[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 20th - 25th December 2014

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 26 09:08:44 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:

This week's report covers just 6 days; the 'missing' day (today, 26th) will
be included next week. Unfortunately, the weather has not been ideal for
finding birds but the increased temperatures have at least encouraged folks
to get out and about. During this rather quiet week, highlights include;
SNOW GOOSE, SNOWY OWL, BELTED KINGFISHER, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, PEREGRINE
FALCON, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SWAMP
SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

Though more easily encountered on the islands, a SNOWY OWL has been seen
on-and-off at Kingston Airport/Landings Golf Course during the week.
Elsewhere in the city, things remain much the same - the downtown PEREGRINE
FALCON is still being seen in the vicinity of Princess Towers and the
waterfowl at Cataraqui Bay are basically unchanged, though good numbers of
RING-NECKED DUCK continue to be seen. BELTED KINGSFISHERS were seen at both
Invista and Marshlands CA on 24th. COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on a feeder
near the Tett Centre on 20th and also near the airport on the same date. The
highlight of last week's CBC, the female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER found at
LITTLE CATARAQUI CREEK CA on 14th, was seen again this week on 22nd and
23rd.

 

Wolfe Island

Not too many sightings from the island this week but one observer did record
20 SNOWY OWLS and 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS there on 23rd. On 25th, 8
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen not too far from the ferry along Hwy 96, and
30 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on 3rd Line.

 

Howe Island

A juvenile SNOW GOOSE was seen on the mainland side of the ferry crossing on
23rd and a SNOWY OWL, first was seen on 14th, was also still present.

 

Prince Edward County

On 20th, the Prince Edward Point CBC was held. Highlights from the point
itself include a BLACK SCOTER, 2 NORTHERN SHRIKE, 1 EASTERN BLUEBIRD, 4
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 21 PURPLE FINCHES and 58 COMMON
REDPOLLS. 

 

Other Sightings

West of Kingston, in the Hay Bay area, singles of SAVANNAH SPARROW and
NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen on 21st. Nearby an EASTERN TOWHEE was an
unexpected find for the Christmas Count held that day. Also recorded were
GLAUCOUS GULL, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a very respectable 70 TRUMPETER
SWANS. To the east of Kingston, near Gananoque, a couple of RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRDS continue at a riverside feeder where a GREAT BLUE HERON was also
seen on 21st. 

 

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 - and here's to the new year!

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread at gmail.com

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