[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 16th - 30th January 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Jan 30 15:33:21 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:

This report covers the last 2 weeks but emphasis is placed upon sightings
that came in over the last week. Things have remained very status quo in
terms of both weather and birds, though a couple of goodies have been
sighted. Highlights include; WOOD DUCK, HARLEQUIN DUCK, SNOWY OWL,
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, GYRFALCON, TUFTED TITMOUSE, CAROLINA WREN, BROWN
THRASHER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SAVANNAH SPARROW, OREGON JUNCO, RUSTY BLACKBIRD,
COMMON GRACKLE, and HOARY REDPOLL.

 

City of Kingston

The airport's resident SNOWY OWL continues to be seen regularly though the
Invista bird(s) have not been seen. However, an individual was seen on the
ice off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 29th. The pond at Invista has been
somewhat disappointing this winter, though a TRUMPETER SWAN seen there for
several days was certainly unusual - bearing wingtag K29, this bird was
banded in Burlington last winter and was seen at Presqu'ile before arriving
here. Very few tagged birds are seen in the Kingston area. Also at Invista,
a LESSER SCAUP was seen on 29th. A few PINE SISKINS persist in the
Reddendale area where COMMON REDPOLLS also seem to be frequently
encountered. After an absence of almost 2 weeks, the female BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER was seen by 2 separate observers on 27th at Little Cataraqui
Creek CA. WINTER WREN was also noted on a couple of dates and locations at
that site. The Cartwright's Point CAROLINA WREN was seen again this week on
29th. The resident PEREGRINE FALCON continues to be seen but is now
favouring a new location at Queen's University.

 

Wolfe Island

The highlight this week was a grey GYRFALCON seen on 23rd and reported via
Ontbirds. A few birders have since visited the island but it has not been
relocated. SAVANNAH SPARROWS continue to be seen on 3rd and 4th Lines and
LAPLAND LONGSPURS (as many as 30) have been seen in the same general area.

 

Stateside - Jefferson County, NY

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at Grass Point State Park on 23rd. A CAROLINA WREN
was at Ray's Bay on 19th and a TUFTED TITMOUSE was at Henderson on 22nd.

 

Other Sightings

At Cressy Point, Prince Edward County, exactly 300 MUTE SWANS were counted
yesterday (29th). Mixed in among them were 3 TUNDRA SWANS and a single
TRUMPETER SWAN. At Prince Edward Point, a thin slip of water also held 12
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 300 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 150 COMMON GOLDENEYE. At
Napanee, a pair of WOOD DUCK continues at Springside Park & River Trail and
at the nearby Violet Dump in Morven, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL was seen 29th.
At Camden East, the long-staying OREGON JUNCO continues at a private feeder
where the occasional BROWN THRASHER put in an appearance on 25th. North of
the city, near Bedford Mills, a HOARY REDPOLL was regularly frequenting a
feeder until 25th. Near Elginburg, an impressive count of 50 BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRDS was made earlier in the week (23rd) down to 20 by 27th. Perhaps
attracted by the commotion, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (again somewhat scarce this
winter) was seen there on 27th. This weekend sees a concerted effort to
survey TRUMPETER SWANS across Ontario and birders have been out checking the
local locks in preparation. High counts include 51 at Outlet, Charleston
Lake on 27th, 35 at Chaffey's Locks on 28th and a probable 40+ in Kingston's
Inner Harbour just south of the 401 on 25th. With birds certainly moving
around, records are particularly welcomed from survey day (31st January) or
a day either side. East of Kingston, near Gananoque, both RED-WINGED and
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS have been seen fairly consistently at a feeder, with COMMON
GRACKLE also putting in occasional visits. NORTHERN SHRIKES have been
difficult to pin down this winter though one was seen near Ravensview,
Kingston on 21st and another at Glenburnie Cemetery on 29th.

 

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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