Jun 102019

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Jul 01, 2019 04:39 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Chase Memorial Park, Gannons Narrows, Ontario

Eastern Screech owl – red phase – 9th Line of Selwyn Twsp – March 11, 2017 – Kathy McCue

Red-headed Woodpecker – May 28, 2017 – Buckhorn Lake -Nima Taghaboni









Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (2)
– Reported Jun 27, 2019 11:00 by Dave Milsom
– Peterborough–Trent University Canal Nature Area, Peterborough, Ontario
– Media: 3 Photos
– Comments: “2 birds seen well. Nest detected in slim dead tree.”

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) (2)
– Reported Jun 27, 2019 14:35 by Brian Wales
– Dummer Alvar, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57753148

Greg Piasetzki – Upland Sandpiper

Cliff Swallow building nest – Wikimedia








Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (35)
– Reported Jun 27, 2019 11:00 by Brian Wales
– Peterborough–Trent University Canal Nature Area, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57753081
– Media: 2 Photos
– Comments: “approximately 80 nests under footbridge over canal”

Canada Tiger Swallowtail:  I got this shot on Sunday, June 23, on Lower Buckhorn Lake. Robin Blake

Canada Tiger Swallowtail – Robin Blake

Red-headed Woodpecker on River Road, near Hastings – Don Pettypiece









Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (1)
– Reported Jun 23, 2019 11:00 by Chris Risley
– Peterborough–Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “red head, black back and wings, white primaries; seen 70 m N of old boardwalk SE from Blue trail; observed sallying from dead trees”

Blue-winged Warbler and Clay-coloured Sparrow
– Reported Jun 19, 2019 05:15 by Geoff Carpentier
– 1232 Peterborough County Road 10, Fraserville, Ontario, CA (44.181, -78.461), Peterborough, Ontario

Blue-winged Warbler – Wikimedia

Clay-colored Sparrow – Wikimedia








Common Merganser family parade:  As I was working on my dock at the top of Lake Muskoka a couple of days ago, I heard a ruckus, ran up to the cottage for my camera, and managed to get a couple of shots of a mom and her babes out for a paddle.  When one on her back dropped off, another would climb on. All the while she merrily paddled along. Greg Piasetzki, Lake Muskoka

Note: Female Common Mergansers are famous for adopting abandoned or lost ducklings from another female merganser’s brood. They will also lay some of their own eggs in another female’s nest -sometimes even that of a different duck species. Check out this article. D.M.

Female Common Merganser with 12 ducklings – June 17, 2019 – Muskoka – Greg Piasetzki

Female Common Merganser with ducklings on her back – June 17, 2019 – Muskoka – Greg Piasetzki









Great Blue Herons nesting: The heronry on Deer Bay Reach (Lower Buckhorn) now has about ten nests, all in use high in the pines. They’re on the secluded side of Three Islands, accessible by canoe or kayak once you get to that part of the lake. Ospreys used to nest here. Now one occupies a nest atop a lone dead pine at the west end of Three Islands facing Buckhorn. Three Bald Eagles (one adult, two juveniles) have been seen at their old nest at the northeast end of Black Duck Bay, toward the dams into Lovesick.  Janet Duval

Great Blue Heron nest at Trent Wildlife Sanctuary -June 28, 2016 – Tim Corner









Robins nesting: I thought you might like to see our new neighbors. Clever place to put their nest, which is safe between the two downspouts. They christened our new fencing too! Clever critters they are.
We have a great influx of tent caterpillars, so that is helping things along. Gord Young, Peterborough

American Robin nest – June 18, 2019 – Gord Young






Polyphemus Moth: Late last summer I almost stepped on this big green caterpillar on my front walk. It carried on its way and I thought that was the end of it. On June 12 I came home to see a freshly emerged Polyphemus Moth hanging by my garage door. The caterpillar I saw was actually a Polyphemus caterpillar, probably one and the same! Kim Mitchell, Maple Dr., Ennismore 

Polyphemus caterpillar – Kim Mitchell

Polyphemus adult – Kim Mitchell








Peregrine Falcon nest: John and I canoed to the cliff on Anstruther Lake yesterday. An adult Peregrine flew off the nest to a branch of a pine tree, and we could see, very clearly, two young ones sitting on the nest looking like fluffy ookpiks. They were already a fair size and quite active. The day before, standing on the dock, we heard falcons calling. We then saw two adults coming, and just as they were above our heads they joined their talons, while flying, and tumbled down a few feet. Then, one went in the direction of the nest and the other went back were it came from. We were lucky us to be able to witness this! Marie Duchesneau

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (1)
– Reported Jun 16, 2019 09:05 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Deer Bay Reach Road, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.5740226,-78.2863426&ll=44.5740226,-78.2863426
– Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57419901
– Comments: “Singing spontaneously around 100 m E of utility pole AET27J (3232/4777) by old bench S of #155 at 09:28 h, then on W edge of road singing from large red oak just S of 50 kph sign.”

Cerulean Warbler (Karl Egressy)








Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) (1)
– Reported Jun 12, 2019 15:00 by Luke Berg
– Peterborough–Mervin Line, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “Known location. Regular at several locations in the county during the summer.”

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Karl Egressy








Sandhill Cranes: I had a pair of Sandhills fly over my house at 11:35 am on June 11. They were going north. Gavin Hunter, Omemee 

Sandhill Cranes – Sept. 2018 – Lindsay area – Tim Corner








Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
– Reported Jun 09, 2019 16:10 by Dave Milsom
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57245041

Blue-winged Teal – Wikimedia

Greg Piasetzki – Upland Sandpiper








Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) (2)
– Reported Jun 09, 2019 07:05 by Dave Milsom
– Dummer Alvar, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57234017
– Comments: “flew across back of field, then one landed on fence post: 1.4 kms. north of railroad on County Road 38”

Mar 082017

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) (1) CONFIRMED
– Reported Mar 07, 2017 08:30 by Chris Risley
– 510 Gilmour Street, Peterborough, Ontario
– Media: 1 Photo
– Comments: “chickadees giving strange mobbing call and on inspection saw this saw-whet owl; raining”

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Mar 06, 2017 16:30 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Greyhound Bus Station, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “Flying over city to the NE on stiff wingbeats”

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Dave Heuft)

Jan 122017

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (1)
– Reported Jan 11, 2017 13:03 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Bear Creek Rd, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “10 feet from road in cedar swale after swamp.”

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Jan 11, 2017 10:00 by Matthew Garvin
– Peterborough–Millennium Park, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “Sitting on ice edge”

Barred Owl – Jeff Keller 12 01 14

Peregrine eating Rock Pigeon – Loree Stephens 2 – Jan. 13, 2015 – PRHC

Sep 222015

We have had the privilege of  observing the family of falcons on Anstruther Lake since May. Since the male and female took over the ravens’s nest on the cliff close to our cottage four years ago, I have been taking some notes of their activities throughout the summer. The first summer they just occupied the nest, the second and third summers they had two chicks. On June 15th of this year we saw one parent feeding meat to two very loud and excited chicks while the other parent watched from a nearby white pine. On June 22nd, a close-up picture of the nest revealed three chicks, not two.  On July 10th, we could hear a group of ravens over the nest, so we boated to the cliff. The ravens had left but two young falcons had fledged and where standing on top of the cliff. The next day all three were gone from the nest. Since then we have observed them practicing their flight, from short trips around the nest, to longer flights to the next cliff with or without a parent. They seem to prefer that cliff and its constant up drafts now, and give us great shows from our dock. They dive at and chase one another, and even retrieve in mid-air objects (food?) dropped by another (parent?).

On the morning of July 28th, we saw all three juveniles with one parent perched in a tight group, high in a tall red pine. We will keep you posted on this great falcon adventure. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Marie Duchesneau
John Fautley

Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

Peregrine Falcon (Wikimedia photo)

Peregrine Falcon (Wikimedia photo)

Jul 262014

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Jul 24, 2014 17:55 by Iain Rayner
– Water St. Victoria Park, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.3076967,-78.3185613&ll=44.3076967,-78.3185613
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19210780
– Comments: “Seen circling over Victoria Park. Haven’t seen one here for quite a few months. Much much bigger then Merlin which are in the area and behaving differently (ie without the frantic wing beats and darting flight) Must admit it wasn’t the best looks but this was

Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

definitely a Peregrine. Could not make out the Helmet but the underside including the tail had a much lighter and finer appearance than a Merlin.”