[Ontbirds] Kingston area birds for the period Jul 21-Jul 27, 2012

Mark Conboy mconboy at lakeheadu.ca
Fri Jul 27 09:38:06 EDT 2012


There was nothing very rare to report from the past week. Shorebirding
continues to be enjoyable but the cohort of species in the region
remains roughly the same as last it was week.

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons
Shorebirds present this past week included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,
KILLDEER, SPOTTED, SEMIPALMATED, LEAST, PECTORAL and STILT SANDPIPERS,
both YELLOWLEGS species, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and WILSON'S
PHALAROPE. BONAPARTE'S GULL numbers continued to build, topping out at
about 100 on Wednesday. The waterfowl were CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and
LESSER SCAUP.

Newburgh area
The release of several groups of captive bred LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES north
of Newburgh along County Road 27 means that this species is easy to
find. A high count of 11 free flying birds was made last weekend. Also
of note in this area are lots of AMERICAN KESTRELS, 1 MERLIN,
CLAY-COLOURED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and the
occasional UPLAND SANDPIPER.

Other observations
Charleston Lake is hosting 12 COMMON LOONS, 21 DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANTS, 13 CASPIAN TERNS and 4 COMMON TERNS; good counts for all
species at this time of year. An adult LEAST BITTERN was feeding a
fledgling along Carmen Creek near Enterprise. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was
near Crosby. A MOURNING WARBLER was at Prince Edward Point.

Thank you to those who contributed observations this week. All bird
sightings reported to me are included in the Kingston Field
Naturalists’s long term records database which has over 60 years of
observations on file and is an invaluable conservation resource.

Mark

Mark Andrew Conboy
Operations & Research Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
Queen’s University Biological Station
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Elgin, Ontario, Canada K0G 1E0
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