Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at hermes.kos.net
Sun Feb 10 19:23:21 EST 2002


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM THE QUINTE AREA for Sunday, February 10, 2002

Birders in the Quinte area last week took advantage of the good driving
conditions, clear skies, and even milder weather to chalk up a few species
on their daily lists. Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area on
Wednesday offered several species of ducks including LONG-TAILED, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, GADWALL, AMERICAN BLACK, MALLARD, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
Also seen at the Point was an adult BALD EAGLE flying between Point Traverse
and Timber Island, the observer asking if this might be the year in which
they will resume nesting on this offshore island, after an absence from the
nesting scene of five decades. The Point also produced 8 RUFFED GROUSE (7 in
one tree behind the banding station ), 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a RUSTY
BLACKBIRD and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS. West of Prince Edward Point, there were 3
EASTERN BLUEBIRDS along Babylon Road, and 150 SNOW BUNTINGS on Kelly Road.

To be found in the open waters at Wellington Harbour and West Lake are 200
CANADA GEESE, GADWALLS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 100 MALLARDS, REDHEADS,
GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSERS. Presqu'ile Provincial
Park yesterday had 125 MUTE SWANS, CANVASBACKS, REDHEADS, a RING-NECKED
DUCK, and the usual waterfowl species present at this time of the year. Also
seen there yesterday was an immature BALD EAGLE, 2 ICELAND GULLS, an
AMERICAN ROBIN (a bit of a rarity in the Quinte area this winter), and 2
COMMON GRACKLES.

The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists visited Amherst Island today,
coming up with 2 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, 5 SNOWY OWLS,
lots of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and RED-TAILED HAWKS, a COOPER'S HAWK, 30 SNOW
BUNTINGS, 18 TUNDRA SWANS and 8 GADWALL. Other observers on the island
reported 6 SHORT-EARED OWLS yesterday, and there was also a report of a
THREE-TOED WOODPECKER today. Seen along Highway 33 at Conway were 100+
CANADA GEESE, 100+ MALLARDS, COMMON MERGANSER, 2 female HOODED MERGANSER, 15
REDHEADS, an AMERICAN WIGEON, a half dozen AMERICAN COOTS, 10 AMERICAN BLACK
DUCKS and 20 scaup species.

WILD TURKEYS this past week turned up along Ridge Road near Bloomfield (9),
30 along Telephone Road and 68 along Bonisteel Road, all seen yesterday.
HORNED LARKS traditionally turn up in the Quinte area by February 10th -
12th, and representatives in the area this past week included 9 on Royal
Road, 37 on Kelly Road, 11 on Telephone Road, and 2 on Allison Road, Big
Island.

I seldom mention NORTHERN CARDINALS in this report as we have only had one
at our feeders in two years of the 26 years in which we have been feeding
many hundreds of other birds, although there is one across the road, where
there is no feeder! However, several noteworthy reports came in this past
week including 9 northwest of Bloomfield, 6 on Maitland Drive in Quinte
West, and singles reported from South Shore Road (Napanee), and Pleasant
Bay. Even a male that had earlier crashed into a Bloomfield window, and
recovered, has returned to a feeder along with two females!

AMERICAN KESTRELS seemed to be unusually active at local bird feeders this
past week, with one at a feeder at Richmond Street in Picton, another taking
an ambitious dive at a MOURNING DOVE in Codrington, and one dive-bombing a
feeder west of Belleville.

Other noteworthy sightings during the week included a dozen EVENING
GROSBEAKS on Queen Street in Picton, 11 CEDAR WAXWINGS at Beaver Meadow,
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at a Bloomfield feeder, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK eyeing
a feeder at Pete's Point, and an AMERICAN KESTREL along Telephone Road.

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.
Our thanks to Don Craighead, Myrna Wood, Barry King, Nancy Fox, Ken &
Shirley Joyce, David Bree, Henry Buckhalter & Alex Scott (OntBirds), Don
McClure, Lloyd Paul and Judy Bell for their contributions to this week's
report. This report will be updated by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17th.
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
http://www.naturestuff.net

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