Whilst walking my dog today in the Trent Wildlife Sanctuary I saw more birds, except perhaps for large flocks of blackbirds flying over, than I have ever seen there before. The open area, where the swallow nest boxes are, had warblers everywhere, especially along the west and southern sides. I estimated there were over 200 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and 50 Palm Warblers. Wherever I looked I could see about ten birds moving. Along the boardwalk along the east of the sanctuary a noisy flock of about 200 White-throated Sparrows moved through the brush and trees. In all, I saw 25 species, including a small flock of 6 Pine Siskins. Returning to Lakefield along River Road I stopped to watch as a flock of about 500 blackbirds, mostly Common Grackles with a few Red-winged Blackbirds, slowly flew low across the road in front of me.

Location: Trent Wildlife Sanctuary, Peterborough
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.