Despite sub-zero temperatures, the PFN had a highly successful bird outing this morning. The bright sun and lack of wind made birding conditions very pleasant. With the heavy frost, leaves were raining down all morning. The highlight of the outing was a flock of 16 Sandhill Cranes flying south of the Lakefield Sewage Lagoons. We also had good views of two other Sandhills flying just above us. Other birds of note included Hermit Thrush, Northern Pintail, Greater Yellowlegs, Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Tree Sparrow, Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls.  The excellent birding skills of 16 year-old Luke Berg provided a big boost to our bird list!

Drew Monkman

Riverview Park and Zoo
Ring-billed Gull 6
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin (migratorius Group) 2
European Starling 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
Common Grackle (Bronzed) 2

Parkway Trail off Cumberland Ave

Canada Goose 1
Herring Gull (American) 1
Mourning Dove (Mainland) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin (migratorius Group) 25
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 12
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 3
White-throated Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal (Common) 3
House Finch (Common) 1

Peterborough–Trent Rotary Rail Trail (Promise Rock area)

Canada Goose 60
Ring-billed Gull 30
Herring Gull (American) 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush (faxoni/crymophilus) 1
American Robin (migratorius Group) 20
European Starling 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 12
Common Grackle (Bronzed) 30 Single flock plus a couple single birds.
Purple Finch (Eastern) 2
Common Redpoll 13 Early flock. Flew very low overhead calling.
Pine Siskin (Northern) 4
American Goldfinch 3

Lakefield–Sewage Lagoons

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 1
Northern Shoveler 2
Northern Pintail 1
Greater Scaup 2 2 females.
Lesser Scaup 60
Bufflehead 22
Common Goldeneye 3
Hooded Merganser 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Sandhill Crane (tabida/rowani) 18 Flock of 16 (photos) plus a pair that flew very low overhead.
Greater Yellowlegs 1 Heard only.
Ring-billed Gull 100
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin (migratorius Group) 2
European Starling 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 2
House Finch (Common) 3
American Goldfinch 2

Otonabee River b/w Peterborough and Lakefield

Canada Goose 130

Pine Siskin (by Karl Egressy)

Pine Siskin (by Karl Egressy)

Mallard (Northern) 8
Common Goldeneye 1 Female.
Wild Turkey 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 1
Ring-billed Gull 80
Herring Gull (American) 20
American Crow 8
American Robin (migratorius Group) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 10

Sandhill Crane - Apr. 7, 2015 Nima Taghaboni

Sandhill Crane – Apr. 7, 2015 Nima Taghaboni

Hermit Thrush - Wikimedia

Hermit Thrush – Wikimedia


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.