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Written by Terry Spraque   
Nov 10, 2017 at 09:00 AM


with daily reports from the last two months

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

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


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

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


Saturday, October 28 to Friday, November 03:

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



Saturday, October 21 to Friday, October 27:

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



Saturday, October 14 to Friday, October 20:

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



Saturday, October 07 to Friday, October 13:

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

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

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



Saturday, September 30 to Friday, October 06:

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

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

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



Saturday, September 16 to Friday, September 22: The summer sunshine and temperatures continued this week with lots of evidence of autumnal recrudesce in not only many species of birds, but also species of herptiles as well with Gray Tree Frogs and Spring Peepers calling away as though it were spring. Bluebirds near Foxboro were seen stuffing a nesting box there with nest material.  Lots of Palm Warblers around this past week, raptors – especially kestrels, and still plenty of shorebirds at Presqu’ile and a few notable shorebird sightings at Kaiser Crossroad.

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

Saturday, September 09 to Friday, September 15:

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


Saturday, September 02 to Friday, September 08:

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


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.



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