May 052017

Today, May 5, I had a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on my feeder. An American bittern has been in the wetland near our house since at least since April 26. Also, I saw my first Yellow Warbler on May 3. I have my hummingbird feeders out, but nothing yet.

Yellow Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak – May 5, 2016 – Trudy Gibson –

American Bittern – Don Pettypiece


Aug 312016

I live on the Otonabee River between locks 24 & 25, and saw a pair of what I believe were Merlins flying over our yard Wednesday evening, August 24. Both of them had the shape of small falcons. I got a good look only at the brownish one when it landed on a cedar tree, but the markings looked unmistakable (definitely not a kestrel).

This is a fabulous place to live. We’re on the end of the road, so we have the river, but also mixed forest across the river and overgrown fields on two sides, one of which also has wetland, so we get a wonderful variety of birds. We had an American Bittern gullunking all spring, as well as Bobolinks in the fields. Also regularly see a Northern Harrier and American Kestrels, sometimes Red-tailed Hawks… and now Merlins. We also have loons as well as a pair of Baltimore Orioles, who, judging by the number of fledglings, had two clutches this year. Oh, and Bald Eagles in the winter. Who could ask for anything more?

Annamarie Beckel
writer ~ editor ~ ecologist



Bobolink - Wikimedia

Bobolink – Wikimedia

Baltimore Oriole on hummingbird feeder - Doug Gibson

Baltimore Oriole on hummingbird feeder – Doug Gibson

American Bittern - by Don Pettypiece

American Bittern – by Don Pettypiece

Merlin (Karl Egressy)

Merlin (Karl Egressy)

Apr 262015

This morning I lead a group of about 20 people to see birds at the Fairbairn Street Wetland in Peterborough (just north of Line 3) and along the Bridgenorth Trail (between the Hilliard St. end and the half-way point marsh). The birds were quite active and we managed to get good views of quite a few interesting species, including American Bittern, Common Gallinule, Brown Thrasher, Rusty Blackbird, Northern Harrier, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Drew Monkman

Bridgenorth Trail, Peterborough, CA-ON

Green-winged Teal  2
Ruffed Grouse  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  8
Northern Harrier  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Savannah Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Rusty Blackbird  3

Fairbairn Street Wetland

Canada Goose  4
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  4
Hooded Merganser  1
Wild Turkey  2
American Bittern  1
Common Gallinule  1
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  30
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
American Tree Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  2


WODU - Apr. 25 - Jeff Keller

WODU – Apr. 25 – Jeff Keller

American Bittern - by Don Pettypiece

American Bittern – by Don Pettypiece

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Karl Egressy)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Karl Egressy)