[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 31st October - 6th November 2015
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Sat Nov 7 07:43:05 EST 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
With a general shift away from passerines sightings, waterfowl and winter
raptors begin to take the forefront. With generally southerly winds, no late
migratory movements were noted. Highlights of the week include CACKLING
GOOSE, BRANT, RED-THROATED LOON, PEREGRINE FALCON, and SUMMER TANAGER.
The sighting of a RED-THROATED LOON off Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 6th
was the first of the season in our area. Occasional BRANT are also being
seen with singles noted at Invista on 4th and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on
6th. Also seen off the same location on 6th were HORNED and RED-NECKED
GREBES. The downtown PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on 5th, the first sighting,
other than one at Invista on 20th, for some time. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen
at Little Cataraqui Creek CA on 3rd and SNOW BUNTINGS have been seen on
several occasions in the Reddendale/Invista area. The Inner Harbour
continues to hold PIED-BILLED GREBES with 13 seen there on 4th. An
impressive minimum count of 252 AMERICAN COOT was made the same day, mostly
in the upper section above Belle Island.
A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was heard in the Button Bay area on 4th but not seen.
Button Bay itself continues to hold well over 200 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and over
100 TUNDRA SWANS. On Highway 95, more than 200 each of HORNED LARK and
AMERICAN PIPIT were counted, also on 4th. Two adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS were seen this week, both on 2nd - one at Reed's Bay and the other at
Sand Bay. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS can now usually be encountered across the
island in small numbers; a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on the east side of the
island on 30th. The only shorebird seen this week was a GREATER YELLOWLEGS
at Reed's Bay on 4th. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS have been regularly seen at Big Sandy
Bay Management Area, with 60 seen there on 2nd.
No reports this week though this weekend's Fall Roundup should hopefully
bring in some results. 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 - I'm guessing from
Monday 16th onwards.
Prince Edward Point
The last night of Northern Saw-whet Owl banding on 31st saw 38 birds banded,
bringing the season total to 459. However, it was the presence of SUMMER
TANAGER on 31st that rounded off the season, even though it wasn't banded.
The bird was seen by a handful of observers through to 1st. Present in
reasonable numbers around the observatory were PINE SISKINS, PURPLE FINCHS,
SNOW BUNTINGS and CEDAR WAXWINGS.
The 4 CACKLING GEESE, photographed near Millhaven on 5th, were the only
sighting of this species this week.
Please note that the Wolfe Island ferry is due to return to service on
Monday 9th November, allowing Amherst Island and Glenora to have their
respective ferries also returned to service. 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
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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