Birding Report

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.

Cattle Egret, the star of the OSFN Annual Around the Bay Outing, November 7,2010

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

OSFN had a successful outing with 20 people participating in our Annual Around the Bay Hike.  We saw 39 species of birds.  A worthwhile diversion from our normal route took us to see the Cattle Egret, a rare species to our area, found at a local farm near Leith. Some surprises happened, like when the Black-bellied Plover landed on a shoal for a few minutes to rest, give us a look, and then take off again. We also saw briefly a probable Barn Swallow who forgot that is was November.  Then there was the disappointment of not seeing the 100’s of Sandhill Cranes near Shouldice that were there 2 days before.  We missed out on some waterfowl like Scoters, Horned Grebes and Red-throated Loons, but then again, knowing that they are there or coming soon keeps you coming back.

Thank you to all of the participants for making this a successful day.

For a list of birds seen please email and a list will be provided.

Albino Red-tailed Hawk and Cackling Goose -October 6, 2010

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The Bruce Birding Club went to the Clifford Sewage Lagoons and the Saugeen Conservation area today.   Both places came with a surprise .  An all white complete with reddish eye albino Red-tailed Hawk drew much interest and excitement at the lagoons.   The other bird that was a lifer for some of our birders was a Cackling Goose found in the main pond of the Saugeen Conservation area.  In all a total of 40 birds were seen.   | Read the full article ››

Long-tailed Jaeger, Miramichi Bay, Port Elgin – September 8, 2010

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The weather when we started out today was horrible, It was 13 degrees, winds were blowing 40 K gusting to 70 K and the rain was driven by wind.   | Read the full article ››

Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle?

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

A reader writes in and asks …. ” I was on the Saugeen and saw what looked to be two Golden Eagles and a giant nest.     | Read the full article ››

Dickcissel in Bruce County – June 9, 2010

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The temperature was 11 C, the winds were 30 to 50 K; it was raining and the forecast said the rain would end in the late afternoon.  The question facing the Bruce Birding Club members was to go or not to go birding that day.   | Read the full article ››

OSFN Birding Hike – May 22/10

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Fourteen people came out to enjoy 4 hours of birding that netted 67 Species of birds.   | Read the full article ››