May 312017

It was an interesting couple of days this past weekend at Woodland Campsite near Lakehurst for sightings.

A pair of Trumpeter Swans can be seen daily in the Sandy Creek Bay area. They are possibly nesting in the wetlands just south of the park. The camp owner managed to take photos last October of the mated pair and their two cygnets. Both adults are tagged (one tag is yellow with black numbers M87). The other one has not been identified yet.

A Red Fox (lean but healthy looking) ran past my trailer. This is the first one we have seen in the area in years.

I suddenly realized I was hearing a sound I love……. Common Ravens!! The nasally grunk of the raven went on for a few minutes. Then the sound was closer. Overhead, a family of four ravens flew over the camp, one raven calling during the flight. I had seen one last year……but now I believe they must be nesting in the area…….exciting!

Barb Evett

Common Raven – Wikimedia

May 032017

We were at the Ecology Park on the morning of April 23 and saw this male Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Hallelujah for the return of spring!  Helen and Larry Keller, Mark Street

Yellow-rumped Warbler – Ecology Park – April 23, 2017 – Helen & Larry Keller









We have had a little Chipping Sparrow flying up against our windows over the last 3 days. It sits on the window sills and sliding door frames looking in and sometimes flies at the windows. We would love to know what might be causing this weird behaviour. We’ve also had a male Hairy Woodpecker coming to our feeder. Wendy Marrs, Peterborough

Chipping Sparrow at window – Wendy Marrs

Hairy Woodpecker – Wendy Marrs

 Note: The bird see its reflection in the window, assumes it’s another male in its territoy, and flies up against the window to drive the intruder (its reflection) away. Robins and cardinals often do the same thing. D.M




On April 14th we were sitting on our dock and our neighbour saw a big bird flying to a tree.  We got our spotting scope out and found that there were two Great Blue Herons in a nest in a clump of five pine trees. Later, we discovered that there are actually three nests! Even though we see lots of herons, it is the first time we actually found a nest.  Rosemary and Claudio Rosada, Lower Buckhorn Lake

Great Blue Heron (Paul Anderson)











I was so excited to see a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the brushy trees near our house this morning (April 13) -just classic and unmistakable. It had a white eye ring and white wing bars, and he even showed a bit of red on the crown just to be sure!  Jane Bremner, Warsaw

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet has a prominent eye ring. (Karl Egressy)











Got some great pictures of Ring-necked Ducks and Trumpeter Swans around Lakefield on April 11. Jeff Keller

Ring-necked Ducks – April 11, 2017 – Jeff Keller

Trumpeter Swans – April 11, 2017 – Jeff Keller








Mid-April is my favourite time to be on the island. Silence and not a light to be seen. Today the River Otters were out in force. Running, sliding and feasting on fish.The highlight was a flyby of three swans (Trumpeters?) that were in the duckpond.  Life is good!  Rob Welsh, Stony Lake

River otter eating a fish at Gannon’s Narrows, Buckhorn Lake (by Kinsley Hubbs)



Stony Lake – April 10, 2017 – Rob Welsh











On April 4, there were 2 Osprey on the nesting platform in Young’s Point. Most of Stony Lake is still frozen but there were pair of absolutely resplendent loons dancing and calling.  Rob Welsh, Stony Lake

Common Loon (Karl Egressy)

































































Feb 272017

I haven’t submitted a sighting in a while but thought of it today when a lovely pair of Trumpeter Swans appeared on the Pigeon River, just north of Omemee, among the usual Canada Geese. They don’t appear to have bands or yellow tabs on their wings so I’m assuming they are wild. This is on the Pigeon river, just north of Omemee.

Karen Cooper, Omemee

A pair of Trumpeter Swans on the Pigeon River – February 25, 2017 – Karen Cooper


Feb 212017

This morning, February 20, two swans (most likely Trumpeter but possibly Tundra) flew at low altitude over our house, heading northwest. We are located 1.5 km east of Keene. We do have one [ or two ? ] pairs of Sandhill Cranes that stay all summer in the bog near the mouth of the Indian River, which I find rather odd.

Steve Bark

Trumpeter Swan – Fife’s Bay – April 12, 2015 – Nancy Cafik

Tundra Swans – Apr. 6, 2014 – Luke Berg

Feb 042017

Yesterday morning (Feb. 3), we saw a Bald Eagle perched on a post south of Lakefield on the shore of the Otonabee River. We thought it might be a Golden Eagle or immature Bald Eagle. On our way home, we drove along the same stretch and saw the first bird with two others… a mature Bald Eagle and another younger one. We thought the younger ones could have been different ages since one’s plumage was closer to that of an adult than the first bird’s. Quite a sight…   (N.B.  left to right, there is a 1st winter, a 4th winter, and an adult plumage birdTim Dyson)
There were also three Trumpeter Swans on the same part of the river.

Gwen Forsyth, Lakefield

Immature Bald Eagle 2 – Otonabee R. – Feb. 3, 2017 – Gwen Forsyth

(L to R) 1st winter, 4th winter and adult Bald Eagle  – Otonabee R. – Feb. 3, 2017 – Gwen Forsyth

Trumpeter Swans – Otonabee River – Feb. 3, 2017 – Gwen Forsyth

May 052016

May 5 – Mike Barker had a White-crowned Sparrow at his feeder on Algonquin Blvd in Peterborough.

May 4 – Marie Windover had a Whip-poor-will calling from 8:30 to 9:00 PM near her home on County Road 507. She also has a pair of Sandhill Cranes that appear to be nesting in a field across from her parents’ house in the same area.

May 2 – Janet Duval, who lives on Deer Bary Reach on the north side of Lower Buckhorn, sent me a picture of six River Otters on her neighbour’s dock (Jim Franklin). Apparently there are 10 in total. He confirms that they are “busy as beavers”.  See photo below.

May 1 – John Fautley saw a Caspian Tern on a rock in the Otonabee River, across from Peterborough Manor.

April 28 – Gwen Forsyth had two swans (Trumpeters, she believes) in the pond at the corner of Television Road and Hwy 7 east.  No tags were apparent on either bird.

Trumpeter Swans - Gwen Forsyth

Trumpeter Swans on Television Road Pond – April 27, 2016 – Gwen Forsyth

Whip-poor-will 1 (Karl Egressy)

Whip-poor-will 1 (Karl Egressy)

White-crowned Sparrow - Mike Barker

White-crowned Sparrow – May 5, 2016 – Mike Barker

Trumpeter Swan - Gwen Forsyth

Trumpeter Swan – April 27, 2016 – Gwen Forsyth

Caspian Tern - Karl Egressy

Caspian Tern – Karl Egressy

Otters on Franklin dock on Lower Buckhorn Lake - April 27, 2016 (photo by Jim Franklin)

Otters on Franklin dock on Lower Buckhorn Lake – April 27, 2016 (photo by Jim Franklin)






Mar 222016

I saw two swans, most likely Trumpeters, last week in Scollard Bay on Buckhorn Lake.  They had a straight neck most/all of the time and were definitely not Mute Swans. They hung around for 5 minutes and then flew over to another sheltered uninhabited bay where there may have been more. They were cool to see and a first for me!  Martin West

I have 9 pair of Trumpeter Swans just south west of us in the swamp at Kent Bay on the Otonabee River. So beautiful!  Sharon Simpkins

Yesterday afternoon, March 21, I found a flock of 34 Tundra Swans in the meltwater pond south of Mather’s Corners at County Road 2 and Drummond Line. Jerry Ball

Note: Mute Swans have also been seen in recent days at a number of locations such as Trent River.



Tundra Swans - Apr. 6, 2014 - Luke Berg

Tundra Swans – Apr. 6, 2014 – Luke Berg

Mute Swan - Sept. 26, 2016 - Drew Monkman

Mute Swans – Sept. 26, 2016 – Drew Monkman

Immature Trumpeter Swan with tag - Nov. 17, 2013 - Frank Millard

Immature Trumpeter Swan with tag – Nov. 17, 2013 – Frank Millard

Trumpeter Swan - March 23, 2015 - Guy Hanchet

Trumpeter Swan – March 23, 2015 – Guy Hanchet




Sep 222015

Location: Woodland Campsite, Lakehurst, ON
Sept. 20, 2015

Trumpeter Swan (tag #J85) came into the marsh at my camp this morning – rested and fed for a while. It eventually came out of the water and approached my trailer. It actually approached me, so I grabbed some corn and was amazed it took it from my hand….magnificent bird. Feeling comfortable with my presence, it eventually lay in the grass and watched me pack up to come home. It was a special moment!

Barb Evett, Peterborough

TUSW - Sept. 20, 2015, Buckhorn Lake, Barb Evett

TUSW – Sept. 20, 2015, Buckhorn Lake, Barb Evett

Apr 122015

We have had this fellow on our shoreline most of this morning (Sun. Apr. 12). First time for us seeing a Trumpeter Swan on Chemong Lake (Fife’s Bay).  Nancy Cafik, Fife’s Bay

Four were observed on the Otonabee River above lock 23 April 12.   Bill Snowden, Ennismore

Trumpeter Swan - Fife's Bay April 12 15 Nancy Cafik

Trumpeter Swan – Fife’s Bay April 12 15 Nancy Cafik

Feb 082015
Trumpeter Swan - Guy Hanchet

Trumpeter Swan – Guy Hanchet

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (20)
– Reported Feb 07, 2015 04:20 by Erica Nol
– Brown’s Bridge, hwy 48 N of Havelock, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “At least two family groups, one with 4 young, the other with 2. All birds below bridge. Distinctive facial pattern and large size.”

immature Trumpeter Swan (Frank Millard )

immature Trumpeter Swan (Frank Millard )