Sep 262017
 

On September 7, a Black Swallowtail caterpillar, was making its way up our gravelled drive. I moved it to a safer location.

On September 9 and 10, we had another new caterpillar in our front garden. It is a fifth instar larval stage of the Hermit Sphinx moth (lintneria eremitus).  It was head down feasting on the stem of an Oregano plant.  I fear our fiddling around to get some pictures proved something of an interruption for a while, but was still happily munching along later in the morning, soon to be changing into its pupal stage I expect.

On September 13, a juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was feeding on a cherry tree.

On September 18, we saw about 20 Broad-winged Hawks passing over our property in the morning.  Wonderful to see.

Black Swallowtail caterpillar – Stephenie Armstrong

 

Juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Peter Armstrong

 

Broad-winged Hawk – Wikimedia

 

Hermit sphinx – Peter Armstrong

 

Hermit sphinx – top view – Peter Armstrong

 

May 052017
 

Although it has been several weeks since hearing of any still around, Ed & Karen Heuvel reported to me a Great Gray Owl they had seen during the early evening on their property along the Ouse River between Cottesloe and Norwood on April 18,

2017. Ed says; “Huntng from a low snag, it seemed quite tame. After a while, it sailed across the road and came to land on another snag. In the dimming light, it’s white mustache marks were quite distinct.”

Stoney Lake and area

Broad-winged Hawks seemed to show some early arrival dates this year, with the first I know of seen on Stoney Lake on April 12th. They, Red-shouldered Hawks, Merlins, and Ospreys are quite abundant now in the area as they engage in their nesting activities for another year.

The first Whip-poor-will I heard this spring was one singing on the evening of April 24th near South Bay on Stoney Lake.

On April 29th, an Eastern Phoebe was sitting on a full clutch of five eggs in her nest atop a horizontal deck support beam at a friend’s cottage off of Northey’s Bay Road.

Stoney, Belmont, and Cordova Lake area

Northern Barred Owls are very vocal right now, day and night, and we are at the time of year when most of them will have young in the nest, (averaging about a week old). Typically, in this area, many lay their eggs about the 25th of March. Usually quiet throughout the incubation period, the males, especially, begin frequent hooting again towards the end of April. I wonder if that has anything to do with early social imprinting of their youngsters?

Tim Dyson

Barred Owl – March 23, 2017 – Sandy Lake – Susan

Whip-poor-will (Karl Egressy)

Great Gray Owl – Tim Dyson

Broad-winged Hawk – Wikimedia

Red-shouldered Hawk – Karl Egressy

Eastern Phoebe at nest – David Frank

Eastern Phoebe nest – June 7, 2004 – Tim Dyson

Sep 222015
 

 

Broad-winged Hawk  (Buteo platypterus) (90)
– Reported Sep 20, 2015 10:00 by Peterborough County Birds Database
– 621 Carveth Drive, Millbrook, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “several kettles throughout late morning, most quite high and moving east to west or southwesterly direction (12 + 10 + 25 + 20 + 17 + 5)”

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (7)
– Reported Sep 21, 2015 09:10 by Dave Milsom
– 1093 Scollard Drive, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “2, then 5 more migrating through at 10.40 a.m. Saw banded tails through scope.”

Kettle of Broad-winged (small) and Swainson's (larger) hawks

Kettle of Broad-winged (small) and Swainson’s (larger) hawks

Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) (1)
– Reported Sep 21, 2015 17:00 by Doug McRae
– PE-Northeys Bay Rd, 1 km west of Eel’s Ck, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “one flew over road landing on south side”

Black-backed Woodpecker - Wikimedia

Black-backed Woodpecker – Wikimedia

Broad-winged Hawk - Wikimedia

Broad-winged Hawk – Wikimedia