[Ontbirds] Quinte Area Bird Report

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Sun Apr 25 20:17:11 EDT 2004


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AND THE QUINTE AREA FOR
Sunday, April 25, 2004

Rain and even a little bit of freezing rain early this morning kept birders
indoors for most of the day. However, the rest of the week provided birders
with some half decent birding opportunities around the county and elsewhere.
A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER which first turned up at the Prince Edward Point
National Wildlife Area on April 19th, was still being seen regularly until
at least April 22nd. The bird alternated between the bird banding station,
and across the harbour at the lighthouse. Other good sightings at Prince
Edward Point this past week have included BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 20
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, WINTER WREN, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 4 EVENING
GROSBEAKS, and a RAVEN, the latter seen flying east along the north shore of
Long Point on April 20th.

Also on  April 20th, observers at Prince Edward Point, noted a large passage
of gulls and ducks, moving east offshore, with numbers alternately dropping
and building again. Seen during this passage were 1,280 BONAPARTE GULLS (one
in 50 being a first summer, all others in full breeding plumage, LITTLE GULL
(3 adults and one 2nd summer, 4,675 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and 1,295
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS,

A half dozen species of warblers have turned up so far at Prince Edward
Point. New additions to the arrivals have been a yellow PALM WARBLER on
April 18th, and NASHVILLE WARBLER on April 22nd.  Other notable sightings
down there have been VIRGINIA RAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW,
and both BROAD-WINGED and RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS.

Throughout the county, both RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETS are now
passing through. Two CASPIAN TERNS turned up near the Murray Canal on
Tuesday (11 had been seen at Point Petre one day earlier) , and on the same
day, there was a MERLIN and a GREEN HERON on Babylon Road. A VESPER SPARROW
showed up on Army Reserve Road, and another observer found a flock of 10
during the week near Morganston.

With Prince Edward County's sixth record of a BLACK VULTURE on April 19th in
the space of less than a year, the species can almost be termed a regular
occurrence now. The most recent sighting was made at Point Petre. It is
entirely possible that the same individual is involved in the sprinkling of
sightings that have occurred since September of last year, with one of those
sightings occurring in December near Milford, and another well described
individual at Prinyer's Cove January 17th.

An observer at Gull Pond (off Army Reserve Road) yesterday had a field day
when he tallied 2 OSPREYS on a nest, 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 5 RED-TAILED
HAWKS, 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 5 WILSON'S SNIPES, 2
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, 2 MARSH WRENS (first sighting of the year), 3 BROWN
THRASHERS, 2 SWAMP SPARROWS and a MALLARD on its nest with 9 eggs.

A MALLARD in Belleville would have been more difficult to see on its nest,
questionably placed in the crotch of a tree leaning against the side of a
building, about 15 feet off the ground. More at home in a tree this week was
a pair of WOOD DUCKS in the Barry Heights area of Trenton that have been
nonchalantly strolling along the horizontal limb of an oak tree in a
backyard. On Rose's Crossroad, in Prince Edward County, one dubiously happy
female WOOD DUCK was being pursued by no fewer than 9 amorous males.  Love
is in the air.

A few more new arrivals in the Quinte area during the week was a SORA on
Hambly Road off River Road near Napanee, and PURPLE MARTINS, reported from a
variety of locations during the week. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were noted at
Prinyer's Cove, Picton, and Prince Edward Point.

Other noteworthy sightings during the week included EASTERN TOWHEE at a
feeder at The Rock (Cape Vesey), albino crow in Campbellford, BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER at Prince Edward Point (Apr. 19), BELTED KINGFISHER at
Adolphustown and Big Island, PILEATED WOODPECKER at Sandbanks, adult BALD
EAGLE on Adolphus Reach, and a HERMIT THRUSH on Rose's Crossroad. PURPLE
FINCHES were reported from Prinyer's Cove, Prince Edward Point, Green Point
Road, and Trenton.

And the mystery of the week comes from Hambly Road near Napanee where a
DOWNY WOODPECKER was repeatedly  banging itself against a window - at 12:00
o'clock midnight!

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte area.
Our thanks to David Okines, Nick Quickert, Paul Mackenzie (Ontbirds), Anne
Anthony (Ontbirds), Susan Withers, Ken Kingdon (Ontbirds), Bob Sachs, Fred
Chandler, Doug McRae, Don Craighead, Bill Hogg, Evelyn Sloane, Lloyd Paul,
Doris Lane, John Charlton, and Joe Victor  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, May 03.
Please note that next week's report will not be e-mailed or posted until
Monday. 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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