Sep 172017
 

A beautiful September morning greeted the ten early risers who took part in the Peterborough Field Naturalist’s Sunday A.M. nature walk today. We spent most of our time in the Promise Rock area of the Rotary-Greenway Trail, just north of Trent University at Lock 22. Songbird diversity and numbers were very good. We were able to use pishing to coax in three species of vireos and ten species of warblers. A female American Redstart was particularly cooperative as it flitted about in the open, only three metres away. Our second stop was the Lakefield Sewage Lagoons where we got good looks through the scopes at four species of ducks and more than a dozen cormorants. Many of the ducks were juvenile Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers.

Below is a list of all of the birds seen (38 species) as well as some of the goldenrods and asters that caught our attention. Several of the goldenrods had galls – the ball-shaped galls from Goldenrod Gall Flies and the tightly-packed leafy galls from a midge.

Birds (38 species): Double-crested Cormorant, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Red-eyed Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Song Sparrow, Common Grackle

Flowers: Canada Goldenrod, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, New England Aster, Heath Aster, Calico Aster, Panicled Aster, Heart-leaved Aster

Other highlights: Huge seed crop on cedars, spruces, Sugar Maples; leopard frogs in grass at sewage lagoon; lots of fall colour, courtesy of White Ash, Staghorn Sumac, Poison Ivy and Virginia Creeper

PFN Sunday AM Nature Walk – Promise Rock area – (Drew Monkman)

 

Female American Redstart (Wikimedia)

 

Black-throated Green Warbler (Dan Pancamo)

 

Red-eyed Vireo – Karl Egressy

 

Canada goldenrod (left) and New England aster (Drew Monkman)

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 022016
 

On May 30th, Al Sippel and I were on Boyd Island, a Kawartha Land Trust property located near Bobcaygeon on Pigeon Lake. We had 2 pure Golden-winged Warblers (seen well) & two other presumed Golden-wings (heard only).

Warren Dunlop, Peterborough

Golden-winged Warbler - Brendan-Boyd-

Golden-winged Warbler singing – Brendan-Boyd-

Aerial View of Boyd Island - Kawartha Land Trust

Aerial View of Boyd Island – Kawartha Land Trust

Male Golden-winged Warbler - Karl Egressy

Male Golden-winged Warbler – Karl Egressy

 

May 312016
 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) (1)
– Reported May 28, 2016 09:51 by Peterborough County Birds Database
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (1)
– Reported May 30, 2016 08:19 by Luke Berg
– Deer Bay Reach Road, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Media: 4 Photos, 1 Audio
– Comments: “Heard singing before I even stopped the car. Singing directly opposite #106 Deer Bay Reach South.”

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
– Reported May 28, 2016 08:39 by Travis Cameron
– Lakefield – Home, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.4170496,-78.2711345&ll=44.4170496,-78.2711345
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– Comments: “1st year male. Singing and seen well in yard. Small yellow oriole with black throat.”

 

Immature male Orchard Oriole in Guanacaste jungle Costa Rica

Immature male Orchard Oriole – Wikimedia

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Wikimedia

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – Wikimedia

Cerulean Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Cerulean Warbler (Karl Egressy)

May 292016
 

Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) (1)
– Reported May 26, 2016 20:15 by Matthew Tobey
– Fleming Forest, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Media: 1 Photo

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) (1)
– Reported May 27, 2016 07:47 by Joshua D. Vandermeulen
– CA–ON–PETE–Havelock–study site (2015), Peterborough, Ontario
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Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) (1)
– Reported May 27, 2016 08:24 by Daniel Williams
– KLT Ingleton-Wells Property, Peterborough, Ontario
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Olive-sided Flycatcher - Wikimedia

Olive-sided Flycatcher – Wikimedia

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - Wikimedia

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – Wikimedia

Blue-winged Warbler - Wikimedia

Blue-winged Warbler – Wikimedia

May 212016
 

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) (1)
– Reported May 21, 2016 08:26 by Bill Crins
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “slim dark beak, white throat, white rump when flying, dark legs, relatively uniformly gray back and wings, suffused orange stripe and dark grayish stripe on side of neck, dark line through eye; feeding on mud/algae/flotsam at SE. corner of N. pond”

Wilson's Phalarope (Photo by Ann Hough)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Photo by Ann Hough)

 

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) (2)
– Reported May 18, 2016 15:36 by Warren Dunlop
– Peterborough–Ponds west of 1111 Johnston Dr, Peterborough, Ontario
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Blue-winged Teal - Wikimedia

Blue-winged Teal – Wikimedia

Sora (Porzana carolina) (1)
– Reported May 18, 2016 18:16 by Donald Sutherland
– Lakefield–Centre Road at Douro Line 3, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29808192

 

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) (5)
– Reported May 21, 2016 08:26 by Bill Crins
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29815760

 

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) (1)
– Reported May 21, 2016 09:32 by Donald Sutherland
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29811412

 

Semipalmated Sandpipers - Drew Monkman

Semipalmated Sandpipers – Drew Monkman

Great Horned Owl (Great Horned) (Bubo virginianus [virginianus Group]) (2)
– Reported May 18, 2016 08:31 by Mike V.A. Burrell
– Peterborough–Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29801509
– Comments: “Adult and downy young on nest.”

 

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (5)
– Reported May 18, 2016 07:36 by Donald Sutherland
– Peterborough–Trent Rotary Rail Trail, Peterborough, Ontario
– Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.362531,-78.2885554&ll=44.362531,-78.2885554
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29808077

 

Cliff Swallow building nest - Wikimedia

Cliff Swallow building nest – Wikimedia

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) (1)
– Reported May 18, 2016 16:38 by Warren Dunlop
– Peterborough–Squirrel Creek at 4th Line Bridge, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29814171
– Media: 2 Photos
– Comments: “Heard calling, and then observed foraging high in canopy of Silver Maple.”

 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Karl Egressy

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Karl Egressy

Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) (2)
– Reported May 19, 2016 08:17 by Donald Sutherland
– Tates Bridge–Tates Rd at Miskwaa Ziibi (river), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29809648
– Comments: “singing, alder thicket floodplain swamp; both GWWA song-types with one responding positively to call broadcasts approaching to within 25 m and by plumage appearing to be pure.”

 

Golden-winged Warbler (Brendan Boyd)

Golden-winged Warbler (Brendan Boyd)

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) (1)
– Reported May 19, 2016 04:58 by Donald Sutherland
– Beaver Lake Road, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29809566
– Comments: “singing constantly in regenerating salvage cut/blow-down just W Catchacoma Narrows”

Cape May Warbler - Jeff Keller - May 5, 2015

Cape May Warbler – Jeff Keller – May 5, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (1)
– Reported May 19, 2016 09:07 by Donald Sutherland
– Deer Bay Reach Road, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29809709
– Comments: “singing, E side road”

 

Cerulean Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Cerulean Warbler (Karl Egressy)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
– Reported May 18, 2016 19:33 by Donald Sutherland
– Centre Dummer Road at Douro Line 7, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29808283
– Comments: “singing, in response to call broadcast, continued singing during nearly entire visit. Several parted buzzy song, at one point singing from split rail fence within 3-4 m of observers.”

 

Orchard Oriole - Wikimedia

Orchard Oriole – Wikimedia

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
– Reported May 15, 2016 15:29 by Warren Dunlop
– Rice Lake–Hall Landing, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29814497
– Media: 1 Photo
– Comments: “Male. First observed with male BAOR in shrub on west side of road and subsequently visiting hummingbird feeder at #115.”

 

Aug 242015
 

After last night’s rain and cooler temperatures, there was a mini fallout of migrants along the Trent River this morning just south of Trent University alongside the South Drumlin. Probably other similar spots in Peterborough would be productive too.  Warblers included 6 Chestnut-sided, 4 Black-throated Green, 3 Blackburnian, 2 Black & White, Magnolia, Pine, Parula, an adult male Golden-winged, 5 Red-eyed Vireos, 5 Eastern Wood Pewees, 3 White-breasted Nuthatch, and several Flickers and Blue Jays.

Dave Milsom
milsomdave@hotmail.com

Black-throated Green Warbler by Dan Pancamo

Black-throated Green Warbler by Dan Pancamo

Magnolia Warbler - William Majoros

Magnolia Warbler – William Majoros

Pine Warbler - Jeff Keller

Pine Warbler – Jeff Keller

Northern Parula  by Karl Egressy

Northern Parula by Karl Egressy

Jun 122015
 

Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) (1)
– Reported Jun 11, 2015 13:46 by Travis Cameron
– KHSSP – Lou Phillips Rd., Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “At old fire tower lookout. Flying westward, perching and singing approximately every 50m. Stopped and sang about 20 feet from me. Seemingly not on a territory.”

Prairie Warbler - Wikimedia

Prairie Warbler – Wikimedia

May 152015
 

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
– Reported May 15, 2015 09:00 by Martin Parker
– Miller Creek Wetland (Miller Creek CA, in part), Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “singing constantly when we arrive”

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
– Reported May 15, 2015 08:00 by Matthew Garvin
– Rotary Park and London St. Bridge, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “Lifer bird. Not calling at all but watched skulking around in lIlac thicket by hill where Nicholls Oval meets Rotary park. Attractive warbler, grey-head, yellow underneath with black ‘apron’ and olive back. Good looks close range through bins.”

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) (1) CONFIRMED
– Reported May 14, 2015 06:20 by Scott Gibson
– Millbrook fishing ponds, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “observed in the cedars at far west end of main fishing pond; dark grey/blue back, eye ring, necklace”

Canada Warbler - Karin Laine

Canada Warbler – Karin Laine

Mourning Warbler - Wikimedia

Mourning Warbler – Wikimedia