Dec 042016
 

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) (1)
– Reported Dec 03, 2016 09:01 by Peterborough County Birds Database
– Pigeon Lake–Fothergill Isle Causeway, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32834457
– Comments: “Continuing bird; similar size to nearby White-winged Scoter; brownish body with paler brown head”

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
– Reported Dec 03, 2016 11:00 by Chris Risley
– Cadigan Rd near Fothergill Island, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.4648499,-78.4757967&ll=44.4648499,-78.4757967
Checklist:
– Comments: “female type in with Common Goldeneye; white cheek patch below eye; dark brown overall; flew short distance south when flushed by hunting”

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (3)
– Reported Dec 03, 2016 07:16 by Martyn Obbard
– Pigeon Lake–Fothergill Isle Causeway, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32834629

Female King Eider, Wikimedia

Female King Eider, Wikimedia

Snow Bunting  (from Crossley ID Guide)

Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)

Black Scoter - Crossley ID Guide of Eastern Birds - Wikimedia

Black Scoter – Female at lower right -Crossley ID Guide of Eastern Birds – Wikimedia

Nov 282016
 

Iain Rayner found a female King Eider this morning off of the Fothergill Isle causeway on Pigeon Lake. Don Sutherland and I observed the bird before lunch; it is with a large mixed flock of ducks south of Thorne Island. It is very distant and hard to see even with a scope. We had closer and better views of it when we drove south and knocked on a house and obtained permission to look from their backyard (still requiring a scope). The closest vantage point would be the point that Cadigan Road goes to, if you can get permission to enter someone’s backyard.

In discussing the record with Peter Burke, Don Sutherland and Colin Jones, this is the first record for Peterborough County.

Female King Eider, Wikimedia

Female King Eider, Wikimedia