[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 29th November - 5th December 2014

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 18:38:49 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:

Fluctuating temperatures and shifting winds/ice have stirred up the
waterfowl somewhat this week, pushing most of the late dabblers on to warmer
climes. Birders got cracking with their winter lists on 1st December and
turned up some good sightings. Highlights of the week include; SNOW GOOSE,
TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, RUDDY DUCK, BLACK
SCOTER, RED-NECKED GREBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, ICELAND GULL,
GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, SWAMP SPARROW, and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

The male EURASIAN WIGEON found off Doug Fluhrer Park in Kingston's Inner
Harbour was last seen on 1st Dec, where 3 RUDDY DUCKS and a couple of
NORTHERN SHOVELER remained until the same date. With dwindling numbers of
other waterfowl due to the increasing amount of ice, birding has turned to
gull-watching with an ICELAND GULL seen yesterday (4th). Cataraqui Bay has
likewise seen falling numbers of waterfowl but TUNDRA SWANS, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, GREATER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and AMERICAN COOT
are all still present. At nearby Beechgrove Complex a BELTED KINGFISHER was
still hanging around on 4th and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over on
1st. At Collin's Bay a RED-NECKED GREBE was a good find on 1st. The city's
first SNOWY OWL of the season was seen yesterday, inside the perimeter of
the airport.

 

Wolfe Island

A suspected Ross's Goose, seen on 28th near Marysville has not been
relocated though a female BLACK SCOTER seen at the winter ferry dock on 29th
was a good find, as was a SNOWY OWL seen in the same general area, also on
29th.

 

Amherst Island

COMMON REDPOLLS (15) were again seen on the island, this time at Martin
Edwards Reserve on 1st. At the same location, 6 SNOWY OWLS were noted on the
same date; two were seen elsewhere on the island on 3rd. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
are now widespread - over a dozen were seen across the island on 1st. Also
seen the same day was a SWAMP SPARROW at the 'fishing village' and 3
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Visitors to the island should be aware that the
privately-owned Owl Woods remain closed until Mon 8th Dec 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

West of Kingston, 2 WOOD DUCKS were seen today (5th) at Napanee, a location
where they can often be found in the winter. At Finkle's Shore Park,
Amherstview, a SNOW GOOSE was seen yesterday (4th). A GLAUCOUS GULL was
found further north, near Verona on 3rd, and on Washburn Road, nearer to
Sunbury, a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was seen on both 4th and 5th. Also seen
there on 5th were 2 fly-by TRUMPETER SWANS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE and
approximately 30 COMMON REDPOLLS. Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at
Collin's Creek on Perth Road on 2nd and 22 TRUMPETER SWANS were reported
from Chaffey's Locks on 3rd. Moving a little further east, both EVENING
GROSBEAK and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD were seen near Gananoque on 2nd and 2
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were still present at Gray's Creek on the Thousand
Island Parkway on 3rd. Across the border at Westcott Beach State Park, 3
BLACK SCOTERS were seen on 2nd.

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN 'owl
policy' has been updated to a more generalised KFN Sensitive Sightings
Policy
<http://kingstonfieldnaturalists.org/birding/KFN_sensitive_sightings_policy.
pdf> . As requested by the landowners, sightings of owls at the
privately-owned Owl Woods must not be posted by KFN or anyone who visits. To
ensure continued access to this location, please respect their wishes and
follow the guidelines posted on-site. To maintain records for conservation
purposes, sightings from that location are welcomed through all the
traditional channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who have 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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