Dec 032017

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Dec 09, 2017 12:01 by Ben Taylor
– Charlotte and Rubidge, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist:
– Comments: “Seen flying east along Charlotte Street. Stocky bird with steady, powerful wingbeats.”

Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis) (1)
– Reported Dec 09, 2017 08:48 by Matthew Tobey
– Otonabee River b/w Peterborough and Lakefield, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “Hunting on far shore north of lock 24.”

Northern Shrike – Tom Northey

(Bubo scandiacus) (1)
– Reported Dec 09, 2017 10:20 by Ian Sturdee
– Cordova Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “On rock island in middle of lake. Probable young female female- heavily patterned. ”

Snowy Owl – Wendy Leszkowicz

Snowy Owl: I photographed this Snowy Owl on December 4 near Colborne. The bird was just south of the 401 on County Road 25, just past Purdy Corners.  Jeff Keller

Snowy Owl – Colborne – Dec. 4, 2017 – Jeff Keller


Northern Goshawk (American) (Accipiter gentilis atricapillus/laingi) (1)
– Reported Dec 06, 2017 11:10 by Luke Berg
– Lansdowne St W at The Parkway, Peterborough CA-ON , Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “First winter bird flying south over Lansdowne, briefly pursuing a flock of pigeons. ”

Northern Goshawk – Wikimedia

Red-bellied Woodpecker:  This red-bellied has been visiting my office window feeder at Camp Kawartha on Clear Lake. Jacob Rodenburg

Red-bellied Woodpecker at Camp Kawartha – December 4, 2017 – Jacob Rodenburg

Snowy Owl:  We sighted and photographed this Snowy Owl this morning, Dec. 3 at 8:30 AM on Clear Lake.  John McGregor

Nov 142017

I sent you a note about this time last year about a small flock of Sandhill Cranes passing over Lakefield. Well, this year they have been joined by some friends. At about 2:30 this afternoon, November 17, about 4 flocks of the size of the group in the picture passed over Lakefield, some calling with the deep rolling kr-r-r-oo as described in an old Peterson guide book. One big flock circled about for awhile south of us – probably up over the Lakefield quarry – until it reformed into two or three smaller flocks and then they followed a couple of groups that passed about 10 minutes earlier and seemed to be heading west to northwest. There were probably over 200 birds in total…. a wonderful sight.  Bill Buddle

Sandhill Cranes – November 17, 2017 – Lakefield – Bill Buddle


Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) (1)
– Reported Nov 14, 2017 09:58 by Travis Cameron
– Lakefield (General), Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “Flying west over County Road 29 ~250m south of Maples Corners.”

An immature Snowy Owl in flight – probably a female (Karl Egressy)


We are witnessing scores of Mourning Doves this fall here near Bailieboro, ON. We’re in the country, so we’re used to these birds, but this is unbelievable. They are in at least two flocks. I counted 30 in one. And they eat berries; just ask my car. L. Harries

Mourning Dove – Karl Egressy


Here’s a picture of three Trumpeter Swans (two adults and one juvenile) that I photographed on Upper Buckhorn Lake on Nov. 12, 2017.  Derry Fairweather

Trumpeter Swans – November 12, 2017 – Buckhorn Lake – Derry Fairweather


I had a Yellow-rumped Warbler at my feeder yesterday, November 12. Hopefully , the seeds will sustain/attract it until December 1st for the official winter bird list! So far, the resident Red-bellied Woodpecker has ignored the suet and chooses the feeder seeds every time. It is certainly a different behaviour for a woodpecker. Michael Gillespie, Keene

Yellow-rumped Warbler at feeder – Nov. 28, 2014 Franmor Dr. Ptbo – Sue Prentice


I found this lovely Witch Hazel blooming in a wild area of Ecology Park today, November 12. It could so easily be overlooked! I read that they bloom at this time of year in order to take advantage of the lack of competition for the few flies and moths that are still active. We did see both that day.   Sue Paradisis

Witch Hazel 2 – Ecology Park – Nov. 13, 2017 – Sue Paradisis



Witch Hazel – Ecology Park – Nov. 13, 2017 – Sue Paradisis




Feb 102017

I was at Lynde Creek, Whitby, on February 8 and came across this male Red-bellied Woodpecker. Is it true that this species is uncommon in the Kawarthas?

Brian Crangle

Note:  The Red-bellied is not a common woodpecker but its numbers are increasing each year. It now breeds in the Kawarthas south of the Shield and turns up regularly at a number of feeders, especially in wooded areas south of Peterborough. It is occasionally seen in the city, as well.  D.M.

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Lynde Creek, Whitby- Photo by Brian Crangle

Feb 042017

I had a male Red-bellied Woodpecker at my feeder on George street in Lakefield on February 2, 2017. It spent enough time on the feeder to identify and was confirmed by photo from David Wells. Great website!  John D’Andrea
For the past two days (Jan. 31, Feb. 1) our black sunflower feeder has been visited by a male Red-bellied Woodpecker. I’ve observed birds for a long time, but I have never seen one of these beautiful creatures. According to my Peterson Guide their range seems to be limited to south of the Great Lakes.We have quite a few Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers. They gorge themselves at the feeder and in the process throw seed all over the ground. In contrast, the Red-bellied grabs a couple of seeds and flies away to return a few minutes later – not unlike the behaviour of chickadees. We live on the 4th Line of Asphodel, 2 km north of highway #7.  Bill Hooper

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Nov. 30, 2013 (Robert Latham)

Jan 172017

Every year  my wife and I are eager to see flocks of Snow Buntings. This year, I saw a very large flock on January 14 in a field just east of the 3rd line of Asphodel and the south side of Centre Line, just east of Westwood They flew around the field for five minutes or so before settling down. I estimate there were more than 250. Each year we see them in the same area. They move about from field to field but always seem to be in the same area. We also have a Red-bellied Woodpecker coming to our feeder on the 6th line of Asphodel, west of Hastings.

Gene de st. Croix

Flock of Snow Buntings in a field

Snow Bunting in winter plumage (photo by Serena Formenti)

Jan 142017

Last week we saw this male Red-bellied Woodpecker at our feeder in Lakefield. He was eating sunflower seeds and feeding at the fat block. I couldn’t see the red belly, however. He was quite shy, so no real close-ups.

David Wells, Lakefield

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 – Lakefield – Jan. 2017 – David Wells

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Lakefield – Jan. 2017 – David Wells

Dec 192016

On December 10, a male Red-bellied Woodpecker arrived on our property and has been here ever since. It is feasting on black oil sunflower seeds at a windowsill feeder. We can view the bird from only a couple of feet away! It’s the first time we’ve ever seen one.

Neil Boughen, Warsaw

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Nov. 30, 2013 (Robert Latham)

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker – Nov. 30, 2013 (Robert Latham)

Jan 282016

I have a male Red-bellied Woodpecker coming regularly to my sunflower feeders. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen this species. It’s more yellow on the belly than red, which is confusing, given the name!  I also have at least three dozen American Goldfinches.

Sue Hill, Merino Road (off Wallis Drive)

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker (Wayne Stovell)

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker (Wayne Stovell)

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker - Tom Baker

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker – Tom Baker

Dec 022015

I believe these trail cam pics (one cropped) from Nov 23, 2015 at 9:39 am show  a Red-bellied Woodpecker (near the bottom). This is the only shot the camera caught of it. I have never seen a bird here before with an all-red top of the head. He returned on Nov. 24 and was once again with a Blue Jay. I have a suet feeder up at the house a few hundred feet away with Hairys, Downys and nuthatches there all the time, but the Red-bellied has yet to come over.

Kingsley Hubbs,
Gannons Narrows

Red-bellied Woodpecker -Kingsley Hubbs - Nov. 23, 2015 - Gannons Narrows

Red-bellied Woodpecker -Kingsley Hubbs – Nov. 23, 2015 – Gannons Narrows

Trail camera shot of Red-bellied Woodpecker (at bottom) Kingsley Hubbs, Nov. 23, 2015 - Gannons Narrows

Trail camera shot of Red-bellied Woodpecker (at bottom) Kingsley Hubbs, Nov. 23, 2015 – Gannons Narrows

Oct 272015

We have a Red-bellied Woodpecker at our feeder in west-end Peterborough this morning. It is coming to the mixed seed and sunflower seed feeders. We’ve never had one previously!

Robert Moos
Maple Crescent

(N.B.  Red-bellied Woodpeckers rarely turn up at city feeders. They are, however, becoming more common in the County, especially south and east of Peterborough. They are one of many southern species that are expanding their range northward.  D.M.)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) -  Jennifer MacKenzie Dec 31, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) – Jennifer MacKenzie Dec 31, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Wayne Stovell)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Wayne Stovell)

Jan 022015

As mentioned on Twitter, I had a visit from this Red-bellied Woodpecker at our peanut feeder. We are on Sandy Creek, where it meets the north end of Buckhorn Lake (near Lakehurst or Buckhorn, depending who you ask!).
It was just after 11 am on December 31st. She didn’t stay for long but fed for a few minutes, then headed off into the trees. I was happy to be able to get this shot through my kitchen window. We have resident Hairy, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers and frequent visits from Northern Flickers but this was my first time seeing a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Jennifer MacKenzie, Lakehurst

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) -  Jennifer MacKenzie Dec 31, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) – Jennifer MacKenzie Dec 31, 2014