Recent Sightings

  • April 22, 2017 – A report of a white goose on Simcoe just south of Woodville sent me in search of what I was hoping was a Ross’ goose, a lifer for me.  Alas, not a Ross’ but a snow goose.  That is the first time I have seen one in this neck of the woods.  Eric Davis, Woodville
  • April 11, 2017 – So much activity at 3311 Elm Tree Road..in the past 4 days our backyard has hosted 2 fox sparrows, a pair of purple finches, 2 northern flickers, a pair of bluebirds, a tree swallow, and a phoebe, song sparrows,as well as the regulars…juncos, goldfinches, american tree sparrows, hairy and downy woodpeckers, red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches, bluejays, cardinals,(2 males and a female),chickadees, grackles, red-winged blackbirds, starlings, cowbirds,and a plethora of robins. I’ve heard a meadowlark but not yet a snipe. Today’s visitor was a first…I watched as a MOOSE sauntered across the horse pasture, jumped the fence and lingered in the hayfield before disappearing into the woods! Oh, and we’ve been seeing a huge jackrabbit, or European hare, early in the mornings. Love livin’here!!  Lizz Hoyle, Elmtree Road
  • April 9, 2017 – I saw this Blandings turtle on Talbot River Road on Sunday, April 9th, basking in the warm sun. Also saw a Belted Kingfisher fishing in the river just outside Victoria Road. A beautiful spring day!  Anna Lambe, Coboconk

  • April 4, 2017 – I’m currently just along the Monck road or #45 between kinmount and Norland just west of pinery road, north side of the highway, there are two cranes if anyone in the area would like to see them. They appear to be hunkered down for the night.
  • April 1, 2017 -While driving south out of Bobcaygeon, I saw my first Osprey this spring sitting on a nest by the side of the road. Maureen McEwan, Lindsay
  • March 30, 2017 – Lloyd and I spotted a Great Blue Heron sitting in a creek on the east side of Long Beach Road north of the lake (our first for this year). Maureen McEwan
  • March 28, 2017 – This crazy weather must have the poor birds so confused.  Today we had an Eastern Phoebe land, momentarily, on the screen on the outside of my office patio door.  Judy Kennedy, Cameron
  • March 27, 2017 – Today I saw for the first time this year an Eastern meadowlark, near Cannington. On the Black School Road there is a flooded field on the south side, east of the Oakwood Road that has about 30 Northern Pintails in it. As well, there were killdeer in the area. Eric Davis, Woodville
  • March 25, 2017 – A large flock of Tundra Swans on Sturgeon east of Ken Reid Park (about 50) on the weekend. Killdeers over the park (Friday). Merlin over Lindsay (weekend)
  • March 25, 2017  – Flock of Turkey vultures over Lindsay (weekend). Sandhill Cranes over Ken Reid (weekend). Rob Stavinga
  • March 23, 2017 – The first bluebird of the year showed up at my place. Arthur Gladstone, Woodville
  • March 19, 2017 – I saw my first pair of loons for the year this afternoon. They seemed be courting as I thought one was hauling a small raft of weed behind, but in fact it as a loon swimming directly behind, very low and out-stretched in the water. Mmmm,  interesting. – Judy Edwards
  • March 17, 2017 – Tundra Swans are still along Scugog River, mostly just South of Cross Creek (visible from River Road) south of Lindsay and dispersed north of Lindsay in Scugog River around Alpine Resort area (not easily viewed). Difficult to count and identify as are mixed in with Trumpeter Swans and of course many 100’s of Canada Geese.
    My rough count early this Friday afternoon March 17, 2017 was about 83 Swans South of Cross Creek and about 50 around Alpine Resort, in each case probably 6 to 10 of those are Trumpeters.Most of the Scugog River has frozen again but as it starts to melt again in the coming days perhaps the Swans will be more easily viewed. The easiest place to see them will be on River Road near Cross Creek South of Lindsay if the Tundra Swans remain.If not too windy, listen carefully for the Tundra Swan’s call which is similar to the Sandhill Cranes as compared to the Trumpeter Swan’s more horn like call, which you should also be able to hear.There are also a number of Swans barely visible from Riverside Drive as this area is melted due to effluent from Sewage Lagoons. Access this from Angeline North, East on Willow Glen Drive, then either way on Riverside Drive. – Rob Millar
  • March 12, 2017 – A very early bird for my backyard this year.  I was surprised to see this Eastern Bluebird this morning.  Surely this is a sign spring is on the way.  Poor bird was really feeling the chilly weather. – Anne Irwin, Bobcaygeon

  • March 11, 2017 – This Ruffed Grouse flew into an Ironwood tree and wandered delicately from branch to branch, even clinging upside down to eat the buds.  Anna Lambe, Bobcaygeon

  • March 8, 2017 – Coming back from Lindsay yesterday, in the pouring rain, I saw 2 Bald Eagles on Cty.Rd 24…..they were just past Scotchline Rd, on the lake side.  They were sitting up at the Osprey nest.  Probably just passing through but still nice to see.  Anne Irwin, Bobcaygeon
  • March 7, 2017 – I visited the flooded field on Settler’s Road just south of Tracey’s Hill Road today.  Along with the multitudes of Canada geese, there were 48 Tundra swans and 2 mallards.  Eric Davis, Woodville
  • March 2, 2017 –  The Northern Goshawk returned to my backyard, on a sunny day, so wanted to send in a better photo than the other one that was taken in a blizzard (Feb.3/17).  The Goshawk stayed in the backyard for over half and hour actively hunting, looking around, and trying to figure out where the birds were hiding.  I was able to approach within in 50 feet of it which was an amazing experience and not something that I thought would ever happen.  They generally take off quickly with the first sign of people activity.  It finally decided on lunch and managed to take a Dove that it chased across the road and into the bush.  Poor Dove but the Hawk has to eat also.  –  Anne Irwin, Bobcaygeon.

  • Feb. 27, 2017 – John B., Dan B., and I went to verify the species of Swans that John had seen on Settlers Road, off Pigeon Lake Rd., outside of Reaboro area….they were confirmed to be 78 Tundra Swans.  The fields are filled with water thus creating lots of ponds so should be good areas for future waterfowl sightings as spring arrives.  There were at least 1000 Canada Geese at this location and 2 Snow Geese. Good area to keep in mind when out birding.  Anne Irwin, Bobcaygeon

  • February 27, 2017 – This morning, there are common grackles and red winged blackbirds at our feeders. Judy Kennedy, Cameron
  • February 25, 2017 – On 23 February 1 redwing blackbird joined other birds on the ground near my feeders. The next day there were 3. Today, 25 February there were 23, yes, 23 redwing blackbirds in our red maple tree. Arthur Gladstone, Argyle.
  • February 17, 2017 – This morning, I was greeted by the sight of a Red bellied Woodpecker (first ever) on our peanut feeder. The wild turkeys continue their daily visit to forage under our feeders in the front yard. Yesterday, one of 20 or so Robins that have been feeding from our crab apple tree all winter came to investigate a pile of seeds on the table just outside the patio door of my office. Then several more flew over and landed on the boughs in the big pot of Christmas greenery on the same table, to bask in the warm sunlight. I put out a board covered with chopped apples, but, as yet, there are no takers.Yesterday, and again today. huge flocks, from 100 to 300 Bohemian Waxwings have been swarming over the crab apple, as well as the mountain ash trees in the neighbours’ yards on either side of us. Judy Kennedy, Southview Estates, Cameron
  • February 12, 2017 – Today in the afternoon a barred owl stopped by my place and perched in a Carolina poplar tree for a while. Eric Davis, Woodville
  • February 11, 2017 – at approximately 3:30pm, I saw a female Snowy Owl. It was perched on a branch, across from the Lindsay Airport, East side of Hwy.35 Tracey Anderson-Simpson, Courtice
  • February 10, 2017 – Coming through Bobcaygeon near the locks on January 29 2017 we saw this beautiful white Mallard (identified by the curly tail feathers). Ann Irwin said she had seen a white duck around late December – this must be it.

  • February 10, 2017 – at the junction of Monarch Rd South and Cross Creek Road we saw the more than 50 Robins that have been reported since December. Lloyd and Maureen McEwan, Lindsay
  • February 4, 2017 – I live in the Woods of Manilla and when I was driving through the neighbourhood about an hour ago, I saw a flock of robins. I’m shocked! I’ve never seen so many together never mind the fact that it is darn cold and February. Brenda Lawrence
  • February 3, 2017 – I was looking out my computer room window and a Northern Goshawk was sitting in a tree across the road. It was really snowing. Anytime a Goshawk has been here it is generally in bad weather…they must like the element of surprise coming out of a blizzard to grab prey. It was there for about ½ hour and then flew into the backyard and swooped around at some birds and then took off after one but not sure if it got it. I haven’t had hawks here for a long time and I generally have several…maybe things are going to change now. Anne Irwin, Bobcaygeon

  • January 25, 2017 – This morning there are a flock of 20 or so American Robins, squabbling with a pair of Blue Jays over who has rights to the crabapple tree and its bounty.Then we  had a visit from a Sharp Shinned Hawk, looking for an easy meal in our crab apple tree,  Needless to see, there wasn’t another bird in sight.  Judy Kennedy, Cameron
  • January 20, 2017 – Yesterday is the first time ever, that I have seen or been this close to wild turkeys. As I looked out the kitchen window, they sure were cleaning up the ground spill form all the little bird and squirrels. There were 7 birds. Now that they have found our place, we can only hope the neighbours keep their dogs indoors. Robbie Preston, Cameron
  • January 17, 2017 – As I sat at the living room window this afternoon, a cooper’s hawk and a junco it was chasing came at the window in front of my face.  The hawk had to back off, the junco glanced off the window and flew into a bush.  The hawk flew up into a tree.  Meanwhile, all the other birds disappeared, except for two woodpeckers, a hairy on the tube feeder and a downy on the suet feeder.  However for over twenty minutes those two peckers did not make a movement, completely motionless while the hawk remained in the tree.  Eric Davis, Woodville
  • January 17, 2017 – I saw a flock of about 20 snow buntings at the intersection of Eldon Station Rd and Rockview Road today.  Joyce Robinson, Woodville
  • January 16, 2017 – A cooper’s hawk visited our bird feeder.  It showed its back and then its front as it sat on a wire fence.  A single robin sat at the top of a red maple tree.  These sightings occurred at our farm on Prospect Rd.  Arthur Gladstone
  • January 16, 2017 – Today I saw a pair of otters fishing in Canal Lake and they both were successful.  I also saw a sharp-shinned hawk and a northern shrike.  That makes the third shrike I have seen this month!  Eric Davis, Woodville
  • January 13, 2017 – A group of six KFNers spotted a northern shrike at the Lindsay airport, a common raven on the Little Britain road and 120 or so snow buntings on Tracey’s Hill road.  Dan Bone, Fenelon Falls area
  • January 12, 2017 – I saw a Kestrel today sitting on power lines along Sandringham Road, south of Lorneville Road.  Eric Davis, Woodville
  • January 11, 2017 -We are too late for the bird count, I know, but we have had a red-wing blackbird at our feeder for the past several days – another bird whose wires are crossed! Ruth Anne Matthews, Fenelon Falls
  • January 10, 2017 -Spotted a lovely Northern Flicker at our feeder in Woodville on January 10, 2017. This is the first time we have seen a Northern Flicker at the feeder in January. WOW – what a surprise! Joyce Robinson, Woodville

  • January 5, 2017 – A lone male bluebird was perched on the hydro line in our driveway this afternoon. Lizz Hoyle, Elm Tree Road
  • January 1, 2017 – A male snowy owl was perched across from Lindsay airport today. Eric Davis, Woodville