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07 Mar HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (07 Mar 2015) 1 Raptors []
7 Mar Northern Pintail, Buffleheads, Sulphur Spring CA near Hanover [Rob Porter ]
7 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swans - YES (Windsor) ["Steve and Michelle Mastellotto" ]
7 Mar Osprey sighted near Scarborough Bluffs - Thursday March 5th [T C ]
7 Mar Trumpeter Swans - YES (Windsor) [Kelly Morrissey ]
6 Mar Kingston Area Birds: 28th February - 6th March 2015 ["Mark D. Read" ]
06 Mar HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (05 Mar 2015) Raptors []
6 Mar Trumpeter Swan (Windsor) [Kelly Morrissey ]
06 Mar HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (06 Mar 2015) 1 Raptors []
6 Mar large flock of snow buntings - between Stirling & Campbellford [Cath Stewart ]
6 Mar Free replacement of flawed second edition (1st printing) Sibley bird guide ["Jacques Bouvier" ]
6 Mar Tour to enter landfill site east of Casselman to see GYRFALCON may be cancelled ["Jacques Bouvier" ]
6 Mar Tundra Swan, Northern Pintail and other ducks near Unwin Ave. in Toronto [Paloma via ONTBIRDS ]
6 Mar Tundra Swan, Northern Pintail and other ducks near Unwin Ave. in Toronto [Paloma via ONTBIRDS ]
05 Mar Algonquin Park Birding Report: 5 March 2015 [Ron Tozer ]
6 Mar Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to March 5, 2015 [Gregory Zbitnew ]
5 Mar Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending March 5, 2015. [Fred Helleiner ]
5 Mar Pacific Loon [Mike Williamson ]
5 Mar Pacific Loon & Rn Grebe [Michael Williamson ]
04 Mar HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (04 Mar 2015) Raptors []
4 Mar Pacific Loon & WW Scoters [Mike Williamson ]
4 Mar Tufted Duck x Scaup Hybrid - Toronto [David Pryor ]
4 Mar Hoary & Common Redpoll, Glaucous Gull, Bald Eagle, Grackle ++, Port Credit [Luc Fazio ]
4 Mar Blue Birds [Richard Hardman ]
4 Mar killdeer in Erie Beach [Steve Charbonneau ]
3 Mar Horned lark and snow buntings [Hugobugg ]
03 Mar HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (03 Mar 2015) Raptors []
3 Mar Harlequin duck Thames river [Ann Griffin via ONTBIRDS ]
3 Mar Fw: Yellow-headed Blackbird in Windsor [ian woodfield ]
3 Mar Yellow-headed Blackbird in Windsor [ian woodfield ]
2 Mar Re: Barrow's Goldeneye x Common Goldeneye hybrid [Chris Law ]
2 Mar Snowy Owls - Ontario [Brian Morin ]
2 Mar Barrow's Goldeneye x Common Goldeneye hybrid [Michael Vermue ]
2 Mar white-winged crossbill [Eric Davis ]
2 Mar Pair of Brown Creepers ["Judy Kennedy" ]
01 Mar HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (01 Mar 2015) Raptors []
1 Mar King Eider in Toronto [Owen Strickland ]
1 Mar Red-breasted mergansers in Washago [Ronald Reid ]
1 Mar Harlequin Duck in London [Glenda Clooney via ONTBIRDS ]
1 Mar "WINTER" SIGHTINGS are now due ["Alan Wormington" ]
1 Mar Re: Harlequin, surf scoter, white winged scoter Sam Smith [Elias ]
1 Mar White-winged Scoter, Billy Bishop Airport [johnjeevaratnam via ONTBIRDS ]
1 Mar White winged scoter, Billy Bishop [johnjeevaratnam via ONTBIRDS ]
01 Mar Harlequin, surf scoter,white winged scoter Sam Smith []
01 Mar Harlequin duck on Thames River in London [Dave Martin ]
1 Mar Lafleche/Moose Creek Gyrfalcon [Aaron Hywarren ]
01 Mar ~300 Bohemian Waxwings Merrickville, eastern Ontario [Gerard ]
28 Feb Turkey Vulture - Brampton [Jon ]
28 Feb Harris's Sparrow - Bronte [Greg Stuart ]
27 Feb McMaster Forest Birding Report 2014: Summary [Rob Porter ]
27 Feb Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, February 27th, 2015 ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
27 Feb Kingston Area Birds: 21st - 27th February 2015 ["Mark D. Read" ]
26 Feb Algonquin Park Birding Report: 26 February 2015 [Ron Tozer ]
27 Feb Ottawa-Gatineau-recent reports to February 26, 2015 [Gregory Zbitnew ]
26 Feb Painted-Bunting [Mike Williamson ]
26 Feb Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending February 26, 2015. [Fred Helleiner ]
25 Feb Bald Eagle - Guelph [Pat Daley ]
25 Feb Surf and white winged scoter at Jc Saddington [Barbara Cannery ]
23 Feb Gyrfalcon east of Ottawa []
23 Feb OFO Fisherville Outing-Sunday, Feb. 22 [dave milsom ]
23 Feb Caledonia Ducks [RW Bullock ]
23 Feb Bohemian Waxwing, J. C. Saddington Park, Mississauga [Dominik Halas ]
22 Feb White-winged Scoter - Windsor , Centennial Park [ian woodfield ]
22 Feb BLACK BACKED WOODPECKER Claremont ca YES [olivesided ]
21 Feb Black-backed Woodpecker, Feb 21 noon - Claremont Conservation Area [Rick Lauzon ]
21 Feb Black -Backed Woodpecker [Michael Williamson ]
21 Feb Re: Re Black-backed woodpecker [David Worthington ]
21 Feb Re Black-backed woodpecker ["Stu Williams" ]
21 Feb Black-backed Woodpecker - Claremont Conservation Area ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
20 Feb Kingston Area Birds: 14th - 20th February 2015 ["Mark D. Read" ]
20 Feb Black-backed Woodpecker at Claremont Conservation Area - YES [Jean Iron ]
19 Feb Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending February 19, 2015. [Fred Helleiner ]
19 Feb Algonquin Park Birding Report: 19 February 2015 [Ron Tozer ]
20 Feb Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to February 19, 2015 [Gregory Zbitnew ]
19 Feb Feb 19 - birding Fort Erie to Oakville ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
19 Feb Peregrine Falcon, 2nd try [johnjeevaratnam via ONTBIRDS ]

Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (07 Mar 2015) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 07 Mar 2015 22:03:19 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 07, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       1              7              7
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Phil Waggett

Observers:        Gord Kozak

Visitors:
Gord Kozak visited between 9 and 10.


Weather:
Mostly overcast, with a few breaks of hazy sunshine.  Moderate to strong
south westerly winds.  Temperatures started the day at --5C rising to +1C
by 3pm

Raptor Observations:
Only 1 adult red-tailed hawk flying strongly west along the edge of the
escarpment at 1:10 pm.  Little local activity today with a local red-tail
briefly seen around 9:30.

Non-raptor Observations:
Just the local feeder birds highlighted by the red-bellied woodpecker. 
Very little movement of gulls and waterbirds today.  Some crow activity.

Predictions:
Sunnier than today but with relatively strong westerly winds which aren't
good for Beamer.  More indicative is the lack of any migratory activity
reported from the New York Hawk watches.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Phil Waggett ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2015 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: Northern Pintail, Buffleheads, Sulphur Spring CA near Hanover
From: Rob Porter <rob AT inpictures.ca>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:06:41 -0500
Today had one male Northern Pintail (first I'd ever seen here), a
small group of Buffleheads and some Common Goldeneyes, a Hooded
Merganser female, and a pair of Common Mergansers at the duck pond at
Sulphur Spring CA south of Hanover. Also the usual Mallards and Black
Ducks and a few Canada Geese. The naturally year-round "warm" (9° C)
water from a geothermal source makes this a neat spot in the winter
for waterfowl, but I've never seen it this diverse before.

Also back in the trails were some Brown Creepers and usual chickadees,
and the "Resource Centre" feeders had a large flock of American
Goldfinches. A pair of Rough-legged Hawks were in a nearby field.

Sulphur Spring CA is the former Headquarters CA, 5 minutes south of
Hanover, Ontario. Take Grey County Road 10 south to County Road 28,
follow the signs.

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Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swans - YES (Windsor)
From: "Steve and Michelle Mastellotto" <mmastellotto AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:41:18 -0500
Confirming everything that Kelly reported at 1:00 p.m. was still active at
4:00 p.m. today and we had a great flyover of an immature Bald Eagle.  I got
great photos of everything including all three types of swans - one
Trumpeter in particular was very aggressive.

Steve Mastellotto
Tecumseh, Ontario

-----Original Message-----
From: ONTBIRDS [mailto:birdalert-bounces AT ontbirds.ca] On Behalf Of Kelly
Morrissey
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2015 1:10 PM
To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
Subject: [Ontbirds] Trumpeter Swans - YES (Windsor)

Just got back from Lakeview Park Marina in Windsor. Carmen L. and I and a
knowledgeable bystander all observed between 20 and 30 Tundra Swans, most of
them close to the east side of the parking lot where cracked corn was being
offered. On the other side, the west side of the parking area, were three
Trumpeter Swans, none tagged that we could see. She got photos. We were able
to do a wonderful side-by-side comparison of head shape, bill shape, the way
the eye is more incorporated into the bill on the Trumpeter while looking
more like a ball at the end of a black stem on the Tundra. We also were able
to compare the two when they were looking straight in our direction.shape of
the white forehead being more U shaped versus more V shaped on the
Trumpeter.  Great ornithology lesson for a couple of intermediate birders.

Also present were Canvasback, Redhead, Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, a
single Red-breasted Merganser sticking very close to the piers for excellent
viewing, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, etc.

Lakeview Park Marina is at the base of Riverdale Avenue and is on Riverside
Drive East. Here is a map.

http://tinyurl.com/mwj3lnu

Kelly Morrissey, Windsor
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Subject: Osprey sighted near Scarborough Bluffs - Thursday March 5th
From: T C <rhiannon155 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:16:31 +0000
I saw a female Osprey today near Scarborough Bluffs....South of Lawrence Ave 
East....toward the lake/Scarborough Bluffs.....on Morningside 

Ave at 4pm. Definitely an Osprey.  I think a female. Was able to watch her for
about 2 minutes as she soared and circled in air currents/streams. I nearly
fell over when I saw her....it seems a bit early although I have heard of early
March sightings in the past. 




 		 	   		  
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Subject: Trumpeter Swans - YES (Windsor)
From: Kelly Morrissey <kelly.morrissey AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:09:54 -0500
Just got back from Lakeview Park Marina in Windsor. Carmen L. and I and a 
knowledgeable bystander all observed between 20 and 30 Tundra Swans, most of 
them close to the east side of the parking lot where cracked corn was being 
offered. On the other side, the west side of the parking area, were three 
Trumpeter Swans, none tagged that we could see. She got photos. We were able to 
do a wonderful side-by-side comparison of head shape, bill shape, the way the 
eye is more incorporated into the bill on the Trumpeter while looking more like 
a ball at the end of a black stem on the Tundra. We also were able to compare 
the two when they were looking straight in our directionshape of the white 
forehead being more U shaped versus more V shaped on the Trumpeter. Great 
ornithology lesson for a couple of intermediate birders. 


Also present were Canvasback, Redhead, Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, a single 
Red-breasted Merganser sticking very close to the piers for excellent viewing, 
Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, etc. 


Lakeview Park Marina is at the base of Riverdale Avenue and is on Riverside 
Drive East. Here is a map. 


http://tinyurl.com/mwj3lnu

Kelly Morrissey, Windsor
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 28th February - 6th March 2015
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:53:07 -0500
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Please note that
some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated
otherwise.

 

Highlights:

As we slip into March, and with the promise of southerly winds and something
other than minus temperatures on the cards, the first genuine migrant has
arrived - a Killdeer. Other than that, the list of highlights is little
changed from last week and includes; WOOD DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER,
KILLDEER, SNOWY OWL, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, TUFTED TITMOUSE,
CAROLINA WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

The 'Tett Centre' CAROLINA WREN was seen again this week on a couple of
dates and is no doubt doing the rounds of local feeders. Just one of the
resident PEREGRINE FALCONS has been seen this week, on 5th. A slight
increase in waterfowl has been noted, with increasing numbers of GREATER
SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK and COMMON GOLDENEYE in the ferry channel. An adult
male SNOWY OWL was seen hunting waterfowl along the channel directly in
front of City Hall on 6th. At Little Cataraqui Creek CA, a HERMIT THRUSH was
seen on consecutive days (28th and 1st) by different observers. Bohemian
Waxwings were seen at Lemoine Point CA on 28th and a NORTHERN FLICKER was
seen there on 3rd. A possible Northern Goshawk was reported there this
morning (6th).

 

Wolfe Island

HORNED LARK numbers fluctuate but are generally on the low side. However, 50
were seen on 4th. LAPLAND LONGSPURS have reappeared after a brief absence
and were seen on several dates this week, with 7 being seen on 4th. Twelve
SNOWY OWLS were counted on the 5th and at least 3 different birds have been
seen on the ferry crossing this week. The 2 RING-NECKED PHEASANTS seen on
28th are the first for several months.

 

Amherst Island

A KILLDEER was first heard, then seen on the island on 4th; the first
genuine spring migrant this year. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SNOWY OWLS continue
to be seen in dwindling numbers with just 2 of each seen on 4th.

 

Other sightings

The male WOOD DUCK continues at Springside Park in Napanee and the male
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER seen inland at Chaffey's Locks also continues. An adult
NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Hay Bay on 3rd and at Moscow, 2 RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were seen on the same date. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was found
sheltering in a shed near Camden East on 4th but has not been seen since.
Near Sunbury, 2-3 HOARY REDPOLLS continue to visit a local feeder and, in
the same area, a small flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on 3rd. Another
immature GOLDEN EAGLE was seen this week; this one on Perth Road near the
intersection with Opinicon Road. Photos appear to show a different bird to
that reported last week. The Howe Island RUSTY BLACKBIRDS have again been
reported this week with 10 seen on 1st. Another continues near Gananoque.
And finally, 2 TUFTED TITMICE were seen across the border near Watertown on
3rd.

 

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

 

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

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

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

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

 

eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species
 

 

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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (05 Mar 2015) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 06 Mar 2015 17:03:49 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 05, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       0              5              5
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Barry Cherriere, Bruce Mackenzie

Observers:        Barry Cherriere

Visitors:
Fred Belinato


Weather:
overcast in morning, light northwest winds

clear skis in afternoon, winds from SW

Raptor Observations:
No raptors seen on day

Non-raptor Observations:
Barry Cherriere

Predictions:
cold and windy
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bruce Mackenzie ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2015 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: Trumpeter Swan (Windsor)
From: Kelly Morrissey <kelly.morrissey AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:53:25 -0500
The Little River is currently frozen in front of my place, but there is open 
water right by the water treatment plant, as easily seen from the small bridge 
that crosses the Little River where Little River Road enters Little River 
Corridor Park. Just five minutes ago while I was filling feeders on my deck, a 
single Trumpeter Swan flew past coming FROM the treatment plant open water area 
and going north toward the marina. But it veered off when it had to rise to 
clear the Wyandotte Street East bridge and headed east toward North 
Neighbourhood Pond, which is viewable on eBird, I think. (see map below) 


So if you, like my friend Jeremy Hatt, have dipped on the Trumpeters at 
Lakeview Park Marina, always check the treatment plant and North Neighbourhood 
Pond areas before heading home for the day. 


I hope this map is helpful.


https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B019'31.1%22N+82%C2%B055'25.3%22W/ AT 42.325301,-82.9236889,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 


Kelly Morrissey PS I did not see any tags on the bird, but I was busy 
concentrating on the bill. 

Windsor
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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (06 Mar 2015) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 06 Mar 2015 16:03:34 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 06, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       1              6              6
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter:        Chris Street

Observers:        

Weather:
Strong Southwesterly winds that made -6 feel closer to -20 all day.  Sunny
with very little cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
1 Red-tailed Hawk

Non-raptor Observations:
Typical feeder birds.

Predictions:
The prediction of flurries tomorrow and the same direction and strength of
winds probably means there will be no flight.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2015 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: large flock of snow buntings - between Stirling & Campbellford
From: Cath Stewart <ofindlay10 AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:24:06 +0000 (UTC)
 Lifting off the side of the road, east of the Empire Cheese Factory & west of 
2445 Hoard's Road (County Rd 8) which runs between Stirling & Campbellford. 

Good birding!
Cathie StewartStirling
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Subject: Free replacement of flawed second edition (1st printing) Sibley bird guide
From: "Jacques Bouvier" <bouvier AT magma.ca>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:58:16 -0500
Hi all,

 

Those of you who bought the new (but flawed) second edition (March 2014) of
the Sibley bird guide will be happy to know that you can now get the latest
revised printing (July 2014) free. 

To get your revised second printing free, send the bar code (cut out) from
the back of the March 2014 edition and send it to:

 

Penguin Random House

Attn. Consumer services/DMS

  400 Hahn Road

  Westminster, MD 21157

  USA

 

Friends actually did this and received their new replacement copy in about 2
weeks.

See my blog here to find out more.  

 

http://jacquesbouvier.blogspot.com/2015/02/harfang-des-neiges-tout-blanc-vu-
ottawa.html

 

Click translate in English if your French is rusty.

One of the English links is also useful.

 

Or go to:  http://jacquesbouvier.blogspot.com/

 

.and scroll down to the 20 February post.

 

Jacques

 

Jacques Bouvier,  St-Isidore ON

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http://jacques-miroiseur.smugmug.com/

 

http://jacquesbouvier.blogspot.ca/

 

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Subject: Tour to enter landfill site east of Casselman to see GYRFALCON may be cancelled
From: "Jacques Bouvier" <bouvier AT magma.ca>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:32:42 -0500
Hi all,

 

Lafleche environmental, owner of the Lafleche landfill site where a
Gyrfalcon was first discovered on January 3, 2015, was preparing to allow
birders inside the facilities to see the Gyrfalcon up close. This special
event may be cancelled unless the bird is seen again.  The Gyrfalcon appears
to have abandoned the landfill site:  after seeing the bird nearly daily
since January 3, staff at the facility did not see it this week, the last
Ontbird report was on February 22, and the last eBird sightings were made on
March 1. 

Please let me know in private if you have seen the bird recently.  If it is
seen again with some regularity, a special tour will be organized allowing
birders to view the Gyrfalcon up close inside the landfill compounds. 

 

Jacques

 

Jacques Bouvier,  St-Isidore ON

bouvier AT magma.ca

 

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http://jacques-miroiseur.smugmug.com/

 

http://jacquesbouvier.blogspot.ca/

 

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Subject: Tundra Swan, Northern Pintail and other ducks near Unwin Ave. in Toronto
From: Paloma via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:23:56 +0000 (UTC)
> Good evening;
> 
> This afternoon, at around 4:30 pm, there was one Tundra Swan amongst a 
variety of other waterfowl in the small body of open water on Lake Ontario, 
located south of Unwin Ave. along the small road leading to the Outer Harbour 
Marina. About 14 Trumpeter Swans were also present, as well as one male 
Northern Pintail, a number of Redhead, Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye and many 
Mallards and Canada Geese. There were also Red-breasted Mergansers. 

> A small flock of American Tree Sparrows were also present in the low shrubs.
> 
> Unwin Ave. runs between Cherry St. and Leslie St., slightly west of Tommy 
Thompson Park. The Martin Goodman Trail is just south of here. There is a one 
lane bridge on Unwin Ave. close to this spot, with a patch of open water 
beneath it where more Common Goldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers were hanging 
out. 

> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Paloma Plant
> 
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Subject: Tundra Swan, Northern Pintail and other ducks near Unwin Ave. in Toronto
From: Paloma via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:20:05 +0000 (UTC)
This afternoon, at around 4:30 pm, there was one Tundra Swan amongst a variety 
of other waterfowl in the small body of open water on Lake Ontario, located 
south of Unwin Ave. along the small road leading to the Outer Harbour Marina. 
About 14 Trumpeter Swans were also present, as well as one male Northern 
Pintail, a number of Redhead, Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye and many Mallards 
and Canada Geese. There were also Red-breasted Mergansers. 

A small flock of American Tree Sparrows were also present in the low shrubs.

Unwin Ave. runs between Cherry St. and Leslie St., slightly west of Tommy 
Thompson Park. The Martin Goodman Trail is just south of here. There is a one 
lane bridge on Unwin Ave. close to this spot, with a patch of open water 
beneath it where more Common Goldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers were hanging 
out. 


Cheers,

Paloma Plant

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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 5 March 2015
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:56:03 -0500
There were more signs of early spring this week as temperatures moderated
somewhat. A starling at the Visitor Centre on March 2 was the first spring
migrant. Gray Jay researchers had located eight nests under construction by
today.

Inexplicably, the moose carcass placed in the Sunday Creek valley off the
Visitor Centre deck has now gone three weeks without attracting mammals or
birds. Perhaps there will be something to see during March Break (March 14
to 22), when the Visitor Centre and restaurant will be open daily (9 am to 5
pm).

An American marten providing great views near the suet feeder on Spruce
Bog Boardwalk was a life sighting for some this week as they fed the Boreal
Chickadees. Also, one or two martens are reported to be almost daily at the
Visitor Centre feeders now, although not present all day.


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: One was observed along the northern part of Opeongo Road
today. Males should be doing occasional flutter flight displays soon, which
may help in locating them.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Reported twice this week on Opeongo Road.
One of these woodpeckers was on a utility pole at km 52 on Highway 60 on
February 27. Males may initiate nest cavity excavation during March, and
utility poles are sometimes chosen. Watch for this woodpecker on these poles
in black spruce areas.

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

Boreal Chickadee: Two were being observed at the closed gate on Opeongo
Road and three were around the Spruce Bog Boardwalk suet feeder this week.
Observers are again being thrilled by feeding Boreal Chickadees from the
hand near the suet feeder.


WINTER FINCHES:
 
Common Redpoll: Numbers increased to 45 birds at the Visitor Centre
feeders on March 2, but dropped back to about 15 by week's end.

Hoary Redpoll: Three individuals continued to be seen at the Visitor Centre
feeders on most days this week.


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



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

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



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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to March 5, 2015
From: Gregory Zbitnew <k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:02:05 +0000
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club

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

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


Recent sightings to March 5, 2015

The severe cold of the previous few weeks has eased somewhat this week and we 
had our first thaw in 6 weeks on the 4th. However, rumors of the imminent 
arrival of spring are premature, and there are still few reports. There were a 
few new sightings, though. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was in Almonte on the 1st and 
5th, and a RED-NECKED GREBE was at Bate Island on the 1st. 


Of previously reported wintering waterfowl, the NORTHERN SHOVELER at Appaloosa 
Park, and the WOOD DUCK at Strathcona Park were reported this week. Early 
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were at Bate Island on the 28th and the 2nd of March, 
along with two BARROWS GOLDENEYE. 


The GYRFALCON was seen at the Laflche landfill on the 1st of March, and a 
PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the Coates Building at Tunneys pasture 2 times 
this week. GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on Steele Line Road on the 1st. 


NCC Trail 24 had BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 28th. The AMERICAN THREE-TOED 
WOODPECKER was still at Chemin Grimes in Aylmer on the 1st. 


WHITE-THROATED and SONG SPARROW continue at a feeder at the Nesbitt building at 
Carleton University. 


Numbers of COMMON REDPOLL have diminished considerably. Two recent sightings 
were from the Mer Bleue area and Fletcher Wildlife Gardens. PINE SISKIN were 
heard/ seen twice this week in the Beacon Hill area. 


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: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending March 5, 2015.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:45:27 -0500
At this time of year, it is difficult or impossible to differentiate 
between newly arrived migrants (for which birders are always hoping) and 
birds of the same species that have over-wintered.  At Presqu'ile 
Provincial Park there is sometimes circumstantial evidence of the former 
when individual birds show up at places like the lighthouse or Owen 
Point where those species have been absent all winter.

With ice conditions in Presqu'ile Bay fluctuating on an hourly basis, 
the comings and goings of waterfowl have been erratic, but almost always 
a few patches of open water can be found by birders and birds alike.  At 
least two TRUMPETER SWANS were present on March 1.  Three CANVASBACKS 
and several REDHEADS were at Salt Point today, and a RING-NECKED DUCK 
and a few WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS continue to appear there on most days.  A 
female HOODED MERGANSER was there on March 1, as well as both COMMON and 
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.  A WILD TURKEY walked across Bayshore Road on 
March 2.  For the second time in a fortnight, a wayward grebe made its 
way to Presqu'ile, this time a RED-NECKED GREBE on March 1, probably 
frozen out of some other body of water.  It has not re-appeared.  BALD 
EAGLES are still prominent around Presqu'ile Bay, with several being 
seen on most days.  A COOPER'S HAWK flew past yesterday.  Several BARRED 
OWL sightings were of interest, especially one that was around the Park 
office for a couple of days, even posing overhead for patrons coming and 
going to the office.  Exceptionally keen spotting revealed a NORTHERN 
SAW-WHET OWL this morning.

On Friday a PILEATED WOODPECKER flew across Bayshore Road.  On 
consecutive days, two different NORTHERN SHRIKES were found, an adult 
and an immature.  Whether the AMERICAN CROWS and AMERICAN ROBINS that 
are being seen almost daily are newly returned migrants is not known.  
CEDAR WAXWINGS are being seen from time to time.  AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS 
have been present all winter, but the one near the lighthouse on March 1 
was the first in that part of the Park in several months and was 
probably newly returned.  Two over-wintering COMMON GRACKLES were seen 
again. COMMON REDPOLLS continue to frequent feeders here and there.

To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted
from March 10 onward to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds
there.  Birders are encouraged to
record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the
campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a
rare bird report for species not listed there.

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

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

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Subject: Pacific Loon
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:06:04 -0500
Hi

I should mention the bird is a juvenile, dark head, necklace(chin strap) &
mottled back.

Good Birding

Directions as per my previous post from my cell

Mike Williamson

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Subject: Pacific Loon & Rn Grebe
From: Michael Williamson <mdw4910 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:38:41 -0800
Loon refound at base of Harwood in Ajax just west of water plant. Red -
necked Grebe located at Rotary Park off Lakeview Driveway. Time 2pm.
Mike Williamson
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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (04 Mar 2015) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 04 Mar 2015 19:03:17 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 04, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       0              5              5
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Gord Kozak

Observers:        

Visitors:
Barry Cherrier


Weather:
cold, partly cloudy, some sunny periods

Raptor Observations:
none

Non-raptor Observations:
visits from a Red Bellied Woodpecker to the feeders was the only special
visitor

Predictions:
weather not going to be very good as a cold front is moving in.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  ()
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http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2015 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: Pacific Loon & WW Scoters
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:16:54 -0500
Hi

Posted on behalf of Martin Bence, today Martin reported to me that there was
a Pacific Loon along with WW Scoters on Lake Ontario just off the mouth of
Duffins Creek.

Directions: from 401 e or w take Westney Rd. south till you reach a sign
indicating Duffins Creek Rotary Park, once parked there is a span bridge
over the creek giving great views of the lake.

Good Birding

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Subject: Tufted Duck x Scaup Hybrid - Toronto
From: David Pryor <stg1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:26:39 -0500
Just a heads up for anyone interested - I just refound the Tufted Duck x Scaup 
hybrid that was seen earlier this winter. The bird is back at Mimico Waterfront 
Park / Humber Bay West. 


It is currently in the marina, diving frequently, and is associating with a 
handful of Greater Scaup. 


Best access to view it is to turn south onto Superior Ave from Lakeshore Blvd., 
park in the grocery store parking lot and walk to the waterfront. The bird is 
maybe 50 yards offshore but within the mouth of the marina. 


David Pryor

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Subject: Hoary & Common Redpoll, Glaucous Gull, Bald Eagle, Grackle ++, Port Credit
From: Luc Fazio <llukefazio AT netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:21:28 -0500
Hi all
 While leading the Riverwood Conservancy sponsored bird hike on frosty snow at 
JC SADDINGTON Park, at Mississauga rd south of Lakeshore at the Lake, we saw 
the following goodies.. 

1 Hoary Redpoll with 18 Common Redpoll feeding on the Alders cones 25 m east of 
main Parking lot 

1 first year Glaucous Gull on the ice with 3 other species of gulls
1 Juvenile Bald Eagle circling a few times over Saddington Park and Credit 
River 

1 Common Grackle....does not know about freezing rain/snow
1 Song Sparrow coming to feeders by the house at Lake & Front
25 White-winged Scoters, there has been a photogenic Surf Scoter as well.
Many other common ducks
------------
Two days ago At Lakefront Promenade there were 2 Common Ravens courting and a 
Glaucous Gull 1st year. 

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Cheers ..... Not to worry Spring will arrive faster!

Luc Fazio 

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Subject: Blue Birds
From: Richard Hardman <rnhardman AT live.ca>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:45:42 +0000
Happy to report that three Blue Birds, two males and a female were checking out 
some tree cavities in my yard this morning. They stayed around for about 30 
minutes before moving on. 



I am 2.5 KM west of the Village of Townsend on Stone Quarry Road.


Richard Hardman






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Subject: killdeer in Erie Beach
From: Steve Charbonneau <steve.charbonneau60 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:39:29 -0500
Hi everyone,
While out shoveling the ice and snow out of the driveway (again ), a
killdeer called as it flew over at 9:30 this morning.  I looked up in time
to see it flying west.  While this is not close to record-breaking early,
it is hopefully a sign of things to come during this cold, snowy winter.  I
can guarantee that there have been no overwintering killdeer around here
this year.
Erie Beach is in Chatham-Kent County, 4 km west of Erieau on frozen Lake
Erie.
Steve
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Subject: Horned lark and snow buntings
From: Hugobugg <hugobugg AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:02:54 -0500
Flock of snow buntings and horned larks at bronte creek provincial park 
yesterday. Feeding off gravel road. 

Entered off burloak drive. Drove through to before the last large parking lot.
Here are some videos...
Horned Lark
http://youtu.be/6oTZOifeDQA
Snow bunting
http://youtu.be/n9yHm719M20
Happy Birding!
Hugo

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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (03 Mar 2015) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 03 Mar 2015 17:03:27 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 03, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       0              5              5
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 10:30:00 
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Street

Observers:        

Visitors:
Greg from Wellandport.


Weather:
Temperature a bit warmer today. Snow moved in just after 10AM and shut
things down.

Raptor Observations:
No birds today.

Non-raptor Observations:
One Cardinal sang briefly and two Blue Jays were looking for seeds at the
feeder.

Predictions:
Tomorrow depends on how quickly the current weather system - snow, freezing
rain and rain - clears south of us. Warmer temperatures and some sun
predicted for the weekend should bring birds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Mike Street (mikestreet1 AT gmail.com)
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2015 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: Harlequin duck Thames river
From: Ann Griffin via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:23:42 +0000 (UTC)
At 3:14 today in the wide rapids just downstream from the big yellow brick 
pumphouse that is accessible from the storybook gardens parking lot. Not saying 
its a good idea to get out and drive around in this weather... Just really 
excited about getting to see that duck on my fourth try! 

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Subject: Fw: Yellow-headed Blackbird in Windsor
From: ian woodfield <ijwoodfield AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:25:03 +0000 (UTC)
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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird in Windsor
From: ian woodfield <ijwoodfield AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:13:00 +0000 (UTC)
I had a yellow-headed Blackbird at my feeder today at 9 10 am still here at 10 
10 

Ian Woodfield
Victoria  Ave near Jackson ParkWindsor
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Subject: Re: Barrow's Goldeneye x Common Goldeneye hybrid
From: Chris Law <hylidguy AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:45:28 -0500
I received an ebird notification that a Barrows Goldeneye was reported by
you along the Thames River on Springbank yesterday. Myself and a couple
other birders attempted to twitch it this morning. Sadly the bird was not
relocated and when we looked at ebird the report was retracted/removed.
Needless to say this was very disappointing. I am happy to hear that you
relocated the bird you originally found yesterday. I see from this email
that this was actually a hybrid also very interesting. Would you be so kind
as to share the photo of the bird?

Kindest Regards

Chris
On Mar 2, 2015 5:38 PM, "Michael Vermue"  wrote:

>
>
>          BODY { font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;
> }Good looks yesterday at 1530h and in better light today at 1215h.
> Displaying prominent rectangular white wing patches, today head
> iridescently purplish.  Irregular face patch not consistent with
> Common and not the crescent shape of a Barrow's.
>
>         First seen yesterday and relocated today on the same stretch of the
> Thames in Springbank Park, London.  Easiest access is the east
> entrance of the park; use path beside the wooden steps from the
> parking lot (the steps themselves are treacherous right now.)  He
> seems to be frequenting the stretch of the river along the Maurice
> Chapman Walkway between the 2 gnarly willows.
>
>         Posted since I'm told by the expert reviews of my photos that a
> Barrow's has never been reported in Middlesex County and very few if
> any reports of a hybrid.
>
>         Good birding
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Subject: Snowy Owls - Ontario
From: Brian Morin <brianlmorin AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:09:59 -0500
Birders might want to start checking for early signs of the return flight
of Snowy Owls from the south, particularly along Lake Ontario and whenever
the ice retreats from the north shore of Lake Erie. Inland areas of
Southern Ontario where numerous birds were present in December may also do
well by mid to late March. Activity dropped off significantly from the peak
in late December up to mid-January with February being the low point and it
is not all due to fewer birders reporting.

In the past week, we have come upon two individuals, both adult males
(smaller, mostly white) between Ingleside and Winchester in Eastern
Ontario. These birds were not present previously. This is roughly the time
when we expected to begin seeing owls heading north with more expected in a
couple of weeks.

The initial stage of the movement from the Arctic in November and early
December was dominated by birds that seemed to be males including many
apparently older birds. Most of these owls departed later in December and
early January, some of which were possibly pushed out by a flight of
females that showed up and established winter territory. Also of note was
that heavily barred birds, suggesting juvenile females, only appeared in
numbers after mid- December.

Based on last winter's massive flight with this year being a significant
follow through, there should be Snowy Owls present in increasing numbers
from now into early April with a peak likely coming in a few weeks. Many of
these birds could be adult males. Unlike Snowy Owls on winter territory, it
is not uncommon to see several migrants in close range of each other.

Brian Morin
Cornwall
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye x Common Goldeneye hybrid
From: Michael Vermue <mvermue AT primus.ca>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:20:17 -0500
 

	 BODY { font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;
}Good looks yesterday at 1530h and in better light today at 1215h. 
Displaying prominent rectangular white wing patches, today head
iridescently purplish.  Irregular face patch not consistent with
Common and not the crescent shape of a Barrow's.  

	First seen yesterday and relocated today on the same stretch of the
Thames in Springbank Park, London.  Easiest access is the east
entrance of the park; use path beside the wooden steps from the
parking lot (the steps themselves are treacherous right now.)  He
seems to be frequenting the stretch of the river along the Maurice
Chapman Walkway between the 2 gnarly willows.

	Posted since I'm told by the expert reviews of my photos that a
Barrow's has never been reported in Middlesex County and very few if
any reports of a hybrid.

	Good birding
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Subject: white-winged crossbill
From: Eric Davis <raisydoo AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:07:21 -0500
This afternoon a white-winged crossbill spent some time at my feeder.  I
live outside of Woodville, in the City of Kawartha Lakes, half-way between
Lindsay and Beaverton.

Eric Davis
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Subject: Pair of Brown Creepers
From: "Judy Kennedy" <judykennedy AT i-zoom.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:16:53 -0500
We live in Cameron, north of Lindsay, in a small, lakeside community on the 
west side of Sturgeon Lake. Occasionally. over the past couple of winters, we 
have seen a brown creeper feeding on insects on our maple and blue spruce trees 
in the front yard. But lately, a pair of these delightful little birds have 
been coming to the suet at our feeder. They creep up and down the support post 
of the big covered feeder in our front yard, and then hop down to the ground to 
clean up bits of suet that have been dropped by the woodpeckers that chip away 
at the suet block hanging off the big feeder. 


They usually appear in the early morning, between 7 and 8 and again in the 
afternoon, between 2 and 4 PM. Viewers welcome. 


Judy Kennedy & Robbie Preston,
129 Victoria Drive,
Southview Estates,
Cameron, ON
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Subject: HSR: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (01 Mar 2015) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 01 Mar 2015 21:03:32 -0400
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 01, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       0              0              0
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Street

Observers:        

Visitors:
Karen from Niagara Region; Jane from Grimsby Beach and Craig from NOTL.


Weather:
-10°C rising to -4°C - a heat wave!!! Light snow until noon, clear to
15:15, then heavier snow moved in.

Raptor Observations:
No birds today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Thanks to Laurie and Bruce Mackenzie, Glenn Barnett and John Stevens for
helping set up the windbreaks. It was cold!!

Predictions:
With all the ice in Lakes Erie and Ontario there's not much open water for
Bald Eagles to fish, and the snow cover is pretty heavy for Red-tails to
find mice, so chances aren't good for migrants tomorrow. Spring is coming,
however!!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Mike Street (mikestreet1 AT gmail.com)
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org/


Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification.  Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.  



The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present.  During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



 

Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized 
after the end of the season. © 2015 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 




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Subject: King Eider in Toronto
From: Owen Strickland <owen.strickland AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:03:39 +0000
I found a juvenile male King Eider today at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto. He 
was actively diving off the southern tip of Pipit Point with White-winged 
Scoters, Surf Scoters, Greater Scaup, and Long-tailed Ducks. 

Tommy Thompson Park is located at the base of Leslie Street in Toronto. Pipit 
Point is the south-eastern most point in the park. 

Picture:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95684480 AT N04/16499701148/
Happy birding,
-Owen 		 	   		  
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Subject: Red-breasted mergansers in Washago
From: Ronald Reid <bobolink.reid AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:09:47 -0500
A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers are on the patch of open water at the
north end of Lake Couchiching, along with dozens of Trumpeter Swans, Common
Goldeneye, and Common Mergansers.  This is the same location as the
Barrow's Goldeneye showed up last winter, but no sign of one yet this year.

Exit to Washago off Highway 11, turn right onto Quetton Street to a good
viewing area at the dock and bridge.  Light is best in the morning.
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Subject: Harlequin Duck in London
From: Glenda Clooney via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:45:11 +0000 (UTC)
Yes the Harlequin Duck is at Springbank Park. I saw it yesterday at about 
4:33pm to 4:40pm between the dam and the pump house. It was heading east 
towards the pump house. It was the male and he wasn't near any Goldeneyes when 
I saw him. 


Happy birding

Glenda Clooney 

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Subject: "WINTER" SIGHTINGS are now due
From: "Alan Wormington" <wormington AT juno.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:29:53 GMT
This posting has been approved by the Ontbirds coordinator.


The WINTER reporting season for the journal North American Birds (NAB) is now 
over. This is a plea / request for observers to submit their interesting / 
significant sightings to local compilers for the period of December 1 to 
February 28 inclusive. 


SPECIAL REQUEST:
Due to the unprecedented number of Orange-crowned and Nashville warblers that 
attempted to winter in Ontario this season, all sightings of these species will 
be tabulated. Therefore, please be sure that your local compiler receives 
information on all sightings of these two warblers. 


Below is a list of all current, local compilers in Ontario. Please take the 
time to send these compilers a short list of your significant sightings, for 
each area you may have visited this winter. This exercise will place your 
observations into the permanent local archives. 


Short-term your sightings will be compiled for NAB. Longer-term they will be 
archived for additional purposes such as regional checklists or regional 
publications (examples of such include those recently published for Niagara and 
Hamilton). Also, many sightings are published in local newsletters and/or 
Annual Reports. 



LOCAL ONTARIO COMPILERS:

Pelee Island:
Graeme Gibson -- graeme.gibson AT pibo.ca

Chatham-Kent and Lambton County:
Blake Mann -- boatmann AT kent.net

Middlesex County:
Pete Read -- psread AT xplornet.com

Long Point Checklist Area:
Stu Mackenzie -- stu.a.mackenzie AT gmail.com

Haldimand County:
Ron Ridout -- rridout AT bsc-eoc.org

Niagara Region:
Marcie Jacklin -- mjacklin AT brocku.ca

Oxford County:
James Holdsworth -- jmholdsworth AT rogers.com

Waterloo Region and Wellington County:
Ken Burrell -- kenard89 AT hotmail.com

Hamilton Study Area:
Rob Dobos -- rdobos AT cogeco.ca

Greater Toronto Area:
Roy Smith -- rbhs AT sympatico.ca

Northumberland County:
Clive Goodwin -- clivegoodwin AT sympatico.ca

Presqu'ile Provincial Park:
Maureen Riggs -- mriggs AT sympatico.ca

Prince Edward County:
Terry Sprague --  tsprague AT kos.net

Kingston Birding Area:
Mark D. Read -- markdread AT gmail.com

Eastern Ontario:
Brian Morin -- BrianLMorin AT gmail.com

Ottawa Birding Area:
Christina Lewis -- hagenius AT primus.ca

Peterborough County:
Martin Parker -- mparker19 AT cogeco.ca

Kawartha Lakes:
Martha Miller -- martha.miller AT rogers.com

Grey and Bruce counties:
James Turland -- jaturland AT gmail.com

Muskoka District:
Barbara Taylor -- muskoka_birder AT hotmail.com

Algonquin Provincial Park:
Ron Tozer -- rtozer AT vianet.ca

Manitoulin District:
Chris Bell -- cbell AT amtelecom.net

Sudbury District:
John Lemon -- hawk.owl AT hotmail.com

Sault Ste. Marie Area:
Kirk Zufelt -- zufelt_k AT shaw.ca

Rainy River District:
Dave Elder -- mdelder AT shaw.ca

Dryden Area:
Carolle Eady -- tceady AT drytel.net

Thunder Bay District:
Brian Ratcliff -- bratcliff AT tbaytel.net

Thunder Cape Bird Observatory:
Rinchen Boardman -- rinchenboardman AT gmail.com

Point Pelee Birding Area:
Alan Wormington -- wormington AT juno.com

Southern James Bay (including Moosonee):
Alan Wormington -- wormington AT juno.com

Ontario E-Bird:
Mike Burrell -- mike.burrell.on AT gmail.com


NON-REPORTING AREAS:

Essex County (excluding Point Pelee and Pelee Island)
Elgin County
Durham Region
Renfrew County
Haliburton County
Simcoe County
Huron County
Parry Sound District
Timiskaming District
Cochrane District (excluding Moosonee Area and Southern James Bay)
Hudson Bay Lowlands (excluding Southern James Bay)
Kenora District (excluding Dryden Area)

For Non-Reporting Areas, significant sightings can be sent directly to Joshua 
D. Vandermeulen, who will be compiling and writing the Winter Season Report for 
North American Birds: 


joshvandermeulen AT live.ca


E-Bird Data:
Please note that many local compilers do NOT glean data from E-Bird for a 
number of reasons. First, it is extremely time-consuming. Also, entries often 
lack required information such as first and last observation dates, who 
actually found the bird, plumage details, and correct locations. This is 
precisely why local compilers need your direct input --- FOR CLARITY. 


North American Birds is published four times a year by the American Birding 
Association and contains seasonal sightings/summaries for all regions of North 
America. The Ontario section consists of a very detailed account, which 
presents a summary of sightings from across the entire province. Numerous 
photos of various rarities are also included. Ontario seasonal reports have 
been published continuously since 1947, and these contain a wealth of 
historical information on the birdlife of our great province. 


Information about North American Birds, and how to subscribe, can be found 
here: 


http://www.aba.org/nab/


Many thanks to those who consistently contribute their sightings.

Alan Wormington,
NAB Ontario Regional Editor (Spring Season)

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Subject: Re: Harlequin, surf scoter, white winged scoter Sam Smith
From: Elias <elias.j.takacs AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:24:14 -0500
Sorry that's at southern end of Kipling avenue, not Islington. Apologies
for the confusion. Also scoters not scorers



On Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 11:59 AM,  wrote:

> Sorry that's at southern end of Kipling avenue, not Islington. Apologies
> for the confusion. Also scoters not scorers
>
> Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.
>   *From: *elias.j.takacs AT gmail.com
> *Sent: *Sunday, March 1, 2015 11:56
> *To: *Ontbirds
> *Subject: *Harlequin, surf scoter,white winged scoter Sam Smith
>
> ‎Male breeding plumage harlequin duck continues to be seen at colonel Sam
> smith park. Associating with buffleheads. Also fairly close to shore are a
> couple of surf scorers male and female and a dozen ww scorers plus many
> more waterfowl.
>
> Sam smith is at the bottom of islington avenue in toronto just 10 mins
> south of gardiner. Free parking abundant
>
> Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.
>
>
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Subject: White-winged Scoter, Billy Bishop Airport
From: johnjeevaratnam via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:27:52 +0000 (UTC)
Among the large flock of long tailed ducks and a few mergs, were a pair of Red 
Heads, and a White-winged Scoter at the Ferry crossing at Billy Bishop Airport. 


You can get a good view of the birds from the ferry terminals or on the ferry 
going to Billy Bishop Airports. 


Happy birding,

John
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Subject: White winged scoter, Billy Bishop
From: johnjeevaratnam via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:58:16 +0000 (UTC)
Among the large flock of long tailed ducks and a few mergs, were a pair of Red 
Heads, and a White-winged Scoter at the Ferry crossing at Billy Bishop Airport. 


You can get a good view of the birds from the ferry terminals or on the ferry 
going to Billy Bishop Airports. 


Happy birding,

John


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Subject: Harlequin, surf scoter,white winged scoter Sam Smith
From: elias.j.takacs AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:56:23 -0500
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Subject: Harlequin duck on Thames River in London
From: Dave Martin <damartin AT xplornet.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:09:17 -0500
After not being seen [and not reported] for several days, the male 
Harlequin Duck on the Thames River in London was reported twice on Feb 
28 to eBird with accompanying photos. See the links to the photos below.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/126304632 AT N05/16489996820

https://www.flickr.com/photos/131645315 AT N07/16056064413


There is an interesting and changing mix of up to 12 species of 
waterfowl on the Thames River at Springbank and Greenway parks in 
London. The most recent additions were 4 White-winged Scoters on Feb 27 
and a pair of Long-tailed Ducks about a week ago. A couple of weeks ago 
2 Horned Grebes and 1 Red-necked Grebe were reported almost daily but 
not recently. Others include all 3 merganser species, lots of Common 
Goldeneye and one to a few each of Redhead, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, 
Bufflehead, Northern Pintail and Gadwall not to mention 100s of 
Mallards, Black Ducks and Canada Geese.

Where to search and directions
A paved walking, jogging, biking trail runs close to the river through 
Springbank and Greenway Parks. The trail is called the Terry Fox Trail 
east of the Wonderland Road bridge [over the Thames] and the Maurice 
Chapman Trail west of that bridge. The ducks are strung out along about 
10 kms of river from Springbank in the west to Greenway in the east. 
There are lots of nooks and crannies where ducks can hide. Luckily, 
there are various parking areas in both parks. Both parks will come up 
up if you Google them.

The Harlequin has been seen at both parks. For a few evenings two weeks 
ago it was seen at dusk near the outlet at the Greenway water sewage 
treatment plant. It has also been recorded a few times during the day at 
the old yellow-brick Pumphouse a couple of 100 metres east / upstream 
from the famous Story Book Gardens in Springbank park. There is a 
parking lot for Story Book very close to the riverside trail and 
washrooms at the pumphouse. There is a set of shallow rapids just 
downstream from the pumphouse where the Harlequin has been seen with 
goldeneyes

 From the parking lot at Story Book Gardens in Springbank park you can 
also walk west / downstream a few 100 metres to Springbank Dam where 
lots of birds can be found, including the Harlequin a couple of times.

In short, the Harlequin tends to hang around with Common Goldeneyes, 
although not exclusively] and has been seen almost anywhere along the 
river but is known to frequent the area close to Springbank dam and the 
old pump house in Springbank and the warm water outlet at Greenway.

PS This is only the second record ever for Middlesex County, not 
surprisingly given its inland location. The previous record on Dec 1, 
1968, was at an almost inaccessible location and was not seen by other 
birders.

Good luck
Dave Martin
Harrietsville, ON





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Subject: Lafleche/Moose Creek Gyrfalcon
From: Aaron Hywarren <adh.yow AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:28:30 -0500
Half a dozen observers were just treated to great views of the continuing
gyrfaclon at the Lafleche Landfill.

The bird settled on a post at 0957 and lingered there until 1011.  The bird
reappeared briefly on a near-by post at 1020 for about three minutes then
disappeared heading northerly.

Directions as previously posted.

Aaron Hywarren
OTTAWA
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Subject: ~300 Bohemian Waxwings Merrickville, eastern Ontario
From: Gerard <gphillips AT istar.ca>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:49:08 -0500
Happy March 1st,

Wonderful sight of at least 300 Bohemian Waxwings with a few Cedar Waxwings
mixed in, raiding a buckthorn shrub in my garden this morning. Also, signs
of spring with the continued drums of Hairy Woodpecker, and singing American
Tree Sparrow.

Good Birding,

Gerard,
Merrickville, Ontario


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Subject: Turkey Vulture - Brampton
From: Jon <joncfish AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:31:08 -0500
At 3pm today, I was very surprised to see a Turkey Vulture at Highway 407 and 
Highway 50. 


Jon

Wishin' I was fishin'
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow - Bronte
From: Greg Stuart <greg_stuart AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:28:35 -0500
The Harris's Sparrow continues to show at the same location just east of 
Kinglet Court. 


As per previous directions... Directions from Bronte GO take the hourly bus to 
Great Lakes Blvd and 

the second entrance of Creek Path Ave (southerly), take either the 
internal trails off Creek Path or walk west to the first cul-de-sac  
Kinglet Crescent. The feeding site is at the back of the last house on 
the east side of Kinglet.

Greg Stuart
Toronto, Ontario
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Subject: McMaster Forest Birding Report 2014: Summary
From: Rob Porter <rob AT inpictures.ca>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:29:02 -0500
This email summary is a shortened version of the full report. To see
the full report, please visit:


 



 About McMaster Forest
 ====

McMaster Forest is a 50 hectare former potato farm, located at the
centre of the range of the Dundas Valley & Dundas Marsh Important Bird
Area (IBA #ON005), just west of the intersection of Lower Lion’s Club
Road and Wilson Street of Ancaster, Ontario. Since the 1960s the
property has remained largely untouched until surveys and a tallgrass
prairie restoration effort began in 2013 after McMaster University
decided to utilize the space as a natural research facility.

The property constitutes the southern end of the new McMaster
Conservation Corridor which is bounded in the north by “McMarsh”, also
known as the former RBG Coldspring Valley Sanctuary.


 About this Report
 ====

This report includes bird species observation data from 1 January 2014
through 31 December 2014 inclusive, with the exception of the “Winter
Species” section which follows the period 1 December 2013 through 28
February 2014 inclusive, in order to line up with the traditional
“winter birding” season.

All record data was submitted to eBird by a handful of observers, most
of which were submitted by the compiler of this report (Rob Porter).

Currently no formal university projects exist at the property
involving birds — this is purely a non-institutional citizen science
project at this time.

Anyone is welcomed to contribute data via eBird. You are also welcomed
to share your eBird lists at this site with the account named
“mccforest”, as this best helps us manage the data. If you do not use
eBird, you may email rob AT inpictures.ca with your observations which
will be added to eBird with our site-specific data account. If you
observe what you believe to be an unusual or rare species, please also
pass along written documentation and/or photos or other media of the
encounter.


 Visiting McMaster Forest
 ====

If you would like to visit the site, peak viewing would be during the
breeding season when species diversity is at its strongest. While a
very healthy number of species have been seen over the course of the
year, the diversity is generally quite spread out over the year except
during breeding when near half the species are found.

We will be hosting a breeding birds hike this year on behalf of the
Hamilton Naturalists Club on Wednesday May 20 at 6:30pm.


 Data Summary
 ====

Total Species Observed: 117

Confirmed Breeding: 35
Probable Breeding: 12
Possible Breeding: 12
Cowbird Parasitized Breeding Species: 3
Total Potential Breeding Observed: 59

Ontario “At Risk” Species Observed: 6

Winter Species Observed: 20

OBRC Review Species Observed: 1

Total eBird Checklists Submitted: 113


 Ontario “At Risk” Species Observed
 ====

Bald Eagle
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Barn Swallow*
Louisiana Waterthrush
Eastern Meadowlark

*Breeding nearby, and feeding at the prairie.


 Confirmed Breeding Species (35)
 ====

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch


 Probable Breeding Species (12)
 ====

Wild Turkey
American Woodcock
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Barn Swallow*
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Clay-colored Sparrow
House Finch
House Sparrow

*Barn Swallows, an Ontario Species at-risk, were frequently seen, but
not confirmed to be nesting on-site. They were however, fly-catching
on the wing above the prairie site.


 Possible Breeding Species (12)
 ====

Ruffed Grouse
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Tree Swallow
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
Louisiana Waterthrush


 Confirmed Cowbird Parasitized Species (3)
 ====

Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle


 Winter Species (20)
 (Dec ‘13 through Feb ’14 inclusive)
 ====

Canada Goose*
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull*
Herring Gull*
Great Horned Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

*Non-resident species, which were only observed flying over.

Traditionally the “winter birding season” is the first of December to
the last day of February. Thus, this winter species list dips into
December of 2013. As regular surveys did not begin until April of
2014, this dataset is less complete than it will be in future years.


 Thanks
 ====

Thanks to those who helped by submitting data, or otherwise supported
this project:

Dilia Narduzzi, Sebastian Irazuzta, Dr. Susan Dudley, Dr. Jim Quinn,
Len Manning, Lisa Teskey, Paul D. Smith, R. W. Bullock.

Comments, questions, and suggestions regarding this report or the
surveys are welcomed.

Please see 
 

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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, February 27th, 2015
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:04:08 -0500
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
PAINTED BUNTING  (last seen February 19th)
HARRIS'S SPARROW

Canvasback
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Rough-legged Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Snowy Owl
Short-eared Owl
Horned Lark
Brown Creeper
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin

Winter listing ends in earnest tomorrow, it would be nice if winter did too!
Action has been a little scarce over the past two weeks but hardy birders
that have thick skin, have been out and about and here is a summary of their
sightings.

A nice find was a BOHEMIAN WAXWING found with a flock of American Robins at
J.C. Saddington Park at the end of Mississauga Road in Mississauga.  Also
present there is a small flock of Common Redpolls that seem to be consistent
there.

Sadly the last day for the PAINTED BUNTING was February 19th.  It did well
to make it this far into the winter given the harsh conditions.  Thanks to
those who contributed to feeding the Bunting while it was there.

The HARRIS'S SPARROW is still actively feeding on the path at the Sheldon
Creek Trail as of today. Stay a distance away for birds to feed and if you
have some feed, bring some along.  Along with it, White-throated Sparrows
and Pine Siskins are also frequenting the seed patch.

A hotspot this week are the trails behind Olympic Arena.  Found this week
were up to three Yellow-rumped Warblers, Fox Sparrow, and Red-winged
Blackbird.

In the odds and sods this week, a Canvasback and American Wigeon can still
be found at the Desjardin's Canal.  Wild Turkeys were seen in a flock south
of Willow Grove and up on Ridge Road west of 10th Road East,.  A lone Turkey
Vulture was seen on Concession 2 west of Orkney Road. A Rough-legged Hawk
was cruising the field near Burloak and QEW today.  Rough-legged Hawks are
plenty down in Haldimand.  Sandhill Cranes have been seen just outside of
the HSA along River Road between Cayuga and Dunnville.  Snowy Owls were
reported from Bronte Harbour and at First line and McKenzie Road down in
Haldimand.  Cruising the snow covered roads in Flamborough and in Haldimand
sporadic flocks of Horned Larks and Snow Buntings can be found.  A couple of
flocks were seen near Lynden Road on 4th Concession West in Flamborough.
Another flock was seen along Duxbury Road east of Hagersville.  Eastern
Bluebirds have been reported on the Hamilton Brantford Rail Trail west of
Highway 52 and in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area where Sawmill Trail
crosses over McCormack Trail.  A Hermit Thrush was a nice surprise near
Upper Wellington last week sunning and drinking water on a porch.  Flocks of
American Robins have been more prevalent with some in the Dundas Valley,
flying over the 403 on the Ancaster Hill and as mentioned at Saddington.
Cedar Waxwings, a group of about 40 were seen near the Beverly Greenhouses
on 4th Concession West east of Westover Road.  A residence nearby had an
active feeder with two White-crowned Sparrows.  

That's the news for now.  Get out there tomorrow, it's supposed to be warmer
(ish) and find that closer to the winter list.  Send your sightings here.

Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC.











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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 21st - 27th February 2015
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:42:49 -0500
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Please note that
some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated
otherwise.

 

Highlights:

These February reports are beginning to sound like a broken record but at
least some of the residents are now singing on a daily basis. With the
continuing bitterly cold weather highlights of the week include; WOOD DUCK,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, SNOWY OWL, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, CAROLINA
WREN, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

A CAROLINA WREN was again seen near the Tett Centre on both 20th and 21st
and the resident pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS continues to be seen downtown
though less often this week. The diversity and numbers of waterfowl hasn't
changed too much either this week, though more corpses are being seen on the
Wolfe Island ferry crossing - caught by Snowy Owls or caught out by the cold
is unknown. However, despite the mortality, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS have
increased and COMMON MERGANSERS decreased. A male LONG-TAILED DUCK was in
the Wolfe Island Ferry channel on 22nd and 23rd. Things remain stable at
Invista, the highlight being the long-staying banded TRUMPETER SWAN.

 

Wolfe Island

HORNED LARK numbers have continued to decrease on the island, though a
single flock of 35 was seen on 26th. SNOWY OWLS can still be found in many
locations, and the lone adult male can still be seen literally staring up at
the passing ferry on most days. Six BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were again seen on
8th Line on 22nd.

 

Other sightings

Only the male WOOD DUCK was seen this week at Springside Park in Napanee
(23rd). However, a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER has been seen on a number of
dates at the Glenora crossing over to Prince Edward County. Another male
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was reported way inland at Chaffey's Locks on 25th. Near
Sunbury, as many as 3 HOARY REDPOLLS have been coming to a feeder this week.
A genuine highlight this week was an immature GOLDEN EAGLE, seen and
photographed, on Chaffey's Lock Road on 22nd. The Howe Island RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were last reported on 22nd but may well still be present. A
SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on the island on 24th. Just 500m outside the
circle, a TUFTED TITMOUSE was seen on the 1000 Island Parkway on 23rd, and
across the border at Point Peninsula, Jefferson County, NY a NORTHERN
GOSHAWK was seen the same day.

 

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

 

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

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 26 February 2015
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:04:21 -0500
Despite the continued very cold temperatures this week, the breeding season
is underway for two species. The first Gray Jay nest under construction was
found on February 22, and a Common Raven carrying a stick in its bill seen
today on Opeongo Road was nest-building. The average date of the first
observation of ravens building or re-lining nests in Algonquin is March 5,
so today's sighting was actually a little early.

Remarkably, the road-killed moose put out in the Sunday Creek valley
opposite the Visitor Centre over two weeks ago has still not attracted any
birds or mammals. Surely that will change soon.

An American Marten spent much of the morning below the Visitor Centre
feeders today, often listening intently for small mammals under the snow
that are attracted to fallen seed. This marten has become a little more
regular in its visits this week.

Tomorrow (February 27) is Bird Feeder Friday in Algonquin Park. The
Visitor Centre webcam will be pointed at the bird feeder from dawn until
dusk. You can tune in to see at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/virtual/webcam/index.php


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Birders should look and listen for this species
in black spruce areas along Opeongo Road and Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

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

Boreal Chickadee: One or two continued to be observed well at the suet
feeder on Spruce Bog Boardwalk this week. One was heard on Opeongo
Road on February 21. The parking lot of the Algonquin Logging Museum
is another site for this species; one was reported feeding from the hand
along with Black-capped Chickadees there last week.

WINTER FINCHES:
 
Common Redpoll: Up to 25 birds are still coming daily to the Visitor Centre
feeders.

Hoary Redpoll: Three individuals continued to be seen at the Visitor Centre
feeders on most days this week.


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


The Friends of Algonquin Park is offering two birding workshops:

The "Demystifying Algonquin Park Bird Song Workshop will be held on
May 30 & 31 and again on June 6 & 7, 2015. Join Lev Frid, Algonquin
Park Naturalist and international birding tour leader, as you learn about
bird song through this Experience Algonquin Workshop. For full details see:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/programs/special_events.php


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

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



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Subject: Ottawa-Gatineau-recent reports to February 26, 2015
From: Gregory Zbitnew <k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:15:30 +0000
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber: Greg Zbitnew at k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net or 
sightings AT ofnc.ca 


Recent sightings to February 26, 2015

Continuing and relentless cold plagued Ottawa this week, and there were few 
reports. Despite this, there were a few surprises. As recently as the 22nd, 
both RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and LESSER SCAUP were seen at Riverside Park in 
Carleton Place, and on the 22nd three YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS (not relocated) 
were seen in Gatineau. None of these species has been seen in some months. It 
has been speculated that the waterfowl relocated here due to a freeze-up in the 
Great Lakes. The warblers, however, are a bigger mystery. 


Of previously reported wintering waterfowl, only the NORTHERN SHOVELER was 
reported this week at Appaloosa Park. 


The GYRFALCON was seen at the Laflche landfill on the 22nd and on the 24th a 
PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the Coates Building at Tunneys pasture. 


Although just outside the region, a sighting of 26 BALD EAGLES near St. Andre 
Avellin (northeast of Ottawa) on the 20th was an unusually large concentration. 
While the number is unusual, sightings of this bird are not rare in the region. 
The adult is strikingly marked and conspicuous and often surprises first-time 
viewers. However, while 20 years ago it was scarce in Ottawa, numbers have been 
rising and they are now uncommon fall through spring and a scarce breeder. They 
particularly favor areas of open water and the Gatineau escarpment, and birders 
can expect to see this bird in a days field trip, sometimes in numbers when 
there is fresh carrion. 


4 species of GULLS were at Parc Brbeuf this week. 

Both Jack Pine Trail and the Steele Line area (Pontiac) had BLACK-BACKED 
WOODPECKER on the 22nd. 


A flock of about 800 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Parc Brbeuf on the 21st, 
with smaller numbers east and west of there near the Ottawa River. None of 
these flocks are seen consistently in any spot. 


Finally, despite the cold, WHITE-THROATED and SONG SPARROW continue at a feeder 
at the Nesbitt building at Carleton University, and there was a WHITE-CROWNED 
SPARROW with WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS at a feeder in Eastway Gardens. 


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: Painted-Bunting
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:48:21 -0500
Hello Birders

Took a friend Martin Bence out today to 33 Arkendo in Oakville but was told
by a very friendly owner that the bird had not been seen for several days. A
Sharpie was in the area & with the extreme cold I fear the worst! My hope
he's hunkered down close by.

Good Birding

Mike Williamson

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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending February 26, 2015.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:34:36 -0500
On Sunday at Presqu'ile Provincial Park there was a flurry (nasty word) 
of bird sightings, including the remote possibility that some of them 
might actually reflect an end to winter.

Waterfowl have been coming and going as the wind moves the ice into and 
out of Presqu'ile Bay.  For the first time in many weeks, a dabbling 
duck, a lone male MALLARD, showed up yesterday at Salt Point.  Among the 
hundreds of GREATER SCAUP, a few birders have spotted a male CANVASBACK, 
a few REDHEADS, and a male RING-NECKED DUCK.  After being absent since 
late January, the first returning WHITE-WINGED SCOTER arrived on 
Saturday, and up to six have been present on most days since then.  The 
first HOODED MERGANSER of the year, a female, was found on Sunday.  A 
remarkable showing of BALD EAGLES on Sunday generated a lot of interest 
from birders and non-birders.  Several reported seeing seven or eight 
and one birder counted ten, a number that was quite unprecedented at 
Presqu'ile in winter.  Since numbers from one or two to three or four 
have been the norm for most of the winter, one wonders whether that 
influx was in part an early migration since BALD EAGLES are among the 
first spring arrivals in places like the Northwest Territories.  Smaller 
counts later this week have revealed no more than four in sight at any 
one time.  A COOPER'S HAWK was at Salt Point on Sunday and RED-TAILED 
HAWKS have been seen a few times.  To my knowledge, no one has had the 
ambition (a euphemism for foolhardiness) to visit Gull Island recently, 
but in a normal year the RING-BILLED GULLS that nest there would be 
milling around by this date searching for a patch of bare ground on 
which to establish their territories.  A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL this 
morning was the first in a few weeks. A BARRED OWL was seen on February 20.

COMMON RAVENS continue to appear here and there.  AMERICAN ROBINS have 
managed to find buckthorn and other berries to survive.  On the other 
hand, there have been no reported sightings of the wintering PINE 
WARBLER for over a week.  WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS have been frequenting 
feeders at the camp office and at 85 Bayshore Road.  Two COMMON GRACKLES 
were at the latter address on Sunday.  A HOARY REDPOLL accompanied a 
flock of several dozen COMMON REDPOLLS at 186 Bayshore Road this morning.

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

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

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

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Subject: Bald Eagle - Guelph
From: Pat Daley <patdaley1 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:38:53 -0500
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Subject: Surf and white winged scoter at Jc Saddington
From: Barbara Cannery <blcanney AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:40:58 -0500
Beautiful views of both a surf scoter and white winged scoter near the shore at 
JC Saddington Park in Port Credit. Also Redpolls in tall trees just south of 
playground. 

Barbara Canney


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Subject: Gyrfalcon east of Ottawa
From: <Paul.Matthews AT statcan.gc.ca>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:07:58 -0500
Hello

The gyrfalcon that has been overwintering east of Ottawa is still hanging 
around the Laflche landfill just off the 138 south of highway 417. I was able 
to observe the bird yesterday Sunday Feb 22nd from about 4:20 to 4:30 PM. I 
initially spotted it on the right-most of the three poles that are within the 
dump site north east of the end of Laflche Rd. From other Ontbirds posts, I 
understand that this is one of its favourite perches. I did not see it fly in, 
but all of a sudden large numbers of gulls were in the air, indicating the 
possible presence of a predator. After a few minutes, the gyr dropped down 
behind the raised area below the poles, but was soon up again interacting 
aggressively with some of the flying gulls. It then flew east hard and fast, 
with the occasional glide, over the 138 and disappeared behind another large 
mound. I drove over and parked on the east side of the 138 but could not 
relocate it. Also present was an adult bald eagle flying low over the dump just 
before I spotted the gyr. It, the gyr, or both were presumably responsible for 
putting up all the gulls. There was also a heavily barred snowy owl on the 
ground on the south side of the Laflche Rd. Gull species present were Herring, 
Great black-backed, Glaucous, and almost certainly Iceland (1st winter, distant 
views). None of these birds was particularly close-a scope is a must. I was 
surprised to have the area all to myself. Apparently the Laflche Rd can be 
quite busy on other days of the week but I saw a grand total of 3 cars (none 
stopped) during the hour I was there. The temperature was a balmy (by this 
winter's standards) -4C but I was still cold at this very open exposed spot, 
with a light wind from the west. Apparently the dump is not open to the public 
so I did not go in, even though the main gate was unlocked. 


Directions: East on 417 to exit 58 then south on 138 to first major and 
well-signposted intersection. Turn right on Laflche Rd and go to just before 
the end. There is a wide shoulder area on the right shortly before the main 
gate to the dump that you can pull off and park in. The Laflche Rd was well 
ploughed yesterday afternoon. 


Paul Matthews, Ottawa

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Subject: OFO Fisherville Outing-Sunday, Feb. 22
From: dave milsom <milsomdave AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:47:17 -0500
40 keen winter birds attended Sunday's OFO trip to Haldimand region.
Considering it has been one of the coldest February months on record, the fact 
that Lake Erie was almost completely frozen, and all the farm fields were 
covered in deep snow, it was surprising that we found as many birds as we did ! 

Of the 42 species, highlights were as follows : 15 Rough-legged Hawks ( 6 dark 
morph), 20 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 American Kestrels, 2 Northern Harriers, 1 
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 3 Rusty Blackbirds, 40 + Red-winged 
Blackbirds, 36 Brown-headed Cowbirds, 4 Sandhill Cranes, 3 large Snow Bunting 
flocks, scattered groups of Horned Larks, 1 Tufted Titmouse (Ruthven C.A.), 2 
Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 American Robin, 3 Northern Mockingbirds, 1 Song 
Sparrow, 2 flocks of Eastern Bluebirds, 2 flocks of Wild Turkeys, a male 
Red-breasted Merganser sitting on a field, and 5 Short-eared Owls at 
Fisherville Raptor Reserve. 

Many thanks to Barry Coombs for co-leading this trip, and to Wayne Bullock and 
David Okines for their invaluable assistance. 

 
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Subject: Caledonia Ducks
From: RW Bullock <rwbullock AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:47:50 -0500
Hello Everyone:

I observed 13 species of ducks in Caledonia yesterday going to, and
returning from the OFO Haldimand trip.  The Grand River there is open
upstream from the rapids under the  rail bridge to downstream of the old
bridge for cars.  The diving ducks are upstream in the rapids, best viewed
from the north bank.  (Parking lot by the Canada Post "superbox.".)

Mallard, American Black, Canvasback(1),Redhead,Greater(1) and Lesser (1)
Scaup, Long-tailed (1), Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, 3x Merganser, and a
Muscovy.

There were hundreds and hundreds of  Goldeneyes so Barrow's may have been
present.  Gulls also present.

Open water in Dunnville too; but far fewer species.

Directions: The traffic bridge is one block south of the heart of
Caledonia.

-- 
Many thanks,

Wayne

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwing, J. C. Saddington Park, Mississauga
From: Dominik Halas <d.halas AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:58:41 -0500
Birding in J. C. Saddington Park yesterday from 2:20 to 3:30 pm, I came
across a Bohemian Waxwing. It was initially high up in a poplar tree
directly south of the parking lot, but after a few minutes it flew east. I
found it again in a cherry tree right next to the path that runs next to
the lake along the south edge of the park. It fed in this tree, sometimes
in the company of robins and a starling, for at least a half hour, and was
still there when I left. Here are some pictures:


https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/X9K_zlTgzJYoc0b9JMwu19MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 



https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3WwvzUpgAWrXrddO8nSW9dMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 


About 25 Common Redpolls were also present, feeding in the alders along the
little creek that runs through the park.

J. C. Saddington Park is in Port Credit, Mississauga, at the foot of
Mississauga Road, south of Lakeshore Road.


Dominik Halas, Oakville, ON
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Subject: White-winged Scoter - Windsor , Centennial Park
From: ian woodfield <ijwoodfield AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:09:50 +0000 (UTC)
Today at 10 20 am i saw a White-winged Scoter at Windsor's Centennial 
ParkRiverside drive west at Campbell 

With the usual Common Goleneye, Red breasted and Common Mergansers,Ring billed 
gull and a adult Bald Eagle 

A Peregrine falcon was on the Assumption Church tallest steeple by the Bridge
Ian WoodfieldWindsor  
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Subject: BLACK BACKED WOODPECKER Claremont ca YES
From: olivesided <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:03:43 -0500
Alf Adamo mourad Jabra and I have relocated the bird. It's in the pine stand at 
"the sign" where the stick crosses the path.  


West ney road north of 401 to concentrate.  7 go left park gate in right. 
 Walk 300 m to sign says portable classroom.  Keep right look for stick in 
path go in pine stand.  We got photos.  Many observers now. 


Len 
Alf
Mourad 


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Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker, Feb 21 noon - Claremont Conservation Area
From: Rick Lauzon <rlauzon AT total.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:31:04 -0500
I saw the bird to the west of the entrance road, perhaps a little south of the 
stone thing on the east side, a few hundred yards north of the parking lot on 
Concession 7 (just west of Westney Rd). There are several rows of Red Pine in 
there, mixed with spruce and other trees. I saw some well worked trees where it 
had been feeding, with bark chips all over the new snow. Obviously the bird 
moves around to various favourite locations. So stop and listen carefully at a 
few spots up the road. Snow is maybe a foot deep in the woods. Snowshoes not 
required yet. Good luck. 

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Subject: Black -Backed Woodpecker
From: Michael Williamson <mdw4910 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:31:03 -0800
Bird seen same location as earlier posted by Stu & Geoff. Time 2:15. 300
yards in with stick across path on east side.

Directions as per previous morning posts.
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Subject: Re: Re Black-backed woodpecker
From: David Worthington <worth158 AT rogers.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:20:31 -0500
The bird is in this same location now as of 1 o'clock. Turn right directly 
across from the sign into the pine plantation. 


Dave & Mary Beth Worthington

Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 21, 2015, at 10:08 AM, Stu Williams  wrote:
> 
> Bird is still in area but working. A new location.
> 
> Park at the Duffins Creek Outdoor Ed. Center and walk up the trail about 300 
yds.. At the sign pointing left to "pioneer cabin and portable classroom", DO 
NOT turn left. Continue straight on the trail for 50 yds. A small tree branch 
is in place across the trail--enter the red pine plantation there on your 
right. You will hear it feeding. 

> 
> Stu Williams
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Subject: Re Black-backed woodpecker
From: "Stu Williams" <stwilliams AT trebnet.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:08:22 +0000
Bird is still in area but working. A new location.

Park at the Duffins Creek Outdoor Ed. Center and walk up the trail about 300 
yds.. At the sign pointing left to "pioneer cabin and portable classroom", DO 
NOT turn left. Continue straight on the trail for 50 yds. A small tree branch 
is in place across the trail--enter the red pine plantation there on your 
right. You will hear it feeding. 


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Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker - Claremont Conservation Area
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:25:59 -0500
Claremont Conservation Area

walk north from parking area on Concession 7 to where road turns west. Do not 
go towards portables. Go north instead along road about 200m. 


Bird feeding in pines on east side of road.




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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 14th - 20th February 2015
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:54:23 -0500
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Please note that
some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated
otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Bitterly cold weather continues, with minor ferry delays to the islands
noted throughout the week. Highlights of the week include; WOOD DUCK, SNOWY
OWL, CAROLINA WREN, TUFTED TITMOUSE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

A CAROLINA WREN was seen near the Tett Centre on 14th and the downtown area
is now a good bet for the resident pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS with them being
seen almost daily. Waterfowl are not easy to find at the moment but the
Invista pond still holds good numbers of MALLARD, with a few AMERICAN BLACK
DUCK and COMMON GADWALL thrown in for good measure. MUTE SWANS have
increased over the week to 15, and the lone banded TRUMPETER SWAN can also
often be seen there. Reddendale continues to be the local 'hotspot' for
COMMON REDPOLL and PINE SISKIN and at the nearby Lemoine Point CA a NORTHERN
FLICKER was seen on 18th.

 

Wolfe Island

HORNED LARK numbers have decreased this week, and only a single LAPLAND
LONGSPUR was reported (on 18th). SNOWY OWLS can still be found in many
locations, with one adult male often seen on the ferry crossing. Six
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen on 8th Line on 18th and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (up
to 2) have been seen on 3 occasions in the same area since 16th. A NORTHERN
SHRIKE was seen on 12th Line on 16th and a 'high count' of 3 ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS was noted on the west side of the island the same day.

 

Other sightings

The pair of WOOD DUCKS continues at Springside Park in Napanee, and on
Bethel Road, near Camden East a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on 19th. North of
the city, near Sunbury, a single BOHEMIAN WAXWING (only the third report
this season) was seen on 19th. Also in that vicinity, a HOARY REDPOLL has
been coming to a feeder since 19th at least. Up at Outlet, near Charleston
Lake PP, the 29 TRUMPETER SWANS reported on 14th have gradually decreased
during the week, though those at Bedford Mills have increased to 30 as of
18th. As noted last week, RUST BLACKIBIRDS have also been seen on Howe
Island and near Gananoque, where as many as 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have
also been observed. Across the border in Jefferson County, NY, a TUFTED
TITMOUSE was seen at Wilson Bay Marsh on 16th.

 

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

 

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

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

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

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

 

eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species
 

 

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Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker at Claremont Conservation Area - YES
From: Jean Iron <jean.iron AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:30:54 -0500
Dave Mudd called at 8:20 to advise that the Black-baked Woodpecker is at
same spot as yesterday in red pines near portable classroom at the Duffins
Creek Outdoor Ed Centre in Claremont Conservation Area, which is north of
Ajax just east of Toronto.

Directions
Park at the main gate which is at the intersection of Concession Road 7,
(Not Highway 7) and Westney Road. Note: NO CARS Allowed in during the day
and it's about a kilometre walk to the portable, which is surrounded by red
pine forest. There are a lot of dead pines, no feeders.

Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway
Toronto


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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending February 19, 2015.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:38:46 -0500
To borrow an ornithological metaphor, birders have been as scarce as 
hen's teeth at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in recent days.  Thus, the 
following observations come from a few hardy souls willing to brave some 
of the coldest days of the winter.

With almost 80 % of Lake Ontario frozen over, it is perhaps surprising 
that so many water birds have recently found their way into Presqu'ile 
Bay, which itself has most of the time only a few small patches of open 
water.  It may be an awareness that a wind change can temporarily open 
things up even more, as has happened a few times this week.  Although 
geese and swans have almost totally evacuated the bay, two TRUMPETER 
SWANS flew in on Tuesday.  One or two REDHEADS can sometimes be spotted 
among the hundreds of GREATER SCAUP, a number that has been growing 
steadily.  One might expect a HOODED MERGANSER to be among new arrivals, 
and one was seen nearby this week.  Normally a HORNED GREBE would be a 
real surprise in February, there being no previous records at Presqu'ile 
in that month, but the freeze-up throughout the area makes the one that 
was at the lighthouse yesterday almost predictable.  Both adult and 
immature BALD EAGLES have been seen repeatedly in the general vicinity 
of the ducks, whose sudden flight draws attention to the flying eagle.  
A COOPER'S HAWK flew past near the lighthouse.   Two eagle-eyed, nay, 
owl-eyed, observers spotted two BARRED OWLS along Bayshore Road on 
Tuesday, as well as a PILEATED WOODPECKER.  They also encountered the 
wintering flock of AMERICAN ROBINS on that day.

The resilient PINE WARBLER keeps showing up at the feeder near the camp 
office, as do the two COMMON GRACKLES near the Bayshore Road/Langton 
Avenue intersection.  COMMON REDPOLLS and the occasional HOARY REDPOLL 
have been devouring the seeds at 186 Bayshore Road.

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

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

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

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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 19 February 2015
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:09:18 -0500
Just when deep snow and apparently endless cold temperatures seemed to
suggest winter would never end, one of Algonquin's earlier signs of spring
occurred right on time to lift our spirits this week: gathering of nest
material by Gray Jays was observed.

The road-killed moose put out in the Sunday Creek valley opposite the
Visitor Centre over a week ago has still not attracted any birds or mammals,
but likely will soon. A similar carcass in a previous year was present for
two weeks before anything starting feeding on it.

A first year Northern Shrike watched birds at the Visitor Centre feeders for
about 15 minutes before flying off when chased by a Downy Woodpecker on
February 13. Young bird-predators such as shrikes have a steep learning
curve.


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk. Occasional displaying by
ever-hopeful males should soon make it easier to locate this boreal phantom.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Drumming was heard at Spruce Bog Boardwalk
on February 14 and one of these woodpeckers was seen there on February 15.

Gray Jay: Being seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Mew Lake Campground
and Opeongo Road (such as at the closed gate at Cameron Lake Road).

Boreal Chickadee: Up to four provided close-up photo opportunities at the
suet feeder on Spruce Bog Boardwalk this week. Two were seen on Opeongo
Road on February 14 and 18, and four were noted near Wolf Howl Pond on
February 15. The frequency of calling by males will increase in late
February and March and reach a peak just before winter flock breakup in
April, making the species easier to locate in the coming weeks.

WINTER FINCHES:
 
Pine Grosbeak: Two were along the highway at West Smith Lake on
February 14.

Common Redpoll: The small flock of 10 to 20 birds continues at the
Visitor Centre feeders.

Hoary Redpoll: Two or three individuals were present daily at the Visitor
Centre feeders.

Pine Siskin: One was reported heard on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on February 15.



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


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

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



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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to February 19, 2015
From: Gregory Zbitnew <k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:37:52 +0000

Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec

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


Recent reports to February 19, 2015

Temperatures well below seasonal norms prevailed in Ottawa this week, which in 
addition to being harder for the more sensitive birds, reduced the enthusiasm 
of birders for getting out. Generally, reports have been sparse this week. 


Still, the following lingering waterfowl were present in the previously 
reported spots this week: 


1. BARROWS GOLDENEYE west of the Champlain bridge.
2. GREATER SCAUP at Britannia.
3. NORTHERN SHOVELER at Appaloosa Park.
4. WOOD DUCK near the Rideau Tennis Club.

Jack Pine Trail had BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 14th, and a female AMERICAN 
THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was on Grimes Road in Aylmer last weekend. This makes 2 
birds of this species at this locale this winter. The RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER 
was seen again in Beacon Hill this week, the first sighting in a few weeks. 


The GYRFALCON was reported at the Laflche landfill a number of times this 
week. Birders looking for this bird should ensure that they are off the road 
and do not block the gate. Being a landfill, this is a busy road with a lot of 
large trucks. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK WAS SEEN NEAR Kinburn on the 15th. 


A flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen near the Rockcliffe Airport on 
the 15th, while a smaller number were in Beacon Hill on the 17th. 


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: Feb 19 - birding Fort Erie to Oakville
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:01:06 -0500
Peter Hogenbirk and I did a chilly run from Fort Erie to Oakville today to try 
to find some of the lingering winter birds. 


Fish Crow (2) – at Henrietta and Mary Street, Fort Erie – calling – one 
sitting on telephone wire 

Niagara River near Fort Erie – lots of Tundra Swans, 5 Bald Eagles, many 
Canvasback – no Bonaparte’s Gulls 

No Vultures – snow squalls reduced visibility greatly at Queesnton
Adam Beck – only 3 Herring Gulls – amazing – also falls are spectacular 
with ice bridges and frozen waterfall 

Pine Warbler- actively feeding on suet at 709 Read Rd., St. Catherine’s – 
one W.C. Sparrow there as well 

Y.B. Sapsucker – feeding at 268 Riverview Rd, St. Catherine's
Peregrine Falcon – sitting on Lift Bridge – sunning itself at Burlington
Redhill Creek – very busy – hundreds of ducks and geese including a male 
and female Ring-necked Duck 

Harris’s Sparrow – actively feeding at Sheldon Creek Trail, Oakville
Painted Bunting – sunning at Arkendo Dr., Oakville – feathers looked very 
dishevelled but bird very alert 


Geoff Carpentier
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Expedition & Personalized Guiding Services
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Subject: Peregrine Falcon, 2nd try
From: johnjeevaratnam via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:21:18 +0000 (UTC)
I am not an expert in identifying birds and can be wrong. However I found a 
pair of Falcons nesting in the silos of the Canada Malting building. They were 
seen from the end of the pier opposite the silos at Billy Bishop Airport. 


From a distance they appeared to look like Peregrine Falcons with the distinct 
markings on the face. They were out hunting in the water when the ice was being 
broken by the boats on Lake Ontario. Then they disappeared into the silos of 
the building. 


Once again I am not an expert on identifying birds and would not like to cause 
a stir. Who ever lives nearby might like to have a second look. 


Happy birding,


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