[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 30th May - 5th June 2015
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 16:43:42 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
And just like that, it's summer! This is a short report as not too many
sightings were noted this week but some of the highlights include; BRANT,
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, PRAIRIE WARBLER, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.
City of Kingston
Just a couple of notables this week beginning with a late BRANT seen hanging
out at MacDonald Park on 3rd. Great Egrets are being seen more regularly
with continuing reports from the Westbrook Marsh area, as well as Arbour
Ridge Park. Also seen at Westbrook Marsh (on 4th) were a couple of
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS - another was at Hillview Pond on the evening of
The only report from the island this week concerned a first year male
ORCHARD ORIOLE that was seen at a feeder on 3rd Concession on 2nd. 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the Wolfe Island ferry is being serviced and has been replaced by the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.
The Napanee Limestone Plain IBA has produced sightings of LOGERHEAD SHRIKE
this week as well as UPLAND SANDPIPER and both CLAY-COLOURED and VESPER
SPARROWS. At nearby Camden Lake, PIED-BILLED GREBE, BLACK TERN,
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were all seen this week.
However, it is the northern areas of the Kingston circle that are pulling
most of the birders these days hoping for woodland shield specialities.
Opinicon Road, and in particular Queens University Biological Station where
regular point counts are conducted, has seen good numbers of the 'regular'
species, including YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, CERULEAN WARBLER and SCARLET
TANAGER. This week, 2 separate PRAIRIE WARBLERS were also reported on their
property. A similar suite of birds, less the Prairie Warbler, are being
regularly seen at a private property near Verona.
In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, Kingston Field
Naturalists has adopted the 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
As always, thanks to all those who have submitted sightings over the last
Mark D. Read
47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,
Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246
Email: markdread at gmail.com
Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
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