October 2, 2007

An opossum was observed shortly after midnight outside a house on Rice Lake. It quickly scurried up a tree. Screech owls – up to four at a time – are being heard regularly in this area as well. Location: SW end of Rice Lake Observer: Bill Stone

September 15, 2007

Migrating white-throated sparrows have arrived in our yard right on schedule. Today at least six of them were in our Canada elderberry tree, eating the black berries. Location: Maple Cres., Peterborough Observer: Drew Monkman

September 2, 2007

Seven Great White Egrets and two Green Herons in ponds on Beardsmore Road. The egrets were in the pond when we arrived, but shortly after flew into a tree at the end of the pond. After about 20 minutes they returned to the pond. Lately there have been a number Read more…

September 1, 2007

The past 3 nights we have seen Common Nighthawks circling and picking off insects about an hour before dusk… so I guess they are heading south .. a sure sign that fall is coming. Location: Buckhorn Lake at Kawartha Hideway Observer: J. Philpott

August 26, 2007

Considerable fall migration today. Redstarts, Yellow Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (eating elderberries), numerous Blue Jays, and several Purple Finch in yard. Location: Maple Crescent, Peterborough Observer: Drew Monkman

August 4, 2007

Giant Swallowtail on Echinacea in Peterborough garden. This is the first report of a Giant Swallowtail in Peterborough County. They do occur occasionally south of Rice Lake and west of here. Location: Burnham Street Peterborough Observer: Andrew Bigg

July 31, 2007

Snowy Tree Crickets calling every evening along Maple Crescent, Roper Drive and area. Seem more common than in other years. Monarchs regular at garden, mostly nectaring at Purple Coneflower and mauve coloured Phlox. Usually a Red Admiral present as well. Location: Maple Crescent, Peterborough Observer: Drew Monkman

July 23, 2007

For the last week or so, we have had at least six immature American Robins in the yard. They are all adult-size and feeding on their own but still heavily spotted. I’m wondering where they’ve come from, since I didn’t see any small robin fledglings in our neighbourhood at all Read more…

July 22, 2007

Michelle and I road out to Lakefield on rail-trail. Wildflowers dominated by Queen-Anne’s-Lace and Tall Sweet Clover. Also fairly common and blooming were Viper Buglos, Common Milkweed (only a few still in flower), Black-eyed Susan, Joe-Pye-Weed, Swamp Milkweed, White Water Lily and Early Goldenrod. Tartarian Honeysuckles, already laden with ripe Read more…

July 12, 2007

J. Cooper reports having a woodpecker at their oriole feeder and wanted to know if it’s unusual – Yes, it is unusual but certainly does occur. Lots of other birds will visit nectar feeders, too, including jays, wrens, buntings, chickadees and house finches. Bats may even give them a try. Read more…

July 10, 2007

Spent morning leading a nature walk at Camp Ponacka on Baptiste Lake, just east of Bancroft. Milkweed was in bloom in profusion along cottage roads and monarchs were much in evidence. In one roadside section, maybe 100 feet in length, the boys caught (and released) at least 40 caterpillars of Read more…

June 30, 2007

a man fishing on the Otonabee River near the Hunter Street Bridge observed a large muskellunge catch and eat a half-grown mallard duckling Location: Otonabee River Observer: Mario Hodder

May 17, 2007

at least 10 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in our yard at the same time including five on the sunflower seed feeder together Location: Maple Crescent, Peterborough Observer: Drew Monkman

May 15, 2007

A large wave of migrants appeared in the Kawarthas this morning. Between 8:00 am and 9:00 we tallied a fourteen warbler species singing and/or feeding within 100 m of our home at Mt. Julian: Black-and-white Warbler,Pine Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Read more…

May 15, 2007

Large numbers of migrants were also recorded in Peterborough. Six species of warblers, a veery, and six Rose-breasted Grosbeaks appeared at 51 Maple Cres. this morning Location: Maple Crescent, Peterborough Observer: Drew Monkman

May 15, 2007

I have a pair of yellow-bellied sapsuckers coming several times daily, a pair of orioles, a pair of Cardinals, several pairs of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 2 pairs of Downy Woodpeckers, several pairs of Hairys, a pair of White-breasted nuthatches, two pairs of nesting chipping sparrows, a pair of nesting song sparrows, Read more…

May 5, 2007

Eastern Kingbird, numerous Nashville Warblers, amongst many other species. Plants in bloom included White and Red Trilliums, Trout Lily, Large-flowered Bellwort, Blue Cohosh, Solomon’s Seal and Wild Sarsaparilla. Lots of bee flies, too – Bombylius major Location: 9th line of Smith Township Observer: Peterborough Field Naturalists Sunday Morning Bird Walk Read more…