[Ontbirds]Kingston area birds to October 6, 2006

Peter and Jane Good goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Oct 6 09:16:46 EDT 2006


It has been an excellent week for birds locally. To start, there were two
Surf Scoters in the Amherstview sewage lagoons last Friday. Four more were
seen off the west end of Amherst Island Oct. 3rd and three White-winged
Scoters did a fly-by at the east end the same day. Two Ruddy Ducks showed up
in the lagoons on Tuesday and were still present yesterday. Some impressive
concentrations have started to build up: 25 Shovelers in the lagoons, 40
Coots and 125 American Wigeon in the Cataraqui River, and thousands of
Canada Geese on the penitentiary property. Two good birds were found amongst
the Canadas; a blue phase Snow Goose on Tuesday and a Cackling Goose
Thursday.

Shorebirds are still dominating the local birding activity. The Hudsonian
Godwit remained at the lagoons until Wednesday accompanied by two Stilt and
a Baird's Sandpiper along with several Yellowlegs. The KFN property on
Amherst Island had six Dunlin and a Red-necked Phalarope last Saturday and
on Tuesday, six Black-bellied Plover, one Golden Plover, a White-rumped
Sandpiper and a Long-billed Dowitcher.

A few warblers are still about; a Palm and a Tennessee were seen in the
Bayridge area last Friday, an Orange-crowned was in the Owl Woods Tuesday
and a Black-throated Blue and a Nashville were found there yesterday.

Sparrows are all over the place; a Lincoln's was in the Owl woods on
Tuesday, a Nelson's Sharp-tailed at the lagoons on Sunday and three more
sharp-tails on Amherst Island on Tuesday.  Dark-eyed Juncos were reported
from Bayridge on the 29th, Wolfe Island on the 1st, and Amherst Island on
the 5th. Four Lapland Longspurs were among dozens of American Pipits on
Amherst on Tuesday.

There has been some raptor activity of late. With good shorebird habitat one
expects some predators; a Peregrine was at the lagoons last Friday and a
Merlin on Amherst Island on Tuesday. Last Sunday two Barred Owls were near
the Queen's Biology Station at Chaffey's Lock and a Screech Owl was calling
at Enterprise.

Other sightings this week include an American Bittern and a Sora on Amherst,
Sept. 30th and Oct. 3rd respectively, 10 Rusty Blackbirds in a mixed flock
with Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles at Camden East, another 25  on
Amherst Island on Tuesday and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the Owl woods that
same day.

Cheers,
Peter Good
Kingston Field Naturalists
613 378-6605




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