Jan 192018

We have been getting a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers for the last 2 years. We also had a sighting of a Red-headed Woodpecker this past September (2017). I feed all year so we get a lot of different birds here. I also sighted a pair of Sandhill Cranes in September. We are just north of Millbrook on Fallis Line. Ab Parsons

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

Virginia Opossum in Ennismore – 2011










Virginia Opossums: We have 3 opossums living in our garage/hut –  a father, mother and baby. The male is a big white one; the female is grey and the baby is grey. The baby is about half the size of the mother. We live near Rice Lake on Wood Duck Drive on the north shore of Rice Lake. They are wandering around probably in the wooded area behind us which is owned by Southview Cottages. Sandy Kirkland

Virginia Opossum – Rice Lake – Jan. 2018 – Sandy Kirkwood








Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) (1)
– Reported Jan 10, 2018 10:30 by Ryan Hill
– Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “just off main road, a bit north of the gate”

Black-backed Woodpecker – Wikimedia



Red_Crossbill – male – Wikimedia









Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (3)
– Reported Jan 10, 2018 10:30 by Ryan Hill
– Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough, Ontario

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
– Reported Jan 10, 2018 14:48 by Toby Rowland
– Lakefield- Lakefield Marshland, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41807307
– Comments: “Continuing female WWSC from the report yesterday. Amongst mixed male and female COGO – will add photos ”

White-winged Scoter on Otonabee River – Tom Northey – Feb. 2, 2014

Male Red-breasted Merganser (Karl Egressy)









Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) (1)
– Reported Jan 09, 2018 15:33 by Chris Risley
– Peterborough–Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41804772
– Comments: “long bill, green head, shaggy back of head, brown breast band; swimming in open water opposite Beavermead Park”

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
– Reported Jan 10, 2018 15:30 by Ben Taylor
– feeder on County Rod 6, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “continuing bird at house at 3372 County Road Six. Actively feeding at feeder”

Sparrow-like female Rose-breasted Grosbeak – Cindy Bartoli

Male White-winged Crossbill – Wikimedia











White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) (4)
– Reported Jan 10, 2018 09:30 by Chris Risley
– Kawartha Nordic Ski Area, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “Heard and then saw flying over trees. Distinctive chips checked with recording online. Familiar with these chips”

On January 9, we had 15 American Robins at our house in Campbellford.  Donald Munro

American Robins feeding on Wild Grape – Beavermead Park – Feb. 7, 2016 – Helen & Larry Keller –










While having morning coffee, this Cooper’s Hawk swept down to the deck and caught a Mourning Dove having a drink at the heated bird bath. Took over an hour for her to finish her meal and leave.  Sue Paradisis 

Cooper’s Hawk eating Mourning Dove – January 2018 – Sue Paradisis













Red-winged Blackbird, male, spotted in the morning on January 12th, at my feeder on George Street in Lakefield. Don’t usually see these until March! John Dandrea

Red-winged Blackbirds – Dec. 23, 2017 – Fife Line _ Michael Gillespie

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker – Campbellford – January 2017 – Donald Munro











Red-bellied Woodpecker: (Observed Jan. 7, 2018) We live at the corner of Centre Road and County Rd 32, aka River Road. This is the first Red-bellied for us. Luba Klama

Aug 162017

I spotted a Great Egret in a pond on Fisher Drive in Peterborough on August 14. The pond is sort of tucked in behind the last factory on Fisher as you approach Brealey Drive.  Also the Red-headed Woodpecker still makes regular stops at our feeder throughout the day.

Marina Kosichek, Fraserville

Great Egret – Karl Egressy

Aug 072017

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (5)
– Reported Jul 31, 2017 10:00 by Rick Lauzon
– Bellmere Winds G.C., Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “very easy to see both adults and juveniles all around the golf course, looking from the parking lot, and up and down the road beside the course on the hydro poles. There are certainly more than 5 birds on this property. I reported these birds at the end of June as well, but the report was apparently never confirmed by the ebird reviewer.”

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (3)
– Reported Aug 01, 2017 10:32 by Drew Monkman
– Northey Bay, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “Two adults and one juvenile seen by Dennis Johnson on his property. ”

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) On July 26, Marina Kosicheck of 1635 Cedar Valley Road, Fraserville, ON, reported a Red-headed Woodpecker that had been frequenting her black sunflower seed feeder since July 19. It was still present on August 8.

Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) (1)
– Reported Aug 07, 2017 12:06 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “on trail from parking lot to visitor centre”

Sora (Porzana carolina) (2)
– Reported Aug 05, 2017 07:38 by Peterborough County Birds Database
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario

Gray Jays – Nov. 17, 2016 – County Road 507 north of Buckhorn – Marie Windover

Sora (rail) – Wikimeda

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker – Northey Bay Road – Dennis Johnson – Aug. 6, 2017

Juvenile and adult Red-headed Woodpecker – Northey Bay Road – Dennis Johnson – Aug. 6, 2017



Jul 132017

Our very “skittish” and shy Red-headed Woodpecker has returned. I saw it for the first time this years on July 9, but didn’t have a camera handy. However, on July 11, I was ready. This picture was taken looking through our window into our backyard. The feeder hangs from the eave of our porch.

Red-headed Woodpecker – July 11, 2017 – Northey’s Bay Road – Dennis Johnson

Jun 022017

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) (1)
– Reported Jun 01, 2017 14:50 by Scott Gibson
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.4180879,-78.2587266&ll=44.4180879,-78.2587266
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37313046
– Comments: “female. south cell”

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (1)
– Reported May 29, 2017 13:00 by Kathryn Sheridan
– Lakefield Water Tower, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.4160495,-78.2822227&ll=44.4160495,-78.2822227
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37318670
– Comments: “The bird was making a rattle sound sort of like a kingfisher. It was repeatedly diving downwards to catch something and then flying back up to its high perch. There are no bodies of water nearby so I didn’t think it could be a kingfisher. I didn’t have my binoculars with me, so I couldn’t discern colour in the light as it was, but I could see very prominent white wing patches. There was something interesting about the head, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.”

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) (1)
– Reported May 31, 2017 08:45 by Peter Burke
– CA-ON-Galway-Cavendish and Harvey (44.5693,-78.3302), Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8

– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37295581

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius spurius) (1)
– Reported May 30, 2017 20:09 by Luke Berg
– CA-ON-Peterborough – LHT b/w Dillon Rd and Redmond Rd, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.27021,-78.25818&ll=44.27021,-78.25818
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37277093
– Comments: “Singing male. ”

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

Immature male Orchard Oriole – Wikimedia

Mar 062017

I was lucky to come across this Red-headed Woodpecker on May 21, 2016, at my home on Northey’s Bay Road on the north shore of Stoney Lake.  I had never seen one and haven’t seen one since. In August 9, 2016, we also had a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth feeding at the phlox in our garden. I had seen it in the garden in August, 2015, as well, but never before that.

Dennis Johnson, Stoney Lake

Red-headed Woodpecker 2 – May 2016 – Dennis Johnson

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth – August 2016 – Dennis Johnson


Aug 182016

Today (August 18) at 3:30 pm was the first time I’ve ever seen a Red-headed Woodpecker. It was at 67 Mukwa Bay Road in Curve Lake. No camera but at 50 feet away, it was unmistakable. The sighting was about 200m from a Red-shouldered Hawk nest. Pretty cool old forest down Mukwa Bay Road.
David Beaucage Johnson, Curve Lake

Red-shouldered Hawk - Karl Egressy

Red-shouldered Hawk – Karl Egressy


Red-headed Woodpecker (Karl Egressy)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Karl Egressy)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Gary Aitkens)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Gary Aitkens)

Jun 282014

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (1)
– Reported Jun 25, 2014 18:45 by Chris Risley
– Bellmere Winds Golf Course, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “continuing bird; flew from south of the road (i.e. near the lake) to a tree with some bare branches near the 11th hole; red head, black and white body, white patches in wings”

Red-headed Woodpecker (Karl Egressy)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Karl Egressy)

Jun 212014

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (1)
– Reported Jun 20, 2014 07:00 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Bellmere Winds GC, Peterborough, Ontario

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

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

– Comments: “Was sent an email yesterday indicating one had been reported here. Seen low down, In tree on golf course near blue porta potty. No doubt. Red head, black back with large white patches on wings. Will post picture.
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May 242014

The Red-Headed Woodpecker is still around my home on Pigeon Lake. It is a pleasure to have such a rare, beautiful bird in the area and only hope he nests here.   Blair Hamilton, Mallard Bay

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

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

(Note: A Red-headed Woodpecker was also seen by Jim Young, about three kms from where Blair is seeing his bird. It may therefore be the same individual.)