[Ontbirds]Quinte Area Bird Report for week ending January 25, 2007

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Thu Jan 25 19:20:40 EST 2007


WEEKLY BIRD REPORT FROM PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY AND THE QUINTE AREA
for the week ending Thursday, January 25, 2007

With the arrival of a nice ground covering of snow and much cooler weather 
this past week, more encouraging reports of SNOW BUNTINGS came in including 
"hundreds" in a flock along County Road 7 east of Lake-on-the-Mountain 
today, and 50 along a sideroad near Stirling earlier in the week. Not quite 
the 4,000 reported from the Ottawa area this week, but good numbers just the 
same. Bird feeders across the Quinte area have seen a sharp increase in 
patronage with high numbers of MOURNING DOVES at most locations, close to 25 
BLUE JAYS at a Big Island feeder, and increases in most other clients. HOUSE 
FINCHES, in particular, have seen a dramatic increase in numbers with 50 at 
a feeder along Ridge Road southwest of Picton, 40 at a feeder in Trenton, 30 
in Allisonville, 26 in Bloomfield, 18 at South Bay, and up to 45 at the 
prolific Glenora Road feeder. Also coming to the latter location are 20 
AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 6 DOWNY WOODPECKERS, 3 HAIRY WOODPECKERS and 2 
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were also reported during 
the week at Prince Edward Point, and in the Milford area. A NORTHERN FLICKER 
is still around at Prinyer's Cove, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW is at a feeder 
in Allisonville, there is a SONG SPARROW at an Elmbrook area feeder, and 
outside the county, a FOX SPARROW is still coming to a feeder in the Croydon 
area, and 2 HERMIT THRUSHES have been seen at a feeder in Belleville. PURPLE 
FINCHES and both species of nuthatches are at a feeder in Thomasburg.

Of course, all feeders now have hawks, too many to detail in this report 
except for a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK at 23 Sprague Road that has yet to catch 
anything despite repeated attempts on a daily basis. However, the irony of 
the daily visits is that its arrival prompts the cowbirds to scatter with 
one per visit routinely  being killed as it flies against my office window. 
Now if the fool thing could just figure this all out.....

Wellington Harbour yesterday had at least 1,000 CANADA GEESE, 66 MUTE SWANS, 
20 AMERICAN COOTS, and an assortment of scaup, COMMON and  HOODED 
MERGANSERS, MALLARDS, BUFFLEHEAD and LONG-TAILED DUCKS. Today, there was a 
SNOW GOOSE, and a ridiculously tame (probably sick) LESSER SCAUP in the 
harbour, and on Saturday, REDHEAD and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were present. A 
number of COMMON GOLDENEYE were seen along the lakeshore west of the village 
on the 24th.   At Prince Edward Point on Wednesday, there were 7 HORNED 
GREBES, 3 LESSER SCAUP and a single BLACK SCOTER.

Mostly, it has been a case of being in the right place at the right time. 
One observer walking in the area of the ski trails at Sandbanks Provincial 
Park, came across RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, BROWN CREEPERS and GOLDEN-CROWNED 
KINGLETS. East of Milford, a PILEATED WOODPECKER  was seen hammering away at 
an old sugar maple near Jackson's Falls Road and two were reported from the 
Barry Heights area of Trenton. BALD EAGLES during the week were seen at 
Lemoine Point near Kingston and at Cape Vesey. WILD TURKEYS numbered 31 on 
Foster Road, a GREAT BLUE HERON turned up at Fish Lake, but not until the 
entire lake and surrounding cattail marsh had become frozen solid. Among the 
birds hanging around on Wednesday at Prince Edward Point, the banana belt of 
Prince Edward County, were 2 COMMON RAVENS, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 10 
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 2 FOX SPARROWS and singles of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 
NORTHERN FLICKER and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.

Normally Amherst Island isn't included in this report as that is covered by 
the Kingston report. However, one observer there today had a great day, 
bumping into no fewer than 20 LONG-EARED OWLS. Other sightings on the island 
were 2 dark phase and 18 light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 6 NORTHERN HARRIERS 
and singles of RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL, and SNOWY OWL.  A COMMON 
RAVEN was also heard on the island.

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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