[Ontbirds] Kingston area birds to Feb. 11, 2010

goodcompany at sympatico.ca goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Thu Feb 11 21:16:04 EST 2010

Other than common feeder birds, waterfowl are the most noteworthy sightings this week. There are more than half a dozen species at the Dupont lagoon and despite the cold weather there is still considerable open water outside the lagoon to the southeast. There was nothing out of the ordinary today but the mix does change from day to day. Most of the south shore of Amherst was frozen on Tuesday but in the few open leads there were hundreds of Common Goldeneye, several Tundra Swans, and a few Gadwall, Bufflehead, and Long-tailed Ducks. North of the city, Trumpeter Swans were reported from Bedford Mills, Lower Brewer's Mills and Chaffey's Lock.

Barred Owls are all over the place; Battersea, Elginburg, the Orser Road, and 3 at Lemoine Point. A new development in the owl picture  locally is two reports of Great Gray Owls this week; one near the Sydenham Ski Hill and the other on Hwy. 41 near Erinsville. Neither bird could be located on follow-up visits.

Bald Eagles are still abundant in the Rideau Lakes north of the city and accipiters continue their wintertime feeder patrol. Both Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks are in the Reddendale area and another Sharp-shinned and a N. Goshawk put in appearances at Bedford Mills. The Peregrine Falcon continues to be seen on the Queen's campus.

The only out-of-the-ordinary feeder birds are singleton Pine Siskins at Bedford Mills and Elginburg and a White-throated Sparrow near Battersea.


Peter Good

Kingston Field Naturalists

613 378-6605

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