[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 14th - 20th November 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 19:47:59 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
otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Despite many birders making the effort, the milder than average temperatures
and strong southerlies failed to bring any major rarities. Highlights of the
week include CACKLING GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, RED-THROATED LOON, GOLDEN
EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and SNOWY OWL.

 

Kingston

A FOX SPARROW was still hanging out at Lemoine Point CA as late as 16th,
where a LONG-EARED OWL was also found. In nearby Collin's Bay, 2300 GREATER
SCAUP were counted on 19th. At Invista, a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on 18th
and 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were still being seen there on 15th.

                

Wolfe Island IBA

A survey of the waterfowl on 15th produced good results, with 20 species
recorded including over 14,000 REDHEAD counted across mainly Button and
Bayfield Bays. Other waterfowl highlights included 412 TUNDRA SWANS, 4729
GREATER SCAUP, 498 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 17 RUDDY DUCKS, 5 RED-NECKED
GREBES, 3 RED-THROATED LOONS and 132 COMMON LOONS. Bonus birds were NORTHERN
SHRIKE on 7th Line, NORTHERN GOSHAWK at the Simcoe Island Ferry, and
CHIPPING SPARROW at a feeder on 14th Line. Other birds this week included 3
SNOWY OWLS, present on the island since early in the week, a DUNLIN on 2nd
Line on 15th and a MARSH WREN seen at Big Sandy Bay on 16th.

 

Amherst Island IBA

SNOWY OWLS have returned once again this year, with 6 seen on the island on
19th and 3 there today (20th). Other than a smattering of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
across the island and a handful of TUNDRA SWANS at Martin Edwards Reserve,
the only other notable sighting was of 2 male RING-NECKED PHEASANTS seen on
3rd Concession on 19th. 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 the Owl Woods are closed for 3 weeks from
Monday 16th November to Monday 7th December inclusive.

 

Prince Edward County

The GOLDEN EAGLE seen moving through Prince Edward Point on 15th was a good
find. Also seen there that day were a single RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and 4 BLACK
SCOTERS. Two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen there on 14th. Outside the area,
but noteworthy, was an amazing day had by one observer at Point Petre on
16th when he racked up an immature NORTHERN GANNET, a PACIFIC LOON, 9
RED-THROATED LOONS and 2 LITTLE GULLS all partaking in a feeding frenzy just
offshore.

 

Other sightings

It has been a week of CACKLING GOOSE sightings with a minimum of 20 birds
seen, 16 of which were in a single flock at Bath on 14th. Four birds
continue to be regularly seen near the former C-I-L factory near Millhaven.
A CANVASBACK was again seen at Hay Bay this week, on 14th. A COMMON REDPOLL
was finally seen in the area, at Bedford Mills on 17th where up to 28
TRUMPETER SWANS have also been seen during the week. A PINE SISKIN was seen
near Verona on 17th.

 

Please note that Amherstview Sewage Lagoons remains closed and is 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

 

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Home: +1 (613) 385-1651

Email: markdread at gmail.com

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