2007 Sightings Archive Table

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Date Sighting Location Observer
December 25, 2007 A flock of 40 Eastern Bluebirds was a nice addition to Christmas Day. Stevenson Road, betweeen Gore's Landing & Harwood Marilyn Taylor
December 20, 07 Just a little report of the Wild Turkeys that walk my back deck with caution but also bravado. The largest count so far is 19 at one time, but we regularly have 12 to 16. These include 3 males and 13 females. One of the females pecks away at the sunflower feeder as if she's a chickadee! Buckhorn Wayne Stone
December 16, 07

On the Peterborough Christmas Bird Count, 33 species (plus 7 count period species) and 3264 individuals were recorded by 21 field observers. Due to the blizzard-like conditions, both of these totals are well below the averages for the last ten years of 53 species and 9328 individuals, and the lowest number of species since 1968.

Winter ‘finch’ numbers were: 13 Pine Grosbeaks, 141 Common Redpolls (with 2 Hoary Redpolls seen during the count period), 77 American Goldfinch, 520 Snow Buntings, 325 Bohemian Waxwings, and 7 Cedar Waxwings.

Peterborough Tony Bigg and others
December 15, 07 100+ Bohemian Waxwings Schneider Place, Peterborough Shirley Gillespie
December 12, 07 An opossum was observed this evening eating chicken skins on the back deck of a house in Omemee. Omemee John Sadler
December 4, 07 Just before sunset today, an immature Bald Eagle traveled the length of Lower Stony, from west to east. That is the usual direction, based on past years. Lower Stony Lake Rob Welsh.
December 2, 07


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December 1, 07 The Northern Flicker that has wintered for 6 or 7 years in the Avenues has returned a feeder on Gilmour Street, just west of downtown Peterborough. As well a Pileated Woodpecker has been seen twice on Homewood Avenue. in the past week. Singles or twos of Pine Grosbeak have also been around. Gilmour Street, Peterborough Chris Risley
December 1, 07 Environment Canada is predicting the coldest winter in 15 years, due mostly to the influence of La Nina (lower-than-normal water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean) which permits Arctic air to dominate the weather over Canada.    
November 29, 07 Great Horned Owl seen at dusk, sitting in one of the dead trees in the large wetland on University Road University Rd wetland, just north of County Rd 4 Ben Walters
November 21, 07 Hermit Thrush and two White-throated Sparrows at feeder Merino Road, Peterborough Sue Hill
November 21, 07 350 to 400 Bohemian Waxwings near Gannon's Narrows. The birds were on the tops of large trees along Myers Crescent. Myers Crescent is a short loop road off Kinsale Road which connects with Lakehurst Road about 100 metres south of the Gannon's Narrows bridge. Bryan Wyatt, Guelph
November 19, 07 An employee of the Peterborough Centennial Museum is quite confident he saw a Great Gray Owl sitting on a lamp post in east city (Peterborough). (This would be the first Great Gray reported in central Ontario this fall that I'm aware of. - D.M.) Ashburnham Road (between the Liftlock and Maria Street) sighting reported via Carrie Sadowski
November 18, 07 The finch forecast for this fall/winter is spot-on, judging by the visitors to feeders at Mount Julian this week. They include Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks, and Common Redpolls. Six Bohemian Waxwings foraging in a Red Cedar were present this morning. Pine Siskins and Purple Finches have been ABSENT for two weeks. Mt. Julian (Woodview) Michael Butler
November 18, 07 Pileated Woodpecker hopping from car to car in a parking lot and pecking at the front windshields (N.B. most likely seeing its reflection in the glass and assuming another Pileated had entered its feeding territory) parking lot (directly adjacent to Jackson Creek) belonging to three-story apartment building between McDonnell and Bonaccord streets in Peterborough Patricia Klemm
November 18, 07 "Yesterday, I drained our rainwater barrel and suddenly a male Pine Grosbeak and two females landed a foot away from me to drink the running rainwater!" 17 km north of Norwood Horst Vauth
November 16, 07 Many Lilacs, European Buckthorn and Siberian Elm, along with a few Norway Maple and Silver Maple, have not yet shed their leaves. This is a very late date for these trees to still have leaves. Peterborough Drew Monkman
November 14, 07 50 Snow Buntings flying over the Causeway at Bridgenorth today and 23 Wild Turkeys on the Harrington Line ennismore Bridgenorth / Ennismore Randy Smith
November 13, 07 Pine Grosbeaks, both males and females, feeding in crabapple tree. Have been present for at least one week. Cabot Street, Peterborough Geoffrey Way-Nee
November 9, 07 35 Snow Geese (both white and “blue” individuals) flying overhead Between Lakefield and Trent University. The birds may have landed on the Otonabee River Colin Jones
November 8, 07

Pileated Woodpecker at feeder

(Note: There have been a number of Pileated Woodpecker sightings in the city in recent days, especially along Parkhill Road between Monaghan and Armour - D. Monkman)

Whitaker Street / Armour Road in Peterborough Gord Smith
November 8, 07 12 American Robins, 10 Golden-crowned Kinglets, Winter Moth, many fresh beaver cuttings de Pencier Trail on east side of University Road at Trent University

Drew Monkman

Jim Cashmore

November 4, 07 Prickly Russian Thistle (Salsola tragus) a.k.a tumbleweed Has been "tumbling around the garden" construction site on Cumberland Avenue Hilary Tyne
November 3, 07 14 Pine Grosbeak, 14 Bohemian Waxwing, 8 Evening Grosbeak, 100s of Common Redpolls, 30+ Snow Bunting, 1 Lapland Longspur, 10 Eastern Bluebirds, 2 American Pipits north end of Dear Bay on Upper Buckhorn Lake Don Sutherland
October 31, 07 Barred Owl Jackson Park Johanna Primavesi
October 28, 07 Two Bald Eagles at Six Foot Bay Golf Course Buckhorn Lake Wayne Stone
October 28, 07 25 Common Redpolls, American Tree Sparrows, 200 Bufflehead, 30 Lesser Scaup, 20 Common Goldeneye, 2 Northern Shovellers Lakefield Sewage Lagoon Scott McKinlay
October 26, 07 wild raspberries and wild strawberries in bloom as well as Pussy Willow flower buds opening various locations Tony Bigg
October 26, 07 Cackling Geese (two), Merlin Otonabee River Tony Bigg
October 15, 07 five Snow Geese were seen with about 100 Canada Geese. Small numbers of Snow Geese were also reported from several other locations in early October. Buckhorn highway, south of the Selwyn lights Wayne Stone
October 13, 07 23 Pine Siskins at feeder Young's Point Road, north of Lakefield Myles Falconer
October 13, 07 Several people have been noticing plants re-blooming, apparently because of the extremely mild fall we've been having. These include Lowbush Blueberry. High Falls (Eel's Creek), just north of Stony Lake Michael Butler
October 8, 07 an entirely white, albino Gray Squirrel was seen and photographed today Franmore Drive near the Peterborough Golf and Country Club Charles Hamilton
October 2, 07 An opossum was observed shortly after midnight outside a house on Rice Lake. It quickly scurried up a tree. Screech owls - up to four at a time - are being heard regularly in this area as well. SW end of Rice Lake Bill Stone
September 15, 07 Migrating white-throated sparrows have arrived in our yard right on schedule. Today at least six of them were in our Canada elderberry tree, eating the black berries. Maple Cres., Peterborough Drew Monkman
September 2, 07 Dozens of Fringed Gentian in bloom rail-trail between Highway 7 and Ackison Drive Drew Monkman
September 2, 07 Seven Great White Egrets and two Green Herons in ponds on Beardsmore Road. The egrets were in the pond when we arrived, but shortly after flew into a tree at the end of the pond. After about 20 minutes they returned to the pond. Lately there have been a number of wood ducks in both the south and north ponds. Beardmore Road about 1 km from Airport Road. Beardmore Road exits off Airport Road to the east just south of the 115 overpass Dave and Sherry Hambly
September 27, 07 I photographed a male Red-bellied Woodpecker in my yard today. South Monaghan township David Harries
September 1, 07 The past 3 nights we have seen Common Nighthawks circling and picking off insects about an hour before dusk... so I guess they are heading south .. a sure sign that fall is coming. Buckhorn Lake at Kawartha Hideway J. Philpott
August 26, 07 Considerable fall migration today. Redstarts, Yellow Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (eating elderberries), numerous Blue Jays, and several Purple Finch in yard. Maple Crescent, Peterborough Drew Monkman

August 4, 07




(all month)

Giant Swallowtail on Echinacea in Peterborough garden. This is the first report of a Giant Swallowtail in Peterborough County. They do occur occasionally south of Rice Lake and west of here.


Snowy Tree Crickets calling every evening along Maple Crescent, Roper Drive and area. Seem more common than in other years.

Monarchs regular at garden, mostly nectaring at Purple Coneflower and mauve coloured Phlox. Usually a Red Admiral present as well.



Burnham Street Peterborough




Maple Crescent, Peterborough



Andrew Bigg





Drew Monkman

July 23, 2007 For the last week or so, we have had at least six immature American Robins in the yard. They are all adult-size and feeding on their own but still heavily spotted. I'm wondering where they've come from, since I didn't see any small robin fledglings in our neighbourhood at all this spring. Maple Crescent, Peterborough Drew Monkman
July 22, 2007

Michelle and I road out to Lakefield on rail-trail. Wildflowers dominated by Queen-Anne's-Lace and Tall Sweet Clover. Also fairly common and blooming were Viper Buglos, Common Milkweed (only a few still in flower), Black-eyed Susan, Joe-Pye-Weed, Swamp Milkweed, White Water Lily and Early Goldenrod. Tartarian Honeysuckles, already laden with ripe red or orange berries were common as well.

Dominant birds were Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwing and Song Sparrow. Saw two Black Terns at Lakefield Marsh. Counted about 15 Monarchs over the afternoon.

Rail-Trail from Jackson Park to Lakefield and back Drew Monkman
July 21, 2007

Petroglyphs Butterfly Count

Five groups of observers found a total of 51 species of butterflies, a little above average, including two new species for the count – Milbert’s Tortoiseshell and Common Buckeye.

The butterfly species seen were: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, Mustard White, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Pink-edged Sulphur, Coral Hairstreak, Acadian Hairstreak, Edwards Hirstreak, Banded Hairstreak, Striped Hairstreak, Eastern Tailed Blue, Summer Azure, Great Spangled Fritillary, Aphrodite Fritillary, Atlantis Fritillary, Silver-bordered Fritillary, Meadow Fritillary, Meadow Fritillary, Pearl crescent, Northern Crescent, Question-Mark, Eastern Comma, Gray Comma, Compton’s Tortoiseshell, Milbert’s Tortoiseshell, Mourning Cloak, Americam Lady, Common Buckeye, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Viceroy, Northern Pearly-Eye, Eyed Brown, Common Ringlet, Common Wood-Nymph, Columbine Duskywing, Least Skipper, European Skipper, Peck’s Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, Crossline Skipper, Long Dash, Northern Broken-Dash, Delaware Skipper, Mulberry-Wing, Broad-winged Skipper, Dion Skipper, Dun Skipper, Silver-spotted Skipper, and Monarch.

A total of 4177 individual butterflies were counted, of which 1799 were Dun Skippers.

eastern end of Stoney Lake, the Petroglyphs PP, Apsley, and Sandy lake Rd Jerry Ball, Tony Bigg
July 21, 07 A pair of Sandhill Cranes were seen feeding in a field on Highway 507. Highway 507 - 3 km north of Flynn's Corners near Charlie Allen Road Haig Kelly
July 12, 2007 J. Cooper reports having a woodpecker at their oriole feeder and wanted to know if it's unusual - Yes, it is unusual but certainly does occur. Lots of other birds will visit nectar feeders, too, including jays, wrens, buntings, chickadees and house finches. Bats may even give them a try.   J. Cooper
July 10, 2007 Spent morning leading a nature walk at Camp Ponacka on Baptiste Lake, just east of Bancroft. Milkweed was in bloom in profusion along cottage roads and monarchs were much in evidence. In one roadside section, maybe 100 feet in length, the boys caught (and released) at least 40 caterpillars of various instars. I've never seen such abundance of monarch caterpillars anywhere before. Camp Ponacka, Baptiste Lake, east of Bancroft Drew Monkman
July 9, 2007 ciccada singing, Red Admiral butterflies common in garden Maple Crescent, Peterborough Drew Monkman
June 30, 2007 a man fishing on the Otonabee River near the Hunter Street Bridge observed a large muskellunge catch and eat a half-grown mallard duckling Otonabee River Mario Hodder
May 24, 2007 Black Cherry, and Red Osier Dogwood are now in full blossom. Willows are dispersing their wind-borne seeds. Maple Crescent, Peterborough Drew Monkman
May 24, 2007 First Canada Tiger Swallowtail, Dreamy Duskywing, Hoary Elfin and West Virginia White butterflies various locations Jerry Ball, Tony Bigg
May 23, 2007 First Silvery Blue butterfly various locations Jerry Ball
May 22, 2007 First Black Swallowtail, American Lady and Red Admiral butterflies various locations Jerry Ball
May 20, 2007 First Chryxus Arctic and Juvenal's Duskywing butterflies   Jerry Ball
May 19, 2007 First Mustard White Butterfly   Jerry Ball
May 15, 2007

A large wave of migrants appeared in the Kawarthas this morning. Between 8:00 am and 9:00 we tallied a fourteen warbler species singing and/or feeding within 100 m of our home at Mt. Julian: Black-and-white Warbler,Pine Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Parula Warbler, Ovenbird, Canada Warbler, and American Redstart. We also had Least Flycatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Gray Catbird, Philadelphia and Red-eyed Vireos.

Large numbers of migrants were also recorded in Peterborough. Six species of warblers, a veery, and six Rose-breasted Grosbeaks appeared at 51 Maple Cres. this morning

Mt. Julian, near Stoney Lake





Maple Crescent, Peterborough

Michael Butler and Martha Allen





Drew Monkman

May 15 - 17, 2007 at least 10 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in our yard at the same time including five on the sunflower seed feeder together Maple Crescent, Peterborough Drew Monkman
May 15, 2007 I have a pair of yellow-bellied sapsuckers coming several times daily, a pair of orioles, a pair of Cardinals, several pairs of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 2 pairs of Downy Woodpeckers, several pairs of Hairys, a pair of White-breasted nuthatches, two pairs of nesting chipping sparrows, a pair of nesting song sparrows, a pair of nesting Phoebees and a pair of Robins. I still have a small flock of White-crowned sparrows hanging around daily. Hummers have been back for about two weeks as of today. Also a Brown thrasher singing on a daily basis and a house wren singing daily as well. I also see a Pileated Woodpecker about 2 times per week and hear it "laughing" often in the woods. 12th Line of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Kelly Dodge
May 5, 2007 Northern Parula, Solitary & Spotted Sandpipers Cavan (Cty Rd 10 at 7A) Scott McKinlay
May 5, 2007 Eastern Kingbird, numerous Nashville Warblers, amongst many other species. Plants in bloom included White and Red Trilliums, Trout Lily, Large-flowered Bellwort, Blue Cohosh, Solomon's Seal and Wild Sarsaparilla. Lots of bee flies, too - Bombylius major 9th line of Smith Township Peterborough Field Naturalists Sunday Morning Bird Walk with Martha Allen
May 4, 2007 Two Least Flycatcher Warsaw Caves C.A. Tony Bigg
May 4, 2007 Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (singing) Lakefield Tony Bigg
May 1, 2007 House Wren in song Trent University Andrew Jobes
May 1, 2007 Yellow Warbler, American Bittern Miller Creek C.A. Tony Bigg
May 1, 2007 Whip-poor-will Stoney Lake Tim Dyson
May 1, 2007 Black-throated Blue Warbler Jackson Park Anne Anthony
May 1, 2007 Ovenbird singing Eel's Creek/Stoney Lake Tim Dyson
April 30, 2007 Ruby-throated Hummingbird Stoney Lake Tim Dyson
April 30, 2007 Wild Turkey and nest containing 15 eggs - on May 3, the eggs had disappeared with no sign of predation, broken shells or turkeys in vicinity Keene Donald Howson
April 29, 2007 Upland Sandpiper Cty Rd 38 - N. of Hwy 7 Tony Bigg
April 29, 2007 First American Toads singing West End of Peterborough D. Monkman
April 29, 2007 Many migrant White-throated Sparrows in yard Maple Crescent, Peterboro D. Monkman
April 29, 2007 Black-and-White, Black-throated Green Warblers Selwyn Conservation Area Michael Butler
April 29, 2007 2 Northern Waterthush singing Eel's Creek D. Monkman
April 28, 2007 Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Hermit Thrush, Broad-winged Hawks (2) Camp Kawartha D. Monkman
March thru May, 2007 Red Crossbills breeding Petroglyphs P.P. area westward along Northey's Bay Road Tim Dyson
April 23, 2007

1st Amphibian Rescue Night - Spotted Salamander (many), Blue-spotted (many), Four-toed (1), Eastern Newt (many), American Toad (few), Leopard Frog (many), Spring Peeper (many). N.B. Amphibian Rescue Nights also on April 26th and 27th. Many Four-toeds on both of these dates as well as other salamander species mentionned above

Stoney Lake area Tim Dyson
April 21, 2007 First Cabbage White Butterfly   Jerry Ball
April 24 to 30 Many Merlins paired, copulating, and using old crow nests in White Pines all around Stoney Lake   Tim Dyson
April 22, 2007 First Mourning Cloak and Eastern Comma butterflies   Jerry Ball