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)

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 152016
 

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
– Reported Apr 14, 2016 07:31 by Donald Sutherland
– Peterborough–Trent Rotary Rail Trail, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “singing, fields E of S entrance to Promise Rock Trail”

I heard my first Fox Sparrow of the spring on April 13 on Cottonwood Drive in Peterborough. At our feeder, we now see Chipping Sparrows, Song Sparrows and American Tree Sparrows almost daily. White-throated Sparrows should arrive this weekend on the south winds, and White-crowned should be here by month’s end.    Drew Monkman

American Tree Sparrow - Karl Egressy

American Tree Sparrow – Karl Egressy

Vesper Sparrow - note rufous on shoulders (not always visible) - Wikimedia

Vesper Sparrow – note rufous on shoulders (not always visible) – Wikimedia

Chipping Sparrow - Karl Egressy

Chipping Sparrow – Karl Egressy

White-crowned Sparrow - Wikimedia

White-crowned Sparrow – Wikimedia

Song Sparrow - Karl Egressy

Song Sparrow – Karl Egressy

Fox Sparrow - Jeff Keller

Fox Sparrow – Jeff Keller

White-throated Sparrow - Karl Egressy

White-throated Sparrow – Karl Egressy

Jun 102015
 

For years we’ve enjoyed numerous chickadees, winter and summer along with goldfinches and others. This year, both are literally non-existent. Nor did I see the usual spring showing of White-throated and White-crowned sparrows. We still get cardinals, jays, a few woodpeckers, including the Pileated, and the occasional nuthatch, along with grackles, doves and pigeons.  Any logical explanation?

Phil McKeating, Creekwood Drive, Peterborough (Creekwood backs onto Harper Woods)

Note: A number of people have commented this spring on the same phenomenon, especially with regard to chickadees. At first I thought it was just because they are nesting now and tend to visit feeders much less during that time. That being said, I don’t recall hearing this observation in past springs – at least with regard to chickadees. I noticed the same lack of sparrows, too, this spring. I only had only two White-crowned Sparrows and not a single White-throated. The latter is usually abundant in my yard during spring migration. The only thing I can think of is that weather conditions were such that the birds simply flew straight over our area without lingering here like they usually do. Not sure that could be the whole story though.  I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has noticed the same thing, especially with regard to chickadees and white-crowns/white-throats. D.M.

Black-capped Chickadee (Karl Egressy)

Black-capped Chickadee (Karl Egressy)

White-crowned Sparrow - Wikimedia

White-crowned Sparrow – Wikimedia

White-throated Sparrow - Wikimedia

White-throated Sparrow – Wikimedia

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