The following are my Peterborough County “First of year” sightings this month:

April 3 – Pair of Eastern Phoebes calling continuously, Brown Creeper, on Tates Rd

Wilson’s Snipe calling at the north end of Northey’s Rd at 14th Line of Smith.

April 4 – River Otter at north end of Lakefield Marsh

April 6 – 20 Rusty Blackbirds at the west end of Beardsmore Rd

April 10 – Fox Sparrow by the tower at Lakefield Marsh,

3 Eastern Meadowlarks on Douro  8th Line by the power lines

April 12 – Swamp Sparrow, Lakefield Marsh. Heard by PFN Sunday walk group,

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on Charlie Allen Rd

13 butterflies in the NW of the County – 10 Eastern Commas, 2 Mourning Cloaks, 1 Compton’s Tortoiseshell,

many ‘The Infant’ (Archiearis infans) Moths


Tony Bigg, Lakefield

Eastern Meadowlark - Karl Egressy

Eastern Meadowlark – Karl Egressy

Mourning Cloak - Maple Cr. - Apr. 2014 - Drew Monkman

Mourning Cloak – Maple Cr. – Apr. 2014 – Drew Monkman

Fox Sparrow - Jeff Keller

Fox Sparrow – April 2013 –  Jeff Keller

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.