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Written by Terry Spraque   
Jan 14, 2018 at 06:00 AM

 

RARE BIRDS IN THE BAY OF QUINTE AREA, AND BEYOND

Updated Friday, January 14, 2018

LINCOLN'S SPARROW: Mississauga. Found by Reuven Martin in the morning of January 11th
 
Details:  with 50 House Sparrows in front of police station in middle of Square One.
 
Directions: Square One is off Burnhamthorpe Rd West of Hurontario.Park just east of the Bus terminal and walk to the Police Station.
 
Updates: Remarkably, two birds were present at noon! Seen again Friday at 10:30 a.m. and again today (Sunday) at 12:30 p.m.
 

ROSS`S GOOSE: Cobourg, found by Margaret Bain, Cobourg, December 29
 
Details: Three adult Ross’s Geese are on the ice just off the parking lot at Cobourg harbour as of 10.15am, easily seen among scattered Canadas.
 
Directions: follow Division Street down to the harbour and park (free) in the west parking lot.
 
Updates: None since 10:15 a.m. December 29th
 
 
 
 
TUFTED DUCK: Mississauga, found by Luc Fazio, December 16
 
Details: A male Tufted Duck, seen off Lorne Park Estates which is a gated community and private property.  The bird was re found off Ben Machree Park in a raft of three hundred or so scaup and then was flushed by two Great Black-backed Gulls which put the whole flock up seconds after finding it.  After finding duck off Lorne Park, it then moved to Ben Machree Park. By the afternoon it had moved with a raft of Greater Scaups East of Hiway #10 ( Hurontario St), where many excited birders saw it for "life" listing. It was refound at the lakefront on ELMWOOD Dr. ( after being put up by a roving GBB Gull and going back and forth, the TUDU settled in at  Elmwood Dr. ( parkette by the lake, south of Lakeshore Rd.., East of Hurontario. 
 
Directions: To reach  Ben Machree park take QEW to Hurontario St; go south to Lakeshore Rd; turn west /right  and drive  a short distance to Maple or Pine, turn left to go to the lake, Ben Machree is at the bottom of Maple. Saddington Park is immediately east on a walkable path, and Rhododendron Park is immediately west of Ben Machree. You need patience and a good scope. (see update below)
 
Updates: Re-found December 17th off west end of Ben Machree Park at 8:20 a.m. by Owen Strickland and Claude King. seen by many birders/photographers all day mostly at Ben Machree Park.  Off Rhododendron Park. In late afternoon it moved toward Saddington Park. Dec. 27: still present.
The Tufted Duck was found again today, December 29th, by Margaret Liubavicius close in to the shore at Amos Waites Park after 3 :00 p.m. Amos Waites Park is a the lake end of of Superior Ave. and also south of Mimico Ave. south of Lake Shore Blvd which is west of Humber bay Park West. Apparently the east bay at Colonel Sam Smith Park is frozen over.
 
 
 

 
KING EIDER, Presquìle Park, first seen December 9th
 
A female King Eider was seen late this morning just out from the lighthouse.
 
Directions: From Brighton, follow the main road into Presquìle Park to the lighthouse at the tip of the park. 
 
Updates: 
 
 
 
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, Prince Edward County, seen December 4th   UPDATED!
 
Details: It was along Babylon Road between Civic Address 817 and Whattams Road, slightly closer to civic address 817. Very close to the Mar. 13-Apr.13, 1990 sighting.
 
Directions: Take County Road 13 from South Bay to just beyond Little Bluff Conservation Area. Turn onto Whattams Road and follow to Babylon Road.
 
Updates: seen again on December 5th, seen 1 hydro pole left (west) of #817 on Babylon Road. The bird was seen again during the Prince Edward Point Christmas Bird Count on December 16th, at or very near the original location where it was with  a couple Eastern Bluebirds. December 19th at same location seen by Geoff Carpentier
 
PACIFIC LOON, Cornwall, first seen December 04
 
Details: from Guindon Park boat launch. South east from the rocky shoreline just south of the boat ramp. The bird is quite far out in choppier water.
 
Directions: from highway 2 (Vincent Massey Dr) turn onto Trillium Drive. From Trillium, drive straight S to parking area of Guindon Park boat launch then walk S to rocky shoreline.
 
Updates: 
 
 

AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER, Algonquin Park, first seen December 03
 
Slightly north of the Costello Creek picnic area on Opeongo Road.
 
Directions:  Algonquin can be accessed via HW 400, 11 and 60. Opeongo Road is 46.3 km from the west gate.
 
Updates: 
 

 
KING EIDER, Wellington, first seen November 19
 
A first year male KING EIDER continues to hang out at Wellington Beach and seems to favour the area just out from the lighthouse on the west jetty.
 
Directions: In Wellington, take Beach Street and follow to the Wellington Channel, and walk out onto the jetty. 
 
Updates: First seen November 19th. Present every day and was seen again on Sunday, December 3rd. Very dependable. After an absence of several days, the eider was back in the original location on December 23rd
 

 PACIFIC LOON, Oshawa, November 25
Reported by Glenn Coady. An adult PACIFIC LOON in winter plumage well out off Thickson Point. It is diving frequently and for long periods and it is easy to lose track of it at times. It is at a distance that a scope is recommended to find it.
 
Instructions: Follow the paved Waterfront Trail path off the cul-de-sac west toward the point and then take a secondaries unpaved trail south to the lake edge near the point. Be mindful to stay well back from the bluff edge which can be a trip hazard and a collapse hazard!
 
Directions: To reach Thickson Point, take Highway 401 to exit 412 (Thickson Road) and exit onto Thickson Road South and follow it 2 kilometres to its southern terminus at a cul-de-sac where parking is available.
 
Updates: 
 

 
 
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, Ottawa, November 03
As reported by Bruce DiLabio: There is an immature female Anna’s Hummingbird visiting a feeder in Carleton Place which is located west of Ottawa. This is the first accessible Anna’s Hummingbird for southern Ontario and one of the few for Ontario. This bird will generate lots of interest. The hummer was first observed on November 3 and I was asked to view it on November 10. On this date I determined it to be an Anna’s Hummingbird. A few small groups were able to view it on November 11 and 13 but due to the sensitivity of the situation, it wasn’t until November 16 that an agreement was arranged for a general alert.  This could change at any time resulting in the homeowners removing the feeder from their premise. The homeowners do not want anyone on their property, but it’s possible to view the feeder from Mackenzie St, between Dufferin and Thomas.  Look southeast opposite #61 Mackenzie over two backyards. The third yard has a wooden fence with a standard hummingbird feeder on it. The hummingbird shows up early, usually shortly after 7:30 and feeds a few times every 10-20 minutes depending on the temperature. A scope is necessary to identify the bird.
 
Instructions: Please park on Dufferin or another nearby street but not Mackenzie.  You can view from the edge of the road, at 60 Mackenzie. Please do not go onto the lawn.  Neighbours have been very pleasant to birders who have seen it and we would like to keep this as a positive experience for them!
 
Directions:  As you near Carleton Place turn left on Townline Road and continue to Dufferin St. Turn left and follow to Mackenzie.
 
Updates: As of this morning, November 20th, the hummingbird is still present.  Remarkably, the bird is banded. A silver band was observed on the left leg, and from looking at photographs, a sequence of three numbers could be seen.
 
 
 
 

 

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