May 052017
 

Although it has been several weeks since hearing of any still around, Ed & Karen Heuvel reported to me a Great Gray Owl they had seen during the early evening on their property along the Ouse River between Cottesloe and Norwood on April 18,

2017. Ed says; “Huntng from a low snag, it seemed quite tame. After a while, it sailed across the road and came to land on another snag. In the dimming light, it’s white mustache marks were quite distinct.”

Stoney Lake and area

Broad-winged Hawks seemed to show some early arrival dates this year, with the first I know of seen on Stoney Lake on April 12th. They, Red-shouldered Hawks, Merlins, and Ospreys are quite abundant now in the area as they engage in their nesting activities for another year.

The first Whip-poor-will I heard this spring was one singing on the evening of April 24th near South Bay on Stoney Lake.

On April 29th, an Eastern Phoebe was sitting on a full clutch of five eggs in her nest atop a horizontal deck support beam at a friend’s cottage off of Northey’s Bay Road.

Stoney, Belmont, and Cordova Lake area

Northern Barred Owls are very vocal right now, day and night, and we are at the time of year when most of them will have young in the nest, (averaging about a week old). Typically, in this area, many lay their eggs about the 25th of March. Usually quiet throughout the incubation period, the males, especially, begin frequent hooting again towards the end of April. I wonder if that has anything to do with early social imprinting of their youngsters?

Tim Dyson

Barred Owl – March 23, 2017 – Sandy Lake – Susan

Whip-poor-will (Karl Egressy)

Great Gray Owl – Tim Dyson

Broad-winged Hawk – Wikimedia

Red-shouldered Hawk – Karl Egressy

Eastern Phoebe at nest – David Frank

Eastern Phoebe nest – June 7, 2004 – Tim Dyson

Nov 022016
 

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) (1)
– Reported Oct 31, 2016 10:45 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Trent Lakes Municipal Office, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:
– Media: 2 Photos
– Comments: “Adult circling pretty low overhead. Loosely associating with RTHA. Reddish body, reddish arms, translucent crescents and multi banded tail.”

Red-shouldered Hawk - Karl Egressy

Red-shouldered Hawk – Karl Egressy

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)