[Ontbirds]Quinte Area Bird Report for week ending December 07, 2006

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Thu Dec 7 19:08:59 EST 2006


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AND THE QUINTE AREA FOR THE 
WEEK ENDING Thursday, December 07, 2006

Some rather upsetting news in this week's Quinte Area Bird Report, so we'll 
get that out of the way first. The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER that first showed 
up at a feeder west of Carrying Place on November 26th, has died. Local 
birders made the pilgrimage almost daily to Shoal Point Road, just south of 
the Murray Canal, to watch this vagrant who  normally would be more at home 
at this time of the year in the cypress swamps of Louisiana. One birder from 
Trenton even went so far as to deliver a mixture of chopped food to the 
hosts of the rare bird to be placed in the feeder that it visited every day. 
However, at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, the bird died after it  flew against a 
window of the house.

On a happier note, the arrival of 15 centimetres of snow in Prince Edward 
County during the night of December 4th, resulted in at least a few 
sightings of birds, more typical of winter, and some increased visitation to 
local bird feeders. SNOW BUNTINGS  don't seem to have responded to the 
snowfall, and why should they, as by yesterday, much of it had melted away. 
However 15 were seen yesterday along Marisett Road, and numbers will likely 
not increase beyond a handful until winter returns with a little more 
enthusiasm. NORTHERN SHRIKES during the week were seen at the east end of 
South Shore Big Island Road, 3 were present in the Prince Edward Point area, 
and another was found south of Carrying Place. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW 
turned up at a feeder on Crookston Road in the Tweed area yesterday, another 
is at a feeder northwest of Bloomfield, and yet another showed up at Prince 
Edward Point on December 3rd.

A correction to last week's report of a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, found on 
November 29th, at Sandbanks Provincial Park. The bird was, in fact, an 
AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER. This report apologizes for the typo. The 
bird was located in the West Lake Sector of the park, just off the main 
paved road leading toward the parking lot, about 300 metres in off the road 
along the "green" cross country ski trail. There has been no update on the 
sighting this week.

It seems to have been a mixed bag of sightings with a few typical of the 
season trying to be noticed, but offset by a late CHIPPING SPARROW at Prince 
Edward Point on the 3rd, as well as a late FIELD SPARROW in the Carrying 
Place area at noon today. Also, taking advantage of the somewhat mild 
temperatures were a lingering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, a GOLDEN-CROWNED 
KINGLET, 3 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 4 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 15 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS 
and a SWAMP SPARROW, all present in the Prince Edward Point area on the 3rd. 
Four species of blackbirds were seen on the 5th south of Carrying Place, 
including BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS 
and a COMMON GRACKLE, where 15 HORNED LARKS were also observed. Numerous 
feeders in the county still have small numbers of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS 
among the clientel. A pair of BELTED KINGFISHERS continue to frequent the 
mill pond in Stirling.

AMERICAN ROBINS are still in good supply throughout the area, and will 
likely hang around all winter now in sheltered tangles and coniferous 
groves,  exploiting this year's bountiful harvest of wild grapes, and both 
red cedar and buckthorn berries. CEDAR WAXWINGS (30) were present along 
Glenora Road during the week, and others were noted at Prince Edward Point. 
Two BALD EAGLES and an immature GOLDEN EAGLE were seen on Sunday at Prince 
Edward Point. A surprise visit by a NORTHERN GOSHAWK near Tweed took place 
at a feeder there.

Although the well known feeder along Glenora Road never really lost much 
momentum during the summer season, things are really starting to pick up 
now, according to the owners. This past week there were 30 BLUE JAYS, 10 
HOUSE FINCHES, 6 PURPLE FINCHES, 20 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 3 HAIRY 
WOODPECKERS, 4 DOWNY WOODPECKERS, 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, 20 BLACK-CAPPED 
CHICKADEES, 15 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and 3 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES among the 
clientel making daily visits. Another feeder at 2800 County Road 1 is not 
far behind in its visitation of local birds. This week there were 30 
MOURNING DOVES, a half dozen or so HAIRY WOODPECKERS, similar numbers of 
DOWNY WOODPECKERS and two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS among the regulars there.

As for water birds this week, 3 BLACK SCOTERS and 20 HORNED GREBES were 
among the waterfowl species noted at Prince Edward Point on December 3rd. 
Another 80 HORNED GREBES were counted in Prince Edward Bay the same day off 
Little Bluff Conservation Area. A pair of COMMON MERGANSERS were seen 
fishing together  in a sheltered area of the Bay of Quinte for most of the 
week at Geroge's Road, and 3 HOODED MERGANSERS were seen earlier in the week 
at the mill pond in Stirling.

This is a condensed version of the Quinte Area Bird Report, containing only 
the significant sightings for  Prince Edward County and the Quinte area. The 
full version can be found on  the NatureStuff website, under BIRDING from 
the Main Menu.

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



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