Apr 302013
 

source: Geoff Coulson Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Environment Canada 416-739-4466

This month was colder than normal across the province and wetter than normal for most locations. The coldest mean temperatures were in northern Ontario – particularly the northwest and Far North – with variations from normal values as much as 4.4 degrees Celsius. Ontarians also saw their share of spring showers. The Nickel Belt, Bruce Peninsula and other parts of southern Ontario received more rainfall than normal. With the active weather pattern that affected much of southern Ontario from April 8-12, some locales received rainfall amounts in a few days that are normally expected for a whole month. Freezing rain was also reported during that period. With all precipitation types combined, it was wetter than normal for most of the province – with the exception of Dryden, Pickle Lake, Sault Ste. Marie and Kingston, where precipitation was normal to slightly below normal. Total precipitation records were established in Wiarton and Sarnia.

Apr 302013
 

Today at about 5 p.m. there was a single Chimney Swift flying over my house on Benson Avenue in Peterborough.

Observer: Luke Berg

Chimney Swift

Chimney Swift

Apr 292013
 
Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

This afternoon an immature Peregrine put up a small ball of clinking starlings as it passed quickly overhead at treetop height near where the Crowe River enters the north end of Belmont Lake n/e of Havelock. Glad I looked when I heard the starlings, as it is usually one of the local Cooper`s Hawks or Merlins that cause said reaction from the starlings in this area. It headed out over the lake, but not before alarming every now-nesting pair of crows it passed along the way. It was heading in a s/e direction.

Observer: Tim Dyson
 
Apr 282013
 

About 25 participants enjoyed the beautiful weather today and overall found 65 species. The highlight stops were the wetland on Douro 9th Line just south of Cty Rd 4 where we saw/heard half a dozen Wilson’s Snipe. Going east along Division Rd we heard several Northern Waterthrush, all of which arrived in the last couple of nights. Rusty Blackbirds were seen/heard on Division Rd near Douro 7th Line. Field Sparrows were heard in at least three spots. One Purple Finch was seen on this stretch. A Sandhill Crane flew over the cars, a Brown Thrasher and a Great Crested Flycatcher were heard calling. Half of us had a good close-up of a Pileated Woodpecker. We stopped on Cty Rd 38 south of Division Rd looking for Upland Sandpipers which unfortunately have not yet arrived, but there were five Lesser Yellowlegs there, and about a dozen Wilson’s Snipe. Both a male and female Northern Harrier were also seen in this area. Many Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were in evidence. On a flooded field on Asphodel 3rd Line south of Westwood had at least 20 mixed Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, and 21 Green-winged Teal. On River Rd the Hepatica were in full bloom but the other wild flowers the area is noted for were not showing. Driving north from River Rd up Birdsall Line a pair of Blue-winged Teals and a pair of Wood Ducks were seen in a pond. Finally at another flooded field on Blezard Rd there were about 16 Northern Pintails, and more Yellowlegs. We all agreed that we have never seen so many Yellowlegs in one day in the County. After the Blezard stop we each made our own way home. Those that stayed with me were lucky enough to have Luke Berg pick out an Eastern Kingbird. Also Luke and I saw the two Caspian Terns on the rocks by Auburn Park on Water St.

On my way back to Lakefield I stopped to check the Cliff Swallow colony under the bike footpath bridge over the canal. They are back in numbers and busy rebuilding their nests. A Northern Rough-winged Swallow was sitting on the hydro wires beside River Rd.

Earlier, at about 7:00 am I had a House Wren singing in the Lakefield Park.

To finish a great day I sat on my deck for an hour and a half in the afternoon and counted 30 species including four flyovers by an adult Bald Eagle, a single Common Redpoll, a pair of Purple Finches, a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, a Ruffed Grouse, a pair of Eastern Phoebes, several White-throated Sparrows, flyover Belted Kingfisher and Killdeer, and a singing Field Sparrow.

Observer: Tony Bigg

Apr 272013
 

This evening, a Moose was seen on a cottage property near Hillcrest Road which runs south from Northey’s Bay Road on the north shore of Stony Lake.

Reported by: Anke Blaiklock

Apr 272013
 

Today I watched an adult Bald Eagle catch a fish right in front of my house on Mallard Bay on Pigeon Lake. It was very exciting!

Observer: Bob Speerman

Apr 272013
 

This morning I walked my dogs on the Pensier trail at the Trent Nature Area. Highlights were: White-throated Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Northern Waterthrush (1), Winter Wren, Ruffed Grouse drumming, Yellow-rumped Warbler (10), Wood Duck, Caspian Tern, Swamp Sparrow, Common Loon, American Wigeon (pair on canal), Common Merganser, Pileated Woodpecker, and Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

Observer: Luke Berg

Apr 272013
 

For the last couple of nights I have been hearing the display sounds of Wilson’s Snipe at the end of my street in the Meade Creek wetland near Tudor Crescent in Peterborough. I hear them every spring and sometimes have seen one fly over my house.

Observer: Sue Paradisis

Apr 262013
 

April 18 – Rusty Blackbirds, two flocks on the Bridgenorth Trail

April 19 – Beaver in pond on Douro 8th Line. Spring Peepers, Wood Frogs, Leopard Frogs, and Chorus Frogs calling in the south of the county.

April 20 – A small flock of Cedar Waxwings on Hannah Rd south of Bailieboro

April 21 – Leading the PFN Sunday morning outing. Eleven participants saw 65 species of birds. The route covered the marsh on University Rd, Drummond Line, a flooded field and cattail marsh on Keene Rd south of Assumption, Cty Rd 2, Nicholson Rd, unsuccessful attempt to find the Snowy Egret in Campbellcroft, Garden Hill, Zion Line from South Monaghan to the west boundary of the county and back to Peterborough via Morton Line. Bird sightings included Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Wild Turkey, Virginia Rail, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson’s Snipe, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

On the way to and from the meeting area I also saw Double-crested Cormorants (eight over Lakefield Park), Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Loon, Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Sandhill Crane (heard from Lakefield Marsh), Sharp-shinned Hawk (on the ground with wings spread and a grackle in its talons), Spotted Sandpiper (flying over the river south of Lakefield), Ruffed Grouse, and Field Sparrow.

April 24 – Pine Warbler and Purple Finch in Lakefield Park.

April 25 – My fourth butterfly species for the year, a Grey Comma on the TCT between Cameron Line and Cty Rd 38. By this date last year I had recorded my fifteenth species. Also noted Marsh Marigold and Bloodroot in bloom along the trail.

April 26 – Palm Warbler in Lakefield Park, Eastern Towhee and Broad-winged Hawk on Hubble Rd, and an American Bittern walking across Anderson Rd near Round Lake.

Apr 222013
 

This morning at 7 a.m. I had a singing male Black-throated Green Warbler outside my house.

Location: Benson Ave., Peterborough
Observer: Luke Berg

Apr 222013
 

Today I saw my first Mourning Cloak Butterfly cruising around , stopping to sun her self. Also some of the native bees are out , carpenter and sweat bees, getting what ever food they can. I have put up some bee houses around the yard made from old hollow cup plant stems. We have alot of natural bee nesting sites but wanted to see if they will use these as well.

Location: Pigeon Lake
Observer: Blair Hamilton

Apr 222013
 

A group of us (Don Sutherland, Simon Dodsworth, Cathy Darevic and I) found a Worm-eating Warbler this afternoon in Beavermead Park in the row of cedars directly behind (sw) the gatehouse.

Location: Beavermead Park
Observer: Mike Burrell

Apr 222013
 

Redheads (3 males only in south lagoon) and 3 pairs of Gadwall (in north lagoon) were still at Lakefield Sewage Lagoons at 5 p.m. today. In addition, there were 2 pairs of Northern Shoveler in the north lagoon, approximately 150 Bufflehead, 5 pairs Ring-necked Ducks, 4 pairs Greater/Lesser Scaup plus 6 males and 3 pairs of Mallard.

Location: Lakefield Sewage Lagoons, County Road 33, just east of County Road 32
Observer: Martyn Obbard

Apr 212013
 

Today on the Ballyduff Trails, I had two Field Sparrows in full song.

Location: McKim-Garsonnin property, 851 Ballyduff Road, Pontypool
Observer: Drew Monkman

Apr 202013
 

This morning there was an adult male White-crowned Sparrow and an Adult male Yellow-rumped Warbler at my feeders along with about 10 Juncos, 3 Song Sparrows, and a Northern Flicker. Luke

Location: Benson Ave., Peterborough
Observer: Luke Berg

Apr 182013
 

Today I saw a pair of Eastern Bluebirds at the Keystone Golf Club.

Location: Keystone Golf Club
Observer: Andrew Lipscombe

Apr 172013
 

Walked the woods and along the bay off Thompson Creek (Scollard Drive area) this a.m. Saw 2 Caspian Terns, Bufflehead, Wood Ducks, Kingfisher, Osprey, TV’s, 1 RC Kinglet, 10 GC Kinglets, 1 Field Sparrow, 10 Song Sparrows, Junco, Hairy Woodpecker, WB Nuthatch, 2 YB Sapsuckers, 8 N Flickers, 50 Tree Swallows, 2 Cardinals, 1 E Phoebe, Ruffed Grouse drumming. Also, 2 Mourning Cloak butterflies. At my yard 2 WT Deer, 3 Purple Finch, 25 C Redpolls. Dave Milsom

Location: Scollard Drive
Observer: Dave Milsom

Apr 172013
 

On Sunday afternoon (April 14th) I saw an Osprey sitting on the nesting platform at Young’s Point next to the Hway 28 bridge.

Location: Young’s Point
Observer: Sheelagh Hysenaj

Apr 172013
 

Hermit Thrush, Field Sparrow & Ruby-crowned Kinglet between Nassau Mills and Dafoe Dr., off trail, 7:30 am. Yellow-rumped Warbler (2), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3), male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ecology Park, noon. Now it is going to all come too fast.

Location: Nassau Mills and Ecology Park
Observer: Sean Smith

Apr 172013
 

Today (April 17th) at lunch, Cathy Darevic, Simon Dodsworth and I went in search of the pair of Canvasbacks that had been present at Fothergill Isle since at least April 6th. We were unsuccessful in that search, but while scanning Gannon Narrows from the Gannon Narrows Marina (44.4711, -78.4695) at the north end of Gallivan Dr off Fothergill Rd, we heard the distinctive calls of a Boreal Chickadee. We were able to locate the calling bird at the west end of the marina parking area in a small white cedar tree. While we watched it worked its way to the top and then flew a short distance to an adjacent maple where we all had brief but satisfactory looks at it before it flew east across the parking area to some dense cedar growth behind the marina office. I broadcast some calls in the hope of enticing it back into view, but to no avail. It may still be in the area and perhaps has been visiting a local bird feeder.

Location: Gannon’s Narrows
Observer: Don Sutherland

Apr 172013
 

My first of the year for the county seen today: Brown Thrasher – at the junction of Division Rd & Jermyn Line Wilson’s Snipe – in cattail marsh north of rail road north of Hwy 7 on Blezard Line Swamp Sparrows – at least six calling in the same cattail marsh Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – five heard seen east and south of Peterborough Blue-winged Teal – pair in wet meadow on Blezard Line just north of the TCT (about 50 other ducks there, mostly Mallard but a dozen Northern Pintails and four American Black Ducks) Savannah Sparrow – Yesterday on Douro Centre Rd west of Douro 3rd Line, today on TCT just east of Blezard Line Other notable sightings: First Eastern Comma butterfly Midland Painted Turtles sunning themselves in a pond on Douro 8th Line south of River Rd Spring Peepers calling in several places (I had a Leopard Frog hopping along a road yesterday) American Kestrels seen at seven spots Flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds on Douro 8th Line Several Ruby-crowned Kinglets Several Golden-crowned Kinglets including one flock of ten birds Two male Northern Harrier, one of which was doing its display flight, looping up and down and occasionally somersaulting at the top of its loops. The latter was at the junction of Cty Rd 38 and Hwy 7 Fox Sparrow on TCT east of Cameron Line Greater Yellowlegs in large pond at the junction of Division Rd and Indian River Line

Location: various
Observer: Tony Bigg

Apr 172013
 
CEWA by Andrew Lipscombe Apr 16 2013 Ptbo

CEWAs by Andrew Lipscombe

Today, I had 16 Cedar Waxwings in my yard.

Location: Pinewood Drive, Peterborough
Observer: Andrew Lipscombe

Apr 172013
 

This evening from 6:30 – 7:30 I walked the section of the rail trail northwest off Lily Lake. I saw the following birds: Rusty Blackbird 20+, Bohemian waxwing 30, Swamp Sparrow 1, Wilson’s Snipe 5+, Wood Duck 10, Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and two female Red-winged Blackbirds. There were also several Spring Peepers.

Location: Lily Lake section of rail-trail
Observer: Luke Berg

Apr 162013
 

Lakefield Park – A Ruby-crowned Kinglet was seen singing in the cedars, and a Greater Yellowlegs was calling from the marsh. A large number of Barn Swallows are now mixed in with the even larger numbers of Tree Swallows flying by the marsh. Forgot to mention that yesterday when we were birding in the north of the county we noticed that the Coltsfoot is in bloom in several places.

Location: Lakefield
Observer: Tony Bigg

Apr 152013
 

Walking my dog by the Lakefield Marsh today I saw a Trumpeter Swan (L97) and heard, then saw, a Sandhill Crane flying over. Lots of ducks are still around. In my yard in Lakefield a Fox Sparrow was under my feeder. The Common Redpolls are still hanging around.

Location: Lakefield
Observer: Tony Bigg

Apr 152013
 

Today Jerry Ball, Bob Prentice and I found a Compton’s Tortoiseshell on Beaver Lake Rd, a Mourning Cloak on Cedarwood Rd, and four more Mourning Cloaks on Pencil Lake Rd. On the birding front we also had a Red-shouldered Hawk on Beaver Lake Rd.

Location: Beaver Lake Road area
Observer: Tony Bigg

Apr 122013
 
Leucistic American Robin (Alan Dextrase - April 12, 2013)

Leucistic American Robin (Alan Dextrase – April 12, 2013)

We had a piebald (leucistic) American Robin frequenting our backyard (Ridgewood Court) over a two week period this April.  I did see the bird again on Woodglade Avenue around May 10th, but have not seen it since.

Observer: Alan Dextrase