Northern Harrier at Peninsula Harbour, 17.04.
Our backyard is are hopping with scores of American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Pine Siskins and Purple Finches. We have smaller numbers of Fox, White-throated and Song Sparrows. The Eurasian Siskin returned on April 19 after not being seen for a few days.
Nolan and I spent the better part of a fair Sunday birding in the Town of Marathon & the Hwy 627 corridor through Heron Bay and Hattie Cove in Pukaskwa National Park. We came up with 43 species:
|Canada Goose 11||Rock Pigeon 2||American Robin 14|
|American Black Duck 3||Mourning Dove 5||Yellow-rumped Warbler 1*|
|Mallard 5||Belted Kingfisher 1||Song Sparrow 22|
|Green-winged Teal 4||Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1||Fox Sparrow 2|
|Bufflehead 2||Downy Woodpecker 7||White-throated Sparrow 1|
|Common Goldeneye 23||Northern Flicker 18||American Tree Sparrow 18|
|Common Merganser 4||American Crow 22||Dark-eyed Junco 65|
|Ruffed Grouse 8||Common Raven 50||Red-winged Blackbird 3|
|Great Blue Heron* 1||Black-capped Chickadee 15||Common Grackle 8|
|Turkey Vulture 2||Red-breasted Nuthatch 12||Brown-headed Cowbird 3|
|Bald Eagle 2||Winter Wren 6||Purple Finch 12|
|American Kestrel* 1||Golden-crowned Kinglet 30||Pine Siskin 16|
|Merlin 2||Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6||Evening Grosbeak 10|
|Ring-billed Gull 41||European Starling 6||*first of year|
|Herring Gull 230||Hermit Thrush 3|
Our friend Wayne Michano reported some good birds from Marathon:
April 14 - Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); In our Crab-apple tree.
April 17- Bohemian Waxwings (5-6); Green-belt behind our home; positive identification via the reddish features near the rump portion of the tail feathers.
April 17- Sandhill Cranes flying over our home area; way high up; I could not see them.