Apr 232018

Don Munro of Campbellford and Mike Faught of Peterborough shared the following pictures taken this month.

Common Loon with catfish – April 2018 – Don Munro

Wood Duck flying – April 2018 – Don Munro

Great Blue Heron flying – April 2018 – Don Munro

Pileated Woodpecker – April 2018 – Don Munro

Carolina Wren – April 2018 – Don Munro

Horned Grebe in waves – April 2018 – Don Munro

Double-crested Cormorants – April 2018 – Don Munro

Long-tailed Duck in breeding plumage – April 2018 – Don Munro

Lesser Yellowlegs – April 2018 – Don Munro

Ospreys at nest – April 2018 – Mike Faught

Great Blue Heron – Mike Faught

Wood Duck in flight – April 2018 – Mike Faught


Apr 022017

April 2 – I heard a Wilson’s Snipe quietly calling in the marshy area on the Parkway trail, east of Chemong, directly underneath the WalMart parking lot. Also, 3 Northern Leopard Frogs hopping along the new not-yet-opened road that skirts east of the airport as well as 3 Killdeer in the adjacent fields.   Marilyn Freeman

Wilson’s Snipe – Greg Piasetzki








April 2 – Cottonwood Drive this morning, we heard a couple of Eastern Phoebes calling. It must be spring! Rob Moos

Eastern Phoebe (David Frank)









March 30 – Two Great Blue Herons flying over the Cavan Bog and another north of Whitby.  John Fautley

March 30 – I saw my first Great Blue Heron today. It was flying north over the Otonabee River near Lakefield. Annamarie Beckel

Great Blue Heron – Wikimedia









About 64 third year Trent ecology students surveyed the Otonabee River from Lakefield to south of Lock 19, on March 24th.  From 9:00 am to 10:30 am, they did 8 stations north of Trent and from 1 pm to 3 pm, 8 stations south of Trent. Susan Chow

Here are the results: Bufflehead 95, Canada Geese 141, Common Goldeneye 6, Common Merganser 8, Gadwall 1, Greater Scaup 1, Hooded Merganser 86, Lesser Scaup 7, Long-tailed Duck 5, Mallard 369, Wood Duck 3

Long-tailed-Duck – Mar.22 2014 – Little Lake – – DJ McPhail


Male Gadwall (photo from Wikimedia)








On March 17 and 18, there were 50 to 60 Bohemian Waxwings flying back and forth between the conifers along the Otonabee River and two Siberian crab apple trees. The birds were just north of the Ninth Line.

Susan Chow

Bohemian Waxwing – Cow Island – Jan. 24, 2015 – via Sylvia Cashmore
















Mar 222017

It was a good first day of spring for river sightings on our stretch of the Indian River. The pair of Canada Geese, first seen on February 26, came up onto the back area to check out the availability of grass. Conclusion – not much there! The geese tend to come up much later, when they have a young family, to feast on the long lush grasses before the summer cut. A male Hooded Merganser spent a bit of time resting and preening on a fallen tree trunk in the river, and later a male Bufflehead, and a male Wood Duck were seen sharing the same tree trunk. We don’t see the Wood Ducks very often so it was a real treat.

Roll on spring!

Stephenie Armstrong, Warsaw

Male Hooded Merganser (Karl Egressy)

Wood Duck – Jeff Keller

Feb 042017

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) (1)
– Reported Feb 03, 2017 10:16 by Iain Rayner
– Otonabee River–between Lock 24 and 25, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34129948
– Comments: “Continuing male o n far shore halfway between both locs”

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) (1)
– Reported Feb 02, 2017 08:38 by Matthew Tobey
– Trent River–Asphodel 5th Line, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34118931
– Comments: “Female with Common Mergansers. ”

Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) (1)
– Reported Feb 03, 2017 13:33 by Matthew Tobey
– Peterborough–Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34135387
– Comments: “calling spontaneously from frozen wetland along the John de Pencier trail (west side of University Rd). Responsive to pishing, allowing for good views.”

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) (1)
– Reported Feb 02, 2017 12:15 by Ken Abraham
– Crawford Dr at SSF & Parkway, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34134615
– Comments: “Bird sitting on shrub branch in slight opening about 4 feet above ditch with water, facing road. Blue head, shoulders, rusty-red upper breast interrupted by light abdomen clearly visible. In the midst of EUST and AMRO movement.”

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) (8) CONFIRMED
– Reported Feb 02, 2017 15:40 by Erica Nol
– Hannah Road, Peterborough, Ontario
– Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34127791
– Comments: “flock flew across Hannah Rd near intersection with Evertson Road; blue backs, smaller than robins but similar shape; may be same flock as seen previously in this area”

Winter Wren – Wikimedia

A pair of Eastern Bluebirds – male at upper right – Wikimedia

Jan 142017

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) (1)
– Reported Jan 12, 2017 15:37 by Martin Parker
– Otonabee River–between Lock 23 and 24, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “male – continuing bird”

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) (1)
– Reported Jan 13, 2017 15:43 by Martyn Obbard
– Gannon Narrows (bridge/causeway), Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “near ice edge north shore Buckhorn Lake; good look through binoculars; light brown head, prominent shaggy crest, thin bill; absence of contrasting white neck”

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) (4)
– Reported Jan 11, 2017 15:30 by Peterborough County Birds Database
– Millbrook–1215 Carmel Line, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “pair of Eastern Bluebirds checking out a bluebird house in AM and about 3:30 PM. three male bluebirds in yard”

Male Wood Duck – Jeff Keller

Female Red-breasted Merganser (Karl Egressy)

A pair of Eastern Bluebirds – male at upper right – Wikimedia

Dec 202016

Today was a really productive day on the River Road. We spotted a female Wood Duck around the buoy just north of Trent University. An adult and an immature Bald Eagle were on the ice at Lock 25. The adult was feeding on a fish. They flew off, the immature heading south and the adult flying north with another adult. Spectacular site. We also saw a few Common Goldeneyes along the way.We then followed a Common Loon from the Lakefield Marina down to the entrance to the power plant  south of the bridge.
Sue Paradisis

Common Loon - Lakefield - Dec. 19, 2016 - Sue Paradisis

Common Loon – Lakefield – Dec. 19, 2016 – Sue Paradisis


Bald Eagles on Otonabee River eating a carp - Dec. 19, 2016 - Sue Paradisis

Bald Eagles on Otonabee River eating a carp – Dec. 19, 2016 – Sue Paradisis

Sep 182016

Six species of ducks at Lakefield Sewage Lagoons right now: 38 Wood Ducks, 4 Mallards, 2 Northern Shovelers, 1 Greater Scaup, 7 Lesser Scaups, and 9 Hooded Mergansers.

Northern Shoveler pair - Dick Daniels

Northern Shoveler pair – Dick Daniels

– Reported Sep 18, 2016 08:17 by Daniel Williams
– Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons, Peterborough, Ontario
– Comments: “S cell, east side. Noticeably rounder head than nearby Lesser Scaup”

Lesser Scaup - female (Wikimedia)

Lesser Scaup – female – Note peaked head (Wikimedia)

Greater Scaup (male) photo from Wikimedia

Greater Scaup (male) in breeding plumage. Note rounded head – photo from Wikimedia

May 162016

On April 29, I came across 10 Wood Ducks in Mark S Burnham Provincial Park. Eight flew off but two remained for a few moments, and I was able to get a picture.

Carl Welbourn

Note: Wood Ducks nest in the park in tree cavities, sometimes 50 feet or more above the ground. D.M.

Wood Duck - April 29, 2016 - Burnham Woods (photo by  Carl Welbourn)

Wood Duck – April 29, 2016 – Burnham Woods (photo by Carl Welbourn)

Apr 282016

On April 15th, I was able to get some shots of Green-winged Teal, Wood Ducks and a Belted Kingfisher on Lynch Road, just east of Lakefield.

Jeff Keller, Bridgenorth

Green-winged Teal - Jeff Keller

3 Green-winged Teal males and 1 female – Jeff Keller

Male Wood Duck - Jeff Keller

Male Wood Duck – Jeff Keller

Female Belted Kingfisher - Jeff Keller (Note: The male does not show any rufous.)

Female Belted Kingfisher – Jeff Keller (Note: The male does not show any rufous.)