[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 10th - 16th October 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 20:58:17 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



There has been an increasing number and diversity of waterfowl this week,
with a few shorebirds hanging in there to add variety. Warblers are down,
sparrows are up - winter is coming. Highlights of the week include BRANT,



A SURF SCOTER (rare for the city) has taken up temporary residence off
Portsmouth Olympic harbour and the Inner Harbour is now hosting a couple of
RUDDY DUCKS, RING-NECKED DUCKS (20) and good numbers of AMERICAN COOT (150).
A GREEN HERON was still lingering there on 14th.


Wolfe Island

An adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen near Button Bay on 16th and 2 AMERICAN
GOLDEN PLOVERS were present in Reed's Bay the same day. In Button Bay
itself, TUNDRA SWANS were first noted on 14th when 113 were counted. Also
present the same day was a single CACKLING GOOSE. Numbers of dabbling and
diving ducks are beginning to increase, with 158 GREEN-WINGED TEAL counted
there today (16th), with lesser numbers of REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP,
RING-NECKED DUCK and NORTHERN PINTAIL. A small flock of BRANT was seen near
Marysville on 14th.


Amherst Island

Last week's HUDSONIAN GODWITS continued this week at Martin Edwards Reserve
with 2 birds seen there on 12th and 1 on 15th. Also seen on the 12th were a
male EURASIAN WIGEON, a somewhat unusual (for the location) SURF SCOTER and
a NELSON'S SPARROW. On 15th, an immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen
near the tip and 240 BRANT were observed flying offshore. Rather bizarrely,
a RING-NECKED PHEASANT was also seen on the reserve but more typical for the
time of year was our first LAPLAND LONGSPUR. WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS (4)
were seen on 12th but not since. DUNLIN remain in reasonable numbers
(approx. 20) and 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were still present today. 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 County

Northern Saw-whet Owl banding continues at Prince Edward Point Bird
Observatory. Sixty-seven birds were banded on the night of 14-15th but this
week has been generally hit-and-miss. A BLACK SCOTER was seen near the
lighthouse on 12th, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen passing over the
observatory the same morning. A relatively late OSPREY was seen there on
10th. on 6th. Good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS are also moving through as
well as the odd COOPERS HAWK. Banding is slowing down at the observatory but
now is the time to pay an evening visit if you wish to see Saw-whet Owls
being banded; 16 were banded on the evening of 5th. The only ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER of the week was seen at the observatory on 6th.


Other sightings

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Gananoque on 10th and 3 SNOW GEESE were seen
nearby. On Washburn Road, near Sunbury, a flock of 50 BRANT was seen this
morning (16th). At the same location 2 PINE SISKINS and a couple of PURPLE
FINCHES were also seen - indicative of things to come perhaps.


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. Unfortunately, Amherstview Sewage Lagoons remains closed and is
now unlikely to reopen before December.


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
traditional channels.


As always, thanks to all those who have submitted sightings over the last




Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0



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