[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 28th March - 2nd April 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 13:40:03 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:

It would appear that the birds are on their way with good numbers of geese
and other migrants moving through the area this week. Our end of the lake is
still ice-bound however, though signs of a thaw are on their way. Highlights
of the week include; SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, OSPREY,
SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, GYRFALCON, EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW,
CAROLINA WREN, FOX SPARROW, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

 

City of Kingston

The Invista lagoon again pulled in one of this week's highlights - a male
EURASIAN WIGEON that stopped by briefly yesterday (1st). Also seen there for
the first time this year was an OSPREY. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS have been
scarce until yesterday when 10 were also found at the same location. The
31st march saw thousands of CANADA GEESE moving through, with a good number
of SNOW GEESE mixed in for good measure. Over 4000 were noted though some of
these may have been repeat observations at nearby locations. TREE SWALLOWS
were seen in Kingston's Inner Harbour today (2nd) but the first were noted
at Millhaven earlier in the week. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was also seen there
today. An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 1st
and an EASTERN PHOEBE was seen there on 2nd. PINE SISKINS continue to be
seen nearby. Near the Tett Centre, a CAROLINA WREN was seen at a feeder on
29th and another was at Cartwright Point on 31st. The first AMERICAN
WOODCOCK of the season was at Sibbit Ave, just east of the city on 30th.

 

Amherst Island

A minimum of 35 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were counted on the island on 28th and
many still remain as of yesterday. Newly arrived today (2nd) are EASTERN
PHOEBE and NORTHERN FLICKERS. Singles of CACKLING GOOSE, FOX SPARROW and
EASTERN MEADOWLARK were all seen yesterday (1st) and small numbers of SNOWY
OWLS can still be found. Please note that you must be a member of Kingston
Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the Martin
Edwards Reserve.

 

Other sightings

In Prince Edward County, a white morph GYRFALCON was seen last Saturday just
east of Little Bluffs Conservation Area, and 5 CACKLING GEESE were at Cressy
Point later the same day. The first Tree Swallows of the season were noted
at Millhaven on 28th. North of Odessa, the 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen again
on 28th and 30th but not since. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Elginburg on
31st.

 

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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