Birding Report

Bruce Birding Club – Nov 2nd, 2016 Outing Report

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Submitted by the Bruce Birding Club, a fantastic resource for birding in Bruce County.


Participants: 22

In birding, it’s the time of year when birders search for waterfowl. Thank you, Lynne for leading us on our once a year trip to Thornbury / Collingwood, an area which we enjoy visiting, in our quest for ducks. Thank you, for your planning, organization, and acquiring admission to the waterfowl-rich Thornbury Lagoons, which are generally closed to the public. Our emphasis was on waterfowl habitat, and we were certainly not disappointed seeing 18 different species. Land birds happened along the way, as we traveled through seven different water environments, giving us a total of 41 species for the day. It was a fun filled day, where we enjoyed each other’s company, as we discovered birds that happened to come our way.

The weather was a cool with a high of 13 C, moderate winds with mixed sun and cloud.

Also, a thank you goes to Judy who kept the bird list for us.

Areas Visited:
1) Behind Bridge’s Tavern
2) Thornbury Lagoons
3) Clendenam Dam
4) Collingwood Grain Elevators
5) Collingwood Marina
6) Princeton Shores
7) North Winds Beach

• Canada Goose (CANG)
• Mute Swan (MUSW)
• American Black Duck (ABDU)
• Mallard (MALL)
• Redhead (REDH)
• Ring-necked Duck (RNDU)
• Greater Scaup (GRSC)
• Lesser Scaup (LESC)
• White-winged Scoter (WWSC)
• Bufflehead (BUFF)
• Common Goldeneye (COGO)
• Hooded Merganser (HOME)
• Common Merganser (COME)
• Ruddy Duck (RUDU)
• Common Loon (COLO)
• Horned Grebe (HOGR)
• Red-necked Grebe (RNGR)
• Double-crested Cormorant (DCCO)
• Great Blue Heron (GBHE)
• Great Egret (GREG)
• Possible Cooper’s Hawk (COHA)
• Red-tailed Hawk (RTHA)
• American Coot (AMCO)
• Greater Yellowlegs (GRYE)
• Bonaparte’s Gull (BOGU)
• Ring-billed Gull (RBGU)
. Herring Gull
• Great Black-backed Gull (GBBG)
• Rock Pigeon (ROPI)
• Mourning Dove (MODO)
• Belted Kingfisher (BEKI)
• Blue Jay (BLJA)
• American Crow (AMCR)
• Common Raven (CORA)
• Black-capped Chickadee (BCCH)
• American Robin (AMRO)
• European Starling (EUST)
• Dark-eyed Junco (DEJU)
• Northern Cardinal (NOCA)
• American Goldfinch (AMGO)
• House Sparrow (HOSP)
41 Species seen.

Birding Report: Eurasian Dotterel

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

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Observation date: October 3, 2015

Location : Bruce Co., Oliphant near intersection of Spry Lake Road and Shoreline Ave, long/lat  44.74937; -81.27946.

Photo: Michael Butler

Red headed woodpecker

Monday, May 25th, 2015

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Brian and Sarah Robin report, “We’ve had an adult Red-headed woodpecker visiting our feeders (near Desboro) since at least May 19th, and it’s quickly established itself as the backyard bird-feeder boss. It looks like some juvenile brown feathers remain on its face and some wishful thinking has us believing it’s the juvenile that visited us last October.”

Grey Bruce Bird Records Committee Report Form

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

There are two ways to do this. Download a hard copy or a fillable form.

For a hard copy. click here to view form, then right click on form to print (or save a copy to your own computer).

Here is a fillable docx form. Click to download.then open, then click “enable editing” (at the top). fill out the form and then save it. Then the completed form can be emailed.

Yellow-head Blackbird seen near Ferndale

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Reported by Michael Butler
April 13, 2015. Click below to see image.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/28113115@N00/17137397435/

(and other images as well!)

grackles back in Tobermory!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Courtesy of Michael Butler

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Red-winged blackbirds

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Tania Gilchrist reports:  Saw a male and female red-winged blackbird at our feeders this morning at the front of the house (when he moved his wings the red showed up).  They stayed for about 10 minutes.

 

 

Northern Shrike

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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Dian Wood reports:  I am surprised that a Northern Shrike would appear in the heavily forested area where I live. This immature Northern Shrike appears very healthy and although I observed the grey and rosy-pink feathers of a male Redpoll littered on my driveway, I am NOT ASSUMING it was the Northern Shrike who was responsible! To quote my good friend Bob, “Don’t assume that it is the Northern Shrike rather than a Merlin that is eating your small birds. Merlin certainly seems like a strong possibility in that case. Wait until you can actually see the bird and determine its identity.”  As I have learned, it is always good to get photographs especially in our dull days of winter! Lesson learned: get PHOTOGRAPHS to positively ID unusual birds!

A Gray Jay? No! It was a Northern Shrike!

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Dian’s update:  The bird I saw was NOT a Gray Jay but an immature Northern Shrike.  It DOES have a hook on the end of its beak and a barred chest indicating an immature, plus the tail is not as long as that of a Gray Jay and the head shape is very different.
Dian Wood said a few days ago:
“A Gray Jay just landed at my feeders!  Are there other reports of Gray Jays around the Bruce Peninsula?”  (Presumably this was on Jan. 7.)
Fred Jazvac in response says,  The Gray Jay is listed as vagrant with no more than 10 records in the last 10 years. “  
Perhaps someone (like James?) could tell us when the last one was reported.
Dian says she tried to get her camera out too get a picture but the bird flew away.  Her camera is ready now in case it shows up again.   She wanted this posted to us, so someone else might get to see it.
Thank you, Dian.

Eastern Towhee in Tobermory, Jan 3/15

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Tobermory_EATO

Attached is a photo of a female EATO we spotted an hour ago (2 PM) in the Tobermory townsite. ‘Not sure if the bird was seen on the Dec. 17 CBC.

Cheers,
Michael and Martha Butler
Tobermory, ON