Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at hermes.kos.net
Sun Feb 17 18:56:55 EST 2002


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM THE QUINTE AREA for Sunday, February 17, 2002


It may be a bit early yet to be talking too seriously about early spring
migrants; however, at least one, the HORNED LARK, has been turning up across
the Quinte area. These birds whose arrival seems to be about mid-February,
were seen this past week at Beaver Meadow, Athol Bay, Babylon Road, Royal
Road and Kelly Road, and a variety of other locations. As far as the GREAT
BLUE HERON seen today at Salmon Point, rather than an early spring migrant,
it was probably an individual that successfully wintered over. Other early
spring migrants that were probably wintering individuals included 2 BROWN
CREEPERS on Tuesday in the Victoria Road area, a NORTHERN HARRIER on Shannon
Road, a female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD near Waupoos,  2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS
at Beaver Meadow, AMERICAN ROBINS at Prince Edward Point,  Point Petre, and
Victoria Road (30),  2 COMMON GRACKLES and 2 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS at Cressy
Point, and another 8 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS along Point Petre Road.

More wintry guests in the county this past week were 22 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at
the north end of Sprague Road, 125 on Long Point Road near Prince Edward
Point, and another 65 along Kelly Road near Welbanks Road. There were five
PINE GROSBEAKS at Point Petre yesterday, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Bond Road
near Milford.

COMMON REDPOLLS and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES continue to be the dominant guests
at most feeding stations across the county this winter. There were 60+ of
the latter species at my feeders all day today, and up to 7 at any one time
crowding around the heated bird bath. There is a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at a
feeder at Peat's Point.

Waterfowl reports during the week were scattered with major reports
including the open waters off the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area
Friday producing 29 CANADA GEESE, 17 GADWALLS, 15 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 200
MALLARDS, 2000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 24 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS
and 19 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Point Petre yesterday had 200 LONG-TAILED
DUCKS, 250 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and today 4 TUNDRA
SWANS, 60 MALLARDS, 6 COMMON MERGANSERS and 80 BUFFLEHEADS  were added to
the weekend tally.

Colder weather has forced the 150+ TUNDRA SWANS in the South Bay/Smith's Bay
area to disperse, with only 60 being seen there yesterday, and only a
handful today which were joined by a lone MUTE SWAN.

Single BALD EAGLE reports came last week from Adolphustown and east of
Lake-on-the-Mountain in Adolphus Reach (likely the same bird). At
Massassauga Point, one observer came across a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in the
process of consuming an AMERICAN ROBIN. RED-TAILED HAWKS during the week
turned up at Belleville (on the Bay Bridge Road light standard), Prince
Edward Point, Cressy, Lighthall Road, and along Highway 62. There was a
NORTHERN GOSHAWK on Dundas Street, east of Herchimer Avenue in Belleville
yesterday. AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen along Highway 62, and along Doxsee
Road, and GREAT HORNED OWLS were seen and heard at Beaver Meadow, Big Island
and Prince Edward Point.

Other interesting sightings to come in during the week were PILEATED
WOODPECKER at Point Petre, and 18 WILD TURKEYS north of Cherry Valley
(another 20 near Wooler)

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.
Our thanks to Don Craighead, Jon Robb, Lawrence Moore, Fran Donaldson, Joe
Victor, Bill Hogg, Lloyd Paul, and Wynne Thomas for their contributions to
this week's report. This report will be updated by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday,
February 24th. Bird sightings must be in by 6:00 p.m. to be included in the
next report. Good winter birding everyone!

Tery Sprague
Picton, Ontario
tsprague at kos.net
http://www.naturestuff.net


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