[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 30th January - 5th February 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 18:03:32 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:

It's been very quiet this week, likely due to the mild conditions and
subsequent dispersal of birds. Highlights of the week include: CACKLING
GOOSE, SNOWY OWL, SAVANNAH SPARROW, and RED CROSSBILL.

 

Since it has been so quiet this week, this will be brief. A CACKLING GOOSE
was seen at Finkle's Shore, Bath on 4th. The Invista/Cataraqui Bay
CANVASBACKS in Kingston have become more mobile but the highest count of the
season was made on 2nd when 75 were seen - we are usually lucky to get a
couple of sightings a year. RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSERS, and
AMERICAN COOT all remain at the same location. The odd COMMON LOON can still
be found; Wolfe Island, Amherst Island and Kingston being the best
locations. Kingston's pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen vocalising atop
the Princess Towers on 2nd. A TURKEY VULTURE was seen on Bath Road on 4th,
possibly one of the birds that is overwintering in Prince Edward County.
SNOWY OWL numbers on the islands of Wolfe and Amherst seem to be increasing
- a survey on Wolfe Island yesterday notched up 47 birds. An EASTERN
BLUEBIRD was a nice find on Amherst Island on 31st Jan. Amherst's Vesper
Sparrow has not been seen since 24th, though Wolfe Island's SAVANNAH SPARROW
was seen on 4th Line on 30th. Best bird of the week was, without doubt, RED
CROSSBILL (2 birds) seen near Sunbury on 2nd. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have
been widespread.

 

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 shared 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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