May 052017

Although it has been several weeks since hearing of any still around, Ed & Karen Heuvel reported to me a Great Gray Owl they had seen during the early evening on their property along the Ouse River between Cottesloe and Norwood on April 18,

2017. Ed says; “Huntng from a low snag, it seemed quite tame. After a while, it sailed across the road and came to land on another snag. In the dimming light, it’s white mustache marks were quite distinct.”

Stoney Lake and area

Broad-winged Hawks seemed to show some early arrival dates this year, with the first I know of seen on Stoney Lake on April 12th. They, Red-shouldered Hawks, Merlins, and Ospreys are quite abundant now in the area as they engage in their nesting activities for another year.

The first Whip-poor-will I heard this spring was one singing on the evening of April 24th near South Bay on Stoney Lake.

On April 29th, an Eastern Phoebe was sitting on a full clutch of five eggs in her nest atop a horizontal deck support beam at a friend’s cottage off of Northey’s Bay Road.

Stoney, Belmont, and Cordova Lake area

Northern Barred Owls are very vocal right now, day and night, and we are at the time of year when most of them will have young in the nest, (averaging about a week old). Typically, in this area, many lay their eggs about the 25th of March. Usually quiet throughout the incubation period, the males, especially, begin frequent hooting again towards the end of April. I wonder if that has anything to do with early social imprinting of their youngsters?

Tim Dyson

Barred Owl – March 23, 2017 – Sandy Lake – Susan

Whip-poor-will (Karl Egressy)

Great Gray Owl – Tim Dyson

Broad-winged Hawk – Wikimedia

Red-shouldered Hawk – Karl Egressy

Eastern Phoebe at nest – David Frank

Eastern Phoebe nest – June 7, 2004 – Tim Dyson

Mar 062017

This beautiful Great Gray Owl was sighted on March 4 on the Trans Canada Trail where it crosses County Road 38. If you walk to right at the trail parking lot, the bird was  few hundred metres down on the left, sitting at the trail edge. We approached to within 12 feet of the owl, but it did not fly away.

Don Finigan and Barb Rimmer

GGOW – TCT – Keene – Mar. 4, 2017 – Bernie Obert

Feb 232017

At 2 pm, on February 21, I saw a Great Gray Owl on Kelleher Road in Campbellford, ON. The bird was 500m east of Lock 8 on the Trent River. The owl was still there on February 22.

Donald Munro

Great Gray Owl – Tim Dyson

Feb 152017

On February 14, I saw a Great Gray Owl at 5:00 pm, perched on a large oak tree, across the road from 765 Cordova Road. Marmora ON  Denise Doekes

I heard about a Great Gray Owl several days ago on the southern edge of Cordova Mines village, which would be several kilometres north of the Marmora bird (above),  so perhaps another bird altogether. Tim Dyson

At 4:30 pm on February 12, we found a Great Gray Owl on just south of Peterborough.  Sue Sauvé & Ian Attridge

In the afternoon of February 12, I saw a Great Gray Owl just outside of Omemee.  Scott Gibson

A Great Gray Owl was also seen south of Lindsay on February 12. Reported to Drew Monkman

On January 15, at the Harold Town Conservation Area east of Peterborough, a Great Gray Owl was “sighted in dense center understood, flew from perch once sighted. Much darker than barred owl, with no barring on chest.”  Michael Light

NOTE: In 2004-05, Tim Dyson figures he saw a minimum of 105 Great Gray Owls between December 24th and April 16th, mostly in Peterborough County.

Great Gray Owl in 2014 – Tom Northey

Great Gray Owl – Tim Dyson

Great Gray Owl near Cavan in March 2012 – Frank Batty

Jan 212017

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

Jan 272014
Great Gray Owl - Tom Northey 2014

Great Gray Owl – Tom Northey 2014

A Great Gray Owl was in our area for a few days last week, just northwest of Little Britain. The Snowy Owl has been on the same hydro pole every morning for the last two weeks on Opmar Road, east of Little Britain. I am collecting the pellets for the MNR. In a column you mentioned the abundance of Snow Buntings this year and I agree they are here in large numbers. While ice fishing on Lake Simcoe last week a large flock landed and we were several miles from shore. Another bird that I am seeing more of this year is the Northern Shrike.

Northern Shrike - Tom Northey

Northern Shrike – Tom Northey

Tom Northey, Little Britain