Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at hermes.kos.net
Sun Mar 31 19:14:44 EST 2002


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM THE QUINTE AREA for Sunday, March 31, 2002

A heavy snowfall on Tuesday put a damper on the bird migration for the day
in the Quinte area, but things were back to normal by the following day.
Today, there were few reminders of that day as small numbers of SONG
SPARROWS, TREE SWALLOWS, EASTERN PHOEBES and GREAT BLUE HERONS resumed their
spring schedules. Yesterday, there were AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, EASTERN PHOEBES,
and a FOX SPARROW at the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. Another
FOX SPARROW turned up on Tuesday in the Shannonville area. The OSPREY was
seen at its traditional nesting area at the corner of County Road 28 and
Massassauga Road, south of Rossmore, by several people yesterday.

A night of owling by the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists produced an
EASTERN SCREECH OWL  near Lake-on-the-Mountain, and another at Waupoos,
along with 3 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS. Also putting in appearances in several
locations during the week were EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, COMMON SNIPE, COMMON
LOONS, and several RUFFED GROUSE. A WINTER WREN turned up at Beaver Meadow
on Saturday, located by a Toronto birder. A PEREGRINE FALCON showed up along
Cold Creek Road on Friday.

Still a few signs of winter though. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Babylon Road and
County Road 13 numbered 34 on Monday, and a Bloomfield observer came across
a flock of 20 SNOW BUNTINGS in a field north of the village on Wednesday.
And on Keene Road, a flock of 60 COMMON REDPOLLS turned up in the middle of
the week.

Waterfowl during the week showed up in some spectacular numbers. Skeins of
CANADA GEESE were observed throughout the week with large gaggles turning up
at Pleasant Bay (200), and similar numbers reported from South Bay. One home
owner at West Lake had close to 500 on his lawn and on his grassed air strip
this weekend. There were over 100 TUNDRA SWANS on Pleasant Bay during the
week along with 4 MUTE SWANS. Large numbers and a good assortment can be
seen right now on all lakes and bays in the area and some of the more
interesting reports to come in during the week included HOODED MERGANSERS at
Prince Edward Point, WOOD DUCKS at Beaver Meadow and Prince Edward Point,
REDHEADS and CANVASBACKS at Smith's Bay, BUFFLEHEADS at Salmon Point, and
RING-NECKED DUCKS and AMERICAN WIGEONS at East Lake.

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.
Our thanks to David Wight, Shirley Preston, Lloyd Paul, David and Yvette
Bree, Shirley and Ken Joyce, Don Craighead, Dan Kozlovic, Fran Donaldson,
Bill Hogg, Molly Mulloy, and Henry and Joan Pasila for their contributions
to this week's report. This report will be updated by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday,
April 7th. Bird sightings must be in by 6:00 p.m. to be included in the next
report. Good spring birding everyone!

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

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