[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 21st - 27th February 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Feb 27 17:42:49 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:

These February reports are beginning to sound like a broken record but at
least some of the residents are now singing on a daily basis. With the
continuing bitterly cold weather highlights of the week include; WOOD DUCK,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, SNOWY OWL, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, CAROLINA
WREN, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

A CAROLINA WREN was again seen near the Tett Centre on both 20th and 21st
and the resident pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS continues to be seen downtown
though less often this week. The diversity and numbers of waterfowl hasn't
changed too much either this week, though more corpses are being seen on the
Wolfe Island ferry crossing - caught by Snowy Owls or caught out by the cold
is unknown. However, despite the mortality, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS have
increased and COMMON MERGANSERS decreased. A male LONG-TAILED DUCK was in
the Wolfe Island Ferry channel on 22nd and 23rd. Things remain stable at
Invista, the highlight being the long-staying banded TRUMPETER SWAN.

 

Wolfe Island

HORNED LARK numbers have continued to decrease on the island, though a
single flock of 35 was seen on 26th. SNOWY OWLS can still be found in many
locations, and the lone adult male can still be seen literally staring up at
the passing ferry on most days. Six BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were again seen on
8th Line on 22nd.

 

Other sightings

Only the male WOOD DUCK was seen this week at Springside Park in Napanee
(23rd). However, a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER has been seen on a number of
dates at the Glenora crossing over to Prince Edward County. Another male
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was reported way inland at Chaffey's Locks on 25th. Near
Sunbury, as many as 3 HOARY REDPOLLS have been coming to a feeder this week.
A genuine highlight this week was an immature GOLDEN EAGLE, seen and
photographed, on Chaffey's Lock Road on 22nd. The Howe Island RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were last reported on 22nd but may well still be present. A
SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on the island on 24th. Just 500m outside the
circle, a TUFTED TITMOUSE was seen on the 1000 Island Parkway on 23rd, and
across the border at Point Peninsula, Jefferson County, NY a NORTHERN
GOSHAWK was seen the same day.

 

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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