[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 22nd - 28th August 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 18:10:30 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:

Things continue to pick up, with some great shorebird sightings and a
continued increase in the number of warblers being seen. Highlights of the
week include; SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER,
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, NORTHERN PARULA, and RED CROSSBILL.

 

Wolfe Island

Unfortunately, no shorebird habitat is to be found on the island and with
Lake Ontario as high as it is, things seem unlikely to change. Big Sandy Bay
Management Area has, however, had some good warbler sightings this week with
MOURNING WARBLER on a couple of dates, as many as 4 different CANADA
WARBLERS on 3 dates, 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS on 26th, and an early NORTHERN
PARULA on 23rd and 25th. Also seen there on 23rd were 2 BLUE-GREY GNATCHERS,
an unusual species in this area, and good numbers of migrating EASTERN
WOOD-PEWEE and LEAST FLYCATCHER.

 

Prince Edward Point

A record of 2 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES at Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory on
15th was perhaps a little early but the 4 VEERYS seen the same day were bang
on schedule. On 26th, 14 species of warblers were tallied including 1 CANADA
WARBLER, 1 BAY-BREASTED, 1 CAPE-MAY and 2 WILSON'S. An OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER was also seen as well as 2 BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHERS.

 

Other sightings

Three COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen at Camden Lake (near Yarker) on 27th. At
Wilton Creek, near Napanee, shorebirds are still being seen. Missed from
last week's report was a STILT SANDPIPER seen on 20th and 21st. This week,
the best shorebirds have been a couple of SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS seen on
26th. Great Egrets have also been seen at this location. Three of 5 birds
seen there on 27th had coloured leg bands but unfortunately couldn't be
read. Up near Westport an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on 22nd. At
Cranberry Lake, near Brewer's Mills, another OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen
this week, where the observer also racked up GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, 2
SANDHILL CRANES and a surprise RED CROSSBILL. On the nearby Washburn Road, 4
SWAINSON's THRUSHES were seen on 27th. Near Lansdowne, 4 SANDHILL CRANES
were seen on 26th. At Charleston Lake Provincial Park, both GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER were observed on 26th. 

 

Stateside

Some very good sightings came in from across the border in Jefferson County,
NY. This afternoon, 28th, the WESTERN SANDPIPER was again seen - this time
with 5 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS. On 27th, an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was present;
on 26th a SANDERLING and 2 STILT SANDPIPERS were found. An early BUFFLEHAD
was seen on 22nd.

 

Please note that the ferry situation continues in our area and the expected
return date of the Wolfe Islander is now 'unknown'. This means that the
Wolfe Island, Amherst Island and Glenora ferries continue be at half
capacity. Also, in case you missed the news, Amherstview Sewage Lagoons is
currently closed to all access - hopefully reopening in October.

 

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

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0

Canada

 

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