Jan 012018
 

The 32nd Petroglyphs Christmas Bird Count was held on Thursday, December 27, 2017 during very cold conditions. It was nearly -30 degrees C first thing in the morning and only warmed up to about -18 by mid-afternoon.

Participants: 24
Total species: 32 (close to the 10-year average of 33.5)
Total individuals: 1826 (10-year average is 2248)
As a result of the very cold weather there was virtually no open water and therefore no waterbirds.

Notable species and count highs (no new record highs) included:
BALD EAGLE: 7 (slightly higher than average)
GOLDEN EAGLE: 1 sub-adult bird seen soaring over the Kawartha Nordic Ski Trails

BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER: 1 in the Petroglyphs Provincial Park (although previously recorded nearly every year this species has only been detected 3 times in the past 10 years)

GRAY JAY: a single bird was located in a bog along the Sandy Lake Rd (until 2009 recorded annually but since then only recorded in 2014 and during count period in 2016)

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 146 (well above the 10-year average of 87 but nowhere near the count high of 526)

AMERICAN ROBIN: 2 (absent in most years)

CEDAR WAXWING: 6  (absent in most years)

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW: 122 (well above the 10-year average of 18; count high is 218)
DARK-EYED JUNCO: 134 (well above the 10-year average of 12 and near count high of 168)

American Tree Sparrow – Karl Egressy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Counts:
RUFFED GROUSE: 7 (below 10-year average of 15 and the count high of 77)ROCK PIGEON: only a single flock of 10 (well below the 10-year average of 58 and the count high of 89)
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 40 (well below the 10-year average of 80 and count high of 233)
EUROPEAN STARLING: 10 (below 10-year average of 26 and count high of 114)

Winter Finches:

PURPLE FINCH: 2

RED CROSSBILL: 41

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL: 8 including singing individuals

PINE SISKIN: 114

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 103

EVENING GROSBEAK: 2

Notable Misses:
SNOW BUNTING: recorded most years (has only been missed 5 times)

Colin Jones, Count Compiler

Male White-winged Crossbill – Wikimedia

Purple Finch (male) – Karl Egressy

Gray Jay -Tom Northey Algonquin Park – March 2014

Dec 052016
 

I would like to report Evening Grosbeak sightings at our bird feeder. We first saw just one about a week ago but today, December 3, there must have been at least 8-10 coming. They started coming at about 11:00 am and kept coming back about every half hour or so. We have lived at 765 Centennial Park Road in Kirkfield for about 9 years but had never seen one before. They are so beautiful! We have a 76 acre property composed of mostly pine and cedar.

John and Coby Lees

Evening Grosbeak (male) - Gord Belyea

Evening Grosbeak (male) – Gord Belyea

Male Evening Grosbeak - Wikimedia

Male Evening Grosbeak – Wikimedia

Female Evening Grosbeak - Jeff Keller

Female Evening Grosbeak – Jeff Keller

Nov 202016
 

I had a single female Evening Grosbeak November 16  in the yard here where I live near Stoney Lake.  Tim Dyson, Nephton

I’ve had a Brown Creeper on the tree trunks adjacent to the bird feeders and suet feeders. Last year one came to the suet feeders on a regular basis.  Bill Snowden, Ennismore

Brown Creeper - Wikimedia

Brown Creeper – Wikimedia

Female Evening Grosbeak - Jeff Keller

Female Evening Grosbeak – Jeff Keller

Jan 312016
 

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (12)
– Reported Jan 30, 2016 06:20 by Dave Milsom
– Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Feeding on spruce cones in Petroglyphs Prov. Park. All but one were female. Photos.”

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (1)
– Reported Jan 30, 2016 06:20 by Dave Milsom
– Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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NOTE: Dave also saw 21 Evening Grosbeaks, in addition to other species.

Male Evening Grosbeak - Wikimedia

Male Evening Grosbeak – Wikimedia

Barred Owl Feb. 8, 2015 - Television Road - Brenda Ibey

Barred Owl Feb. 8, 2015 – Television Road – Brenda Ibey

Red_Crossbill - male - Wikimedia

Red Crossbill – male – Wikimedia

Red Crossbill (Female), Cabin Lake Viewing Blinds, Deschutes National Forest, Near Fort Rock, Oregon

Red Crossbill – female – Wikimedia

Nov 162015
 
Male Evening Grosbeak - Wikimedia

Male Evening Grosbeak – Wikimedia

A pair of Evening Grosbeaks visited our cardinal feeder on November 15 at about noon. They enjoyed a good feed of safflower seeds. They were only here for about 15 minutes, the beautiful male arriving at the feeder first and the female a few minutes later.

Cheryl Lewis, Oakwood Crescent, Peterborough

Note: Evening Grosbeaks very rarely show up in Peterborough anymore. However, they were abundant at city feeders in the 60’s and 70’s, mostly because huge outbreaks of spruce budworm in the boreal forest, hence more reproduction. They’ve been much scarcer since. The only place I know of in the region where you can count on seeing them most years is the feeder at the Visitor Centre at Algonquin Park.