Muskoka Bird Board - Archived Reports from Oct-Dec 2000
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Archived reports (October 18 - December 31, 2000):
Bald Eagle Jon Grandfield 4:29 pm sunday december 31, 2000 An adult bald eagle was
observed patrolling the open water
downstream from the Port Sydney dam at about 1 pm Sunday,
Northern Goshawk Ted Gardner 7:45 pm saturday december 30, 2000 a little late, but on
boxing day we had a large (probably female)
Goshawk sitting in the ravine behind the house on meadow hieghts
right here in Bracebridge. She was keeping a good eye on our
feeders which are frequented by Mourning Doves and Blue Jays.
She spent about 15 minutes there so we had a really good look at
her through the field glasses, but not being totally with it we
did not have the scope set up!! we are regularly visited by a
Sharp Shinned Hawk but this was a Real Thrill!!
Bohemian Waxwings Eleanor kee Wellman 1:47 pm friday december 29, 2000 At about 1
pm today I saw a dozen Bohemian Waxwings in a maple
tree next to the Pine Lake Boat Storage building on Hwy 169 Pine
Lake. Also, there were 3 Tree Sparrows at my feeders on Porter
Bohemian Waxwings gerald willmott 10:34 am monday december 25, 2000 Waxwings
(90)are still here feeding like mad on berries. If you
want to see them take 118 west out of Bracebridge and turn left
onto Beaumaris Road (aprox 15km). Drive straight through the 4
way stop at the community center and continue on till you drive
over a bridge. Once over the bridge begin looking on you left
side....from the bridge until the bottom of a small hill.
Good luck and Merry Christmas!
Bohemian Waxwings gerald willmott 3:37 pm sunday december 24, 2000 We had an early
Christmas present today when a flock, maybe two,
of Bohemian Waxwings came and visited the property across from
our house. There were maybe 40 birds in total and they stayed
for around four hours. I think that there were maybe two groups
as they flew in two separate flocks before all landing in a
small swamp across the road from us; they occupied three trees.
It was very plain to see the yellow tips of their tail feathers
as well the rufous undertail feathers. I could also see the
white, red and yellow markings on the wing and their crest
floating in the wind. Possibly they will be here latter in the
week as I think that have been here before. But Today however
was the first that I had any good look at this flock(s). If
anyone would like to see them contact me at Gwillmott1@hotmail,
or if you have any information on attracting them as permanent
residences please let me know, or on their habits. Note, I also
saw another large flock of something in Port Carling. It was
close to Breese’s Esso Station, the swamp across the Highway at
the end of Forman Road. Also we have been visited by another
Cooper's Hawk. -/
Between Bracebridge and
Port Carling, highway 118.
Cooper's Hawk in Bracebridge David Britton 5:56 pm thursday december 21, 2000 This
morning there was a Cooper's Hawk chasing the Rock Doves at
Corbett's Feeds at 21 Wellington St. It was alternately chasing
the Rock Doves and perching in the trees on either side of
Red-winged Blackbird Jon Grandfield 7:06 pm wednesday december 20, 2000 A male red-
winged black bird was picking grit on the road about
300 m south of the bridge over the Muskoka R. on District Rd.
#10 in Port Sydney at about 8:30 am today. There are several
feeders in the area where it is likely making a living.
re: Varied Thrush near Baysville Al Sinclair 5:39 pm tuesday december 19, 2000 Probably
the same bird, a male, was seen nearby from December 13
to 16 at Frances Woodruff's feeder 209 Price's Point Road on Lake
of Bays (Whiskey Bay) .
Varied Thrush near Baysville Al Sinclair 7:58 pm monday december 18, 2000 A Varied
Thrush was seen by Nadya Tarasoff today around noon at
her feeder north of Baysville. It stayed in the area for about
30 minutes. We will send an update if it returns. The address is
3550 Brunel Rd., 5 km north of Baysville.
re: Christmas Bird Count Highlights Challis-Carlyle 2:51 pm thursday december 28, 2000
There was a good-sized flock of evening grosbeaks on Christmas
Day at John Purdon's house on the Stoneleigh Road -- the first
I've encountered this year.
Muskoka Raptors Burke Korol 8:51 pm monday december 11, 2000 Sorry this is late, but
On Saturday, 9 Dec 00 I found the Northern Hawk Owl that is
being seen at 1100 South Monck Drive, which is about 1 km north
of Muskoka Road 118, about 2 km west of Bracebridge. The owl
was on the top of a small tree in a hedgerow, about 500 m west
of the road around 9 a.m. About half an hour later I saw a
Northern Goshawk fly over Hwy. 11 about 10 km south of
Golden-crowned Kinglets Barbara Taylor 9:42 pm sunday december 10, 2000 There was a
small flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets today near
Kevin Cres. and Glendale Rd. (Bracebridge).
Northern Shrike Doug Smith 1:49 pm saturday december 9, 2000 I had a Northern Shrike
visit my bird feeder Friday at noon. He
didn't catch anything but fed on the suet feeder. This may be
the same one as I had last year, which also showed a preference
I'm located in Uffington, 1007 Hawn Rd., at the corner of Hawn
Rd. and Peterson Rd.
Bald Eagle near Rosseau - 6 Dec 00 Burke Korol 9:49 pm wednesday december 6, 2000
Today I saw an immature Bald Eagle flying south over Muskoka
Road 3, 13 km east of Rosseau. There was no sign of the Great
Gray Owl in the Humphrey area
Mergansger --&-- Goldeneyes at Port Sydney Ken Walton 9:16 pm monday december 4,
2000 Female Common Mergansger & male & female Common Goldeneyes on
the river below bridge at Port Sydney. Seen by Jon Grandfield &
Ken Walton Sunday Dec. 3, 2000.
Snow Buntings Ken Walton 9:12 pm monday december 4, 2000 On Sunday Dec. 3, 2000
I saw 60+ Snow Buntings in the field
behind the Gospel Hall on Deer Lake Rd. Port Sydney around
Northern Hawk Owl at Bracebridge Al Sinclair 5:56 pm thursday november 30, 2000 A
Northern Hawk Owl was seen at 4:30 PM today Nov 30 on a hydro
pole beside 1100 South Monk Drive west of Bracebridge. After a
jogger passed it moved to a spruce tree further north.
Directions: Go 1 km west of Bracebridge on Hwy 118W to South
Monk Drive, go north 1km to #1100.
Great Gray Owl seen at Humphrey Al Sinclair 10:10 pm wednesday november 29, 2000
On Friday Nov 24, a Great Gray Owl was seen on a telephone Cable
beside Hwy 141 just east of Humphrey (Clear Lake Rd corner)
Parry Sound District. It has not been seen again. Reported by
Rick Hillman, Bracebridge
Red-throated Loon, Port Carling Eleanor Kee Wellman 2:03 pm sunday november 26,
2000 I had a message from Janice Enright from A Wing and a Prayer
that she had released a Red-throated Loon at the end of Bailey
St in Port Carling yesterday. The loon was picked up after
having landed on a road at Sprucedale.
I saw the bird in the river off the liquor store in Port Carling
today at 1:30 pm.
Varied Thrush in Nobel Jean Niskanen 8:48 pm saturday november 25, 2000 A male
VARIED THRUSH has been coming regularly to a feeder in
Nobel, which is just north of Parry Sound.
Reg & Leslie Crawford have had it coming for the last four
days. It has also been photographed and verified by Stan
The Crawfords live at #2, FR119 in Nobel and have granted
permission for birders to visit. You may phone them at (705)
Directions: Take Hwy #69 north past Parry Sound. When you
reach Nobel,turn left at the top of the hill at the Shell Gas
Station & at the sign for Georgian Bay Condominiums. Drive to
the end & look for #2, FR 119, with a driveway on the left and
a "Crawford" sign. There is a steep hill going down to the
house & waterfront so if there is a lot of snow, you may wish to
walk down. The feeder is on the waterfront side of the house.
Common Loon still at Alport Barbara Taylor 8:57 pm sunday november 19, 2000 A
Common Loon was still present today on Alport Lake near the
marina on Beaumont Drive, Bracebridge. There isn't any ice yet
even by the shoreline so no need to leave. Over the past few
weeks, large numbers of Canada Goose have been gathering in a
shallow reedy area on Alport Lake near the channel to the
Muskoka River. Today there were about thirty birds. A few
Mallards were with them.
Nearly five inches of snow fell last night in the Bracebridge
area. I noticed many more birds making use of the birdfeeder
today, including at least fourteen Dark-eyed Juncos.
Great Grey Owl, Algonquin Ken Kingdon 9:38 pm saturday november 18, 2000 A Great
Grey Owl was closely observed on Friday, Nov.17 at
2:30pm during a trip to Algonquin Provincial Park by Albert
Boisvert, Terrie Smith and Ken Kingdon (my ISP was down last
evening, so I could not report earlier).
DIRECTIONS: from Hwy. 60, go north 5km on the Arowhon Rd.,
taking each fork to right. Drive along the abandoned rail
embankment ~1 km to the gate onto Mizzy Lake Trail. Park and
walk 10 minutes to the first right bend of this rail
embankment. Just after this curve, the Great Grey Owl was
hunting from perches at the edge of open 1 acre patches on each
side of the embankment.(The edges of similar open spots further
on might also be used by this bird if it stays).
Grey Jays were seen here too, even getting in the way of the
view of the Great Grey Owl! We also saw 15 Pine Siskins, and 4
On the east sector of the Bat Lake Trail (400m in from Hwy.60),
we had close looks at two Boreal Chickadees in a pack of Black-
capped Chickadees with Red-breasted Nuthatches.
There were 2 more Grey Jays and 6 more White-winged Crossbills
on the Opeongo Lake Rd., 3 km north of Hwy.60 at the northbound
gate (which was still open). Opeongo Lake itself still had a
Common Loon, while Cache Lake had some 10 Hooded Mergansers.
We also saw a "strange" Ruffed Grouse; a distinct rufous morph,
but with a typical grey tail. If anyone knows more about this
unusual plumage, please e-mail me privately.
Thank you and good birding.
KINGSTON, ONTARIO, CANADA
Northern Shrike Eleanor Kee Wellman 4:57 pm sunday november 12, 2000 Sorry about
the previous message. I saw a Northern Shrike on
the top of a spruce tree on the west side of South Monk Rd this
morning about 10 am. They are often seen near this location at
this time of year and we always hope that they will stay around
for Christmas Bird Count.
Snowy Owl seen. Deb Easson 2:00 pm friday november 10, 2000 Early this morning,
beside my house on Skeleton Bay, (Bent River
area) a snowy owl perched for a lengthy time, in the mist and
light rain, on my clothesline post looking for prey. After I'd
watched it for about 45 minutes, it dropped to the ground and
caught something. After a short while on the ground, feeding and
looking over its shoulder, it flew off to the bush across the
river behind my house.
Because I'm new here and the sighting seems quite rare, I'll tell
you that Bob Burton came and also saw the owl.
I'm interested in hearing whether anyone has heard of diminished
prey populations in their normal territory this year.
The bird seemed healthy.
Evening Grosbeaks at Hillside Burke Korol 10:19 pm tuesday november 7, 2000 On
Tuesday, 7 Nov 00, I saw 8 Evening Grosbeaks flying over my
place in Hillside, which is on Hwy. 60 about 10 km east of
Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk Barbara Taylor 10:25 am saturday november 4, 2000 Jean
Niskanen received a report via MNR staff in Parry Sound
that a white Red-tailed Hawk with a red tail was seen near
Bracebridge. It was seen in the afternoon on Nov. 2, perched on
the north side of hwy#118 about 10-14 km west of Holiday Inn
(between Milford Bay & Bracebridge). The location was a long
narrow marsh, and there was a black steel gate on the east side
of the marsh.
Northern Cardinals Barbara Taylor 11:29 am tuesday october 31, 2000 Two male
Cardinals at my bird feeder in Bracebridge this
morning. These are the first cardinals I've seen since a female
stayed around for three days in early spring.
ring-necked pheasant Carlyle - Challis 3:35 pm monday october 23, 2000 Monday,
October 23, 4:10 pm, Rocksborough
I cannot believe I just saw a pheasant flying over a clearing near our house. Actually, our
dog and the neighbours dog flushed it out of the bush near our garage. I managed to call
the dogs off and went off in search of the bird but couldn't find it.
It must be hanging around here because John and I thought we heard one yesterday
afternoon at aoubt 4:30 but dismissed the notion because we've never seen any in
Presumably this bird has escaped from an organized hunt somewhere near here and won't
be able to survive the winter. In the meantime, I'm not telling my neighbours who would
like nothing better than to serve it up for Sunday dinner.
Anyone else see any pheasants around?
Eastern Bluebirds at Hillside Burke Korol 0:20 am sunday october 22, 2000 I saw 2
Eastern Bluebirds at 'Friendly Acres' i.e., 2269 Hwy.
60, about 10 km east of Huntsville at 5:30 pm, Saturday, 22
Northern Shrike et al. Burke Korol 1:17 pm saturday october 21, 2000 On Saturday (21
October) morning I found a juvenile Northern
Shrike on the Fairy View Trail (parallels Hwy. 60, east of
Huntsville) about 4 km east of Huntsville. A Dark-eyed Junco, 6
American Tree Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow and a White-crowned
Sparrow were also seen.
The Bracebridge Sewage Lagoons had a Common Snipe, at least 150
Buffleheads and many other ducks. The juvenile Brant was still
there, but I could not find the Long-taile Duck despite
searching for about 2 hours.
Flock of Siskins at Uffington Al Sinclair 4:53 pm wednesday october 18, 2000 Today at
around 3PM about twenty Pine Siskins stopped briefly in
our back yard near Uffington.