[Ontbirds] Kingston area birds to Feb. 4, 2011

goodcompany at sympatico.ca goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri Feb 4 10:05:58 EST 2011


The trek into the Owl Woods on Amherst will have become a lot more difficult this week and if we don't get a thaw I suspect that the bird situation locally will be somewhat static for the next few weeks. There were four species of owl on Amherst last weekend, 2 Barred at Lemoine Point and another near Verona. Four Bald Eagles at the Dupont lagoon was the largest group reported. Noteworthy waterfowl were 15 Tundra Swans on Amherst, 6 Trumpeter Swans at Devil Lake and a Hooded Merganser at the locks at Kingston Mills.
Many feeders are reporting increased numbers of Common Redpolls and it seems that Pine Siskin numbers are down. The feeder at Bedford Mills tallies up to 75 Common Redpolls with one or two Hoary Redpolls in the mix. Other winter birds this week were N. Shrikes at Bellrock and Gananoque and a flock of 60 Bohemian Waxwings on the Florida Road.
Red-bellied Woodpeckers are regular on Amherst and Howe Islands and at a feeder out Montreal Street. Four Am. Robins put in an appearance at this same feeder on Saturday and another 18 were on the McKnight Road on Sunday. A feeder on Howe Island is supporting two dozen Brown-headed Cowbirds and a Red-winged Blackbird. The most unusual sighting this week was a Winter Wren at the Queen's Biological Station near Chaffey's Lock on Wednesday.
Unrelated to local bird sightings but in the interest of the birds, there will be a fund-raising reception and dinner for the Pelee Island Bird Observatory at the Confederation Place Hotel in Kingston on Sunday Feb. 27, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. It will be hosted by Wayne Grady and feature guests Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson and Bridget Stutchbury. For information and tickets call 613 545-0446.
Cheers, 
Peter Good
Kingston Field Naturalists
613 378-6605
  		 	   		  


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