[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 9th - 15th January 2016
Mark D. Read
markdread at gmail.com
Fri Jan 15 20:01:56 EST 2016
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
Things have settled down this week, with snow on the ground but all deep
water still open. Birders don't seem to have been out too much either,
probably because the rush to add to the New Year list is slowing down.
Highlights of the week include: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, CANVASBACK, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, SNOWY OWL,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, VESPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, lingering
The Inner Harbour remains mostly frozen, so it is Cataraqui Bay/Invista
where the waterfowl are to be seen. CANVASBACKS have continued all week as
does a lingering DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. Unusual for this time of year, 2
GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen there on 13th. COMMON LOONS are still out on
Lake Ontario - but appear to now number just 1 or 2. They are often seen off
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen yesterday
hunting down the local pigeons.
Wolfe Island IBA
Not much in the way of sightings this week, other than the SAVANNAH SPARROWS
(3 were seen today) that continue on 4th Line. SNOWY OWLS can still be found
across the island but SNOW BUNTINGS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS have become
increasingly hard to find as the week has progressed.
Amherst Island IBA
Last week's VESPER SPARROW was seen again on 9th and 11th. As on Wolfe
Island, SNOWY OWLS are widespread. 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 highlight of the week was the sighting of 5 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
at Bath on 13th. Unfortunately, they couldn't be relocated the next day. A
SNOW GOOSE was seen at the same location on 11th. White-winged gulls have
been in short supply but a single GLAUCOUS GULL was seen there yesterday.
Elsewhere, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen at a feeder at Bedford Mills
on 13th. There is no shortage of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS across the region,
with as many as 23 seen near Sunbury on 11th.
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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