[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 22nd - 28th November 2014

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Nov 28 15:59:12 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.

 

Highlights:

Things have remained rather quiet this week, though 'winter listers' are
beginning to stake out birds for the forthcoming winter season. Highlights
of the week include; EURASIAN WIGEON, RUDDY DUCK, PIED-BILLED GREBE,
RED-NECKED GREBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, DUNLIN, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT,
FOX SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

The Inner Harbour, particularly off Doug Fluhrer Park has had the pick of
the waterfowl this week with the highlight most certainly being a male
EURASIAN WIGEON, found there this morning (28th), and still present this
afternoon. Also present there today was a RED-NECKED GREBE and 2 RUDDY
DUCKS, down from the 8 seen there on 23rd. Also seen on 23rd was a
PIED-BILLED GREBE. Other birds in the Inner Harbour include 400 REDHEAD, 250
AMERICAN WIGEON, as many as 300 LESSER SCAUP (23rd) and 30 or so NORTHERN
SHOVELER. Cataraqui Bay has more of a deep-water feel, with COMMON
GOLDENEYE, GREATER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK (300 on 26th) and BUFFLEHEAD, as
well as plenty of dabblers in the fringes, and 50-70 TUNDRA SWANS. A couple
of AMERICAN PIPITS seen there on 23rd were getting a little late, as was the
FOX SPARROW seen at Marshlands CA on 26th. COMMON REDPOLLS (2) were also
seen there on 23rd but remain rather scarce. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen
near the Tett Centre on 28th. A HERMIT THRUSH seen at Lemoine Point CA on
22nd was also on the late side but last week's confirmed white Gyrfalcon has
not been re-found.

 

Wolfe Island

Just over 1000 REDHEAD were noted on the island on 25th, with similar
numbers of SCAUP also seen. Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen on both 25th
and 26th, when scaup numbers (presumed to be GREATER) had increased to 2000.
220 TUNDRA SWANS were also seen on 26th, as well as a NORTHERN SHRIKE,
WINTER WREN and 19 SNOW BUNTINGS.

 

Amherst Island

Perhaps a sign of things to come, 30 COMMON REDPOLL were seen on 22nd. Also
seen that day were a couple of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a single abieticola
RED-TAILED HAWK. An AMERICAN PIPIT was getting a little late. Visitors to
the island should be aware that the privately owned Owl Woods remain closed
until Mon 8th Dec (inclusive) for hunting. Please also note that you must be
a member of Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member
to access the Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Other Sightings

A DUNLIN was seen at Heritage Point, Bath, on 24th, though gull numbers have
dropped off at that location. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW has been frequenting a
feeder on Washburn Road, near Sunbury until 24th at least. A couple of RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS and a single RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD were seen there on 23rd. At the
Howe Island ferry another RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen the same day, as was a
RED-NECKED GREBE.

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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