[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 10th - 15th January 2014

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 22:03:05 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:

The cold has continued unabated into the week and the only remaining open
water is at Invista, some of the inland waterways and the odd stream here
and there. Lake Ontario is now frozen. Highlights of the week include; SNOW
GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, NORTHERN PINTAIL, COMMON LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE,
GREAT BLUE HERON, SNOWY OWL, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, CAROLINA WREN, HERMIT
THRUSH, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SAVANNAH SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and HOARY
REDPOLL.

 

City of Kingston

SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen in the city with 2 birds seen near/at Invista
on several dates and the other at Kingston Airport. Also at Invista this
week, 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL were seen in the 'warm water' pond on 10th in the
company of 1200 MALLARD. The WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Portsmouth Olympic
Harbour was last seen on 12th, not surprising since the lake is now
completely frozen. On the same date a COMMON LOON was observed in Collin's
Bay. At Little Cataraqui Creek CA, the female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was
seen today (15th) where a WINTER WREN was also noted. At Lemoine Point CA, 2
NORTHERN FLICKERS were seen on 12th. At Cartwright's Point, a CAROLINA WREN
was seen on 15th. The resident PEREGRINE FALCON has been noted this week on
several occasions, both at its usual downtown location and near the Tett
Centre. Also not far from the Tett, a HERMIT THRUSH was seen on 14th.

 

Amherst Island

Again, not too much from the island this week but SNOWY OWLS continue to be
seen regularly, as do the numerous ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR
was reported on 15th as were good numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS and a HORNED
LARK. 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

A few more birders visited the island this week. Highlights include the 22
SNOWY OWLS seen there on 14th, the SAVANNAH SPARROWS found at two locations
on 14th (3 birds) and 15th (4 birds), the 3-5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS seen over
the last three days, and the increasing numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED
LARKS. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are present but in relatively low numbers though
the number of BALD EAGLES seems to be increasing. An immature GREAT BLUE
HERON hangs on near 8th Line and was seen on 13th and 14th. 

 

Other Sightings

At Prince Edward Point a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on 11th, as was a single
SURF SCOTER. West of Kingston, at Bath, the adult white SNOW GOOSE was again
seen on 11th, as were 3 CACKLING GEESE, both species duly logged during the
waterfowl survey. A HORNED GREBE was also seen that day. At Violet Dump,
near Morven, up to 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 2 ICELAND GULLS were reported on
13th, almost certainly these birds move between here and Bath. At Camden
East, the long-staying OREGON JUNCO continues at a private feeder and a
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW graced another feeder for a couple of days last
weekend. North of the city, near Sunbury, a HOARY REDPOLL has been seen
again on a couple of occasions this week but has proved somewhat elusive. At
the nearby Lower Brewer's Locks, TRUMPETER SWAN numbers have fallen to just
10 today (15th), down from an impressive 50 on 10th. 

 

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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