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Re(1): Surf Scoters at Bracebridge posted
Posted on September 30, 2002 at 07:11:34 PM by Al Sinclair

Joan and I saw the Scoters at 3:30pm. Digiscope photos posted at the link below


Surf Scoters



Surf Scoters at Bracebridge Ponds
Posted on September 30, 2002 at 01:27:37 PM by Al Sinclair

At noon today Sep 30, Wilf Yusek found 3 Surf Scoters at the Bracebrdige Ponds in cell 4, the one at the back. They were likely forced down by the bad weather this morning and won't stay long. The ponds can be accessed from Lagoon Lane at the south end of Bracebridge or fron Kerr Park on Beaumont Drive.



beaumaris kinglets
Posted on September 26, 2002 at 08:57:34 AM by Gerald Willmott

This AM walking around the island several birds were seen - however it is all together quiet.

Catbirds, eastern phoebe, ruby crowned kinglets, flickers, two r. grouse, we have not seen the kingfisher this week. Lastly towards the end of our walk we were buzzed by a large bird. We only saw its silhouette as it flew out of the bush, landed on a hydro wire and directly flew back into the bush again. It had a long slim body and a long straight tail sugesting a cookoo, which was about the right size. Any suggestions?



Belted Kingfisher - Lake Muskoka
Posted on September 25, 2002 at 05:32:48 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there was a female Belted Kingfisher working the south shore of Browning Island. A very large and raucous flock of Blue Jays were feeding on acorns and beech nuts. A few Yellow-rumped Warblers, Chipping Sparrows and a lone Northern Flicker were also seen along with the usual crows, ravens, chickadees and white-breasted nuthatches.



Re(1): hognose snake young
Posted on October 6, 2002 at 08:52:38 PM by Rick Snider

There is a website for reptiles at risk in the Georgian Bay area. They would appreciate reports of Hognose sitings since they are a "reptile at risk". The report can be done online. I'm sure they would appreciate knowing about your snakes.



hognose snake young
Posted on September 25, 2002 at 04:26:39 PM by Carlyle-Challis

Two recently hatched eastern hognoses have been making their way around our yard, presumably in search of decent hibernation digs.
Obviously the pair of adults we have been seeing around the property this summer hit it off.



Re(1): vireo
Posted on September 25, 2002 at 07:12:19 PM by Barbara Taylor

You're probably right. I haven't seen any other vireos lately except for the Blue-headed Vireo (name was changed from Solitary Vireo). And it was in full song too.

I've attached a link that I found most helpful in clearing up some of the AOU name changes. If you own a copy of the National Geographic Field Guide this link will even tell you which page to update. In our area, probably the only other major change to note besides the Blue-headed Vireo is the re-splitting of the Northern Oriole back into Baltimore and Bullock's. So who knows, if we wait long enough, that vireo might get renamed Solitary! : )

There is also an ABA (American Birding Association) webpage with an up to date checklist of birds of the Continental United States and Canada at:

AOU name changes



Posted on September 25, 2002 at 04:23:09 PM by Challis-Carlyle

I'm not good on vireos, but the one in full song this morning seemed to be a solitary vireo. Down Rocksborough Road, Bracebridge, by the MOOSE-FM radio tower.



Posted on September 25, 2002 at 02:22:13 PM by Carol and Mike

Our bluebirds have not been seen for a few weeks, but today there are six in our yard. Some are obviously this years young. Six is a record, and we're thrilled. We welcome anyone who would like to see them, but can't hazard a guess as to how long they will stay around.
1611 Doe Lake Road, Gravenhurst



Fall birds
Posted on September 20, 2002 at 08:18:45 PM by Brenda Clark

Our most exciting guest was the arrival of a woodcock last night. We also have a phoebe, a killdeer, and a large group of chipping sparrows.



Re(1): Now post nature sightings too
Posted on September 20, 2002 at 01:53:15 PM by Gerald Willmott

One buck and one beaver kit on Beaumaris Island. More exciting than words can say.



Now post nature sightings too
Posted on September 20, 2002 at 09:35:07 AM by Barbara Taylor

Due to popular request, the Muskoka Bird Board is expanding its horizons to include nature sightings in and around Muskoka.



Board's "Search" feature explained
Posted on September 18, 2002 at 02:33:37 PM by Admin.

The Bird Board contains a "Search" feature so you can quickly find messages about specific birds you are interested in. Only messages currently appearing on the Bird Board get searched.

Just click on the "Search" link and type in the name of the bird you want to look for. Whatever you type in will be the "search string" and only messages with the identical string of words you typed will be found. (note: doesn't matter if you type in capital letters or not)

So for example, if I type in ruby-throated hummingbird, I will only find one message. But if I type in hummingbird then there are several messages shown.

Also, if you type in tern, you will find a message which mentions a tern. But you will also be shown an irrelevant message that only contains the word afternoon. This is because the word tern is within the word af-tern-oon. : (

Okay, so it's not a perfect Search tool, but it can help locate information about specific birds fairly quickly without having to go through every message.

You can also Search for a person's name to find all messages posted by that person.



Re(1): Franklin's Gull pos.sp
Posted on September 17, 2002 at 08:53:14 PM by Gerald Willmott


Could you please be more specific with your directions. Do you think the gull is still around?



Franklin's Gull pos.sp
Posted on September 17, 2002 at 05:45:17 PM by sylvia purdon & jim maguire

Please downgrade the report to pos. sp. Although we feel confident in the identification, there is still an outside doubt because of the time of the year, and the various morphs of gulls at this time of year.



Re(1): kingfisher
Posted on September 17, 2002 at 06:00:38 PM by Al Johnston

I still have them regularly at my pond here in Whitchurch-Stouffville. They catch quite a few sunfish and crayfish
as well. I expect they'll be here for a while yet. Al



Posted on September 16, 2002 at 08:58:21 PM by Gerald Willmott

While out for what could be the last sail of the season I saw a kingfisher moving along the shore. I haven't heard one for a while and thought them gone.



Franklin's Gull
Posted on September 16, 2002 at 07:50:28 PM by sylvia purdon & jim maguire

First winter plumage a small, delicate Franklin Gull beside the Wharf Shelter a The Point, Sparrow Lake, at dusk.



Re(1): American Pipits at Muskoka Falls
Posted on September 30, 2002 at 04:53:48 PM by Challis-Carlyle

American Pipits have arrived in the farm fields at Rocksborough Road, during the weekend of Sept. 28-29.
They are frequent visitors to the area during migration.



American Pipits at Muskoka Falls
Posted on September 16, 2002 at 09:55:47 AM by Al Sinclair

While canoeing Sunday Sep. 15 Joan and I saw about a dozen American Pipits flying over Spence Lake where it meets the Muskoka River near Muskoka Falls. Our first sighting of Pipits this fall.



Hummingbird still here
Posted on September 13, 2002 at 01:30:19 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird was feeding on some Cosmos flowers in our back yard in Bracebridge. Hadn't seen one for a few days. Maybe this bird was migrating from further north.



Posted on September 12, 2002 at 08:54:52 PM by Challis-Carlyle

We had a very busy phoebe visit the house (Rocksborough Road, Bracebridge) yesterday. It started by calling for a while, and spent the day picking bugs off at the end of our driveway.



Re(1): Hawk migration stats
Posted on September 20, 2002 at 07:42:37 PM by Barbara Taylor

The High Park 2002 migration stats are now updated.

High Park Hawk Watch



Hawk migration stats
Posted on September 11, 2002 at 07:27:27 PM by Barbara Taylor

Anyone interested in the fall hawk migration might want to check out the Greater Toronto Raptor Watch website. Three observation posts are included. If you click on the "High Park" or "Cranberry Marsh" links you can then select "migration at a glance" to see past dates for peak migration. Weekly updated stats for the current year are also recorded.

The Greater Toronto Raptor Watch



Snapping Turtle Hatch
Posted on September 10, 2002 at 06:26:43 AM by sylvia purdon & jim maguire

Monday September 9 two telling trails of newly hatched Snapping Turtle .. line in the sand and plodding footprints leading to the water..also, tho', many footmarks from crows.



Re(1): Ivory Gull?
Posted on October 3, 2002 at 01:17:26 PM by George Bryant

I suspect the bird was in fact a racing / domesticated pigeon. I have seen them over our lake (often on Sturday mornings). They will get disoriented and land on the lake, perhaps because they don't recognize standing water. If you can get close to them, they should be wearing bands.



Ivory Gull?
Posted on September 8, 2002 at 04:10:50 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning near the mouth of the Muskoka River on Lake Muskoka we saw an all white bird about the size of a Pigeon. From a distance it looked like it might be a tern because of the way it hovered close to the water and then picked something off the surface. But when it flew up and started to fly in a straight line, my first impression was that its flight resembled that of a pigeon, not a tern. As it went past us we didn't see any contrasting colour on the bird. It appeared all white both from above and below. Again it hovered a few feet above the surface and then landed on the water briefly. Then off it flew out of sight. Unfortunately even with binoculars it was hard to discern any real detailing on the bird since we were bobbing around in a boat.

Other birds sighted today were three adult Common Loons near the Allport Marina and a Merlin flying overhead.



Re(1): Grackles moving south in large numbers
Posted on September 6, 2002 at 08:21:42 PM by Paul Smith

Several hundred grackles and starlings descended on my lawn yesterday AM - too close to my ripening tomatoes for comfort !!! They were encouraged to leave ....



Grackles moving south in large numbers
Posted on September 6, 2002 at 03:00:42 PM by Barbara Taylor

This afternoon there were at least 100 Common Grackles moving south though our back yard in Bracebridge. It was interesting and at times rather comical watching five or six birds at a time fight over the water in the bird bath. Wish I'd had a camcorder set up.

There had also been close to 80 grackles moving southward on Sept. 1.



Bracebridge Lagoons
Posted on September 3, 2002 at 03:49:23 PM by Wilf Yusek

Today at the lagoons I saw the following shorebirds:
Killdeers, 3 Semi-palmated Plovers, both Yellowlegs in samll numbers, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpipers,
12+ Least Sandpipers & 1 Baird's Sandpiper. All in cell 2 north end where there is a lot of short vegetation growing.



Re(2): Could It Have been a Magpie?
Posted on September 4, 2002 at 04:04:18 PM by Jim Cade

Thank you all.
I didn't know that crows could have white feathers until I saw the pictures from Barbara nor that a white winged/bodied crow had been in the Rosseau vicinity for some 2 years (thank you Eleanor).
I think at the end of the day I'll go with Paul and say "Could have been."
Obviously I'll never know and I can't say I saw the bird's tail or whether it ducked back down after flying upward into the trees (say 10 feet).
What I do know is that I either saw a magpie or a crow with partial albinism and that is cool.
As stated before I'm just learning but with help like this there is hope.
Thanks again to all of you.



Re(1): Could It Have been a Magpie?
Posted on September 3, 2002 at 10:36:03 PM by Paul Smith

Could have been !!!

The length of its' tail compared to a crows' might be a clue. A magpies' flight pattern always reminded me of a mockingbirds. How high was the tree ?? - most magpies I've seen usually duck down back into the grass when flushed ...

My weirdity this summer is what I think were a pair of Eurasian Collarded Doves on the wires behind my cabin (not Mourning or Rock Doves). They split by the time I got my binocs ...)

Anything can happen. I visited my pop down in Hamilton one night last fall and spooked a possumm sitting on his front steps ....



Re(2): Could It Have been a Magpie?
Posted on September 3, 2002 at 09:01:18 PM by Eleanor Kee Wellman

Audrey Tournay reported to me that there has been a raven in her area for a couple of years that has white in the tail and large patches of white in the wings. As she is just north of Rosseau it could have been that bird.



Re(1): Could It Have been a Magpie?
Posted on September 2, 2002 at 01:36:04 PM by Barbara Taylor

Might have been a case of partial albinism. It is often symmetrical and each side of the bird may show white feathers in the same pattern.

The link below has some pictures of dead "piebald" or white-winged crows shot by various hunters. (Unfortunately I couldn't find any images of living white-winged crows for you.)

Crow Busters - Oddities



Could It Have been a Magpie?
Posted on September 2, 2002 at 10:25:12 AM by Jim Cade

On Friday Aug. 16 I was driving with a companion along Muskoka Rd. 3 from Rosseau to Huntsville at about 5:30 pm.
We saw what we thought was a crow or raven eating at the side of the road somewhere west of Aspden. As our vehicle got closer the bird took flight into the trees at the side of the road and the white feathers were, we think, evident. My friend asked what it was; I responded very confidently that it was a magpie,having seen them in other geographic areas (and continents).
When I got home I looked through my guides and find that magpies are very rare in the area.
I am very, very new to birding (like I am almost an amatuer). If I had been by myself I'd have written this experience off but my friend remembers it as well as I do.
I'd be interested in knowing if anyone else has had such an experience and advice as to what it might have been if it wasn't a magpie.
I should point out that it was not a pilated woodpecker as I'm comfortable identifying them.
I have just found this board and find it interesting and informative.



Re(1): bracebridge ponds
Posted on September 3, 2002 at 10:59:31 AM by David Britton


I visited the ponds on September 2nd at which time there were two Semipalmated Plovers and five Least Sandpipers.

I agree, the small "peep" sandpipers are tricky. The two most common peeps in Ontario are Least and Semipalmated Sanpipers. Least are slightly smaller, browner, have a bill with a slight curve at the tip and yellowish legs. Semipalmated are slightly larger, greyer, have a straight bill and black legs.

Western Sandpipers are very rare in Ontario and most closely resemble Semipalmated Sandpipers.

With a scope, at close range, the yellow legs of the Least Sandpipers at the ponds on the 2nd were visible, but it often isn't the best characteristic because of bad lighting or mud on the legs. Identification is best made based on a combination of field marks. In less than ideal lighting, or at distance, some birds will not be identifiable to species.

The Sibley Guide is good for shorebirds, but regardless, they require a lot of practice to identify.

Good Luck,



bracebridge ponds
Posted on August 30, 2002 at 06:04:16 PM by Gerald

Hi. This afternoon at the Lagoons there were several shorebirds. One Semipalmated Plover and six Western Sandpipers, or so I believe. I find Sandpipers very hard to id, even with a scope so they may have even been Least. If anyone would like to spend some time at the lagoons and give me some id tips on shore birds please let me know.



Yellow-headed Blackbird
Posted on August 26, 2002 at 03:51:28 PM by Bob Bowles

A saw the male Yellow-headed Blackbird in a small flock of about 20 Common Grackles this morning at the home of Mrs. Ev Renton at 3685 Shadow Creek Drive off of Bayou Road just north of Orillia. I have made four attempts up until this morning to see the bird but it only stays at the seed on the driveway about 10 minutes at a time. I counted over 2000 Common Grackles and about the same number of European Starlings roosting nearby every night in large trees just north of this site. I was unable to digiscope or photograph the bird this morning with a telephoto lens since it left before I could set up my cameras.



Pine Warbler Migration
Posted on August 25, 2002 at 07:04:31 PM by jim maguire and sylvia purdon

A large group of Pine Warblers came through The Point on Sparrow Lake this afternoon between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Other species in smaller number included yellow-rumped, warbling vireo, chickadee.



Re(1): Yellow-headed Blackbird...more info
Posted on August 26, 2002 at 09:08:39 AM by Al Sinclair

It was seen at the home of Mrs. Ed Renton on Shadow Creek Drive just off of Bayou Road in Bayou Park north of Orillia. There are 2,000 plus Common Grackle that roost nightly in this area and the Yellow-headed Blackbird is in one of the flocks but not easy to see since they move around and stay in one area less than 10 minutes on most occasions.



Yellow-headed Blackbird
Posted on August 25, 2002 at 12:39:50 AM by Barbara Taylor

Bob Bowles reports "We have a male yellow-headed blackbird coming to a feeder just north of Orillia".



Re(2): Hummingbirds ...
Posted on August 29, 2002 at 10:15:16 PM by Eleanor Kee Wellman

On Monday the resident male at my cabin at Bala fed frequently at the nectar feeder and has not been seen since. The male at my house at Lake Joseph, Glen Orchard has not been here since then either.



Re(1): Hummingbirds ...
Posted on August 28, 2002 at 01:57:34 PM by Dana Strength

In response to hummingbird migration. We have a hot bed of hummingbird activity at our house on Muskoka Rd# 38. Approximately 30-40 start to arrive the second week in May and begin to leave towards the end of August. We now only have about a dozen left to date: August 28. It appears to be mainly females and offspring left.
At the first of August we were going through 8L of hummingbird a week.
Happy Humming Dana



Re(1): Hummingbirds ...
Posted on August 25, 2002 at 12:20:20 AM by Barbara Taylor

Those dates seem about right. I usually find the males move south the earliest.

Hummingbird Migration



Hummingbirds ...
Posted on August 24, 2002 at 09:29:46 PM by Paul Smith

Hello new Muskoka Bird Board !!

To those that have hummingbird feeders with a steady clientele, could you post a note of the date that they have headed out ??

Mine seem to leave every year in the Sep 8 / 15 range - I'm curious to know whether they all go within a few days, or whether some linger / some leave early ...

Cheers !!



Welcome to the new Muskoka Bird Board
Posted on August 23, 2002 at 09:51:01 PM by Barbara Taylor

This new Bird Board may appear a lot simpler looking than the old one, but it actually offers some better features that I think you'll appreciate.

You can now enter a subject line up to 100 characters long and your name can be up to 40 characters long.

You can preview your post before sending it to the board. You still have to use your "tab" key to move through the message form but now if you hit the "enter" key accidentally, your message won't get posted right away.

You can type in a website name and address in the "Link URL" section under the message box. A clickable link to this website will then appear at the bottom of your posted message.

You can type in the internet address that leads to an image file using the "Image URL" section. The image itself will then appear at the top of your posted message. Al Sinclair has already tried this out in his message about the Ponds.

In my rush to find a new home for the Bird Board, I haven't been able to test the reliability of this board hosting service. Hopefully there won't be many glitches or downtime. You will find some annoying pop-up ads and banner ads from time to time...but that is the cost of "free" message boards these days.

If any major problems arise with this new hosting service, I will place Information Notices on the Muskoka Bird Board back-up webpage.

Bird Board Back-up Webpage



Bracebridge Ponds: Merlin & Shorebirds Aug 22/02
Posted on August 23, 2002 at 11:28:27 AM by Al Sinclair

At the Bracebridge ponds Aug 22/02
Wilf Yusek reports:
"Saw this guy ( yesterday and today, he was harassing the few shorebirds that were there. He had all the shorebirds going crazy. Today there was 4 Baird's in cell 2 and 1 Least Sandpiper. Merlin chased them out."



Muskoka Odds and Ends

 Burke Korol

 2:12 pm thursday august 22, 2002

Just before midnight on Tuesday, 20 August 02, I heard a WHIP-
POOR-WILL calling on Lewisham Road about 8 km SE of Barkway in
Dalton-Digby Wildlands Provincial Park.  As many of you not be
aware, this 30,000+ ha park was regulated in March 2002 and it's
north-west portion is in Muskoka.  We also heard a WHIP-POOR-
WILL in the park along the Black River in the City of Kawartha
Lakes earlier that night.

On Wednesday (21 August) at 2:15 pm, the two SANDHILL CRANES
were again in the field to the south of 1586 Barkway Road.  They
were easily visible when we arrived, but after about 10 minutes
they walked out of sight.

On Thursday (22 August) there was an adult and 7 immature WILD
TURKEYS on the west side of Muskoka Road 6, about 100 m south of
Westview Subdivision Road.  Does anyone know if turkeys have
recently been released in this area, or could these have been
descended from long-established birds?

I was also very disappointed to hear that this bird board may be
shutting down.  Many thanks to Barbara and Al and any others who
have made it possible, and I wish you luck in getting it running


Should have been Baird's Sandpiper

 Al Sinclair

 11:19 am friday august 23, 2002

I got the report wrong, should have been 2 Baird's Sandpipers at
the Ponds Aug 21/02.


Buff-breasted Sandpiper Bracebridge Pond

 Al Sinclair

 1:03 pm wednesday august 21, 2002

2 Buff-breasted just reported 1:00pm Aug 21/02 by Wilf Yusek. In
cell 2 front of viewing platform, in the grass on the mud flat.


bald bluejay/barenecked goldfinch

 Lynn --&-- PeterTaylor

 8:50 pm tuesday august 20, 2002

Recently we have had a bald bluejay (very few face feathers, no
crest)at our feeder, and a male goldfinch with no feathers all
around his neck.We are not sure if there are more than one
bluejay or if we are seeing the same one.


Bracebridge Ponds

 David Britton

 9:35 pm sunday august 18, 2002

Today at the Bracebridge Ponds the following birds were seen:

50 Blue-winged Teal
8 Mallards
16 Wood Ducks
4 juvenile Boneparte's Gulls
12 Lesser Yellowlegs
14 Semipalmated Sandpipers
2 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper

Most of the birds were in the northwestern cell, including the
Boneparte's Gulls which were sitting on the water amongst the
ducks.  The best shorebird habitat is located in the northeast
corner of this cell.


Carolina Wren in Gravenhurst

 Al Sinclair

 12:09 pm sunday august 18, 2002

A Carolina Wren has been singing near 220 Lorne St in
Gravenhurst for the last 2 days. It was singing again today Aug
18 at 11am in a brush pile behind #220. Lorne Steet is on the
north side of Gravenhurst. Follow Winewood west to Austin, go
right on Austin to Lorne, go right on Lorne to 220, birders
welcome. Reported by Dan Burton.


Sandhill Cranes

 Carol Wagg and Mike

 9:36 am friday august 16, 2002

On Wednesday Aug 14 we saw two sandhill cranes in the field
between Cooper's Farm and Ryde School/Firehall on Barkway Road.  
We had heard a report of them being there the previous Friday.


Bald Blue Jays

 Barbara Taylor

 8:02 pm thursday august 15, 2002

Every summer about this time there are always a few bald Blue
Jays around, but I can't believe how many birds I'm seeing this
year!  Is it just a very bad year for feather mites?


Henry Rd. marsh

 Wilf Yusek

 3:16 pm saturday august 10, 2002

I saw 2 American Bitterns and 3 Green Herons, 1 immature,2 adult
at the marsh this morning.


re: hummingbird

 Ken Walton

 4:46 pm sunday august 11, 2002

Try and look at page 53 for Rufous Hummingbird and page 111 for
Sphinx Moths that look like Hummingbirds in "Hummingbirds of
North America, By Sheri L. Williamson" in the Peterson Field
Guides Series. This is a must for Hummingbird watching.    


re: hummingbird

 Brenda Clark

 4:18 pm sunday august 11, 2002

Take another look if it comes might be an insect.  I
have had a marvelous hummingbird moth, or possibly a bumblebee
moth (I do not have good enough field guides) that fits your
description to a tee.  It hovers and darts like a hummer, and
even at rest on my lilies keeps its almost transparent wings
flapping.  I found this in the Golden Nature Guide of
Butterflies and Moths.



 mary willmott

 6:17 pm friday august 9, 2002

Today at the beebalm there was a bird which appeared to be a
hummer but only 1/3 the size of a ruby.  It had orange \brown
body with a fan type tail.  Sibley shows a rufous.  Has anyone
else seen them?
Friday Aug9


Rough-legged Hawk

 jim maguire

 7:41 am thursday august 8, 2002

Wednesday August 7 at Sparrow Lake, Muskoka side. at The Point,
an adult Rough Legged Hawk perched near by, and later flying low
along the gravel road.


Swallows at Bracebridge lagoons

 Brian Pfrimmer

 6:40 pm monday august 5, 2002

An interesting display of swallows this morning about 9:30.
Approix. 75 birds feeding low over the water. A mixture of Barn,
Bank, Rough-winged, Cliff and one Tree Swallow. They must be on
the move. Also spotted 3 Chimney Swift and a Lesser Yellowlegs.


Black-billed Cuckoo at Ragged Rapids

 Dinny and Neil Nimmo

 1:10 pm saturday august 3, 2002

This morning Neil and I were at Ragged Rapids with our friend
Eric Clough from Oregon and we had a life sighting of a black-
billed cuckoo. It sat in clear view for about 5 minutes....long
enough for us to set up the scope. It had a grasshopper in its
bill and we think it was very near the nest. If you want to try
to find it, go out the road towards Big Eddy, stop just past the
tower and the first "Private Road" sign. Look for the dead trees
on the west side (same side as the tower).Dinny


Yellow-billed cuckoo

 Eleanor Kee Wellman

 10:55 pm thursday august 1, 2002

On Wednesday afternoon I saw a yellow-billed cuckoo at my cabin
off Muskoka RD. 38.  The bright yellow bill was unmistakeable.  
I heard one calling today about 4:30 pm as well.


Black-crowned Night-heron at O'Donnell P

 Burke Korol

 10:31 pm wednesday july 31, 2002

On Thursday (25 July) there was an adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-
HERON at the O'Donnell Point Nature Reserve.  The bird was seen
in the wetland to the west of the road between the Moose Deer
Point Indian Band Office and King Bay.  This wetland is about 1
km south of the Niigon Plastics Plant.  To reach the band
office, take Twelve Mile Bay road west off of Hwy. 69 towards
Georgian Bay.  Twelve Mile Bay road is about 40 km south of
Parry Sound.

P.S.  I wished I had been aware of the significance of this
sighting sooner, but better late than never!


Handfed a Downy Woodpecker!

 Barbara Taylor

 10:37 pm thursday july 25, 2002

I still can't believe it!  I was trying to coax a couple of
chickadees to come to my outstretched hand for some sunflower
seeds and bits of peanuts. But instead, a "baby" male Downy
Woodpecker flew to my hand and actually sat there for a minute,
quite contently pecking away at the bits of peanut.  Last week
we had watched an adult male Downy busily feeding two hungry
offspring, a male and a female.  So perhaps the young birds are
on their own now, and the little guy was just real hungry.

That's a first for me....chickadees and nuthatches, yes...but a


Oxtongue Lake Fledged Young and Others

 Fred Urie

 7:00 pm tuesday july 23, 2002

Sightings July 13-20 for 17PL62:

July 13 - Black and White FY 1
         Yellowrumped W. FY 2

July 14 - Nashville FY 2

July 15 - Merlin - N. Oxtongue Lake

July 16 - Chestnut-sided FY
         Magnolia FY 3
         Am. Redstart FY 2
         E. Phoebe FY3
         N. Waterthrush 2

July 17 - Hairy Woodpecker FY 2
         C. Raven FY
         Ruffed Grouse FY
         Magnolia FY 2
         Yellow W. FY
July 18 - Red-br. Nuthatch FY 4
         Chestnut-sided FY 2
         Blackburnian FY 2
         Rose-br. Grosbeak FY

July 19 - Mourning W. F., M. carrying food
         Canada W. FY
         Black and White FY 2

N. Parulas at Ragged Falls, Harris Trail, and 2 on Parris Trail.
I enjoyed the birding more outside the park (Algonquin).


Carolina Wren

 Barbara Taylor

 4:31 pm monday july 22, 2002

A Carolina Wren visited our back yard in Bracebridge today.  I
didn't recognize the song I was hearing and went looking for the
bird.  With such a loud distinctive song the bird was easy to
find, but unfortunately it didn't stay around after my brief
encounter.  I will definitely update if I hear or see it again.


Red-headed Woodpecker

 Rick Snider

 9:29 pm thursday july 18, 2002

At our recent McKechinie Lake cottagers meeting I found out that
a Red-headed Woodpecker was coming to a feeder on our lake for a
two week period around the end of May-beginning of June. Saw a
nice photo of it.
McKechnie Lake is a small lake east of highway 69 near the top
of Lake Joseph.
This is another of the several reports for this spring invasion
of Muskoka-Parry Sound.


Winter Wren / Nashville Warbler

 Paul Smith

 9:07 am saturday july 13, 2002

A Winter Wren yesterday at Moon River Road & Hgwy 169 and a
Nashville Warbler further down Moon River Road on the Jacksons'
Camp Road, just before the swamp.

Also a Cerulean Warbler a couple of weeks ago in the small patch
of forest on the north west corner of Hgwy 169 & Medora Lake
Road (North entrance) responding to a CD of their song / call.


Bracebridge Lagoons

 Wilf Yusek

 1:46 pm monday july 8, 2002

There is a Solitary and Least Sandpiper at the Lagoons this a.m.
Both were in cell #1 on the west side approx 150m south of the
main building.


Yellow-billed Cuckoos

 George Bryant

 6:44 pm sunday july 7, 2002

On Saturday July 6, 2002, I recorded two Yellow-billed Cuckoos.
The first was on South Pine Lake Road while doing my second (for
the year) forest bird monitoring.  A cuckoo, flew over, I
assumed Black-billed, then I heard a Yellow-billed call/song. To
my relief, the bird showed itself and I saw the brillian yellow
lower mandible backlit in the sun. My first for Muskoka and the
first Ontario bird I have seen in decades.
Later the same morning while Atlassing at the signed entrance to
Torrance Barrens, I heard a Yellow-billed call south of the
road. Subsequently I heard probably the same individual call
north of Highland Pond.
Although I have heard several Black-billeds in Muskoka this
year, I heard none this day.


Black-billed Cuckoos

 Burke Korol

 9:24 pm thursday july 4, 2002


I am having a great year for Black-billed Cuckoos, but many of
my sightings have not been in our area of interest.  However,
today (4 July) I heard one on the District of Muskoka/City of
Kawartha Lakes border on Muskoka Road 6, about 100 north of
Cooper's Falls Road.  In the places I have been finding them I
wouldn't say that forest tent caterpillars were in the peak of
their cycle.

Something really cool today too.  While paddling the Black River
in this same area, we observed a Great Horned Owl capture and
carry away a Muskrat at 1118 hrs.




 10:52 pm tuesday july 2, 2002

This is being posted a little late, as we were celebrating our
nation's 135th in Ottawa.
While departing about 12:45 pm Saturday, we spotted a
mockingbird perched on a wire crossing Fraserburg Road, roughly
where the Hammond home is on the south side -- about 0.75 km in
from Hwy 11.
This is an area where we have seen a brown thrasher before, but
this was definitely a mockingbird's colours.