[Ontbirds]Kingston area birds to May 26, 2006

Peter and Jane Good goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri May 26 10:19:46 EDT 2006

Last Friday seems to have had the largest movement of Brant, with 4 flocks
reported from Amherst Island and one from north of the 401.Another flock of
40 was seen on Amherst on Tuesday along with 8 Ruddy Turnstones. These were
the only shorebirds mentioned.

Warbler viewing has been terrific all week. The KFN did their annual 24 hour
spring round-up last Saturday and Sunday. There was an excellent warbler
fallout on Sunday which made for some great birding despite the horrendous
weather. The Owl Woods alone on Amherst had 19 species of warbler plus
numerous vireos, orioles, tanagers, and flycatchers. All told the club
tallied 189 species, about 10 below average. The bird walk at Little Cat on
the 24th had 9 species of warbler including a Wilson's. Another visit to
Amherst on the 25th mentioned 25 Swainson's and 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush as
well as other good birds including 2 Orchard Orioles, 4 Willow and 1 Alder
Flycatcher, 4 Grasshopper Sparrows, and 1 Black-billed Cuckoo.

A scouting trip up the Opinicon Rd. in preparation for the OFO trip tomorrow
had all the specialties on territory including an abundance of Cerulean
Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, and Yellow-throated Vireos.

In conclusion, a report of a rare bird indeed; a Henslow's Sparrow was found
by some Kingston birders within the Kingston circle but outside the country
at the Perch River Wildlife Area in northern New York State.

Peter Good
Kingston Field Naturalists
613 378-6605

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