[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 6th - 12th December 2014
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 18:38:05 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.
Temperatures have continued to fluctuate and with a good dumping of snow
yesterday things have slowed down a little. Highlights of the week include;
SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, TURKEY VULTURE, NORTHERN
GOSHAWK, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,
CAROLINA WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, 'OREGON' DARK-EYED JUNCO, SWAMP SPARROW,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE.
City of Kingston
It has been a relatively quiet week in the city, though the immature
NORTHERN GOSHAWK seen at Lemoine Point CA on 9th is certainly a highlight.
Also seen on numerous occasions this week at the same site has been a mobile
BARRED OWL. In Collin's Bay, which abuts the conservation area, 9 COMMON
LOON were still present on 9th. A possible EARED GREBE was reported on 11th
off Old Front Road, south of the airport, but could not be relocated today.
At Cataraqui Bay, things remain fairly constant though the number of REDHEAD
seems to be increasing. Just off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, a RED-NECKED
GREBE was seen this morning (12th). In woods bordering the Inner Harbour, at
100ft Park, a CAROLINA WREN was seen on 7th.
Birders out on the island on 6th saw 1 ROUGH-LEGGED AWK, 5 SNOWY OWLS, a
NORTHERN SHRIKE and 5 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.
The marshes at the 'fishing village' proved productive last Monday (8th)
with a HERMIT THRUSH, 3 SWAMP SPARROWS, 1 SONG SPASRROW and 5 COMMON
REDPOLLS all seen. SNOWY OWLS (7) and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (22) were seen
across the island on 9th Also seen that day were 20 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. A
COMMON GRACKLE was seen on 6th. Please note that you must be a member of
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the
Martin Edwards Reserve.
West of Kingston, at Heritage Point, Bath, both ICELAND GULL (2) and
GLAUCOUS GULL (1) have been seen this week. At Parrott's Bay CA, BELTED
KINGFISHER and GREAT BLUE HERON were seen on 8th. At, and near, Amherstview
Sewage Lagoons, 2 SNOW GEESE were seen on 8th & 9th. A CACKLING GOOSE was
seen at the lagoons on 9th. North of here at Camden East, the OREGON
DARK-EYED JUNCO continues - last week (4th) a very late BROWN THRASHER was
seen at the same location. Up near Bedford Mills, a female YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER has been frequenting a feeder but is difficult to pin down. At
Lower Brewers Locks, 6 TRUMPETER SWANS showed up on 11th and at a nearby
feeder on Washburn Road, COMMON REDPOLLS have been visiting, with as many as
50 birds noted on 10th. At Collin's Creek, on Perth Road, a TURKEY VULTURE
was seen on 9th. Further east, near Gananoque, 2 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have
been visiting a feeder (11th and 12th) and on the adjacent St. Lawrence
River, 2 CANVASBACKS were seen on 11th.
In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN 'owl
policy' has been updated to a more generalised KFN Sensitive Sightings
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
As always, thanks to all those who have submitted sightings over the last
Mark D. Read
47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,
Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246
Email: <mailto:markdread at gmail.com> markdread at gmail.com
Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
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