[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 3rd - 9th January 2014

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Jan 9 15:16:18 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. Please note that
some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated
otherwise.

 

Highlights:

A week of extreme cold has caused most inland waters to freeze over, with
isolated Lake Ontario bays also icing up. Highlights of the week include;
SNOW GOOSE, WOOD DUCK, HORNED GREBE, SNOWY OWL, BELTED KINGFISHER,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, BROWN THRASHER,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and HOARY REDPOLL.

 

City of Kingston

Just one report of the SNOWY OWL at Kingston Airport this week (3rd) but
another (or possibly the same) was seen at Lemoine Point CA, also on the
3rd. A different individual was seen at Cataraqui Bay on 7th. The downtown
HORNED GREBE, first seen on 2nd, was seen again on 5th and an ICELAND GULL
was seen at the Wolfe Island ferry dock on 9th. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER has
taken up temporary residence just of Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where
possibly the same ICELAND GULL was seen on 4th and a COMMON LOON was
observed on 9th. At Little Cataraqui Creek CA, the female BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER was still present on 5th. A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen at
Cataraqui Bay on 6th, though the area is now entirely frozen over.

 

Amherst Island

Not too much from the island this week. SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen
regularly, as do the numerous ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. A male RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRD was seen in the Owl Woods 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.

 

Wolfe Island

Like Amherst Island, not too many reports this week but a couple of
observers did come across LAPLAND LONGSPUR on 7th whilst conducting a
waterfowl survey. Also seen were 53 SNOW BUNTINGS. However, they only
reported 1 SNOWY OWL, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 1 NORTHERN HARRIER.

 

Other Sightings

West of Kingston, at Heritage Point, Bath, the adult white SNOW GOOSE
continues to be seen, as do the immature GLAUCOUS GULLS. The adult ICELAND
GULL, with apparently pure white primaries, was seen again on 6th. Further
west, at Napanee, 2 WOOD DUCKS were seen at their traditional winter
location at Springside Park on 7th. At Violet Dump, near Morven, a single
immature GLAUCOUS GULL was seen, also on the 7th - the birds that roost at
Bath commute between there and the dump daily. At a nearby feeder, a couple
of PINE SISKINS were observed - a species that is becoming more difficult to
track down as the season progresses. At Camden East, the previously reported
BROWN THRASHER made another appearance on 4th. In the Gananoque area, both
RUSTY and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS continue to visit a local garden. North of
the city, near Sunbury, a HOARY REDPOLL has begun to visit a feeder on
Washburn Road where as many as 50 COMMON REDPOLLS can also be seen, so long
as none of this week's MERLIN, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK or COOPER'S HAWK are also
present. At the nearby Lower Brewer's Locks, TRUMPETER SWAN numbers have
been increasing and an impressive 41 birds (including 16 immatures) were
seen on 8th. Further north still, near Bedford Mills, the female
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER reported on a couple of dates in early December now
visits a feeder there on a daily basis. 

 

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> . Also note that, 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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Email: markdread at gmail.com

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