[Ontbirds] Kingston area birds to May 27, 2011

Peter and Jane Good goodcompany at sympatico.ca
Fri May 27 09:34:20 EDT 2011


The Brant migration has been in full swing this week. One hundred flew over Amherstview last Sunday, two flocks were near Bath and over 200 were on Amherst on Wednesday and a mere 5 remained on Amherst yesterday. Great Egrets have been regular on Amherst all week as have Black-crowned Night-Herons. Great Egrets have also been seen in Bell's Swamp out Division Street and in Collin's Bay. Sandhill Cranes were reported from both Crosby and Elginburg on Wednesday.
Small bird migration is on the wane but 2 Blue-winged Warblers on Amherst on Wednesday were noteworthy. The Prairie Warbler on the Canoe Lake Road could not be refound yesterday. On Monday the Chimney Swift roosts on Westdale Avenue and at Queen's were checked and had 60 and 40 birds respectively.
Shorebird numbers and variety have improved significantly. The KFN property on Amherst had 3 Red Knots, 4 Ruddy Turnstones, 3 Upland Sandpipers and 5 Short-billed Dowitchers on Wednesday and yesterday the knots had moved on but 2 Black-bellied and 2 Semipalmated Plovers, a White-rumped, 150 Semipalmated and 5 Least Sandpipers, and 1000 Dunlin were added to the tally. A Wilson's Phalarope at the Camden Lake Wildlife Area last Saturday was certainly unexpected.
Unusual sightings included a late Rough-legged Hawk on Amherst on Wednesday, a Snow Goose near Perth Road Village and a Great Cormorant on the Amherst Ferry crossing last Saturday.
Cheers,
Peter Good
Kingston Field Naturalists
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