[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 26th December - 2nd January 2014

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sat Jan 3 12:50:42 EST 2015


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:

The weather has gone from mild to cold over the week, causing some of the
inner waterways to once again freeze over, though the lake remains entirely
open. The start of a new year always brings out the birders, keen to get
their year lists off to good start and this, combined with the Amherst
Island CBC held on 2nd, has brought some good sightings. Highlights of the
week include; SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, NORTHERN PINTAIL, BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE, RED-NECKED GREBE, SNOWY OWL, BELTED KINGFISHER, YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, MARSH WREN, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, HERMIT
THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE, SWAMP SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RUSTY
BLACKBIRD, COMMON GRACKLE, and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

One, possibly two SNOWY OWLS continue at Kingston Airport/Landings Golf
Course though can be tricky to pin down. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in
Collin's Bay on 28th, as were 3 lingering COMMON LOONS. In the downtown
lakefront area, a HORNED GREBE was seen on 2nd. PINE SISKINS continue to be
seen in Reddendale and a thin scattering of COMMON REDPOLLS are coming to
feeders in the west end. At Little Cataraqui Creek CA, the female
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen again this morning (3rd). BELTED
KINGFISHERS seen to be enjoying the open water and have been seen at
Invista, Kingston, on 29th and near No Frills on Bath Road, Kingston, on
2nd.

 

Amherst Island

The annual CBC was held yesterday (2nd) and a report will be published by
the compiler before too long but some of the highlights include an adult
male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE that was seen along the south shore and a CACKLING
GOOSE in the same vicinity. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Marshall 40 Ft,
and nearby a flock of 24, or more, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS was located. Seen
on the 1st were 5 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and a COMMON GRACKLE. Back on count
day, an immature GLAUCOUS GULL was a good find along the north shore and
both EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (4) and a SHORT-EARED OWL were seen on 2nd
Concession. At Amherst Island Marsh, one party logged YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, MARSH WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE, 8 SONG SPARROWS, and 2
SWAMP SPARROWS. Another HERMIT THRUSH was seen on Emerald 40 Ft. SNOWY OWLS
can be found across the island but numbers would appear to have dropped a
little; ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are numerous. 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.

 

Other Sightings

West of Kingston, at Heritage Point, Bath, a SNOW GOOSE was found on 31st
and remained to 2nd, at least. Also seen there over 1st and 2nd were 4
different GLAUCOUS GULLS; present on 1st only was an adult ICELAND GULL. A
male NORTHERN PINTAL was seen at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons on 28th. In the
Gananoque area, both RUSTY and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have been visiting a
garden since 29th. TRUMPETER SWANS (3) were seen at Chaffey's Locks on 28th
and as many as 15 were recorded in the lower Rideau Canal area on 31st. On
Washburn Road, 20-30 COMMON REDPOLLS continue to visit a feeder there. An
error in last week's report was the reporting of 70 Trumpeter Swans in the
Hay Bay area - this of course should have been Tundra Swans. 

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, Kingston Field
Naturalists has adopted the 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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