This year’s Pembroke Area Field Naturalists’ Owl Prowl was held on Saturday, March 24. Despite somewhat cool temperatures, more than 50 people attended the event, forming a car convoy of 11 vehicles. As in previous years, the event was broken up into two segments. The first part consisted of a visit to the Eganville area to observe a resident Great
Ken Hooles, Daily Observer
Back on Jan. 21, Gerald Rollins of the Cobden area informed me that he has had two Red-bellied Woodpeckers at his bird feeder since April 2017. A few days later, Rob Cunningham and I were very pleased to observe both of the woodpeckers, thanks to Gerald’s kind invitation.
The next Pembroke Area Field Naturalists’ excursion is the Pembroke Marina/Waterfront Walk to be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 8 a.m. This is a few days later than the previous year’s excursion, which hopefully will bring better results.
The Pembroke Area Field Naturalists has just announced its second event for 2017. This is the club's popular 'Owling Night' (Owl Prowl Two) to be held on Saturday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. This outing is excellent for locating Barred Owls, the occasional Great Horned Owl and little Saw Whet Owls.
One of the first and most popular excursions in the spring that is held by the Pembroke Area Field Naturalists is the Owl Prowl. Similar to last year, the club has decided to host two distinct Owl Prowls: one to search for Snowy Owls, hawks and possible spring birds in the Snake River area.
This year is Canada’s 150th birthday, and it is only appropriate that after all these years, Canada would adopt an official bird. For many, the choosing of the Grey Jay was a surprise, but in retrospect, it is an ideal choice. This bird is mainly located in Canada, is quite tame and like most Canadians, is hardy enough to survive our cold winters.
Back in late November, I reported that a rare Pacific Loon was found on Muskrat Lake in Cobden. This was the first Pacific Loon ever seen in Renfrew County.
The Pembroke Area Field Naturalists’ 24th official Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec. 17. Unlike last year’s warmer weather and slight snow, this year’s count was marred by low temperatures and heavy snow, affecting visibility. In addition, the Ottawa River was open only in certain patches, and several of the northern migrants had not returned i
Last November, I reported on three rare birds that were found in the Muskrat Lake and Lake Dore areas. The most interesting of the three was the Thick-billed Murre. This was only the second record of this seabird in Renfrew County; the first was recorded by naturalists associated with the Museum of Nature back in 1915-20.
On Oct. 23, a rare Red-bellied Woodpecker appeared at the bird feeder of Lucinda Vienneau of Rantz Road.
It has been a dismal bird migration this fall in Eastern Ontario in terms of rare bird sightings. Last year, Eastern Ontario experienced a plethora of rare birds that included such rarities as a Little Egret, a Yellow- crowned Night Heron, a variety of Jaegers, a Pink-footed Goose, and a Bullock’s Oriole. This fall, there has not been one rare bird
One of the more common migrant shorebirds that pass through our area, both in the spring and the fall, is the Least Sandpiper. It is one of many peeps seen on our beaches and mudflats during migration.
On Sept. 10, Mark Dojczman of Pembroke located a possible female Summer Tanager near Water Street and the entrance to Algonquin College parking lot. The last time one of these birds was located in our area was about 10- 15 years ago in Deep River. That bird was a male juvenile Summer Tanager.
I have received a few requests over the last couple of months to write an article on the Baltimore Oriole. Around this time of year, some of you may see some of these beautiful birds in your area.
The next Pembroke Area Field Naturalists’ event is the club’s 20th annual Lake Dore Odonate Count (Dragonfly Count) to be held on Saturday, July 30, at 9 a.m.
The third rare bird for this year and for this spring was located by Pat and myself. On the evening of May 28, we spotted a Least Bittern sitting among some weeds in the swamp near the bridge on Stafford Third Line. Last year, an unconfirmed pair was sighted by Wendall Mclaughlin in a pond on his property off Beachburg Road.
During spring migration, you just never know what bird may appear at your bird feeder. On Thursday, May 12, a rare mid-western bird called a Dickcissel arrived at the feeder of Brian and Judy Mohns of Black Bay. This bird stayed just one night but long enough for Rob Cunningham and me to confirm the bird sighting and photograph it for our county re
The next Pembroke and Area Field Naturalists' event is the Petawawa Terrace (old Fish Hatchery) Annual Walk that will take place Saturday, May 14, at 8 a.m. This outing is good for both children and adults. For the children, there are Canada Geese, sometimes with young fledglings. The outing is also excellent for observing many of our spring songbi
In this column we continue our adventure in Panama moving from the Gamboa Region, the rainforest area, to the Panama Canal where we took a boat excursion down the canal through the Miafora Locks to Lake Gatun.
The second Pembroke Area Field Naturalists' Owling Night Excursion held on Saturday, March 25, was very successful. Although somewhat marred by cold winds and temperatures, a record number of 40 people participated in the event.