Feb 062017
 

This Eastern Screech-owl showed up in our drive shed in Ennismore on Saturday, February 4. We live just south of the Yankee Line.

Steve Plunkett, Ennismore

Note: Screech-owls may be increasing in the Kawarthas. A record four birds were tallied on the 2016 Peterborough Christmas Bird Count.  D.M.

Eastern Screech-owl – Feb. 5, 2017 – Ennismore – Steve Plunkett

Eastern Screech-owl – Feb. 5, 2017 – Ennismore – Steve Plunkett

Jan 212017
 

Common Loon (Gavia immer) (1)
– Reported Jan 20, 2017 12:00 by Dave Milsom
– Lakefield Marsh, Peterborough, Ontario
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– 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
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– 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
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– Comments: “Continuing bird”
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Jan 14, 2017 14:30 by Maureen Smith
– Yard Warsaw On, Peterborough, Ontario
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– 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
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– 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 232016
 

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Dec 18, 2016 04:00 by Iain Rayner
– PTBO – CBC Area 3 (Wedge from river to cty rd 4), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Responded to whinnying playback. In area near Water St N. Tim Hortons.”

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) (1)
– Reported Dec 18, 2016 04:00 by Iain Rayner
– PTBO – CBC Area 3 (Wedge from river to cty rd 4), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Calling at University Rd Wetland 4:10am”

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (1)
– Reported Dec 22, 2016 10:10 by Kyle Cameron
– CA-Ontario- KLT Blue Trail, Peterborough, Ontario
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Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Dec 22, 2016 08:45 by Iain Rayner
– PTBO – Robinson Place, Charlotte St. at George St., Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Adult flew up onto the building”

Peregrine eating Rock Pigeon - Loree Stephens 2 - Jan. 13, 2015 - PRHC

Peregrine eating Rock Pigeon – Loree Stephens  – Jan. 13, 2015 – Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Barred Owl - Karl Egressy

Barred Owl – Karl Egressy

Great Horned Owl - Fleming Campus in Peterborough - Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl – Fleming Campus in Peterborough – Drew Monkman

Eastern Screech-owl - Beaches area of Toronto - via Jamie Brockley

Eastern Screech-owl – Beaches area of Toronto – via Jamie Brockley

Sep 262016
 

Eastern Screech-Owl (Northern) (Megascops asio [asio Group]) (1)
– Reported Sep 25, 2016 20:16 by Luke Berg
– Peterborough–Mervin Line, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Singing on the south side of the road about 200m west of the east end of the road. ”

Great Horned Owl (Great Horned) (Bubo virginianus [virginianus Group]) (1)
– Reported Sep 25, 2016 20:16 by Luke Berg
– Peterborough–Mervin Line, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Seen perched on the telephone wires along the side of the road as we drove in. ”

Great Horned Owl - Fleming Campus in Peterborough - Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl – Fleming Campus in Peterborough – Drew Monkman

Eastern Screech-owl - Feb. 24, 2015 - Michael Gillespie

Eastern Screech-owl – Feb. 24, 2015 – Michael Gillespie

Mar 172016
 

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Mar 15, 2016 23:45 by Scott Gibson
– 1_Gibson Home – Bissonnette Dr., Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “continuing. giving clear tremolo, closer to house than on other dates.”

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Mar 14, 2016 21:00 by Basil Conlin
– Peterborough–Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “called twice, both times briefly and from far away”

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (2)
– Reported Mar 16, 2016 00:05 by Martyn Obbard
– 67 Sumcot Drive, Galway-Cavendish & Harvey Township, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “1 initially calling. Heard while walking dog. Replied to my call. Then 2nd bird joined in; similar to ‘pair hootin’ it up’ track on Sibley app.”

Barred Owl - Gwen Forsyth

Barred Owl – Gwen Forsyth

Eastern Screech-owl - Feb. 24, 2015 - Michael Gillespie

Eastern Screech-owl – Feb. 24, 2015 – Michael Gillespie

Feb 252015
 

This little fellow, an Eastern Screech-owl, perched on our suet chunk between 4:30 and 5:30 yesterday afternoon (Feb. 24). We thought maybe he just wanted to get out of the wind as we didn’t see him pecking at the suet, unless he was attracted by the many small birds in the vicinity. It seems unusual for a screech owl to be out in the daytime although the light was beginning to fade… note the dark bill.

Michael Gillespie, Keene

Eastern Screech-owl - Feb. 24, 2015 - Michael Gillespie

Eastern Screech-owl – Feb. 24, 2015 – Michael Gillespie

Feb 242015
 

Last night I turned on the deck light and was just about to go out to fill the heated birdbath when just 6 feet away from me, I spotted an Eastern Screech-owl on the lowest branch of the spruce that grows beside the deck. It was up against the trunk of the tree looking down at the deck. I will often scatter seed there when the platform feeders are apt to be covered in snow. That area stays clear because of the spruce. There may have been something of interest to the owl under the deck eating seed. It dropped down and out of sight.
Sue Paradisis, Tudor Crescent

Eastern Screech-owl - Carl & Rose Mary Silvestri

Eastern Screech-owl – Carl & Rose Mary Silvestri

Eastern Screech-owl  Toronto - Tanya Payne – Nykolation

Eastern Screech-owl Toronto – Tanya Payne – Nykolation

Dec 312014
 

The Petroglyph’s Christmas Bird Count, centered on Petroglyph’s Provincial Park, was held on Saturday, December 27, 2014.  Twenty-seven birders took part. 2717 individual birds were counted.

Number of species: 38 (Just two shy of the record high of 40.)

Species recorded in a record high number: Red-tailed Hawk (10 vs previous high of 8), Herring Gull (8 vs 5), Great Horned Owl (3 vs 1), Barred Owl (11 vs 7), White-breasted Nuthatch (233 vs 119)

New species for the Count: Eastern Screech Owl (2), Merlin (1)

First time since 2009 (previously annual): Gray Jay (2)

Also of note:  1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (2cd time on Count),  5 Bald Eagles (average), 48 Downy Woodpecker (considerably higher than average), 456 Blue Jays (high), 43 Red-breasted Nuthatches (very low), 1 Winter Wren (only 4th time on Count), 106 Golden-crowned Kinglets (close to previous high of 120), 48 American Goldfinch (very low)

Colin Jones, co-ordinator

Merlin (Karl Egressy)

Merlin (Karl Egressy)

Gray Jay -Tom Northey Algonquin Park - March 2014

Gray Jay -Tom Northey Algonquin Park – March 2014

Nov 302014
 

Six years after putting the thing up, an Eastern Screech Owl has finally moved into a box that I had installed near Stoney Lake. It was on November 14th 2014 when I looked out my friend`s cottage window and saw the little owl’s puckered face staring back at me. Screech Owls do not only use nest boxes for nesting, and indeed it is quite common, (and especially in November and December), for these little beasts to also use the boxes as roosting sites. Typically, (though not exclusively), they will begin to appear at the entrance during cold, sunny, and relatively still mornings in late fall and early winter. Those that have moved in by winter, will often be seen perched at the entrance of a box or tree cavity roost off and on during the months that follow. During the colder days, the owls like to roost while facing the sun, which at that time of year, is generally low in sky throughout the day, and thus, shines upon more of their body surface and warms them. This aids them in retaining body heat, and enhances energy conservation through a passive solar process. When placing an owl box out, you will certainly increase your chances of an owl moving in if you face the entrance of your box towards the south, or south/east.

If you have an owl using a nest box at this time of year, it certainly shows that the owl is making some use of your creation, and that will indicate that it may also use the same site in the coming spring as a nesting place. If this is to be the case, (and most often by sometime in February/March), you may notice “two faces” one morning, peering back at you from the entrance hole. It is very important then, to keep your distance, (including reducing a lot of eye contact), with the birds. This is because that if two owls are roosting together here, it is without doubt, a bonded pair, and your box has a great chance of being used by them for nesting in the coming months. Any disturbance now however, may cause them to abandon the box altogether, and move to an alternate site for nesting. I would enjoy reading posts from others who have screech owls using their boxes for roosting and/or nesting, if anyone else cares to write about it.

At 8:30am on November 25th 2014, (and after a night of extremely gusty wind), I walked out onto the porch just in time to see an adult Golden Eagle overhead heading east towards Belmont Lake. The bird was low, (about 100mtrs up), and although it was still quite windy at the time, the eagle maintained its direction of flight in the stiff southerly wind, by sharp sideways tilts (to the left, and then to the right) of its tail. You could almost guess at which times it was being hit by stronger gusts, based on the sudden tilting of the tail, one way, and then back again. All the while, (and I suppose to reduce unwanted lift), the wingtips were somewhat closed and tapered, giving them a slight “pointed” look. It was easy to see that this older bird had no issue with going where it wanted, (despite what plans the extreme wind may have had for it), and was truly a master of the sky. I may have to go back to wearing my camera as if it were an article of clothing like I used to years ago – I am just missing too many opportunities, not having it handy all of the time.

Tim Dyson
Cordova Mines

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

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

Golden Eagle photographed at Petroglyph Provincial Park (Tim Dyson)

Golden Eagle photographed at Petroglyph Provincial Park (Tim Dyson)

Mar 132014
 
Eastern Screech-owl - Beaches area of Toronto - sister-in-law of Jamie Brockley

Eastern Screech-owl – Beaches area of Toronto – photo by Tanya Payne – Nykolation

I thought this was a neat photo. My sister-in-law  in the Beaches in Toronto found this Eastern Screech-owl when she came home from work on March 7. It was sitting on the porch in her urns.

Jamie Brockley

Note from Tim Dyson:  “What a nice photo of a classic “brown morph”. You don`t usually see such good pics of brown morphs, and there are still many who do not recognise such a colour variation – simply stating that “all that are not true red morphs, are just duller gray morphs.” I have never agreed with this idea, and have handled a fair number of screech owls in decades past, especially when I used to band a lot of owls in the `80s and `90s. I even asked Kay McKeever of The Owl Foundation in Vineland years ago, (since she has likely handled more screech owls than anyone in the country), and she agreed that yes, indeed there ARE “brown” morphs in the population, and a good many of them, too. We discussed the differences from true browns and simply duller gray owls, in detail, and I figured that if she agreed, then that was good enough verification of this fact for me.”

Feb 192014
 
Eastern Screech-Owl - Carl & Rose Mary Silvestri

Eastern Screech-Owl – Carl & Rose Mary Silvestri

On Tuesday February11, my wife & I were having lunch, when she noticed a brown and white feathered creature sitting on our garland outside the kitchen window. We investigated and to our surprise it was an Eastern Screech-Owl. I took a number of pictures, which I’m sending you. We had never seen an owl before, especially this close.Our visitor stayed the day and left at 5:40. What a pleasant surprise and gift.

Carl & Rose Mary Silvestri,  Hillside Street, Peterborough