[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 12th - 18th March 2016

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 19:51:03 EDT 2016


Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders 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:

Spring-like conditions have continued for most of the week, with new birds
continuing to arrive almost daily. Highlights include: SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING
GOOSE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GOLDEN EAGLE, LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, TREE SWALLOW, SNOWY OWL, HERMIT THRUSH, NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD, FOX SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

 

Kingston

An early movement of 19 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS was seen passing over the
city on 17th, at the same downtown location where 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS are
still being seen. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at Belle Park on 16th and a FOX
SPARROW in Reddendale on 18th. AMERICAN ROBINS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS,
COMMON GRACKLES, and a scattering of BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS are now
widespread. Waterfowl numbers (including migrating geese) have dropped off
this week. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Wolfe Island
ferry dock on 12th, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen just north of the city
near Elginburg on 14th.

 

Wolfe Island IBA

No further sightings of last week's highlights but a number of CACKLING
GEESE (over 40) were reported across the island on 12th but not since. Also
seen on 12th were good (for Kingston) numbers of SNOW GOOSE with well over
1000 birds. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on 13th, as were 3 TREE SWALLOWS. At Big
Sandy Bay, 2 WINTER WRENS were present on 15th. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS are now
fairly widespread across the island; an EASTERN BLUEBIRD was present at the
winter ferry dock on 16th.

 

Amherst Island IBA

Notable records this week include the first BLUE-WINGED TEAL of the season,
a male on the Martin Edwards Reserve and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD nearby.
Twelve SNOWY OWLS were present the same day, most on the ice. SNOW GEESE
(74) and EASTERN BLUEBIRD were seen on the island on 14th. 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.

 

Prince Edward County

Not many reports out of Kaiser Cross Roads this week but the site is surely
worth a visit if in the county. A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELER were reported
there on 17th along with 580 NORTHERN PINTAIL and a good selection of other
waterfowl. An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen near Sandbanks on 17th.

 

Other sightings

Three records of SANDHILL CRANE were received this week; 2 near Crosby on
17th, 6 near Millhaven on 17th; and 1 near Camden on 18th.

 

Special note re Amherstview Sewage Lagoons: The property is still undergoing
(delayed) construction work and is strictly off limits to all. It is now
predicted to re-open (to those with written permission) in late summer/early
fall.

 

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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