[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 05-11 July 2014
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Fri Jul 11 20:00:33 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.
Further minor shorebird passage continues but, other than the continuing
LARK BUNTING on Amherst Island, this has been a rather quiet week in the
area. Other highlights include; TRUMPETER SWAN, LEAST BITTERN, SANDHILL
CRANE, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER.
The male LARK BUNTING was still being seen up until 9th at least, but I am
unaware of any sightings (or birders visiting the island) since that date.
Other birds still being seen with some regularity on the island include
NORTHERN HARRIER, CLAY-COLOURED and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS. 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.
A VESPER SPARROW seen on the 9th is a good local record of this declining
species, though further details are unavailable.
North-west of Kingston, along California Road, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was
seen singing on 6th where both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were
also seen. On the same date, 3 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
and a single SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were noted along Wilton Creek,
south-east of Napanee. North of Kingston, at Murvale Creek a TRUMPETER SWAN
was seen on the 5th. Just slightly further east, 2 LEAST BITTERNS were
picked up dead along Perth Road, 1 near Little Cataraqui Creek CA on 4th and
the other at Collin's Creek on 7th. A SANDHILL CRANE was heard at Elbow Lake
Environmental Education Centre on 10th. Up on Opinicon Road, CERULEAN
WARBLER was seen on the Bonwill Tract on 8th. Further east, at Charleston
Lake Provincial Park, a variety of warblers can still be seen including
OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW-RUMPED,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN and PINE. Across the border, at
Chaumont Barrens Preserve, Jefferson County, NY, 2 PRAIRIE WARBLERS were
noted on 6th along with 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS.
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
As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.
Mark D. Read
47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,
Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246
Email: markdread at gmail.com
Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
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