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

Peter and Jane Good goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Dec 8 09:36:57 EST 2006


The winter listers got off to an excellent start with large numbers of
waterfowl and raptors. Tundra Swans are commonplace but two dozen near
Treasure Island was a new location. Three Trumpeter and 3 Mute Swans were on
Amherst Island on Monday. The Eurasian Wigeon seems to have moved from
Elevator Bay to Amherst Island where it was seen the first three days of
this week. Other highlights include a Black Scoter on Wolfe Island and a
Snow Goose on the penitentiary property, both seen on Monday. Grebes are
still about; 2 Pied-billed at Dupont on the 3rd, a Horned on Amherst on the
4th, and 9 Red-necked off Howe Island on the 5th.

Both Wolfe and Amherst Islands have an abundance of Red-tail and
Rough-legged Hawks, N. Harriers and Am. Kestrels. Bald Eagles have not yet
shown up in any significant numbers. Also it is starting out to be a banner
year for owls on Amherst, although no northern rarities have shown as yet.
High counts for the week were 3 Saw-whet and 15+ Long-eared on Sunday,16
Short-eared on Monday and 4 Snowy Owls on Tuesday.

A few feeders are attracting lingering blackbirds; near Elginburg
Red-winged, Grackle, Cowbird and a Rusty; a Grackle and a Red-winged at
Cartwright Pt.; and one Cowbird on Wolfe and two on Howe Island. A flock of
9 E. Meadowlarks was seen on Amherst on Tuesday.

A few late birds that we would like to find on the upcoming Christmas counts
(Kingston is Dec 17th) include a Wilson's Snipe on Amherst, a Brown Creeper
at Parrott Bay and a White-throated Sparrow near Hay Bay last Sunday, a
Kingfisher at Dupont and 5 Great Blue Herons on Wolfe Monday, 3 Flickers; 1
at Belle Park and 2 on Howe Island Tuesday and 6 E. Bluebirds near Lyndhurst
on Wednesday.

A Red-bellied Woodpecker remains in Cartwright Pt. and 2 Carolina Wrens were
found on Howe Island on Tuesday.

Cheers,
Peter Good
Kingston Field Naturalists
613 378-6605




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