[Ontbirds]Kingston area birds to March 7, 2008

Peter and Jane Good goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Mar 7 09:36:32 EST 2008


Winter is still very much with us and more is on the way. Open water and
bare ground are very hard to find. Ducks are in only a few locations and
Horned Larks are having a tough time as even the shoulders of the roads as
not as exposed as they should be. There are a half dozen species of
waterfowl at the Dupont lagoon and the Wolfe Islander ferry dock. Gadwall,
Hooded Mergansers and Common Goldeneye are in the open water at Kingston
Mills.

Raptor sightings included 1 Snowy Owl along with 50 Rough-legged Hawks on
Wolfe Island last Friday. There was also a N. Harrier; these are usually a
common winter raptor in the Kingston area but that has not been the case
this year. There are still 2 Barred Owls on Howe Island. The city itself had
a good selection this week: An immature Bald Eagle along the waterfront, a
Merlin in City Park, and both a Red-tailed and a Cooper's Hawk on the
Queen's campus.

Unusual winter lingerers include a Red-bellied Woodpecker as well as a trio
of Rusty Blackbirds on Howe Island and another Red-breasted Nuthatch at the
Cataraqui Conservation Area to add to the one at Bedford Mills.

Raven activity seems to be on the increase; there were 5 at Lost Lake Bog on
Saturday and another at Camden East on Monday. There are still large flocks
of Common Redpolls, mixed with the odd Hoary, visiting local feeders. Four
Pine Grosbeaks have been frequenting a Camden East feeder all week.

Local signs of spring include a Golden-crowned Kinglet on Wolfe last Friday,
an Eastern Bluebird at Kingston Mills and a very   early Ruby-crowned
Kinglet at the Lost Lake Bog on Saturday, an Am. Robin on Howe Island on
Monday and another 6 near Glenburnie on Tuesday, and a lone Red-winged
Blackbird at Camden East this morning. This made for an interesting
juxtaposition with the Pine Grosbeaks.

Cheers,
Peter Good
Kingston Field Naturalists
613 378-6605



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