whose songs gave them away. Of course. Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville received some attention with RED-TAILED HAWK, 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 6 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 2 HORNED LARKS, 2 VESPER SPARROWS and 6 SAVANNAH SPARROWS being noteworthy finds. At Airport Parkway which runs east and west from Atkins Road, WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART and INDIGO BUNTING were noteworthy. At Bain Park today, high water resulted in few birds with only BELTED KINGFISHER, lots of turtles, and two MUTE SWANS being seen.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
Only one location in Lennox and Addington County with birds to report this evening - the McIntyre Road CN crossing at a swamp forest north of Bath. Some good species on hand for a birder at that location today including 7 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 1 GREEN HERON, 2 MARSH WRENS and singles of COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER.

 


TUESDAY, JUNE 06:

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
We start our Bird Report this evening from Northumberland County where a LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was seen and heard along Goodrich Road south of Coderington yesterday. Initially, the birder thought she was listening to a blue-winged warbler as it was singing a blue-winged warbler song in traditional nesting area.   Upon closer inspection she noticed the black throat.   The LAWRENCE’S WARBLER is a recessive hybrid of a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER combination. The voice can be like either species. It was a good day for this birder who lives along that road, finding 58 species in total. Some of the highlights were ALDER FLYCATCHER, INDIGO BUNTING, 3 VEERYS, GREEN HERON and 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS who were finally attracted with some nest boxes strategically located in just the right places.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
Yesterday, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 3 each of EASTERN MEADOWLARK and EASTERN KINGBIRD, 2 BROWN THRASHERS and a NORTHERN FLICKER  were highlights in the Springbrook Grassland. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was also seen, standing on a stone in the centre of the field. Not far from there today, on Preston Road, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 RED-EYED VIREOS, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and 2 YELLOW WARBLERS  were good finds this afternoon after the rain had ended for the day. A GRAY CATBIRD and an AMERICAN REDSTART in Foxboro earlier today.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
This morning, before the rain started, one birder tried his luck at Kaiser Crossroad, still flooded, of course, from the relentless rains. A big surprise was a pair of LESSER SCAUP in the north pond. With them were two female HOODED MERGANSERS. Four GREAT BLUE HERONS and a GREAT EGRET were also taking advantage of the conditions. In the “dry” part of the fields 40 RING-BILLED GULLS  were seen loafing, but the only member of the shorebird family was a lone KILLDEER. At Beaver Meadow this morning, BELTED KINGFISHER, AMERICAN REDSTART and BLACK TERNS. The GREAT EGRET seen yesterday along Highway 62 was there again today. A GREAT EGRET was seen today on Massassauga Road in the creek beside the old school. 
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
The only sighting to come in today from Lennox and Addington County was an EASTERN BLUEBIRD in downtown Moscow yesterday and the day before.

 


MONDAY, JUNE 05:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Efforts are under way to monitor a pair of PIPING PLOVERS at North Beach Provincial Park that are currently laying eggs on the beach. As an Endangered Species, they require some help to make their efforts successful.  At this point, staff at Sandbanks Provincial Park who has jurisdiction over North Beach, are trying to gather a list of potential volunteers that could help monitor these birds in the coming weeks.  Training is provided and shifts are usually a morning or afternoon.  Interested volunteers are asked to contact Yvette Bree at   if you would like to contribute to the success of this species.  Your name will be forwarded to the coordinator, who will contact you for training and to schedule dates and times you are available. A GREAT EGRET was seen today in a flooded field along Highway 62 between Victoria Road and Mountain View. This location which more closely resembles a lake has harboured a large number of water birds this spring.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
On the topic of night-herons, remember the three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS that flew nonchalantly past the far south end of Dufferin Street in Trenton on May 31st? Well, presumably the same three flew past there again today, only in the opposite direction! Another sighting there was female COMMON MERGANSER swimming by with 8 youngsters.  Birds seen in Foxboro today included 5 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, GRAY CATBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and NORTHERN FLICKER. At Belleville's Lions Park off Station Street, birds of note seen there today were GREAT BLUE HERON, 3 OSPREYS and BELTED KINGFISHER. One birder at the H.R. Frink Centre today took a short nap on the marsh boardwalk and woke to find a LEAST BITTERN on a beaver lodge, so close to him that he didn't even need his binoculars to view it. And, some of us search for years to catch even a fleeting glimpse of this shy wetland bird! The 34 species of birds that he identified mostly by ear included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, MERLIN, WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS, and six warbler species – OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and YELLOW. Elsewhere in Hasting County, highlights on Moneymore Road were WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 2 OVENBIRDS and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. On Bronk Road, 13 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. On Cary Road, LEAST FLYCATCHER, 11 RED-EYED VIREOS, 2 VEERYS, 4 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, 3 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, SCARLET TANAGER and PURPLE FINCH were all nice finds.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few scattered sightings today from Lennox and Addington County. A GREEN HERON was photographed today by Helmer Nielsen of Odessa at Wilton Creek in that village. At Sheffield Conservation Area, a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and a PINE WARBLER greeted two  birders in the parking lot, a nice way to start the day. Five PRAIRIE WARBLERS including an agitated pair where they have nested before were found along the ridge. Also NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, SCARLET TANAGERS, 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, OSPREY and COMMON RAVENS. At the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve on Roblin Road, the same party found 2 singing CANADA WARBLERS. At the Martin Edwards Reserve at the east end of Amherst Island, noteworthy species found there today were 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES, 20 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER,2 GREAT EGRETS, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and the same number of COMMON LOONS. At Link Mills, north of Millhaven, one each of  WILLOW FLYCATCHER and LEAST FLYCATCHER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS and a HOODED MERGANSER – all good species. Miscellaneous sightings today included a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE off Deseronto Road just south of Kingsford, and a LEAST BITTERN in the Rattie Marsh north of Napanee.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Although the BLACK-HEADED GULL seen last evening at 7:30 p.m. at Cobourg Harbour did not turn up again this morning as hoped, the continuing LITTLE GULLS (first summer plumage) did put in an appearance this morning. With them were 100 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 40 CASPIAN TERNS, a dozen MALLARDS, 50 CANADA GEESE, and 3 CHIMNEY SWIFTS. Also there in the harbour was a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. Although just outside of Northumberland County, it is interesting to report that a rare YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON that showed up last night east of Newcastle returned for an encore today. It seems to be frequenting a small pond beside 3095 Morgans Road and is easy to see from the road. The bird has a fully adult head pattern and plume, but still some brown in the body and wing feathers suggesting a young adult, perhaps a second year bird. Anyone wishing to try for the bird, Morgans Road runs north from Highway 2 midway between Newcastle and Newtonville.

 


SUNDAY, JUNE 04:

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
A good day on the Sprague/Monkman Trail on Big Island today with 49 species seen and heard. The trail is on a farm owned by Toronto artist Kent Monkman. I maintain and mow a walking trail of 3+ km in length for him to use as a jogging route in exchange for my use of it for hiking. The main trail encircles about 40 acres of meadowland that we are trying to preserve and enhance as grassland bird nesting habitat. Some of the highlights this morning were 16+ BOBOLINKS, 8 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 2 nesting MERLINS (harassed by grackles), GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER and WOOD THRUSH. An amusing sight was a WILD TURKEY running full tilt through one field of tall Brome Grass with just its head and neck showing! The trails along this route are so wet in places that they are difficult to mow, but not quite as wet as the boat launch at Big Island`s Robinson Cove where a portable toilet was listing to port in deep water as a GREAT BLUE HERON standing by the closed door seemingly waited its turn to use the facilities.  At the small cattail marsh here, shorebirds seen here yesterday included 1 DUNLIN, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 28 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS  were present. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER  was at South Bay today, but the big star was a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. Along Fry Road today, good birds seen today were 2 WOOD DUCKS, PIED-BILLED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Along County Road 4 north of Picton, UPLAND SANDPIPER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and two each of VEERY, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and SCARLET TANAGER  were seen. Only four cars were seen at Prince Edward Point yesterday, with only two of them containing birders. A nesting WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW WARBLERS, TURKEY VULTURE, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, AMERICAN REDSTART and SCARLET TANAGER were noteworthy finds.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Those who normally bird Presquile Park these days are finding other areas to satisfy their birding needs, now that the park is closed due to flooded conditions. One of these was a repeat visit by a Brighton birder to a roadside birded recently by a Codrington area resident. Goodrich Road ultimately leads to the Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area north of Brighton, but the road itself can prove prolific as discovered today when 4 VEERYS and 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS  were among the special finds. Other species were BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER. The warbler family was represented by seven species – OVENBIRD, NASHVILLE, MOURNING (2), COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW, CHESTNUT-SIDED and PINE. Also seen were ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. At Cobourg Harbour this evening at 7:30 p.m., a BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen.
 
HASTINGS COUNTY
The Point Anne area received some birding attention today. At the first marsh along Point Anne Road, birds of interest seen there were AMERICAN BITTERN, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, INDIGO BUNTING, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and GRAY CATBIRD. On the west side of Point Anne proper, some good birds there including PILEATED WOODPECKER, 7 RED-EYED VIREOS, 1 WOOD THRUSH, a PINE WARBLER, and 2 each of EASTERN TOWHEE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Shorebird habitat is still quite good at Atkins Road, north of Airport Road on the east side of Belleville where today 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 4 KILLDEER, 2 DUNLIN, 1 LEAST SANDPIPER, 4 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS  were present. The WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, seen over the last few days, didn't appear today. Others there today were RED-TAILED HAWK, VESPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW and HORNED LARK. At Foxboro, 5 CHIMNEY SWIFTS  were seen today. On Bronk Road, east of the H.R. Frink Centre, some good birds there including an UPLAND SANDPIPER which treated the observer to the well know "wolf call whistle". Seven BOBOLINKS and 6 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS  also seen here. At the Harmony Road Wetland, 10 GREAT BLUE HERONS at a colony there, with other noteworthy sightings being WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN BITTERN, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and  WILSON'S SNIPE.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At the Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area, noteworthy species seen there today included 3 COMMON LOONS, AMERICAN BITTERN, BLACK TERNS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RED-EYED VIREO, 2 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. A birder sitting in his car at the McIntyre Road CN crossing at a swamp forest was lucky enough today to hear a LEAST BITTERN giving its soft "cu cu cu cu" calls twice from the cattails on the north side of the road.

 


SATURDAY, JUNE 03:

HASTINGS COUNTY
Lots of birding in Hastings County. A MOURNING WARBLER was spotted on Rapids Road at Robinson Road in the Tweed area today where other good finds included WINTER WREN, OVENBIRD, RED-EYED VIREO and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. Nearby, at Rapids Road and Martin Road, south of Crookston Road and west of Tweed, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard and seen. Several other special birds found there were INDIGO BUNTING, SCARLET TANAGER, 2 each of OVENBIRD and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and a lone AMERICAN REDSTART. Also seen were 12  RED-EYED VIREO, a species that we will continue to hear throughout the hot, sultry days of July and August when other species become silent. Singles of RED-TAILED HAWK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER  rounded out the list of finds at this location. On Atkins Road, an hour spent there resulted in 23 species being found. Yesterday`s WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER in company with 41 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 4 KILLDEER, one DUNLIN and four SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were good species and numbers. VESPER SPARROW, 3 SAVANNAHS and a MERLIN were also seen. On the Trail of Two Lakes, near Ivanhoe, between Hollowview and Kirby Roads, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER  was found early this morning. Another was singing a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER  song, but it could not be determined if the bird was a GOLDEN-WINGED or a BLUE-WINGED or possibly a hybrid. Among the 40 bird species seen were HOODED MERGANSER, 7 WARBLING VIREOS, 6 VEERYS, and singles of OVENBIRD and NASHVILLE WARBLER. Both WILLOW and ALDER FLYCATCHERS were singing, four of the former and 3 of the latter. On the east side of Belleville, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, CEDAR WAXWING and YELLOW WARBLER were good sightings along Airport Road. In the North Foxboro Marsh, 2 LEAST BITTERNS  were a surprise there, one observed at close range. Other good birds were VIRGINIA RAIL, BLACK TERN, 4 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, MARSH WREN, VEERY and GRAY CATBIRD.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
At the Gray`s Wetland Project along Wilton Creek south of Napanee, seen there today were GREAT BLUE HERON, 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 1 EASTERN PHOEBE, and one very large SNAPPING TURTLE. North of Centreville Road on County Road 27, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS  were detected, and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD was found near Moscow. On Old Hamburg Road, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and KILLDEER were seen there.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In Prince Edward County, a MERLIN was also present at a nest site along the Sprague/Monkman Trail at Big Island. Also seen and heard were BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, FIELD SPARROWS, EASTERN TOWHEE, 12 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and at least 18-20 BOBOLINKS. On Thursday evening, the cool temperatures produced some interesting results during the CHIMNEY SWIFT survey in and around Picton. The total for Picton was 60 swifts entering chimneys,with 52 into the Picton Armoury! The old North Marysburgh Central School (now closed) at Lake on the Mountain had four enter its chimney.  So the grand total was 64. On the north side of Main Street, the survey volunteers saw only from three to six over Main Street for most of the evening and then had swifts entering chimneys from 8:21 p.m. to 8:47 p.m.  But over at the Armoury, a small "flock" of 17 at 8:35 p.m., then nothing until 8:47 p.m. when 36 flew by as a tight flying group and at 8:58 p.m., 45 came by and all descended into the chimney. They had a couple of birds enter before and after "the deluge".  The cool cloudy weather that evening probably necessitated staying in the same roost to keep warm. Getting back to today, the only concentrated birding effort was at South Bay where 49 species were tallied, comprising 15 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 10 BARN SWALLOWS, 2 RED-EYED VIREOS , and singles of COMMON LOON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, MERLIN, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, GRAY CATBIRD and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Whether or not you can gain entry to bird at Presquìle Park seems to depend on who you are. An organized birding group with cars was permitted access to the residential area today, while a lone individual on foot was not. Either the park is open, or it is not. The same rule should apply to all, no exceptions For those who did have complementary passes, 61 species were found with highlights being a late BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 25 YELLOW WARBLERS, 6 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. At Cobourg Harbour today, 12 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 15 SANDERLINGS and 35 DUNLIN were a highlight there.

 


FRIDAY, JUNE 02:

HASTINGS COUNTY
A first for the now popular Atkins Road today was the appearance of a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, first ever for this location, and an unconfirmed first for all of Hastings County according to a search on eBird. The moist conditions there continue to attract a good assortment of birds, both wetland and upland species. Eight KILLDEER, 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS, one DUNLIN and a single BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were there today, as well as 22 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS along with a half dozen SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. Other good species present there today were HORNED LARK, VESPER SPARROW, 13 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and BROWN THRASHER. An adjacent residence had CHIMNEY SWIFT, RED-EYED VIREO, 2 GRAY CATBIRDS and a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. At Foxboro, CHIMNEY SWIFT, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and a COOPER’S HAWK with prey in its talons were highlights there. One birder stopped for a moment near the intersection of Mill Road and Highway 62, just a short distance north of Madoc and was rewarded with a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO singing.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Nothing too much from Prince Edward County today except for a visit to Beaver Meadow Conservation Area at East Lake where a GREEN HERON, several BLACK TERNS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, AMERICAN REDSTART, BELTED KINGFISHER, SONG SPARROWS, NORTHERN CARDINAL, YELLOW WARBLER, EASTERN KINGBIRD and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. Other sightings around the County today included an EASTERN BLUEBIRD on Black Road and 42 MALLARDS in a flooded agricultural field just north of Mountain View.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
A few sightings from Lennox and Addington included 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS and an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE in the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA. A backyard list at Link Mills, north of Millhaven produced LEAST FLYCATCHER, WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, and 2 HOUSE WRENS.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Despite Presqu’ile Park being closed, birding is still possible though along the road into the residential area and, of course, outside the Park along the Presqu’ile Parkway. Close to 60 species were tallied today in these two areas where a few of the more noteworthy sightings included a LEAST BITTERN calling at 5:45 a.m. this morning from the marsh along the Parkway and a NORTHERN PARULA singing from a cottonwood by the Parkside Restaurant. A male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was singing along the Parkway, and another was seen in a Brighton backyard east of Ontario Street a few days ago. Other good finds in the Park and along the Parkway today included 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES, 2 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS and 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS. At Cobourg Harbour, it seems the LITTLE GULL, LAUGHING GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE  and FORSTER’S TERNS  are just memories now, but other birds of interest present today were 17 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 25 CASPIAN TERNS and 5 COMMON TERNS. One Codrington area resident today decided instead of driving to Presqu’ile Park for limited birding, that she would stay put and spend the day around home base. Her efforts along Goodrich Road over a period of 9 hours resulted in a list of 57 species. A few highlights included 3 TRUMPETER SWANS flying over, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK being chased by crows, 2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS checking out nesting boxes, 6 very vocal CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, and 2 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS in two separate locations. Other good additions to the day’s checklist included 3 AMERICAN WOODCOCK, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 4 VEERYS, 2 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 3 OVENBIRDS, a TENNESSEE WARBLER, 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and an INDIGO BUNTING. Sometimes the best bird can indeed be right at home.

 


THURSDAY, JUNE 01:

 HASTINGS COUNTY
It has been quite a spring for RED-HEADED WOODPECKER sightings. Lots of them coming in, mainly from Prince Edward County and Hastings County. One was seen around noon on Hoover Road in the Springbrook area today.  It was seen in the same place as last year within 25 metres of a possible nest cavity. After completing the day’s birding, the birders in this party came home, only to discover another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in their backyard on Dunnett Blvd. in Belleville. This individual is not expected to stay although there is the presence of a sports field and park-like areas with tall maples and oaks in the area. Also seen on Hoover Road were WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS, NASHVILLE and YELLOW WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS. Atkins Road on the east side of Belleville is being monitored pretty much every day now, as long as habitat conditions continue to attract bird life as it has in the last few weeks. Today, singles of SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were present along with 9 each of KILLDEER and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and 4 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. Both wetland and upland birds are attracted to this area as seen by the mixed list involving RED-TAILED HAWK, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, WILSON’S WARBLER, and five sparrow species – FIELD, WHITE-THROATED, VESPER, SAVANNAH and SONG.
 
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
In addition to seemingly no shortage of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS this spring, there is also a good supply of LEAST BITTERNS  according to the contractors we have hired surveying some of the sentinel marshes in the Bay of Quinte area for the Marsh Monitoring Program. They have been seen in all of the major marshlands, and two responded to Broadcast CDs in the Sawguin Marsh this week along the shoreline just south of Rossmore. Prince Edward Point today had YELLOW WARBLERS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, EASTERN KINGBIRDS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, SONG SPARROWS, CLIFF SWALLOWS and CEDAR WAXWINGS everywhere according to one birder who was there today. Yesterday at Point Petre, a couple of late WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, a late BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, 4 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were among the 50+ species seen there. A few of the sightings such as the warbler and cuckoo may have been the same individuals seen a couple days earlier. Rather interesting was the sighting of gulls from horizon to horizon in a feeding frenzy. The attraction was spawning ALEWIVES and the gulls were in a special kind of heaven.
 
LENNOX and ADDINGTON COUNTY
From Lennox and Addington County today we have visits to two areas – Sheffield Conservation Area south of Kaladar, and the Tweed Road Bridge, just a bit west of County Road 41, the latter location producing a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER and an ALDER FLYCATCHER. North of there, at the Sheffield Conservation Area, a continuing PRAIRIE WARBLER was found, along with EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, WOOD THRUSH, 2 OVENBIRDS, 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, and three AMERICAN REDSTARTS. Along Nugent Road, north of Newburgh, good sightings there included WILSON’S SNIPE, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER and BROWN THRASHER. 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
An adult LAUGHING GULL continues to be seen at Cobourg Harbour where it showed up today at around noon and was still there an hour or so later, casually napping on the pier among other gulls, about 50 feet from the barrier. Also,a lone BRANT was on the lake east of the pier and 3 WHIMBREL flew back and forth along the stone pier. The Cobourg pier is at the south end of Division St in Cobourg. Since Presqu’ile Park continues to remain closed to the public due to the flooding and saturated soil, birders are having some good success along the Presqu’ile Parkway outside the park where 41 species were noted today. Among them was a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER flying east along the roadside cottonwoods, singles of PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT BLUE HERON and GREAT EGRET. Two PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES, 4 BALTIMORE ORIOLES and 10 SONG SPARROWS also seen.  The Presqu’ile Bird Report by Fred Helleiner for this past week has been uploaded to the NatureStuff website and can be found by CLICKING HERE. Due to the Park being closed, there isn’t a whole lot in this week’s account, but the accompanying photo is pretty good!

 




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