[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 16th - 22nd May 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri May 22 16:15:09 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:

Last weekend was the KFN Spring Round-up, providing a good indicator of the
diversity of species in the area. A full report will be published at a later
date but a minimum of 186 species were seen. Highlights of the week include;
LEAST BITTERN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE,
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BLACK
TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER,
CANADA WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

 

City of Kingston

Not too many sightings from the city this week. Most of the sightings have
come from Lemoine Point CA where the ORCHARD ORIOLE of last week continues
to be seen. On 20th, two MOURNING WARBLERS were also present, as well as
BLACKBURNIAN and MAGNOLIA WARBLERS. Two GREAT EGRETS were seen at Westbrook
Marsh on 17th and resident downtown PEREGRINES have been seen on several
dates.

 

Amherst Island

The Martin Edwards Reserve is holding good numbers of WILSON'S PHALAROPES -
23 were seen on 17th but other shorebirds have put in an appearance with a
single RUDDY TURNSTONE there the same day as well as 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
10 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 25 DUNLIN and 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. In the Owl
Woods, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, also on the 17th, was a little early.
MOURNING WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were also
present over the weekend. On the access road to the woods, CLAY-COLOURED and
GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were also seen, as well as ORCHARD ORIOLE and a late
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. 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and has been replaced by the Amherst Island ferry, in turn replaced by the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

The county, and in particular Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory,
continues to be a draw for birds and birders with highlights including 2
HOODED WARBLERS last weekend as well as an almost complete compliment of all
the other 'regular' warblers. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were also seen here
over at least 3 days (16th-18th) but numbers are not certain. Just outside
of the circle is, for the second year running, a CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOW, this
time on Brewers Road. Present since 17th, it was present until 19th at
least, though reports are patchy. At Kaiser Cross Road, 2 WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS were seen on 16th as were an impressive 70 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS
and 130 LEAST SANDPIPERS.

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

BLACK TERNS were seen on 17th but it is the shorebird habitat that is
opening up that holds promise, unfortunately as yet unfulfilled. However, a
good selection of regular shorebirds can be seen - 5 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS
were also present last weekend. Somewhat unusual for the site, an EASTERN
BLUEBIRD was seen on 17th. LESSER SCAUP, NORTHERN SHOVELER, BLUE-WINGED TEAL
and GREEN-WINGED TEAL can all be seen relatively easily. 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

Quite the spectacle, an impressive 35 BLACK TERNS were at Moscow Marsh on
19th; another was at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre on 21st. A
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen near Verona on 18th and yet another
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen further east near Lansdowne on the same
date. A LEAST BITTERN was on Wiltse Creek Marsh on 20th and BRANT continue
to be seen in various locations across the area. And just in today, a
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on a private farm near Verona this
afternoon (22nd).

 

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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