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Yellow-rumped Warbler,©Julie Zickefoose

19 Dec Rusty Blackbird, Earl Rowe Park, Alliston ON [John Schmelefske ]
18 Dec At least 4 species of Warblers( Tennessee/Wilson's/Orange-crowned/Yellow-rumped) still lingering at Sedgewick Park, Oakville [Luc Fazio ]
18 Dec Evening Grosbeaks @High Park, Toronto [Kris Ito ]
18 Dec Ottawa/Gatineau-December 18, 2014-Recent reports [Gregory Zbitnew ]
18 Dec North Lanark County winter birds - Bohemians [iain wilkes ]
18 Dec Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending December 18, 2015. [Fred Helleiner ]
18 Dec Algonquin Park Birding Report: 18 December 2014 [Ron Tozer ]
18 Dec Re: [hamiltonbirds] painted bunting oakville yes [Richard Poort ]
18 Dec painted bunting oakville yes [Leonard Manning ]
18 Dec Re: Marsh Wren, West/Hydro Pond, Dundas [Rob Porter ]
18 Dec Marsh Wren, West/Hydro Pond, Dundas [Rob Porter ]
18 Dec Huntsville Christmas Bird Count: 16 December 2014 [Ron Tozer ]
17 Dec Painted Bunting in Oakville [Luc Fazio ]
17 Dec North Bay CBC Dec 14, 2014 Results [Lori Anderson ]
17 Dec Kingston CBC Results ["Mark D. Read" ]
17 Dec Painted Bunting - Oakville ["Alexander Darling" ]
17 Dec Arkendo drive correction []
17 Dec Black-and-white Warbler Toronto ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]
17 Dec Painted Bunting - Oakville ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
17 Dec 35th Gravenhurst-Bracebridge Christmas Bird Count ONGB [The Sinclairs ]
17 Dec Vankleek Hill CBC Results [Christine Brunet via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Dec OFO Toronto Lakeshore West Field Trip, Dec 14, 2014 [John Schmelefske ]
17 Dec Cape Croker CBC results [Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS ]
16 Dec 63rd Peterborough Christmas Bird Count [Tony Bigg ]
16 Dec Painted Bunting near Lakeshore Rd/Winston Churchill Oakville [Heather Burrow ]
16 Dec Guelph 2014 CBC ["Cadman,Mike [Burlington]" ]
16 Dec Minden CBC ["Dennis Barry" ]
16 Dec Re: Richard M. Poulin 1950-2014 [eve ticknor ]
16 Dec Richard M. Poulin 1950-2014 [bruce dilabio ]
16 Dec Richard M. Poulin 1950-2014 [bruce dilabio ]
16 Dec Presqu'ile CBC Summary - Dec 14th ["Bree, David (MNRF)" ]
16 Dec Black-and-white Warbler Toronto ["mark.cranford" ]
16 Dec Western Kingbird not found Monday, new directions, Buffalo CBC Sector B results ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
15 Dec Toronto CBC-early compilation results [Emily Rondel ]
15 Dec Black & White Warbler Toronto Directions [JUDY MARSHALL ]
15 Dec White-eyed Vireo - Toronto Island [Mark Cranford ]
15 Dec FW: Possible Western Kingbird near Chippewa ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
15 Dec Kleinburg CBC - Preliminary Results [Bob Noble ]
15 Dec Snowy Owl Windsor near Little River Corridor (McHugh) [Steve G via ONTBIRDS ]
15 Dec St. Catharines Christmas Bird Count Sunday Dec 14/14 [Marcie Jacklin ]
14 Dec Harris's Sparrow - Cherie Road Park, St Catharines []
14 Dec Snowy owl- St. Joachim [Randall Van Wagner ]
14 Dec White-eyed Vireo Toronto Island ["mark.cranford" ]
13 Dec 2014-2015 Ontario winter bird list update #1 [Josh Vandermeulen ]
13 Dec Lapland Longspurs in St. Catharines [Jean Hampson ]
13 Dec Snowy Owls along Ravenshoe Road south of Keswick, Ontario []
13 Dec Bald Eagle - Hillman Marsh, near Pt. Pelee [Sobienie ]
13 Dec Orange-crowned warblers - Humber Bay East, Toronto [David Pryor ]
13 Dec Glaucous and Iceland Gulls, Haliburton [B FRASER ]
13 Dec Red-headed Woodpecker , Vineland [Nancy Smith ]
13 Dec Red- [Nancy Smith ]
13 Dec Palm warbler bayfront park hamilton [olivesided ]
13 Dec Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, December 13th, 2014 ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
12 Dec Kingston Area Birds: 6th - 12th December 2014 ["Mark D. Read" ]
12 Dec Snowy owl at Winston Churchill and Hwy 401, Mississauga [Paloma via ONTBIRDS ]
11 Dec Algonquin Park Birding Report: 11 December 2014 [Ron Tozer ]
11 Dec Adult Bald Eagle- Crawford Lake Conservation Authority []
11 Dec Snowy Owl - Bradford []
11 Dec Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending December 11, 2014. [Fred Helleiner ]
11 Dec Ottawa/Gatineau - December 11, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak ]
11 Dec Snowy- yard bird. [Dean Ware ]
11 Dec Bald Eagle & Coopers Hawk Carleton Place [iain wilkes ]
11 Dec Yellow Palm Warbler, Bayfront park, Hamilton, Dec 11 [olivesided ]
10 Dec Snowy Owls in Perth County [Richard Skevington ]
10 Dec Snowy Owl --Fort Erie 12/10/14 [Dustin D ]
10 Dec Snowy Owl --Fort Erie 12/10/14 [Bird observations from western New York ]
10 Dec Common Raven - Scarborough ["Phil L." ]
9 Dec HighParkRaptorwatch2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
9 Dec Glaucous Gull at Billings Bridge Ottawa [Brian Mortimer ]
9 Dec 5 Gull Species Merrickville [iain wilkes ]
9 Dec Purple Sandpiper - Mississauga [David Pryor ]
8 Dec Snowy Owls and Gulls in Oxford [JAMES HOLDSWORTH ]
9 Dec Snowy owls. Northern Shrike, Red Polls [Craig Potter ]
8 Dec Sedgwick Woods on Monday ["Roy Allen" ]
8 Dec Great Egret- Lighthouse Cove [Aaron Charbonneau ]
8 Dec Great Egret- Lighthouse Cove [Aaron Charbonneau ]

Subject: Rusty Blackbird, Earl Rowe Park, Alliston ON
From: John Schmelefske <j.schme AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:19:39 -0500
Just a note for winter listers. Flushed this bird today while walking the dog 
at Earl Rowe Park. 


This was in the same area where a few weeks ago I had a lingering Wilson's 
Snipe and Hermit Thrush. The bird was foraging along the east shore of the 
Boyne river above the reservoir and maybe 100 metres from the bridge on the 6th 
concession. There is a thin band of open water between the shore and the ice 
cover. The bird appeared to be an adult male, entirely black with some brown 
scalloping primarily on the nap of the neck and shoulders. It seemed healthy. 
When flushed it would fly a short distance down the shore. At one point it 
seemed to have a white berry in it's mouth. Interestingly, inland from the 
river bank is a small wooded marsh where I often have seen Rusty Blackbirds in 
migration. 


Earl Rowe Park is just west of Alliston Ontario. Take Hwy 9 West and turn right 
on the 7th concession. The park entrance is just up the hill. Just a little 
further on is the Administrative Parking lot, which is open until about 3:30. 
It is closer to the location of the bird. It is a long walk up the east side of 
the reservoir and river. Entry from the west side of the park north of the 
bridge is closer, if you can find parking. Do not park on the road. 

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Subject: At least 4 species of Warblers( Tennessee/Wilson's/Orange-crowned/Yellow-rumped) still lingering at Sedgewick Park, Oakville
From: Luc Fazio <llukefazio AT netscape.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:44:43 -0500
With a heads up for CBC counters in Peel-Halton, to be aware that TENNESSE , 
Wilson's, Orange-crowned, and Yellow-rumped Warblers are still being fairly 
easily seen at Sedgewick Park, in South Oakville. 


See all SIX species of Warblers ( including Parula and Nashville) that I have 
videoed, this past month, at Sedgewick park 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y04w9c22gYw&feature=youtu.be
 
 Yesterday Dan Salisbury and I took a quick look at the Park and were able to 
find the above FOUR species of Warblers with a short-time effort. 

Other birds still present were:
 Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown creeper, White-throated sparrow, 
Song Sparrow. Many BC Chickadee, House Finches, Goldfinches and Juncos 


Luc Fazio
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Directions: QEW to Third line; South to Hixon; East along Hixon to the edge of 
park; then walk 300 m to the Water treatment plant east side. 

Do not Park in Jehovah's Witness Parking area on Sundays

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Subject: Evening Grosbeaks @High Park, Toronto
From: Kris Ito <kris.ito AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:36:41 -0500
Today I observed 5 male Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders in the High Park “Bird 
Sanctuary”. They were actively singing and feeding at 9:15 when I arrived and 
by 10 am they had settled in the tops of the spruce trees. These birds have 
been there since at least Saturday when 3 were reported to ebird by Jeanne 
Martin. I am hoping that the abundance of food at the numerous feeders will 
encourage them to linger. Photos can be found in my ebird report. 


Directions: High Park is located at 1873 Bloor Street West in Toronto and can 
be accessed from either Bloor or Parkside Drive. From Lakeshore Blvd West, turn 
north on Parkside Drive, then left through the park entrance at High Park Blvd; 
follow this short road to its end and turn right. This will take you to 
Colborne Lodge Drive, where you can either park in the large lot at the 
Grenadier Restaurant, or turn right and try to find available parking along the 
side of the road. If you enter from Bloor Street, just follow the road until it 
loops around the restaurant. 


Now to find the “Bird Sanctuary”: This small area can be accessed from several 
different trails, however the most direct is a main path that begins directly 
across from the ice rink, which is just beside the large swimming pool on 
Colborne Lodge Dr. Follow this path down the hill and watch for a small trail 
on the right (if you reach the large row of spruce trees or the fence, you’ve 
gone too far). You should be able to see some of the feeders after walking a 
very short distance along this trail. Now duck under the plastic flower archway 
and you have arrived! Be sure to walk right through the central area to find 
additional feeders behind the picnic table. 


Good Birding,

Kris Ito
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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau-December 18, 2014-Recent reports
From: Gregory Zbitnew <k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:39:43 +0000
Ottawa Field Naturalists' ClubOttawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. 
Ontario, W. QuebecCompiler and transcriber:Greg Zbitnew at k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net 
or sightings AT ofnc.ca Recent reports to December 18, 2014 

The highlight this week was the annual Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count 
which took place December 14, 2014. Favorable conditions (15 cm of snow on the 
ground, rivers and most creeks partly open, no wind or precipitation and a 
temperature of +1) gave us an above average count of 77, with 10 or 11 high 
records (including one new to the count), and 4 tied records. There were about 
100 participants. 

Average temperatures and snowfall in the previous weeks resulted in expected 
low tallies for some birds such as Canada Goose and gulls, and only singles or 
doubles of waterfowl not normally wintering. Also as expected, the winter finch 
totals were quite low, but five of the possible eight (present were Pine 
Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Common Redpoll, Evening Grosbeak and Pine Siskin; 
absent were Hoary Redpoll and both crossbills) were nonetheless present. 
However, there were an unusual number of lingering passerines which contributed 
to our above average tally. 

Common Goldeneye numbers may have set a record of 836 (preliminary total). 
Singles of Pied-billed Grebe (tied the record), Northern Pintail, Long-tailed 
Duck and Lesser Scaup were noted, while two each of Greater Scaup, Hooded 
Merganser and Wood Duck were seen, aside from the other normal wintering 
waterfowl. Only a single Ruffed Grouse was seen, continuing a long-term 
decline, while Wild Turkey numbers set a record of 143, continuing a long-term 
increase. 

Two Great Blue Heron were seen which was normal, but the rarest sighting for 
the count was another in this bird order, a (juvenile) Black-crowned 
Night-Heron in Aylmer, new to the count. 

Record numbers of Hairy, Downy, and Pileated Woodpecker were seen, possibly 
reflecting the enormous numbers of dead and dying White Ash trees all over the 
region. Adding to the good woodpecker tally were a Northern Flicker in Hull, a 
Three-toed Woodpecker in Aylmer, three Black-backed Woodpecker, and two 
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Hull and Gloucester sectors, which tied the previous 
record). 

Singles of Carolina Wren (Hull) and Winter Wren (Aylmer) were noted. White 
breasted Nuthatch numbers (472) set a new record, as did the numbers of Hermit 
Thrush (10), while Gray Catbird tied the previous record of two. There were 
record totals of White-throated Sparrow (38), Dark-eyed Junco (516) and 
Northern Cardinal (615). Small numbers of Song Sparrow (6) and White-crowned 
Sparrow (2) were present, but there were no blackbirds. Finally, a 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Hull tied the previous record. 

Please note that all numbers mentioned in this report are preliminary, subject 
to error correction, late reports, addition of feeder totals, and correction 
for overlap especially for waterfowl. Official numbers will be posted on the 
OFNC website in the new year. 

Outside of the Ottawa-Gatineau count circle, there were some other notable 
sightings: 

1. The Turkey Vulture which lingered at trail road in late November-early 
December was found recently dead on the 15th. This is one of the latest records 
for the district. 2. 2500 Snow Goose east of Russell on the 15th. 3. Lapland 
Longspur on Rushmore Road on the 13th. 4. Red-shouldered Hawk in Gatineau Park 
on the 12th. 

Due to increasing and 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 purpose of maintaining local records. Thanks to 
everyone who contributed bird observations.Good birding. 

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Subject: North Lanark County winter birds - Bohemians
From: iain wilkes <iain.wilkes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:45:33 -0500
Toured the north east of Lanark County looking for winter birds. Drove Bellamy 
Rd to find 1 Bald Eagle and 8 Bohemian Waxwings. Of course those bohemians were 
wearing berets and smoking Gauloises. 

 
There is still some open water at the Madawaska dam at Arnprior but no birds. 
Ramsay Conc 12 south of the water turn up several small groups of Snow 
buntings, one group of which included 6 Horned Larks 

 
 Lanark BY now stands at 202
 
Hwy 417 west from Ottawa to exit for Pakenham, then west out of Pakenham on 
Waba Road until Cty Rd 24 to Bellamy Rd and turn left. 

 
cheers

Iain  CO DSBC (NC)
 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending December 18, 2015.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:39:50 -0500
A respectable 61 species of birds were seen in the past week at 
Presqu'ile Provincial Park.  Of those, 58 were seen on Sunday, when the 
Christmas Bird Count took place.  No additional species were added since 
then, with birders apparently taking a pre-Christmas hiatus.  Next 
week's report will be posted on Wednesday, covering only a six-day period.

Two TRUMPETER SWANS and 20 TUNDRA SWANS were in Presqu'ile Bay, which 
remains largely ice-free.  Among the hundreds of ducks, some of the less 
common ones seen on Sunday were REDHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTER, and HOODED MERGANSER.  For the second consecutive week, a group 
of five WILD TURKEYS was seen.  A freshly dead COMMON LOON was late.  
The first December record of a TURKEY VULTURE for Presqu'ile (though not 
for vultures, since a BLACK VULTURE was in the Park in December twelve 
years ago) was established last week when one flew over.  A BALD EAGLE 
and two NORTHERN HARRIERS were seen on December 12.  There were two 
sightings of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on the offshore islands.  The PURPLE 
SANDPIPER that has been on the north shore of Gull Island for over a 
week was still there this afternoon.  A GLAUCOUS GULL has been in 
Presqu'ile Bay for some time and was most recently seen on December 14.  
A GREAT HORNED OWL was in "the fingers" on Sunday.  Of the five SNOWY 
OWLS seen on the Christmas Bird Count, three were still present this 
afternoon, one on the beach and one each on Gull and High Bluff 
Islands.  BARRED OWLS have been seen on at least three of the past seven 
days.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE has been in the vicinity of the calf pasture, most 
recently on December 17.   A COMMON RAVEN was seen and heard.  Four 
WINTER WRENS were an unusual number for this time of year, as were two 
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, a HERMIT THRUSH, two SWAMP SPARROWS, two 
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.   A RED-WINGED 
BLACKBIRD and a dozen COMMON GRACKLES have been sampling several feeders 
on Bayshore Road, as have a few COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS.

To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Visitors to Gull Island not using a
boat should be prepared to wade through water that is barely ankle-deep. 
It should also be
noted that, because duck hunting is given priority tomorrow and the next 
day, Owen Point, Gull Island,
High Bluff Island, and part of the calf pasture are not
available for bird-watching on those days. 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: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 18 December 2014
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:53:10 -0500
Contrary to expectations, the female Mallard continued to be seen at a small
patch of open water at the Park Lake outlet all week. Despite being a
"sitting duck", she has survived!

A couple of Ruffed Grouse are coming regularly for seed under the Visitor
Centre feeders.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: A female was 20 metres north of the Spruce Bog
Boardwalk parking lot on December 13.

Gray Jay: Seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road again this week.

Boreal Chickadee: Four were observed around the suet feeder near the
register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on December 14.


WINTER FINCHES:
 
Common Redpoll: Present in small numbers. From zero to 12 were reported at
the Visitor Centre feeders on days this week.

Evening Grosbeak: One was at the Visitor Centre feeders on December 15.



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


Good Birding!
 
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Algonquin Provincial  Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).
 
Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are
also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca
 
The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends
from 9 am to 5 pm. There is access with limited services on weekdays from 9
am to 4 pm. THE VISITOR CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED FROM
DECEMBER 24 TO 26 BUT OPEN DAILY FROM DECEMBER 27 TO
JANUARY 4.

For more information see the Algonquin Park events calendar at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/involved/calendar/



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Subject: Re: [hamiltonbirds] painted bunting oakville yes
From: Richard Poort <richard.poort AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:50:19 -0500
Still there now. In the cedar hedge by the feeders.

Rich
On 2014-12-18 10:57 AM, "Leonard Manning"  wrote:

> Joanne redwood has texted to advise bird is being seen in tree to left of
> 33 arkendo. That's all I know but wanted to get word out ASAP.
>
> Uncle Len
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Subject: painted bunting oakville yes
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:57:51 -0500
Joanne redwood has texted to advise bird is being seen in tree to left of
33 arkendo. That's all I know but wanted to get word out ASAP.

Uncle Len
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Subject: Re: Marsh Wren, West/Hydro Pond, Dundas
From: Rob Porter <rob AT inpictures.ca>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:30:46 -0500
One correction - from the intersection you walk EAST down the trail, not
west. Thanks Sandy for pointing this mistake out!
Rob

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM, Rob Porter  wrote:
>
> Greetings birders,
>
> A Marsh Wren previously found in November has been refound this morning.
> There was also a Winter Wren tagging along with it. Don't have any photos
> as it's a very camera-shy bird preferring to hide in phragmites and move
> quickly.
>
> This bird was seen along the trail that begins at the T-junction of King
> Street, Dundas, and Olympic Drive. Follow the canal west, through the
> phragmites (tall grass). This morning it was seen about 2/3rds of the way
> back at a spot where many fishermen like to sit at. Previous locations have
> been further back, in the reeds near the willows there.
>
> It responds well to pishing, and playback of Marsh Wren calls. I've
> checked about once a week since it was last seen and did not find it so it
> might take some persistence, though just now it was extremely easy as it
> just started accosting me as I was hiking the trail, unprompted.
>
> To reach this intersection, get to Main Street in west Hamilton and take
> Cootes Drive to Olympic Drive, it's the first intersection in.
>
> Google Maps link to the spot where it was at as of 8:30am this morning:
> https://goo.gl/maps/Kjpok
>
> Good birding,
> Rob
>
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Subject: Marsh Wren, West/Hydro Pond, Dundas
From: Rob Porter <rob AT inpictures.ca>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:09:24 -0500
Greetings birders,

A Marsh Wren previously found in November has been refound this morning.
There was also a Winter Wren tagging along with it. Don't have any photos
as it's a very camera-shy bird preferring to hide in phragmites and move
quickly.

This bird was seen along the trail that begins at the T-junction of King
Street, Dundas, and Olympic Drive. Follow the canal west, through the
phragmites (tall grass). This morning it was seen about 2/3rds of the way
back at a spot where many fishermen like to sit at. Previous locations have
been further back, in the reeds near the willows there.

It responds well to pishing, and playback of Marsh Wren calls. I've checked
about once a week since it was last seen and did not find it so it might
take some persistence, though just now it was extremely easy as it just
started accosting me as I was hiking the trail, unprompted.

To reach this intersection, get to Main Street in west Hamilton and take
Cootes Drive to Olympic Drive, it's the first intersection in.

Google Maps link to the spot where it was at as of 8:30am this morning:
https://goo.gl/maps/Kjpok

Good birding,
Rob
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Subject: Huntsville Christmas Bird Count: 16 December 2014
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:51:35 -0500
The 21st Huntsville Christmas Bird Count was held on Tuesday, December 16.
There was extensive open water on the larger lakes and the Muskoka River was
entirely open. Overcast with temperatures from 1 to 2 C in the morning was
good for observing, but rain all afternoon hampered the birds and the
birders.

Preliminary results show:

Total Species: 38 (average is 39)
Total Individuals: 2,666 (average is 3,100)
Participants: 23

New Species for the Count:
-None


Noteworthy Species:
-Ring-billed Gull: 1
-Gray Jay: 2
-Yellow-rumped Warbler: 1
-White-throated Sparrow: 1


Finches:
-Pine Grosbeak: 3
-Common Redpoll: 54
-Pine Siskin: 2
-American Goldfinch: 37
-Evening Grosbeak: 1

Thanks to all participants. It was a good count given the afternoon
conditions.

Ron Tozer, Compiler
Dwight, ON



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Subject: Painted Bunting in Oakville
From: Luc Fazio <llukefazio AT netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:25:55 -0500
This AM  the Painted Bunting was captured on video see YOUTube


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FkIL4jO9Zg&list=UUj9nlgb-KFo4sSvZU6-CdhA&index=1 


 Dan Salisbury and I went looking for the reported Painted Bunting in southern 
Oakville. It was raining and snowing . We met with Bob Curry & Glenda Slessor. 
We all saw this young male Painted Bunting by being on the sidewalk of house #3 
Arkendo. Please do NOT trespass. 


Luc Fazio
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Subject: North Bay CBC Dec 14, 2014 Results
From: Lori Anderson <lori.anderson58 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:05:03 -0500
 The 36th North Bay Christmas Bird Count was completed on December 14th by 18 
Field Watchers and 10 Feeder Watchers. Weather was mild. Field Watchers enjoyed 
surveying on foot and with open car windows. Feeder Watchers commented that 
there were fewer than normal birds feeding. However, the species total (34) and 
total birds counted (2835) are healthy averages for the effort put forth. No 
records were broken, but two highs were matched: Bald Eagle (6) and Song 
Sparrow (2). Notable species which do not always make the count but were 
observed this year include: Common Goldeneye (2), Common Loon (2), Rough-Legged 
Hawk (3), Herring Gull (5), Gray Jay (2), Brown Creeper (1), Snowy Owl (1), 
Bohemian Waxwing (82), Song Sparrow (2), White-Throated Sparrow (5), Northern 
Cardinal (2), Common Grackle (6), Pine Grosbeak (16), Hoary Redpoll (1). 
Observed during count week were Canada Goose, American Robin and American Tree 
Sparrow. 

 Higher than usual count was obtained for Mallard (578), Bald Eagle (6), 
Pileated Woodpecker(15), and Common Redpoll (436). Lower than expected counts 
were tallied for Downy Woodpecker (9), Northern Shrike (0), Dark-Eyed Junco 
(0), and American Goldfinch (10). 

 Recovered from a low count in 2013 were Hairy Woodpecker (32), American Crow 
(52), Black-Capped Chickadee (579), Red- Breasted Nuthatch (18), White-Breasted 
Nuthatch (26), and Evening Grosbeak (53). 

Counts of the day were tallied at the home of the Co-ordinator where great food 
and tales of the day's adventures were shared. One group shared a photo of a 
White-Crested Polish chicken observed foraging in a driveway of a home on Trout 
Lake. However, the finest story was that provided by an Area Leader who had 
been called to a residence the day before CBC to assist with a Common Loon in 
distress. The Loon, for reason not known, had become grounded in a snow covered 
yard, far from water (just about all of which is now frozen). Our member was 
able to relocate the Loon (which was apparently uninjured) to some remaining 
open water in Trout Lake at the inlet of Lee's Creek. This same Area Leader 
observed a Common Loon fishing in this same open water for the tally on CBC 
day! Compiler, Lori Anderson 

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Subject: Kingston CBC Results
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:24:59 -0500
Ron Weir, Kingston's long-standing CBC co-ordinator sent me the following
report this afternoon, stating that just a few feeder reports are
outstanding:

 

"The species total of 104 is probably the final number, which equals the 22
year average of 104 species.   The total number of individual birds [is]
79,629.  Cumulative hours in the field are 173, distance covered 1044 km on
foot, car and boat.

The 67th Kingston Christmas Count was carried out on Sunday 14 Dec 2014 in
excellent weather.  Temperatures varied from 0 C to +3 C and the wind was
less than 10 km per hour. Snow cover varied from 5 cm on the open fields to
25 cm in drifts in places on the islands. A total of 49 observers took to
the field in nine sections of the mandated circle.  Feeder contributors
numbered 17. 

Record high numbers were recorded for Canada Goose 40,374, Tundra Swan 1143,
Long-tailed Duck 4554, Red-breasted Merganser 8449 and Carolina Wren 5.

Of general interest are the Bald Eagle 15, Peregrine Falcon 2, Snowy Owl 48
(high but not a record), American Robin 24, Snow Bunting 609, Northern
Cardinal 86 and Red-bellied Woodpecker 11.  

Among the unusual finds are Sandhill Crane 2, Black-backed Woodpecker 1,
Winter Wren 4, Marsh Wren 2, American Pipit 1, Bohemian Waxwing 1 and
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Winter finches were present but in low numbers.  These are Pine Grosbeak 3,
Purple Finch 41, Common Redpoll 109, Pine Siskin 31, American Goldfinch 156,
Evening Grosbeak 3."

 

Personally, I would also like to add my own thanks and appreciation to all
the committed observers for making the day such a success.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

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

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

 

eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species
 

 

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Subject: Painted Bunting - Oakville
From: "Alexander Darling" <darlinga AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:02:44 -0500
The Painted Bunting on Arkendo Drive in Oakville reappeared at 3:43 p.m.
(Three minutes after you left, Mike.)  

Earlier the bird had been seen in a Magnolia tree which is on the
homeowner's property but ONLY VISIBLE from between houses 3 and 5 on Arkendo
drive, near the traffic circle where it ends, but the small numbers of
birders this afternoon were invited into a back yard and so saw it through a
hedge.  There is limited parking on Arkendo particularly at the end where
the traffic circle is.  

As noted earlier this is a residential area and so one should not enter
yards unless invited.  

Arkendo Drive is located one street west of Winston Churchill Drive off
Lakeshore Blvd.  Alternative parking can be found on the north side of
Lakeshore at the Joshua Creek Trails parking lot.

Sandy Darling
Flamborough






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Subject: Arkendo drive correction
From: cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:34:03 -0500
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Subject: Black-and-white Warbler Toronto
From: "Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:29:33 -0500
Posting for Alfred Adamo

You may wish to post that I saw the B&W Warbler along the bike path 
adjacent to a single rail line at 8:15 this morning.  It is associating 
with Chickadees and responds to pishing.

This is about 200 feet west of where I (MC) saw the day befoe

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Subject: Painted Bunting - Oakville
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:04:04 -0500
The Painted Bunting was just relocated on Arkendo Drive in Burlington.
Glenda Slessor has called to advise that the bird is being seen in a
Magnolia tree which is on the homeowners property but ONLY VISIBLE from
between houses 3 and 5 on Arkendo drive, near the traffic circle where it
ends.  There is limited parking on Arkendo particularly at the end where the
traffic circle it.  

PLEASE RESPECT that this is a residential area and we have not been given
permission to access any yards or properties.  

Arkendo Drive is located one street west of Winston Churchill Drive off
Lakeshore Blvd.  Alternative parking can be found on the north side of
Lakeshore at the Joshua Creek Trails parking lot.


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Subject: 35th Gravenhurst-Bracebridge Christmas Bird Count ONGB
From: The Sinclairs <sinclair AT muskoka.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:27:20 -0500
35th Gravenhurst-Bracebridge Christmas Bird Count Results ONGB
Held Sunday December 14, 2013
Temperature 0 to +2C
Larger lakes and moving water open
AM cloudy, some light drizzle PM cloudy, some light drizzle
Snow depth 5 to 10 cm
Total species 43 (34 Gravenhurst 31 Bracebridge)(10 year avererage 36.9)
Total individuals 2590 (1505 Gravenhurst 1085 Bracebridge)(10 year 
average 2490)
New count species: None
New count highs: Great Black-backed Gull 11, Bald Eagle 5, Barred Owl 
4, Pileated Woodpecker 17
New count lows: none
Unusual species: Great Black-backed Gull, Red-bellied Woodpecker, 
Bohemian Waxwing, Eastern Towhee
Finch species: Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

COMMON LOON  - 2
GREAT BLUE HERON  - CW
CANADA GOOSE  - 2
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK  - 1
MALLARD  - 32
COMMON GOLDENEYE  - 4
COMMON MERGANSER  - 3
RED-TAILED HAWK  - 2
BALD EAGLE  - 5
RUFFED GROUSE  - 2
WILD TURKEY  - 29
RING-BILLED GULL  - 3
HERRING GULL  - 262
GLAUCOUS GULL  - 6
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL  - 11
ROCK PIGEON  - 91
MOURNING DOVE  - 135
BARRED OWL  - 4
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  - 1
DOWNY WOODPECKER  - 32
HAIRY WOODPECKER  - 32
PILEATED WOODPECKER  - 17
BLUE JAY  - 350
AMERICAN CROW  - 35
COMMON RAVEN  - 87
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE  - 610
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH  - 38
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH  - 76
BROWN CREEPER  - 3
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET  - 8
BOHEMIAN WAXWING  - 1
CEDAR WAXWING  - 24
NORTHERN SHRIKE  - 1
EUROPEAN STARLING  - 296
NORTHERN CARDINAL  - 14
EASTERH TOWHEE  - 1
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW  - 17
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  - 1
DARK-EYED JUNCO  - 50
SNOW BUNTING  - 133
COMMON REDPOLL  - 84
PINE SISKIN  - 6
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH  - 74
HOUSE SPARROW  - 5

Count compiler Al Sinclair
Bracebridge

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Subject: Vankleek Hill CBC Results
From: Christine Brunet via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:02:39 +0000 (UTC)
 
These  are the preliminary results of the 38th Vankleek Hill CBC which was 
held on  December 14th.  It was a  mild day where temperatures varied from - 
4 °C to + 1 ° C.  It was overcast all day and winds were  from the NW from 
0 to 10 kph.  The  Ottawa River was partly frozen. 
The  16 field observers and some feeder watchers counted 45 species and 
5702  individual birds.   
The  number of species was higher than our 38-year average of 41, and the  
total individuals was also higher than our average  of 5490. 
Rose-breasted  Grosbeak is a new species for the count, but during the 
count week period a  Carolina Wren (new to the count as well)  did appear at a 
feeder.  With  our RBGR the all-time species list increases to 96.  Other 
Count Week species include Eastern  Screech-owl,  and  Merlin. 
Record  highs:   
Wild  Turkey 361 (previous high 244 in 2009) 
Cooper`s  Hawk 3 (previous 2 in 2006, 2009,  2011) 
Pileated  Woodpecker 10 (previous high 8 in 2013)  
White-crowned  Sparrow 8 (previous high 6 in 2013) 
Snow  Bunting 2547 (previous 1873 in 2009) 
Tied  record highs: 
Red-breasted  Merganser 1 (2006) 
Bald  Eagle 4 (2009 and 2011) 
Common  Raven 21 (2008) 
Thanks  again to all participants. 
Christine Trudeau-Brunet 
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Subject: OFO Toronto Lakeshore West Field Trip, Dec 14, 2014
From: John Schmelefske <j.schme AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:21:48 -0500
OFO Toronto Lakeshore West Field Trip, Dec 14, 2014:

 

Approximately thirty individuals attended this field trip, with relatively mild 
weather and low winds making the day quite pleasant. A great beginning to the 
day was a Male King Eider in handsome juvenile plumage just off the walking 
bridge about a ½ kilometer east of Humber Bay Park. One of our young attendees 
picked up Snowy Owl at a considerable distance down the shoreline. As it turned 
out our total of 52 species was aided considerably by the presence of younger 
eyes. 


 

We birded Humber Bay East Park and Colonel Sam Park, and then made a dash to 
Sedgewick park to end the day with a sampling of warbler species. 


 

Highlights were: Red-necked and Horned Grebes, Green-winged Teal, Northern 
Shoveler, American Widgeon, White-winged Scoter, all three mergansers, Ruddy 
Duck, American Kestrel, Snowy Owl, and Mockingbird,. We ended the day at 
Sedgewich Park in Oakville where we were treated to Nashville, Wilson’s, 
Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped warblers, as well as both Kinglets, Winter 
Wren, and Song Sparrow. 


 

Thanks to the participants for their companionship and support.

 

John Schmelefske
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Subject: Cape Croker CBC results
From: Jarmo Jalava via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:44:24 +0000 (UTC)
The fourth "official" Cape Croker CBC was held on Sunday, December 14, on the 
shores of Georgian Bay, flanked by the Niagara Escarpment, on the Bruce 
Peninsula.  As with other southern and central Ontario counts, it was a most 
pleasant day to be out, with temperatures hovering between 2C and 5C, little or 
no wind, under overcast skies (and some very light intermittent drizzle in the 
afternoon). 

The total of 39 species (plus a count-week American Robin) found by 14 
observers was below average, but the total number of individual birds (1,417) 
was record-high, thanks largely to a record count of 457 Snow Buntings. 

New for the count were Mute Swan (2) and Ring-billed Gull (7).  Notable was a 
single Glaucous Gull, seen only once previously. 

For what it's worth for such a young count, other record "high" numbers were: 
Horned Grebe (8, previous high - 2), Rock Pigeon (4, previously 1), Eastern 
Screech-Owl (12, tied previous), Great Horned Owl (3, previous 2), Downy 
Woodpecker (17, previous 13), Hairy Woodpecker (7, previous 6), Blue Jay (107, 
previous 49), White-breasted Nuthatch (27, previous 15), Golden-crowned Kinglet 
(12, previous 11) and Common Redpoll (70, previous 46).  One wonders if the 
high numbers of woodpeckers, jays and White-breasted Nuthatches has anything to 
do with the superabundant crop of acorns this year. 

In the where-were-they-all? department, the sparrow family was represented 
by a lone American Tree Sparrow and four Northern Cardinals. 

Birdy Holidays all!
Jarmo
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Subject: 63rd Peterborough Christmas Bird Count
From: Tony Bigg <tanddbigg AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:25:46 -0500
The 63rd Peterborough Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday December 14th.
On a relatively mild day (-1 to +1 degC) 45 participants (previous high of
35 participants) found 67 species of birds, beating the previous record of
62 species.

One new species for the count was recorded, a Gray Catbird. New record high
species counts were seen for Red-tailed Hawk (64 vs 62), Wild Turkey (306 vs
287), Rock Pigeon (1705 vs 1538), Common Raven (24 vs5), White-breasted
Nuthatch (116 vs 102), and Dark-eyed Junco (515 vs 426).

Previous records were equaled for Bald Eagle (2), Sharp-shinned Hawk (5),
Snowy Owl (1), Barred Owl (2), Pileated Woodpecker (14), Ruby-crowned
Kinglet (1), and Hermit Thrush (1). 

Of note were four Evening Grosbeaks (1st since 1999, the large increase in
the number of Common Ravens (5 to 24, a trend that appears to be happening
in other counts), rare occurrences of Bufflehead, Rough-legged Hawk (1st
since 2006), American Coot (1st since 2003), Horned Lark(1st since 2005),
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1st seen two years ago), only one Bohemian Waxwing (on
our counts they are almost regular every other year, this should be a big
year), Yellow-rumped Warbler, since once in 1981, and now three times in the
last 4 years), Common Grackle (1st since 2006).

 

Tony Bigg 

Co-ordinator

 

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Subject: Painted Bunting near Lakeshore Rd/Winston Churchill Oakville
From: Heather Burrow <heburrow AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:53:29 -0500
A Painted Bunting has visited my backyard feeder with juncos, chickadees 
and cardinals on Sunday morning and Monday late afternoon.  It was not 
seen today,  but it is confirmed with photos that it is a male Painted 
Bunting. The location is near Arkendo Park and Joshua Creek Woods. From 
the QEW exit Winston Churchill and travel south to the Lake. Turn right 
onto Lakeshore Rd East, Oakville, and Arkendo Drive is the first street 
on the left.  The Joshua Creek trails and woods are on the North side of 
Lakeshore Road by the Halton South East Waste Water Treatment Plant.
-- 
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Subject: Guelph 2014 CBC
From: "Cadman,Mike [Burlington]" <Mike.Cadman AT ec.gc.ca>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:51:41 -0500
We had an excellent count on Sunday, December 14 in Guelph. The mild
weather helped. I'm still missing some of the final effort information,
but here are the highlights: 

-          68 species and 17728 individuals (both about average for the
past 10 years)

 

Record numbers of:

Hooded Merganser - 15

Bald Eagle - 7 (probably some duplicates in here)

Northern Harrier - 4 (tied the record)

Merlin - 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 13

Common Raven - 13

 

Unusual records included:

Cackling Goose - 1

Gray Catbird - 1 (tied the record)

Red-winged Blackbird - 8

Glaucous Gull - 6

Iceland Gull - 9

Great Black-backed Gull - 9

Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1

White-crowned Sparrow -1

Long-eared Owl -1 (calling in the gloom at 4:30 pm!)

Mallard x Northern Pintail hybrid

 

We also had the following low numbers:

Great Blue Heron - 0

Horned Lark - 0

Snow Bunting - 0

American Robin - 36

Northern Shrike - 0

 

Count Week birds so far:

Eastern Bluebird

Barred Owl

Brown-headed Cowbird

 

Thanks to everyone who took part (about 60 people), especially to the
group leaders, and to Dave and Margaret Hull for their warm hospitality
for the tally rally.

 

Cheers,

 

Mike Cadman

 

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Subject: Minden CBC
From: "Dennis Barry" <dbarry AT interlinks.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:29:21 -0500
 

The 48th Minden CBC was held on Sunday, December 14.  Winds were light and
temperatures just slightly above freezing.

 

                Bird numbers were down, due partly to a lack tree seeds and
cones.  So far there are 46 species recorded.

 

                Highlights included a female Wood Duck at Moore Falls on Hwy
#35, the 5th count record,  a male Red-bellied Woodpecker at a feeder north
of Minden, 2nd record and a Hermit Thrush along the Milburne Road, remote
from any residences, 2nd. count record.

 

                New for the count was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull
photographed at the Scotch Line dump. (2 kilometres north from Minden on #35
and one kilometre west on Scotch Line)

 

Hi, everyone,

The 48th Minden CBC was held on Sunday, December 14.  Winds were light and
temperatures just slightly above freezing.

                Bird numbers were down, due partly to a lack tree seeds and
cones.  So far there are 46 species recorded.

                Highlights included a female Wood Duck at Moore Falls on Hwy
#35, the 5th count record,  a male Red-bellied Woodpecker at a feeder on Bob
Lake northwest of Minden, 2nd record and a Hermit Thrush along the Milburne
Road, remote from any residences, 2nd. count record.

                New for the count was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull
photographed at the Scotch Line dump. (2 kilometres north from Minden on #35
and one kilometre west on Scotch Line)

High numbers included a record 71 Golden-crowned Kinglets; most chickadee
flocks had one to three birds accompanying, 3 Rough-legged Hawks, tied for
the high, as were the 3 Barred Owls.

                Low numbers were 2  Evening Grosbeaks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1
Canada Goose and 6 Snow Buntings.

                Small numbers of Common Redpolls were found, most feeding on
weed seeds by roadsides.  There were also small numbers of Goldfinches.

There were no Pine Grosbeaks, Crossbills, Purple Finches or Pine Siskins.

                There were 3 Belted Kingfishers, the 34th  year on the
count.  The record high is 4.  One Common Loon was on Deep Bay in Gull Lake,
the 21st  year on the count.  The count record is 9.  Minden probably has
the highest incidence of waterfowl reports of any inland count in Ontario.

                An interesting record was an adult Northern Goshawk
photographed by someone not on the count.  It was spotted mantling a mallard
it had killed, one of a flock of 55 feeding in a driveway along Bethel
Church Road, well away from lakes or rivers.

                Misses included Gray Jay for the second year in a row, only
the fifth time it hasn't been recorded, and Common Merganser, the first time
since 1986 none were spotted.

 

Dennis Barry

 

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Subject: Re: Richard M. Poulin 1950-2014
From: eve ticknor <edticknor AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:58:27 -0500
Richard was one of my first volunteers for Ottawa's Peregrine Falcon Watch. He 
certainly will be missed! 

Eve
On 2014-12-16, at 1:40 PM, bruce dilabio wrote:

> Hello Ontbirders
> 
> 
> 
> It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Richard Poulin of 
Ottawa. He lost his battle with esophageal cancer on Saturday, December 13 
while at home surrounded by his family. Rick was a long-time and keen member of 
the Ottawa birding community, starting back in the late 1960s through to the 
early 1990s. Together with his birding friend Roger Foxall, he added several 
new species to the Ottawa–Gatineau bird list during that period. Rick was also 
far ahead of everyone else at the time in the careful study and field 
identification of gulls. He was an active member of the Ottawa 
Field-Naturalists’ Club during the 1970s, taking part in the spring and fall 
bird counts and leading many local outings. Rick helped me start the 
Dunrobin–Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count in 1981, and was the compiler of the 
Ottawa–Gatineau CBC for a number of years. Bird banding became a passion for 
Rick. He set up a banding station in the 1970s, just south of the Ottawa 
airport, and spent countless hours there banding during the spring and fall 
migration, as well as later projects on Common Redpoll, Loggerhead Shrike, 
Snowy Owl and Great Gray Owl. His redpoll work gave us a better understanding 
of the field identification of redpoll subspecies. He was a founding member of 
the Ottawa Banding Group now called the Innis Point Bird Observatory. Rick 
spent many years working in the Ornithology department of what is now called 
the Canadian Museum of Nature, where he was a superb field technician and 
preparator of specimens for the collections. 

> 
> Rick took me on my first birding road trip in August 1972 to Cape May, New 
Jersey. Included in the group were Jim Harris, Tom Hince, Bruce Mactavish, and 
Steve O’Donnell. We were all members of the ‘Ottawa Bike Gang’, a group of 
teenage ‘bicycling’ birdwatchers that also included Tom Plath, Mike Bentley and 
Mark Gawn. Rick was generous in sharing rarities and birding trips, and for 
mentoring a group of young birders. He will be fondly remembered, and sadly 
missed, by us all. 

> 
> 
> Rick’s family invites friends to celebrate his life at their home on 
Saturday, December 20 between 1-4 p.m. at 46 Alberni St. in Barrhaven in 
southwest Ottawa, Ontario. Condolences can be e-mailed to Rick Poulin’s 
daughter, Angel, at angel_ldp AT hotmail.com 

> 
> 
> Bruce Di Labio 
> 
> Carp, Ontario 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Richard M. Poulin 1950-2014
From: bruce dilabio <bruce.dilabio AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:40:30 +0000
Hello Ontbirders



It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Richard Poulin of Ottawa. 
He lost his battle with esophageal cancer on Saturday, December 13 while at 
home surrounded by his family. Rick was a long-time and keen member of the 
Ottawa birding community, starting back in the late 1960s through to the early 
1990s. Together with his birding friend Roger Foxall, he added several new 
species to the Ottawa–Gatineau bird list during that period. Rick was also 
far ahead of everyone else at the time in the careful study and field 
identification of gulls. He was an active member of the Ottawa 
Field-Naturalists’ Club during the 1970s, taking part in the spring and fall 
bird counts and leading many local outings. Rick helped me start the 
Dunrobin–Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count in 1981, and was the compiler of 
the Ottawa–Gatineau CBC for a number of years. Bird banding became a passion 
for Rick. He set up a banding station in the 1970s, just south of the Ottawa 
airport, and spent countless hours there banding during the spring and fall 
migration, as well as later projects on Common Redpoll, Loggerhead Shrike, 
Snowy Owl and Great Gray Owl. His redpoll work gave us a better understanding 
of the field identification of redpoll subspecies. He was a founding member of 
the Ottawa Banding Group now called the Innis Point Bird Observatory. Rick 
spent many years working in the Ornithology department of what is now called 
the Canadian Museum of Nature, where he was a superb field technician and 
preparator of specimens for the collections. 


Rick took me on my first birding road trip in August 1972 to Cape May, New 
Jersey. Included in the group were Jim Harris, Tom Hince, Bruce Mactavish, and 
Steve O’Donnell. We were all members of the ‘Ottawa Bike Gang’, a group 
of teenage ‘bicycling’ birdwatchers that also included Tom Plath, Mike 
Bentley and Mark Gawn. Rick was generous in sharing rarities and birding trips, 
and for mentoring a group of young birders. He will be fondly remembered, and 
sadly missed, by us all. 



Rick’s family invites friends to celebrate his life at their home on 
Saturday, December 20 between 1-4 p.m. at 46 Alberni St. in Barrhaven in 
southwest Ottawa, Ontario. Condolences can be e-mailed to Rick Poulin’s 
daughter, Angel, at angel_ldp AT hotmail.com 



Bruce Di Labio 

Carp, Ontario 




 



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Subject: Richard M. Poulin 1950-2014
From: bruce dilabio <bruce.dilabio AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:47:33 +0000
Hello Ontbirders



It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Richard Poulin of Ottawa. 
He lost his battle with esophageal cancer on Saturday, December 13 while at 
home surrounded by his family. Rick was a long-time and keen member of the 
Ottawa birding community, starting back in the late 1960s through to the early 
1990s. Together with his birding friend Roger Foxall, he added several new 
species to the Ottawa–Gatineau bird list during that period. Rick was also 
far ahead of everyone else at the time in the careful study and field 
identification of gulls. He was an active member of the Ottawa 
Field-Naturalists’ Club during the 1970s, taking part in the spring and fall 
bird counts and leading many local outings. Rick helped me start the 
Dunrobin–Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count in 1981, and was the compiler of 
the Ottawa–Gatineau CBC for a number of years. Bird banding became a passion 
for Rick. He set up a banding station in the 1970s, just south of the Ottawa 
airport, and spent countless hours there banding during the spring and fall 
migration, as well as later projects on Common Redpoll, Loggerhead Shrike, 
Snowy Owl and Great Gray Owl. His redpoll work gave us a better understanding 
of the field identification of redpoll subspecies. He was a founding member of 
the Ottawa Banding Group now called the Innis Point Bird Observatory. Rick 
spent many years working in the Ornithology department of what is now called 
the Canadian Museum of Nature, where he was a superb field technician and 
preparator of specimens for the collections. 




Rick took me on my first birding road trip in August 1972 to Cape May, New 
Jersey. Included in the group were Jim Harris, Tom Hince, Bruce Mactavish, and 
Steve O’Donnell. We were all members of the ‘Ottawa Bike Gang’, a group 
of teenage ‘bicycling’ birdwatchers that also included Tom Plath, Mike 
Bentley and Mark Gawn. Rick was generous in sharing rarities and birding trips, 
and for mentoring a group of young birders. He will be fondly remembered, and 
sadly missed, by us all. 





Rick’s family invites friends to celebrate his life at their home between 1-4 
p.m. at 46 Alberni St. in Barrhaven in southwest Ottawa, Ontario. Condolences 
can be e-mailed to Rick Poulin’s daughter, Angel, at angel_ldp AT hotmail.com 



Bruce Di Labio 

Carp, Ontario




 





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Subject: Presqu'ile CBC Summary - Dec 14th
From: "Bree, David (MNRF)" <david.bree AT ontario.ca>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:52:09 +0000
Presqu'ile's 50th Count was held on Sunday Dec 14th with 29 participants. 
Weather was cloudy but mild, with temperatures above zero and all but the 
smallest still water ponds were open. The northern part of the circle had about 
3 inches of snow cover but the half near Lake Ontario was snow free. 
Participants were able to cover a lot of ground, and they needed to as birds 
were widespread and hard to find. It felt like a low to average count and the 
13,557 birds counted was slightly down from the 20-year average of 16,000, 
mostly due to lower waterfowl numbers. But the 79 (+ 5 Count Week) species 
found was higher than the 20 year average of 75 species and as always after the 
tally some surprises and interesting trends were noted. 

Common birds found in all 11 count areas included Canada Goose, Red-tailed 
Hawk, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped 
Chickadee, American Tree Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco, while Rock Dove, Pileated 
Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Cardinal, and American Goldfinch 
were found in 10 of 11 areas. These common birds were responsible for a couple 
of new record highs (old record and year in brackets). 


Dark-eyed Junco - 709 (649 - 2013)
White-breasted Nuthatch - 125 (105 - 1999)
Pileated Woodpecker - 20 (14 - 2010) - Is this increase a result of Emerald Ash 
Borer that has recently been detected within the circle? 

Other birds having record high counts were:
Glaucous Gull - 8 (7- 2008)
Northern Raven - 11 (7 - 2009) - this count aided by a deer? carcass that 
attracted half the birds counted 

Snowy Owl - 11 (10 - 2013) - the second year in a row a big irruption is 
occurring 

While the 5 Winter Wrens ties the record high from several other years.

A new bird for the count was a count week Turkey Vulture (1), while the Lesser 
Black-backed Gull (1) was the first for us on count day - the only other record 
was a count week bird in 1998. 

Other unusual birds for us:
Lapland Longspur (1 count week ) - 3rd record in last 20 years
Fox Sparrow (1) - 3rd record in last 20 years
Hermit Thrush (1) - 3rd record in last 20 years
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2) - 3rd record in last 20 years
White-crowned Sparrow (1) - 4th record in last 20 years

Other birds represented on the count by a single individual included Lesser 
Scaup, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Purple Sandpiper, Eastern Screech Owl, Great 
Horned Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Carolina Wren, and Purple 
Finch. Other notably low counts were Starlings (328), the lowest since 1976 (is 
anyone disappointed?), Wild Turkeys (5), lowest since 2000 and Common Redpoll 
(26), in the years they show up they have only once had a count under 60. 


Many thanks to all the participants, especially those that contributed food to 
the post-count tally and to Maureen Riggs who organizes the whole thing. 

David Bree (compiler)


David Bree
Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu'ile Provincial Park
328 Presqu'ile Parkway
Brighton, ON.
K0K 1H0
613 475-4324 ext 225
David.bree AT ontario.ca



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Subject: Black-and-white Warbler Toronto
From: "mark.cranford" <mark.cranford AT rogers.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:16:21 -0500
Refound 8:15 today . Aside from Flinn report best access i found is don river 
trail at queen st e and river  st . 



Mark Cranford

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Subject: Western Kingbird not found Monday, new directions, Buffalo CBC Sector B results
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:36:56 -0500
Forwarding for Bill Watson.

 

-Willie D’Anna

 

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Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 8:44 PM
To: geneseebird.; DSuggs; Marcie Jacklin
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Western Kingbird not found today, new directions, 
Buff CBC complete results 


 

Dec 15 -The Western Kingbird was not found again today after an hour and a half 
search. 


 

Correction: It was seen Dec 14 not on Logan Road. It was seen on Stanley Road 
.1 miles south of Loan Road. 


 

Here is a complete list for the Buffalo CBC section 2:

Buffalo CBC section B, Niagara, CA-ON
Dec 14, 2014 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
40.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
48 species

Canada Goose  821
Tundra Swan  270
Mallard  125
Redhead  1
Greater Scaup  137
Lesser Scaup  28
White-winged Scoter  5
Bufflehead  34
Common Goldeneye  672
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  40
Red-breasted Merganser  226
Wild Turkey  7
Red-throated Loon 19 photographed by Steve Brenner several counts were made 

Common Loon  4
Pied-billed Grebe  1     Chippewa Creek near mouth
Horned Grebe  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  6
Bonaparte's Gull  99
Ring-billed Gull  130
Herring Gull  29
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  124
Mourning Dove  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Western Kingbird  1     pending acceptance of verification report
Blue Jay  46
American Crow  88
Horned Lark  20
Black-capped Chickadee  22
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  1
American Robin  1
European Starling  136
American Tree Sparrow  21
White-crowned Sparrow  1     plumage well observed  - especially head ,  adult
Dark-eyed Junco  32
Northern Cardinal  8
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  40

 

Best Wishes for Great Birding,

Bill Watson

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Subject: Toronto CBC-early compilation results
From: Emily Rondel <erondel AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:12:59 -0500
The Toronto Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, December 14. It was a
warm but gray and misty.

It was a neck-and-neck battle for the best bird of the day with both a
WHITE-EYED VIREO seen on the Toronto Islands on north side of road just
east of island fire station (found by Mark Cranford) and a BLACK-AND-WHITE
WARBLER spotted where the Don Valley Parkway merges into the Gardiner
Expressway.  The warbler was seen on the west side of the Keating Channel
in a small patch of bush (found by Tom Flinn).  White-eyed Vireo has been
seen one on other Toronto CBC (2004), while Black-and-white Warbler was
completely new, winning it the coveted award!

*Other Noteworthy Species for the Count:*

Gray Catbird (Single individuals were seen in 1951, 1968, 1987)

Orange-crowned Warbler (Single birds were also seen in 1952, 1997 and 2006)

King Eider (1 was seen in 2004)

Hoary Redpoll: 1 (seen in 4 prior years)

*Record high numbers were seen of the following species.  Some of
these were expected in light of known range expansions/irruptions,
whereas others were a little more surprising. *

  Trumpeter Swan: 25 (previous high was 19 in 2013)

  Snowy Owl: 9 (previous high was 8 in 2013)

  Red-bellied Woodpecker: 8 (previous high was 5 in 2011)

  Downy Woodpecker: 381 (previous high was 303 in 2011)

  Blue Jay: 219 (previous high was 212 in 1994)

  Common Raven: 3 (previous high was 1 in 1951 and 2013)

  Winter Wren: 35 (previous high was 29 in 2009)

  Northern Cardinal: 610 (previous high was 598 in 2010)

  White-throated Sparrow: 119 (previous high was 79 in 2010)

Unusual lows were also observed for a number of species. Black-crowned
Night Heron was absent altogether this year, although we normally get
a handful. Only 158 Gadwall were observed, which is well down from the
average. Same with the scant 484 American Robins observed.

*87 species were seen overall*, which is middling for our area, although
the rarities are helping us get to over it! Thanks to every single one of
our 142 participants, especially sector leaders who took on some new
volunteers this year.

Ivor Williams, Garth Riley, Howard Shapiro, Hugh Currie, Jeff Harrison, and
John Crawford helped out with logistics.  Many thanks!

Happy Birding!

Emily Rondel- CBC Compiler & TOC Records Councillor
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Subject: Black & White Warbler Toronto Directions
From: JUDY MARSHALL <sphoebe AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:44:38 +0000 (UTC)
 Like Mark, I was unable to relocate the Black & White Warbler today but was 
there Dec 14 when it was found. 

The easiest directions are from the intersection of Don Roadway & Lakeshore in 
Toronto. Don Roadway is at the south end of the Don Valley Parkway just before 
it turns west and becomes the Gardiner Expressway. Going southbound on DVP you 
need to be in the left lane and take the exit marked Lakeshore. When you get to 
the lights you are at the intersection of Don Roadway & Lakeshore. Turn west on 
Lakeshore. In 100m or less take the unmarked turnoff on the right. Immediately 
after you bump across some railway tracks turn left and park under the 
Gardiner. This is not a parking lot just a bare patch of ground. There is no 
'real' parking on this side of Lakeshore. Walk north on the gravel road. We 
found the bird yesterday about 50m along where a paved pedestrian/bike path 
crosses the road. 

Good luck.
Tom Flinn
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Subject: White-eyed Vireo - Toronto Island
From: Mark Cranford <mark.cranford AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:46:14 -0500
After unsuccessfully attempting to relocate a Black-and-white Warbler 
that was found on yesterday's CBC in Toronto, I was able to easily 
relocate the White-eyed Vireo we found yesterday on Toronto Island.
The Vireo is a bright 1st winter bird.  It was quiet but actively 
feeding and very visible. It was found the tee of Frisbee Golf Hole #2.  
I balanced a broken blue disc at the base of a light standard along the 
road.  This is approximately 100 m west (NOT east as reported yesterday) 
of the Island Fire Station The fire station is west of the Ward Island 
terminal and west of the bridge to Algonquin Island.  I tried to get 
photos but could be hard pressed to call one a record shot.

Toronto (Wards) Island is accessed by ferry (round-trip fare $7) at the 
base of Bay St.  A ferry schedule can be found at http://tinyurl.com/mpe8prp

***** I just heard that an other birder relocated the Black-and-white 
Warbler.  No details except that it was in a Russian Olive Tree.  Hope 
someone posts directions. ***********


-- 
Mark Cranford
Mississauga, Ont.

mark.cranford at rogers dot com


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Subject: FW: Possible Western Kingbird near Chippewa
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:10:36 -0500
Forwarding for Bill Watson. Other yellow-bellied kingbirds should be considered 
as well. 


 

Good birding!

Willie

 

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Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 12:23 PM
To: geneseebird.; DSuggs; Marcie Jacklin
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] BOS CBC secB Western Kingbird, 19 Red-th. Loons, 
White-cr. Sparrow 


 

Dec.14 - An apparent Western Kingbird was observer on Logan Road about 300 m 
west of the intersection of Logan and Stanley Roads. It was on the north side 
of Logan Road behind two houses. This location is about 2 or 3 km southwest of 
Chippewa. Chippewa is on the Niagara River just south of Niagara Falls, 
Ontario. The bird was perched near the top of a tree with its back to us and 
looked like a dark drab N. mockingbird, but there was no white on the wings. 
When it flew away from us (north) the expected white on the wing was not seen, 
but yellow under parts were observed. It was not refound, but Nadine Litwin and 
I are going to try again today. There was also a White-crowned Sparrow at this 
location. 


 

A tight group of 19 Red-breasted Loons were observed on the Niagara River 
between the mouth of the Chippewa Creek and the north end of Navy Island. ...A 
weird observation day. 


 

Bill Watson 

williamwwatsonsr  gmail.com  

 

 
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Subject: Kleinburg CBC - Preliminary Results
From: Bob Noble <bob_noble AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:53:34 +0000 (UTC)
The 34th Kleinburg CBC was held on December 14th. On an overcast but reasonably 
warm day 27 participants counted 15,137 birds of 59 different species. Both of 
these number are above the count average but below the count highs (19,516 and 
59). There was some open water so counts for Canada Goose and Mallard were 
above average. Good birds for the day included 4 Snowy Owls, 3 Great 
Black-backed Gulls, American Coot, Eastern Towhee and Barred Owl. As expected 
there were low numbers for winter finches. Notable misses included Great Horned 
Owl, Northern Flicker and Snow Bunting. 

Bob NobleCompiler
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Subject: Snowy Owl Windsor near Little River Corridor (McHugh)
From: Steve G via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:28:31 +0000 (UTC)
BirdersThis afternoon at about 4 pm after birding the little river area I 
observed a heavily barred Snowy Owl sitting on a lamp post on McHugh Street. 
Another gentlemen observing the bird mentioned the bird has been there for the 
last 3 days. The bird was to the east of the little river trail parking lots on 
a lamp post about halfway between the long term care facility and St Joseph 
high school, between Cypress and Magnolia Ave, on the south side of the 
road.Good birding.Steve Greidanusbuteo1 AT yahoo.com 

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Subject: St. Catharines Christmas Bird Count Sunday Dec 14/14
From: Marcie Jacklin <mjacklin AT brocku.ca>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:12:04 +0000
Hi

The St. Catharines CBC was held today and was a great success. Not all areas 
have reported but the number of species tallied so far is 85 plus 1 more for 
count week. This is the highest number of species seen in the past 18 years. 


Four species were tallied for the first time - Harris Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, 
Trumpeter Swan and Cackling Goose. Two species were seen for only the second 
time - Ruddy Duck and Pileated Woodpecker. 


Congratulations to everyone who participated. A final report will be sent once 
all the leaders for the areas have reported. 


Happy birding
Marcie Jacklin
Fort Erie
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow - Cherie Road Park, St Catharines
From: 2barbara.charlton AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:56:18 -0500
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Subject: Snowy owl- St. Joachim
From: Randall Van Wagner <Randall.Vanwagner AT ltvca.ca>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:27:56 +0000
Nice all white Male. West of St. Joachim in Essex county. Hwy 42, at 2454- east 
side of house in farm field on north side of the road. 

Randall Van Wagner

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Subject: White-eyed Vireo Toronto Island
From: "mark.cranford" <mark.cranford AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:22:45 -0500
We saw a white-eyed vireo low shrubs on north side of road just east of island 
fire station 30 minutes ago on toronto cbc.  Close views  


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Subject: 2014-2015 Ontario winter bird list update #1
From: Josh Vandermeulen <joshvandermeulen AT live.ca>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:52:41 -0500





Birders,
The first thirteen days of the winter birding period are now behind us and 177 
species of birds have been reported to me so far. This is about average when 
compared to the last few winters at this time. Some highlights include two 
birds that represent the first ever record (as far as I can discern) for the 
winter period in Ontario. These include a Eurasian Collared-Dove in Point Pelee 
National Park and at the usual spot in Leamington, and the long-staying 
Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Additionally, the Tennessee 
Warbler continuing at Sedgewick Park in Oakville is one of very few records. 
Several other good birds have been reported including ten species of warblers, 
Great Egret, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and 
Baltimore Oriole. 

Some of the more likely species that have not yet been reported this winter 
include Gray Partridge, Dunlin, Wilson's Snipe, Black-legged Kittiwake, Great 
Gray Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Gyrfalcon, House Wren, Marsh Wren, 
Pine Warbler and Brewer's Blackbird. As always, should you know of any 
additions to the list please let me know. 

The updated list can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/myyulvs
Good (winter) birding,Josh Vandermeulen 


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Josh Vandermeulen
Aurora, Ontario

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Subject: Lapland Longspurs in St. Catharines
From: Jean Hampson <bob.jean AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:15:36 -0500
Good Afternoon All,

Jean and I checked out the fields south of the NHS Hospital in St. Catharines 
earlier this afternoon. No owls but we found 5 Lapland Longspur feeding on some 
corn at the side of the road. Observed on 5th Avenue between 3rd Street and 1st 
Street at approximately 1:45 PM. A good species for Count Week if not observed 
during tomorrow's St. Catharines CBC. 


Bob Highcock & Jean Hampson
St. Catharines

Directions:

From Niagara bound QEW exit at Seventh Street and head south. At 4th Avenue, 
turn left. At 1st Street (NHS Hospital on the right) turn right. After crossing 
the tracks, 5th Avenue is the first road on the right but you already knew 
that, right? :) 



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Subject: Snowy Owls along Ravenshoe Road south of Keswick, Ontario
From: <kevin.shackleton AT rogers.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:52:44 +0000 (UTC)
There were at least three immature, heavily flecked Snowy Owls in the area of 
the vegetable fields on either side of Ravenshoe Road south of Keswick, 
Ontario.  There was at least one large flock of Snow Buntings.  Another 
observer had Cooper's Hawks in the same area before 8:30 a.m.  Redpolls were 
heard, but not seen.  A Great Blue Heron flew by.A quick trip north on Bruce 
Street produced a flock of roughly 60 Cedar Waxwings, an American Robin, 
American Tree Sparrows, a Northern Cardinal, a Downy Woodpecker as well as 
European Starlings and Mourning Doves.Ravenshoe Road can be reach by taking the 
404 north to its terminus just south of Ravenshoe Road at Woodbine Avenue and 
going a short distance north to Ravenshoe Road and turning left or west and 
following it to its end at the Holland River.Kevin Shackleton 

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Subject: Bald Eagle - Hillman Marsh, near Pt. Pelee
From: Sobienie <sobienie AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:43:27 +0000 (UTC)
Saw Bald Eagle adult, one or two individuals and one immature.Also Buffelhead 
and Common Merganser - small flocks. 

East Beach Road access between Pt. Pelee and Hillman Marsh Conservation Area
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Subject: Orange-crowned warblers - Humber Bay East, Toronto
From: David Pryor <stg1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:41:23 -0500
This morning while doing a CCFEW bird walk at Humber Bay East Park, a group of 
about 20 of us had a pair of Orange-crowned warblers. 


We initially thought there may have only been a single bird (seen repeatedly) 
until late in the walk when both warblers were seen simultaneously. 


The birds were associating with a flock of chickadees and were working the 
scrub along the path that leads out to the easternmost point of the park. The 
flock was slowly moving around the entire time we were there. 


A total of 35 species were seen by the group over 2 1/2 hours including 2 
hermit thrushes as well as the warblers. 


Humber Bay East Park is located immediately south of the intersection of 
Lakeshore Blvd and Parklawn Ave in Toronto. 


David Pryor 

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Subject: Glaucous and Iceland Gulls, Haliburton
From: B FRASER <ed.barb AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:31:45 +0000
Almost all the gulls have cleared out of Haliburton with the recent snow and 
ice. That said, I visited the Haliburton dump late this morning and found only 
white-winged gulls present! There were three 1st winter Glaucous Gulls, and a 
single 1st winter Kumliens Gull present. All the Herrings are gone. There was 
also an adult Bald Eagle cruising the periphery of the dump. 



The Haliburton landfill is located W of Haliburton, off Cty Rd 21, along 
Industrial Park Rd. 



Cheers,


Ed Poropat

Haliburton, ON






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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker , Vineland
From: Nancy Smith <birdersmith AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:26:32 -0500
After a successful breeding season the Red-Headed Woodpecker continues at the 
feeders on the front of the house at 3196 Campden Rd. Vineland. There are 2 
platform feeders and some hanging feeders on the front porch. Easily seen from 
the road, please don't trespass. QEW to Victoria Ave. (Reg 24) south through 
Vineland, up the escarpment right on Fly Rd. Then left on Campden Rd. The house 
is on the right just south of Young St. 

   Enjoy!    Nancy Smith.  2930 Campden Rd.  Vineland

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Subject: Red-
From: Nancy Smith <birdersmith AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:11:00 -0500

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Subject: Palm warbler bayfront park hamilton
From: olivesided <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:40:53 -0500
Lisa teskey Claude king and I have relocated the bird along bayfront trail just 
north of marina in east of park. Chipping often.  It frequenting small 
goldenrod patches with sumac. 


Bayfront park is located on bay street in hamilton. You will see a ship arrrrr 
matey. Walk east along trail check all goldenrod.  



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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, December 13th, 2014
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:04:06 -0500
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
TENNESSEE WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
NASHVILLE WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
PALM WARBLER
WILSON'S WARBLER
HOARY REDPOLL

Snow Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Rough-legged Hawk
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
White-winged Crossbill
Pine Siskin

The Christmas Bird Count Period starts this weekend and I think that the
Hamilton Study Area has unique offerings for the counts.  Looking at the top
of the list, we have now added a 7th species of Warbler to the mix.  The
find of the week was down at Bayfront Park where the action was a few years
ago with the warblers.  This week a PALM WARBLER was found at Bayfront Park
originally near the boat ramp and then moving around a wide range from the
east side of the park on the east side of the beach where it was seen
yesterday to along the waterfront trail where it was seen two days ago.
Bayfront Park is located at the end of Bay Street in Hamilton.  Other birds
noted there were RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, Cackling Goose, Pied-billed Grebe,
Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Black-crowned Night Heron, Bald Eagle,
Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Iceland and Glaucous Gull,
Great Black-backed Gull.  An interesting sight in the week was a Peregrine
Falcon dive bombing a Snowy Owl which tried to take shelter in a small bush
but would end up on the waterfront trail.  The owl was last seen flying off
across the water so was not injured.

Our other warblers are still at Sedgewick Park in Oakville with the
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, WILSON'S and two ORANGE CROWNEDS being reported
through the week.  Unfortunately the NORTHERN PARULA has not been seen since
last Saturday.  Other birds present at Sedgewick include Brown Creeper,
Winter Wren (up to 4), RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (2), Hermit Thrush and
Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Just west of Sedgewick at Coronation Park, a Brant
has been present up until last weekend and a Snow Goose joined it last
Sunday.  There have been no reports of the Brant in the past days but it
could still be there.

PLEASE NOTE FOR ACCESS TO SEDGEWICK PARK THERE IS NO PARKING IN THE JEHOVAH
WITNESS PARKING LOT ON SUNDAY.  Access to Sedgwick Park must be gained
through the entrance to the park at the end of Hixon.

To end out the rarities, study of a photograph of Common Redpolls from
Bronte Marsh revealed a probable HOARY REDPOLL in the group seen at Bronte
Marsh mid-week.  Common Redpolls have been reported from Bronte Creek
Provincial Park and LaSalle Park as well this week.

In the odds and sods this week, four more Snow Geese were seen at the
extreme east end of the Hamilton Study Area at Port Credit Harbour.  A
Red-necked Grebe was seen off Eastport Drive near Windermere Basin with the
same or other reported near LaSalle Marina.  Great Blue Heron and
Black-crowned Night Herons can be seen at the Red Hill Outlet off Eastport
Drive.  Northern Harrier, possibly two were seen on Sydenham near Fallsview
up in Flamborough.  A Snowy Owl continues to be seen at Bronte Harbour as of
yesterday.  A Belted Kingfisher was rattling along the Red Hill Outlet at
Eastport last weekend, not too many of these around for winter listers.  A
juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker made a brief appearance at a feeder near
Ancaster early in the week but not seen since.  Northern Shrike was reported
from the traditional spot of 10th Road East.  A Gray Catbird has been seen
sporadically up on 11th Concession East in Flamborough but not with
consistency.  A Common Raven and Eastern Bluebirds were seen yesterday on
Mountainview Road in Grimsby. A Red-winged Blackbird was at the feeders
behind Olympic arena with a Brown-headed Cowbird present at a feeder in east
Burlington.  The feeder bird of the week was a female White-winged Crossbill
seen briefly at a feeder on Hillview in Grimsby on Thursday.  Pine Siskins
are still being reported at a feeder in South Burlington.

There is lots to report these coming weeks as people get out for the
Christmas Bird Counts, please report your sightings here and I can pass them
on to the co-ordinators.

Have a great week.
Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 6th - 12th December 2014
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:38:05 -0500
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Temperatures have continued to fluctuate and with a good dumping of snow
yesterday things have slowed down a little. Highlights of the week include;
SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, TURKEY VULTURE, NORTHERN
GOSHAWK, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,
CAROLINA WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, 'OREGON' DARK-EYED JUNCO, SWAMP SPARROW,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE.

 

City of Kingston

It has been a relatively quiet week in the city, though the immature
NORTHERN GOSHAWK seen at Lemoine Point CA on 9th is certainly a highlight.
Also seen on numerous occasions this week at the same site has been a mobile
BARRED OWL. In Collin's Bay, which abuts the conservation area, 9 COMMON
LOON were still present on 9th. A possible EARED GREBE was reported on 11th
off Old Front Road, south of the airport, but could not be relocated today.
At Cataraqui Bay, things remain fairly constant though the number of REDHEAD
seems to be increasing. Just off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, a RED-NECKED
GREBE was seen this morning (12th). In woods bordering the Inner Harbour, at
100ft Park, a CAROLINA WREN was seen on 7th.

 

Wolfe Island

Birders out on the island on 6th saw 1 ROUGH-LEGGED AWK, 5 SNOWY OWLS, a
NORTHERN SHRIKE and 5 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.

 

Amherst Island

The marshes at the 'fishing village' proved productive last Monday (8th)
with a HERMIT THRUSH, 3 SWAMP SPARROWS, 1 SONG SPASRROW and 5 COMMON
REDPOLLS all seen. SNOWY OWLS (7) and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (22) were seen
across the island on 9th Also seen that day were 20 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. A
COMMON GRACKLE was seen on 6th. Please note that you must be a member of
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the
Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Other Sightings

West of Kingston, at Heritage Point, Bath, both ICELAND GULL (2) and
GLAUCOUS GULL (1) have been seen this week. At Parrott's Bay CA, BELTED
KINGFISHER and GREAT BLUE HERON were seen on 8th. At, and near, Amherstview
Sewage Lagoons, 2 SNOW GEESE were seen on 8th & 9th. A CACKLING GOOSE was
seen at the lagoons on 9th. North of here at Camden East, the OREGON
DARK-EYED JUNCO continues - last week (4th) a very late BROWN THRASHER was
seen at the same location. Up near Bedford Mills, a female YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER has been frequenting a feeder but is difficult to pin down. At
Lower Brewers Locks, 6 TRUMPETER SWANS showed up on 11th and at a nearby
feeder on Washburn Road, COMMON REDPOLLS have been visiting, with as many as
50 birds noted on 10th. At Collin's Creek, on Perth Road, a TURKEY VULTURE
was seen on 9th. Further east, near Gananoque, 2 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have
been visiting a feeder (11th and 12th) and on the adjacent St. Lawrence
River, 2 CANVASBACKS were seen on 11th.

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN 'owl
policy' has been updated to a more generalised KFN Sensitive Sightings
Policy
 . As requested by the landowners, sightings of owls at the
privately-owned Owl Woods must not be posted by KFN or anyone who visits. To
ensure continued access to this location, please respect their wishes and
follow the guidelines posted on-site. To maintain records for conservation
purposes, sightings from that location are welcomed through all the
traditional channels.

 

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

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email:   markdread AT gmail.com

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

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

 

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Subject: Snowy owl at Winston Churchill and Hwy 401, Mississauga
From: Paloma via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:05:36 +0000 (UTC)
At about 6pm tonight, there was a snowy owl perched on a sign on the exit from 
west bound 401 to Winston Churchill. There had been a number of sightings of a 
snowy in the same area throughout last winter, as far north on Winston 
Churchill as the Maple Lodge chicken place just north of Steeles. 

Cheers,
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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 11 December 2014
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:17:53 -0500
Even though it is not officially winter yet, winter-like conditions prevail
in the Park now. The deepest parts of Smoke Lake remain ice-free but all
other lakes along the Highway 60 Corridor are covered with thin ice. About
20 cm of snow today enhanced the winter scenery.

A female Mallard photographed at a patch of open water at the outlet of Park
Lake on December 9 will soon depart, but the one or two Wild Turkeys
occasionally seen along Highway 60 this week will attempt to over-winter,
mostly without food provided by people. A Ruffed Grouse is regular at the
Visitor Centre feeders early and late in the day. The first Hoary Redpoll of
the winter in Algonquin was seen on December 2 (see below for details).

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.
One was seen at Opeongo Lake on December 10.

Gray Jay: Present at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road again this week.

Boreal Chickadee: One was observed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on December 6 and
7. This species may be starting to visit the suet feeder near the register
box on this trail.
                   
                   
WINTER FINCHES:
 
Common Redpoll: From one to six were observed each day at the Visitor Centre
feeders this week. 

Hoary Redpoll: One with a Common Redpoll was seen foraging on the ground at
the Opeonco Access Point on December 2.
 
 
Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).


Good Birding!
 
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Algonquin Provincial  Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).
 
Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are
also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca
 
The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends
from 9 am to 5 pm. There is access with limited services on weekdays from 9
am to 4 pm.

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Subject: Adult Bald Eagle- Crawford Lake Conservation Authority
From: wayne.tara AT rogers.com
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:28:13 -0800
There is an adult bald eagle at Crawford Lake Conservation Authority. It is in 
a tree along the lake. 


CLCA is off Cambellville Rd just South of the village of Cambellville. Go south 
on the Guelph Line exit of the 401. 


Regards

Wayne

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Subject: Snowy Owl - Bradford
From: <peterbethwukasch AT bell.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:21:03 -0500
Yesterday at 4:00 PM there was a Snowy Owl perched on a light post at the west 
entry to Walmart in Bradford. Go east on CR 88 from Hwy. 400 to 10th SR of 
Bradford (Petro-Can on corner). Turn left on 10th SR and proceed to first set 
of lights. Turn right and bird was on right side of entry to Walmart parking 
lot. 

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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending December 11, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:12:11 -0500
Presqu'ile Provincial Park continues to harbour a good variety of winter 
birds, but no exceptional rarities have appeared recently. Who knows 
what surprises lie in store when an exhaustive search takes place this 
Sunday during the Christmas Bird Count?

A TUNDRA SWAN was among the many MUTE SWANS in Presqu'ile Bay on 
December 5.  WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS are present in small numbers, 
including a flock of six on Tuesday.  Two HOODED MERGANSERS were in 
Presqu'ile Bay on Friday.  Twice this week a RUFFED GROUSE was flushed 
close to Owen Point.  A group of five WILD TURKEYS was seen on Friday.  
The first December record of TURKEY VULTURE was established today when 
one flew over 83 Bayshore Road.  Other raptor sightings include a 
NORTHERN HARRIER today, two separate COOPER'S HAWKS, several RED-TAILED 
HAWKS, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.   A PURPLE SANDPIPER with "a gimpy leg" 
was reportedly sighted on Gull Island on Sunday and was still there on 
Tuesday.  Single BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen on Saturday and Tuesday.  
Both ICELAND GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL were seen twice in the past week.  
The high count of SNOWY OWLS was six last Friday and lesser numbers have 
been seen  every day this week.  A BARRED OWL spent at least three days 
near the lighthouse and another was seen elsewhere.

At least two COMMON RAVENS were in the Park on Monday.  The 
WHITE-THROATED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 
COMMON GRACKLES mentioned in last week's report were still present 
today, including an unusual fifteen of the latter.  A COMMON REDPOLL was 
photographed on Sunday and PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders, 
though not as many as in recent weeks.

To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Visitors to Gull Island not using a
boat should be prepared to wade through water that is shin-deep.
  Much of the crossing to Gull Island is covered by thin and
very slippery ice, conditions that demand caution.  It should also be
noted that, because duck hunting is given priority on Mondays,
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Owen Point, Gull Island,
High Bluff Island, and part of the calf pasture are not
available for bird-watching on those days. 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 - December 11, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak <robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:21:12 -0500
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 December 11, 2014

I regret to inform you that this will be my last report. I need to give up 
reporting the bird status for the Ottawa/Gatineau area so that I can devote 
more time to my other volunteer activities. Greg Zbitnew at k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net 
will report from now on. Thank you very much for those who reported bird 
sightings, please continue to report to Greg. 


A male THREE-TOED WOODPECKER has been foraging on the ash trees along Ch. 
Grimes in Alymer Quebec since at least the 5th. It was last reported on the 9th 
but is probably still present. The BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was found again 
along the Jack Pine trail on the 7th.  


The female HARLEQUIN DUCK was not reported this week at Strathcona Park. 

Late sightings for our area: 
An extremely late, probably a record late juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON 
was seen flying over Pakenham on the 9th, SONG SPARROW in Embrun and GREAT BLUE 
HERON in Chapman Mills on the 4th, at a feeder along Ch. Grimes a HERMIT THRUSH 
and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH on Richland Dr south of Richmond on 
the 6th and on Rothwell Dr on the 7th, GRAY CATBIRD along the Old Quarry Trail, 
SWAINSON'S THRUSH at Fletcher Wildlife Gardens on the 7th, PIED-BILLED GREBE 
north of the footbridge construction at the Rideau Tennis Club, EASTERN 
BLUEBIRD (6) on Chemin des Boulders on the 7th, WOOD DUCK (2) on the 
Mississippi River in Appleton and a BROWN THRASHER in Hull at Ferme Moore on 
the 5th. 



Interesting sightings were: a NORTHERN GOSHAWK (juv), RED-TAILED (4 ad 1 juv) 
and ROUGH-LEGGED (2 juv) HAWKS and an ICELAND GULL (juv) on Trail Rd on the 
4th, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in Pakenham, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE (m) on the rapids 
at Mooneys Bay, GOLDEN EAGLE (ad) just south of the Gatineau Hills along the 
Eardly-Masham Rd on the 7th, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (4) at Maple Hill Park on 
the 9th. 


Due to increasing and 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 purpose of maintaining local records. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations.
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Subject: Snowy- yard bird.
From: Dean Ware <deanware1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:16:24 -0500
Birders,

This morning while driving my daughter to school- I hear... daddy there is
a white bird in that brush pile! Sure enough we observed an adult Snowy Owl
perched at the top of a pile of brush along a ditch row. At the time I did
not have this on my yard list -so I turned the car around  headed home
pulled into the drive way and scored.

The bird was observed south of the Cavendish plant (old Omsteads) south of
Wheatley Harbour.

Cheers.

Dean Ware
Wheatley ON.
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Subject: Bald Eagle & Coopers Hawk Carleton Place
From: iain wilkes <iain.wilkes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:51:32 -0500
Adult Bald Eagle soaring over the Mississippi River this morning and a Coppers 
Hawk at the main st. bridge over the river. 

 
Carleton Place is west of Ottawa via Hwy 7. Turn north at lights at Franktown 
rd and go directly into town to the bridge over the river. In past years Eagles 
have been seen up and down the river over the open water areas of the river. 

 
cheers


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Subject: Yellow Palm Warbler, Bayfront park, Hamilton, Dec 11
From: olivesided <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:42:43 -0500
Found last night by Chris cheatle and refound and quickly photoed this morning 
by joanne redwood, we watched it for about a minute before it flew across the 
water.  


Should be along waterfront trail now.

403 hamilton take main east and travel east then north on bay. Take detour to 
bayfront see hutches fish n chips. Park at end boat ramp walk waterfront trail. 
  


Great winter bird Chris! 

Len Manning
Chris cheatle 
Joanne redwood

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Subject: Snowy Owls in Perth County
From: Richard Skevington <rskevington AT xplornet.ca>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:41:06 -0500
At 3:00 Pm today, I had 3 adult male Snowy Owls in 1 field near St. Pauls 
Station. 


Directions: From Stratford, take hyw 7 west until you come to Rd. 20. Turn 
right and the first village is St. Pals Station. Turn right on Rd. 122. Just as 
you cross the railroad tracks, check the field on your left. There were 2 
visible from the car. The other was further back in the field and was only 
visible if you were standing outside. 


Good birding
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Subject: Snowy Owl --Fort Erie 12/10/14
From: Dustin D <buzz_531 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:30:45 -0500
Just spotted a snowy owl sitting on the rock jetty at the foot of Stonemill Rd. 
on Lake Erie. Record photos taken. Cheers,Dustin 

http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20853107
Directions:QEW south exit Bowen Rd. and make a right onto Bowen,make a left 
onto Ridgemount Rd. to the end to Hwy 3 make a left and a quick right down 
Stonemill Rd. to the end to the lake. 

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Subject: Snowy Owl --Fort Erie 12/10/14
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:30:45 -0500
Just spotted a snowy owl sitting on the rock jetty at the foot of Stonemill Rd. 
on Lake Erie. Record photos taken. Cheers,Dustin 

http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20853107
Directions:QEW south exit Bowen Rd. and make a right onto Bowen,make a left 
onto Ridgemount Rd. to the end to Hwy 3 make a left and a quick right down 
Stonemill Rd. to the end to the lake. 
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Subject: Common Raven - Scarborough
From: "Phil L." <phil AT zadore.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:44:30 -0500
A Common Raven continues in the Dorset Park area of Scarborough (Toronto). This 
morning it was sitting on a pole on the north end of Howden Rd. being harassed 
by two American Crows. I have seen it in this area numerous times throughout 
the summer and fall. 


Directions: Howden Rd. is 3 traffic lights south of Ellesmere Rd. west off 
Birchmount Rd. 


Phil L. 
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Subject: HighParkRaptorwatch2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:30:18 -0500
from:
Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds
 
Here's a round-up of the High Park Raptorwatch from Sept 1 to Nov.30, 2014. 
Pretty good results from a wonderful season. I'd like to thank the more than 30 
regular participants who helped with the watch and the dozens more whom 
curiosity compelled to stand for a while to look and listen. I'll be there next 
year and I hope you all will be too. Except, that is, for the few who were 
between jobs. The wheels of commerce need to keep turning. Meanwhile to ease 
the withdrawal you can come out to the Christmas Bird Count this Sunday. And 
when those cold Polar winds rattle your windows get out the good old Hawk id 
books and bone up. I've got a few ideas about Broadwings for next year and if 
they turn into a plan I'll be calling on you to help. 

We put in 300 hours of watching compared with 233 hours last year, that's up 
23% and we saw: 

 
Species 2013 2014 % change 

 
Turkey Vulture 2,921 5,237 +79% 

 
Osprey 110 20 -81% 

 
Bald Eagle 47 75 +37% 

 
Northern Harrier 33 50 +34% 

 
Sharpshin 1,440 1,629 +11% 

 
Coopers 55 122 +101% 

 
Northern Goshawk 3 16 +208% 

 
Red Shouldered 9 147 +90% 

 
Broadwinged 1,816 3,759 +50% 

 
Red Tails 701 1348 +46% 

 
Roughlegs 7 12 

 
Golden Eagle 11 8 

 
Am. Kestrel 256 151 

 
Merlin 25 20 

 
Peregrine 15 14 

 
Total 7558 11411 +66% 

 
I stood shivering on the Hill one morning in late November and I started on a 
line of negative thinking like What good is this? What am I doing this for? 

Robbie the Resident Redtail landed in the big oak tree over my head and I'll 
swear I heard him say 

You're doing it for my People
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Tim
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Subject: Glaucous Gull at Billings Bridge Ottawa
From: Brian Mortimer <brian_mortimer AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:30:43 -0500
This afternoon at about 4:20 PM I found an adult Glaucous Gull among a
flock of about 30 Great Backed and 20 Herring Gulls at Billings Bridge in
Ottawa. The birds were gathered above the bridge and were coming to roost
as the sun went down. This is the same place an interesting flock of gulls
roosted last December. This also the current roosting site for Ottawa¹s
winter flock of 1000¹s of American Crows.

Directions:
Billings Bridge carries Bank Street over the Rideau River and is
accessible from Riverside Drive. If you are travelling north on Bank
Street, take the first left after the bridge on Chesley Street, then left
on Harvard to curl down to the river. There is lots of good parking at the
end of Harvard and along Warrington.

Brian Mortimer
964 Normandy Cresc.
Ottawa ON K2C 0K9
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Subject: 5 Gull Species Merrickville
From: iain wilkes <iain.wilkes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:10:24 -0500
There is open water just at Merrickville. On the ice a few 100 meters west of 
the locks on the north side of the river are a few hundred geese and a number 
of gulls; A few Ring-billeds, many Herrings, a couple of Greater Black backed 
and 1 Glaucous and 1 Iceland Gull 

 
You can get to Merrickville by going south on 416 out of Ottawa to Hwy 43 west. 
Go all the way to downtown Merrickville. Turn right to cross the river (this is 
still 43) and up to the stop sign and turn left which is Hwy 43 to Smith Falls. 
Not far along at the little blue sign for entering Merrickville which you see 
if you were going east there is an open area beside a house where from the 
roadside you can view the ice. The gulls are hanging around there but they do 
move up and down the Rideau in that area regularly. There is also river Otter 
and Beaver active there. 

 
good luck
 
Lanark BY stands at 201!


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Subject: Purple Sandpiper - Mississauga
From: David Pryor <stg1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:02:15 -0500
There is a purple sandpiper currently feeding on the "algae beach" west of the 
creek, on the west side of RK McMillan Park in Mississauga. 


RK McMillan Park is south of Lakeshore Rd, just west of Cawthra.

David Pryor

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Subject: Snowy Owls and Gulls in Oxford
From: JAMES HOLDSWORTH <jmholdsworth AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:35:03 +0000 (UTC)
Hey,
Over the weekend I found two local Snowy Owls - one just east of Zorra Line, 
about 1 km north of Beachville, and a 2nd sitting on the ice in the west end of 
Pittock Lake. 

Although mostly frozen, Pittock had good numbers of (mostly) Herring Gulls 
fishing the open leads. In their midst were an adult Thayer's and 1st cycle 
Lesser Black-back. 

Pittock Lake can be reached by taking Pittock Park Road east from Hwy 59 about 
1.5 km to the park gates. 

Cheers, James Holdsworth, Biological Consulting Services
14 Marian St,
RR#1 Woodstock, On, N4S-7V6
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Subject: Snowy owls. Northern Shrike, Red Polls
From: Craig Potter <potter40 AT rogers.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 01:45:39 +0000 (UTC)
 I was in Keswick today and traveled out Ravenshoe Rd off of Leslie St.At the 
end of the road ( at #25) I saw a Northern Shrike. While looking at it on a 
wire I then spotted a heavily streak Snowy Owl sitting on the last pole on the 
road.Going down a dead end portion of Yonge St to the south I saw more Snowy's 
sitting on the ground. I stopped at some smaller sheds at fire-code #22094. 
When I looked up the drainage ditch to the east from here I could see 3 birds 
in my bins at once. Scanning the fields to the south from here I saw 2 more, 
for a total of 6 birds in this area.I also found a flock of about 70 Common 
Redpolls foraging along the ditch.To get here, travel north on Leslie Rd. from 
Newmarket until you see the sign for the Town of Georginia (Keswick). Turn left 
west, here on Ravenshoe and drive to the endCraig Potter 

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Subject: Sedgwick Woods on Monday
From: "Roy Allen" <royale AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:03:14 -0500
 Where have all the song birds gone?After a couple of very quiet hours we were 
rewarded with two very close views of two warblers, Nashville and Tennessee. A 
very different scene from the frantic chases on the previous two days! Roy 
Allen. 


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Subject: Great Egret- Lighthouse Cove
From: Aaron Charbonneau <aaron_charb AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:41:57 -0500
Tonight around 4:15pm I observed and photographed a Great Egret at
Lighthouse Cove, in Lakeshore(Tilbury).
It hunkered down for the night at 5:00pm across from the Marina.

Lighthouse Cove is north of Tilbury, on Lake St. Clair.  Off Hwy 2, turn
north onto Lighthouse Side Rd. Follow this  right, then left and it becomes
Tisdale.  As you cross the tracks, turn right onto Mariners Dr.  This
follows the Canal, turns left and ends at Harbour Dr.  Turn right onto
Harbour and stay Left at the fork.  There is an inlet on the left just after
the fork, and I saw it sitting on the tree branches in the water there.  It
flew further down the river, and landed in the Marina at the end of Harbour.
This Marina is private property but without entering it was still visible
from the main road. ( I was also able to observe it from the actual
Lighthouse parking lot, looking down the river. )

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Subject: Great Egret- Lighthouse Cove
From: Aaron Charbonneau <aaron_charb AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:41:57 -0500
Tonight around 4:15pm I observed and photographed a Great Egret at
Lighthouse Cove, in Lakeshore(Tilbury).
It hunkered down for the night at 5:00pm across from the Marina.

Lighthouse Cove is north of Tilbury, on Lake St. Clair.  Off Hwy 2, turn
north onto Lighthouse Side Rd. Follow this  right, then left and it becomes
Tisdale.  As you cross the tracks, turn right onto Mariners Dr.  This
follows the Canal, turns left and ends at Harbour Dr.  Turn right onto
Harbour and stay Left at the fork.  There is an inlet on the left just after
the fork, and I saw it sitting on the tree branches in the water there.  It
flew further down the river, and landed in the Marina at the end of Harbour.
This Marina is private property but without entering it was still visible
from the main road. ( I was also able to observe it from the actual
Lighthouse parking lot, looking down the river. )

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