[Ontbirds] Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Sun Apr 4 19:41:07 EDT 2004


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AND THE QUINTE AREA FOR
Sunday, April 04, 2004


As snow continues to fall this evening, and possibly accumulate somewhat
overnight, it is still early enough in the season for spring to arrive in
these little unsure spurts as though not quite certain about its welcome.
Memories of last April are still fresh in our mind and we hope warmer
weather prevails as we forge ahead through this week and the migration of
early spring migrants continues. The first WILSON'S SNIPES showed up on
March 28th at Huyck's Point, and the following day northwest of Bloomfield,
with another checked off near Prince Edward Point. The early spring migrants
continue to trickle in as we wait for that surge of balmy weather that will
drive the awaited for arrivals into the Quinte area.  A WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW seen at Albury is believed to have been an individual that had
wintered nearby, although a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER that appeared in the
same yard showed a bit more promise. NORTHERN FLICKERS can be encountered
almost daily now, and the increase in EASTERN BLUEBIRD reports likely
represent migrants. RING-NECKED PHEASANTS were seen near Wellington and
along Fish Lake Road during the week, and a BELTED KINGFISHER turned up at
Barcovan. Other migrants included 6 FOX SPARROWS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS
and two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, all at Prince Edward Point. The first CHIPPING
SPARROW of the season was seen near Tweed on March 31st. And patiently
waiting for the banding season to get under way last week were 8 NORTHERN
FLICKERS on the lawn, just outside the still closed banding station.

Still delighting in the skiffs of snow and below freezing temperatures are
COMMON REDPOLLS, still visiting feeders west of Rednersville and near the
Quinte Skyway Bridge. There was a PINE SISKIN at a feeder in Bloomfield on
April 1st, and an occasional PURPLE FINCH at a feeder on Green Point Road at
the Quinte Skyway Bridge.

With the ice gone from most of the lakes and bays now, waterfowl have become
more widely scattered. A birder walking along the Millennium Trail across
Consecon Lake on Tuesday found 43 MUTE SWANS along with about 200
RING-NECKED DUCKS. In Adolphus Reach, mergansers, BUFFLEHEADS, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, MALLARDS, BLACK DUCKS, GREATER SCAUP and four TUNDRA SWANS were
present this weekend. Two WOOD DUCKS were also found perched in an oak tree
near the same location.

The best waterfowl watching however, continues to be in the shallows where
NORTHERN SHOVELERS, WOOD DUCKS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and BLUE-WINGED TEAL were
easily tallied in the cattail marshes along Wesley Acres Road, south of
Bloomfield on Thursday. On Monday, other observers found good success at the
Kaiser Crossroad flooded fields where there were lots of NORTHERN PINTAILS,
a REDHEAD, numerous RING-NECKED DUCKS, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEONS, one WOOD
DUCK and BLACK DUCKS counted. The previous day over 200 NORTHERN PINTAILS
were tallied along with CANADA GEESE, 4 GREEN-WINGED TEALS , and 4 GREATER
SCAUPS. Approximately 200 NORTHERN PINTAILS were still there today.

Wrapping up the week's sightings was a BALD EAGLE in the Bay of Quinte just
west of the Quinte Skyway Bridge, a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS at a
backyard suet feeder in the Barry Heights area of Trenton, a COMMON RAVEN at
Carrying Place, a dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK near Prince Edward Point on
March 29th, a MERLIN on Point Petre Road, 10 WILD TURKEYS at West Point, and
another pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS at Adolphustown, and 10 WOOD DUCKS at
Beaver Meadow Wildlife Management Area south of Picton.

Our congratulations to contributor Don Craighead for being one of three
recipients of the Golden Eagle Award, presented for his efforts in the
Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas. Don has logged 828 hours atlassing in the first
three years of the five-year project, contributing breeding evidence from 29
squares. He completed 91 Rare/Colonial report forms (including 5 for King
Rail and 19 for Least Bittern, and has completed 256 point counts in the
region.

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.
Our thanks to Don Craighead, Sacha and John Squair, David & Yvette Bree, Rae
O'Brien, Nick Quickert, Lloyd Paul, Janet Foster, Nancy Fox, Bill Hogg, John
Charlton, Doug & Evelyn Sloane, and Doris Lane for their contributions to
this week's report. This report also appears on the Birding page at
www.naturestuff.net . This report will be updated by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday,
April 11th. Bird sightings must be in by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening to be
included in the next report. Good spring birding.

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




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