[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 24th - 30th October 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 18:51:05 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



Waterfowl continue to increase in numbers but shorebirds, warblers and hawks
are generally down. The mid-week storm has not yet produced anything of note
but with birders heading out this weekend, something may yet crop up.
Highlights of the week include CACKLING GOOSE, CANVASBACK, BLACK SCOTER,



The sighting of two CANVASBACKS at Invista on 25th is a good record since
this species is certainly not often seen in our area. A KILLDEER and a
single GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen there on 27th. Kingston's Inner Harbour
continues to hold RUDDY DUCK, with 12 birds noted there, also on 25th. At
Little Cataraqui Creek CA, 64 RING-NECKED DUCK were seen on 28th. A CACKLING
GOOSE was seen opposite Invista, off Day's Road on 28th. A NORTHERN SHRIKE
was seen at Gore Road on 30th.


Wolfe Island

Not too many sightings this week, with most coming from Button Bay, where
TUNDRA SWAN numbers continue to build - 129 were seen there yesterday
(29th). Also seen on 29th were an estimated 8000 REDHEAD; a total of 11,000
were estimated to be between Button Bay and Bayfield Bay on 25th. Back in
Button Bay, GREEN-WINGED TEAL numbers to have continued to hover at around
225 birds this week. Unusual for this location, 3 DUNLIN were present on


Amherst Island

The diversity of shorebirds seen at Martin Edwards Reserve has dwindled to
just 7 DUNLIN and 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, both seen on 27th. A single SNOW
BUNTING was also seen. A group out on the island on the 24th had a good day
with an impressive 12 CACKLING GEESE seen and 7 species of raptors,
including 1 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 'northern/abieticola' RED-TAILED HAWKS, and
18 NORTHERN HARRIERS. 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. Also note that, although dates are as yet unconfirmed, Owl
Woods typically closes for 3 weeks from mid-November.


Prince Edward Point

The last night of Northern Saw-whet Owl banding takes place this evening
(30th). To date, just over 450 birds have been banded this year. Two days of
light NW winds brought 5 GOLDEN EAGLES through this week, with 3 on 26th and
2 on 30th. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on 26th and a PINE WARBLER on
27th. EVENING GROSBEAK, first for the season, was present at the observatory
on 27th. Unusual for this location, a SHORT-EARED was seen on 26th - 6
species of owl were recorded over the night of 25th/26th. A NORTHERN SHRIKE
was seen at the observatory on 27th and BLACK SCOTERS have been regular this
week just off the lighthouse. PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES have been
regular throughout the week.


Other sightings

A TUFTED TITMOUSE was seen on the US side of the St Lawrence, opposite Wolfe
Island on 30th. AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were first noted at Washburn Road on
29th and PINE SISKIN was seen near Verona on 28th. 


Please note that the ferry situation continues in our area, though the
expected return date of the Wolfe Islander III is now 'first week of
November'. This means that the Wolfe Island, Amherst Island and Glenora
ferries continue to 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.


Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0



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