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

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 21:41:36 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:

Although there have been definite signs of 'early' migration, things here in
the Kingston area are still slow to get going. Waterfowl continue to
dominate the 'news'. Highlights of the week include; GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, NORTHERN SHOVELER, CANVASBACK,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GREAT BLUE HERON, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, SANDHILL
CRANE, CAROLINA WREN, and BOHEMIAN WAXWING.

 

City of Kingston

With very few records within the area, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE present
in the Invista area from 22nd - 25th was a genuine highlight. Also present
at that location was a relatively early NORTHERN SHOVELER, first seen on
23rd. A male CANVASBACK was located in the upper reaches of the Inner
Harbour last weekend, though the thinning ice has made visiting that area
quite hazardous over the last few days. Also in that area have been over
2000 REDHEAD and all 3 species of swans. Five DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were
seen flying past Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 25th but not since and one of
several sightings of RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS on the 20th/21st was made near
Cataraqui Cemetery. The CAROLINA WREN was again seen at Cartwright's Point
on 22nd, and just east of here 2 PURPLE FINCHES were seen on 25th, only the
third sighting this year.

 

Wolfe Island

Things are slowing down on the island though 13 SNOWY OWLS were still to be
seen on 23rd with a matching number of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS the same day.
NORTHERN HARRIERS are definitely making a move back into the area and have
been seen quite widely this week, though numbers of HORNED LARKS have
plummeted.

 

Other sightings

Never a common bird here, 50 SNOW GEESE were seen at Kaiser Crossroad,
Prince Edward County, on 25th, where the number of other waterfowl is
beginning to increase with a very respectable 64 WOOD DUCK seen there today
(27th). Tomorrow's South Shore IBA Waterfowl Survey should hopefully produce
some good numbers. North of Odessa, 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen today (27th)
but the first of the year was seen near Lansdowne on 21st. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS
are still hanging out in the area and have been seen on 3 dates this week
near Elginburg with 100 there on 26th.

 

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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