[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 13th - 26th February 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 16:01:33 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 remains quiet in the Kingston area with no real rarities to be found. Not
surprising really given the time of year - if it's the weather that's
putting you off, get caught up with back-listing and get those records sent
in! Highlights of the week include: WOOD DUCK, CANVASBACK, SNOWY OWL, HERMIT
THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, PURPLE
FINCH, PINE SISKIN, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

 

A male WOOD DUCK at Lower Brewers Mills on 21st was a great find. Also
present the same day was a BELTED KINGFISHER and 47 TRUMPETER SWANS. A few
CANVASBACK continue in Kingston with 3-4 reported regularly from the ferry
dock to Wolfe Island, and 3 males pretty much tied down to Invista. Rare
this year, 2 PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder near Portsmouth Olympic
Harbour on 17th. However, a flock of 80 were noted further north near Wilton
on 15th, where an EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen the same day. PURPLE FINCHES
made a bit of a showing last weekend across the area but haven't been
reported so much this week. It seems as though a number of SAVANNAH SPARROWS
have overwintered - this year they are more 'common' than Song Sparrows.
Birds have been regularly reported from both Wolfe and Amherst Island. Less
common was the WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW seen near Gananoque on 23rd, and the 2
SWAMP SPARROWS seen on Wolfe Island the same day. On Amherst Island, RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS (3), an EASTERN BLUEBIRD, single northern RED-TAILED HAWK, and 21
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS made for a good day on23rd. SNOWY OWLS continue on both
islands in good numbers. A HERMIT THRUSH seen near Lansdowne on 19th rounds
up this week's report.

 

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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Email: markdread at gmail.com

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