Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at hermes.kos.net
Sun Jan 13 19:14:15 EST 2002


A relatively slow week with much of the snow that had accumulated after
Christmas, succumbing to mild weather, at least, in the northern half of the
county where snowfall had been less. In other areas of the county, still
lots of snow with plenty of activity on the toboggan hill at Macaulay
Mountain Conservation Area over the weekend. Some inland lakes and bays also
developed open areas where some success was had observing waterfowl.

>From 40 to 50 TUNDRA SWANS continue to alternate between South Bay and
Smith's Bay. There was an immature BALD EAGLE on the edge of the ice at
Smith's Bay yesterday. Another two immature BALD EAGLES turned up two days
earlier on the edge of the ice in the Bay of Quinte, just west of Glenora,
where there were also 200 COMMON MERGANSERS.

Wellington Harbour and area yesterday contained close to 300 MALLARDS, a few
BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSERS. Huyck's Point, west of Wellington,
produced a couple hundred LONG-TAILED DUCKS and a lone COMMON GOLDENEYE.

Patronage at some bird feeders has slowed to a drizzle, although most
feeders are still reporting good numbers of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and COMMON
REDPOLLS. There are also COMMON REDPOLLS at feeders in Foxboro, and about 50
coming to a feeder on Scoharie Road where there has also been a RED-BELLIED

Elsewhere, there was a SNOWY OWL perched on the remains of the former wooden
jetty at the Wellington Channel on Saturday. Two COMMON LOONS were observed
in upper Picton Bay on Tuesday, and there was a nice flock of 46 BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS consuming red cedar berries on Big Island  yesterday. There has
been a PILEATED WOODPECKER visiting a backyard at the former Lowey-Carley
Conservation Area parkette on East Lake Road.

A flock of SNOW BUNTINGS had been coming to bird feeders on North Beach
Road, at Pleasant Bay since New Year's Day. The birds routinely fed on the
ground beneath the feeders and were observed sampling the suet as well.
Outside the county a flock of 100 to 200 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at Madoc.
And east of Wooler, a dead bird found along the road there turned out to be

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.
Our thanks to Shirley and Ken Joyce, John Hughes, Amy Johnson, Jeannette
Mohammed, Nancy Fox, Carol Irelend, George Underhill, Don Chisholm, Lloyd
Paul and David
Bree for their contributions to this week's report. This report will be
updated by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20th. Bird sightings must be in by
6:00 p.m. to be included in the next report. Good winter birding everyone!

Terry Sprague
Picton, Ontario
tsprague at kos.net

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