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

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 13:40:08 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:

Spring in the Kingston Area has stalled and other than the previously
mentioned opening of the Rideau system, our end of Lake Ontario is still
solid ice. Nothing unusual this week and just a handful of 'early' migrants
have arrived. Highlights of the week include; TUNDRA SWAN, WOOD DUCK,
AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, CANVASBACK, GREAT BLUE HERON, TURKEY
VULTURE, GOLDEN EAGLE, KILLDEER, ICELAND GULL, CAROLINA WREN, BOHEMIAN
WAXWING, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE.

 

City of Kingston

The only real 'change' this week is the increase in RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS
and the first few COMMON GRACKLES. A KILLDEER was seen near the Tett Centre
this morning (20th) and the resident PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen mating
yesterday. AMERICAN WIGEON and GREEN-WINGED TEAL were again seen in the
upper reaches of the Inner Harbour on 16th and a WOOD DUCK has been seen
on-and-off at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour since 16th. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was
seen on 14th, 15th and 17th at Invista and an ICELAND GULL was at the Wolfe
Island ferry on 18th. A CAROLINA WREN was seen at Cartwright's Point on
19th.

 

Wolfe Island

A birder visiting the island on the 14th saw a KILLDEER, a single LAPLAND
LONGSPUR and a male NORTHERN HARRIER, a species that has been hard to come
by this winter. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on 19th, one of several that have
passed through/been seen in our area this week. SNOWY OWLS are getting
harder to locate but a few ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS persist.

 

Amherst Island

A week ago today (13th), and too late for last week's report, a GOLDEN EAGLE
was seen on the island as well as the EASTERN BLUEBIRD that continues on 2nd
Concession. As on Wolfe, a solitary NORTHERN HARRIER was seen during the
week (17th) as well as a KILLDEER the same day. An impressive tally of 21
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS was matched by an equal number of RED-TAILED HAWKS.

 

Other sightings

The promise of things to come has led birders to Prince Edward County where
Cressy Point seems to hold the best number of waterbirds - nothing unusual,
though the first record of CANVASBACK this year was noted there this morning
(20th). Prince Edward Point had a TURKEY VULTURE on 16th and 2 NORTHERN
SHRIKES were seen there the same day. WOOD DUCKS continue at Springside Park
in Napanee and a GREAT BLUE HERON was observed near Yarker on 14th. 36
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Howe Island on 15th and the regular RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS have been seen all week.

 

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

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread at gmail.com

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