Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Sun Mar 9 18:39:49 EST 2003


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM THE QUINTE AREA for Sunday, March 09, 2003

Winter continues its icy grip on Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.
This was certainly reflected in some of the reports that came in during the
week including SNOW BUNTINGS (12) along Greer Road in Prince Edward County,
and others during the week at 401 and Sidney Street in Belleville, and along
Wooler Road. There was a second winter ICELAND GULL at the Glenora Ferry
crossing last Sunday, and another - this time a first winter bird, at Point
Petre the same day.

Bird feeders continue to enjoy brisk business as winter drags on with each
feeder reporting their own individual successes with record large numbers of
TREE SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and MOURNING DOVES. A flock of 40 AMERICAN
GOLDFINCHES last week at a feeder east of Waupoos, and which subsequently
disappeared this weekend, was particularly noteworthy as this species is all
but absent at many feeders this winter. The male VARIED THRUSH at 383
Prinyer's Cove Crescent was last seen yesterday. This feeder which has seen
close to 100 observers since the thrush arrived in early January, also has a
male NORTHERN FLICKER, and both a male and female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. It
has also been confirmed that a female VARIED THRUSH is also patronizing the
same feeder although it is the male that seems to be observed more
frequently. As spring draws nearer, we will be working on confirming a
breeding record for this species for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas !

Open water around the county is still at a premium. However, West Lake at
Wellington has been producing some interesting species including up to 22
MUTE SWANS this evening (15 on Monday). Prince Edward Point is still pretty
much frozen in although fly bys of 60+ LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen early in
the week. A few open areas can be found at Point Petre where early in the
week there were 750 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 350 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 80 BUFFLEHEAD,
18 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 140 GREATER SCAUP, 22 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and
250 MALLARDS.

Signs of spring do continue to tantalize us, however. The flock of AMERICAN
ROBINS along South Big Island Road had grown to 300+ by Friday afternoon. A
NORTHERN HARRIER also appeared over the Big Island Marsh at 1111 South Big
Island Road, and HORNED LARKS regularly flush from roadsides. A flock of 37
along County Road 17, east of Lake-on-the-Mountain was noteworthy.  EASTERN
BLUEBIRDS were found during the week on County Road 13 south of Black River
(8), and another 8 at Point Petre.

Other interesting sightings during the week were ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK near
Prinyer's Cove, 2 SNOWY OWLS on Amherst Island on Tuesday, a RED-TAILED HAWK
on Greer Road this afternoon, and another at Mountain View on Wednesday.

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.
Our thanks to Margaret Quinn, Laura Pierce, John Charlton, Thomas & John
Rymes, Fred Chandler, Bruce DiLabio, Lloyd Paul, George Kratz, Owen Weir and
Donald McClure for their contributions to this week's report. This report
will be updated by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16th. 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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