[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 17th - 23rd October 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sat Oct 24 06:17:08 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:

A quick summary today. Highlights of the week include CACKLING GOOSE, 3
species of SCOTER, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, SANDHILL CRANE, and
VIRGINIA RAIL.

 

Waterfowl numbers have increased throughout the area with several thousand
GREATER SCAUP now regularly seen at Prince Edward Point. Approximately 2000
REDHEAD were seen at Button Bay, Wolfe Island on 23rd. BUFFLEHEAD are now
back, albeit in small numbers but a CACKLING GOOSE also at Button Bay, on
20th, was a good find. All three species of Scoter have been seen this week,
with female BLACK SCOTER at Invista, Wolfe Island, Prince Edward Point and
Amherst Island. TUNDRA SWANS are widespread on Wolfe Island, and just
beginning to be seen in Kingston.

 

The HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen on 18th at Martin Edwards Reserve, Amherst
Island in the presence of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and DUNLIN. A SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER was at Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island on 22nd.

 

A VIRGINIA RAIL was heard at Little Cataraqui CA, Kingston on 22nd. Three
SANDHILL CRANES were also seen at Martin Edwards Reserve on 18th, as well as
a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

 

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS have been seen on a couple of dates on Wolfe Island. The
first SNOW BUNTING of the season was seen at Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island on
22nd. Good numbers (40+) of HORNED LARKS were also seen on Wolfe Island on
23rd as well as over 60 AMERICAN PIPITS.

 

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
<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

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Home: +1 (613) 385-1651

Email: markdread at gmail.com

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