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Cooper's Hawk
Posted on December 31, 2014 at 02:58:57 PM by Barbara Taylor

A Cooper's Hawk was in our yard again this morning...makes for very quiet birdwatching. It must have moved on because this afternoon we have had all the "regulars" come to the feeders:

Northern Cardinal
Blue Jay
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee
Mourning Dove

(Bracebridge)

 

 

Many hairy returns!
Posted on December 29, 2014 at 01:31:04 PM by michaelhatton

After a warm weather absence, the Hairy Woodpeckers have returned to the feeders at Leonard Lake.  photo

 

 

Female Barrow's Goldeneye, Lake Muskoka
Posted on December 29, 2014 at 01:21:02 PM by michaelhatton

The Goodyear's continuing female Barrow's Goldeneye (orange / pumpkin bill and puffier nape) seen hanging out with a male Common Goldeneye this morning between Golden Point and McVittie's Island, Lake Muskoka.  photo1  photo2

 

 

Chipmunk
Posted on December 28, 2014 at 07:57:52 PM by dinnymccraney

A chipmunk appeared under the feeder beside the cedar hedge on Christmas Eve and again Christmas Day. Maybe it was Alvin!  (Bracebridge)

 

 

Common Goldeneyes - Bala
Posted on December 28, 2014 at 02:50:13 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there were eight Common Goldeneyes below the Bala Falls, not too far out from the public boat launch on River Street.

 

 

Northern Shrike
Posted on December 27, 2014 at 01:32:50 PM by Barbara Taylor

Around 11 a.m. today there was a Northern Shrike perched high atop a dead tree north of cell 4 at the Bracebridge Ponds. There was a single Common Redpoll feeding on some chicory seeds nearby, but the Shrike seemed more interested in preening than finding a meal.

 

 

Pileated Woodpecker
Posted on December 26, 2014 at 08:40:59 PM by Terri

I have a Pileated Woodpecker coming to my suet feeder everyday, he comes 1 to 3 times a day. Homemade suet with lots of goodies in it including peanuts, cranberries, dried mealworms along with other stuff. He seems to really enjoy it along with the Hairy Woodpeckers and Downy Woodpeckers. Hwy 118 E between Bracebridge and Carnarvon. I'm enjoying seeing lots of different birds.

 

 

Belted Kingfisher
Posted on December 26, 2014 at 05:24:59 PM by Jon Grandfield

Two belted kingfishers, N. Muskoka R. bridge, district road 10, Port Sydney, about noon

 

 

Bohemian Waxwings - Bracebridge
Posted on December 26, 2014 at 03:24:43 PM by michaelhatton

Approximately 40 observed at the south end of Coates Ave, Bracebridge today at 11 a.m.  photo

Photo taken at approximately 250 metres with an iPhone 5 through a spotting scope set to its minimum of 30x then cropped.

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 25 December
Posted on December 26, 2014 at 03:02:20 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (December 26, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

A belated Merry Christmas and Good Birding in 2015!

The female Mallard first noted at the Park Lake outlet on December 9 has
persisted all this week as well, being seen at open water both north and
south of the highway. Winter records of this duck are very rare in
Algonquin.

THE VISITOR CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED FROM DECEMBER 24 TO 26
BUT OPEN DAILY FROM DECEMBER 27 TO JANUARY 4 from
9 am to 5 pm. .

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: Two males and a female were high in a balsam fir about 15
metres down the trail from the entrance at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on
December 22.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Gray Jay: Seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road again this week.

Boreal Chickadee: Look and listen for them around the suet feeder near the
register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

WINTER FINCHES:
Common Redpoll: Up to seven were reported at the Visitor Centre feeders this
week.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

 

 

Re(1): Has anyone seen a Porcupine lately and trail camera idea
Posted on December 26, 2014 at 03:56:38 PM by Barbara Taylor

There was a Porcupine walking through our back yard at the end of May, but haven't seen it since.
See my report with photos May 30, 2014.

I think the last time we saw a Porcupine along the trail between the Bracebridge Ponds and Henry Marsh was in 2005. We've seen Fishers in that area many times in recent years, so perhaps the Porcupine population has declined due to the Fishers' success.

 

 

Has anyone seen a Porcupine lately and trail camera idea
Posted on December 25, 2014 at 10:11:04 PM by coreyhkh

I used to see them a lot more as a kid but its been many years since I have come across a live one, has there population declined?

Also I have been thinking about possibly using a trail camera and putting it somewhere at Henry Marsh, it would have to be hidden of course off the trail but it could be interesting to see whats out there.

 

 

Waxwings in Covered Bridge
Posted on December 24, 2014 at 02:32:56 PM by jcogan

I've been seeing Waxwings all around Covered Bridge neighborhood for a week or so now. I'm pretty sure they are Bohemian Waxwings. This morning there were at least 140 of them in a tree in the backyards between Coates and Keall. I heard them the moment I opened the door and was able to get a picture so I could count them. What a lovely Christmas present for me!!  (Bracebridge)

 

 

barred owl at Henry marsh
Posted on December 23, 2014 at 05:46:01 PM by coreyhkh

It was hunting over the marsh around noon today.

 

 

Re(1): Barrows's Goldeneye, Golden Point, Bracebridge
Posted on December 27, 2014 at 10:15:27 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Mark Kubisz on ONTBIRDS (December 27, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

The female Barrow's Goldeneye posted on ebird by David and Regan Goodyear was present today and viewed (with the landowner's permission) well from 1073 Golden Point Road.
I also checked the Henry Road Marsh where the Sora had been seen, but could find no sign of it.
Directions: coming from the south, take exit 182 onto Hwy 118W. Turn left onto the Frank Miller Memorial Route. After about 5 km, turn left onto Golden Point Road. Follow it to its end.

Mark Kubisz
Scarborough, ON
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Barrow's Goldeneye
Posted on December 22, 2014 at 03:19:13 PM by Goodyear

The female Barrow's Goldeneye was at the mouth of the Muskoka River again this afternoon around 2:30. It can be seen from the property at the end of Golden Point Road on the right hand side (birders are welcome). The Lake is frozen over, but there is a lead of open water. It was in the company of two male Common Goldeneyes and two Buffleheads. Golden Point Road is accessed off Golden Beach Road, between Boyer's Beach Road and Patterson Kaye Lodge.

 

 

Buffleheads and Canada Geese
Posted on December 21, 2014 at 03:05:30 PM by Goodyear

On the Muskoka River, about halfway between Henry Road and Wellington Street Bridge, this afternoon around 1:30 - two Buffleheads and two Canada Geese.

 

 

Re(1): Dead Nashville Warbler
Posted on December 26, 2014 at 10:13:51 AM by DBurton

Could be another Elvis sighting? ;)

 

 

Dead Nashville Warbler
Posted on December 21, 2014 at 02:59:41 PM by Goodyear

This morning, at the north end of the open field north of the bridge at Henry Marsh, we found a dead Nashville Warbler, seemingly caught in the crook of several stems on a short plant. The bird seemed very fresh and wasn't wet, snow covered, or all that bedraggled. Perhaps a late bird that died where it was perched?

 

 

Re(1): Henry Marsh - Hooting Owl
Posted on December 21, 2014 at 10:48:14 AM by Al Sinclair

Long-eared Owl hoots were reported from there several years ago during the breeding season. Wilf Yusek and I staked it out for several hours and played calls but couldn't confirm it.

 

 

Henry Marsh - Hooting Owl
Posted on December 21, 2014 at 08:20:32 AM by Goodyear

Late yesterday afternoon around 5:00 while leaving Henry Marsh after watching the Sora, we heard several owl hoots. They were evenly spaced, about two seconds apart, coming from the woods to the north and west of the marsh. The hoots sounded too slow for a Great Gray, but much like those of a Long-eared Owl. We listened for another twenty minutes or so, but didn't hear the bird call again.

 

 

Huntsville Christmas Bird Count: 16 December
Posted on December 20, 2014 at 04:09:29 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (December 18, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.


The 21st Huntsville Christmas Bird Count was held on Tuesday, December 16.
There was extensive open water on the larger lakes and the Muskoka River was
entirely open. Overcast with temperatures from 1 to 2 C in the morning was
good for observing, but rain all afternoon hampered the birds and the
birders.

Preliminary results show:

Total Species: 38 (average is 39)
Total Individuals: 2,666 (average is 3,100)
Participants: 23

New Species for the Count:
-None


Noteworthy Species:
-Ring-billed Gull: 1
-Gray Jay: 2
-Yellow-rumped Warbler: 1
-White-throated Sparrow: 1


Finches:
-Pine Grosbeak: 3
-Common Redpoll: 54
-Pine Siskin: 2
-American Goldfinch: 37
-Evening Grosbeak: 1

Thanks to all participants. It was a good count given the afternoon
conditions.

Ron Tozer, Compiler
Dwight, ON

 

 

Bohemian Waxwings
Posted on December 20, 2014 at 01:00:00 PM by Goodyear

We just had a flock of about 20 Bohemian Waxwings in our crab tree in our front yard - 117 Meadow Heights Bracebridge.

 

 

Re(1): Sora - gone?
Posted on December 22, 2014 at 01:01:21 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning around 11:30 a.m. we couldn't find the Sora. There appeared to be dog paw prints by the little puddle of open water where the bird was seen yesterday, and we saw a Mink poking around under the bridge. There was also a Fisher crossing the trail just east of the marsh...so lots of predators about. Perhaps the Sora was in hiding or has left.

If anyone sees it again, please let us know.

 

 

Re(1): Sora - Sunday still there
Posted on December 21, 2014 at 02:20:34 PM by Goodyear

We found it this morning about 11:30 thirty feet west of the open water. It was actively feeding and finding lots to eat. Dragonfly larvae?

 

 

Re(1): Sora - Henry Marsh (No sign of it this morning)
Posted on December 21, 2014 at 12:44:20 PM by michaelhatton

No sign of the Sora on Sunday morning. But there was a busy beaver.

 

 

Re(1): Sora - Henry Marsh
Posted on December 20, 2014 at 04:12:19 PM by Alex Mills

According to Birds of Ontario (Sandilands 2011), only two were found on Ontario Christmas Bird Counts in the 1990s, so it is an exceptional record. I'd be surprised if either of those two records was this far north.

 

 

Re(1): Sora - photo
Posted on December 20, 2014 at 08:36:06 PM by Barbara Taylor

The Goodyears found the Sora in the same spot late this afternoon. Here is a photo taken by David Goodyear: photo

 

 

Sora - Henry Marsh
Posted on December 20, 2014 at 12:36:17 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning we found a Sora at Henry Marsh near the wooden footbridge where the outflow of water is keeping a bit of the creek open. The bird appeared alert and seemed to be finding something to eat at the edge of the water. It slowly worked its way along until disappearing from view in a clump of cattails. (Bracebridge)

Is this a record late date for a Sora?

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 18 December
Posted on December 19, 2014 at 09:43:46 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (December 18, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Contrary to expectations, the female Mallard continued to be seen at a small
patch of open water at the Park Lake outlet all week. Despite being a
"sitting duck", she has survived!

A couple of Ruffed Grouse are coming regularly for seed under the Visitor
Centre feeders.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: A female was 20 metres north of the Spruce Bog
Boardwalk parking lot on December 13.

Gray Jay: Seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road again this week.

Boreal Chickadee: Four were observed around the suet feeder near the
register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on December 14.

WINTER FINCHES:
Common Redpoll: Present in small numbers. From zero to 12 were reported at
the Visitor Centre feeders on days this week.

Evening Grosbeak: One was at the Visitor Centre feeders on December 15.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

DIRECTIONS:

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

Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are
also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca

The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends
from 9 am to 5 pm. There is access with limited services on weekdays from 9
am to 4 pm. THE VISITOR CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED FROM
DECEMBER 24 TO 26 BUT OPEN DAILY FROM DECEMBER 27 TO
JANUARY 4.

For more information see the Algonquin Park events calendar at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/involved/calendar/

 

 

Snowy Owl, Burk's Falls
Posted on December 19, 2014 at 06:47:28 PM by Peter Mills

This afternoon at about 2:30 I observed a Snowy Owl on Highway 520 just outside of Burk's Falls (between East Road and "the big gravel piles").  photo

 

 

adult eagle near Brandy lake
Posted on December 19, 2014 at 01:01:21 PM by Doug Smith

This morning there was an adult bald eagle flying over the creek that feeds into Brandy Lake, along the 118 west near Port Carling.

 

 

Juncos and redpolls
Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:09:48 AM by GayleCarlyle

This morning I was lamenting that we didn't have much variety at our feeders but then I noticed about 3 juncos at the niger feeder and a few hours later, the redpolls arrived, about 4 of them. We're in Washago by the way.

 

 

Cooper's Hawk
Posted on December 16, 2014 at 04:03:35 PM by Barbara Taylor

An adult Cooper's Hawk has been hanging around our yard today. So far all the regular feeder birds have discovered the Hawk's hiding place and avoided being ambushed. (Bracebridge)

 

 

Re(1): Great Black-backed Gull - photo
Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:08:56 PM by Barbara Taylor

Did any of the Black-backed Gulls have bands?

In October 2011 one with band "0R5" was spotted in Barrie. Turned out that it had been a nesting adult banded in May 2011 as part of the Gulls of Appledore long-term research project at Appledore Island, Isle of Shoals, Maine. You can read about the research at http://gullsofappledore.wordpress.com

 

 

Great Black-backed Gull - photo
Posted on December 19, 2014 at 07:58:15 PM by Al Sinclair

From the Christmas Bird Count, a Great Black-backed Gull at the Gravenhurst Landfill. Photo by Janice House.  photo

 

 

Christmas Bird Count - Full Summary
Posted on December 17, 2014 at 09:24:18 PM by Al Sinclair

35th Gravenhurst-Bracebridge Christmas Bird Count Results ONGB
Held Sunday December 14, 2013
Temperature 0 to +2C
Larger lakes and moving water open
AM cloudy, some light drizzle PM cloudy, some light drizzle
Snow depth 5 to 10 cm
Total species 43 (34 Gravenhurst 31 Bracebridge)(10 year average 36.9)
Total individuals 2590 (1505 Gravenhurst 1085 Bracebridge)(10 year average 2490)
New count species: None
New count highs: Great Black-backed Gull 11, Bald Eagle 5, Barred Owl 4, Pileated Woodpecker 17
New count lows: none
Unusual species: Great Black-backed Gull, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Bohemian Waxwing, Eastern Towhee
Finch species: Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

COMMON LOON - 2
GREAT BLUE HERON - CW
CANADA GOOSE - 2
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK - 1
MALLARD - 32
COMMON GOLDENEYE - 4
COMMON MERGANSER - 3
RED-TAILED HAWK - 2
BALD EAGLE - 5
RUFFED GROUSE - 2
WILD TURKEY - 29
RING-BILLED GULL - 3
HERRING GULL - 262
GLAUCOUS GULL - 6
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL - 11
ROCK PIGEON - 91
MOURNING DOVE - 135
BARRED OWL - 4
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER - 1
DOWNY WOODPECKER - 32
HAIRY WOODPECKER - 32
PILEATED WOODPECKER - 17
BLUE JAY - 350
AMERICAN CROW - 35
COMMON RAVEN - 87
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE - 610
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH - 38
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH - 76
BROWN CREEPER - 3
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET - 8
BOHEMIAN WAXWING - 1
CEDAR WAXWING - 24
NORTHERN SHRIKE - 1
EUROPEAN STARLING - 296
NORTHERN CARDINAL - 14
EASTERH TOWHEE - 1
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW - 17
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW - 1
DARK-EYED JUNCO - 50
SNOW BUNTING - 133
COMMON REDPOLL - 84
PINE SISKIN - 6
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH - 74
HOUSE SPARROW - 5

 

 

Gravenhurst-Bracebridge Christmas Bird Count
Posted on December 15, 2014 at 07:55:25 PM by Al Sinclair

Quick update on the Gravenhurst-Bracebridge Christmas Bird Count yesterday. 43 species. Some good birds: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee, Great Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull, Northern Shrike, Bohemian Waxwing, Bald Eagle. More later.  photo

 

 

Goshawk
Posted on December 15, 2014 at 12:53:19 PM by Barbara Taylor

Don Bailey reports there was an immature Northern Goshawk this morning near the intersection of Brian Rd. and Meadow Heights Dr. (Bracebridge)

 

 

Northern Shrike
Posted on December 15, 2014 at 07:08:33 AM by Goodyear

Yesterday afternoon,while making our last stop of the day for the Christmas Bird Count, Regan, Linda, and I found a Northern Shrike sitting at the top of a small tree in the field across from The Kia dealership on Robert Dollar Drive, Bracebridge.

 

 

Christmas Bird Count - yard list
Posted on December 14, 2014 at 05:02:06 PM by Barbara Taylor

Not much around our yard today (Bracebridge):
3 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
6 Black-capped Chickadee
4 Blue Jay
2 Mourning Dove
1 American Crow

 

 

Flying Squirrels
Posted on December 14, 2014 at 04:59:37 PM by Barbara Taylor

This afternoon along the trail between the Bracebridge Ponds and Henry Marsh we were pleasantly surprised to see three Flying Squirrels moving through the trees. One landed on the trail ahead of us before quickly taking cover under a log. This is the first time we've ever seen any there, even though we've walked that trail many many times.

Birds seen along the way:
Ruffed Grouse
Pileated Woodpecker (a pair)
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jays
Black-capped Chickadees (at least 40!)
White-breasted Nuthatches
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Common Raven

 

 

Bohemian Waxwing
Posted on December 14, 2014 at 11:48:51 AM by missyinmuskoka

I saw a solitary Bohemian Waxwing feeding on the last bit of winterberry on South Kahshe Lake Road today, I have a cell phone image for ID purposes

 

 

Barred Owl
Posted on December 14, 2014 at 11:45:52 AM by missyinmuskoka

I noticed a Barred Owl as I walked down the trail behind cell 4. There is a tree that fell across the trail... and the owl was perched towards the open area just after that. I have a really bad cell phone picture for ID purposes  (Bracebridge)

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 11 December
Posted on December 13, 2014 at 01:33:54 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (December 11, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.


Even though it is not officially winter yet, winter-like conditions prevail
in the Park now. The deepest parts of Smoke Lake remain ice-free but all
other lakes along the Highway 60 Corridor are covered with thin ice. About
20 cm of snow today enhanced the winter scenery.

A female Mallard photographed at a patch of open water at the outlet of Park
Lake on December 9 will soon depart, but the one or two Wild Turkeys
occasionally seen along Highway 60 this week will attempt to over-winter,
mostly without food provided by people. A Ruffed Grouse is regular at the
Visitor Centre feeders early and late in the day. The first Hoary Redpoll of
the winter in Algonquin was seen on December 2 (see below for details).

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.
One was seen at Opeongo Lake on December 10.

Gray Jay: Present at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road again this week.

Boreal Chickadee: One was observed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on December 6 and
7. This species may be starting to visit the suet feeder near the register
box on this trail.


WINTER FINCHES:
Common Redpoll: From one to six were observed each day at the Visitor Centre
feeders this week.

Hoary Redpoll: One with a Common Redpoll was seen foraging on the ground at
the Opeonco Access Point on December 2.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

 

 

Snowy Owl
Posted on December 12, 2014 at 05:29:35 PM by Peter Mills

I observed a single Snowy Owl on a fence post on the west side of HWY 11 at Novar this afternoon (exit 235).
A second was seen just north of Orillia, also from HWY 11.

 

 

Red Bellied Woodpecker
Posted on December 12, 2014 at 03:03:12 PM by DanGoforth

A Red Bellied Woodpecker showed up at the feeder about 2 weeks ago. He's back every morning when we put seed out. He hasn't discovered the suet with the Downy, Hairy and Pileated yet.  (between Bracebridge & Gravenhurst - "Kilty Switch")

 

 

Re(2): Redpolls
Posted on December 12, 2014 at 03:00:27 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there were about a dozen Redpolls by the NW corner of cell 4 at the Bracebridge Ponds. There was a lot of chaff on the snow under some Chicory plants...didn't know they would eat chicory seeds.

 

 

Re(1): Redpolls
Posted on December 11, 2014 at 05:06:05 PM by tedthevideoman

Had about 15 show up mixed with Gold fiches at the feeders this morning..120 Meadow Heights BB

 

 

Redpolls
Posted on December 8, 2014 at 03:00:55 PM by Debbie Adams

Two Redpolls just showed up at our niger seed feeder. We haven't seen them here for several years so we're hoping they'll spread the word and their relatives show up too.
(Walker's Point)

 

 

Snow Buntings
Posted on December 7, 2014 at 02:48:36 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning at the Bracebridge Ponds there were a dozen Snow Buntings flying north towards Kerr Park. Five very vocal Common Ravens were flying and "tumbling" above the frozen ponds...possibly the family group from this past summer?

 

 

Barrow's Goldeneye -Lake Muskoka - Photo
Posted on December 8, 2014 at 09:27:31 AM by Al Sinclair

Photo by David Goodyear on Dec 6, 2014

 

 

Barrow's Goldeneye -Lake Muskoka
Posted on December 6, 2014 at 05:41:25 PM by Goodyear

This afternoon, Regan and I observed a female Barrow's Goldeneye off Golden Point, Lake Muskoka. It is probably the same bird that we observed and photographed from the same location on November 15. We sent photos of that bird to several experienced birders who all agreed that it was an adult female Barrow's. We tried to relocate that bird over the next few days but were unsuccessful. While scanning the lake this afternoon around 2:00 we think we refound the bird. It had a steeper forehead than the nearby female Commons, an orange-yellow bill, and a pronounced mane at the back of its oval shaped head. It was near a small flock of Common Goldneyes just out from the mouth of the Muskoka River. The birds were slowly making their way out farther into the lake, beyond the red buoy that marks the channel. Birders are welcome to try to find the bird from the property (number 1073) at the end of Golden Point Road on the right hand side, which is accessed off Golden Beach Road, Golden Point Road is between Boyer's Beach Road and Patterson Kaye Lodge.

 

 

Re(1): Golden-crowned Kinglets
Posted on December 15, 2014 at 12:57:45 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there were five Golden-crowned Kinglets in the same area.

 

 

Golden-crowned Kinglets
Posted on December 6, 2014 at 01:22:48 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there were two Golden-crowned Kinglets along the trail east of Henry Marsh near the first birdfeeder. They seemed to be travelling with a small flock of Black-capped Chickadees. (Bracebridge)

Directions to Henry Marsh: from traffic lights at Eccelstone Dr. and Wellington St. in Bracebridge, head west on Beaumont Dr. to Henry Rd.
See my Area trails map (click on trail sections and markers for info/photos; click Map or Satellite button at bottom left to switch views)

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 4 December
Posted on December 5, 2014 at 08:39:17 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (December 4, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Only the larger lakes have any open water now. Lake of Two Rivers became
ice-covered on November 29, the same date as last year. This is the second
earliest date since records began in 1972. The earliest ice-in date for this
lake was 28 November 1995.

The suet feeder is now in place near the register box on Spruce Bog
Boardwalk. Gray Jays have been attracted so far, but Boreal Chickadees
may start visiting it as in previous winters.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: One was reported roosting in a tree along Beaver Pond Trail
on November 27, and one was seen on Spruce Bog Boardwalk the same day.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Gray Jay: At the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road again this week.

Boreal Chickadee: Try the black spruce section along Opeongo Road and at
Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

WINTER FINCHES: Very limited numbers and species variety reported.
Pine Grosbeak: Two were near the Visitor Centre on November 28.

Evening Grosbeak: One was at the Visitor Centre feeders on November 27,
but the species has not been reported since.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

 

 

Squirrel eats mouse
Posted on December 3, 2014 at 01:01:40 PM by GayleCarlyle

We have been using mouse traps in our basement to rid ourselves of the pesky creatures. We then throw the dead mice out into the bush for weasels, fox, whatever to eat.
Today around noon I looked out our back window to see a black squirrel sitting up in a tree chowing down on a frozen dead mouse. I've heard of squirrels robbing bird's nests but I wouldn't have thought they'd eat a dead mouse.
But I guess when you're hungry...

 

 

Re(2): Barred Owl
Posted on December 5, 2014 at 04:21:35 PM by Barbara Taylor

Don Bailey reports there was a Barred Owl in their yard this afternoon. We live nearby and this morning I noticed a large wing print in the snow near a shrew exit hole under our birdfeeder...perhaps the Owl had breakfast here. (Bracebridge)

 

 

Re(1): Barred Owl near Bracebridge does 180 head turn
Posted on January 5, 2015 at 01:34:01 PM by Terri

Great picture Al.

 

 

Re(1): Barred Owl near Bracebridge does 180 head turn
Posted on December 3, 2014 at 08:35:16 PM by Doug Smith

Beautiful photo Al -- you can almost imagine it is a spotted owl in the depths of old growth forest in B.C....

 

 

Barred Owl near Bracebridge does 180 head turn
Posted on December 2, 2014 at 07:12:06 PM by Al Sinclair

There's been quite a few Barred Owl photos posted lately on Ontario Birds and other sites. Here's another, taken in low light with snow falling. We spotted this owl still watching our feeders when we got up yesterday morning. When I went outside with my camera and squeaked and it snapped its head around backwards to look at me. It left a few minutes later.  photo

 

 

Evening Grosbeak
Posted on December 1, 2014 at 04:52:51 PM by janice house

I heard an evening grosbeak calling this morning, also gold finch and snow buntings ( Doe Lake Rd Gravenhurst )

 

 

Bald Eagle
Posted on November 29, 2014 at 10:42:39 AM by Debbie Adams

Just watched a Baldy soaring slowly overhead of our home. It was flying rather low and sorry I didn't have a camera handy. I've seen it several times over the past 2 months.
(Walker's Point)

 

 

Redpolls
Posted on November 27, 2014 at 01:44:09 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there were four Common Redpolls in the alders north of cell 4 at the Bracebridge Ponds. A Red-tailed Hawk was perched on a light standard by the old treatment plant. (note: all cells are frozen over)

 

 

Moth ID?
Posted on November 24, 2014 at 06:05:24 PM by Barbara Taylor

This afternoon I noticed this tiny moth outside on our window. I don't recall seeing one here before, so a bit odd for it to show up in late November. (Bracebridge)
Could it be a Snowy-shouldered Acleris?  photo

3510 – Acleris nivisellana – Snowy-shouldered Acleris Moth
reference: http://bugguide.net/node/view/58615

 

 

Great Blue Heron
Posted on November 24, 2014 at 04:29:25 PM by janice house

One flew over the house yesterday just before noon, heading south........Doe Lake Rd Gravenhurst

 

 

Thayer's Gull, Minden
Posted on November 23, 2014 at 08:14:19 PM by EdPoropat

Hi everyone,
1st winter Thayer's Gull at the Minden dump today, as well as a 1st winter Iceland, and a 2nd winter Great Black-backed. 2 Bald Eagles also (1 adult and a 1st year bird).

Haliburton dump had a single adult Ring-billed Gull, at least 4 Glaucous Gulls, a 1st winter Great Black-backed Gull, and again 2 Bald Eagles (an adult and a 3rd year bird).

Cheers,
Ed

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 20 November
Posted on November 23, 2014 at 03:58:48 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (November 20, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Big snowfall (about 68 cm over three days in western Algonquin Park),
Highway 60 closure today, gusty winds and few birders - all severely limited
observations this week.

A light morph adult Rough-legged Hawk in the Eos Lake and Ring-neck Pond
area from November 14 to 16 was unusual here for lingering.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Gray Jay: At the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road this week.

Boreal Chickadee: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road..

WINTER FINCHES:
Pine Siskin: Numbers slowly increasing at the Visitor Centre feeders, with
13 there on November 19.

American Goldfinch: Declining numbers at the Visitor Centre feeders, with
only one on November 19.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)

 

 

RB Nuthatch, Bala
Posted on November 23, 2014 at 09:40:04 AM by Eleanor Kee Wellman

Very happy to see a Red breasted Nuthatch around yesterday. They disappeared as my feeders ran out of seed while I was away the latter part of August and September. They make my day!

 

 

possible great horned owl in Bracebridge
Posted on November 21, 2014 at 07:06:21 PM by Doug Smith

at approx 5 this afternoon a very large, dark and 'heavy' owl flew over Ecclestone Drive near the former Dura plant in Bracebridge. The light was poor, but it seemed it was a great-horned owl.

 

 

Re(1): Red Winged Black Bird & Eastern Towhee
Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:45:32 AM by janice house

E.T. appeared this morning after I filled the feeders and was also doing the tow-hee call, I have not seen her since Sunday morning and assumed she made her way south with the break in the weather

 

Red Winged Black Bird & Eastern Towhee
Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:32:25 AM by janice house

I was out before the birds awoke to shovel under my feeders near the cedar hedge. E.T. is still here and a male red-winged black bird was feeding along with the regulars (Doe Lake Rd Gravenhurst)

 

 

Re(1): Robin
Posted on November 20, 2014 at 04:12:23 PM by janice house

I saw one on Sunday, it flew up from the side of Beaumont Drive near the Parrett farm house (across the river from Santa's Village)

 

 

Re(1): Robin
Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:42:26 PM by J. Gardner

I believe it was Barbara's robin that I saw this morning standing in the driveway looking terribly out of place. J. Gardner

 

 

Robin
Posted on November 19, 2014 at 02:45:35 PM by Barbara Taylor

This afternoon there was a Robin in an ornamental crabapple tree near #50 Meadow Heights Dr., Bracebridge.

 

 

another eagle near Port Carling
Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:10:59 AM by Doug Smith

There is a sub-adult eagle in a field on the north side of the 118 west, just west of the Brackenrig road turnoff. It seemed to be feeding on a carcass in the snow. Several ravens were keeping it company.

 

 

Re(1): Waxwings and fermented berries article
Posted on November 18, 2014 at 12:52:55 PM by J. Gardner

Have seen robins, tipsy from eating once-frozen fruit, at Hurdville (Manitoubing) and at King City. J. Gardner

 

 

Waxwings and fermented berries article
Posted on November 18, 2014 at 10:19:22 AM by Barbara Taylor

Has anyone ever noticed any "drunk" birds in our area? Here's an article about Whitehorse birds:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/11/17/whitehorse_birds_are_getting_drunk_on_fermented_berries.html

 

 

Re(1): Common Loons
Posted on November 23, 2014 at 02:53:19 PM by Barbara Taylor

Two Common Loons were in the bay near the entrance to Touchstone Resort this morning. Also some Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, and Mallards.

 

 

Common Loons
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 04:12:08 PM by Barbara Taylor

Two Common Loons were in Alport Bay this afternoon. (seen from Beaumont Dr., Bracebridge)
Three Buffleheads were riding the waves by Kirby's Beach, but no sign of the Bald Eagle reported earlier.

 

 

Re(1): Fox with dinner
Posted on November 17, 2014 at 02:47:38 PM by George Bryant

Stub-tailed Squirrels.
They seem to be more often overweight city park squirrels. My theory is the squirrel leaps between branches but the tail gets wedged between them and snaps off--but I've never had confirmation of this.

 

 

Fox with dinner
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 02:05:34 PM by Barbara Taylor

Don and Bev Bailey had a fox visit their yard last week. They watched it sneak up on a squirrel that was too busy eating sunflower seeds under their feeder to notice. Bev took this photo as the fox trotted out their driveway with its prize. We live nearby and have two squirrels that are missing half their tails...hmmm. (Bracebridge)  photo

 

 

Re(1): White-winged Scoters and Redpolls
Posted on November 23, 2014 at 07:11:20 AM by janice house

Yesterday at Muskoka Beach there was a loon, the two scoters, several common mergansers and common goldeneyes. At the Wharf, mallards, red breasted merganser female, common mergansers, common goldeneyes, buffleheads and herring gulls

 

 

White-winged Scoters and Redpolls
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 01:54:13 PM by Goodyear

This afternoon we saw two White-winged Scoters at Muskoka Beach in Gravenhurst and a flock of six Common Redpolls feeding along the shoreline at the Wharf in Gravenhurst. There were over 80 Herring Gulls and a single Ring-billed Gull on the docks next to the Segwun.

 

 

Re(2): Bald Eagle at Kirby's Beach - photo
Posted on November 17, 2014 at 10:42:05 AM by Debbie Adams

As the crows flies….or in the case an eagle…we are in the path of Kirby's Beach (on the west side of Lake Muskoka) and I saw a bald eagle fly over Sunday morning. Maybe it was the same bird? It stopped in a treetop along the shoreline for a few minutes, then took off towards Bracebridge. (Walker's Point)

 

 

Re(1): Bald Eagle at Kirby's Beach - photo
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 09:54:33 PM by Barbara Taylor

Bill Dickinson sent this photo of the Bald Eagle which was observed this morning by Walter and Donna Ried. The Eagle is flying away with a Bufflehead in its talons - photo taken by Donna.  photo

 

 

Bald Eagle at Kirby's Beach, Bracebridge
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 10:22:30 AM by Al Sinclair

Bill Dickinson just called that he just had a report of an adult Bald Eagle fishing at Kirby's Beach this morning. It was observed catching and eating a fish. Follow Beaumont Dr west from Bracebridge to the Kirby's Beach turn off.

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 13 November
Posted on November 15, 2014 at 07:36:42 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (November 14, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: One was seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 12.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was along Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 11.

Gray Jay: Reported at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road this week.

Boreal Chickadee: Two were noted at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 11.

WINTER FINCHES: Small numbers so far but good variety.
Pine Grosbeak: One was at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 11.

Purple Finch: Last report was on November 6. Perhaps none left.

Red Crossbill: Four observed along the Old Railway Bike Trail at Head Creek
Marsh on November 9. (Access bike trail at Old Airfield and walk west toward
Cache Lake.)

White-winged Crossbill: One noted along the Old Railway Bike Trail at Head
Creek Marsh on November 9.

Common Redpoll: One was observed at the Visitor Centre on November 9 and 11,
the latter in a goldfinch flock. Twelve were seen along the Old Railway Bike
Trail at Head Creek Marsh on November 9.

Pine Siskin: One was at the Visitor Centre feeders on November 13.

American Goldfinch: About 20 birds were regular at the Visitor Centre
feeders this week.

Evening Grosbeak: Two females came to the Visitor Centre feeders on November
13.

ADDITIONAL SPECIES:
Ruffed Grouse: One is visiting the Visitor Centre feeders regularly in the
early morning.

Bohemian Waxwing: Six were feeding on Winterberry Holly (Ilex) berries along
the Old Railway Bike Trail at Head Creek Marsh on November 9. One was seen
at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 11.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

 

 

Re(1): Eastern Towhee
Posted on November 17, 2014 at 11:57:20 AM by janice house

the bird is still here, stocked up on bird seed yesterday

 

 

Re(1): Eastern Towhee
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 02:38:35 PM by DBurton

Keep that spot shovelled Janice!

 

 

Eastern Towhee
Posted on November 15, 2014 at 04:53:34 PM by janice house

I just got photos of a towhee with the juncos and tree sparrows feeding in our back yard beside our cedar hedge ( Doe Lake Rd Gravenhurst)

 

 

Re(1): Buffleheads, Kinglets
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 12:26:59 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning at the Bracebridge Ponds there was a bit of open water in cell 3 by the outflow from the treatment plant...only four Buffleheads and a Mallard. Along the trail west of the Ponds there were a few Golden-crowned Kinglets, American Tree Sparrows, Blue Jays, and many Black-capped Chickadees. There were also three sets of Ruffed Grouse tracks crossing the trail and one set of Wild Turkey tracks.

 

 

Black Duck at frozen Bracebridge Ponds
Posted on November 14, 2014 at 03:05:35 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning at the Bracebridge Ponds we found a single American Black Duck standing on the ice in cell 3. A pair of Mallards were in the aeration treatment pond as this was the only open water...all cells now iced in. Henry Marsh was also frozen over. Several Chickadees were along the trail between the Ponds and the Marsh looking for sunflower seed handouts.

 

 

Great Blue Heron
Posted on November 14, 2014 at 01:31:46 PM by janice house

Yesterday at 4pm a heron flew over Hammonds on Ecclestone Drive in Bracebridge heading in the direction of Muskoka Falls

 

 

siskin
Posted on November 14, 2014 at 11:12:10 AM by John Challis

Had a pine siskin at our feeder yesterday (Washago). It hasn't shown up today yet. There was also a small group of hooded mergansers in a bay of the Green River just west of Severn Pines. One bold male displaying his head feathers - females completely uninterested.

 

 

Re(1): Snow Buntings
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 04:34:38 PM by janice house

There were 70+ at the Muskoka Airport today

 

 

Re(1): Snow Buntings
Posted on November 16, 2014 at 03:58:01 PM by Barbara Taylor

This afternoon there were five Snow Buntings feeding at the edge of Beaumont Dr. where the road leaves the river and cuts through the fields. These are the first ones we've seen this fall. (Bracebridge)

 

 

Snow Buntings, Wahta Reserve
Posted on November 13, 2014 at 12:32:59 PM by Eleanor Kee Wellman

Yesterday afternoon about 3 pm approx 30 Snow Buntings flew up from the side of the road in Wahta.

 

 

Huntsville Nature Club November Meeting
Posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:52:18 AM by BevEaston

On Tuesday, November 25, the Huntsville Nature Club meeting will feature a presentation by club members Marg and Scott Winchester and Jim and Lyn Griffin concerning their trips to the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Ecuador. The talk will feature a photo and video tour with special emphasis on birds and other wildlife. The meeting is at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall, on West Street, starting at 7 pm. Guests are always welcome. A $3 donation is appreciated.

For more information regarding the Huntsville Nature Club, contact Ken Morrison (705) 789-1407.

 

 

sub-adult bald eagle
Posted on November 12, 2014 at 06:27:32 PM by Doug Smith

There was a sub-adult bald eagle over the Fenner-Dunlop plant in Bracebridge around 2pm today. A crow spent a short time harrassing it, but the eagle stayed aloft and then gradually drifted south.

 

 

Dunlin - Bracebridge Ponds
Posted on November 10, 2014 at 12:38:58 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning as we walked along the north side of cell 3 a Dunlin flew up and called as it circled around, finally touching down on the roadway for a short time before flying off to the west (to Henry Marsh?). A single Evening Grosbeak was calling as it flew past heading south. An adult Red-tailed Hawk was finishing off a meal as it perched at the west side of cell 4. Still lots of Buffleheads, a few Lesser Scaup, Hooded Mergansers, a pair of Green-winged Teal, three American Black Ducks, Mallards, Common Goldeneye, and a male Wood Duck.

 

(addendum: just checked the Bird Board Archives...last year on Nov. 12 there was a Dunlin standing on a bit of ice at the shoreline of cell 4 but it was gone by the next day when all the cells became frozen over - could this be the same Dunlin, late again?!)

 

 

The usual suspects at Leonard Lake
Posted on November 9, 2014 at 10:22:23 PM by michaelhatton

Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Goldfinches, Chickadees, Blue Jays, White Breasted Nuthatches and Juncos were out in force today at Leonard Lake.

photo1  photo2  photo3  photo4  photo5

 

 

Buffleheads
Posted on November 9, 2014 at 10:07:15 PM by michaelhatton

More than 400 Buffleheads at the Bracebridge lagoons this afternoon. Most were in cell 4, but at least some were in each of the other three.  photo

 

 

Golden Eagle, Minden
Posted on November 9, 2014 at 02:09:29 PM by EdPoropat

Hi everyone,
Some decent birds kicking around the area between Haliburton and Minden.

Golden Eagle - an immature bird soaring over the Minden Dump today at 11:30am
Wilson's Snipe - 1 seen and photographed yesterday near Lochlin (S of Haliburton)
Great Black-backed Gull - 2 immature birds at the Haliburton dump and one 1st year bird at the Minden Dump.
Kumlien's Gull - 2 dark 1st winter birds at the Haliburton Dump today at 1:00pm.

Cheers,
Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON

 

 

FeederWatch live cam
Posted on November 8, 2014 at 10:29:46 AM by Barbara Taylor

If you don't have a birdfeeder or you'd like to see some Evening Grosbeaks, you can watch a live FeederWatch cam located in Manitouwadge, Ontario, courtesy of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Go to: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/38/FeederWatch_Cam/

As I post this, the Blue Jays are coming in for peanuts so the Evening Grosbeaks keep getting bopped off the feeder...lots of action...turn on your speakers to hear them calling.

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 6 November
Posted on November 8, 2014 at 10:09:59 AM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (November 7, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Noteworthy species this week included a BOHEMIAN WAXWING and a
PINE GROSBEAK at the Old Airfield on November 3.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: Reported again this week along the edge of Opeongo Road in
the black spruce section.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Found in the Wolf Howl Pond/West Rose Lake area.

Gray Jay: Seen along the rail bed section of Mizzy Lake Trail; along Opeongo
Road; and at the Visitor Centre.

Boreal Chickadee: Three were seen along the border of the Old Airfield.

WINTER FINCHES:
Pine Grosbeak: The first of the fall (and in 2014) was at the Old Airfield
on November 3.

Purple Finch: One was at the Visitor Centre today.

Common Redpoll: Lev Frid reported several moving through this week.

American Goldfinch: A few still present but most appear to have left.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

 

 

Snow Buntings - Algonquin
Posted on November 4, 2014 at 03:12:15 PM by michaelhatton

Yesterday (November 3) seemed to be a Snow Bunting day. Saw several on the Mizzy Lake Trail, enjoying the sandy areas near West Rose Lake (along with the usual suspects - Gray Jays, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Black-backed Woodpecker, Golden Crowned Kinglet). The Buntings pretty much ignored me from a distance of a few feet. I also saw several groups just west of the East Gate.  photo1  photo2

 

 

Re(3): Leucistic ... in Huntsville?
Posted on November 6, 2014 at 03:00:26 PM by rick stronks

Here is another shot that shows the bird looking more like a chickadee (David LeGros photo). photo

 

 

Re(2): Leucistic ... in Huntsville?
Posted on November 6, 2014 at 07:17:51 AM by Ron Tozer

This bird is a leucistic Black-capped Chickadee. It was heard giving chickadee vocalizations on November 3.

 

 

Re(1): Leucistic ... in Huntsville?
Posted on November 4, 2014 at 10:34:00 PM by michaelhatton

I now see that there is a record on ebird describing this particular example (same location, yesterday) as a Chickadee. See http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20432730 . I felt this example lacked the "plumpness" of a Chickadee but perhaps it is simply being excluded from some of the feeding opportunities given its differences.

 

 

Re(1): Leucistic ... in Huntsville?
Posted on November 4, 2014 at 09:59:45 PM by Doug Smith

Could it be a chickadee?

 

 

Re(1): Leucistic ... in Huntsville?
Posted on November 4, 2014 at 04:19:57 PM by tedthevideoman

looks like Goldfinch to me

 

 

Leucistic ... in Huntsville?
Posted on November 4, 2014 at 02:43:55 PM by michaelhatton

This bird was trying to hang out with Chickadees and WB Nuthatches at 44 Homestead, Huntsville. The Nuthatches kept shoving it off the feeder. Body shape suggested a Nuthatch but the bill seems too short. Suggestions?  photo  photo2

Oh yah, there was also that Varied Thrush continuing to hang out.  photo

 

 

Re(7): Varied Thrush in Huntsville
Posted on November 12, 2014 at 06:28:06 AM by Ron Tozer

The Varied Thrush was reported to have been last observed on Sunday, November 9.

 

 

Re(6): Varied Thrush in Huntsville
Posted on November 6, 2014 at 03:21:42 PM by Ron Tozer

The Varied Thrush was reported to be still coming to the feeder today (November 6).

 

 

Re(5): Varied Thrush in Huntsville
Posted on November 5, 2014 at 03:58:42 PM by rick stronks

I just talked to Sylvia and the bird has been seen today again.

 

 

Re(4): Varied Thrush in Huntsville
Posted on November 4, 2014 at 08:27:17 AM by Goodyear

Still present this morning (Tuesday). Seen between 7:00 and 7:30. Thank you to homeowners Sylvia and Richard for allowing us to lurk around your house so early in the morning!

 

 

Re(3): Varied Thrush in Huntsville
Posted on November 3, 2014 at 08:08:26 PM by Rick Stronks

We saw the bird around 4 pm today. Here is a photo Ken Morrison took earlier in the day.  photo

 

 

Re(2): Varied Thrush in Huntsville
Posted on November 3, 2014 at 04:03:33 PM by Ron Tozer

Richard and Sylvia Wakelin can be reached at (705) 788-2833 if you wish to check on the continued presence of the Varied Thrush.

 

 

Re(1): Varied Thrush in Huntsville
Posted on November 3, 2014 at 03:30:33 PM by Ron Tozer

Saw the Varied Thrush well just four minutes after we arrived at 2:20 pm. Feeding area can be observed without disturbing the bird by peaking around the back corner on the right side of the house. The bird was first observed yesterday.

Directions: Homestead Lane is at least a couple of kilometres north of Highway 60 on Muskoka Road 3 North.

 

 

Varied Thrush in Huntsville
Posted on November 3, 2014 at 01:19:32 PM by Ron Tozer

Ken Morrison advises that he photographed an adult male Varied Thrush this morning which has been coming to the feeder of Richard and Sylvia Wakelin at 44 Homestead Lane, Huntsville. The Wakelins welcome birders who may wish to see the bird but ask that you come to the front door since the feeder is located in their backyard and the Varied Thrush is likely to be spooked if approached in the yard.

Directions: Go north on Muskoka Road 3 North from Highway 60 and soon you will come to Homestead Lane, a left hand turn.

 

 

Goldfinches, Bala
Posted on November 3, 2014 at 12:57:36 PM by Eleanor Kee Wellman

I always leave the plants of my prairie meadow that grow on my septic bed until spring to clean up. Right now there is a family of give American Goldfinches making little apple cores of the coneflowers and black-eyed Susans. It is always nice to know that sometimes your plans work out.

 

 

Wild Turkeys
Posted on November 2, 2014 at 01:33:50 PM by Barbara Taylor

Around noon today there were 19 Wild Turkeys parading through the field north of Ziska Rd. a bit west of Baldwin Rd.

 

 

Kumlein's, Northern Herring, and Great Black-backed Gulls, Haliburton...
Posted on November 1, 2014 at 08:30:37 PM by EdPoropat

Greetings,
Some good gulls showing up in Haliburton this fall. Today, while doing my weekly landfill visit, I checked the many Herring and Ring-billed Gulls and found:
1. A dark, first-winter Kumlein's Gull;
2. A juvenile Northern Herring Gull (high Arctic origin!);
3. An adult Great Black-backed Gull (on Head Lake).

All photographed. Thanks to Ron Pittaway for confirmation.

Still a lingering immature White-throated Sparrow at my feeder.

Good birding,
Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON

 

 

Buffleheads Galore
Posted on November 1, 2014 at 04:53:29 PM by michaelhatton

This afternoon at the lagoons in Bracebridge - 200 Buffleheads with the majority in Cell 4. Also, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Mergansers, Mallards, Ring-billed Gulls and the lonely Coot still sticking around in Cell 1.  photo1  photo2  photo3

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 30 October
Posted on November 1, 2014 at 01:36:50 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (October 30, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Single Golden Eagles over the Visitor Centre yesterday and at Lookout Trail today were noteworthy.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: Reported this week along the edge of Opeongo Road in the black spruce section, early in the morning.
Black-backed Woodpecker: Found in the Wolf Howl Pond/West Rose Lake area; on Spruce Bog Boardwalk after the first boardwalk; and on Lookout Trail.
Gray Jay: Seen along the rail bed section of Mizzy Lake Trail; along Opeongo Road; and at the Visitor Centre.
Boreal Chickadee: Observations were at km 4 on Arowhon Road; near Wolf Howl Pond; and at Spruce Bog Boardwalk parking lot.

WINTER FINCHES:
Purple Finch: One was at the Visitor Centre on October 27, and two were noted along Opeongo Road today. Most have departed.
Common Redpoll: More were observed this week, with 15 on Lookout Trail and 20 along Opeongo Road today.
Pine Siskin: Small numbers were noted, usually calling in flight.
Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)

 

 

Turkey Vulture
Posted on November 1, 2014 at 01:05:56 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there was a lone Turkey Vulture soaring southward over the Bracebridge Ponds...a bit late to see one here. Lots of Buffleheads today. A Common Merganser was in cell 4, diving frequently.

 

 

Evening Grosbeak
Posted on October 31, 2014 at 08:47:07 PM by janice house

We had two males at our feeders today, Doe Lake Rd Gravenhurst

 

 

Long-Tailed Duck
Posted on October 25, 2014 at 06:40:38 PM by janice house

One long-tailed duck was in cell 4 today at the Bracebridge ponds (4pm)

 

 

Snow buntings and N. shrike
Posted on October 25, 2014 at 02:45:18 PM by Doug Smith

There is a small flock of snow buntings feeding along Southwood Rd, just past Ridge Rd. near the bridge. My son said they have been there all this past week. This afternoon I saw 7, and when I went back to check for other possibilities a Northern Shrike chased them briefly, then kept flying into the wetlands there. It may have been an immature bird.

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 23 October
Posted on October 25, 2014 at 12:07:37 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (October 23, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Algonquin Park is not known as a place to see hawk migration and so
Lev Frid's report of the following from the cliff top at Lookout Trail on
October 22 was noteworthy: Turkey Vulture (18), Bald Eagle (4),
Northern Harrier (1), Northern Goshawk (3), Red-tailed Hawk (12),
Rough-legged Hawk (1) and Golden Eagle (2).

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: There were recent sightings near Wolf Howl Pond on
Mizzy Lake Trail.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Reported in the Wolf Howl Pond/West
Rose Lake area.

Gray Jay: Seen at Wolf Howl Pond and West Rose Lake; at Spruce Bog
Boardwalk; along Opeongo Road; and at the Logging Museum.

Boreal Chickadee: Observations near Wolf Howl Pond and along
Opeongo Road.

WINTER FINCHES:
Purple Finch: Still a few being observed, but becoming much less frequent.

White-winged Crossbill: Six were at the Old Airfield on October 22.

Common Redpoll: Four observed by Lev Frid at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on
October 22 were the first this fall.

Pine Siskin: Small numbers were noted, usually calling in flight.

American Goldfinch: Few reports. Most may have left.

Evening Grosbeak: Singles and very small groups reported.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

 

 

Re(1): American Wigeon
Posted on October 30, 2014 at 02:24:54 PM by Barbara Taylor

We found the Wigeon in cell 1 this morning, shortly after she was "flushed" out of that small pond by a couple of trucks dumping waste there. The Coot was still in cell 1. The Red-tailed Hawk was once again hunting at the east side of cell 3.

 

 

American Wigeon
Posted on October 29, 2014 at 09:36:03 PM by Goodyear

This afternoon, in addition to the ducks seen by Barbara, there was a single female American Wigeon in the small cattail-ringed dumping pond north of cell 1.

 

 

Re(1): American Coot
Posted on October 29, 2014 at 03:12:10 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there was still one Coot in cell 1 in the SW corner along with a lone Wood Duck. Two Green-winged Teal were in cell 3. Other species seen were Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, American Black Duck, Common Goldeneye, and Mallard. A few American Tree Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows were west of cell 3. An adult Red-tailed Hawk was hunting at the east side of cell 3. Two very vocal Common Ravens were flying around the area.

 

 

American Coots
Posted on October 25, 2014 at 12:00:49 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning at the Bracebridge Ponds there were three Coots - cells 1 and 2. We counted at least 22 Hooded Mergansers in cell 4 along with a pair of Ring-necked Ducks, and many Buffleheads, Common Goldeneyes, and Mallards. A Wood Duck and an American Black Duck were in cell 2. Several Lesser Scaup were in cell 3. There were lots of American Tree Sparrows along the west side of cell 3. A Mink was hunting the weedy edges of the roadway south of cell 2, crossing the road a few times ahead of us.

 

 

Pine Siskins
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 11:21:34 AM by Wayne Bridge

Had a flock of pine siskins invade the feeders this morning at 11:15 [Kearney jst north of Huntsville].

 

 

Cackling Goose?
Posted on October 22, 2014 at 01:26:04 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there was a bird which appeared to be a small version of a Canada Goose on cell 3 at the Bracebridge Ponds. Its bill seemed smaller than normal, but no scope so couldn't see detail. As a flock of Canada Geese flew in from the north, the smaller goose called out and its voice seemed a bit higher pitched/squeaky compared to the calls of the other geese. It stayed on the pond while the other geese landed on the grass by the treatment plant.

There were two American Coots - in cell 1 and cell 3. Three Red-tailed Hawks flew overhead as they headed south.

 

 

Sandhill Cranes - Bent River
Posted on October 21, 2014 at 04:52:39 PM by janice house

My brother just called, 3 V's of approximately 70 cranes just flew over heading for Lake Rosseau

 

 

red-bellied woodpecker
Posted on October 19, 2014 at 03:13:07 PM by John Challis

We've had a red- bellied at the sunflower seed feeder this afternoon. It's also poking around the basswood with all the sapsucker holes in it. Green River Drive, Washago

 

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Haliburton...
Posted on October 18, 2014 at 04:16:59 PM by EdPoropat

Hi all,
Haven't posted in a while. I found a 1st year LBBG today at the Haliburton landfill, my first in the county. I went back home to grab my camera but could not re-locate the bird (the gulls were moving about a fair bit) when I returned. It has likely not gone far...I'll re-post if seen again.

Cheers,
Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON

 

 

Huntsville Nature Club October 28 Meeting
Posted on October 17, 2014 at 10:52:52 AM by BevEaston

On Tuesday, October 28, the Huntsville Nature Club meeting will feature a
presentation by Dwight-resident Annmarie Boehene-Tapley concerning honey
bees and beekeeping. Bees are an essential part of our agricultural system
and the natural environment but they are facing serious threats. The meeting
is at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall on West Street, starting at 7 pm.
Guests are always welcome. A $3 donation is appreciated.

For more information regarding the Huntsville Nature Club, contact Ken Morrison (705) 789-1407.

 

 

Finches and Chickadees
Posted on October 16, 2014 at 08:27:17 PM by michaelhatton

Purple Finches, along with a horde of Chickadees, have taken over the Leonard Lake neighbourhood.  photo1  photo2  photo3

 

 

Common Green Darner--Kilworthy
Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:51:00 PM by diannawolfe

A late migrant female Common Green Darner was foraging above our backyard yesterday, taking advantage of one of the last few days of warm weather.  photo

 

 

Rusty Blackbirds - Bracebridge Ponds
Posted on October 14, 2014 at 01:19:53 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there were six Rusty Blackbirds perched in a tree west of cell 4 and a few American Pipits on the road nearby. The male Redhead was still in cell 4 along with a Pied-billed Grebe. The American Coot was still in cell 3. Other species seen included several Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneyes, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, American Black Duck, Green-winged Teal, Mallards, and a Wood Duck.

There were several Woolly Bear caterpillars roaming about. A couple Painted Turtles were on the roadway by cell 4.

 

 

Magnetawan Thansgiving Birds
Posted on October 13, 2014 at 09:44:34 AM by Alex Mills

I spent Saturday and Sunday at Magnetawan, and noticed lots of birds on several long walks.

I managed to find four species of warblers. Usually I see lots of Yellow-rumpeds at this time of year, but managed only 8 or so. I did find one Palm Warbler in a recently cut area. I found five Orange-crowned Warblers--all single birds at different locations, but usually in dense deciduous growth, especially alder. The only "neotropical" bird I saw all weekend was an American Redstart; this was my latest for that species by more than two weeks.

Also of interest were a Lincoln's Sparrow, a Blue-headed Vireo, a hooting Barred Owl, and lots of White-crowned Sparrows. I encountered three Grackles foraging in a deciduous forest, and a flock of about 30 Red-winged Blackbirds in the village itself.

The only finches I encountered were a few Pine Siskins and 2 Purple Finches.

Perhaps of most interest was some chickadee behaviour. At one point on Saturday, I came upon a particularly large group (maybe 40 birds?) that was distinctly restless in their conduct. At one point they left from the tops of some large evergreens and started to fly out over the lake, at a height above the canopy. I associate this with "irruptive behaviour" as it looked like they were intending to leave the area. They did circle back, but I wonder if this will be a year that some chickadees will move south?

 

 

Leonard Lake Visitors
Posted on October 12, 2014 at 10:09:59 PM by michaelhatton

Downy / Hairy -- bill of a Downy, outside tail feathers of a Hairy? But definitely Downy in size.  photo1  photo2

The White-breasted Nuthatches have arrived in numbers. However, haven't seen a Red-breasted on the property for some time. photo

 

 

Bluebirds
Posted on October 12, 2014 at 04:15:26 PM by Bob Burt

At noon today there were eight bluebirds flying over Beatrice Townline just north of Falkenburg Road (aka Bardsville). They were calling in flight and perched just long enough for us to get a good look. As well, there was a single Monarch butterfly fighting the south wind.

 

 

Re(1): Redhead - Bracebridge Lagoons
Posted on October 14, 2014 at 11:39:55 AM by janice house

A lone coot was in cell 3 yesterday

 

 

Redhead - Bracebridge Lagoons
Posted on October 12, 2014 at 01:13:38 PM by Goodyear

This morning there was a single male Redhead in cell 4. Other species seen include a female Pintail, Buffleheads, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, Common Goldeneyes, and many Mallards. The Bonaparte's Gull was still in cell 3.

 

Gull lake park winter finches
Posted on October 11, 2014 at 07:55:38 PM by coreyhkh

I checked out the park early yesterday and there was lots of activity with large numbers of pine siskin, kinlets, juncos and white crowned and purple finches.

 

 

American Goldfinches at the Lagoons
Posted on October 11, 2014 at 04:06:32 PM by michaelhatton

Mid-morning today seemed to be "American Goldfinch Day" at the Lagoons. Two dozen or more competed with 50 or White Crowned Sparrows for the plethora of seeds and, when the rain started (again), I'd have to give the trophy to the AGs solely for their persistence.   photo

Also saw Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers (all female), many many Mallards, R B Gulls, Lesser Scaups (at 50x power, lovely blue bills in the muted light), Buffleheads and a lonely Phoebe.

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 9 October
Posted on October 11, 2014 at 03:26:13 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (October 9, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Boreal specialties and finches continued to be reported as cited in last
week's report. If you missed it, please see the OFO website at:
http://ontbirds.ca/pipermail/birdalert_ontbirds.ca/

Noteworthy sightings this week occurred at the following two locations:

 
OLD AIRFIELD (Accessible via Mew Lake Campground road at km 30.6):
Today, two Le Conte's Sparrows were found at the east end near Lake of Two
Rivers.

LAKE TRAVERS MARSH (At km 70.5 on Barron Canyon Road.) [Access:
Turn south off the Highway 17 bypass onto County Road 26, at a point 3.5
kilometres west of the Forest Lea Road (about 9 kilometres west of
Pembroke); travel 300 metres, then turn right onto Barron Canyon Road.]

Despite the extremely high water levels in the marsh which precluded
extensive searching, Nelson's Sparrow sightings involved five on October 2
and at least six on October 4. The marsh is near the radio observatory.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

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

Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are
also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca

The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open daily
from 9 am to 5 pm.

For more information see the Algonquin Park events calendar at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/involved/calendar/

 

 

Rusty Blackbird
Posted on October 11, 2014 at 08:06:36 AM by janice house

last night about 5:30 I saw one rusty blackbird foraging in our yard with 50+ white crowned sparrows, several robins, 2 juncos and 20+ chipping sparrows. Doe Lake Rd Gravenhurst

 

 

Bonaparte's and others at Bracebridge Lagoons
Posted on October 10, 2014 at 08:05:51 PM by michaelhatton

At the lagoons ... Bonaparte's Gull (but not likely the same one from yesterday), many many many White Crowned Sparrows, R.B. Gulls, Mallards by the bucketful, 4 Bufflehead, Ring Necked Ducks (again) in cell 4, American Goldfinches, a solitary Coot, a female Pintail, Blue Jays, many Starlings, Hooded Mergansers (female), Lesser Scaup, a bedraggled looking Wood Duck, Hairy Woodpecker and a lordly looking Red Tailed Hawk ... all seen with the assistance of the Goodyears. But no Grebe!

photo1  photo2  photo3  photo4

 

 

Merlin vs Chickadee
Posted on October 10, 2014 at 09:57:11 AM by janice house

This morning there were chickadee feathers on the road and floating in the air, a merlin was dining high up in a dead white pine.

 

 

Cold and windy day at Leonard Lake
Posted on October 8, 2014 at 05:52:45 PM by michaelhatton

With feathers blowing like crazy, this guy was just hanging on today. It seems as if winter and at least some winter birds have arrived.  photo

 

 

Bracebridge Lagoons - Coot, Northern Pintails, Gadwalls
Posted on October 7, 2014 at 06:39:25 PM by Goodyear

Late this afternoon there was a single Coot in cell 1, two female Northern Pintails and four Gadwalls (3 females and 1 male) in cell 3.

 

 

Re(2): Red Arrow?
Posted on October 7, 2014 at 04:59:32 PM by John Challis

The fall meadowhawks have been quite numerous in our back yard through September, and are still around. One landed on my hand the other day while it finished off a flying ant.

 

 

Re(2): Red Arrow?
Posted on October 7, 2014 at 09:28:26 PM by michaelhatton

Alex -
Yikes! Thanks for the help.
m.

 

 

Re(1): Red Arrow?
Posted on October 7, 2014 at 02:44:56 PM by Alex Mills

The Red Arrow is a smallish but thoroughly bright red dragonfly in the Old World, but not found in the Americas.

This is a Meadowhawk, probably an Autumn Meadowhawk, Sympetrum vicinum.

 

 

Red Arrow?
Posted on October 7, 2014 at 02:26:09 PM by michaelhatton

R the Red Arrows - Rhodothemis lieftincki out today?  photo

 

 

finch
Posted on October 7, 2014 at 07:44:02 AM by John Challis

Has anyone seen red polls yet? A handful of little finches flew by this morning and seemed to be calling like red polls but it was too brief to be sure. (Washago, Green River Dr)

 

 

birdsong
Posted on October 6, 2014 at 03:36:19 PM by John Challis

Heard a white-throated sparrow and a swamp sparrow in full territorial songs this morning. The white-throat sounded like it was still learning the melody, though.

 

 

Photo - White Crowned Sparrow at the Bracebridge Lagoons
Posted on October 5, 2014 at 05:12:59 PM by michaelhatton

This afternoon between lagoons 3 and 4.  photo

 

 

Kestrels
Posted on October 5, 2014 at 12:41:26 PM by Barbara Taylor

This morning there were two American Kestrels near the McCrank farm entrance along South Monck Dr., Bracebridge. There were also 13 Wild Turkeys nearby.

 

 

Bracebridge Ponds - Shoveler, Wigeons, Gadwalls
Posted on October 5, 2014 at 12:31:01 PM by Barbara Taylor

Just got back from the Bracebridge Ponds - lots of ducks this morning! In the sheltered SW corner of cell 3 there were about 20 American Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, a Northern Shoveler, American Black Duck, and several Green-winged Teal, Mallards, and Wood Ducks. In cell 4 there were a few Ring-necked Ducks, a Lesser Scaup, Hooded Mergansers, two Common Goldeneye, and a Pied-billed Grebe. As we were leaving, a Pectoral Sandpiper and possibly a Least Sandpiper flew low looking for a place to land in the rain (water levels high in all cells).

 

 

Mottled Darner -- Kashe Lake
Posted on October 5, 2014 at 08:35:21 AM by diannawolfe

This is a truly bad photo, but the best I could get of this male Mottled Darner that was cruising the shoreline of Kashe Lake late last Saturday afternoon. He had quite a large territory of shoreline (perhaps because he was the only darner left!), and was flying low and fast along the edge of the emergent vegetation, with little hovering.

Mottled Darners are a late-season dragonfly and are local, although rare, in this area, according to the Algonquin field guide (Jones et al.).  photo

 

 

Algonquin Park Birding Report: 2 October
Posted on October 3, 2014 at 04:58:40 PM by Ontbirds

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (October 3, 2014) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Below is an overview of some current birding options in Algonquin Park.
Subsequent reports will be occasional until winter sets in.

OLD AIRFIELD
Horned Larks, American Pipits and Lapland Longspurs were observed this week.
Check the long grass areas of the airfield near Lake of Two Rivers for
possible Le Conte's Sparrows this coming week as one or two are seen almost
annually there during their brief fall migration period through the Park.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
Spruce Grouse: There were sightings this week near Wolf Howl Pond; at Spruce
Bog Boardwalk (e.g., at the register box); and along the Old Railway Bike
Trail near Head Creek Marsh. Some males were displaying to disinterested
females.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Reported at several sites: along the railway bed
west of Wolf Howl Pond; Cache Lake parking lot; and Visitor Centre parking
lot.

Gray Jay: Seeking food from people along the old railway at Wolf Howl Pond
and West Rose Lake; at Spruce Bog Boardwalk; along Opeongo Road; and at the
Logging Museum.

Boreal Chickadee: Detected near Wolf Howl Pond; near the Old Airfield; and
along Opeongo Road.

WINTER FINCHES:
Purple Finch: A few are being observed regularly along Highway 60.

White-winged Crossbill: Four were reported on Mizzy Lake Trail on September
24.

Pine Siskin: Small numbers were noted, usually calling in flight.

American Goldfinch: A few were reported regularly.

Evening Grosbeak: One was along Track and Tower Trail on September 25, and
there were two on Mizzy Lake Trail on September 28.

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

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

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

Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are
also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca

The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open daily
from 9 am to 5 pm.

For more information see the Algonquin Park events calendar at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/involved/calendar/

ONTBIRDS is presented by the Ontario Field Ornithologists - the provincial birding organization.
Send bird reports to birdalert@ontbirds.ca
For information about ONTBIRDS including how to unsubscribe visit http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdssetup
Posting guidelines can be found at http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/information.ontbirdsguide

 

 

Re(1): Pine Siskins, more turtles
Posted on October 2, 2014 at 01:10:23 PM by Barbara Taylor

The Pied-billed Grebe was still in cell 4 this morning along with a newly arrived Ring-necked Duck. There were two Orange-crowned Warblers west of cell 3. A flock of about 100 Pine Siskins was north of cell 4.   There was another hatch of Snapping Turtles today - we counted 16 in total, although four of those had been squashed by a truck dumping waste into cell 2. (I think it is the local brewery waste as the truck was already re-entering the lagoons with another load as we were leaving. I had moved the 12 live baby turtles off the roadway, so hopefully they stayed safe.)

 

 

Pied-billed Grebe - Bracebridge Ponds
Posted on October 1, 2014 at 01:49:31 PM by Barbara Taylor

Around noon today at the Bracebridge Ponds there was a Pied-billed Grebe in cell 4 along with 8 Hooded Mergansers, a Common Goldeneye, a Scaup, and a Double-crested Cormorant. Several Mallards, a few Wood Ducks, and two Green-winged Teal were in cell 3. An American Black Duck was in cell 1.

We counted eight newly hatched Snapping Turtles along the roadway south of cell 2. We hadn't seen any since September 21. Just like the last batch, they were all heading east for some reason.
They are easy to miss since they "freeze" as you approach. This shot shows just how tiny they are next to my shoe:  photo