May 212016
 

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) (1)
– Reported May 21, 2016 08:26 by Bill Crins
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “slim dark beak, white throat, white rump when flying, dark legs, relatively uniformly gray back and wings, suffused orange stripe and dark grayish stripe on side of neck, dark line through eye; feeding on mud/algae/flotsam at SE. corner of N. pond”

Wilson's Phalarope (Photo by Ann Hough)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Photo by Ann Hough)

 

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) (2)
– Reported May 18, 2016 15:36 by Warren Dunlop
– Peterborough–Ponds west of 1111 Johnston Dr, Peterborough, Ontario
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Blue-winged Teal - Wikimedia

Blue-winged Teal – Wikimedia

Sora (Porzana carolina) (1)
– Reported May 18, 2016 18:16 by Donald Sutherland
– Lakefield–Centre Road at Douro Line 3, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29808192

 

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) (5)
– Reported May 21, 2016 08:26 by Bill Crins
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29815760

 

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) (1)
– Reported May 21, 2016 09:32 by Donald Sutherland
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29811412

 

Semipalmated Sandpipers - Drew Monkman

Semipalmated Sandpipers – Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl (Great Horned) (Bubo virginianus [virginianus Group]) (2)
– Reported May 18, 2016 08:31 by Mike V.A. Burrell
– Peterborough–Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29801509
– Comments: “Adult and downy young on nest.”

 

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (5)
– Reported May 18, 2016 07:36 by Donald Sutherland
– Peterborough–Trent Rotary Rail Trail, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.362531,-78.2885554&ll=44.362531,-78.2885554
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29808077

 

Cliff Swallow building nest - Wikimedia

Cliff Swallow building nest – Wikimedia

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) (1)
– Reported May 18, 2016 16:38 by Warren Dunlop
– Peterborough–Squirrel Creek at 4th Line Bridge, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29814171
– Media: 2 Photos
– Comments: “Heard calling, and then observed foraging high in canopy of Silver Maple.”

 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Karl Egressy

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Karl Egressy

Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) (2)
– Reported May 19, 2016 08:17 by Donald Sutherland
– Tates Bridge–Tates Rd at Miskwaa Ziibi (river), Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29809648
– Comments: “singing, alder thicket floodplain swamp; both GWWA song-types with one responding positively to call broadcasts approaching to within 25 m and by plumage appearing to be pure.”

 

Golden-winged Warbler (Brendan Boyd)

Golden-winged Warbler (Brendan Boyd)

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) (1)
– Reported May 19, 2016 04:58 by Donald Sutherland
– Beaver Lake Road, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29809566
– Comments: “singing constantly in regenerating salvage cut/blow-down just W Catchacoma Narrows”

Cape May Warbler - Jeff Keller - May 5, 2015

Cape May Warbler – Jeff Keller – May 5, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (1)
– Reported May 19, 2016 09:07 by Donald Sutherland
– Deer Bay Reach Road, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29809709
– Comments: “singing, E side road”

 

Cerulean Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Cerulean Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
– Reported May 18, 2016 19:33 by Donald Sutherland
– Centre Dummer Road at Douro Line 7, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29808283
– Comments: “singing, in response to call broadcast, continued singing during nearly entire visit. Several parted buzzy song, at one point singing from split rail fence within 3-4 m of observers.”

 

Orchard Oriole - Wikimedia

Orchard Oriole – Wikimedia

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
– Reported May 15, 2016 15:29 by Warren Dunlop
– Rice Lake–Hall Landing, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29814497
– Media: 1 Photo
– Comments: “Male. First observed with male BAOR in shrub on west side of road and subsequently visiting hummingbird feeder at #115.”

 

Mar 202016
 

I  found a dead Great Horned Owl on our property in Lakefield. It had a tag on its leg (#788-30808). I went on-line to https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/ and was able to find the following information:

Species: Great Horned Owl
Date banded: 03/16/2009
Banding Location: 5 KM N OF LAKEFIELD, ONTARIO, CANADA
Age: HATCHED IN 2007 OR EARLIER
Sex: UNKNOWN

This means the bird was at least eight years old!

Ashley Holland   a_holland@live.ca  (705-652-3845)

Banded dead GHOW - March 19, 2016 - Lakefield - Ashley Holland

Banded dead GHOW – March 19, 2016 – Lakefield – Ashley Holland

Banded dead GHOW - March 19, 2016 - Lakefield - Ashley Holland-2.jpeg

Banded dead GHOW – March 19, 2016 – Lakefield – Ashley Holland-2.jpeg

Great Horned Owl - Fleming Campus in Peterborough - Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl – Fleming Campus in Peterborough – Drew Monkman

Mar 172016
 

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Mar 15, 2016 23:45 by Scott Gibson
– 1_Gibson Home – Bissonnette Dr., Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “continuing. giving clear tremolo, closer to house than on other dates.”

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Mar 14, 2016 21:00 by Basil Conlin
– Peterborough–Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “called twice, both times briefly and from far away”

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (2)
– Reported Mar 16, 2016 00:05 by Martyn Obbard
– 67 Sumcot Drive, Galway-Cavendish & Harvey Township, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “1 initially calling. Heard while walking dog. Replied to my call. Then 2nd bird joined in; similar to ‘pair hootin’ it up’ track on Sibley app.”

Barred Owl - Gwen Forsyth

Barred Owl – Gwen Forsyth

Eastern Screech-owl - Feb. 24, 2015 - Michael Gillespie

Eastern Screech-owl – Feb. 24, 2015 – Michael Gillespie

Mar 162016
 
Barred Owl - Judy Watts - Big Gull Lake - Feb. 27, 2016

Barred Owl – Judy Watts – Big Gull Lake – Feb. 27, 2016

We’ve been fortunate to have seen a Barred Owl at our lakeside home on three occasions recently.  One evening after dark, it flew through our covered feeder and grabbed a flying squirrel with its talons. It took the squirrel to the deck, stayed there for a couple of minutes, and then carried its prey away, leaving a little crime scene behind.  I was absolutely awestruck!

Judy Watts, Big Gull Lake, Kaladar

Barred Owl on deck at Big Gull Lake - March 2016 - Judy Watts

Barred Owl on deck at Big Gull Lake – March 2016 – Judy Watts

Feb 042016
 

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Jan 27, 2016 23:10 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Hooton Dr, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Bird responded well to the N of road to imitations of Screech Owl with whinny.”

Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) (1)
– Reported Feb 03, 2016 09:15 by Alice Domalik
– Sherbrooke St West, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Behaviour and appearance unmistakable, was perched high on an exposed tree overlooking a field. Was found on the south side of Sherbrooke St, on the edge of one of the large farm fields. Grey back with whitish throat and chest. Black mask with stout, hooked bill. Wings black with white patch.”

Eastern Screech-owl - Feb. 24, 2015 - Michael Gillespie

Eastern Screech-owl – Feb. 24, 2015 – Michael Gillespie

Northern Shrike (by Susan Sayer)

Northern Shrike (by Susan Sayer)

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

Jan 292016
 

My Barred Owl is back. First time in months. At about 0730 it landed on a branch overlooking the feeder where there were a number of mouse tunnels. It kept looking down and then suddenly swept down and picked up a mouse from under the snow – a one claw pick – and flew off into the forest. It must have been able to hear the mouse, because there was no sign at the surface. Good winter bird.

Brian Tinker, Warkworth

Barred Owl - Brian Tinker - Jan. 29, 2016 - Warkworth

Barred Owl – Brian Tinker – Jan. 29, 2016 – Warkworth

Jan 242016
 

Well, it’s been a year since I had the pleasure to take a photo of a Snowy Owl. My friend, Carl, and I went in search of this guy and found him (near Woodville). We had to walk quite a distance across a field to get a shot but it was worth it.
Tim Corner

Snowy Owl - Woodville - Jan. 23, 2015 - Tim Corner

Snowy Owl – Woodville, ON – Jan. 23, 2015 – Tim Corner

 

Jan 032016
 

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) (1)
– Reported Jan 02, 2016 14:15 by Linda Sunderland
– Scriven Road, Bailieboro, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Scriven Road on top of telephone pole between 2nd and 3rd Line, female – first winter”

Note:  Graham Yates reports finding a beautiful Barred Owl in Jackson Park on Saturday, January 2, as well. “The bird was napping but kept an eye on me every so often by swiveling its head. Watched it for quite a while. Made my day!”

Northern Barred Owl - Tim Dyson - NBR - 051214

Northern Barred Owl – Tim Dyson – NBR – 051214

Snowy Owl - 11-22-14 Elm Tree Road - Tom Northey

First winter Snowy Owl – 11-22-14 Elm Tree Road – Tom Northey

Snowy Owl - David Hemmings

First winter Snowy Owl – David Hemmings

Jan 032016
 

On the morning of January 3, I had a Long-eared Owl in my backyard. The bird was perched in a mountain-ash close to my feeders. It may have been attracted by the bird activity at the feeder. Long-ears will prey on other birds. The owl stayed for about 45 minutes, before crows drove it away. I was able to get some pictures of this uncommon species (see below). By the way, I still have a leucistic female cardinal coming to the feeder. It has a white patch on each side of the head.

Murray Palmer, Wildlark Drive

Long-eared Owl being harrassed by a crow - Murray Palmer

Long-eared Owl being harrassed by a crow – Murray Palmer

Close-up of Long-eared Owl - Jan. 3, 2015 - Wildlark Drive, PTBO - Murray Palmer

Close-up of Long-eared Owl – Jan. 3, 2015 – Wildlark Drive, PTBO – Murray Palmer

Leucistic NOCA - Murray Palmer

Leucistic NOCA – Murray Palmer

Dec 242015
 

A Snowy Owl was observed for over 30 minutes on Dec 15th in the corn field behind Jim Glenn’s main depot in Keene.

Michael Gillespie

Snowy Owl - Tim Corner - Dec. 31, 2014

Snowy Owl – Tim Corner – Dec. 31, 2014

Feb 252015
 

This little fellow, an Eastern Screech-owl, perched on our suet chunk between 4:30 and 5:30 yesterday afternoon (Feb. 24). We thought maybe he just wanted to get out of the wind as we didn’t see him pecking at the suet, unless he was attracted by the many small birds in the vicinity. It seems unusual for a screech owl to be out in the daytime although the light was beginning to fade… note the dark bill.

Michael Gillespie, Keene

Eastern Screech-owl - Feb. 24, 2015 - Michael Gillespie

Eastern Screech-owl – Feb. 24, 2015 – Michael Gillespie

Feb 242015
 

Last night I turned on the deck light and was just about to go out to fill the heated birdbath when just 6 feet away from me, I spotted an Eastern Screech-owl on the lowest branch of the spruce that grows beside the deck. It was up against the trunk of the tree looking down at the deck. I will often scatter seed there when the platform feeders are apt to be covered in snow. That area stays clear because of the spruce. There may have been something of interest to the owl under the deck eating seed. It dropped down and out of sight.
Sue Paradisis, Tudor Crescent

Eastern Screech-owl - Carl & Rose Mary Silvestri

Eastern Screech-owl – Carl & Rose Mary Silvestri

Eastern Screech-owl  Toronto - Tanya Payne – Nykolation

Eastern Screech-owl Toronto – Tanya Payne – Nykolation

Feb 192015
 

Yesterday, I was standing in the middle of a road, 15 ft away from this Barred Owl. He was just watching me and listening to some overhead crows. I stood there for over 15 minutes. He was practically tame!

Michael Gillespie, Keene

Barred Owl - Michael Gillespie

Barred Owl – Michael Gillespie

Feb 152015
 

My friend, Carl, and I were coming back from the Wolf Centre in Haliburton today and decided to travel down County Road 36, south of Bobcaygen, as we have come across a Snowy Owl along there before. Today we were extra lucky, as we happened to see both a Barred Owl and a Snowy!

Tim Corner

Barred Owl - Tim Corner - Feb. 14, 2014

Barred Owl – Tim Corner – Feb. 14, 2014

Snowy Owl - Tim Corner - Feb. 14, 2015

Snowy Owl – Tim Corner – Feb. 14, 2015

Feb 122015
 

This beautiful Barred Owl visited my backyard Wednesday morning (Feb. 11)  just after 7:00 and stayed until just before 9:00. A chickadee tried to get rid of him but it was the squirrels that managed to chase him off.
Sue Paradisis, Tudor Crescent

I had a Barred Owl near the dining hall at Camp Kawartha today.  Jacob Rodenburg, Camp Director

Barred Owl - Sue Paradisis - Feb. 11, 2015 - Tudor Cr.

Barred Owl – Sue Paradisis – Feb. 11, 2015 – Tudor Cr.

Feb 082015
 
Barred Owl Feb. 8, 2015 - Television Road - Brenda Ibey

Barred Owl Feb. 8, 2015 – Television Road – Brenda Ibey

On Saturday, Feb. 7, we had a Barred Owl in our yard. It was eating something it had caught.  Brenda McIsacc, Baltic Drive

On Feb. 7,  I saw a Barred Owl on Ackison Drive, near where the solar panels are at Lily Lake Road. I was my way to work and, of course, no camera except my phone!  Jeff Keller, Bridgenorth

Today, Feb. 8, I had a gorgeous Barred Owl visiting my yard. Interested in the other birds. Not me!     Brenda Ibey, Television Road

Note: Two other local people, Patty Macdonald and Joan Reilly Major also reported seeing owls near their homes this weekend. Appear to have been Barreds. D.M.

Northern Barred Owl - Tim Dyson - NBR 051214 -2

Northern Barred Owl – Tim Dyson – NBR 051214 -2

Jan 282015
 

Yesterday, (January 27th), during a forty minute walk between Belmont Lake and Round Lake north of Havelock, I enjoyed a nice bit of eagling, (if that is indeed a word). First, along came a lovely 4th winter Bald Eagle at only about 150 m  above the ground. She flew right overhead, and headed north and out of my sight. A little while later, two perched ravens drew my attention to a fairly high 2nd winter Bald Eagle as it soared higher and higher, as the curious ravens stared at the ascending eagle. Not long after that, I was back home and sipping a coffee on the front porch when I spotted another eagle to the west. This bird, too, seemed quite high, and appeared  not to be soaring, but instead, looked to be “hanging” suspended by the stiff north breeze. Binoculars were only useful enough to be able to tell that it was a Golden Eagle, but it was not until I got the scope on it, that I could see that it was in fact an adult bird. It even hovered a couple of times, (not unlike a kestrel or Rough-legged Hawk often does). I have seen Goldens do this before, but not very often. It appeared to be actively hunting though, and remained in my sight for more than twenty minutes. It was doing what I refer to as a “staircase stoop”, in which with partly closed wings, the bird drops maybe fifty meters, then levels off again, then drops again, and then levels off once more. Too far away for photos, but plenty of fun to watch regardless. Despite another nice day today, a similar walk did not produce any eagles.

Tim Dyson, Cordova Lake

Bald Eagle - 4th winter - 27-01-15 - Tim Dyson

Bald Eagle – 4th winter – 27-01-15 – Tim Dyson

Adult Golden Eagle photographed at Petroglyph Provincial Park (Tim Dyson)

Adult Golden Eagle photographed at Petroglyph Provincial Park (Tim Dyson)

Jan 242015
 

On Jan. 20th, I had my fourth Golden Eagle sighting this month. This one was a nice 2nd or 3rd year sub-adult. That makes at least three different ones in the past twenty days – one sub-adult, and two different 1st winter birds. The other first ear bird, I could not see well enough to determine if it was or was not one of the other two which were very different in amounts of white in the flight feathers.

Tim Dyson, Cordova Lake

Golden Eagle (3rd winter bird) Tim Dyson

Golden Eagle (3rd winter bird) Tim Dyson

Jan 182015
 

A Barred Owl  hung out at the MNR at George and Charlotte streets  this afternoon ( 17 Jan 15). It was right outside the front entrance to the building!

Ernie Basciano, Carl Welbourn and Tim Corner

BAOW - MNR BLDG - Jan. 17, 2015 - Ernie Basciano

BAOW – MNR BLDG – Jan. 17, 2015 – Ernie Basciano

BAOW - MNR BLDG - Jan. 17, 2015 -  Carl Welbourn

BAOW – MNR BLDG – Jan. 17, 2015 – Carl Welbourn

BAOW - MNR BLDG - Jan. 17, 2015 - Tim Corner

BAOW – MNR BLDG – Jan. 17, 2015 – Tim Corner

Jan 152015
 

Gadwall (Anas strepera) (1)
– Reported Jan 14, 2015 08:40 by Walter Wehtje

Snowy Owl - Lindsay - Dec. 20, 2014 - Tim Corner

Snowy Owl – Lindsay – Dec. 20, 2014 – Tim Corner

– Peterborough–Monaghan boat ramp, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Continuing bird, male, on ice with mallards”

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) (1)
– Reported Jan 14, 2015 17:20 by Daniel Williams
– Peterborough–Little Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Appears to be same individual noted 2 days ago. Dark back, either female or young owl. On North side of lake waddling across the ice towards a stoop, looking fluffed up. While watching the owl, a Peregrine Falcon began dive-bombing the owl, with the owl flipping its talons into the air for at least one of the dives. Drove to the North side of lake to get photos, but by the time I got there both birds were gone.”

 

Gadwall - a rare duck in winter in the Kawarthas - Wikimedia

Gadwall – a rare duck in winter in the Kawarthas – Wikimedia

Jan 032015
 

Although I saw two Barred Owls (one continuing, plus a new bird) on the Petroglyphs Christmas Bird Count, I have been through the “owl city” between Havelock and Stoney Lake several times since, and have only seen one, (Cty Rd 46 & Keating Road) a few days ago. I wonder if with the increasing moon, they are coming out a little later than what has been “the magic hour” between 4:00 and 5:00pm of recent weeks.

Driving back home this afternoon, (Jan. 3rd), I left County Road 44, and headed east across Church Road towards Cty Rd 46, north of Havelock. About 2/3 of the way to #46, I saw an eagle, not high, not low, heading s/w. Flapping and gliding as it went, I couldn’t help but think that I had never before seen an eagle so close, look more like a Turkey Vulture – pronounced dihedral, and very small head/neck. And so, I pulled off the road as it went along its way south of me, and I had a quick look with binoculars. Yup, a lovely 1st winter Golden Eagle. Looked to be a different bird than the one I saw more than 5 kms north of there soaring with an adult Bald on the 12th of December. The bird today showed a good amount of white through all of the primaries and secondaries, (where the earlier bird seemed to show white only at the bases of the primaries).
This would be my first eagle of 2015 – what a nice way to start with a Golden!!

Tim Dyson, Cordova Lake

Juvenile Golden Eagle - USFWS

Juvenile Golden Eagle – USFWS

Jan 032015
 

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (1)
– Reported Dec 28, 2014 13:00 by Susan Paradisis
– Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “was quietly rousting in tree while downy woodpecker flitted from branch to branch noisily giving alarm call”

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (1)
– Reported Jan 01, 2015 16:00 by April Anderson
– Quackenbush Provincial Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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Gray Jay (Northern) (Perisoreus canadensis [canadensis Group]) (2)
– Reported Jan 02, 2015 14:15 by Martyn Obbard
– Apsley–Jack Lake Road Bog, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “continuing birds; 1 bird observed Dec 27 during Petroglyphs CBC; 2 seen Dec 30 by Scott Gibson. Played various playback tracks from Sibley app for 3 mins, then switched to BDOW track which attracted HAWO; then back to Grey Jay tracks; birds flew in from west responding to “typical harsh calls” track.

Barred Owl - Jeff Keller 12 01 14

Barred Owl – Jeff Keller 12 01 14

Gray Jay -Tom Northey Algonquin Park - March 2014

Gray Jay -Tom Northey Algonquin Park – March 2014

Jan 022015
 

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) (1)
– Reported Jan 01, 2015 15:10 by Scott Gibson
– Peterborough–Little Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Immature sitting on Metal box in middle of lake. Have pic.
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Snowy Owl - Tim Corner - Dec. 31, 2014

Snowy Owl – Tim Corner – Dec. 31, 2014

 

Dec 312014
 

I went shooting photos today with my friends, Carl and Dave, in search of a Snowy Owl. First we checked at County Rd. 19 but had no luck. We then took Hwy 7 west to Lindsay, as Carl saw owls along that route yesterday while out for a drive with his wife and, go figure, he didn’t have his camera. We had no luck along that route and tried around Lindsay airport where Carl and I saw one on Dec.20th and again we had no luck. We decided to try along Hwy 36 and finally we hit pay dirt as there was one on the wires just south of Snug Harbour Road, north of Lindsay. I have added a picture of the owl.

Snowy Owl - Tim Corner - Dec. 31, 2014

Snowy Owl – Tim Corner – Dec. 31, 2014

Tim Corner

Dec 312014
 

The Petroglyph’s Christmas Bird Count, centered on Petroglyph’s Provincial Park, was held on Saturday, December 27, 2014.  Twenty-seven birders took part. 2717 individual birds were counted.

Number of species: 38 (Just two shy of the record high of 40.)

Species recorded in a record high number: Red-tailed Hawk (10 vs previous high of 8), Herring Gull (8 vs 5), Great Horned Owl (3 vs 1), Barred Owl (11 vs 7), White-breasted Nuthatch (233 vs 119)

New species for the Count: Eastern Screech Owl (2), Merlin (1)

First time since 2009 (previously annual): Gray Jay (2)

Also of note:  1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (2cd time on Count),  5 Bald Eagles (average), 48 Downy Woodpecker (considerably higher than average), 456 Blue Jays (high), 43 Red-breasted Nuthatches (very low), 1 Winter Wren (only 4th time on Count), 106 Golden-crowned Kinglets (close to previous high of 120), 48 American Goldfinch (very low)

Colin Jones, co-ordinator

Merlin (Karl Egressy)

Merlin (Karl Egressy)

Gray Jay -Tom Northey Algonquin Park - March 2014

Gray Jay -Tom Northey Algonquin Park – March 2014

Dec 242014
 

My friend Carl and I were out on Saturday, December 20th in search of a Snowy Owl as we had learned there was one sighted near the Lindsay airport. On the way there we spotted a Coyote in a field across the road from the Pickseed Plant just outside of Lindsay. When we got to the airport we were surprised to see the Snowy Owl on a hydro pole very close to the road. When we got out of the car and approached he seemed not to care much and we were able to get pretty close. Attached are a couple of photos.

Tim Corner

Eastern Coyote - Tim Corner

Eastern Coyote – Lindsay – Dec. 20, 2014 – Tim Corner

 

Snowy Owl - Lindsay - Dec. 20, 2014 - Tim Corner

Snowy Owl – Lindsay – Dec. 20, 2014 – Tim Corner