[Ontbirds]Kingston area birds to Sept. 8, 2006

Peter and Jane Good goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Sep 8 09:41:12 EDT 2006


A curious week of observations indeed, many of which had little to do with
fall migration. An immature Bald Eagle was seen near Enterprise; not a hot
spot for raptor migration. A Peregrine Falcon reduced the city's population
of Bluejays by one, yesterday and I received a late report of an albino
Osprey seen August 30th in the Thousand Islands about 10km east of
Gananoque.

There are up to 10 species of waterfowl in the Amherstview sewage lagoons,
but nothing unusual.It certainly is difficult to sort out all those brown
ducks! A flock of Wood Ducks was seen in Gibralter Bay just north of
Kingston Mills. There were also 150 Bonaparte's Gulls at the lagoons on
Monday and based on other reports to Ontbirds we should be looking for
Little Gulls; none have been seen as yet.

Warbler reports are but a trickle, 6 species on Garden Island Sept. 1st, 5
near Kingston Mills on the 7th and so far no sign of a fallout, just small
flocks making their way southward.

I have received some sightings from the Canadian Wildlife Service on some of
the offshore islands in Lake Ontario near Kingston. A concentration of 150
Caspian and 200 Common Terns on Snake Island Aug. 29th was noteworthy. Two
Ruddy Turnstones on Pigeon Island Aug. 31st were the first for the Kingston
area this fall. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on Snake Island yesterday.
Other shorebirds of note this week; A White-rumped Sandpiper at the lagoons
and a Willet on Amherst Island both on Sept. 4th.

Cheers,
Peter Good
Kingston Field Naturalists
613 378-6605




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