Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Mon Sep 9 20:31:02 EDT 2002


WEEKLY  BIRD  REPORT  FROM  THE  QUINTE  AREA for Monday, September 09, 2002

There has been a fair bit of stuff moving through Prince Edward County over
the past two weeks. At Prince Edward Point, things have been generally very
quiet. Hawks moving through on Wednesday included 16 TURKEY VULTURES, 97
AMERICAN KESTRELS, 62 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 130 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, a  few
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, and a single RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Warblers passing
through during the past two weeks included some 11 species with MAGNOLIA,
and BLACKPOLLS being the most abundant There was a MOURNING WARBLER banded
on August 29th, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was present on Friday,
NORTHERN PARULA on August 28th, and a WESTERN PALM WARBLER on Wednesday.

Shorebird numbers remained scattered, as they usually do in the county.
There have been up to 20 LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Main Duck Island (Sept. 5 &
Sept. 9), one of them happily feeding in a viscid yellow pool of 150+
rotting carp that had become trapped in a lagoon beside the lighthouse, and
which dried up last week. Birders go where the birds are. There were 33
LESSER YELLOWLEGS seen west of the Prince Edward Point lighthouse on Monday,
and a WHIMBREL was on the beach at Prince Edward Point on August 27th, along
with 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES today.

Other interesting birds to have turned up at Prince Edward Point in the last
few days were NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD (today) BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LINCOLN'S
SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH, 5 BALD EAGLES (Monday),  and a RED-THROATED LOON on
August 31st. There was a COOPER'S HAWK in the area on Thursday.

Elsewhere in the county, 24 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flew over a residence on
County Road 1, northwest of Bloomfield, and another 15 were counted at
Prince Edward Point on August 25th, followed by 30 the following night.
Birds seen in the Albury area, east of Carrying Place, early last week,
included CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER,
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER and
AMERICAN REDSTART, along with PHILADELPHIA, WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREOS. A
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Prince Edward Point on August 26th.

There was an OSPREY at Black River early in the week, NORTHERN FLICKERS at
Sheba's Island, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS at Sandbanks Provincial Park,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at Albury, and AMERICAN WIGEON at Fish Lake. At
Main Duck Island today, there were small flocks of SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS,
BELTED KINGFISHERS, both GREEN HERON and GREAT BLUE HERON, DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANTS, CASPIAN TERNS, and numerous gulls comprising BONAPARTE'S,
HERRING, RING-BILLED and GREAT BLACK BACKED. A well marked BROAD-WINGED HAWK
flew over the John Foster Dulles cabin site, and an early single RUSTY
BLACKBIRD was seen along the north shore of the island.

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County. Our thanks to David
Okines of the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, John Moore, Bruce Ripley
(OntBirds), Don Craighead, Rae O'Brien, Mia Lane, Nancy Fox and Mark
Larratt-Smith for their contributions to this week's report. This report
will be updated again once enough material comes in to warrant doing so.

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


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