[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 28th November - 4th December 2015
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 17:56:27 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
I hate to say it but I think we're in need of a cold snap to concentrate the
birds. Despite winter listers getting out at the start of the new 'season',
rarities have been hard to come by. Highlights include: CACKLING GOOSE,
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, SNOWY OWL, HERMIT THRUSH, RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET, and SWAMP SPARROW.
COMMON LOONS are moving out. Only one was seen this week off Kingston
Olympic Harbour (2nd), though 8 were seen near Ravensview on 1st. A visitor
to Little Cataraqui Creek CA had some good birds on 2nd, with a couple of
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES (scarce this year), 1 NORTHERN FLICKER and a RUSTY
Wolfe Island IBA
The only significant sighting of the week was of 3 confirmed CACKLING GEESE
at Button Bay on 28th. Four SNOWY OWLS were seen on 30th, mainly along
Baseline. Four RUDDY DUCKS were still present in Bayfield Bay on 30th.
Amherst Island IBA
A respectable day was had on the island on 3rd with 3 SNOWY OWLS, 6 each of
ROUGH-LEGGED and RED-TAILED HAWK, a RED-NECKED GREBE, 4 SWAMP SPARROWS and a
HERMIT THRUSH. 5 SNOWY OWLS and 3 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were seen on 29th.
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. The Owl
Woods are currently closed for 3 weeks from Monday 16th November to Monday
7th December inclusive.
Prince Edward County
A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was still hanging out at Prince Edward Point on 2nd.
Four RUDDY DUCKS were still to be seen at Hay Bay on 1st. A Northern Shrike
was seen at Napanee Plains IBA on 3rd. At Bath, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was
found on 1st. Up at Tree Frog Farm, near Verona, 40 COMMON REDPOLL, a couple
of PINE SISKINS and a PURPLE FINCH were seen on 3rd. A little further east,
43 SANDHILL CRANES were seen near Wilton on 29th, with 32 seen near
Cranberry Marsh on 28th. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on Howe Island on
28th. Continuing east, a single SNOW GOOSE was found near Napanee on 1st.
Please note that Amherstview Sewage Lagoons remains closed.
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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