[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 25th April - 1st May 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri May 1 20:46:03 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:

Like the birders, the birds are just waiting for a shift in the winds before
taking Ontario by storm. A brief respite from this week's predominately
northerly winds on Tuesday night saw some movement but this weekend promises
more. Highlights of the week include; SNOW GOOSE, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, SORA, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LITTLE GULL, CHIMNEY SWIFT,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BLUE-HEADED
VIREO, BANK SWALLOW, MARSH WREN, CAROLINA WREN, BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHER,
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, PALM
WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and VESPER SPARROW.

 

City of Kingston

Tuesday evening brought in the first proper push of migrant warblers with
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS noted at Marshlands CA and Lemoine Point CA the next
day. Also arriving at the same time were far better numbers of
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, as well as the first BLUE-HEADED VIREOS (3 on 30th
at Marshlands) and CHIMNEY SWIFTS (3 on 30th at Queen's). A MARSH WREN was
seen at Little Cataraqui Creek on 25th and another was at Lemoine Point on
28th. Pine warblers are already fairly widespread but the first
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was seen at Marshlands on 30th. PALM WARBLERS have
been noted away from the city. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was seen at Lemoine
Point today (1st). Both VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA were noted at Marshlands CA
this week and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Lemoine Point on 28th.
A CAROLINA WREN was seen downtown on 27th.

 

Amherst Island

At Martin Edwards reserve today (1st), 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES were noted for
the first time this year. Also present was a single BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 3
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BROWN THRASHER and 3 PURPLE MARTINS. At the Owl Woods, 4
species of warbler were recorded - BLACK-AND-WHITE, PALM, PINE and
YELLOW-RUMPED. A late SNOWY OWL was also seen today along the South Shore
Road and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder on 3rd Concession.
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.

 

Other sightings

Prince Edward Point has picked towards the end of this week and their first
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was recorded there today. Last weekend (26th),
LITTLE GULLS were seen at the Point (1) and Kaiser Crossroad (2) and a
BLUE-GEY GNATCATCHER was at the Point the same day. On County road 8, near
Napanee, a SNOW GOOSE has been seen on a couple of dates this week. Morven
Creek, also near Napanee, is beginning to produce some typical shorebirds
but the area has also been good for VESPER SPARROW with 2 noted there
yesterday (30th). BANK SWALLOWS have returned to their breeding area at Star
Corners and the Napanee Limestone Plain IBA has, this week, produced
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and UPLAND SANDPIPER. North of Sydenham, on Canoe Lake
Road, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH has been noted on a couple of dates this week.
At a private wooded farm near Verona, arrivals have been coming in thick and
fast: today 12 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were noted, though the first of the
year was on Canoe Lake Road on 26th. A fantastic count of 78 BROAD-WINGED
HAWKS at Washburn Road on 30th is one of the highest ever for the area. The
EASTERN KINGBIRD seen first thing this morning at the same location was the
first of 4 dispersed sightings today. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was up near
Loughborough Lake on 25th and a COMMON REDPOLL was seen at a feeder at
Bedford Mills on 28th. Near Crosby, an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK provided
spectacular deck-side viewing on 29th as it attempted to take down a Wood
Duck. Not in the area, but noteworthy, is another record of BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER, this one at Kemptville.

 

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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