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Saw it today Dec 31

 Al Sinclair

 4:52 pm monday december 31, 2001

We saw the Varied Thrush today Dec 31 at 1:45pm. About 10 minutes
after we arrived it flew down out of a large dense spruce,
perched briefly in the open, then flew out of sight into a 3
sided garden shed. About 5 minutes later it flew up again and
perched in clear view for a few minutes then went down to feed
under one of the feeders. Shortly after a noise on the street
startled it and it disappeared into a smaller spruce at the back
of the yard. Nice bird to finish off the year!

Al and Joan Sinclair

 

Varied Thrush still here!!

 Ted Gardner

 7:28 pm sunday december 30, 2001

Our Thrush was in and out of our feeders all day last seen about
4 pm. seems to prefer the ground so i have cleared an are under
the feeder with a good a good supply of mixed seed. Here's
hoping he sticks around for a while.

 

Great Blue Heron

 Virginia Pray

 6:57 pm sunday december 30, 2001

On Friday December 28 there was a Blue Heron on ice below the
IGA on Indian River in Port Carling. Also great numbers of
Mallards, Bufflheads,Common Goldeneyes and Common Merganzers.

 

Algonquin Park CBC

 Ron Tozer

 5:33 pm sunday december 30, 2001

The 28th Algonquin Provincial Park CBC was held on Saturday,
December 29, under almost ideal sunny and calm conditions
(except for a little wind in the afternoon). The temperature
ranged from minus 14 to minus 8 degrees Celsius, and there was a
maximum of only 15 centimetres of snow on the ground.

Sixty-two (62) observers and 2 feeder watchers recorded 1,757
individual birds of 32 species, at a rate of only 8 birds per
party hour (average is 29). As expected, the number of indvidual
birds was low (average is 5,113) in this year of scarce wild
food (especially cones). However, the number of species was high
(average is 27), just a little below our highest species total
of 34. This better than expected result was probably due to
excellent conditions for observing, relative ease of walking
(important in a count that had 200 party hours on foot and only
30 party hours driving), some open water lingerers (rare here),
and a very experienced group of observers.

The results noted below are preliminary, pending adjudication of
observer details for some species:

New Count Species (bringing the cumulative species total to 55):
-MALLARD: a male with a female Black Duck on the Madawaska River
near Pog Lake dam, and a pair on Kearney Creek near Highway 60.

Highlights:
-American Black Duck: 1
-Bald Eagle: 1
-Rough-legged Hawk: 1 (dark morph)
-Herring Gull: 5 (flock flying southward at high elevation)
-American Crow: 1 (seen and heard, near East Gate)

Finches:
-Pine Grosbeak: 110
-Common Redpoll: 52 (most at Visitor Centre feeder)
-White-winged Crossbill: 12 (likely surviving on Black Spruce
cones)
-single birds of each of the following: Purple Finch, Red
Crossbill (male), Pine Siskin and Evening Grosbeak.

Count Week species:
-Ring-necked Duck: female on Lake of Two Rivers on December 26,
present since December 5. (Previous latest date for this species
in Algonquin Park was November 21.)
-Hooded Merganser: 4 on Lake of Two Rivers on December 26.
-Common Merganser: 1 on Lake of Two Rivers on December 26.
-Northern Shrike: 1 on Opeongo Road on December 28. (Lake of Two
Rivers froze over completely on the night of December 27/28.)

I would like to thank all the observers for their dedicated
effort. Most travelled long distances (one from England!) to be
on the Algonquin count, and we really appreciate it.

Ron Tozer
Algonquin CBC Compiler
e-mail:  rtozer@vianet.on.ca


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Varied Thrush

 Ted Gardner

 11:08 am sunday december 30, 2001

Staring at my back yard feeders at about 10:45 this morning,not
looking forward to shovling out when i notice what looked like a
robin at the base of my platform feeder.He was picking seeds?
wait a minute that not a robin, hes got a black band across his
orange chest and a definite orange slash through his eye. i
exclaimed to my wife that he was a western bird but not sure
what.A quick call to my father the expert and poof we have a
Varied Thrush!!Sure enough i find him in my Peterson guide below
the Robin. He picked seeds for about 3 minutes the flew into a
large Spruce tree in the ravine. will be keeping an eye out for
him over the next little while . (120 Meadow Hieghts Bracebridge)

 

Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture

 Bruce Mackenzie

 7:23 pm saturday december 29, 2001

Adult Bald Eagle seen at 11:00 am Dec. 28 flying tree top height
along north shore of Lake Muskoka near the intersection of
Mortimer's Point RD. and Eveleigh RD. Heading east.


Turkey vulture seen at 1:00 pm Dec. 29 at Glen Orchard. Near
intersection of Hwy. 169 and Hwy. 118.

 

Hoary Redpoll

 Ted Gardner

 6:45 pm friday december 28, 2001

wednesday Dec 26 flock of 15 or so RedPolls and one definite
frosty individual...a Hoary!! 1st in the yard this winter .
(120 Meadow Heights)

 

Pine Grosbeak

 Barbara Taylor

 3:07 pm thursday december 27, 2001

Pine Grosbeak eating grit along roadside.  At noon today, midway
along Partridge Lane between Ziska Rd. and South Monck Dr.,
Bracebridge.

 

Chukars at Port Sydney

 Jon Grandfield

 6:10 pm wednesday december 26, 2001

A flock of 8 - 10 Chukars have been sighted regularly over the
past 2 weeks at various location in the west end of Port
Sydney.  As a result of the recent accumulation of snow, they
are now being seen around feeders.  I have attempted to find out
if someone in the area is raising them, but so far no one seems
to know anything about them.

Directions:  Turn east  from highway 11 on the Port Sydney Rd
(Muskoka District Road #10).  This is approximately 12 km. south
of Huntsville and 15 km north of Bracebridge.  Watch for a fire
hall on the left about 1.5 km from #11.  Now, cruise the streets
turning north and south off  road #10 within about .75 km of the
fire hall.  Check the bush surrounding any place with a feeder.

Jon Grandfield
Port Sydney, ON

 

Barred Owl

 Gerald Willmott

 8:08 am wednesday december 26, 2001

Yesterday I accidentally flushed a Barred Owl from a hemlock.  
He flew a short distance to a birch, for my better viewing
pleasure, and watched me for a few minutes before flying away.  
Great view!  It is always an happy chance to find a barred owl,
rarely planned.

Beaumaris Island.
118 west of bracebridge.
Beaumaris Road.

Also saw piliated woodpeckers

 

 Tree Sparrow

 Barbara Taylor

 6:42 pm tuesday december 25, 2001

Haven't seen an American Tree Sparrow since the fall migration,
but one showed up at my birdfeeder this afternoon.  Lots of snow
fell last night and lake effect snow continued off and on today
in Bracebridge, totalling about 8 inches as measured on my
driveway.  So maybe there will be other interesting birds
looking for a Boxing Day breakfast tomorrow.

 

re: Bald Eagle

 Gayle Carlyle

 9:26 am thursday december 27, 2001

I got a call from a friend of a friend last week, Thursday the
20th I think, who lives on Beaumont Bay on Skeleton Lake. She
said she saw a very large bird with a bright white tail soaring
over the lake that morning.  It sounds like it could have been a
bald eagle.  She promised she'd call if she saw it again.

 

Bald Eagle

 Gerald Willmott

 8:40 am monday december 24, 2001

It rained, then it snowed, it rained, and then it snowed.  Just
like picking the petals off a flower head, but when the last one
petals was plucked, it snowed,  and it was Christmas Day.  My
apologies for not posting the sightings the day of, but time
slips away this time of year.  
Friday, while out for a walk a friend we discovered a Red Tailed
Hawk, in the vicinity of Falkenburg/Beatrice Town Line
intersection…truth be told we were looking for owls.  However,
further along the Falkenburg road towards the Hewlit Roadsame we
spotted not one, but two partridges (ruffed Grouse) in a pear
tree (actually an ironwood).  There were also pine grosbeaks,
Goldeneyes and Buffleheads in the waters of  Milford Bay.  But
to top them all off, was a BALD EAGLE!  He soared over head of
the ducks and before I could run home to tell anyone, he was
gone.    

A question.  My friend and I saw what looked like a HUGE nest at
the end a of a branch.  It was on a White Pine, it was at the
end of a branch, a little over half the way up the tree.  It was
round and looked as though it was made from the same material as
the tree.  Ie, braches, twigs, and needles folded over each
other to make a ball.  Any guesses?

 

Boreal Chickadee in Huntsville

 Burke Korol

 1:44 pm saturday december 22, 2001

Saturday, 22 December 2001

Hi Everyone,

During an unsuccessful search for the female Northern Cardinal
in Huntsville I heard, and then saw, a Boreal Chickadee.  It was
at 48 Lake Drive, which is near the McDonald's on Muskoka Road 3
in town.  There were also Downy and Hairy woodpeckers, a few
Common Redpolls and both nuthatches in this neighborhood.

Around 1:15 p.m., I stopped briefly on Golden Pheasant Road and
looked out onto Fairy Lake and immediately saw the Long-tailed
Duck close to shore.  This road goes south off of Hwy. 60 just a
few km east of Huntsville.  Fairy Lake can be seen about 300 m
south of Hwy. 60.

 

 Request for information

 Bert Filemyr

 10:31 am saturday december 22, 2001

A couple of birders from the Philadephia areas are strongly considering making a run to the Bracebridge, Huntsville, Algonquin Park area sometime between 12/28 and 1/1. We had a great experience last year seeing and enjoying the owls. This year we have two target birds - Bohemian Waxwings and Boreal Chickadees. We realize that these are "tough birds". Can anyone provide local information that would increase our chance of success? Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

 

 re: Count Highlights

 Al Sinclair

 6:31 pm thursday december 20, 2001

The 22nd Gravenhurst-Bracebridge Christmas Bird Count was held on
Sunday, December 16. 37 observers counted an above average 41
species and 3603 individuals.
WEATHER: Partly cloudy, -6/+1C (21/34F), SNOW COVER  3 cm (1.2
in), WIND none
ponds frozen, rivers and lakes open.

New High Counts of Individuals:
Canada Goose-150
Common Goldeneye-77
Common Merganser-41
Ring-billed Gull-56
Red-breasted Nuthatch-26
Purple Finch-70
Common Redpoll-308

Highlights:
Common Loon-1
Black-backed Woodpecker-1
Northern Cardinal-6
American Robin-2
Hoary Redpoll-1
Pine Grosbeak-115

Noteworthy Count Week species:
Bohemian Waxwing
Great Blue Heron

The Gravenhurst-Bracebridge circle is centered between the two
towns in the Regional Municipality of Muskoka in Central Ontario
approx. 150 km north of Toronto
Al Sinclair compiler
RR 3,
Bracebridge, Ontario
P1L 1X1

 

Gravenhurst-Bracebridge CBC Report

 Al Sinclair

 12:38 pm thursday december 20, 2001

The Gravenhurst-Bracebridge Christmas Bird Count report has been
posted at http://muskoka.com/~sinclair/news.html
41 Species 3603 individuals.

 

 Huntsville CBC

 Ron Tozer

 12:06 pm thursday december 20, 2001

The 8th Huntsville CBC was held on Tuesday, December 18, with
excellent conditions: only a trace of snow on the ground, above
freezing temperatures, and nearly all water open. Seventeen
observers in the field tallied a record high 44 species
(previous high was 42 species in 1997).

New Count Species:

-HARLEQUIN DUCK: 1 male  (Margaret Carney and Dennis Barry found
this bird on the south end of Mary Lake, while canoeing 19 km
from the Huntsville Locks to Port Sydney. It is the first record
of Harlequin Duck for Muskoka, according to Bob Bowles.)
-LONG-TAILED DUCK: 2
-GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL: 1 adult over Mary Lake
-BELTED KINGFISHER: 2  (along Muskoka River)
-WINTER WREN: 1

New High Counts for Individuals (many being water-associated
birds):

-Common Loon: 4
-Canada Goose: 107
-Mallard: 269
-Common Goldeneye: 129
-Bufflehead: 23
-Hooded Merganser: 90
-Common Merganser: 108
-Bald Eagle: 2
-Ring-billed Gull: 74
-Herring Gull: 29
-Black-backed Woodpecker: 4
-Pileated Woodpecker: 8
-Common Raven: 110
-Black-capped Chickadee: 863
-White-breasted Nuthatch: 70
-Northern Shrike: 3
-Eurpean Starling: 251

Highlights:
-Gray Jay: 2
-Boreal Chickadee: 1
-Northern Cardinal: 1
-Common Grackle: 1

Noteworthy Count Week species: Great Blue Heron.

Huntsville is located in Muskoka, at the junction of Highways 11
and 60.


Ron Tozer
e-mail:  rtozer@vianet.on.ca


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 Pine grosbeaks

 Art Pearse

 2:09 pm sunday december 16, 2001

Pair of pine grosbeaks spotted at feeder this morning on Bonnell
Rd., about a mile north of Bracebridge.

 

 Goshawk on xmas bird count

 Ted Gardner

 11:25 am sunday december 16, 2001

Feeling really lucky today!!watching my back yard feeders
dilligently today for the bird count, viewing the ever present
blue jays and mourning doves when everbody scattered. up inthe
the maples is a large hawk!! to big for a sharp shinned or
coopers but defenitly a accipiter!! leveled the scope for a
really good look at him. Northern Goshawk!! an immature male.
he watched the back yard for about 10 minutes before moving on.
funniest thing though is that i was telling someone yesterday
that on boxing day last year we had a goshawk visit my back
yard, and sure enough at 9:30 in the moring of the xmas bird
count there he is!! seems almost to good to be true, but it is.!!

 

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

 Gerald Willmott

 9:28 pm saturday december 15, 2001

Well, I saw the sharp shinned fly past the feeders again this
morning.  He alighted in a nearby tree and I had another look at
him.  I am fairly certain that he is a Sharp Shinned yet, i am
confused because he should be gone south by now, right?


I regret that I will not be able to take part in the Christmas
Bird count, but maybe the hawk could count?

Happy Birding

 

sighting

 Art Pearse

 8:30 pm thursday december 13, 2001

Half dozen white-winged crossbills at feeder on Bonnell Rd. this
morning. First observed visit of them at this feeder ever.

 

Christmas Bird Count this Sunday Dec 16

 Al Sinclair

 7:12 pm thursday december 13, 2001

The Gravenhurst-Bracebridge Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be
held on Sunday Dec 16. Counters divide into groups and count all
birds in a 15 mile diameter circle. Following the count is a Pot
Luck Supper sponsored by the Muskoka Field Naturalists. Everyone
welcome. Contact Al Sinclair for more info. Email
sinclair@muskoka.com or telephone 645-2848.

 

 re: Bohemian Waxwings - hope they stay

 Al Sinclair

 7:15 pm thursday december 13, 2001

Hope we find them Sunday. But they are good for count week already
(3 days before and after count day).

 

re: Bohemian Waxwings

 Barbara Taylor

 3:18 pm thursday december 13, 2001

The waxwings were back in the same tree today at 2:40 p.m.

 

re: Bohemian Waxwings

 Linda Brockley

 5:18 am wednesday december 12, 2001

we also have the bohemain waxwings in Bancroft

 

Bohemian Waxwings

 Barbara Taylor

 2:17 pm tuesday december 11, 2001

About twenty Bohemian Waxwings in large maple tree in front of
103 Glendale Rd., Bracebridge.  (spotted 2:05 p.m. Dec. 11)

 

Port Carling Sightings

 Virginia Pray

 6:09 am monday december 10, 2001

This past week we have had the pair of Cardinals in our yard and
the male found the feeder. Had 30 Canada Geese on the river on
Saturday. They stayed at Hanna Park over night. Also Buffle
Heads, Common Goldeneyes, Common Merganzers, a Great Blue Heron
was still feeding below the IGA early in the week. If you are
going down Bailey St. take a look at the work of a piliated
Woodpecker at the end of our drive at 22 Bailey. Quite a work of
art.

 

Algonquin Park sightings

 Barbara Taylor

 8:47 pm sunday december 9, 2001

Today around 1 p.m. there were lots of Common Redpolls around
the Algonquin Visitors Centre.  Also a single Gray Jay at the
feeder there.  I only got a quick glimpse of a Woodpecker flying
by so I can't be sure of the ID, but it definitely had a yellow
cap.  At the Spruce Bog trail parking lot there were three Gray
Jays gobbling down pieces of a large chunk of butter that
someone had left behind for them.  The birds took a couple
peanuts from my hand but then decided they preferred the
butter.  A Blue Jay kept watch, probably trying to memorize
where the Gray Jays were hiding the butter.  Several Ravens were
seen along Hwy. 60 as well as a Pileated Woodpecker.

At Mew Lake at about 12:30 p.m. there were two Otters playing in
a large open circle of water surrounded by ice - easily seen
from the car window while driving along Hwy. 60.  A Fox was seen
crossing the highway ahead of us near km. 35.  We pulled over to
get a better look, and couldn't believe our luck - the fox first
stood still and stared at the car, then started trotting along
the far side of the road, moving closer to us.  But then we
realized it was starting to come back across the road and there
was now no doubt it was headed in a direct line to the car! Too
bad the animal has learned that stopped cars sometimes bring
free food...it looked very healthy, but it will probably get run
over.  We slowly drove away before it could reach us.

 

Pine Grosbeak

 Barbara Taylor

 3:55 pm saturday december 8, 2001

I spotted a Pine Grosbeak around 2 p.m. today at a new location
in Bracebridge, at NE corner of Hiram and McDonald St.  Just
look for the crabapple tree...

 

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

 Gerald Willmott

 2:41 pm saturday december 8, 2001

Saturday dawned bright blue and crisp, a welcome relief to the
dull days of the past week.  There was a skim of ice on all the
ponds and the Goldeneyes were resplendent in their dark green
heads and white cheeks patches.  Still they are hanging around
in the middle of the lake, constantly diving one, two, three.  
Possibly the lakes have turned over and brought up new food?  

I toured the butter'n'egg/falenburg road on my bike, hoping to
see an owl, maybe even a visiting grey ghost, but none
appeared.  Yet, upon return home I notice an accipiter wheeling
lazily above the shoreline and over the house, the resident
birds were screaming.  I was sorry to see him go and as I
continued to scan the sky, I hoped in my heart that he would be
back.  Then, after I was inside and working I glanced up into
the trees by the feeder saw the alert, upright form of a winged
hunter.  Panic and excitement rushed through me as I tried to do
10 things at once, tripped and fell in my haste to capture the
moment.  After calming down I found my binoculars and had a good
look, and thought to myself that it was time to clean the
windows.

He was slightly bigger than a blue jay, yet smaller than a crow,
and his tail was very square across the base.  His chest was
white with buffy-red stripes running horizontal across the
chest, which ended abruptly at the edge of his dark grey wings.  
I am not sure if it was a male or female.  He flew to two other
perches while in our yard before making his exit.  However, I
feel that he will be back later for a feathered snack.

happy birding :)

 

Bohemian Waxwings

 Brenda Clark

 8:19 pm wednesday december 5, 2001

Yesterday I saw 3 Bohemians in behind the Muskoka Store.  I was
not able to get out today to see if they were still around.

 

Horned Grebe

 Virginia Pray

 2:20 pm wednesday december 5, 2001

Tuesday morning Dec 4 we spotted 2 male Horned Grebe in the
Brandy Lake creek just south of Port Carling. This morning we
could not find them.

 

Pileated woodpecker

 Challis Carlyle

 12:23 pm tuesday december 4, 2001

A pileated woodpecker conducted an inspection of the white pines
in front of the District of Muskoka building on Pine Street this
morning (Tuesday, about 10:15).
He gave them a clean bill of health. Apparently no grubs worth
pecking at.
He did seem more interested in the few hardwoods still standing
around the new parking lot on the north side of the building.
Perhaps the damage to root stock during construction has made
the trees more vulnerable to edible pests.

 

Red Polls and Pine Grosbeaks

 Ted Gardner

 7:30 pm monday december 3, 2001

we had a flock of 20 plus common Red polls today at the feeders,
they have joined a group of 8 Pine Grosbeaks. Seems the Pines
are pretty prevalant this year as my Mother reprts a large flock
in her feeders in Parry Sound.

 

Red Tailed Hawk

 Gerald Willmott

 1:33 pm sunday december 2, 2001

This morning in front of the house were one male hooded merg, 6
common golden-eyes, and two common merg.  At the corner of 118
and 169 was a BEAUTIFUL Red Tailed Hawk.  He was at several
spots on hydro wires and trees around butterfly lake.      

 

Pair of Cardinals

 Virginia Pray

 4:13 pm friday november 30, 2001

On Thursday a.m. Nov. 29 we saw a male and female Cardinal in
our yard. We have heard them for a week or more. Hopefully they
will find our feeder.

 

shrike

 Gerald Willmott

 7:05 pm thursday november 29, 2001

A northern shrike has returned to our feeder, for the second
time in two weeks.  Maybe he will make our feeders his snack
bar?  

 

Eagle?

 Carlyle Challis

 10:58 am thursday november 29, 2001

On Tuesday morning, Nov. 27, at about 9:40 a.m. John and I saw a
very large bird sitting up in a tree just south of the
Gravenhurst Hwy entrance (Doe Lake Rd. area)  We were heading
south on hwy 11 and the bird was across the hwy.
In form it looked like a red-tailed hawk but was much bigger.  
John said it had a streaked chest.
Could we have seen an immature eagle?
Has anyone else seen this bird?
Gayle

 

 re: Goshawk

 Barbara Taylor

 8:49 pm tuesday november 27, 2001

Hopefully it is a resident bird so you get another chance to see
it!  : )

...but could be a migrant. The first website listed below has
distribution maps.  The second website has great pictures and
discusses large "migrations", apparently every 10 years or so.

http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/mlist/h3340.html

http://www.ronausting.com/goshawk.htm

 

Goshawk

 Bruce Mackenzie

 8:04 pm tuesday november 27, 2001

Adult goshawk  seen at noon Nov. 24 flying at tree top height
near the end of Camp Jackson Rd. Camp Jackson Rd. comes off the
end of Moon River Rd. which is north of Bala.

Migrant or winter resident? Hopefully the likes of it may be
seen again.

 

 Barred Owl

 Gerald Willmott

 5:09 pm tuesday november 27, 2001

Well, I was able to sneak another bike in before the end of the
season, although I am thinking that today was maybe the last
day.  However, I was rewarded with another Barred Owl!  He
silently flew overhead on the Flakenburg road between the
Beatrice Town Line and the Dordy(?) Road.  It was about 4:45pm
and still light out.

The exact location was on top of the first hard wood hill just
Bracebridge side of the Dordy road past some farm fields.

Good luck all.

 

Pine Grosbeaks in Gravenhurst

 Dan Burton

 2:51 pm sunday november 25, 2001

There are still several groups of Pine Grosbeaks in various
crabapple trees throughout Gravenhurst. They are not hard to
find.

Dan Burton
Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst is 90 min north of Toronto on Hwy #11

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Owl

 Gerald Willmott

 6:43 pm thursday november 22, 2001

While out for one of the few remaining road bike rides of the
year I happened to glance up at the exact right moment, and saw
a dark form huddling on a hydro line.  I swung my wheels around
for a better sight and saw a barred owl turn around on his hydro
perch and return my look.

This was on the butter'n'egg road, just past the cemetery by
118, but before the sharp right corner.

 

Birds active at feeders

 Brian Pfrimmer

 1:12 pm sunday november 18, 2001

Nov 18th,01. It is shaping up to be a good winter season for
the feeders. On Nov 17th I had a White-winged Crossbill,today I
had a Hoary Redpoll amongst 7 Common Redpolls. Pine and Evening
Grosbecks,and Pine Siskin are regular visitors right now. I also
have 8 Blue Jays and 6 Morning Doves dailey. Hairy woodpeckers
and White-breasted Nuthatch are coming for black sunflower
seed.I do not have suet out yet. Also of note was a Dark-eyed
Junco ,(Slate-colored ),with an almost entirely white head,on
Oct 17th.

 

Saw-whet and Barred Owl

 Barbara Taylor

 12:42 pm sunday november 18, 2001

This must be the weekend for owls in Bracebridge...yesterday in
a small densely wooded area behind our house I found a Barred
Owl thanks to the continuous screams of four Blue Jays.  And
this morning I found a Saw-whet Owl thanks to a mob of
chickadees and nuthatches.

 

Pine Grossbeak, Shrike

 gerald willmott

 11:08 am sunday november 18, 2001

Yesterday around Beaumaris I found 4 Pine Grosbeaks eating buds
off Scots Pines and Maples; Evening Grosbeaks; many Common
Redpolls at our feeder; a Northern Shrike which terrorized the
birds by its mere presence; a Red-Tailed Hawk; and many
Buffleheads at the mouth of Sucker Creek in Milford Bay.

Also, two flying squirrels have been visiting my feeder every
night and early morning.  I wonder about all nightly activity?

 

Pine Grosbeaks still hangin' around

 Barbara Taylor

 2:53 pm friday november 16, 2001

Around noon today, three Pine Grosbeaks in the crabapple tree at
#117 Meadow Heights Dr. and nine more in the crabapple tree at
#79 Meadow Heights Dr. in Bracebridge.  

 

 re: Red-bellied WP..not seen last 2 days

 Al Sinclair

 5:55 pm friday november 16, 2001

It was not seen today or yesterday, may have moved on.

 

 re: Red-bellied Woodpecker.. seen again

 Al Sinclair

 6:55 pm wednesday november 14, 2001

Frank LeVay reported this afternoon: Red-Bellied Woodpecker here
again at 3:15 pm (A creature of habit ??)

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Gravenhurst

 Al Sinclair

 6:15 pm tuesday november 13, 2001

A Red-bellied Woodpecker was seen at 3:15 pm today, Nov 13, at
Frank and Jane LeVay's feeder at 255 Alexander Street in
Gravenhurst. It stayed for about 30 minutes eating sunflower
seed. Will post an update if it returns tomorrow. Birders
welcomed.
Direction: Go north on Muskoka Beach Rd towards Muskoka Sands
Resort. Turn Left at Blanchard St W and go to the next street
which is Alexander. Look for 255.

 

Barred Owls, Bald Eagle

 Bruce Mackenzie

 3:41 pm tuesday november 13, 2001

Monday, Nov. 5:
Immature Bald Eagle - west side of Hwy 69 approximately 6 km.
north of Port Severn. Roosting and then flew. Looked to be a
hatching year bird.

Two Barred Owls, both on the hydro line on Hwy 169 approximately
2 km. east of Hwy 69.(Macteir). About one kilometer apart these
birds were both sighted sitting on the hydro line on the north
side of the hwy at about 5.30 pm.

Earlier sighting on Oct. 2:
One Barred owl at the end of Camp Jackson rd. which comes off
Moon River Rd. in Bala. Bird was seen on Oct. 2   at about noon
hour. Perched about six feet off the ground seemed to be very
interested in the activities of the chipmunks in the area. Area
was dominated by young 30 year old sugar maples and mixed
forest. Bird was observed for about five minutes before it took
flight.

 

 pine grosbeak

 Challis-Carlyle

 12:46 pm monday november 12, 2001

We have had a single immature male pine grosbeak at the feeder
this morning, Rocksborough Road, Bracebridge.
Evening grosbeaks have been around as well this fall, although
they have not established themselves as regular visitors.

 

re: Need owl ID from call help ...

 Paul Smith

 4:33 pm saturday november 10, 2001

Thanks for the links (unfortunately, I don't have an audio card).
The only owl I've seen in my search that's described as having a
blood curdling, or hair raising scream is the barn owl - but that
would seem out of it's range. Going to get an audio card !!

Thanks !!

 

 re: Need owl ID from call help ...

 Barbara Taylor

 3:26 pm saturday november 10, 2001

Here are two websites with recordings for several owl
species...maybe something will sound similar to what you heard.  
Barred Owls make strange "screams" sometimes along with
their "whoos".

http://www.owlpages.com/n_american_owls.html

http://owling.com/Owling.htm


Barbara Taylor
muskoka_birder@hotmail.com

p.s. - I just pressed the tab key after the subject line and it
took me to the message area just fine...hopefully it was just a
one time glitch...

 

Need owl ID from call help ...

 Paul Smith

 2:51 pm saturday november 10, 2001

I'm not familiar with owls at all, but would like to know what I
heard last night 1:30 AM on my walk along Butterfly Lake Road.
It was a blood-curdling scream, high pitched and clear, about
two seconds long, rising then slightly falling, followed by a
muffled whooo, whooo, whooo. It stopped me in my tracks (crazed
deer hunters came to mind). It repeated from a distance about 30
seconds later and then was gone. Any ideas ??

Cheers !!

ps - seems that pressing the tab key out of "subject" posts an
empty message !!

 

 snipe -- and an unidentified call

 Challis-Carlyle

 11:02 am friday november 9, 2001

This is late, but on Oct. 28 or 29 we heard a snipe in the farm
flats at the end of Rocksborough Road, doing both its twittering
song and the wing-feather whooping in flight. Must have been a
teenager warming up for next spring.

And a few nights ago we heard something I couldn't identify,
just after dusk.
It was a quick, clear, repeated whistle. Not a saw-whet owl,
definitely, but might it have been a screech owl (I'm not
familiar with the calls)? Any suggestions?

 

 re: Pine Grosbeaks ...

 David Goodyear

 10:19 pm sunday november 11, 2001

There has been a flock of about 10 Pine Grosbeaks (probably part
of the flock spotted yesterday)visiting our flowering crabapple
tree and our highbush cranberry trees over the last few days -
117 Meadow Heights Drive.

 

re: Pine Grosbeaks ...

 Barbara Taylor

 1:10 pm saturday november 10, 2001

There were four Pine Grosbeaks in the same tree around 12:30 p.m.
today (Nov. 10). Also a few Common Redpolls in some birch trees
along the southwest part of the Meadow Heights Dr. loop.

 

re: Pine Grosbeaks ...

 Barbara Taylor

 8:11 pm friday november 9, 2001

There were eleven Pine Grosbeaks this afternoon (Nov. 9) feeding
on what looked like tiny red crabapples in a small tree at the
front of 79 Meadow Heights Dr. in Bracebridge.  If anyone knows
what the small tree is, I'd love to know...it is gorgeous!  (Or
at least it WAS gorgeous before the birds started to eat the
fruit...)

 

Pine Grosbeaks ...

 Paul Smith

 7:59 pm thursday november 8, 2001

A couple of Pine Grosbeaks here at Butterfly Lake this afternoon.

 

Lake Muskoka birds

 Barbara Taylor

 6:22 pm tuesday november 6, 2001

This afternoon on a boat trip around Browning Island (Lake
Muskoka) we saw several small groups of Buffleheads, a few
female Common Mergansers, and five Common Loons.  There were
about thirty Canada Goose in the reeds near the mouth of the
Muskoka River...a favourite spot for them for the past three
years.

On Browning Island there were very few birds around.  The usual
Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, Blue Jays,
Pileated Woodpecker, and a few American Goldfinch.  No sign of
the Barred Owl we had seen on two previous trips.  

 

 re: Bird songs and info website

 Gerald Willmott

 8:53 pm tuesday november 6, 2001

Mango Verde is also a good site to get pics or sounds of birds.  
A nice feature is that it offers plenty of links to other good
sites.

             http://www.mangoverde.com/index.html

By the way, did any one see the Northern Lights Monday evening?  
They were spectacular!  There was an abundance of reds and greens
that came together like shavings to a magnet right above our
heads!  They filled the whole sky.  

On another note, my flying squirrel was back!

 

 Bird songs and info website

 Barbara Taylor

 5:35 pm tuesday november 6, 2001

If you want to hear songs and get a bit of quick info on many N.
American birds, try this website:
http://birds.cornell.edu/BOW/

Cornell Lab of Ornithology main website:
http://birds.cornell.edu/

 

Redpolls

 Virginia Pray

 4:33 pm tuesday november 6, 2001

This morning on Bailey St in Port Carling I spotted 4 Redpolls.
Did everyone see the beautiful display of Northern Lights last
nigh (MON) There may be more to-night. Awesome.

 

re: Flying Squirrel

 Gerald Willmott

 9:09 pm tuesday november 6, 2001

Well, I have been having luck attracting the Flying Squirrels
with Black Sunflower seeds.  I don't know if Black seeds are
better than other sunflower seeds, it is just what I have on
hand.  What I do is spread them on the sill below the feeder to
coax him to the feeder, they came.  Also in doing a little
websearching, I have found out that they "cheep" after sunset!  
This little tidbit caught my attention because I have heard this
loud clean "cheep" after sunset for a month now!  I am guessing
that it has been the flying squirrels!  Always it has been hard
to spot the "cheep" as it is dark, but I am supposing that it is
the mystery flyer.  

I would like it if people would let me know if they hear the same
nightly noises, a loud clean "cheep".
       
The below excerpt is from http://www.uga.edu/srel/squirrel.htm

Flying squirrels can be identified by their high-pitched, excited-
sounding "cheeps" often heard within the first several hours
after sunset.  They use these sounds to keep track of one another
and offer warnings.  Sounds produced by flying squirrels
sometimes exceed the upper limits of frequencies heard by human
ears

 

re: Flying Squirrel

 Barbara Taylor

 8:22 pm monday november 5, 2001

How to encourage flying squirrels to a feeder?

Looks like peanuts might work....   : )
http://spot.colorado.edu/~halloran/sq_nofly.html


Below is an excerpt from:  
http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/FISH.GAME/notebook/furbear/nf
squirl.htm  
(url wrapped to second line so copy both parts and paste)

"Food habits: The flying squirrel is omnivorous. While little is
known about its diet in Alaska, the food it consumes in other
parts of its range include mushrooms, truffles, lichens, fruits,
green vegetation, nuts, seeds, tree buds, insects, and meat
(fresh, dried, or rotted). Nestling birds and birds' eggs may
also be eaten. Those observed foraging in the wild in Interior
Alaska ate mushrooms (fresh and dried), truffles, berries, tree
lichens, and the newly flushed growth tips on white spruce limbs.
In spring, summer, and fall the diet is mostly fresh fungi. In
winter it's mostly lichens. Flying squirrels are not known to
cache fungi for winter in Alaska, but they are known to do so
elsewhere in their range. Witches' brooms and tree cavities would
be likely places to find their caches."

 

 Redpolls, Flying Squirrel

 Gerald Willmott

 7:38 pm monday november 5, 2001

We had several common Redpolls visit our feeder this weekend and
the flock of Evening Grossbeaks, mostly males, continues to drop
in occasionally.  Also, a flying squirrel came to my feeder
during the night, which I was able to observe mere inches away
by virtue of the position of the feeder; it hangs from my
window.

Anyone know how to encourage flying squirrels to a feeder?

 

Male Cardinal

 Virginia Pray

 6:01 pm sunday november 4, 2001

Sunday afternoon a male Cardinal was seen at my next door
neighbours yard on Bailey St in Port Carling. They don't have a
feeder out yet so hope it will find ours.

 

Northern Goshawk

 Barbara Taylor

 5:14 pm sunday november 4, 2001

Saw a Northern Goshawk fly over the yard yesterday
afternoon...wonder if that explains the Mourning Dove feathers I
just found under the birdfeeder.

 

 Redpolls

 Barbara Taylor

 3:21 pm saturday november 3, 2001

There are several small flocks of Common Redpolls in birch trees
along Meadow Heights Dr. in Bracebridge. (seen around 3 p.m.
today)

 

 Snowbuntings

 Gerald WIllmott

 0:12 am thursday november 1, 2001

I saw 10 or so Snow Buntings with a Honred Lark on Duffy Lake
(south of Bass Lake, highway 169).  Also, birds of note around
our feeder have been a group of Max 20 Evening Grossbeaks, and a
male Cardinal.  In the bay between Milford Bay and Beaumaris a
first year loon has been floating around.

 

 Snow Buntings - Loons

 Virginia Pray

 11:30 pm wednesday october 31, 2001

Sunday, October 28 a group of about l2 or more Snow Buntings on
Hwyll8 going north and just north of Indian Harbour. Also Kenn
has been working on Lake Joe the past few weeks and reports
seing groups of 8 and l0 Loons around Port Sanfield area.

 

 re: Cardinal in Algonquin

 Ron Tozer

 9:27 pm wednesday october 31, 2001

A female NORTHERN CARDINAL appeared at one of the feeders at the
Algonquin Visitor Centre this morning, and has been present all
day, according to Lee Pauze. This species is rare in Algonquin
Park, with most sightings occurring during the period from late
October through November. When irruptions happen in central
Ontario (such as this fall), they tend to involve mostly first
year birds. For more information on cardinal dispersal, see "The
Northern Cardinal in Southern Ontario" by Doug Dow, in
Ornithology in Ontario (pages 291-297).

Other birds at the Visitor Centre feeders today included  HORNED
LARK (1), RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (2),  AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (1), and
EVENING GROSBEAK
(12).

The Algonquin Visitor Centre is located at Km 43 (Km 0 is at the
West Gate) on Highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park. The
parking lot and feeders are accessible on weekdays (8 a.m. to
4.30 p.m.), but the museum itself is open only on weekends at
this time of year (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Algonquin Provincial Park
can be reached by following Highway 60 eastward from Huntsville,
which is located 215 kilometres north of Toronto, via Highways
400 and 11.

Ron Tozer

Dwight, Ont.
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 Winter Finches around Huntsville

 Burke Korol

 6:53 pm tuesday october 30, 2001

30 October 2001

This morning I had 5 Common Redpolls in my Hillside yard (2269
Hwy. 60) east of Huntsville.

I also saw 3 Pine Grosbeaks in Arrowhead Provincial Park at the
zone office (i.e., the first left north of the Big East River
Bridge).

 

 re: (no subject) - Boreal Chickadee

 Barbara Taylor

 5:49 pm tuesday october 23, 2001

It is possible to see a Boreal Chickadee as far south as
Bracebridge/Port Carling but I think you might have a bit more
luck finding one in Algonquin Park.  Even then, they aren't
always found on a birding trip, but usually there are a few
specific locations in the Park that you can try where someone
else recently saw one of the birds.

Here is the distribution map and other info from Birds of North
America website:
http://www.birdsofna.org/excerpts/bchickadee.html

Here is a summer distribution map (and winter map if you scroll
down a bit there is a link) from Patuxent Wildlife Research
Center website:
http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/htm96/map617/ra7400.html

 

(no subject)

 Gerald WIllmott

 11:45 pm monday october 22, 2001

We have about 7 american tree sparrows, 13 juncos, 3 purple
finches, chickadees, blue jays, pine siskins, goldfinches, white
and redbreasted nuthatches in regular attendance at our feeders
in Beaumaris.
We did have, up until this weekend, a white crowned sparrow, and
even a white throated sparrow.  Today we had two swamp sparrow
(I believe) eating with the juncos.  Also a rare visit from 7
evening grossbeaks make the weekend.

Question.  Would the boreal chickadee ever migrate as far south
as bracebridge/port carling area in the winter?  

 

 re: ruffled grouse

 Barbara Taylor

 7:29 pm monday october 22, 2001

The bird you saw may have seemed tame if it has been visiting
birdfeeders in the area and has become fairly used to people.

Here are some websites with Ruffed Grouse info and pictures:

http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/hww-fap/grouse/grouse.html

http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/nature/winbirds/colour/c20.htm

http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/Version1/ruff.htm

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/nreos/forest/steward/www9.html

 

ruffled grouse

 Francis

 5:58 pm monday october 22, 2001

While in Gravenhurst yesterday, I was amazed to see a ruffled
grouse (I think this is it) come right up to me.  Seemed too
tame!  Could it possibly be domesticated?  And is it possible to
keep one in captivity?  Read that they eat
twigs/branches....this one wouldn't eat crumbs we gave it but it
was picking up grass and leaves.  Any info would be appreciated.

 

 American Tree Sparrow

 Barbara Taylor

 4:50 pm monday october 22, 2001

Only one, but the first I've seen this season.
The Tree Sparrow was at my birdfeeder in Bracebridge this
morning along with White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed
Juncos.  I still haven't seen any White-crowned Sparrows...where
are they this year?

 

 Northern Cardinal in Algonquin Park

 Ron Tozer

 11:05 am friday october 19, 2001

Originally posted on ONTBIRDS Oct. 18: A female Northern Cardinal (rare in Algonquin; the species was last recorded here in 1997) showed up at the Fisheries Assessment Unit feeder at the East Gate of Algonquin Park today. This building (feeder behind it) is located on a short gravel road (left turn) just beyond the East Gate building on Highway 60, as one drives out of the Park toward Whitney. Following my earlier post about the Red-bellied Woodpecker in Algonquin, we had sightings today of: Northern Shrike (3), another Common Redpoll (at the Visitor Centre feeder, at Km 43), and another sighting of White-winged Crossbills (at Mew Lake Campground). Pine Siskins are becoming numerous and widespread. Algonquin Park is located on Hwy. 60, east of Huntsville. Hunstville can be reached from Toronto by taking Highways 400 and 11, north. Mew Lake Campground is located at Km 30.6 on Highway 60 (from Km 0 at the West Gate), the Visitor Centre is at Km 43, and the East Gate is 55 kilometres east of the West Gate. Ask for directions at the gates, when you obtain your park permit. Ron Tozer Dwight, Ont. "Ron " ************************************************************ This report originated on ONTBIRDS and is provided here courtesy of the Ontario Field Ornithologists. To subscribe to ONTBIRDS Send email to: majordomo@hwcn.org  Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the message type: subscribe ontbirds Move down one line and type: end    Send the e-mail. A confirmation email will be sent to you with instructions. Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) Web Page: http://www.interlog.com/~ofo

 

White-winged Crossbills

 Barbara Taylor

 6:49 pm thursday october 18, 2001

This afternoon there were a dozen or so White-winged Crossbills
feeding in some hemlocks on Browning Island, Lake Muskoka.  Last
winter we saw crossbills on a regular basis along part of the
Trans Canada Trail between Henry Rd. and the Bracebridge
Lagoons...so might be a good time to check there for them
again.  With all the rain we've had, a good pair of water-proof
boots is probably advisable.  (Access Henry Rd. from Beaumont
Dr. in Bracebridge)

Still a couple of Common Loons on Lake Muskoka as well as six
Common Mergansers and a Great Blue Heron.

 

 re: Woodpecker/Cardinal - Algonquin Park

 Burke Korol

 6:44 pm saturday october 20, 2001

Hi Everybody,

I had a great day of birding and biking in Algonquin PP today (20
Oct 01). I arrived at the Mew Lake Campground around 8:15 a.m.
and had 3 FOX SPARROWS and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET on the trail
through the bush between the entrance gate and the campground.  
It wasn't five minutes before I spotted the adult male RED-
BELLIED WOODPECKER at Site 47 (Host and Hostess site). There were
many other sparrows, finches and jays here too, including 1 GRAY
JAY and 5 PURPLE FINCHES.

I then went to the old airstrip, which is just east of the
campground. There I saw 5 HORNED LARKS, 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS
and a BOREAL CHICKADEE. I bumped into Ron Tozer, who showed me a
PIED-BILLED GREBE on the wetlands at the north-east end of the
airstrip.

I then returned to the Campground around 10 a.m. and saw the RED-
BELLIED WOODPECKER at Site 47 again, as well as 25 EVENING
GROSBEAKS.  I was hoping to see the NORTHERN CARDINAL that had
been seen here previously, but there was no sign of it.  As I was
leaving Site 47 (10:30 a.m.) I biked past Site 60 and heard the
call note of a NORTHERN CARDINAL and it wasn't long before
I spotted a female in a small patch of low shrubs.

A gruelling 23-km bike ride around the very wet Minesing Trail
yielded only a few chickadees, kinglets, creepers and 2 GRAY
JAYS.  The best 'bird' of the ride was a small bull MOOSE on the
east side of the trail near km 6. When leaving the parking lot
there was a male RUFFED GROUSE, complete with ruffs and tail in
full courtship display.  Not a bad way to end the day!

Algonquin Park is located on Hwy. 60, east of Huntsville.
Hunstville can be reached from Toronto by taking Highways 400 and
11, north. Mew Lake Campground is located at Km 30.6 on Highway
60 (from Km 0 at the West Gate). Ask for directions at the gate,
when you obtain your park permit.


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Red-bellied Woodpecker - Algonquin Park

 Ron Tozer

 6:33 pm thursday october 18, 2001

Thanks to Jim Woodford, Fred Bodsworth and George and Jean
Fairfield, a Red-bellied Woodpecker (that had been present at a
feeder since October 16, at least) was located at Campsite 72 in
Mew Lake Campground this morning. By noon, the bird had moved to
a feeder on Campsite 22, but was also going back to Campsite 72
for fallen seed and corn. Excellent video footage of the bird
was obtained by Visitor Centre staff. This is the first
confirmed record for this species in Algonquin Park, bringing
the park list to 270 species.

After yesterday's wind and snow (a heavy covering of which
remained today), there were hoardes of birds on any bare ground
in the Park this morning, including Dark-eyed Juncos, White-
crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, American Tree
Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, and Chipping Sparrows.

The first Common Redpoll (feeding on goldenrod), on Opeongo
Road, and a flock of 20 White-winged Crossbills, searching for
non-existent cones on White Spruce, at Two Rivers Airfield, were
unexpected, and the first records of the fall here. Two Evening
Grosbeaks are frequenting the Visitor Centre feeder. Several Red-
tailed Hawks and a Bald Eagle were also noted this morning,
along Highway 60.

As always, we request that visiting birders report their
sightings at the Visitor Centre (open daily, 10 am to 5 pm,
until October 28, and weekends after that), or by e-mail to Rick
Stronks (rick.stronks@mnr.gov.on.ca) and/or Ron Tozer
(rtozer@vianet.on.ca). In particular, we would like to hear
about any more sightings of the Red-bellied Woodpecker here.

Algonquin Park is located on Hwy. 60, east of Huntsville.
Hunstville can be reached from Toronto by taking Highways 400
and 11, north. Mew Lake Campground is located at Km 30.6 (from
Km 0 at the West Gate).

Ron Tozer
rick.stronks@mnr.gov.on.ca


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re: Female Cardinal

 Paul Smith

 8:35 pm monday october 22, 2001

Female Cardinal here too October 20 in Glen Orchard. I've seen a
couple here in the last four years, and always at this time of
the year ...

 

Female Cardinal

 Virginia Pray

 9:56 am tuesday october 16, 2001

Monday October l5 a femal Cardinal was spotted at a feeder on
Bailey St. in Port Carling. We haven't seen one here for a long
time. Hope the male is here too.

 

horned larks

 Gerald WIllmott

 7:52 pm monday october 15, 2001

This evening while walking Mary Willmott and I spotted five
horned larks feeding with a swamp sparrow on the Beaumaris Golf
Course.  There were also hordes of robins, and a deer.  We also
had a moose wander onto the island.  I tried unsuccessfully to
find it.

 

Pectoral Sandpipers at Bracebridge Lagoo

 David Britton

 2:10 pm friday october 12, 2001

Four Pectoral Sandpipers were present in the NW cell at the
Bracebridge Sewage Lagoon this morning at 10:00 a.m.  They were
viewed from the roadway around the north end of this cell where
they flushed from the Beggar's Ticks and Smartweed growing on
the mudflats where they were hiding.

These birds have been present since Monday, October 8th, but I
couldn't get a positive ID on them until today as they seem to
spend most of their time hiding in the vegetation.

The two RUDDY DUCKS were still present in the NE cell (the one
in front of the aerator pond).  As well as many MALLARDS, WOOD
DUCKS and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, there were also COMMON GOLDENEYE
(in the same cell as the ruddy ducks), LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and AMERICAN WIDGEON (in the SE cell).

There are many sparrows (mostly song and White-crowned) and
juncos feeding on the seeds of goldenrod and other plants around
the edge of the ponds.  There was also one PALM WARBLER with
them.

 

 2 ruddy ducks at Lagoons

 Doug Smith

 8:52 am thursday october 11, 2001

There were 2 Ruddy Ducks -- most likely immatures -- in Cell #1
at the Bracebridge Lagoons at approx 8:30 am Thursday, Oct. 11/01

 

rudy duck

 Gerald WIllmott

 7:20 pm tuesday october 9, 2001

The rudy duck was still foating around the ponds tonight.  She
was close to the aerators.  I don't know which number that is.

 

Horned Larks

 Wilf Yusek

 2:32 pm monday october 8, 2001

There were 7 Horned Larks at the Bracebridge Ponds this
morning,they were on the road between cells 1 & 2 but moving
around. Also in cell three along with numerous scaup, Hooded
Mergansers and Mallards there were 6 Buffleheads, 2 male, 4
female.

 

re: blackbirds - Brewer's

 Kenneth Walton

 10:07 am tuesday october 16, 2001

Keep a look out for Brewer's Blackbirds in groups of European
Starlings Brown-headed Cowbirds and Rusty Blackbirds till the end
of October moving through Muskoka from northwest of Sudbury
(Espanola area). Good areas are any farming area with running
river water near it. Look just in the morning or just before
night as they go to clean off for the day or night.  

 

re: blackbirds - Brewer's

 Paul Smith

 9:17 am sunday october 14, 2001

Hi:

They were in the field beside the Glen Orchard General Store last
Sunday afternoon with a small group of robins - gone after a
couple of hours.

Cheers !!

 

 re: blackbirds - Brewer's

 Barbara Taylor

 9:06 pm saturday october 13, 2001

Paul,
Which area did you see the Brewer's Blackbirds?  I just checked
some old posts to the Bird Board and there was a pair of Brewer's
Blackbirds along with a juvenile bird reported in June this year
at the intersection of Falkenburg Road and Beatrice Townline.

 

re: Rusty blackbirds

 Paul Smith

 4:04 am saturday october 13, 2001

Your note had me look up a pair of blackbirds on the field here
last weekend. They must have been Brewer's Blackbirds, from the
yellowish streak over the females' eyes, although my book lists
them ranging only east to Wisconsin !! One more for my 2001
list !!

 

Rusty blackbirds

 Eleanor Kee Wellman

 9:00 pm sunday october 7, 2001

This morning on my way to Toronto I spotted about 18 Rusty
blackbirds feeding on the grass in front of a rock at the site
of the old Wahta band office on Muskoka Road 38.

 

Nashville warbler

 Barbara Taylor

 6:36 pm sunday october 7, 2001

Bracebridge:
There was an immature Nashville Warbler in our yard this
afternoon.  Hope it survives the overnight freeze...wonder what
it will find to eat tomorrow.  Also many flocks of Dark-eyed
Juncos almost everywhere you looked today. Several White-
throated Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows and Myrtle Warblers as
well...OOPS...I mean Yellow-rumped Warblers.

 

Common Goldeneye - Lake Muskoka

 Barbara Taylor

 3:30 pm saturday october 6, 2001

There were eleven Common Goldeneye on Lake Muskoka this morning
in a small bay by Browning Island.  Possibly one first winter
male Barrow's Goldeneye with them, but probably just wishful
thinking on a cold, rainy day.

 

ponds and barred owls

 Gerald WIllmott

 8:46 pm tuesday october 2, 2001

Tonight i noticed two female hooded merganzers in the middle
pond.  That is the pond running lengthwise along the two closest
to the blind.  I looked very hard for the ruddy duck but, maybe
he has left.

Otherwise in the Bracebridge end of Milford Bay there have been
Barred Owls conversing the last two of three mornings.  

 

Muskoka-Parry Sound Cottage Country Bird

 Kenneth Walton

 9:51 am tuesday october 2, 2001

The New Cottage Country Birder Vol. 1. No. 2 will be out in a
few weeks and has the new Muskoka and Parry Sound Migration
Chart, 2nd. ed. in it, along with Birding Field Trips for Spring
and Summer. Vol. 1. No. 1 had the New Bird Checkist for Muskoka-
Parry Sound (2001).Address of Membership Services,L. Sayers, 190
Grosvenor Ave. North, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 7S9  

 

Black-backed Woodpecker

 Kenneth Walton

 9:04 am tuesday october 2, 2001

News from Port Sydney Area. 3500+ Canada Geese going over
Clearwater Lake area all day Fri. 28th.Sept.2001. Female Black-
backed Woodpecker just south of Port Sydney on Sat.29th.Sept.
2001. 16+ Eastern Bluebirds along with 100+ American Pipits over
Deer Lake Rd.Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk,Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk,Red-tailed Hawk and American Kestrel going
southwest on Friday and Sat Lots of Evening Grosbeaks and Purple
Finch around, with Wintering Mourning Doves, over 65 + birds
seen between Thurday and Sunday. Thanks to Lynn Sayers, and Ken
& Angie Williams for coming up birding this weekend.  

 

Ruddy Duck at Bracebridge Sewage Lagoons

 Burke Korol

 0:35 am monday october 1, 2001

On Thursday (27 Sept.)afternoon I saw a Ruddy Duck in the pond
closest to the aeration equipment.  I also noticed a Common
Goldeneye in the cell to the east.  Sorry this is late but I
checked the lagoons on my way to the OFO meeting at Pelee and
just got home tonight.