[Ontbirds] Kingston area birds for the period Sep 29-Oct 5, 2012
mark.conboy at queensu.ca
Fri Oct 5 14:09:16 EDT 2012
The best birds of the week were all from Amherst Island: three
NELSON'S SPARROWS and even more notable were the (needless to say)
early appearance of 2 white-winged gull species at the same location
on the same day. Widespread migrants included CANADA GOOSE, a few
EASTERN PHOEBES and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, both KINGLETS, GREY-CHEEKED,
SWASINSON'S and HERMIT THRUSHES, AMERICAN PIPIT, PALM and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, SONG, SWAMP, WHITE-THROATED and WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS as well as DARK-EYED JUNCO. Warbler and shorebird numbers
have mostly dropped off with a few exceptions. Finch numbers and
diversity are fairly low with only a few AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, PINE
SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES reported.
City of Kingston
Water birds at Elevator Bay (aka Cataraqui Bay) included WOOD DUCK,
GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, RING-NECKED DUCK, REDHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, PIED-BILLED
GREBE, AMERICAN COOT and CASPIAN TERN. Birds along the lower Cataraqui
River included one each of GRAY CATBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and
The two best birds of the week were the ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS
seen and photographed on Oct 1. Not bad for so early in the season.
Also present on the island this past week were AMERICAN BLACK DUCK,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, COMMON MERGANSER, GREATER SCAUP, REDHEAD, 40 COMMON
LOONS, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, 1 MERLIN, 1 duck-hunting PEREGRINE FALCON,
17 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 SANDERLING, 1
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 1 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 2 EASTERN
WOOD-PEWEES, 2 MARSH WRENS, 10 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 1 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,
EASTERN TOWHEE, 3 NELSON'S, 1 VESPER and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 1 RUSTY
BLACKBIRD, 2 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN.
A GREAT HORNED OWL, a WINTER WREN, 8 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 3 RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS and 3 PURPLE FINCHES were near Odessa.
Opinicon Road and area
The 6 PIED-BILLED GREBES at Chaffey's Lock was an unusually high
number for that location. GREAT HORNED and BARRED OWLS were at Queen's
University Biological Station (QUBS). A pair of RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES were regular visitors to the QUBS feeders all week. Three
RED-NECKED GREBES, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER and 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were
seen at Sand Lake.
Prince Edward Point
Notable birds reported from the Point this past week included MUTE
SWAN, 1 OSPREY, 3 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 1 BALD EAGLE, 1 MERLIN, 2
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE
and 3 PINE SISKINS.
There was a COOPER'S HAWK and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER near
Keelerville. Good numbers of COMMON LOONS are staging on some of the
Rideau Lakes including the 25 seen from Westport on Upper Rideau Lake.
A late OSPREY was also at Westport. Two FOX SPARROWS, 1 RUSTY
BLACKBIRD and 3 PURPLE FINCHES were on Petworth Road. A NORTHERN
PARULA was at Elginburg.
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 Andrew Conboy
Operations & Research Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
Queen’s University Biological Station
280 Queen's University Road
Elgin, Ontario, Canada K0G 1E0
email: mark.conboy 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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