Oct 122017
 

October 10: I had my first two Dark-eyed Juncos today. Sue Paradisis, Peterborough

Dark-eyed Junco by Marcel Boulay

October 9: Today there was a Peregrine at the Buckhorn Lock. I was travelling south when it flew over the bridge at handrail height and landed in a tree about ten feet away from the east (lower Buckhorn) side of the bridge. Have other people seen that one or do you think it was passing through?  David Beaucage Johnson, Curve Lake

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

October 6: I have been hearing this annoying screeching coming from my maple tree out front in the evening for the past few weeks. It started during a hot weather spell in mid-September, and hasn’t stopped since. It starts soon after the sun sets and lasts all night, until the break of dawn. I thought at first it was some kind of bird, but after doing some research, I found that it is, in fact, an insect: a Common True Katydid. Hard to believe a bug can make such a loud, annoying noise, but apparently katydids do. The odd thing is that we live much farther north than what I thought was the katydid’s usual range…we live on the outskirts of Ottawa, about 40km to the East. In any event, I have attached a sound clip I took this evening (be sure to turn up the volume, I didn’t have the record volume at maximum when I recorded the clip). Although it’s annoying, I feel a little sad for the poor thing. I do believe he may be calling for a mate, but I doubt he’ll find one this far from home. Lynne Laviolette-Snyder, Embrun, ON (near Ottawa)

Common True Katydid (Wikimedia)

October 8: I spotted a Blue-spotted Salamander on a piece of armour stone at the waters edge on the upper portion of Buckhorn Lake last night. The worm on the hook was not me trying to catch the salamander; it was for reference.  We were catching crayfish.  I saw the salamander at 10 pm last night. It was approximately 9″ in length with blue spots all over its body but mainly on the tail, feet and lower portion of body.  Shawn Filteau

Blue-spotted Salamander – Shawn Filteau

 

 

Aug 292017
 

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Aug 27, 2017 14:28 by E. Straka
– Otonabee Gravel Pit Conservation Area, Peterborough, Ontario
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Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) (1)
– Reported Aug 27, 2017 14:28 by E. Straka
– Otonabee Gravel Pit Conservation Area, Peterborough, Ontario
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Peregrine – Karl Egressy

Olive-sided Flycatcher – Wikimedia

Aug 152017
 

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Aug 14, 2017 14:14 by Dan Chronowic
– Lansdowne St. and The Parkway – Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Hunting Rock Pigeons above the Spaghetti Factory. Caught a Rock Pigeon and landed on the top of the truck garage adjacent to the Spaghetti Factory.”

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

Jan 132017
 

I saw a Peregrine Falcon in Peterborough on January 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm. It alighted on the top of a telephone pole at the corner of Downie and Murray Streets. At first I thought it was a Merlin from the shape of the wings; I have seen a number of Merlins in recent years in this area. However, as I got closer, I realized it was noticeably larger.

Mark Rogers

A Peregrine photographed on the clock tower in 2009 (Rick Stankiewicz)

Dec 232016
 

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) (1)
– Reported Dec 18, 2016 04:00 by Iain Rayner
– PTBO – CBC Area 3 (Wedge from river to cty rd 4), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Responded to whinnying playback. In area near Water St N. Tim Hortons.”

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) (1)
– Reported Dec 18, 2016 04:00 by Iain Rayner
– PTBO – CBC Area 3 (Wedge from river to cty rd 4), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Calling at University Rd Wetland 4:10am”

Barred Owl (Strix varia) (1)
– Reported Dec 22, 2016 10:10 by Kyle Cameron
– CA-Ontario- KLT Blue Trail, Peterborough, Ontario
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Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Dec 22, 2016 08:45 by Iain Rayner
– PTBO – Robinson Place, Charlotte St. at George St., Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Adult flew up onto the building”

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

Peregrine eating Rock Pigeon – Loree Stephens  – Jan. 13, 2015 – Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Barred Owl - Karl Egressy

Barred Owl – Karl Egressy

Great Horned Owl - Fleming Campus in Peterborough - Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl – Fleming Campus in Peterborough – Drew Monkman

Eastern Screech-owl - Beaches area of Toronto - via Jamie Brockley

Eastern Screech-owl – Beaches area of Toronto – via Jamie Brockley

Nov 202016
 

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) (1)
– Reported Nov 15, 2016 21:00 by Jeff Stewart
– 621 Carveth Drive, Millbrook, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32578096
– Comments: “heard hooting near house by Annie”

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Nov 16, 2016 12:00 by Basil Conlin
– Peterborough–Rotary Park & Walkway, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32585899
– Comments: “watching ducks closely from a snag over the river”

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Nov 16, 2016 08:30 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Greyhound Bus Station, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32577711
– Comments: “Flying NW across downtown, large falcon, direct flight, stiff powerful wingbeats”

Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

Great Horned Owl - Fleming Campus in Peterborough - Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl – Fleming Campus in Peterborough – Drew Monkman

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

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

Oct 282016
 

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Oct 27, 2016 13:40 by Chris Risley
– Downtown, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.3033988,-78.3186717&ll=44.3033988,-78.3186717
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32255249
– Comments: “large raptor, sideburns visible; perched on provincial logo on west side of provincial government building at 300 Water St.”

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Oct 27, 2016 13:53 by Colin Jones
– Peterborough–Robinson Place, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.3032345,-78.31786&ll=44.3032345,-78.31786
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32255338
– Comments: “Sitting on Ontario logo on W side of building”

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Oct 27, 2016 13:45 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Peterborough–Robinson Place, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.3032345,-78.31786&ll=44.3032345,-78.31786
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32256105
– Comments: “adult (probable female by size) perched atop Ontario insignia on W face of N tower; hunched and facing building in mix of sleet and snow. Alerted to presence by Chris Risley”

 

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

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

Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Jan 212016
 

Peregrine Falcon (North American) (Falco peregrinus anatum) (1)
– Reported Jan 20, 2016 13:03 by Luke Berg
– Luke’s Yard, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Adult seen at 2:25 pm. Gave amazing views as it flew up George Street (great views from my attic window) and then returned a couple minutes later and began dive bombing the Pigeons over George Street!

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

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

Jan 162016
 

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Jan 15, 2016 09:25 by Donald Sutherland
– Peterborough–Charlotte Towers, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “perched on communications tower atop 245 Charlotte St (Charlotte Towers) as viewed from the roof of the King Street Parking garage.”

Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

Jan 142016
 

On January 13, 2015, my daughter and I watched a Peregrine Falcon eat a Rock Pigeon it had killed. The falcon was in the courtyard of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. We were able to take a picture.

Mike Pineau

Note: Here are two other Peregrine sightings in Peterborough from earlier in the week:

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Jan 11, 2016 11:00 by Basil Conlin
– Peterborough–Little Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Dive bombing the herring gulls sitting on the edge of the ice, seen from Beavermeade”

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Jan 12, 2016 07:43 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Water St., Peterborough, Ontario
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Peregrine eating Rock Pigeon - Loree Stephens 2 - Jan. 13, 2015 - PRHC

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

– Comments: “Flying across Water St. between Brock and Hunter”

Peregrine - by Stephanie Pineau - Jan. 13, 2015 - PRHC

Peregrine – by Stephanie Pineau – Jan. 13, 2015 – PRHC

Nov 152014
 

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Nov 14, 2014 13:20 by Michael Oldham
– Peterborough–Robinson Place, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “continuing adult, perched on SE corner of S tower, spotted by M.J. Oldham. Bird departed but had returned to same perch by 1430 h when observed walking W along edge of roof of S tower.”

A Peregrine photographed on the clock tower in 2009 (Rick Stankiewicz)

A Peregrine photographed on the clock tower in Peterborough in 2009 (Rick Stankiewicz)

Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

Nov 072014
 

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Nov 06, 2014 10:40 by Chris Risley
– Downtown – MNR Building, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “sitting on Northwest corner of MNR building”

Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Peregrine (Karl Egressy)

Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) (1)
– Reported Nov 02, 2014 15:15 by Peterborough County Birds Database
– Peterborough–Clonsilla Ave at Ford St, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “flyover, adult, in flight from W to E over Clonsilla Ave.”

Northern Shrike (by Susan Sayer)

Northern Shrike (Susan Sayer)

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (12)
– Reported Nov 05, 2014 07:14 by Peterborough County Birds Database
– Peterborough–Trent Rotary Rail Trail, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “flyovers, in single flock”

Snow Bunting  (from Crossley ID Guide)

Snow Buntings (from Crossley ID Guide)

 

Oct 202014
 

After we closed our Apsley-area cottage on Saturday (October 18), we took the boat and went by the cliff where the Peregrine Falcons nested this summer. We were surprised to see one of the adults flying above us. I guess this individual is planning on staying longer than us at the lake this fall!

Marie Duchesneau

Peregrine - Karl Egressy

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

Sep 132014
 

With the thoughts of seeing a good flight of migrating raptors tomorrow soaring through my mind, I sat out on the porch with my second coffee of the day, (Friday September 5th). It was 11:45 am, and the humid air was cooled some by strong breezes, so a nice balance of late summer heat with good airflow. I suddenly heard the familiar “klinking call” of at least one or two upset starlings. As I raised my eyes to spot the offending raptor, I was somewhat surprized not to see a Cooper`s or Sharp-shinned Hawk, but instead a Peregrine passing just out in front of me in very fast level flight, speed being maintained by quite stiff and shallow strokes of the wings.

Flying directly away from me – it must have just passed straight over the porch where I sat – I looked on ahead of the falcon in time to see three or four pigeons on my neighbour`s barn roof peak. I was surprized at how close, (appeared to be ten meters or less), that the falcon actually got to the closest pigeon before they, and nearly 30 previously un-seen others, took to the air and immediatly balled up. During the second swipe of “the ball” of pigeons, the falcon managed to pry one bird from the tight group, and the chase was now one of focus and determination. The distance between the two was kept to about 20 meters, but interestingly, (and somewhat typical), the falcon closed the distance to about only two or three meters once the pigeon began to climb.

Just as one would expect to see the pigeon ripped and transformed into a descending comet of feathers, it twisted, dropped sharply, and managed to wind up flying back the other way. (The kind of move that would have torn the wings clear off of a WWI bi-plane!!) My hat is off to this skilled pigeon. It often winds up going the other way, once the falcon closes the gap that much, and that quickly. The defeated, (though now wiser), falcon left the area after the “flying lesson” given by the pigeon, and headed out over the trees and eastward towards where it must have come from only half a minute before. The Peregrine was a HY (hatch year, or immature) bird. I`m guessing that the pigeon may have been somewhat older based on the impressive way it “handled” the situation. Either that, or it took one very risky chance, one that for now at least, has payed off.

Next day, (the 6th), I had got up a little later than I had hoped to, having stayed up half the previous night enjoying the storm.
I took a chair out into the field to spend some time hawk watching, as migration was now on and we had just had a sharp cold front which would enhance conditions for raptor migration. No sooner had I sat down, and along came a Sharp-shinned Hawk which pulled up to land in a large, isolated ash tree in the field. It sat for about 20 minutes preening and looking around the surrounding countryside. I had plenty of time to watch it closely and determine that it was a second year (sub-adult) female with her pale orange eyes and fairly dull, yet nearly complete adult plumage. It was easy too, to see that she was on the larger end of the Sharp-shinned scale, especially when she flew. I stayed in the field for only 90 minutes before I had to get on with daily chores, but before I left, I had counted 14 monarchs. Most were flying overhead from 10 to 20 meters up, but a few were low, and visiting New England Asters and goldenrods. The only other “raptor” I saw was a turkey vulture as I walked through the field back home.

So, off to the store and the local dump I went. Though they were in pockets, thicker in some places and absent in others, I ended up counting a day total of 48 monarchs, (16 more than I saw during all of 2013!) While out driving, the best spots seemed to be anywhere where there were lots of goldenrods and other yellow flowers, New England Asters, and damp sandy spots with puddles left over from the rain the night before – I saw 11 at my local dump alone, and all were hanging around damp sand there.

Well, my predicted “big hawk flight day” was somewhat of a bust, but for monarchs, I will not complain. I saw another 8 on Sunday, and 8 again on Monday, but have not seen another since then, (and it is now Thursday morning.) And so, at this time, my 2014 monarch total stands at 148.

Tim Dyson

two Monarchs on Helianthus giganteus - Tim Dyson

two Monarchs on Helianthus giganteus – Tim Dyson

Jun 192014
 

Today, I saw and photographed two young Peregrines in a nest on a lakeside cliff in  North Kawartha Township. I did not see either of the adults, since they must have been away hunting for food.  Last year, the Peregrines nested in the same location and raised two young. This marked the first recorded successful Peregrine nesting in Peterborough County that I’m aware of.  The young left the nest the first week of July. In 2012, the birds attempted to nest but were unsuccessful. The cliff was historically used by ravens for nesting. The recovery of the Peregrine from the brink of extirpation in Ontario has been nothing short of remarkable.

Drew Monkman

Peregrines in North Kawartha Township nest - July 19, 2014 - Drew Monkman

Peregrines in North Kawartha Township nest – July 19, 2014 – Drew Monkman