May 082016
 

On Friday, May 6, I was watching a Turkey Vulture circling overhead at Curve Lake, when a large, bright white bird with black wing tips and long legs flew past it, heading west. The black was definitely limited to the primary feathers. There was no black in the secondaries, which rules out a Wood Stork or American White Pelican, both of which I’ve seen in the wild. The legs were visibly long and the neck was white along the entire length. The head was not distinctively big like a pelican or stork, nor was it dark like a stork. It flew without soaring whatsoever, just a steady beating of wings and a straight flight course. In a quick search of ‘whooping cranes ontario’, I found that there were three spotted in Almonte, Ontario on the 24th of April 2016. http://www.ofnc.ca/breports.php I feel quite certain that what what I saw was a Whooping Crane. The only thing that I am less certain about was the size of the bird. It came from the direction of Katchewanooka Lake and was travelling in the direction of Fenelon Falls.
David Beaucage Johnson, Curve Lake First Nation

Whooping Crane with Sandhill Cranes - note big size difference - Wikimedia

Whooping Crane with Sandhill Cranes – note big size difference – Wikimedia

Whooping Crane in flight - Wikimedia

Whooping Crane in flight – Wikimedia

May 052016
 

May 5 – Mike Barker had a White-crowned Sparrow at his feeder on Algonquin Blvd in Peterborough.

May 4 – Marie Windover had a Whip-poor-will calling from 8:30 to 9:00 PM near her home on County Road 507. She also has a pair of Sandhill Cranes that appear to be nesting in a field across from her parents’ house in the same area.

May 2 – Janet Duval, who lives on Deer Bary Reach on the north side of Lower Buckhorn, sent me a picture of six River Otters on her neighbour’s dock (Jim Franklin). Apparently there are 10 in total. He confirms that they are “busy as beavers”.  See photo below.

May 1 – John Fautley saw a Caspian Tern on a rock in the Otonabee River, across from Peterborough Manor.

April 28 – Gwen Forsyth had two swans (Trumpeters, she believes) in the pond at the corner of Television Road and Hwy 7 east.  No tags were apparent on either bird.

Trumpeter Swans - Gwen Forsyth

Trumpeter Swans on Television Road Pond – April 27, 2016 – Gwen Forsyth

Whip-poor-will 1 (Karl Egressy)

Whip-poor-will 1 (Karl Egressy)

White-crowned Sparrow - Mike Barker

White-crowned Sparrow – May 5, 2016 – Mike Barker

Trumpeter Swan - Gwen Forsyth

Trumpeter Swan – April 27, 2016 – Gwen Forsyth

Caspian Tern - Karl Egressy

Caspian Tern – Karl Egressy

Otters on Franklin dock on Lower Buckhorn Lake - April 27, 2016 (photo by Jim Franklin)

Otters on Franklin dock on Lower Buckhorn Lake – April 27, 2016 (photo by Jim Franklin)

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Mar 192016
 

On March 18, I was driving south on Fenel Rd, southeast of Kirkfield. I crossed Highway 48 still southbound by Goosebay Road and the intersection of Islay Road, where I saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes flying over the fields at about 6:45 PM.

Gavin Hunter

Sandhill Cranes - Rene Gareau

Sandhill Cranes – Rene Gareau

Sandhill Crane (Wikimedia)

Sandhill Crane (Wikimedia)

May 292015
 

Location: Woodland Camp Site – Upper Buckhorn Lake
Date: May 27, 2015
Time: 10:15 AM

A pair of Sandhill Cranes were grazing in front of my camper this AM. I scrambled to grab my camera…but the sun was not in the right spot for a great shot. This is the first I’ve seen of sandhills…… quite a thrill! The chick was gawky and adorable. Apparently they regularly wind their way through camp once the campers clear out on Sundays. Hope to see them again.

Barb Evett

Sandhill Crane with chick - Barb Evett - Buckhorn

Sandhill Crane with chick – Barb Evett – Woodland Camp Site

Apr 212015
 

A pair of Sandhill Cranes were seen yesterday on the west side of County Road 507, just south of Charlie Allen Road. They have been present in this area for several years. I still have a pair of Gray Jays that are coming to my feeder as well. I am looking forward to hearing the first Whip-poor-wills in the coming days!

Marie Windover, 2167 Cty Rd 507

Sandhill Crane - Apr. 7, 2015 Nima Taghaboni

Sandhill Crane – Apr. 7, 2015 Nima Taghaboni

Apr 082015
 

This morning (April 7) there were two Sandhill Cranes on a corn field off of North School Rd. Also, I finally caught site of a Barred Owl fter all the sightings that have occurred in the Kawarthas this past winter. It was perched by the ditch on the corner of Hwy 28 and County Rd 6. The American Kestrel was feeding on a mouse on Hwy 28 at Center Road.

Nima Taghaboni

Sandhill Crane - Apr. 7, 2015 Nima Taghaboni

Sandhill Crane – Apr. 7, 2015 Nima Taghaboni

 

Kestrel - Apr. 7, 2015 Nima Taghaboni

Kestrel – Apr. 7, 2015 Nima Taghaboni