Happy spring! Today, April 4, there were 2 Osprey on the nesting platform in Young’s Point. Most of Stony is still frozen but there were pair of absolutely resplendent Common Loons dancing and calling. Rob Welsh, Stoney Lake
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) (2) CONFIRMED
– Reported Feb 01, 2017 10:32 by Iain Rayner
– Trent River–Drysdale Rd, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34091842
– Comments: “Seen in group of seven swans far downstream. Viewed through scope showed knob on bill and orange colour on bill. Have been at this location in previous two winters.”
Common Loon (Gavia immer) (1) CONFIRMED
– Reported Jan 31, 2017 15:20 by Martin Parker
– Otonabee River–Lakefield Waterfront, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34087357
– Comments: “continuing individual”
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) (1) CONFIRMED
– Reported Feb 01, 2017 12:15 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Hwy 28 – Baxter Creek Golf Course, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34092056
– Comments: “Seen well with naked eye as it glided low across Highway 28 heading E. Grey flight feathers and brown black body. Showed distinct dihedral and very tippy flight.”
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) (1)
– Reported Jan 15, 2017 14:15 by Michael Light
– Harold Town Conservation Area, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “Sighted in dense center understood, flew from perch once Sighted. Much darker than barred owl, with no barring on chest.”
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
– Reported Jan 18, 2017 12:26 by Colin Jones
– Peterborough–300 Water St to Edgewater Blvd Loop, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “Continuing bird”
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Jan 14, 2017 14:30 by Maureen Smith
– Yard Warsaw On, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “uses wood duck box located across the river. Occasional visits”
Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) (1)
– Reported Jan 19, 2017 15:25 by Martyn Obbard
– John Earl Chase Memorial Park, Peterborough, Ontario
– Media: 1 Photo
– Comments: “first observed perched on hydro line on Anchor Bay Rd., then flew and perched atop dead branch of deciduous tree in field to south”
I just noticed an American Robin in my backyard! That is pretty strange. Also, yesterday, on a walk we saw what a friend identified as a Barred Owl. And also some couple apparently captured a Common Loon that was struggling with the ice on a nearby lake and released it on the river in Lakefield, where it is still is. That may have been a juvenile that wasn’t strong enough to leave. Strange times!
Mary-Anne Johnston, Lakefield
NOTE: I had six robins eating buckthorn berries in my yard in Peterborough this morning. I also watched a chickadee going in and out of a bald-faced hornet nest in a tree top. I imagine the chickadee was feeding on the dead wasp larvae/pupae in the nest. DM
Today was a really productive day on the River Road. We spotted a female Wood Duck around the buoy just north of Trent University. An adult and an immature Bald Eagle were on the ice at Lock 25. The adult was feeding on a fish. They flew off, the immature heading south and the adult flying north with another adult. Spectacular site. We also saw a few Common Goldeneyes along the way.We then followed a Common Loon from the Lakefield Marina down to the entrance to the power plant south of the bridge.
Volunteers on Jack Lake have participated in the Canada Lakes Loon Survey (CLLS) since the program was initiated in the early 1980s. In recent years we have engaged additional volunteers so that the entire lake could be surveyed during the months of June, July and August. We recently made an effort to consolidate all loon observation records over the past 34 years. This document is attached for your information and records. A copy has also been sent to Bird Studies Canada as well as being posted on the Jack Lake Association website. We plan on participating in this survey again in 2017.
Steven J. Kerr, Environment Director, Jake Lake Association
Here are a couple of photos from this week. The Common Loon chick eating something was photographed on September 20 on the River Road, south of Lakefield.
The Merlin picture was taken September 16 at our club shoot in Millennium Park.
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?
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Here are some sightings of interest from this past week (July 25 – 31, 2016)) at my brother’s cottage on Big Gull Lake, south of Bon Echo Provincial Park.
- Family group of Cooper’s Hawks. Two or three very vocal juveniles, “whistling” loudly. As big as adults.
- A covey of 8 Ruffed Grouse, almost adult size.
- A Hummingbird Clearwing Moth on the petunias at the dock.
- A “convocation” of five, non-breeding Common Loons on the lake.
- A larval Blue-spotted Salamander, which was still showing gills behind the head. Was in a backwater section of shoreline, protected from waves by a large fallen log.
- Several Dragonhunter dragonflies.
- Numerous Red-eyed Vireos (probably young ones) on cottage property.
- Two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at nectar feeder.
- Cardinal flowers in bloom along shoreline.
- Bird song: Hermit Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Pine Warbler
There is a Common Loon nesting on the Otonabee River, just south of Lakefield and quite close to shore. I’ve seen her there for the last week or so.
Jacob Rodenburg, Peterborough
I went out for a walk on April 20 at Beavermead and Roger’s Cove in the beautiful sunshine. In Roger’s Cove, I found a patch of violets in bloom, on the right side of the trail near the locks.
Carrying on towards Beavermead, I saw a Common Loon fishing in the bay. I also spotted some Coltsfoot blooming nearby. Finally, I walked over towards the creek on the left and saw two painted turtles basking together on a log in the creek. But my favourite sighting has to be the one that I look forward to seeing every year, which is a large patch of blooming Bloodroot, which is in the wooded area creekside behind “The Cabin” chip truck.
We returned to our home on Dodworth Island on Stony Lake on Monday and immediately filled the four feeders. The activity is the most ever….We have 10 usual species but two things stand out. There are no Common Redpolls, but we have over 50 Pine Siskins. At least one Osprey is back..no loons here yet. The ice went out on April 1. Rob Welsh
NOTE: Pine Siskins are showing up in large numbers all over Peterborough and the Kawarthas right now. Flocks of 60+ have come to our feeder in recent days, along with close to a dozen Purple Finches. Drew Monkman
I was about to send out an APB. However, this evening around 5 pm. our pair of Common Loons finally arrived (Buckhorn Lake near Six Foot Bay) . Unfortunately, our “lone loon”, who usually arrives before them (as early as April 1) hasn’t appeared yet. Fingers crossed he’s ok. Toni Sinclair, Buckhorn Lake
On April 6, I had 12-15 Purple Finches at our feeder for most of the day. No, they were not House Finches! Mostly females but at least 4 showy males. Jim Cashmore, Wallis Drive, Peterborough
I heard the first Spring Peeper chorus for me this year, on March 31 @ 9th Line and County Road 32 (east bank along Otonabee towards Lakefield). Susan Chow
I saw my first Mourning Cloak butterfly on March 27, just south of Keene. Michael Gillespie
On the Indian River outside Warsaw, we heard an Eastern Phoebe calling March 28 at about 8:30 am – our harbinger of Spring! Jane Bremner, Warsaw
Jerry Ball and I covered some of the side roads off Hwy 507 in the northern part of Trent Lakes Municipality and found Compton Tortoiseshell butterflies on three different roads. Martin Parker
We’ve had a weasel around all winter (a Long-tailed, we think), but never managed to get a photo until Easter Sunday, March 23… its white winter coat has started changing. Gwen Forsyth, Lakefield
I saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes on March 23. They were flying northeast over Centre Line of Smith at the 7th Line. Jim Watt, Peterborough
I was outside March 23 cleaning the snow off the deck and about 20 feet above my head flew this magnificent adult Bald Eagle. He went upwards and landed on top of the pine tree on our point. Waited there for about ten minutes. Derry Fairweather, Upper Buckhorn Lake
Today, March 22, my wife saw a pair of Gray Squirrels mating in our yard. It seems far too late, since Gray Squirrels give birth to their first litter this month. I haven’t been able to find a reference to mating in March anywhere online. Drew Monkman