[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 14th - 20th February 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Feb 20 19:54:23 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:

Bitterly cold weather continues, with minor ferry delays to the islands
noted throughout the week. Highlights of the week include; WOOD DUCK, SNOWY
OWL, CAROLINA WREN, TUFTED TITMOUSE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

A CAROLINA WREN was seen near the Tett Centre on 14th and the downtown area
is now a good bet for the resident pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS with them being
seen almost daily. Waterfowl are not easy to find at the moment but the
Invista pond still holds good numbers of MALLARD, with a few AMERICAN BLACK
DUCK and COMMON GADWALL thrown in for good measure. MUTE SWANS have
increased over the week to 15, and the lone banded TRUMPETER SWAN can also
often be seen there. Reddendale continues to be the local 'hotspot' for
COMMON REDPOLL and PINE SISKIN and at the nearby Lemoine Point CA a NORTHERN
FLICKER was seen on 18th.

 

Wolfe Island

HORNED LARK numbers have decreased this week, and only a single LAPLAND
LONGSPUR was reported (on 18th). SNOWY OWLS can still be found in many
locations, with one adult male often seen on the ferry crossing. Six
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were seen on 8th Line on 18th and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (up
to 2) have been seen on 3 occasions in the same area since 16th. A NORTHERN
SHRIKE was seen on 12th Line on 16th and a 'high count' of 3 ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS was noted on the west side of the island the same day.

 

Other sightings

The pair of WOOD DUCKS continues at Springside Park in Napanee, and on
Bethel Road, near Camden East a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on 19th. North of
the city, near Sunbury, a single BOHEMIAN WAXWING (only the third report
this season) was seen on 19th. Also in that vicinity, a HOARY REDPOLL has
been coming to a feeder since 19th at least. Up at Outlet, near Charleston
Lake PP, the 29 TRUMPETER SWANS reported on 14th have gradually decreased
during the week, though those at Bedford Mills have increased to 30 as of
18th. As noted last week, RUST BLACKIBIRDS have also been seen on Howe
Island and near Gananoque, where as many as 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have
also been observed. Across the border in Jefferson County, NY, a TUFTED
TITMOUSE was seen at Wilson Bay Marsh on 16th.

 

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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