Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at hermes.kos.net
Sun Apr 21 20:02:12 EDT 2002


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM THE QUINTE AREA for Sunday, April 21, 2002

An unusual week, weatherwise, with temperatures ranging from a high of 26
degrees in the earlier part of the week, plumating to zero last night;
however, it did little to stem the tide of migrants coming into the Quinte
area through the week. A few of the new arrivals included VESPER SPARROWS
and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS at Prince Edward Point on the 15th; UPLAND
SANDPIPER on Walmsley Road and FIELD SPARROW  at Elmbrook on the 16th (20 at
Prince Edward Point by yesterday); BROWN THRASHER at Big Island on the 17th;
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS near Black River on the 18th; EASTERN KINGBIRD, CLIFF
SWALLOWS and BARN SWALLOW at Prince Edward Point, also on the 18th.

Birders looking for warblers have had some good luck at the Prince Edward
Point National Wildlife Area with YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, PINE WARBLERS and
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS  now present. A lone SANDHILL CRANE was
observed at Prince Edward Point flying south over the field just west of the
banding station on Wednesday, and two more were observed west of there in
the Brewer's Road/Helmer Road area yesterday.

Sandbanks Provincial Park was not to be outdone with BELTED KINGFISHERS
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, CHIPPING SPARROWS, WINTER WREN and a HERMIT THRUSH
present there on Tuesday. Night owling in that area last week produced 6
EASTERN SCREECH OWLS and a GREAT HORNED OWL. As birds migrate through they
are apt to be found most anywhere. EASTERN TOWHEES turned up on people's
doorsteps on Rednersville Road, and on Sprague Road.

As a result of occasional rains, the flooded corn fields at Kaiser Road are
still producing good numbers of waterfowl. Present last week were
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, MALLARDS, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and NORTHERN PINTAILS. Both
WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS were present along the Prince Edward Point
shorelines as well as COMMON LOONS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, numerous
LONG-TAILED DUCKS and HORNED GREBES. There were NORTHERN SHOVELER,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL and WOOD DUCK  in a flooded field along Huff's Island
Road.

Other noteworthy sightings during the week included CHIPPING SPARROWS and a
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at a feeder near Waupoos, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS at
Ostrander Point, and a BROAD-WINGED HAWK in the Brewer's Road and Helmer
Road area (there was also one yesterday near Frontenac Outfitters just
outside Frontenac Park).

Bird banding commenced at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory March
31st, the earliest start date in the 8-year period. Banding totals to April
13th ranged from 24 on April 7th to 247 on the 9th. BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD
(292), GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (200) and DARK-EYED JUNCO (174) claimed the
top three spots. Highlights of the spring banding will continue to show up
in the weekly report as information is received.

Away from Prince Edward County, there were YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS  and 2 EASTERN TOWHEES at Moira Lake on Wednesday,
and VIRGINIA RAILS and UPLAND SANDPIPER north of Napanee the same day. And
although far out of the normal reporting area, an hour kayak paddle along
Mitchel Creek at Frontenac Provincial Park yesterday, followed by an 11-km
hike along the Arkon Lake and Bufflehead Trails produced HERMIT THRUSH,
several PILEATED WOODPECKERS, TURKEY VULTURES, COMMON RAVENS, NORTHERN
FLICKERS, COMMON LOONS, both HAIRY & DOWNY WOODPECKERS, YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, GREAT BLUE HERON, RED-TAILED HAWKS and several RUFFED GROUSE. The
hike and paddle was part of a series of outdoor events offered through
Quinte Conservation.

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.
Our thanks to Stephen Monet, David Bree, Lloyd Paul, Nola Sprague, Beth
McPherson, Bob Sachs (Ontbirds report), Brenda Dunlay, Doris Lane, Carol
Perlberg, John & Margaret Moore, Rae O'Brien, Bill Miramontes, Fran
Donaldson and Don Craighead for their contributions to this week's report.
This report will be updated by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28th. Bird
sightings must be in by 6:00 p.m. to be included in the next report. Good
warblering tis week!

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

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