[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 26th September - 2nd October 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 17:35:32 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:

Apologies for the late report. With the turn to gusting northerly winds,
there has been a distinct change to birds of a winter nature as well as an
increase in the number of later autumn migrants. Highlights of the week
include CACKLING GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE, BLACK SCOTER, GREAT EGRET, 'NORTHERN'
RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, GAMBEL'S
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

 

Kingston

Both scaup species have already started to take up residence at Invista this
week with LESSER (4) and GREATER SCAUP (25) seen there on 2nd. Also present
were 8 REDHEAD. LESSER SCAUP (20) were also seen in Kingston's Inner
harbour, along with 18 PIED-BILLED GREBES and over 200 AMERICAN WIGEON on
29th. Nothing unusual on the warbler front has been seen, though the shift
towards increased sightings of BLACK-THROATED BLUE and YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLERS is noticeable. DARK-EYED JUNCOS are now widespread. An
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 3 HERMIT THRUSHES were seen at Marshlands CA on
2nd.

 


Wolfe Island

The only bird of note on the island this week was a 'GAMBEL'S' WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW seen on 1st.

 

Amherst Island

Three DUNLIN and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at Martin Edwards Reserve
on 1st. A FOX SPARROW was noted at the Owl Woods the same day.

 

Prince Edward County

Three Black Scoters were seen offshore at the bird observatory on 30th along
with good numbers of AMERICAN WIGEON (unusual) and 5 RED-NECKED GREBE.
Outside of the area, the long-staying but highly mobile AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN was seen near Demorestville on 27th, 29th, and 30th. An immature
NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Point Petre on 30th. Still outside of the area
an immature RD-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near South Bay on 2nd. A PEREGRINE
FALCON was seen at Prince Edward Point on 29th.

 

Other sightings

Wilton Creek, near Morven, has slowed down but a single SOLITARY SANDPIPER
was seen amongst the GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS on 28th. Two SNOW GEESE
were on fields near Napanee (CR8xCR9) on 30th, and 13 GREAT EGRETS were seen
near Bath Generating Station on 1st. An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was
seen at Frontenac Provincial Park on 1st. On Washburn Road, one observer saw
8 CACKLING GEESE flying over on 2nd, preceded by a 'northern' RED-TAILED
HAWK. Nearby, at Inverary, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was still hanging around
on 1st.

 

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 run 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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Home: +1 (613) 385-1651

Email: markdread at gmail.com

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