Jul 222017
 

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
– Reported Jul 20, 2017 14:50 by Ian Sturdee
– 5997–5999 Highway 7, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen CA-ON (44.4328,-77.8960), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Flew over road while I was driving. Identified by shape, size and overall colouring including streaked underparts. Had a good look under the scenario. ”

NOTE: Jeff Teller found a dead Least Bittern on the roadside on June 27, 2017. It was 100 – 200 feet east of the gate to the Cavan Monaghan Transfer Station on Syer Line, which is the line that runs west off County Road 28 at Fraserville. He took a photo of the bird.

dead Least Bittern – Jeff Teller – June 27, 2017 – Syer Line at Transfer Station

 

Sep 092016
 
Loggerhead Marsh - late summer 2016 showing mud flat visited by migrating shorebirds  - Paul Frost

Loggerhead Marsh – late summer 2016 showing mud flat visited by migrating shorebirds – Paul Frost

Peterborough ON – September 7 2016. Latest evaluation performed by the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) of Loggerhead Marsh, located in the city’s west end, has classified Loggerhead Marsh as a provincially significant wetland. Based on available information on the marsh and its wildlife and using the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES), the MNRF has classified Loggerhead marsh as a provincially significant wetland.
The classification of Loggerhead Marsh is based, in large part, on past monitoring data (20012013) collected by Otonabee Region Conservation Authority that was not previously disclosed to the public, before or after the currently proposed Batten-White subdivision application. Loggerhead Marsh identified as provincially significant has important implications for currently proposed and future residential subdivisions in Peterborough’s west end.
In particular, provincially significant wetlands normally have a 120 m buffer within which no structures can be built. This buffer reflects a high level of protection for the significant natural value of these wetlands as prescribed by local and provincial policy. The currently proposed Batten-White subdivision does not meet this required 120 m buffer zone next to the provincially significant wetland, Loggerhead Marsh. Given this, the Batten-White subdivision and the city’s Jackson Creek secondary plan need revisited and should account for the classification of Loggerhead Marsh as provincially significant.
“This new classification of Loggerhead Marsh as provincially significant more accurately reflects the environmental importance of this natural feature in Peterborough” says Dr. Paul Frost of Trent University. He has previously expressed concerns that the currently proposed Batten-White subdivision would affect the marsh and its outlet stream and hopes this new classification will provide the marsh the protection it deserves. While the City of Peterborough has proposed a meeting with Dr. Frost to discuss his concerns in April of 2016, there has been no meeting nor has one been scheduled to date. The lack of a decision on the Batten-White subdivision application by the City of Peterborough has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. A pre-hearing is planned for October 2016.
For more information Elizabeth (Betsy) Healey, 705-930-3199 (mobile) or email at elizabethhealey99@gmail.com
For more information on OWES click http://kawarthaconservation.com/pdf/Significant%20wetlands.pdf

Least Bittern - Wikimedia

Least Bittern – Wikimedia

Chorus Frog -Tim Dyson

Chorus Frog -Tim Dyson

Jun 062016
 

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) (3)
– Reported Jun 01, 2016 20:16 by Iain Rayner
– Peterborough–Fairbairn Street wetland, Peterborough, Ontario
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Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
– Reported Jun 05, 2016 10:58 by Donald Sutherland
– Lang-Hastings Trail–Technology Dr to CR 35, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “calling spontaneously”

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) (1)
– Reported Jun 05, 2016 14:25 by Chris Risley
– Centre Line between 5th and 6th Lines, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “on west side of road; flew to south from field up over farm house and barn and then landed in field to south of farm house;”

Least Bittern - Wikimedia

Least Bittern – Wikimedia

Blue-winged Teal - Wikimedia

Blue-winged Teal – Wikimedia

Upland Sandpiper by Greg Piasetzki

Upland Sandpiper by Greg Piasetzki

Aug 072015
 

A Least Bittern was found this morning on the sidewalk in front of Jeff Purvey’s Restaurant at Brookdale Plaza in Peterborough. It was easily captured and put in a cardboard box. Late this afternoon, it was taken to an animal hospital for x-rays and may end up going to a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Minden. It is unable to fly.

Drew Monkman

Least Bittern - Wikimedia

Least Bittern – Wikimedia