Feb 222017
 

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) (1)
– Reported Feb 21, 2017 00:24 by Scott Gibson
– 1_Gibson Home – Bissonnette Dr., Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “actively calling…loud enough to wake me up.”

Great Horned Owls usually call in the evening and again just before dawn – Karl Egressy

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

Dec 192016
 

After reading your column last week I was reminded of a very special visitor in my backyard on December 23, 2015. The bird spent the day in our locust tree. It was the first time that I have actually seen a Great Horned Owl.  They are magnificent birds.  Thought you might like to see him too.

Glen Grills, Tindle Bay

Great Horned Owl close-up - Dec. 23, 2015 - Glen Grills

Great Horned Owl close-up – Dec. 23, 2015 – Glen Grills

Great Horned Owl - Dec. 23, 2015 - Glen Grills

Great Horned Owl – Dec. 23, 2015 – Glen Grills

 

Nov 202016
 

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) (1)
– Reported Nov 15, 2016 21:00 by Jeff Stewart
– 621 Carveth Drive, Millbrook, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32578096
– Comments: “heard hooting near house by Annie”

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Nov 16, 2016 12:00 by Basil Conlin
– Peterborough–Rotary Park & Walkway, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32585899
– Comments: “watching ducks closely from a snag over the river”

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Nov 16, 2016 08:30 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Greyhound Bus Station, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32577711
– Comments: “Flying NW across downtown, large falcon, direct flight, stiff powerful wingbeats”

Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

Great Horned Owl - Fleming Campus in Peterborough - Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl – Fleming Campus in Peterborough – Drew Monkman

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

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

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

May 212016
 

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) (1)
– Reported May 21, 2016 08:26 by Bill Crins
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “slim dark beak, white throat, white rump when flying, dark legs, relatively uniformly gray back and wings, suffused orange stripe and dark grayish stripe on side of neck, dark line through eye; feeding on mud/algae/flotsam at SE. corner of N. pond”

Wilson's Phalarope (Photo by Ann Hough)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Photo by Ann Hough)

 

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) (2)
– Reported May 18, 2016 15:36 by Warren Dunlop
– Peterborough–Ponds west of 1111 Johnston Dr, Peterborough, Ontario
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Blue-winged Teal - Wikimedia

Blue-winged Teal – Wikimedia

Sora (Porzana carolina) (1)
– Reported May 18, 2016 18:16 by Donald Sutherland
– Lakefield–Centre Road at Douro Line 3, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29808192

 

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) (5)
– Reported May 21, 2016 08:26 by Bill Crins
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29815760

 

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) (1)
– Reported May 21, 2016 09:32 by Donald Sutherland
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29811412

 

Semipalmated Sandpipers - Drew Monkman

Semipalmated Sandpipers – Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl (Great Horned) (Bubo virginianus [virginianus Group]) (2)
– Reported May 18, 2016 08:31 by Mike V.A. Burrell
– Peterborough–Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29801509
– Comments: “Adult and downy young on nest.”

 

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (5)
– Reported May 18, 2016 07:36 by Donald Sutherland
– Peterborough–Trent Rotary Rail Trail, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.362531,-78.2885554&ll=44.362531,-78.2885554
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29808077

 

Cliff Swallow building nest - Wikimedia

Cliff Swallow building nest – Wikimedia

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) (1)
– Reported May 18, 2016 16:38 by Warren Dunlop
– Peterborough–Squirrel Creek at 4th Line Bridge, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29814171
– Media: 2 Photos
– Comments: “Heard calling, and then observed foraging high in canopy of Silver Maple.”

 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Karl Egressy

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Karl Egressy

Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) (2)
– Reported May 19, 2016 08:17 by Donald Sutherland
– Tates Bridge–Tates Rd at Miskwaa Ziibi (river), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29809648
– Comments: “singing, alder thicket floodplain swamp; both GWWA song-types with one responding positively to call broadcasts approaching to within 25 m and by plumage appearing to be pure.”

 

Golden-winged Warbler (Brendan Boyd)

Golden-winged Warbler (Brendan Boyd)

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) (1)
– Reported May 19, 2016 04:58 by Donald Sutherland
– Beaver Lake Road, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29809566
– Comments: “singing constantly in regenerating salvage cut/blow-down just W Catchacoma Narrows”

Cape May Warbler - Jeff Keller - May 5, 2015

Cape May Warbler – Jeff Keller – May 5, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (1)
– Reported May 19, 2016 09:07 by Donald Sutherland
– Deer Bay Reach Road, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29809709
– Comments: “singing, E side road”

 

Cerulean Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Cerulean Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
– Reported May 18, 2016 19:33 by Donald Sutherland
– Centre Dummer Road at Douro Line 7, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29808283
– Comments: “singing, in response to call broadcast, continued singing during nearly entire visit. Several parted buzzy song, at one point singing from split rail fence within 3-4 m of observers.”

 

Orchard Oriole - Wikimedia

Orchard Oriole – Wikimedia

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
– Reported May 15, 2016 15:29 by Warren Dunlop
– Rice Lake–Hall Landing, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29814497
– Media: 1 Photo
– Comments: “Male. First observed with male BAOR in shrub on west side of road and subsequently visiting hummingbird feeder at #115.”

 

Mar 202016
 

I  found a dead Great Horned Owl on our property in Lakefield. It had a tag on its leg (#788-30808). I went on-line to https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/ and was able to find the following information:

Species: Great Horned Owl
Date banded: 03/16/2009
Banding Location: 5 KM N OF LAKEFIELD, ONTARIO, CANADA
Age: HATCHED IN 2007 OR EARLIER
Sex: UNKNOWN

This means the bird was at least eight years old!

Ashley Holland   a_holland@live.ca  (705-652-3845)

Banded dead GHOW - March 19, 2016 - Lakefield - Ashley Holland

Banded dead GHOW – March 19, 2016 – Lakefield – Ashley Holland

Banded dead GHOW - March 19, 2016 - Lakefield - Ashley Holland-2.jpeg

Banded dead GHOW – March 19, 2016 – Lakefield – Ashley Holland-2.jpeg

Great Horned Owl - Fleming Campus in Peterborough - Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl – Fleming Campus in Peterborough – Drew Monkman

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