Kingston Field Naturalists Regional Sightings for Week Ending Apr. 8, '03

Bob Sachs rsachs at cogeco.ca
Tue Apr 8 14:25:33 EDT 2003


Report to OntBirds, from the week's sightings for the Kingston Region, as
reported the compiler.


Page numbers and location Quadrants noted in square brackets [...], are for
named sites. They refer to the MapArt Publishing "Ontario Road Atlas, 2003
Edition".


Page numbers and Quadrants in Open Brace brackets {.....} are for locations
requiring more detail. They refer to MapArt Deluxe Street Atlas of Eastern &
Northern Ontario, 1st Edition.

This is a copy of the Apr. 9, '03 KFN Phone Line Announcement, with added
detail for locations:


PRINCE EDWARD POINT, [page 35, quad G52 & 53]

The KFN Field Trip to Pr. Edw. Pt. Sunday Mar. 30 turned up a good selection
of new migrants including: a lone SNOW GOOSE flying past the Glenora Ferry,
5 thousand GREATER SCAUP, a few hundred RING-NECKED DUCK, a few REDHEAD,
GOLDENEYE, and BUFFLEHEAD; Closer to the Point there were 3 C. LOON, 18
HORNED GREBE, 2 RED-NECKED GREBE and thousands of L.-T. DUCK; At the
TRAVERSE were about 1000 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and 2 SURF SCOTER and all three
species of MERGANSERS.

In the vicinity of the Lighthouse, land birds included: 1 B. KINGFISHER,
CEDAR
WAXWNGS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a FOX SPARROW, a BROWN THRASHER, an
EASTERN TOWHEE, 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 4 N. FLICKER and an E. PHOEBE. One
BONEPARTE'S GULL and 2 TREE SWALLOWS flew by the Traverse.

On Babylon Rd. WILSON'S SNIPE and KILLDEER were seen. Raptors were few: 3 or
4 N. HARRIER, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 AM. KESTREL and a TURKEY VULTURE.

At the wetlands along Kaiser Crossroad on the Wapoos Peninsula. Waterfowl
were plentiful: CANADA GEESE, 13 TUNDRA SWAN, WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, AMERICAN
WIGEON, BLACK, MALLARD, BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WNGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
NORTHERN PINTAIL and one RUDDY DUCK.

WOLFE I. [page 36, quad E56 & 57]

Jay and Bea McMahan found a group of WILSON'S SNIPE and G. B. HERONS in the
marsh at the north end of the 8th Line on April 6.

Clare Muller passed on a report of an E. TOWHEE from SIMCOE I.



OTHER SIGHTINGS

Paul Mackenzie on Apr. 4 reported: "For anyone wishing to study or perhaps
photograph ducks with a digiscope, Lila Burke Park on the Cataraqui River in
Kingston is a good location as
often some of the ducks are close to shore. Today among the many RING-NECKED
DUCKS, there was opportunity to study the differences between GREATER and
LESSER SCAUP. Three RUDDY DUCKS and some gorgeous HOODED MERGANSERS were
close to shore and. one CANVASBACK and a few REDHEADS, COMMON MERGANSERS,
BUFFLEHEAD, GADWALL, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and plenty of gulls of three species.
Watch also for 3 species of Grebes which have been present recently, but not
seen today.

Lila Burke Park is a tiny park on the river edge at the end of Kenwoods
Crescent which can be found by exiting Highway 15 at either Gore Road or
Point Saint Mark Drive and turning west onto Kenmore Cr. The visibility is
good except in late afternoon when the light is against one."

Jack Moorhouse at Collin's Lake has had a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at his
feeders for several months.

Mary and Keith Chapman had an E. MEADOWLARK eating a small finch or sparrow
by their feeder by the Howe I. Ferry Rd. Strange behaviour for a Meadowlark
?



Compiled by,

Bob Sachs Kingston Ont.

<rsachs at cogeco.ca>



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