Yesterday (March 4) a Great Black-backed Gull (3rd winter) was feeding on a dead carp on the ice just above Lock 22 north of Trent U. I also found a Porcupine feeding in a White Cedar tree in the Trent Wildlife Sanctuary, opposite the car park on the red trail. There was a lot of evidence of its feeding below other trees nearby with lots of green cedar leaves on the snow with scattered droppings. This morning I watched a Mink feeding by the bus barns on River Road. He was diving from the rocks into the Otonabee River presumably looking for crayfish on the river bottom. On Little Lake there were two male Ring-necked Ducks and eight Common Mergansers. In Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park, a noisy group of American Crows alerted me to a Great Horned Owl sitting in one of the White Pines.

Location: various
Observer: Tony Bigg

Categories: Sightings

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.