[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 4th - 11th December 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 18:55:04 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:

Well, it's certainly been a quiet week. Highlights include: CACKLING GOOSE,
CANVASBACK, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, HERMIT THRUSH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
and lingering ICTERIDS.

 

Kingston

The best passerine of the week was a HERMIT THRUSH, found at Lemoine Point
CA on 9th. More than 200 TUNDRA SWANS continue to be seen in Cataraqui Bay
where a male CANVASBACK was seen on 9th. Singles of both SNOWY OWL and
PEREGRINE FALCON were seen there on 10th. At the Montreal Street Apartments,
which overlook the Inner Harbour, a SONG SPARROW was seen on 9th. NORTHERN
SHOVELER continue to be seen here as well as good numbers of AMERICAN COOT.
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was at Sibbitt Ave. on 8th.

                

Wolfe Island IBA

Two of the three CACKLING GEESE seen last week were still at Button Bay on
5th. The number of SNOWY OWLS increases with 9 seen widely distributed
across the west end of the island on 10th. Waterfowl numbers are generally
down.

 

Amherst Island IBA

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on the island on 8th. Other notable sightings
include a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD seen on 7th. Up to 6
SNOWY OWLS have been seen on the island this week. 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.

 

Other sightings

A sign of winter showed up at Verona, with 2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS seen there on
7th. A first year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Violet Rd. Dump, Odessa on
9th. Nearby, in Bath, 2 CACKLING GEESE were still present on 7th. Up at
Bedford Mills, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK terrorised the local bird population on
10th. On Washburn Road, near Sunbury, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (max 19 on 10th)
continue to be seen daily. Small numbers of winter finches are beginning to
show up there too, with 2 PINE SISKINS and a COMMON REDPOLL seen on 8th. A
single RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was at Florida Road on 7th. On Howe Island a
couple of COMMON GRACKLES have been seen on 2 dates this week. Across in the
States, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at Pillar Point on 7th.

 

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
<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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