[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds for the period Jan 6 to Jan 12, 2011
mconboy at lakeheadu.ca
Fri Jan 13 07:25:17 EST 2012
The most notable birds of the week were a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE off
Amherst Island and a GADWALL x MALLARD hybrid (also known as a
BREWER’S DUCK) at the Invista Lagoon (Cataraqui Bay). There continue
to be good numbers of raptors in our area but almost no finches aside
from AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. Numerous “unseasonable” birds are listed
City of Kingston
The Invista Lagoon and Cataraqui Bay area continues to host up to 3
BALD EAGLES and numerous waterbirds including TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL,
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED
MERGANSER, COMMON MERGANSER and AMERICAN COOT. A flock of 10 000
COMMON MERGANSERS stretched along the Kingston waterfront from
Confederation Basin to Barrie Street on the 8th. Other waterbirds off
Kingston include 4 CANVASBACKS, 3030 REDHEADS and 2 COMMON LOONS.
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were reported off Point Frederick. A GREAT BLUE
HERON was seen from Bath Road on the Collin’s Bay Penitentiary
property. SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS have not been all that common this
winter but one was reported from the intersection of Highway 38 and
Cordukes Road. A grey-phase EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was in the Saint
Lawrence Woods subdivision. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was singing
briefly on Queen’s University campus. Lemoine Point Conservation Area
always has a few seasonally interesting birds including 39 TUNDRA
SWANS in Collin’s Bay (along with other less flashy waterfowl), a
NORTHERN FLICKER and a dozen or so AMERICAN ROBINS.
A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was recorded off Amherst Island during the
Mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey. I don’t have any more details on this
sighting. Also of note on the survey were 104 TUNDRA SWANS, 1
RED-THROATED LOON, 2 COMMON LOONS, 1 HORNED GREBE and 5 BALD EAGLES.
This week’s raptor list was comprised of NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED
HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL, GREAT HORNED OWL and 12
Bath and Millhaven
A pair of SNOW GEESE has been seen by several observers in the fields
and on Lake Ontario west of Bath up until at least last weekend. Other
waterbirds along the shoreline in this area include 1 NORTHERN
PINTAIL, both species of SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 1 COMMON LOON and 1 HORNED GREBE. A SNOWY OWL
remains just east of Millhaven, north of the Millhaven Inn. BALD
EAGLES are frequently seen along the lake shore.
A FIELD SPARROW and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD continue to visit a feeder just
south of Bedford Mills. Up to 2 PURPLE FINCHES and 1 COMMON REDPOLL
are the only finches aside from goldfinches reported all week. A
NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on the 12th.
TRUMPETER SWANS continue to be reliably sighted at Chaffey’s Lock,
albeit in lower numbers, with only 6 present for most of the past
week. BALD EAGLES are also commonly reported all over the countryside.
If you want to see them look around any patch of open water or drive
the back roads around the Rideau Lakes. An adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK and
an immature NORTHERN SHRIKE were at Queen’s University Biological
Station (QUBS) on the 7th but neither has been seen since. Small
numbers of BROWN CREEPERS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES persist in the countryside around QUBS and Chaffey’s Lock.
Waxwings remain few and far between with only 2 at QUBS’s Fullard
Conservation Reserve on Lake Opinicon. Six LAPLAND LONGSPURS were in a
field just off of Opinicon Road yesterday.
Prince Edward County
The highlights in the eastern end of the county this week are the
large concentrations of ducks including rafts of 25 500 and 29 100
GREATER SCAUP, 24 800 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 505 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.
A lone CANVASBACK was off the Waupoos shoreline. One BLACK SCOTER, 4
SURF SCOTERS and 1 RED-NECKED GREBE were off Prince Edward Point.
Waterfowl around the island include up to 185 TUNDRA SWANS, AMERICAN
BLACK DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON
GODENEYE, and all three MERGANSER species. Raptorial birds reported
this week (with high counts given) were 17 BALD EAGLES, 6 NORTHERN
HARRIERS, 17 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL and 1 NORTHERN
SHRIKE. One observer had an impressive count of 10 SNOWY OWLS nearly
all within sight of each other.
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Ivy Lea and GREEN-WINGED TEAL off Howe Island.
Small numbers of COMMON LOON at Ivy Lea and Howe Island. There was a
male NORTHERN HARRIER near Wilstead. A GREAT BLUE HERON was at
Elginburg. A GREAT HORNED OWL was near Odessa and a BARRED OWL was on
Florida Road near Wilton. NORTHERN SHRIKES seem to be turning up all
over the place. In addition to those mentioned above, there was one in
a Harrowsmith backyard and another along Davis Lock Road. The
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER hasn’t been seen in Elginburg since last
Sunday but a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is still being seen at the same
bird feeder daily. Forty BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were along Woodburn
Thank you to all those who submitted sightings this week. Keep them coming.
Mark Andrew Conboy
Operations & Research Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
Queen’s University Biological Station
280 Queen's University Road
Elgin, Ontario, Canada K0G 1E0
email: 7mc19 at queensu.ca or mconboy at lakeheadu.ca
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