[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 08-14 Feb 2014
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Fri Feb 14 10:43:24 EST 2014
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.
Birders have been focussing their attention on the eastern section of the
region this week, primarily to view a RED-NECKED GREBE that has taken a
liking to the Gananoque River. Other areas are somewhat lacking this week.
As well as the grebe, other highlights include; widespread TRUMPETER SWANS,
numerous SNOWY OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, TUFTED
TITMOUSE, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
City of Kingston
Invista continues to hold waterfowl in good numbers but diversity remains
reduced. Both the SNOWY OWLS and the NORTHERN SHRIKE continue. The city's
resident PEREGRINE FALCONS continue to be seen downtown though are by no
means guaranteed. Kingston Mills produced a COMMON REDPOLL yesterday,
perhaps the first of the year.
SNOWY OWLS continue to dominate the news, though SNOW BUNTINGS, a single
LAPLANG LONGSPUR and AMERICAN KESTREL were seen last weekend.
The resident TUFTED TITMOUSE, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS continue to be seen and ferry services appear to have improved.
I have been advised that the following link has the most accurate
information on services: <https://twitter.com/HICountyFerry>
SNOWY OWLS continue on Amherst, as well as a couple of 'northern' RED-TAILED
HAWKS. LAPLAND LONGSPUR has been seen and RING-NECKED PHEASANTS are becoming
easier to find.
East of the city, the long-staying RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and pair of
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS continue at Gananoque Golf Club. RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKERS were also observed at Ivy Lea this week, where good numbers of
COMMON GOLDENEYE are to be seen, along with all three mergansers. A
RED-NECKED GREBE has delighted many on the Gananoque River at Marble Rock
Road and continues to date. Also seen in that general vicinity on Wednesday
were 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a single BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. North of the city,
TRUMPETER SWANS continue to be seen at several locations from Bedford Mills
to Chaffey's Locks and Lower Brewer's Mills Locks.
As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.
Mark D. Read
47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,
Mobile: +1 613 2171246
Email: markdread at gmail.com
Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
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