[Ontbirds] Kingston area birds to Aug. 28, 2009

Peter & Jane Good goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Aug 28 08:11:42 EDT 2009

It hasn't been an outstanding summer locally bird-wise or weather-wise but
there have been a few highlights. Great Egrets put on their best showing in
recent memory with up to five in a marsh on Taylor-Kidd Blvd. west of
Kingston and seven last Sunday on the KFN property on Amherst Island. Two
Brant seem to have over-summered; they were on Snake Island on July 11th and
on Amherst July 26th. A pair of Peregrine Falcons fledged two young on a
downtown Kingston high-rise and Bald Eagles were seen regularly in the
Landon Bay area east of Gananoque. Two McGill University researchers found
three breeding pairs as well as two singleton Short-eared Owls on Amherst
Island. The Loggerhead Shrike recovery work continues in the Napanee Plain.
This summer had nine breeding pairs, the same as last year. This field work
produced some other interesting sightings: 150+ Grasshopper Sparrows, 6
Sedge Wrens in three locations, Vesper and Clay-colored Sparrows (in lower
numbers than previous years), good numbers of Black-billed Cuckoos, and
Purple Finch nesting in the ubiquitous Red Cedars. Other noteworthy
sightings included 8 Clay-colored sparrows on Amherst June 30th, 2 Evening
Grosbeaks near Elginburg on July 12th, and 40 Common Terns on Snake Island
on July 22nd. There have been only two reports of Red-headed Woodpeckers all
summer; one on Wolfe Island from June 14-18 and another at Bath on July 1st.

The fall migration started with both yellowlegs on Amherst on July 8th. The
Wilton Creek near Morven has been the most productive shorebird spot
locally, with lots of yellowlegs, Spotted, Least, Solitary and Semipalmated
Sandpipers, as well as Pectoral Sandpiper arriving on July 19th and
Short-billed Dowitcher on July 29th. There was some warbler movement noted
north of the city at Bedford Mills on August 20th; !0 species including
Canada and Mourning along with 3 species of vireo. Whip-poor-wills were
still calling as well. The Amherstview sewage lagoon, on August 23rd, had 8
species of waterfowl including 2 N. Pintail and a Common Goldeneye, 8
different shorebirds including 4 Pectoral Sandpipers and 21 Bonaparte's
Gulls. That same day on Amherst there was a movement of 300+ Bobolinks plus
a Baird's Sandpiper and an early Red-throated Loon. This Wednesday things
improved on Amherst. In a small muddy spot at the south end of the ponds
behind the dike was a group of 10 species of shorebird, mostly Lesser
Yellowlegs, but on careful inspection (the vegetation is quite thick) also
contained a Baird's Sandpiper and a Red Knot. The gravel bar had only a few
Killdeer and a single Black-bellied Plover. The most spectacular observation
was a two hour flight of Common Nighthawks near Picadilly (north of Verona)
last Saturday afternoon. It was conservatively estimated at over a thousand



Peter Good

Kingston Field Naturalists

613 378-6605


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