Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Sun Mar 23 19:50:56 EST 2003


WEEKLY  BIRD  REPORT  FROM  THE  QUINTE  AREA for Sunday, March 23, 2003

    More stuff arrived during the week to join the throngs of KILLDEER, and
members of the blackbird family that showed up en masse last weekend, along
with SONG SPARROWS. A TURKEY VULTURE was seen on Long Point Road, east of
Gravelly Bay Road on Tuesday. It, or another, also turned up at Prinyer's
Cove the following day, followed by another sighting yesterday at Waupoos,
and another on Ridge Road today and one on Wesley Acres Road yesterday.
GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen at Sandbanks last Saturday, Mountain View on
Monday and another yesterday over the Big Island Marsh, and another at
Adolphustown.. There was a NORTHERN FLICKER at Sandbanks early in the week,
and a male EASTERN TOWHEE on Lower Massassauga Road today. An early AMERICAN
WOODCOCK was seen searching for soft earth on the Murray-Harrington Road in
the Murray Marsh area on Tuesday.

    For the most part though, it was waterfowl, and their numbers and
make-up fluctuated throughout the week. A popular waterfowl viewing area, a
flooded farm field on Kaiser Crossroad, east of Waupoos, 48 TUNDRA SWANS
there Monday; today there were in excess of 100. Also at this location,
there were 6 TRUMPETER SWANS, CANADA GEESE, 1 SNOW GOOSE, 2 GADWALL,
MALLARDS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 16 NORTHERN PINTAILS. This is a popular
birding spot and certainly worthy of a visit in the days to come. Last year
there were close to a dozen species of ducks during its peak, with 300 of
them NORTHERN PINTAILS. Another popular location on Wesley Acres Road, south
of Bloomfield, also harbours numerous ducks, but is drained very quickly and
success depends largely on timing. Yesterday there were six species of
waterfowl, including two SNOW GEESE. Meanwhile in West Lake at Wellington,
waterfowl success was generally very poor, although 14 species did show up
on Saturday, compared to larger numbers a day earlier. Among them were MUTE
SWAN, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCKS, and HOODED MERGANSER. East
Lake on Saturday donated about 15 species of waterfowl including MUTE and
TUNDRA SWAN, WOOD DUCK (1), AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL (1), both GREATER and
LESSER SCAUP, and COMMON MERGANSER.  This same area on Monday also added
HORNED GREBE to the list. And CANADA GEESE are everywhere. Birders this week
are cautioned that water flow is swift these days along County watercourses
and are asked to use extreme care when around these areas. Today, there was
flooding at both ends of Consecon Lake - at the village of Consecon and the
community of Melville. Consecon Creek is a huge creek system and runs
through the Big Swamp, so the quantity of water, until it peaks in a day or
two, will be enormous.

    In other birding news around Prince Edward County, the VARIED THRUSH at
Prinyer's Cove, a regular since early January, tends to wander more with the
arrival of warmer weather, so birders still wanting to catch a glimpse of
this western visitor, may have to wait quite a while. Other sightings over
the week included a NORTHERN SHRIKE on Mitchel's Crossroad on Friday,
EASTERN MEADOWLARK on East Lake Road on Thursday, 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS
on Marisett Road on Monday, and on Tuesday there was AMERICAN COOT at
Wellington, a RED-THROATED LOON at the Glenora Ferry crossing, and a 3rd
year BALD EAGLE on Amherst Island. Owling efforts by one observer Monday
night aroused a GREAT HORNED OWL on Doxsee Road, and EASTERN SCREECH OWLS on
Huff's Island Road and Massassauga Road. Two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were
seen during the week at Waupoos.

    And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte
area. Our thanks to Chris Grooms, Lloyd Paul, Ken Ashton, Bruce Ripley, Owen
Weir, Bud Rowe, Laura Pierce, Joanne Dewey, Judy Bell, Laura Pierce, Don
Craighead, Thomas Rymes, Nick Quickert, Yvette and David Bree, Bill Hogg,
Don & John Legate and Rita Chapman. This report will be updated by 8:00 p.m.
on Sunday, March 30th. Bird sightings must be in by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday
evening to be included in the next report. Good birding !

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

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