Nov 092019
 

Lingering blackbirds: A Red-winged Black-bird and a Brown-headed Cowbird were coming to our feeders in late November but seem to have disappeared. A Common Grackle has also been coming. Here is a picture taken December 1 during the snow storm.  Greg Warner, Cherryhill Road, Peterborough

Common Grackle – December 1 2019 – Kawartha Heights – Greg Warner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My grand daughter, Grace Mackie, observed an opossum running along Oriole Blvd during the week of November 16. I knew they had made it to Toronto, but did not know they were in Peterborough. I am intrigued by how they would survive our winters – under decks, garages, wood duck tree nests? Perce Powles

Note: Virginia Opossums are definitely here but still relatively uncommon. They probably do take advantage of all the shelters you mention. I sometimes hear about them coming to feeders where seed has spilled onto the ground. D.M.

Opossum on Johnston Drive, south of Peterborough – Mary Beth Aspinall – Feb. 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Golden Eagle: On November 30, I had just gone up to the north part of the field here to move some rocks. Just as I got there, I looked up at a lovely adult Golden Eagle slowly gliding in overhead! If that wasn’t enough stimulation, it began to soar right above me. High in the background there was an upper-tangent arc caused by the sun lighting up the hexagonal ice crystals of the cirrus cloud deck. Wow. A Golden Eagle with a vivid rainbow backdrop! I just wished I had taken my camera “to work” with me, but instead, I had to settle for burning a mental memory photograph into my head. Tim Dyson, Douro 1st Line near Warsaw

Golden Eagles from the Crossley ID Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beavers:  On Tuesday, November 26, I also saw two Beavers along Hooton Drive, just west of Peterborough. Hooton Drive crosses the Cavan Swamp and runs parallel and to the south of the west extension of Sherbrooke Street (County Road 9).   Carl Welbourn

Snowy Owls on Post Road – Nov. 23, 2019 – Carl Welbourn

Beaver on Hooton Drive – November 26, 2019 – Carl Welbourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Snowy Owls:  I was back up to Post Road east of Lindsay last Saturday, November 23, and saw these two Snowy Owls.  Carl Welbourn

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (100)

– Reported Nov 26, 2019 07:53 by Travis Cameron
– Lakefield – Home, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Fairly accurate estimate count. First heard calls, then located the flock flying slow and low south along otonabee river valley.”

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) (1)
– Reported Nov 23, 2019 21:05 by Steve Paul
– Otonabee – Keene Rd., Peterborough, Ontario
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Great Horned Owl – Dec. 23, 2015 – Glen Grills

Northern Leopard Frog in grass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frogs on the move:  On November 21, at around 5:30 pm, I was driving up to Lakefield along Cty Rd 32 from Trent and was surprised to see numerous (dozens at least, perhaps hundreds) of frogs hopping across the road towards the river (the majority were heading in that direction). It was drizzly out and had been raining lightly, and I know that frogs often move on nights like that, however given that it was only 3 degrees C (according to my car thermometer) and the 21st of November (after a period of cold weather) I was quite surprised to see frogs out and about in such weather. Is this a common event that I’ve just not noticed before? Unfortunately, it was very difficult to avoid hitting some of the frogs (going as slowly and carefully as I could…but there was other traffic as well) and I believe there were likely lots squished on the road…although it was hard to distinguish leaves/other debris on the road from what may have been frog carcasses in the dark and rainy conditions, and it was not safe enough to pull over and check it out. Anyway, it was an interesting but rather unfortunate event to witness last night.      Carrie Sadowski

Note: I’m not aware of frogs “migrating” towards the river at such a late date and especially not after such a long period of cold, with temperatures as low as -20C. I imagine most of them were leopard and green frogs, which overwinter on the bottom of large bodies of water like the Otonabee River. I wonder if they got “caught” by the sudden arrival of cold whether before being able to make it to the river. They do feed in upland locations during the late summer and fall. Certainly the cold we’ve seen this month is unprecedented, so maybe they had to hunker down where they were and simply ride out the cold snap. Maybe they were able to move into small ponds/puddles in the interim. They would not have been able to stay there, however, because eventually the ice would freeze to the bottom and there would be insufficient oxygen. Drew Monkman

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (1)
– Reported Nov 21, 2019 12:50 by Ben Taylor
– Timberline, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Bright red head with black and white body. Heard and then seen working on a knot in an oak tree about 20 meters from us. Chris has pictures.”

Red-headed Woodpecker – Greg Piatsetzki

Female Ruddy Duck – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowy Owls are back: At least one Snowy Owl returned to the Lindsay area this week. This bird was photographed at the north end of Post Road, just east of Lindsay. Carl Welbourn,
Kawartha Camera Club

Snowy Owl – Post Road – Nov. 20, 2019 – Carl Welbourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (1)
– Reported Nov 19, 2019 12:54 by C Douglas
– Peterborough–Auburn Reach Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Small diving duck. Dark bill, top of head black, cheeks, breast and sides greyish, dark back, belly (seen when stretching wings) reddish, tail held erect”

Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) (1)
– Reported Nov 15, 2019 15:46 by Iain Rayner
– Rice Lake–Pengelly Landing, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Swimming way out with 4 scaup directly out from point in the middle of the lake. Honestly at the edge of ideable range and too far for photo. Female type. I first noted the long sloping forehead and light brown head and was thinking eider…but then it turned showing pale flanks and back. It briefly showed the high crown and sloping beak but promptly went too sleep. Was noticeably larger compared with scaup and goldeneye.”

Male and female Canvasbacks – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (2)
– Reported Nov 08, 2019 08:07 by Daniel Williams
– Peterborough—Maria St. to Water St., Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Stubby bills, short necks. Noticeably smaller than CANG.”

Cackling Goose (foreground) – Brendan Boyd

Cackling Geese – Little L. – Dec. 2015 – Iain Rayner

Dec 182017
 

 

Bald Eagle:  We live on the Sixth Line of Selwyn (right behind Paris Marine). I spotted this adult Bald eagle in the tree beside our house on Monday, December 18. Hope you enjoy it. Heather Turner

BAEA – Dec. 18, 2017 – Paris Marine, Selwyn Twsp – Heather Turner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-winged Blackbirds:  My “ long overdue to leave”, so-called friends. They sometimes number over 30! (Dec. 23, 2017) Michael Gillespie, David Fife Line, Keene

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

 

This morning, there was a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds at my bird feeder. I live just east of Westwood, between Keene and Hastings, and have never noticed red-winged blackbirds here at this time of year before. Is this the new normal? Debbie Lynch, Westwood

N.B.  Not the new normal, but more than usual this winter. Most years at this time there are a few reported, but usually less than five. They may be part of the same flock that has shown up on Fife Line. D.M.

RWBLs – Dec. 23, 2017 – Debbie Lynch

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) (1)
– Reported Dec 22, 2017 10:00 by Dave Milsom
– 1093 Scollard Drive, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.3412121,-78.3001087&ll=44.3412121,-78.3001087
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41253932
– Comments: “female made very brief visit this morning”

Note: Also seen December 24.

Ring-necked Pheasant – female -Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Ravens: On December 22, at 250 Lindsay Road, between Craftworks and Pawz-N-Train, I saw 30 ravens circling above the silo on a barn. David Beaucage-Johnson

Common Raven – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolina Wren (Northern) (Thryothorus ludovicianus [ludovicianus Group]) (1)
– Reported Dec 20, 2017 13:11 by Matthew Tobey
– Matthew’s Backyard, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41220532
– Media: 1 Photo
– Comments: “Visited feeder for a brief period; flew off before I could get a decent record shot.”

Carolina Wren (Wikimedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharp-shinned Hawk: I’m quite distraught, because a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew straight into one of our windows on December 16. Had a quick demise. This happened close to the bird feeder, which was well populated at the time.  Jill Stocker, Millbrook

Sharp-shinned Hawk – window collision – Millbrook – Dec. 16, 2017 – Jill Stocker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodpeckers and a shrike: I had a Red-bellied Woodpecker (male) at the suet feeder and sunflower feeder yesterday and today (Dec. 17, 18). Pretty exciting -and hard to miss. It seems like all the woodpeckers – Pileated, Hairy and Downy – have been pretty active the past few days. On Dec. 21, I also had a visit from a Northern Shrike! Annamarie Beckel, Lakefield

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opossums and Robins: We have had visitation since late summer of a pair of Opossums….rather unusual creatures…. rather comical the way they walk and run off when you talk to them….we haven’t had problem with raccoons since they came and they don’t seem to bother our rabbits that come all year for a date wrapped in whole wheat bread…… some of my most loveable friends have been the robins we have. One we call Robbie Robin… he picked up on the feeding of rabbits in early spring and took a taste for the dates they were getting from us, so he now perches on the rail outside the patio doors, waiting for the next treat… this also lead to grapes, raisins and apples … he would come maybe 6 times a day …if we didn’t go out he started coming to the patio doors and looking in… this has been going on for 3 years……he is different than the other robins in that he has some feathers that seem to be sticking out on one side of his body…. just a few of my memories for spring, summer and fall and winter… we have the Opossum still and our lovely rabbits….. we are located on the north side of Rice Lake in the Bailieboro area on the lake……. we also have an otter and a beaver that eats cedar hedges!  Esther Ross

Opossum on Johnston Drive, south of Peterborough – Mary Beth Aspinall – Feb. 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) (2)
– Reported Dec 17, 2017 10:13 by Scott Gibson
– aa_Peterborough – Edmison Rd right-of-way, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Media: 2 Photos
– Comments: “first birds of the day! both in same spot, 200m in from end of Edmison Rd.”

Fox Sparrow – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
– Reported Dec 17, 2017 10:00 by Scott McKinlay
– Peterborough, Ontario, CA (44.225, -78.293), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “I saw this bird through my Kowa scope from considerable distance (1km?) as it was flying over an open field in full sunlight . It had broad wings and slow arching wing beats typial of large herons and cranes, and it was clearly brown in colour, even at that distance. I was reluctant to call it because of the distance and time of year, but nothing else fit. This was during our Peterborough Christmas bird count and when I reunited with the rest of the group for our sector, who had been surveying the area in the direction of my sighting, the first thing they said, before hearing about my sighting, was that they had seen what looked like a sandhill crane. They described it as being the size of a blue heron, with an outstretched neck and long trailing legs. All three birders were adamant that it was not a blue heron, and that it was lighter in colour than a blue heron. They had viewed it while it was flying low over fields just ahead and of and to the side of the car they were travelling in. They followed it and then got out of the car to watch it in binoculars as it continued to fly in my general direction. There are no photos.”

Sandhill Crane (Wikimedia)

Great Blue Heron (Paul Anderson)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Screech-Owl (Northern) (Megascops asio [asio Group]) (1)
– Reported Dec 17, 2017 07:50 by Matthew Tobey
– Peterborough CBC Area 7, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Mervin Ln.”

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis) (2)
– Reported Dec 17, 2017 08:30 by Scott McKinlay
– Bensfort Road Landfill Site, Peterborough, Ontario
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Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis) (1)
– Reported Dec 17, 2017 10:13 by Scott Gibson
– aa_Peterborough – Edmison Rd right-of-way, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “middle of marsh”

Northern Shrike – Tom Northey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (1)
– Reported Dec 17, 2017 07:36 by Luke Berg
– Peterborough CBC Area 2, Peterborough, Ontario
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Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)


		
Dec 112017
 

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Dec 16, 2017 12:29 by Dan Chronowic
– 615 Weller Street Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41133580
– Comments: “Flew low over the house heading in a NE direction.”

Peregrine – Karl Egressy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
– Reported Dec 14, 2017 12:30 by Jenn Baici
– 428 Douro 8th Line, Douro-Dummer CA-ON (44.3629,-78.2578), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41105680
– Comments: “Perched in deciduous tree along rural concession line ”

Peregrine perched on steel girder – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-winged Blackbirds:  Just enjoying a cup of coffee (December 15) whilst viewing a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds at my feeder. Third time this week for them. They are a welcome sight, given the paucity of winter bird list rarities and fall “leftovers“.  Michael Gillespie, David Fife Line, Keene

Red-winged Blackbird at feeder at Reifel Bird Sanctuary near Vancouver – Wikimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker: I have a Red-belly coming to my feeder regularly at 733 Ford Crescent, Cavan. Ken Rumble

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White-winged Crossbills: Today (December 10) during the noon hour, I was just finishing preparing my lunch when through the kitchen window, I noticed a chunky, little finch atop one of the spruces that form the border between the field and forest east of the yard. The scope revealed it to be the first White-winged Crossbill that I have seen this year. It was a female. A scan of the rest of the tops of spruces turned up a second, and it was a male. They both seemed wary, actively looking about. Neither of them ventured lower to feed on the abundant cone seeds just below them. I watched for about ten minutes, and then off they went together.  Tim Dyson – Warsaw

White-winged Crossbill (female) – Wikimedia

Male White-winged Crossbill – Wikimedia

Feb 282017
 

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) (1) CONFIRMED
– Reported Feb 28, 2017 13:14 by Donald A. Sutherland
– Peterborough–King St at Reid St, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34869369
– Comments: “in flight NNE over downtown”

Tundra Swan (Whistling) (Cygnus columbianus columbianus) (2)
– Reported Feb 27, 2017 12:28 by Matthew Garvin
– Mather’s Corners Meltwater Pond, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Media: 3 Photos
– Comments: “Pair of adults. Rounded edge to bill base, yellow on bill. Photographed.”

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) (3)
– Reported Feb 28, 2017 07:51 by Daniel Williams
– Peterborough–Beavermead Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34864716
– Comments: “2 male, 1 female. ”

Redhead (Aythya americana) (5)
– Reported Feb 27, 2017 10:54 by Iain Rayner
– Pigeon Lake–Fothergill Isle Causeway, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34843457
– Comments: “All males with RNDU. Aytha shape, red head, black breast grey sides and breast. Seen well through scope.”

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) (1)
– Reported Feb 27, 2017 13:48 by Luke Berg
– Gannon Narrows (bridge/causeway), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34846750
– Comments: “Female. ”

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) (2)
– Reported Feb 23, 2017 16:20 by Michael Oldham
– Second Line Rd., E of Hwy. 28, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34755191
– Comments: “pair in flooded field with about 100 Canada Geese; male in bright breeding plumage, seen through binoculars from about 100 m; large size, brown head, white neck, and long pointed tail of male clearly visible”

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) (2)
– Reported Feb 23, 2017 15:37 by Matthew Tobey
– Asphodel 2nd Line between Highway 2 and Rice Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34743493
– Comments: “Migrating northwards.”

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) (13)
– Reported Feb 23, 2017 17:42 by Luke Berg
– Warsaw–County Rd 38 south of Hwy 7, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34747026
– Comments: “flying north over the road”

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) (2)
– Reported Feb 23, 2017 12:45 by Matthew Tobey
– Peterborough–Drummond Line between Hwy 7 and Hwy 2, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34743856
– Comments: “2 together with 1 EUST along Drummond Line near Forest Rd.”

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) (1)
– Reported Feb 23, 2017 17:01 by Luke Berg
– Asphodel 4rd Line between Hwy 7 and Centre Line, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34747029
– Comments: “Female with flock of EUST and RWBL 300m north of Centre Line”

Common Grackle, Wikimedia

Red-winged Blackbird – Karl Egressy

Killdeer – Wikimedia

Male Redhead (Wikimedia)

Tundra Swans – Apr. 6, 2014 – Luke Berg

Northern Shoveler pair – Dick Daniels

Pair of Northern Pintail – Karl Egressy

Lesser Scaup – female (Wikimedia)

Brown-headed Cowbird – Wikimedia

Turkey Vulture – Marcel Boulay

Feb 252017
 

This morning (February 24), a Red-winged Blackbird visited our feeder. We’ve also had a Belted Kingfisher on the Otonabee River all winter, along with two juvenile Bald Eagles and quite a few Common Goldeneyes. There has also been a Red-tailed Hawk along the 6th Line of Selwyn.

Annamarie Beckel, Selwyn Township

Female Belted Kingfisher – Jeff Keller (Note: The male does not show any rufous.)

Red-winged Blackbird – Karl Egressy