[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds for the period Dec 8-14, 2012

Mark Conboy mconboy at lakeheadu.ca
Fri Dec 14 10:47:49 EST 2012


No major rarities to report from this past week, however the long
staying NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was notable (see below). BALD EAGLES are
now a common sight in the shield country north of the city. COMMON
REDPOLLS and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were widespread but there weren't
many other winter finches reported.

City of Kingston
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD continues to be seen behind the Metro grocery
store at the southeast corner of the Gardiners Town Plaza (corner of
Gardiners Road and Bath Road). The Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation
Area had a variety of interesting birds including a BROWN CREEPER,
SONG SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW and a small flock of PINE GROSBEAKS.
Waterbirds on the Cataraqui River included GADWALL, RING-NECKED DUCK,
GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER and
AMERICAN COOT. Most of those waterfowl species seem to be fairly
widespread along the Lake Ontario shoreline at present. A
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in the city's west end. Six SANDHILL
CRANES flew over downtown on Dec 10.

Amherst Island
Waterbirds off the island this week included 65 TUNDRA SWANS.
Raptorial birds included NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
RED-TAILED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SNOWY OWL, LONG-EARED OWL,
SHORT-EARED OWL, AMERICAN KESTREL. Also of note were 4 COMMON RAVENS.

Wolfe Island
Birds seen on Wolfe this past week included TUNDRA SWAN, BONAPARTE'S
GULL, NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, SNOWY OWL, AMERICAN KESTREL,
1 PEREGRINE FALCON and 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was
at Big Sandy Bay.

Other Observations
45 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were near Charleston Lake Provincial Park. There
was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at Bedford Mills.

Thanks to everyone who submitted observations.

Mark

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Mark Andrew Conboy
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