May 062016
 

I was happy to see two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in my backyard in Peterborough this morning…May 5, 2016 ~ 0800 a.m.

Trudy Gibson

Note: I had a male grosbeak on May 5, too, at about 6 PM. They love black oil sunflower seed. D.M.

Sparrow-like female Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Cindy Bartoli

Sparrow-like female Rose-breasted Grosbeak – Cindy Bartoli

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at my feeder - May 16, 2007 - Drew Monkman

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at my feeder – May 16, 2007 – Drew Monkman

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak - May 5, 2016 - Trudy Gibson -

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak – May 5, 2016 – Trudy Gibson –

 

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.

 

Oct 142015
 

Two Pine Grosbeaks had returned on Sunday. Both appeared to be female or young but the light was from the back so mainly a silhouette was seen.  On Saturday White-throated Sparrows arrived en mass and are still apparent.
Bill Snowden, Ennismore

Pine Grosbeak - Wikimedia

Pine Grosbeak (male) – Wikimedia