[Ontbirds] Kingston area birds to Jan. 21, 2011

goodcompany at sympatico.ca goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Jan 21 10:14:16 EST 2011

We are in the depths of winter here with almost everthing frozen. The ferry channels, the south shore of Amherst Island and the Dupont lagoon do offer some waterfowl viewing as does the open water below the locks in the Rideau Canal north of Kingston. The variety at Dupont is particularly good with everthing from swans to coots and lots of diving and puddle ducks. There were 2 Mute and 4 Trumpeter Swans at Washburn last Sunday. Feeder populations are somewhat static with redpolls and siskins the only winter finches reported.
The KFN had a field trip to Amherst last Sunday and besides finding the expected owls in the Owl Woods we did have a few unusual birds. At the ferry dock in Millhaven there was a White-winged Scoter and a N. Pintail in a flock of several dozen Mallards and Blacks. A Red-necked Grebe was spotted off the south shore and a forlorn Turkey Vulture was sitting on a fence post.
Away from Amherst there was a Boreal Owl on the Round Lake Road on Monday and the Lemoine Point Barred Owl and the Cartwright Point Screech Owl both put in appearances this week.
It has been a great week for Bald Eagles; 5 on Wolfe Island on Sunday, 4 at the Kingston Airport on Tuesday and that same day another 5 feeding on a deer carcass off Garden Island. Yesterday one flew by the Psychiatric Hospital. N. Shrikes have also been widespread this week; in order of appearance: Bellrock, Wilton Road, Amherst Island, Sillsville and Gananoque. The Peregrine Falcon roosting at Queen's was seen again this week.
A trip to Point Peninsula in New York State (still within the Kingston 50km circle) to see the Townsend's Solitaire that has been present since mid December was successful and also produced a N. Goshawk and a Golden Eagle.
Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs are becoming more common; most of the sightings were south of Napanee but there were 7 Horned Larks at RMC yesterday.
Other "good birds" this week included a Great Blue Heron at Elginburg last Friday, an Iceland Gull at the Kingston ferry dock, a Belted Kingfisher at Chaffey's Lock, a Carolina Wren on McKnight Road, an Am. Robin in Bayridge on Monday then 10 more at Lemoine Point yesterday, a Rusty Blackbird and 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds at a feeder on the Florida Road on Saturday and the Varied Thrush continues to visit the feeder near Moscow.
Peter Good
Kingston Field Naturalists
613 378-6605

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