Nov 302017
 

I thought you might be interested in loon observations which were recorded on Jack’s Lake during the 2017 season.  The results are based on  four lake-wide surveys as well as numerous other random observations. A total of 37 volunteers participated in the 2017 program.  Jack’s Lake Association volunteers have participated in the Canada Lakes Loon Survey since its inception in 1982. Despite high water levels during the nesting period, we believe that 5-6 loon pairs nested successfully and produced a total of 8 young-of-the-year.  As of a week ago, several large juveniles were still present on the lake. Click here to read the full report.  Steve Kerr

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Nesting loon on Otonabee River – May 31, 2016 – Jacob Rodenburg

 

Jun 272017
 

I was observing the Common Loon family (2 adults and 2 very new chicks) on the Otonabee River just south of Lakefield today, June 27. A pair of loons nested here last year as well. As I watched, a Bald Eagle swooped by and posted himself in a nearby tree. I know baby loons have many natural predators but I had never considered eagles as a potential threat.

Gail Mclaren

Nesting loon on Otonabee River south of Lakefield – May 31, 2016 – Jacob Rodenburg

Bald Eagles – Jan. 24, 2015 – Lock 24 on Otonabee River – Tom Northey

May 032017
 

We were at the Ecology Park on the morning of April 23 and saw this male Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Hallelujah for the return of spring!  Helen and Larry Keller, Mark Street

Yellow-rumped Warbler – Ecology Park – April 23, 2017 – Helen & Larry Keller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have had a little Chipping Sparrow flying up against our windows over the last 3 days. It sits on the window sills and sliding door frames looking in and sometimes flies at the windows. We would love to know what might be causing this weird behaviour. We’ve also had a male Hairy Woodpecker coming to our feeder. Wendy Marrs, Peterborough

Chipping Sparrow at window – Wendy Marrs

Hairy Woodpecker – Wendy Marrs

 Note: The bird see its reflection in the window, assumes it’s another male in its territoy, and flies up against the window to drive the intruder (its reflection) away. Robins and cardinals often do the same thing. D.M

 

 

 

On April 14th we were sitting on our dock and our neighbour saw a big bird flying to a tree.  We got our spotting scope out and found that there were two Great Blue Herons in a nest in a clump of five pine trees. Later, we discovered that there are actually three nests! Even though we see lots of herons, it is the first time we actually found a nest.  Rosemary and Claudio Rosada, Lower Buckhorn Lake

Great Blue Heron (Paul Anderson)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so excited to see a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the brushy trees near our house this morning (April 13) -just classic and unmistakable. It had a white eye ring and white wing bars, and he even showed a bit of red on the crown just to be sure!  Jane Bremner, Warsaw

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet has a prominent eye ring. (Karl Egressy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got some great pictures of Ring-necked Ducks and Trumpeter Swans around Lakefield on April 11. Jeff Keller

Ring-necked Ducks – April 11, 2017 – Jeff Keller

Trumpeter Swans – April 11, 2017 – Jeff Keller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-April is my favourite time to be on the island. Silence and not a light to be seen. Today the River Otters were out in force. Running, sliding and feasting on fish.The highlight was a flyby of three swans (Trumpeters?) that were in the duckpond.  Life is good!  Rob Welsh, Stony Lake

River otter eating a fish at Gannon’s Narrows, Buckhorn Lake (by Kinsley Hubbs)

 

 

Stony Lake – April 10, 2017 – Rob Welsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 4, there were 2 Osprey on the nesting platform in Young’s Point. Most of Stony Lake is still frozen but there were pair of absolutely resplendent loons dancing and calling.  Rob Welsh, Stony Lake

Common Loon (Karl Egressy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 062017
 

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 

This morning, April 5, I heard my first Common Loon (Upper Buckhorn Lake near Six Foot Bay).  I thought I heard one a couple of days ago, but sure this time. Antonia Sinclair, Buckhorn

Ospreys on Selwyn Road – Jeff Keller

Common Loon (Karl Egressy)

Feb 012017
 

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) (2) CONFIRMED
– Reported Feb 01, 2017 10:32 by Iain Rayner
– Trent River–Drysdale Rd, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– 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
Map:
– 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
Map:
– 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.”

Mute Swan (photo: Drew Monkman)

Jan 212017
 

Common Loon (Gavia immer) (1)
– Reported Jan 20, 2017 12:00 by Dave Milsom
– Lakefield Marsh, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:
– Comments: “continuing bird diving near red marker buoy”

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) (1)
– Reported Jan 15, 2017 14:15 by Michael Light
– Harold Town Conservation Area, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:
– 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
Map:
Checklist:
– Comments: “Continuing bird”
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Jan 14, 2017 14:30 by Maureen Smith
– Yard Warsaw On, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:
– 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
Map:
Checklist:
– 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”

Northern Shrike – Tom Northey

Eastern Screech Owl at nesting box – Nov. 2014 – Tim Dyson

Great Gray Owl – Tom Northey 2014

Common Loon – Lakefield – Dec. 19, 2016 – Sue Paradisis

Gray Catbird – Wikimedia

Dec 262016
 

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

Bald-faced Hornet nest  Edmison Dr. - Ian MacDougall

Bald-faced Hornet nest Edmison Dr. – Ian MacDougall

 

Common Loon - Lakefield - Dec. 19, 2016 - Sue Paradisis

Common Loon – Lakefield – Dec. 19, 2016 – Sue Paradisis

Barrred Owl - Alex McLeod

Barrred Owl – Alex McLeod

Winter robin (Liane Edwards)

Winter robin (Liane Edwards)

Dec 202016
 

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.
Sue Paradisis

Common Loon - Lakefield - Dec. 19, 2016 - Sue Paradisis

Common Loon – Lakefield – Dec. 19, 2016 – Sue Paradisis

 

Bald Eagles on Otonabee River eating a carp - Dec. 19, 2016 - Sue Paradisis

Bald Eagles on Otonabee River eating a carp – Dec. 19, 2016 – Sue Paradisis

Dec 182016
 

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

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Common Loon (Karl Egressy)

Common Loon (Karl Egressy)

 

 

Sep 232016
 

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.

Carl Welbourne

Merlin- Sept-16-2016 Carl Welbourne

Merlin- Millenium Park – Sept-16-2016
Carl Welbourne

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Common Loon chick – Sept. 20 2016 – Carl Welbourne

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

www.annamariebeckel.com

 

 

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)

Jul 292016
 
Cardinal Flower - August 3, 2016 - Big Gull Lake - Elaine Monkman

Cardinal Flower – August 3, 2016 – Big Gull Lake – Elaine Monkman

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.

  1. Family group of Cooper’s Hawks. Two or three very vocal juveniles, “whistling” loudly. As big as adults.
  2. A covey of 8 Ruffed Grouse, almost adult size.
  3. A Hummingbird Clearwing Moth on the petunias at the dock.
  4. A “convocation” of five, non-breeding Common Loons on the lake.
  5. 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.
  6. Several Dragonhunter dragonflies.
  7. Numerous Red-eyed Vireos (probably young ones) on cottage property.
  8. Two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at nectar feeder.
  9. Cardinal flowers in bloom along shoreline.
  10. Bird song: Hermit Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Pine Warbler

Drew Monkman

juvenile Cooper's Hawk - Linda Easton

juvenile Cooper’s Hawk – Linda Easton

Jun 022016
 

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

Nesting loon on Otonabee River - May 31, 2016 - Jacob Rodenburg

Nesting loon on Otonabee River – May 31, 2016 – Jacob Rodenburg

Apr 262016
 

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.

Happy Trails,
Catherine Paradisis

Bloodroot - Drew Monkman

Bloodroot – Drew Monkman

Coltsfoot - Drew Monkman

Coltsfoot – Drew Monkman

Apr 082016
 

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

Bald Eagle - March 23, 2016 Derry Fairweather

Bald Eagle – March 23, 2016 Derry Fairweather

Compton Tortoiseshell - Wikimedia

Compton Tortoiseshell – Wikimedia

Long-tailed Weasel - March 23 - Gwen Forsyth

Long-tailed Weasel – March 23 – Gwen Forsyth

Mourning Cloak - Maple Cr. - Apr. 2014 - Drew Monkman

Mourning Cloak – Maple Cr. – Apr. 2014 – Drew Monkman

 

Pine Siskin (by Karl Egressy)

Pine Siskin (by Karl Egressy)

Eastern Phoebe at nest - David Frank

Eastern Phoebe at nest – David Frank