Early this afternoon my dad and I drove up the river from Peterborough to Lakefield and also stopped at Young’s Point and Burleigh Falls. Along River St. in Lakefield, there were 2 male and 1 female Ring-necked Ducks on the river. On the river upstream of the lock at Young’s Point there were 1 male and 1 female Wood Duck, and a drake Northern Pintail. At the Rowing club near Trent there was an adult Iceland Gull and a 1st year Lesser Black-backed Gull. Also along the river were 3 Red-necked Grebes and 5 Hooded Mergansers.
(Note: There are also several Red-breasted Mergansers and numerous Common Goldeneye and Common Merganser on the Otonabee between Peterborough and Lakefield right now. The White-winged Scoter was present at Lock 19 today, as well. All of these birds ducks are in their best breeding finery! Numbers will continue to build over the coming weeks as migrants head north to breed. D.M.)