[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 11th - 16th April 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 16:13:26 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:

There's been a definite increase in the movement of birds into the area this
week, with several new arrivals and one genuine rarity. Highlights of the
week include; SNOW GOOSE, SURF SCOTER, AMERICAN BITTERN, BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, SANDHILL CRANE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, CASPIAN TERN, LITTLE GULL,
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, PURPLE
MARTIN, CAROLINA WREN, BROWN THRASHER, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, PINE WARBLER,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, FIELD SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, LARK
SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and EVENING GROSBEAK.

 

City of Kingston

The highlight of the week has been a LARK SPARROW that was found at Lemoine
Point CA on the evening of 13th. It was still present this morning (16th)
but far less cooperative than previously. Other sparrows have arrived this
week, including EASTERN TOWHEE (13th), FIELD SPARROW (13th), and greater
numbers of FOX SPARROW, which numbered 6 on 13th and 7 on 14th at Marshlands
CA and 6 on 15th at Lemoine Point CA. Good numbers of LESSER SCAUP were seen
last weekend (12th) when 162 were counted north of Belle Island. Two
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at Invista on 11th and a GREATER
YELLOWLEGS was at Lemoine Point CA on 14th. A CASPIAN TERN was seen at
Lemoine Point on 15th. The first NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS of the
season were seen at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Lemoine Point CA on 14th,
and the first RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was also at Lemoine Point on 12th. A
BROWN THRASHER was seen near the 401 on 11th, with another at Lemoine point
CA on 12th. A CAROLINA WREN was seen at Beechgrove Complex on 15th, seeming
to indicate a good year for this species.

 

Amherst Island

Not so many SNOWY OWLS this week - just 5 were seen on 14th, but an
incredible 49 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen the same day, as well as 15
NORTHERN HARRIERS. The first ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS (7) of the season were
seen there the same day, as well as over 1000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 200
BONAPARTE'S GULLS. A PURPLE MARTIN was seen on the island on 11th. 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.

 

Wolfe lsland

The season's first AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Big Sandy Bay on 12th, where
FIELD SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and WINTER WREN were all seen. A late
NORTHERN SHRIKE was also seen. Elsewhere on the same day, SAVANNAH SPARROW,
BARN SWALLOW and a BONAPARTE'S GULL were encountered.

 

Prince Edward Point/County

Just missing last week's report, the first VESPER SPARROW and FIELD SPARROW
of the season were see on 10th. Vesper Sparrows were also seen 0n 12th and
16th. Other birds this week have included 3 SURF SCOTERS and 400
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on 16th, 2 BROWN THRASHERS on 15th, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLERS on 15th (10 on 16th), 3 PURPLE FINCHES and a PINE SISKIN, also on
15th, and 2 PINE WARBLERS on 16th. Finally, a LITTLE GULL was seen on the
Glenora ferry crossing early this morning (16th).

 

Other sightings

The previously reported SNOW GEESE on Howe Island continued to 12th, at
least. A VESPER SPARROW was seen north of Sydenham on 12th and another was
at Sweets Corners on 16th. Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder near
Yarker on 15th and 3 were at Camden East on 13th. The first GREATER
YELLOWLEGS of the season was seen on Washburn Road on 13th, and SANDHILL
CRANES have been reported from at least 3 different locations this week. A
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was back at Napanee Limestone Plain IBA on 14th and 3
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were up at Queens University Biological Station on 12th.
The number of NORTHERN SHOVELERS at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons increased to
16 on 14th, where 4 LESSER SCAUP, a REDHEAD and 167 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were
also counted. 

 

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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