[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 27th February - 11th March 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Mar 11 19:57:30 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
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I missed last week's round-up but it seems that this week was the big one
anyway. Some serious movements of blackbirds and grackles earlier in the
week followed by waterfowl at the tail end have produced the following


Although RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have been with us for over a week, there was
a big push on 7th with over 4000 seen at one location near Button Bay, Wolfe
Island, and several thousand seen elsewhere on the island the same day. It
was the turn of the COMMON GRACKLES on the 9th with about 1200 at the same
location, along with a lesser number of Red-winged Blackbirds. Meanwhile the
CANADA GEESE began to arrive in good numbers on 8th with maybe 10,000 birds
or more arriving on Wolfe Island and moving inland. With them came several
thousand SNOW GEESE, though many of these crossed into Canada just a little
further along the St Lawrence near Gananoque. However, it was 10th March
that brought many other new waterfowl arrivals with numerous NORTHERN
PINTAIL, several AMERICAN WIGEON, a handful of GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a pair
of NORTHERN SHOVELER, again to Wolfe Island. The highlight though was a
group of 8 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE that were found on 5th Line. The
birds were still present on the morning of 11th and another bird was found
at Horne's Ferry. The bird that takes the ultimate prize this week is a BEAN
GOOSE discovered today at Horne's Ferry. Seen for about an hour-and-a-half,
it was finally lost in the drifting ice and thousands of Canada Geese also
at that location. It was NOT located later in the day. Looking backwards to
the tails end of February, the wintering SAVANNAH SPARROWS were last seen on
27th. SNOWY OWLS continue to be regularly seen on Wolfe Island, though many
have now moved onto the ice at Amherst Island.


Looking elsewhere, 4 RUDDY DUCKS were off the Kingston waterfront for just a
day on 8th but the long-staying CANVASBACKS now seem to have departed.
Moving east to Kaiser Cross Road, Prince Edward County, the 9th produced a
similar array of dabblers as mentioned above, including Northern Pintail,
Green-winged Teal and American Wigeon. Bonus birds included 5 CACKLING GEESE
and a possible EURASIAN WIGEON. Also seen was an EASTERN MEADOWLARK. 


Across the border at Fisher's Landing, NY, a bird first believed to be a
Smew was later deemed to be a hybrid, most likely with Common Goldeneye.
However, for those going to see the bird a male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was a
definite bonus. At Perch River, a wintering FOX SPARROW was seen on 28th


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 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




Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0



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