February 19 2017 (Sunday) Fisherville Area, Haldimand-Norfolk County
Leader: Dave Milsom, Barry Coombs.
Amazing weather for this outing resulted in a huge group heading out from Cayuga this morning. At least 60 birders in 32 cars enjoyed the sunny, 14 degree celsius temperatures as we covered the snowless Haldimand region.
A total of 43 species were recorded . Highlights included a lone Killdeer at Kohler Raceway, Eastern Bluebirds, Tufted Titmice, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, one Grackle, several Cowbirds, flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds, Cedar Waxwings, single Northern Mockingbird, Hermit Thrush, Northern Shrike , Yellow-rumped Warbler, and numerous Horned Larks.
Raptors : Eastern Screech Owl, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier.
We ended the day at Fisherville Raptor Reserve. From here a number of birders headed for 10th Line East near Hamilton to search for Short-eared Owls at dusk. One was seen there Saturday at sunset.
February 12 2017 (Sunday) Young Birders. Winter Birds of Peterborough and the Surrounding Area
Leader: Dave Milsom.
Constant snow deterred parents from driving young birders to the meeting place in Peterborough on Feb. 12th.
Only one participant was able to make it. Because of bad weather conditions, an abbreviated tour was conducted.
A hike along the boardwalk at the John Pencier Trail, part of the Trent University trail system, resulted in the pishing in of a Winter Wren and the sighting of not one but two porcupine dens and the tracks leading to and from the home.
Near Lock 25 on the Otonabee River, a 1st-year Bald Eagle perched above its carp breakfast. Close by were 3 Trumpeter Swans, a Herring Gull and many Common Goldeneyes. A flock of Robins fed in a buckthorn bush. Just below the lock, a male Kingfisher flew across the river.