[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 29th August - 4th September 2015
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Fri Sep 4 17:07:23 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
A change in the weather, bringing hot, humid, conditions did nothing for the
birds and the week was bit of an anti-climax. Warblers continue to come
through but this week's highlights are brief: STILT SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER, NORTHERN PARULA, and HOODED WARBLER.
A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Lake Ontario Park on 2nd. Invista had a mix
of migrants on 4th, including YELLOW-RUMPED and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, as
well as a small movement of WARBLING VIREOS. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (scarce
this summer), was seen in Reddendale on 3rd.
A slight drop in Lake Ontario's water level provided enough habitat for 3
KILLDEER and 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS at Reed's Bay on 2nd but that's it for the
shorebirds this week. At nearby Big Sandy Bay, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was
showing off on the main access trail, also on 2nd, but warbler diversity was
poor, with BAY-BREASTED and WILSON'S WARBLERS being the highlight. An
EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen at Button Bay the same day.
Prince Edward Point
The best bird of the week was a female HOODED WARBLER seen at Prince Edward
Point Bird Observatory on 30th. Also seen the same day was a good selection
of autumn warblers, including CAPE-MAY, BAY-BREASTED, WILSON'S and CANADA.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen there on 31st.
NORTHERN PARULAS were seen near Elginburg and Battersea on 30th. A BLACKPOLL
WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER and 2 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS were observed near
Sunbury today (4th). At Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst Island, a STILT
SANDPIPER, 12 SANDERLING and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen on 29th.
Some very good sightings came in from across the border in Jefferson County,
NY. Three BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 8 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and a PECTORAL
SANDPIPER were seen on 31st.
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
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
337 Button Bay Road,
Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246
Home: +1 (613) 385-1651
Email: markdread at gmail.com
Blog: "Confessions of a Global Birder" http://markdread.blogspot.com
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