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Black Francolin,©Jan Wilczur

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 ]
19 Feb Peregrine Falcon [johnjeevaratnam via ONTBIRDS ]
19 Feb Black-backed Woodpecker at Claremont Conservation Area [Jean Iron ]
19 Feb Sandhill Cranes. Cayuga. [Craig Corcoran ]
18 Feb Sandhill Cranes and others , Haldimand [RW Bullock ]
18 Feb Rough-legged Hawk, Courtice/401 [Keith ]
18 Feb Harris's Sparrow Bronte [Mark Cranford ]
18 Feb Snow Buntings and Longspurs - Scugog Twp. ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
18 Feb Northern Cardinal - Brampton (A sign of the coming spring?) [Dan Birkenbergs ]
17 Feb Long-tailed Duck in Detroit River, Windsor ["tigerheron44" ]
17 Feb Lapland longspurs (2) Brooklin [Charmaine Anderson ]
17 Feb Snow bunting near Port Burwell [Earthquest Canada ]
17 Feb painted bunting ["drake" ]
16 Feb Re: yellow-bellied sapsucker [olivesided ]
16 Feb Harlequin Duck, London Springbank Park [Michael Nelson ]
16 Feb Caledonia: Dark Red-tailed Hawk [Jon Ruddy ]
16 Feb Gyrfalcon - Kelly Lake, Sudbury [Amanda Guercio ]
16 Feb yellow-bellied sapsucker [william whyte ]
15 Feb Robins [Miranda O'Hara ]
15 Feb Cape May Warbler [Miranda O'Hara ]
15 Feb Re: Painted Bunting, Arkendo Drive, Oakville [philip waggett ]
15 Feb Gyrfalcon - Laflche Landfill east of Casselman, ON [Issy wright ]
15 Feb White-winged Crossbill Alliston [John Schmelefske ]
15 Feb Re: ADMIN: Birding under winter conditions [Brian Morin ]
14 Feb ADMIN: Birding under winter conditions ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]
14 Feb Gyrfalcon - Sudbury [Henrique Pacheco ]
14 Feb Bald eagle, Humber River [Dave Bailey ]
13 Feb Harris's Sparrow, Painted Bunting, Redpolls, Snow Bunting ++ [Luc Fazio ]
13 Feb Kingston Area Birds: 7th - 13th February 2015 ["Mark D. Read" ]
13 Feb Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, February 13th, 2015 ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
13 Feb Cape May Warbler [Miranda O'Hara ]
13 Feb Dark Phase Western Red Tail - Beamsville [Craig Corcoran ]
13 Feb Common Goldeneye - Stratford [Steve Thorpe ]
13 Feb Algonquin Park Birding Report: 12 February 2015 [Ron Tozer ]
13 Feb Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to February 12, 2015 [Gregory Zbitnew ]
12 Feb FW: dark phase red tailed hawk [SHEILA BOWSLAUGH ]
12 Feb Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending February 12, 2015. [Fred Helleiner ]

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 
 

for the full version of the report which includes further details and
photos.

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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
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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

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

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

 

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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. 

 
Dave Milsom
milsomdave AT hotmail.com
 
 		 	   		  
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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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Associate Clinical Professor, McMaster University

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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

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Kingston, Ontario

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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
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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 


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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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Subject: Peregrine Falcon
From: johnjeevaratnam via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:48:23 +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,


John J
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Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker at Claremont Conservation Area
From: Jean Iron <jean.iron AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:12:36 -0500
We just received a call from David Mudd to advise that the outdoor education
staff found a male Black-backed Woodpecker at 12:20 today at the Duffins
Creek Outdoor Ed Centre in Claremont Conservation Area, which is north of
Ajax just east of Toronto. Some photos were taken showing solid black back
and they saw yellow on the head.

Directions
The woodpecker was in red pines near the main classroom portable. You have
to 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 no feeders, so it could be anywhere.

Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway
Toronto


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes. Cayuga.
From: Craig Corcoran <ctcstormking AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:36:17 -0500
I have located a flock of 22 Sandhill cranes on the south side of River Road. 
The emergency response number is 600 for the farm house across the road. 

Please follow general directions posted yesterday. 

Craig Corcoran. 

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes and others , Haldimand
From: RW Bullock <rwbullock AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:41:50 -0500
Hello Everyone:

Dave Moffat and I scouted parts of Haldimand County today on behalf of Dave
Milsom who will be leading the Haldimand OFO trip this Sunday, Feb 22.
We found a total of exactly 25 Sandhill Cranes along the (West) River Road
in two separate fields south of Cayuga.  They were feeding thru the snow in
non-corn fields. Other highlights included a Tufted Titmouse at the Ruthven
feeders, 10 species of Ducks in the Caledonia "Rapids", and numerous
excellent displays by Rough Winged and Red Tailed Hawks along River Road
and near the Nanticoke Power Station.  The most common bird of the day was
the American Tree Sparrow, seen almost everywhere.  34 speicies.

Directions for the Cranes:  From Cayuga, head downstream (SE) along the
(west) River Road.  When you see the first Wind Turbine, look to the fields
to the west.  The cranes were about 500 metres NW of the turbine.

-- 
Many thanks,

Wayne

R.W. Bullock, MD,CCFP(EM)
Emergency Physician, Hamilton Health Sciences
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk, Courtice/401
From: Keith <klinton AT netrover.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:32:51 -0500
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow Bronte
From: Mark Cranford <mark.cranford AT rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:59:34 -0500
I saw the continuing Harris's Sparrow easily this morning at 10:45 am.  
It was feeding on the ground at the cleared and seeded intersection of 
two trails of the Sheldon Creek Trail network. Made easier to find by 
the four photographers respectfully 20 feet 6 inches from the bird.

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.

-- 
Mark Cranford
Mississauga, Ont.

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Subject: Snow Buntings and Longspurs - Scugog Twp.
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:58:40 -0500
Today at the jct. of Columbus Rd and Lakeridge in Durham Region, 13 Snow 
Buntings were joined by 3 Lapland Longspurs. East of Hwy 12 on Scugog Line 6 
near the Wal-mart 100+ Snow Buntings put on a nice show. Both species have been 
essentially absent from the area this winter. 


Geoff Carpentier
AVOCET NATURE SERVICES

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Subject: Northern Cardinal - Brampton (A sign of the coming spring?)
From: Dan Birkenbergs <aneurysm71 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:12:55 -0500
Good Morning All,
 
I am aware that a Northern Cardinal in Brampton is not a rarity, but given that 
it is February 18th and I heard the distinct call this morning, I thought it 
may be noteworthy due to how early in the season it is. At any rate, a good 
sign that spring is coming... albeit a while away yet!!! 

 
Directions: Take 410 to Brampton, exit at Queen Street, follow Queen Street 
West to Rutherford Road. Take Rutherford Road north to Madoc Drive. Turn right 
on Madoc Drive, then left on Pennywood Road, then left on Seaborn Road. The 
bird was flying between trees near the residences across from the school. 

 
Regards,
 
Dan
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Long-tailed Duck in Detroit River, Windsor
From: "tigerheron44" <tigerheron44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:11:39 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: Lapland longspurs (2) Brooklin
From: Charmaine Anderson <charmmanderson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:11:11 -0500
saw two lapland longspurs this morning at 8:30 am. among a flock of about 75 
snow buntings. This flock has been present fairly regularly at this location: 
Columbus road just east of Lakeridge. Flock has been in the field of the first 
farm on the north side. Also observed birds flying to trees on the south west 
side of halls road and columbus. 


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Subject: Snow bunting near Port Burwell
From: Earthquest Canada <hikersguide AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:44:39 -0500
An adult unknown sex Snow bunting was sitting on my frozen bird bath at 7:34 am 
this morning. It just showed up again at 9:35 am feeding on the bird food I put 
out. The last time this happened was in January, 2004, which I think was also a 
very cold winter. 

Please contact me first, if you're interested in seeing this bird.

Have fun birding!Dave Jolly,Senior InstructorEARTHQUEST Biological Field 
Schoolwww.earthquestcanada.caearthquestcanadaATyahoo.com 

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Subject: painted bunting
From: "drake" <drake AT sentex.ca>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:38:22 -0500
It has come to my attention that someone is chasing down the painted bunting
with a net and claiming to be from SOAR.  This is not true.  If the bird can
fly well leave him alone.  I never go out and pick up injured birds they
must be brought in here.  In the case of  an unusual bird such as the
Phainopepla a couple of years ago we simply waited until the bird fell from
a branch and appeared dead on the ground.  He was then picked up and warmed
and rushed in to me.  It is totally inappropriate to interfere with a wild
bird.  

 

Judi Drake

Songbirds Only Avian Rehabilitation

Box 75, Rockwood, ON, N0B 2K0

CWS, OMNR, NWRA, OWREN

email: soar AT sentex.ca

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Subject: Re: yellow-bellied sapsucker
From: olivesided <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:58:02 -0500
Bird is present now at feeders 8 front.  A very fresh male and a welcome sight 
in February.  Thanks William.  


Qew to 406 and off right at 4th Ave. Turn left on louth and left on Pelham. 
Right on Glendale and right on Riverview. 268. Bird is eating at the suets.  


Len Manning and Lisa Teskey


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From: william whyte
Date:02-16-2015 8:21 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
Subject: [Ontbirds] yellow-bellied sapsucker
observed a male yellow- bellied sapsucker at my peanut feeder this past weekend,a regular visitor right up to sundown. a positive identification as i posted a similar sighting and picture the winter of 2013.feeding during -20 degree weather and fighting off starlings and blue jays for a spot at the hanging feeder. it can be seen in my front yard at 268 riverview blvd. st. catharines by the niagara escarpment. a welcome visitor among my 3 to4 red-bellied woodpeckers who are here year round.happy birding 2015 _______________________________________________ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists - the provincial birding organization. Send bird reports to birdalert AT ontbirds.ca For information about ONTBIRDS including how to unsubscribe visit http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdssetup Posting guidelines can be found at http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdsguide _______________________________________________ ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists - the provincial birding organization. Send bird reports to birdalert AT ontbirds.ca For information about ONTBIRDS including how to unsubscribe visit http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdssetup Posting guidelines can be found at http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdsguide
Subject: Harlequin Duck, London Springbank Park
From: Michael Nelson <mjn007 AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:05:32 -0500
This morning at 11 a.m. the long staying Harlequin Duck was seen on the 
Thames River just down river from Storybook Gardens in Springbank Park.  
This duck seems to range widely up and down the river which is ice free 
for a few kilometers.

Take the 401 to london, 402 exit, Colonel Talbot road exit go north 
through North Street to and through a set of lights which will take you 
into the park.  Park at Springbank Park near Storybook Gardens and walk 
downriver.

-- 
Mike Nelson
London, Ontario


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Subject: Caledonia: Dark Red-tailed Hawk
From: Jon Ruddy <accipitriformes AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:19:46 -0500
Hi there

I am currently (1000 h) viewing a beautiful adult intermediate morph
(rufous morph) calurus Red-tailed. It is perched atop a billboard on the
east side of Hwy 6 at the junction of Hwy 6/Rd.29. I believe the area is
called "Willow Grove." It's half way between Caledonia and Hagersville.

Good birding,
Jon
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Subject: Gyrfalcon - Kelly Lake, Sudbury
From: Amanda Guercio <aguercio AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:35:45 -0500
The brown juvenile Gyrfalcon made an appearance at Kelly Lake this morning
shortly after 9. It flew in from the east and perched on one of the silo
structures for ~5 minutes before departing in the same direction from which
it came.

Seen from the west end business park by Brett Fried and myself behind the
arena/training centre off Kelly Lake Rd.

Good birding!

Amanda Guercio
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Subject: yellow-bellied sapsucker
From: william whyte <whyteone AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:21:40 -0500
observed a male yellow- bellied sapsucker at my peanut feeder this past 
weekend,a regular visitor right up to sundown. a positive identification as i 
posted a similar sighting and picture the winter of 2013.feeding during -20 
degree weather and fighting off starlings and blue jays for a spot at the 
hanging feeder. it can be seen in my front yard at 268 riverview blvd. st. 
catharines by the niagara escarpment. a welcome visitor among my 3 to4 
red-bellied woodpeckers who are here year round.happy birding 2015 

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Subject: Robins
From: Miranda O'Hara <miro1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:40:30 -0500
We spotted 17 Robins this afternoon around 4pm, on 19th Avenue, just east of 
Kennedy on the north side. 

Tim & Miranda O’Hara
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Subject: Cape May Warbler
From: Miranda O'Hara <miro1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:37:17 -0500
Tim and I want to thank everyone for their kind and thoughtful e-mails over the 
last couple of days about Charlie, our little Cape May Warbler. Throughout his 
time with us, we received countless letters of encouragement, support, care and 
interest, and along the way, have met many wonderful and interesting people of 
all ages, both in person and via e-mail. So amazing and wonderful how a little 
bird can bring such excitement and joy. Charlie was a very special and smart 
little bird, when we would open the kitchen window to refill his feeding dish, 
he would watch perched on the fence only a foot away, he would also come back 
into the shelter when we called his name. He survived freezing blizzards, a 
near-attack in his shelter by a small hawk, and a frozen leg which thawed out 
under the heater. He fiercely protected his food source from other small birds, 
but was no match for the hoards of starlings that we have, who constantly tried 
to get into his shelter and steal his food. We took photos of him three hours 
before he left for the last time on Thursday, and he was healthy and well, see 
photo link below: 




http://imgur.com/bdzew4t 



We really believed Charlie was going to make it through to the spring. Needless 
to say, we really miss seeing him, and somehow, looking out of our kitchen 
window just isn’t the same, well not for now anyway. One bird who is happy 
about the disappearance of Charlie, is our resident Mockingbird, Marty. He has 
been with us for about three years now, on and off, and was angry and 
bewildered that a heated shelter had taken the place of his feeding station at 
the kitchen window! He is happy again now that the shelter has been dismantled 
and he is once again king of the feeding tray! Incidentally, we think the 
reason that Charlie originally stopped by our place way back at the beginning 
of December, was that there were grapes out for Marty, and as it turned out, 
grapes were Charlie’s favourite food as well! 




Hope to see you all out there sometime…



Miranda O’Hara
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Subject: Re: Painted Bunting, Arkendo Drive, Oakville
From: philip waggett <philipwaggett AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:18:28 -0500
Posting message.

From: philipwaggett AT hotmail.com
To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
Subject: Painted Bunting, Arkendo Drive, Oakville
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:11:12 -0500




The tough little guy made it through a bitter night. This morning at 8:15 the 
bunting showed up and began feeding. It continues to be alert and fly well. 
However, the bird is injured and unable to perch properly; the injury is to his 
left foot/leg, possibly caused by the cold in the past few weeks but this is 
just speculation. 


Please everyone! If you are visiting, stand well back at least 20 feet. The 
bird is very cooperative but it must be allowed to eat to replenish its energy 
and fat reserves. Without these, the bird cannot survive these nights.This 
request is consistent with Ontbirds Code of Ethics. 

In the past few visits to feed and monitor the bird, I have encountered several 
birders and photographers who were invading the bird's space and disturbing the 
feeding. I've tried to educate them about the need for this bird to feed as 
much as possible. 

Here's hoping the little guy makes it! 		 	   		   		 	   		  
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Subject: Gyrfalcon - Laflche Landfill east of Casselman, ON
From: Issy wright <wrightp-i AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:59:19 -0800
The grey morph Gyrfalcon was seen this morning at 11:40 a.m. at the Laflche 
landfill east of Casselman. It was in hot pursuit of an American Crow which it 
chased over the landfill and into the woodlot to the south where I lost sight 
of them. The entire encounter lasted only a couple of minutes with much diving 
and evasive action.. 


Directions: From Highway 417 just east of Casselman, take exit # 58 and head 
south on Highway # 138 for 1.5 kilometres. Turn right on Laflche Road and 
travel to its end. Park on the side of the road and do not block the gate 
(which was closed today). 


Philip Wright
Richmond, ON



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Subject: White-winged Crossbill Alliston
From: John Schmelefske <j.schme AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:48:29 -0500
The female white-winged crossbill that first appeared the beginning of January 
is still coming daily to my backyard feeders. 


Our house is number 7360, on the 25th sideroad about 5 km south of Alliston. 
Drive directly south on King street from Alliston. The 25th sideroad is just 
after you cross the Nottawassaga River. Anyone interested in pursuing this bird 
should park on the road and walk up the driveway. The feeders in question are 
in the back yard and can be viewed from the carport. 

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Subject: Re: ADMIN: Birding under winter conditions
From: Brian Morin <brianlmorin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 03:02:20 -0500
Thanks Mark. It has been a rough winter for dealing with birding issues and
we are all paying the price for the few who disregard the ethical norms.
Some of these people are not birders in the way we think so they will never
see your note but it is true that even some subscribers may cross the line
on occasion so your points are well taken. Often the issue is photography
but then birders can be photographers too. I'm one of them and very active
but I try to live by the rules for the sake of the birds and for others.
Let's hope as we head into spring we can put this nagging issue behind us
or we will all be missing the good birds because I know a number of top
birders who are already thinking twice about identifying locations for some
types of rarities to anyone but a few close friends. Actually it has
already happened on a regional basis.

Brian Morin

On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 11:06 PM, Mark Cranford [Ontbirds] <
ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com> wrote:

> It's time to reacquaint birders to the Ontario Field Ornithologists Code
> of Ethics http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/aboutus.ethics  Specifically,
> the welfare of birds must come first.
>
> Given conditions this evening it is probably moot to restate the obvious,
> life as a bird is harsh.  To survive, birds need to feed, they need their
> space, anyone watching or photographing birds needs to consider the impact
> their activity has on birds.  Do not approach too closely, exercise
> restraint especially in winter. If a bird cannot feed it may not survive.
> I'm thinking about the Painted Bunting and the Harris's Sparrow in Oakville
> but this really applies to all birds in winter.  Minimize disturbance and
> back off at the first sign of agitation. The welfare of birds must come
> first.
> --
> ---
> Mark Cranford
> ONTBIRDS Coordinator
> Mississauga, ON
> mark.cranford AT ofo.ca
> 905 279 9576
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Subject: ADMIN: Birding under winter conditions
From: "Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:06:27 -0500
It's time to reacquaint birders to the Ontario Field Ornithologists Code 
of Ethics http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/aboutus.ethics  Specifically, 
the welfare of birds must come first.

Given conditions this evening it is probably moot to restate the 
obvious, life as a bird is harsh.  To survive, birds need to feed, they 
need their space, anyone watching or photographing birds needs to 
consider the impact their activity has on birds.  Do not approach too 
closely, exercise restraint especially in winter. If a bird cannot feed 
it may not survive. I'm thinking about the Painted Bunting and the 
Harris's Sparrow in Oakville but this really applies to all birds in 
winter.  Minimize disturbance and back off at the first sign of 
agitation. The welfare of birds must come first.
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Subject: Gyrfalcon - Sudbury
From: Henrique Pacheco <henrique.j.pacheco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:00:26 -0500
West end business park. Brown juvenile came from southview over the floodplain. 
Viewed by Henrique Pacheco, David Pryor, Deborah Pacheco, and Jim Carrey. Did 
not stay long at all. Great looks from behind the arena. 


West end business park behind the arena/training centre off Kelly Lake Rd. 

Henrique
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Subject: Bald eagle, Humber River
From: Dave Bailey <whaler AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:36:05 -0500
My apologies for this extremely late post, but the computer was down for a 
week. Monday, February 9, I was driving on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto 
when a bald eagle flew over, north to south. Catching up on reports today, I 
see nothing noted in that area, so I suspect it has either moved on or may be 
hanging around somewhere upstream. Birders may wish to try various parks, and 
other accessible areas, upstream of the Gardiner. 


Dave Bailey
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow, Painted Bunting, Redpolls, Snow Bunting ++
From: Luc Fazio <llukefazio AT netscape.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:47:25 -0500
Hi folks:
With the very cold of the past couple of days I was worried, but I am to tell 
you that as you can see in the Video below the Harris's Sparrow is healthy and 
kicking like a typical "Zonotrichia". See the video of the 1st winter Harris's 
Sparrow taken today at the Sheldon Creek Trail, Oakville. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OePKUzFtYDQ&feature=youtu.be

Bring some bird feed and stay well back to see the Harris's Sparrow on the 
path. Be king to the dog walkers and sociable! 


Painted Bunting is still showing well (as of this PM) on Arkendo Park, Oakville
and the the Common Redpolls are still at JC Saddington Park in Port Credit.( 
along with a single Pine Siskin) 

Note that there is a single Snow Bunting as well, near the Credit River Bridge 
West Parking lot south of Lakeshore BLVD , feeding with Canada Geese. 


Stay warm ... Luc Fazio
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 7th - 13th February 2015
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:34:05 -0500
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Please note that
some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated
otherwise.

 

Highlights:

It was very quiet this week, hence a different style for this review, though
Horned Larks continue to come through in increasing numbers. Highlights of
the week include;

2 WOOD DUCK that continue at Springside Park in Napanee,

TRUMPETER SWANS at many locations, including Chaffey's Locks, Davis Locks,
Jones Falls, Lower Brewer's Locks (82 on 10th), and Wiltse Creek,

SNOWY OWLS on Wolfe and Amherst Islands, as well as occasional sightings on
Taylor Kidd Blvd near Millhaven and off the Kingston waterfront,

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on a feeder at Ivy lea on 8th,

NORTHERN SHRIKE near Odessa on 7th,

HORNED LARKS in good numbers on Wolfe Island in particular, with at least 80
on 11th,

LAPLAND LONGSPUR continuing on Wolfe Island,

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (6) on Howe Island on 8th and a single continuing bird at a
feeder near Gananoque.

 

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/

 

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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, February 13th, 2015
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:12:49 -0500
HARRIS'S SPARROW
PAINTED BUNTING

Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
American Wigeon
Black Scoter
Ring-necked Pheasant
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Rough-legged Hawk
Merlin
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous Gull
Northern Shrike
Horned Lark
Winter Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Siskin
Common Redpolls

The deep cold of winter has not deterred some birders from getting out to
scour the area.  This week's great find was a HARRIS'S SPARROW found on the
Sheldon Creek Trail in Oakville.  The bird was found last Saturday at a
feeder along the trail between Burloak and Great Lakes Blvd.  Due to the
kindness of birders, seed has now been put out on the north side of the
trail east of the entrance in from Willmot Park off Willmot Crescent in
Oakville.   Please keep your distance to let the birds come in and feed, it
is of great importance during this bitter cold.  Other birds seen with the
sparrow include White-throated Sparrow and Pine Siskins who are quite vocal.
Two Winter Wrens were heard along the creek.  

Our other feeder star the PAINTED BUNTING continues to be seen at the end of
Arkendo feeding along the ravine.  This bird has endured the cold but seems
to be suffering damage on its left foot, perhaps frost bite.  Other birds
seen at this location include a Hermit Thrush, American Robin and
White-throated Sparrow.

Life has become interesting for waterbirds this week.  With the deep cold,
open water on the bay is scarce and even Lake Ontario is frozen.  Today a
Horned Grebe was seen flying around and finally found a spot of open water
next to a ship on the bay albeit small.  Hundreds of ducks were crowded into
small leeds of open water in a couple of places out on the bay but open
water is scarce now.  Two Common Loons were seen near the ship canal earlier
in the week.  The Snow Goose at Oakville Harbour was seen standing on the
ice earlier in the week.  A Cackling Goose was photographed at the same
locale.  The American Wigeon couple were last reported mid week at the
Desjardins Canal off Olympic Drive in Dundas.  A Black Scoter was seen at
the west end of the lake but likely has been forced to move.  Out on the ice
though, up to 10 Bald Eagles have been seen, pickings are good when the food
is concentrated. 

In the odds and sods this week, a Ring-necked Pheasant was a nice surprise
on the Hawks and Owls hike being seen in a field on 2nd Road East between
Green Mountain and Mud street.  A male Northern Harrier was seen and
photographed near the Lift Bridge, a Glaucous Gull was seen on what was the
last of the open water there early in the week.  A first year Thayer's Gull
made an excellent office bird at Canada Centre for Inland Waters. A Merlin
was seen in the Bronte Area, typically one winters here but it has been
hiding this year.  Another Merlin was reported at the Guelph Arboretum.  A
Rough-legged Hawk was an interesting find along the lakeshore at Sioux
Lookout.  A Northern Shrike was seen behind the Home Depot on Burloak on
McPherson Drive. Horned Larks also scurried about in the field there.
Eastern Bluebirds have been seen at the Guelph Arboretum throughout the
week.  A Brown-headed Cowbird has been a guest at a feeder in East Hamilton
all winter, should be more of these moving about in the next weeks.  Lastly,
a group of Common Redpolls were a nice treat in a yard in East Oakville this
week.  Another small flock was seen at Saddington Park in Mississauga.  

Thanks to those who have supported our rarities with seed.  It's been a
tough week out there and this weekend will be tougher.  Dress warm and keep
in mind that spring is coming, sometime.....soon I hope.

Cheers,
Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: Cape May Warbler
From: Miranda O'Hara <miro1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:22:12 -0500
Sadly, after a bitterly cold night, our little Cape May Warbler did not appear 
this morning. We waited and waited, but now have to conclude that he succumbed 
to the freezing temperatures last night. He always had plenty of food and 
warmth in his heated shelter during the day, so that wasn’t an issue. The 
last time we saw him was last night (February 12th) at 5.30 pm when he flew off 
to roost, after stocking up on food, and warming under the heater for half an 
hour. Thanks to everyone who came up to see him, he sure was a special little 
guy. Tim and I became quite fond of him, and with all of life’s trials and 
tribulations he became a real source of joy to us. 

Miranda O’Hara
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Subject: Dark Phase Western Red Tail - Beamsville
From: Craig Corcoran <craigcorcoran AT stormking.ca>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:30:35 -0500
Responding to yesterdays post by Sheila Bowslaugh regarding an all dark 
Red-tailed hawk I believe that what I just observed is the bird in question. He 
was in some small trees at 5418 King Street for a few minutes and was last seen 
at 5442 King street. Not much shoulder to park on so it would be safer to park 
in the Sobeys parking lot and walk along the road. 


Craig Corcoran
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Subject: Common Goldeneye - Stratford
From: Steve Thorpe <sthorpe3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:15:55 +0000
There were 2 Common Goldeneye in the Avon River this morning. Joining them in 
the stretch of open water below the wastewater outflow were 5 Common Merganser, 
2 Hooded Merganser, a Great Blue Heron, a few blacks and hundreds of Mallards. 
Goldeneye are a rare February sighting in Stratford. I would speculate that 
todays sightings are related to the freezing over of lakes Erie and Huron. 

 
Steve Thorpe
 
Viewing the open water is best from the trail through the TJ Dolan. From the 
parking lot at John Street and Center Street, walk west for 200 m, cross the 
pedestrian bridge and continue west along the north side for another 200 m. 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 12 February 2015
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:25:45 -0500
A moose that was killed by a vehicle on Highway 60 in the Park has been
placed in the Sunday Creek valley where it is viewable from the Visitor
Centre viewing deck. It may soon attract ravens, Bald Eagles and wolves.

Martens have been observed this week at both the Visitor Centre and Spruce
Bog Boardwalk suet feeders.

As part of the Winter in the Wild Festival 2015, a Park Naturalist will
guide visitors to look for boreal birds along Spruce Bog Boardwalk in the
morning (10 to 11:30) and afternoon (2:30 to 4) on Saturday, February 14.
For details see:http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/winter_in_the_wild.php


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Birders observed one at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on February 8
and 11.

Black-backed Woodpecker: No sightings were reported this week, but recent
drumming heard at Spruce Bog Boardwalk was thought to be by this woodpecker.

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

Boreal Chickadee: Two or three continue to be seen at the suet feeder near
the register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

WINTER FINCHES:
 
Pine Grosbeak: One was along Highway 60 at km 8 on February 11. There have
been very few seen here this winter.

Common Redpoll: The small flock of up to 21 birds continues daily at the
Visitor Centre feeders.

Hoary Redpoll: Three individuals were present at the Visitor Centre feeders.



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 12, 2015
From: Gregory Zbitnew <k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:11:21 +0000
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber: Greg Zbitnew at k_zbitnew2 AT bell.net or 
sightings AT ofnc.ca 


Recent reports to February 12, 2015
 
As in the past several weeks, normal winter conditions prevailed in Ottawa this 
week, and there was no significant change to the bird life. 

 
A greater variety of lingering waterfowl has been seen this week than last 
week, probably only reflecting the reporting; these birds were undoubtedly here 
last week as well: 

 
1. BARROWS GOLDENEYE was west of the Champlain bridge on the 11th.
2. GREATER SCAUP was at Britannia as recently as the 7th. 
3. HOODED MERGANSER was at Black Rapids lock on the 9th.
4. BUFFLEHEAD was at Deschenes on the 7th. 
5. NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at Appaloosa Park as recently as the 9th.
6. WOOD DUCK was near the Rideau Tennis Club on the 12th.
 
GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen on Farmview Road on the 12th, but this species is far 
from regular at this locale. 

 
Jack Pine Trail had BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 7th, and one was at Bruce 
Pit on the 12th. 

 
The GYRFALCON was reported at the Laflche landfill on the 7th, 10th and 12th. 
The bird was often perched, giving great looks to lucky birders. GOLDEN EAGLE 
was reported twice; on the 5th from Steele Line and on the 7th from Kinburn. 

 
The largest flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS seen this winter, 1000, were seen on 
Rifle Road on the 9th, while a HERMIT THRUSH was seen at Bruce Pit on the 12th. 

 
LAPLAND LONGSPUR were seen on Lockhead Road in North Gower a number of times in 
farm fields south of Ottawa. The most recent sighting of HOARY REDPOLL was from 
a feeder in Rockcliffe, but as yet there have been no regular sightings of this 
species. 


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: FW: dark phase red tailed hawk
From: SHEILA BOWSLAUGH <1sheila AT bell.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:50:24 +0000
 
From: 1sheila AT bell.net
To: mark.cranford AT ofo.ca
CC: kayoroy AT niagara.com
Subject: dark phase red tailed hawk
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:27:10 +0000




 
Hi Mark
 
Has anyone reported one of these birds in the Beamsville Grimsby area recently? 
I looked out my window to see a large black bird which was too big for a crow 
with bright yellow feet sitting in a a black willow shrub by the creek. Never 
having seen dark phase red tail I would hesitate to call it but it did have a 
red tail when it flew. If anyone has time to check the area, as it has now 
flown off, it might be worthwhile. I understand this would be quite unusual for 
this part of Ontario. 

 
I am at 5515 King St. (reg. rd.#81) in Beamsville. At 30 Rd. We do get quite a 
few hawks around here as there is a conservation area just across the road in 
the valley and lots of small critters and birds. 

 
Sheila Bowslaugh
 
 		 	   		   		 	   		  
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending February 12, 2015.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:05:44 -0500
Presqu'ile Provincial Park remains firmly in the grip of winter and 
shows little sign of being released.  For most of the past week, 
Presqu'ile Bay, which is normally hosting hundreds of newly arrived 
ducks by this date, has remained almost totally frozen over.  Only in 
the past hour or two has a north-west wind begun to blow some of the ice 
out into Lake Ontario and create some patches of open water.  Thus even 
the waterfowl, which in mid-February we expect to relieve the boredom of 
looking at the same winter birds day after day, have not been able to 
take on that responsibility.

This morning a group of several dozen GREATER SCAUP near the lighthouse 
was the largest this month.  An immature BALD EAGLE, seen there 
yesterday and today, dispersed that flock.   A RED-TAILED HAWK flew over 
this morning.  Three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS huddled together on the 
ice on Saturday.  A BARRED OWL was photographed two days ago.

AMERICAN ROBINS were still in evidence yesterday.  A flock of SNOW 
BUNTINGS on the ice of Popham Bay yesterday, as well as two other flocks 
seen by this observer outside the Park yesterday and one today, suggests 
that a migration of that species may be under way. Observers should 
check any such flocks for LAPLAND LONGSPURS.  The PINE WARBLER at the 
feeder near the camp office continues to delight birders.  Two 
WHITE-THROATED and one WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW are being well fed at 83 
and 85 Bayshore Road.  A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD has made some appearances 
at 40 Bayshore Road, and two COMMON GRACKLES keep showing up at 83/85 
Bayshore Road.  Where they stay the rest of the time is a mystery.  
COMMON REDPOLLS have been regular visitors to the feeders at 186 
Bayshore Road and were accompanied this afternoon by a HOARY REDPOLL.

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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