[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 7th - 13th March 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Mar 13 15:48:49 EDT 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:

With the increasing temperatures comes, albeit slowly, a gradual opening of
the waterways. A fairly wide channel now extends from the upper reaches of
Kingston's Inner Harbour to Belle Island and the Wolfe Island ferry channel
now actually has areas of open water rather than solid ice and slush. An
increase in waterfowl has been noted and highlights of the week include;
TUNDRA SWAN, WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE.

 

City of Kingston

The return of three species of dabblers this week is very welcome, with
NORTHERN PINTAIL seen at Invista on 10th, and AMERICAN WIGEON and
GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the upper reaches of the Inner Harbour today (13th).
Also at this latter location, good numbers of REDHEAD and RING-NECKED DUCK
were seen today, as well as all three species of swan, the Tundras and
Trumpeters being quite vocal. Near Belle Island, a singing male PURPLE FINCH
was the first of the season. Not rare by any means, both HERRING and
RING-BILLED GULLS have returned this week and several observers have
reported seeing AMERICAN ROBINS. SONG SPARROWS have been singing at Invista
since 10th. The resident PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at its usual downtown
location on 12th. A flock of 45 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen at Lemoine Point
CA on 7th, as well as at least 1 HOARY REDPOLL. CEDAR WAXWINGS were seen at
Lemoine Pointy CA on 7th and near Ravensview, east of the city on 11th.
COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS continue in the Reddendale area and a
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD has just been seen in the same area.

 

Wolfe Island

Not too many reports this week. HORNED LARKS continue and 2 LAPLAND
LONGSPURS were seen on 9th. An unidentified loon was seen the same day
flying along the ferry channel. SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen on the ferry
crossing and at several locations on the island.

 

Amherst Island

Two COMMON GRACKLES were seen on 12th were probably genuine migrants though
none have been reported since. An EASTERN BLUEBIRD was again seen on 2nd
Concession on 12th but is likely to have over-wintered, as is the NORTHERN
FLICKER seen on 9th. Three SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen on the island on 9th,
4 ICELAND GULLS were reported on 12th and 8 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were observed
on 7th.

 

Other sightings

The male WOOD DUCK at Springside Park in Napanee was joined by a new pair
this week and the male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER seen inland at Chaffey's Locks
continued to 11th at least. Another was found at Lower Brewers on 9th and
continues as of today (13th). At Upper Brewers, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen
on 8th. Just west of here, 2 HOARY REDPOLLS continue to visit a local feeder
and up on Chaffey's Lock Road a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on 12th. In
Glenburnie, 75 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were brief visitors to a garden on 9th and
the Howe Island RUSTY BLACKBIRDS numbered 11 on 8th.

 

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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