[Ontbirds]Quinte Area Bird Report for week ending March 09, 2006

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Thu Mar 9 19:50:09 EST 2006


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FOR PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AND THE QUINTE AREA FOR THE WEEK 
ENDING
Thursday, March 09, 2006

Milder weather today, and forecasted for the next few days, should start to 
free the lakes and bays of Prince Edward County once again of ice that 
formed with the cold snap of last week. Birders in the county will do well 
to check traditionally productive areas such as the Wellington Harbour, 
Glendon Green boat launch in East Lake at the Outlet River, Athol Bay, or 
wherever public access may be gained. As conditions continue to improve, all 
eyes will soon be focused on the flooded corn fields off Kaiser Crossroad in 
the Cressy area where hundreds of NORTHERN PINTAILS, CANADA GEESE and 
MALLARDS will soon be starting to arrive.

If the dearth of bird reports this week is any indication, bird activity in 
the area was less than exciting. In fact, the most exciting thing to come to 
local bird feeders this past week were Norway rats at Big Island and in the 
Wilson Road area! Coming in at a close second were 100 EUROPEAN STARLINGS 
that descended on a feeder on Bradley Crossroad. But all was not dismal 
everywhere. The famous feeder at 11787 Highway 33 (Glenora Road) still hosts 
a mixture of 100 COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE SISKINS and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. 
Included in the daily feeding frenzy are 30 HOUSE FINCHES, 25 BLUE JAYS, 20 
DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and 5 WILD TURKEYS, just to name a few of the highlights. 
Seen too down there were 2 COMMON RAVENS as we continue to figure out just 
how many ravens we have in the county right now, and which ones are 
duplicate sightings. About 60 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES are still maintaining 
their high numbers at a Thomasburg feeder.

BALD EAGLES that have responded to open water conditions in the Long Reach 
area of the Bay of Quinte, have managed to work their way around the horn 
and an impressive 6, all immatures, were seen on the ice between the eastern 
tip of Big Island, east to the George's Road area. A COOPER'S HAWK is seen 
daily half way along Sprague Road, and another appeared this week in a 
backyard at Cape Vesey (known by the locals as The Rock). Birders owling 
north of Belleville Sunday night were rewarded in just seven stops with 6 
EASTERN SCREECH OWLS, 2 BARRED OWLS and 2 GREAT HORNED OWLS. Numerous 
RED-TAILED HAWKS have been seen along 401, and another this week was 
reported perched on a telephone pole at Lake-on-the-Mountain. One observer 
returning from Kingston on Monday saw a GREAT HORNED OWL perched on a fence 
post along the 401 in the Camden East area.

One optimistic sign of spring was the sighting of 5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS north 
of Harmony Road at Foxboro. A few SONG SPARROWS were reported in Prince 
Edward County which may be spring migrants. On March 7th, a resident in the 
Maitland Dive area of Belleville was surprised to see a flock of 24 BOHEMIAN 
WAXWINGS land in his backyard for a few moments, a species that has been 
next to absent in the immediate Quinte area, despite their presence 
elsewhere this winter.

A cedar suet log suspended from a clothes line in the Barry Heights area of 
Trenton continues to attract a flotilla of birds, including a PILEATED 
WOODPECKER. Another PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen this past week hammering 
away on a tree at the edge of the bluff overlooking Glenora Fisheries 
Research.

A short report this week for Prince Edward County and the Quinte area. Our 
thanks to John Charlton, Trudy Kitchen, Jack Evans, Fred Chandler, Silvia 
Botnick, Carol Green, Trudy Kitchen, Monica Mills, Jayne Burkholder, and 
John Blaney for their contributions to this week's report. This report will 
be updated on Thursday, March 16th. Bird sightings may be forwarded any time 
to tsprague at kos.net before the Thursday 6:00 p.m. deadline. This report also 
appears for a week on the NatureStuff website, under BIRDING, where this 
week's close-up photo of a EUROPEAN STARLING ( hey, they have worth ! ) is 
by Dave Bell of Belleville.

Terry Sprague
Prince Edward County
tsprague at kos.net
www.naturestuff.net 




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