Feb 102017
 

At 1 pm on Feb. 9/17, I saw 50+ Snow Buntings on County Road 10, just north of Ida. I didn’t have binoculars with me to check out if there were any other species with them.

Ken Rumble

Flock of Snow Buntings feeding in grain field

Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)

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)

Dec 252016
 

I have now seen twice what I think is a very large flock of Snow Buntings in a field just east of the four-way stop at Selwyn and Buckhorn Roads on the south side. both times, it was between 4:30 and 5 p.m. The second time was Dec 22 at around 4:45 p.m.  I had seen them the week prior and did not actually expect them to still be there!

Kathy Hardill

Flock of Snow Buntings

Flock of Snow Buntings

Snow Bunting (by Serena Formenti)

Snow Bunting (by Serena Formenti)

Snow Bunting  (from Crossley ID Guide)

Snow Buntings (from Crossley ID Guide)

Dec 042016
 

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) (1)
– Reported Dec 03, 2016 09:01 by Peterborough County Birds Database
– Pigeon Lake–Fothergill Isle Causeway, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32834457
– Comments: “Continuing bird; similar size to nearby White-winged Scoter; brownish body with paler brown head”

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
– Reported Dec 03, 2016 11:00 by Chris Risley
– Cadigan Rd near Fothergill Island, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.4648499,-78.4757967&ll=44.4648499,-78.4757967
Checklist:
– Comments: “female type in with Common Goldeneye; white cheek patch below eye; dark brown overall; flew short distance south when flushed by hunting”

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (3)
– Reported Dec 03, 2016 07:16 by Martyn Obbard
– Pigeon Lake–Fothergill Isle Causeway, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32834629

Female King Eider, Wikimedia

Female King Eider, Wikimedia

Snow Bunting  (from Crossley ID Guide)

Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)

Black Scoter - Crossley ID Guide of Eastern Birds - Wikimedia

Black Scoter – Female at lower right -Crossley ID Guide of Eastern Birds – Wikimedia

Nov 192016
 

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (2)
– Reported Nov 18, 2016 08:30 by Iain Rayner
– Chemong Lake–west end of causeway, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32603609
– Comments: “2 Female types 300 M – 500 M north of causeway. IDeable through binoculars.”

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
– Reported Nov 18, 2016 09:00 by David Bowie
– Rice Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32613396
– Comments: “I have seen countless Common Loons, this is an obvious loon, but the light head was very noticeable in comparison to the Common Loon, At the local diner others had seen the strange loon on rice lake as well that morning”

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (2)
– Reported Nov 18, 2016 12:33 by Luke Berg
– Pigeon Lake–Sandy Point, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32605640
– Comments: “Two together approximately halfway across the lake. Small black and white grebes with short pointed bills and slightly peaked heads. ”

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (2)
– Reported Nov 18, 2016 08:02 by Iain Rayner
– Pigeon Lake–West end of Kerry Line, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32612257
– Comments: “Flyover calling”

Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)

Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)

Horned Grebe (winter plumage) Wikimedia

Horned Grebe (winter plumage) Wikimedia

Black Scoter - Crossley ID Guide of Eastern Birds - Wikimedia

Black Scoter – Crossley ID Guide of Eastern Birds – Wikimedia

Nov 022016
 

Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) (1)
– Reported Oct 30, 2016 09:00 by Kim Clark
– Highway 2, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (2)
– Reported Oct 26, 2016 07:29 by Mark D. Read
– *Douro Eighth Line yard, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:
– Comments: “Giving tew and rattle calls.”

Northern Shrike - Tom Northey

Northern Shrike – Tom Northey

Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)

Snow Buntings (from Crossley ID Guide)

Jan 092016
 

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (300)
– Reported Jan 08, 2016 14:33 by Scott Gibson
4th Line and Scriven Rd., Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:
– Comments: “flying around field north side of 4th line. Landing frequently and got great looks w scope hoping to find Lapland Longspur mixed in but no luck.”

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (200)
– Reported Jan 08, 2016 07:30 by Iain Rayner
– Ptbo – Scriven Rd between 2nd & 3rd, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:
– Comments: “Counted 48 on 3rd…and estimated a 150 more on 4th”

Snow Bunting (by Serena Formenti)

Snow Bunting (by Serena Formenti)

Snow Bunting  (from Crossley ID Guide)

Snow Bunting (from Crossley ID Guide)

Flock of Snow Buntings

Flock of Snow Buntings

Jan 012016
 

Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) (1)
– Reported Dec 30, 2015 08:30 by Matthew Tobey
– Area A Petroglyphs CBC, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:
– Comments: “in woods off McCoy Bay Road”

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (3)
– Reported Dec 30, 2015 07:30 by Martyn Obbard
– Petroglyphs CBC–Area F, Peterborough, Ontario
Map:
Checklist:
– Comments: “1 flyover/calling on Jack Lake Rd and 2 foraging at roadside on Jack Lake Rd at FR 48”

Northern Shrike (by Susan Sayer)

Northern Shrike (by Susan Sayer)

Flock of Snow Buntings in a winter field

Snow Bunting in winter plumage

Flock of Snow Buntings in a winter field

Flock of Snow Buntings in a snow-covered field