Sep 242017

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) (1)
– Reported Sep 22, 2017 08:09 by McLean Smith
– 2 Woodland Dr, Peterborough CA-ON (44.3634,-78.2926), Peterborough, Ontario
– Map:,-78.292649&ll=44.363432,-78.292649
– Checklist:
– Comments: “I am not 100% certain as to the ID of this bird, but based on size, shape, and colouration, I am fairly confident in calling it a juvenile Northern Mockingbird. It was perched atop a spruce tree showing a bay to grey overall colouring, with faint mottling on the upper breast and a very faint eye line, with no other discernible features (I did not see it fly to confirm white patches). The only alternative ID I can think of is a juvenile Northern Shrike, but the head appeared too small in relation to the body. Any help or local checklists to confirm or deny would be much appreciated. ”

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) (1)
– Reported Sep 22, 2017 06:12 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Yard – Bear Creek Rd, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map:,-78.4726858&ll=44.5064687,-78.4726858
– Checklist:
– Comments: “Hooting to the south”

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (2)
– Reported Sep 21, 2017 17:00 by Chris Risley
– Cottage at Stumpy Bay, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map:,-78.2984622&ll=44.7255067,-78.2984622
– Checklist:
– Comments: “calling across Stumpy Bay”

Apr 262017

On the afternoon of April 23, Sylvia and I went for a walk in the Trent Wildlife Sanctuary. When up on the drumlin, where the Tree Swallow boxes are, we met two young women birders who said they had just seen what they thought was a Northern Mockingbird. Almost on command the bird appeared and flew away from us. My first for the County. Who said the Wildlife Sanctuary never had any interesting birds! That semi-open area is perfect mockingbird habitat, and I’ll be checking to see if it stays around.    Jim Cashmore, Peterborough

Northern Mockingbird – Gord Mallory




Jan 142015

A locally-rare Northern Mockingbird is coming to my mother’s house at 2555 Trentview Drive, near the bridge over the Trent Canal at McFarlane Street. It sits daily on the back window ledge and in the bittersweet in her backyard. There is Virginia creeper growing up the back of the house where it sits, as well. The bird has been around since early fall, but I hadn’t got a clear view until today. People interested in seeing the bird can contact Laurie Wuis at 705-761-6703 or

Kelly Simmonds

Northern Mockingbird - Trentview Drive - Kelly Simmonds - Jan. 2015

Northern Mockingbird – Trentview Drive – Kelly Simmonds – Jan. 2015