[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 2nd - 15th May 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sat May 16 07:13:54 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:

The last couple of weeks has brought the expected influx of migrants and
with another great weather pattern predicted for the weekend, more goodies
are likely to be found. Highlights of the last 2 weeks include; SNOW GOOSE,
BRANT, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK
TERN, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER,
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, HOODED
WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED
CHAT, PAINTED BUNTING, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

 

City of Kingston

Both Marshlands CA and Lemoine Point CA have been the focus for the last
couple of weeks with a good variety of warblers coming through. Highlights
have included an early MOURNING WARBLER at Marshlands on 9th and a CANADA
WARBLER there on 15th. Lemoine Point has had 1-2 ORCHARD ORIOLES this week,
both first year males. A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was at the same location on 11th
and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at Marshlands on 12th. A late RED-NECKED GREBE
was seen on Lake Ontario, not far from the airport on 11th and the
much-anticipated BRANT migration began, with multiple sightings from
Kingston to Amherst Island on 15th.

 

Amherst Island

Two great sightings, including a fly-by adult breeding GREAT CORMORANT on
12th and a male PAINTED BUNTING from 11th (possibly earlier) to 14th when
last seen. Other notables include a late ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on 13th, DUNLIN,
WILSON'S PHALAROPE and PEREGRINE FALCON at Martin Edwards Reserve also on
13th, and a Gambel's WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW again on 13th. WILLOW FLYCATCHERS
were present by 14th and ORANGE-CROWNED and CANADA WARBLERS were seen in the
Owl Woods on 15th. 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and has been replaced by the Amherst Island ferry, in turn replaced by the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.

 

Prince Edward Point

This is definitely the place to be for rarities (as well as a great day out)
with lots of highlights including a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on 9th, HOODED
WARBLER from 10th - 12th, MOURNING WARBLER on 12th and GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH
on 11th. Over the last week, 29 species of warbler have been noted here,
including other beauties such as BLUE-WINGED, GOLDEN-WINGED and CERULEAN
WARBLERS. WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS continue but numbers are dropping.
At Kaiser Crossroad, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS (6-8) were seen on 13th and
14th respectively.

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

BLACK TERNS were back at the lagoons on 3rd but there have been no further
reports. LESSER SCAUP and BLUE-WINGED TEAL have been regular. A SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHER has been present for several days and suitable habitat for
shorebirds has encouraged LEAST SANDPIPER, both YELLOWLEGS and SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER to take up temporary residence. Please note you must be a member of
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or obtain permission from the municipality
in order to gain access to the lagoons.

 

Other sightings

SANDHILL CRANES have again been noted in the Elbow Lake and Opinicon Road
areas, the latter producing BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO from as early as 6th and
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO since 10th. CERULEAN WARBLERS have been noted at/near
that location since 7th. Our first Canada Warbler of the season was seen at
Charleston Lake PP on 8th and not too far from there NORTHERN GOSHAWK was
seen on 10th. Moving back east, a couple of SNOW GEESE were still present
near Napanee until 8th, at least.

 

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 (and sorry for missing last week's report).

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread at gmail.com

Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
<http://markdread.blogspot.com/> 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdread/

 

eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species
<http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-repor
ting-sensitive-species> 

 



More information about the ONTBIRDS mailing list