[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 31 May - 06 June 2014

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 18:12:47 EDT 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.

 

Highlights:

Things are definitely slowing down now, with summer residents established on
territory and young birds already hatching/fledging. A few rarities remain
but the 'May Madness' appears to be over. Highlights of the week include;
SNOW GOOSE, SURF SCOTER, LEAST BITTERN, RED KNOT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BLACK
TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and
ORCHARD ORIOLE.

 

City of Kingston

Marshlands Conservation Area produced a 'late' GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH last
weekend, as well as a lingering WILSON'S WARBLER the same day. The
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET seen there on 1st was probably one of the resident
birds.

Wolfe Island

The only notable record from the island concerned 4 SNOW GEESE seen on 31st
May along on Highway 95, just south of Reeds Bay Road.

 

Amherst Island

At the Martin Edwards Reserve, shorebird highlights include RED KNOT, seen
on 31st May, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and numerous SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. As
many as 14 WILSON'S PHALAROPES were noted on the OFO field trip on 31st May,
along with lingering LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 2 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS. GREAT EGRET, AMERICAN BITTERN and GREEN HERON were also seen. An
ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen singing along South Shore Road on 5th, where a late
SURF SCOTER was also seen. Please note that you must be a member of the
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the
Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

Again, just one BLACK TERN was noted during the week, on 2nd. On the same
day, a pair of LESSER SCAUP behaved in an agitated manner, perhaps
indicating breeding. NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were also noted, as were a couple of BANK SWALLOWS.
Please that that you must be a member of KFN or otherwise obtain permission
from the municipality to access the lagoons.

 

Other Sightings

At Parrott's Bay Conservation Area, just west of Kingston, the KENTUCKY
WARBLER found on the morning of 20th May, continues as of today. The
WORM-EATING WARBLER, discovered on 27th May, has not been heard since 2nd
June. For the records, if anyone has a photo of this bird, please contact me
privately. The OFO Field Trip on Opinicon Road last weekend failed to
produce on some fronts (Cerulean being the big miss) but GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO were both seen. Both BLACK-BILLED and
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO have been seen during the week at various locations in
the shield. CERULEAN WARBLER (3) was seen on Canoe Lake Road on 4th as was
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. At Orser Road, south of Sydenham, 3 Grasshopper
Sparrows were seen on 5th. Also north of the city, Moscow Marsh has produced
LEAST BITTERN, 22 BLACK TERNS, COMMON GALLINULE and PIED-BILLED GREBE during
the week. The Gananoque RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was heard on 2nd.

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

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Email: markdread at gmail.com

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