[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 16th - 22nd January 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 13:15:40 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
otherwise.

 

Highlights:

Not much change this week, with a number of local rarities continuing into
the weekend, as well as a couple of new ones. Highlights of the week
include: CANVASBACK, PIED-BILLED GREBE, HORNED GREBE, DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, SNOWY OWL, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, BOHEMIAN WAXWING,
VESPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

 

Kingston

Cataraqui Bay continues to support a good diversity of diving ducks
including CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED DUCK and REDHEAD. The DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT continues but new this week is a PIED-BILLED GREBE, seen on 20th
and 21st. A couple of COMMON LOONS are still being seen off Portsmouth
Olympic Harbour and the city's resident PEREGRINE FALCON is being seen more
regularly at its downtown haunt. Another new find this week was a HERMIT
THRUSH seen at Lemoine Point CA on 21st.

                

Wolfe Island IBA

The SAVANNAH SPARROWS continue on 4th Line, with the original 5 birds seen
again yesterday (21st). Scattered across the island, 20 SNOWY OWLS were seen
yesterday. There have also been several sightings of EASTERN MEADOWLARK this
week, totalling a possible 4 birds. SNOW BUNTINGS have become scarce but
LAPLAND LONGSPURS and HORNED LARKS can both be found without too much
effort. Eleven longspurs were seen on 9th Line on 19th. An immature GLAUCOUS
GULL was seen at Button Bay on 17th but not since.

 

Amherst Island IBA

Last week's VESPER SPARROW continues to be seen regularly near the 'fishing
village'. Nearby, 4 RING-NECKED PHEASANTS were seen on 21st. A RUSTY
BLACKBIRD was seen on 3rd Concession on 18th. 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

Nothing exceptional this week, though it is great to hear that BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS have made it into the northern part of the circle at Bedford Mills,
where TRUMPETER SWANS can also be seen. On Howe Island, 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS
came to a feeder on 19th, where 8 WHITE-THROATED SPAROWS were also reported
on 21st. A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD continues at Gananoque but the 20 or so near
Sunbury seem to have moved on. Also in Gananoque, a BONAPARTE'S GULL was a
late find on 18th. An EASTERN BLUEBIRD was seen at Bath on 21st.

 

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.

 

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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