[Ontbirds]Kingston area birds to Sept. 12, 2008

Peter & Jane Good goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Sep 12 11:53:38 EDT 2008

There were seven species of waterfowl in the Amherstview sewage lagoons last
weekend including 2 Am. Wigeon, 15 N. Shoveler, and 3 Hooded Mergansers.
There was also a Red-breasted Merganser on Amherst and the first reported
Am. Coot of the fall was in Elevator Bay on Wednesday.

Raptors are not yet in abundance but a Merlin was seen on Amherst on
Saturday and two more were reported on Sunday. A Peregrine Falcon (or two?)
was seen on Wolfe Island last Thursday and Monday and on Amherst on Sunday.
Eight Northern Harriers on Amherst last Sunday was a significant increase.

Shorebird migration has improved of late.  Highlights included; a Solitary,
10 Baird's, 9 Pectoral Sandpipers and 3 Red Knots at the lagoons last
Saturday along with a single Little Gull amidst 350 Bonaparte's; 4
Black-bellied Plover, 1 Am. Golden-Plover and 4 Sanderling on Amherst on
Sunday; and another Red Knot and 4 Ruddy Turnstones on Amherst on Monday.

New species of passerine are arriving regularly. There were 13 species of
warbler reported in the city this week and there was a good flight of
Swainson's Thrushes the night of Sept. 6/7. Other firsts for this fall
include a Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Elginburg, A Rusty Blackbird at Bedford
Mills, and 2 Am. Pipits on Amherst all reported last Sunday and 3
Blue-headed Vireos in the city on Monday.


Peter Good

Kingston Field Naturalists

613 378-6605

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