Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Sun Jan 26 18:51:26 EST 2003


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM THE QUINTE AREA for Sunday, January 26, 2003

    Bird feeders across Prince Edward County were just a buzzing after
yesterday's heavy snowfall (48.8 cm in one area of the county according to
one Highway 62 resident who keeps official records). Numerous observers
reported brisk business with some reporting highs of 40+ TREE SPARROWS, 20+
BLUE JAYS, 80+ MOURNING DOVES, and significantly higher numbers of other
regulars. A feeder near Tweed reported 70+ TREE SPARROWS, and up to five
NORTHERN CARDINALS and two AMERICAN ROBINS at a feeder near Waupoos. The
VARIED THRUSH Is still coming to the feeder at 383 Prinyer's Cove Crescent,
17 km east of Lake-on-the-Mountain. It has now been confirmed that both a
male and a female are visiting this feeder as several observers have seen
both appear together. This same feeder also has a female RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER and a NORTHERN FLICKER. There is an EASTERN TOWHEE coming to a
feeder on Scoharie Road, not far from Picton, and there are WHITE-THROATED
SPARROWS at a feeder near the Quinte Skyway Bridge. At South Bay, an active
feeder there has a couple BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS among
the regular clientel.

    One observer who visited the Prinyer's Cove varied thrush site, also
reported great success the same day at Luck's Crossroad, between County
Roads 17 & 8, where a particularly good food crop in a stand of red cedars
produced well over 100 AMERICAN ROBINS on Wednesday, along with at least one
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, a NORTHERN FLICKER, a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, a few
EUROPEAN STARLINGS, and about a dozen CEDAR WAXWINGS.

    Among the birds of prey reported in the county during the week was a
BARRED OWL, both seen and photographed near the 4-way Stop at the West Lake
Sector at Sandbanks Provincial Park. A COOPER'S HAWK continues to harvest a
mourning dove every other day or so from a feeder at 23 Sprague Road, and
another was seen early in the week along Babylon Road. Two BALD EAGLES
likely part of the trio seen regularly along Adolphus Reach, were seen on
the ice off Cressy Lakeside Road on Tuesday, and another was seen near
Waupoos the same day.

    Other good sightings during the week included 35 WILD TURKEYS on Sidney
Street north of 401 at Belleville; SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK,
PILEATED WOODPECKER and 85 CEDAR WAXWINGS at the H.R. Frink Centre 9 km
north of Belleville, 4 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS on Kinlin Road, east of Tweed; and
a PILEATED WOODPECKER at Smith's Bay in Prince Edward County.

    And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and area. Our
thanks to Bruce Ripley, Maris Apse, Susan Shipman, Thomas Rymes, Janet
Foster, John Blaney, Margaret Haylock-Capon, Evelyn Sloane, 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, February 2nd. Bird sightings must be
in by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening to be included in the next report. Good
winter birding!

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

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