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Black Tern,©Barry Kent Mackay

27 Jul Franklin's Gull continues at Bronte Harbour, Oakville. [Wayne via ONTBIRDS ]
27 Jul Franklin's Gull in Bronte (Oakville) [Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Lots of Sandhill Cranes, Ferndale Flats [Rob Porter via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Franklins Gull continues at Bronte Harbour [Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Franklin's Gull, Bronte Harbour [cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Laughing Gull remains at Bronte Harbour [cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS ]
26 Jul Laughing Gull at Bronte Harbour [Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS ]
25 Jul Great Egrets - Please report wing-tagged birds ["Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" ]
25 Jul Juvenile Common Raven - Toronto ["Phil L. via ONTBIRDS" ]
24 Jul Great Horned Owl Canatara Park [steve read via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Jul Gulls and terns at Port Burwell [Dave Martin via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Jul Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 24, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
24 Jul Ottawa/Gatineau - July 24, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Jul Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, July 19th, 2014 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Jul Scugog Twp. sightings [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Jul Bronte Red-necked Grebe Update [Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Jul SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - West Perth Wetlands [Liz Jeffery via ONTBIRDS ]
18 Jul Kingston Area Birds: 12-18 July 2014 ["Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" ]
17 Jul Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 17, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
17 Jul Ottawa/Gatineau - July 17, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Jul Nonquon Lagoons - July 16 [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Jul Winchester Lagoons correction [Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Jul Peregrine falcon [Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Jul shore birds at the Winchester Lagoons. [Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Jul Re: Leucistic Dunlin -Cobourg Harbour [Donald Davis via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Jul Reesor Pond - shorebirds [Stan Long via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Jul Register for the OFO Convention in Ottawa, September 26-28 [Lynne Freeman via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Jul Corrections on Swan report [Mary Collins via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Jul Trumper Swans at Uphill [Mary Collins via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Jul Fledgling bobolinks along Snider Road Prince Edward County ["Bree, David \(MNR\) via ONTBIRDS" ]
14 Jul Re: Bobwhite - Saltfleet [RW Bullock via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Jul Fledgling Bobolink Bruce Station [Dan & Patricia Kerr via ONTBIRDS ]
13 Jul Scissor_tailed Flycatcher on the Bruce Peninsula [RICHARD SKEVINGTON via ONTBIRDS ]
13 Jul NORTHERN BOBWHITE [Dennis Lewington via ONTBIRDS ]
13 Jul Nonquon Sewage Lagoons, 13-Jul-2014 [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
13 Jul Leucistic Dunlin -Cobourg Harbour [Rob Lonsberry via ONTBIRDS ]
13 Jul Bobwhite - Saltfleet [Henrique Pacheco via ONTBIRDS ]
12 Jul Bobwhite, Saltfleet, well its here [Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS ]
12 Jul Bobwhite @ 10th Road - Saltfleet [rickthor--- via ONTBIRDS ]
12 Jul Dickcissels east of Wheatley, Campers Cove Field [Sarah rupert via ONTBIRDS ]
11 Jul Kingston Area Birds: 05-11 July 2014 ["Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" ]
11 Jul Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, July 11th, 2014 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS ]
10 Jul Nonquon Lagoons - Indian Runner Duck and shorebirds [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
10 Jul Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 10, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
10 Jul Ottawa/Gatineau - July 10, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
9 Jul Peregrine Falcon nesting in Beachville [JAMES HOLDSWORTH via ONTBIRDS ]
8 Jul Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Miner's Bay [Poropat/Fraser via ONTBIRDS ]
8 Jul Fw: Nonquon Lagoons - July 8 [Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS ]
7 Jul Short-billed dowagers and shore birds at Alfred Lagoon [Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS ]
8 Jul Oshawa PEREGRINE Falcons ["Empey, Kevin via ONTBIRDS" ]
7 Jul Clay-coloured Sparrow, Udora... [Poropat/Fraser via ONTBIRDS ]
06 Jul Lark Bunting, Amherst Island [Riley Walsh via ONTBIRDS ]
6 Jul Sedge Wren, Sandhill Crane, LOSH etc. - Carden Alvar [Mark K via ONTBIRDS ]
6 Jul Reesor Shorebirds [Stan Long via ONTBIRDS ]
5 Jul Lark Bunting Amherst Island Yes [Michelle and Paul Martin via ONTBIRDS ]
4 Jul Kingston Area Birds: 28 June - 04 July 2014 ["Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" ]
3 Jul Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 3, 2014. [Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS ]
3 Jul Ottawa/Gatineau - July 3, 2014 - Recent ReportsBROWN THRASHER, [Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS ]
3 Jul Great Egret; north Kingston [Roger Lupton via ONTBIRDS ]
3 Jul Lark Bunting, yes [Art of Bellydance via ONTBIRDS ]
2 Jul Lark Bunting [William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS ]
2 Jul Amherst Is update [Roy John via ONTBIRDS ]
1 Jul Directions Dickcissels near Amherstburg [Bev Scott via ONTBIRDS ]
1 Jul Dickcissels Essex County [Bev Scott via ONTBIRDS ]
01 Jul 4 American White Pelicans, Nipigon (northern Ont.) [Keith via ONTBIRDS ]
1 Jul Lark Bunting - Yes [Richard Poort via ONTBIRDS ]
1 Jul Lark Bunting, Amherst Island yes [Carol Horner via ONTBIRDS ]
30 Jun Lark Bunting... [Bernie Monette via ONTBIRDS ]
30 Jun Rai sed [Susan Atkinson via ONTBIRDS ]
30 Jun Lark Bunting Amhurst Island [Kyle Holloway via ONTBIRDS ]
29 Jun Lark Bunting. Yes [Heidi via ONTBIRDS ]
30 Jun Peregrine Falcon, Lochlin, Haliburton Co. [Poropat/Fraser via ONTBIRDS ]
29 Jun Great Egret, Joycville Turnoff - late report [Eleanor Kee Wellman via ONTBIRDS ]
29 Jun COMMON LOON nesting successful on Ross's Pond [Cheryl Mound via ONTBIRDS ]
28 Jun Chuck-will's-widow - Prince Edward Cty - Sat Jun 28 [Frank Pinilla via ONTBIRDS ]
28 Jun Chuck-wills Widow persists in prince edward county, june 28 [Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS ]

Subject: Franklin's Gull continues at Bronte Harbour, Oakville.
From: Wayne via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:05:37 -0400 (EDT)
Yesterday I got great views of the bird with a lot of birders including Mark 
Field while it preened, stretched, slept, took a short flight from 2:15 to 3:45 
pm. Today it was sitting at ne end of concrete break water where it was 
yesterday from at least 3:00 pm when I arrived until 4:30 when it took flight 
and started circling over the bay just south of the pier where I lost sight of 
it behind some the large willows. As other have pointed out, one side of face 
appears to be injured but the birds seem have no problems flying around. 



Directions: south of Lakeshore Boulevard off Bronte Road.


Wayne Renaud
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Subject: Franklin's Gull in Bronte (Oakville)
From: Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:09:10 -0400
As of 8:30 this morning the Franklin’s Gull had just flown off Bronte Beach 
to the west. Early in the morning the bird was on the west Bronte pier where I 
found it yesterday. The arrival of fishermen displaced all the birds. The gull 
was found again on Bronte Beach just west the mouth of Bronte Creek. The light 
was much better early this morning than yesterday...that`s my excuse and I am 
sticking to it. 


The entire family of Red-necked Grebes (four young & two adults) were present 
at their nest site. Yesterday when I checked there was only a lone youngster. 


Directions to Bronte Beach: Exit QEW at Bronte Road (Oakville), go south to 
Lakeshore Road and turn right. Immediately after crossing Bronte Creek turn 
left on West River then turn left toward the boat launch. The beach is nearby. 


Directions to the Red-necked Grebe site: Take Bronte Road to its end then turn 
left on Ontario Street. It is just east of the restaurant. 


Gavin Edmondstone
Bronte
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavin_edmondstone
I will add some new gull photo later today.
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Subject: Lots of Sandhill Cranes, Ferndale Flats
From: Rob Porter via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:39:01 -0400
Greetings birders

For the past couple days we've been seeing a flock of Sandhill Cranes grazing 
in a field north of Bruce Cty Road 9 between Ferndale and Lion's Head, west of 
Concession 4. Today they were split into one large group and two smaller one, 
but minimum count overall was 25 individuals. 


Ferndale is on Highway 6 on the Bruce Peninsula, about 25 minutes north of 
Wiarton. 



Good birding,
Rob

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Subject: Franklins Gull continues at Bronte Harbour
From: Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:03:18 -0400
I thhnk its worth noting that at times the bird flies to the inner harbour.
Dan Macneal called to advise the bird was sitting on the blue roofed
building in the inner harbour, but only visible from the west side of that
building.

Then the bird flew to the pier where it was previously reported, sat for
ten minutes, and got up for some lengthy circle flights.

So don't give up if you can't find it initially is the the point I am
making.

Qew to Bronte road and south to the lake. Park at end of Bronte road and
walk west to the creek mouth.

Len Manning
Joanne Redwood
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Subject: Franklin's Gull, Bronte Harbour
From: cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:56:34 -0400
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Subject: Laughing Gull remains at Bronte Harbour
From: cheryle29--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:22:24 -0400
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Subject: Laughing Gull at Bronte Harbour
From: Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:13:23 -0400
This morning I saw a Laughing Gull on the west pier of Bronte Harbour. I have 
posted long-range photo on Flickr: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavin_edmondstone/
The bird beside the gull is a Common Tern. There are two other Laughing gull 
photos but they are from a recent trip to Texas. 


Directions: Exit the QEW at Bronte Road (Oakville) and go south to the lake. 
Park near the end of the road (between Marine Drive and Ontario Street) and 
walk to the creek. The bird was last seen on the pier on the west side of the 
creek so you are looking across the mouth of Bronte Creek. Fishermen go out on 
the west pier so the birds there do get disturbed. 


Gavin Edmondstone
Bronte
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Subject: Great Egrets - Please report wing-tagged birds
From: "Weseloh,Chip \[Ontario\] via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:32:22 -0400
Hello Ontbirders,

> 

> During June of this summer, staff and volunteers with the Canadian
Wildlife Service

wing-tagged approximately 154 > flightless Great Egrets on Nottawasaga
Island, near 

Collingwood at the > south end of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

> 

> This year, the birds were tagged with blue wing-tags but we have noted


> adult egrets with orange or green wing-tags from previous years. All 

> wing-tags carry three characters: number-number-letter, e.g. 27H, 98K 

> etc.  If you see a wing-tagged egret, please note the colour of the 

> tag, the characters on the tag and the date and location of the
sighting.

> Please email the information to me, with your name, at the above 

> address. I will reply to all reports.

> 

> Many thanks,

> 

> Chip Weseloh

> 

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Subject: Juvenile Common Raven - Toronto
From: "Phil L. via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:18:32 -0400
This morning at around 7:30 a.m. an adult raven was seen feeding a juvenile in 
Dorset Park in Scarborough. As I got closer to get better photos, the adult 
croaked at me with all the madness in the world before the pair took off to the 
north. Photos taken. 


Dorset Park is southwest of Kennedy and Ellesmere. 

Phil L. 
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Subject: Great Horned Owl Canatara Park
From: steve read via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:15:03 -0400
July 24 at 8:30 pm .Corner of Christina St and Cathcart Blvd. In the bush lot 
about 50 feet up the trail .a large group of crows were making a big racket .a 
Great Horned Owl was perched half way up the tree .watched for several minutes 
until it flew off with the crows in pursuit .Steve ReadSarnia 
ontariosread328 AT hotmail.com 

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Subject: Gulls and terns at Port Burwell
From: Dave Martin via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:47:14 -0400
Just so you know, the annual gathering of the clans [i.e. post-breeding 
gulls and terns] on Port Burwell beaches is well underway.

This morning we counted at least 600 Common Terns and 250 Bonaparte's 
Gulls on the east side of the harbor at the Town Beach and on the 
beaches at Port Burwell PP.  There was a good ratio of hatching year 
Common Terns. On the town beach 75 of the 400 Common Terns were HY 
birds. We couldn't count at the PP as dogs chased them off just after we 
arrived. We saw no hatching year birds among the Bonaparte's Gulls and 
only a couple of hatching year birds among the 450 or so Ring-billed Gulls.

Other highlights were an adult Black Tern, a hatching year Forster's 
Tern, an adult Caspian Tern and a 2nd year Great Black-backed Gull. Two 
2 Semipalmated Plovers were on the Town Beach.

Although a few Little Gulls have been reported in the Pelee and Rondeau 
areas, we saw none today at the Burwell beaches. From August through 
early summer it's not unusual to get 10 to 15 individuals and our record 
is in the mid 20s.

Port Burwell is south of Tillsonburg at the terminus of Hwy 19, aka 
Plank Line.

Dave Martin and Linda Wladarski
Harrietsville, ON
damartin AT xplornet.com








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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 24, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:26:17 -0400
Things have been picking up a little at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, now that 
the first stirrings of definite fall bird migration are taking place. 


MUTE SWANS appear to have, unfortunately, had a good breeding season, with 
about 130 spotted today. Two GREEN-WINGED TEAL were on the beach today, and 
five REDHEADS in Popham Bay on Tuesday. COMMON MERGANSERS were seen at the calf 
pasture on July 18 (two) and in Popham Bay today (five). One observer saw two 
RUFFED GROUSE on July 18. Ten years ago, an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN stayed at 
Presqu’ile for two days, July 25-26. Twice this week, a LEAST BITTERN was 
flushed from the same area, near the southernmost viewing tower in the marsh, 
where one was observed on two previous occasions this month and where the 
species is believed to have bred in previous years. For the first time since 
early spring, no GREAT EGRETS were reported this week. Including two this past 
week, here have been repeated sightings of a GREEN HERON in the vicinity of the 
woodpile marsh and the south end of the large marsh. A BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERON was perched on Sebastopol Island this morning. A young OSPREY on 
the Salt Point lighthouse appears to be fully grown and might be fledging soon. 
An immature BALD EAGLE flew over on July 21. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen 
chasing NORTHERN FLICKERS. A COMMON GALLINULE was in the marsh on Monday. 
Shorebirds put on a teasing show on Sunday, with the following species observed 
on the beach: 4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 4 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 1 LEAST 
SANDPIPER, 1 BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS (which were still 
there on Monday and Tuesday but not today). 


One observer saw three BARRED OWLS together early yesterday morning and 
photographed two of them. At least one RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER continues to 
appear at 83 Bayshore Road. Among the passerines that rode the cold front 
yesterday and showed up at the lighthouse today was a flycatcher of the 
EMPIDONAX genus. Some of the PURPLE MARTINS at the end of Bayshore Road have 
begun to disperse: where there were forty two days ago there are only half as 
many today. For the second time in less than a week, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER 
and a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were at the lighthouse. A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER 
showed up there today. An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen yesterday. Two ROSE-BREASTED 
GROSBEAKS have re-appeared at the lighthouse. ORCHARD ORIOLES have been seen at 
the calf pasture and at 83 Bayshore Road. A male PURPLE FINCH was near the 
lighthouse on Tuesday. 


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. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

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: Ottawa/Gatineau - July 24, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:52:41 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to July 24, 2014

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen from the 17th through the 21st along the 
shore, and soaring above and inland of, the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River 
near the south end of Ch. Parker which runs south from Hwy 148 between Eardley 
and Luskville. The bird was last seen the morning of the 21st from the beach 
access at 708 Bayview Dr in Constance Bay as it soared out of sight to the west 
over the Quebec side of the Ottawa River shore. 


Shorebird reports this week:
- on a flooded field on the west side of Greenbank Rd about 300 m north of 
Barnsdale Rd on the 18th there were LEAST (20+), SOLITARY (4+) SPOTTED (2) and 
SEMIPALMATED (2) SANDPIPERS with LESSER (6+) and GREATER (2) YELLOWLEGS 

- at the EMBRUN lagoons (now under construction, not recommended during the 
week) on the 20th there were STILT (5 ad and 1 juv), Spotted, LEAST and 
SEMIPALMATED (2) SANDPIPERS with GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SEMIPALMATED 
PLOVER (2) 

- at the Winchester lagoons on the 20th there were LEAST (40), SPOTTED (10), 
SOLITARY (3), SEMIPALMATED (2) SANDPIPERS with LESSER YELLOWLEGS (20) with 
KILDEER (20) and WILSON'S SNIPE (2) 

- at the CASSELMAN lagoon on the 21st there were LEAST, SPOTTED, SOLITARY and 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS with LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER 

- at the City Park Dr storm sewer ponds south of Ogilvie Rd there was a 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER on the 24th 


There has been a good selection of breeding and a few migrating birds at Petrie 
Island this week with species such as VIRGINA RAIL (3 ad 4 juv), SORA (2 ad 3 
juv), WILSON'S SNIPE (1), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (2), SOLITARY SANDPIPER (1), BLACK 
TERN (4), MARSH (7) and HOUSE (1) WREN. 


Interesting sightings:
-the male EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Ottawa River mouth of the Rideau 
Canal 

- TENNESSEE WARBLER (2) on the Britannia Conservation Area ridge on the 18th
- PHILADELPHIA VIREO on the Shirleys Bay dyke on the 18th (only shorbird so far 
at that location are SPOTTED SANDPIPER) 

- CASPIAN TERN at the north end of Champlain St in Orleans on the 18th
- BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO on Dobson Lane
- SANDHILL CRANE (2) east of Almonte on Hwy 49 on the 19th
- LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (3rd year) on the rocks in the Ottawa River 
Deschenes Rapids on the 20th 


Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, 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 local 
records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, July 19th, 2014
From: Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:21:37 -0400
Trumpeter Swan
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Great Egret
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Bobolink


It's another quiet week in the Hamilton Study Area.  The most unusual
sighting was that of a Northern Bobwhite which showed nicely and sang loudly
for a few days.  As much as saying this was a migrant from Walpole Island
would be ideal, this bird is almost certainly an escapee.

The crux of the action remains with the ever changing landscape of
shorebirds at Windermere Basin and very close to the HSA at Townsend Sewage
Lagoons.  This week at Windermere Basin shorebirds included Semipalmated
Plover, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated, Least, Stilt Sandpiper
(3 today) and Short-billed Dowitcher.  Great Egret and Bonaparte's Gull were
also birds seen here in the week. Down at Townsend Sewage Lagoons which is
slightly out of the HSA conditions are ripe in the first cell where today
over 200 birds were present including Killdeer, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, Semipalmated, Least, Pectoral and Stilt Sandpiper and at least
20 Short-billed Dowitchers.  Ducks here include Northern Pintail,
Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead and Ruddy Duck.  This will be a good
place to check going forward!

In the odds and sods this week an unfortunate story if of the demise of one
of the adult nesting Trumpeter Swans at the Clappisons Corners Wetland in
Waterdown.  One adult and two chicks remain, cause of death is unknown at
this time.  Four Lesser Scaup were seen in Tollgate Ponds late week.  A
White-winged Scoter was photographed near the Burlington Pier today.  Hooded
Merganser was seen near LaSalle earlier in the week.  An unusual date record
of a Red-breasted Merganser was seen at Fifty Road in Grimsby.  Down at
Bronte Harbour, four of the chicks from the nest at the Outer Harbour were
photographed yesterday.  Other nests in the area do not appear to be as
successful. The Bald Eagle family has been seen near Wilkes Dam, the young
have fledged successfully here. Sandhill Cranes, one adult and one chick
were seen at Grass Lake near Glen Morris this week.  Listers on the hunt for
Cuckoos were able to locate both species at the Fletcher Creek Reserve in
north Flamborough this week.  Yellow-billed Cuckoo was also found near
Kraemer Road on the Rail Trail near Brantford and at Courtcliffe Park in
Carlisle.  A number of Wood Thrush (up to 5) were heard at a property near
Rock Chapel, their calls a welcome sound to hear on an evening walk.
Finally today a neat sighting for this birder was over a dozen Bobolinks
gathered at the side of the Road at 10th Road East north of the railway
tracks.  There were many moulting males in the group.  Numbers could have
been closer to two dozen with many hiding in the grass at close range.

That's the news for this week.  Thanks to those who sent in their sightings.

Have a great week.
Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: Scugog Twp. sightings
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:22:37 -0400
While the migration for some species has begun (e.g. shorebirds), there is 
another phenomenon that is happening at the same time that can be a bit 
confusing as it overlaps migratory patterns and that is post-breeding 
dispersal. At this time of year, most birds have finished nesting and the young 
are out and about. Many species stay within their home breeding area, but 
others disperse widely in search of food. Often family groups travel together 
as the food on the old territory may be depleted. 


In the last two days up here in the hinterland, I’ve noted Brown Creeper, 
Eastern Wood-Pewee, Common Yellowthroat, Bank Swallows, Black-thr. Green 
Warbler and House Finch in the yard. All of these have been absent for weeks .. 
migration can’t be far off. 


Lakeridge and Reach is nearest intersection, west of Port Perry

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Subject: Bronte Red-necked Grebe Update
From: Gavin Edmondstone via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:20:32 -0400
This may be my season wrap up for this nesting season. Yesterday afternoon we 
saw all four of the chicks at the Outer Harbour nest. All were in the water 
and, nest tire is not occupied and no eggs are visible. A photo of the four 
taken yesterday is on my Flickr site: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavin_edmondstone/

This morning only one chick was present at the nest site with both parents in 
attendance. One juvenile grebe was seen elsewhere in the Outer Harbour. I 
walked the available perimeter of the Outer Harbour twice and did not see the 
other two but there are many areas not visible. 


There were other nests in the area of Bronte Creek upstream of Lakeshore Road. 

One was washed out by heavy rain. Birds that I presume to be the same pair 
nested again but that nest, with two eggs, appears to be abandoned. 


Another nest by a different pair was on the edge of the pond. At one time there 
were two chicks then one disappeared along with a parent. Then the remaining 
parent and remaining chick disappeared. If anyone has any information on these 
birds I would be interested in it. 


Directions to the Outer Harbour nest site: Exit the QEW at Bronte Road 
(Oakville) and go south to the lake. When Bronte Road ends at the lake turn 
left onto Ontario Street (your only option). Park just east of the 
restaurant/banquet hall. 


Gavin Edmondstone
Bronte
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Subject: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - West Perth Wetlands
From: Liz Jeffery via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:44:03 +0000
Friday 18/7. Still lots of water in the fenced cell, but even the small 
sandpipers were able to find suitable feeding areas. The dowitcher is a 
breeding-plumaged bird, still in bright colour. Other shorebirds present this 
morning were 32 Killdeer, 48 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 3 Spotted 
Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpiper, 29 Least Sandpiper and 5 Semi-palmated 
Sandpiper. Also observed was 1 SORA, in Cell 3. DIRECTIONS:- from the East, 
follow Hwy 8 through Stratford, to the first traffic lights in Mitchell. Turn 
LEFT onto Wellington Street and follow it to Frank Street. Continue on the 
gravel road, past the Ball Diamond, to the parking lot. From the West, follow 
Hwy 8 into Mitchell. At the bottom of the hill, turn RIGHT onto Hwy 23 South. 
Turn LEFT onto Frank Street (last street on the left), over the bridge and up 
the hill. Turn RIGHT onto the gravel road at the Ball Diamond and follow it to 
the parking lot. From the South, follow Hwy 23 to Mitchell. Just past the blue 
"Mitchell" sign, turn Right onto Frank Street (at the 50 km/h sign) and proceed 
over the bridge to the Ball Diamond. Turn RIGHT onto the gravel road to the 
parking lot. Cell 2 is beside the parking lot, Cell 3 is east of the fenced 
cell and Cell 5 is the large cell to the south-east. There are no permits 
required and no restrictions on when you go. All the shorebirds are currently 
in the fenced cell. Eric Jeffery, St. Marys. 

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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 12-18 July 2014
From: "Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:52:19 -0400
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. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Shorebird passage continues to pick up, though the Lark Bunting on Amherst
Island appears to have finally departed. Highlights of this rather quiet
week include; SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and SOLITARY SANDPIPER.

 

Amherst Island

The number of shorebirds at the Martin Edwards Reserve is beginning to pick
up, though diversity remains limited. On 13th, LEAST SANDPIPER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS were noted along with the usual WILSON'S PHALAROPE. Also seen
were 8 AMERICAN WIGEON and several GREEN-WINGED TEAL. The breeding of COMMON
MERGANSER was also confirmed. Please note that you must be a member of the
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the
Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Wolfe Island

As elsewhere, evidence of post-breeding dispersal is being noted on Wolfe
Island. On 14th, over 100 each of BARN SWALLOW and TREE SWALLOW were seen
perched on wires. Also seen the same day were HORNED LARK, CLAY-COLOURED
SPARROW and COMMON TERN (not so common in these parts).

 

Other Sightings

South-east of Napanee, along Wilton Creek (also known as Gray's Wetland),
numbers of shorebirds have picked up further with as many as 6 SOLITARY
SANDPIPERS seen on 13th. Also seen the same day were 5 returning adult
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. With good numbers of LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
LEAST SANDPIPER, KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and WILSON's SNIPE, this area
is definitely worth a look. GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS continue to perform well in
the immediate vicinity.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who 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/

 

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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 17, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:18:42 -0400
The most interesting day of the week at Presqu’ile Provincial Park was on 
Monday, when several unusual ducks were spotted and a pocket of small birds had 
gathered at the lighthouse, where signs of migration often take place. 


GADWALLS are regularly seen along the north shore of Gull Island, but an 
estimated 15 individuals, more than usual, were there on Monday. With them were 
two AMERICAN WIGEONS, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL was there today. Further out in 
Popham Bay on Monday were three REDHEADS and a group of four WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS, which are seldom seen at Presqu’ile In summer. Six LONG-TAILED DUCKS 
off the lighthouse and a COMMON MERGANSER near Gull Island on the same day 
completed a day that was noteworthy for diving ducks. On Tuesday, a LEAST 
BITTERN was in the marsh and a GREEN HERON was perched above the bird sightings 
board, waiting to be added to the list of sightings. The only GREAT EGRET 
sighting was of a bird flying across Presqu’ile Bay. A small group of LEAST 
SANDPIPERS has been on the “natural beach” north of Owen Point, about six 
today. Four “largish” shorebirds that flew by in the rain on Tuesday could 
not be identified to species. Other shorebirds should soon be gracing the 
Presqu’ile beaches. Four AMERICAN WOODCOCKS behind the Park office were 
likely a family group. Two BONAPARTE’S GULLS were on the beach yesterday. 


A pair of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS was at 83 Bayshore Road. The PURPLE MARTIN 
colony near the lighthouse has swollen to over 40 birds. While none of the 
birds that had gathered near the lighthouse on Monday were definitely newly 
arrived migrants, the presence of several where they had not been all summer 
suggests the beginning of dispersal, if not actual migration. Among others in 
that group were WARBLING VIREO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 
and AMERICAN REDSTART. Up to half a dozen ORCHARD ORIOLES have been visiting 
the feeders at 83 Bayshore Road, and a pair of PURPLE FINCHES was there on one 
day. 


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. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

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: Ottawa/Gatineau - July 17, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:06:02 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to July 17, 2014

Continuing reports of local breeding birds and early returning shorebirds at 
the Winchester lagoons this past week. 


The Winchester lagoons continue to be active with LEAST and SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (3 on the 15th), SNOW GOOSE (1) and 
RUDDY DUCK (1). Although I received no reports this week the Casselman Lagoons 
should continue to have shorebirds at this time of year. 


The marsh and pond west of the Shirleys Bay dyke are active with the expected 
species but there is virtually no shorebird habitat. The only shorebird 
reported there this past week has been SPOTTED SANDPIPER on the rocky shore. 


A LEAST BITTERN was seen from the boardwalk just south of Park Martin-Larouche 
in Gatineau on the Ottawa River near Blvd Lorrain on the 12th. 


A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen and heard along Dobson Line south east of 
Richmond on the 15th. 


Interesting sightings:
- GREEN HERON (5) at Mud Lake in the Britannia Conservation Area (BCA)
- the male EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Ottawa River mouth of the Rideau 
Canal 

- RED-HEADED WOODPECKER near the open fields on Constance Bay Rd on the 11th
- BONAPARTE'S GULL (1) at the Moodie Dr pond south of Trail Rd on the 11th
- NORTHERN PARULA (1) heard on Dolman Ridge Rd about 500 m east of the Dewberry 
Trail entrance on the 14th 


Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, 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 local 
records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Nonquon Lagoons - July 16
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:24:51 -0400
The habitat is getting better everyday and the birds are here in good numbers 
.... 


Highlights amongst my 47 species today:

large numbers of Midland Painted Turtle and Green Frogs 

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)  5
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  10
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  41
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  11
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  4
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  46
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  28
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)  1
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)  3
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)  13
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  55
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  3

View complete checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19118244 


Permits must be purchased in advance of entering the lagoons. They cost 
$10.00 annually.

The permits may be purchased at the Durham Region Transfer Site located at 
1623 Reach Rd, Port Perry during the following business hours .... Tuesday, 
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from 
8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  To get to the transfer station, travel north on Hwy 12 
past Port Perry [Hwy 7A] to the next traffic lights [Regional Road 8 Reach 
Rd.] and travel east to #1623 on the north side of the road.

The lagoons are located one road north of the transfer site on Concession 
Rd. 8 [don't get confused as, despite the fact that these roads are both 
numbered "8", they are two different roads - one is a regional paved road, 
the other a dirt concession road.]. Access to the lagoons is from the east 
end of Conc. 8 only as the bridge is out west of the lagoons.


Geoffrey Carpentier
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Subject: Winchester Lagoons correction
From: Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:46:50 -0400
Hi Birders, my e-mail report was from the Winchester Lagoons; I mistakenly 
mentioned Williamsburg in the body of the message. Bob 

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Subject: Peregrine falcon
From: Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:42:03 -0400
Hi Birders, Hans VanderZweep and I observed a peregrine falcon yesterday on 
Pemberton RD. about 1 km. south from Highway 31. Take highway 31 to Winchester 
and go south on Pemberton Rd. A large female peregrine was on a pile of roots 
and branches off the west side of the road. good birding, Bob 

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Subject: shore birds at the Winchester Lagoons.
From: Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:23:15 -0400
Hi Birders, Hans VanderZweep and I saw several shoebirds in the Williamsburg 
Lagoons yesterday. We observed 3 short-billed dowagers, 6 greater yellowlegs, 
12 semi-palmated sandpipers,10 spotted sandpipers and a half dozen killdeer. 
The cell closest to the road is very low in water and makes for good shorebird 
observation. To get to the lagoons, go east from highway 31 on Liscumb about 3 
1/2 kilometers. The lagoons will be on your right about 1 km. after you pass 
Ottawa St. Good birding. Bob 

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Subject: Re: Leucistic Dunlin -Cobourg Harbour
From: Donald Davis via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:10:39 -0700
Audrey E. Wilson of Cobourg informs me that the Leucistic Dunlin is stillin 
Cobourg Harbour today, but she did not provide the specific location. 
Apparently there are 14 kayakers nearby! 

 
Don Davis 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 


On Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:27 PM, Rob Lonsberry via ONTBIRDS 
 wrote: 

  


Lady Luck was with me today, as I visited the Cobourg Harbour. Much to my 
surprise I saw a Leucistic Dunlin. After returning home with several 
photographs, I checked my email. Apparently it was found by Ken Niles 
yesterday, and has been witnessed and enjoyed by a few other local birders. 

Perhaps this is the same beautiful specimen that was seen in Presquile 
Provincial Park up until the 9th? 

Click on the link to my homepage to see this bird for yourselves. 
http://www.roblonsberryphotography.com/ 


Good Birding,
Rob Lonsberry          
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Subject: Reesor Pond - shorebirds
From: Stan Long via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:50:33 -0400
Noon - 15.07.14 - pair of Short-billed Dowitchers - pair of Greater Yellowlegs 
- 7 Semipalmated Sandpipers - pair of Ospreys - Reesor Pond lies just north of 
Hwy 407 on Reesor Road south of Hwy 7 in Markham - [please note : Markham Road 
is closed just south of Hwy 7 'till year's end] - cheers - Stan Long 

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Subject: Register for the OFO Convention in Ottawa, September 26-28
From: Lynne Freeman via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:14:28 -0400
This message is posted with the permission of the ONTBirds moderator.

Hello ONTBirders,

Now that Spring migration is over it's time to register for the OFO
Convention!

This year's convention takes place in Ottawa from Friday, September 26 to
Sunday, September 28. The Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club organizing
committee has put together a great three-day program of field trips
including lots of activities for young birders.

We have two evening events planned. On Friday night, Bruce Di Labio will be
giving a presentation on the Birds of the Ottawa Region and Sarah Rupert
will be hosting Birding Jeopardy. At Saturday's banquet, our keynote
speaker will be Chris Earley of the Guelph Arboretum who will be speaking
about The Bird Teacher: How Birds are Nature's Ambassadors.

It's going to be a great convention!

Please register on the OFO website at:
www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/convention.programs and email me if you have any
questions.

Good birding,

Lynne

Lynne Freeman
Chair, OFO Convention Committee
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Subject: Corrections on Swan report
From: Mary Collins via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:53:12 -0400
The Swans were Trumpeter Swans. Sorry.
B. Collins

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Subject: Trumper Swans at Uphill
From: Mary Collins via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:31:54 -0400
Two adults with 3 cygnets were seen on July 10, 2014, in a cattail  
marsh on the North side of Kawartha Road 45 (Monk Road). The cite is  
1.6 km east of Uphill (Juntion of 45 and Kawartha Road 35). No wing  
tags were seen on the adults. Time of sighting around 11AM.
Bruce Collins


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Subject: Fledgling bobolinks along Snider Road Prince Edward County
From: "Bree, David \(MNR\) via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:01:06 +0000
A flock of 2 males and 15 young/female plumaged Bobolinks were seen in a grassy 
field along Snider Road in the NW corner of Prince Edward County on Sunday 
13th. Further to the post by the Kerr's this does seem to be a good year for 
Bobolink. Haying has just started here in the last week - encouragingly late 
and I think/hope most field birds have fledged. This road also has Grasshopper 
and Savannah Sparrows and Meadowlarks. Other fallow fields in the area have 
similar birds. 


To reach Snider Road exit the 401 at Wooler Road near Trenton, travel south to 
Hwy 33 turn right, go through Carrying Place to Victoria Road, turn left and 5 
minutes down the road on right is Snider Road. Total time is 20 minutes from 
401. 


David Bree
Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu'ile Provincial Park
328 Presqu'ile Parkway
Brighton, ON.
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Subject: Re: Bobwhite - Saltfleet
From: RW Bullock via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:47:47 -0400
We need to get a few hens for that guy and re-establish them in the HNC
area.
I meant this as a joke at first; but perhaps the idea has merit.  I wonder
if the Jack Miner Sanctuary in Essex still has Bobwhites?


On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM, Henrique Pacheco via ONTBIRDS <
birdalert AT ontbirds.ca> wrote:

> Bobwhite out perched on an open branch, singing. On Tenth side road about
> 500m south of ridge road.
>
> QEW to 50 road, south to ridge road, west to tenth and go south till you
> hear it. Like Len said, it's loud.
>
> Henrique
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Subject: Fledgling Bobolink Bruce Station
From: Dan & Patricia Kerr via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:37:23 -0400
4 Fledgling bobolinks were seen with adults at 7am July 14 at corner of
Chapman and McPhail, just west of barn, north side of road. Another nest is
east of house but fledglings not seen yet. 


There seems to be an abundance of fledglings this season, not sure if last
year's late hay harvest (due to bad weather) contributed or if they moved
eastward along the road due to brushing. 

Kerr Field. 

 

Go north from Bruce Mines on 638, over railway tracks and turn east on
McPhail. Usually there is a peregrine on wire at corner of McPhail and 638,
also bobolink at this corner. 

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Subject: Scissor_tailed Flycatcher on the Bruce Peninsula
From: RICHARD SKEVINGTON via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:59:30 -0400
This afternoon at 4:20, My wife Sharron and I found a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 
on the Bruce Peninsula. We saw it at the south end of the East road where it 
meets 40 Hills Road. It was across the road from a red brick farm house, (911) 
#81. It was first seen in a field with some grazing Bison. It then flew into 
the adjacent field to the north and landed in the biggest of 2 trees, where it 
remained until we left. 


To get there, take Hwy. 6 north from Wiarton to Lindsay Road 5. Turn right 
(east) and continue to the intersection of the East Road and 40 Hills Road. 
Turn left (north) and continue for about 300 meters to the first farm house on 
the left. 


Good luck and good birding...
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Subject: NORTHERN BOBWHITE
From: Dennis Lewington via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:21:14 -0400

Subject: NORTHERN BOBWHITE

WE SAW THE NORTHERN BOBWHITE AT 7:00 P.M. TONIGHT, ON 10TH RD. EAST,
JUST SOUTH OF RIDGE ROAD, IN THE FIELD BETWEEN THE TWO HOUSES ON THE
WEST SIDE OF THE ROAD.  IT THEN FLEW ACROSS THE ROAD TO THE EAST SIDE.

DENNIS & GWEN LEWINGTON 
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Subject: Nonquon Sewage Lagoons, 13-Jul-2014
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:46:15 -0400
I visited the lagoons this evening expecting the expected but lots more was 
happening than I anticipated. First of all the Indian Runner duck met its 
demise and I found its body on the shore of the south most lagoon. Cause of 
death unknown but it doesn't look like a predator.

There was lots of activity  - nesting, staging, post-breeding dispersal and 
migration - a wonderful study of various avian behaviours. All shorebirds 
(except Spotted and Killdeer) in bright breeding plumage

43 species - Highlights included:

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)  5 - adult + 3 young
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  17     2 family groups
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  7
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  1     female - late spring migrant or very 
early fall migrant
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  11     2 family  groups
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  21
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  22
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  7
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  33
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)  2
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)  21
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)  1 - calling in daylight - later mobbed 
by crows
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  1
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  150 - nice to see - this species recently 
listed as Threatened in Ontario under the Endangered Species Act

View complete checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19091312

Permits must be purchased in advance of entering the lagoons. They cost
$10.00 annually.

The permits may be purchased at the Durham Region Transfer Site located at
1623 Reach Rd, Port Perry during the following business hours .... Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from
8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  To get to the transfer station, travel north on Hwy 12
past Port Perry [Hwy 7A] to the next traffic lights [Regional Road 8 Reach
Rd.] and travel east to #1623 on the north side of the road.

The lagoons are located one road north of the transfer site on Concession
Rd. 8 [don't get confused as, despite the fact that these roads are both
numbered "8", they are two different roads - one is a regional paved road,
the other a dirt concession road.]. Access to the lagoons is from the east
end of Conc. 8 only as the bridge is out west of the lagoons.

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Subject: Leucistic Dunlin -Cobourg Harbour
From: Rob Lonsberry via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:25:59 +0000
Lady Luck was with me today, as I visited the Cobourg Harbour. Much to my 
surprise I saw a Leucistic Dunlin. After returning home with several 
photographs, I checked my email. Apparently it was found by Ken Niles 
yesterday, and has been witnessed and enjoyed by a few other local birders. 

Perhaps this is the same beautiful specimen that was seen in Presquile 
Provincial Park up until the 9th? 

Click on the link to my homepage to see this bird for yourselves. 
http://www.roblonsberryphotography.com 


Good Birding,
Rob Lonsberry  		 	   		  
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Subject: Bobwhite - Saltfleet
From: Henrique Pacheco via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:18:58 -0400
Bobwhite out perched on an open branch, singing. On Tenth side road about 500m 
south of ridge road. 


QEW to 50 road, south to ridge road, west to tenth and go south till you hear 
it. Like Len said, it's loud. 


Henrique
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Subject: Bobwhite, Saltfleet, well its here
From: Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:22:26 -0400
Certainly the origin of the bird is in question but regardless its quite
the bird and singing regularly on 10th rd e about 500 m south of ridge
road, east side. Many photos and recordings obtained.anyway no matter its
origins its an amazing opportunity.kudos to Nancy and rick.

Qew Niagara exit 50 road g
o south up eescarpment and then west on ridge. South on 10th. Bird is
really loud. Like totally dude.
Len Manning

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Subject: Bobwhite @ 10th Road - Saltfleet
From: rickthor--- via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:01:41 -0400
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Subject: Dickcissels east of Wheatley, Campers Cove Field
From: Sarah rupert via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:05:07 -0400
Hello all
I decided to check on the Dickcissel colony east of Wheatley this evening and I 
was not disappointed. There were at least six males vocalizing at any given 
time. I was treated to one singing on the hydro line above my car along the 
roadside. As well, I also saw several females interacting with the males. 


This field is not going to be cut down, as the owner is committed to letting it 
stay natural, so if you're in the area, it's definitely worth checking out. 


The Campers Cove Field is located on the Talbot Trail, approx 2 km east of 
Wheatley at Campers Cove road. It is now an eBird hotspot so you can get a map 
there. 


Good birding everyone
Sarah Rupert
Leamington ON

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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 05-11 July 2014
From: "Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:00:33 -0400
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. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Further minor shorebird passage continues but, other than the continuing
LARK BUNTING on Amherst Island, this has been a rather quiet week in the
area. Other highlights include; TRUMPETER SWAN, LEAST BITTERN, SANDHILL
CRANE, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER.

 

Amherst Island

The male LARK BUNTING was still being seen up until 9th at least, but I am
unaware of any sightings (or birders visiting the island) since that date.
Other birds still being seen with some regularity on the island include
NORTHERN HARRIER, CLAY-COLOURED and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS. Please note that
you must be a member of the Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be
accompanied by a member to access the Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Wolfe Island

A VESPER SPARROW seen on the 9th is a good local record of this declining
species, though further details are unavailable.

 

Other Sightings

North-west of Kingston, along California Road, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was
seen singing on 6th where both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were
also seen. On the same date, 3 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
and a single SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were noted along Wilton Creek,
south-east of Napanee. North of Kingston, at Murvale Creek a TRUMPETER SWAN
was seen on the 5th. Just slightly further east, 2 LEAST BITTERNS were
picked up dead along Perth Road, 1 near Little Cataraqui Creek CA on 4th and
the other at Collin's Creek on 7th. A SANDHILL CRANE was heard at Elbow Lake
Environmental Education Centre on 10th. Up on Opinicon Road, CERULEAN
WARBLER was seen on the Bonwill Tract on 8th. Further east, at Charleston
Lake Provincial Park, a variety of warblers can still be seen including
OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW-RUMPED,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN and PINE. Across the border, at
Chaumont Barrens Preserve, Jefferson County, NY, 2 PRAIRIE WARBLERS were
noted on 6th along with 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

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

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

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Canada

 

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

 

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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, July 11th, 2014
From: Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:22:49 -0400

American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ruffed Grouse
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Osprey
Broad-winged Hawk
American Coot
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Black Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Wood Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Common Raven
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole


Well this compiler has not dropped off the face of the earth, the past three
weeks has been very quiet but as is typical this time of year, breeding mode
makes things quiet and then slowly you start to see a change.  Most of this
change is about shorebirds returning to local wetlands and so hope begins
again that birds will be back in the area.  

There are no rarities for the week but the hotspot for the past week has
been Windermere Basin where lower water levels have seen an increase in
sightings of returning shorebirds, non-breeders and a few other surprises.
Here this week Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, our first of season Stilt
Sandpiper (Wednesday), Short-billed Dowitcher (Wednesday), Red-necked
Phalarope (elusive and only seen briefly yesterday), Great Egret,
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Bonaparte's Gull (2 seen yesterday, 1 has been
summering here for a few weeks) and Black Tern (another record for this
locale holds great promise that this is ideal habitat for them).  Summering
ducks here include Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal and
American Coot.

Another great place this time of year for summer breeders is Courtcliffe
Park in Carlisle.  This park offers a variety of habitats and this week has
been productive for Green Heron, Osprey (nesting close by), Yellow-billed
Cuckoo, Eastern Screech Owl, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Wood Pewee,
Alder, Willow and Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow and Chestnut-sided
Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Field, Vesper and Savannah
Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orchard and Baltimore
Oriole. Elsewhere over Carlisle a Broad-winged Hawk was an interesting
sighting.

In the odds and sods, a Ruffed Grouse family was spotted in a field up near
the Crieff Bog.  A Common Raven was being harassed by an Eastern Kingbird
near the same locale.  An unusual date sighting of a Horned Grebe found at
Valley Inn was interesting the week before last.  Three families of
Red-necked Grebes are doing well 2 near Bronte and 1 near Burloak Bluffs.
Least Bitterns appear to be nesting at Bronte Marsh where they have been
heard regularly.  Eastern Towhee was putting on a show for an HNC Hike at
Fletcher Creek on Wednesday.  A Black-billed Cuckoo was also present there
at Fletcher Creek.

Mid-summer is up on us and things are starting to shift around.  Get out to
the local hotspots and let me know what you see.  I need sightings to make a
report!

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Subject: Nonquon Lagoons - Indian Runner Duck and shorebirds
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:03:15 -0400
Betsy Smith and I had the Indian Runner Duck at Nonquon today – feeding 
actively in the southern cell. Lots of habitat persists and shorebirds numbers 
are good: 


Killdeer - 14
Spotted Sandpiper - 16
Least Sandpiper - 38
Greater Yellowlegs - 2
Lesser Yellowlegs - 12
Black Terns – 8

Permits must be purchased in advance of entering the lagoons. They cost 
$10.00 annually.

The permits may be purchased at the Durham Region Transfer Site located at 
1623 Reach Rd, Port Perry during the following business hours .... Tuesday, 
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from 
8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  To get to the transfer station, travel north on Hwy 12 
past Port Perry [Hwy 7A] to the next traffic lights [Regional Road 8 Reach 
Rd.] and travel east to #1623 on the north side of the road.

The lagoons are located one road north of the transfer site on Concession 
Rd. 8 [don't get confused as, despite the fact that these roads are both 
numbered "8", they are two different roads - one is a regional paved road, 
the other a dirt concession road.]. Access to the lagoons is from the east 
end of Conc. 8 only as the bridge is out west of the lagoons.


Geoffrey Carpentier
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 10, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:42:16 -0400
At Presqu’ile Provincial Park, the month of July is when many of the summer 
resident birds disperse after fledging their young, so that the number of birds 
is double that of a month ago. The only change in the variety of species, 
however, is the first arrival of a few fall migrants from elsewhere. 


Two male AMERICAN WIGEONS were on the beach yesterday. On Monday morning, two 
male scaup were at Salt Point with their heads tucked under as if sleeping 
after a long flight. Thus, it was impossible to identify the species. This 
morning, however, two male GREATER SCAUP, likely the same two birds, were 
closer to the lighthouse. Visits to the marsh by canoe produced a LEAST BITTERN 
on July 5 and a GREEN HERON on July 6. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was on 
Sebastopol Island on July 5. The first GREATER YELLOWLEGS of the season was at 
Owen Point this morning. A report of an UPLAND SANDPIPER and a STILT SANDPIPER 
on July 5 was unusual, especially since the former species had not previously 
been reported from Presqu’ile that early in July. Twice in the last week an 
AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flushed from the Owen Point trail. With immature 
BONAPARTE’S GULLS showing up in small numbers around the lighthouse, birders 
should be on the lookout for immature BLACK TERNS, which no longer nest at 
Presqu’ile but occasionally pass through after the breeding season in nearby 
colonies. 


Some unconfirmed reports from the past week include RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 
AMERICAN KESTREL, and PEREGRINE FALCON, none of which are known to have bred in 
the Park in recent years. 


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. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

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: Ottawa/Gatineau - July 10, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:54:31 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to July 10, 2014

The early shorebird migration has started but high water levels throughout our 
area makes finding habitat for these birds difficult. 


- Carp River flood plain just south of Carp: LESSER (6) and GREATER (1) 
YELLOWLEGS 

- Winchester lagoons on the 9th: LEAST (40) and SPOTTED (3) SANDPIPER, LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS (24), SNOW GOOSE (1), RUDDY (1 m) and RING-NECKED (1) DUCK 

- Embrun Lagoons (extensive construction underway weekdays): LESSER (3) and 
GREATER (1) YELLOWLEGS and AMERICAN WIGEON (2) 

- CASSELMAN lagoons on the 9th: LEAST (80), SPOTTED (7+) and SOLITARY (1), 
LESSER (8) and GREATER (1) YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1), RUDDY DUCK 
(pair) 

- Moodie Dr ponds (south of Trail Rd) on the 10th: SOLITARY (4) and LEAST (3) 
SANDPIPER 

- Alfred lagoon (east of the OFNC area) on the 8th: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (2)

Interesting sightings:
- Moodie Dr quarry pond south of Trail Rd on the 10th: RING-NECKED (1 m) and 
RUDDY (1 m) DUCK, GADWALL (1), LESSER BLACK-BACKED (1 3rd year) and GREAT 
BLACK-BACKED (1) GULL, CASPIAN (2) and COMMON (5) TERN and PIED-BILLED GREBE 
(3) 

- Conroy Island in the Deschenes rapids: at least 2 GREAT EGRET nests with 2 to 
4 juveniles, many DOUBLE-CREASTED CORMORANT nests, 8 juvenile BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERON and many RING-BILLED GULLS 

- Russell lagoons on the 8th: NORTHERN SHOVELER (3), PIED-BILLED GREBE (2), 
COMMON GALLINULE (1), RUDDY DUCK (3) and AMERICAN COOT (1) 

- Corkstown marsh (north of the equestrian farm) on the 5th: Sedge Wren 
continue, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and GREEN HERON and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO 

- a CAROLINA WREN was singing in Alta Vista (Wesmar Dr) on the 8th

There are large numbers of a variety of swallows at the Casselman lagoons and 
on the 9th at the Deschenes rapids there were BANK (150), BARN (40), CLIFF 
(75), NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED (12) with CHIMNEY SWIFT (60).  


Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, 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 local 
records. 


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Subject: Peregrine Falcon nesting in Beachville
From: JAMES HOLDSWORTH via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:25:09 -0700
Hey,

After a year and a half of false-dawns and near-misses, I was finally able to 
confirm nesting Peregrine Falcon in the north Lime Kiln / Crusher this morning 
- with the male delivering a Mourning Dove through an opening at the top of the 
structure, and accepted noisily by the female. 


Juveniles seen last fall hanging around the quarries were almost certainly 
fledged from this site, which is the tallest structure in this part of the 
county and gives a commanding view of the quarry and river valley both east and 
west.Directions -from Ingersoll Road take Domtar Road 150 m north, over the 
river, then turn right to the parking area. The two Lime crusher towers are 
directly north. The nesting birds are at the top of the north tower. 


This provides the 1st breeding record for this species in Oxford County - 
unthinkable a few decades ago but now joins Bald Eagle and Osprey as ''new'' 
local breeders and part of a very select group of local success stories. Sadly, 
while these 3 species seem to be doing far better than in the past, a great 
many other bird species have clearly declined or disappeared from the county 
altogether. The starkest examples of this are American Kestrel [almost entirely 
gone from the county centre as farm practices become ultra-efficient] and 
Ruffed Grouse, now confined to only the richest and most extensive woodlands in 
the county, and likely detrimentally affected by the surge in Wild Turkey 
numbers. 


Cheers,

James Holdsworth, Biological Consulting Services
14 Marian St,
RR#1 Woodstock, On, N4S-7V6
[519]537-2027
226-228-1428[cell] - note - NEW
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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Miner's Bay
From: Poropat/Fraser via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:28:22 -0400
I had a male Golden-winged Warbler feeding young today. Also heard a 
Yellow-throated Vireo singing at the same location. 


From Hwy 35, N of Miner's Bay, take the Davis Lake Rd. E a few hundred meters 
to where the first creek crosses the road. The GWWA was on the N side of the 
road, in the alders. The YTVI was singing from the oaks immediately W of #2774. 


Cheers,

Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON
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Subject: Fw: Nonquon Lagoons - July 8
From: Geoff Carpentier via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:07:02 -0400
sorry if this is a duplicate – got a weird bounce message the first time ...


Nonquon lagoons were quite good today with lots of waterfowl and shorebirds. 
There is a lot of shorebird habitat in several cells at the present time. 


Highlights were:

Common Gallinule – 1 – rare here

Killdeer - 36

Lesser Yellowlegs - 8

Greater Yellowlegs - 5

Least sandpiper - 21

Spotted Sandpiper - 17

Osprey - 3

Black Tern - 22

also present was what appeared to be a black Indian Runner duck – here is 
some info on this domesticated duck ... 


Indian Runners (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus) are an unusual breed of domestic 
duck. They stand erect like penguins and, rather than waddling, they run. The 
females usually lay about 150 – 200 eggs a year or more, depending whether 
they are from exhibition or utility strains. They were found on the Indonesian 
Islands of Lombok, Java and Bali where they were 'walked' to market and sold as 
egg-layers or for meat. These ducks do not fly and only rarely form nests and 
incubate their own eggs. They run or walk, often dropping their eggs wherever 
they happen to be. Duck-breeders need to house their birds overnight or be 
vigilant in picking up the eggs to prevent them from being taken by other 
animals. 


The ducks vary in weight between 1.4 and 2.3 kg (3-5 lbs). Their height (from 
crown to tail tip) ranges from 50 cm (20 inches) in small females to about 76 
cm (30 inches) in the taller males. The eggs are often greenish-white in color, 
but these too vary. 


Indian Runners love foraging. They also like swimming in ponds and streams, but 
they are likely to be preoccupied in running around grassy meadows looking for 
worms, slugs, even catching flies. They appreciate open spaces but are happy in 
gardens from which they cannot fly and where they make much less noise than 
call ducks. Only the females quack. All drakes are limited to a hoarse whisper. 


Here is the complete list seen today:

Scugog Twp--Port Perry - Nonquon Sewage Lagoons, Durham, CA-ON
8-Jul-2014 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 kilometer(s)
40 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  95
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)  5     pair + 3 young
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  17     females + 2 broods
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  180     many broods
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  7     female + brood
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  6
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 11 2 females + 2 broods and 2 singles 

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  3     adult + 2 yg.
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  36
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 17 careful count made to avoid 
duplication 

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  5
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  8
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  21
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  2
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)  22     careful count made to avoid duplication
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  3
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  50
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  4
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  5
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  9

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19043916 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Directions:

Permits must be purchased in advance of entering the lagoons. They cost 
$10.00 annually.

The permits may be purchased at the Durham Region Transfer Site located at 
1623 Reach Rd, Port Perry during the following business hours .... Tuesday, 
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from 
8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.  To get to the transfer station, travel north on Hwy 12 
past Port Perry [Hwy 7A] to the next traffic lights [Regional Road 8 Reach 
Rd.] and travel east to #1623 on the north side of the road.

The lagoons are located one road north of the transfer site on Concession 
Rd. 8 [don't get confused as, despite the fact that these roads are both 
numbered "8", they are two different roads - one is a regional paved road, 
the other a dirt concession road.]. Access to the lagoons is from the east 
end of Conc. 8 only as the bridge is out west of the lagoons.


Geoffrey Carpentier
www.avocetnatureservices.com
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Subject: Short-billed dowagers and shore birds at Alfred Lagoon
From: Bob Scranton via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 22:43:28 -0400
This evening, about 6:30 PM, Hans VanderZweep and I saw several shorebirds 
along the north and west sides of the east cell in the Alfred Lagoons. We had 2 
short-billed dowagers, 4 semi-palmated sandpipers,one Wilson.s snipe and 6 
spotted sandpipers along with a good variety of ducks and ducklings..To get to 
the Lagoons, go east through Alfred and turn right on Peat Moss Rd. The Lagoon 
entrance is about one km. south. Good birding, Bob Scranton 

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Subject: Oshawa PEREGRINE Falcons
From: "Empey, Kevin via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 02:04:08 +0000
 A few of us have located 2 peregrine Falcons on the roof of Lakeridge Health 
Oshawa. This hospital is one of the tallest buildings in Oshawa. 


One of the birds is on the roof, perhaps guarding an egg. The other is often 
resting on the north west roof corner. People cannot get up to see this 
location. 


LH Oshawa is on Simcoe Street, just north of Adelaide. Simcoe Street is an exit 
off the 401 and the major road in Durham Region. This is north of downtown 
Oshawa, and south of Rossland Road. Go north from the 401 past downtown to the 
hospital. 


But to see the birds turn west onto Adelaide. Which is the street south of the 
Hospital. If going north, turn left, or west. Then take the first right, 
heading north on Golf Drive. 


Before the road turns look up to the tallest tower on the right side. ( there 
is limited parking on this street, but you are physically right behind the 
hospital parking lot) or continue around the curve on Golf Drive. 


Regards


Kevin Empey




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Subject: Clay-coloured Sparrow, Udora...
From: Poropat/Fraser via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:58:55 -0400
Yesterday, July 6, while on the Sunderland Butterfly Count, I heard a singing 
Clay-coloured Sparrow about 4 km SSW of Udora. I'm not sure how common these 
birds are in this area but it was the first time I have heard one at this 
location. There are also Grasshopper Sparrows on the walk in. 


Location: Concession 5 and Brewster Rd (N of Zephyr Rd.). Brewster Rd appears 
to end on Conc. 5. There is an ATV trail that runs along the concession line 
east of Conc. 5 (the extension of Brewster Rd.). The bird was singing from the 
S side of the trail, about 300 - 400m along the trail, near the top of the 
hill. 


Cheers,

Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON
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Subject: Lark Bunting, Amherst Island
From: Riley Walsh via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:41:06 -0400
The lark bunting was seen by me and some other birders between 10:30 and 
11:30am. It spent some time perched on the wires connected to the tower, and 
spent some time low in trees along the forest edge. 

Some other bird observations throughout the island were:
-Green Heron
-Wilson's Phalarope 
- Other common grassland species
There were also a good number of snakes on the island today. There were 4 
eastern garters, and an aggressive watersnake. 


Good luck,

Riley

DIRECTIONS:401 take exit 593, take highway 4 south all the way to the end, turn 
right and the ferry is on your left. 

(On the island) continue south to con session 2 turn right, follow con session 
2 to Art McGinn Road. The bunting was seen near house 550. 

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Subject: Sedge Wren, Sandhill Crane, LOSH etc. - Carden Alvar
From: Mark K via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:58:05 -0700
I paid an early morning visit today to Prospect and Wylie Roads. Interesting 
birds on Prospect Road were a LEAST BITTERN (heard only), GRASSHOPPER and 
CLAY-COLOURED SPARROWS, a GREEN HERON, and an OSPREY on its impressively large 
nest built on top of a steel tower just south of the second house on Prospect 
Road. Prospect Road runs south from Regional Road 48, about 4 km west of 
Kirkfield. 


At Wylie Road, I had at least two, probably three SEDGE WRENS just south of, 
at, and just north of the bridge that is 5.4 km north of McNamee Road. Along 
the Sedge Wren Trail that starts a few hundred metres south of the bridge I 
heard 2 SANDHILL CRANES, a WINTER WREN, and where the trail first approaches 
the water, a great look at a VIRGINIA RAIL. At the beaver dam section of the 
trail, there were 2 COMMON SNIPE. There were three calling BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS 
in the general area of the marsh, plus one which I saw at the Windmill Ranch, 
where I also saw 1 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. 


Finally, I had 5 UPLAND SANDPIPERS (1 by box 87 on Wylie Road, 3 along the 
Kirkfield Road between Kirkfield and McNamee Road, and 1 along Regional Road 48 
at Rockfield Road. 


Prospect Road, Wylie Road and other birding locations in the Carden Alvar are 
described in Ron Pittaway's excellent "Carden Alvar Birding Guide" 
athttp://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.cardenalvar. 


Returning home, I had a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and a CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW near 
the East Duffin Headwaters on Westney Road (Conc. 6 if coming from the Goodwood 
Road) 0.7 km north of the Uxbridge-Pickering Township line. 


Mark Kubisz,
Scarborough, ON
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Subject: Reesor Shorebirds
From: Stan Long via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:52:20 -0400
06.07.14 - 8 am - south-bound migrants : 2 Least Sandpipers - 1 Greater 
Yellowlegs + usual resident Spotted Sandpipers, Killdeers & 1 GBH - [female 
Ruby-throated Humming-bird at my feeder for 6 weeks now a happy reminder that 
Summer is still with us] - cheers - Stan Long 

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Subject: Lark Bunting Amherst Island Yes
From: Michelle and Paul Martin via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:56:53 -0400
Hi

The Lark Bunting was seen at 9:30 am and again at 2:30 pm. Off Art McGinn's 
road at 550. It was back in four large trees on the right side of the tower, 
east side of the road. It periodically dropped into the bushes and then back 
into the second tree from the left. 


Directions

The Lark Bunting was seen on Amherst Island (401 take exit 593 and highway 4
to the end, turn right, then left at the ferry dock): take Concession 2 (or
Second Concession) and turn left McGinn (also known as Art McGinns road). 

Paul and Michelle Martin, Colin Gaskill and Martha Burchat

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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 28 June - 04 July 2014
From: "Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS" <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:06:03 -0400
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. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

A glimmer of shorebird passage has begun this week but the focus has, of
course, remained on Amherst Island where one lucky observer added a real
bonus to what was already a great day. Highlights include; TRUMPETER SWAN,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, GREATER & LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER,
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, LARK BUNTING, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, and ORCHARD
ORIOLE.

 

City of Kingston

One of the resident PEREGRINE FALCONS was seen over St Mary-on-the-Lake
Hospital on 3rd where a MERLIN was also seen later in the day. GREAT EGRETS
continue to be seen and one spot with at least one recurring individual is
on Perth Road just north of Little Cataraqui Creek CA.

 

Amherst Island

The male LARK BUNTING first found on 19th June continues to be seen well by
visiting birders and doesn't yet seem to have given up hope of finding a
partner. A second impressive find was a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER seen and
photographed on 2nd Concession on 28th. As noted in a previous post, one was
reported at Lemoine Point CA, Kingston on 17th, just over 10km to the east -
surely the same bird? Also noted on the island, was a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on
29th, a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS on 1st and an ORCHARD ORIOLE, on Emerald 40
Foot on 28th. At the Martin Edwards Reserve, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, GREAT
EGRET, AMERICAN BITTERN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON continue to be seen
but 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS seen on 2nd would be early passage birds. If you
have submitted an eBird checklist recently from the island, I would really
appreciate a copy (shared with 'Kingston FN') for the records. Please note
that you must be a member of the Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be
accompanied by a member to access the Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Other Sightings

North of Kingston, near Elginburg, GREEN HERON, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and
EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL continue to be seen. Likewise, the Napanee Plains
continue to produce UPLAND SANDPIPER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
and CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW. East of Gananoque, at Haig Farm, early shorebird
movement was noted on 3rd with 8 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 5 LESSER YELLOWLEGS,
and a single SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. Across the border, at Perch River WMA,
Jefferson County, NY, 2 HENSLOW'S SPARROWS were noted on 3rd. 

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

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

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

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Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 3, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:42:09 -0400
Birders have been few and far between at Presqu’ile Provincial Park lately. 
Not surprisingly, therefore, most of the bird sightings have been of common 
species, of which there are plenty in such a diverse set of habitats. 


Aside from the WOOD DUCKS in the marsh, the only other ducks worth mentioning 
were a pair of REDHEADS in Popham Bay. RUFFED GROUSE and COMMON LOONS are among 
the birds that are present in small numbers all summer, and both have been seen 
on a couple of occasions in the past week. GREAT EGRETS are still visible on 
High Bluff Island but in reduced numbers. A GREEN HERON flew into the marsh. 
The OSPREYS on the Salt Point lighthouse appear to have hatched one young bird. 
A COMMON GALLINULE was seen in the marsh. What may be the beginning of the fall 
shorebird migration was the sighting of a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER on July 2 and a 
LEAST SANDPIPER on July 3. The spectacular, largely white DUNLIN continues to 
be seen on the beach, as recently as this morning. Various other shorebird 
species have been known to show up in the first week or two of July. An 
AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flushed from a muddy spot on the Owen Point trail. Two 
surprisingly early BONAPARTE’S GULLS were on the beach on June 28, and an 
immature GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was on Gull Island on the same date. 


Several people saw a BARRED OWL on the Jobes’ Woods trail. A CHIMNEY SWIFT 
seen today was unusual at this time of year. At 83 Bayshore Road RED-BELLIED 
WOODPECKERS are regular feeder visitors. BROWN CREEPER and WINTER WREN are 
among the less conspicuous summer residents, and both have been seen in the 
past week. Someone saw a SAVANNAH SPARROW this morning, a species that is not 
known to summer in the Park. A SCARLET TANAGER on July 1 was also unusual. The 
best place to find ORCHARD ORIOLES is at 83 Bayshore Road, where seven were 
seen on one recent day. 


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. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted 

at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds 
there. 

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: Ottawa/Gatineau - July 3, 2014 - Recent ReportsBROWN THRASHER,
From: Bob Cermak via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:55:43 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to July 3, 2014

There are lots of local breeding birds to look for as we wait for the start of 
the early fall migration in mid July. 


Another great location to see many local breeding birds is the trails at Meech 
Creek Valley in Gatineau Park. Take hwy 5 north, exit east at Autoroute de la 
Gatineau, turn north on hwy 105 at La Vallee Motel then west on Chemin Pine to 
the P16 parking lot. You can bird along theNakkertok Ski Trailto the west or 
walkback to Chemin Cowden, turn south and bird to the south east along the 
Meech Valley Trail. 

Highlights on the 29th:
- Ski Trail, 37 species including INDIGO BUNTING, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 
OVENBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, MOURNING, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, 
BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS 

- Meech Creek Trail, 46 species including RUFFED GROUSE, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 
WARBLING and RED-EYED VIREO, BARN SWALLOW, RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED 
NUTHATCH, VERY, HERMIT and WOOD THRUSH, OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, 
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, BLACKBURNIAN, YELLOW and 
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, SAVANNAH, SONG, SWAMP and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 
SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, BOBOLINK and PURPLE 
FINCH  


The male EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the mouth of the Rideau Canal at the 
Ottawa River and another has been on the Moodie Dr pond (south of Trail Rd) 
since the 2nd. A SEDGE WREN was heard and seen near Carleton Place on the 30th 
and 1st just east of 1221 Beckwith 9th line in the partially cut field to the 
south. SOLITARY SANDPIPER (2) were found on a flooded field on the east side of 
the north end of Twin Elm Rd on the 2nd. 


Due to widespread concerns regarding disturbance of wildlife and property, 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 local 
records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Great Egret; north Kingston
From: Roger Lupton via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:25:40 +0000
Hello Birders;

At 9;45 am today I saw a Great Egret in a pond beside Perth Rd. Approximately 1 
km north from Hwy. 401/ Division St. exchange, on the right hand side as you 
drive north. Location is just beyond the entrance to the Cataraqui Conservation 
Area. 


This is the second time my wife or I have seen this bird at the same pond in 
the last week. 


Happy birding.

Roger Lupton
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Lark Bunting, yes
From: Art of Bellydance via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:23:28 -0400
At stakeout location on Amherst Island. 550 Art Mcginn's Road.

Dave and Becky Flook 

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Subject: Lark Bunting
From: William Gilmour via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:56:13 -0400
Greetings Ontbirders

Maureen Riggs and I had the pleasure of running into the Ottawa Naturalist 
Monday birding club today to look for the Lark Bunting. The bunting was found 
where it has been reported from earlier on Arts McGinn Rd. The bird was feeding 
mostly on the side of the road close to the grassy edge. 


The Snowy Owl was seen by all just to the west of the Kingston Field Naturalist 
property down at the shoreline. A total of at least 6 Wilson's Phalaropes, 1 
Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs and a Wilson's Snipe were seen as well 
as many Killdeer and a Spotted Sandpiper. 


Bill

Directions

The Lark Bunting was seen on Amherst Island (401 take exit 593 and highway 4
to the end, turn right, then left at the ferry dock): take Concession 2 (or
Second Concession) and turn left McGinn (also known as Art McGinns road). 



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Subject: Amherst Is update
From: Roy John via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:44:02 -0400
Today at about 1100 six member's of the OFNC's Monday Group (Ottawa) (plus 
four other birders) met on Amherst Is to see a cooperative Lark Bunting at 
its traditional spot (Art McGinns road on the antenna guy wires). We also 
saw a white Snowy Owl - a first July sighting for the whole group.

The owl was by the Martin Edwards sign at the KFN property.

We did not see a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher or the Kentucky Warbler at Parrot 
Bay.

Roy John 


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Subject: Directions Dickcissels near Amherstburg
From: Bev Scott via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:06:07 -0400
Apologies for lack of detailed directions. The birds were observed June 30 at 
5:20 pm on Concession Road 4 North between Middle Side Road and North Side Road 
near the entrance to the model airplane club, south of the CKWW radio towers. 


Re previous post
> On 01/07/2014 2:09 PM, Bev Scott via ONTBIRDS wrote:
> I observed and heard 2 individuals singing from the powerlines opposite the 
entry road to the hobby model plane club at the CKWW towers field last evening 
at 5:20 pm, June 30th. 

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Subject: Dickcissels Essex County
From: Bev Scott via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:09:06 -0700
I observed and heard 2 individuals singing from the powerlines opposite the 
entry road to the hobby model plane club at the CKWW towers field last evening 
at 5:20 pm, June 30th. 

Bev Scott
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Subject: 4 American White Pelicans, Nipigon (northern Ont.)
From: Keith via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:43:59 -0400
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Subject: Lark Bunting - Yes
From: Richard Poort via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:28:36 -0400
The Lark Bunting continues on Amherst Island this morning.

Directions posted previously

Cheers,
Rich
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Subject: Lark Bunting, Amherst Island yes
From: Carol Horner via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:31:15 -0400
The Lark Bunting was seen and heard in the same location by many observers this 
morning. It was feeding close to and on the road but flew back more distant 
when the crowd if cars and arrived. 

Directions as previously posted. 
From the ferry dock take the only road south then right on 2nd concession.
Travel quite a ways west past the jog in the road then left on McGinn.
Travel to around #550 and check wires and surrounding area.

Good birding 

Carol Horner
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Subject: Lark Bunting...
From: Bernie Monette via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:11:29 -0400
Greetings!

After a short time in the sun  the Lark Bunting showed up and darned if it
did not sound like a Cardinal.

Also along the road were many Eastern Kingbirds, Savannah Sparrows,
Goldfinches, and an Upland Sandpiper. Many Barn and Cliff Swallows were also
flying around.

The Lark Bunting was seen on Amherst Island (401 take exit 593 and highway 4
to the end, turn right, then left at the ferry dock): take Concession 2 (or
Second Concession) and turn left McGinn (also known as Art McGinns road). We
saw it in the antenna guy wires. If you hear a Cardinal  look up!

Cheers,

Bernie
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Subject: Rai sed
From: Susan Atkinson via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:52:16 -0700 (PDT)

	
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Subject: Lark Bunting Amhurst Island
From: Kyle Holloway via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:13:39 -0400
Seen and heard at 10 am June 30th


Cheers,

Kyle 

Directions: South from Stella to 2nd Concession, right on 2nd Concession
and proceed West to McGinn where you turn south and go to 550 and watch the guy 
wires 


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Subject: Lark Bunting. Yes
From: Heidi via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:08:33 -0400
Just wanted to let everyone who is interested in making the trip, it is well 
worth it. The bird had been seen several times today. Still quite vocal in 
flight and when perched on the radio tower wires. 

Also still present is the Snowy Owl. Seen at around noon today, perched at the 
top of a tree close to the south shoreline, at the meeting of south shore rd 
and lower forty foot rd. 


Good birding.
Heidi

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon, Lochlin, Haliburton Co.
From: Poropat/Fraser via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:40:26 -0400
Yesterday, June 29, while surveying for odes, I had a female Peregrine Falcon 
buzz low over my head in a stoop. She pulled out of her dive just above water 
level, hoping to kick something up from the wetland. She was unsuccessful. This 
is only the 2nd time I've seen a "summer" Peregrine in almost 30 years of 
living in Haliburton County. 


Lochlin is a tiny hamlet located SW of Haliburton, along Gelert Rd (Cty Rd 1). 
The large wetland complex is located on Ritchie Falls Road, about 1.5 km from 
Gelert Rd. 


Cheers,

Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON
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Subject: Great Egret, Joycville Turnoff - late report
From: Eleanor Kee Wellman via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:18:25 -0400
On the evening of Wednesday, June 25, I observed a Great Egret in a pond
just West of the Joyceville turn-off and the 401.

 

Eleanor Kee Wellman

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Subject: COMMON LOON nesting successful on Ross's Pond
From: Cheryl Mound via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:57:57 -0400
Pair of loons which nest annually on Ross's Pond about 10 miles north of
Belleville have this year produced one young.

Hatched loon first seen June 25 and still present today.  Pond is on east
side of property at 9632 Hwy 62 N about 10 minutes north of Belleville.

Bob and Cheryl Mound
RR4 Stirling ON
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Subject: Chuck-will's-widow - Prince Edward Cty - Sat Jun 28
From: Frank Pinilla via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:55:50 -0400
Good evening Birders,

With the advantage of having parents with a cottage in the county I was able to 
leisurely wait for the Chuck-will's-widow to start calling tonight. At 9:20 my 
son, David, and I heard the bird singing (we dipped the night before as we 
arrived at 9:45 and with no moon there was no song later in the evening). 


The bird was quite distant (guessing 200m) to the south of Hilltop Road. At one 
point it did get louder but then either flew or turned away as it was quieter 
again. Nice to have the advantage of hearing a Whip-poor-will at the same time 
for comparison, so that even a non-birder like my son could easily distinguish 
the songs. 


Also here at 8:45pm was a calling Merlin, well seen as it watched us. 

Good birding,
Frank & David Pinilla
Richmond Hill, ON

Directions:
From Picton take Cty Rd 10 south towards Cherry Valley, you have to make a turn 
south on CR10 in Cherry Valley towards Milford, continue on CR10 (it does a 
left and right turn in the town of Milford so careful). At the big left bend in 
the road south of Milford will be the right turn onto Royal Road, turn onto 
Royal and then left at Brewers Road. Head south on Brewers and then left/east 
on Hilltop, go approx 800m and stop. Bird was to the south today but I believe 
I've seen a post saying it was north of the road? 


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Subject: Chuck-wills Widow persists in prince edward county, june 28
From: Leonard Manning via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:29:14 -0400
Birders,

Since the bird is in no mans land, I thought an update would be appreciated.
Lisa and I have just left the previously reported locale, south of the
party town of Milford, prince Edward county, where chuck sang regularly for
us from 9:20 pm till around 9:40pm, at which time the half dozen whips
drowned him out.

Chuck was easily heard about 500 m east of the intersection of hill top
road and brewers lane, on hill top, though we heard him from brewers too.

Anyway just an update. Its late and we gots birds to chase tomorrow morning
eh.

Len n Lisa

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