[Ontbirds] Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Sun Apr 18 20:03:10 EDT 2004


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AND THE QUINTE AREA FOR
Sunday, April 18, 2004


There's nothing like some warmer weather, a few rains, and a bit of thunder
and lightning, to bring along a few more migrants. There were several new
arrivals during the week. VESPER SPARROWS, PIED-BILLED GREBES, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, SAVANNAH SPARROW , EASTERN TOWHEE and VIRGINIA RAILS were all
found at Gull Pond  on April 15th. BARN SWALLOWS arrived at Carrying Place
April 16th, followed by ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW and CLIFF SWALLOW at Prince
Edward Point the following day. Also new, and seen at Prince Edward Point on
the 17th, were BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BROWN THRASHER, and PINE WARBLER (also
seen at West Point) and at least 30 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. A somewhat early
GRAY CATBIRD arrived on a Bethesda Road front lawn April 12th.

The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory opened for the spring on April
12th. Small parties of BONAPARTE'S GULLS have been noted moving east along
Lake Ontario all week, and one flock on the 16th contained an adult LITTLE
GULL. WILSON'S SNIPE are displaying daily over the area and offshore up to
8,000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 60+ BUFFLEHEAD can be seen most days. HERMIT
THRUSHES appeared on the 15th (another was at West Point on the 18th), and a
SHORT-EARED OWL was hunting over the area that evening. The 16th saw the
first YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS appear, with 20 being found the following
day. A few FOX SPARROWS and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS are still to be seen in
the bushes.

Numbers of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS are being seen throughout the county
right now, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS have also been noted at West Point and
at Napanee. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were reported at feeders during the week
in Bloomfield and on Sheba's Island. PURPLE FINCHES were seen in Picton,
Sheba's Island, Bloomfield and at Prinyer's Cove where a feeder there also
hosted an EVENING GROSBEAK. PINE SISKINS appeared in Napanee and at West
Point. All over in suitable areas AMERICAN WOODCOCK  and WILSON'S SNIPE have
been heard performing their nuptials.

Rains during the past week have made the fields on Kaiser Crossroad a bit
more conducive to waterfowl where at least a thousand birds can still be
seen, comprising MALLARDS, NORTHERN PINTAILS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, AMERICAN
WIGEONS and a few CANADA GEESE. About 50 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were
present in Prinyer's Cove today. COMMON LOONS were seen during the week at
Big Island and Point Traverse. Little Bluff Conservation Area had 7 HORNED
GREBES on April 14th.

Other good sightings during the week were WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS in Napanee
and at a feeder in Bloomfield where there were also a few early
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. OSPREYS outside of the immediate Quinte area have
been noted on nesting platforms at Hastings, Villiers, Keane, and on Highway
28, south of Peterborough - seven in total. A SHORT-EARED OWL seen at
Sandbanks on April 15th, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Gull Pond, BELTED
KINGFISHERS at Point Petre and on Gomorrah Road, and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS at
Consecon Lake and Milford, round out the spring reports for this past week.

Our thanks to Walter Frey, Karen Stenhouse, Lloyd Paul, Angela & Dave
Mantle, David Okines, Molly Mulloy, Beth McPherson, Don Craighead, David
Bree, John & Margaret Moore, Doris Lane, Wynne Thomas, Bruce Ripley
(Ontbirds), Fred Chandler and Don McClure for their contributions to this
week's report. This report also appears on the Birding page at
www.naturestuff.net and will be updated by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 25th.
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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