[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 13th - 19th December 2014

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 19 19:54:45 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:

As reported earlier in the week, the 67th Kingston CBC was held on Sunday
14th December with some great results - 104 species of bird, 79,629
individual birds and 66 observers. Other local counts will be held over the
next couple of weeks, including Prince Edward Point, Westport, Napanee,
Gananoque, and Amherst Island. Anybody wishing to take part in these may
contact me and I'll put you in touch with the correct co-ordinator.
Highlights of the week include; SNOW GOOSE, NORTHERN PINTAIL, RED-NECKED
GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER, CAROLINA WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, BROWN THRASHER, NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, FIELD SPARROW,
SAVANNAH SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, 'OREGON' DARK-EYED JUNCO,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, RUSTY BLACKBIRD,  COMMON GRACKLE,
and PINE GROSBEAK but as some of these have already been mentioned, I will
try to keep this brief.

 

City of Kingston

It was, of course, the CBC that brought most of this week's sightings but
some of the highlights include NORTHERN PINTAIL near Wolfe Island Ferry on
14th, RED-NECKED GREBE at Invista on 14th and on several dates during the
week off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, ICELAND GULL at Collin's Bay on 16th,
CAROLINA WREN near the Tett Centre on 14th, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at
Invista on 14th, and a couple of SWAMP SPARROWS at Marshlands CA also on
14th. Other notable birds include a NORTHERN FLICKER at Lemoine Point CA on
13th and 14th, PEREGRINE FALCON downtown on several dates during the week
and a (somewhat scarce so far this year) RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH near the Tett
Centre on 14th.

 

Wolfe Island

Birders out on the island on 14th for the count logged SNOW GOOSE and
SANDHILL CRANE in the SW corner, recorded over 40 SNOWY OWLS (48 in total
for the count), had a couple of EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS in the NE sector, and
also noted 5 SAVANNAH SPARROW (NW), singles of RED-WINGED and RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS (NE), EASTERN MEADOWLARK (NE & S), and 3 PINE GROSBEAK (SW). On
nearby Simcoe Island, observers located an AMERICAN PIPIT and 2 CAROLINA
WRENS. Later in the week, both GREAT BLUE HERON (1) and NORTHERN PINATIL (2)
were seen near Marysville on 18th.

 

Amherst Island

A HERMIT THRUSH (or two) was observed on 13th and 6 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and 18
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen on 14th. SNOWY OWLS numbered 12 the same day
and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS appear to be easy to locate across the island. 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.

 

Howe Island

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and COMMON GRACKLE were all seen on
the island earlier in the week 13-16th and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was found
there on 16th. Apparently a first for the island, a SNOWY OWL was seen on
14th.

 

Prince Edward County

Both ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and FIELD SPARROW were seen near Waupoos, on the
Cressy Peninsula on 13th. 

 

Other Sightings

Certainly the highlight of the week was a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
that was found on 14th at LITTLE CATARAQUI CREEK CA on 14th. It remained to
16th at least but was not seen today (19th) when birders went searching for
it. West of Kingston, at Heritiage Point, Bath, a GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on
13th and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen on 16th and 18th. North of here at
Camden East, the OREGON DARK-EYED JUNCO still continues at a private feeder
and the BROWN THRASHER reported last week was seen again briefly on 14th and
15th. A FOX SPARROW was up at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre on
14th and a very respectable 41 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Charleston Lake
Provincial Park on 15th.

 

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 distributed on the Internet (this
includes posting as 'Amherst Island' on eBird) 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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