Jun 212016
 

I went out early both Saturday and Sunday (June 18 and 19, 2016) on Lower Buckhorn lake and took these pictures.

Robin Blake

Wild Rose - June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

Wild Rose – June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

White Admiral -June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

White Admiral -June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

White Admiral -June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake (9)

White Admiral -June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake (9)

Slaty Skimmer - June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

Slaty Skimmer – June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

Osprey - June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

Osprey – June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

Northern Water Snake - June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

Northern Water Snake – June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

Four-spotted Skimmer - June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

Four-spotted Skimmer – June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

Eastern Kingbird - June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

Eastern Kingbird – June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

Canada Geese - June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

Canada Geese – June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

Blue Flag - June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

Blue Flag – June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

Bald Eagle - June 18-19, 2016 - Lower Buckhorn Lake - Robin Blake

Bald Eagle – June 18-19, 2016 – Lower Buckhorn Lake – Robin Blake

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

 

Jan 132016
 

It has taken me 70 years, but today (Jan. 7) was the first time that I have seen both a Bald and Golden Eagle in the same morning. The Bald Eagle that I saw yesterday in the adjacent cornfield to my farm was back to savage the frozen small carcass this morning. An hour later, I went east to the Birdsall Line to look for the Golden that was seen feasting on a small dead deer in a bean field. It wasn’t there so I continued south towards Rice Lake in case there was open water. Just before the road ending, I saw my friend who had reported the sighting yesterday. As we stood talking, the Golden slowly flew over us, disappearing over the trees a few fields away. The carcass of the deer wasn’t there, probably having been pulled into the bush by coyotes. So, my chance sighting of the Golden was most fortuitous, but without the carcass / bait one would be lucky to see it again.

Michael Gillespie, Keene

Bald Eagle on deer carcass - Val Roberts

Bald Eagle on deer carcass – Val Roberts

Golden Eagle (3rd winter bird) Tim Dyson

Golden Eagle (3rd winter bird) Tim Dyson

Jan 022016
 

We had a sighting of a Virginia Opossum in mid-November 2015 near Bailieboro. It was a large animal and a white-grey shade in colour. Also, on December 30 2015, we had an immature Bald Eagle in our tree overlooking a small inlet off of Rice Lake. The bird seems to be hanging around the area.

Esther Ross, Rice Lake near Bailieboro

Opossum - Mary Beth Aspinall - Feb. 2014

Opossum – Mary Beth Aspinall – Feb. 2014

Immature Bald Eagle - Curve Lake - Drew Monkman

Immature Bald Eagle – Curve Lake – Drew Monkman

Dec 312015
 

I spotted this Bald Eagle flying over the south end of Chemong Lake this morning. Just a while ago, he reappeared with a fresh kill and landed on the shell ice to eat it. He was a bit far up from our shoreline so the pictures aren’t the best…..but a nice sighting none the less.

Nancy Cafik

Bald Eagle 2 - Chemong - Dec. 31, 2015 - Nancy Cafik

Bald Eagle 2 – Chemong – Dec. 31, 2015 – Nancy Cafik

Bald Eagle - Chemong - Dec. 31, 2015 - Nancy Cafik

Bald Eagle – Chemong – Dec. 31, 2015 – Nancy Cafik

Feb 032015
 

Yesterday, Feb. 2, at around 3 PM, I was driving on Hwy 28 to Northey’s Bay Road. Just after the big bend after Young’s Point, an immature Snowy Owl flew across the highway and off across a field. Shortly after and just before Northey’s Bay Road, I almost hit an immature Bald Eagle. It swooped down over the highway in front of me then banked and headed for my wind shield. It was so close I could clearly see its black head and eyes and beak. It pulled up and over the van just in time! Very exciting. Birding at home this winter has been very dull due to frequent and lengthy visits by a Cooper’s Hawk.
Sue Paradisis

Cooper's Hawk on bird it had captured (Karl Egressy)

Cooper’s Hawk on bird it had captured (Karl Egressy)

Immature (juvenal) Bald Eagle - Drew Monkman

Immature (juvenal) Bald Eagle – Drew Monkman

Jan 262015
 

I saw an adult Bald Eagle today, January 26, at  around 2:30 PM on County Road 32/River Road, near the entrance to Lakefield. The bird was soaring over the river. I was able to take several photos.

Scott Kendall

Bald Eagle - Jan. 26, 2015 - Scott Kendall

Bald Eagle – Jan. 26, 2015 – Scott Kendall

Dec 172014
 

On Sunday, December 14 at around noon, my wife spotted a couple of small White-tailed Deer as we drove along Northey’s Bay Road, north of Stony Lake. Later, she spotted two Bald Eagles on the 10th line of Selwyn Township at about 1:30 PM. There may even have been three birds. They were pretty far away.

Jeff Keller

White-tailed Deer - Northey's Bay Road - Jeff Keller

White-tailed Deer – Northey’s Bay Road – Dec. 2014 – Jeff Keller

Bald Eagle - Selwyn Township - Dec. 2014 - Jeff Keller

Bald Eagle – Selwyn Township – Dec. 2014 – Jeff Keller