[Ontbirds] Kingston area birds to Feb. 20, 2009

Peter & Jane Good goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Feb 20 10:44:31 EST 2009

Bald Eagles put in many appearances in the last few days. There were 18
tallied last week in the Ivy Lea area and there were several seen on the
lakes north of Kingston. The thaw probably produced a little more open water
and also exposed some deer carcasses that had been buried in snow. Other
raptors of note; Cooper's Hawks at Barriefield and Bedford Mills and an
Immature N. Goshawk at Camden East. High counts for the week on Amherst
Island: 3 Am. Kestrels on the 13th, 5 N. Harriers on the 14th and 18 Snowy,
3 N. Saw-whet, 3 Boreal and 1 Barred Owl as well as 25 Rough-legged, 30
Red-tailed Hawks and a Peregrine Falcon on the 15th.

There is nothing new in the way of waterfowl but gull numbers are up along
the ferry channels. Amherst had 8 Great Black-backed Gulls on Saturday and
there was a single Glaucous at both Amherst and Wolfe on Tuesday. Belted
Kingfishers were seen at Chaffey's Lock and at Collin's Bay.

The finch picture remains much the same locally but for a huge increase in
the number of Common Redpolls; several feeders reporting over 200. Pine
Siskins are still abundant, but number in the dozens rather than the
hundreds. As expected there are a few Hoaries mixed in. Purple finches
remain in very low numbers. There has been a flock of a half dozen Pine
Grosbeaks feeding on crabapples all week in the Glenburnie area and another
4 were seen near Lyndhurst on Wednesday. Cedar Waxwings were reported from
Bedford Mills (15 on Saturday) and the Little Cataraqui Conservation Area
(17 on Tuesday). Two flocks totaling 80 Bohemian Waxwings were spotted in
the Lyndhurst area.

Other sightings include 20 Wild Turkeys and a N. Shrike at Chaffey's, N.
Shrikes at Lyndhurst and Wolfe Island, Ring-necked Pheasants, a Common Raven
and a Yellow-rumped Warbler on Amherst, 3 Trumpeter Swans at the Narrows
Lock, and a N. Flicker at Camden East. The Brown Creeper and Red-breasted
Nuthatch remain at Bedford Mills.

Try as I might to give some signs of spring; it is difficult given the
recent six inch dump of snow and this morning's -8C. Nevertheless, Am.
Robins are more widespread and some are even trying to be vocal (no dawn
chorus yet) and a few Canada Geese ventured north of the 401 looking in vain
for open water.


Peter Good

Kingston Field Naturalists

613 378-6605



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