[Ontbirds]Kingston area birds to Jan 6 2006
Peter and Jane Good
goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Jan 6 17:12:34 EST 2006
There's nothing like an avid bunch of winter listers and a new year to get
all sorts of good birds. Lake Ontario is not yet frozen ; that coupled with
the fact that many spots north of the lake also remain ice free means that
there is quite a good variety of waterfowl about.Fourteen species were
reported on Jan 1 including: Gadwall, G W Teal,and Hooded Merganser.Later in
the week a Wood Duck was found at Collin's Bay and two Trumpeter Swans were
at Chaffey's Lock.The lagoon at Dupont seems to have the highest
concentration of ducks as well as many gulls and up to 6 coots.
Other good birds seen this week were a robin and a Carolina Wren east of the
city,a Great Blue Heron and a kingfisher at Collin's Bay, a White-crowned
Sparrow north of Bath and a Savannah Sparrow on Wolfe Island.
All three accipiters were reported:a Goshawk at Chaffey's,a Cooper's hawk
north of Millhaven and a Sharp-shinned in the city.
With respect to owls there have been no subsequent reports of the Great Gray
on Amherst Island.There are a few snowies on both Wolfe and Amherst and a
Short-eared Owl was seen on Amherst Jan 1.Two Barred Owls were seen: one in
a backyard on Churchill Cres., the other at Chaffey's Lock.
Redpolls and siskins are scattered north of the city;some feeders have them
regularly, others intermittently but not as yet in very large numbers.Pine
Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings were not reported.
Peter Good - Kingston Field Naturalists
email goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Phone 613 378 6605
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