On January 7, we had a Cooper’s Hawk show up in our backyard. Mike and Sonja Barker, Algonquin Blvd

Adult Cooper’s Hawk (Mike Barker)

On January 3, I saw three Trumpeter Swans on the Otonabee River upstream of the train footbridge by the Silver Bean Cafe. Hilary Dickson

Trumpeter swans on the Otonabee River in Peterborough (Ken Brown)

On January 1, I was very excited to see my first wild Snowy Owl(s) at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto. Lighting was poor but the action was remarkable. Andrew Laing, Toronto

On January 1, we found two Barred Owls on Technology Drive in south-east Peterborough. Mike and Sonja Barker, Algonquin Blvd

On January 1, I saw two Snowy Owls in town at about 11:00 am. The first was on a lamp at Chemong & Broadway in the north end and the second was in the Highland Park Cemetery off of Bensfort Road. Carl Welbourn

Here is a summary of Common Loon observations recorded during 2021 on Jack Lake, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township, Ontario.  This represents a contribution to the Canada Lakes Loon Survey coordinated by Bird Studies Canada. We hope to participate in this volunteer program again in 2022. Steve Kerr

The light was pretty bad but here are some Eastern Bluebird shots from Byer’s Rd east of Hwy 28 on January 12. Two pairs were spotted. Carl Welbourn

Here are couple of Snowy Owl photos taken in Highland Park Cemetery on the morning of January 4. Carl Welbourn

We have been seeing a few Northern Shrikes lately. Here’s one we found on Scriven Road. Not a great pic, but we were excited to see it! Trudy Gibson


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.