[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 3rd - 10th April 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Apr 10 16:27:50 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's been a stop and start week but today saw a genuine overnight arrival of
some new species to the Kingston Area. Finally, I can also report that Lake
Ontario is now pretty much ice-free. Highlights of the week include; SNOW
GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, COMMON LOON, GREAT EGRET, SANDHILL CRANE, ICELAND
GULL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BARN SWALLOW, WINTER WREN,
HERMIT THRUSH, CHIPPING SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and SWAMP SPARROW.

 

City of Kingston

Waterfowl are no longer quite the highlight that they were but noticeable
changes are taking place with good numbers of Greater Scaup and increasing
numbers of Lesser Scaup in the Inner Harbour. There have also been high
numbers of RING-NECKED DUCK with 400 noted at the same location on 6th.
PIED-BILLED GREBES are moving in and GREEN-WINGED TEAL are now relatively
easy to find. A COMMON LOON was seen off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 8th
and 10th but the first for the area was seen north of the city on 3rd. Not
many geese this week, though a CACKLING GOOSE came through ahead of last
night's storm. The first WILSON'S SNIPE (3) of the year were seen at Invista
on 2nd. Marshlands CA is beginning to pick up with several 'firsts' this
week with both FOX SPARROW and SWAMP SPARROW on 5th, WINTER WREN from 7th
onwards, with 4 on 9th, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and HERMIT THRUSH on 10th,
and clear movement of NORTHERN FLICKER and EASTERN PHOEBE, also on 10th. A
NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen there on 7th.

 

Amherst Island

A remarkable high count of 44 SNOWY OWLS was recorded on 6th. Also seen that
day were an equally impressive 4000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 2000 COMMON
GOLDENEYE. A couple of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were still there that day too but
their numbers are definitely falling. A BARN SWALLOW was seen on the island
on 5th. 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.

 

Howe Island

The island has held in the region of 100 SNOW GEESE this week, often seen
early morning east of the ferry. COMMON LOON and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were seen
there yesterday and NORTHERN PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL earlier in the
week.

 

Other sightings

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons held 5 NORTHERN SHOVELER on 8th and a CHIPPING
SPARROW was seen in the vicinity on 9th. An ICELAND GULL was up at Moscow
Dump on 5th and a CACKLING GOOSE was seen near Elginburg on 2nd. 3 SANDHILL
CRANES were seen near Seeley's Bay on 9th and a GREAT EGRET was seen at
Bedford Mills on 8th. The region's first COMMON LOON was seen at Lower
Brewers Locks on 3rd. 

 

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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