Jul 242017
 

On Saturday, July 22, I saw a Great Crested Flycatcher, a bird we have never seen before. The sighting was brief, with no time for a photo, but the tricoloured front view of light grey, soft lemon yellow and orange was unmistakable.

Another first this year is a family of Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks. The female has been feeding her two young at the sunflower feeder.  There are also at least three males coming to the feeder. In previous years, these birds have just stayed around for a few days.

Stephenie Armstrong, Sawmill Road, Warsaw

Great Crested Flycatcher – Dick Daniels

Grosbeak family at feeder – July 22, 2017 – Warsaw – Stephenie Armstrong

 

May 052017
 

Today, May 5, I had a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on my feeder. An American bittern has been in the wetland near our house since at least since April 26. Also, I saw my first Yellow Warbler on May 3. I have my hummingbird feeders out, but nothing yet.

Yellow Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak – May 5, 2016 – Trudy Gibson –

American Bittern – Don Pettypiece

 

Dec 042016
 

On November 20, we had 8 Pine Grosbeaks at our feeder. They only stayed for an hour or so, however, and we haven’t seen them since. During this past summer, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, along with their young, came to the feeder regularly. Two families nested in the woodlot behind our house.

Also, about 20 years ago, I witnessed an amazing interaction between a Gray Squirrel and a Hairy Woodpecker. The squirrel had scared the woodpecker off the ground feeder – a piece of plywood – on which I’d scattered sunflower seeds. Seconds later, however, the woodpecker returned, and actually landed on the squirrel’s back!  It then proceeded to hammer away on the poor animal’s head. I guess it got in a few good blows before the squirrel took off, because there was blood on the feeder!

Neil Boughen, Warsaw

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks - Drew Monkman

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks – Drew Monkman

Pine Grosbeak - Wikimedia

Pine Grosbeak – Wikimedia

Hairy Woodpecker - Karl Egressy

Hairy Woodpecker – Karl Egressy

 

May 062016
 

I was happy to see two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in my backyard in Peterborough this morning…May 5, 2016 ~ 0800 a.m.

Trudy Gibson

Note: I had a male grosbeak on May 5, too, at about 6 PM. They love black oil sunflower seed. D.M.

Sparrow-like female Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Cindy Bartoli

Sparrow-like female Rose-breasted Grosbeak – Cindy Bartoli

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at my feeder - May 16, 2007 - Drew Monkman

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at my feeder – May 16, 2007 – Drew Monkman

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak - May 5, 2016 - Trudy Gibson -

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak – May 5, 2016 – Trudy Gibson –

 

Oct 022015
 

Philadelphia Vireo
– Reported Sep 30, 2015 07:27 by Bill Crins
– Peterborough–Beavermead Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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Mourning Warbler
– Reported Oct 01, 2015 10:00 by Basil Conlin
– Peterborough–Beavermead Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “black cap with olive back and yellow underside, foraging in bushes near shoreline in ecology park”

Wilson’s Warbler
– Reported Sep 29, 2015 07:31 by Bill Crins
– Peterborough–Beavermead Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “fully developed black cap”

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
– Reported Sep 30, 2015 07:27 by Bill Crins
– Peterborough–Beavermead Park, Peterborough, Ontario
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Mourning Warbler - Wikimedia

Mourning Warbler – Wikimedia

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks - Drew Monkman

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks – Drew Monkman

Jul 022015
 

I have been having quite a bit of “unusual for my yard” activity lately. For some unknown reason woodpeckers have taken notice of my peanut feeder so I have kept it up. I rarely see any. This year I have numerous Downy Woodpeckers including a male feeding peanuts to a female. More unusual is seeing Hairy Woodpeckers on a daily basis. I have seen both male and female and for the last 2 days the female is feeding a very loud youngster. The female is not looking so great. She is missing a lot of feathers around her neck.
I have also had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak for several days and yesterday 2 males showed up. That is not unusual during migration but the end of June is surprising.
Finally, I often get Baltimore Orioles in spring but unfortunately they are just passing through. This year they have stayed and come to the hummingbird feeder throughout the day. Two females were fighting over the feeder yesterday and there is also a male.
Makes for good birding even on the cold and wet days.
Sue Paradisis, Tudor Crescent, Peterborough

Female Baltimore Oriole on hummingbird feeder with BBQ skewers - care of Jim Watt

Female Baltimore Oriole on hummingbird feeder with BBQ skewers – care of Jim Watt

Downy Woodpecker (Karl Egressy)

Downy Woodpecker (Karl Egressy)

May 102015
 

A female Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a male Indigo Bunting visited my feeder on Thursday, May 7th. I was able to take some photos.  Nice to see new species! The same day, I also had Northern Cardinals, American Goldfinches, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, White-crowned Sparrows and Chipping Sparrows coming.

Cindy Bartoli, Peterborough

female RBGR - Cindy Bartoli

female RBGR – Cindy Bartoli

male INBU - Cindy Bartoli

male INBU – Cindy Bartoli

male Indigo Bunting - Greg Piasetzki

male Indigo Bunting – Greg Piasetzki

May 102015
 

In early April, we had at least 17 Blue Jays at our feeder and in our yard at the same time. I think they were probably a north-bound flock, since we usually never have more than six. On May 4, we had two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (males) and today, May 10, we had a female. We’ve noticed over the years that the males always arrive back first, at least a week earlier than the females.  Two pairs of grosbeaks have been nesting in the woodlot behind our place for the past dozen years or more. They come to the feeder all summer long.

Neil Boughen, Warsaw

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeder - Drew Monkman - May 2007

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeder – Drew Monkman – May 2007

Blue Jays - Gord Belyea

Blue Jays – Gord Belyea