[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds for the period Jan 12 to Jan 19, 2011
mconboy at lakeheadu.ca
Fri Jan 20 08:35:10 EST 2012
With no rarities this past week, lingering warm-weather birds, raptors
and waterfowl provided most of the excitement. This includes 3 BRANT
on Wolfe Island – a species with is almost never found in winter in
the Kingston area. Winter finch numbers remain low but at least there
are a few around.
City of Kingston
The Invista Plant/Cataraqui Bay area continues to host lots of
waterfowl including GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK,
REDHEAD, both SCAUP species, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and all
three MERGANSER species. BALD EAGLE and AMERICAN COOT are also present
there. One COMMON REDPOLL has been visiting a feeder in the Reddendale
MUTE SWAN, GADWALL, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BALD EAGLE, NORTHER HARRIER,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SNOWY OWL, COMMON RAVEN, AMERICAN ROBIN and SNOW
BUNTING were among the species reported from Amherst this week.
The FIELD SPARROW and RUSTY BLACKBIRD continue to patronize a feeder
just south of Bedford Mills along with 1 PURPLE FINCH and up to 54
AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. Raptors: 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and 1 BALD EAGLE.
A few interesting feeder sightings include 1 PINE SISKIN, 2 PURPLE
FINCHES, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and 1 female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.
AMERICAN ROBINS are also hanging around this area.
GREAT BLUE HERON, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER,
PURPLE FINCH and a few AMERICAN ROBINS were all reported this week.
Half a dozen TRUMPETER SWANS were reported from Chaffey’s Lock were
almost no open water remains this winter. Up to 3 BALD EAGLES have
been seen visiting Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) at one
time. A grey EASTERN SCREECH-OWL has moved into a wood duck box at
QUBS and can be seen sunning itself in the morning. The only finches
reported from the area were AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (common and widespread)
and 8 PINES SISKINS (Chaffey’s Lock). At least one BROWN CREEPER
remains at Chaffey’s Lock and another at QUBS. A pair of RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH visits the QUBS feeders daily.
3 BRANT were seen among a large flock of CANADA GEESE. There have been
high counts of 105 MUTE SWANS and 88 TUNDRA SWANS this past week.
Other waterfowl include GADWALL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, GREATER
SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE and all three
MERGANSERS. Reports from the northwest part of the island include BALD
EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL, SNOWY
OWL, 12 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and SNOW BUNTING.
A dozen TRUMPETER SWANS were at Lower Brewers Mills. Two GREEN-WINGED
TEAL were at Bath. A check of the Violet Dump (between Napanee and
Odessa) turned up only HERRING and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Birders
are encouraged to look there for “white-winged gulls” which frequent
the landfill, albeit in low numbers. A COOPER’S HAWK was at Links
Mills today. Sightings of SHORT-EARED OWLS away from Amherst and Wolfe
Islands are not all that common so the 2 seen near Lansdowne on Jan 15
were notable. BELTED KINGFISHERS were at Kingston Mills and Upper
Brewers Mills. An AMERICAN ROBIN was at Charleston Lake Provincial
Park and a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD at Links Mills. Nine PINE SISKINS were
If you would like any more information on these sightings please send
me an email.
Thank you to all those who submitted sightings this week.
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
QUBS website: http://www.queensu.ca/qubs/index.html
QUBS blog: http://opinicon.wordpress.com/
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