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17 Jan: @ 17:12:47 
Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to January 17, 2019 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
17 Jan: @ 13:08:54 
Slaty-backed Gull at Essex Landfill [Mark Field via ONTBIRDS]
16 Jan: @ 22:19:46 
Vankleek Hill CBC Results [Christine Trudeau Brunet via ONTBIRDS]
16 Jan: @ 16:54:57 
Foret LarosCasselman CBC Results [Christine Trudeau Brunet via ONTBIRDS]
16 Jan: @ 14:22:43 
Crow roosts in SW Ontario [rob best via ONTBIRDS]
16 Jan: @ 12:45:57 
Slaty-backed Gull continuing at Essex Landfill [Jeremy Hatt via ONTBIRDS]
16 Jan: @ 10:01:09 
Gray Catbird - Stratford [Steve Thorpe via ONTBIRDS]
15 Jan: @ 18:38:10 
Re: Slaty-backed Gull at Landfill in Essex County [Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS]
15 Jan: @ 16:27:36 
PINE GROSBEAKS - SOUTH OF GUELPH [Dennis Lewington via ONTBIRDS]
15 Jan: @ 12:12:16 
Fwd: Slaty-backed Gull at Landfill in Essex County [Dave Martin via ONTBIRDS]
15 Jan: @ 11:58:49 
Slaty-backed Gull at Landfill in Essex County [Dave Martin via ONTBIRDS]
14 Jan: @ 15:03:40 
Sunnybrook Park [Maryam Astaneh via ONTBIRDS]
14 Jan: @ 10:34:02 
Red-shouldered Hawk - Richmond Hill - Sunday January 13th [Frank Pinilla via ONTBIRDS]
14 Jan: @ 09:59:58 
northern pintail [Stewart via ONTBIRDS]
13 Jan: @ 20:10:13 
Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Sunday, January 13th, 2019 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS]
13 Jan: @ 18:38:07 
Northern Shrike Zurich [Don via ONTBIRDS]
12 Jan: @ 13:11:10 
Bald Eagle, Reesor Pond [Joyce Collier-Brown via ONTBIRDS]
12 Jan: @ 10:03:49 
Killdeer, The Coves, London [olivesided via ONTBIRDS]
11 Jan: @ 16:44:56 
Ottawa: Gyrfalcon(s) [Jon Ruddy via ONTBIRDS]
11 Jan: @ 15:13:28 
POresqu'ile Bird Report for 4-10 Jan 2019 [Doug McRae via ONTBIRDS]
11 Jan: @ 12:32:00 
December 26 Pakenham-Arnprior CBC results [Michael Runtz via ONTBIRDS]
11 Jan: @ 09:15:21 
Algonquin Park Birding Report: 3 to 10 January 2019 [Ron Tozer via ONTBIRDS]
11 Jan: @ 08:28:02 
Not getting and alerts [Gene Gillis via ONTBIRDS]
10 Jan: @ 19:45:28 
Pine Grosbeaks [JAMES BOWMAN via ONTBIRDS]
10 Jan: @ 18:11:06 
Ottawa: Gyrfalcon [Jon Ruddy via ONTBIRDS]
10 Jan: @ 17:22:31 
Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to January 10, 2019 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
08 Jan: @ 10:14:51 
Eastern Phoebe, The Coves, London [olivesided via ONTBIRDS]
07 Jan: @ 19:43:09 
Richmond (ONRI) Christmas Bird Count [Bill Mountan via ONTBIRDS]
07 Jan: @ 13:43:58 
Gowganda ON Finches..6 hours North of Toronto [ptrudel--- via ONTBIRDS]
07 Jan: @ 12:05:23 
3 Orange Crowned Warblers, The Coves, London, Jan 7 [olivesided via ONTBIRDS]
07 Jan: @ 11:16:27 
Fwd: Pine Grosbeaks--University of Guelph [Brandon Edwards via ONTBIRDS]
07 Jan: @ 10:16:58 
33rd Petroglyphs Christmas Bird Count Results - Jan 5, 2019 [Jones, Colin (MNRF) via ONTBIRDS]
06 Jan: @ 13:49:04 
Golden Eagle [A Robin Poole, Dr. via ONTBIRDS]
05 Jan: @ 13:21:11 
Re: Pine Grosbeaks--University of Guelph [Mallory Peirce via ONTBIRDS]
05 Jan: @ 12:48:18 
Brantford Christmas Bird Count [Kevin Murphy via ONTBIRDS]
05 Jan: @ 12:10:31 
Pine Grosbeaks--University of Guelph [Brandon Edwards via ONTBIRDS]
05 Jan: @ 11:02:54 
Re: Slaty-backed Gull at Mohawk Lake, Brantford [Andrew via ONTBIRDS]
05 Jan: @ 10:25:09 
Boreal Chickadee [Carlos Furtado via ONTBIRDS]
05 Jan: @ 08:51:40 
Kingston Area Birds: 29th December 2018 - 4th January 2019 [Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS]
05 Jan: @ 08:26:03 
Saugeen Shores Christmas Bird Count, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 [Norah Toth via ONTBIRDS]
04 Jan: @ 22:03:39 
Townsend's Solitaire, Kitchener-yes. [Paloma via ONTBIRDS]
04 Jan: @ 18:50:50 
39th St. Clair National Wildlife CBC [Allen Woodliffe via ONTBIRDS]
04 Jan: @ 17:04:46 
Turkey vulture, Brampton [David Bailey via ONTBIRDS]
04 Jan: @ 12:42:01 
Turkey Vulture Whitby [Craig Mclauchlan via ONTBIRDS]
04 Jan: @ 07:44:35 
Presqu'ile Bird Report for week of 28 Dec 2018-3 Jan 2019 [Doug McRae via ONTBIRDS]
03 Jan: @ 22:52:58 
Collingwood CBC Results [Burke Korol via ONTBIRDS]
03 Jan: @ 20:58:32 
Algonquin Park Birding Report: 27 December 2018 to 3 January 2019 [Ron Tozer via ONTBIRDS]
03 Jan: @ 16:40:34 
Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to January 3, 2019 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
03 Jan: @ 15:05:35 
Adult Bald Eagle Hastings County [Michael Williamson via ONTBIRDS]
03 Jan: @ 09:56:06 
Sutton C.B.C. Results Dec. 29, 2018 [Paul Harpley via ONTBIRDS]





Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to January 17, 2019
Date: Thu Jan 17 2019 17:12 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at [email protected]

January 17, 2019

The highlight of the week was a GYRFALCON see irregularly near Britannia,
most recently on the 16th. Based on photographs, there are in fact 2 of
this species around. With many DUCKS to eat, it may very well stick around.

Weather was relatively dry but quite cold with the coldest of the season on
the 17th. Birder activity was relatively low, and there has been little
change from last week.

The latest sightings of lingering DUCKS have been:

1. NORTHERN PINTAIL at the Iber Road Storm outlet on the 15th.

2. AMERICAN WIGEON at Britannia on the 16th.

3. LESSER SCAUP at Britannia on the 13th.

4. WOOD DUCK at Billings Bridge on the 15th.

Several RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS are around but usually require a bit of
searchings. One continues at Hilda Road/ Shirley™s Bay as of the 17th,
another n the Kitchissippi Woods as late as the 13th and one at the Reveler
Trail feeders on the 11th. A NORTHERN FLICKER was at Chapman Mills on the
15th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE attacked a WILD TURKEY on Vance™s Sideroad on the 13th, and
one was seen from the Eardley Masham road on the 12th (but not on the 16th).
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was east of Sarsfield on the 10th.

Among the lingering birds:

A FIELD SPARROW continues at Trail Road on the 12th.

The ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK continues at Dewberry trail as late as
the 17th.

The RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen again in Old Ottawa South on
the 14th after a long absence.

A WINTER WREN was at Britannia on the 12th.

A CAROLINA WREN was at Britannia on the 15th and in Russell on
the 10th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was on Akins Road on the 12th. Generally the WINTER
FINCH populations seem to be thinning. Notable was a HOARY REDPOLL on
Vance™s Sideroad on the 13th.

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.



Good birding.
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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull at Essex Landfill
Date: Thu Jan 17 2019 13:08 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hi everyone,

The Slaty-backed Gull found yesterday continues at the Windsor-Essex Solid Waste Authority Landfill. We had it from 11:45 until we left at 1:45. It is in the same location on the south side of County Rd 18 w/ a large group of gulls.

Directions below by Dave Martin.

Jeremy Hatt and Mark Field

Cty rd 18 is a major east-west county road in Essex County running from Amherstburg in the west to Kingsville in the east. You can get to it from Arner Line to the east or from Walker Road to the west. Walker Road is connected to Hwy 401. Arner Line connects the town of Essex to the Lake Erie shoreline. If coming from the Leamington area take Hwy 3 to Windsor and exit on Cty Rd 18 south of the Town of Essex.

You will see the landfill long before you arrive. The gulls loaf in the ploughed field to the south of the Landfill. The only parking is a narrow shoulder on both sides of Rd 18. Traffic is fast along here so be careful parking and getting out of your vehicle. An OPP officer asked that hazard lights be used when stopped along the road.

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Subject: Vankleek Hill CBC Results
Date: Wed Jan 16 2019 22:19 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The 41st edition of the Vankleek Hill CBC took place on December 16, 2018.  Twenty-one field observers and 37 feeder watchers participated on this mild and calm day.  Cold temperatures preceding this count made for the lack of open water.

Total Species: 50 (41-year average = 41)
Total Individuals: 6850 (41-year average = 5682)

The following two species bring the cumulative species total to 101
Wilson™s Snipe (1) and Fox Sparrow (1)


Chipping Sparrow (1) has never been seen during a count but was seen during Count Week for the first time.

Noteworthy record highs: (previous highs in parenthesis)
Cooper™s Hawk 6 (4 in 2014)
Herring Gull 377 (344 in 2006)
Glaucous Gull 5 (4 in 1994)

Noteworthy tied records: (previous ties in parenthesis)
Belted Kingfisher 1 (9 counts)
Northern Flicker 3 (2005, 2003)
Pileated Woodpecker 16 (2014)

Notable absences:
Few waterfowl due to the lack of open water
Gray Partridge: this is the 3rd consecutive year


Christine Trudeau
Compiler


Provenance: Courrier pour Windows 10

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Subject: Foret LarosCasselman CBC Results
Date: Wed Jan 16 2019 16:54 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The 15th edition of the Casselman-Foret Larose CBC took place on January 2, 2019.  Twenty-two field observers and 4 feeder watchers participated on this cold and calm day.   Cold temperatures preceding this count made for the lack of open water.

Total Species: 48 (15-year average = 45)
Total Individuals: 7271 (15-year average = 6059)

The following two species bring the cumulative species total to 81
Belted Kingfisher (1) and Fox Sparrow (1)

Noteworthy record highs: (previous highs in parenthesis)
Glaucous Gull 100 (58 in 2014)
White-breasted Nuthatch 72 (60 in 2016)
Pine Grosbeak 41 (39 in 2007)
Common Redpoll 757 (484 in 2012)
Evening Grosbeak 284 (145 in 2010)

Noteworthy tied records: (previous ties in parenthesis)
Pileated Woodpecker 8 (2016)
White-crowned Sparrow 1 (2014)
Song Sparrow 1 (2016)

Notable absences:
Waterfowl due to the lack of open water
Gray Partridge: this is the 3rd consecutive year
Brown Creeper

Christine Trudeau
Compiler


Provenance: Courrier pour Windows 10

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Subject: Crow roosts in SW Ontario
Date: Wed Jan 16 2019 14:22 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Can anyone give me some guidance in locating the large roosting areas for
these birds?
Thanks!
Rob Best
[email protected]
Rob
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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull continuing at Essex Landfill
Date: Wed Jan 16 2019 12:45 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hi everyone,

The Slaty-backed Gull found yesterday continues at the Windsor-Essex Solid Waste Authority Landfill as of today at 1:45pm. It is in the same location on the south side of County Rd 18 w/ a large group of gulls.

Directions below by Dave Martin (thanks again for posting on my behalf yesterday).

Jeremy Hatt

Cty rd 18 is a major east-west county road in Essex County running from Amherstburg in the west to Kingsville in the east. You can get to it from Arner Line to the east or from Walker Road to the west. Walker Road is connected to Hwy 401. Arner Line connects the town of Essex to the Lake Erie shoreline. If coming from the Leamington area take Hwy 3 to Windsor and exit on Cty Rd 18 south of the Town of Essex.

You will see the landfill long before you arrive. The gulls loaf in the ploughed field to the south of the Landfill. The only parking is a narrow shoulder on both sides of Rd 18. Traffic is fast along here so be careful parking and getting out of your vehicle.

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Subject: Gray Catbird - Stratford
Date: Wed Jan 16 2019 10:01 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
There was a single Gray Catbird in the TJ Dolan Natural Area this morning.  Very surprising but unmistakeable.  The bird was feeding on the now scarce buckthorn berries near the upper feeders on the north side of the river.

Steve Thorpe

The TJ Dolan Area is in SW Stratford. The best parking lot is on John Street at Centre Street. From the parking lot head west along the river, cross the pedestrian bridge then head west again along the north side of the river. Near a large sewer manhole the trail heads up a hill and the "Buckthorn feeders " are in the bushy area about 100m up the hill.
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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull at Landfill in Essex County
Date: Tue Jan 15 2019 18:38 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hi there,

The Slaty-backed Gull found earlier today by Jeremy Hatt was present in the same field for a good portion of the afternoon today with short breaks when it would fly around or hide behind other gulls. It disappeared when most of the gulls few into the landfill at around 15:55 and came back out at 16:40 when it and most of the other gulls flew overhead toward Lake Erie to roost for the night. Hopefully it will return to this location in days to come.

Directions: the Windsor-Essex Landfill (not officially named on Google Maps) is on County Rd 18 between Coulter Rd and McCormick Rd in Essex County. The landfill itself is not open to the public whatsoever, but the gulls spend much of their time sitting in a field across the road from the landfill. GPS coordinates of the approximate location where many gulls can often be found: 42.0863192, -82.8628390

Great find Jeremy Hatt, and good birding!

Jeremy Bensette
Leamington




> On Jan 15, 2019, at 13:12, Dave Martin via ONTBIRDS wrote:
>
>
> Posting for Jeremy Hatt......
>
> Jeremy called at 12:45pm to say he was very confident that he was looking at an adult Slaty-backed Gull with his scope in with a large bunch of gulls loafing on the south side of Cty Rd 18 opposite the Windsor - Essex Landfill. He is seeing most of the features of a Slaty-backed including the wide, white trailing edge of the wings, bright pink legs, dark-smudged head, mantle colour, etc. Also in the same bunch of gulls is at least 1 each of Glaucous, Iceland and Lesser Black-backed Gulls and several Great Black-backed Gulls for comparison of size and plumage.
>
> Cty rd 18 is a major east-west county road in Essex County running from Amherstburg in the west to Kingsville in the east. You can get to it from Arner Line to the east or from Walker Road to the west. Walker Road is connected to Hwy 401. Arner Line connects the town of Essex to the Lake Erie shoreline. If coming from the Leamington area take Hwy 3 to Windsor and exit on Cty Rd 18 south of the Town of Essex.
>
> You will see the landfill long before you arrive. The gulls loaf in the ploughed field to the south of the Landfill. The only parking is a narrow shoulder on both sides of Rd 18. Traffic is fast along here so be careful parking and getting out of your vehicle.
>
> Dave Martin
>
> for Jeremy Hatt
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: PINE GROSBEAKS - SOUTH OF GUELPH
Date: Tue Jan 15 2019 16:27 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
PINE GROSBEAKS “ SOUTH OF GUELPH, AND NORTH OF ABERFOYLE.

WE HIT IT LUCKY THIS AFTERNOON AT 3:30 AND SAW SIX PINE GROSBEAKS.
AT LEAST TWO WERE MALES IN THEIR VIVID RED COLOURING!

FROM HAMILTON, GO NORTH ON #6 HIGHWAY OVER THE 401 AND CONTINUE
NORTH (USED TO BE #6 HWY), BUT NOW CALLED #46 HIGHWAY. GO A LITTLE
WAY NORTH OF ABERFOYLE UNTIL YOU REACH #34 HWY. CONTINUE NORTH
(NOW THIS ROAD IS CALLED BROCK ROAD), FOR ABOUT ONE KILOMETER UNTIL
YOU REACH FOX RUN DRIVE ON YOUR RIGHT. TURN EAST ON FOX RUN DRIVE
(YOU ARE IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA) AND TRAVEL ALONG TO DEER VIEW RIDGE
ON YOUR LEFT.

THESE BIRDS ARE FEEDING ON A CRABAPPLE TREE ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER
OF FOX RUN DRIVE AND DEER VIEW RIDGE. THERE ARE THREE WOODEN SNOWMEN
ON THE LAWN RIGHT BESIDE THE TREE.

WE WERE THRILLED TO VIEW THESE PINE GROSBEAKS SO CLOSE TO OUR CAR.

GOOD BIRDING. DENNIS & GWEN LEWINGTON



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Subject: Fwd: Slaty-backed Gull at Landfill in Essex County
Date: Tue Jan 15 2019 12:12 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Posting for Jeremy Hatt......

Jeremy called at 12:45pm to say he was very confident that he was
looking at an adult Slaty-backed Gull with his scope in with a large
bunch of gulls loafing on the south side of Cty Rd 18 opposite the
Windsor - Essex Landfill. He is seeing most of the features of a
Slaty-backed including the wide, white trailing edge of the wings,
bright pink legs, dark-smudged head, mantle colour, etc. Also in the
same bunch of gulls is at least 1 each of Glaucous, Iceland and Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and several Great Black-backed Gulls for comparison
of size and plumage.

Cty rd 18 is a major east-west county road in Essex County running from
Amherstburg in the west to Kingsville in the east. You can get to it
from Arner Line to the east or from Walker Road to the west. Walker Road
is connected to Hwy 401. Arner Line connects the town of Essex to the
Lake Erie shoreline. If coming from the Leamington area take Hwy 3 to
Windsor and exit on Cty Rd 18 south of the Town of Essex.

You will see the landfill long before you arrive. The gulls loaf in the
ploughed field to the south of the Landfill. The only parking is a
narrow shoulder on both sides of Rd 18. Traffic is fast along here so be
careful parking and getting out of your vehicle.

Dave Martin

for Jeremy Hatt






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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull at Landfill in Essex County
Date: Tue Jan 15 2019 11:58 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Posting for Jeremy Hatt......

Jeremy called at 12:45pm to say he was very confident that he was
looking at an adult Slaty-backed Gull with his scope in with a large
bunch of gulls loafing on the south side of Cty Rd 18 opposite the
Windsor - Essex Landfill. He is seeing most of the features of a
Slaty-backed including the wide, white trailing edge of the wings,
bright pink legs, dark-smudged head, mantle colour, etc. Also in the
same bunch of gulls is at least 1 each of Glaucous, Iceland and Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and several Great Black-backed Gulls for comparison
of size and plumage.

Cty rd 18 is a major east-west county road in Essex County running from
Amherstburg in the west to Kingsville in the east. You can get to it
from Arner Line to the east or from Walker Road to the west. Walker Road
is connected to Hwy 401. Arner Line connects the town of Essex to the
Lake Erie shoreline. If coming from the Leamington area take Hwy 3 to
Windsor and exit on Cty Rd 18 south of the Town of Essex.

You will see the landfill long before you arrive. The gulls loaf in the
ploughed field to the south of the Landfill. The only parking is a
narrow shoulder on both sides of Rd 18. Traffic is fast along here so be
careful parking and getting out of your vehicle.

Dave Martin

for Jeremy Hatt






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Subject: Sunnybrook Park
Date: Mon Jan 14 2019 15:03 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Greetings birders,

This morning I spotted the following at Sunnybrook park near Leslie &
Sheppard, Toronto:
- Two Dark Herons,
- A short-tailed Hawk,
- An Eastern Wood-Pewee

I also happened to find five American Goldfinch on this same day in my
backyard.

Happy birding,
Maryam
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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk - Richmond Hill - Sunday January 13th
Date: Mon Jan 14 2019 10:34 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello Ontbirders!

A good bird in the GTA for you winter listers. Sorry, this is a second-hand
report but it comes with pictures on this eBird checklist from Rae
Hutchinson -- https://ebird.org/view/checkli... so figured it was
worth posting.

He had the bird along part of the Oak Ridges Trail, just north-east of Bond
Lake, south of Lake Wilcox - on Google Maps the area is called "Moraine
Park" which is bounded by Old Colony Rd on the south, Nantucket Drive on
the north, and is just west of Bayview Avenue (north of Stouffville Rd).

Decent forest cover in the area so looks like it could be sticking it out
for the winter. I hope to get a chance to look for it tomorrow over the
lunch hour.

Good birding,
Frank Pinilla (for Rae Hutchinson)
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Subject: northern pintail
Date: Mon Jan 14 2019 9:59 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
this morning male Nortern Pintail in the first sewage pond Sedgewick
Park Oakville


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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Sunday, January 13th, 2019
Date: Sun Jan 13 2019 20:10 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE
EASTERN PHOEBE
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
GRAY CATBIRD
LINCOLN'S SPARROW
PINE GROSBEAK
EVENING GROSBEAK
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
NASHVILLE WARBLER
PALM WARBLER
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
HOODED WARBLER



King Eider
Barrows x Common Goldeneye
Wild Turkey
Red-necked Grebe
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Barred Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Common Raven
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Yellow-rumped Warbler


We are still finding some great birds here in the Hamilton Study area
despite the changing conditions and cold weather setting in. It will be
interesting to see what transpires the next week or so as the deep freeze
hits us.

As always let's start at the top. A female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was a great
find on the Peach Tree Christmas count on January 5th. A trained eye picked
up the bird fairly close to shore with some other Common Goldeneye and many
in the HSA were able to come out and see a bird not easy to identify. Also
along the Stoney Creek shoreline during that count 2 Common x Barrow's
Goldeneye Hybrids, an adult King Eider at Fifty Point and a Red-necked
Grebe.

The EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES located on Ferguson Ave in Hamilton were last
reported Tuesday, any further updates would be appreciated.

An EASTERN PHOEBE was found on Thursday at the hydro cut at the Credit River
just north of the 403. Access is from west side (Leslie Log House) or east
(Hewick Meadows). The bird was not located later that day but likely has a
wide range here and with the cold keeps low where insects might be.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen at the Merrick Orchard parking lot in the Dundas
Valley today.

A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was a new find this week first seen Friday and then
yesterday. It is along the Hamilton to Brantford rail trail about 150 m
east of Papple Rd. adjacent to a large Pond north of the trail, Two female
Brown-headed Cowbirds were seen there today but no Lincoln's Sparrow.

PINE GROSBEAKS have finally made it to the Hamilton Study area where the
most reliable sightings were on the South Ring Road at the University of
Guelph. A half dozen birds were seen yesterday in Puslinch at Deer View
Ridge and Fox Run Drive.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was somewhat reliable for a few days this past week at
the Riverwood Conservancy on Burnamthorpe Drive in Mississauga. There have
been no reports in the last few days so perhaps it moved on. Five birds were
seen briefly at a feeder in Flamborough but did not return. This is just a
reminder to keep those feeders filled!

Other new finds this week were from Bronte East Campground accessed off of
Upper Middle Road in Oakville. This week within the campground a PALM
WARBLER was seen near Campsite 411 and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was heard in
the marshy cattails near the south end of the park.

Lastly the Fab Five winter warriors are still holding on at Sedgewick Park.
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (2), ORANGE-CROWNED (2), NASHVILLE, HOODED and
Yellow-rumped Warbler continue to be seen up until today. Upcoming
temperatures will be hard on these little creatures, would be nice to get an
air drop of meal worms in and around the tanks. Other birds seen there
include Winter Wren, Golden-Crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrush.

In the odds and sods this week, a King Eider is fairly reliable at the
Suncor Pier in Oakville. Wild Turkeys were seen on Binkley Road today and
have been reported frequently on York Road. An adult and an immature
Black-crowned Night Heron seem to have taken up residence at the Red Hill
Creek outlet. Turkey Vultures have popped up (better in warm weather)
around Dundas and out toward Copetown. There is likely a roost somewhere
along this stretch. A Red-shouldered Hawk was a nice surprise on Hwy 6
north (Gordon Street) just near Aberfoyle. A Rough-legged Hawk was seen
near Garden Ave in Brantford, not too many of these around this winter.
Iceland and Glaucous Gulls were seen on Mowhawk Lake in Brantford yesterday.
Snowy Owls are still around with one at Bronte Harbour yesterday. Barred
Owls seem to have moved into the area with a bird in South Burlington as a
one day wonder and others seen in the Dundas Valley. A Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker made a brief appearance at a yard bordering the Dundas Valley
today in Ancaster. Common Ravens were reported by Fenwood Farms west of
Ancaster, two doing a courtship display just north of Woodland Cemetery last
weekend. An Eastern Towhee was found on the Peachtree count last weekend.
It's in the drainage ditch that borders the north side of the North Service
Rd east of Green Rd - park at the east end of Frances Ave and walk across
the weedy field to the ditch. A White-crowned Sparrow was also found along
with the Towhee. A Chipping Sparrow is hanging with a bunch of Juncos at the
west end of Woodland Cemetery. More White-crowned Sparrows were seen at the
Mountain View Cemetery in Stoney Creek. Today a Red-winged Blackbird was
seen in a yard near Bronte Creek and Rebecca. A Common Grackle was another
good find on the Peach Tree count at Fifty Road and the North Service Road.
A Fox Sparrow and female type Purple Finch are coming into a feeder in the
Dundas Valley along with a roving flock of Pine Siskins.

That's the news for this week. Colder temperatures will move birds around.
Keep your feeders stocked and put out suet. Cold weather is not great for
lingering birds.

Have a great week.
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC



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Subject: Northern Shrike Zurich
Date: Sun Jan 13 2019 18:38 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
There was a northern shrike perched on a utility wire  2 km. north of Zrich on Goshen line this afternoon.

Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Bald Eagle, Reesor Pond
Date: Sat Jan 12 2019 13:11 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
There is an adult Bald Eagle picking at the carcass of an unknown creature in the middle of Reesor Pond. The pond is completely iced iced over; there are no ducks or geese in sight.

Reesor Pond is in eastern Markham at the corner of Reesor Rd and Hwy 7, just north of the 407.

Joyce Collier-Brown,
Toronto

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Subject: Killdeer, The Coves, London
Date: Sat Jan 12 2019 10:03 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hi.
I have a Killdeer at the east pond now. It has circled me twice, calling regularly. Appears to have come the west pond.
What is going on in the Coves?
Take cove road to its western terminus rom wharncliffe road and park at the German Club.


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Subject: Ottawa: Gyrfalcon(s)
Date: Fri Jan 11 2019 16:44 pm
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Ontbirds Subscribers:

Eric Baldo just sent images of today's (January 11th) Gyrfalcon; it is a
different bird to the continuing adult grey morph, which was first seen by
Tony Beck and Nina Stavlund in early December. Today's bird is a juvenile
grey morph! So, two Gyrs are hunting along the Ottawa River, from Bate
Island to the East to Deschenes Rapids to the West. Today's sightings,
kicked off thanks to Tom Hanrahan, were from Britannia Filtration Plant.
Birders have mentioned that the morning and "lunch hour" is the best time
to look for the Gyr(s).

Photos of the Gyrfalcons may be seen here: http://eontbird.ca/?p048

Good luck this weekend,
Jon
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Subject: POresqu'ile Bird Report for 4-10 Jan 2019
Date: Fri Jan 11 2019 15:13 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presqu’ile Bird Report for Week of 4-10 January 2019

By Doug McRae

HIGHLIGHTS: LESSER SCAUP, BROWN THRASHER, SONG SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD


Its pretty quiet in the Park but the annual mid-winter Waterfowl Survey helped boost the sightings a little.


Ten species of waterfowl were seen within Presqu’ile during the Lake Ontario mid-winter waterfowl survey on 6 Jan. The totals were as follows: CANADA GOOSE 74, MUTE SWAN 4, GREATER SCAUP 284, LESSER SCAUP 1, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 8, LONG-TAILED DUCK 2214, BUFFLEHEAD 20, COMMON GOLDENEYE 704, COMMON MERGANSER 9, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER 9. There was a fair amount of wave action, plus a 30 minute blizzard that wiped out visibility, so totals might have been higher in calm conditions. In addition several species were seen near the Murray canal in eastern Presqu’ile Bay including TRUMPETER SWAN, MALLARD, CANVASBACK and REDHEAD that were missed in Park waters. The LESSER SCAUP was unusual and was seen with Greaters at Salt Pt. Usually I don’t celebrate low counts but the 4 MUTE SWANS is wonderful news for this nasty invasive species. Only 120 were seen in the whole section, which goes from Barcovan in the east to Wicklow Beach in the west, which is most likely due to an abundance of open water and little reason to concentrate. We have had as many as 900 in some years so a year with 120 feels good. A side benefit of doing the survey was that one party got to see 2 RIVER OTTERS on the ice by Presqu’ile Parkway.


Outside of the survey a few other waterfowl sightings were of interest. Three MALLARD were seen on 8 Jan, and CANVASBACKS were noted several times with 7 on 4 Jan, 3 on 8 Jan and 1 on 9 Jan. 16 REDHEAD were noted on 4 Jan and one on 8 Jan. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS are seen daily near Salt Pt. with a maximum of 12 on 10 Jan. A single male COMMON MERGANSER was spotted on 5 Jan.


Several Bald Eagles were seen this week with a high of 3 on 8 Jan. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen at the Birdhouse Nature Store feeders on 8 Jan and a COOPER’S HAWK visited the same feeders on 4 Jan. Another COOPER’S HAWK was seen at feeders along Bayshore Rd on 10 Jan. A RED-TAILED HAWK was soaring around the gate on 9 Jan. Large numbers of HERRING GULLS have been roosting in dense groups on the ice of Presqu’ile Bay but so far out that it is hard to pick out other species. A high count of 25 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS was recorded on 4 Jan. Up to 21 MOURNING DOVES were seen at one Bayshore Rd feeder on 10 Jan. Both SNOWY and BARRED OWLS were seen throughout the week.


NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in the Calf Pasture on 7 Jan. We have reached a point where in the dead of winter COMMON RAVEN may be more frequently seen than AMERICAN CROW – an unimaginable state of affairs 20 years ago. The long staying but infrequently seen BROWN THRASHER was noted at a Bayshore Rd feeder on 7 and 10 Jan. Small numbers of EUROPEAN STARLINGS were seen several times including one bird perched on a treetop on High Bluff Is. on 6 Jan. A knee-deep wade yielded 40 SNOW BUNTINGS flying around Gull Is. on 6 Jan. The only sparrow of note was a SONG SPARROW that was at the Birdhouse Nature Store feeders on 4 Jan. Up to 9 NORTHERN CARDINALS were seen at one feeder on 7 and 10 Jan (BG). A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was also at the Birdhouse feeders on 4 Jan. A COMMON REDPOLL visited a feeder on 7 Jan which is the only finch, other than AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, reported this week.


Directions: Presqu’ile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presqu’ile’s two offshore islands – Gull and High Bluff – support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).














Doug McRae
P.O. Box 3010
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5014 H
613-243-4161 C


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Subject: December 26 Pakenham-Arnprior CBC results
Date: Fri Jan 11 2019 12:32 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Cold temperatures preceding the Pakenham-Arnprior CBC held on Boxing Day
resulted in all still water being frozen. Count day was also cold but
relatively calm, which allowed the 46 field observers to ascertain that the
lack of birds being heard in the woods was due to a lack of birds being
present in the woods. The 15 feeder watchers contributed greatly to the
count total.

Total Species: 51 (ten-year average = 55)
Total Individuals: 5,542 (ten-year average = 7,221)

Notable absences were: gulls, Great Horned Owl, American Robin, crossbills,
blackbirds. Only 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet and 4 Brown Creepers were tallied.

Notable high counts were: 5 Northern Goshawks (one shy of the record 6 in
1984); 128 Hairy Woodpeckers (new record); 37 Pileated Woodpeckers (new
record).

Notable species were: Hooded Merganser (6th record); Merlin (10th record);
Long-eared Owl (4th record); White-crowned Sparrow (6th record). The four
Snowy Owls were nowhere near the record 15 tallied in 2013, but still
constitute a good number for this Count.

Finch numbers were generally low, with only one Purple Finch recorded (at a
feeder with House Finches). Other finches were: 20 Pine Grosbeaks, 20 House
Finches, 155 Common Redpolls, 2 Pine Siskins, 142 American Goldfinches, and
79 Evening Grosbeaks.

House Sparrows continue their decline, with 91 being tallied (the record
stands at 2,011 in 1984).


Happy Birding!

Michael Runtz
compiler






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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 3 to 10 January 2019
Date: Fri Jan 11 2019 9:15 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The apparent movement of winter finches through Algonquin Park that has been observed during this late fall/early winter may have largely ended. Numbers and species reported are fairly consistent now. However, the arrival of more finches later this winter is still possible, especially if food sources to the north diminish.



Boreal Residents: SPRUCE GROUSE: a female was seen between posts 2 and 3 on the Bat Lake Trail (Jan 8); Spruce Bog Boardwalk (especially from the entrance to the long boardwalk across the Sunday Creek Bog) is still the best place to search for this species. BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER: one was found along Spruce Bog Boardwalk (Jan 7). BOREAL CHICKADEE: from one to three birds were seen and heard at Spruce Bog Boardwalk this week; and singles were 200 metres north of the winter gate on Opeongo Road (Jan 6), along Bat Lake Trail (Jan 8), and heard calling in response to pishing near the feeders off the Visitor Centre deck (Jan 8). CANADA JAY: regular at Mew Lake Campground, the Spruce Bog Boardwalk suet feeder, the Visitor Centre suet feeder, along Opeongo Road from the winter gate northward, and along the Logging Museum trail.



Winter Finches: EVENING GROSBEAK: seven were counted at the Visitor Centre feeders early in the week but there was only one over the last four days. PINE GROSBEAK: from ten to 35 were noted daily at the Visitor Centre; and others continued to be observed along the highway. COMMON REDPOLL: observations of five or fewer birds occurred at the Visitor Centre feeders, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road. RED CROSSBILL: three were noted flying over the parking lot near the winter gate on Opeongo Road (Jan 5). PINE SISKIN: a single bird was at Spruce Bog Boardwalk (Jan 7). AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: five continued to be seen each day at the Visitor Centre.



DIRECTIONS: Algonquin Provincial Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways 400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400. From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the Park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56). The Visitor Centre exhibits, bookstore and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends from 9 am to 5 pm. The Visitor Centre is also open with limited services on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding locations mentioned above) at the East Gate, West Gate or Visitor Centre. Locations are also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired), Dwight, ON.



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Subject: Not getting and alerts
Date: Fri Jan 11 2019 8:28 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
I have not got a alert lately, can you make sure I am on the list please.

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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks
Date: Thu Jan 10 2019 19:45 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
A flock of about 25 Pine Grosbeaks continues to feed at the crab-apples trees near the University of Guelph. Picture is attached.
Jim Bowman, Waterloo
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Subject: Ottawa: Gyrfalcon
Date: Thu Jan 10 2019 18:11 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ontbirds Subscribers:

It appears as though the adult grey morph first seen by Tony Beck and Nina
Stavlund in early December, and once again seen on Christmas day,
continues. It was seen this afternoon (January 10th) from Britannia Point
(Britannia Filtration Plant), which is the northeastern dead end of Cassels
Street, just east of Mud Lake. A birder sent a Peregrine/Gyrfalcon image
into the OFNC bird sightings line, asking for ID assistance. It indeed is a
Gyrfalcon and, by its plumage, appears to be a continuing bird to the
area. Maybe see you out there tomorrow morning? Dress warmly! BTW, I posted
today's photo of the Gyrfalcon (with its Mallard prey) on my webpage if
you're interested in viewing.

Directions: For Google Maps users, type in "Britannia Water
Purification Plant" in Ottawa for this location. Make sure to drive the
northeast dead end of Cassels to reach the "point." Scope recommended.

Good birding,

Jon

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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to January 10, 2019
Date: Thu Jan 10 2019 17:22 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at [email protected]

January 10, 2019

There were two highlights this week. A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was found at
the Mer Bleue on the 4th, and 5 GRAY PARTRIDGE near Fernbank and Robert
Grant on the 3rd. Unfortunately, neither species has been relocated.

Interesting out-of-season species sightings continue, the latest being a
late confirmation of a FIELD SPARROW on Trail Road on the 2nd to at least
the 6th. 2 other highlights were the ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK continuing at
Dewberry Trail until at least the 10th, and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
continuing in old Ottawa South until at least the 8th.

Weather again was relatively dry with a mix of thaws and very but not
exceptionally cold conditions, not greatly hampering birding. Next week
looks like a more prolonged period of cold. Our regional year-to-date list
is now close to 80, with at least 10 others likely somewhere in the region.


The latest sightings of the scarcer lingering DUCKS are as follows:

LESSER SCAUP at Britannia on the 10th.

RING-NECKED DUCK at Britannia as late as the 6th.

LONG-TAILED DUCK at Britannia on the 6th.

RING-NECKED DUCK at Britannia on the 7th.

NORTHERN PINTAIL at Billings Bridge on the 8th.

AMERICAN WIGEON at Britannia on the 6th.

GADWALL at Billings Bridge on the 4th.

WOOD DUCK at Billings Bridge on the 8th.

Up to 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS continue to linger: Masson on the 4th,
Marais-Trpanier on the 5th, up to 2 in Kanata as late as the 8th, and one
in Stittsville on the 10th.

2 GOLDEN EAGLES on the Eardley-Masham Road on the 5th and a NORTHERN
GOSHAWK at Mer Bleue on the 4th were the notables among the raptors.

A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER near the Champlain Bridge on the 9-10th, and one
continues on Hilda road as of the 8th. A NORTHERN FLICKER was at Chapman
Mills on the 8th, and the one at Trail Road continues as of the 5th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER at Hurdman on the 8th was new for the year.

50+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were in the Shirley™s Bay area, and nearly 70 were in
the Masson area, but they have generally been scattered. A CAROLINA WREN
was in Russell on the 10th.

3 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS WERE near Richmond on the 7th. A HOARY REDPOLL was
on Chemin Steele on the 3rd and in Carlington on the 8th. Finally, a
LAPLAND LONGSPUR was on Akins Road as late as the 9th with up to 150 SNOW
BUNTINGS.

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.



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Subject: Eastern Phoebe, The Coves, London
Date: Tue Jan 8 2019 10:14 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Our group just found an Eastern Phoebe in the same spot as the warblers are. Along the west pond. It's giving single call notes regularly.
Getting word out. Check directions from yesterday pls.
Len ManningAnne WhiteJake and Cindy Mclean



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Subject: Richmond (ONRI) Christmas Bird Count
Date: Mon Jan 7 2019 19:43 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Good evening,

The Third Annual Richmond Christmas Bird Count (ONRI) took place 28 December 2018. Located in the southern portion of the city of Ottawa, the count has Richmond moe at less as its centreof mass, and includes the communities of Munster, Stittsville, Kanata, and Barrhaven. There is substantial farm and forest land, as well as more heavily populated urban and suburban areas.

The weather was less than satisfactory for the count day. The morning started in the negatives, with freezing rain early in the day before warming up and creating an extremely foggy afternoon with visibility limited to less than 100m in some areas.

There was a record high number of participants at 24, who tallied 47species totaling5389individual birds. Numbers markedwith a (+) ior (-) ndicates an increase or decrease of 100 or more, repecectively. This was a great year for Common Redpoll, with over 500 being reported for the first time for the count period, andwe also had our first Eastern Screech and Barred Owls. A dotable miss were Greater Black-backed Gulls(1 compared to 30 last year). The complete list is at the bottom of this email.

Due to the weather, Snowy Owls were scarce on count day, though the area can produce decent sightings on fair-weather days, I am very pleased with the count, and am thankful for all who have participated and have been stalwart over the last three years.

For next year, thank you in advance for the offers to participate. Please feel free to contact me at any time; with sage advise from my wife, I have created an email address of [email protected] for count related email as well as an ONRI CBC Facebook page to keep all the observers informed and up-to-date with future counts count.Here is hoping for a long and successful run.

Any errors are mine in the reporting of details are mine.

Species
Total
Mallard
565 +
Ruffed Grouse
2
Wild Turkey
274 -
Red-tailed Hawk
8
Ring-billed Gull
2
Herring Gull
5
Greater Black-backed Gull
1
Rock Pigeon
746 +
Mourning Dove
140
Downy Woodpecker
30
Hairy Woodpecker
24
Pileated Woodpecker
7
Northern Shrike
1
Blue Jay
136
American Crow
1,185 +
Common Raven
13
Horned Lark
5
Black-capped Chickadee
476 +
Red-breasted Nuthatch
11
White-breasted Nuthatch
69
American Robin
4
European Starling
495 +
Snow Bunting
93 +
American Tree Sparrow
51
Dark-eyed Junco
115
Northern Cardinal
75
American Goldfinch
76

4,609




Sector specific sightings (write-in's)

House Finch
4
Brown Creeper
1
Golden-crowned Kinglet
2
Am Black Duck
16
Canada Goose
8
Snowy Owl
9
House Sparrow
54
Song Sparrow
1
Brown Headed Cowbird
8
Evening Grosbeak
98
Common Redpoll
501 +
Pine Grosbeak
27
Bohemian Waxwing
43
White-throated Sparrow
1
Barred Owl
1
Cedar Waxwig
1
American Kestrel
1
Great-blue Heron
1
Coopers Hawk
2
Eastern Screech Owl
1



780



5,389

Bill Mountan

Munster, ON

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Subject: Gowganda ON Finches..6 hours North of Toronto
Date: Mon Jan 7 2019 13:43 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hi all,
Thought since CBC's are being posted it would be an appropriate time to
report what's happening in Gowganda.

I have at the ground feeders up to 60 Common Red-Polls; (and they are
climbing ) up to 40 Pine Grosbeaks; 20 Evening Grosbeaks; 4 Blue jays; 5
gray Jays, 2 Red-breasted nuthatches; black capped -chickadees; Hairy and
Downy Woodpeckers; and 1 bold raven.

Other birders in town are saying the numbers are very poor. Some have only
about 10% of the birds over last year at their feeders.
I must say though that one trip I took into town on a 43 km stretch where
the road is only sanded mixed with a little salt, the number of pine
grosbeaks reached into the hundreds .
There are lots of Spruce Grouse along this stretch as well. Many are killed
by vehicles.

Ok, Cheers,
Gert Trudel
Gowganda ON
Temiskaming Dist.
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Subject: 3 Orange Crowned Warblers, The Coves, London, Jan 7
Date: Mon Jan 7 2019 12:05 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
I currently have 3 OCWA foraging actively in a canada goldenrod patch along the west pond of the Coves, in London. This spot is locally known as the orchard. I'm not sure which birds are continuing or if one is a new discovery.One is markedly brighter than the others. I did manage some poor video footage from my phone.
Birds are actively giving chipping notes.This is a probable 4th warbler with them, I think a Nashville but I didn't get a good enough look to eliminate others... so I will work on pinning down this pig. They aren't currently with any other Dickie birds and were not present yesterday on my search.
From wharncliffe ave, drive west on Cove Road. You can park at the German Club. Walk west to the terminus of cove road until you see a house with no trespassing signs. Turn left follow that path past the soccer fields and you will see the west pond in fr9nt of you eventually.Follow the footpath along the west pond until it's western terminus, on your right, an old, barely legible, no trespassing sign with red paint on it.I have marked the path with an inordinate number of things so you can't miss the spot. Birds are here now. Continue on path and on your right is a larger goldenrod patch which they have also flown to.
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Subject: Fwd: Pine Grosbeaks--University of Guelph
Date: Mon Jan 7 2019 11:16 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hi everyone,

Looks like these birds are still present as of this morning, as reported by Allain Carriere on eBird.

Please note that the winter semester has now started, and parking in P59 near these birds will likely be impossible (it's nearly impossible to find parking even as a student!) The service road will likely be fairly trafficky, so don't block that road either. Trust me when I say the parking authorities are very on top of things here on campus!

As such, if you're thinking of driving to Guelph to see these birds, I recommend perhaps parking at the Best Buy parking lot and walking over. Updated directions follow:


To get to University of Guelph via Best Buy parking lot:

From 401, take exit 299 north (Brock Road). Brock Road turns into Gordon St. Follow Gordon St. to the University campus. Turn left onto Stone Road, then turn left into Canadian Tire/Best Buy/Walmart complex. Park on the east side of Best Buy near Chancellor's Way, and walk east on South Ring Road. Once you reach the greenhouses, turn left and parking lot P59 with the crabapple trees will be there.

Brandon Edwards
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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks--University of Guelph

Just had a flock of roughly a dozen Pine Grosbeaks feeding on crabapples on the University of Guelph campus. All immature males and/or females. Fairly tame birds so you can get fairly close to them. Lots of crabapples here so they'll probably stick around for a little bit.

To get to University of Guelph:
From 401, take exit 299 north (Brock Road). Brock Road turns into Gordon St. Follow Gordon St. to the University campus. Turn left onto South Ring Rd which turns into Grange Lane. The grosbeaks are in the trees near Parking Lot P59 off Grange Lane.

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Subject: 33rd Petroglyphs Christmas Bird Count Results - Jan 5, 2019
Date: Mon Jan 7 2019 10:16 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The 33rd Petroglyphs Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 - a day with very pleasant weather. It was a very calm day (excellent listening conditions), temperature was hovering around 1 degree for most of the day, with mostly overcast skies.





Participants: 32 (above average)



Total species: 34 (slightly higher than the 10-year average of 32.4 and a very good total given that there were few finch species present and virtually no open water for waterfowl, gulls, etc.)



Total individuals: 2030 (10-year average is 2248)





Notable species and high counts included:



BARRED OWL: 8 (much higher than average and close to the high count of 11)



BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER: 1 in the northern portion of the Kawartha Nordic Ski Trails (although previously recorded nearly every year this species has only been detected 4 times in the past 10 years)



PILEATED WOODPECKER: 41 (new count high - previous high count was 30 in 2015)



CANADA JAY: two birds were found in the northern portion of the Kawartha Nordic Ski Trails (until 2009 recorded annually but since then only recorded in 2014, during count period in 2016, and in 2017)



BLUE JAY: 398 which was higher than expected given that only six were recorded in Algonquin (which often has similar trends to the Petroglyphs count). Many of these individuals were away from feeders suggesting that they were finding natural food sources - likely acorns of White and Red oak.



WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 149 (well above the 10-year average of 76 and close to the all-time high count of 233 in 2014)



BOHEMIAN WAXWING: 5



NORTHERN CARDINAL: 1 coming to a feeder in Apsley (4th time on the count)





Low Counts:



MOURNING DOVE: 6 (10-year average is 18 and count high is 93)



BALD EAGLE: 2 (10-year average is 6 and count high is 14)



BROWN CREEPER: 6 (10-year average is 13 and count high is 64)



GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET: 7 (10-year average is 28 and count high is 120)



AMERICAN TREE SPARROW: 5 (10-year average is 28 and count high is 218)





Winter Finches:



EVENING GROSBEAK: 121


PINE GROSBEAK: 6



COMMON REDPOLL: 59



RED CROSSBILL: 1



AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 8 (very low - 10-year average is 163 and count high is 714)





There were no notable misses.





The count circle (including the 6 areas) can be viewed at the



following link:

https://maps.google.ca/maps/ms...



Thanks to all participants!



Colin Jones, Compiler

Peterborough, ON



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Subject: Golden Eagle
Date: Sun Jan 6 2019 13:49 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
A mature Golden Eagle was observed flying east along the shoreline in South Lancaster yesterday.
South Lancaster is about 20 kilometres east of Cornwall.
Robin Poole
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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks--University of Guelph
Date: Sat Jan 5 2019 13:21 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Pine Grosbeaks still present as of 2:05pm.

Lifer for myself!

Happy birding,
Mallory

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Subject: [Ontbirds] Pine Grosbeaks--University of Guelph

Just had a flock of roughly a dozen Pine Grosbeaks feeding on crabapples on the University of Guelph campus. All immature males and/or females. Fairly tame birds so you can get fairly close to them. Lots of crabapples here so they'll probably stick around for a little bit.

To get to University of Guelph:
From 401, take exit 299 north (Brock Road). Brock Road turns into Gordon St. Follow Gordon St. to the University campus. Turn left onto South Ring Rd which turns into Grange Lane. The grosbeaks are in the trees near Parking Lot P59 off Grange Lane.

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Subject: Brantford Christmas Bird Count
Date: Sat Jan 5 2019 12:48 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Brantfords Christmas bird count was held on Sunday December the 30th , with 24 count participants and 6 feeder watchers contributing to count totals for the day   9,548 individual birds of 60 species were noted , as well as 1 additional count week species , bringing our total to 61 , tying last years count number    Of the 9,548 , 293 were from feeder watchers who combined had 11 hours    The 24 feild observers spent a combined 59 hours in the field , 66.1 km walking and 244.6 in driving        Temperatures remained fairly consistent throughout the day , ranging from -5 in the morning to a high of 0 degrees.   Winds were nil to light throughout the day and the sky was cloudy with bouts of sun breaking through   A light snow fell through the night , increasing the ability to spot our feathered freinds   As well , most rivers and water bodies were icefree and unfrozen.     A special thanks goes out to Shelia Smith for hosting a small luncheon , to all the new participants who attended the count , and as per usual , Bill and Sarah Lamond for their great count day observations , whom always make the list grow substantially.                             Highlights from the count are as follows :
3 Tufted Titmouse. 2 Common Ravens. 19 Carolina Wrens. 4 Turkey Vultures. 2 Iceland Gulls. 1 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
3 Ruby Crowned Kinglets. 30 Red Bellied Woodpeckers. And 2 count week White Crowned Sparrows.
Notable misses were Snow Bunting , Northern Harrier , Mute Swan and Northern Flicker.

Full species list is as follows

Bald Eagle 16
Red tailed hawk 55
Coopers hawk 9
Sharp shinned hawk 3
American kestrel 8
Merlin 1
Turkey vulture 4
Great horned owl 3
Eastern screech owl 2
Common raven 2
Common crow 116
Belted kingfisher 7
Great blue heron 6
Wild turkey 92
Hooded merganser 3
Common merganser 51
Bufflehead 4
Common goldeneye 108
Mallard duck 486
Black duck 54
Canada geese 1342
Herring gull 880
Ring billled gull 279
Iceland gull 2
Lesser black backed gull 1
Great black backed gull 80
Glaucous gull 4
Rock dove 512
Mourning dove 358
Red bellied woodpecker 30
Downy woodpecker 78
Hairy woodpecker 5
White b nuthatch 78
Red b nuthatch 9
Black capped chickadee 346
Brown creeper 10
Ruby cr kinglet 3
Golden cr kinglet 21
Tufted titmouse 3
Dark eyed junco 266
American robin 11
Eastern bluebird 34
Horned lark 9
Bluejay 148
N cardinal 192
House finch 135
Am goldfinch 260
Pine siskin 3
Carolina wren 19
Eastern towhee 2
Winter wren 2
European starling 3020
Brn hd cowbird 5
Northern shrike 1
House sparrow 274
Swamp sparrow 1
Song sparrow24
White th sparrow 36
White cr sparrow 2
Fox sparrow 1
Am tree sparrow 74

Compiler : Kevin Murphy



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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks--University of Guelph
Date: Sat Jan 5 2019 12:10 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Just had a flock of roughly a dozen Pine Grosbeaks feeding on crabapples on the University of Guelph campus. All immature males and/or females. Fairly tame birds so you can get fairly close to them. Lots of crabapples here so they'll probably stick around for a little bit.

To get to University of Guelph:
From 401, take exit 299 north (Brock Road). Brock Road turns into Gordon St. Follow Gordon St. to the University campus. Turn left onto South Ring Rd which turns into Grange Lane. The grosbeaks are in the trees near Parking Lot P59 off Grange Lane.

Brandon Edwards

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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull at Mohawk Lake, Brantford
Date: Sat Jan 5 2019 11:02 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Just saw 1 of the slaty-backed gulls in the dump scoped from the berm, 100's of gulls were flushed up by 2 young eagles and as they re landed saw one had broad white edge of the wings and could see the string of pearls.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 24, 2018, at 12:08 PM, Bill Lamond via ONTBIRDS wrote:
>
> A Slaty-backed Gull was at seen at Mohawk Lake in Brantford today (24 Dec) at 10:30 a.m. by Mike Hallett. It was only posted to What's app. The gulls were all flushed soon after and I have no idea if the bird has been seen subsequently.
>
> Mohawk Lake on Greenwich St which is off of Mohawk St. Exit 403 in Brantford at Wayne Gretzky Parkway and head south on parkway to Colborne St lights and turn left onto Colborne. Turn right onto Locks Rd which becomes Mohawk St at the bottom of the hill. Greenwich is first on your right and Morrison St (to dump - currently closed to birders) is afterwards on your left.
>
> Bill
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Subject: Boreal Chickadee
Date: Sat Jan 5 2019 10:25 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Present this Saturday morning on several occassions at Darlington PP. About
15 people standing patiently as it forages off the trail.
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 29th December 2018 - 4th January 2019
Date: Sat Jan 5 2019 8:51 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their
sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email or post records
directly to me - contact details below. Please note that some sightings may
require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.



Highlights:

It was a pleasant week weather-wise with a big dumping of snow later in the
week that lasted barely a day. However, these conditions remain unfavourable
to good birding. New Year's Day listers and a couple of Christmas counts
produced results. Here are the highlights of the last week:



GREEN-WINGED TEAL - a single drake remains at Sydenham.

CANVASBACK - as many as 15 birds were seen in Kingston on 1st.

HORNED GREBE - up to 3 birds were seen on Amherst Island over the week, with
another at Finkle's Shore, Bath on 1st.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT - a late bird was seen on the crossing to Amherst
Island on 2nd.

TURKEY VULTURE - a single bird was seen on Howe Island on 1st.

SNOWY OWL - far more birds (in general) are being seen on Amherst than Wolfe
so far this season, possibly due to a better food source. This week's high
count of 35 was tallied on 30th. Please keep your distance to reduce
negative impacts and always respect private property.

BOREAL CHICKADEE - a great record of a single bird was received from across
the border at Point Peninsula, NY on 5th.

HERMIT THRUSH - a late continuing bird was seen at Marshlands CA, Kingston,
on 1st.

EVENING GROSBEAK - there was just record this week, of a single bird near
Brewers Mills on 30th.

PINE GROSBEAK - there were again several sightings in the Kingston area this
week, with a high of 9 near Gananoque on 30th.

COMMON REDPOLL - there were fairly consistent sightings from across the
region this week, with a high of 150 on Amherst Island on 3rd.

PINE SISKIN - the only record this week was of 8, just north of Kingston, on
2nd.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL - with very few records anywhere this year, a single
bird on Amherst Island on 3rd is noteworthy.

SNOW BUNTING - this species remains tricky to see this year, though 100 were
seen on Amherst Island on 3rd.

CHIPPING SPARROW - a continuing bird was seen at a private feeder near
Brewers Mills on 31st.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW - a single bird was seen at a private feeder in
Kingston on 1st.

SWAMP SPARROW - 2 birds were at Belle Park, Kingston, on 31st.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - 3 birds were seen on Amherst Island on 2nd.



In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
Policy
. Please note that you must be a card-carrying member of Kingston Field
Naturalists (KFN), or be accompanied by a member, to access both the Martin
Edwards Reserve and Amherstview Sewage Lagoons.



As always, a big thank you goes to all those who have submitted sightings
directly or via eBird.



Mark.



Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

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Canada



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Subject: Saugeen Shores Christmas Bird Count, Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Date: Sat Jan 5 2019 8:26 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The 15th Saugeen Shores Christmas Bird Count was held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 24 count participants and three feederwatchers contributed to the count totals for the day.
Temperatures in the morning were a brisk -14C. It clouded over followed by a slight breeze and snow in the early afternoon along with a rise in the temperature to -4C by the end of the count. There was little snow on the ground, flowing water was open and small lakes and ponds were ice covered. The shore along Lake Huron was completely open with no ice-edge.
7578 individual birds of 55 species were noted during the count. This is well above the average for the number of individual birds for the count (high of 12225 in 2015 and a low of 2605 in 2016). The 55 species sighted were just above the average of 53 species. (high of 64 in 2015 and a low of 44 in 2004).
No new species were added leaving the cumulative total at 99. Perhaps we will break this total next year!
Interesting sightings included: an Eastern Towhee flying with a mixed flock - the second for the count; a Hermit Thrush and a White-crowned Sparrow, both seconds for the count and seen at feeders; two Golden Eagle were noted - they have been seen on 9 of the 15 counts; Bald Eagle at 21 individual birds was the 4th highest number of BAEA but well above the average of 15.
Unexpected misses were Mute Swan and American Black Duck, both of which were count week birds.


Norah Toth, Chair
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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire, Kitchener-yes.
Date: Fri Jan 4 2019 22:03 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Seen this afternoon at about 3:10 pm. It was perched in the top of evergreens to the north west of 81 Forfar Ave. but did not stay long.

Directions per Michael Hallett below.

Good birding.

Paloma Plant
>
> Directions: exit Hwy. 85/86 onto Hwy. 7/Victoria St. east (towards Guelph).
> Take Hwy. 7 east to Forfar Avenue, where you'll turn right. I'd suggest
> parking at the junction of Forfar Court and just walking the neighbourhood.
>


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Subject: 39th St. Clair National Wildlife CBC
Date: Fri Jan 4 2019 18:50 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Birders:

The 39th St. Clair National Wildlife Area Christmas Bird Count was held on Jan 1, 2019. The weather started out just above freezing and by the end of the day, was just below freezing. Some light fine snow/drizzle occurred in the morning, and it was overcast all day. There was no snow cover and all water was open. North to Northwest winds were moderate to brisk most of the day.

The count circle is centred just east of SCNWA. With all of the extensive wetlands along the east shore of Lake St. Clair, water conditions will make a huge difference in the totals for this count since almost the entire rest of the count circle is large agricultural field. The extensive wetlands and adjacent Lake St. Clair is why this area is a recognized Important Bird Area. However in recent years due to the extended waterfowl hunting season, some of the prime and largest properties have not been accessible due to club member wishes to hunt on them resulting in sometimes significant adjustments to coverage. Nonetheless, this count continues to tally some excellent numbers of birds.

On this day, 18 observers tallied a record 93 species, surpassing the previous high of 92 back in 2014, and well above the previous ten year average of 78.

Water birds, and in particular waterfowl, often make up a large part of the results. On this day we recorded 71222 individuals of 25 species of ducks, geese and swans. Overall we totalled our highest number of individual birds at 202224, considerably higher than our previous ten year average of 142236. A massive number of ducks, mostly Mallards, arrived in the previous week to ten days. Of course American Crows continue to make up a significant portion of the total individuals, and although an exhaustive effort at counting them exiting or entering their roost was not undertaken this year, a total of 125000 crows was estimated. This is well below our high of 159860 birds recorded in 2000 when we did do a major roost count.

There were new high (previous high) totals for:
Ross's Goose--2 (1)
American Black Duck--7560 (5370)
Mallard--46851 (35800)
Ring-necked Duck--215 (88)
Bald Eagle--50 (27)
Wild Turkey--30 (23)
Northern Flicker--11 (9)

Species which tied a previous high number were:
Double-crested Cormorant--10
Turkey Vulture--1
Peregrine Falcon--3
Tufted Titmouse--1
Golden Eagle--1

Other highlights were:

Golden Eagle, only the third time
Killdeer, only the fourth time
Turkey Vulture, only the fifth time
Gray Catbird, only the fifth time

Notable misses were:
Ring-necked Pheasant, recorded on more than 80% of the counts
Brewer's Blackbird, recorded on about 60% of the counts

We almost missed Snow Bunting for the first time ever, but came through with one individual

Two count week species included Sandhill Crane and Long-tailed Duck. There were no new species for the overall count, so the total number of species since inception in 1981 remains at 139.

Allen Woodliffe, compiler
Chatham

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Subject: Turkey vulture, Brampton
Date: Fri Jan 4 2019 17:04 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
At approximately 1pm today I saw a turkey vulture lift off from an area
near Torbram and Walker in Brampton. It was alternately flapping with short
circular glides. As I was driving I couldn't watch for too long, not sure
if it was hanging around or moving on.

Dave Bailey
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Subject: Turkey Vulture Whitby
Date: Fri Jan 4 2019 12:42 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Turkey vulture flying over the intersection at Thickson rd S and Dundas st E

Sent from me have a nice day ˜
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Subject: Presqu'ile Bird Report for week of 28 Dec 2018-3 Jan 2019
Date: Fri Jan 4 2019 7:44 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presqu’ile Bird Report for Week of 28 Dec 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

By Doug McRae

HIGHLIGHTS: CANVASBACK, GLAUCOUS GULL, HERMIT THRUSH, SONG SPARROW, PINE GROSBEAK


It was a quiet week with limited coverage. Although we are in ‘the dead of winter” there was evidence of some bird movement on the very warm day on 28 Dec proving that nothing is static.


Most of Presqu’ile Bay is frozen so ducks are less visible as they retreat to the open lake in those conditions. The only unusual waterfowl sighting was the three CANSVASBACK noted on 31 Dec near the lighthouse, and a single the following day. A handful of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS are still floating around the mouth of the Bay. WILD TURKEY sightings have become routine. Single BALD EAGLES were seen on 1 and 2 Jan.


A large mass of HERRING GULLS has been collecting on Presqu’ile Bay but they are hard to see due to distance and their tight formation. Two GLAUCOUS GULL were noted flying over the gate on 30 Dec. SNOWY OWLS have been reported from the ice of Presqu’ile Bay and around the islands through the week, as have BARRED OWLS which are mostly being seen from the roadside. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen several times in the Calf Pasture field this week.


BROWN CREEPERS winter in small numbers in the conifer plantations each year but on 28 Dec (the mild day) one was feeding on an isolated cottonwood trunk at the Birdhouse Nature Store, just outside the gate where none have been seen since October. A HERMIT THRUSH was reported from the Group Campgrounds on 31 Dec. A roaming flock of AMERICAN ROBINS are frequenting the Calf Pasture with as many as 40 seen on 30 Dec. The long staying BROWN THRASHER put in another appearance this week but remains elusive. EUROPEAN STARLINGS have mostly bailed from the peninsula so one seen flying by the Lighthouse on 28 Dec (the mild day) may have been “moving”. It or another returned on 1 Jan.


Sparrows are scarce but a Song Sparrow showed up at the Birdhouse Nature Store feeder on 3 Jan after getting enough snow to cover the ground. A few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS are still being seen at Bayshore Rd. feeders but the most reliable one is at the Camp Office feeder.


Between one and two RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have been regular visitors at the Birdhouse Nature Store feeders but five there on 30 Dec was a surprise. Finches continue to confound. A flock of 11 PINE GROSEBEAKS was located by the Amphitheatre on 30 Dec. PINE SISKIN has been absent for a while, but a flock of five showed up at a Brighton feeder on 2 Jan so keep watching. AMERICAN GOLDEFINCH is around in small numbers and is the only predictable finch being seen. One bird on 3 Jan at the Birdhouse Nature Store feeders showed considerable yellow in the breast, shoulder and nape and had a patchy but well defined black crown patch.


Directions: Presqu’ile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presqu’ile’s two offshore islands – Gull and High Bluff – support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).












Doug McRae
P.O. Box 3010
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5014 H
613-243-4161 C


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Subject: Collingwood CBC Results
Date: Thu Jan 3 2019 22:52 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The 11th Collingwood Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on Thursday, 27
December 2018 - here are the unofficial results.

The Collingwood CBC count circle centres just SW of Nottawa, and is bounded
on the north by Nottawasaga Bay (southern Georgian Bay), in the west by the
Niagara Escarpment, in the south by Singhampton and in the east by Stayner.

The weather on count day was decent: light SE winds in the early morning
(but getting moderate in the afternoon), virtually no precipitation and
reaching a comfortable -4C.

Two feeder watchers and 16 counters spent 44 hours travelling 570 km to
find 59 species on count day, plus another two during the count week. This
was four below our highest total and the second highest ever. A total of
4,971 individuals were found, which is below our average of 5,933.

Highlights:

A single CANVASBACK was found for only the second time on this count.

This year's four RUFFED GROUSE beats last year's record of three.

The 10 BALD EAGLES beat the 2013 total of seven and this year's lone GOLDEN
EAGLE was the first one since 2004.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK is a diffcult bird to find on this count. Last year we
missed it for the first time and in 2018 our only observation was of a
single, count week bird.

A lone AMERICAN COOT was only the second one on this count and the first
since 2012.

Singles of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and ICELAND GULL were identified for
only the third time on this count and the six GLAUCOUS GULLS found beats
the previous record of four.

Both HAIRY WOODPECKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER set new count records with 15
and four individuals, respectively.

HORNED LARK has only ever been tallied once before (in 2014), so finding
two in 2018 was a nice surprise and establishes a new count high.

The 35 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES (we've never missed this one) and four
BROWN CREEPERS (not usually found) were also high counts.

Thankfully, EUROPEAN STARLINGS were at an all-time low with 180 birds. This
is much better than when thousands used to roost in the huge grain terminal
at the Collingwood Harbour.

The 485 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS smashes the previous record for numbers of
individuals of this species (i.e., 114 in 2016, which was the only other
year these beauties have been found on this count).

A single WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was photographed on count day in
Collingwood. Surprisingly, this was a count first and it brings the all
time list to 93 species.

Finally, a new record was set for PINE GROSBEAK. This species had only been
found on one previous count (26 birds in 2012) so this year's 60 birds was
a treat.

Many thanks to all who participated.

Burke Korol - Compiler ONCO
Barrie, ON
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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 27 December 2018 to 3 January 2019
Date: Thu Jan 3 2019 20:58 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The influx of birders during this week of the holidays and 83 observers on the Christmas Bird Count of Dec 29 combined to produce a better idea of the birds along the Highway 60 Corridor. However, the number of species and individuals observed remained low.



A male and female BUFFLEHEAD were reported in open water at km 53 on Highway 60 (Dec 28; a new latest date for the species); and a roosting NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL being mobbed by Black-capped Chickadees and two Boreal Chickadees was found at Spruce Bog Boardwalk (Dec 29).



Boreal Residents: SPRUCE GROUSE: a male was seen near the first boardwalk section of Spruce Bog Boardwalk on several days. BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER: there were sightings on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Two Rivers Trail, and near the Trailer Sanitation Station. BOREAL CHICKADEE: up to three were along Spruce Bog Boardwalk, often near the suet feeder; one was heard near the Mew Lake Campground garbage facilities; and one was near the Trailer Sanitation Station. CANADA JAY: was regular at the Spruce Bog Boardwalk suet feeder, along Opeongo Road from the winter gate northward, and along the Logging Museum trail.



Winter Finches: EVENING GROSBEAK: daily counts at the Visitor Centre feeders were from four to seven, and a few were attracted to seed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk entrance as well. PINE GROSBEAK: from five to 22 were noted daily at the Visitor Centre; others were observed along the highway; and the CBC total was 52 (Dec 29). COMMON REDPOLL: only sightings were two found on the CBC (Dec 29). PINE SISKIN: a single bird was at the Visitor Centre (Dec 29). AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: five were seen each day at the Visitor Centre.



DIRECTIONS: Algonquin Provincial Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways 400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400. From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the Park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56). The Visitor Centre exhibits, bookstore and restaurant at km 43 will be open daily until Jan 6 from 9 am to 5 pm. The Visitor Centre will be open with limited services on weekdays after Jan 6 from 9 am to 4 pm. Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding locations mentioned above) at the East Gate, West Gate or Visitor Centre. Locations are also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired), Dwight, ON.



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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau-recent sightings to January 3, 2019
Date: Thu Jan 3 2019 16:40 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at [email protected]

January 3, 2019

There were many out-of-season species sightings this week, although nothing
that would not be expected later in the year. Exceptional was a LINCOLN™S
SPARROW on Trail Road on the 2nd-3rd, possibly our first January record.
The ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK continues at the Dewberry trail as of the 2nd.

There were at least 4 Christmas Bird Counts this week:

1. Carleton Place on the 27th. Notable was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER,
with high counts for WILD TURKEY, BARRED OWL, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

2. Richmond on the 28th. Notable was a flock of 12 BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRDS on Goodstown road.

3. Dunrobin-Breckenridge on the 29th.

4. Fort Larose on the 2nd. Notable was a FOX SPARROW in Casselman
and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW east of Limoges.

Weather was more or less seasonal. Snow cover, however, remains very low
especially outside of the urban areas. There was quite a bit of birding
activity as the New Year kicked off, and as of the 2nd, close to 70 species
have been seen for 2019.

There seem to an unusually large variety of lingering DUCKS. Here is the
current status:

LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK and LONG-TAILED DUCK are in the
Deschnes Rapids, sometimes seen from Britannia, other times from the
Quebec shore.

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER has been seen from time to time on the
Rideau River between Strathcona Park and Billings Bridge.

2 WOOD DUCKS have been consistent at Billings Bridge.

NORTHERN PINTAIL has been seen on Iber Road and on Pinecrest
Creek. This species as well as AMERICAN WIGEON is seen both at Britannia
and Billings Bridge.

A male GADWALL showed up at Britannia on the 3rd.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was near a storm pond on Maritime Way in Kanata on the 3
rd and at Marais Trepanier in Gatineau on the 31st.

GULLS are restricted to 3 species around the Trail Road landfill, and there
are only a few dozen.

A NORTHERN FLICKER has been at Trail Road, and the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
has been regular at and near the Hilda Road feeders.

NORTHERN SHRIKES have been seen in many places, but never for more than a
few hours at a time. A CAROLINA WREN was at a feeder in Cumberland on the 30
th, and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was at a private feeder in old Ottawa South
on the 3rd. A BOREAL CHICKADEE was in Sainte-Ccile-de-Masham on the 28th.

A RED CROSSBILL was in the Carp area on the 1st. A flock of 300+ COMMON
REDPOLLS is frequenting an extensive area of weeds on the north side of
Trail Road, and a single HOARY REDPOLL is sometimes seen among them. The
same area has had the LINCOLN™S SPARROW. Look for this bird among the 30+
DARK-EYED JUNCOS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and a SONG SPARROW.

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.



Good birding.
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Subject: Adult Bald Eagle Hastings County
Date: Thu Jan 3 2019 15:05 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Happy New Year all,

I've observed this Eagle now several times since the beginning of December
2018. It's favoured location is on the east side of the Trent River between
lock 7 & 6 in Frankford just north of Trenton. The damn is keeping the
majority of the river open water so obviously good fishing habitat.

Cheers and Good birding in 2019
Mike Williamson
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Subject: Sutton C.B.C. Results Dec. 29, 2018
Date: Thu Jan 3 2019 9:56 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Saturday December 29, 2018 birders in the field and registered feeder
watchers in the Georgina, East Gwillimbury and northwest Uxbridge areas
participated in the 32^nd annual Sutton C.B.C.

The day started off fully overcast for owling with a low temperature of
almost -7 degrees Celsius. As the day went on the temperature rose to -3
degrees by mid-afternoon. A light persistent wind (19 km/hour) from the
northwest by afternoon occurred throughout the day, and no snow. The
cold early in the morning during the owling and relatively high winds,
resulted in less than optimum owling conditions. Lake Simcoe was almost
completely open, except for much of Cook™s Bay.**

A total of 53 species were documented on the day (one of the higher
species counts in recent years, unexpected as fewer birds were seen at
feeders, but with a fully open Lake Simcoe). Highlights for the count
day were a count high of three Owl species seen or heard Great Horned
(3), Eastern Screech (3) and Snowy (21) owls seen. Sixteen Bald eagles
(16) were recorded, the highest count day record, with all water still
open. Lots of waterfowl and gulls were seen on count day, with
unexpected Red-breasted merganser (1), and Black ducks (2) being
highlights for field birders.

Some of the southern migrating birds still lingering in our count area
included White-crowned sparrow (1), White-throated sparrow (2), Eastern
bluebird (1) and Carolina wren (1). In the previous few years, the much
talked about prediction of northern finches™ irruption from the boreal,
across southern Canada did not appear in the Sutton Count area. However,
in 2018 the Sutton Count highlight was Pine grosbeaks (32) in the count
area on the day! Evening grosbeaks were seen on a few occasions in the
count area in mid-November and December (first time in many years) but
did not make an appearance on count day. Other finches seen were House
finch (4), Common redpoll (145) and American goldfinch (176) but no
Purple finch or Pine siskin were documented. Interestingly, Horned lark
(1) and Snow bunting (263) were welcome winter species additions on
count day. Thanks to all field birders and feeder watchers who
participated in the count.

The Sutton Count is supported by the Zephyr Society of Lake Simcoe
Research Foundation (_www.zephyrsociety.ca
_) and the South Lake Simcoe Naturalists
(_www.slsnc.ca _).

Paul Harpley

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