[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 12th - 26th December 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sat Dec 26 22:35:45 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:

The mild weather has mainly continued over the last 2 weeks, with a
corresponding wide distribution (actually, a lack of concentration) of
birds. However, several Christmas Bird Counts in the area have located many
highlights. The last couple of weeks has produced: CACKLING GOOSE, WOOD
DUCK, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, CANVASBACK, KING EIDER, TURKEY VULTURE, GOLDEN
EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, SNOWY OWL, YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, GYRFALCON, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and lingering ICTERIDS.

 

Kingston

The city itself has been relatively quiet, thought he resident PEREGRINE
FALCON has become more regular at its downtown location. A YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER was an unusual find in the city yesterday (25th). Several
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have also been noted but none have been seen at any
one regular location. A single male CANVASBACK was present at Cataraqui Bay
earlier in the period but this has since increased to 14 birds, perhaps the
same as those also seen in the Inner Harbour. Although seen almost annually
in Kingston, it is usually encountered in very low numbers. Northern
Shoveler have continued in the Inner Harbour to date with several birds (24)
still present. A single Northern Pintail was seen up until 20th at least. A
female WOOD DUCK is still being seen in Collin's Bay and COMMON LOONS (1-3)
are still present on Lake Ontario.

                

Wolfe Island IBA

The Kingston area CBC produced good numbers of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on the
island, though the 4 SWAMP SPARROWS were certainly getting late. Also late
was a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. SNOWY OWLS numbered 18, mainly seen on the west
of the island. Waterfowl diversity and numbers were good with 35 CANVASBACK
on 20th, 7 GREEN-WINGED TEAL on 19th and a RUDDY DUCK on 20th. Over 34,000
CANADA GEESE were tallied, though nothing unusual was spotted amongst them.
A late TURKEY VULTURE was also seen but the highlight for one team was
mammalian rather than avian - a large male FISHER seen near Button Bay.

 

Amherst Island IBA

Not too many reports from the island but with a count coming on Monday, we
look forward to a systematic survey. Two HORNED GREBES were seen on 25th
along with 8 SNOWY OWLS and 5 ROGH-LEGGED HAWKS. 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.

 

Prince Edward Point

Several great birds were seen at Prince Edward Point on 19th when one CBC
team racked up GYRFALCON (grey morph), KING EIDER (immature), YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER (2), HERMIT THRUSH, GREY CATBIRD and COMMON GRACKLE. Nearby, another
team found LAPLAND LONGSPUR (rare this year) and SNOW BUNTING. Out of the
circle but noteworthy was a PURPLE SANDPIPER seen at Point Petre on 22nd and
a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE heard (but not seen) on private property nearby.

 

Other sightings

Many scattered sightings came in over the last couple of weeks including up
to 12 SANDHILL CRANES in the Crosby area over several days. North of
Sydenham, a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on 19th. On the same day a RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK was seen on Opinicon Road. Three CACKLING GEESE were seen on ponds near
Napanee on 14th and a TUFTED TITMOUSE has been fairly regular at a private
feeder just outside the circle along the 1000 Islands Parkway. A WOOD DUCK
was seen on Verona Lake on 19th, and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET near Gananoque
on 23rd. Several RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have been noted (including several on
Washburn Road, Sunbury) but just one other COMMON GRACKLE - 1 was seen on
Howe Island on 20th. Across in the States, 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
were seen at Beadle Point (literally across from Wolfe Island) on 20th and a
CACKLING GOOSE was seen a Cape Vincent, also on 20th.

 

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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