May 052017
 

Although it has been several weeks since hearing of any still around, Ed & Karen Heuvel reported to me a Great Gray Owl they had seen during the early evening on their property along the Ouse River between Cottesloe and Norwood on April 18,

2017. Ed says; “Huntng from a low snag, it seemed quite tame. After a while, it sailed across the road and came to land on another snag. In the dimming light, it’s white mustache marks were quite distinct.”

Stoney Lake and area

Broad-winged Hawks seemed to show some early arrival dates this year, with the first I know of seen on Stoney Lake on April 12th. They, Red-shouldered Hawks, Merlins, and Ospreys are quite abundant now in the area as they engage in their nesting activities for another year.

The first Whip-poor-will I heard this spring was one singing on the evening of April 24th near South Bay on Stoney Lake.

On April 29th, an Eastern Phoebe was sitting on a full clutch of five eggs in her nest atop a horizontal deck support beam at a friend’s cottage off of Northey’s Bay Road.

Stoney, Belmont, and Cordova Lake area

Northern Barred Owls are very vocal right now, day and night, and we are at the time of year when most of them will have young in the nest, (averaging about a week old). Typically, in this area, many lay their eggs about the 25th of March. Usually quiet throughout the incubation period, the males, especially, begin frequent hooting again towards the end of April. I wonder if that has anything to do with early social imprinting of their youngsters?

Tim Dyson

Barred Owl – March 23, 2017 – Sandy Lake – Susan

Whip-poor-will (Karl Egressy)

Great Gray Owl – Tim Dyson

Broad-winged Hawk – Wikimedia

Red-shouldered Hawk – Karl Egressy

Eastern Phoebe at nest – David Frank

Eastern Phoebe nest – June 7, 2004 – Tim Dyson

Apr 272017
 

On April 26, I was extremely surprised and excited to hear a Whip-poor-will calling from the field out behind our house (7th Line Smith & Peacock St. area in Selwyn Township …. near the Otonabee River).  It was about 8:45 pm when I heard it, and it “sang” it’s classic repeating call for about 5 minutes (stopping for a couple short breaks).  It was a lovely mild evening…a couple bats were flying over our backyard, full choruses of spring peepers and chorus frogs were coming from a nearby wetland, a woodcock was peenting and flying around the field, and even some wild turkeys were gobbling from their nearby roost!  This was our first time ever hearing a Whip-poor-will in our area.

 

Whip-poor-will (Karl Egressy)

Whip-poor-will (on ground) and Common Nighthawk flying above – Wikimedia

 

Nov 172016
 

We were so excited to hear a Whip-poor-will calling June 6, at about 10:50pm.  Thirty-five years ago, when we first moved to 1120 Rock Road near Warsaw, they were very plentiful and would keep you up for hours with their continuous calling.  Then, for whatever reason, they disappeared and we haven’t heard any for many years so it was a real treat to realise that at least one was back in the area.  I hope it is just one of many! (and it has just started up again, I’m listening to it as I type J ) Love your site.  It’s nice to keep up with what is going on in the area!

Jan Myland

 

Whip-poor-will  (Karl Egressy)

Whip-poor-will (Karl Egressy)

Whip-poor-will (on ground) and Common Nighthawk flying above - Wikimedia

Whip-poor-will (on ground) and Common Nighthawk flying above – Wikimedia

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

May 162015
 

I thought I would let you know that a Whip-poor-will was reported to me on May 6th on the east side of Gold Lake. The lady heard it at 3:00 am, and had not heard one for years. Suitable Whip-poor-will habitat was possibly created by the wind storms of recent years. On May 12, at 8:30 pm, my parents also heard a Whip-poor-will outside their kitchen window at 1893 County Road 507, near Charlie Allen Road. They also have an on-going visit by a single (usually) Sandhill Crane.

Marie Windover

Click here to listen to a Whip-poor-will

Whip-poor-will 1 (Karl Egressy)

Whip-poor-will 1 (Karl Egressy)

Whip-poor-will (on ground) and Common Nighthawk flying above - Wikimedia

Whip-poor-will (on ground) and Common Nighthawk flying above – Wikimedia