[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 27th December 2015 - 8th January 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 22:18:25 EST 2016


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MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
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otherwise.

 

Highlights:

I now wish I'd got it together to write up a report on 1st because as
predicted, the cold snap was what we needed, with many birds becoming more
concentrated and others now frequenting feeders, roadsides and ice edges.
Highlights of the last 2 weeks include: SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, WOOD
DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, CANVASBACK, HARLEQUIN, RUDDY
DUCK, HORNED GREBE, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, VIRGINIA RAIL, SNOWY OWL,
GYRFALCON, TUFTED TITMOUSE, MARSH WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT,
LAPLAND LONGSPUR, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW,
SAVANNAH SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, lingering ICTERIDS, and
BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

 

Kingston

The Inner Harbour has now frozen up forcing dabblers away and on onwards,
though a lingering NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at 100ft Park on 2nd and at
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on 5th. A WOOD DUCK was seen at the harbour on
6th. Three COMMON COOT were seen at the ferry dock on 7th and the resident
PEREGRINE FALCON continues to be seen downtown. Cataraqui Bay is now frozen
too but Invista remains open. Between them they have had excellent numbers
of CANVASBACK (52) and a couple of lingering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, as
well as all the other regulars. COMMON LOONS are still out on Lake Ontario -
as many as 6 were noted on the ferry crossing to Wolfe Island yesterday. The
changing weather conditions brought a number of small/medium flocks of SNOW
GEESE (75-520 birds) through the region, with the 31st being the main day in
Kingston. A single CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Invista today.

                

Wolfe Island IBA

It was really the cold snap that improved things for birding on Wolfe
Island. SNOW BUNTINGS suddenly (re)appeared with nearly 2500 noted in a
short drive across the island on 31st. Numbers have since dropped but
LAPLAND LONGSPUR and HORNED LARK can also now be found amongst the smaller
flocks. As in previous years, SAVANNAH SPARROWS have been found on 4th Line.
As many as 5 birds were seen there on 6th. SWAMP SPARROW can be found at BIG
SANDY BAY and a MARSH WREN was present on 2nd Line yesterday. As noted
above, a movement of SNOW GEESE was noted just before New Year, the first
birds actually being 20 seen at Button Bay on 29th. SNOWY OWLS continue
across the island in reasonable numbers. Late news was received this week of
a grey GYRFALCON, seen and photographed on the island on 26th.

 

Amherst Island IBA

The Amherst Island CBC produced a few goodies on 28th including CACKILING
GOOSE, HERMIT THRUSH and a couple of COMMON GRACKLES. On 5th, both VESPER
SPARROW and AMERICAN PIPIT were found - great birds for this time of year.
As on Wolfe Island, SNOWY OWLS are widespread. Today (8th), 6 RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were seen on 3rd Concession. 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

Today (8th), a female HARLEQUIN was seen at the point, though things there
are generally slow. The only other bird of note was a HORNED GREBE seen
along Long Point Road, though the 3500 REDHEAD and single male CANVASBACK in
South Bay were also good records at this time of year. On 1st, 2 RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were seen at the bird observatory; a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on
the Cressy Peninsula on 2nd.

 

Other sightings

The Napanee CBC on 27th produced some good birds including a confiding
VIRGINIA RAIL seen at Hay Bay. Also present on Hay Bay were 47 RUDDY DUCK
and a number of CANVASBACK, as well as 2 late NORTHERN PINTAIL. Elsewhere in
the circle that day were 4 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, SWAMP SPARROW and
BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Nearby in Odessa, 2 TUFTED TITMICE were seen on 1st - a
great start to the year! As mentioned above, SNOW GEESE were seen across the
region again, including 65 at Sillsville on 31st, 2000 at Gananoque on 30th,
another 300 there on 1st. 200 were seen at Howe Island on 30th. A male
EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in Gananoque on 1st. Coming back west of Kingston, 5
EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen at Adulphustown on 4th and a FOX SPARROW was
seen at a private feeder near Parrott's Bay on 2nd. In Bath, white -winged
gulls have finally arrived, with an adult ICELAND GULL seen on 1st and an
immature on 5th. GLAUCOUS GULLS (3 on 5th, 1 on 8th) have also been seen,
and a first winter LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULL was also seen there today. The
same 3 species (though not all the same age) have been seen at the nearby
Violet Dump. And finally, there seem to be lots of icterids around, mainly
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (maximum of 26 on 31st), but also including COMMON
GRACKLE on Howe Island.

 

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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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