Birding Report

Eastern Towhee in Tobermory, Jan 3/15

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015


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.

Michael and Martha Butler
Tobermory, ON

Cooper’s Hawk Birding Report

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Cooper's Hawk (Dec 27/14 @ 4:00 PM)

Cooper’s Hawk (Dec 27/14 @ 4:00 PM)

Robyn Lesauvage reports, “We discovered an adult Cooper’s Hawk sitting on our fence, yesterday. Very exciting for us.”

Christmas Bird Counts

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
December 2014: Christmas Bird Counts
Area counts for Grey Bruce are as follows:
Sun., Dec. 14/14: WiartonLynda Steinacke
Wed., Dec. 17/14: KincardineJames Turland
Wed., Dec. 17/14: Bruce Peninsula National ParkRod Steinacker
Sat., Dec. 20/14: Hanover-WalkertonGerard McNaughton
Sat., Dec. 20/14: Owen SoundFreeman Boyd
Sun., Dec. 28/14: Meaford Lynne Richardson
Fri., Jan. 2/15: Saugeen ShoresNorah Toth

Red-headed woodpecker – two sightings now!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

I want to report what I believe is a juvenile red-headed woodpecker at my feeder. We have Downy, Hairy and Red-Bellied woodpeckers frequently. I have never seen a Red-Headed woodpecker, yet when I looked this one up it seemed to be the only possible answer because of large white patch across back and wings and a brown/grey head on a somewhat streaked, but dark body. Have they been seen in this area? Would love to see a mature bird.
Liz Hierons ( in the Walter’s Falls area.)

Reply:   We also had a Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker at our feeders (we’re near Desboro). Ours turned up regularly for about a week in the middle of September. Its ‘alarm’ call is how we first noticed our woodpecker, the noise stood out from our usual backyard sounds. We had hoped to entice it to stay longer with delicious suet, but it moved on. This was the first we’d seen in the area.
Cheers, Brian Robin & Sarah Taylor

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Sunday / Monday, April 21st and 22nd, 2013

These two sunny mornings produced hundreds of swallows along the East Shore Road, between Hobarts and Hibou. They were actively feeding on emerging insects in the warming sunshine. Five species observed were: Tree Swallow (1500+), Barn Swallow (200+), Rough-winged Swallow (20 – 30), Cliff Swallow (5), Purple Martin (1). There were also several Horned Grebe, Bufflehead, Goldeneye, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Redhead and all three mergansers on the water.

At Hibou, opposite the water pumping station, Common Snipe were in full territorial flight display. In the conifers along the shoreline, there were small flocks of Kinglet and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Peter Middleton.

Red-throated Loon

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Thursday, April 18th 2013,

The Owen Sound inner harbour had a group of waterbirds sheltering from the gale force winds.

One Red-throated Loon, two Pied-billed Grebe, one high plumage male Ruddy Duck and one Double crested Cormorant, provided nice close quarters viewing. It is always good to check the inner harbour for birds. The shelter often attracts birds that would normally be on the open bay.

Peter Middleton.

Boreal Owl

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Sunday, March 9th, 2013

A Boreal Owl spent the afternoon in the grape arbor behind 480 4th Avenue West, Owen Sound. Several OSFN members had the opportunity to observe the bird. At about four-thirty in the afternoon, it caught a female House Finch, successfully picking it off the feeder. It then returned to the arbor where it proceeded to pluck and devour its meal. The bird remained till dark. There was no further sighting

Peter Middleton.

OSFN Bird Hike, May 20,2012

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Thirteen members of OSFN were on a bird  hike today led by Alfred Raab.  Alfred led us in a morning hike that netted 73 species of birds.  Among the notable birds seen were Red-headed Woodpecker, Sandhill Crane, Bald Eagle, Black Tern, Green Heron, Marsh Wren and Rough Grouse.  We had three species of  vireos, 4 species of flycatchers and good assortment of warblers.  A good variety of birds and a great summer-like day to enjoy this nature experience..

Thank you Albert for your expertise and providing a fun filled morning for all of us.

If you wish to have a list of the birds seen on today’s hike, please send your request to and a list of birds will be emailed to you.

Hudsonian Godwit in West Perth Wetlands

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The Bruce Birding Club travelled to the West Perth Wetlands in Mitchell .  The wetlands are know as an exceptional area for shorebirds.   | Read the full article ››

Albino Red-tailed Hawk Reported

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

One of our website viewers reports that an albino Red-tailed Hawk was seem along Bruce Road 1, between County Road 20 and the 6th of Bruce on Sunday, March 27.  The hawk was all white.  The Bruce Birding Club reported a similar finding in October , 2010, near Clifford.  There is a good chance that this is the same bird.

Another report  on the same Sunday,  has an albino Red-tailed Hawk sighted near Scone in the company of another Red-tailed Hawk in normal colours.  It would appear that a territory has been established.