[Ontbirds] Quinte Area Bird Report for week ending September 11, 2008

Terry Sprague tsprague at kos.net
Thu Sep 11 20:12:33 EDT 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

At Prince Edward Point these days, loons are few and far between at the 
moment and the only one so far this month was seen on the 10th. Two 
RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at the entrance to the harbour on the 6th while 
a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON flew over at dawn on the 7th. TURKEY VULTURES 
(17) were seen coming in to roost at Point Traverse on the 9th, CANADA GEESE 
are starting to head south and flocks of 6 - 12 can be seen daily as they 
fly over. The only duck species other than the resident MALLARDS and BLACK 
DUCKS seen this week was an AMERICAN WIGEON that flew past on the 8th. The 
first OSPREY of the fall was seen on the 6th and 1 - 6 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS 
are being seen daily. A WILD TURKEY was flushed from its roost site on the 
8th and a RUFFED GROUSE was seen walking under the nets on the 11th.

SPOTTED SANDPIPERS continue to be seen around the harbour but no other 
species of shorebirds have been seen during the week. A COMMON TERN was seen 
in the harbour on the 6th and a CHIMNEY SWIFT was flying over on the 10th. 
FLYCATCHERS have nearly all gone with just the occasional LEAST or 
YELLOW-BELLIED being seen, although a GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER was found on 
the 6th. The first BLUE-HEADED VIREO of the fall was seen on the 7th and the 
first WARBLING VIREO was seen on the 6th and up to 8 RED-EYED VIREOS are 
being seen daily. Occasional RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES are starting to appear 
and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD was calling on the 6th. The thrush migration is 
starting with single VEERY, GRAY-CHEEKED and SWAINSON'S THRUSHES appearing 
almost daily. Twenty-one species of warblers were seen this week including 
TENNESSEE'S on the 6th and 10th, 5 NORTHERN PARULAS were found on the 6th 
WARBLER was found on the 6th and a PINE WARBLER was seen on the 7th. The 
first YELLOW-RUMPED  WARBLER was seen on the 6th. Fifteen WESTERN PALM 
WARBLERS were seen on the 10th and 10 were seen on the 11th. Ten AMERICAN 
REDSTARTS were seen on the 7th and 2 CANADA WARBLERS appeared on the 6th. A 
SCARLET TANAGER was banded on the 8th and 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were 
banded on the 10th. BOBOLINKS appear to have moved on south and a total of 
185 were banded during this season.

Elsewhere across the Quinte area, shorebird sightings trickle in as they 
always do, nothing compared to the concentrations often seen at Presqu'ile 
and Amherst Island, to the west and east of us respectively. Two BAIRD'S 
SANDPIPERS and 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS showed up on Outlet Beach at 
Sandbanks Provincial Park last week, and there were three GREATER YELLOWLEGS 
near Huff's Island on the 8th. For kayakers or canoeists, the waters of the 
Huff's Island and Massassauga Point area can be quite profitable for birding 
some days. A BALD EAGLE was perched in a tree on Grave Island on the 8th, 
and a GREAT EGRET was present near Huff's Island. Over 60 MALLARDS are 
present most days, GREAT BLUE HERONS, BELTED KINGFISHERS can most always be 
depended on, and a dock near shore one day revealed a LITTLE GULL. 
Yesterday, at least two PURPLE FINCHES were singing on Grape Island as 
though it were spring, and NORTHERN FLICKERS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and 
AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were also present along with a GIANT SWALLOWTAIL. 
Between Massassauga Point and Belleville, Snake Island in the middle of the 
Bay of Quinte, contains a colony of some 50 pairs of DOUBLE-CRESTED 
CORMORANTS, the island easily spotted from either shore by its bleakness and 
whitewashed dead trees,  On Tuesday DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were milling 
around the island, with half of them in the dead trees. We were surprised to 
see juveniles still hunkered down in one nest and being fed. Obviously, not 
all of them are totally successful upon their maiden flight as evidenced by 
one hanging quite dead and swinging ignominiously by its neck in the crotch 
of a tree.

A juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen Wednesday afternoon foraging 
at the mouth of the Moira River in Belleville, and a GREAT EGRET was seen at 
the Fox Pond just north of the County and west of Trenton, where  a GREAT 
BLUE HERON and a GREEN HERON were also present. Another GREEN HERON, present 
all summer in Picton Bay, was still there this week. Three adult TUNDRA 
SWANS and four juvenile birds were seen during the week near Adolphustown 
Park. A BROWN CREEPER was seen near Cape Vesey, a DARK-EYED JUNCO was along 
Long Point Road between South Bay and Prince Edward Point early in the week, 
a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW near Babylon Road on the 11th, and four EASTERN 
KINGBIRDS were near the entrance to the Milford Dump on the 8th.

In backyards and at bird feeders, things seem to be at a slow ebb this week, 
with a few people reporting only AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and COMMON FLICKERS in 
abundance. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are still coming to feeders. And a 
little story to finish off this week's report. A young BLACK BEAR (featured 
in the online edition of this report) made on group of hikers a bit nervous 
on a hike at Rock Dunder near Jones Falls. The group had almost returned to 
the parking lot when they sense a presence and turned around to notice a 
bear following no more than 30 feet behind, not menacingly but more curious 
than anything else. One of the members of the group captured a photo with 
the bear still following, then eventually veering off into the bush.

And that's it for this week from Prince Edward County and the Quinte area. 
Our thanks to David Okines, John Blaney, Lyle Anderson, Brock Burr, Janet 
Foster, Orland French, John Charlton, Henry Pasilla, John & Margaret Moore, 
Fred Chandler, Dave Bell, Kathleen Rankine, Doug McRae and Joanne Dewey for 
their contributions to this week's report. This week's report will be 
updated on Thursday, September 18th, but sightings can be e-mailed anytime 
before the Wednesday night deadline. Feature photo on the Main Birding Page 
of the NatureStuff website is of the DOUBLE-BREASTED CORMORANT colony on 
Snake Island by Terry Sprague. Photos in the online edition of the Quinte 
Area Bird Report are of the BLACK BEAR at Rock Dunder by Orland French, and 
a family of OSPREYS at Zwick's Park by Donna Fano.

Terry Sprague
Prince Edward County
tsprague at kos.net

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