[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 17th - 24th April 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sat Apr 25 07:58:39 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 big slow-down in bird arrivals this week, though most of the
expected species have been seen. Highlights of the week include; CACKLING
GOOSE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, GREAT EGRET, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, VIRGINIA
RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, UPLAND SANDPIPER, DUNLIN,
LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULL, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BANK
SWALLOW, HOUSE WREN, and CAROLINA WREN.

 

City of Kingston

Not a great deal going on in the city this week unfortunately but there were
still a few good birds to be seen. The BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS first
reported on 11th at Invista increased to 5 by 22nd. A GREEN HERON was seen
just across the road at Marshlands CA on 23rd. Also at this same location, a
HOUSE WREN was seen on 20th. At Lemoine Point CA, a BANK SWALLOW was seen on
23rd and a CAROLINA WREN continues to be seen at Faircrest Blvd, on
Kingston's eastern edge. A VIRGINIA RAIL was at RMC on 19th, and an early
SORA was at the same location on 16th. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen off
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 20th and a HORNED GREBE was at the same
location on 24th.

 

Amherst Island

Again not too many reports this week but a DUNLIN seen on 20th was notable.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue to be seen. Ferry services to both Amherst and
Wolfe will be disrupted until the end of June - the Wolfe Island ferry is
being serviced and has been replaced by the Amherst Island ferry, in turn
replaced by the Glenora ferry, essentially halving capacity on all 3. Plan
accordingly and car-pool if you can. 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

A mix of lingering waterfowl was located on the island on 22nd, including
over 30 REDHEAD, a few dabblers including GREEN-WINGED TEAL and NORTHERN
SHOVELER and a HORNED GREBE. A couple of CASPIAN TERNS, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK,
and BROWN THRASHER were also seen. Kingston's first PALM WARBLER was also
noted, and a handful of PURPLE MARTINS were seen on the west of the island.

 

Other sightings

Prince Edward Point has been very quiet this week, though the appearance of
as many as 5 HARLEQUIN DUCKS yesterday was certainly exciting. A CACKLING
GOOSE was seen near Napanee on 19th and a male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was
photographed near YARKER also on 19th. This is a rare bird for Kingston but
we have now had 2 records this year. At Napanee Limestone Plains IBA both
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and UPLAND SANDPIPER have been reported this week (24th).
At Sydenham a COMMON GALLINULE was first noted on 18th, with 2 there
yesterday. A GREAT EGRET was also seen there on 22nd. Near Elginburg a HOUSE
WREN has been present since 21st. Another GREAT EGRET was seen near Little
Cataraqui Creek CA, on Perth Road, on 23rd. SANDHILL CRANES continue to be
reported at Chaffey's Lock Road (18th) and Elbow Lake Environmental
Education Centre (18th and 19th). The first BROAD-WINGED HASWK of the season
was seen near Lyndhurst on 18th with the second up at Queen's Biological
Station on Opinicon Road on 24th. Five adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS near
Lansdowne on 21st constitute the highest count for many years.

 

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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