Apr 242018
 

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) (20)
– Reported Apr 28, 2018 07:39 by Steve Paul
– 341 Hiawatha Line, Keene, Ontario, CA (44.178, -78.204), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Media: 6 Photos
– Comments: “Two separate groups eventually came together. Close to 50/50 male/female split. Observed a possible second small pack way out on Rice Lake, but couldn’t clearly state whether RBM or CM. Will post pictures.”

Female Red-breasted Merganser (Karl Egressy)

Red-breasted Merganser (male) – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sora (Porzana carolina) (1)
– Reported Apr 27, 2018 13:00 by Kathryn Sheridan
– Lakefield Marsh, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “I didn’t see it, but I heard it make its unusual, unmistakale call/song.”

Sora (rail) – Wikimeda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) (1) CONFIRMED
– Reported Apr 27, 2018 15:55 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Peterborough–3.8 km SSE on Bensfort Rd, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Media: 2 Photos
– Comments: “First county record. Found earlier in the afternoon by Scott Gibson. Foraging in flooded hayfield on E side Bensfort Rd with Greater Yellowleg and Lesser Yellowleg. Digiscoped from around 100 m.”

Long-billed Dowitcher – USFW service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Towhee:  This morning, April 27, I saw a female Eastern Towhee scratching around in the leaf litter below one of my feeders. I guess they’re not uncommon, but it’s the first I’ve seen here.  Annamarie Beckel

female Eastern Towhee (Tom Bell)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
– Reported Apr 26, 2018 15:45 by Christopher Wagner
– Stony Lake, North Kawartha CA-ON (44.5608,-78.1728), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Male and female in large mixed flock”

Male Redhead – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barred Owl (Northern) (Strix varia [varia Group]) (3)
– Reported Apr 26, 2018 22:46 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Ontario Nocturnal Owl Survey route 218 Chandos Lake stop 9, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “pair in close and a third further away.”

Barred Owl with Winterberry in background – Tim Dyson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
– Reported Apr 26, 2018 15:00 by Dave Milsom
– 2nd Line cornfields, Peterborough, Ontario
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Blue-winged Teal – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (2)
– Reported Apr 25, 2018 12:00 by John Davey
– Peterborough–Beavermead Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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Horned Grebe in waves – April 2018 – Don Munro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) (1)
– Reported Apr 23, 2018 07:33 by Bill Crins
– Peterborough–Beavermead Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “alternate plumage; brown upperparts, white underparts strongly spotted with large black spots, pale superciliary, orange beak and legs; flew with stiff, shallow wingbeats; initially on stones adjacent to beach, then flew across toward Little Lake Cemetery”

Spotted Sandpiper with dragonfly nymph in beak – Lower Buckhorn Lake – June 2016 – Robin Blake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Heron (Butorides virescens) (1)
– Reported Apr 23, 2018 08:45 by Sheila Collett
– Peterborough–Beavermead Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “FOY. Seen flying across the playing fields and then again flying across the water to the cemetery.”

Green Heron (Don McLeod)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pileated Woodpecker – Woke up this morning (April 22) with a tapping sound and looked outside to see the Pileated Woodpecker. The loons are back as well, but haven’t been able to get a picture.  Derry Fairweather, Upper Buckhorn Lake

Pileated Woodpecker – April 22, 2018 – Derry Fairweather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) (2)
– Reported Apr 21, 2018 16:32 by Matthew Tobey
– Peterborough–Airport Rd Railroad, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Media: 2 Photos
– Comments: “2 owlets in nest at edge of woodlot south of the wetland. Adult not present.”

Great Horned Owls in nest – Drew Monkman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cackling Goose (Richardson’s) (Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii) (5)
– Reported Apr 22, 2018 10:46 by Matthew Tobey
– Mather’s Corners Meltwater Pond, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Segregated from small flock of CANG at east end of meltwater pond.”

Cackling Geese – Little L. – Dec. 2015 – Iain Rayner

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) (2)
– Reported Apr 22, 2018 10:46 by C Douglas
– Mather’s Corners Meltwater Pond, Peterborough, Ontario
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Pair of Northern Pintail – Karl Egressy

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (40)
– Reported Apr 22, 2018 09:40 by Dave Milsom
– Highway 28 at Block Rd, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Media: 1 Photo
– Comments: “Flock of 10 in field, 30 flying over.”

Snow Buntings – Wikimedia

Apr 232018
 

Don Munro of Campbellford and Mike Faught of Peterborough shared the following pictures taken this month.

Common Loon with catfish – April 2018 – Don Munro

Wood Duck flying – April 2018 – Don Munro

Great Blue Heron flying – April 2018 – Don Munro

Pileated Woodpecker – April 2018 – Don Munro

Carolina Wren – April 2018 – Don Munro

Horned Grebe in waves – April 2018 – Don Munro

Double-crested Cormorants – April 2018 – Don Munro

Long-tailed Duck in breeding plumage – April 2018 – Don Munro

Lesser Yellowlegs – April 2018 – Don Munro

Ospreys at nest – April 2018 – Mike Faught

Great Blue Heron – Mike Faught

Wood Duck in flight – April 2018 – Mike Faught

 

Apr 142018
 

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (1)
– Reported Apr 13, 2018 08:21 by Daniel Williams
– Peterborough–Beavermead Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (2)
– Reported Apr 13, 2018 12:54 by C Douglas
– Peterborough–Little Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Media: 3 Photos

Horned Grebe in winter plumage – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Geese (Ottawa):  Here’s a photo I took this week of a flock of Snow Geese near Ottawa.  Don Munro, Campbellford

Snow Geese near Ottawa – April 2018 – Don Munro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sightings from Warsaw: One of our Red Squirrels was enjoying maple sugar time in mid-March, licking the sap on our Silver Maple. It returned to the tree periodically over several days, presumably scoring the surface bark to allow the sap to drain, then returning later to enjoy the sugary residue on the bark. We call this one ‘Red Squirrel Sapsucker’.

Red Squirrel drinking sap from Sugar Maple – March 2018 – Stephenie Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just now, we have our returning pair of Canada Geese, the male keeping a watchful eye for unwanted competitors from our old dock, two pairs of Hooded Mergansers, one pair of Common Mergansers, and three male Buffleheads vying for the attention of a single female. A lone female Ring-Necked Duck arrived on March 24th and stayed for a few days, keeping close to either a pair of Mallards or the pair of Canada Geese. Possibly there was safety in numbers. And a Red Fox passed by on April 4th, the first we’ve seen for some years. Stephenie Armstrong, Warsaw

Canada Geese – April 12, 2018 – Stephenie Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey: Here’s a photo of an Osprey that I took on April 10 in Campbellford on the Trent River. One Osprey was sitting on a nest and this one brought a fish.  A third bird was circling around. Don Munroe

Osprey – April 10, 2018 – Don Munroe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
– Reported Apr 10, 2018 09:45 by Sean Smith
– Keene–Mill St, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Singing”

Vesper Sparrow – note rufous on shoulders (not always visible) – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker: We’ve had many woodpeckers on our property over the past few years, but this is the first year we are seeing the Red-bellied on a regular basis.
Derry Fairweather, Upper Buckhorn Lake 

Red-bellied Woodpecker – April, 2018 – Derry Fairweather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
– Reported Apr 10, 2018 14:14 by Daniel Williams
– Peterborough–Edgewater Blvd., Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Continuing bird. ”

Glaucous Gull, Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 202017
 

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
– Reported Nov 19, 2017 12:42 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Rice Lake–Pengelly Landing, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “basic adult, around 400-500 m directly S of landing”

Red-necked Grebe. The grebe in the lower right is in winter plumage.

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (3)
– Reported Nov 19, 2017 12:42 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Rice Lake–Pengelly Landing, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.1289379,-78.3067542&ll=44.1289379,-78.3067542
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40598643

Horned Grebe in winter plumage – Wikimedia

Dec 202016
 

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (1)
– Reported Dec 18, 2016 08:10 by Linda Sunderland
– Burnham Line PTBO, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33105049
– Comments: “continuing bird on Little Lake”

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) (5)
– Reported Dec 19, 2016 15:00 by Dave Milsom
– Rice Lake–Pengelly Landing, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33104283
– Comments: “2 distinct adult males flew to road close to Pengally Landing. Quickly flew off into field with buckthorn bushes with 3 other bluebirds.”

Eastern Bluebird - Kelly Dodge

Eastern Bluebird – Kelly Dodge

A pair of Eastern Bluebirds - male at upper right - Wikimedia

A pair of Eastern Bluebirds – male at upper right – Wikimedia

Horned Grebe in winter plumage - Wikimedia

Horned Grebe in winter plumage – Wikimedia

Nov 282016
 

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
– Reported Nov 27, 2016 16:30 by Toby Rowland
– Peterborough – Little Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32761922
– Comments: “adult in winter plumage”

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (1)
– Reported Nov 27, 2016 16:30 by Toby Rowland
– Peterborough – Little Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32761922
– Comments: “adult in winter plumage”

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (1)
– Reported Nov 27, 2016 08:05 by Colin Jones
– CA-ON-North Kawartha-10987 Highway 28 – 44.7912x-78.1058, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32744056

Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) (1)
– Reported Nov 27, 2016 11:14 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32747660
– Comments: “probable female, but head not clearly seen; foraging 20 m in top of 25 m red pine with dying crown. Detected by soft tapping/scaling. On E road between old gatehouse and first crossroad.”

Barred Owl - Jeff Keller 12 01 14

Barred Owl – Jeff Keller 12 01 14

Horned Grebe (winter plumage)  Wikimedia

Horned Grebe (winter/basic plumage) Wikimedia

Black-backed Woodpecker - Wikimedia

Black-backed Woodpecker – Wikimedia

Red-throated Loon in basic plumage - Wikimedia

Red-throated Loon in winter/basic plumage – Wikimedia

Nov 192016
 

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (2)
– Reported Nov 18, 2016 08:30 by Iain Rayner
– Chemong Lake–west end of causeway, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32603609
– Comments: “2 Female types 300 M – 500 M north of causeway. IDeable through binoculars.”

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
– Reported Nov 18, 2016 09:00 by David Bowie
– Rice Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32613396
– Comments: “I have seen countless Common Loons, this is an obvious loon, but the light head was very noticeable in comparison to the Common Loon, At the local diner others had seen the strange loon on rice lake as well that morning”

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (2)
– Reported Nov 18, 2016 12:33 by Luke Berg
– Pigeon Lake–Sandy Point, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32605640
– Comments: “Two together approximately halfway across the lake. Small black and white grebes with short pointed bills and slightly peaked heads. ”

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (2)
– Reported Nov 18, 2016 08:02 by Iain Rayner
– Pigeon Lake–West end of Kerry Line, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32612257
– Comments: “Flyover calling”

Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)

Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)

Horned Grebe (winter plumage) Wikimedia

Horned Grebe (winter plumage) Wikimedia

Black Scoter - Crossley ID Guide of Eastern Birds - Wikimedia

Black Scoter – Crossley ID Guide of Eastern Birds – Wikimedia