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Hooded Warbler,©David Sibley

30 Jan Immature Golden Eagle (Brampton) [J Eagleson ]
30 Jan Kingston Area Birds: 16th - 30th January 2015 ["Mark D. Read" ]
29 Jan Algonquin Park Birding Report: 29 January 2015 [Ron Tozer ]
29 Jan Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent reports to January 29th, 2015 [Gregory Zbitnew ]
29 Jan Red Shoulder Hawk [Michael Williamson ]
29 Jan Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending January 29, 2015. [Fred Helleiner ]
29 Jan Varied Thrush, Kitchener [Ken Burrell ]
29 Jan Northern Hawk Owl 10 JAN GRIMSBY ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]
29 Jan Winter Kestrel and Rough-legged hawk, South Lake Simcoe ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]
28 Jan Re: [hamiltonbirds] NORTHERN HAWK - OWL, Vineland Area, Jan 24th [Jeffrey Jones ]
28 Jan NORTHERN HAWK - OWL, Vineland Area, Jan 24th [olivesided ]
28 Jan Redpolls, Canvasback, plus in Mississauga [Luc Fazio ]
27 Jan OFO News ["Cindy Cartwright" ]
26 Jan Redpolls at Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto [Owen Strickland ]
26 Jan Apparent Tufted Duck x Scaup Hybrid in Toronto []
26 Jan Fish Crow, Waterloo January 26th [Ken Burrell ]
26 Jan Male Northern Shoveler and Adult Bald Eagle in Kanata - 25 January [Netscape ]
26 Jan Addendum: Gyrfalcon on Wolfe Island [Jon Ruddy ]
26 Jan Wolfe Island: Gyrfalcon (adult) [Jon Ruddy ]
25 Jan Amherst Island: Gyrfalcon (adult) [Jon Ruddy ]
25 Jan Snowy Owls in South Huron County... []
25 Jan Massive Sandhill Crane exodus in Erie Beach, Chatham-Kent [Paul Pratt ]
25 Jan Massive Sandhill Crane exodus in Erie Beach, Chatham-Kent [Steve Charbonneau ]
25 Jan Snowy Owl in Lindsay ["Judy Kennedy" ]
25 Jan Pine siskins Waterloo Keats Way Woods [Karl Heide ]
25 Jan ADMIN ONTBIRD Disruption ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]
25 Jan Common x Barrow's Goldeneye hybrid: Confederation Park, Hamilton ["Alain Carriere" ]
24 Jan Harlequin Duck @ ETOBICOKE [Kai Millyard ]
24 Jan European Goldfinch, Ottawa - no ["Suzanne Britton" ]
24 Jan Hamilton Snowy Owl [mike kirchin ]
24 Jan Red-headed Woopecker-Vineland [Nancy Smith ]
24 Jan Harlequin pair Gairlock Gardens Oakville [Kevin Shackleton ]
24 Jan Painted Bunting - YES Oakville, Arkendo, Dr., [Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS ]
23 Jan Snowy Owl - Scugog Twp ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
23 Jan White-throated sparrow near Lindsay [Eric Davis ]
22 Jan Algonquin Park Birding Report: 22 January 2015 [Ron Tozer ]
23 Jan Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent reports to January 22, 2015 [Gregory Zbitnew ]
22 Jan Black-backed Woodpecker, Mer Bleue, Ottawa [Judy and Peter Hall ]
22 Jan Snowy Owls near North Bay , & Northern Shrikes! [richardtafel ]
22 Jan Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending January 22, 2015. [Fred Helleiner ]
21 Jan dark-phase rough-legged hawk near lindsay, ontario [Eric Davis ]
21 Jan Harlequin Duck, Northern Mockingbird... Thickson's ["Bruce F. Aikins" ]
21 Jan Eastern Phoebe - Stratford - YES [Steve Thorpe ]
21 Jan Redpolls Increasing and Photo ID Article [Jean Iron ]
20 Jan Jan 31st NA Trumpeter Swan Survey ["Kyna" ]
21 Jan Short-eared Owls - St. Catherines 1/20/15 [joetf1973--- via ONTBIRDS ]
20 Jan Short-eared Owls - St. Catherines 1/20/15 [Bird observations from western New York ]
20 Jan eastern bluebirds, Fort Erie [alan woods ]
19 Jan Snowy Owl, Toronto [Christopher Escott ]
19 Jan Winter Wren, Waterloo Park [Chris Burris ]
18 Jan Gyrfalcon - Moose Creek [Gillian Shields ]
18 Jan Gyrfalcon Lafleche Landfill Sunday p.m. [Martin Bowman ]
18 Jan Eastern Phoebe - Stratford [Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Jan WW Scoter Bronte Oakville [Kevin ]
18 Jan Selkirk Short Ears [mike kirchin ]
17 Jan OFO Trip around Ottawa ["Roy John" ]
17 Jan European Goldfinch, Ottawa ["Suzanne Britton" ]
17 Jan Barrows Goldeneye: Sombra [Michael Nelson ]
17 Jan GYRFALCON, east of Cassleman, Jan 17- Yes [Leonard Manning ]
17 Jan Hamilton Naturalists Club BIrding Report - Saturday, January 17th, 2015 ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
16 Jan Re: European Goldfinch, Ottawa ["Suzanne Britton" ]
16 Jan Re: European Goldfinch, Ottawa [Rob Pinilla ]
16 Jan European Goldfinch, Ottawa ["Suzanne Britton" ]
15 Jan Algonquin Park Birding Report: 15 January 2015 [Ron Tozer ]
15 Jan Kingston Area Birds: 10th - 15th January 2014 ["Mark D. Read" ]
16 Jan Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent reports to January 15, 2015 [Gregory Zbitnew ]
15 Jan Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending January 15, 2015. [Fred Helleiner ]
15 Jan Snowy Owl - Lindsay area [Fiona McKay ]
14 Jan Snowy Owl - Dundas Street & 427 North [Kyle Holloway ]
14 Jan Short-eared owl near Long Point [Earthquest Canada ]
14 Jan Snowy Owl - Dundas Street & 427 North [Kyle Holloway ]
14 Jan Thayer's Gull Port Credit [Luc Fazio ]
14 Jan DIRECTIONS with EVERY POST - RECOGNIZABLE LOCATION in SUBJECT HEADER ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]
14 Jan Resident Snowy Owl Pair - Niagara Falls, south end (photos) [Jason Putman ]
14 Jan brown thrasher []
14 Jan Barrow's Goldeneye, St. Clair River [Allen Woodliffe ]

Subject: Immature Golden Eagle (Brampton)
From: J Eagleson <janet.eagleson AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:15:17 -0500
On Thursday, Jan. 29 at approximately 8:30 a.m., I saw what could have only
been an immature golden eagle on the hydro line on the east side of Dixie
Road, just south of Mayfield Rd. The bird was hunkered down on the line so
the legs were not visible. But the size was that of a smallish eagle, the
chest was red brown and there was no visible white anywhere on the bird.
The specific location was south of the two bungalows on that stretch of
road and right hear the new development, which is across from the
stormwater pond. I drove the same stretch of road Friday and did not see
the bird, but the range is large, so it could have travelled over toward
Heart Lake.
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 16th - 30th January 2015
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:33:21 -0500
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Please note that
some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated
otherwise.

 

Highlights:

This report covers the last 2 weeks but emphasis is placed upon sightings
that came in over the last week. Things have remained very status quo in
terms of both weather and birds, though a couple of goodies have been
sighted. Highlights include; WOOD DUCK, HARLEQUIN DUCK, SNOWY OWL,
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, GYRFALCON, TUFTED TITMOUSE, CAROLINA WREN, BROWN
THRASHER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SAVANNAH SPARROW, OREGON JUNCO, RUSTY BLACKBIRD,
COMMON GRACKLE, and HOARY REDPOLL.

 

City of Kingston

The airport's resident SNOWY OWL continues to be seen regularly though the
Invista bird(s) have not been seen. However, an individual was seen on the
ice off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 29th. The pond at Invista has been
somewhat disappointing this winter, though a TRUMPETER SWAN seen there for
several days was certainly unusual - bearing wingtag K29, this bird was
banded in Burlington last winter and was seen at Presqu'ile before arriving
here. Very few tagged birds are seen in the Kingston area. Also at Invista,
a LESSER SCAUP was seen on 29th. A few PINE SISKINS persist in the
Reddendale area where COMMON REDPOLLS also seem to be frequently
encountered. After an absence of almost 2 weeks, the female BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER was seen by 2 separate observers on 27th at Little Cataraqui
Creek CA. WINTER WREN was also noted on a couple of dates and locations at
that site. The Cartwright's Point CAROLINA WREN was seen again this week on
29th. The resident PEREGRINE FALCON continues to be seen but is now
favouring a new location at Queen's University.

 

Wolfe Island

The highlight this week was a grey GYRFALCON seen on 23rd and reported via
Ontbirds. A few birders have since visited the island but it has not been
relocated. SAVANNAH SPARROWS continue to be seen on 3rd and 4th Lines and
LAPLAND LONGSPURS (as many as 30) have been seen in the same general area.

 

Stateside - Jefferson County, NY

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at Grass Point State Park on 23rd. A CAROLINA WREN
was at Ray's Bay on 19th and a TUFTED TITMOUSE was at Henderson on 22nd.

 

Other Sightings

At Cressy Point, Prince Edward County, exactly 300 MUTE SWANS were counted
yesterday (29th). Mixed in among them were 3 TUNDRA SWANS and a single
TRUMPETER SWAN. At Prince Edward Point, a thin slip of water also held 12
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 300 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 150 COMMON GOLDENEYE. At
Napanee, a pair of WOOD DUCK continues at Springside Park & River Trail and
at the nearby Violet Dump in Morven, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL was seen 29th.
At Camden East, the long-staying OREGON JUNCO continues at a private feeder
where the occasional BROWN THRASHER put in an appearance on 25th. North of
the city, near Bedford Mills, a HOARY REDPOLL was regularly frequenting a
feeder until 25th. Near Elginburg, an impressive count of 50 BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRDS was made earlier in the week (23rd) down to 20 by 27th. Perhaps
attracted by the commotion, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (again somewhat scarce this
winter) was seen there on 27th. This weekend sees a concerted effort to
survey TRUMPETER SWANS across Ontario and birders have been out checking the
local locks in preparation. High counts include 51 at Outlet, Charleston
Lake on 27th, 35 at Chaffey's Locks on 28th and a probable 40+ in Kingston's
Inner Harbour just south of the 401 on 25th. With birds certainly moving
around, records are particularly welcomed from survey day (31st January) or
a day either side. East of Kingston, near Gananoque, both RED-WINGED and
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS have been seen fairly consistently at a feeder, with COMMON
GRACKLE also putting in occasional visits. NORTHERN SHRIKES have been
difficult to pin down this winter though one was seen near Ravensview,
Kingston on 21st and another at Glenburnie Cemetery on 29th.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, Kingston Field
Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings Policy
 . Also note that, as requested by the landowners, sightings of owls at
the privately-owned Owl Woods must not be distributed on the Internet (this
includes posting as 'Amherst Island' on eBird) by KFN or anyone who visits.
To ensure continued access to this location, please respect their wishes and
follow the guidelines posted on-site. To maintain records for conservation
purposes, sightings from that location are welcomed through all the
traditional channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who have submitted sightings over the last
week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdread/

 

eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species
 

 

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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 29 January 2015
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:43:24 -0500
Unusual-here-in-midwinter sightings this week included: an adult male
Sharp-shinned Hawk photographed near the East Gate (January 27), a
Northern Shrike at the Visitor Centre (today), and seven Bohemian Waxwings
briefly attracted to trees near the Visitor Centre feeders by the presence
of other birds (January 27).

Especially for those who have contacted me about Super Mallard, this female
completed another week in the limited open water at the outlet of Park Lake.

Common Redpoll daily numbers at the Visitor Centre feeders since late
December have been highly variable, from four to sixteen. This may suggest a
change in individuals but definitely indicates a lack of feeder fidelity. In
contrast, one Hoary Redpoll has been present every day since December 30,
and a second bird has been with it every day since January 14. Interesting
that the Hoary Redpolls stay put and the Common Redpolls do not. There are
no other feeders for many kilometres around.

An American Marten was at the Visitor Centre suet feeder on a couple of days
this week, which may mean it will become more regular now.

The Algonquin Park Webcam will be aimed at one of the Visitor Centre feeders
all day tomorrow (Friday, January 30). To see some of the birds visiting,
take a look at: http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/virtual/webcam/index.php


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk. Ruffed Grouse were reported
there this week but not Spruce Grouse (although they are there!).

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on
January 24 and 26.

Gray Jay: Still being seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and
Opeongo Road (gate closed at Cameron Lake Road).

Boreal Chickadee: Two were observed along Opeongo Road north of the gate
and two were at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, on January 26.


WINTER FINCHES:
 
Red Crossbill: Two females were down on the highway at Park Lake
(between the West Boundary and the West Gate) on January 23. This was
the first Algonquin sighting since January 3.

Common Redpoll: From eleven to sixteen were at the Visitor Centre feeders
each day this week.

Hoary Redpoll: Two continued at the Visitor Centre feeders all week, and a
third joined them today.



Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).


Good Birding!
 
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Algonquin Provincial  Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).

The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends
from 9 am to 5 pm. There is access with limited services on weekdays from
9 am to 4 pm. 
 
Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate.
Locations are also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent reports to January 29th, 2015
From: Gregory Zbitnew <k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:47:56 +0000
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club

Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club

Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec

Compiler and transcriber: Greg Zbitnew at k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net or 
sightings AT ofnc.ca 


Recent reports to January 29, 2015

Normal winter conditions prevailed in Ottawa this week, with little new snow 
until the 29th. There was little change to the bird life this week and no new 
species. Bird life remains sparse outside of the urban areas and the rivers. 
For example, recent trips to the western part of Gatineau Park report very 
little, with a few lucky exceptions noted below. 


Some lingering waterfowl are still present:
 
1. GREATER SCAUP was at Britannia as recently as the 24th. 
 
2. WOOD DUCK was near the Rideau Tennis Club as recently as the 25th. 
 
3. NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at Appaloosa Park as recently as the 28th.
 
4. Up to 2 BARROW’S GOLDENEYE and up to 3 BUFFLEHEAD have been seen from Bate 
Island; singles as recently as the 28th. 

 
5. HOODED MERGANSER was seen at Black Rapids as recently as the 25th.

Farmview Road in Kinburn still regularly (but not every day) has GRAY 
PARTRIDGE. The most recent sighting was on the 25th. 


In the area around Stony Swamp, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were last seen on 
January 29th near the parking area of Jack Pine Trail and there was another 
sighting on rue Dupuis in Gatineau on the 25th. An AMERICAN THREE-TOED 
WOODPECKER was seen on the Eardley-Masham Road on the 24th in the western part 
of Gatineau Park but was not relocated. The RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen 
again on Oriole Drive on the 25th, and the NORTHERN FLICKER was at the Moore 
Farm on the 24th. 


A GYRFALCON was reported flying over Embrun on the 29th. GOLDEN EAGLE was 
reported from Bellamy road on the 24th (outside the area) but one was seen on 
the Eardley Masham Road on the 26th. Winter listers may note that birds of prey 
remain scarce, aside from RED-TAILED HAWK which is regular at the Trail Road 
Landfill. NORTHERN GOSHAWK is sometimes seen in the Stony Swamp area, and 
PEREGRINE FALCON is sometimes seen from the R. H. Coats building in Tunney’s 
Pasture, but neither is seen often. NORTHERN SHRIKE and other FALCONS, 
ACCIPITERS and BUTEOS are not consistently reported from any one spot. 


Also for winter listers, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS have been reported a number of times 
in various places, but most often in the Shirley’s Bay area. Other recent 
reports are from Anderson road and Green’s Creek. CEDAR WAXWINGS are even 
scarcer, with small flocks seen in Merivale Gardens and the Moore farm this 
week, but no consistent locations. Some past reports are from Chemin Grimes and 
Beacon Hill. 


A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at the NRC on the 24th.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR were seen at the Trail Road landfill, on Lockhead Road and in 
Luskville this week. 


A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was seen on the Eardley-Masham Road on the 24th but was 
not relocated. 


There are still regular reports of COMMON REDPOLL in many locations and but 
only scattered reports of HOARY REDPOLL. EVENING GROSBEAK are still regular at 
a feeder at the western edge of Larose Forest, but other finches are scarce. 
PINE GROSBEAK were reported from Ramsay Lake and relais Herridge in Gatineau 
Park on the 24th and 25th respectively, and a PINE SISKIN was seen at the Jack 
Pine Trail on the 25th. 


The OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports owl sightings on the Internet. We 
will continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sightings AT ofnc.ca for the 
purpose of maintaining local records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations.
> Good birding. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Red Shoulder Hawk
From: Michael Williamson <mdw4910 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:44:25 -0800
Hi
Had a good look at a Red Shoulder at Rossland & Harmony Rd in Oshawa. Bird
flew NE.
From 401 e or w take  Harmony north.
Mike Williamson
Sent from my Galaxy mobile.
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending January 29, 2015.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:19:14 -0500
Birders visiting Presqu'ile Provincial Park this week are finding very 
few birds except in the remaining patches of open water in Presqu'ile 
Bay and at the various bird feeders in the Park and along Bayshore Road.

Only one TRUMPETER SWAN could be found this week, largely because most 
of the hundreds of swans have their heads tucked under their wings while 
hunkered down on the ice of Presqu'ile Bay (or perhaps because there 
/was/ only one!).  The female CANVASBACK mentioned in last week's report 
was still present on Friday and Saturday, and the male RING-NECKED DUCK 
was there from Friday to Sunday.  A group of 18-20 REDHEADS was there on 
the weekend, the first since early January.  The first two WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS in a fortnight were off the government dock today.  For the 
second consecutive week, a RUFFED GROUSE was seen, and this morning five 
WILD TURKEYS showed up.  In a few recent years, when waters elsewhere in 
the Great Lakes region have frozen over, as seems likely to happen with 
the persistent cold weather this winter, RED-NECKED GREBES have found 
their way to open water in late January or February.  No one has 
reported any at Presqu'ile yet, but that may happen again, as it did on 
January 30 last year.  A few BALD EAGLES, as many as three on one day, 
have been present throughout the past week.  The wintering 
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK mentioned in last week's report has not apparently 
entered the Park, but on Tuesday could be seen from the Park gates in a 
tree behind "The Gates" art gallery.  On January 23, four gull species 
were on the ice of Presqu'ile Bay before being flushed by a BALD EAGLE: 
one RING-BILLED GULL, a few dozen HERRING GULLS, an adult LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULL, and an immature GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL.  There were 
single sightings of SNOWY OWL and BARRED OWL in the past week.

A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER seen a few days ago was the only one this 
winter, in striking contrast to the past two winters.  A PILEATED 
WOODPECKER was near the campground office on Monday.  A NORTHERN SHRIKE 
was present on Saturday.  A COMMON RAVEN was heard on Monday.  A flock 
of CEDAR WAXWINGS, the only ones this month, was seen yesterday.  The 
PINE WARBLER that has been a regular at the bird feeder near the 
campground office was seen every day this week, usually rewarding 
birders by appearing with some frequency.  Two WHITE-THROATED and one 
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continue to patronize the feeders at 85 Bayshore 
Road.  The flock of COMMON GRACKLES that had been there in the first few 
days of January had apparently disappeared until Tuesday, when two of 
them re-appeared.  While the specific identity of a lone redpoll that 
spent a few days earlier this month at 186 Bayshore Road was never 
established to everyone's satisfaction, an unambiguous HOARY REDPOLL 
appeared there with a flock of COMMON REDPOLLS on January 23.  The first 
PINE SISKIN since late December was at the Park office bird feeder on 
January 26.

To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Visitors to Gull “Island” can walk 
across
the gap from Owen Point without special footwear. Ice conditions may
make for slippery walking. Birders are encouraged to
record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the
campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a
rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA .

-- 
Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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Subject: Varied Thrush, Kitchener
From: Ken Burrell <kenneth.gd.burrell AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:06:15 -0500
Hi Birders,

My apologies for not posting sooner, but I just received permission to post
now. There has been a Varied Thrush coming sporadically to a backyard
feeder along Dunnington Court, in the Stanley Park area of Kitchener. The
bird was originally found on the 16th and has been seen several times
since. While sightings have been few, I think the bird is actually quite
regular in the area, but it just frequents several feeders in the vicinity.

I think the best area to look for the bird is in the greenspace, known as
the 'Idlewood Greenway', behind many of the houses which front Dunnington
Court and Drumoak Place. There are several feeders that are potential spots
where the bird could be. The eBird link, below, is centred exactly where I
observed the bird on Monday.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21552393

Directions: taking Hwy. 85 north from Hwy. 401, exit at and go east on
Ottawa Street. Take this to Old Chicopee and turn right. Take this
Edenbridge and turn left. There are several access points, I'd suggest
either accessing the greenspace from Edenbridge, the end of Darlington, or
along Oldfield Drive.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Good luck!

Ken Burrell
kenneth.gd.burrell AT gmail.com
http://burrellbirding.ca/
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Subject: Northern Hawk Owl 10 JAN GRIMSBY
From: "Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:30:39 -0500
My apologies to Leonard Manning and anyone chasing this bird.  I thought 
the post below went to Ontbirds last night.  Sadly the poster was not 
subscribed to Ontbirds.

Mark Cranford
Ontbirds Coordinator


Birders,

I messed up on the dates. I was originally told the hawk owl was seen on 
Saturday, I assumed this meant the 24th. I then found out later the owl 
was seen on the 10th. This is in no way lens fault as this was the 
information I gave him. The owl could still be in the area but the 
sighting was almost three weeks ago. Sorry again.
On Jan 28, 2015 6:00 PM, "olivesided"  wrote:
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Subject: Winter Kestrel and Rough-legged hawk, South Lake Simcoe
From: "Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:55:56 -0500
Posting for Paul Harpley, questions should go to him paul AT harpley.ca

Tuesday  January 27, at 1;30 p.m. an American Kestrel was observed in a 
roadside 25 foot high White ash tree with a meadow vole in its talons. 
The Kestrel stayed in the tree and ate parts of the vole for about 3 
minutes and flew off to a nearby hedge row about 150 feet away with the 
vole still in its talons. The observation was made on Ravenshoe Road, on 
the north side in the Town of Georgina,  0.8 kilometers east of the 
hamlet of Brown Hill.

Also, earlier in the day on January 27th at 8:45 and 10:00 a.m., I 
observed a Dark morph, juvenile Rough-legged hawk hunting the meadows 
and fields and alighting in large farm area trees east of the hamlet of 
Egypt (also Town of Georgina). This may be the same bird I observed on 
January 16 on the Durham York Town line hunting and soaring for an hour 
(2-3 p.m.). On Wednesday January 28th I visited the site again, and 
found the Dark morph, juvenile Rough-legged hawk in the same place. Five 
minutes later, 1 kilometre south of the hamlet of Egypt I say another 
Rough-legged hawk, this one a light morph, juvenile (first year) 
individual in an adjacent field siting in an old apple tree in a 
fencerow. This site area is an excellent opportunity to see and compare 
Rough-legged hawk morphs in the same place.

Both these bird species seem to be staying in the area. Good close 
viewings of these birds are probable.

Paul Harpley

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Subject: Re: [hamiltonbirds] NORTHERN HAWK - OWL, Vineland Area, Jan 24th
From: Jeffrey Jones <jeffjonesphoto AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:41:03 -0500
Birders,

I messed up on the dates. I was originally told the hawk owl was seen on
Saturday, I assumed this meant the 24th. I then found out later the owl was
seen on the 10th. This is in no way lens fault as this was the information
I gave him. The owl could still be in the area but the sighting was almost
three weeks ago. Sorry again.
On Jan 28, 2015 6:00 PM, "olivesided"  wrote:

>
>
> Birders,
>
> I received a photograph last evening of a Northern Hawk owl recently taken
> by Shayna Hartley, in the Vineland area. Saturday Jan 24.
>
> Shayna, not being from the niagara area, did not realize the bird was
> unusual for the area. She was also in the area on a casual trip so did not
> take exact details of where she was when she discovered the bird.
>
> What she does know is that the bird was photographed on the side of Hwy 81
> leading into Vineland from the Grimsby area. I have the photo and there is
> no doubt about the bird.
>
> Lisa Teskey and I searched today for over 3 hours to no avail but this
> species usually sticks around in winter so it's likely in the area.
>
> Best bet is to drive qew niagara to bartlett in Grimsby.  Travel south on
> bartlett until you get to main street and go east.  As soon as you get out
> of grimsby start looking and continue all the way to vineland. All side
> streets with appropriate pines or spruces for perching should be checked.
> It's a big area but I bet the bird is about.
>
> Any more Questions regarding the sighting please e mail me privately.
>
> Len Manning
> Hamilton, On
> 289-456-6502
>
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Subject: NORTHERN HAWK - OWL, Vineland Area, Jan 24th
From: olivesided <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:00:32 -0500

Birders,

I received a photograph last evening of a Northern Hawk owl recently taken by 
Shayna Hartley, in the Vineland area. Saturday Jan 24. 


Shayna, not being from the niagara area, did not realize the bird was unusual 
for the area. She was also in the area on a casual trip so did not take exact 
details of where she was when she discovered the bird.  


What she does know is that the bird was photographed on the side of Hwy 81 
leading into Vineland from the Grimsby area. I have the photo and there is no 
doubt about the bird. 


Lisa Teskey and I searched today for over 3 hours to no avail but this species 
usually sticks around in winter so it's likely in the area.  


Best bet is to drive qew niagara to bartlett in Grimsby.  Travel south on 
bartlett until you get to main street and go east.  As soon as you get out of 
grimsby start looking and continue all the way to vineland. All side streets 
with appropriate pines or spruces for perching should be checked.  It's a big 
area but I bet the bird is about. 


Any more Questions regarding the sighting please e mail me privately.

Len Manning
Hamilton, On
289-456-6502


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Subject: Redpolls, Canvasback, plus in Mississauga
From: Luc Fazio <llukefazio AT netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:12:01 -0500
Hi folks:
 While leading a Riverwood Conservancy sponsored bird walk at Saddington Park, 
west side of Port Credit harbour... We had 12 Common Redpolls feeding just east 
of main parking lot or west of the public bathrooms. 

 As well, at lakefront Promenade Park, east of Cawthra & Lakeshore Blvd, at the 
mouth of the bay there was one CANVASBACK amongst 100 Redheads. 

 Sorry for late posting, but also note that yesterday...Dan Salisbury and I had 
a nice Hoary Redpoll ( exilipes) and only one Common Redpoll at Valens CA where 
there have been up to 42 Common Redpolls ( flammeus flammeus ) 

Valens CA can be reached by going north on hiway#6 from 403 to cr 97 west a few 
kilometers to entrance. You must walk 1 km from entrance past long wooden 
bridge to Lakeside view trail to Tamaracks. The two species of Redpoll seemed 
to have been attracted by my imitating the Saw-whet Owl calls. The Exilipes ssp 
Hoary is a nice frosty white with stubby pushed in bill, very little flank 
barring and pure white rump. 

 As well, there are bluebirds at the RBG arboretum Rasberry House and Red morph 
Screech owl In Woodland Cemetery 


Best search....Luc Fazio

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Subject: OFO News
From: "Cindy Cartwright" <pom AT bmts.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:01:45 -0500
The February 2015 issue of OFO News is in the mail and members should
receive it in the next day or so. Members can read about hummingbird
research, how to involve children in birding, a little known skill of owls,
the recent OFO Convention in Ottawa, photography and more.

 

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Subject: Redpolls at Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto
From: Owen Strickland <owen.strickland AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:59:40 -0500
Tommy Thompson Park is located at the base of Leslie Street in Toronto.

On Sunday, myself and a few others saw the flock of:

-50 Southern 'flammea' Common Redpolls
-3 Southern 'exilipes' Hoary Redpolls
-1 Greater 'rostrata' Common Redpoll

The flock can be seen daily on Peninsula A, the last peninsula on the right 
before getting to the lighthouse. They like the field more than the trees. 
They've been here for about 6 weeks now. 


Happy birding!

-Owen Strickland

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Subject: Apparent Tufted Duck x Scaup Hybrid in Toronto
From: <stg1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:43:13 -0500
While birding the west Toronto shoreline with Garth Riley this afternoon, I 
came across an interesting duck at the Mimico waterfront in Toronto. It was in 
the interior marina of Humber Bay West associating with a dozen or so Greater 
Scaup. 

 
I got Garth onto the bird and we studied it from both the north side of the 
marina at Superior Park and the south side (accessed by walking through the 
leash-free dog-run area at the western tip of Humber Bay West). I got some 
marginal iPhone-scoped shots of the bird and Garth got several photos with his 
camera. 

 
The hybrid duck had a tuft near the its crown, white flanks and was much 
darker-backed (albeit not quite completely black) than the nearby Greater 
Scaup. 

 
Photos of the bird were sent to Bruce Mactavish, Alvan Buckley and Kevin 
McLaughlin, who very kindly provided their opinions and thoughts. Their 
consensus ID is that the bird appears closest fit a Tufted Duck x Scaup hybrid. 

 
The bird was still present in mid-afternoon. For anyone interested, photos will 
be posted to eBird shortly. 

 
Superior Park is located at the Mimico waterfront, south of the intersection of 
Superior Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd. West in Toronto. Humber Bay West is located 
along Humber Bay Park Road West, which runs south from Lakeshore Blvd. West , 
just west of Parklawn Road. 

 
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Subject: Fish Crow, Waterloo January 26th
From: Ken Burrell <kenneth.gd.burrell AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:43:38 -0500
Hey Birders!

About 30 minutes ago while going for a run, near my place, I had a Fish
Crow fly over, calling repeatedly. The bird was loosely associating with
other American Crow's, and is likely roosting in the area (there are about
5,000 AMCRs also doing so). I was pretty excited nonetheless.

I've had Fish Crow once before (March 27, 2012) at the University of
Waterloo which is only about 1-2 km from this location, as well as 2 other
probable sightings in the area.

The location was Beverley and Dawson Streets, in Waterloo. The link below
has the exact location.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21557034

If you have questions, please email me privately.

Ken Burrell
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Subject: Male Northern Shoveler and Adult Bald Eagle in Kanata - 25 January
From: Netscape <ad753stephen AT netscape.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:34:40 -0500
Apologies for this delayed report. The Male Northern Shoveler continues to 
associate with a large flock of Mallards and a few Black Ducks at the start of 
the Carp River in Appaloosa Park in Kanata in West Ottawa. I and a couple of 
friends observed and photographed it yesterday (Saturday) morning. 


While there a handsome mature Bald Eagle soared past overhead in a blue sky at 
a height of about 200+ metres. The ducks got startled momentarily but the eagle 
continued on and they settled down quickly. 


To get to Appaloosa Park take Eagleson Road south from where it intersects at 
the Hazeldean/Robertson Road intersection. Take your first left onto Palamino 
Drive then almost immediately right onto Appaloosa Drive. The park is on your 
right just as the street makes a 90 degree bend to the left. 


Good birding.

Stephen 

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Subject: Addendum: Gyrfalcon on Wolfe Island
From: Jon Ruddy <accipitriformes AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:25:25 -0500
Hi there,

The observer had to retrieve the notes that he'd taken on a map. I now have
specific location details:

The observer mentioned the bird was on 4th line just past the zig-zag in
the road. He mentioned there's is a small pond on the right as one comes
from Base Line heading in the direction of County Road 96. He referred to
the habitat as having an open field with a large tree just before the pond.

That's what I have for now. Good luck and apologies for the confusion.

Regards,
Jon
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Subject: Wolfe Island: Gyrfalcon (adult)
From: Jon Ruddy <accipitriformes AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:41:43 -0500
Hi there,

I posted last night about a Gyrfalcon that was seen on Amherst Island. I
received conflicting reports of where the bird was seen and I've just
confirmed with the observer that the bird was in fact observed on Wolfe
Island. Apologies for the confusion.

Apologies, esp. to those who are potentially out looking for the bird this
morning.

Regards,
Jon
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Subject: Amherst Island: Gyrfalcon (adult)
From: Jon Ruddy <accipitriformes AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:47:25 -0500
Hi there,

This evening (25 January) I received an email from a birding friend
inquiring about the identification of a hawk; a friend of hers had taken
some photos while birding on Amherst Island and was curious to know what
species he had photographed. Upon opening the attached photos, I was
flabbergasted to see that the photos were of an adult gray morph Gyrfalcon.
The bird was observed during the afternoon on 23 January.

Best of luck to those who attempt to see it. Feel free to email me if you'd
like to see the photos.

Good birding,
Jon
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Subject: Snowy Owls in South Huron County...
From: sunbirder2010 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:23:55 -0500
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Subject: Massive Sandhill Crane exodus in Erie Beach, Chatham-Kent
From: Paul Pratt <naturalist AT primus.ca>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:18:28 -0500
The Sandhill Crane flock just flew over Wheatley at 1:15pm heading west. 

Paul Pratt
 

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Subject: Massive Sandhill Crane exodus in Erie Beach, Chatham-Kent
From: Steve Charbonneau <steve.charbonneau60 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:00:49 -0500
Hello Everyone,
At 12:35 this afternoon, I stepped outside of my house and immediately
heard the calls of sandhill cranes coming from above.  I couldn't see them
due to the trees, so I jumped into my car and headed down the road towards
the west, with my eyes up (and a bit on the road).  I found them about a
half kilometre along, in 2 long lines, very high and moving west rapidly
along the shore of Lake Erie.  I estimate there were between 200 and 300
birds in total.  Perhaps the Long Point birds decided to leave the province
today.  I'd be interested to hear if they were seen over the tip of Pelee
today and if the Long Point birders note that the birds there have
departed.  You can email me privately.............I'd really like a more
accurate number, as this would represent a high for the Rondeau area.
Erie Beach is a small village to the west of Erieau on Lake Erie in
Chatham-Kent.  Trust me, the cranes are LONG gone.
Steve Charbonneau
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Subject: Snowy Owl in Lindsay
From: "Judy Kennedy" <judykennedy AT i-zoom.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:10:07 -0500
Yesterday, I went into Lindsay and after turning east on Colbourne Street from 
Hwy 35, I spotted a Snowy Owl on top of a power pole on the south side of the 
street, in front of the soccer field. Judging from the amount of spotting, 
I’m guessing it is a female. 


Cheers,
Judy Kennedy,
Cameron, ON
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Subject: Pine siskins Waterloo Keats Way Woods
From: Karl Heide <karlheide AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:02:04 +0000 (UTC)
A small flock of pine siskins has been in Keats Way woods the past 2 days, in 
and around the lone tall birch near the junction of the main path and the path 
to the footbridge (at the west end of the woods).   

Keats Way woods is in Waterloo along Keats Way between Fischer-Hallman rd. and 
Amos Ave.   

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Subject: ADMIN ONTBIRD Disruption
From: "Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:50:17 -0500
Looks like all hotmail and sympatico subscribers are being removed as I 
watch. Maybe 2000 subscribers will continue to receive ONTBIRDS. If you 
receive this message mention it to others that some will experience a 
disruption of service. We are working on restoring ONTBIRDS as soon as 
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Subject: Common x Barrow's Goldeneye hybrid: Confederation Park, Hamilton
From: "Alain Carriere" <acarriere AT sentex.ca>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:03:49 -0500
I found what I believe to be a hybrid Goldeneye 200 m offshore at Confederation 
Park in Hamilton, yesterday at 2:00. Photo: https://flic.kr/p/qD61nM Location: 
https://goo.gl/maps/JEkTm 


Also an hour before that, at 10th Road East, on Dofasco Trail just north of 
Vinemount Quarry ( https://goo.gl/maps/YuTFh ), a Northern Shrike ( 
https://flic.kr/p/pYJeoT ), a hunting Northern Harrier (adult female) and one 
of the ravens reported by others. No luck with the Short-eared Owls reported 
there recently. 


Good birding,
Alain
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Subject: Harlequin Duck @ ETOBICOKE
From: Kai Millyard <kai AT web.ca>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:56:41 -0500
A beautiful mature male was in the northeasternmost bay at Colonel Sam 
Smith Park in Toronto this afternoon around 2.00.

Sam Smith Park is at the foot of Kipling Ave in south Etobicoke. Park in the 
southernmost parking lot and head east along the trail to get to the water. The 
first bay is where it was seen. 


Good birding.

Kai Millyard
Toronto

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Subject: European Goldfinch, Ottawa - no
From: "Suzanne Britton" <trilofnc AT ironphoenix.org>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:39:32 -0500
I've had a few inquiries lately about the European Goldfinch. I'm afraid I
only had this beauty at my feeders for two days, Friday the 16th and Saturday.
The flock it was with seems to have moved on. Since there has been so much
interest, I will be sure to post again if it comes back. I'd advise anyone in
Kanata North to keep an eye on their feeders (especially nyjer feeders), since
I heard from soneone else in the area that they think they had it at theirs, a
few weeks before me.

Suzanne Britton

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Subject: Hamilton Snowy Owl
From: mike kirchin <mike_kirchin AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:13:58 +0000 (UTC)
At 415 today spied a smaller male snowy on a southern fence-line along the 
Lincoln Alexander Parkway between Upper Wellington and Upper James Directions 
Take Hwy 403 south exiting onto the eastbound "Linc" .The snowy was on the 
fence lining the Parkway  "Life's a journey ,not a destination "  

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Subject: Red-headed Woopecker-Vineland
From: Nancy Smith <birdersmith AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:02:06 -0500
Still coming to the feeder occasionally at 3196 Campden Rd. Also today 
White-crowned sparrow, an interesting white faced Junco and an unwelcome 
Cooper's Hawk! directions: QEW exit at Victoria Ave. (Reg. 24) go south to Fly 
rd. Turn right, travel west to Campden Rd. Turn left, travel south, cross Young 
St to 3296 Campden rd on right. There are 2 tray feeders on the front railing 
plus several hanging feeders along the front porch. Luck and patience required! 
Nancy Smith 

2939 Campden Rd.  Vineland

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Subject: Harlequin pair Gairlock Gardens Oakville
From: Kevin Shackleton <kevin.shackleton AT rogers.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:10:34 -0500
10 am. Had the pair of Harlequin Ducks at this small park off Lakeshore at 
Cairncroft. 

Kevin Shackleton
John Watson

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Subject: Painted Bunting - YES Oakville, Arkendo, Dr.,
From: Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:10:52 +0000 (UTC)
Few reports this week, but the male Painted Bunting was alive and well at 9:15 
this morning feeding on the ground along the path near the feeder at Arkendo 
Park off the dead end of Arkendo Court in Oakville. Crippling views, no one 
around... 


One block west of Winston Churchill & Lakeshore - Take first street south to 
dead end . 


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Subject: Snowy Owl - Scugog Twp
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:42:53 -0500
I know that Snowies are widespread this winter but up here in the hinterland 
they’re pretty much absent – however I found one this evening just east of 
Hwy 12 on Scugog Conc. 6 



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Subject: White-throated sparrow near Lindsay
From: Eric Davis <raisydoo AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:10:59 -0500
Yesterday afternoon there was a white-throated sparrow at my feeder.  I
live east of Woodville in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  Woodville is west of
Lindsay.  I have never seen this species at this time of year in the area.

Eric Davis
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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 22 January 2015
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:36:11 -0500
There were some spectacularly sunny, cool days in the Park this week. But no
sightings of American Three-toed Woodpecker following last week's report
of a male on Opeongo Road.  A marten visited the suet feeders at the Visitor
Centre, unsuccessfully chased a red squirrel and soon disappeared, on
January 19 -- only the second marten sighting there this winter, where they
are often regular in this season.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: None reported. Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was noted along Opeongo Road on
January 16 and another was photographed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk during
the weekend.

Gray Jay: Still being seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and
Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: Two or three were observed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk near
the suet feeder on January 16 and 17. One was found along Opeongo Road near
the Cameron Lake Road on January 17.


WINTER FINCHES:
 
Common Redpoll: From five to eleven were at the Visitor Centre feeders each
day this week.

Hoary Redpoll: Two continued at the Visitor Centre feeders all week.



Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).


Good Birding!
 
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Algonquin Provincial  Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).

The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends
from 9 am to 5 pm. There is access with limited services on weekdays from
9 am to 4 pm. 
 
Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are
also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent reports to January 22, 2015
From: Gregory Zbitnew <k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:47:21 +0000
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club

Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec

Compiler and transcriber: Greg Zbitnew at k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net or 
sightings AT ofnc.ca 


Recent reports to January 22, 2015

Despite a brief thaw on the 18th, Ottawa remains firmly in the grips of winter 
with colder than average conditions but not much new snow. The Rideau River is 
now almost entirely frozen, but there are still extensive stretches of open 
water on the Ottawa River. Despite this, there are a few feeble signs of 
spring-NORTHERN CARDINALS are starting to sing, and NORTHERN RAVENS have been 
seen doing courtship behavior. 


Although there has been little change in the bird variety from the previous 
week, a HERMIT THRUSH was at Britannia on the 18th and 19th, and a LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the Trail Road landfill on the 18th along with the 
other usual species of GULLS. 


The GYRFALCON was seen again this week, on the 16th-18th at the Laflčche 
landfill east of Ottawa. It has been reported hunting successfully, but even on 
the days it is seen, birders may have a wait of several hours before a 
sighting. Another GYRFALCON was seen near Mountain, Ontario (Hwy. 43 and 
Regional Road 1) on the 19th but was not seen again. 


Some lingering waterfowl are present, but there is a slightly different mix 
than last week: 


 1. GREATER SCAUP was at Britannia as recently as the 20th.
 2. WOOD DUCK was near the Rideau Tennis Club on the 20th.
 3. NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at Appaloosa Park on the 18th
 4. 2 BARROW’S GOLDENEYE and 2 BUFFLEHEAD were seen from Bate Island on the 
21st 

 5. HOODED MERGANSER was at Black Rapids lock on the 21st

 Farmview Road in Kinburn had up to 10 GRAY PARTIDGE on the 18th and 19th.

In the area around Stony Swamp, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS have been seen 
reliably on the Sarsaparilla Trail, the last report being from the 18th. The 
same species was seen in the Mer Bleue area on the 21st, the first recent 
report from the east end. The AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was at Chemin 
Grimes as recently as the 18th, and the NORTHERN FLICKER was at the Moore Farm 
on the 19th. 


NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen from both the Sarsaparilla Trail and from near Dwyer 
Hill. 


LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Lockhead Road and in Quyon.

There has been some change to the winter finch population. REDPOLLS are 
increasing in numbers, both HOARY and COMMON REDPOLL, but there are no reliable 
spots yet. The first recent PINE GROSBEAKS (6) were seen on Bertrand Road in 
the Larose forest on the 18th, but were not relocated. PINE SISKIN were seen in 
Larose Forest and in Russell this week. 


There have been some recent concerns from local residents who have bird 
feeders. Please remember to respect the birding ethics. Most particularly, when 
viewing a feeder near to and especially in front of a private residence be 
discreet, do not linger and never trespass. Avoid prolonged viewing and avoid 
taking pictures of a residence or the feeder without the permission of the 
owner. 


The OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports owl sightings on the Internet. We 
will continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sightings AT ofnc.ca for the 
purpose of maintaining local records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations.

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Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker, Mer Bleue, Ottawa
From: Judy and Peter Hall <halljp AT rogers.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:35:06 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi Ontbirders:
This afternoon while cross-country skiing at the Mer Bleue bog east of Ottawa, 
I encountered a male Black-backed Woodpecker. It was working on a 30-foot high 
tree stump about 10 metres from the ski trail. I got to watch it for about 15 
minutes before it flew off to a tree further away. This may have been the same 
bird that was reported back in December in the area. 

Directions: From Highway 417 take Anderson Road east to Ridge Road. Turn right 
and follow this road until it ends at the Mer Bleue parking lot. Take the trail 
that runs west along the south side of the ridge (marsh on the left) for about 
500 metres. 

Good birding
Peter Hall
 
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Subject: Snowy Owls near North Bay , & Northern Shrikes!
From: richardtafel <rtafel AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:17:16 -0500
Three Snowy Owls have been hanging out recently, about 15 miles east of
North Bay. 
    One is upon Development Road between Rutherglen Road and Mt. Pleasant
Road. That is just about 4 miles south and east of the little community of
Rutherglen, which is upon highway 17, about 13 miles due east of highway 11,
the northerly connecting road from Toronto.
    The second one is further south-east, on Development Road, close to
Brule Road. The third one is further south, along Adams Road, close to Pratt
Road. 
    The first two birds are beautiful, white adults.
    North Bay is 3 1/2 hours of no traffic light driving, north of Toronto.
    A couple of Northern Shrikes have shown themselves nearby, also, one
near Powassan (south of North Bay), and the other on Latimer Road (between
the first two owls).
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending January 22, 2015.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:19:05 -0500
As in most of southern Ontario, winter conditions persist at Presqu'ile 
Provincial Park, and the preponderance of bird sightings reflects that.

Swans have been the flavour of the week.  Hundreds of MUTE SWANS have 
been in Presqu'ile Bay all week, even when it is frozen over. The high 
count was a record 586 individuals on January 18.  In addition, the two 
adult and two immature TRUMPETER SWANS mentioned in last week's report 
were also there on that day and two TUNDRA SWANS, the first of the 
season, were there yesterday.  The hoped for influx of REDHEADS in the 
wake of last weekend's short-lived mild spell failed to materialize, but 
a female CANVASBACK on January 18 and a male RING-NECKED DUCK on January 
19 were welcome substitutes. RUFFED GROUSE are year-round residents of 
the Park, but are seldom seen, an exception occurring on January 20.  A 
few interesting raptors have been around, most notably BALD EAGLES.  
They were hanging around the ice of Presqu'ile Bay from January 16 -19, 
with four seen at once on January 18.  They are not likely far away, 
even now; in fact, one flew past just after this was written.  A 
NORTHERN HARRIER and two different COOPER'S HAWKS were also seen, an 
adult of the latter that sat and monitored a bird feeder for almost an 
hour and a juvenile that flew in from across the bay.  Just outside the 
Park, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK has been seen repeatedly at the south end of 
Ontario Street, probably the same bird that frequented that area last 
winter.  A few RED-TAILED HAWKS round out that group. Three RING-BILLED 
GULLS, the first of the season, were seen on January 18.  Not to be 
outdone by the hawks, a few owls have also been seen this week: a lone 
remaining SNOWY OWL yesterday, a BARRED OWL on January 19, and the prize 
bird of the week, a LONG-EARED OWL, discovered by crows, that was seen 
several times on January 16 but has not been found since then.

A PILEATED WOODPECKER was again seen this week.  NORTHERN SHRIKES were 
seen in widely separated parts of the Park.  A HERMIT THRUSH near the 
lighthouse on January 16 was nowhere near the one seen two days 
earlier.  A flock of 25 AMERICAN ROBINS has been taking advantage of the 
unusual presence (in January) of an extensive lawn.  CEDAR WAXWINGS have 
been absent all winter but two flocks appeared this week not far from 
Presqu'ile, so these wanderers may soon show up.  A flock of 10-15 SNOW 
BUNTINGS was on Gull Island last Saturday.  The PINE WARBLER present for 
the past weeks continues to be a regular visitor at the bird sightings 
board feeder, where a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was also seen on January 16 
and 17.  Another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW 
continue to patronize the feeders at 83 and 85 Bayshore Road. COMMON 
REDPOLLS are being seen daily, the largest group, variously estimated at 
80-110 birds, frequenting Gull Island.

To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Visitors to Gull “Island” can walk 
across
the gap from Owen Point without special footwear. Ice conditions may
make for slippery walking. Birders are encouraged to
record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the
campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a
rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA .

-- 
Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
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Subject: dark-phase rough-legged hawk near lindsay, ontario
From: Eric Davis <raisydoo AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:50:46 -0500
I went searching for the snowy owl reported by Fiona McKay on Heights Road
east of Lindsay today.  I found two owls and a dark phase rough-legged hawk
in the field on the east side south of Sherwin Rd.  The hawk gave good
views especially from underneath and very much contrasted the flying snowy
owl nearby in the bright sunshine against a very blue sky!

Take Pigeon Lake Rd (Cty Rd 17) E from Lindsay or W from Sturgeon Rd (Cty
Rd 7, N out of Omemee, N of Downeyville), then N on Heights Rd.

Eric Davis
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Subject: Harlequin Duck, Northern Mockingbird... Thickson's
From: "Bruce F. Aikins" <bfa001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:48:16 -0500
This morning I "refound" the previously reported Harlequin off Thickson's
Point.  It was about 75 meters off shore and about 150 meters west of the
point associating with about 40 Goldeneyes.  It flew in with them from the
west.  I met someone else there that had just seen one a bit earlier at the
mouth of Lynde Creek also with Goldeneyes..... possibly the same bird.

In the Meadow at Thickson's,  there was a Northern Mockingbird feeding on
the ground quite undisturbed despite the fact that I was within 6 feet of
it !!!

Thickson's Point, Meadow, Woods are at the foot of Thickson's Road, south
of the exit off 401 in Whitby.

Good birding....    Bruce
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Subject: Eastern Phoebe - Stratford - YES
From: Steve Thorpe <sthorpe3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:08:28 +0000
There was a Eastern Phoebe at the wastewater treatment plant in Stratford this 
morning, likely the same bird that Jarmo Jalava found last Sunday. It was 
sitting in the sun on a wheel valve luxuriating in the warm vapours rising from 
the treatment ponds. 

 
On November 18, 2014 I found a phoebe on the river near the treatment ponds. In 
December Harald Scholz found a phoebe in the same area, and on December 27, 
Jean Baloo et al. found the same species during the Stratford CBC. On January 
18, Jarmo found a phoebe at the treatment plant, less that 100 m from the 
river. Then today another sighting. The same bird ??? 

 
The Stratford wastewater plant is at the west end of West Gore Street in SW 
Stratford. From the Perth County Health Unit parking lot walk up the hill 
through the conifers and you can look over the active treatment ponds. 

 
Steve Thorpe
Stratford
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Redpolls Increasing and Photo ID Article
From: Jean Iron <jeaniron AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:28:07 -0500
Redpoll numbers are increasing as winter advances. Late winter is often the
best time to see the largest numbers of redpolls and this year is fitting
that pattern. Also we are entering the bottleneck period when diminishing
natural seed supplies are at their lowest. Watch for redpolls to increase at
feeders. Hoary Redpolls (subspecies exilipes) are being seen regularly in
flocks of Common Redpolls. Erwin Meissner reports "Greater" Common Redpolls
(rostrata) west of Sudbury, which is the large more northern subspecies.

REDPOLL SUBSPECIES ID: We have prepared a photo article about the
identification of Common and Hoary Redpolls and their subspecies. Please see
link.
http://www.jeaniron.ca/2015/redpollsRP.htm

Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway
Toronto ON

P.S. Erwin Meissner reports that two Gyrfalcons are frequenting the Ramsey
Lake area of Sudbury. They are preying on American Black Ducks, Mallards and
Rock Pigeons. He doesn't have email so if you need more information, please
call him at 705-368-0161. 


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Subject: Jan 31st NA Trumpeter Swan Survey
From: "Kyna" <kynadawn AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:06:58 -0500
It’s Time to Participate in the 2015 North American Trumpeter Swan Survey!

The North American Trumpeter Swan Survey is the official population status 
assessment for this species. This survey was first conducted in 1968 and has 
been completed at five-year intervals since 1975. The survey involves 
cooperators from federal, state, and provincial agencies across the United 
States and Canada, as well as volunteers from non-government organizations and 
the public. The information resulting from this coordinated effort is used to 
assess and track population status, evaluate restoration efforts and inform 
development of conservation and management plans for this species. 




Here in Ontario, assistance is needed to survey Trumpeter Swans during winter 
2015. Ontario covers a vast area, but is a province that has many people. 
Having many volunteers out looking for and reporting information will provide 
much new, invaluable information on swan abundance, geographic distribution and 
seasonal habitat use that is much needed for Trumpeter Swan conservation and 
management. Winter is an ideal time to survey because swans concentrate where 
there is open water and accessible food. The survey typically is conducted 
during a short period of time to minimize the possibility that birds will move 
and be counted elsewhere in the province. 




It is easy to participate in the Trumpeter Swan survey and to have a hand in 
contributing to their management and conservation. Trumpeter Swans are very 
conspicuous and can be easily distinguished from the two other swan species 
found in Ontario, the Tundra Swan and Mute Swan. The equipment required is 
minimal and the required information is easy to collect. Even not seeing any 
swans at a locale is important to record. Even though the focus of the survey 
is on Trumpeter Swans, observations of other waterfowl or any birds, especially 
notable winter sightings, are welcomed submissions. 




OFFICIAL SURVEY DATE

31 January 2015 (Saturday) / weather date: 1 February 2015 (Sunday)

Note: swan data collected at any time during winter is useful and will be 
accepted, but data from within a day or so of the official survey day is most 
appropriate / valuable. 




WHERE AND HOW TO SURVEY

Trumpeter swans can be found anywhere in Ontario with open water, check 
ice-free areas of lakes, ponds and rivers. Please respect private property and 
seek permission before accessing land. Surveyors may drive or walk survey areas 
and it is recommended to use binoculars, spotting scope, camera, etc. to count 
and reliably identify swans/birds. All information should be recorded on the 
provided data sheets. 




SWAN SPEICIES IDENTIFICATION

The Trumpeter Swan Society’s website is an excellent information source to 
help with swan identification. This organization has produced a printable 
brochure that will help you distinguish between the three species of swan found 
in Ontario. 


·         www.trumpeterswansociety.org/swan-identification.html



USEFUL EQUIPMENT

· Datasheets for recording survey information (see below for a sample and one 
for survey use) 


·         Identification brochure from the Trumpeter Swan Society’s website

·         Binoculars/Spotting Scope

· Camera (with zoom lens), aids with reading/documenting wing tags and species 
identification. 




WHERE TO SEND COMPLETED DATA FORMS & SURVEY-RELATED QUESTIONS

·         E-mail: trumpeterswan AT live.com 

· Post: Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration, 1482 4th Concession West, RR 1, 
Troy, ON L0R 2B0 


Survey forms can be downloaded from Wye Marsh: 
http://www.wyemarsh.com/usercontent/PDFs/Global_Swan_Count.pdf 


If you would like a Word version of the form please email us at 
trumpeterswan AT live.com 

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Subject: Short-eared Owls - St. Catherines 1/20/15
From: joetf1973--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:51:43 +0000 (UTC)
At least 6 (and possibly more) Short-eared Owls were present late this 
afternoon in the fields on Fifth Ave Louth in St. Catherines. Also present were 
1 Northern Harrier and 1 Red-tailed Hawk. 



Please be careful - there is not much of a shoulder in most spots - but traffic 
is very light. 



I spoke with a fellow named Mark while I was there. He mentioned that he had 
seen a Greater White-fronted Goose recently on the upper Niagara River just 
downstream from the International Railroad Bridge. 




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Subject: Short-eared Owls - St. Catherines 1/20/15
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:30:08 -0500
At least 6 (and possibly more) Short-eared Owls were present late this 
afternoon in the fields on Fifth Ave Louth in St. Catherines. Also present were 
1 Northern Harrier and 1 Red-tailed Hawk. 



Please be careful - there is not much of a shoulder in most spots - but traffic 
is very light. 



I spoke with a fellow named Mark while I was there. He mentioned that he had 
seen a Greater White-fronted Goose recently on the upper Niagara River just 
downstream from the International Railroad Bridge. 




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Subject: eastern bluebirds, Fort Erie
From: alan woods <alan2woods AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:07:10 -0500
today at 3-30 we saw 6 eastern bluebirds at the intersection of Sodom  rd.
and baker rd. near Stevensville. also many hawks in the area.
dir., QEW to Sodom rd., south to baker rd. in the se corner.
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Subject: Snowy Owl, Toronto
From: Christopher Escott <escott.cj AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:30:51 -0500
I just received a reliable report of a Snowy Owl, "very white" so 
possibly an adult, that flew over Highway 401 at Victoria Park in 
Toronto at about 6:25pm this evening.

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Subject: Winter Wren, Waterloo Park
From: Chris Burris <cburris AT uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:26:04 +0000
This morning I had a single WINTER WREN in a for-now-unfrozen damp area just 
south of the soccer field adjacent to Seagram Drive, near the north end of 
Waterloo Park. There is a parking area quite close that can be accessed from 
Seagram Drive. 


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Waterloo




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Subject: Gyrfalcon - Moose Creek
From: Gillian Shields <gillian_shields AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:49:24 -0500
The Gyrfalcon was last seen at the Lafleche landfill, north of Moose Creek, at 
approximately 4:45pm. We arrived late in the day, around 4pm, and at that time 
it was perched on a hydro pole on the landfill grounds. We were able to get 
fantastic view through a scope although it was possible to view it nicely with 
binoculars. We gave little thought to driving right by a heavily barred Snowy 
Owl sitting in a nearby field in order to see the it. We didn't guess at the 
standoff we were going to witness between the two right before dusk. The 
Gyrfalcon left the hydro pole and headed straight for the Snowy making one 
unsuccessful swoop at it before flying SE away from the landfill. What an 
incredible moment to witness! 


Good luck for those going to look for it.

Gillian Shields and Carlos Barbery

Directions:
From Ottawa, take the 417 east past Casselman and turn right at Highway 138 
(exit 58). Proceed south to Lafleche Road and turn right. Lafleche landfill is 
at the end of this road and as previously mentioned, the public is not allowed 
past the main gate. 



 		 	   		  
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Subject: Gyrfalcon Lafleche Landfill Sunday p.m.
From: Martin Bowman <pict AT riverlink.ca>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:26:33 -0500
The Gyrfalcon with prey landed in the field adjacent to and immediately 
east of  the landfill site just before  1:30 p.m.  I think it was the 
first sighting today.  Langis Sirois alerted the six birders who were 
there to the bird's presence.  It fed on the prey for about twenty 
minutes before taking off in an eastwards directions.

  It had taken flight once while it fed and briefly lost sight of its 
prey which it refound and continued eating.  Excellent scope views were 
afforded the lucky few who were there.   The bird was last seen flying 
in a southeasterly direction over Highway 138 at 2:00p.m .  I do not 
know if it was seen again later.

Martin Bowman & Gillian Horgan
Williamstown, ON

Directions courtesy of Jaques Bouvier.

The Laflèche Rd landfill site is located at the dead end of Laflèche Road.

> *From HWY 417 take HWY 138 south (exit 58), turning right on Laflèche road

*which is the first road south of the 417. The dump is at the end of the dead
end road, however, the public is not allowed past the main gate. The road is
fairly busy so it is best to park in one of the loading zones on the right,
if possible. Look for the Gyrfalcon chasing the numerous starlings or gulls
at the site; not always visible from the road.






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Subject: Eastern Phoebe - Stratford
From: Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:41:22 +0000 (UTC)
Not quite a red-letter winter bird in the deepest south of Ontario, but an 
Eastern Phoebe this morning at the T.J. Dolan Natural Area in Stratford was a 
pretty unusual find in southwestern Ontario's interior.  This is likely the 
same bird found during the Stratford CBC on December 27, but apparently not 
seen since. 

Today's bird was manifesting the "Sedgewick Phenomenon", apparently feeding on 
cold-weather Chironomid midges hatching at the surface of the water of the 
sewage tanks.  (I seem to recall James Holdsworth reporting a phoebe at the 
Ingersoll wastewater plant a couple of winters ago).  Other birds at Dolan 
today included 3 Hooded Mergansers and a Great Blue Heron (found by the 
Stratford Field Naturalists Group), and Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglets 
and White-throated Sparrow. 

Directions: Take John Street south from Highway 8 (Huron Street) in the west 
end of Stratford to the T.J. Dolan parking lot by the Avon River bridge.  The 
water treatment plant is a few hundred metres along the trail to the west.  
The frothing water tanks are on the south side of the plant -- they 
are fenced, but good viewing is accessible by footpath. 

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Subject: WW Scoter Bronte Oakville
From: Kevin <empdur AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:37:45 -0500
There is a female White Winged Scoter in Bronte Harbour. Right in the channel 
between the breakwaters. 


Snowy owl out on the docs eating. 


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Subject: Selkirk Short Ears
From: mike kirchin <mike_kirchin AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:39:21 +0000 (UTC)
Had 3 short eared owls in two trees just off concession 6 ,east of the Owl 
sanctuary property yesterday at 340pm .Direction : Take Hwy 3 out of Cayuga 
,turn left on Regional road 53 headed towards Selkirk ,turn left on Concession 
6 ,Owl sanctuary property is about 1/2 way .  

Had 4 adult bald eagles along Rainham rd and in and around Selkirk and adjacent 
to the Nanticoke Hydro property along with about 5 dark and light morph rough 
legged hawks , numerous redtails and numerous gathers of wild 
turkeys  "Life's a journey ,not a destination "  

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Subject: OFO Trip around Ottawa
From: "Roy John" <r.john AT rogers.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:32:19 -0500
Seven people enjoyed a cheerful, bright day birding around Ottawa at 23 C. 
We saw 26 species with Greater Scaup and White throated Sparrow being the 
only unusual birds for the winter.  We also saw four species of mammal, 
including a Coyote.  The stars of the day were a stunning white male and 
lightly barred female adult Snowy Owls who played tag on a line of power 
poles, with the female pushing the poor male off each time.  We saw four 
Snowies in total.


Roy John and Bev McBride

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Subject: European Goldfinch, Ottawa
From: "Suzanne Britton" <trilofnc AT ironphoenix.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:16:15 -0500
The European Goldfinch was back at my house today around midday, feeding with
a mixed flock of goldfinches, redpolls and house finches. My husband got a few
photos through the window, which I uploaded to http://ironphoenix.org/gf/1.jpg
and http://ironphoenix.org/gf/2.jpg . (In the second picture you can just see
his tail feathers peeking out from behind.)

Location: If you'd like to come over, feel free to drop me an email, and I can
give you my address and set something up. Since my back yard is not directly
accessible from the road, it's better that people come into the house for
viewing.

Suzanne Britton

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Subject: Barrows Goldeneye: Sombra
From: Michael Nelson <birder.mike AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:06:26 -0500
The Barrows Goldeneye was rediscovered at 12:30 by Blake Mann and Mike
Bowman in a narrow lead off the Sombra ferry dock with hundreds of Common
Goldeneye.

Take 40 South from Sarnia to Bentpath Lane turn right (west).  Turn left on
St. Claire Parkway.  Look for the street on the right which goes to the
ferry.

Mike Nelson
London, ON
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Subject: GYRFALCON, east of Cassleman, Jan 17- Yes
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:17:40 -0500
Birders,


Andrew Don has texted to advise that he has re-found and photographed the
white Gyrfalcon at the Lafleche Road Landfill, east of Cassleman. The bird
flew and landed on a pole for a time, but has since flown off. Andrew is on
site with others hoping to relocate.

Directions courtesy of Jaques Bouvier.

The Laflèche Rd landfill site is located at the dead end of Laflèche Road.

>*From HWY 417 take HWY 138 south (exit 58), turning right on Laflèche road
*which is the first road south of the 417. The dump is at the end of the dead
end road, however, the public is not allowed past the main gate. The road is
fairly busy so it is best to park in one of the loading zones on the right,
if possible. Look for the Gyrfalcon chasing the numerous starlings or gulls
at the site; not always visible from the road.

Good luck,


Len Manning
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club BIrding Report - Saturday, January 17th, 2015
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 07:16:19 -0500
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
GRAY CATBIRD
BROWN THRASHER
PAINTED BUNTING

American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Ruffed Grouse
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Coot
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Short-eared Owl
Pileated Woodpecker
Common Raven
Tufted Titmouse
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Snow Bunting
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll


It's been a quiet winter week here in the Hamilton Study Area but perhaps
this weekend people will get out and see some birds while the temperatures
are warm and the winds have died down.

This week saw some of the rarities continue and a couple newer ones crop up.
A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET continued to survive cold temperatures and was
reported as of last weekend at Sedgewick Park in Oakville.  Sadly the other
rarities here have perished due to the cold.  Yellow-rumped Warblers and
Golden-crowned Kinglets continue to be seen here.  

A BROWN THRASHER appeared for a day at a feeder near Lynden mid-week, no
reports since.  A GRAY CATBIRD continues to make appearances on 11th
Concession East in Flamborough at a feeder.  

The PAINTED BUNTING was reported yesterday, it's been a tough week for this
bird but the feeder near the ravine is a good place to start.  Food is
always welcomed for the feeder. Location is on Arkendo Road in Oakville
which is one road west of Winston Churchill, south of Lakeshore Road.

The winter waterfowl count was last weekend.  Most of our wintering ducks
were seen at locations mostly on the west end of Lake Ontario as the bay
froze over the night before.  Highlights include a pair of American Wigeon
at the Desjardins Canal in Dundas and three Harlequin Ducks, a first winter
male at Bronte Harbour and a pair found at Gairloch Gardens in Oakville.
There seem to be a good number of American Coots wintering this year.  Other
observations made on the count include Iceland and Glaucous Gull and up to
10 Bald Eagles sitting on the ice out on the bay.  

In the odds and sods this week, there has been quite a stir at Olympic Woods
in Dundas as an interesting looking Yellow-rumped Warbler that may show
signs of hybridization with an Audubon's Warbler was seen with a couple
other Yellow-rumps at the suet put out on the trail there.  A pair of
Pileated Woodpeckers have also been seen at this locale.  Ruffed Grouse
continue to visit at a feeder in Flamborough on Westover Road north of
Concession 8 West. A Great Blue Heron was photographed along the shore at
VanWagners Beach in the week along with two Glaucous Gulls. Tenth Road East
in Saltfleet is a traditional spot for Short-eared Owls and this week up to
four have been seen flying over the quarry.  Northern Harrier, Red-tailed
and Rough-legged Hawk and Common Raven are birds reported in this vicinity.
It seems like the number of Rough-legged Hawks have increased over the month
with reports in Flamborough and in Saltfleet.  Up to six Tufted Titmice are
coming in to the feeders at Ruthven Conservation Area in the south of the
circle.  Eastern Bluebirds were seen yesterday along Locust Lane in Grimsby.
A small flock of Snow Buntings were seen on First Road East and Highland on
Thursday.  A female type Purple Finch was a good find actively coming to a
feeder right at the intersection of Pinetum/Hopkins trails accessed off York
Rd (park on the road)at the Royal Botanical Gardens.  Finally a small flock
of Common Redpolls were seen in some alders at the Northshore Trails at the
Royal Botanical Gardens and two were flyovers at the Windermere Basin last
weekend.

That's the news for this week, keep your sightings coming.  This warm up
could move some birds around.


Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: Re: European Goldfinch, Ottawa
From: "Suzanne Britton" <trilofnc AT ironphoenix.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:23:52 -0500
Regarding location: I'm not willing to post my address publicly, but if you're
interested in coming to see the bird, drop me a line. I'm in north Kanata.

Suzanne Britton

On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 02:35:14PM -0500, Suzanne Britton wrote:
> Redpolls arrived at my balcony feeders today for the first time this winter,
> and they brought a surprise guest with them: a European Goldfinch! Presumably
> an escaped bird, but still exciting to see in the wild.
>
> Suzanne Britton

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Subject: Re: European Goldfinch, Ottawa
From: Rob Pinilla <rob.pinilla AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:41:39 -0500
Hi Suzanne,
Is there an address? But I'm guessing you don't want people staring at the
balcony with binoculars around their necks? :)


On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:35 PM, Suzanne Britton 
wrote:

> Redpolls arrived at my balcony feeders today for the first time this
> winter,
> and they brought a surprise guest with them: a European Goldfinch!
> Presumably
> an escaped bird, but still exciting to see in the wild.
>
> Suzanne Britton
>
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Subject: European Goldfinch, Ottawa
From: "Suzanne Britton" <trilofnc AT ironphoenix.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:35:14 -0500
Redpolls arrived at my balcony feeders today for the first time this winter,
and they brought a surprise guest with them: a European Goldfinch! Presumably
an escaped bird, but still exciting to see in the wild.

Suzanne Britton

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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 15 January 2015
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:54:41 -0500
AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER
PINE GROSBEAK
HOARY REDPOLL

The bird of the week was a male American Three-toed Woodpecker.
See below.

Winter finch diversity and numbers remain very low. Common Redpolls may
still be on the move as briefly higher numbers at the Visitor Centre feeders
declined this week. However, yesterday and today, a second Hoary Redpoll
joined the long-visiting female at the feeders.

One or two Ruffed Grouse continue to be regular near the Visitor Centre
feeders, especially in early morning and late afternoon.

The female Mallard, now dubbed "Cold Duck" after surviving temperatures
below minus 30 degrees C on one night this week, continued at the Park Lake
outlet. For over a month this duck has remained in or near a patch of
rapidly flowing water both day and night. Somehow it has found enough to eat
and avoided predation. There are just four known previous winter occurrences
of Mallard in Algonquin Park, but none this far into January.


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Seven were reported in the area of the register box and suet
feeder on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 14.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: A male was reported along Opeongo
Road on January 14.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.
One was heard on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 10.

Gray Jay: Still being seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk,
Opeongo Road and Mew Lake Campground.

Boreal Chickadee: Three were observed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on
January 10, and one was at the suet feeder there on January 14.


WINTER FINCHES:
 
Pine Grosbeak: Three were seen along Opeongo Road on January 10.

Common Redpoll: From two to eight were at the Visitor Centre
feeders each day this week.

Hoary Redpoll: The female continued to come to the Visitor Centre
feeders, and there was a second bird there also on January 14 and 15.




Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).


Good Birding!
 
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Algonquin Provincial  Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).

The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends
from 9 am to 5 pm. There is access with limited services on weekdays from
9 am to 4 pm. 
 
Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 10th - 15th January 2014
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:03:05 -0500
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Please note that
some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated
otherwise.

 

Highlights:

The cold has continued unabated into the week and the only remaining open
water is at Invista, some of the inland waterways and the odd stream here
and there. Lake Ontario is now frozen. Highlights of the week include; SNOW
GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, NORTHERN PINTAIL, COMMON LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE,
GREAT BLUE HERON, SNOWY OWL, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, CAROLINA WREN, HERMIT
THRUSH, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SAVANNAH SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and HOARY
REDPOLL.

 

City of Kingston

SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen in the city with 2 birds seen near/at Invista
on several dates and the other at Kingston Airport. Also at Invista this
week, 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen in the 'warm water' pond on 10th in the
company of 1200 MALLARD. The WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Portsmouth Olympic
Harbour was last seen on 12th, not surprising since the lake is now
completely frozen. On the same date a COMMON LOON was observed in Collin's
Bay. At Little Cataraqui Creek CA, the female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was
seen today (15th) where a WINTER WREN was also noted. At Lemoine Point CA, 2
NORTHERN FLICKERS were seen on 12th. At Cartwright's Point, a CAROLINA WREN
was seen on 15th. The resident PEREGRINE FALCON has been noted this week on
several occasions, both at its usual downtown location and near the Tett
Centre. Also not far from the Tett, a HERMIT THRUSH was seen on 14th.

 

Amherst Island

Again, not too much from the island this week but SNOWY OWLS continue to be
seen regularly, as do the numerous ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR
was reported on 15th as were good numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS and a HORNED
LARK. Please note that you must be a member of Kingston Field Naturalists
(KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Wolfe Island

A few more birders visited the island this week. Highlights include the 22
SNOWY OWLS seen there on 14th, the SAVANNAH SPARROWS found at two locations
on 14th (3 birds) and 15th (4 birds), the 3-5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS seen over
the last three days, and the increasing numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED
LARKS. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are present but in relatively low numbers though
the number of BALD EAGLES seems to be increasing. An immature GREAT BLUE
HERON hangs on near 8th Line and was seen on 13th and 14th. 

 

Other Sightings

At Prince Edward Point a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on 11th, as was a single
SURF SCOTER. West of Kingston, at Bath, the adult white SNOW GOOSE was again
seen on 11th, as were 3 CACKLING GEESE, both species duly logged during the
waterfowl survey. A HORNED GREBE was also seen that day. At Violet Dump,
near Morven, up to 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 2 ICELAND GULLS were reported on
13th, almost certainly these birds move between here and Bath. At Camden
East, the long-staying OREGON JUNCO continues at a private feeder and a
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW graced another feeder for a couple of days last
weekend. North of the city, near Sunbury, a HOARY REDPOLL has been seen
again on a couple of occasions this week but has proved somewhat elusive. At
the nearby Lower Brewer's Locks, TRUMPETER SWAN numbers have fallen to just
10 today (15th), down from an impressive 50 on 10th. 

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, Kingston Field
Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings Policy
 . Also note that, as requested by the landowners, sightings of owls at
the privately-owned Owl Woods must not be distributed on the Internet (this
includes posting as 'Amherst Island' on eBird) by KFN or anyone who visits.
To ensure continued access to this location, please respect their wishes and
follow the guidelines posted on-site. To maintain records for conservation
purposes, sightings from that location are welcomed through all the
traditional channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who have submitted sightings over the last
week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
 

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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent reports to January 15, 2015
From: Gregory Zbitnew <k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:29:11 +0000
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club

Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec

Compiler and transcriber: Greg Zbitnew at k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net or 
sightings AT ofnc.ca 


Recent reports to January 15, 2015

This week Ottawa had fairly normal winter conditions. Open water is now 
restricted to the fastest part of the rivers and some storm water outlets. Most 
of the birds present are here as well as near urban areas and feeders. Major 
forested areas like the Larose Forest have very few birds of any kind. As a 
result there was a similar but diminished variety of birds present as compared 
to last week. Nonetheless there were a few interesting birds to chase. Still 
the highlight for the second week in a row was a GYRFALCON which was seen on 
the 8th, 10th and 11th at the Laflčche landfill east of Ottawa. It is being 
searched for regularly, as recently as today. This rare bird was a lifer for 
many birders. A GRAY PARTRIDGE was seen, after a regional absence of many 
weeks, at 3716 Farmview Road in Antrim, Ontario. 


Some uncommon waterfowl continue to linger:

1. PIED-BILLED GREBE was last seen near the Rideau Tennis Club on the 8th, 
while possibly the same bird was seen at Kelly’s landing south of Manotick. 

2. GREATER SCAUP was at Britannia as recently as the 14th.
3. NORTHERN PINTAIL was last seen near the Rideau Tennis Club on the 12th while 
the WOOD DUCK was there on the 15th. 

4. NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at Appaloosa Park on the 15th
5. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen near Hurdman on the 11th, while a second bird 
was seen at Baie Simard on the 9th. 


Numbers and variety of GULLS have diminished considerably. Only 4 species, 
including singles of GLACOUS and ICELAND, were reported. 


In the area around Stony Swamp, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen 
regularly. Most recently the Sarsaparilla Trail has been reliable, the last 
report being from the 15th. On the 14th, Chemin Grimes in Aylmer had both this 
species and an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER. NORTHERN FLICKER was seen near a 
feeder on Rue Gabriel Lacasse on the 10th, while the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was 
last seen there on the 11th. However, the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in Gloucester 
was seen on the 10th and 14th on Oriole Drive. 


For those interested in hawk varieties, a possible KRIDER’S or partial albino 
RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on the 11th near South Mountain. 


The BROWN THRASHER was seen on Rue Gabriel Lacasse as recently as the 9th. 
WHITE-THROATED (up to 4) and SONG SPARROW (1) continue at a feeder at the 
Nesbitt Building in Carleton University. LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen near the 
entrance to the now frozen pond on Moodie drive as recently as the 11th. 


Finally, winter finches continue to be in short supply and not faithful to one 
locale. Recent reports of PINE SISKIN from Beacon Hill and a HOARY REDPOLL from 
the Trail Road landfill are typical. One exception to this rule is EVENING 
GROSBEAK. A dependable flock of up to 20 is at a feeder at 1917 Indian Creek 
Road, and at the community of Forest Park nearby, an unusually large flock of 
75 were seen on the 15th. 


The OFNC's Birds Committee no longer reports owl sightings on the Internet. We 
will continue to encourage the reporting of owls to sightings AT ofnc.ca for the 
purpose of maintaining local records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations.

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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending January 15, 2015.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:18:04 -0500
Even in the dead of winter, birders can often find something unusual at 
Presqu'ile Provincial Park, and this week has been no exception.

Relatively calm conditions during the recent cold spell permitted most 
of Presqu'ile Bay and all of Popham Bay to freeze over and temporarily 
displace most of the waterfowl, but a shift in the wind has opened up 
much of the former.  Among the hundred or more MUTE SWANS, there were 
two adult TRUMPETER SWANS on January 9, and this morning they were 
accompanied by two juveniles.  A fifth TRUMPETER SWAN, bearing wing tag 
#K29, was photographed in a different location yesterday.  Dabbling 
ducks seldom appear in Presqu'ile Bay in winter, but this week an 
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK was there on January 9 and two MALLARDS were there 
this afternoon. Four REDHEADS were in Presqu'ile Bay on Friday but none 
appear to have remained since then.  Nevertheless, past experience 
suggests that the sudden recent change to strong south-west winds and 
the consequent opening of water off the government dock may bring the 
first wave of what local observers consider to be spring arrivals of 
hundreds of REDHEADS.  A few WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS have been spotted 
there in the past week, most recently one while this is being written.  
Three BALD EAGLES were on the ice of Presqu'ile Bay on January 9, and 
one has been seen in that area at least three times since then.  Four 
NORTHERN HARRIER sightings in the past week have been of interest, 
singles on January 9 and 14 and two on January 11.  In a classic case of 
being in the right place at the right moment, four birders engaged in 
the annual mid-winter waterfowl count were lucky enough to view an adult 
LITTLE GULL as it flew past them, the first record of that species at 
Presqu'ile during the meteorological winter.

Perhaps because of diminished birder activity in the traditional windy 
parts of the Park, SNOWY OWL sightings have been few this week, in fact 
only two, one flying over the cottages on Bayshore Road and the other on 
the ice of Presqu'ile Bay.  On the other hand, one observer found 
three(!) BARRED OWLS in mid-day along Paxton Drive, including two near 
Jobes' woods that were interacting and "hooting it up".  One of that 
species was also seen two days later.  A PILEATED WOODPECKER yesterday 
was the only one of the week.  A NORTHERN SHRIKE just outside the Park 
gate and a vocalizing COMMON RAVEN were also the only ones of the week.  
A HERMIT THRUSH, rare in winter, was on the Owen Point trail yesterday.  
The wintering flock of AMERICAN ROBINS, numbering about 15 birds, was 
near the Lilac Lane - Bayshore Road intersection this morning.  Two SNOW 
BUNTINGS were on Gull Island on Sunday.  With some relief, birders have 
confirmed that the PINE WARBLER discovered twelve days ago near the bird 
sightings board has survived both of the recent cold spells and seemed 
perfectly healthy this morning as it fed on and under the nearby bird 
feeder.  Both WHITE-THROATED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were still 
present at 85 Bayshore Road yesterday.  A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was at 40 
Bayshore Road on January 13 and a COMMON GRACKLE at 83 Bayshore Road on 
January 9.  COMMON REDPOLLS appear to be the most common passerine in 
the Park this week.  A flock of about 100 was off Owen Point, and 
smaller numbers are an almost constant presence at some local feeders, 
devouring prodigious amounts of expensive seed.  Whether one of those 
might be a HOARY REDPOLL continues to be a matter of debate among 
experts with plenty of experience with both species.
To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Visitors to Gull “Island” can walk 
across
the gap from Owen Point without special footwear. Ice conditions may
make for slippery walking. Birders are encouraged to
record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the
campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a
rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA .

-- 
Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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Subject: Snowy Owl - Lindsay area
From: Fiona McKay <fcmckay1457 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:01:00 -0500
Snowy owl on Heights Road, 2nd telephone pole N of Sherwin Rd. Take Pigeon
Lake Rd (Cty Rd 17) E from Lindsay or W from Sturgeon Rd (Cty Rd 7, N out
of Omemee, N of Downeyville), then N on Heights Rd.

Note this is becoming a regular sighting spot for this and another Snowy.
Both have been observed together.

Fiona
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Subject: Snowy Owl - Dundas Street & 427 North
From: Kyle Holloway <kyleholloway1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:42:44 -0500
Bird was present again tonight  AT  about 6:22 pm.  Third night in a row it
has been present here at this time.

I also had 2 others on my way home to Brampton, one on a overhead highway
sign on the ramp from 427 North to 401 West, and for the second night, one
in a construction area on the ramp from 401 to 410 North.

3 Snowy Owls in one night on my regular trip home ain't to shabby!

Cheers!
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Subject: Short-eared owl near Long Point
From: Earthquest Canada <hikersguide AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:32:15 -0500
For the second year an adult, unknown sex Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) has 
shown up at the exact same spot as last year on the Sinclair Campbell sign near 
Long Point. The bird was spotted gliding over the plowed corn field then 
crossed the road to sit on the sign. It later chased a Northern harrier (Circus 
cyaneus). It was seen around 4:44 pm today. 

Directions:
From Highway #3 drive approximately 20 km south on Highway #59 through Langton 
and Walsingham to Long Point. At the Front Street & Hwy #59 intersection turn 
right, heading west on Lakeshore Road and continue driving approximately 600 m 
toward the house on the north side of the road with fire # 2995. The Sinclair 
Campbell sign is across the road on the south side. 

Good birding,Dave Jolly, B.Sc.,Senior Instructor & PresidentEARTHQUEST 
Biological Field 
SchoolearthquestcanadaATyahoo.comwww.earthquestcanada.wix.com/biologicalfieldschool 

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Subject: Snowy Owl - Dundas Street & 427 North
From: Kyle Holloway <kyleholloway1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:05:35 -0500
Bird was present again tonight  AT  about 6:22 pm.  Third night in a row it
has been present here at this time.

I also had 2 others on my way home to Brampton, one on a overhead highway
sign on the ramp from 427 North to 401 West, and for the second night, one
in a construction area on the ramp from 401 to 410 North.

3 Snowy Owls in one night on my regular trip home ain't to shabby!

Cheers!

Kyle
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Subject: Thayer's Gull Port Credit
From: Luc Fazio <llukefazio AT netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:35:38 -0500
Hi all:   FYI

 Today while leading a bird hike for The Riverwood Conservancy, we found a 
juvenile (1st year) paler Thayer's Gull sitting on the Credit river ice, seen 
well with scope views for all to study it's characteristic plumage. It was best 
seen from JC Saddington Park on the west side, Hamilton side, of the Harbour. 

  Other birds, if in the area,..
   about 100 Redheads ( east of Marina near Gazebo at the bottom of Hiway #10)
 12 Gadwall and 800 Greater Scaup, with the usual RB Mergansers, Am. Goldeneye, 
Buffleheads, etc... 

 
Luc Fazio
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Direction: To reach Saddington Park, from QEW go south on Mississauga Rd. all 
the way to Lake Ontario, park and walk east to Credit river. 

 Or QEW south to Hurontario (Hiway#10) to Lake Ontario park near Gazebo for 
Redheads; drive to Snugs Restaurant parking lot and look for Gulls on the ice 
or Flying for Thayer's Gull 

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Subject: DIRECTIONS with EVERY POST - RECOGNIZABLE LOCATION in SUBJECT HEADER
From: "Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:08:50 -0500
Birders,

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and act on them. Guidelines can be found on the Ontario Field 
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Subject: Resident Snowy Owl Pair - Niagara Falls, south end (photos)
From: Jason Putman <putman_jason AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:50:11 -0500
For the 2nd winter in a row, the same pair of snowy owls has returned to the 
area of Saint Michael High School. They have been present for the last two 
weeks. Most days, in the late afternoon, they can be seen sitting on the top of 
the hydro poles along McLeod Road between Kalar Road and Saint Michael High 
School. They also favour the peaks of the highest rooftops along Parkside Road. 
Two photos from today: 


http://s26.postimg.org/6d86zecyh/image.jpg

http://s26.postimg.org/p6yla50k9/image.jpg

DIRECTIONS:Exit the QEW at McLeod Road and head west along McLeod. Immediately 
upon passing through the Kalar Road intersection, begin checking hydro poles 
and rooftops. Parkside road runs north from McLeod just before you come to St. 
Michael High School. The owls have been seen on rooftops as far north as 
Forestview Blvd. GPS coordinates on the most common late afternoon location 
are: 43.069745, -79.138473. 


 		 	   		  
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Subject: brown thrasher
From: <bgraham AT execulink.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:39:11 -0500
I had a brown thrasher beneath my feeder this morning for a few
minutes. Lynden, On 
 
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, St. Clair River
From: Allen Woodliffe <awoodliffe AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:28:41 -0500
Birders:

The male Barrow's Goldeneye is still along the St. Clair River, a bit north of 
Sombra. With the continual shifting of ice, the bird has moved from where Josh 
reported it yesterday, but not far. I saw it this afternoon in an open area 
about 400-500 metres from shore along the St. Clair Parkway very close to the 
west end of Stanley Line. It was with a mix of Common Goldeneye, Canvasback and 
Redhead. 


Directions: From Sarnia, take hwy 40 south to Bickford Line and turn west 
toward the river. At the St. Clair Parkway, turn south and park along the road 
near the end of Stanley Line. There are a few openings in the trees and shrubs 
along the shoreline that should give decent views. A scope is necessary. 


Allen Woodliffe
Chatham
 		 	   		  
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