[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds for the Period Feb 24 to Mar 1, 2012
mconboy at lakeheadu.ca
Fri Mar 2 09:11:14 EST 2012
The most notable birds this week were a GOLDEN EAGLE (Opinicon Road)
and the MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD (Prince Edward Point). I received no reports
from the islands this week.
City of Kingston
Waterfowl along the Kingston waterfront included LONG-TAILED DUCK,
COMMON MERGANSER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Sightings from Unity Road
included 1 BALD EAGLE, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 COOPER’S HAWK, 1 NORTHERN
SHRIKE, 6 AMERICAN ROBINS, 480 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and 16 CEDAR
WAXWINGS. A DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and 2 BALD EAGLES were on the
Cataraqui River. There was a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on Midland Avenue. Two
PEREGRINE FALCONS are still being seen in downtown Kingston,
especially around Queen’s Univeristy and along Brock Street. A GREAT
HORNED OWL was singing on Gore Road. So far I have not received a
single observation of one on a nest in the Kingston Region. AMERICAN
ROBINS are singing in various parts of the city on warm days.
The FIELD SPARROW and RUSTY BLACKBIRD continue to visit a feeder south
of Bedford Mills. A single AMERICAN ROBIN and a single PINE SISKIN
were also reported there.
A dozen TRUMPETER SWANS inhabited the open water at Chaffey’s Lock.
There was a male HOODED MERGANSER at the lock on Feb 28. A GOLDEN
EAGLE was spotted numerous times along Opinicon Road and flying over
the more remote parts of Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS)
between Feb 23 and Feb 28. The EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was again roosting
in a wood duck box at QUBS. Up to 4 NORTHERN SHRIKES can be found
along Opinicon Road and Queen’s University Road. Three PINE SISKINS
have been with the AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES at QUBS. Other QUBS birds of
note include BALD EAGLE, 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 1 BROWN CREEPER and
2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS.
Prince Edward Point
As far as I know, the female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was last reported on
Feb 26 at 5395 Long Point Road where there can also be found an
abundance of CEDAR WAXWINGS and AMERICAN ROBINS. One observer looked
for the bluebird on Mar 1 but did not find it. Waterfowl off the
County this week included GADWALL, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, over a
thousand REDHEADS, GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE
and BUFFLEHEAD. Also of note: 1 BALD EAGLE, 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE, 1
COMMON RAVEN, 2 HORNED LARKS, 15 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and 5 YELLOW-RUMPED
An early TURKEY VULTURE was soaring over Inverary on Feb 26. There
were 26 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on Leland Road. Three RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS
were singing in Elginburg. A small flock of PINE SISKINS visited a
feeder there too.
Thank you to those who contributed observations this week. All bird
sightings reported to me are included in the Kingston Field
Naturalists’ long term records database which has over 60 years of
observations on file and is an invaluable conservation resource.
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/
QUBS flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/qubsoutreach/
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